Monday, June 1, 2020

Checking Facts On All Social Platforms

Social platforms, often called social media or #SoMe, is infected by many people sharing a lot of things they haven't checked before sharing. Even a first semester journalism student can see through many of the arguments, but many are - unfortunately - not even paying any attention to the potential damage that sharing false information can have on the presidential elections in November.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Corona Virus Took World Leaders By Surprise - Not Just Another Flu...

If there is ONE thing this Corona crisis has taught us, it's that politicians don't know much about virology. Just like doctors should stay away from politics, so politicians should stay away from playing doctors!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Here's Why Americans Should Change Their Electoral College

I will gladly respect that it's up to the American people to decide how they interpret their constitution. It's none of our business to preach about democracy, when the decision to make changes in their political system requires Americans to see the logic themselves.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Killing of Foreign Officials

I know we have seen this before. When news hit that an Iranian general was killed yesterday, we no longer frown upon this. We hear of explanations citing that it was done due to previous attacks, and oftentimes, we just accept that this probably justifies the counterattack.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right - Thoughts About the Hong Kong Unrest

The violent unrest which has had serious consequences for shop owners in Hong Kong is not any part of civilized democracy. We need to be very careful, because I fully understand the protests towards Chinese dictatorship, but I have NO patience towards people who use it to get rid of aggression.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Thirty Years Ago: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

All who remember the fall of the Berlin Wall are sobered by the many things that have happened since Germany reunited. It is a good thing for Europe that the EU united with former so-called East European countries. In many ways, Europe has become a more diversified continent. But there are challenges.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Trump Wants to Negotiate a Truce With Turkey

First, you turn the blind eye to Turkish leader Erdogan's invasion into Syria, where he gets the chance to thread on long-hated Kurdish population. Then, as Turkey proceeds, you start talking about how you left the region because you originally expected it would only take 30 days to solve the crisis, and therefore want to withdraw because it has now taken years...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Quantico - What You Can Learn From This Series

If you have had the pleasure of watching the ABC tv series Quantico, you will immediately recognize why I feel this should be addressed on this political blog. I am near the end of season 2, and I must admit that the similarity with reality under Trump IS quite interesting. I fully realize you can't convert fiction into reality on a 1:1 basis, but...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Brexit Is a Classbook Example of Poor Negotiation Skills

There is no doubt about the fact that Brexit is a classbook example of poor negotiation skills. The British parliament was completely unprepared when the result of the vote came in. What should they do now? No one had prepared for what such a divorce from the EU would actually entail.