War

War in Ukraine: shock but no surprise, fury but no fear

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  Is humanity the first to die in war? Truth is the first to die in times of cyber warfare and the curse of media-constructed reality. It turns out that the more living documentary evidence there is, the easier it is to deny and distort everything. The more obvious the truth, the easier it is

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Peace, please

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Stabat mater dolorosa Stood the mother weeping Over the coffin of her son She was holding a photo of him In a frame Her son a soldier, aged twenty-five * The mother didn’t shout, she wasn’t loud A pretty young woman in black clothes Her pain was decent and deep Not ostentatious She didn’t beat

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Fleeing Ukraine and Believing in Miracles

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In the midst of all the madness, with millions of people fleeing Ukraine, I received an email from a friend of Leipglo’s. There’s a Ukrainian family in Leipzig, who fled with their young son partway through his chemotherapy treatment. Would we be interested in doing a story on them? There was no hesitation on my

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Germany’s response to the war on Ukraine

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On 28 February, Chancellor Scholz announced the creation of a special €100bn fund to support the Bundeswehr. He also committed to raising Germany’s military spending to 2% of its GPD. This is a 35% overnight increase, and he proposed enshrining this figure in the constitution. The decision was applauded by Bundestag members and political commentators

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The Fight For Ukraine

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I woke up on the other side of the Atlantic at 2 am. My phone was going haywire. Friends, former students, and colleagues all over Ukraine were sending me the same message. The bombs had started to drop. The port was on fire. An airport was on fire. The futures of Ukrainian women and men,

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Joining a global silent protest to free Armenian POWs

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I am inviting you, the reader, to participate in a “global silent protest” to free Armenian POWs (prisoners of war). It’s happening this Tuesday, 6 p.m., at Augustusplatz in Leipzig. Have no clue what I’m talking about? Unfortunately, you’re not alone. Last year, I wrote here on The Leipzig Glocal about my experience being in

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