Migration Trends: US Americans apply for EU citizenship

June 10, 2008 at 7:18 am | Posted in Politics | 9 Comments
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An article by the Palm Beach Post:

“With an EU passport, I can live and work in 27 countries,” said Suzanne Mulvehill of Lake Worth. “With a U.S. passport, I can live and work in one.”

Americans can claim citizenship in any of the 27 European countries that are in the EU based on the nationality of their parents, or in some cases, grandparents and great-grandparents. Citizenship in one of those countries allows you to live and work in any EU nation.

Since the United States doesn’t keep statistics on dual citizens, it’s impossible to know exactly how many people have applied for citizenship in Europe. But it’s estimated that more than 40 million Americans are eligible for dual citizenship, and a growing number of Americans want to try their luck elsewhere.

I am not 100% sure whether the criteria as described in the box on the left of the article are profoundly researched – anyone who as a proof of German descent, regardless whether it’s on mother of father’s side, can apply for a German passport as far as I know.
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Waterboarding, wtf?

April 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm | Posted in Politics | 2 Comments
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I’ve just heard about the practice of waterboarding used by the CIA as an an “interrogation technique”:

Water-boarding involves a prisoner being stretched on his back or hung upside down, having a cloth pushed into his mouth and/or plastic film placed over his face and having water poured onto his face. He gags almost immediately.

Apparently, another attempt to ban it just failed; already in March, President Bush vetoed the ban. This is disgusting! Goddamit, USA, you really need some change! What happened to the home country of the citizens’ movement?

Read on BBC: What is Waterboarding

USA: 751 in 100,000 people in jail – Germany: 88 in 100,000

April 23, 2008 at 9:39 pm | Posted in Culture | 1 Comment
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This is SHOCKING!

The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. …

The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King’s College London. China, which is four times more populous than the United States, is a distant second, with 1.6 million people in prison. (That number excludes hundreds of thousands of people held in administrative detention, most of them in China’s extrajudicial system of re-education through labor, which often singles out political activists who have not committed crimes.) …
The United States comes in first, too, on a more meaningful list from the prison studies center, the one ranked in order of the incarceration rates. It has 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 in population. (If you count only adults, one in 100 Americans is locked up.)

The only other major industrialized nation that even comes close is Russia, with 627 prisoners for every 100,000 people. The others have much lower rates. England’s rate is 151; Germany’s is 88; and Japan’s is 63.


Read the full NY Times article here
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Paranoia DIY 28/40

March 26, 2007 at 7:15 am | Posted in Network | 5 Comments
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Ever since I designed the End Guantanamo! banner, the traffic on my blogged has reached a new low: It’s been continually growing over the past month, but yesterday it dropped behind the mark last achieved 20 days ago. Could the CIA or FBI be blocking or slowing down access my blog? Do you think that Network Neutrality is attainable in a world where torture camps are run by a country that claims to be bringing freedom to the world? Even if I am just paranoid – give some thought to it!

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? 27/40

March 25, 2007 at 10:03 am | Posted in Blogging | 9 Comments
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I’m feeling a bit computered out these days, but that comes as no surprise. I’m doing almost everything on the computer, even the contemplative moments that I need for class preparations are spent on the computer. I also fill a great deal of my spare time with writing (blogging and other) or other arb thing to do on the computer . I’m beginning to grow tired of the sound of my lappy (although my boyfriend would probably claim the opposite;-) but my reclusion to the virtual certainly has a lot to do with my complete aversion to the place (as in: town, not in apartment) where I live. I’ve practically gone into hibernation, not even trying to settle in anymore (that wouldn’t be possible without a complete brainwash anyway:-) So soon I need to make up my mind as to what is going to get me out of here. Or how I am going to get myself out of here. It’s a bit of a daunting task – the one and not inconsiderable thing (considering this is capitalism) I have here is a fairly secure job which even allows me to save a little without having to scrimp. It’s like hibernating and putting on fat at the same time. But to which end? And putting on fat forever cannot be good for you either.

Main question is: Am I bold enough to leave without having secured a job for myself elsewhere? But securing a job and _then_ resigning is a bit complicated, as I cannot leave during the semester (unless I was keen on having to bail me out of my contract). And where should I/we go? There are several places under discussion, but final decision is pending (and hard to come up with anyway – eventually, we will go where the money/job is).

A bit of entertainment to brighten up these ruminating thoughts. I came across a website proclaiming itself to be the Pop Occulture Blog (through Oddun’s blog which has a nice pink design and pink is the colour of comfort). I don’t know really how to make sense of it and that’s the pleasant thing about it. The youtube videos are particularly worthwhile, having more to do with the mix than with the content. It’s got Neil Diamond, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and other luminaries, but also stuff like the bit below. Can somebody tell me whether this is an American accent the kid has? Because he seems to fit the stereotype of the growing to be obese American boy all too well. The furniture also reeks of a corresponding social level. Give the people some books! It’s just 17 seconds, but I’m utterly fascinated:-)

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“End Guantanamo” banner for your blog!

March 23, 2007 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Blogging, Guantanamo, Politics | 21 Comments
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What’s happening in Guantanamo is unacceptable up and down. I don’t believe in signing petitions anymore, but I am going to try now to give my message, End Guantanamo!, a new visual ID.

While allegations of torture happening in Guantanamo have become rife, I didn’t want to go down the gory path of design. Instead, I opted for a minimalist style, more akin to the pictograms developed by Otl Aicher for the Olympic games in 1972.

You can help spread the message – download the image below, mail it, print it, put it on your blog! Leave a comment with email address if you’d like to have a copy of the Photoshop and Illustrator files.

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You may download this image (right mouse click on the image and then download it) or link to it. You’ll find different sizes on my Flickr page if you click on the image or this link. You do not have to give me credit. It is licensed under a Creative Commons license, requesting attribution, but you don’t have to do that – CC just doesn’t offer licenses without attribution. You may not use it for commercial purposes and what ever you do with the image, you should also allow others to do with it. You may NOT use it if you intend to deride its message.

Here is an explanation how to put an image in your sidebar: Add a text widget to your WP sidebar, paste this code into it, then save:

<a href=”https://anaj.wordpress.com/2007/03/23/end-guantanamo-banner-for-your-blog/”><img src=”http://farm1.static.flickr.com/148/431652089_d3d9717a21_o.jpg&#8221; border=”0″/></a>

My grudge against U.S. America 30/40

March 22, 2007 at 7:15 am | Posted in German, Guantanamo, Sick | 6 Comments
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Last night I thought: I’d really like to design an “End Guantanamo” logo to stick on my blog and share with others. Just read an article in the Spiegel earlier about the ‘trials’ that have started now in Guantanamo and that seem to have more in common with a drumhead court-martial than with regular legal proceedings. Geneva Convention, anyone? It makes me sick to think that there are people who have been held in prison, tortured, humiliated for five years now, trapped in a legal black hole, by a country that claims to be the beacon of hope and freedom. Just imagine it were you now, held in Guantanamo, just because you did some translation work for the Afghan authorities, not knowing that some of them were Al-Qaida – like one of the guys the Spiegel article was about… it makes me so incredibly sick. Five years of your life… try to recover from that. If you ever get out, that is…

Being German, I also want to ask: Why doesn’t anybody use the term ‘concentration camp’ for Guantanamo? It _is_ the right term. And anybody who ever wondered how all those things could have happened in Germany, how millions could be killed without the German citizens noticing and reacting: Where is the reaction of American citizens now? How can Guantanamo exist, continue to exist, without anybody ever intervening? And why is there no decided response from the global community? Shouldn’t the USA be kicked out of the NATO, their citizens no longer be granted visa to other countries, US embassies be evicted, and presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of all countries declare their disgust with America’s delusion of grandeur? ‘Home of the free’? Dear my American friends who read this – I know what you think of Guantanamo (and if you didn’t we wouldn’t be friends), and so I trust that you won’t take personal offense. It just make me so sick…

I don’t think I’ll get my blogosphere chores done today either:-(

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