Crackdown on palestinian media: west bank raided.

Ten offices of Palestinian media outlets were closed by Israel’s army. They allegedly disseminated "inflammatory content."

Shuttered: the offices of PalMedia in Nablus, West Bank Photo: reuters

Almost one hundred Palestinian camera and sound people, editors and television technicians have to take an involuntary vacation. Since midweek, ten offices of several media companies in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Nablus and Hebron have been under lock and key for six months, according to Israeli military orders.

Treaty to ban nuclear weapons: why germany refuses

The ban on nuclear weapons will finally become universally valid international law on January 22, 2021. Against the resistance of the German government.

"Ban nuclear weapons": Greenpeace protest on the 75th anniversary of the throw on Hiroshima Photo: Bodo Marks / dpa

On Saturday, Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the treaty banning nuclear weapons of mass murder worldwide, adopted by the UN General Assembly in July 2017. There could hardly have been a better gift for the UN’s 75th birthday. As a result, the ban on nuclear weapons will become universally valid international law on January 22, 2021.

Wolfgang niedecken on corona deniers: “don’t they actually notice anything?”

BAP singer Wolfgang Niedecken thinks "lateral thinkers" are bogus giants – but he likes to run with FFF. His band’s new album is also about populism.

"I write the pieces from the perspective of an almost 70-year-old": Wolfgang Niedecken Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

taz am wochenende: Mr. Niedecken, at the end of August, a cross-front of Corona deniers, Reich citizens and Nazis stood on the steps of the Reichstag. In your song "Ruhe vor
‘m Sturm" against these developments and advise vigilance. So how should civil society react in Corona times?

Edathy case investigative committee: investigators against their will

The investigative committee begins its work. The SPD considers it superfluous. It remains to be seen whether Edathy himself will even appear.

Finds her new task superfluous: Eva Hogl. Photo: dpa

The chairwoman of the investigative committee on the Edathy affair sounds as if she actually has better things to do: "We are of the opinion that we did not need this committee," says SPD politician Eva Hogl, a few hours before the committee begins its work. She expects "no surprises and no new findings." Her parliamentary group colleague Uli Grotsch, who as SPD chairman is supposed to contribute to the clarification, also appears moderately motivated: "As the SPD, we are of the opinion that there are no more open questions."

Implementation of the sdg targets: switzerland as a brake

Switzerland is hindering the development of poorer countries by importing raw materials and pursuing a low-tax policy. In doing so, it could change its behavior without any losses.

Even the cocoa for the famous Swiss chocolate has to be imported Photo: dpa

Switzerland lives more at the expense of other countries than any other country in the world. No one is preventing the others as much from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN in 2015 by 2030. This is the conclusion reached by the Bertelsmann Foundation in this year’s report reviewing progress in implementing the 17 SDGs in 160 of the 193 UN member states.

Villa feltrinelli on lake garda: luxury for the nostalgic.

The Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli is a listed monument. On Lake Garda, the luxury villa is a niche product.

The Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda: an ambience only for the well-heeled Photo: imago/Karo

Who wants to visit the Villa Feltrinelli in the small village of Gargnano on Lake Garda, should already know the way. For a wrought-iron gate to a park-like complex hidden behind walls, without any indication of the posh hostel, is the inconspicuous entrance to a luxurious world. When the gates open, the deceleration already begins during the approach.

Syria diary episode 1: “because words are stronger”.

In Syria, peaceful opposition activists need patience. For example, the group in Kafranbel. They have been fighting for democracy since 2011.

Without words: cartoon of the activist group. Image: Kafranbel

The small town of Kafranbel is located in Idlib province in northwestern Syria. The town has since gained international notoriety thanks to its colorful, often humorous political posters. The leader of the activist group, Raed Fares, has already served several prison terms. On January 29, 2014, an attack was made on him, which he barely survived. Below, Fares reports on his group’s latest activities.

Publication on the identitarian movement: identitarians downplayed as boy scouts

A professor at Saxony’s University of Cooperative Education describes the Identitarian movement as an "actionist youth movement." This causes criticism.

Police clear a sit-in by the Identitarian movement in front of the CDU headquarters Photo: dpa

The Saxony University of Cooperative Education (BA) is a state-run higher education institution that offers practical training in various fields of study. Since last year, the educational academy has been publishing the scientific publication series "Wissen im Markt." The current issue includes a text about the far-right Identitarian Movement (IB), which is causing an uproar on the Internet.

Protests in brazil: “we have finally woken up”.

There has been no investment in infrastructure since the 1980s, and yet one major event follows another. Something is going totally wrong in Brazil.

A protester jumps over a barricade in Brasilia. Photo: dpa

In Brazil, you often hear that the country is still a young democracy, so please cut it some slack. After all, Brazil did not return to a democratic form of government until the 1980s, following the military dictatorship that lasted from 1964 to 1985. It fits the old image of the backward periphery that still has to catch up on development.

Freedom of the press in hong kong: dystopian retribution

Jimmy Lai took to the streets for democracy, calling China’s President Xi a dictator. Now the Hong Kong media mogul has been arrested.

Jimmy Lai during a July 1 interview Photo by Vincent Yu/ap

Most business tycoons in the financial capital remained mute to the growing grip of China’s authoritarian regime. The fear of economic retaliation was too great. Jimmy Lai, on the other hand, always spoke things as they are: He called Xi Jinping a dictator, he supported Hong Kong’s protest movement with full passion. What’s more, he regularly took to the streets in the front row with the black-clad activists, who by age could be his grandchildren.