migrantische communities in st. georg, hamburg

Gegenseitige Ökonomie: Die Centrum-Moschee mit den auffälligen Minaretten befindet sich neben Lindenbazar, dem wahrscheinlich größten türkischen Supermarkt in Hamburg. (Foto: eslam.de)

Lezte Woche habe ich an einem besonderen Stadtrundgang teilgenommen. Das Thema war migrantische Communties in Sankt Georg, einer der vielfältigsten Stadtteilen in Hamburg.

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r.i.p. jack layton

Jack Layton, leader of the official opposition party (NDP), died at age 61 today, after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Canada lost a fighter.

terror attacks in utoya and oslo

My thoughts and sympathies to the victims, their family and friends, and everyone affected by the attacks.

The alleged attacker is extreme in his ideology, so this terrible event is very political irrespective of motive.

I don’t mean to take away from the tragedy that was teenagers being slain – while on summer camp – and the bombing in Oslo, but let’s go meta and look at the reactions of the world.

The reactions are also political and ideological. Words used – and words conspicuous in their absence – are loaded. Not only do the attacks carry heavy weight in asking us what has become of man, the reactions should also be critically examined to shed light on what has become of man.

Again, not to take away from the death and destruction, but the response of individuals, communities and countries is very interesting. Keep an eye on it. I’ll have more to say about this when I get back from my holiday in Sweden.

The other tragedy today in the world, of course, is the famine in Somalia and Eastern Africa, where I think every day 2 out of 10,000 people die from starvation or malnutrition.

Last thing – one news article said this incident, the most fatal since WWII, is the end of Norwegian innocence. They said the same thing when the Swedish PM was assassinated in the ’90s.