nice appearance by the always-amazing naomi klein on bill moyers. 30 min worth watching. i love her analysis of most climate activist messages that target the individual (‘you can do something about it by changing your behavior’) and often neglect the necessity for collective action. this point is the reason i finally became a fan of annie leonard’s story of stuff series when she presented the story of change, and what i love about occupy movement: the realization that we need to break out of the individualistic thinking that keeps us competing against each other rather than working together. we’re all in the same boat and should start acting more like it.

i’m mostly contemplating her point that part of the reason why public opinion on the subject of climate change has been so shaky is the discrepancy between saying ‘this is a huge, armageddon-style problem’ but suggesting that the solutions only have a very minor impact on our lives (‘changing light bulbs’) and do not demand big sacrifices from anyone. maybe it’s because ‘being radical’ has been put in such a bad public light, and the public debate tends to frame climate activists as radical – while it’s actually the other way round, as mckibben so rightly points out: the true radicals are those who are fundamentally changing the composition of the atmosphere.

i’m no historian, but i do tend to agree with her (as i usually do..) that this is the greatest problem we’ve ever faced as humanity. it’s what makes this the most interesting issue to work on and be a part of.

by the way, also just in: is calling climate activists around the world to join the global power shift kick-off in istanbul from 10-17 june 2013. i’m hoping i can join, and look forward to meet climate activists from around the world!

Seit mehr als 3 Wochen demonstrieren Flüchtlinge, die von Würzburg nach Berlin gelaufen sind, um auf das unmögliche Asylrecht aufmerksam zu machen, seit einer Woche auch im Hungerstreik vor dem Brandenburger Tor.

Dabei werden Ihnen bei Temperaturen um den Nullpunkt und Bodenfrost Decken/Isomatten von den Behörden weggenommen, sie dürfen nicht mal zur medizinischen Behandlung weder liegen noch sitzen, und auch nicht im Rollstuhl sitzen. Ständige Änderungen der Auflagen inklusive.

Öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit bis vor 2 Tagen: sehr gering. Die Medien kommen halt erst wenn sich Politpromis und/oder nackte Frauen dazustellen. Dazu ein schöner Beitrag von Ennomane.

Es sollte nicht vergessen werden, wie es zum verschärften Asylrecht kam, damals, Anfang der 90er. Da brannten Asylbewerberheime, vielleicht erinnert sich noch jemand an Rostock-Lichtenhangen. In Hoyerswerda kapitulierte der Staat und evakuierte die Asylbewerber – und schon hatten die Rechten den Erfolg den sie wollten: Hoyerswerda war ausländerfrei. An den Ressentiments scheint sich auch in den letzten 20 Jahren nicht sonderlich viel geändert zu haben. Ich kann mich auch noch sehr gut daran erinnern, und stimmte auch Martin Hyuns Artikel zu.

Dieser Artikel fasst das ganz gut zusammen, wie es dazu kam, dass ausgerechnet die Opfer (!) des Asylrechtsmissbrauchs bezichtigt wurden und als Konsequenz der Pogrome dann das Asylrecht verschärft wurde. In den Worten von Ennomane: “Eigentlich erbärmlich. Nein. Uneigentlich.”

Anbei noch ein schockierendes und recht aktuelles Video vom September, wo sich Geschichte zu wiederholen droht: ‘Hass statt Gastfreundschaft: Asyl in Wolgast’

Wen wundert es noch, dass Deutschland gerade von UN-Experten für Defizite bei der Achtung von Menschenrechten, gerade bei der Abschiebung von Asylbewerbern, kritisiert wurde.

police, firefighters and civil guards have joined the protests in spain, declaring ‘somos la policía del pueblo, no de los políticos’- we are the police of the people, not the politicians!

perhaps they were shocked by the police brutality in the last days/weeks, perhaps they’ve realized that they are part of the 99% too – in any case, this is great! 

best wishes out to the indignados in españa!

oh, and for the german(speaker)s: if you haven’t read it yet, check out the perspective of an german expat in spain on what the crisis means, a view that we don’t really get in our ‘everybody-but-us-is-lazy-and-deserves-austerity’ media coverage.

the revolution will be televised – nice short documentary on the #occupy movement in the US by Livia Santos from Kumba Films (thx, bruna!)!

usually i go with gil scott-heron and argue the opposite: the structure that makes “television” prevents this media of leading to anything worthy of being called a revolution. in fact, the media have a deep interest in not documenting anything revolutionary that could uproot their comfy status as a major political force that is outside of any democratic controls.

on the other hand, i fully agree that moving images on a screen are the communication technology of the future (and probably already of the present). why else would i keep a blog on audiovisual content for a sustainable future!? that’s why i hope for more cinematographers and people using their 5D(-equivalent)s to make great-looking films about inspiring people/movements/events to transmit the important messages of our time.

“if you try and stop the pen, then you’re inviting the gun”

nice video from the occupy india / anonymous protests on june 9, against the indian government’s efforts to shut down internet sites including e.g. vimeo (how the hell did they pick vimeo that’s really known for high-quality videos that are shared by their producers!?). NH7 also published an interesting chat with anonymous india. (video by the awesome now delhi, discovered at wild city)

as a part of occupy berlin, i’m so happy to see this! people around the world are standing up for their legitimate rights. young people everywhere are realizing that we need to change the world. that democracy needs action and active participation. that they will no longer by silenced by the opium of consumerism or straight out oppression. right now, #opindia is fighting internet censorship, but who knows what will be next. maybe corruption?

one thing i am a little wary of is the aggressive tone. yes, it’s quite typical for anonymous, but not that typical for occupy. i’d like to contribute this video (on vimeo!!) from occupylove to the movement here, with charles eisenstein (the gift economy) talking about creating a world that works for everybody.

don’t walk behind me; i may not lead. don’t walk in front of me; i may not follow. just walk beside me and be my friend.

albert camus (thx, philipp!)

charles eisenstein talking about the gift economy. same guy that was featured in the awesome occupy love clip! his video speaks a lot to me, and the solutions he lists make a lot of sense (negative interest, internalization of costs, social dividend, relocalization, p2p finance), gonna check out his book!

an economy that embodies the principles of the gift is an economy that is simply grounded in the truth. the task before us is to align money with the true expression of our gifts.

klartext von ingo schulze in der süddeutschen. 100% zustimmung.

Demokratie wäre, wenn die Politik durch Steuern, Gesetze und Kontrollen in die bestehende Wirtschaftsstruktur eingriffe und die Akteure an den Märkten, vor allem an den Finanzmärkten, in Bahnen zwänge, die mit den Interessen des Gemeinwesens vereinbar sind. Es geht um die einfachen Fragen: Wem nutzt es? Wer verdient daran? Ist das gut für unser Gemeinwesen? Letztlich wäre es die Frage: Was wollen wir für eine Gesellschaft? Das wäre für mich Demokratie.

obama could sign the NDAA (allow american citizens to be arrested on U.S. soil by the military without charge and detained indefinitely) as early as wednesday? that should take care of any leftover glimmer of hope in obama. that’s definitely a change alright, just not quite the one most people were hoping for (of a nobel peace prize winner, ha!): guantanamo forever.

every day it gets increasingly difficult to dispute that the US is a civilization in (rapid) decline. jon stewart’s daily show will one day likely be a historic record of this former superpower’s farcical political landscape and its deconstruction in the name of ‘economic progress’ and ideological ‘wars on terror’. don’t enough US citizens realize that every day their country is getting less robust, less fit to meet the challenges of the future (admittedly, europe isn’t doing such a swell job either, but the US is just crass)?

today i read some shocking figures on business insider (better version, less clicking), even though they just confirm the economic picture publicized in the wake of occupy. 57% of children live in ‘low income’ or impoverished homes. that’s more than half of a future generation that has been denied an equal opportunity. one out of three americans would not be able to pay their rent/mortgage next month if they lost their job. with such little back-up, it’s understandable that ‘medical debt’ accounts for 60% of bankruptcies. 50 million uninsured americans (16.7% of the pop’n, 1 out of 6) needn’t even lose their jobs to go bankrupt, but just have an accident or a medical problem.

how can one expect a nation to solve even the slightest future challenge, when it’s busy with so many self-created problems? it’s like a terminal-stage cancer patient trying to run a marathon (and not realizing the competition is actually a triathlon). one such challenge is that the US will eventually become one of the world’s climate change hotspots. closely related is the fact that an addiction to a limited ressource (fossil fuels) is simply suicidal.

occupy needs to make a major impact very soon for the US to be part of the future. if NDAA passes, it will present an even larger challenge and even slimmer chances of success.