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The Age of Civic/Civil Protest/Unrest

In History, Identity on March 23, 2011 at 13:10

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in autumn 1989 the world was never going to be the same. Francis Fukuyama proclaimed the end of history. That this was not the case is obvious. What has followed between 1990 and 1999 could be argued as being an interregnum. What started with the protests at the WTO Conference in Seattle in 1999 has been repeated ever since: Glenneagles, Gothenburg, Genoa, Heiligendamm…The places changed, the scenes were almost always the same. Heavily guarded politicians, riot police and a huge crowd of protesters.

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Humorous Studies

In England, Germany, Identity, Literature, Stereotypes on March 14, 2011 at 22:24

In a blog about Anglo-German love/hate relationships the topic of humour must not be left out. And yet it is very difficult to put something together on humour that doesn’t sound ridiculous or simply is prejudgmental. It is incredibly difficult to pen out something about humour that doesn’t sound ridiculous or patronizing or whatever one thinks it might sound like. It is no secret that some people have humour, some don’t and others have this sort of humour that no one really understands and estranges most people and in the worst case, might be considered offensive.

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