Coronavirus: Life returns to Germany as lifting of lockdown begins Back in business Store owners were just as delighted to welcome back customers, with some launching spring sales to try and tempt a few more inside. A lifestyle store in Ludwigsburg, Saxony-Anhalt, put up a banner reading, "We are back! Nice to see you again." … [Read more...] about Schools in Germany reopen — but coronavirus is not gone
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Researchers and their self-experiments Secret heart catheter Werner Forssmann was already considered a troublemaker during his medical training. The German surgeon was determined to prove that a long, flexible catheter could be inserted safely from the crook of the arm to the heart. Although his superiors had expressly forbidden him to carry out the experiment, in 1929 Forssmann was the first person to try it out — on himself. Secretly, of course. … [Read more...] about Now just free Africa of vaccine-derived poliovirus
'We also made our own sacrifices' The Taliban were not allowed to participate in the international Afghanistan conference in Germany at the end of 2001 — something Karim considers a major mistake early on. At that time the Taliban were on the run. Today they again control half of all Afghan districts, or are actively attacking them. "The second mistake that we are making here is trying to escape the situation very quickly," Karim says. "At times it seems that the US wants to leave at whatever cost. And I think that is really scary because we are bringing back a huge vulnerability." … [Read more...] about After 9/11: Has Germany failed in Afghanistan?
Angela Merkel in Auschwitz: 'I am filled with deep shame' Vowing to fight anti-Semitism "I am filled with a deep shame in the face of the crimes that were committed here by Germany," Merkel said in a speech at the site. The visit comes amid a new wave of anti-Jewish sentiment in Germany, with the chancellor vowing: "We will not tolerate any form of anti-Semitism." … [Read more...] about Former Nazi SS guard convicted in Germany’s ‘last’ Holocaust trial
For me, it comes down to justice. If we believe that the polluter should pay, then we must argue that those who are responsible for [contributing to] climate change shouldn't be allowed to shirk that responsibility. Similarly, we believe as an organization that in contributing to a solution like transitioning to a zero carbon future, we must distinguish between countries on the basis of their capacity to act, so that those with the greatest capacity can be asked to actually shoulder the greatest burden. Climate change does not affect us equally. So we must demand climate justice. … [Read more...] about ‘We are not locked into fossil fuels in Africa’