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24 March 2013

 

Finally a definition of society which I can agree on:

Drawing upon Hegel and Heidegger, John Russon writes:

 

"What we have in a social setting is not a fixed substance called 'society' and then a bunch of 'members' who somehow live in it: rather, we have a number of actors engaged in an ongoing project of mutual recognition, where some set of common institutions has been handed down to all, and how the various agents take up this heritage will determine how - or indeed whether - they can recognize and confirm one another."

 

Oh, and let's not forget that these actions are dynamic (i.e. subject to change) and while politics sets borders, these are highly porous. 

"The presence of Eureopan Muslims has to be regarded as Europe's chance to open itself to something beyond itself, to maintain a relation to something beyond itself, to maintain a relation to something that is beyond the European self. Islam, embodied in its Muslim immigrants, is now Europe's chance for a self-destructive conservation of Europe, for a relation to something beyond the European self. The threat of the alien Islam that is built into the very constitution of the community called Europe is indeed Europe's chance or opportunity for a democratic iteration of Europe."

 

Meyda Yeğenoğlu: Hospitality and European Muslims

FETIH 1453

War das nicht klar? Die Griechen und jetzt die Via Dolorosa in Deutschland wollen eine Verfilmung der Eroberung Konstantinopels durch die Osmanen boykottieren. Weil heute noch Christen in der Türkei verfolgt werden und die Hagia Sophia in eine Moschee verwandelt wurde. 

Wie lange ist das her? Vielleicht sollte sich die Via Dolorosa mal den Kreuzzügen widmen und überlegen, wie viel die Eroberung der damals maroden und bankrotten Stadt mit den heutigen vertraglich geregelten Menschenrechten des türkischen Nationalstaats zu tun hat.

Und wieso die Verfilmung des tatsächlich Stattgefundenen boykottieren? 1453 ist Geschichte und kein türkisches Hirngespinst. Nicht die Türken sollten sich schämen, bildgewaltiges Kino zu produzieren, sondern diejenigen, die den Film boykottieren, weil sie immer noch nicht über das Feindbild Islam hinweg sind.
Und, ach ja: Jede Art von Krieg ist grausam. 

FETIH 1453

Alright, so the Turks reclaim the world's movie theaters which could be a reason for joy. However, in this case the Greeks claim racism to be at work and the German Christian Via Dolorosa association wants to have people boycot the movie. Alas, why did I figure?

It seems people west of Istanbul still haven't gotten over the "loss" of the then ramshackle and bankrupt city. Please note: Islam is not your enemy anymore! Besides, you cannot beautify history by boycotting movies on it. For, yes, this is history and today's Turks are certainly not the authors of it. What about reconsidering the crusades (that were a major cause in Constantinople's decline in the first place)? Note again: Any kind of war is gruesome!

It is a good thought to create awareness of the lacking human rights situation in contemporary Turkey, but boycotting this movie will work on the wrong ends, I am afraid.

FETIH 1453

Filme boykot mu olacak? Yunanlar ve Almanya'daki Via Dolorosa adlı Hıristiyan bir dernek bu şekilde ifade etmiş. Yunanlar ırkçılık hakkında konuşuyor, derneğin üyeleri cinayet, hırsızlık, tecavüz gösteren bir filme hayır diyorlar. 

Yani - işte bu tarih değil mi?! Her bir tür savaş zalimdir. Bu film Türklerin intikamı mı? Ne kadar çılgın bir fikir bu. Türkler de kötü olayları kutlamaz. Bu arada, ya Yunanlar ya da Hırisityanlar da suçsuz değil. Papaların Haçlı Seferleri hakkında film olsa? Fetih'ten daha kanlı olacağından eminim. 

Konstantiniye o arada sakat ve batkın bir şehirmiştir. Bana sorarsanız boykot etmek isteyenler İslam dinini hala rakip olarak algılıyorlar. Tartışın! Ama tek yönlü suçlandırma belirtmek artık olamaz.

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    Manon (Friday, 03 February 2012 12:19)

    Du hast sooo recht!

Deutschland und Migration

Eberhard Seidel:  Selektive Wahrnehmung. Artikel in der taz vom 14. Januar 2006

 

Obwohl schon etwas älter, gestaltet Seidel hier ein schönes Plädoyer gegen den "Einbürgerungstest" und beweist, dass das, was wir von anderen verlangen manchmal auch nur das ist, was wir gern in uns selbst sähen.

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Consumption

Ever wondered how the system works? Ever felt like "Ah, things won't change, so why should I bother?" Well, give Annie Leonard a couple of minutes and see what she has to say. She's incredible! Spending time and money on trying to find out how 'things' around us work just for curiosity's sake. And for our benefit as well.

She started out with the Story of Stuff, making it the Story of Stuff PROJECT.

Take a look:

 

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

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