Klogt sagt mod ytringsfrihedsfundamentalismen!

Med undtagelse af den altfor brede pensel hvormed der i interviewet tales om “araberne” og “den arabiske kultur” så siger jeg bare: Tak, Herbert! Det er så vigtigt at nogen tør sige at det også handler om Vestens hærgen i Mellemøsten og at vi må se fremad og diskutere hvordan vi får styr på fremtidens meget meget mere blandede samfund. Det er egentlig utroligt at det er unge mediefolk, der – 1/3 så gammel som Pundik og uden en brøkdel af hans internationale erfaring – skal fremføre den tåbelige ytringsfrihedsfundamentalisme, der er konfliktforøgende som ind i helvede. Det er præcis hvad han siger til sidst: Vores egocentriske holdning til omverdenen.

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The world’s richest 1% will own more than all the rest by 2016!

Richest 1% will own more than all the rest by 2016! – Oxfam report states. The West has had about 300 years to create a more fair world – as it thought of itself as a civilising factor and as the First World, as a model. But it has only made things worse. It has accumulated wealth to itself and elites in allied countries. This articles states that “the explosion in inequality is holding back the fight against global poverty at a time when 1 in 9 people do not have enough to eat and more than a billion people still live on less than $1.25-a-day.” It is not that long ago, the World Bank told the world that China, in a couple of decades, had uplifted 400 million citizens out of poverty. One must wonder how they could do that in such a short time but world capitalism that has dominated for centuries has not been able – or willing – to do anything similar where it could have done so. Inequality is a major reason for resources and productivity lost, for wars and for social disintegration. Capitalism as we have known it must come to an end and the traditional science of economy should be scrapped.

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Text: • Who of them will say: “My belief in my Western identity and our values and culture is strong. Therefore, I am Security, Police and Intelligence – but I am also Nonviolence, Dialogue and Reconciliation. And I feel safe when I take the first step away from the spiral of violence. • Let me repeat for a thousandth time […]

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“We Are All Charlie” – but is that story so simple?

Eleven points as a reflection on the terror in Paris and – not the least – the reactions to it*: 1. What was this an attack on? Was that attack an attack on freedom of speech as such, on democracy, even on the whole Western culture and lifestyle, as was maintained throughout? Or was it, more limited, a revenge directed at one weekly magazine for what some perceive as blasphemy? 2. Is freedom of expression practised or curtailed for various reasons? How real is that freedom in the West? Just a couple of days before the Paris massacre PEN in the U.S. published a report – Global Chilling – finding that about 75% of writers report that they are influenced by the NSA listening and abstain from taking up certain subjects or perspectives? Self-censorship, in other words. Finally, most of the political leaders marching in Paris on Sunday January 11 have clamped down on media, such as Turkey and Egypt. I must admit that I have experienced limitations in the practise of that freedom in my work with Western media and it is decades ago I draw the conclusion that things like political correctness, ownership, commercial/market considerations and journalists’ need for good relations with power – e.g. to obtain interviews – play a role. I’ve been on the ground in conflict zones and returning home to see reports so biased to tell very little of what I’ve seen myself. And […]

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