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Introvert vegan anarchist. I read mostly fantasy and science fiction books. I can lend you most of the books I've read, as epub.

Languages: DE, EN.

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German Rule, African Subjects (2020, Berghahn Books) No rating

Although it lasted only thirty years, German colonial rule dramatically transformed South West Africa. The …

For the first time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, the task of subjecting the colonial legacy to reappraisal has even been adopted as an element of government policy: the programme of the fourth Merkel government states that ‘it is part of the fundamental democratic consensus in Germany that the Nazi reign of terror, the SED dictatorship and Germany’s colonial history need to be reappraised and come to terms with’.

Despite this, the debate is concentrated on a narrow range of topics: for example, war crimes and genocide, and whether particular objects in museums were legally acquired. That colonialism in itself was structurally criminal gets lost sight of. For it is indeed the case that not merely were crimes committed under colonialism, as is generally conceded, but rather that colonialism itself is criminal. There is a distinct lack of awareness of this.

A favourite method of approaching the issue is to draw up a balance sheet: aspects of colonialism that are considered to have been positive – the ‘civilizatory achievements’ – are set off against the excessively violent episodes. In this way, war crimes are transformed into exceptional events: the genocide committed against the Herero and Nama, for example, is above all laid at the door of the commanding general, Lothar von Trotha. This is alarmingly reminiscent of the strategy with which German colonial offcials sought to justify particularly brutal events in German South West Africa, as is depicted in my book. The blame always lay only with individuals; nobody called the racist colonial system itself into question. Pointing the finger at individuals who bore a particular degree of blame serves to push the structurally racist and structurally criminal nature of colonialism into the background.

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Eight Flavors (2016, Simon & Schuster) No rating

“Very cool…a breezy American culinary history that you didn’t know you wanted” (Bon Appetit …

Although cakes and cookies bake at the same temperature, about 350 degrees, cakes reach internal temperatures of only around 210 degrees. But cookies, which are small and thin, will exceed temperatures of 280 to 300 degrees. At high heats, all the hundreds of wonderful flavor chemicals of natural vanilla burn off. The result is that your vanilla sugar cookies, baked with natural vanilla extract, end up virtually tasteless. But imitation vanilla, which contains pure vanillin, delivers a much more potent dose of flavor that survives the oven's heat.

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🤯 guess I'll buy some imitation vanilla!

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Verleitung zum Aufstand (englische Broschur, German language, mandelbaum verlag) No rating

Michael Genner schreibt über seinen jahrzehntelangen Versuch, Verfolgte zu schützen, Menschenrechte zu verteidigen: von der …

Im September 1980 ergriffen [in der Türkei] faschistische Generäle die Macht. Zwischen den NATO-Staaten Deutschland und Türkei bestanden gute politische, militärische und wirtschaftliche Verbindungen Dementsprechend sah die deutsche "Asylpolitik" nach dem Militärputsch aus: Flüchtlingen aus der Türkei, und ganz besonders kurdischer Herkunft, verweigerten die deutschen Behörden in eklatanter Missachtung der Genfer Flüchtlingskonvention das Recht auf Asyl. In der Folge entwickelte sich eine generelle Abschottungspolitik gegenüber Flüchtlingen aus der Dritten Welt. 1981 entschied der Hessische Verwaltungsgerichtshof, die Folterung eines Kurden im Fall seiner Abschiebung sei asylrechtlich nicht relevant, da sie "nicht auf verwerflicher Gesinnung des türkischen Staates" beruhe. 1982 schrieb der Baden-Württembergische Verwaltungsgerichtshof allen Ernstes, Folter sei ein "allgemein-kriminalpolitisches Phänomen": Angewandt gegen "tatsächliche oder vermeintliche Geheimbündler", diene sie nur als "Mittel, um durch gewaltsame Erzwingung von Aussagen Erkenntnisse über den organisatorischen Aufbau und die Personalstruktur der Vereinigung zu erfahren. Mit politischer Verfolgung hat dies nichts zu tun."

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