07.06.2018 - 09:18 [ Haaretz ]

The Justices ‚Wisely Chose Not to Intervene‘ in Israel’s Legislation

(30.5.2018) The law itself is bad, undemocratic and non-egalitarian. It theoretically makes it possible for an elected lawmaker to be removed on the basis of his political rivals’ interpretation of the terms “racism” and “support for terrorism.” What exactly is racism and what exactly is support for terrorism? When Culture Minister Miri Regev says that the African asylum seekers are a cancer in the nation’s body, is that racism or a medical diagnosis? Does a call for Nakba Day demonstrations or the mere use of the term “Nakba” qualify as incitement to terrorism? Until now, these were matters for the High Court to determine. But from now on, the Knesset will decide who is a racist and who is a terrorist.

17.05.2018 - 12:56 [ Japan Today ]

3 more victims sue Japanese government over forced sterilization

Japan’s health ministry acknowledges that around 16,500 people were forcibly sterilized under a eugenics law in place between 1948 and 1996.

The law allowed doctors to sterilize people with heritable intellectual disabilities, to „prevent the generation of poor quality descendants“.

Another 8,500 people were sterilized with their consent, according to authorities, though lawyers say even those cases were likely „de facto forced“ because of the pressure individuals faced.

02.05.2018 - 11:54 [ Haaretz / ]

Under Cover of Iran, Netanyahu Just Took Three New Steps Toward Fascism

As the prime minister spoke, however, as a war-anxious nation and an attentive, approving White House hung on his every word, a little over 30 miles up the road, in Jerusalem, a mortal threat to Israel was being assembled under our very noses. In the Knesset, no less. A set of three time bombs, complex, deadly, radioactive.

Each of them a step toward annihilating Israel as we have come to know it. Each of them a step toward dictatorial rule, toward fascism. Each of them approved by – spurred by – Netanyahu himself.

21.04.2018 - 14:52 [ Radio Utopie ]

Recht und Order

(25.7.2014) Der Begriff „Order“ umschreibt im Englischen sowohl „Ordnung“ als auch „Befehl“. D.h., der entsprechende militärische Befehl „I give you an order“ lautet direkt übersetzt „Ich gebe Dir eine Ordnung“. Auch der Begriff „New World Order“ ist dementsprechend unterschiedlich interpretierbar, wenn man wiederum den etwas altbackenen Terminus „Neue Welt“ noch kennt, als Synonym für „Amerika“, mit dem natürlich keinesfalls irgendein Eskimo oder Mapuche gemeint war und ist.

Der Begriff „Neue Weltordnung“ ist also nur eine Übersetzung von „New World Order“. Eine andere wäre „Neuer Weltbefehl“, oder (im übertragenen Sinne) „Befehl Amerikas“.

Den Begriff „Law and Order“ übersetzte übrigens seinerzeit genau der damalige Innenminister von Deutschland falsch, der bis heute als „Law-and-Order“-Minister angesehen wird: Manfred Kanther (Innenminister von 1993-1998). Vor laufender Kamera übersetzte er „Law and Order“ mit „Gesetz und Recht“.

Noch heute fällt es gerade allen Konservativen – oder denjenigen, die sich dafür halten – schwer, ihren alten Gassenhauer „Recht und Gesetz“ wenigstens vom Deutschen ins Deutsche zu übersetzen.

15.04.2018 - 19:54 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Chief justice warns: Nixing judicial review threatens Israel’s democracy

Supreme Court President Esther Hayut is set to declare on Sunday that Israel cannot maintain the rule of law and democracy if the court’s judicial review powers are cut off, according to a statement released by the court.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the coalition appear to be moving forward with several initiatives to circumscribe the Supreme Court’s powers.

04.04.2018 - 01:52 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: Facebook CEO says no plans to extend all of European privacy law globally

Zuckerberg told Reuters in a phone interview that Facebook already complies with many parts of the law ahead of its implementation in May. He said the company wanted to extend privacy guarantees worldwide in spirit, but would make exceptions, which he declined to describe.