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7. April 2008, 1:17 Uhr, Geschrieben von Miriam Meckel

The new normality

tradition-in-progress.jpg It is hot and humid and I immediately associate "water" with this city. It's the humidity in the air of about 98 percent. It's my skin covered by sweat right after leaving the airport. And it's what people have in mind when coming to New Orleans - the city that was disastrously flooded after Hurricane Katrina had hit the town with up to 250 kmh on 29th of August 2005. Driving in a taxi from the airport to ... weiterlesen...

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3. April 2008, 23:54 Uhr, Geschrieben von Miriam Meckel

The audacity of speaking out in election campaigns

At an evening reception these days in Philadelphia I spoke to a business man about 60 years old. As in lots of other discussions the talk quickly triggered the U.S. elections. He told me he was about to change his registration as a Republican to be able to vote for Barack Obama at the upcoming primaries in Pennsylvania on 22nd of April. A Republican making an effort to vote for a Democrat - interesting ... There is some flexibility in ... weiterlesen...

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2. April 2008, 14:54 Uhr, Geschrieben von Miriam Meckel

Get off the treadmill

deadlines.jpg Incredible it is how things change after a few days abroad. Having been away now for more than a week from office, daily working routines, a flood of emails, regularly looking after the dishwasher, trying to squeeze in laundry between two meetings uphill and downhill I feel my life has sweepingly changed. More though: I have changed as well. This might sound like an excessive interpretation but it's just true. I can well remember the year I spent ... weiterlesen...

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31. März 2008, 23:25 Uhr, Geschrieben von Miriam Meckel

fact check your candidate

Do politicians lie? Yes, from time to time they do. That's what we all know. Hillary Clinton made it easy to disprove her creative narrative of getting into sniper fire in Bosnia in March 1996. At that time the war was over journalists quickly asserted.But often it's difficult to prove a lie as such. Factcheck.org tries to do so and provides transparency for the election campaigns the candidates are currently running in the USA. They do it by monitoring the ... weiterlesen...

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31. März 2008, 1:18 Uhr, Geschrieben von Miriam Meckel

Does dancing make a difference?

Do politicians and journalists need to convince by dancing? Presumably not. Nevertheless: there must be something behind comparing the two. That is at least what we can deduce from watching the Ellen DeGeneres show these days. Every guest at "Ellen" has to dare a few dancing steps while entering the studio. That's fun most of the times for the people watching. And often it's fun for Ellen, too. It might have been different when TV host and journalist Chris Matthews ... weiterlesen...

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