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Niklas Monrad
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this surveillance will have a wider scope than was the case under the former East German system: 'The German aim was limited to avoiding a revolt against the regime. The Chinese aim is far more ambitious: it is clearly an attempt to create a new citizen.'

#china   #internet   #surveillance   #bigbrother  
The Chinese government is currently implementing a nationwide electronic system, called the Social Credit System, attributing to each of its 1,3 billion citizens a score for his or her behavior. The system will be based on various criteria, ranging from financial credibility and criminal record to social media behavior. From 2020 onwards each adult citizen should, besides his identity card, have such a credit code.
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 Gazprom should decide on whether to follow a risky political path or a sustainable commercial trajectory. In the latter case, its actions might ultimately contribute to the (re)construction of a relationship of mutual trust between the EU and Russia, which could expand far beyond the realm of the gas market.

#gazprom   #europe   #opinion   #energy  
Just a week after having sent a Statement of Objections (SO) in the frame of the antitrust case against Google, EU Competition Comm...
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The refugee crisis is not only an immediate humanitarian crisis, but it risks turning into a severe social and political crisis in a number of European countries if illegal mass immigration is seen to be allowed to take place, as xenophobia and racism will end up strengthening political radicalisation, thus undermining our societies. 

From the advocates of the humanitarian approach (maximum support for people in need) we need to hear how many refugees they consider too many for Europe to receive, and what they suggest Europe do once that limit is reached. We also need to ask ourselves the hypothetical but not unrealistic question: "What are we going to do in case a giant country like China collapses?" Should be be ready to receive, say, 0.1% of its population as refugees? (NM)
Germany and its European Union partners want to prevent further refugee dramas in the Mediterranean Sea. But a look back at the policies adopted after the 2013 tragedy in Lampedusa shows they have made a terrible situation even deadlier. By SPIEGEL Staff
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"He is completely isolated," a senior euro zone official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. "He didn't even come to the dinner to represent his country,"

#greece   #eu   #euro  
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Aboard the Italian-themed cruise ship Costa Atlantica, two days’ sail from the coast of China, at a special dinner for high-paying passengers, head chef Daniel Martinez began by explaining the concept of bread.
The cruise industry is coming to China.
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For decades, the world has known that the massive Israeli facility near Dimona, in the Negev Desert, was the key to its secret nuclear project. Yet, for decades, the world—and Israel—knew that Israel had once misleadingly referred to it as a “textile factory.” Until now, though, we’ve never known how that myth began—and how quickly the United States saw through it. The answers, as it turns out, are part of a fascinating tale that played out in the closing weeks of the Eisenhower administration—a story that begins with the father of Secretary of State John Kerry and a familiar charge that the U.S. intelligence community failed to “connect the dots.

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For decades, the world has known that the massive Israeli facility near Dimona, in the Negev Desert, was the key to its secret nuclear project. Yet, for decades, the world—and Israel—knew that Israel had once misleadingly referred to it as a “textile factory.” Until now, though, we’ve never known how that myth began—and...
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In the last year, Moscow has upped its military presence in the region, increasing sorties by fighter jets and opening new bases in the region, constructing 10 search-and-rescue stations, 16 deepwater ports, 13 airfields, and 10 air-defense radar stations across its Arctic coast. Russia has also reopened previously closed Soviet bases in the far-north, including one in the Murmansk region, just 31 miles away from the Finnish border, which will house over 3,000 ground troops, 39 surface ships, and 35 submarines.

#arctic   #russia   #nordics  
As Washington steps back in the Arctic, other countries are investing in their military capabilities there.
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I [...] would interpret the European Commission’s action against Gazprom as, in part, an effort to grab authority away from firms and decisionmakers in the big member states.

#gazprom  #energy #europe   #opinion  
The E.U.'s action against Gazprom isn't about the Ukraine conflict. It's about the hidden politics of energy markets.
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läget är så illa att om vi gör något nu riskerar det att gå precis så illa som det annars kommer att gå sen om inget görs

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Nästa svenska finanskris kommer inte att bero på otur. Snarare handlar det om ett rent beställningsjobb. Det stora problemet i svensk politik tycks inte vara vanligt käbbel utan något betydligt mer genant.
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"Enligt uppgift kom regering och opposition i december dessutom överens om att bara regeringen först slapp regera så skulle oppositionen sen slippa opponera."
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Underneath the national park's attractions and walking paths is enough hot rock to fill the Grand Canyon nearly 14 times over. Most of it is in a newly discovered magma reservoir, which the scientists featured in a study published on Thursday in the journal Science.

#science   #yellowstone   #volcano  
As tourists to Yellowstone stroll between 300 active geysers, they are treading one of the planet's largest time bombs. It's bigger than previously thought.
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Always good to keep in mind

Last year, a group of Austrian psychologists reported a correlation between EI and narcissism, raising the possibility that narcissists with high EI might use their “charming, interesting, and even seductive” qualities for “malicious purposes,” such as deceiving others

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When Emotional Intelligence Goes Wrong http://trib.al/1J04Uay
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Among antitrust regulators, Ms. Vestager may be the only marshal self-assured enough to carry around half-knitted elephants in her purse.

#eu   #antitrust   #vestager  
The European Union’s commissioner for competition has a reputation for being tough, but she says it’s her responsibility to make sure that competition is fair and open.
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“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” ― George Orwell
Introduction
I am very interested in strategic geopolitics, economics, and political philosophy and my Google+ postings generally reflect those interests. 

Rather than creating my own blog, I prefer to post articles from renowned media, sometimes with a short comment. You will also find postings that have to do with science, technology, psychology, finance, movies, music and motor cycling. 

I am a private person so I do not post updates about my personal life in general, but a few bits may appear. I think the music I post every now and then says a few things about me. But what it says is up to you to decide...

I will only add you to my circles if I think your postings add value in general not just because you add me to your circles.


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I speak Danish, English, Portuguese, Swedish, and Dutch fluently. I furthermore manage pretty well in French and German and to a lesser degree in Italian and Spanish
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  • University of Aarhus
    Brazilian-Portuguese & Latin American Studies
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I identify the core of a problem and base the solution on that.
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Jugoslavia - Denmark - Brazil - Sweden - Netherlands
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