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Repression against reverse graffiti: our village shall remain dirty

Repression against reverse graffiti: our village shall remain dirty

With "reverse graffiti" murals are created by cleaning up soot. Cologne wants to fight this with advertisements – the Green Youth scoffs at it.

Clean thing: Reverse Graffiti, here in San Francisco. Image: Frankenhut / License: CC BY 2.0

That Cologne is a rather dirty place was already noted by the Scottish philosopher David Hume in his 18th-century travelogues – today, this is still considered the consensus. Nevertheless, many of its inhabitants consider the old city on the Rhine to be the most beautiful in Germany, usually with the remark that there is more to it than mere surface. Because Kolle, as they also like to sing there, Kolle is after all: e Jefohl.

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Racism on buses and trains: the silence after the standard sentence

Racism on buses and trains: the silence after the standard sentence

Again and again, passengers are racially insulted by public transport employees. Companies rely on the narrative of the individual case.

Non-white Deutsche Bahn customers in particular receive second-class treatment Photo: Thomas Rabsch/laif

He actually just wanted to get from A to B. Benjamin Vorholter, 34, an editor with the German Armed Forces Reserves Association, was sitting on the RB26 regional train on his way to Cologne Central Station in mid-January when he overheard an argument between a group of young black men and a train attendant. The passengers do not have a ticket, and between Bonn and Cologne they are asked to leave the train.

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War in the south caucasus: what did the pentagon know?

War in the south caucasus: what did the pentagon know?

The American media criticize the U.S. government for encouraging Georgia in its plans.

At least they practiced together: U.S. soldiers and Georgian military at a bilateral maneuver near Tbilisi in July 2008 Image: dpa

Pentagon efficiency raises eyebrows: The U.S. Defense Department’s website says it began repatriating 2,000 Georgian soldiers from Iraq as early as last Friday. So little time elapsed between the first reports of the invasion of South Ossetia and the action taken by U.S. forces in Iraq on behalf of their ally in Tbilisi that the question arises: What did the U.S. know in advance and from whom?

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