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Gefühlte Wahrheiten

Verlag Barbara Budrich


Populistische Strömungen gewinnen weltweit an Resonanz, gleichzeitig beobachten wir ein tiefes Misstrauen in die Problemlösungsfähigkeit der Politik, in die Fairness der Wirtschaft und die Unabhängigkeit der Wissenschaft. Der Soziologe und Risikoforscher Ortwin Renn führt diese Tendenzen auf gesellschaftliche Verunsicherung angesichts gesellschaftlicher Veränderung und Komplexität zurück. In seinem Buch untersucht er die aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Ängste, ihre Ursachen und Folgen. Aufklärend zielt Renn darauf, Verunsicherung abzubauen. Zudem will Renn mit diesem Buch mehr Zuversicht<br />in die Leistungskraft der zentralen gesellschaftlichen Institutionen, aber auch mehr Zutrauen in die eigene Gestaltungskraft<br />wecken.<br><br /><br>Das Buch beschäftigt sich mit den Ängsten in unserer Gesellschaft, ihrer Wahrnehmung, ihren Gründen und ihrer Wirkung. Was ängstigt die Menschen derzeit genau? Was bedroht uns? Woher kommen diese Ängste? Wie können wir – individuell und kollektiv – besser damit umgehen? Und was macht es mit unserer Gesellschaft, wenn die Angst zu mächtig wird?

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Die zehn abschließenden, imperativisch formulierten und recht

ausführlich erläuterten Empfehlungen zum Umgang mit Wissen, Medien und

Politik unterstreichen den orientierenden und handlungsleitenden

Anspruch des Buches. Es stellt einleuchtend dar, inwiefern in der

gegenwärtigen Krise politisch-strukturelle, individualpsychologische und

gruppendynamische Herausforderungen miteinander verwoben sind und

gemeinsam angegangen werden sollten. <br /><br><div align="right">literaturkritik.de, 04.09.2019<br>

 
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Die Zerstörung

HOFFMANN UND CAMPE VERLAG GmbH


Klar wie kaum jemand zuvor analysiert Carsten Brosda die Ursachen für das aktuelle Abrutschen der großen Volksparteien in der Wählergunst. Er skizziert die neue, oft kompromisslose politische Landschaft zwischen rechter Fremdenfeindlichkeit und grünem Kampf gegen den Klimawandel, und den wachsenden Einfluss der sozialen Medien, in denen zur Zerstörung der Volksparteien aufgerufen wird. Tatsächlich ist in den vergangenen Jahren einiges kaputt gegangen: Zerstörung bedeutet aber auch, dass der Blick frei wird auf die Fundamente unserer Demokratie. Kann demokratische Politik ohne Kompromisse und Ausgleich auf Dauer überhaupt erfolgreich sein? Wie können wir der Komplexität der Aufgaben, die vor uns liegen, gerecht werden? Gibt es doch noch einen Platz für die „Volksparteien“ in Deutschland? Und wie kann die Zukunft der SPD erfolgreich gestaltet werden?

„Wenn das 19. Jahrhundert im Zeichen des Kampfes um die Freiheit stand und das 20. Jahrhundert von Konflikten um die gerechte Verteilung von Teilhabe und Ressourcen geprägt war, wird das 21. Jahrhundert zunehmend von der Frage nach dem gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt bestimmt werden.“

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»Es wäre ein Segen, mehr Politiker von der intellektuellen Brillanz Brosdas auf der Bühne zu haben.«

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»Hier schreibt jemand, der sich mit der Zerstörung der Gesellschaft nicht abfinden will. Es wäre ein Segen, mehr Politiker von der intellektuellen Brillanz Brosdas auf der Bühne zu haben.«

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»Gnadenlos pragmatisch«

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»Rettungsversuch für eine Volkspartei.«

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»Ein bemerkenswertes Buch.«

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»Unaufgeregt und klug analysiert er die Krisenherde in der Gesellschaft.«

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»Lesenswert.«

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»Ein kluges Buch.«

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»Eine scharfsinnige und selbstkritische Analyse zur Krise der Volksparteien, die mit der Politikroutine bricht.«

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Dr. Carsten Brosda, Jahrgang 1974, ist Senator für Kultur und Medien in Hamburg sowie Vorsitzender des Kulturforums der Sozialdemokratie und Co-Vorsitzender der Medien- und Netzpolitischen Kommission des SPD-Parteivorstandes. Nach einem Studium der Journalistik und Politikwissenschaft wurde er mit einer Arbeit über "Diskursiven Journalismus" promoviert. Er war u. a. Leiter der Abteilung Kommunikation des SPD-Parteivorstandes und arbeitet seit 2011 in Hamburg, zunächst als Leiter des Amtes Medien, ab 2016 als Staatsrat für Kultur, Medien und Digitalisierung und seit Februar 2017 als Senator.

 
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What We Talk About When We Talk About War

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An Amazon.ca Editor's Pick for 2012 and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2012

Shortlisted, Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction, Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and John W. Dafoe Book Prize

Longlisted, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

A provocative examination of how communications has shaped the language of the media, and vice versa, and how rhetoric shapes how Canadians thinks of themselves as a nation and Canada's engagement in peacekeeping, war, and on the international stage.

According to Richler, each phase of engagement in Afghanistan has been shaped not only by rhetoric but an overarching narrative structure. This topic is very much in discussion at the moment. With the withdrawal of Canadian troops (at least in part) from Afghanistan, it becomes clear there had been a rhetorical cycle. Where once Canada wielded the myth of itself as a peacekeeping nation, the past decade has seen a marked shift away from this, emphasizing the Canadian soldier as warrior. Yet now, as the country withdraws, the oratorical language we use steps away from heroes, able warriors, and sacrifice and back towards a more comfortable vision of Canada in a peacekeeping/training role.

In recent years, Canada has made large financial investments in the apparatus of war — in a manner it hasn't in a very long time — and as the realities of war are brought home (the losses, the tragedies, the atrocities, the lasting repercussions that come home with the soldiers who were on the front lines), Richler contends that it's crucial we understand our national perspective on war — how we have framed it, how we continue to frame it.

Using recent events to bolster his arguments, including the shooting of American congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the earthquake in Haiti, Richler argues that very possibly the epic narrative of Canada is winding back down to that of the novel as we slowly regain our peacekeeping agenda.

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"The book offers considerable meat to chew. ... I can't agree with all of Richler's analysis, but I am grateful he has raised some important issues that have not been, but should have been, fully debated in Parliament and in the rest of the country this past decade."

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"The eloquent writing studded with unusual, but 'stressing' words makes this book a page-turner for those who believe that peace leads to advancement of civilization and prosperity. ... This is an invaluable and erudite book that should be in every public and private library."

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"Richler must have anticipated polarizing his readers ... One can't agree with everything in it, but with its challenging ideas and provocative theme, it's worth the effort. If this book does not fire a debate, then it will be because we are not up for it."

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"Anyone looking for an argument about something important would be well served to pick up What We Talk About When We Talk About War, Richler's provocative and ambitious new book."

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"A hard-hitting polemic aimed at the new 'philistines' laying siege to Lester B. Pearson's legacy of liberal internationalism and peacekeeping ... Richler's War catapults him to the front line of the ongoing Canadian culture war. He brings to the task the unique talents and perceptions of a novelist. It's rare to find in Canadian political discourse precise references to Homer's The Iliad and the Trojan War."

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"An epic tale in the style of Greek mythology ... I'm glad to have read it. It won't likely resurrect Pearsonian peacekeeping, but it may help us imagine an alternative more suited to the 21st century."

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"Richler's description and analysis of how and by whom such an epic story has been promulgated in Canada is nothing short of masterful. ... It must be said that this is an important contribution to the ongoing struggles of peace and violence within the hearts of individuals and the political ethos of a nation."

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"Definitely a book that will get people talking and turn a few heads, I couldn't recommend it more."

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"Richler argues that the Canadian public has not been all that supportive or interested in the war in Afghanistan. He offers proof in the huge outpouring of sympathy and aid to Haiti. ... a great book for the peace movement to use. ... What We Talk About When We Talk About War lays the ground for what we must be talking about when we talk about peace."

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"Richler wants to make us think and then talk about what we've learned. There is a wealth of information here that is designed to wake us up to the dangers of accepting war as a part of the Canadian psyche just because the government says it is so. ... He wants us to realize it is too easy to create a false image of the glory of war which leads to acceptance of its inevitability and appropriateness. ... This book is not just criticism, it finishes with some realistic and positive suggestions for establishing an effective peace. It would be a worthwhile read for any concerned Canadian."

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"It is heartening, then, to find a book such as Noah Richler's that connects the dots between government policies, media attitudes and public ceremonies, and asks several uncomfortable questions about whether our country has permanently abandoned its previous stance in the world as peacekeeper for the more aggressive status of a 'warrior nation,' and if so, what the consequences will be for our civil liberties and freedom of expression."

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"It's a rare accomplishment to write a book in which even people on the author's side can find something to quibble with on every second page. That outcome, however, is not only inherent in what Richler wrote, but is the chief achievement of this densely textured work. For his argument is as literary as it is political: it's about words. ... As Richler points out, Canadians want an idealistic motive (building schools for girls, say) for war. The result is incoherence about our presence in Afghanistan, and much of the nation simply turning its face away. Six years after the Prime Minister famously promised never to 'cut and run' there, we are about to do precisely that. Time, Richler says, to talk about it honestly."

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"A scathing attack that won't sit well with veterans ... [Richler] urges readers to cut through the 'epic' talk that surrounds war and see it as it truly is: hell."

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"What We Talk About When We Talk About War is an eloquent meditation on the nature of modern warfare, and one of the best books I've read about Canada in years — not the surprisingly colourful, forgotten history of, but a biting analysis of who we are in the twenty-first century. and why. ... So we are living in epic times. By identifying a sea change in the Canadian political psyche, Noah Richler identifies the spirit of our times, opens an important discussion. ... Don't leave this one to the critics. Buy the book, sink back, get mad and enjoy."

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"Richler assembles his evidence from a dizzying array of sources ... [His] opponents should welcome this new, sharply framed chance to make their case over and against his passionate polemic, about what Canada — which has both fought wars and kept the peace — has been, is now, and ought to be in the future."

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"Provocative and well-researched ... [Richler] has raised some important issues that have not been, and should have been, fully debated in Parliament and in the rest of the country this past decade."

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"It may be a polemic, but Richler's book is a decidedly literate one ... Richler's argument is backed by a mind-boggling amount of literary references. Using everything from ancient myths to modern literature about war, the author shows how storytelling shapes a nation's identity."

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"In this thought-provoking and erudite work, Richler explores what he sees as a fundamental shift in Canadian politics, discource and identity ... [Richler] reveals that in the aftermath of Afghanistan, Canadians may once more need to rethink who we are and what we believe."

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"Richler's points are thought-provoking and perceptive ... well worth considering."

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"There is a wealth of information here that is designed to wake us up to the dangers of accepting war as a part of the Canadian psyche just because the government says it is so ... Richler's eloquent review of the history of a nation forged in trade, treaty, compromise and peace refutes this presumption."

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"Noah Richler has raised serious questions about how Canada's elites, including major newspaper columnists, have embraced a more warlike national identity, less peacekeeping, and a more aggressive Canadian military."

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"A book worthy of joining some of the greatest examinations of human behaviour."

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"Richler's important and very readable book deserves high praise for showing us in detail how language is constantly misused by this government and its supporters. And Richler may well have enabled us to see, for once ahead of time, how a legitimate love of country can easily be distorted for narrower, partisan ends."

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One of Canada's public intellectuals, Noah Richler was a prize-winning producer and host of documentaries and features at BBC Radio before he returned to Canada in 1998 to join the founding staff of the National Post as its first books editor and later as a literary columnist. He has written for CBC Radio's Ideas, for the Op-Ed and cultural pages of the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, and the National Post, and for the Walrus, MacLean's, and EnRoute, for which he has won several national magazine awards. He is the author of This Is My Country, What's Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, finalist for the 2006 Nereus Writer's Trust Non-Fiction Prize and winner of the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He lives in Toronto and in Digby, Nova Scotia.

 
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Too Dumb for Democracy?

Goose Lane Editions


Bad decisions down to a science.

D'oh-mocracy at its finest.

Brexit. Trump. Ford Nation. In this timely book, David Moscrop asks why we make irrational political decisions and whether our stone-age brains can process democracy in the information age.

In an era overshadowed by income inequality, environmental catastrophes, terrorism at home and abroad, and the decline of democracy, Moscrop argues that the political decision-making process has never been more important. In fact, our survival may depend on it.

Drawing on both political science and psychology, Moscrop examines how our brains, our environment, the media, and institutions influence decision-making. Making good decisions is not impossible, Moscrop argues, but the psychological and political odds are sometimes stacked against us. In this readable and provocative investigation of our often-flawed decisions, Moscrop explains what's going wrong in today's political landscape and how individuals, societies, and institutions can work together to set things right.

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"So much of modern political debate revolves around what people are feeling. It's nice to be reminded that deciding is the basic building block of democracy — not just for politicians, but for citizens too. If you've been worried lately about the state of democracy, Moscrop might just be able to help."

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"Moscrop is one of those most marvelous and rare things, a brilliant scholar who can synthesize history, politics, and science and explain them in a way that doesn't make the reader feel like they're being forced to do homework. You'll have a much better understanding of what's going on around you, and how to be part of the solution to the big issues facing all of us today."

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"It is difficult, in the Age of Trump, not to lose faith in democracy. Moscrop, to his credit, does not avert his eyes from the magnitude of the problems that confront us. More important, however, is that he provides some serious suggestions as to where the solutions might lie."

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David Moscrop is a political theorist with an interest in democratic deliberation and citizenship. Moscrop is a regular writer for Maclean’s, a contributing columnist to the Washington Post, and a regular political commentator on television and radio. He has also authored pieces in numerous other newspapers and magazines including the Globe and Mail and National Post.

 
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Le Fédéralisme

Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa


Les fédérations abritent quarante pour cent de la population mondiale. Les 28 pays dotés d’un régime politique fédéral se révèlent des plus diversifiés : de la nation la plus nantie du monde – les États-Unis d’Amérique – à de minuscules États insulaires comme la Micronésie et Saint-Kitts-et-Nevis. Six des dix pays les plus populeux et huit des dix pays les plus vastes de la planète sont des fédérations.

Ce livre d’une remarquable concision présente les notions élémentaires de ce système politique dans une langue claire et dépourvue de jargon—sans doute la raison pour laquelle il a été traduit en environ 20 langues. Il s’agit d’un ouvrage incontournable non seulement pour ceux qui étudient les gouvernements et oeuvrent dans le secteur public, mais aussi pour tout citoyen des fédérations du monde.

 
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Utopia

fabula Verlag Hamburg


Thomas Morus (ca. 1478–1535) beschreibt in seinem Roman in Dialogform eine ideale Gesellschaft auf einer abgelegenen Insel. Dieser fiktiven Idylle stellt er die sozialen und gesellschaftlichen Missstände seiner Zeit gegenüber.

„Utopia“ ist ein Klassiker der politischen Philosophie und hat mit seinem Titel ein neues Genre der Literatur begründet.

 
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Identität

HOFFMANN UND CAMPE VERLAG GmbH


»Intelligent und klar – wir brauchen mehr Denker, die so weise sind wie Fukuyama.«

THE NEW YORK TIMES

In den letzten zehn Jahren ist die Anzahl der demokratischen Staaten weltweit erschreckend schnell zurückgegangen. Erleben wir gerade das Ende der liberalen Demokratie? Der US-amerikanische Politikwissenschaftler Francis Fukuyama, Autor des Weltbestsellers Das Ende der Geschichte, sucht in seinem neuen Buch nach den Gründen, warum sich immer mehr Menschen antidemokratischen Strömungen zuwenden und den Liberalismus ablehnen. Er zeigt, warum die Politik der Stunde geprägt ist von Nationalismus und Wut, welche Rolle linke und recht Parteien bei dieser Entwicklung spielen, und was wir tun können, um unsere gesellschaftliche Identität und damit die liberale Demokratie wieder zu beleben.

»Einer der bedeutendsten Politikwissenschaftler der westlichen Welt.«

DIE WELT

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&#187;Er ist der Mann, der es sich seit jeher erlaubt, gro&szlig;en Gedanken nachzugehen.&#171;

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&#187;Fukuyama erkennt in seinem Buch die Sehnsucht der Menschen nach Zugeh&ouml;rigkeit an.&#171;

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&#187;Fukuyama umschreibt [...] recht genau das Wesen des liberalen Staates, das in der Selbstbescheidung liegt.&#171;

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&#187;Es ist m&ouml;glicherweise das wichtigste politische Buch des Jahres [...].&#171;

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&#187;ein spannendes Gedankenspiel&nbsp;&#171;

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&#187;Angenehm uneitel und unpolemisch geschrieben, stellt &rsaquo;Identit&auml;t&lsaquo; eine &uuml;beraus anregende Lekt&uuml;re dar.&#171;

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&#187;Francis Fukuyama hat ein wichtiges Buch &uuml;ber ein Thema geschrieben, das uns weiter besch&auml;ftigen wird.&#171;

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&#187;[Es] gelingt [...] ihm &uuml;berzeugend, die globale Dimension der Identit&auml;tsproblematik zu erfassen und dabei die &ouml;konomischen Faktoren mit den politischen Emotionen in Zusammenhang zu setzen.&#171;

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&#187;Fukuyama arbeitet sehr gut heraus, dass die unzureichende Anerkennung der W&uuml;rde des Menschen in Wirtschaft und Staat eine Schl&uuml;sselrolle f&uuml;r die Erosion demokratischer Kultur spielt.&#171;

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&#187;Fukuyama stellt die richtigen und schwierigen Fragen.&#171;

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Francis Fukuyama, geboren 1952 in Chicago, studierte Politikwissenschaft in Harvard. Sein 1992 veröffentlichter Bestseller Das Ende der Geschichte machte ihn international bekannt. Fukuyama ist einer der bedeutendsten politischen Theoretiker der Gegenwart. Er lehrte an der John-Hopkins-Universität, erhielt 2015 den Skytteanischen Preis und hat zahlreiche Bücher zur US-Politik veröffentlicht. Derzeit ist er Professor für Politikwissenschaft an der Stanford-Universität.

 
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Islamistische Drehscheibe Schweiz

Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ Libro


Die Angst vor Terroranschlägen greift um sich und beginnt das Leben vieler Menschen zu dominieren. Dennoch versäumt

es die Politik, den Organisationen und Financiers, die den Nährboden zur Radikalisierung junger Muslime bereiten, das Handwerk zu legen. Saïda Keller-Messahli befasst sich seit Jahren mit den Islamverbänden und deren Moscheen in der Schweiz und in Europa und hat beunruhigende Entwicklungen aufgedeckt. Salafistische Wanderprediger und radikale Imame versuchen in Moscheen, mittels Lies!-Ständen und sogenannter Seelsorge in Gefängnissen, Flüchtlingsunterkünften und an Schulen Einfluss zu nehmen. Sie verbreiten eine erzkonservative Auslegung des Islams, die jede Erneuerung verhindert. Drahtzieher sind die reichen Golfstaaten, allen voran Saudi-Arabien und die dort gegründete Islamische Weltliga. Die Politik ist angesichts dieser globalen Netzwerke ratlos, die Behörden naiv – doch nur eine konsequente Politik der Nulltoleranz kann dem Treiben der Islamisten Einhalt gebieten.

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Saïda Keller-Messahli (* 1957) ist eine tunesisch-schweizerische Romanistin und islamische Menschenrechtsaktivistin. Sie ist Gründerin und Präsidentin des Forums für einen fortschrittlichen Islam.

 
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ABC's of Human Survival

Athabasca University Press | Global Peace Studies


The ABCs of Human Survival examines the effect of militant nationalism and the lawlessness of powerful states on the well-being of individuals and local communities?and the essential role of global citizenship within that dynamic. Based on the analysis of world events, Dr. Arthur Clark presents militant nationalism as a pathological pattern of thinking that threatens our security, while emphasizing effective democracy and international law as indispensable frameworks for human protection.Within the contexts of history, sociology, philosophy, and spirituality, The ABCs of Human Survival calls into question the assumptions of consumer culture and offers, as an alternative, strategies to improve overall well-being through the important choices we make as individuals.

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Dr. Arthur Clark is a Professor of Neuropathology and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary, and an active staff neuropathologist at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. He carries lifelong experience with militant nationalist culture, having come of age during the Vietnam War and serving two years as Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps. In 1995, in honour of his late wife, he established the Dr. Irma M. Parhad Programmes at the University of Calgary, which focus on ways to improve worldwide health and well-being within the framework of international law. He is also currently involved in a project to establish a Calgary Centre for Global Community, to be based on the values and vision that informed The ABCs of Human Survival.

 
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Controlling Knowledge

Athabasca University Press


Digital communications technology has immeasurably enhanced our capacity to store, retrieve, and exchange information. But who controls our access to information, and who decides what others have a right to know about us? In Controlling Knowledge, author Lorna Stefanick offers a thought-provoking and user-friendly overview of the regulatory regime that currently governs freedom of information and the protection of privacy.Aiming to clarify rather than mystify, Stefanick outlines the history and application of FOIP legislation, with special focus on how these laws affect the individual. To illustrate the impact of FOIP, she examines the notion of informed consent, looks at concerns about surveillance in the digital age, and explores the sometimes insidious influence of Facebook. Specialists in public policy and public administration, information technology, communications, law, criminal justice, sociology, and health care will find much here that bears directly on their work, while students and general readers will welcome the book's down-to-earth language and accessible style.

Intended to serve as a "citizen's guide," Controlling Knowledge is a vital resource for anyone seeking to understand how freedom of information and privacy protection are legally defined and how this legislation is shaping our individual rights as citizens of the information age.

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Lorna Stefanick is an associate professor in the Governance, Law, and Management program in the Centre for State and Legal Studies at Athabasca University.and in Calgary, the first of which resulted in the book Hiding the Audience: Arts and Arts Institutions on the Prairies. Kaye divides her time between a farmstead outside Lincoln, Nebraska, and a house in Calgary, so that she may always be close to the prairie land that drives her research.Face the North Wind (1975). This manuscript came to light after his passing in 1999.

 
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