Chinese language site
timeline of elections
and proceedings =>
Public opinion in
the Middle East
one year Al-Jazeera
opinion poll => =>
On Al-Qaeda and Friends
A document about Muslim terror and
anti-Americanism, essentially based
on rarely cited Arabic publications !
News on the
Axis of Evil
Jackpot AfghanistanA long and dirty
gas and crude oil
from Central Asia
further down !
The Afghan people and their enemy
What kind of people are living in that remote area ?
British, Spanish, U.S. and German sources are cited.
Click to the neighbouring icon !
free at last !
your ghost in the bottleThe Lord's "little helpers" in an ugly
doomsday business recently escaped from their bottles. Anthrax and Sarin are no
longer under control and join the manifold dangers of daily life we are already
accustomed to. From the abyss of Tokyo underground to the summit of Capitol
Hill, a slight idea of retaliation for human hubris has found its way into our
brains. Now the "Almighty's task force" could be waiting for Ramadan, one of
their favorite seasons, to teach US another lesson .....
Babylon Under Attack
how to identify their enemiesThree weeks after a
bloody assault on its civilization, the empire is now going to strike back. Just
the right moment to identify the real culprits. As the
Middle Eastern history of terror showed, it never makes
sense to simply "shell the usual
suspects". This site is intended to give the more intelligent citizens of
Babylon an idea of what is wrong with the official procedure, facing one kind of
terror with another one. Terrorism, as anything else in this world, has its
individual reason and development. Therefore, it would be wise to go to the
roots, even though that might be more painful than the collapse
of Babylon's most famous tower.
To avoid any misunderstanding: There
is no excuse for terrorism involving innocent people, but the worldwide
statistics of casualties due to terrorism should no longer neglect "the poor and
the ugly", thus inevitably doubling the percentage of "beautiful people" among
BLUEPRINT Special: An evaluation of the
current situation in
both Arabic and Chinese.
spying on China
A homemade U.S. president is
going to learn the art of foreign policy by means of
trial and error. After having snubbed a global community, simply concerned about
changes in the worlwide climate, it's now the Chinese that give him his first
lesson. - Click to the neighboring image to get some more information on the Hainan
BLUEPRINT Special: U.S. President
as seen from abroad.
Now that Bill Clinton is no
longer on duty, we need a look at the good old times when the China business
wasn't that tough. => read article further down: "Embracing the Dragon"
From Moscow with Love
the Dalai Lama and
his flight into
Half a century
ago, in 1951, the People's Liberation Army finally reached the outer
parts of the former Chinese empire and established Communist rule even in the remote highlands of Tibet. Up to then, Tibet had preserved a kind of political and
social system reminding European feudalism of medieval times. Such, it was
inevitable for the religious and political leaders of Tibet, represented by the
Dalai Lama, to accept a thoroughgoing reform to be imposed on the Tibetan people
by the joint forces of Mao's Communist China. When in 1954 the Dalai Lama
managed to escape from the tightening grip of Chinese Communists, it must have
been with the approval and support provided by the "Greater Soviet Empire". Two
Czechoslovakian "journalists" who happened to visit Tibet's capital Lhasa just
in time, seem to be involved in the Dalai
Lama's flight into India. India, then a reliable partner of the Soviet Union, offered him an exile in a region
that has always been inhabited by the Tibetan people. Now, that the Soviet
empire has vanished, it is clear to everybody that there had never been anything
like "chance" or "unexpected development" when travelling citizens from any
country behind the Iron Curtain were involved in politics abroad. Seen before
the background of an increasing separation between the Communist parties of
China and the Soviet Union at that time, it is reasonible to imagine the Dalai Lama being involved in a game,
originally planned and conducted by Soviet authorities.
Scrutinizing the development that finally lead to the Sino-Indian war of 1962,
such assumption becomes even more realistic. As for the ubiquitous Dalai Lama
and his advisers, the 50th anniversary of Communist
take-over in Tibet is just the right moment to raise some basic
questions. After having acquired a certain reputation in the world of esotericism and religious sectarianism, the Dalai
Lama might even turn out to be a Trojan horse. He
wouldn't be the first to be discovered ...
wrestling for Palestine
turmoil in Palestine has started again, only after a short period of hope for
peace, the Middle East has once again attracted the interest of foreign
observers. The World Wide Web reacted promptly, and now lots of informations
and comments are available from both sides.
One of the most
comprehensive links to official sources in Palestine is
maintained by the Palestine Information
Center, providing daily news and lots of background information. Another
daily newsservice is offered by the Palestine News Agency WAFA.
Jews and Palestinians, resembling enemies that can't
separate, are unable to agree on the basic terms of peace, they can try to avoid
further escalation. At least, there is one simple truth for both sides in that
- wherever you go, I'll be on your way
In order to give you an idea of what is really happening in the Middle
East, two websites have been selected from a growing choice of sites, initiated
by the Islamic Resistance of Palestine:
Such, a very
special gallery of death,
presenting the face of war, comes together with the English language site of Hizbollah TV, named Al-Manar
Now, it's up to you to
decide who should be blamed for the casualties: Those who shoot children or
those who take children to the front line.
As both websites present some real
hard stuff, they are not suitable for persons whose character is not yet fully
During the last decades, the Palestinian people, forming
part of a vast Muslim community, have developed a culture that is closely linked
with their actual situation and political background. That is why BLUEPRINT magazine offers you
a glimpse at the poetry and music of
Palestine. While you are reading a patriotic poem written by Mahmoud
Darwish, you can even listen to the famous Lebanese artist Fairuz, presenting
songs from her latest album Jerusalem in my Heart.
On Maoism and Marketing
commemorating PR China's
On 1 October 1949 the People's Republic of China came into being, founded and ruled
by a few Communist cadres under the leadership of Chairman Mao Tse-tung. Now
that Mao's successors have loosened their grip on
economy and trade, the temporary success of an unbalanced economic
development is covering up China's political and social problems. Hence, it
might be useful to look back to the roots of Mao's
revolution, to get an idea of its basic stipulations.
contrast, BLUEPRINT offers you a closer look on modern China,
inspired by the benefits of Western technology and guided by the rules of an
age-old tradition. You can even grab your copy of a "People's Daily" edition
dealing with China in space.
A New Direction
let's go to soul mountain !Gao
Xing Jian, recent laureate of the Nobel Prize for
literature, represents a generation of Chinese compatriots who left their
country after having endured manifold hardships in the Great Cultural
Revolution. Soul Mountain, one of his latest books, is
Gao's private summary of those years. It shows how he finally reached his goal
the Long March of a
Soul Mountain wasn't available in
Mainland China. Now, Radio Foshan (literally: Buddha's Mountain Radio), a funky
new station situated in the People's Republic, introduced Gao's book to the
selected audience of China's internet. Gao even got his web space to deliberate
on the starting point of his creative activity. Another article of his deals
with the relationship between literature and metaphysics. To make it a perfect
mix, some Chinese commentator is raising the heretic question: Is there anything
wrong about Gao receiving the Nobel Prize ? ... Unfortunately, this is a Chinese
information on Gao Xing Jian and some important links in English and
Chinese can be found on a website provided by BLUEPRINT.
News and Facts from
Germany - UPDATE
after the change in 1998:
business no longer as
1998: red sky in the morning, shepherd's
warningConservative black shepherds from the ruling Christian Democratic Party had been warning once too often.
Now, their subjects got naughty and voted for a red sky dawning on them.
27 September 1998, German voters made it clear to
Chancellor Helmut Kohl that there is no fooling with
them any longer. Facing a high rate of unemployment and
a questionable taxation system, a convincing majority
voted for Kohl's competitor Gerhard Schroeder, candidate
of the Social Democratic Party, and his junior partners
from a young and sometimes unconventionally behaving Green Movement. Even
though this can be seen as a turn to the left, nobody abroad should fear the new
development. Foreign policy is expected to remain
unchanged as has already been proven during the Kosovo conflict. A remarkable
increase of votes in favour of the left-wing party PDS
might enrich political debates in the general assembly of parliament, the German
1999: guess who pays the billPeople feel
frustrated after the new government's attempt to demolish Germany's unique social security system in the frame of harsh economy
measures. Those measures, launched ten months after Schroeder's
inauguration, have won him many enemies and turned his
own party upside down. Only a few weeks later, the electorate voting for the
state parliaments in Brandenburg, Saarland, Sachsen and
Thueringen inflicted heavy losses on the Social Democrats, thus forcing a
political change in favor of the Christian Democrats, not only in the local
governments itself but in the Bundesrat as well. The Bundesrat, installed as a second chamber within the German
parliamentary system, represents the political power of local governments and is
able to obstruct and delay many activities of the federal government. Thus, a
toppling of the Social Democratic majority in that chamber will undoubtedly
impose severe problems on Chancellor Schroeder's political strategy.
Furthermore, it seems that many citizens in the country expressed their general
disapproval of politics and politicians by abstaining
from vote. As the PDS, based on a socialistic concept, is now ranking second to
the Christian Democratic Party in two regional elections, a polarization between traditional socialistic stipulations and
traditional conservative positions cannot be denied any longer. Profound structural changes expected to come, thus show their impact on
the brains of such people that are not now accustomed to give up their
traditional ways of thinking. The regional election in Berlin, divided capital in the times of Cold War, made it
clear to everybody that there is still a wide gap
between some East German and West
2000: last dance of the wickedTo make things
even more complicated, an internal affair of the
Christian Democratic Party CDU has severely damaged that
party and its leader Helmut Kohl, resulting in a
dramatic decline of popularity. Though, there are still
some disciples left who never stop loving our ex-chancellor, the party and their
leader are quickly drifting apart. As Kohl
is not willing or able to tell parliament about his secret sponsors, he is
finally toppled and replaced. After some time of confusion and further
accusations, the Christian Democrats are finally fit for a change. Angela Merkel and Friedrich Merz are
now representing the refreshed party. Meanwhile, the Social
Democrats have won an important election for the state parliament of
Schleswig-Holstein and such broken the chain of success for their Christian
competitors. Furthermore, recent state election results in Nordrhein-Westfalen,
one of the most populated and industrialized regions in Germany, enable NRW's
Social Democratic prime minister to continue his policy. Now, the game is open
again on all levels.
While xenophobia is
dangerously increasing in our country, a campaign has been launched by some
well-meaning politicians to encourage resistance against growing fascistic
tendencies among youngsters. Unfortunately, impeding right extremists
from chasing foreigners through the streets of some backward regions will not
solve the problem, mainly based on a deficit of
information about historic development and a total ignorance of basic virtues that have to nourish the roots of
any strong and free community. Such, a halfhearted campaign can only point to
further measures, including a thoroughgoing reform of education.
this wouldn't be enough for one single year, the "mad cow"
disease (BSE) is now making its tour throughout Germany. When in
December the first cases of BSE were detected, severe measures to ensure public
health had to be taken within days. Thus, the use of bonemeal in the raising of
animals has been strictly forbidden. Just in time for Christmas eve, people have
been warned to avoid the consumption of certain meat products that might be
infected by BSE. [The virus related to the "mad cow" disease, BSE, is
notorious for causing a kind of fatal sponginess within an animal's brains and
is suspected of triggering a similar disease in humans.]
consequence of the current development, two ministers of the federal government
resigned in January 2001, such enabling Chancellor
Schröder to restructure the system of responsibilities in the affected
departments of agriculture and health. Only some weeks later, a female minister
of the local Bavarian government had to resign. As an important member of the
conservative Christian Social Union which holds power in Bavaria since World War
II, her retreat could mark the beginning of essential changes in the Bavarian
policy of agriculture.
From June to October the world exhibition EXPO 2000 in Hannover,
Germany, attracted visitors from all over the world. Now, the counting of
financial losses and the accusations of unprofessional management that
accompanied this great national event from its very beginning are culminating
again. Nevertheless, the EXPO is considered a success regarding its intrinsic
aim to present Germany as a modern and tolerant country.
2001: the campaign is on !The BSE problem still
on their agenda, politicians and veterinarians have encountered another problem
of national importance: the highly infectious foot-and-mouth
disease (German abbreviation: MKS), affecting sheep and other related
animals. As vaccination exists for most MKS species, it should be applied.
Unfortunately, vaccinated animals lose their value as an exportation good. While
carrying MKS antibodies, such healthy animals cannot be distinguished any longer
from infected mates. Hence, vaccination remains the ultima ratio.
red-hot discussions are recently poisoning the political
The standardized confession "I am proud to be a German"
should now become the holy oath of patriotism that makes
it possible to distinguish elements of questionable character from any upright
German citizen. The Christian Democratic opposition, at the origin of that
brainless campaign, is therefore attacking President Rau, Social Democratic head
of the nation, in order to make him confess. Unfortunately, that stubborn old
man is still insisting on his remark: "I like living in Germany", which hints at
a very special sense of loyalty. As his personal view is shared by many
Albanians and Turks who also enjoy living in Germany rather than rotting in
their impoverished homelands, so why not just say it ?!?
campaign, initiated by Chancellor Schroeder and supported by a bloodthirsty
Yellow Press, is directed at the forced reintegration of the elderly unemployed.
Compulsory measures will be taken against that group to make them beg for any
badly paid job. Shareholder values could thus profit from cheap employees and
workers. "Chasing the Druckeberger" has become the motto
of Schroeder's Social Democratic government, in a time when even young
applicants find it hard to get a job. At least, the elderly are not yet forced
to wear a yellow button ....
As high-level unemployment, its reasons and its
consequences, are strongly related to some individual aspects of the German
society, I have added a German language site to
discuss some basic features.
How terrorism has changed our
Heavy losses of shareholder
values related to German companies, up to then deemed to be healthy,
marked the beginning of a new age. As the development of international stock
exchange showed for once, European economy is far more depending from U.S.
economy than ever imagined before, a fact that could be regarded with some
scepticism. Meanwhile, some of the companies affected announced their firm will
to reduce staff within the near future in order to compensate their
Furthermore, the recently forged "National
Alliance against Terrorism" has triggered a development driving German
citizens into a reduction of personal rights and an
increased dependency from their government. Such, security
measures of a new quality will be introduced soon, not only useful in the
struggle against terrorism. A multitude of measures, comprising the collection
of biometric data evaluated from each single citizen and a firmer grip on money
transfer, might easily turn a free society, worth to be defended, into a kind of
"Big Brother's holiday park".
First of all, taxes on a choice of consumer goods are planned to bee raised
in order "to finance the struggle against terrorism",
this being a measure even rejected by a Christian-Democratic opposition and the
industry involved, even though both sides can be regarded as partners in the
"alliance" and are generally backing the government's propositions.
"Mitgefangen - Mitgehangen
German adage: Caught together - Hung together
In November 2001, it became obvious that the Federal Republic was definitely obliged to
support U.S. troops in their "fight against terrorism" in order to
perform its duty as a member of the North Atlantic
Treaty. The Ecologists (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen), junior partner of
Chancellor Schröder's Social-Democratic government, found that a challenge
difficult to support. Following a long tradition as an antimilitaristic party, these Ecologists, together with some
Social-Democrats, opposed Schröder's plans to dispatch German troops. When
Schröder finally brought his full weight to bear, even risking the very
existence of his government, a way was found to win him a majority in parliament
without using the votes of the opposition, already known to be in favor of the
war. A special role was left to the Ecologist minister
of foreign affairs, Joschka Fischer, who succeeded in
convincing most of his political friends. Thus, a conference on
Afghanistan, scheduled to begin soon near the German
town of Bonn (Petersberg), could be the best thing that might ever happen
to the people of Afghanistan. A moderate view on war within German government
circles and a long tradition of Afghan-German relations
will stand for it.
2002: Mac Bush - store of the year
At the end of 2001, the PISA study made it clear to every citizen: Germany isn't
"the land of poets and philosophers". - Indeed, it seems that our
nation has become an U.S. dependency instead. Even the Christian Democratic opposition
feels obliged to flirt with Big Brother, after having been praised by the U.S.
ambassador last year. A cheerful Angela Merkel remembers his words: "You are
looking like winners", and takes them as a lucky omen with respect to the Federal
Elections, due in September 2002. Such, there is no essential difference between
government and opposition when it comes to an evaluation of the "Mac Bush" enterprise.
As to Afghanistan, where German troops are trying to fulfill a dangerous peacekeeping task,
I would like to focus the attention of my readers on another website in German,
dealing with the Kingdom of Afghanistan
in its better days. In today's destabilized Afghanistan, life can become dangerous even for such allied forces, not
directly involved in fightings. Recent news on heavy explosions near Kabul airport, where German troops are keeping
their headquarters, and in the frame of fierce fighting in Eastern Afghanistan (AL-JAZEERA, 27/04/02) speak for
Facing the Federal Elections in September 2002, the Schröder government is fighting hard. A rising rate of unemployment is touching at
the very root of the Chancellor's credibility who, four years ago, promised a reduction of that rate by 50%. Schröder's
challenger, the Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber, seems to be more successful in his own region, though there are
already signs of dramatic changes in Bavarian economy, expected to come when regulations of the European Union (EU)
will, step by step, open the German market for agricultural products from foreign competitors. Stoiber's regional campaign,
intended to enhance the development of a New Technology in Bavaria, therefore seems to be a less important struggle in
the frame of a decisive battle for economic supremacy in Europe. Furthermore, Stoiber's unreasoned support of President
Bush's foreign policy will put him, sooner or later, in an awkward position among other European leaders who are already
realizing the dangers of an U.S. hegemony. Even Federal Chancellor Schröder, who is rather known
as a reliable ally of the Bush administration, made it clear that the planned invasion of Iraq by U.S. and British troops
would be seen as a destabilizing act with respect to the whole Middle East and, therefore, by no
means supported by his cabinet.
In some parts of the country, the Federal Election campaign has lost its attraction because of a flood disaster
of unusual extent. Further news will be available on a special page.
After having won the elections, old / new Chancellor Schröder is trying to stabilize German economy with the help of
political instruments that haven't been openly discussed with all of their consequences during Schröder's election
campaign. The so-called Hartz Concept, intended to reduce unemployment by means of private employment agencies, heavy
cuts in public health service going together with a reform of pensions, these are the most important items on Schröder's
agenda. It looks as if, both, economic problems and unemployment are tearing down Germany, once known for its prosperous
industry and its skilled people. Political counterattacks in parliament, launched by a confused opposition, are not really
helpful in an overall development that is partly based on deeply rooted structural shortcomings.
saved from the flood
2003: A Rude Awakening
An increasing discontentment among German citizens regarding latest proceedings
of economy, unemployment and tax policy has shown its first result: Two local
elections in the country, in Hessen and Niedersachsen, produced an overwhelming
majority for the opposition party CDU. Chancellor Schröder's last trump card
might be his firm position in the Iraqi crisis that seems to be in agreement with
public opinion rejecting war.
- TO BE CONTINUED SOON -
Embracing the dragon
In the aftermath
of Bill Clinton's visit to PR China, one might aks for
an explanation why the president insisted on visiting China's hardheaded leader
Jiang Zemin and confronting him with his very American views on democratic behaviour, though he could be sure to achieve
absolutely nothing by that confrontation. Even more, economic
bonds between China and the U.S.A. are of such a quality, that a
remarkable increase of U.S. export quotations is unlikely to emerge, while China
depends a great deal on its export to North America, delivering 70% of U.S.
low-end consumer goods. Now what can be said in favor of Clinton's visit? Of
course, a small group of educated Chinese can be influenced in their way of thinking, and already convinced dissidents will find a moral support in Clinton's actions and
words. Nevertheless, it seems that Clinton's policy is mainly aimed at testing
Chinese leaders. How will they react in a global
struggle based on economic interest while political ideas are of minor
importance? As the world is changing dramatically, with a growing network of
uncontrollable economic transactions and global communications, it is important to know one's friends
and one's enemies. As Europe is rapidly developing its own economic and
political force, while the NATO even more rapidly changes its basic concept,
China and its influence in East and Southeast Asia might become the joker in a global game of politics. By the way, China's
leaders seem to recognize the importance of good sino-U.S.
relations for their own political future. Remember that they encouraged
appeasing contacts between high ranking militaries of both countries, shortly
after the latest quarrel about Taiwan, when a war
scenario was already complete.
By the way, I found an interesting
article on that subject: "On a Global Strategy", composed by Dimon Li. This
article has been published by The
China Strategic Institute (CSI) in their journal named "The China Strategic
Review" (vol. III, issue 1, spring 1998). As they are located in Washington D.C.
and work with Chinese dissidents, you can imagine their political background and
mission..... [November 2000: Meanwhile, that link doesn't work any longer. As
there is no alternative URL to be found on the web, it might be possible that
they simply suffer from temporary difficulties with their server.]
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