Commentary donald trump: angry clown, favorite of the masses

The Republican likes to see himself as the avenger of the white man. He knows how to use the mass media and thus unites a broad electorate.

The rage billionaire has the masses behind him. Photo: ap

For the stumbling Republicans, Donald Trump is an indispensable warlord who, like his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi, knows how to wield all the weapons of the mass media: from clownish reality TV to hyperactive Twitter channels. The rage billionaire cultivates his rage especially on Twitter, where he maintains more than 6 million followers. Along the way, he is recreating Reagan’s old coalition of voters: educated white- and blue-collar workers, united with the swing voters who became known as Reagan Democrats. It’s a virtuoso feat that Republicans seemed to have lost in recent decades.


Culture bag column: boredom in makeup

The series "All or Nothing" about the Arizona Cardinals shows sports as it is not. No wonder when the football league is in on the production.

The Arizona Cardinals as the NFL likes to see them: Excerpt from "All or Nothing" Photo:

It’s a promise made. An unvarnished insight into the world of professional sports is to be offered to the viewers; a club that opens all doors, that allows you to watch everyone on the team at work, at practice, in the fatigue pool, on a walk on the day off with the wife and dog; pictures from the locker rooms, from the players’ mansions; insights into the minds of trainers, patrons and team doctors; and, of course, really hot game scenes. Amazon has made this promise.


Crime novelist petros markaris: a greek from istanbul

Petros Markaris was once a cement salesman. About his life, the Greek crisis, summer in Athens and his new novel "Offshore".

Grew up in Istanbul: Petros Markaris Photo: Andreas Fanizadeh

"I love Athens in the summer because it’s so quiet," says Petros Markaris. "Offshore" has just been published by Diogenes Verlag in Zurich. It is his tenth crime novel starring Inspector Kostas Charitos. Markaris receives his guest from Germany in a short-sleeved black T-shirt – white lettering across the chest: "Negra y Criminal" – in his apartment in the north of Athens. Markaris, born in 1937, speaks German without an accent. He is probably the best-known and most successful contemporary writer in Greece. Yet he only found his way to the profession of author and translator in a roundabout way. And he has not been a "real" Greek since birth.


Crisis in the persian gulf: greens call for mediation in tehran

The Greens are urging the foreign minister to travel to Iran. Heiko Maas, however, is preoccupied with another problem.

The U.S. aircraft carrier "Abraham Lincoln" on its way to the Persian Gulf Photo: U.S. Navy

The Greens are urging Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to visit Tehran – and to do so "as soon as possible" – in view of what they see as an escalating conflict in the Persian Gulf. The German government must do more to preserve the nuclear agreement with Iran, Omid Nouripour, foreign policy spokesman for the Green parliamentary group in the Bundestag, told Der Spiegel.


Commentary #metoo at the berlinale: a statement is missing

The Berlinale is sending a signal against sexual assault. But it also needs to take a clear position to encourage those affected to speak out.

How about black instead of red? Photo: photocase/boing

Can we really not have a revolution, as Lenin once said? "If these Germans want to storm a train station, they’ll buy another platform ticket!" Actress Claudia Eisinger’s petition is somewhat reminiscent of this brief analysis. After all, she could organize herself with other actresses and start a joint action against sexism at the Berlinale. Instead, she has been calling on Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick to take a stand with a petition since Tuesday: Make the carpet black. You make a statement, boss.


Coalition quarrel over nsa affair: growling in the coalition.

SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel demands disclosure of the NSA spy list – and puts Merkel under pressure. The tone in the government is getting harsher.

"You!" Image: dpa

Sigmar Gabriel does not leave peace. One must "also show backbone sometimes," the SPD leader and vice chancellor heated up the BND affair over the weekend. If it turned out that the German secret service had helped the U.S. spy on local companies, it would be a "state affair. That is precisely why the NSA’s search lists would have to be disclosed – even against the will of the United States, if necessary. "We are neither immature," Gabriel said via Bild am Sonntag, "nor recipients of orders."


“Vogue” make-up tutorial by aoc: armed with red lipstick.

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows off her makeup routine on YouTube – and deconstructs the patriarchy along the way.

AOC explains the Pink Tax while she draws a perfect eyeliner. Bravo! Photo: screenshot Youtube/Vogue

The portrayal of women on social media is often based on stereotypical images. This was the conclusion of three studies published in 2019 and commissioned by the MaLisa Foundation. One of the reasons given was that women often deal with topics with female connotations, such as beauty, in their YouTube videos.


Column among people: with tinder through amman

Actually, our author had finished with Tinder. But barely 4 hours after he deleted it, the app was back on his smartphone.

Evening atmosphere in the old town of the Jordanian capital Photo: imago/imagebroker

Shortly before I board the plane in Berlin-Tegel, I delete Tinder from my smartphone. For good. The trip to Jordan is a good occasion to break up with the app. Digging through hundreds of portrait photos, writing irrelevant messages and getting through boring dates – that’s not for me.


Commentary on the greek “no”: history is being made

The outcome of the referendum is clear. Now it is mainly up to the ECB to find solutions together with the Greek government.

The chancellor also says no, at least in this chalk drawing in Frankfurt/Main. Photo: reuters

The Greeks’ "no" is a sensation. It will make world history, although it is still unclear what will happen next. The only thing that is clear is that the euro grandees will see this "no" as a provocation. One can only hope that they do not react hastily now and do not stage a Grexit.


Commentary election in tunisia: the work begins

With Essebsi’s election as Tunisian president, the transition to democracy is complete. But the hard part of the job is yet to come.

Nice and red: Fans of the new president cheer the election results in Tunis. Photo: dpa

Beji Caid Essebsi, whose Nidaa Tounes (The Call of Tunisia) party already won parliamentary elections in October, will move into the presidential palace in Carthage, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency news agency reports. After 75 percent of the votes had been counted, Essebsi’s vote was over 54 percent, it said. This is a clear trend, even if Essebsi’s opponent, the previous transitional president Moncef Marzouki, does not yet want to admit defeat. The transition process from dictatorship to democracy is thus complete.