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Kurbjuweit, Dirk

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Der Spiegel - Germany | 10/01/2015

War over resources, not religion

Since the Islamist motivated terrorist attacks in Paris there has been much debate about the extent to which they are related to Islam. The modern jihad has little to do with religion, the News magazine Der Spiegel points out: "Jihadists are political rather than religious figures. The campaign of the 'Islamic State' (IS) is about power politics and territorial gains, about new resources and spheres of control. Islam serves to veil its true purpose. Those who proclaim the higher cause of a war have an easier time recruiting fighters, especially people in a state of social or mental distress who are seeking to give meaning to their lives. ... [The jihadists] are too weak to pose a threat to our society if we remain true to our values. Spiritually, the West is not the world's leader, but discourse, rationality, composure and technology can increase its ability to defend itself. And freedom is a great cause worth fighting for, sensibly and within the framework of the law and the values of Enlightenment."

Der Spiegel - Germany | 10/02/2013

German punctiliousness is minister's downfall

The German Education Minister Annette Schavan resigned on Saturday after Düsseldorf's Heinrich Heine University withdrew her doctorate in the wake of a plagiarism scandal. The journalist Dirk Kurbjuweit explains in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel why the Germans are particularly touchy about misconduct on the part of their politicians: "On the one hand it's because the important political issues in Germany aren't a source of controversy. There is a broad consensus among the major parties, namely the CDU, CSU, SPD, Green Party and FDP, about Europe's crisis policy, the energy transition and foreign deployment of the Bundeswehr. On the other hand our political scene is rarely rocked by serious political scandals. ... Of course, such sensitivity can appear absurd or petty to others, but in the best case it serves to prevent more serious misdemeanours and preserve the standards that have made this country one of the wealthiest and best-functioning in the world. In addition, such reactions to minor issues reveal a deeper-lying fear of bigger ones: they're an early warning system."

Der Spiegel - Germany | 15/04/2012

Dirk Kurbjuweit on the need to control the Internet

The Internet freedom championed by the Pirate Party in Germany could turn out to be a new school of barbarism, warns Dirk Kurbjuweit in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel: "Total freedom on the Internet encourages violent excesses and abnormal sexuality. That goes right to the core of society because both areas are still laden with taboos, and rightly so. There must be thresholds to counter the destruction of people. You've got to talk about 'first person shooter' games and consider the possibility of banning them because they could make people more brutal. ... A further example for the brutalisation of humanity is the storms of aggressive to menacing criticism on the Internet. This involves a realm of punishment outside the legal system. It is a vigilante justice, and for the most part anonymous. ... The Internet is slowly starting to exercise an intolerable control over public discourse. ... We don't need a brave new world. It was difficult enough to halfway civilise the one we have. ... The claim of philosopher Karl Popper is still entirely valid: 'Unlimited freedom leads to its opposite, since without its protection and restriction by law, freedom must lead to a tyranny of the strong over the weak.'"

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