Work samples

Der Spiegel, reprinted by Clean Energy Wire, 30. December 2017/August 2018

Deadly Dust

Mining. Natural stones from India are popular in Germany. But the fact that their extraction kills many workers does not seem to interest producers and importers.


Independent Science News, November 14, 2017

Years Before Vietnam, the Chemical Industry Knew About Dioxins

On 17 November 1953 a catastrophic accident took place at a German chemical plant owned by BASF (Badische Anilin und Soda-Fabrik). Production went badly out of control and dozens of workers came into contact with the reaction contents, which contained the chemical dioxin (principally 2,3,7,8-TCDD). These workmen developed chloracne, what a Monsanto medical doctor was later to describe as “horrible skin eruptions with nearly blister-like welts and some ulcerations where infections ensued”

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MINT India, 3 October 2017

The rising challenge for Angela Merkel

As right-wing support has trebled, German leadership in euro-integration has become a trickier job

Bundesregierung/Denzel

When last week, two days after the German elections and in a bold move to challenge German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership role in Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out his visions for a deeper eurozone and European Union integration, the reaction from Germany was brisk. “You don’t strengthen Europe with new pots of money,” tweeted Alexander Lambsdorff of the liberal Free Democrats, who will most likely govern with Merkel.

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USA Today, 29 September 2017

Germany’s ‘Trump country:’ Why small towns abandoned mainstream parties for far right

DORFCHEMNITZ, Germany — Retired farmer Gerd Mazanec normally votes for one of Germany’s mainstream parties. But in last Sunday’s parliamentary elections, he cast his ballot for the far-right Alternative For Germany (AfD).

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Washington Times, January 4, 2017

India’s rupee demonetization policy creates cash crunch

Wedding planning is always stressful. But Deepak Shoran and Khushboo Majra faced a more particular — and very Indian — problem when organizing their nuptials: finding the cash to pay for their food, music and other matrimonial expenses…

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USA Today, December 30, 2016

India cracks down on slaughter of sacred cows

MEWAT, India — Shaukat Qureshi will never forget the day when police raided his roadside food stall here in northern India. “They picked out meat pieces from my biryani,” Qureshi, 17, said of a much-loved local dish of rice, meat and vegetables. “They packed the pieces in plastic bags and took them away.”

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The Indian Express, 7 December 2016

Not Mother Angela

She is hailed for saving refugees but Merkel is no moral answer to Donald Trump.

REGIERUNGonline/Bergmann

While the world is struggling to come to terms with the new US President, one person has emerged like his moral antipode — Angela Merkel. One year ago, Der Spiegel depicted the German Chancellor with a blue-rimmed sari, “Mother Angela”, Saint Teresa of the refugees.

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Cicero 09/2016, reprinted by Promo-Lex

The blind spot of Europe

More and more people from the Republic of Moldova seek asylum in Germany, but the chances of being recognized are minimum. Why do the Moldovans leave their houses? A trip to a torn country