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von Hans Dembowski

Fake history – why an otherwise excellent movie disappoints

Gurinder Chadha’s film the “Viceroy’s house” deals with the negotiations that led to the partition of India. Most of the movie is historically accurate. It gives a good account of the atrocious ethnic cleansing that was going on in some parts of the country. In one important aspect, however, the plot relies on a less than well-documented conspiracy theory. The film could have been a highly entertaining history lesson. It isn’t.
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von Hans Dembowski

Deadly mix: extreme weather, global warming, climate denial

Climate change means that the weather is becoming ever less predictable and extreme events are becoming ever more likely. I’ve been writing this since sometime in the 1990s. I learned this lesson from a press release issued by Munich Re, the re-insurance multinational. It spread the message after a devastating storm that had caused billions of damage. I don’t remember what storm it was, nor where it struck. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma fit the picture, however.
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von Katja Dombrowski

History repeating itself

Sad news is coming from Cambodia. On Sunday, Kem Sokha, the opposition leader, was arrested in his house in Phnom Penh. On Tuesday, he was formally charged with treason for allegedly conspiring with the USA to overthrow the government of Hun Sen. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
Kem Sokha after his release from prison in January 2006.

Kem Sokha after his release from prison in January 2006.

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von Hans Dembowski

Cambridge University Press is sacrificing academic freedom

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has blocked access to several hundred essays in China because the Communist regime does not want topics like democracy, human rights, Tibet or the events on Tiananmen Square in 1989 to be discussed. CUP is obviously more interested in its business model than in spreading the truth. This stance belies its tradition as a serious publisher of scholars’ work.
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von Hans Dembowski

The “little ice age” and Europe’s rise to global dominance

How do societies change when the climate changes? Humanity is about to find out in a massive real-life experiment. Global warming is unprecedented, so history does not provide any clear answers concerning what will happen. It is interesting, however, to consider the transformation that occurred in Europe in the course of the “little ice age” (roughly from 1570 to 1700). The historian Philipp Blom sheds some light on the issue in a new book.
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von Hans Dembowski

Playing with fire in Nairobi

It looks as though Kenya will be spared massive post-election violence this time. That said, some two dozen people have died, and every one of them is obviously one too many. Raila Odinga, the opposition candidate who, for yet another time, lost national elections has irresponsibly been playing with fire. The government in power, however, is not blameless either.
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