Monthly Archives: April 2011
A walk to the Bundesarchiv in the Lichterfelde area of Berlin.
North Korean media reports that a small amount of radioactivity from Japan has reached the DPRK. How does a regime that is so good at depicting Japan as a source of constant threat assure people that they are now safe and in good hands? Is there any kind of debate at all among North Koreans […]
I was recently asked to update the “Adam Cathcart” entry for the “Faculty Research Page” at Pacific Lutheran University. I kept one sentence from the old entry and then tallied up other recent activities in the research side of the “Adam Cathcart” ledger. It was judged to be too long and was consequently cut down. […]
[Stump Post] There is simply a staggering amount of interesting material being published in Germany about the CCP arrest of Ai Weiwei. I seem to have gathered a great deal of newsprint into my orbit, am reading as much of it as fast as I can (Tagesspiegel-Stuttgart Zeittung-Suddeutscher Zeitung-Die Zeit-Frankfurt Allgemeine, etc.), and hope to […]
Among other things, I’ve spent a couple of days back in the Bundesarchiv here in Berlin, and found a new trove of materials in the R55 section, which is the Reichsministrium fuer Volksaufklaerung und Propaganda. These are, in other words, documents from the Propaganda Ministry run by Dr. Goebbels. To my knowledge, these files have […]
In its typically understated fashion of reasserting totalitarian facts, the Chinese government appears to have arrested the dissident provocateur Ai Weiwei in Beijing. (Hat tip to Evan Osnos in Beijing for the full story.) The timing of the arrest is a bit curious. What serves as a trigger for such an arrest, after all, particularly […]
With but nine minutes to go and up against a French keyboard in the UN Library and Archives in Geneva, Switzerland, a few thoughts: – Yosuke Matsuoka is a tough guy even though it took Japan (and Germany) another two years to completely withdraw from League of Nations (reams of film footage here); at the […]