What can the individual burger do??

Interview with Walter Keim, who is suing Germany for lack of freedom of information at the United Nations, and is now also filing a Verfangsklage (a lawsuit against Germany).

Telepolis reader Walter Keim, a dedicated netizen from Trondheim in the Nordic region who has been promoting freedom of information in Germany via the Internet for months, has filed a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Committee against Germany for failing to provide general freedom of information. This week he will also file a lawsuit with the same request at the German Federal Interception Court. Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti spoke with him for Telepolis:

Why did you file a complaint with the United Nations?

germ: I would like to point out that Germany is at the bottom of the league in Europe in the area of freedom of information at the federal level and in 12 of 16 German states. Do we really need the last Balkan state to overtake us?? What success do you expect from the UN complaint??

Keim: The human rights committee of the United Nations already criticized many, also European states. States can’t be directly forced to give more rights, but criticism would be an embarrassing loss of face. What success do you expect from the Verfangsklage?

Keim: The United Nations says freedom of information is a human right. The Basic Law says that Germany is committed to human rights. Can the court afford to reject it here?? What would the European public say about this?? How did the EU and the EU Convention react?? You live in Norway. What is different, better in Norway in terms of freedom of information?? Which positive experiences could you make there?

Keim: As for the burocrats, there seems to be the same tendencies in Norway and Germany. In Germany, however, the right to inspect files is much more limited than in Norway. I would like to call the inspection of official documents the most unpopular legal regulation among all bureaucrats. In Norway, if an authority refuses to grant access, it must accept the complaint. Most of the time the official concerned gives in in advance – because he has to justify a refusal, with insight the matter is settled. In my experience, the plaintiff always wins in the higher instance. The bottom line: In Norway, there is a free complaint system that works. In case of a refusal, citizens can also appeal to the Ombudsman. He then contacts the official in question. Often the plaintiff retracts the refusal and you get the insight. How many people have supported your e-mail petitions on your homepage??

Germ: I don’t know exactly. A few have written to me that they have sent one of the suggested emails. But many have turned to me with cries for help. Often it is about medical malpractice. The fact that citizens in Germany have only inadequate patient rights is what ultimately brought me to the topic of freedom of information. It has also brought me into contact with partner sites such as arztepfusch. I knew that Germans have fewer rights than other EU citizens. But that the health care system may have 25.I was not aware of the fact that the number of deaths was so high, that it was so difficult for the injured to get help, that unnatural causes of death were often not clarified. I am deeply shocked. You have written countless letters to politicians. What feedback have you received?

Germ: The fact that German burgers – unlike Scandinavian and EU burgers at the EU administration – have no right to a response means that many letters are in vain. But if the request is carried on in a petition, then one has also in Germany the right to an answer. Why is there no right of reply in Germany?

germ: The official mold is obviously stronger in Germany than elsewhere. What were the petitions you submitted to the state parliament of Baden-Wurttemberg about??

Keim: In the first petition, the ie was that the AOK wanted to enforce staff cuts by agreeing on a compensation arrangement. Here, in the end, the AOK has given in. The second petition was about the delay of a claim for a higher care level. Only the social court moved the AOK to answer and raise the level. The Petitions Committee of Baden-Wurttemberg has indeed bent the AOK, but in doing so has not wanted to see the insufficient patient rights. The Petitions Committee of the Bundestag, which is responsible for these federal laws, said that I wanted to take legal action against the Petitions Committee of Baden-Wurttemberg. Finally, in another petition I demanded patients’ rights. But here I have since the 25. October no answer received.


Lithium in drinking water lowers suicide rate

The result of a study by Japanese scientists leads to the discussion of whether people should be forced to take drugs to improve their physical or mental health

Suicide rate is particularly high in Japan. About 30.000 Japanese end their lives every year since 1998, when there had been a jump upward. In 2006, according to the WHO, there were 29.921 people, two-thirds men, who did not want to go on living: about 100 people a day. That is 23.7 per 100.000 people (among men as many as 34.8). In 2007, more than 33.In 2008, there was a slight drop to 32,000 people (34.8 for men).249 to be recorded. In January 2009, however, there were 2.645 people, 15 percent more than in the same month in 2008 – possibly due to the recession. There is talk of a suicide epidemic in Japan.

Lithuania surpasses Japan with 38.6 suicides per 100.000 inhabitants. The suicide rate in Russia is also very high (32.2). In Germany, which occupies a middle position, 13 out of every 100 people commit suicide.000 people, and the trend is downward. But again, the number of men who break up is much higher than the number of women. While in Germany the age group over 65 and above all over 75 years predominates among the people committing suicide, among the Russians it is the 45-54 year olds and the over 75 year olds, among the Japanese the age group 55-64 years old is the most dangerous, i.e. when the working life comes to an end and retirement begins or is in prospect.


Revolution elected

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has been confirmed in office for another six years

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez drove up to the polls in Caracas on Sunday morning, driving a bright red VW cafe and visibly in a good mood. Hundreds of supporters and foreign guests awaited the head of state in the 23 de Enero district, a stronghold of the revolution "Bolivarian Revolution", which was confirmed by a clear majority on Sunday. With a lead of three million votes, about 25 percentage points, the head of state could prevail at the end of the day. More than his supporters, it is now clear to his opponents that there is no way around Chavez.

Revolution elected

Hugo Chavez already confident of victory after casting his vote. Picture:


Therapeutic truths and illusions

On the causes of the worldwide pandemic of mental illnesses

Mental fragility seems to be rampant worldwide, for decades the number of people diagnosed with mental disorders has been on the rise. At least three factors are responsible: a conglomerate of scientists and therapists has chosen neurobiology as its sole explanatory model, the pharmaceutical industry has been printing new drugs on the market with enormous power for decades, and in the process has encountered a society that is as fragile as it is enthusiastic about substances. These three factors will be the subject of the following.

A few numbers to get in the mood. In the U.S., the number of people enrolled in the welfare system with mental illness increased two and a half times between 1987 and 2007. Where once there was one mentally ill person for every 184 US burgers, today there is one under treatment among 67 burgers. In Germany, mental illnesses have become a frequent reason for sick leave since the 1990s. In the statistics of most health insurance companies, they now rank among the four most frequent causes of incapacity to work. If one also takes into account the fact that, according to experts, only every second depression is recognized, a pandemic of mental insanity seems to be rampant. But the numbers are not as clear as they sound.


Afghanistan: here are the winners

Afghanistan: Here are the winners

US soldiers in Afghanistan. Photo (January 2019): US Department of Defense / Common-free

Corruption machine and propaganda. A comment

Politicians from the greats to the CSU are surprised that the collapse of the public order in Afghanistan takes effect rapidly. Together with the established non-politicians, the same well-established journalists are also wondering.


The land of the last european dictator

In Belarus is chosen in December, to be expected that Lukashenko, since 1994 prassident, will continue to remain in office

At 19. December 2010 should be in Belarus or. Weibussland Prasidental elections take place. Since 1994, this office is dressed by Alexander Lukashenko, and the intensity of doing that also to do Furderhin. Although he had no longer candidate existing law in 2006 for this office afterwards, but a legislative elevation of 2004 allows further candidatures to allow Lukashenko. The said legislative emertion was accompanied by the equal switching of the Weibrussian media and a strong repression against opposition media and regime critic.

Prasident Alexander Lukashenko does not want to leave his office. Image: