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Ukraine’s invasion by the Russian army did not surprise the Syrians. Putin’s air base is mostly to be blamed for killing Syrian civilians, demolishing Syrian sites and cities, and expulsing millions of Syrians. As far as the Russian Army, upon Putin’s order, is currently committing war crime at large in the Ukraine, practices the same Russian army has been practising in Syria, without having to fear major reactions from the West, however. The solidarity with Ukraine’s civil society is hence particularly fundamental among syrians today. they, too, hope for their land to be freed from Russian occupation. Source: DSI Dt-Syrian information forum (see facebook,
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| Berlinale | News & Themen | News – Forum Expanded: Closer to the Ground

The 17th Forum Expanded presents CLOSER TO THE GROUND with delightful movie projects in neon lights, or the Zama Zama project by Rosalind Morris and many more among thirteeen (13) art work installations in the ‘cellar’ space at CLOSER-TO-THE-GROUND in Berlin Wedding, Gerichtstr.35, U/S Wedding, worth seeing listening watching and visiting :-) until mid-March, 2022.

Berlinale 2022
… just started Feb 11,22 at “Encounters 2022” with “Queens of the Qing Dynasty” by Ashley McKenzie, born 1984.
The Canadian film maker talks about queerness at places of night shift in situations of exchange between Canada and China, Shanghai and the urge of obtaining a residence status for good. A story between two young women, fascinated by the queens of the Qing dynasty, opposed to societal cohesion and gender-open friendship like ‘Coming-of-Age’ topics distilled in the movie about family, ethnics, gender and creativity: enjoy all! Tickets may be purchased online via a ‘ticket button’ that you find under Berlinale – Programme – Ticket-Info …

WILPF Munich at History Salon in Beginenhof in 10999 Berlin: IFFF shows a film

03-02-22 Geschichtssalon Berlin-2
Heidi Meinzolt, IFFF (WILPF in German), presented a short film entitled “1921 – 2021: 100 Years International Women’s League for Freedom, De-Escalation, Peace Education, Non-Violence, Equality and Participation”. A lively discussion among some 15 participants – thereof one male – confirmed the WILPF concept for ongoing peace efforts worldwide. #berlinsights owner Susanne Bauer thanks Gisela Notz for the great initiative.

Holocaust-Gedenktag 27.1.2022


Hier eine Nachricht vom Tagesspiegel: ein Checkpoint-Leser wollte einen Trauerflor an die innere linke Säule vom Brandenburger Tor anbringen … er solle einen Bewilligungsantrag beim Ordnungsamt stellen, hieß es dazu vom Ordnungsamt. Am Ende landete der Antrag als „erledigt”, jedoch müssten … weitere Gremien in die Entscheidung eingebunden werden (wer nur?!?) – auch sei die Bearbeitung sowieso erst nach dem Holocaust-Gedenktag zu erwarten. Dann drohte eine Strafe von 10.000 Euro plus weiterer Kosten im Falle der Trauerflor ohne Genehmigung am Brandenburger Tor zum Holocaust-Gedenktag. Das Fazit von Autor Ralph Boller: „Der Dienstweg … verbindet die Sackgasse mit dem Holzweg”

Women artists in Berlin and beyond …

                Did you know about the Berlin Association of Female Artists VdBK1867?

And that women artists exist, see the forthcoming event in German with Ilona Wolff’s … „Es gibt sie doch: Bedeutende Künstlerinnen in Gegenwart und Geschichte“

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besides the US National Museum of Women in the Arts, this is the worldwide largest documentation of art by female artists. Established in the mid-19th century, the archive with library  and an arts collection encompasses approx. 64 lfm written material as well as fotographs, 2.000 books and 5.750 art pieces that document life and work of more than 3.400 female artists in history until today in and outside Europe. Stroll on the web, explore female art and contact for more ways to find interesting female art.

Winter 2021: Berlin & New Federal Government

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Winter downtown Berlin near Friedrichstr along ‘Bundeskanzerlamt’ and Reichstag building: Government features along Angela Merkel: we know, she was somebody! Now with our newly elected Chancelor Olaf Scholz, give him a chance …!

New chancelor Olaf Scholz

After the Butcher proudly presents:

‘after the butcher’ continues to invite for art and performance-led exchange, see them at

… more common ground continues to be sought. The artists lay out the thus created social tensions and dichotomies between speculation and profit maximisation against the basic housing needs (…)
_AFTER THE BUTCHER. showroom for contemporary art and social issues, currently features ‘atb #88 / Palimpsest – Zwischen den Zeichen lesen’ by Ciara Philipps and Jean-Ulrick Désert, to visit until January 30, 2022.

Berlin & Federal Elections September 26, 2021 quotes September 17, 2021:

Enteignungsinitiative: Wohnungsankauf «Hinterzimmerdeal»
“Deutsche Wohnen & Co enteignen” © dpa / Christophe Gateau/dpa/Archivbild
Enteignungsinitiative: Wohnungsankauf «Hinterzimmerdeal»

Berlin (dpa/bb) – (…) According to the Initiative “Deutsche Wohnen & Co enteignen”, speaker Moheb Shafaqyar says: “We do support transfer of housing as public good, yet not along deals arranged in the backyard (so-called ‘Hinterzimmerdeals’) and not at speculative prices.”

The issue of socialisation or ‘Vergesellschaftung’ in German terms would mean good business for Berlin along neutral budgeting, according to Shafaqyar. Accordingly, the Initiative wants companies owning more than 3000 appartments to socialize these, meaning to no longer owning these against a given compensation (‘Entschädigung’) – as long as such entail the intention of making a profit (“Gewinnerzielungsabsicht”). The intitiative claims that this would stop raising rents and ensure affordable housing, in the longterm. Berliners can vote September 26, 2021, in parallel to the Parliament of Berlin (‘Abgeordnetenhaus’) and parliamentary elections, in favour of the said socialisation of rents.
SOURCE:© dpa-infocom, dpa:210917-99-253956/2 © dpa