Drogen : Amerikas längster Krieg 

Deutsche Fassung von Eugene Jareckis exzellenter Dokumentation „America’s Longest War” („The House I Live in”), 2013.

Drogen: Amerikas längster Krieg (3 Teile, Playlist)

Seit 1971 kostete der „Krieg gegen die Drogen“ über 1 Billion Dollar und führte zu 45 Millionen Verhaftungen und zu hunderttausenden Toten. Er machte Amerika zu dem Land mit den meisten Häftlingen der Welt.  Während der Drogenkrieg heute terroristische Organisationen in Afrika und Asien finanziert, blieb der Drogenkonsum in Amerika dennoch unverändert. Es kam aufgrund der Illegalität lediglich zu härteren und konzentrierteren Formen der Drogen.

Ausgezeichnete geschichtliche und gesellschaftliche Analyse der Ursachen und der Folgen der Prohibition. Jarecki schürft tief und erkennt selbst deren diskriminierenden und rassistischen Komponenten.  Er regt dazu an, alte Denkmuster über Bord zu werfen und ein System zu hinterfragen, das auf Unwissenheit, Unvernunft und zynischer Heuchelei beruht.

Eine der besten Dokumentationen, die jemals zu diesem Thema gemacht wurden.  Gewann unter anderem den Großen Preis der Jury beim Sundance Film Festival. ◻︎

Mac OS X : Add a Good French Dictionary to the Dictionary App

In Mac OS X, it is easy to display the definition of a word.  Simply mark a word, right-click on it and select „Look Up” or press ^⌘D.  Unfortunately, a good French dictionary is missing, even if you have the French language package installed.

In Mac OS X, mark a word (double-click), followed by „Look Up” or ^⌘D

Fortunately, it is possible to add dictionary plugins to the Dictionary application.  There used to be a good French dictionary, provided by etresoft.com, available in the public domain, but unfortunately all the relevant download links, such as this one, seem to be broken for quite some time.

However, after doing an extensive search, I managed to retrieve the package from the depths of the web.  I am relinking to the file, in case someone else should need it, too.  Simply download, extract and install. ◻︎

Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française
Dictionnaire de l’Académie Française

Tim Wise : White Like Me

Race, Racism and White Privilege in America

The continued prominence of racism is explored through the prism of white privilege in the engrossing documentary White Like Me. Based upon a book of the same name by author Tim Wise, the film explores the many advantages afforded to whites throughout the history of the United States, and the extent to which they have defined a culture of racial discrimination that continues to this day.

The shameful days of blatant segregation thankfully exist in the rear-view mirror of the country’s history.  But although great attempts have been made to achieve racial equality, America is nowadays more segregated than ever before, with cities like Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and New York taking the lead. The residue of discrimination still reverberates in nearly every corner of society. The film argues that the promise of a post-racial society has not yet been realized, and that the deeply embedded traditions of white privilege are largely to blame.

„For more than twenty years now, I’ve been trying to better understand for myself and to raise awareness among others how dangerous and damaging it is when white people like me are blind to racial inequality and our own privileges,” says Wise in the film. That search for understanding begins in a study of the laws, policies and institutions that have long informed America’s identity, including the Naturalization Act of 1790, and the initial enactments of programs that ensured social security and veteran benefits.

Whether obvious or insidious in their approach, the documentary contends that each of these instances catered to some level of racial discrimination in their formation, and set a foundation from which individual attitudes and governmental policies continue to operate.

White Like Me goes on to explore avenues like education, housing, the prison system, the government-waged War on Drugs, and additional aspects of American society in which racial discrimination still plays an informing role. Along the way, the film also tackles the notion of reverse racism in the age of affirmative action, and the belief that America has moved beyond matters of race in the wake of electing its first president of color. White Like Me handles these potentially inflammatory subjects with great sensitivity and frankness, and supports its assertions with a wealth of enlightening facts and data.

© Media Education Foundation, 2013

Published based on a Standard YouTube License.  To be used within the borders of the Fair Use clause of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, which allows for the rebroadcast of copyrighted materials for the purposes of commentary, criticism, and education.

Watch ,White Like Me’ ($4.99, Vimeo on Demand)
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Tragedy & Hope : Rise up!

[Official Video]

Version with German subtitles

„When you are ready to rise, you’ll rise up.”
— Garret John Loporto

A collaborative effort of Tragedy & Hope and activist, author and speaker Garret John Laporto of the viral sensation „The Wayseers Manifesto.”

Speech written and spoken by Garret John Loporto [Facebook] [Twitter] [Web]

Edited by Tragedy & Hope [Facebook] [Twitter] [Google+] [Web]

Version with German subtitles

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