ASAHI HAIKUIST NETWORK/ David McMurrayWednesday, October 17, 2018
Minako Noma recalls her childhood music teacher in Matsuyama. A fan of Pink Floyd for 50 years, Lothar M. Kirsch visited a music exhibition for the iconic rock band in Dortmund, Germany. Argentinian haikuist Julia Guzman is touring Tokyo for her first time.
bush warbler in the garden
my grandchilds at home
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no brick in the wall
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the smell of spring
in the English classroom
In Queensland, Simon Hanson began his science lesson by reciting this haiku.
Good morning class--
what can you
teach me today
Mario Massimo Zontini pays his respects in Parma, Italy.
and he smiles at me
the same way
Dubravka Scukanecs husband is a teacher in Zagreb.
twelve kilos of books on the
Gordana Vlasic, a retired social worker in Oroslavje, Croatia, asked D.V. Rozic to share this English translation. Marinko Kovacevic fondly recalls teaching in Praputnjak, Croatia.
school bell ringing
its warm in
the extended class
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a book--the colors of
my teachers eyes
It took a longtime for Junko Saeki to forgive herself in Tokyo. Danijela Grbelja was on the prowl in Sibenki, Croatia. Marion Clarke exchanged stories with the class of 1976 at a reunion in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland.
ball knocks the eyeglasses off
* * *
the teacher catches
* * *
the blackboard duster
he flung at me
Clarke relied on her cat to help clean the house. James Roderick Burns suggests we show more compassion for the furry creatures scurrying about Edinburgh.
gives away nothing …
* * *
With autumn mice,
alas, too little
Masumi Orihara received a big box of flowers from a student with a card she says was signed by of all people, from the class troublemaker. Ann Magyar shares an anecdote about the death of a beloved colleague. She says the students were devastated when they found out, and the next morning an unsigned poem appeared on the classroom door. It stayed there, anonymous, for months.
Made me cry
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the bell tolls
a poem taped
to the classroom door
In Hyderabad, Srinivasa Rao Sambangi received a cellphone sticker.
soft roses on mobile
from next door
Disarmed by the coquettish facial exp...http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810050006.html
A brief history of German neo-Nazi group NSUThursday, August 2, 2018
Nuremberg. Days later, Theodoros Boulgarides, who recently opened a key-cutting store in Munich, is shot dead.
April 2006 Mehmet Kubasik, who runs a kiosk in the western city of Dortmund, is killed. Two days later Halit Yozgat is shot dead in his internet cafe in the central city of Kassel.
April 2007 Police officer Michele Kiesewetter is killed in Heilbronn. Her colleague is seriously injured. Their firearms are stolen.
November 2011 After robbing a bank in the central city of Eisenach, Mundlos and Boehnhardt are found dead in a camper van in an apparent murder-suicide. Zschaepe sets fire to their hideout in the nearby town of Zwickau and mails videos featuring a Pink Panther cartoon character to the media in which the NSU claims responsibility for the killings.
July 2012 The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency, Heinz Fromm, resigns following a public outcry over his agency's shredding of documents related to the NSU case.
May 2013 The trial of Beate Zschaepe and four men accused of providing support to the NSU begins in Munich.
December 2015 Zschaepe's lawyers read a statement on her behalf, in which she acknowledges knowing of the bank robberies and to setting fire to the hideout in Zwickau. She says she only ever learned of the killings and bombings after they had happened.
July 2018 The trial, involving 73 lawyers and hundreds of witnesses, concludes after almost 440 days of hearings. Zschaepe is sentenced to life in prison. The group's four supporters receive lesser prison sentences of between 2½ and 10 years.
Five reasons to be excited about the 2018/19 Bundesliga seasonSaturday, July 14, 2018
Domenico Tedesco starts a second campaign in charge with a trip to Wolfsburg. Mouth watering yet? How about getting your teeth into Borussia Dortmund new-look and talent-charged under Lucien Favre - and their home opener against RB Leipzig while Borussia Mönchengladbach play host to Bayer Leverkusen in a Rhine derby? Happy yet? Yes, thought so.
Lucien Favre is charged with bringing the good times back to Borussia Dortmund. © imago / Revierfoto 2) Second season success syndromeIt is always hard to follow up success with yet more, but there is no reason to suggest the men who embroidered the colourful narrative of the 2017/18 season will not weave their magic once again. Step forward James Rodriguez. The Colombia international was stunningly reborn at Bayern last term, and in the second 12 months of his two-year loan from Real Madrid, he will seek to be just as impressively influential.Watch: James Rodriguez's stunning debut season in the Bundesliga
Tedesco's maiden season at the Veltins Arena was an unqualified success, one that he will want to back up in the same way his former classmate, Julian Nagelsmann, has done at Hoffenheim. With Mark Uth, fresh from his breakthrough Bundesliga season, in the Royal Blues ranks, you would not bet against that happening.Werder Bremen were one of the largest surprise packages of last season with new coach Florian Kohfeldt earning plaudits in his first major role and goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka keeping enough clean sheets to spawn numerous puns about blank Czechs. More should be expected.3) Dugout differencesThere is nothing better than the bright sunshine, luscious pitches and overpowering whiff of optimism that a new season brings. The ambitions of clubs and fans differ, and some have more reason than most to be optimistic. Yes, we're looking at you Bayern! Niko Kovac now holds the reins at the Allianz Arena, but his remit will be the same as Jupp Heynckes' before him: dominate domestically. Kovac's pedigree as a former Bayern player means he is fully a...https://www.bundesliga.com/en/news/Bundesliga/james-rodriguez-kovac-favre-josh-sargent-5-reasons-to-be-excited-about-2018-19-509740.jsp
Just Add Noise: Raucous Atmosphere Expected When LAFC's New Stadium Debuts Sunday - NBC Southern CaliforniaTuesday, May 22, 2018
Expected When LAFC's New Stadium Debuts SundayNBC Southern CaliforniaThe best chance for a non-season ticket holder to see a game at the stadium may be the May 22 exhibition game against Borussia Dortmund of Germany's Bundesliga whose roster includes U.S. men's national team star Christian Pulisic. Parking at Expo Park ...and more »...
German energy firm RWE investigates cyber attackWednesday, October 17, 2018
IT specialists to look into the matter.
In the meanwhile, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia have continued with their clearance operations at a highly symbolic site for activists in the Hambach.
Security authorities ordered protestors on Tuesday to remove flowers and candles commemorating a 27-year-old journalist who recently fell to his death in the forest, so that a nearby treehouse could be dismantled.
The Hambach forest forms part of a property owned by German energy giant RWE which comprises the world's largest open pit brown coal mine.
The company plans to cut down 100 out of a remaining 200 hectares of woodland from October 2018, a development which is vehemently resisted by activists who have moved into the threatened area and built treehouses and makeshift barriers there.
A member of an activist group, known as "Operation Undergrowth" told the German press agency (dpa) earlier that some forest occupiers had by now already lived in Hambach for six years.
The police operation, which was temporarily stalled following the fatal accident of the journalist, is one of the largest to be recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia to date and is supported by reinforcements from other German states.
Stillness and shock in Hambach Forest after journalist diesWednesday, October 17, 2018
Hambach Forest. Despite efforts to revive him, the 27-year-old German citizen died after being flown out by helicopter. Following the accident, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister, Herbert Reul, announced that police activities in the forest would be suspended for now. "We cannot just proceed as normal at least I can't," Reul said at a press conference Wednesday night. Whether the eviction will continue is not yet known. The journalist is understood to have fallen from the bridge leading off this treehouse Read more: Hambach Forest: Battleground for climate action 'Pure sunshine' Activists and members of the public have gathered in Beechtown, one of the treehouse villages. People lay flowers on a makeshift altar, hug each other, sit on the leaf-covered forest floor and converse in whispers. Activists and citizens took time to mourn and honor the dead journalist in Hambach Forest A yellow banner hangs between two trees: "We love you and we won't forget," it reads in red letters, just a few meters from where the journalist died. Meyn had been present at the protest in the forest for months. He was working on a documentary about the occupation, he told me when I met him last week in Hambach Forest. A fellow freelance journalist with no direct assignment, but clearly strongly motivated to document what was happening on the ground. Equipped with a 360-degree camera placed on his bicycle helmet, and a big smile. To those he met, he came across as a friendly, chatty guy. Indeed, he was a friend to many activists and...https://www.dw.com/en/stillness-and-shock-in-hambach-forest-after-journalist-dies/a-45579629
German City Braces For Protests as Erdogan Opens Mega MosqueWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.Erdogan's visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called "guest workers" from the 1960s.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.The size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany with imams paid by the Turkish state.Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.
Protests planned as Erdogan opens mega mosque in CologneWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.
Erdogans visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called guest workers from the 1960s.
Several anti-Erdogan demos are planned in Cologne on Saturday, including one under the banner Erdogan Not Welcome.
They are expected to gather a few kilometres (miles) away from the neighbourhood of the mosque.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.
The sheer size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.
The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.
The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany, and its imams are paid by the Turkish state.
Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of its members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.
German media recently reported that the domestic intelligence service was considering putting Ditib under surveillance.