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    The other war against European human standards

    JOURNALISM: How autocracies find their way to undermine democratic institutions.

    For another perspective on this film also readWining and dining one’s way to endless rule

    In a white fairy costume, Lady Gaga is singing her songs in the brand-new sports stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. We are in June 2015. Does she know what she is doing? And if she knows, does she care? The presence of – very well paid – pop and film stars is an important instrument of the image and reputation of commercial production. Dictatorships with their prisons full of political prisoners who have disappeared, and tortured bodies, can find here a successful legitimization in the worldwide perception. No surprise that we can also recognize Putin in the VIP stand of the stadium.

    We don’t have to imagine the attacks on democratic structures only as evidence of military or direct industrial and bank business confrontations. There are more invisible and always hidden ways to undermine democratic decision processes, up to the central institutions, such as the European Parliament and the . . .

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    Dieter Wieczorekhttp://www.signesdenuit.com
    Wieczorek is a film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
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