New seal for fair clothing: green button meets with skepticism

Companies are considering introducing the new government seal for sustainable textiles. But does it deliver what it promises?

Working conditions in the textile industry are often deplorable Photo: Mushfiqul Alam/NurPhoto

The Green Button, the new seal for sustainable textiles from Development Minister Gerd Muller (CSU), is apparently in the home stretch. The first companies say they are participating or seriously considering participation. The Green Button is intended to make products with special ecological and social quality more visible to consumers* in stores.

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New nasa space telescope: “tess” sets off on search

Nasa’s new "Tess" space telescope is to set out in search of new planets. Its particular interest is in "red dwarfs."

It was the first time that Nasa used the services of space company SpaceX for a scientific mission Photo: dpa

Millions of stars in the sky get a new overseer: The space telescope "Tess" of the U.S. space agency Nasa launched on Wednesday (local time) for its mission. The spacecraft will search for new planets around the nearest and brightest stars. Future telescopes could then search for extraterrestrial life in these new worlds.

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Protests in congo: stones, tear gas, gunfire

Riots break out over electoral reform. Congo’s parliament postpones the decision and prolongs the crisis.

A street in Goma. Photo: reuters

Gunshots can be heard. Protesting students, motorcyclists, young men gather around the university. The police rush in. They fire tear gas. But the crowd is not dispersed. Only when the dreaded presidential guard marches in and shoots into the air do the demonstrators run away.

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Lebanon in crisis: hariri returns

A year ago, he resigned after mass protests. Now none other than Saad al-Hariri is to form a government in Lebanon again.

Has already led three governments: Saad al-Hariri Photo: ap

Many can not believe it: In masses, people in Lebanon took to the streets to demand a new political system. "All means all," was their demand, calling for a replacement of the entire political elite, which they perceived as corrupt. They did not achieve much in the way of concrete results, but at least Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation as head of government last October. Cheers broke out among the demonstrators in Beirut.

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Protests in sudan: fear after a night of violence

No sooner does an agreement emerge between the military and the protest movement in Sudan than gunmen attack demonstrators in Khartoum.

Despite Ramadan, protesters in Sudan take to the streets Photo: ap

Anger, grief and insecurity reign in Sudan after five protesters and a soldier were killed Tuesday night at the protest site outside army headquarters. Dozens of wounded with gunshot wounds are being treated in hospitals. The opposition and army believe the perpetrators, who were wearing military uniforms, are loyalists of ex-President Omar al-Bashir, who was ousted just over a month ago. They fired on the protesters after the military council and the civilian opposition announced Monday night that they were close to an agreement on the country’s future leadership.

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Quarantine with children: a new dimension of togetherness

Testing independence and playing together: Columnist Sylvia Prahl offers tips on how families can pass Corona time.

Social distancing is no problem in the Britzer Garten Photo: Thomas Wolter/ Pixabay

The shutdown brings many new insights. About oneself and especially about one’s own child. Sure, even before Corona, not every hour spent together was quality time. But with homeschooling, daily togetherness has reached a new dimension. After all, what parent knows what goes on in the classroom in the morning? Very rarely does the question "So, how was school today?" get more than a sonorous "Good." "What did you do in German?" "Don’t know." Okay, the kid isn’t up for it right now, is tired, so we’ll ask again later.

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Racism debate around “otto – the movie”: no more fun

"Otto – Der Film" is currently running again in some cinemas and is the subject of a discussion about racism and humor because of a problematic scene.

Otto Waalkes and Gunther Kaufmann in the sequence of the offense Photo: Wolfgang Jahnke/Rialto Film/dpa

Is a comedian allowed to use the N-word – or even to say "Bimbo"? Jacek Slaski recently reported an at least disturbing experience in the Berlin city magazine tip: With his ten-year-old son, he had watched a film with the "hero of his own youth," the 1985 hit comedy "Otto – Der Film" by and with the exiled Frisian and adopted Hamburg native Otto Waalkes. There was a surprising need for explanation in the scene in which the title character Otto (Waalkes) pulls money out of a rich lady’s pocket by offering her Gunther Kaufmann as a "slave" – also with the words: "Black head, black belly, black feet.

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