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About Michael Rebehn

Michael Rebehn was formerly openDemocracy’s Science&Technology editor.

Articles by Michael Rebehn

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Once, I was George Bush - and on television, worldwide!

In the deluge of instant imagery and flaky symbolism that surrounds us today, what other people think simply adds to the confusion. Is it possible to act at all? Over a number of years and different episodes in his life, this writer moves towards a tentative conclusion….

Another casualty of war: proliferation controls and verification protocols

International efforts to limit the proliferation of dangerous weapons have focused recently on questions of verification. But there may be a deeper problem in the way that the spread of destructive power across the world is fuelled by the subjection of science and technology to political ambition.

FT: Forked Tongue?

The Financial Times’ coverage of the global antiwar protests of 15 February differed markedly between its German and English editions. This unsettling discovery, framed by an imaginary encounter on a Berlin–London flight, brings Michael Rebehn down to earth with a jolt.

The Long History of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Recorded use of weapons of mass destruction goes back to the Middle Ages. Whenever the rules of war fell into disregard, the target moved from the enemy’s soldiers to his people. The weapon of choice against a civilian enemy became biological, then chemical and nuclear, as soon as scientific advancement and technological development made them available. This timeline aims to give a broad overview, in time as well as space, of the development of WMDs as a lengthy prelude to recent events in Iraq.

Protest days: the peace movement comes out in global demonstrations on 18 January and 15 February

Twice in the next month, citizens worldwide will march in the streets – and engage in imaginative other kinds of protest – against US war on Iraq. Here, openDemocracy maps the democratic insurrection of a million minds and hearts.

From history to moral fable: truth and reconciliation in South Africa

In the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa, the country’s pioneering Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a key medium of national catharsis. Did it allow the society to face honestly, and thus move beyond, its violent past? The ambiguous story of Mkleyi Henry Khanliye, an ANC political activist and convicted child-killer, suggests that the answer lies in the process as much as the outcome.

South Africa’s first general elections were successfully completed in April 1994.

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