* Outsourcing Humanity *

grafitti in friedrichshain by jlt

Mostly it´s all about music or films here. Some of my political texts or workshop – outlines you can read here if you like: https://jochenschwarz.wordpress.com/ – but this time I´d like to post this text as well on this site, though it´s really an important issue to me.

So here´s an article, I wrote two weeks ago about the fatal development, to delegate  basic refugee matters in Berlin, Germany and the EU to private organisations and the danger of privatising and outsourcing state duty´s to NGO-helping structures and welcome groups.

This article was published in weekly newspaper FREITAG here: https://www.freitag.de/autoren/jochen-schwarz/outsourcing-humanity and quoted in the article after a short telephone interview by Ines Kappert in Tageszeitung, TAZ here: http://taz.de/Debatte-Behoerden-und-Gefluechtete/!5222727/

“Zu Recht weist etwa Jochen Schwarz vom Projekt Flüchtlinglotsen Pankow darauf hin, dass die so wichtige private Hilfe mit einer „Skandalisierung der fatalen jahrelangen Fehlpolitik auf lokaler, nationaler und europäischer Ebene” verbunden werden muss”

Since the last two weeks, the situation got even worse and the LAGESO in Berlin, responsable for the organisation of the refugees accomodation and medical care is not able or willing to deal with the refugees, waiting in front of their door and without the help of Organisations like Moabit Hilft and other privare supporters, who care about food, health care, organisation of sleeping places , the chaos would be unthinkable.

(in GERMAN)

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Outsourcing Humanity?

Die Delegierung staatlicher Aufgaben in der Flüchtlingspolitik auf private Initiativen ist eine gefährliche Entwicklung

Immer öfters müssen private Initiativen und Nichtregierungsorganisationen die Misswirtschaft der Politik und Verwaltung regeln – zuletzt bei der katastrophalen Unterbringungssituation in Zelten in Dresden oder in den letzten Tagen vor dem Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales in Berlin, bei dem, obwohl alles seit Tagen vorhersehbar war, Asylantragsteller teilweise unter unerträglichen Zuständen vor dem Gebäude campieren mussten und Helfer einer Willkommensgruppe Wasser zu Verfügung stellte.

In der Wohnungsunterbringung, wie im übrigen auch in der Seenotrettung im Mittelmeer, zeigt sich eine beschämende aber auch gefährliche Entwicklung der Delegierung staatlicher Aufgaben an private Initiativenund. Der Staat zieht sich dadurch aus der Verantwortung und reagiert sprichwörtlich erst, wenn die ersten Menschen kollabieren – oder die Presse mit negativen Schlagzeilen berichtet.

Die Verantwortung wird quasi outgesourct an NGO´s. Während der Krise im für die Asylerstaufnahme und die Unterbringung zuständigen Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales ist Sozialsenator Czaja im Urlaub und der Berliner Oberbürgermeister Michael Müller sah keine Veranlassung, auf den offenen Brief des Flüchtlingsrats und Berichte wie unserer Organisation, der Caritas oder Asyl in der Kirche zu reagieren. Darin wurde über die faktische Obdachlosigkeit der Flüchtlinge trotz ausgegebener, am Ende wertlosen Hostelgutscheine für Flüchtlinge, berichtet – das LaGeSo hatte die Rechnungen der Betreiber nicht beglichen. In Dresden riskieren Ärzte ihren Job, um auf die unhaltbaren Zustände im Camp hinzuweisen und Journalisten wird der Zugang verwehrt. Leidtragende sind wie immer die Flüchtlinge.

Es ist zwiespältig, wenn die ZEIT in einem Artikel von “zivilgesellschaftlichem Gänsehautmoment” spricht, als die Initiative „Moabit Hilft“ über einen Aufruf im Internet Hunderte von Helfern organisierte, die den Flüchtlingen zur Seite stehen, als ob es um ein Fußballspiel ginge.

Der Einsatz von Helfern, NGO´s, Willkommensinitiativen oder Stadtteilzentren, die vorüber gehend Wohnungen bereitstellen, ist richtig und notwendig. Aber es muss gleichzeitige eine Skandalisierung der Fehlpolitik auf lokaler, nationaler und europäischer Ebene geben. Jener Politik, die nur reagiert und delegiert und nicht und langfristig plant, um den Flüchtlingen und ihren Familien ein Mindestmaß an Würde zu gewähren und sie in Ruhe ankommen zu lassen.

Andernfalls wird sich die Spirale der Verringerung der Mindeststandards weiter fortsetzen und irgendwann der erste Flüchtling in Dresden oder Berlin an Dehydrierung unter freiem Himmel sterben – währenddessen Gebäude wie der Flughafen jahrelang leer stehen und täglich Millionen verschlingen um mal bewusst einen unsachlichen Vergleich zu bringen. Obszön ist hingegen die Technokratie und Politik, die diese Widersprüche nicht auflöst.

Gewöhnen wir uns bitte nicht daran und auch nicht an die Privatisierung und Delegierung von staatlichen sozialen humanitären Aufgaben. Das Zitat Max Frischs “Wir riefen Arbeitskräfte und es kamen Menschen” muss erst Recht für Flüchtlinge gelten.

(written 9.8 2015, published in FREITAG 12.08.2015)

poster at lichtblickl kino aug 2015 by jlt

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Manuscripts don´t burn

My third iranian film in 4 weeks and all of them were extraordinary! Althought already finished in early 2014,  Manuscripts don´t burn started last week in Berlin in fsk cinema with a q & a with director Mohammad Rasoulof. Outside was a huge storm and inside there was an intense humidity and this sticky, breathless atmosphere in the cinema fitted to the story of a movie, in which iranians intellectuals were persecuted by the state security.

Unlike his friend Panahi´s “Taxi”,   Rasoulof´s film is way more darker, more realistic and less humourous , ironic. There are surely intense scenes, but some of them are in my point of view too long, the story a bit too obvious and too predictable and it could be a better cut or at least shortened.

On the contrary,  the philosophic scenes with the discussion of the poets and the questions of how to deal in this society and who to trust could have been more shown in detail, cause these scenes are really moving, even more if you know that it is all based on a true story.

And the answer to the question of the audience in the discussion after the movie about the future of him as a director, who shoot the film partly illegal in iran and about the insecurity not to know, if he could return to his home country, gave a good idea, how present the theme of the movie still is.  See it in FSK Kino.

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Panahi´s “Taxi”

My second iranian film in 4 weeks after seeing “a girl walks home alone at night” lately. Jafar Panahi´s “Taxi”, winner of the Berlinale film fest is a celebration of humanity & respect and a strong subtile political fight against any forms of supression in iran. And it´s an ironic defence of the film itself and as well an homage to Jim Jarmush´s “Night on Earth” with short cuts, shot in a taxi in theheran.  But there are a lot of other hidden agendas to be discovered in this simple but nevertheless very rich film.  Enjoy it in several berlin cinemas.

Here is a good review in German weekly ZEIT. http://www.zeit.de/2015/30/taxi-teheran-film-jafar-panahis

And here is the emotional ceremony at the Berlinale giving the price to Panahi´s niece acting and playing an important role in his movie :

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* On Vacation *

* On Vacation * by Schwarz Jochen on Mixcloud

Summer Teeth & Summer Voids, Mermaids & Deep Sea Diving Suits , Sirens down by the Water, Setting Suns & Pacific Oceans: A summer holiday vacation compilation concentrating on the surf & folk sounds of the late 90ies & early 2000´s (with some excursions of course…)

tracklist:

  • intro: on vacation – the robot ate me (s/t)
  • disney girls (1957) – beach boys (surf´s up)
  • season of the shark – yo la tengo (summer sun)
  • where – little wings (explains)
  • pine cone – graves (summr bummr)
  • without my echo – sodastream (singles club)
  • summerteeth – wilco (s/t)
  • deep sea diving suit – magnetic fields (holiday)
  • summer void – richard youngs (beyond the valley of ultrahits)
  • mermaid – pram (7″)
  • down by the water – pj harvey (7″)
  • could it be the siren loves – annabel lee (by the sea…)
  • on the beach – neil young (s/t)
  • indian summer – luna (indian summer 12″)
  • song for the setting sun pt 2 – daniel bachmann (river)
  • pacific ocean – pumice (7″)
  • outro: summer/ epilogue – alex bleeker & the freaks (s/t)

08/2015
by joe le taxi

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Au Revoir, Mogadishu (tape)

Amazing tape of early recordings from Mogadishu, Somalia before 1991 or recorded in exile. Side A is more ethio jazz orientated while side B is more danceable and soulful.

The lovely tape is sold out at Bis aufs messer store but buy it still via: staalplaat
(ÇAYKH Recordings).

Hypnotic – (don´t expect a hi-fi recording…).

“This Tape of 70’s and 80’s Somali sound is a rich blend of traditional Somali folk music infused with Western funk, rock and reggae and a touch of Indian, Arabic and African flavors.

Side A is good for that mellow creamy morning. Side B will get your ass wiggling! There are hardly any proper releases of this soulful sound of guitar, synthesizer and drums. I spent some months finding, compiling and editing rips of TV and live recordings on old VHS tapes and radio broadcasts to cassette tapes and here is what I got. Enjoy! With love from Mogadishu.”

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Essential Filmscores: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Well, the filmstart was a while ago already but it took me some time to grap the chance to see the movie A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night by Ana Lily Amirpour last week in an open air cinema. Although I liked the atmosphere and some scenes of the movie a lot – like the one posted here – and made me think of early Jarmush, The addiction by Abel Ferrara or Thirst by Chan-wook Park but I was not 100% convinced by the story and the characters, but I was overwhelmed by the filmscore and bought it yesterday digitally and soon most likly the double vinyl although quite expensive. (Death Waltz records)

It´s an amazing mix of persian psychedelia, 80 wave – romantics, some strange techno and
even two Ennio Morricone like western sounds like the ones by Federale or Kiosk.

Listen to the complete playlist here:

dance scene (Farah, Dancing Girls)

Kiosk – Charkhesh E Pooch

Still to see in some selected Berlin Cinemas and worth seeing it in the movies and not on DVD. By the way: The best films in life are imperfect ones. And this one is couragious.

Here is a Q & A with Ana Lily Amirpour with Vive Magazine:

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I thought I heard Buddy Bolden sing – Joe le Taxi´s Southern Journeys Down by the River

* I thought I heard Buddy Bolden sing - Joe le Taxi´s Southern Journeys Down by the River * by Schwarz Jochen on Mixcloud


Here´s the dj set I played yesterday @ down by the river festival in the garden of the about: blank club from around 00.15-1.45 a.m. with 31 C. temperature outside.
(the set has to be shortened for 30 minutes though a storm was about to come and the dj after me liked to start a bit earlier with his set because of that)

So here are 90 minutes of almost 100 years of music history: From 20ies swing, ragtime & rumba shellac recordings to 50ies gospel, new orleans jazz, african, latin & caribian dance tracks & trinidadian calypsos to 70ies souls until being in 2015 again with Algiers amazing Gospel “blood”. As a bonus the mix ends with Frank Fairfield, who played a heartbreaking concert yesterday. Thank you!

With: lecuana cuban boys / alfonso esparza / burt ambrose / sydney bechet / jerry roll morton / tommy dorsey / the sixth station / mahalia jackson / ti paris / miriam makeba / george moxey / dutch ryhthm steel & show band / frankie zhivago / george lewis / ural thomas / king kennytone / algiers / frank fairfield / etta james / the rangoon gymkhanna club orchestra / shirley ann lee / norma jean / etta cameron / lord invador / the lion

For detailed tracklist write me.
by joe le taxi 07/2015

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