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TAKE THE CITIZENSHIP TEST
Could You Become a German?

taken from Der Spiegel online

After months in the planning, Germany has finally presented its new citizenship test. Criticism has been widespread, but Interior Minister Schäuble has defended the question catelog. SPIEGEL ONLINE presents 33 questions for your perusal.

It has been in the works for months. But this week, the questions for Germany’s new citizenship test were finally released by the Interior Ministry — all 310 of them. Applicants will be given a test made up of 33 of them, and will have to get 17 correct in order to pass.

The questions are divided up into three broad categories: “Life in a Democracy,” “History and Responsibility,” and “People and Society.” There are also a number of questions pertaining to specific German states. The test is set to go into use on September 1.

If, that is, the critics don’t gain the upper hand by then. Immediately upon the release of the test questions, groups representing Germany’s Turkish community began blasting it. The group Turkish Community in Germany said it would be giving the test to Germans at public stands as a way of protesting its difficulty. It also criticized the test for asking about attitudes in addition to knowledge.

Green Party politician Volker Beck told the Berliner Zeitung that the test “didn’t make naturalization easier, rather it made it more difficult.” He also said that it “expects knowledge that Germans only have after they have studied law for a semester.” Other German politicians also blasted the new quiz.

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, though, stuck to his guns on Wednesday saying “we are generous in how we hand out German citizenship, but naturalization does not come without conditions. University education, though, is not one of them,” he told the Stuttgarter Zeitung in response to criticism that the test was too difficult. “It’s not even as difficult as the exam for a driver’s license.”

To find out if Schäuble is correct and if you could pass the test to become a German citizen, click on the link below:

http://www1.spiegel.de/active/quiztool/fcgi/quiztool.fcgi?id=33093

Millionär

Millionär

von die Prinzesin

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär
dann wär’ mein Konto niemals leer.
Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär
millionenschwer.

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär.

Geld
Geld
Geld …

Ich hab’ kein Geld
hab’ keine Ahnung
doch ich hab’n großes Maul.

Bin weder Doktor noch Professor
aber ich bin stinkend faul.

Ich habe keine reiche Freundin
und keinen reichen Freund.

Von viel Kohle hab’ ich bisher
leider nur geträumt.

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär
dann wär’ mein Konto niemals leer.

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär
millionenschwer.

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär.
Was soll ich tun
was soll ich machen
bin vor Kummer schon halb krank.

Hab’ mir schon’n paar mal überlegt
vielleicht knackst du eine Bank
doch das ist leider sehr gefährlich
bestimmt werd’ ich gefaßt
und außerdem bin ich doch ehrlich
und will nicht in den Knast.

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär
dann wär’ mein Konto niemals leer.
Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär
millionenschwer.

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär.

Es gibt so viele reiche Witwen
die begehrn mich sehr.

Sie sind so scharf auf meinen Körper
doch den geb ich nicht her.

Ich glaub
das würd ich nicht verkraften
um keinen Preis der Welt.

Deswegen werd ich lieber Popstar
und schwimm in meinem Geld.

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär
dann wär’ mein Konto niemals leer.

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär
millionenschwer.

Ich wär’ so gerne Millionär.

I just read a glimpse of information on Republic of Korea’s sophisticated technology on nuclear energy. It seems that this country really realize its limited natural resources, especially on oil and gas, so that they think out loud to produce a solution which enables a higher output than a normal power energy can do.

When many people concern much on the development of nuclear technology from North Korea, the South Korea has actually been more far ahead in the application of this advanced technology.

I just read from the website of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power company (http://www.khnp.co.kr/index_en.jsp), that of the 20 nuclear power plants in South Korea, 5 of their reactors are ranked 1st to 5th in terms of nuclear capacity factor in the world, with each of their operation capability exceeding 100%! . It is far exceeding the world average of 70%! This is really unbelievable, concerning how complex the involvement of safety and sustainability of a reactor nuclear must be!

South Korea is a tiny country, comparing to Indonesia. Our country is rich in natural resources: oil and gas, coal and water. However, none of these resources have been developed into their highest potential for the development of energy. South Korea has no oil resource, but their advanced technology’s achievement has been long serving as the power for self-reliance. They are very concerned with their limited natural resources and yet desiring so badly to become a self-fulfilling country, independent from other country’s supply of resources. Thus, they are not buying the technology, but transferring it to their country. Their nuclear plant design has been 95% localized, and all nuclear plant construction is carried out domestically. However, it all started differently. The first generation of nuclear plants in South Korea (in around end of 1970s) was built almost entirely by foreign contractors. Yet, the domestic industry has advanced significantly since then. (See, how different this is to the fact of dependency-style of our country?)

In contrary, nuclear power in Germany has been high on the political agenda in recent decades, with continuing debates about whether or not the technology should be phased out. In 2000, the German government, consisting of the SPD and Alliance ’90/The Greens, which really a support of green environment movement, officially announced its intention to phase out the use of nuclear power. A German Minister, from Green Party of course, even succeeded reaching an agreement with energy companies on the gradual shut down of the country’s nineteen nuclear power plants and a cessation of civil usage of nuclear power by 2020. This was enacted as the Nuclear Exit Law.

As a follow-through on this movement, Germany has combined the phase-out of their nuclear plants with an initiative for renewable energy and increases the efficiency of fossil power plants in an effort to reduce the reliance on coal. Germany has also become one of the leaders in the efforts to fulfill the Kyoto protocol. As a result of its efforts, Germany has become a world leader in the use of renewable energy, particularly in solar energy and wind turbine installations.

What about Indonesia? Are we going to go ahead with building a nuclear reactor and nuclear power plant? Are we ready to handle such big responsibility, yet could resolve the crisis energy? Or this idea of building this power plant is only a wishful thinking for us?

However, a prophecy predicting that the world will collapse due to the energy crisis is just a prophecy although it can be a self-fulfilling prophecy though. Thus, if everyone is thinking positively, we all can solve this problem, and further inherit a safe and better world to our next generations…

Dedicated to my wife, who is now undergoing a one-month training in Busan, Republic of Korea under funding of KHNP. Good luck honey!

Yesterday, I just happened to hear the 2 songs repeatedly again and again. I watched a lot of TV programs yesterday, due to the fact that I wanted to be part of history of my country, watching a momentous event live. One of the most controversiest persons in the government of my country has passed away. The funeral is being held today…

However, I am a bit confused which song would really apply to the situation at the current moment.

First song is “Gugur Bunga” and its lyrics can be read below:

Gugur Bunga

by Ismail Marzuki

Betapa hatiku takkan pilu
Telah gugur pahlawanku
Betapa hatiku takkan sedih
Hamba ditinggal sendiri

Siapakah kini plipur lara
Nan setia dan perwira
Siapakah kini pahlawan hati
Pembela bangsa sejati

Reff :
Telah gugur pahlawanku
Tunai sudah janji bakti
Gugur satu tumbuh sribu
Tanah air jaya sakti

Then, when at the very last moment, the ex-president’s daughter was crying in front of TV asking apologize for what

her father has done in the past to this country, I then started to consider another song.

This song: “Apologize” by Timbaland feat One Republic?

I’m holding on your rope,
Got me ten feet off the ground
I’m hearin what you say but I just can’t make a sound
You tell me that you need me
Then you go and cut me down, but wait
You tell me that you’re sorry
Didn’t think I’d turn around, and say…

It’s too late to apologize, it’s too late
I said it’s too late to apologize, it’s too late

I’d take another chance, take a fall
Take a shot for you

And I need you like a heart needs a beat
But it’s nothin new – yeah yeah

I loved you with a fire red-
Now it’s turning blue, and you say…
“Sorry” like the angel heaven let me think was you

But I’m afraid…

It’s too late to apologize, it’s too late
I said it’s too late to apologize, it’s too late

It’s too late to apologize, it’s too late
I said it’s too late to apologize, it’s too late

It’s too late to apologize, yeah
I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah-

I’m holdin on your rope, got me ten feet off the ground…

Just vote your choice!

Tanah Airku

Tanah Airku

(Cipt. Ibu Soed)

*Tanah airku tidak kulupakan

Kan terkenang selama hidupku

Biarpun saya pergi jauh

Tidak kan hilang dari kalbu

Tanahku yang kucintai

                                                                   Engkau ku hargai 

Reff * 

Yang masyur permai dikata orang

Tetapi kampung halamanku

Di sanalah ku m’rasa senang

Tanahku tak kulupakan

Engkau ku banggakan 

Motherland

(by Madam Soed)

*

My beloved country will never be forgotten

Will always be remembered all of my life

Though I am away

Will always be in my mind

My beloved country

You are my respect

 

Back to *

 

Though many countries I have seen

Wealthy and rich as people say

But it is my homeland

That I feel complete

My land will never be forgotten

You are my proud

 

“The future is not for parties playing politics… We are witnessing a renaissance of public spirit, a reawakening of sober public opinion, a revival of the power of the people, the beginning of an age of thoughtful reconstruction… With the new age, we shall show a new spirit.”

 

The statesman’s quote was Woodrow Wilson’s. The year was 1910. The country referred to was America.I also believe that he could have been talking about Indonesia in 2002.

 

In the midst of dawn and loneliness, far- far away from my homeland, 19 August 2002

Happy Anniversary
Indonesia 57th

-Freiedichter-

In response to the comments from foreigners regarding independence of
East Timor
 
 

Heidenheim, Germany, February 10, 2003 

Hello world, 

 There is an interesting point about Noam Chomsky, especially when I read his opinion on East Timor. There have been rumors spreading actually that the government of the United States of America now desires East Timor to be independent in order for them to settle their military base in that tropical island. It is indeed a very strategic island, within reach of jet fighters to China, Australia, Guam, India and Pakistan. After Subic bay was left, US military needs to settle a military base somewhere between Guam and Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean and East Timor is one of the options. I have also heard that other options are Moluccas and Aceh in
Indonesia. That’s why there were some conflicts there, and they only happen recently after the end of the cold war. And when it was mentioned that we have so many riots and ethnics conflicts, aren’t they – and this is only from my humble opinion, but not too far-fetched though – incited by foreign interests?
 

I remember when I was a child (beginning of 1980s) there was a strong rumor that a US submarine had been investigating Sunda Strait (between Java and Sumatra, a very vital link of those isles), in order to pursue and catch a Sovyet nuclear submarine in Indian Ocean, I guess. That was time when the cold war was still hot. And since we didn’t have a good naval support, we just let out countries to be spied through the seas. I know that Mr. Chomsky is a good resource in world justice and critical of US foreign policy, but in
East Timor, I am still wondering why US policies are now turning 180 degree toward us? I know that East Timor should have got their independence once the Portuguese left, but what about the fear from the democratic world of having this tiny island becoming like Cuba in Southeast Asia?
 

One basic thing that I have still in mind is, were the communists in Indonesia and Southeast Asia not bad, so that they shouldn’t have been wiped out from those countries too? What about Pol Pot regime in Cambodia and communist guerillas in Borneo and Philippines? 

Peace!

-Freiedichter-