stern edition about the heart: Gregor Peter Schmitz about a courageous colleague

Many people suffer from heart problems. In the new star Author Lisa Frieda Cossham writes openly about this personal topic – and ended up on the cover.

Karl Valentin is said to have said about art that it is beautiful, but requires a lot of work. Making magazines is actually very nice, it also takes work. At the end of each week of production, we notice that a magazine cannot be published without a cover photo. However, a cover like this is a complicated matter, as our title officers Frank Dietz and Michel Lengenfelder remind us again and again. It has to appeal to people in the seconds in which they make their decisions at the kiosk. Having yourself photographed for a cover and then having hundreds of thousands of copies displayed in stores is quite a demanding task – so much so that we can rarely persuade untrained models, such as those from the editorial team, to do the cover shoot. My colleague Lisa Frieda Cossham had the courage, which is fortunate. On the cover we see a strong, engaging woman who speaks to us very personally, also because she writes about something very personal: her heart. It doesn't always beat as it should; Cossham suffers from cardiac arrhythmias. She wrote down how stress endangers our most important organ. And how she learned to protect and strengthen hers. Rating: heart-protecting and heart-warming.

Putin wins sham election, Trump speaks of “bloodbath”

Vladimir Putin has been re-elected as Russian president with around 87 percent of the vote. He will now feel like a very powerful man. But how weak does a person have to be at their core if they need a ridiculous production like this election for their ego? Žarko Petan's bon mot applies to them: “The elections were democratic. Everyone could decide between 'yes' and 'yes'.”

Instead of the stories that Putin tells about his Russia, I recommend you the “Stories from Homeland” by the Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky, which I am currently reading. He says that only if the reality in Russia is described in bitterly evil terms will the country have the possibility of being free again at some point. And it sounds like this: “You may ask yourself today how Russia could go from being a democratic state to a totalitarian, neo-Soviet dictatorship. The answer to this question is: Russia has never been a democracy and is not a totalitarian dictatorship today. In truth, in the thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, my country has always been a thoroughly corrupt banana republic and remains so to this day, except that instead of bananas it sells oil and gas and uses it to blackmail the rest of the world. The people who, by chance Those who have come to the helm of power, all of them failures and absolute mediocrities, have clung to the sore udder of this once so important world power and milked it to the last drop. And it is precisely these favorites of fate, these self-proclaimed tsars, who are now trying to get along with everyone to perpetuate the means available to them.”

A sham election like in Russia will not take place in the USA on November 5th. Americans have a clear choice. And yet the vote between Joe Biden and Donald Trump has all the elements of a farce, if only because Trump simply does not want to recognize the most important characteristic of democracies, the peaceful transfer of power. Losing is beyond Trump's imagination. So he whispers about a “bloodbath” if he loses the election (even if that was meant to be harmless) – and praises those criminals who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 because they did not ignore Trump's earlier defeat wanted to recognize as political “hostages”. The worst thing about it: that someone like that could become US President again. And yet, looking away is not an option. So if you don't want to miss a minute of this memorable election campaign, subscribe to “Inside America”, the new newsletter from our America experts.

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  • Our colleague David Baum was traveling in Prague with actor Joel Basman. He plays Kafka in the ARD series of the same name.
  • Sahra Wagenknecht is gone, but she is still there: Janine Wissler speaks in an interview with Miriam Hollstein about the crisis in her party and an evening attack in Berlin.
  • Christian Lindner wants to lead his FDP out of the death zone and is aiming for the summer. Will the traffic light break because of this? Benedikt Becker investigates this question.