October 14th, 2014
11:55 PM ET

What I'm reading: How Germany managed to abolish university tuition fees

By Fareed Zakaria

“Despite the fact that competition for funding and accountability has increased in German higher education, there is still a general consensus that it is a public system and should be state-funded,” writes Barbara Kehm in the New Statesman. “The abolition of tuition fees, even by conservative state governments, reflects this consensus too. In fact, the new Federal Minister for Education and Research, a member of the Conservative Party, recently announced a major increase in the levels of needs-based state financial assistance to students that will start in the 2016-17 academic year.”


“There’s plenty of evidence that we are pushing up against and exceeding several critical boundaries of global sustainability: by which I don’t mean some tree hugging idea of sustainability, I mean we are taking actions that cannot be supported by the earth’s systems in the long term,” writes Warwick Smith in The Guardian. “We’re already exceeding the earth’s adaptive capacity with respect to greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss and the nitrogen cycle and we’re approaching critical limits in both the phosphorous cycle and ocean acidification. Our use of fresh water is also approaching or exceeding sustainable limits in many parts of the world and we’re systematically destroying our arable land. These are critical life sustaining global processes that cannot be ignored without severe consequences.”

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  1. Blue Saffron

    The conservative neo- raipists in the Caliphate of India would argue that education would hamper the propagation of devadasing. What a blow to the blood dripping fangs of Kaali Maa.

    October 16, 2014 at 4:21 am | Reply
    • Absolute Wisdom

      True. Moreover in India, the universities are venues for gang raipes.
      Teachers revel in # of raipes committed akin to GPA scores.

      October 16, 2014 at 4:29 am | Reply
  2. Absolute Wisdom

    @Blue Saffron: you nailed it!

    The take away is that:

    1. India is among worst countries where children never go to school. Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Timor and INDIA. Yemen, Ethiopia and Pakistan do better than India.

    2. India is the worst country in suicide rates in G50 countries

    3,. India does not have a single university in top “200” worldwide, let alone in top 50

    October 16, 2014 at 4:25 am | Reply
  3. Blue Saffron

    I suk Indian di ck..

    October 16, 2014 at 4:52 am | Reply
  4. Absolute Wisdom

    I absolutely su ck big long Indian DI CKS.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:00 am | Reply
    • Blood Dripping Fangs of Kaali Maa

      Kaali Maa has an escort service for sukkin dikks. 10% discount to ISIS. Indian hospitality hindoo ritual.

      October 16, 2014 at 5:09 am | Reply
    • Devadas

      What do hinddoou men do after s ex?

      15 years to life.

      October 16, 2014 at 5:19 am | Reply
  5. Akbar: The Last Grand Emperor of India

    India is a legacy of Moghals. A heritage of Muslims. All good that is in India such as art, architecture, cuisine, education, science, culture is what the muslims established. India belongs to the Muslims, is of the Muslims, for the Muslims, by the Muslims. Rest can go to Rwanda.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:02 am | Reply
  6. Akbar: The Last Grand Emperor of India

    The recent communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, India has once again brought home the danger of playing politics with religious beliefs. In the past eight years, there have been nearly 11.000 thousand communal incidents across the country in India. While the casualties are countable ...... 130,965 dead and over 118,000 injured – the toll on India's economic and social fabric is beyond any metric.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:03 am | Reply
    • Blood Dripping Fangs of Kaali Maa

      Modi from India goes to the doctor and says, "I feel terrible."

      Doctor says, "go home, get a bucket, p iss and s hit in it for a week. Throw in dead rats and rotting fish. Put a towel over your head and sniff the fumes for three days."

      Week later Modi goes back and says, "Doc, I feel wonderful, what was the problem?"

      Doctor, "you were homesick!"

      October 16, 2014 at 5:14 am | Reply
  7. Akbar: The Last Grand Emperor of India

    More than half of these communal violence incidents in India took place in five states - Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Kerala. While Uttar Pradesh is generally considered to be the most susceptible to communal tensions, if incidents of communal violence and casualties are measured in the context of the population of states, a different picture emerges.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:04 am | Reply
  8. Akbar: The Last Grand Emperor of India

    The worst five states in India in terms of communal violence incidents per million population are Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Kerala, in that order, over a period spanning from 2005 to the first quarter of 2013. Madhya Pradesh, with 3965 incidents between 2005 and 2013 (March), has the worst record of nearly 144 incidents for every million population. The countrywide average is about 129 incidents per million population.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:04 am | Reply
  9. Blood Dripping Fangs of Kaali Maa

    @akbar. Spot on. Csn you expound on the s exual escapades of Kaali Maa. Is it true she is a b itch?

    October 16, 2014 at 5:07 am | Reply
  10. Blood Dripping Fangs of Kaali Maa

    How do you get 100 hindoos into a car?
    Throw a quarter in it.
    How do you get
    them out again?
    Tell them Hafizz Saeeed is driving.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:13 am | Reply
  11. Akbar: The Last Grand Emperor of India

    The best five states that Blue Saffron, Absolute Wisdom, and I su ck Indian di ck are in Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Kerala spaning from 2005 to the first quarter of 2014. We su cked and swallowed 144 men for every million population. The average length we cra med down our throat was 9".

    October 16, 2014 at 5:15 am | Reply
  12. Devadas

    What's the difference between a dead dog in the road and a dead hinddoou in the road?

    The dead dog has skid marks in front of it.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:16 am | Reply
  13. Blue Saffron

    I live in America. I love American men. I su ck big fat American di ck.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:21 am | Reply
  14. Devadas

    What do hinddoou men do after s ex?

    15 years to life.

    October 16, 2014 at 7:25 am | Reply
  15. Devadas

    Why do hinddoous stink?

    So blind people can hate them too.

    October 16, 2014 at 7:27 am | Reply
  16. Blue Saffron

    Ahhhhhh.... What a university education produces in India::...

    Why do Hindus like to scratch their a ss and dig deep down. I say probably because of anal inflammation due masala intake (from rear perhaps) and ensuing hemorrhoids. Others say due to ring worms cling in their a ss. Their homes and eating living conditions are very dirty. They like to do it (scratching) in public and like a dog will also lift up a leg to enable enhanced scratching from a more pleasure able angle. This is usually followed by a licking of contaminated fingers.

    October 16, 2014 at 7:40 am | Reply
  17. Blue Saffron

    Ohhhhh..... That Germany !!!

    Beginning of Gandhi's letter to Hitler.

    "Namaste, My Fuhrer. I implore you to propagate the Aryan race and remove all semitic impediments in this endeavor. We look forward towards your wisdom and guidance with respect to dealing with British and exterminating Jews. I continue to expound on my hobby of banging my goat and niece Manu. Of course not to mention other tender aged boys and girls and my cow ... Lakshmi. Your Obedient Servant , Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi."

    October 16, 2014 at 7:44 am | Reply
  18. Holly

    Hey Fareed, did you have toilets in India or did you p oop in the fields in Bangalore?

    Thank god for America.

    October 16, 2014 at 7:46 am | Reply
  19. Blue Saffron

    I just farted. It's a real stinker. Smells like my Paki uncle. I want an Indian DI CK.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:07 am | Reply
  20. Blue Saffron

    Holly is a male troll. Pay him no mind.
    The poor guy is single, lonely, no wife or kids.
    He wants attention.
    Gotta feel sorry for the dude.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:40 am | Reply
  21. Blue Saffron

    The Holly troll is 50, fat and bald. He still lives at home with his parents.
    He plays with himself when he's home alone.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      Oh dear .... another plagiarising troll from India. A raypist. I betcha.
      Jobless. Eh, mate?

      October 16, 2014 at 8:48 am | Reply
  22. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Immigrants from India are good at two things, as Fareed would attest to. Raypes and Plagiarism.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:46 am | Reply
  23. Blue Saffron

    Dr. Zakaria, open your heart. Let this lonely troll live in your garage. Feed him and shelter him. He will make you proud one day.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      But you hindoos are begging for food yourselves. Starving. You are called misers. Baniyas. How can you feed others.

      Plus you ride on donkey carts. Garage? LMFAO

      October 16, 2014 at 8:50 am | Reply
  24. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Hey Fareed, where did you learn to plagiarize? In the ashrams of India? LOL

    October 16, 2014 at 8:51 am | Reply
  25. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    There was shock and outrage through out the education hub of Manipal, India on Friday after the abduction and alleged raipe of an MBBS student by three men while she was on her way to her hostel room, just a kilometre away from the library complex on Thursday night. Welcome to education hindoo style.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:54 am | Reply
  26. Blue Saffron

    There goes that troll again. Now using a different screen name, Joey Isotta-Fraschini.
    He loves attention. He can't get a date at 50, so he trolls these threads.
    Poor fella. I feel sorry for him.
    He doesn't work. Rejected by Dominos. His vision is too poor to drive, even with his thick glasses.

    October 16, 2014 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      Some purple colored, dhoti wearing hinddoou terrorist/rapists troll/s squatting in a cave in India. Rubbing mustard oil on his d ik trying to m asturbate looking at Durga Maa's photo. Incense made out of cow d ung is burning nearby. Suicide belt hangs on wall. Human feces all over the floor.

      October 16, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply
  27. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Just another day in the life of jobless ex call center dudes from India for whom there is no other way to pass time. Just read the comments... No substance .... No class ....just pure boredom, despair, jealousy, hatred, divisiveness, What kills me is that they can't write beyond a sentence, Why? Because they are illiterate, high on drugs, and suffering from attention deficit.

    October 16, 2014 at 9:02 am | Reply
  28. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©


    We are Hindus from India,
    And we like to put on the Bindiya,
    We are mostly Haris,
    But we like to put on the Saris,
    Sadly, we are nothing but Bhikaris,
    Sadly, we are nothing but Bhikaris,
    We take the Americans to Heart,
    But get nothing in return except a F@rt,
    So we tend to kiss the American @ss,
    Again, we get nothing in return except the American gas,
    We are nothing but Bhikaris and are Indians No Mas.

    October 16, 2014 at 9:05 am | Reply
  29. Blue Saffron

    Dr. Zakaria,
    If you let Mr.Troll live in your garage he will:
    1. Mow your lawn
    2. Wash your dishes
    3. Cook for you
    4. Clean the windows
    5. Wash your car
    6. Dust the furniture
    7. Shine your shoes
    Please help this lost soul. Pity him. He means well. Yes he is mental. But with proper psychiatric help, he will be just fine.
    God bless his little heart.

    October 16, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

      Hey Fareed, tell us about your rayping escapades in India. Your plagiarism. Is CNN feeding you three meals a day? Betcha that is more than what you can get in India.

      October 16, 2014 at 9:10 am | Reply
  30. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Hinddoosz in the night
    Rayping each other at first sight
    Looking for babies with delight
    Wondering in the night
    What were the chances
    Of shoving candles in their genitals without exchanging glances
    Hinddoosz in the nighttttttt....
    Doobie Doo Daaa Dooobie Daaa

    October 16, 2014 at 9:07 am | Reply
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