Page 1

Fear of women (Issue IV/2022)

Against white time

by Fatin Abbas

Linear, efficient and punctual: that's how the Western world ticks. But can't time be understood and used differently, for example as it is in Sudan?

more

Are we running out of water? (Issue III/2022)

World heritage or wheat?

by Monika Hoegen

UNESCO's World Heritage Convention turns 50 this year. There's plenty of cause for celebration but also for concern amid loud calls for reform.

more

Black and white thinking (Issue II/2022)

The finishing touch

by Zeina Shahla

Power outages, lack of young talent and scarce materials: In Damascus, arts and crafts struggle to survive.

more

Black and white thinking (Issue II/2022)

What we don't remember

by Doris Akrap, Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

The war in Ukraine, a pandemic that never ends: This may not be the best time for the new European Capital of Culture cities to present themselves to the world. Novi Sad in Serbia and Kaunas in Lithuania are going ahead anyway. And both metropolises are approaching the question of their own urban histories in very different ways.

more

Black and white thinking (Issue II/2022)

“A new prison built every ten days”

in conversation with BL Shirelle, Fury Young

Songs that break down walls: Poet Fury Young and musician BL Shirelle run a record label for people behind bars.

more

Under the Earth (Issue I/2022)

Just beyond Lesbos

by Wolfgang Stréter

On the Greek island of Samos, refugees are being crammed into a remote, high-security camp akin to a prison. Local volunteers are appalled.

more

Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

An overdose of egoism

by Malaika Mahlatsi

While politicians in the USA and Europe discuss herd immunity and booster shots, many African countries are still lacking vital vaccines. Once again, the West looks the other way.

more

Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

The siege of Delhi

by Vaibhav Raghunandan

For a year, thousands of farmers converged at the gates of the Indian capital, demonstrating against the government's agricultural reform. Their tenacity finally paid off, with the surprise announcement that three controversial farm laws would be withdrawn.  

more

Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

“The retreat started years ago”

in conversation with Waheedullah Orya

Radio host and journalist Waheedulaah Orya reported from the Afghan city of Mazar e-Sharif – until the Taliban threatened his life. From his exile in Greece he describes watching in disbelief as they recaptured his home country. A conversation

more

The new Poland (Issue III/2021)

The great awakening

by Sophia Boddenberg

In Chile, a democratically elected assembly is drawing up a new constitution but it remains unclear if it will work out. A snapshot of a country at the crossroads.

more

The new Poland (Issue III/2021)

“The role models are missing”

in conversation with Tiaji Sio

German ambassadors are mostly white and male. The up-and-coming diplomat, Tiaji Sio, explains why this has to change 

more

The hunters and the hunted (Issue II/2021)

Far from the front

By Noémi Kiss

For years the remote villages in the Caucasus have served as recruiting grounds for militias fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. Notes from a journey through the Azerbaijani hinterlands.

more

The hunters and the hunted (Issue II/2021)

The great tea revolution

By Brian Hioe

Under the hashtag #MilkTeaAlliance, more and more people in Southeast Asia are rising up against autocracy and censorship. What’s behind the online movement?

more

Taboo (Issue I/2021)

Culture on all channels

by Doris Akrap

The Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed massive restrictions on global cultural relations. How cultural institutes are facing unprecedented challenges.

more

Taboo (Issue I/2021)

Democracy in peril

by Edda Schlager

Long viewed as a Central Asian “island of democracy”, Kyrgyzstan recently drifted into a state of emergency.

more

The better America (Issue IV/2020)

The fighters

by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta

What an old poster tells us about the Philippines and its people.

more

The better America (Issue IV/2020)

The fading magic of Abiy Ahmed

by Tsedale Lemma

Just a year ago, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Today he rules a country that is sinking into chaos. How did it come to this?

more

A story goes around the world (Issue III/2020)

A big step backwards

by Shi Ming

Cultural relations between China and the West have been steadily expanded over decades. But under Xi Jinping the dialogue has ground to a standstill. Are we about to wind back the clock?

more

A story goes around the world (Issue III/2020)

From the underground

by Kai Schnier

Dog-fighting rings, sex clubs, Kurdish street fighters: the photographer Çağdaş Erdoğan documents people in lawless spaces, far beyond the control of the Turkish government.

more

Talking about a revolution (Issue II/2020)

Courage in the workplace

by Parwiz Kawa

The number of women with jobs is steadily increasing in Afghanistan. But many say their daily working lives are challenging. Newly won freedoms are by no means self-evident.

more

Finally! (Issue I/2020)

Little hearts against Orbán

by Martin Fejer

How the opposition won the regional elections. A report from Budapest

more

Finally! (Issue I/2020)

Rwanda awakening

by Alexandre Niyungeko

The genocide 25 years ago was a catastrophe for the country but today, Rwanda is experiencing an unprecedented economic boom.

more

Finally! (Issue I/2020)

Outrageous rhyming

by Gundula Haage

Ethiopia’s centuries-old poetic tradition has long been the domain of men. Young women are now making this artform their own.

more

Someone else's paradise (Issue IV/2019)

Not a short episode

by Chandrahas Choudhury

The reelection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi caught many Indians unawares. Now they are worried about the health of their democracy.

more

Someone else's paradise (Issue IV/2019)

“I just had to take a stand”

an interview with Arshak Makichyan

It is a hard struggle to protest climate change in Russian capital, explains Arshak Makichyan.

more

Nonstop (Issue III/2019)

“People in Turkey didn’t think it would get that bad”

an interview with Ece Temelkuran

In an interview, the author and journalist Ece Temelkuran points out the parallels between the right-wing populists in Turkey, the United States and Europe.

more

Nonstop (Issue III/2019)

Trimmed eyebrows

by Kim Chan-Ho

In South Korea it is common to see men with make-up.

more

Guilt (Issue II/2019)

A revolution like velvet

by Karen Tovmasyan

A year ago, Armenians flooded the streets and peacefully chased their prime minister out of the top office. How is the country doing today?

more

Guilt (Issue II/2019)

“We're all aboard the Titanic”

an interview with Federico Demaria

Growth will ultimately lead us to our downfall, reckons the environmental economist Federico Demaria.

more

Above (Issue I/2019)

Bye Bye Britain

by Jess Smee

How Britain's cultural scene is squirming at the prospect of Brexit.

more

Above (Issue I/2019)

No Room for Roma

by Hacer Foggo

Historic Sulukule was the first neighbourhood in Istanbul to fall victim to the Turkish construction boom. 

more

Above (Issue I/2019)

The House of the Half Moon

by Alfredo Jaramillo

The first Argentinian clinic that uses a combination of conventional medicine and traditional healing will open this year in Patagonia. Patients will be treated with the power of fire, herbs and even regular pills. 

more

Poorest nation, richest nation (Issue III+IV/2018)

Japanese Only

by Pallavi Aiyar

The myth of the population's racial purity has prevented Japan from starting a long overdue discussion about racism.

more

Poorest nation, richest nation (Issue III+IV/2018)

What remains of Hungary

by György Dalos

In 1920 the country lost a third of its population through the Treaty of Trianon - that has left a lasting trauma.

more

Heroes (Issue II/2018)

On Europe's northern edge

by Doris Wöhncke

Natural gas has brought wealth and work to Hammerfest. But not everyone is happy about the development.

more

Heroes (Issue II/2018)

A big prison

by Reagan Mwanaweka

More and more young people are pushing for change and joining Congo's Lucha movement, despite the risks.

more

Earth, how are you doing? (Issue I/2018)

Second Hand in La Paz

by Rery Maldonado

Illegal imports of European brands are hurting Bolivia’s once vibrant textile industry.

more

Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)

Manila Calling

by Barbara Brustlein

Around a million Filipinos work in the call centre business. They answer their phones day and night, dealing with complaints and taking care of other people’s homework.

more

Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)

Hotspot Hong Kong

by Minh An Szabó De Bucs

The former British colony wants to become a metropolis of culture. To do so, it is developing a stretch of waterfront into an arts district. 

more

Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)

The sound of the Levant rising

by Ulrich Gutmair

Israeli bands and DJs are becoming increasingly enthusiastic about music from neighbouring Arab nations. 

more

Archive

A peninsula in ruins

by Oksana Schur

In Crimea, Ukraine's future - and its cultural heritage - is at stake.

more

Page 1