Issue IV/2022 - Fear of women

Fear of women (Issue IV/2022)

World report

Goodbye, Putin!

by Lauris Gundars

During the Second World War, Latvia was occupied by the Red Army. This legacy casts a long shadow but, amid the war in Ukraine, perceptions are suddenly shifting.


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?


“Light is the enemy”

Interview with Musquiqui Chiyhing

Multimedia artist Musquiqui Chihying explores how people of colour are portrayed in film and television - and what camera technology has to do with it. A conversation


A phone call with …

Why do we need a right to abortion?

commented by Sunny War

I lived on the street and trains from when I was 13 and I saw so many young people running away from sexual abuse in foster homes. It's a bad system that produc...



Diving into the past

by Thomas Hummitzsch

Cheon Myeong-kwan's expansive novel “The Whale” retells South Korea's 20th-century history as a feminist fairy tale


A bigger, stranger world

by Manuela Lenzen

Taste with your feet, look through 200 eyes: Science journalist Ed Yong explores the wonderful world of animal perception.



“The invisible women”

By Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

A glimpse of our new issue.


Cultural spots

Noli’s underwater gardens

by Giacomo d’Orlando

Ten meters under the sea off the Italian coast, futuristic greenhouses are a prototype growing food in an uncertain future.


What's different elsewhere

The harbinger of spring

by Lilja Jóhannesdóttir

About a special animal in Iceland


A House in …

A house in Lirquén

by Antonia Lorena Garcia Inzulza

How a tortilla oven survived a tsunami.


What's different elsewhere

Bad guys on fire

by Will Self

Remember, remember the fifth of November: the day when effigies of Guy Fawkes and contemporary villains go up in flames in the UK.


How I became me

Finally, no longer stateless

By Mohammad El-Hassan

Civil war, nightly air raids and a lack of water: there was no future for Mohammad El-Hassan in Lebanon. That’s why he fled to Berlin in 2003. Today he works as a cook in Prenzlauer Berg.


Topic: Women in Afghanistan

“How are you doing?”

12 voices from Afghanistan

When the Taliban came to power, women in Afghanistan lost almost everything overnight: their rights, their jobs, their dignity.

What are their concerns today, over a year later? We asked Afghan women for a selfie, and we posed the question how are you doing?


Patriarchal darkness

by Huma Ahmed-Ghosh

Education, work, marriage: over the years, the rights of Afghan women have been fiercely contested. A chronology of an eventful history


A letter to my dead sister

Anonymous author

Our anonymous author’s sister was a journalist and was murdered on the street by the Taliban. An attempt to say farewell


A broken country

By Mina Jawad, Tareq Sydiq, Jasamin Ulfat-Seddiqzai, Negina Yari

Ethnic plurality, religious tensions, rival elites: Afghanistan is a nation of contradictions. Seven Questions dig below the surface


A walk in Kabul

by Nargis

Girls scavenging in piles of rubbish and scarcely any cars on the streets: The Afghan capital has changed. An author takes us for a stroll in her neighbourhood


“We’re steering towards catastrophe”

Interview with Natalie Amiri, Mahbouba Seraj

Afghanistan is on the verge of becoming a “failed state,“ says journalist and women’s rights activist Mahbouba Seraj. The West’s power politics are partly to blame.


Blooming poison

An overview of the drug that threatens to tear Afghanistan apart: opium.


On the road in a sick nation

by Parand

Health care for Afghan women and girls was substandard even before the Taliban seized power, but now it is catastrophic: a visit to the province.


“I had to destroy my own artworks”

Interview with Salwa Rahen

Salwa Rahen talks about what the Taliban takeover means for her work as an artist. A conversation.


„I have brought your prophets into the world“

Playlist by Farhot

Ever since the Taliban returned, music has been banned and it has been forbidden for woman to sing. Yet a number of female Afghan musicians continue their careers in exile. Introducing a selection of famous singers - and and their songs.