Issue III/2019 - Nonstop

Nonstop (Issue III/2019)

Topic: Transport

Epic infrastructure

a photo gallery by Tom Nagy

Millions of people and goods are constantly circulating around the world, on roads, railways and by boat. A visual journey




by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Our chief editor takes a look at the current issue.


Cultural spots

Lake Urmia in Iran

by Maximilian Mann

When I first travelled to Lake Urmia in the northwest of Iran, I was shocked: Where only a few years ago children from the surrounding area learned to swim, today lies a salt desert.


What's different elsewhere

Bat hunter

by Danica J. Stark

About a special animal on Borneo.


Calming the spirits

by Muzamil Sekulima

When someone in the Baganda tribe in Uganda dies, we perform rituals so that the spirit of the deceased can finally pass into the afterlife.


Subtle love

by Kim Thuy

In Vietnam, people don't talk openly about their feelings.


The talk of the town in ...

... Nuevo León

von Cristina Vidrutiu, Alina de Luna Aldape

On the eve of International Women's Day 2019, thirty of the forty deputies in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon voted to criminalize abortions. Since then, there has been much discussion about whether women have the power to decide over their own bodies.


How I became me

The king of Klezmer

by Giora Feidman

The Argentine-born Israeli clarinetist tells of his life. 


A house in …

A house on Crete

by Gundula Haage

Aidin and Theo Nikoloudakis and their three children live in a house in the bay of Likos in southern Crete. From their terrace they look out over the sea and the 500 goats and sheep owned by their extended family.


Topic: Transport

“Transport defines how the world looks”

an interview with Jonas Eliasson

The transport specialist Jonas Eliasson explains how we will move in the future.


One belt, one road

by Shi Ming

A look behind the scenes of the Chinese-planned “New Silk Road”, seen as the largest transport project of modern times.


All out at sea

by Marc Levinson

A t-shirt from Bangladesh, an avocado from Mexico: Without the invention of container ships, today’s consumer habits would be unthinkable.


“The Truest Form of Transportation”

an interview with Ben Okri

To travel you don’t have to walk, drive or fly says the author Ben Okri. Sometimes it is enough to just open a book.  A conversation about fictional journeys.


Utter chaos

by Juan Álvarez

Nowhere in the world do people spend as long in traffic jams as in the Colombian capital Bogotá. A trip into the gridlock.


“I love being in transit”

an interview with Taiye Selasi

Taiye Salasi reflects on a life on the move.


The mobile precariat

by Verena Mermer

En route with Romanian harvest hands and seasonal labourers.


Back and forth to Belgrade

by Marko Dinic

For the diaspora from the former Yugoslavia, the bus is far more than just a means of transport.



by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

It is 18:22 in Macadam and people are waiting to travel back to Amour slum. A story.


A bond with the river Amazon

by Oraldo Reátegui

Captain Seín Pérez has been transporting goods and passengers up and down the Amazon River for years.


“Feeling powerful”

an inteview with Parichehr Scharifi

A conversation with traffic psychologist Parichehr Scharifi about how people behave in traffic.


A former dust track

by Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

Poverty, illness, no schools - for a longtime the North of Ghana was left behind the rest of the country. But the building of the Fufulso-Sawla Road has changed things, fast.


Next stop, climate neutral

by Beatrice Rindevall

On ending Stockholm’s history as a car city, and thinking ahead to a cleaner future.


The gateway to Antarctica

by Timo Berger

From a disconnected province, Punta Arenas is being reinvented as a new infrastructure hub.


Menacing monopolies

by Denise Hearn

Why Silicon Valley is so invested in digitalising transport.


World report

“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.


Trimmed eyebrows

by Kim Chan-Ho

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


The document

Holding a dialogue with a wagging finger

by Rose Marie Beck

With its new guidelines for “a deeper partnership with Africa”, Germany wants to update its policy on Africa and improve its cooperation with the continent.



53% of Sri Lankans would like to see a stronger focus on dealing with legacies of the civil war*

commented by Dilrukshi Handunnetti

A decade after Sri Lanka’s war came to an end, genuine power sharing between the two main communities, the Sinhalese and Tamils, remains illusive.


A phone call with ...

Can expropriation take place in a democracy?

commented by Ulrike Guérot

The term “expropriation” is being misused.  


I think that ...

... you should leave our uteruses alone

commented by Kinga Tóth

I am a woman. Which means my ID number starts with a two.



Social cement

by Cord Riechelmann

In his new book, tropical biologist Mark W. Moffett researches the ties that bind human and animal societies.


On being a doll in a monster’s garden

by Carmen Eller

Leïla Slimani’s latest novel chronicles the life of a woman who is addicted to sex.


Freud in Calcutta

by Antje Stiebitz

German historian Uffa Jensen traces the early stages of psychoanalysis as it travelled between continents.


Trapped in Sarajevo

by Doris Akrap

Damir Ovcina‘s novel forces the reader to bear witness to the Bosnian genocide.