Issue III/2022 - Are we running out of water?

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

What's different elsewhere

Talk of the town in Gothenburg

by Ruben Dieleman

Why pizza is more important to people in Gothenburg than the NATO accession negotiations.


The smell of tar

by Alicja Kwade

In Katowice, rain evaporated above heated tar, filling the air with caramel sweetness, a mixture of freshness and dirt.


How I became what I am

Black Messiah

by Ahmed Soura

Ahmed Soura lost his family in Burkina Faso and suffered racism in Europe. When he danced to Händel’s “Messiah” in Berlin, he understood: those who really want to be free must redeem themselves.


Topic: Are we running out of water?

“We are mismanaging it badly”

in conversation with Aditi Mukherji

Melting glaciers, rising sea levels: scientist Aditi Mukherji explains why it is high time we change how we deal with water. A conversation.


On Präsenzer Lake

by Katerina Poladjan

A woman is sitting alone on a bench on a shore in spring, waiting for her lover. A tale about a secret place by the water.


The wave

by Suthu Magiwane

The ocean doesn’t care about skin colour or origin: A surfer’s life in South Africa



by Leo Boix

How does it feel to jump into a lake of melted snow in the South American summer?


Heaven and water

More than any other element, water is charged with meaning in many societies and religions. These beliefs and practices continue to shape people’s day-to-day around the globe. An overview.


Thirst, Knowledge and Love

by Ben Okri

Three new works of short fiction


“Everything here is defined by the ocean”

in conversation with Zoe Lucas

Wild horses, oil-smeared birds: Zoe Lucas recounts fifty years of life as a female explorer on a lonely Canadian island. A conversation.


The brown plague

by Fanny Fontan

The French island of Martinique is under attack from rotting Sargasso algae and the toxic gases it releases.


Soldiers versus fishermen

by Ronald Musoke

Corrupt authorities and violence bring the people of Lake Victoria to the brink of ruin


You can’t drink gold

by Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

How mines in the Andes are poisoning the water.


“We can’t bring back the Aral Sea”

in conversation with Zauresh Alimbetova

Kazakh ecologist Zauresh Alimbetova is fighting to save what was once the world's fourth largest lake. A nature reserve is now flourishing in the dried-up zone. A conversation.


Ideas for battling water shortages

Drinking, washing, cooking: Every person needs at least fifty to a hundred litres of clean water a day, according to the WHO. But today some 2.2 billion people lack direct access to drinking water. It’s high time for innovative solutions like these examples.


I am the river

by Vanessa Ellingham

New Zealand is struggling with bursting sewage pipes and contaminated drinking water. Now the indigenous population is to collaborate on solutions



The start of a new era

by John Vidal

Climate change presents us with unprecedented challenges. The Indian historian Dipesh Chakrabarty calls for a change of perspective and in the process rediscovers human history.


Mother Courage

by Ronya Othmann

How to write about genocide: Scholastique Mukasonga reflects on her mother’s story to chart Rwanda’s troubled history.


In Europe

“10,000 euros to get to Portugal”

Interview with

Born in the Indian city of Chandigarh, fruit picker Jasbir Singh, 34, has been picking berries in Alentejo for five years. Soon he could apply for Portuguese citizenship. A conversation.


World report

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.



Welcome to the club!

by Gijs de Vries

In the light of the Ukraine war, Europe needs to allow new countries to join and also strengthen its cultural policy. After all, the European Union is first and foremost a cultural project


I think, that ...

I think that, ‘equal opportunities’ are a trap

by César Rendueles

Giving people equal opportunities sounds like a great idea. After all, who could possibly object to that? Being critical of such an idea is a little like defending performance enhancing drugs in cycling races, or feudal privileges. But there is a trap in the idea of equal opportunities - and that is the reduction in our ideal of egalitarianism.



Our indispensable asset

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Introducing our new issue


Cultural spot

The Chandragup in Belutschistan

by Bashir Osman

The mud volcano in Pakistan's Hingol National Park is considered sacred by many Hindus.


What's different elsewhere

Skilled hunter

by Fabienne Rafidiharinirina

About a special animal in Madagascar