Issue II/2018 - Heroes

Heroes (Issue II/2018)




Editorial

Editorial

by Dilek Güngör

Our deputy chief editor takes a look at the current issue. 

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Tomorrow's world

On thin ice

Short news from Canada.

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Mayan Manhattan

Short news from Guatemala.

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Big business

Short news from Niger. 

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Grasshoppers for breakfast

Now shoppers perusing Finland's supermarket shelves can find grasshopper bread, or Sirkkaleipä. Its manufacturer trumpets its high protein content, boosted by the seventy dried and ground grasshoppers in each loaf.

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Mosquito police

Short news from Singapore. 

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Work life balance

Short news from South Korea. 

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Cultural spots

The root bridges of Nongsohphan

by Amos Chapple

Any wooden bridge would quickly rot in the damp north Indian jungle. That's why, for hundreds of years, locals have simply grown bridges out of the trees.

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What's different elsewhere

The power of the manatee

by Edem Archibong Eniang

About a special animal in Nigeria.

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No jealousy

by Amira Bassim

"That's a pretty boy" or "I have a great new job" are sentences which are rarely heard in Egypt for fear that they spark envy and the evil eye.

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The Norman hole

by Bruno Massot

In France food is always a big topic!

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The talk of the town in ...

... Kabul

by Enayatullah Azad

In the Afghanistani province of Kabul a major talking point is air pollution which kills more citizens than the war. 

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How I became me

Boundlessly broadcasting

by Emil Bergmann

The Bulgarian Software ingenieur - and amateur radio lover - tells of his life

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Topic: Heroes

“We are all pack animals!”

an interview with Cornelia Funke

Life is not possible without heroes. The author Cornelia Funke explains our need for role models and difference between idols of children and adults.

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Poised for action

by Ulrich Bröckling

An investigation into what makes a hero.

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A new era for heroines

by Jagoda Marinic

For a long time the male gaze dominated the arts and it was up to men to turn women into heroes. But one hashtag was enough to shake up the role of women in Hollywood.

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The uncle and the physicist

by Cem Sey

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Angela Merkel are two leaders who couldn't be more different: One is happy to consider himself a hero, the other shies away from superlatives.

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Visiting enemies

by Lizzie Doron

How I learnt about heroism by listening to Palestinian fighters.

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Who are the heroes of our heroes?

Who do people look up to who are looked up to themselves? We found out.

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Do it like Lei!

by Falk Hartig

The much-hyped soldier Lei Feng has been dead for over fifty years but to this day, the Communist Party of China continues to tout him as a moral role model.

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“You have to be obsessed”

an interview with Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands talks about his work as a human rights lawyer.

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The desire for innocence

by Andrzej Stasiuk

Why is every attempt to critically revisit Polish history stigmatised as anti-Polish?

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We are the army too

by Serhij Zhadan

On Ukraine's response to the death of soldiers who died in the east of the country.

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“Integrity idol”

by Jess Smee

What happens when the unsung heroes of bureaucracy take centre stage? 

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“I don't create idealised characters”

an interview with Laura Bispuri

The director Laura Bispuri questions the Italian image of the "mamma perfetta".

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Glorious snack

by Timothy W. Donohoe

How New York's glorious "hero sandwich" munched its way onto the US literary scene. 

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Veiled against the baddies

by Saba Khalid

The Pakistani comic character Burka Avenger fights for girls' rights.

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World report

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.

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A big prison

by Reagan Mwanaweka

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

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In Europe

An atmosphere of mistrust

by Mariana Gorczyca

In Rumania authors face a tax hike. That is dangerous for freedom of expression.

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Survey

78% of Moldavians believe their media is controlled*

commented by Natalia Sergheev

The media are a favourite toy of the Moldovan parties. Many television channels and news portals are openly or covertly linked to parties and the independent press is looked down on. Therefore, it is not surprising that two-thirds of Moldovans are convinced that the press is politically controlled.

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A phone call with ...

an author and artist: Is sexism starting to disappear from cultural life?

commented by Stefanie Sargnagel

In dealings with women in the cultural industry there was long a certain freedom granted to anyone who was rich or successful enough. 

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I think that ...

... the UNESCO should be more politically efficient

by Roland Bernecker

In October 2017, the USA announced its withdrawal from UNESCO, the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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Books

Werther’s second spring

by Sieglinde Geisel

From the epistolary novel to Rilke’s shorthand for modern dedication to art: Literature professor Sandra Richter explores how German-language literature is seen, and how it spreads, on the world stage. 

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Tentacles and trips

by Jutta Person

Science fiction, eco-thriller, voodoo grotesque: writer and musician Rita Indiana sends her characters on wild trips, not to mention travelling in time.

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