Issue I/2019 - Above

Above (Issue I/2019)




The lure of the mountains

a photo gallery by Florian Richter

Climbing higher in search of the last unspoilt natural spots.

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Editorial

Editorial

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Standing at the top of a mountain is uplifting. Positioned up high, close to the clouds, with the valley appearing tiny and far, far below.

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Tomorrow's world

The cannabis professor

Short news from Canada.

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Banning disposable plastic

Short news from Peru.

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The oldest people

Short news from Spain.

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Whistling against sexual violence

Short news from Morocco.

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Independent news

Short news from Uzbekistan.

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Gambling for foreign currency

Short news from Japan.

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Cultural spots

The island of San Simón in the Bay of Vigo

by Yolanda Castaño

Seen from the northwest coast of Spain, the Illa de San Simón looks like the graceful guardian of the bay of Vigo.

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What's different elsewhere

Just touch

by Marabi S. Hydara

Gambia, like many West African countries, is blessed with crocodiles. What is unique, however, is how these reptiles are respected and appreciated. 

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The baby oracle

by Young-Sim Song

In the past, Koreans were very poor, and many babies did not make it to their first birthday due to illness or famine. That is why this event is marked with a lavish celebration.

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A toast to the lassies

by A. L. Kennedy

Burns night is a big thing. You don't think about it when you're growing up but it's actually really nice that this national, specifically Scottish thing is a celebration of a writer, a very humanist and unusual writer.

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The talk of the town in ...

... Uttar Pradesh

by Subhro Bandapodhyay

In Uttar Pradesh right now we are talking about why the government of the Indian People's Party (BJP) is giving new names to big stations and cities.

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How I became me

Paradise lost

by Sonny Thet

I grew up as though I was an extra in the film, Anna and the King of Siam: Among royalty in Phnom Penh in the 1950s and ‘60s. My father led the orchestra there. Since my birth, I had travelled with him because he wanted me to become a musician. If he didn’t take me, and I was forced to stay behind with my mother, I would dig a hole, get into it and cry for my father as though my life depended on it. 

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A house ...

... in Finland

by Stefan Stenberg

The Villa Bergbo (in English “mountain nest”) was built in the small mountain town of Kauniainen in 1953. Kauniainen (known as Grankulla in Swedish) is a small town, 16 kilometres west of Helsinki with 9,800 inhabitants, around half of whom are Finnish-Swedish.

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Topic: Mountains

Distant and strange, cold and brilliant

by Esther Kinsky

Stories the mountains tell us: Walking in Friuli, northeastern Italy.

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“Mountains are an archive of Earth’s history”

an interview with Gillian Foulger

How did Mount Everest form, why do mountains grow and where would humankind be without them? An interview with the geologist Gillian Foulger.

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Highlanders

by Bernard Debarbieux

An estimated 900 million people live in the mountains, worldwide. What connects them? What separates them? 

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The time-tested knowledge of Nagaland

by Aheli Moitra

How a young man in northeast India is reigniting curiosity about the cultural wisdom of his ancestors.

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The highest conflict in the world

by Prateek Joshi

Indian and Pakistani troops have been facing off on top of a glacier for 30 years.

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In the shadow of the volcano

by Kai Schnier

To locals, the Sicilian mountain Etna both gives life, and – sometimes – takes it away. 

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Laughing and complaining

by Noémi Kiss

The lives of the Csango people in the east Carpathian mountains are hard. But there’s much to discover when you just listen to their stories. 

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Starving glaciers

by Kristin Richter

The impact of melting ice on the earth’s water supplies. 

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The scourge of mountaintop removal

by Michael Hendryx

How coal mining is beheading the Appalachian Mountains and devastating a region.

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Deep in the mountain’s belly

by Germán Bustinza Chura

In the Peruvian city of La Rinconada, known for its altitude and its gold, many come to seek their fortune. 

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Alpine twilight

by Werner Bätzing

Booming tourist centres and abandoned valleys: How mountain culture is disappearing from the heart of Europe. 

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“Nausea at 2,000 meters”

an interview with Ned Gilbert-Kawai

In conversation with doctor Ned Gilbert-Kawai, who researches altitude sickness, among other health issues, in extreme conditions. 

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“My mountains aren't generic”

a conversation with Eliot Weinberger

Weinberger, a collector of found stories, has written an essay about winds and mountains. 

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Songs, paintings and poetry

by Nune Hakhverdyan

What Mount Ararat means to the people of Armenia.

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Better than in the valley

by Archil Kikodze

Why the Georgian mountains are so important to the Georgian people.

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The English as inventors of alpinism

an interview with Will Self

Why are people in flat countries magnetised to the mountains? An interview with the writer Will Self.

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Those who lie down in the mountains

by Masanori Naruse

For Japan’s Yamabushi monks, the mountains are a place for meditation and self-reflection. One of them explains. 

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World report

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. 

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No Room for Roma

by Hacer Foggo

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

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Bye Bye Britain

by Jess Smee

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

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In theory

Pure and Local

by Nikolina Skenderija-Bohnet

There are only few things that impact our understanding of identity and belonging as much as food. But what do the dishes we choose, and the dishes we refuse, say about us? 

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In practice

Guardians of the Bridge

Gundula Haage

How artists are helping to keep the peace at the watery border between Slovakia and Hungary. 

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Survey

61% of Mauritians Suffer Due to Consequences of Climate Change*

commented by Mrinal Roy

Climate change has a particular impact on developing island nations like Mauritius.

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A phone call with ...

... an artist: Will artificial intelligence, or AI, revolutionise art?

commented by Shu Lea Cheang

If there is going to be a revolution brought about by AI, then it will take place in the every-day. Technologies that use AI are already part of our lives. 

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I think that ...

... European Visa Politics Should be More Liberal

Stefan Weidner

I am often asked for advice by people putting on events: Which writer from the Islamic world can we invite to read here? Who could we give a prize or a scholarship? It’s not hard to suggest suitable names. 

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Books

A Harsh Clarity

by Gerd Koenen

In her book, “The Future is History”, author Masha Gessen shows us an oppressive vision of Russia, a country that has been unable to reclaim its soul after the end of the Soviet Union. Her semi-factual novel, based on various interviews and reports, tells the personal tales of three generations and at the same time acts as a pyscho-social analysis of the Soviet legacy. 

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When Your Background Is the Crime

Thomas Hummitzsch

What does it mean to be seen as a stranger in your own country? In two novels, the authors John Okada and Min Jin Lee answer that question in diverse and fascinating ways.

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“The World Does Not Want the Same Things as Us”

Richard Powers

In his novel "The Overstory," shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Richard Powers interweaves his characters like roots on a forest floor - and joins them to fight for the rights of trees.

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Count Your Chickens

by Friederike Biron

Authors Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore describe how we arrived in the ‘Capitalocene’ era – and how we can leave it too. 

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