Issue IV/2017 - Une Grande Nation

Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)




Trip to the periphery

a photo series by Cyrus Cornut

What does everyday life look like in French suburbs, far away from the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame?

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Tomorrow's world

Forest Trump

Short news from the US.

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Voters versus oil

Short news from Colombia.

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No more donkey exports

Short news from Botswana.

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Tall tales

Short news from Kenya.

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Robocops

Short news from the Emirates.

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High security coffee

Short news from Indonesia.

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Cultural spots

The rock churches of Lalibela

by Abebe Tesfaw

Whenever I bring tourists to the rock-hewn churches near the Ethiopian city of Lalibela, they are usually left breathless the first time they see them. 

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What's different elsewhere

Feathered folk

by Leelo Tungal

About a special animal in Estonia.

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Politely drunk

von Franziska Schulz

Anyone who wants to get a little tipsy in South Korea is not just in danger of falling over. 

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Rumba bars

by Fiston Mwanza Mujila

The stories coming out of my homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, are mostly sad. They are usually about colonialism, violence and war. But anyone who takes a walk through the streets of Kinshasa will find one thing above all: music. 

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The talk of the town in ...

... Sarawak

Aisar Chan

Sarawak is located in the northwest of the island of Borneo and is Malaysia’s largest state. At the moment, local headlines here are dominated by an explosive topic: The unequal way Sarawak was allegedly treated historically. 

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How I became me

First aid

by Pietro Bartolo

The Italian doctor and politician, who coordinates first aid to migrants who land in Lampedusa, talks about his life. 

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A house ...

... in Brazil

by Rejane Pirozzi

My house is in Jabaquara, a suburb of the city of Paraty, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. It’s surrounded by rainforest that goes almost down to the Atlantic coast. Most of the people that buy land here tend to cut down all the trees and level the ground. But the mango forest suffers. That’s why I have done the opposite. 

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Topic: France

The great malaise

by Ulrike Guérot

French power has faded in recent years. And that has caused great unease among the French people.  

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“France is more violent today, but it’s also more honest”

a conversation with Tristan Garcia

The philosopher on the social divisions in his country and why he is nevertheless hopeful about the future.

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City without a future

by Philippe Pujol

Marseille is home to some of the poorest neighbourhoods in all of Europe. So what is going wrong in France’s second city? 

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Black hands

by Philippe Pujol

An excerpt from Phillip Pujol’s »The Creation of the Monster«.

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“We needed a revolution, but we got Macron!”

an interview with Emmanuel Todd

An interview with the demographer on French voters, the power of the president and the role of education in France.

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Patricide and jihad

by Olivier Roy

Why do so many acts of Islamist terrorism target France? Because the radicals come from inside this country. 

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Man in the raw

by Alexis Jenni

The French Foreign Legion was long seen as a stain on French foreign policy. But in this century, that is slowly changing.

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Comment ça va?

by Areski Meftali

Five French locals on the state of their nation.

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Speaking freely

by Shumona Sinha

Immigrants must live between cultures. But it is possible to find your new home in a new language. 

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God is lonely

by Kossi Efoui

When the French came to West Africa: A tale of missionaries in Senegal during colonial times. 

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What ever happened to …

What are these five figures, formerly in the centre of public discourse, doing today?

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“It is harder to be a young french-arab today, than ever before”

a conversation with Marie NDiaye

In her novel, the author writes about questions of ethnic origin and social mobility. A discussion about the advantages of immigration, as well as the French president and his wife. 

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Tour de France

Everyone knows the Louvre art gallery in Paris. But what else is there to look at in France? Here, some lesser-known sights that are also worth checking out. 

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The right wing and the feminists

by Jule Govrin

Talking about female empowerment is fashionable, even with France’s far-right Front National. 

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In France, nothing is greater than the advantage of coming from a “good home”

a conversation with Alfred Grosser

The Professor of political science on education, discrimination and identity.

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World report

Manila Calling

by Barbara Brustlein

Around a million Filipinos work in the call centre business. They answer their phones day and night, dealing with complaints and taking care of other people’s homework.

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Hotspot Hong Kong

by Minh An Szabó De Bucs

The former British colony wants to become a metropolis of culture. To do so, it is developing a stretch of waterfront into an arts district. 

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The sound of the Levant rising

by Ulrich Gutmair

Israeli bands and DJs are becoming increasingly enthusiastic about music from neighbouring Arab nations. 

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In Europe

German agents

by Péter Krekó

In Hungary, a newly enacted law complicates the work of local NGOs. Now it is up to European partners to take a clear stance.

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The document

A little more peace, please

an interview by Christiane Lammers

The German government recently published guidelines on conflict management. An excerpt from the official white paper and an analysis by the peace researcher.

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In theory

Past shame

by Sigitas Parulskis

Why truly remembering is so difficult in Lithuania. 

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In practice

Until we meet again

by Kai Schnier

For 25 years, Germany’s Foreign Office has not only been training its own upcoming talent, but also prospective ambassadors and diplomats from abroad.

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Survey

72 % of young Greeks believe the financial crisis is not yet over*

commented by Babis Papaioannou

The economic crisis in Greece has impacted the young people of the country more than any other group. Since 2009, there have been systematic reductions in the social welfare support available to young people.

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I think that ...

... We should buy less stuff

Tim Jackson

Let’s start with consumerism’s more obvious charms – the glitter and bling, for example. Novelty lies at the beating heart of capitalism. Innovation is vital to enterprise: the continual throwing over of the old in favour of the new, the entrepreneur’s relentless search for new markets and new products to fill them with. 

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Books

An elephant’s journey

by Hilal Sezgin

Modern technology makes it possible to measure and track wildlife better than ever before. James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti have published a book of beautiful maps based on this – but along the way, they seem to have lost sight of animal welfare. 

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“You have to latch onto the language”

an interview with Xiaolu Guo

In her autobiography, the filmmaker and author describes growing up in the Chinese countryside and making her way as an immigrant in England.

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How to outsmart yourself

by Antje Schrupp

Even if we don’t mean to, our own well-established patterns of perception will make us discriminate. Behavioural economist Iris Bohnet has some solutions to this self-sabotage. 

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One bright afternoon during a time of darkness

by Stephanie von Hayek

The poignant debut novel by Anuk Arudpragasam recalls the turmoil of civil war in Sri Lanka.

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The last page

Let it be love

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

There are probably more romantic places to fall in love than a butchery. But it is there, between cow carcasses and dead pigs that quality controller Mária and her boss, Endre, cautiously get to know one another. The film that tells this tale is On Body and Soul, directed by Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi. 

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