Issue II/2019 - Guilt

Guilt (Issue II/2019)




Editorial

Editorial

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Our chief editor takes a look at the current issue.

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Tomorrow's world

Parliament speaks Cree

Short news from Canada

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Zero emissions

Short news from Costa Rica.

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Divorce by SMS

Short news from Saudi-Arabia. 

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Muslims unwanted

Short news from India.

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Fruit trees instead of desert

Short news from Mongolia. 

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Going under in Jakarta

Short news from Indonesia. 

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Cultural spots

The tanneries of Marrakech

by Ali Ghandtschi

Those who get lost in the east of the old town of Marrakesh will find themselves in the quarter of the tanners. As a visitor to the city, you feel safe, but the offers for a guided tour or an invitation to a leather goods store become increasingly aggressive.

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What's different elsewhere

Fashionable feathers

by Nick Dall

The ostrich, a native of South Africa, has long played an important role in the nation's economy.

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A living gift

by Désirée Martine Soutonnoma

In Burkina Faso, a chicken is a valuable asset but is rarely slaughtered for family meals.

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The talk of the town ...

... in Romania

by Cristina Vidrutiu

There is a lot of talk about Laura Codruta Kövesi in Romania at the moment. A year ago the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-Corruption Authority was dismissed by the government.

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How I became me

Borges in place of Tucholsky

by Jeanine Meerapfel

The director, film lecturer and president of Akademie der Künste, Berlin, tells of her life. 

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A house ...

... in Alaska

by Kerry Tasker

This house was built in the 1960s at the foot of the Chugach Mountains outside Anchorage, off the south coast of Alaska. At that time there were only two or three other houses in the area and they were only connected to the city by a dirt road.

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Topic: Guilt

Questions of conscience

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Why do people feel guilt? An investigation into this basic human emotion.

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“This is not about redemption and guilt”

an interview with Felwine Sarr, Bénédicte Savoy

In an interview, art historian Bénédicte Savoy and economist Felwine Sarr explain why European museums should return African art treasures.

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Looking history in the eye

by Hamady Bocoum

The encounter between Europe and Africa at the start of the industrial era was marked by violence and a negation of The Other. The extent and the sweeping consequences of this are yet to be explored.

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The eternal injustice

by Malaika Mahlatsi

Following the end of apartheid, the land question looms large in South Africa: What will happen to arable land that was taken away from the black population? The government now wants to reverse the theft by implementing land reform.

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“I didn't steal any land”

an interview with Kallie Kriel

Kallie Kriel, who represents the interests of European farmers in South Africa, considers land reform to be unjust.

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“A black woman as Jesus”

in conversation with Kudzanai Chiurai

How artists are shaking up our understanding of history. 

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Acting with the enemy

by Marcelo Vallejo

How Argentinian and British veterans of the Falkland War created an onstage drama about their experiences – from both sides of the battlefield.

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“Lacking access to our own culture”

an interview with Chelsea Winstanley

How a filmmaker seeks to give the Maori a voice.

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The greatest crime

by Hille Norden

When he was 14 years old, Soun Rottana was kidnapped and became a child soldier for Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, killing dozens of enemy combatants.

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“Bringing the truth to light”

an interview with Lotte Leicht

Lotte Leicht, the EU director of Human Rights Watch, argues why is it important for victims' stories to be heard.

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Getting up again

by Dieudonné Munyankiko

After the genocide of 1994, there was no sense of community left in Rwanda. Gradually, we learned to live together again.

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The biggest mistake of my life

by Michael Scott Moore

How Somalian pirates held me hostage for years – and how I could forgive them in the end.

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Climate sinners

by Luis Fernández-Carril

Politicians and companies like to urge people to do their bit to help the environment, creating a smokescreen for their own failure to act.

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“Then the feeling of guilt came through”

an interview with Zvi Hecker

About architecture and feeling guilty. An interview with Zwi Hecker.

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Self control replaces obedience

by Alain Ehrenberg

In the past, society made us feel guilty. Today we do it ourselves.

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“Guilt is at the heart of being human”

an interview with Bart van Es

Guilt is a recurring theme in world literature. The author Bart van Es on why it still has not lost its current relevance.

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World report

A revolution like velvet

by Karen Tovmasyan

A year ago, Armenians flooded the streets and peacefully chased their prime minister out of the top office. How is the country doing today?

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“We're all aboard the Titanic”

an interview with Federico Demaria

Growth will ultimately lead us to our downfall, reckons the envorinmental economist Federico Demaria.

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In theory

Attack of the “new stupidity”

by Tillmann Bendikowski

Populism and nationalism promote hostility toward intellectualism and growing intolerance toward scientific knowledge endangers democracy. But what can we do about it?

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In practice

Visibly proud

by Gundula Haage

For a long time, Sinti and Roma culture was repressed in Europe. A new online archive aims to change that.

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Survey

69% of Brazilians are opposed to relaxing gun laws*

commented by Albert Steinberger

In January, the Brazilian government relaxed restrictions on the purchase of guns, even though a large part of the population was opposed to the move.

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A phone call with ...

... a pianist: Can school children change environmental politics by protesting, Igor Levit?

commented by Igor Levit

We should be grateful to students like Greta Thunberg who are taking on environmental issues.

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I think that ...

I think that we must learn how to ask about origins

by Mithu M. Sanyal

If anybody still needs proof that it is high time that we rethink how we ask about people's origins, they should watch a clip of German entertainer Dieter Bohlen that has been shared widely on social media.

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Books

“Reading others means listening to them”

an interview with Federico Italiano

Italian poet Federico Italiano has created a volume of poetry called “Grand Tour”, which brings together the young European poetry scene. In an interview, he explains what the generation of writers have in common and the surprises he found along the way.

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All the good people were white…

by Rose-Anne Clermont

Reni Eddo-Lodge explores how we talk about skin colour – and how we should.

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