Issue IV/2019  - Someone else's paradise

Someone else's paradise (Issue IV/2019)




Editorial

Editorial

Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Our chief editor takes a look at the current issue.

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Cultural spots

The Sesc 24 de Maio in São Paulo

by Nelson Kon

São Paulo has a new cultural and leisure centre: the Sesc 24 de Maio. Most surprising about the building is its swimming pool, which covers most of its roof. It...

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Topic: Maldives

Behind the scenes in paradise

by Kai Schnier

Half of the inhabited Maldivian islands are covered with luxury resorts. The locals live elsewhere.

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Das Paradies der anderen

by Philipp Spalek

The Maldives are seen as a slice of paradise by tourists from all over the world but the archipelago’s inhabitants live a different reality. Here is a photo gallery about a radiant island kingdom and its shadowy world.

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“We will live on stilts, if necessary”

an interview with Hussain Rasheed Hassan

In the Maldives, the impacts of climate change have long been a reality. A conversation with Environment Minister Hussain Rasheed Hassan about disappearing islands and disaster plans.

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A waft of smoke over Villingili

by Rae Munavvar

Too much rubbish for a few islands: The Maldives don't know how to get rid of their waste.

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An island kingdom in the ocean

by Xavier Romero-Frías

A short history of the Maldives.

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“No difference between ‘He’ and ‘She’”

Interview with Amalia Gnanadesikan

A conversation about the Dhivehi language with the linguist Amalia Gnanadesikan.

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Disempowered Women

by Emma Fulu

From powerful rulers to full veils: The shifting role of women in the Maldives.

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Loving in fear

by Ahmed Ali

Homosexuality among men is considered a criminal offence on the Maldives. What living in secrecy means for those affected.

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Fighters from Syria

by Hajar Waheed

How the island nation emerged as a refuge for radical Islamists.

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Cook, Cleaner or Holy Warrior

by Francesca Borri

Why many Maldivians see jihad as an opportunity.

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Stranded

by Farah Mohammad

The Maldives are a popular destination for migrant workers from Bangladesh. But for many, the island paradise turns out to be a dead end. One man tells his story.

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Fresh courage

by Ali Naafiz

For a long time journalists were persecuted in the Maldives. This is slowly beginning to change.

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Golf Balls from fish food

by Adam Jacot De Boinod

Fancy a Maldives vacation? It’s time for a few unusual offers.

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World report

Not a short episode

by Chandrahas Choudhury

The reelection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi caught many Indians unawares. Now they are worried about the health of their democracy.

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“I just had to take a stand”

an interview with Arshak Makichyan

It is a hard struggle to protest climate change in Russian capital, explains Arshak Makichyan.

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In theory

Empire’s Bones

by Panashe Chigumadzi

The former European colonial powers must finally acknowledge that their progress is built upon racism, genocide and slavery in Africa.

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In practice

Stealing the show

by Sahar Mechri Kharrat

The cultural project “Tunisia88” introduces young people to a whole new world of music.

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A phone call with ...

an author: Would a new bank holiday boost European sentiment?

commented by Priya Basil

Yes – bank holidays set us free from the day to day.

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I think that ...

... we need to finally pay attention to the Artic

commented by Paul Gilroy

The arctic is the most important place on earth at the moment.

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Books

Where is it all coming from?

by Paul Nolte

In her brilliant history, Jill Lepore unravels the contradictions of her country.

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“Giving economic policy a cultural audit”

an interview with Sigrid Weigel

In a new study, the cultural scientist Sigrid Weigel scrutinises Germany’s cultural foreign policy. 

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