Issue II/2020 - Talking about a revolution

Talking about a revolution (Issue II/2020)




Scenes of protest

a photo gallery by Bartosz Ludwinski

Before the corona crisis took hold, people were protesting around the world. Bartosz Ludwinskis photographs capture tense moments of resistance – from the West Bank to Sankt Peter-Ording.

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Editorial

“Rebellion is a force”

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Our editor-in-chief takes a look at the current issue.

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Topic: Resistance

Words that bind

by Ngūgī wa Thiong’o

Spending one year in prison for a theatre play written in Gĩkũyũ instead of English: thoughts on language as a means of repression.

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“Violence is the red line”

an interview with Federica Mogherini

How do governments deal with the disaffection of citizens? How can you criticise entire states? A conversation with former EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini about resisting in politics.

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Another idea of homeland

by Kadhem Khanjar

For several months now, Iraqi youth have been out on the streets. What are they fighting for?

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“I had nothing left to lose”

an interview with Oleg Senzow

The Ukrainian director Oleg Senzow spent five years in Russian prisons because he fought against the annexation of the Crimea. Was it worth it?

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“We are living in an age of extinction”

in conversation with Naomi Klein

The system critic Naomi Klein explains why she still has a glimmer of hope, despite the climate crisis.

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Essay

The deadliest border

by Bilgin Ayata

With ammunition and tear gas, Europe is trying to block refugees' passage to Greece. Rather than offering them security, Europe is presenting itself as vulnerable.

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Books

Meeting the whalers

by Marko Martin

Charles King revisits the anthropologist Franz Boas and his comrades in arms who, with their research on the Inuits and the Polynesians, were the first researchers to debunk racist theories.

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Topic: Resistance

Don’t say that the struggle was in vain

by Helon Habila

Fighting against the military junta in Nigeria in the 1990s meant putting your life on the line.

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Did you prune the roses?

by Ahmet Altan

About the questions I'm no longer being asked. A text from prison.

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The renaissance of the street struggle

by Donatella della Porta

Around the world more people are protesting than they have for a long time. What unites them?

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Fear is contagious

by Wu'er Kaixi

How I survived Tiananmen Square and became one of China’s most wanted dissidents.

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