Issue IV/2020 - The better America

The better America (Issue IV/2020)




Cultural spots

The Venezia Mall in Istanbul

by David Wagner

A touch of Venice in the Turkish capital.

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A house ...

A house in Gamvik

By Michał Siarek

Life on the northern edge of Europe.

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How I became me

Comrade Birnberg and the arts

by Liane Birnberg

The painter and musician Liane Birnberg tells about her life.

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Comrade Birnberg and the arts

by Liane Birnberg

The painter and musician Liane Birnberg tells about her life.

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Comrade Birnberg and the arts

by Liane Birnberg

The painter and musician Liane Birnberg tells about her life.

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Topic: Canada

“With my poetry I return home”

an interview with Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

The Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine on her success and her struggles.

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On thin ice

by Alanna Mitchell

No country in the world has more polar bears than Canada. But they are facing extinction there too.

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The dam

by Michelle Winters

A family that moves house, a beaver and some strange events: A story.

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In theory

There’s no such thing!

by Paul La Farge

In times of “alternative facts” literature is coming under closer scrutiny. Are novels just fake news? A counter argument.

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Tomorrow's world

Beetles at the petting zoo

by Akito Y. Kawahara

About a special animal in Japan.

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The talk of the town in...

The talk of the town in Belarus

by Anton Trafimovich

What people in Minsk are talking about

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How I became me

Comrade Birnberg and the arts

by Liane Birnberg

The painter and musician Liane Birnberg tells about her life.

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A house ...

... in the Carpathian mountains

by Ksenia Les

The small ethnic group of Hutsuls lives in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine and Romania.

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Editorial

“Trudeau trumps Trump”

by Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

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

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Topic: Canada

The other America

by Alan Freeman

In the shadow of its big neighbour the USA, Canada is looking for its place in the world. A reflexion on my country.

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Icebergs like spaceships

a photo gallery by Sergey Ponomarev

The life of the Inuit in the north of Canada is characterized by ice and snow. A visual journey.

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“With my poetry I return home”

an interview with Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

The Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine on her success and her struggles.

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“We need a new police culture”

an interview with Devon Clunis

Devon Clunis made history as the first black man to become police chief in Canada. A conversation about violence, racism and long overdue reform.

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A multitude of voices

by Sherry Simon

Contemporary Montreal has been shaped by a wide range of languages. A stroll through the Mile End district.

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We didn’t come to stay

by Carmen Aguirre

Following the coup in Chile in 1973, Canada offered my family refuge. For a long time we still believed we would return to our homeland.

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Republic of indigenous nations

by Pamela Palmater

How Canada’s indigenous nations are trying to revive old forms of self-determination.

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“Power is very illusionary”

by Adrienne Clarkson

A former refugee assumes the highest political office in the country: A conversation with the former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson.

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World report

The fading magic of Abiy Ahmed

by Tsedale Lemma

Just a year ago, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Today he rules a country that is sinking into chaos. How did it come to this?

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In Europe

Shady business

by Matthew Agius

The fight against corruption in Malta is a long and drawn out struggle.

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World report

The fighters

by Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta

What an old poster tells us about the Philippines and its people.

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A phone call with ...

Should film be a subject at school?

commented by Burhan Qurbani

Absolutely, as an advanced course! I love that film is taught in French schools.

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In think that ...

... Nobody should be excluded from city life

commented by Johny Pitts

Cities also need dingy corners so that a diverse society can develop, argues the author.

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Books

At the slaughterhouse

by Pascale Hugues

Humans have often overstepped the mark in their treatment of other living creatures. Corine Pelluchon's books urge more respect for animals and nature.

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The camera tucked in the eye of the cuddly toy

by Sarah Murrenhoff

In her new novel Samanta Schweblin outlines a world in which people constantly spy on one another.

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The power to make someone wait

by Leonie Düngefeld

In her book »The Ungrateful Refugee« Dina Nayeri writes about the arrogance and prejudices of those who have never been forced to leave their home country.

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Topic: Canada

“The camera is our weapon”

an interview with Odile Joanette, Gloria Morgan

Odile Joanette and Gloria Morgen make films with indigenous populations. What happens when people tell their own stories? 

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The end of an odyssey

by Alberto Manguel

How Canada became my homeland.

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