Issue II/2019 - Guilt




Jenny Friedrich-Freksa

Guilt. It is a short word but it is highly charged, as if it were laden with evil. It weighs on a person who is punishable in the courts of law. We can also feel quietly guilty, reprimanded by our own heavy conscience. Guilt can afflict entire communities which tolerated something ugly in their midst. And guilt casts long shadows - historical injustice can extend to the present.


Tomorrow's world

Canada: Parliament Speaks to Cree

Speeches in the Canadian Parliament, held in indigenous languages, will be simultaneously translated in the future, parliament decided.


Costa Rica: Zero Emissions

Costa Rica has submitted one of the most ambitious climate protection plans in the world. The country aims to reduce its CO2 emissions to zero by 2050.


Saudi Arabia: Divorce by SMS

The court will in the future inform Saudi women by text message when their men have filed for divorce.


India: Muslims Unwanted

The Indian House of Commons has passed a law that allows non-Muslim immigrants to acquire citizenship.


Mongolia: Fruit Trees Instead of Desert

100,000 fruit trees are to be planted around the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator.


Indonesia: Going Under in Jakarta

Indonesia's capital is already below sea level and is sinking 25 centimetres per year in some places.


What's different elsewhere

South Africa: Fashionable Feathers

Nick Dall

The ostrich, a native of South Africa, has long played an important role in the nation's economy. It is the largest living bird: Some 24 chicken eggs would fit into a single ostrich egg. But these animals are widely appreciated because of their feathers, not their eggs.


How I became me

Borges in Place of Tucholsky

Jeanine Meerapfel

My mother was French, my father was German. In 1937 they emigrated from Germany to Holland, where my father, a cigar dealer, owned a branch of his tobacco business. In 1941 they fled from the Nazis to Argentina. This was made possible because my father had acquired Argentine citizenship as early as the 1920s. This passport saved my Jewish family and some other people as well.



Questions of Conscience

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

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


This Is Not About Redemption and Guilt

Felwine Sarr, Bénédicte Savoy

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


Looking History in the Eye

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. Meanwhile, its impacts on contemporary life continue to such an extent that it would be naïve not to face them head on.


The Eternal Injustice

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.


"I Didn't Steal Any Land"

Kallie Kriel

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


"A Black Woman as Jesus"

Kudzanai Chiurai

How artists are shaking up our understanding of history. In conversation with Kudzanai Chiurai.


Acting With the Enemy

Marcelo Vallejo

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


"Lacking Access to Our Own Culture"

Chelsea Winstanley

How a filmmaker seeks to give the Maori a voice.


The Greatest Crime

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.


"Bringing the Truth to Light"

Lotte Leicht

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


Getting Up Again

Dieudonné Munyankiko

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


The Biggest Mistake of my Life

Michael Scott Moore

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


Climate Sinners

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.


“Then the Feeling of Guilt Came Through”

Zvi Hecker

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


Self Control Replaces Obedience

Alain Ehrenberg

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


"Guilt Is at the Heart of Being Human"

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.


World report

A Revolution Like Velvet

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?


In theory

Attack of the “New Stupidity”

Tillmann Bendikowski

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


In practice

Visibly Proud

Gundula Haage

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



69% of Brazilians Are Opposed to Relaxing Gun Laws*

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. A survey conducted by the Instituto Datafolha shows that the Brazilian people are also opposed to a number of the government’s other plans.


A phone call with ...

Igor Levit: Can School Children Change Environmental Politics by Protesting?

Igor Levit

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


I think that ...

… We Must Learn How to Ask About Origins

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.



“Reading Others Means Listening to Them”

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.


All the Good People Were White…

Rose-Anne Clermont

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


Issue II/2019 - Guilt