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In Search of World Peace

A political concept

The world is completely out of joint and most of us haven't even noticed. However there are some people who are only too well aware of this predicament: terrorists and heads of state. They are taking advantage of the cracks in failing states for their own gain-and the number of failed and ...


Shadow Powers

How Transnational Networks are Transforming the World’s Regulations

To the exclusion of the public

Beyond the reach of parliaments, transnational groups and networks of groups are working together to set global standards and norms. Public obligations and decision-making mechanisms are privatized in the process, resulting in the gutting of ...


Digital Dirty Work

How Facebook & Co. Save Us From Evil

Day after day, the internet is inundated by a flood of digital images. We never come even close to seeing all of it. Why is this? In his investigative research, Moritz Riesewieck has focused on the quagmire created by the simultaneous endeavors of censorship and exploitation. His goal: to ...


Scorched Almonds

How Climate Change Is Reaching Our Kitchen Tables

What foods will the future serve up?

We've become blithely accustomed to a whole range of foods and drinks due to their ready availability: from staples such as meat, early crop potatoes, cereals, coffee and tea to almonds, tomatoes, citrus fruit and red wine. But this agreeable ...


What to do about Jihadists

A Policy Approach to the War on Terror

Frustrated by what he sees as patchwork politics, Omid Nouripour presents a tangible political approach for dealing with Islamist terror in terms of both internal and foreign policy. He holds that "IS" can be defeated by adopting a prudent combination of ideological, military, political and ...


France and the Rise of the Front National

What's stirring up France - and who's doing the stirring?

The relentless advance of the Front National is changing the French political landscape. Marine le Pen, the party's head, is quite clearly reaching out for presidency. Julia Heyer describes how the Front National


Your stupidity makes me puke

Think first, post later...

It's incredible but true-threats to the German way of life lie in wait around every corner. Feminists are trying to blag their way to the top on the positive discrimination ticket; irksome veggies occupying the moral high ground spoil your barbecue with their politically correct renunciation of ...


Civil Courage

Civil courage is a virtue that enjoys high regard - yet it frequently has calamitous consequences. The appeal on the part of politicians, the police, society, teachers and pedagogues that we ought to demonstrate a higher degree of civil courage is tantamount to an incitement to risk life and ...


Just Getting Away

Child refugees

Hoping for a life after survival

Worldwide, the number of refugees under 18 is unprecedented. In 2015, Germany alone took in over thiry thousand. They arrive on their own, their families left behind or lost. These are brave young people with strong personalities - but they are ...


Crazy Russia

Putin, my family and other outsiders

Much ado on the Eastern front

"Do you feel German, Ukrainian, Russian or Jewish? Or maybe a bit of each?" Filipp Piatov is, as it were, a merge of all these cultures. His Russian father and Ukrainian mother left the Soviet Union as it fell apart around them and Piatov grew up in a ...


Porn Chic

the pornographication of everyday life

The ubiquity of pornography has far-reaching consequences, particularly for children and young people - consequences that make it more than a phenomenon of our liberated age.

The anonymity of the internet has led to a surge in amateur pornography. Explicit song ...


The Gulf States

Quo Vadis New Arabia?

Hermann's analysis examines the recent history of New Arabia, which he defines as the Arab states along the Persian Gulf as opposed to the conflict-ridden Cairo-Damascus-Baghdad axis. This part of the Middle East is experiencing a comeback and becoming part of history again. Here, the ...