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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 ...


Hype!

Art & Commerce

Art as a million dollar project

In our capitalist society, works of art represent the ultimate status symbol. The art market is booming, prices are rocketing. Why is it that people are willing to spend millions of dollars on works by van Gogh, Klimt, Keith Haring or Gerhard Richter ...

Rights sold: Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Korea, Russia, Taiwan

The Office Bible

Everything you need to know to do a better job

One day. Loads of problems. All the answers!

Offices are more than just common human habitats - they are also conflict zones that exert a massive influence on people's behaviour, psyche and well-being. They are akin to small local communities, with their own (largely ...

Rights sold: Korea

Do Not Expect Me to Feign Ignorance

Speeches against oblivion

Established author Michael Köhlmeier has written and held numerous speeches over the years which always refl ect his deeply humanistic approach to all topics, both in literature and in politics. In May 2018 he spoke to a large group of high-ranking politicians. "Do not expect me to feign ...

The Strangers

An appeal for more compassion

Based on a fragment of a manuscript rediscovered in 2015, this text depicts the violent revolt of the London citizens in the 16th century against the Hugenot refugees. 400 years aft er its creation, the text is still a plea for a humane society in times of radical change. Th e editor and ...

Who the Fuck is Kafka?

Hatred is an emotion, but peace is a conscious decision

A hotel in Rome. There's a knock at Lizzie Doron's door; when she opens it, she thinks she finds herself confronted by an Arab suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt. In fact Nadim has merely stuck his travel documents to ...

Rights sold: Czech Republic, Italy

For the Love of Germany

A crucial plea for an ethic of debate instead of an ethic of personal opinions

Germany has a tradition of enlightenment ideals - and another of inhumane behavior. The Allies brought us democracy, freedom of opinion, and plurality. It is time to become deliberately aware of these ...


“You couldn’t be more alone”

Our representatives - caught between power, addiction and fear

In their election districts, they are kings. In Berlin though, they are often just benchwarmers of little renown. And yet, the 709 members of the Bundestag, Germany's Federal Parliament, constitute the backbone of our democracy.
Who are these 221 women and 488 men? How do they work? How do ...

Dragon Fire

What drives the Chinese, where are they dominant, and why do they laugh at us

"The fire of the Chinese dragon will put the heat on us."

China extends its influence like a new colonial power: Chinese businesses are being managed in an authoritarian model, just like the Communist party.
In Hong Kong, an authoritarian regime clashes with a ...


The World in Depression 1929-1939

90th anniversary of the Depression: The unrivaled complete overview

A classic that has much to tell us about the past, as well as quite a bit about the present.

The US Stock Market crash of 1929 was the result of a typical speculation bubble. However, in this special ...


The Right to Sleep

A manifesto for sleep and an obituary for the alarm clock

In his book, Roenneberg points out a whole range of different aspects of sleep, ranging from day-to-day life to the evolution of sleep. But the book doesn't merely focus on sleep in itself, it encompasses the biological clock and the time of day when we sleep best and when we can't and ...


The New Iran

- between hope and despotism

An inside view of the most important power in the Middle East

The Islamic Republic stands for an authoritarian yet modern society grounded in technology and the military which has nevertheless managed to retain a unique Iranian culture. But Iranian society is rent by an ...


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