Complexity explained. A take on large issues from different perspectives.
In the web series ‘An African City’, five highly qualified and fashion obsessed young women decide to return to the continent where their ancestors were born – to Africa. Is this the new African elite?
Under another Netanyahu-led government, Israel will soon return to ‘business as usual’. But one political novelty stands out from the shadows of the recent elections: the increasing visibility of the Palestinian citizens of Israel.
In the face of a dying two-state solution and amid growing discontent about Israel’s uncompromising politics, their cause is quickly moving centre-stage. They are ever more willing to confront the systematic inequality they experience as Israeli citizens. And they demand historical justice in alignment with Palestinians living under occupation. As Palestinians, yet Israeli citizens, they have become a force to be reckoned with. Their cause deserves our attention.
It has never been easier to meet people from all over the world. Social networks and dating sites make it possible. More and more couples are meeting via the web – and across international boundaries. The seemingly borderless digital world is limited though, by national borders that are insurmountable for many, depending on their nationality. What does this ongoing development mean for people from third countries subject to visa requirements if they have found a partner in Europe?
More than 50% of produced food is wasted and some urban “divers” search for this waste. They explore dark courtyards of supermarkets and lay the dining table with the eatable content of trash bins.
Unlawful push-backs of migrants at the European border implemented by Spanish and Moroccan security forces have become highly visible throughout 2014. These repressive practices as well as the human rights discourses justifying or condemning them tell much about today’s power relations in postcolonial Euro-African borderlands: negotiated by various local, national and European actors, yet constantly contested and transformed through transnational migrants’ mobility.