Complexity explained. A take on large issues from different perspectives.
Lima is considered the gastronomic capital of South America. Cooking and eating have always been national passions in Peru, but the country’s culinary boom invokes a number of issues that go well beyond the simple cooking pot and involve society, economy, and politics. As the story of Maria shows…
On 20th of August 2014, the city of Munich enacted a ban on begging in its downtown area with the intention of tackling so-called ‘forced begging’. The ban is, however, primarily targeting and outlawing so-called ‘poverty immigrants’ from Romania and Bulgaria. What kind of exclusionist logics are underlying this ban?
A new entrepreneurial figure is making its presence felt in Germany unifying two apparent opposites: economic and social activity. So-called “social entrepreneurs” do not focus on profit margins alone, but instead seek to address the social and ecological challenges of our times – doing “good” through doing business. What inspires people to found a social company, and what do they experience over the course of day-to-day business?
For Palestinians in the West Bank an ever growing array of movement restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation have become part of a troubling routine: growing settlements combined with economic and political pressure make movement as such a question of survival. And yet the routine of crossing borders, of heading for new places and the refusal to leave have also become forms of everyday resistance that challenge this military occupation.
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.