The Analysis

Complexity explained. A take on large issues from different perspectives.


No country for journalists

They have already spent 115 days in jail. Yesterday the trial has been adjourned again – for the sixth time. Three Al Jazeera journalists are accused of spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood formally declared as a terrorist group. In this analysis Sammy Khamis explores how Egypt has become a hugely unpleasant place for journalists to work in and what special role the Qatari news agency Al Jazeera plays in this context.

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Are you feeling well today?

The rise of wellness has been driven by health spa’s need to make money and people’s scepticism towards conventional medicine. A thought on wellness beyond beauty.

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The Copenhagen Killing

In Denmark 25,000 small pigs die everyday, but it was the killing of a young male giraffe named Marius that caught the international attention. The killing also reveals the fine line between science and emotions, nature and culture and, yet again, the potential of the internet to quickly turn local events into global discussions.

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Slovaks – a nation without memory?

It has become standard to speak about nation as if it were a living being. People can remember, but is it possible for a nation to remember too?

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The rise of humanities in the new economy

Skills from human and social science are asked for because they produce value. Export companies ask for students with language skills and cultural knowledge, consulting companies ask for project managers with great communication skills, food producers hire cultural analysts that understand consumerism.

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Who actually benefits?

Backpacking in Mexico; volunteering in India; surfing in South Africa; relaxing in Thailand – the current generation is travelling a lot and preferably in regions far away, on the other side of the globe. You can learn languages, gain “intercultural competence“, meet interesting people. Back at home the travellers draw on the experiences they gained and tell their family and friends of the fantastic beaches and the great hospitality. But isn’t it weird to travel around the world while the majority of the global population isn’t able to get neither a flight ticket nor a visa? Doesn’t tourism in the Global South* rather stand for a neocolonial age than for liberty and borderless mobility?

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