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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 ...


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 Freedom to Be Free

What is freedom, are we born free or is freedom conveyed to us by others? Can it be taken away? Is freedom only an absence of fear and constraint or does it not rather imply the need to take part in the political and social discourse? Th is essay by Hannah Arendt was fi rst published in German by ...

Who Owns Islam?

An imam’s case against black-and-white thinking

From preaching hate to promoting enlightenment
Kamouss is one of the most well-known imams in Germany, where he was once considered the "popstar of the Salafist scene." Since then, his perspective on Islam has fundamentally changed. This book presents his self-critical ...

Fake versus Fact

How Populists, Bots and Trolls are Attacking our Democracy

Digital manipulation

The public forum has been fundamentally changed. That which begins as a Tweet or a post practically leads to violence, and has a direct influence on voting results. A veritable information war has started, one that is dividing our society and throwing into ...


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 ...

Rights sold: France

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 ...