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The informal settlement: MUKURU

Nairobi: What role can social movements have in the struggle for better living conditions for residents of informal settlements?

Mungiki – religious sect or street gang?

Kenya: Mungiki promotes African traditions and rejects colonial influences. Circumcision is mandatory for female members.

An urban world forum

Forum: Urbanism is often about building bridges and removing contradictions. Here are some examples from the World Forum in Katowice, Poland, of how cities can safeguard women's safety and security

To combat housing speculation

Nørrebro: Forty years of land and housing battles in Copenhagen have yielded results. One of the few politicians in the world has dared to settle a settlement with #Blackstone – one of the biggest multinational housing investors out there.

Urbanization with "people plots"

Argentina: In the last century, the dream of becoming a home owner in Buenos Aires could be realized through a legal and formal type of urbanization called loteos populares, or "people's plots".

The burden of the poor

Kibera: Why is the misery of the slums increasing in countries that have had significant economic and social growth over time? Today, 75 percent of the world's population lives without a secure right to their home or the land they cultivate.

Presented as solidarity actions

War: In the ongoing conflict between Russia and the West in Ukraine, social democrats, social liberals and green politicians have been among the most ardent supporters of war and confrontational politics. And when "solidarity" becomes a tool for warmongers, the political right can become a strategic ally.

The women who travel to the Islamic State

The IS brides: Both victims of and renegade supporters of the terrorist organization IS claim that this "state" will rise again, and journalists and experts support the claim. But how many victims' stories are needed before IS loses its appeal to individuals? What about Aisha Shezadi Kausar?

New radiation-free zones?

RADIATION: For many of us who have become electrically hypersensitive, it is almost impossible to find a place where we can be healthy. The authorities must therefore facilitate radiation-free areas that are not covered by the mobile network.

Hannah Arendt and the totalitarian

Social Media: While the public is a place where free individuals have the right, and perhaps also the duty, to participate in a free exchange of opinions, the social is more about herd and control. Are we now faced with a social control that does not invite disagreement and diversity, but only obedience or exclusion? The rise of the social can threaten both freedom and individuality. MODERN TIMES prints here an extract from Einar Øverenget's new book, Intoleransens intog.

For the lazy, greedy and sinful

Giving: Kristin Flood's Inferno is a truly creative addition to the Dante literature in Norwegian.

Norwegian intelligence: Alf Roar Berg (1933–2022)

Intelligence: We bring here aspects of the USA/NATO in connection with this obituary of Major General Alf Roar Berg, who passed away on 12 July after a long illness. For example, it emerges that in 1988, during a meeting of NATO's Intelligence Committee, the American and British heads of military intelligence claimed that a Russian attack on the West was imminent. It was a lie.

The new right wing's historical development and network

Fascism: In his extensive studies, Hee Pedersen has mapped the political currents of the right wing with a focus on ethnicity and brought them into a historical context

The political satire

Oslo Pix: With Palme d'Or winner Triangle of Sadness, Swedish Ruben Östlund is even more bitingly satirical – and more directly political – than before.

Two testaments over life

Hell: Is it possible to simultaneously touch on four major themes, such as sin and evil, the desire for knowledge and conquest, relationships and competition, or the fear of death itself? Let me try in this essay – about Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Dante.

Decomposition process

Anselm Kiefer: Salla dello Scrutinio in Venice's Doge's Palace – here about how the past and the present historical moments converge.

The role of rivers in Oslo's urban development

Urban development: For over 30 years, Oslo has focused on the city's 10 rivers. Today, the open or closed rivers are among the most important structuring elements in urban development. Moreover, the use of nature-based systems to solve our climate challenges is essential to achieving lasting sustainability.

A collective memory of growing up

ROM Alongside our large-scale visual culture, Iris Maria Tusa has a rare photography book about Roma people – here we see how childhood shapes us, and later we shape our image of childhood.

Gypsy therapy

ROM : Photographer Harald Medbøe's method lies between subject and lens.

A trap of neutrality

SYRIA: Carsten Wieland uncovers a large number of mistakes in the Western donor countries' handling of the humanitarian crisis during the Syrian civil war. He also mentions how rebel forces have deliberately starved local people to attract aid: Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Rwanda.

To stop plastic waste

ECOLOGY: In the future, plastics will be the largest driver for continued oil demand – with almost half of global oil demand by 2050.

Biological weapons laboratories in Ukraine?

UKRAINE: The Russians have now presented a large number of documents that show exactly which bacteria and viruses have been developed, and which spreading mechanisms would be used. Ukraine experimented with insects and drones for the spread of various diseases.

The victims of the Sicilian mafia

FALCON: A few days after Italy marked the 30th anniversary of the massacres of Judge Giovanni Falcone and his entourage and Assistant Judge Paolo Borsellino, Italian author Roberto Saviano presents a novel about the case.

Thinking about the planet

ECOLOGY: With the planet as an anchor point, various themes are highlighted here – growth and non-growth, the anthropocene and our understanding of nature, tipping points, disasters and possible futures, geoengineering, fabulous animals and biopolitics.

To cultivate soil health

ECOLOGY: Marit Bendz has met gardeners, agronomists, farmers and enthusiasts who in various ways run an agriculture contrary to government recommendations.