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Arab film with political sting

ARAB MOVIE DAYS: The thriller Huda's Salon takes a feminist look at the position of women in the Israeli – occupied West Bank, while the distinctive family drama Costa Brava, Lebanon deals with Lebanon's ongoing waste crisis.

Agamben: A burning house

PHILOSOPHY: Italian Giorgio Agamben describes and envisions different courses for our thinking than today's more technologically nihilistic will-driven production paradigm. Two books delve into other possibilities than the 'fire' he believes we find ourselves in. In this essay, Astrid Nordang tries to bring out some of this complicated material.

Hanford: A Nuclear Graveyard

USA: Hanford is classified as one of America's most toxic sites. The author calls it a ticking bomb à la Chernobyl. This is the most expensive environmental remediation project the world has ever seen, and the most polluted place on the entire planet.

Europe's crisis is philosophical

Europe is suffering from an unclear crisis: the forces that would unite us are absent, while the contradictions that would propel something new are too vague. A philosophical clarification of the disease is needed to prepare a healthy political struggle. 

The power of impotence

We need a new activism – not through revolutionary change, but through systematic efforts to develop a humane and free society.

Without fellowship, no hope

By studying the modes of hope and the irresolutions of hopelessness, Ronald Aronson shows us what changing the world entails.

From stone age hunting to industrial slaughter

PLANT COST: Is there no way beyond meat?

Vita hyperactive!

When the belief in shared narratives fades, while the individual's life becomes more hectic, time itself loses direction and meaning, Byung-Chul Han believes.

Future without utopia?

Rees strives as much as the rest of us to separate science from science fiction. He declares himself a technological optimist and political pessimist, but the role of technology becomes difficult to understand without a credible vision of a better world.

The escape from the common problems

Recently deceased Zygmunt Bauman is known for his grim social diagnoses. Where is the medicine? 

The pandemic will create a new world order

Mike Davis: According to activist and historian Mike Davis, wild reservoirs, like bats, contain up to 400 types of coronavirus that are just waiting to spread to other animals and humans.

From despotism to anarchy and back to despotism

RUSSIA: Mikhail Shishkin has long pointed out that Russia, unlike Germany, has never come to terms with its totalitarian past.

The citizen's 'autonomy' as a condition for political publicity

PUBLIC: The image of the public in the Enlightenment was an ideal image of enlightened citizens gathered in an audience that discussed – or 'deliberated' – to arrive at the best solution. But what happens when early hair loss, premature ejaculation and simulated disability become therapy texts for the endless frustration of living in one of the world's supposedly richest and best countries?

What I'm talking about when I talk about pictures

PHOTO: I took the gaze of anthropology into the camera lens, it became my optics. The experience of several years in San Francisco, or the experience of having a little brother with schizophrenia – what does that mean for the pictures?

The Norwegian double standard

ENVIRONMENTAL PIONEERS: The story of the history of Norwegian environmental thinking is an ambivalent portrait of Norway's imagined role as an environmental nation.

The environmental crisis from the perspective of the stars

The day we help rather than disrupt the climate, we can talk about the "mature anthropocene".

The urge to be seen and recognized

FICTION: The controversy in the media mogul family over the corporate throne escalates further in the HBO series Succession, which in an impressive and captivating way is able to take the pulse of the present and big capitalist business at its most brutal.

Gentle climate revival

Rather than perpetrating shame over the damage we have done to the environment, we must awaken to a mature environmental awareness. 

“It would is not over. Long live what it would be! ”

NATURE: The attempt to control nature's wildness locally has created uncontrolled effects globally. Do we have to freeze and sweat more in the future, or is civilization far wilder?

To look at the present as the past of the future

ACCELERATION: We have interviewed the thinker Armen Avanessian about "accelerationism" and the possibility of a new political thinking.

The climate crisis

Andreas Malm is a fierce and clear-eyed critic of the environmental destruction of capitalism. Now he is raging against a "reactionary environmental movement" and wants to save the concept of nature to save nature.
threats

Being threatened with death can make most people hold a ...

FREEDOM OF SPEECH: The opportunity to say something is always very limited, says MODERN TIMES's regular writer in this essay about different authorities' use of force. Away from today's mass media, an "underground" network of intellectuals has now emerged, including experienced journalists, intelligence officers, renowned professors and politicians.

A mirror image of the Cuba crisis 

WEAPON SUPPORT: If the West gives more weapons to Ukraine, it only means that Russia's will continue to escalate the war. The consequence of the arms support is clear: It will not lead to Ukrainian victory, but to the destruction of Ukraine with hundreds of thousands of young Russians and Ukrainians killed.

Corona reflections

ESSAYS: The Coronation is a thought-provoking but naive collection of essays about the pandemic as a social phenomenon.

Historical patience

MISCELLANEOUS: Manuel Castells paints a picture of today's democratic decline that is as recognizable as it is bleak.