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The oil industry is the root of all evil

MONEY AND OIL: If you mix corruption and rogue states with the richest and most devastating industry in the world - the oil industry - the result is an explosive mix.
Australia is burning

Australia is burning

INFERNO DOWN BELOW: Like the world's tornadoes and floods, Australia's fires have been named over the years. Now we could call them 'eternal fires'. Can the incredible tragedies we witnessed be the start of a brighter future for Australia?

Sun and sorrow in Sicily

SICILY: The South Italian family is still a powerful institution. It slides seamlessly into the mafia's power structure, with its familismo amoral. The family is the law - not the social institutions.

If we are to solve the climate crisis, we must speed up

CLIMATE: Sluggish speed in climate action will harm the climate, people and democracy, according to Bernd Ulrich.

Saudi Arabia needs public relations, but not everything can withstand the light of day

TRANSPARENCY: A country in crisis should become more open, but if the subjects resist, they are thrown into prison and risk torture.

To come to the world

PARENTS: When a child is born, three people come into the world.

Future for trouble

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: What many think of as the future is often the present. If not already past. What are we doing?
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Where white star lions came down from the sky

TRAVEL-ESSAY: The white lions in South Africa became known in the world press in the seventies. But the white man's "discovery" of the white lion has now led these animals to the brink of extinction.

Is the rhino's destiny inevitable?

In southern Africa, a particularly humble and absurd war takes place - low in its bestiality, absurd because it is based on old superstition.

Entrepreneurs in the desert sun

Who would think that Morocco is a pioneer in solar energy and is investing heavily in achieving ambitious climate goals?

An accident, a cut, a photographer

Without these three elements, the book Penguin Bloom would never have come into being. The book's protagonists would certainly also have preferred that the story never came into being.

Should we burn de Sade?

The debate about sexual abuse and unculture in a predominantly male world is virus-like. Artists in particular are affected by the epidemic.

A long-limbed, coal-eating grasshopper

Lignite coal is the dirtiest of all power sources. MODERN TIMES paid a visit to the shrinking Jänschwalde mine in Germany recently. Visits to the mining landscape were previously strictly forbidden to the public.
Kermani

Along the graves

Renowned author Navid Kermani invites you for a journey from Cologne to Isfahan, which travels through a vast array of borders, ruined landscapes and fortified history. To hope.
green Washing

Emperor's green clothes

The concept of "green washing" became part of our language after eco-thinking became trendy, and states and corporations realized that they could wash dirty business with beautiful promises.

The word as the key to power and prestige

Women and power are a short story. Women's silence has a millennial tradition.

The Child Mafia in Naples

Roberto Saviano's latest novel is no fiction. It is a true-to-life report of a society that, to date, has not been able to take hold of itself.

Eight years in power

Barack Obama's eight years as America's first black president indirectly paved the way for the country's "first white" president, according to one of America's most influential African-American writers.

US left wing on wild roads

American identity politicians have no strategy and want none. They just want to express themselves and increasingly radicalize themselves.

One woman, three passions

Pianist, writer and animal lover Hélène Grimaud is one of those who puts many of us in the shade. In their own words, an inhuman. The 10. March she plays in Oslo.

An adventurer in the inner world

Director Corinna Belz on an exclusive house visit with Peter Handke. Are we finally getting thanks to the shy and multifaceted author?

Camorra's prominent torment

From his desk prison, murderous Roberto Saviano continues to fight for the country he loves.

Europe's self-harm

It is dusk in the West. But the morning redness brings light, according to Bernd Ulrich.

Peter the Great's abdication?

An award-winning provocateur - accused of being responsible for the atrocities of the Bosnia war - may have written his latest work.

The fire at the end of the journey

Imaginative genre mix dominates Salman Rushdie's latest novel The Golden House.