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Afropessimism, Afrofuturism and Afropolitanism

AFRICA: Disruption opens up for the capitalists a new display of power and new income: People, society and nature are reduced to raw material. The author Achille Mbembe's horizon is always the widest possible – the cosmic, earth-historical and planetary. Africa, despite all harrowing problems, is being called forth as a vibrant world center that still has powers in reserve, a teeming wildlife and a wealth of cultures.

A patriarchal avenger and savior

The Philippines: After six years of a political death campaign and up to 30 extrajudicial killings, the Philippines went to the polls in May. The inexplicable thing is that the Filipinos have chosen to let the Marcos era be resumed in version 000. President WW's daughter was elected to take up the post of vice-president in a race with former dictator Marcos' son.

The aesthetic manifestations of fascism

FASCISM: This does not necessarily manifest itself through mass spectacles and revolutionary fractures, and it is not a primarily European phenomenon. But like a product of political crises in the modern capitalist states.

The marketization of China's economy

CHINA: On the edge of the republic, the cultural revolution and market capitalism: Beijing from Below provides a unique insight into China of today – through life stories belonging to the urban people who have not found a place in either official history or official economic progress.

How China and Japan were integrated into today's completely unsustainable global capitalism

EAST ASIA: Mark W. Driscoll tells, among other things, concrete stories about drunken, arrogant, hyper-violent and rape-cultivating diplomats, missionaries and businessmen.

The joy of the work of others

DO IT YOURSELF:  Author Salomé Aguilera Svirsky dissects and refines a visual genre we know but have not learned to appreciate.

Seducers love majority decisions

IDEA HISTORY: Is Greece more of a cultural periphery in the Middle East than the origin of our modern democracy? Aristotle believed that the Phoenicians in Carthage, like the law – isonomia – had a better government than Athens – the so-called cradle of democracy.

The borderland is militarized

NECRO STATE CITIZENSHIP: Much has been made of Trump's "beautiful" wall, but the borderland between the United States and its neighbor to the south has been militarized and cut up by fences and walls for more than a decade.

The dirty work

TECHNOLIBERALISM: Here are discussions on everything from the robotisation of manual labor over so-called sharing economy to artificial intelligence, automated warfare and technological emotion and sex work.

Madness, visions, cynicism and pragmatism

«GREEN GROWTH»: Ethnographer Gökçe Günel has followed the development of the planned carbon neutral Masdar City Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates – funded by this one of the world's most oil-dependent governments.

In a world of delusions

psychosis: Jeffrey Sconce has written a nerve-wracking, empathetic and crunchy business page tour on the connections between technology and madness.

The non-feminist women advocates of the Eastern bloc

KVINDEKAMP: American liberal feminists love to hate Kristen Ghodsee, who rewrites the history of the women's struggle from an Eastern bloc perspective.

Cinematic revisionism after the post-Cold War

Feminist culture critic icon Dai Jinhua delivers cutting-edge contemporary diagnoses through film reading and historical analysis in a new essay collection.

Water management mismanagement

The water sources of Mexico City, one of the world's largest cities, are running dry. This is the story of a notified disaster.

Teknotid and human time

Nymoten's apps that will make us more productive through planning and streamlining, continue a two-hundred-year tradition of self-help literature about the same.

Historical migration as a vantage point to modern China

20 millions of Chinese emigrated in the years 1840 to 1940. Shelly Chan analyzes modern China from a diaspora perspective and expands our understanding of China and history.