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Who was behind the explosion of Nord Stream 1 and 2?

SABOTAGE: Earlier this summer, the US Navy participated in an exercise with underwater vessels in the area off Bornholm – where the explosions of Nord Stream 1 and 2 took place in September. What were they doing there? For Russia, the purpose of the gas pipelines was to intertwine Russia with Europe. Could the USA's motivation have been to break up this cooperation and start an economic war against Europe – as, for example, Germany has now become dependent on their LNG gas?

The land of broken hearts

Ingrid Brekke: The land of broken hearts. An insight into German politics

Germany: With the social democrat Olaf Scholz in the driver's seat, according to Brekke's new book, it may seem as if the "Merkelian" leadership style has taken hold. She also believes that Germany's interest in Norway is especially great right now.

The aesthetic manifestations of fascism

Julia Adeney Thomas and Geoff Eley: Visualizing Fascism. The Twentieth-Century Rise of the Global Right

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.

With spine and ethical compass intact

: NOTICE We need a media culture and a society built on accountability and truth. We do not have that today.

Healing in the natural

Peter Michalzik: Vegetarier, Künstler und Visionäre suchen nach dem Neuen Paradies

INNOVATORS: The anarchist collective project Monte Verità was a groundbreaking, vibrant center with inspiration for ideas that are heard even today.

Have you worried about the state of the world today?

Sibylle Berg: Nerds save the world

VOLUNTARY WORK: Sibylle Berg has written a current book in which she interviews nerds who are trying to save the world.

The moment of freedom

Jens Bjørneboe: The moment of freedom

EUROPE: Bjørneboe's black humor is dialectical thinking about the conditions of unsentimental human dignity. It strikes with its cynicism the blue-eyed and decent mass murderers of the usual barbaric moral type. '

Being threatened with death can make most people keep a low profile

FREEDOM OF SPEECH: The opportunity to say something is always very limited, says MODERN TIMES '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.

Creativity, openness, style consciousness, entrepreneurial spirit, empathy and cosmopolitanism

Andrew Reckwitz: The End of Illusions. Politics, Economics and Culture in the Late Modern

THE MIDDLE CLASS: Relevant in these corona times is whether Reckwitz's analysis opens up for a restructuring of the economy back to a "real economy" – from the cultural capitalism where the goods promise consumers symbolic, narrative, aesthetic and ethical experiences.

No more Russian heroes

Alexander Rastorgujev: Electing Russia

: Electing Russia sheds a depressing light on the opposition in Russia. Do they really represent a real change, for the benefit of the people?

The 68 generation according to German history writing

Heinz Bude / Alexander Sedlmaier / Christina von Hodenberg: Adorno for Ruinschildren: A History of 1968 / Consumption and Violence: Radical Protest in the Federal Republic / The Other Eighties: Social History of a Revolt

: Three newly published books about the sixty-eight provide partly surprising and new perspectives. All are written by scientists who do not even belong to this mythical generation.

Germany 50 years after the student riots

Gretchen Dutschke / Rudi Dutschke / Elisabeth Zoeller: 1968. We are proud to dare / story is feasible. Texts about the prevailing falsehood and the Radicality of Peace / Change the World! The Life of Rudi Dutschke

: Much is unclear about the role of key players in the German '68 uprising. Therefore, a black-and-white interpretation of the era will never be correct.