?From the great beyond into the present? ? an interview with Jo Lendle

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Legacy of denial

Tuesday 29 November, 2011

TeaserPicGermany has been rocked by the disclosures surrounding the series of neo-Nazi murders of Turkish citizens. In the wake of these events, Former GDR dissident Freya Klier calls for an honest look at the xenophobia cultivated by the policies of the former East Germany, where the core of the so-called "Brown Army Faction" was based. And demands that East Germans finally confront a long-denied past. (Photo: © Nadja Klier)
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 29 November, 2011

TeaserPicMoroccans are no less hungry for freedom that Tunisians, activist Hisham Almiraat explains in openDemocracy. But their elites are too cowardly, fears Moroccan journalist Driss Ksikes in Le Monde. Die Welt watches Rutger Hauer explain why Jesus was hidden in Breugel's painting. El Pais Semanal meets a homeless man who wanted to become an executioner. Elet es Irodalom tries to see the positive in the far-right takeover of the New Theatre in Budapest. Gustav Seibt in the SZ scoffs at Habermas' belief in the European citizen. And in Magyar Narancs, Israeli writer Etgar Keret believes the mass demonstrations in Israel have changed the nation's discourse.
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Poison envy

Tuesday 22 November, 2011

Read the first English excerpt from historian Goetz Aly's new book "Why the Germans? Why the Jews? Equality, Envy and Racial Hatred 1800 - 1933". In response to this question that has been hanging in the air since the end of WWII, Goetz Aly points to the lack of education and fear of progress in so many German Christians at the turn of the century - and to the contrasting readiness of the Jewish population to embrace the new opportunities and education as the ticket to social mobility. Shamed by their shortcomings, the Germans soon turned to racial theory to conceal their envy and resentment.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 22 November, 2011

TeaserPicMicroMega warns that Berlosconism remains alive and kicking. Magyar Narancs exhorts Hungary to confront its historical responsibility for the events of 1944. Slate.fr sets the record straight about Germany's self-image as Europe's financial bulwark. Elet es Irodalom deplores plans to tear down the home of socialist football. Frankfurter Rundschau says, yes, Germany does have a racism problem beyond the Brown Army Faction. And Al Ahram Weekly voices its doubts about the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 15 November, 2011

TeaserPicTelerama introduces the French pioneers of internet journalism. In Eurozine, Charles Taylor and a left-wing Polish Catholic discuss the de-politicisation of politics. Elet es Irodalom explains that 90 percent of the Hungarian population were misinformed about the recent mass demonstrations in their country. Hector Abad in El Espectador is happy to believe in angels. The Tagesspiegel says it's high time we started taking the Nazis seriously. And Die Zeit wonders where all the intellectuals were when Europe withered.
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Nausea in Paris

Monday 14 November, 2011

TeaserPicIn response to the arson attack on the offices of the Parisian satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on November 2, Danish critic and semiotician Frederik Stjernfelt is nauseated by the opinions voiced against the publication, especially in the British and American media. Why don't they see that Islamism is right-wing extremism?
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Putting the black back into Wozzeck

Tuesday 8 November, 2011

TeaserPicAndrea Breth has just directed Alban Berg's "Wozzeck" at the Staatsoper in Berlin, to substantial critical acclaim. Mid-rehearsal, she makes time to talk to Niklaus Hablützel about Büchner's word compositions, why only singing beautifully can ruin everything, and the power of curtains.

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Magazine Roundup

Wednesday 9 November, 2011

Eurozine suggests letting random Belgian citizens decide the future of their country. Magyar Narancs got a charge out of the mass demonstrations of October 23. But HVG sees demonstrators as motivated by their wallets more than democracy. In the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frank Schirrmacher and Jürgen Habermas don't understand the criticism of the Greek referendum, and Le Monde believes Papandreou is driven by a fear of extremist violence. Telerama takes a closer look at the utopian spirit of William Morris's designs, and Der Tagesspiegel profiles the new Berlin star: Aerea Negrot.
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Magazine Roundup

Tuesday 1 November, 2011

Without universalism, there can be no human rights, explains Caroline Fourest in Le Monde. There too, Jürgen Habermas calls for more democracy in Europe. For Merkur, Green is classless. Il Sole Ore can't see Italy, only Italians. In the NZZ, J.M. Coetzee can't understand what happened to the intellectual element of religion. And Polityka wonders why the Polish don't appreciate their illustrators.
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