Texting Bans Save Teens Lives

A recent study finds that when laws banning teenage drivers in the United States from texting, using hand-held phones, and engaging in other distracted behavior are implemented, they work.

Meet The Generation Changed By Lockdown

For Gen Z, the boredom of quarantine spring has given way to a blazing summer of grassroots change.

Serene Observation Tower in Denmark

Words TL Team Camp Adventure Park is located in the preserved forest, Gisselfeld Klosters Skove, one hour south of Copenhagen, Denmark. Designed by Copenhagen based architects Effekt, the 45 meter tall observation tower and

In the Heart of Puglia with Masseria Moroseta

Words Francois Correia Italy has many secrets, but one of my favorite ones is the region of Puglia – a vegetarian heaven as well as known for its wonderful fresh seafood. The historic countryside near Ostia and the beautiful beaches are within easy reach as are stunning heritage sites.

Ephemeral Food Experiences with ONA

Words Cyril Foiret ONA creates ephemeral food experiences in special places and empowers the creativity of young chefs. They like to partner with the highest quality of local and sustainable producers to provide an exceptional experience to their guests

CosmosBenthos is a magazine on cosmic lifestyle

Words Marta Knas CosmosBenthos is a new printed publication by Monograph&Co and ONE OF US collective. Featuring a collection of essays, short fiction, cocktail recipes, photography and illustration, the magazine looks into the universe of lifestyle, conceptually covering subjects such as Food, Art and Culture.

Serene Greek Islands Shot by Petros Koublis

Words Guest Writer Known for his amazing landscapes, Petros Koublis immortalizes here the Greek islands of Tinos, located in the heart of the Aegean sea and Santorini, where is set up the luxury Vedema resort.

From Seawater to Freshwater with QuenchSea

Words TL Team Introduced on IndieGogo by London-based startup QuenchSea, their first product is an innovative seawater desalination device that combines a hydraulic system, triple pre-filtration process, and a small reverse osmosis membrane to desalinate seawater into freshwater using human power.

Art deco Linework & Vintage Typography for The Deco

Words Marta Knas The 1920s decadence meets the modern facet in New York in a new visual identity by LMNOP Creative. Designed for The Deco, a carefully-curated food hall space in the Garment District, the branding connects with various elements of the interiors to create an authentic, cohesive visual feel. Inspired by art deco linework, custom-made wallpapers adorn the walls.

Erica: the Ai Robot gets 1st Role in a Sci-fi Movie

Words TL Team The first artificial intelligence “actor” in the lead role. Born in Japan, the humanoid Erica will make her first cinema appearance in the anticipation film ‘ b’. A first for the industry according to the film crew. As the film industry seeks to resume filming while respecting barrier gestures, “a film has cast an actress immune to Covid-19,” announced The Hollywood Reporter . And the reason is simple, it is a robot named Erica . Originally designed to present the news in Japan , the android imagined by roboticist […]

TIME latest cover by Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer

Words TL Team For this week’s cover, TIME turned to Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer, who recently created the cover art for John Legend’s album Bigger Love. His painting In Her Eyes shows a girl faced with both the injustice of today and America’s historical role in it.

Roma communities never got a break

Violence against Roma is part of the European normality. It took over seven decades for Europe to acknowledge the genocide of Roma in WWII, and the communities still don't have the means to heal among permanent attacks and persecution, with racist sentiment on the rise. The post Roma communities never got a break appeared first on Eurozine.

The subaltern in global labour history

Greek journal ‘Historein’ looks at new research in comparative global labour. Including articles on gendered perceptions of labour in India pre and post independence; the exclusion of women from histories of IT; and what the Romanian car industry between 1968 and ’73 tells us about socialism's role in the globalizing economy. The post The subaltern in global labour history appeared first on Eurozine.

Sociology and colonialism

Mittelweg 36 dedicates an issue to sociologist George Steinmetz, winner of the 2020 Siegfried Landshut prize. Including articles on three 20th-century French sociologists whose work was both invested in and independent of French colonialism; and on the critical potential of German historicist sociology as alternative to default positivism. The post Sociology and colonialism appeared first on Eurozine.

Growing old in a sick world

The pandemic has exposed Turkey’s blindness to its own aging population. On the humiliation of confinement experienced by the over-65s; the demographics of a society that has not noticed it has aged; and the psychological violence done by lockdown to vulnerable groups. The post Growing old in a sick world appeared first on Eurozine.

Shards of truth

‘What we’re seeing can’t be called communism – but it has been happening for some time now and, in my view, it’s comparable.’ Svetlana Alexievich talks about the legacies of the Soviet past in Belarus; about literary freedom and the role of culture; and why, in her personal relationships, love prevails over the political. The post Shards of truth appeared first on Eurozine.

The junk property crisis

Lack of available housing has a particularly severe impact on Bulgarian and Romanian Roma: with few formal work prospects, they are forced into substandard accommodation and homelessness. Institutional and social discrimination compounds the problem, shifting the blame from unscrupulous tenants and employers onto vulnerable citizens. The post The junk property crisis appeared first on Eurozine.

After populism

Instead of looking at populists' lies, it's worth taking a look at the few truths they rely on: voters do recognize that liberal democracies have not worked in their favour. Can we ever shake off the demagogues and assimilate the genuine, if disruptive, energies of populism into a responsive democratic process? Relying on mere chance could be a way to renew representation. The post After populism appeared first on Eurozine.

Resurrecting the soil

What can the history of the soil tell us about modernity and its ills? An experiment in urban gardening sets Kate Brown thinking about the consequences of the western world’s perennial misuse of the land – and how to return life to today’s extinct terrains. The post Resurrecting the soil appeared first on Eurozine.

When every thought goes public

Index on Censorship explores the privacy impacts of contact tracing apps and other pandemic technologies: including articles on facial recognition and human rights; data protection and drone-use; and sexual privacy post-pandemic. The post When every thought goes public appeared first on Eurozine.

Farewell to dreamland

Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are yet to come to terms with 1989's historical significance, let alone the challenges of the present. What is the actual meaning of the 'annus mirabilis' and everything that followed? If this question is still unanswered, perhaps our approach is flawed, suggests Karl Schlögel. The post Farewell to dreamland appeared first on Eurozine.

Guide To a Better Day by MR PORTER

Words Marta Knas Guide to a Better Day is a brand new publication from one of the most famous luxury retailers, MR PORTER, created in collaboration with Thames & Hudson and B.A.M.

More than convenience

Urban housing is about more than private habitation. It is linked to a need for public spaces, amenities and services. Bustling streets are social condensers that draw people together, promote dynamic exchange and form part of the glue that binds communities. How should city planners foster these crucial interactions? The post More than convenience appeared first on Eurozine.

Understanding the silent war

The pandemic and the volatility of international politics have given an upper hand to Russian intelligence services interested in spreading disinformation. Georgia has become a test field for new cyber warfare since the 2008 war and offers invaluable lessons on what to expect. The post Understanding the silent war appeared first on Eurozine.

Solidarity with Belarus

Physical fear and the dread of disappointment have been the dominant emotions whenever elections have come around in Belarus in the past two-and-a-half decades. This time is no different. And yet something has changed. The post Solidarity with Belarus appeared first on Eurozine.

Delete your profile, not people

Social media users can be forgiven for feeling dissatisfied. ‘Old media’ news, based on the perpetual celebrity comeback, has hit a conceptual impasse with new cancel culture. Geert Lovink calls for the renewal of social networking tools giving users a constructive voice. The post Delete your profile, not people appeared first on Eurozine.

Incident

In the absence of civic traditions and positive social capital, society often organises itself along mafia-style norms. Post-communist Ukrainian society is a prime example. Yet grass-roots civic networks also operate as an alternative. Mykola Riabchuk investigates the sociology clash between these two state-nation building projects. The post Incident appeared first on Eurozine.

Andy Warhol Exhibition at Tate Modern

Words Emily Sandiford After months of Covid-enforced closure the Tate’s galleries have reopened their doors to welcome back visitors. The Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern ran for less than a week before the gallery’s closure, but...

Coco Chocolatier Is Inspired by Art

Words Francois Correia Born in Scotland, raised in Colombia, the leading British ethical chocolate manufacturer COCO Chocolatier aims to inspire the consumer and industry that a different road to chocolate production is possible – uniting art and ethics.

Hagia Sophia: politics before culture

The conversion of the Hagia Sophia was intended as a demonstration of strength to Erdoğan’s conservative Muslim constituency and the wider Islamic world. But calculations of political advantage have also caused the weak response of the West. World cultural heritage has been dealt a huge blow, writes a leading Russian Byzantinist. The post Hagia Sophia: politics before culture appeared first on Eurozine.

Belarus: Status quo at what price?

After 26 years of rule, the autocrat Alyaksandr Lukashenka has lost the support of the Belarusian people. Even if the regime is able to stay in control, it will pay an incalculable price for its brutal enforcement of the status quo. Belarus expert Astrid Sahm talks to ‘Osteuropa’ about the events and what comes next. The post Belarus: Status quo at what price? appeared first on Eurozine.

A conceptual toolbox for the present

We need new and updated philosophical tools to understand contemporary society, writes Göran Dahlberg in the new issue of Glänta. Whether to construct, reconstruct or deconstruct from within or outside the system, ‘old tools can find new uses and new tools can awaken old and forgotten knowledge’. The post A conceptual toolbox for the present appeared first on Eurozine.

Formative moments of a democrat

In ‘New Eastern Europe’, Ukrainian political scientist Mykola Riabchuk recalls early lessons in direct democracy; Georgian security expert Lasha Pataraia offers insights into Russian cyber-war; and Polish poet Jakub Kornhauser talks about eastern European avantgardes. The post Formative moments of a democrat appeared first on Eurozine.

Going live

New Music mag ‘Positionen’ looks at how concepts of ‘live’ performance underwent revision during lockdown. Also: on cultivated imperfection as form of musical resistance, and why Luigi Nono wasn’t being sung from the balconies. The post Going live appeared first on Eurozine.

Check, control, cancel or care

Where can we turn if our social networks, structures and governance can’t be trusted? Cancel culture, disinformation and the lack of boundaries define our perception. Geert Lovink, Eliot Higgins and Matilda Amundsen Bergström provide some welcome thoughts on solidarity overcoming abuses of power. The post Check, control, cancel or care appeared first on Eurozine.

A conceptual toolbox

Providing new and updated conceptual tools to understand contemporary social structures is crucial, writes editor Göran Dahlberg. Whether to construct, reconstruct or deconstruct from within or outside the system, ‘old tools can find new uses and new tools can awaken old and forgotten knowledge’. Eurozine presents a selection of articles from Glänta’s recent issue. The post A conceptual toolbox appeared first on Eurozine.

Temperance

Matilda Amundsen Bergström revisits temperance – the sixth century ethical cornerstone, dismissed as naïve, if not downright silly in postmodern times – as a means to redefine limits in a seemingly boundless world. The post Temperance appeared first on Eurozine.

The truth about MH17

In this episode of the Eurozine podcast ‘Gagarin’, we talk to Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins about the ongoing MH17 trial and the recent OPCW report on the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons in Syria. Higgins describes how disinformation works in both cases, who is behind it and what motivates them, and how Bellingcat remains objective in a hyper-partisan media field. The post The truth about MH17 appeared first on Eurozine.

Faire l’idiot!

Being an idiot might be exactly the subversive tool we need in our communication-obsessed world, suggests Miriam Rasch. In times of heightened surveillance capitalism, non-communication can become active interference. It might not quite be time to throw away your phone, but inefficiency and deceleration could be useful tools. The post Faire l’idiot! appeared first on Eurozine.

The state of suspension

Karl Palmås' pairings of historical moments and audio excerpts explore suspensions of time during recent cultural, economic and political crises: 1989 chords play under tension; self-referential recordings reflect 2008; and musical dissonance reaches a total collapse of tonal harmony by 2020. The post The state of suspension appeared first on Eurozine.

Enter the people!

Events in Belarus have departed radically from the script. Putin may have been gambling on a destabilized Lukashenka, but not on a full-blown national uprising, speculates writer and artist Artur Klinaŭ. Everything now depends on the strength of the Belarusian people. The post Enter the people! appeared first on Eurozine.

Paradise lost?

The removal in April of the monument to Red Army general Ivan Konev in Prague and the rehabilitation of the collaborationist Russian Liberation Army is typical of the revisionist tendency in central eastern European history politics since 1989. Narratives of heroism and victimhood, where the villains were always Nazis or communists, are easily exploited by nationalist extremists. The post Paradise lost? appeared first on Eurozine.

Incydent

Incydent, czyli co nieco o codziennych możliwościach osiągnięcia niemożliwego The post Incydent appeared first on Eurozine.

Youth Vaping Down, But Still Popular

The number of U.S. youths who use e-cigarettes fell from 5.4 million in 2019 to 3.6 million this year -- but vaping remains a dangerous epidemic among children and teens, a new government report shows.

Then & Now

Photographers returned to scenes they photographed before 2020. This multimedia project highlights contrasting images, reminding us of a way of life that once was.

Living off-grid, Wild at Heart in The Mountain Refuge

Words Francois Correia A refuge in the wild seems to be the destination of choice these days for any inspired adventurer to enjoy a slow paced life. With sustainable and responsible consciousness flourishing in everyone’s daily lives, it is no surprise that as consumers we are looking into ways to offset foreseeable impacts that our adventures can cause.

We, the people

Afropean identity, women's cinema, racism in football and a Dutch Kurdish choir addressing domestic violence - there’s something for all discerning tastes this weekend. The post We, the people appeared first on Eurozine.

Watching the watchmen

New powers granted to the ‘bekçi’ – Turkey’s auxiliary police force – have led to a spate of violent confrontations, releasing traumatic memories of the military coup forty years ago. The revival of this Ottoman relic consolidates Erdoğan’s centralized rule. But will it end up hastening his decline? The post Watching the watchmen appeared first on Eurozine.

Can we track what makes humans happy?

Lithuanian scientists are working on a formula for happiness. Their biometric measurements of feelings and emotional states propose to improve lives. But smart governance linking efficiency with happiness might have repercussions, says Skaidra Trilupaitytė. In a pandemic-tainted world, tracking and advanced lie detector tests could have questionable political uses. The post Can we track what makes humans happy? appeared first on Eurozine.

Macht und Gewalt

Der Kreml hat sich lange bedeckt gehalten, wie er zu Lukašenka und der Protestbewegung steht. Nun spendet Moskau dem Diktator Rückendeckung, nicht zuletzt deshalb, weil Belarus das Drehbuch für die Zukunft des Putin-Systems sein könnte, analysiert der Moskauer Soziologe Lev Gudkov. Entscheidend für den Ausgang des Konflikts wird die Haltung der Gewaltapparate in Belarus sein. The post Macht und Gewalt appeared first on Eurozine.

‘Nee! Nee!’

Acknowledging the past is an ongoing necessity to know who we are, says Arnon Grunberg, whose Dutch WWII Remembrance Day lecture pointedly commemorates those who lost their lives shouting 'No!' and refusing to conform. The post ‘Nee! Nee!’ appeared first on Eurozine.

Donald Trump: Democracy’s mirror image?

The suspicion that Trump will refuse to accept the result of the election is symptomatic of the state of democratic politics today. That modern liberal democracies can cancel themselves is an inevitable possibility. But to reduce politics to a battle between the defenders and the opponents of ‘true democracy’ is to turn pluralism into its opposite.  The post Donald Trump: Democracy’s mirror image? appeared first on Eurozine.

Luxury and progress in Belgrade

Belgrade residents cannot afford the Savamala waterfront’s extortionate real-estate prices. Its decision-makers draw aspirational parallels between today’s urban development and the area’s post-Ottoman era but ignore the failures of both. Seemingly a-historic glass facades cannot disguise the strategic politicization of history, says Miloš Jovanović. The post Luxury and progress in Belgrade appeared first on Eurozine.

Digital bodies and messianic anti-liberalism

Materiality, connection, meaning and process: ‘Czas Kultury’ on artificial intelligence and epistemology – and what slime mould can teach us about social organization. Also: Adam Mickiewicz’s anti-liberalism as door-opener to radical socio-political transformation. The post Digital bodies and messianic anti-liberalism appeared first on Eurozine.

The dark money behind the nativist resurgence

In ‘New Humanist’, openDemocracy journalist Peter Geoghegan describes the Transatlantic networks channelling dark money into Europe’s nativist movements. Also: why the bike is the way forward – on pedal power and social change. The post The dark money behind the nativist resurgence appeared first on Eurozine.

Habermas on the dialectic of German-European unification

‘Blätter’ publishes a major new essay by Jürgen Habermas on the German-European dialectic: why Merkel’s volte face on the European Recovery Fund is a response to the delayed effects of German reunification. Also: Orbán’s hollow boast and the complicity of European conservatism; and Israeli women against Benjamin Netanyahu. The post Habermas on the dialectic of German-European unification appeared first on Eurozine.

Humanity and catastrophe

QC Philippe Sands and Harvard historian Serhii Plokhii discuss their respective approaches to expounding hidden truths over Nazi and Soviet war crimes and Ukraine nuclear disaster. The post Humanity and catastrophe appeared first on Eurozine.

The materiality of the cloud

Although we often think about the Internet as immaterial, storing the seemingly abstract ones and zeros requires actual, mechanical work. Those who provide the material means are continuously underpaid, thus ‘growth’ and ‘development’ at the centre result in energy depletion in the periphery. The post The materiality of the cloud appeared first on Eurozine.

Russia’s diseased democracy

‘Osteuropa’ traces the decline of democratic constitutionalism in Russia and calls Putinism for what it is. Also: on the Kremlin’s increasingly restrictive definition of acceptable protest; and the ethnonationalism of Russia’s National Democratic opposition. The post Russia’s diseased democracy appeared first on Eurozine.

Remaking the world

In ‘Soundings’, a reappraisal of the liberal narrative of decolonization; why the Sinn Féin shock may not have been a victory for the left; whether Brexit will inevitably lead to US-style deregulation; and the roots of Brazil’s synthetic totalitarianism. The post Remaking the world appeared first on Eurozine.

Representation or twitterocracy?

In ‘Merkur’, Albrecht Koschorke asks whether radical democrats disregard civil rights. Also, why Gerhard Richter’s Birkenau series is less profound than it seems; and how Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court is getting proportionality wrong. The post Representation or twitterocracy? appeared first on Eurozine.

Hegel as comedy

In a Hegel anniversary issue, ‘Razpotja’ calls attention to an underrated quality of the German idealist: his sense of humour. Also, how Hegel predicted capitalism; and why left Hegelians are no less salient for being wrong about communism. The post Hegel as comedy appeared first on Eurozine.

Redemption, patriarchy and elephants

booksa.hr talks to Rachel Kushner about prison, redemption and the first person; to Želimir Periš about postmodern witches and why the end of patriarchy won’t bring utopia closer; and to Etgar Keret about existence and elephants. The post Redemption, patriarchy and elephants appeared first on Eurozine.

A convention for survival

In July, members of the AKP proposed withdrawing Turkey from the Istanbul Convention. With femicides in the country becoming ever more frequent, the prospect of losing one of the few legal protections for vulnerable women has provoked outrage. Varlık comments on the proposals and publishes an open letter calling on the Turkish government to honour its commitments under the Convention. The post A convention for survival appeared first on Eurozine.

World makers of the Black Atlantic

The history of decolonization tends to be understood as the progressive expansion of international society through the incorporation of formerly colonial states as sovereign equals. But this liberal narrative overlooks the revolutionary roots of the anti-colonial project in opposition to the exploitative and hierarchical system of empire. The post World makers of the Black Atlantic appeared first on Eurozine.

Deserted amusement parks

Italian cities are ordinarily international tourism hotspots. Their economic recovery post-lockdown appears to depend on visitor numbers. And yet massified tourism brings its own pressures, undermining local housing provision. Alessio Giussani investigates the Italian city’s precarious situation, taking Airbnb’s impact as example. The post Deserted amusement parks appeared first on Eurozine.

Girls Benefit from Doing Sports

Girls - but not boys - who participate actively in school sports activities in middle childhood show improved behavior and attentiveness in early adolescence, suggests a new Canadian study published in Preventative Medicine.

The Visual History Research of Tarot Cards

Words TL Team Taschen just released the first volume from their Library of Esoterica. Tracing the hidden history of Tarot, this new book compile more than 500 cards and an incredibly diverse array of metaphysical decks from medieval to modern times.

A Stay in Japan that is Pure Poetry

Words Francois Correia “Japan is fun” – says Thierry Teyssier, the magician hotelier and mastermind of  700’000 Heures, a travel concept that goes beyond hospitality to encapsulate the energy of what makes a stay something magical: the luxury of the present moment.

Varieties of antifascism

Controversies over whether there has ever been a true antifascism and, if so, who can claim to represent it, are ultimately irresolvable. Understanding the varieties of Soviet and post-Soviet antifascism can de-parochialize this debate and add to a conversation appropriate to the global challenge of authoritarian ultra-nationalism. The post Varieties of antifascism appeared first on Eurozine.

Fake global history in the age of fake news

Awareness of Islamic history may need significantly more attention in the US but not by falsely glorifying the achievements of an Ottoman sultan. Reinforcing the hero myth makes a mockery of historical accuracy and greater complexity. The post Fake global history in the age of fake news appeared first on Eurozine.

Everything turned out OK

Czech journal ‘Revolver Revue’ finds a refreshing lack of animosity in the posthumously published memoirs of the dissident Olga Stankovičová. Also: Socialism or Communism – why contemporary historians are getting their terminology wrong. The post Everything turned out OK appeared first on Eurozine.

Reconnecting democracy and representation

French journal ‘Revue Projet’ warns against the old assumption that representation must be democratic and argues that the electoral system must be de-privatized. Also: revisiting Bruno Latour’s ‘parliament of things’ – can natural objects be given legal and political representation? The post Reconnecting democracy and representation appeared first on Eurozine.

Plath, Sennett, Morris, Kapla

‘Ord&Bild’ explains how Sylvia Plath belatedly came to influence Swedish literary tastes; why William Morris was a forerunner of fantasy fiction; and what Richard Sennett gets wrong about cities. The post Plath, Sennett, Morris, Kapla appeared first on Eurozine.

Speaking for the disappeared

UK journal ‘Index on Censorship’ speaks for those whose ideas, voices and bodies are deliberately disappeared to muffle their dissent. With reports from Xinjiang, Turkey, Ireland and the Mediterranean. Also: disappearing TV comedy – is the audience’s intelligence being insulted? The post Speaking for the disappeared appeared first on Eurozine.

Omnipresent heritage

In ‘Il Mulino’, the historian François Hartog describes the genealogy of the modern concept of heritage and argues that democratization has made heritage all about emotion. Also: how cities can be reinvented in response to the pandemic; and why Italy urgently needs a reform on property tax. The post Omnipresent heritage appeared first on Eurozine.

Bulgaria’s revolt against the past

Sparked by raids on the offices of the Bulgarian president Rumen Radev in July, after mounting dissatisfaction with the Borisov government, the ongoing protests in the country express broad resentment towards a powerful clique whose corrupt methods hark back to the criminal 1990s. The post Bulgaria’s revolt against the past appeared first on Eurozine.

Year 30: Germany’s second chance

Merkel’s volte-face on Europe has been prompted by a shift in the balance of power in Germany’s party landscape, argues Jürgen Habermas. The rise of the AfD has forced the German leadership to reappraise the imbalances of reunification and to re-assume the role the country had thirty years ago in shaping Europe’s future. The post Year 30: Germany’s second chance appeared first on Eurozine.

Ghosts of Weimar

Analogies between the US and Weimar Germany ignore that democratic backsliding under Trump is not the reversion to an illiberal norm. To call Trump a fascist is equally unhistorical: if there is a comparison, then it is with Europe’s rightwing populists. But is factual accuracy even the point when it comes to the discourse of antifascism? The post Ghosts of Weimar appeared first on Eurozine.

Kids are Exercising Less and Sitting More During the Pandemic

In one of the first empirical studies of physical activity in children based on data collected during the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Southern California researchers found that children were less physically active and more sedentary during April and May compared to February.

DeadHungry also known as Alex Paganelli

Words Claire Granlund The chef, photographer, and filmmaker Alex Paganelli also known as DEADHUNGRY was born in the picturesque French Alps. During his upbringing, he was surrounded by the beauty of mountains and cultural diversity, which came natural with Italian-British parents.

The big clean up

Coronavirus has collapsed powerful imaginaries of globalization: a generation raised with the promise of knowledge and mobility is stuck and without a clue. Thus we search for names and images to tame the uncertainty. The post The big clean up appeared first on Eurozine.

Debating the f-word

Is it accurate historically to apply the term ‘fascism’ to America under Trump? And is to do so strategically astute? A special issue of ‘Public Seminar’ weighs in on the debate over the f-word. With contributions from Jan-Werner Müller, David Bell, Natasha Lennard and more. The post Debating the f-word appeared first on Eurozine.

Trump in Latin America

‘Letras Libres’ says that a Trump victory would reinforce hostilities between the US and its southern neighbours. Why Mexico in particular must recognize that Trump has been bad for the country. With contributions from Alfredo Corchado, León Krauze, Dan Restrepo and more. The post Trump in Latin America appeared first on Eurozine.

Dare to look differently

‘Rīgas Laiks’ feels better about ageing after talking to an Amazonian chief. But alterity can be found much closer to home too: an interview with a villager from eastern Latvia offers a lesson in rustic self-expression. Also: Belarusian women on the frontline. The post Dare to look differently appeared first on Eurozine.

The myth of weakness

Slow, indecisive, vulnerable to manipulation: the charges against democracy are familiar. But as contributions to ‘Esprit’ argue, what makes democracy fragile also makes it strong. Including Michaël Fœssel on democracy’s relation to time, and Axel Honneth on the new spirit of participation. The post The myth of weakness appeared first on Eurozine.

On fascism, non-fascism and antifa

Does ‘counter-violence’ damage the antifascist cause? Or is it delusory to talk about non-violence in the face of an opponent with no such scruples? Natasha Lennard explains to James Miller why antifascism rejects debate as an effective response to the fascist threat. The post On fascism, non-fascism and antifa appeared first on Eurozine.

Wasn’t the East-West divide supposed to go away?

Was it foolish to expect Europe to unite after the Iron Curtain fell? What kept the wounds from healing? Talking the post-Communist heritage in Gagarin, the Eurozine podcast. The post Wasn’t the East-West divide supposed to go away? appeared first on Eurozine.

Fascism for our time?

‘Fascism’ has entered America’s political lexicon as way to understand and oppose the rise of the far-right. Trump’s polemics against the left have also propelled the label ‘antifascism’ into the mainstream. But are we really seeing a US fascism? What baggage does the concept of ‘antifascism’ carry? And what are we doing when we invoke Weimar?   The post Fascism for our time? appeared first on Eurozine.

Far-right populism is bad enough

There are various reasons why it is politically expedient to call Trump a fascist, but doing so clouds our judgement about the kind of authoritarianism he represents. Trump’s encouragement of ethnic antagonism is typical of far-right populism globally and will endure in the US beyond his presidency. The post Far-right populism is bad enough appeared first on Eurozine.

Watch your mouth!

Corporate capture of the media by the state is not just an eastern European speciality, nor does it take place in an economic vacuum. The 31st European Meeting of Cultural Journals will be focusing on how political interference and market pressure are threatening independent publishing in Europe today. The post Watch your mouth! appeared first on Eurozine.