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The articles are available in several languages to open up a new public sphere for communication and debate. en netmagazine, articles and reviews Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:02 +0200 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:02 +0200 feed me The world's echo system In "ResetDOC", Seyla Benhabib critiques humanitarian reason; "Blätter" reports on Europe's new refugee movement; "openDemocracy" expresses alarm at the expulsions of a predatory capitalism; "Springerin" looks at the Arab Spring's legacy in contemporary art; "Dérive" sees through the technology-driven smart city hype; "Vikerkaar" visits the post-socialist bazaar; "Magyar Lettre" publishes an extract from Endre Kukorelly's memoir; in "Letras Libres", Margaret MacMillan sees parallels between 1914 and 2014; "L'Espill" looks at new forms of Spanish nationalism; "Fronesis" calls for a more radical discussion of crises; and "Schweizer Monat" talks to the lyricist Durs Grünbein. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en No stone throwing in glass houses The Arab Spring has done nothing to stop business continuing as usual in the art markets of the Gulf states, write Nat Muller and Ferry Biedermann. At the same time, the wrath of Arab peninsula monarchies continues to rain down on anything that smacks of dissent. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Ferry Biedermann, Nat Muller en The Arab Spring and "Islam" Discourses on Islam and Islamism remain in flux after the Arab Spring. Farid Hafez focuses on the counterrevolution in Egypt and the military regime's instrumentalization of a radical Islamic discourse, ostensibly to stop the Muslim Brotherhood turning Egypt into "Iran 2.0". Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Farid Hafez de A place, a garden, some time No more radical manifestos and no private life either: artists must now commit every waking hour to their business plan. Durs Grünbein on leading a creative life despite everything, plus influences ranging from a tradition of European reform to ancient Mediterranean cultures. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Durs Grünbein, Michael Wiederstein de Glancing back (2009-2010) Recalling childhood trips abroad, Slavenka Drakulic suspects Yugoslavians were corrupted by the freedom to travel. "My generation confused democratic freedom with the freedom to shop in the West. The wars that followed were the almost medieval retribution for that."[Hungarian version added] Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Slavenka Drakulic de Critique of humanitarian reason Never have there been more refugees in the world as today: an estimated 45 million in total. So what's the current relationship between international law, emancipatory politics and the rights of the rightless? Seyla Benhabib on the urgent need to create new political vistas. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Seyla Benhabib en Bayern, Berlin, Brussels There's a new Europe-wide refugee movement taking shape. It has succeeded in making the problems refugees face a permanent topic of public debate, one that politicians can no longer ignore. And broad social solidarity with its demands is growing too, writes Martina Mauer. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Martina Mauer en Arab migrants face a new Sykes-Picot in Calais Afghan Jungle, Hazara Jungle, Palestine House. Calais' squats and camps have existed in various incarnations for years: the result of two European nations fortifying themselves against crises of their own making, writes Timothy Cooper. History continues to repeat itself. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Timothy Cooper en Gecekondu chic? From the long tradition of slum tours to the more recent look of the poorgeoisie, the commodification and aestheticization of poverty seems to know no bounds. Derya Özkan reflects on when contemporary culture begins to empty social issues of any social content. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Derya Özkan en Courage of thought vs technocracy "New Eastern Europe" speaks to Lech Walesa; "Res Publica Nowa" recalls that crises have always mobilized the European spirit; "La Revue nouvelle" warns against the xenophobia at Europe's heart; "Frakcjia" asks whether the immunity of art is merely an illusion; "Dialogi" debates the failures of the Slovenian uprisings; "Intellectum" reads Greece's most discussed book; "A2" champions Czech writers' rights; and "Dilema veche" speaks to acclaimed Romanian writer in exile, Norman Manea. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en Utopia and incapacity Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 John Gray en In defence of decadent Europe? Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Ivan Krastev en Europe: A noble idea Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Ian Buruma en European Union: vision and reality Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Shlomo Avineri en Eternal return The protests of 2012 and 2013 in Slovenia seem to have drawn a blank. People did realize the urgent need for a different kind of politics and more honest leadership of the country, writes Boris Vezjak. But they did not offer ideas for concrete improvements. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Boris Vezjak en The struggle of opposites From 1975 until 2002, the terrorist activities of the revolutionary organization 17 November, or "17N", preoccupied Greek public opinion and the secret services of several states. Victor Tsilonis critiques the first book offering a view "from within" 17N, by offender-author Dimitris Koufontinas. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Victor Tsilonis en If art is a pretentious concept, sub-art isn't "When I am trapped, I try to do what an artist would do", Antanas Mockus once said. And upon his election as mayor of Bogotá in 1993, his artistically driven actions met with considerable success. Joanna Warsza illuminates the lasting relevance of Mockus' novel approach to politics. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Joanna Warsza en Culture and solidarity Without equality and fraternity, freedom brings enslavement, writes Krzysztof Czyzewski. And overcoming the ego-centric tendencies that shape contemporary culture remains the central challenge of our times: the search for a culture of solidarity continues. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Krzysztof Czyzewski en Dynamics of inequality At the heart of every great democratic revolution there was a fiscal revolution, argues Thomas Piketty. And the same will be true of the future. Only a global register of financial assets and a progressive global tax on capital can keep global wealth concentration under control. [Estonian version added] Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis, Thomas Piketty en Diaries and memoirs of the Maidan In these impressions of the Maidan protests collected by Timothy Snyder and Tatiana Zhurzhenko, one hears the voices of those who witnessed history in the making. The role of civil society and the Russian-speaking middle class, as well as individual existential decisions, also come to the fore. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Timothy Snyder, Tatiana Zhurzhenko en Every camera a surveillance camera "Mittelweg 36" squares the legacy of feminist Shulamith Firestone with modern social movements; "Nuori Voima" insists on celebrating film in an age of media convergence; in "Merkur", Edith Lynn Beer reassembles a transatlantic family history that began in Bukovina; "Letras Libres" discerns in Gabriel García Márquez a tragic victory of imagination over reality; "Vikerkaar" lists the elements of Estonian masculinities; "Lettera internazionale" celebrates its 30th; Esprit contemplates the end of days; "Ord&Bild" will never be a slave to fashion; "Syn og Segn" thinks the agrarian movement should face up to its Anti-Semitic past; and "Arena" paraphrases Horkheimer: if you don't want to talk about capitalism then you had better keep quiet about football! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en Metaphors in film Photography and film changed the way we experience the world by capturing traces that would otherwise have been forgotten, assuming they were even noticed in the first place. Kristian Blomberg asks, could film be a metaphor for a rare kind of truth? Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Kristian Blomberg en My family's Austro-Hungarian Empire Edith Lynn Beer's family history holds a mirror up to the short twentieth century: an era in which peoples, cultures, languages and place names came and went as one tried to survive the experience of war. Code-switching and culture shocks became permament features of everyday life. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Edith Lynn Beer de New Eurozine partner: Frakcija Croatian performing arts journal "Frakcija" has joined the Eurozine network. A mainstay of Croatia's independent scene, the journal works in partnership with an impressive range of production units, performing arts centres and festivals throughout Europe. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en New Eurozine partner: A2 The Czech cultural biweekly "A2" has provided a provocative alternative to the cultural mainstream since 2005 and combines rigorous critique with a punk approach to all the latest developments in both Czech and international spheres. "A2" is a new Eurozine partner. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en Liberation in the women and gay movements When did the queer performance of identity markers begin to be seen as more subversive than marching through the institutions? And how did a politics of recognition, performance and identity trump the politics of class? John Borneman investigates. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 John Borneman en All about the beautiful game "Dublin Review of Books" says the World Cup is no game-changer for Brazil; "Blätter" still believe in football's utopian potential; "Schweizer Monat" speaks to FIFA president Sepp Blatter; "Kulturos barai" bets the coming global energy crisis will wake everyone up again; "Varlik" marks the anniversary of the Gezi protests; "Springerin" stands up for the artist battling with censorship; "Revista Crítica" sees the Brazilian middle class claim its dignity; in "Samtiden", Dag Solstad expresses his dislike of much contemporary European literature; "Host" fears the Czech literary classic is going pop; and "Krytyka Polityczna" compares Indian and Polish democracies. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en It's all about money! Steve Chu was the first working scientist to be appointed US energy secretary. After stepping down in 2013, the Nobel Prize winner remains optimistic about renewable energy, insisting that it's better to aim too high and fall short than aim too low and achieve one's goal. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Steven Chu, Claudia Mäder, Florian Rittmeyer de What do you know about VPNs? Words are under siege in Turkey and journalism has been taken hostage, writes Süreyyya Evren. When this era ends, he doesn't know how long society will need to recover. But for now, it's all about virtual private networks, among other forms of resistance. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Süreyyya Evren de The modernist moment Brazil may be a favourite to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But the tournament failed to be the host country's game-changer, writes Tom Hennigan. As triumphs of the tropical modernist movement are swamped by new development, the dismal quality of urban life remains a sore point. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Tom Hennigan en