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Cover for: Homes, interrupted

Homes, interrupted

Housing policies in colonial Algeria

Public housing projects in French Algeria often sought to further the social and political aims of the colonisers. But residents weren’t always prepared to play ball.

Cover for: A pencil for your land

A pencil for your land

Ngũgĩ and Achebe on colonial public school

Oppressed people who retaliate are up against the privileged and powerful. Fighting back often places them outside the system. But what happens when the suppressors’ tools are turned on themselves? Can a colonial education – the underhand offer of ‘a pencil for land’ — be turned into an emancipatory counter movement?

Cover for: The commons versus capitalism

Once referring to natural resources and collectively managed land, the notion of the ‘commons’ has expanded across cultural, scientific and digital realms. Can commonality dodge the threat of capitalist exploitation and develop into an organizational principle for complex societies?

Cover for: Keeping sane

Journalism is steadily becoming less and less liveable, due to structural problems and political interference. From heroic poses to varying degrees of denial, each professional develops their own individual strategies to cope with sustained pressure.

Cover for: Lying eyes

Lying eyes

Can facial expressions ascertain truth in court?

Reading faces has no place in law books. Yet the assessment of appearance and demeanour, largely unspoken, still plays a role in ascertaining truth in court. Unscientific and obscure, this practice can lead to discrimination targeting specific ethnic groups.

Cover for: A personal reflection

A personal reflection

In memoriam Irena Vrkljan (1930-2021)

A great poet and novelist, one of the most important female writers in Croatia, influenced a generation – even if she was sometimes bewildered by her impact.

Cover for: When all hope is lost, why not be optimistic?

When all hope is lost, why not be optimistic?

Research and education in Hungary and Germany

The rapid dismay of Hungarian universities has upset international observers recently. However, the illiberal vanguard state doesn’t hold a monopoly on academic pressure. In this conversation, Hungarian critic Anna Gács and German historian Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger discuss political interventions, cancelling and more.

Cover for: Why a far-right activist slapped President Macron

Public displays of dissatisfaction against leading politicians make for striking headlines, especially when they expose a blatant inability to discuss key topics. Racism in France, hidden by a colour-blind society on both the left and the right, benefits Le Pen’s self-professed defenders of the Republic. So how can race and immigration take a more positive centre-stage position?

Cover for: A patch of moonlight

A patch of moonlight

Darwin's warning

Wildlife conservationists often have to risk their own safety to protect endangered species from armed gangs. The market value of Asian elephant tusks, for example, entices certain impoverished locals into poaching. And at the crux of this perilous and twisted Anthropocene reality lies an increasingly aggressive animal’s fight for survival.

Cover for: Borders, bodies and see-all technologies

Borders, bodies and see-all technologies

Pushing the limits of bio-surveillance

Use of high-tech surveillance is on the rise: in a moment when controlling the spread of COVID-19 is paramount, a global regime of technologically enabled exclusion has been bolstered. But what might be the long-term implications of accepting being tracked before we even move?

Cover for: ‘Forced migrants’ in name and classification

‘Forced migrants’ in name and classification

Can refugee scholars hold the line?

Those forced to flee from conflict, persecution, violence or human rights violations need protection; recognition of their plight is an ongoing struggle. And the causes of forced migration are growing. What now defines ‘survival’ – that all important refugee watchword – may indeed need reconsideration.

Cover for: Cautionary tales

Cautionary tales

Watch the 31st European Meeting of Cultural Journals

A Russian, a Turk and a Hungarian, all journalists, walk into a bar … well, an online talk, actually. Irina Borogan, Ece Temelkuran and György Kerényi spoke about censorship and repression, the impossibility of exile and the performance of care.

Cover for: Words that offend

Words that offend

Valtònyc on social inequality, terror and free speech in Catalonia

In a controversial yet peaceable move, the Spanish government has pardoned nine jailed Catalan leaders. José Miguel Arenas Beltrán, more widely known as the Spanish rapper Valtònyc, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for insulting the monarchy and ‘glorifying terrorism’ in his lyrics. He is still on the run from the Spanish authorities.

Cover for: Who’s going to vaccinate Roma people?

Scapegoated early on in the pandemic, Roma communities do not get the full support they need to participate in vaccination campaigns. Distrust of inaccessible health care systems, built to exclude minorities living outside the mainstream, is a major obstacle.

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