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In Brazil, March 31 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the military dictatorship in 1964. The car company Volkswagen profited at the time from the dictatorship in its Brazilian factories. Today, VW has the opportunity to admit to its historical responsibility.
Five years ago, Russia annexed Crimea. Three international law experts from Ukraine, Russia and Germany debate how international law issues can become a pawn of political interests.
Gender studies has come under attack in recent years. It is charged with subverting the natural order, undermining the family and traditional expressions of gender and sexuality. Populists have made it a central component of their ideological platform. At steak is the human rights agenda of liberal democracy itself.
The word «situation» reminds of US-TV-series, French existentialism and German bureaucrats. It is hardly known though that Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel devised already in 1817 a theory of the “situation” that has remained important up to this day. His concept allows us to rethink contemporary art as well as political action and resistance.
Léopold Sédar Senghor and Aimé Césaire are important founding fathers of Négritude, a literary and political movement opposing the exoticization of Africa. With their philosophical project, they aimed at liberating colonial and colonized thinking – in Africa and in Europe.
Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in the Brazilian presidential election marks the triumph of a new, digital form of totalitarian movement in which masses are the driver of their own manipulation. But this doesn’t make it less harmful than traditional fascist models.
Franciszek Sterczewski, Polish urban activist and architect, is the initiator of the Chain of Light Protests protests in Poznań. Jörg Scheller spoke with him about the language of politics, the political situation in Poland and the non-violent, post-partisan forms of resistance he is exploring in his hometown.
The fact that right-wing populist parties copy their rhetorical strategies from the Russian propaganda broadcaster RT is nothing new. But their purpose in doing so certainly is.
Millions of people around the world took part in the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. With an estimated three million participants in the United States, the March wrote a chapter in American history. Christine Loriol travelled from Zurich to Washington to participate: “because I just had to be there.” A personal report.
If the fightback against Donald Trump and his intellectual kin starts here, what does that mean for lowly historians? And how does Mr Trump’s victory pose an existential threat to “global” history?
The contention that the political subject of today is primarily shaped by media and the public sphere overlooks the significant conditioning of individuals that takes place in the workplace. The artist Marianne Flotron discusses her theatrical interventions into the corporate world.