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Ankara on its own terms

The Turkish poet Yahya Kemal, when asked what he liked most about the country’s new capital, Ankara, reputedly replied: ‘The journey back to Istanbul’. Ankara, with its bureaucrats, academics and generals, has often suffered in comparison…

The domination of dilettantes

‘In Lithuania, dissatisfaction with the government and its decisions in various areas of public life is not only persisting but growing,’ writes Almantas Samalavičius in Kultūros barai. ‘Spontaneous outbursts of violence, or violence that…

Between the body and society

In New Humanist, Zoe Holman investigates childbirth and obstetric violence. Modern medicine comes under scrutiny: ‘Many women find themselves at the mercy of the ideological or financial priorities of medical professionals and pressured…

Beyond Baldwin the icon

Along with Maya Angelou and Angela Davis, James Baldwin has become one of the most quoted authors of the Black Lives Matter movement. A special issue of Ord&Bild poses a simple question, which turns out to have a complex answer: what is…

The artistic liberalism of the Bolsheviks

In NLO, Ewa Bérard explores the plotting and scheming behind the First Russian Art Exhibition held in Berlin in October 1922. Organized to raise funds for the victims of the Russian famine, the exhibition was hailed as a great propaganda…

John Cage’s mycological foray

‘I’ve come to the conclusion that much can be learned about music by devoting oneself to the mushroom,’ wrote the composer John Cage. Mushrooms require our full presence: going mushroom hunting demands a sharpening of the senses – to pick…

New ways to inhabit

When Macron was elected president in 2017, he announced his ‘revolution’. The economy would be freed from government interference and a night-watchman state would guarantee citizens’ liberty. It looked as though France was going to renew…

150 years Paris Commune

Urban research journal dérive celebrates the Paris Commune 150 years on. Editor Christoph Laimer quotes Marx, who considered that the commune’s ‘true secret was … the political form at last discovered in which to work out the economic…

War – what is it good for?

Reviewing recent literature on war, political scientist Tõnis Saarts argues in Vikerkaar for a ‘bellocentric’ view of history. War, he writes, has accelerated the development of central features of modern societies that we now take for…

Merkel’s failures

Head in the sand, reactive, apolitical: Albrecht von Lucke’s verdict on the Merkel era is anything but favourable (German here). She has failed, he writes, in three major areas. The first is climate. In her book ‘The Price of Survival’,…