Author and Islam critic Hamad Abdel-Samad has unpacked the stereotypes about the prophet of the Muslim faith and compiled them in a new book. But this is not religious criticism’s finest hour. read more
How the death-strip turned into a biodiversity Eden, and why its story is emblematic of Europe’s problems today.
The 7th Berlin Biennale “Forget Fear” has been met with scathing criticism. Too political, too vague, or too didactic: German cultural critics unite in declaring it a flop. But is that the reason for this enfant terrible’s success?
Obama has finally announced his support for same-sex marriage. But as the fierce conservative opposition shows, the West is no longer the prime champion of equality and democratic progress.
Esperanto’s advocates envisioned nothing less than a revolution of human language. But the universal language has a different strength: it flourishes in local contexts and committed communities.
How did a bad poem become the cause of international diplomatic conflict?
The Euro crisis has given the European Union a bad rep, but at least it has given it a rep to speak of. This may turn out to be more important than any potential fiscal or budgetary integration touted on paper.
After years on the periphery of public attention, nao-Nazi radicalism has burst back into the German consciousness. A country that is otherwise skeptical of expanding executive powers soften when it comes to deter agitation from the right.
Steam-punk anachronism meets utopian optimism: Bill Phillips’ economic machines are a reminder of the times when markets were not seen as beasts but as subjects of scientific inquiry.