Europe 

Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come. Cyberwarfare and the German “Superwahljahr” 2017

In German, the line „Stell dir vor, es ist Krieg und keiner geht hin.“ (literally: Imagine there’s a war and nobody goes there.) is quite often falsely attributed to Bertold Brecht and became a slogan of the German peace movement in the 1980s. Actually, it is a translation of a line from American poet Carl August Sandburg’s poem “The people, Yes”: Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come. What has been a both defiant and encouraging slogan in the 1980s, sadly lost a lot of its spirit in…

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Americas 

The fight over Río de Janeiro’s favelas

In the 1970s, major cities in Brazil like São Paulo or Río de Janeiro witnessed a massive influx of people from the countryside. At the time, more and more Brazilians were looking for an affordable place to live near the cities, as the urban centers offered a new range of income opportunities. Slowly, these newcomers occupied the cities’ wastelands, thereby founding the now well-known favelas. According to the 2010 Census, 11.25 million people live in the shanty towns spread all around the country, most of them located in the states of…

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Sub-Saharan Africa 

The human story behind the “Virunga” movie

In April 2014, the Academy Award-nominated movie Virunga caused a worldwide outcry against the oil extraction in DR Congo’s Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the world’s last mountain gorillas. Only several weeks later, oil multinational SOCO International agreed to withdraw from Virunga and eventually sold its production shares in Bloc V, an area covering over one third of the park. Apart from the Virunga fimmakers, NGO heavyweights Human Rights Watch, Global Witness, the WWF, and some brave park wardens mentioned in the movie, who…

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