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In Search of World Peace

A political concept

The world is completely out of joint and most of us haven't even noticed. However there are some people who are only too well aware of this predicament: terrorists and heads of state. They are taking advantage of the cracks in failing states for their own gain-and the number of failed and ...


Hype!

Art & Commerce

Art as a million dollar project

In our capitalist society, works of art represent the ultimate status symbol. The art market is booming, prices are rocketing. Why is it that people are willing to spend millions of dollars on works by van Gogh, Klimt, Keith Haring or Gerhard Richter ...

Rights sold: Russia, Korea, Hungary, Italy, Taiwan

The Office Bible

Everything you need to know to do a better job

One day. Loads of problems. All the answers!

Offices are more than just common human habitats - they are also conflict zones that exert a massive influence on people's behaviour, psyche and well-being. They are akin to small local communities, with their own (largely ...

Rights sold: Korea

Do Not Expect Me to Feign Ignorance

Speeches against oblivion

Established author Michael Köhlmeier has written and held numerous speeches over the years which always refl ect his deeply humanistic approach to all topics, both in literature and in politics. In May 2018 he spoke to a large group of high-ranking politicians. "Do not expect me to feign ...

The Strangers

An appeal for more compassion

Based on a fragment of a manuscript rediscovered in 2015, this text depicts the violent revolt of the London citizens in the 16th century against the Hugenot refugees. 400 years aft er its creation, the text is still a plea for a humane society in times of radical change. Th e editor and ...

Who the Fuck is Kafka?

Hatred is an emotion, but peace is a conscious decision

A hotel in Rome. There's a knock at Lizzie Doron's door; when she opens it, she thinks she finds herself confronted by an Arab suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt. In fact Nadim has merely stuck his travel documents to ...

Rights sold: Czech Republic, Italy

The Right to Sleep

A manifesto for sleep and an obituary for the alarm clock

When will we be able to sleep well again?

"How was your day?" The question is easy to answer, since when we're awake, we are aware of what's going on around us. "How did you sleep?" This question is trickier.
In this book, Roenneberg focuses on sleep in all of its ...


The New Iran

- between hope and despotism

An inside view of the most important power in the Middle East

The Islamic Republic stands for an authoritarian yet modern society grounded in technology and the military which has nevertheless managed to retain a unique Iranian culture. But Iranian society is rent by an ...


Chancellor of Peace: Willy Brandt between War and Terror

1972 - 1973, with contributions by Thomas Brechenmacher, Lisa Wreschniok, and Till Rüger

The Middle Eastern politics of the Brandt era and their consequences
Even today, Willy Brandt's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize and the aura attached to his Ostpolitik cast a long shadow. His kneeling in Warsaw is legendary. However, the West German to the Middle East approach ...

Who Owns Islam?

An imam’s case against black-and-white thinking

From preaching hate to promoting enlightenment
Kamouss is one of the most well-known imams in Germany, where he was once considered the "popstar of the Salafist scene." Since then, his perspective on Islam has fundamentally changed. This book presents his self-critical ...

The Tragic Chancellor

Hermann Müller and the SPD in the Weimar Republic

January 30, 1933, marked the end of the first parliamentary democracy in Germany, as Hitler was named Reichskanzler. However, the government's demise had begun much earlier: on March 27, 1930, the Grand Coalition and Center parties dissolved, and the last democratically elected Reichskanzler, ...

Shadow Powers

How Transnational Networks are Transforming the World’s Regulations

To the exclusion of the public

Beyond the reach of parliaments, transnational groups and networks of groups are working together to set global standards and norms. Public obligations and decision-making mechanisms are privatized in the process, resulting in the gutting of ...