Just Getting Away

Child refugees

Hoping for a life after survival

Worldwide, the number of refugees under 18 is unprecedented. In 2015, Germany alone took in over thiry thousand. They arrive on their own, their families left behind or lost. These are brave young people with strong personalities - but they are ...


Crazy Russia

Putin, my family and other outsiders

Much ado on the Eastern front

"Do you feel German, Ukrainian, Russian or Jewish? Or maybe a bit of each?" Filipp Piatov is, as it were, a merge of all these cultures. His Russian father and Ukrainian mother left the Soviet Union as it fell apart around them and Piatov grew up in a ...


Porn Chic

the pornographication of everyday life

The ubiquity of pornography has far-reaching consequences, particularly for children and young people - consequences that make it more than a phenomenon of our liberated age.

The anonymity of the internet has led to a surge in amateur pornography. Explicit song ...


The Gulf States

Quo Vadis New Arabia?

Hermann's analysis examines the recent history of New Arabia, which he defines as the Arab states along the Persian Gulf as opposed to the conflict-ridden Cairo-Damascus-Baghdad axis. This part of the Middle East is experiencing a comeback and becoming part of history again. Here, the ...