On march 18th a demonstration took place in Berlin to commemorate the sixth year of the Syrian revolution. Ameenah Sawwan was one of the participants and shares some thoughts and conversations on this date.
On March 8 many women came together at numerous places to loudly claim equal rights. The International Women*s Struggle Demo took place in Berlin Kreuzberg. One member of Iwspace held the following speech.
A discussion about hostility with Christina Thürmer-Rohr, Sabine Hark and Ines Kappert.
Annika Reich gave a keynote speech on behalf of WIR MACHEN DAS (WE’RE DOING IT) at the FORMATE DES POLITISCHEN (POLITICAL FORMATS) conference in Berlin on November 3. The focus of the speech was on the extent to which the media present newcomers as actors and the discriminatory ways in which they are portrayed. Here is an extract from her speech.
Bachtyar Ali, one of the most important writers from Iraqi Kurdistan, gave a fascinating lecture on the philosophical significance of the flight experience at PLURIVERSALE V. Our author Hannah Newbery met him for an interview after the lecture and talked with him about home, flight, integration and Der letzte Granatapfel (The Last Pomegranate), Ali’s first book to be published in German.
Orwa Nyrabia on how western narratives of fear and panic are supporting terrorism and why deliberateness would help us to deal with our collective responsibility.
Kefah Ali Deeb on Europe’s failings. The Syrian activist, artist and children’s writer fled from Syria to Germany in 2014. Once she arrived, she realized how fear suffocates all sense of solidarity and humanity. In her text, she finds clear words and images for the failings and cynicism of European policies. As long as people are dying outside the borders of clean Europe, no one cares about them. Europe is sealing itself off, protecting only itself. As though the suffering and deaths in Syria were a disease to be kept at a safe distance. This text by Kefah Ali Deeb was first published on Die Zeit newspaper’s blog “10 nach 8” and can be read here in German.
A critical view of the education mentality and the culture of aid
A young Syrian calls upon the world to end the insanity of war in his home country. The Islamic State plays barely any role.
70 years ago, European refugees travelled in the opposite direction. Here is historical material on the refugee camps that hosted Europeans in the Middle East, in Syria. If I had ...