“A Planetary Crisis of Policing”

Three years after #BlackLivesMatter began, the wave of killings has not stopped. In this conversation, the musician FATIMA AL QADIRI speaks about the global crisis with the editors of a book on militarized policing.
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WHO’S THAT GIRL? ANGELA MERKEL and the German Psyche

From austerity enforcer to refugee haven, Germany is a European powerhouse sending out mixed messages. No one embodies this mystery more than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world. Sociologist HEINZ BUDE gives 032c a primer on understanding Merkel and the German psyche.
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Why Europe Could Have Run the 21st Century

In 2006, political scientist Mark Leonard delivered a lecture on Europe as a revolutionary model for the future. A decade later, with the far-right marching across the continent, the European Union’s bright, borderless, and bureaucratic form seems more utopian than ever.
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Coup de Net: METAHAVEN’s “Black Transparency”

METAHAVEN’s newly released book Black Transparency: The Right to Know in the Age of Mass Surveillance (Sternberg Press, 2015) is a winding manual on the geopolitics of government secrecy and its combatants. Following up on their profile in Issue #26, 032c’s Thom Bettridge spoke with Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden of Metahaven.
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MICHEL SERRES

MICHEL SERRES is a French philosopher who specializes in the history of science and whose work attempts to reclaim the art of thinking the unthinkable. Born in 1930 in Lot-et-Garonne, Serres is a member immortel of L’Académie française and has been a professor at Stanford University, in the heart of Silicon Valley, since 1984. He’s authored more than 60 volumes that range in topics from …
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Albanian Prime Minister EDI RAMA’s Surrealist Bureaucracy

On June 28, 2009, as the Western press watched with bated breath, Albanians entered polling stations to elect their new government and the prime minister who would lead it for the next four years—would this, the first national election since Albania’s induction into NATO, finally be a peaceable one? On June 13, 2009, Edi Rama,…
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Chiraq, Drillinois: Violence, Hip-Hop and Hope in Chicago

World Star Hip Hop has just released a self-produced documentary focusing on the dynamics at play between music and violence in America’s third-largest city, featuring interviews with local community organizers, police veterans, and major players in the drill music scene, from 14-year-old rapper Lil Mouse to Kanye West collaborator Rhymefest. “It’s no secret that Chicago’s…
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The First Year of the NSU Trial—A Piece of German History

Today the Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin released a special report on the NSU Trial, investigating the neo-Nazi group’s crimes driven by hatred and executed with ice-cold precision. It’s also produced a film—in collaboration with the Film Academy and Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg and the UFA Fiction—dramatizing the first 71 days of the trial, with actors reading transcripts…
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Architecture of Resistance: The Barricades of Kiev

As part of Tissue magazine’s presentation at 032c Workshop, Ukrainian photographer SASHA KURMAZ—whose story on sex and graffiti in Kiev features in Tissue’s recent issue—contributed a series of images documenting the protestors and barricades around Independence Square, the main site of what’s come to be called “EuroMaydan.” According to Kurmaz, who’s on the ground in…
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An Artist Reports on the Future of Europe

We the outsiders at the gates of EU officialdom—the perennial emigrants, the wandering Jews—believe in Europe and all its bureaucratic trappings. Just ask our Ukrainian friends at Euromaidan Square, or our Iranian colleagues in the Green Movement, which sprung up after the contested 2009 presidential elections. So as an Iranian-Texan Russophile, I was duly delighted…
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FASHION DISSIDENCE: 16-Year-Old Ukrainian Photographer Shoots Protest Images in Kiev

As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians continue to challenge Viktor Yanukovych’s government, protesters are employing every tactic possible, including fashion. According to Ukrainian designer ANTON BELINSKIY, all of the nation’s fashion industry is on the Kiev streets these days—an exciting escalation on the heels of this fall’s Kiev Fashion Days event. “We are common citizens…
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Welcome to Futureburg

SARAH NUTTALL and ACHILLE MBEMBE are the editors of a very different city guide. They write about cityness, about ­Africanness, future, and about an Afro­politan nation. They see a very different map, ­­they tell you very different things. Things you never heard about Africa. Things you never heard about the US or Brazil either. Now they research the traces of the poor through the city. …
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LORD GEORGE WEIDENFELD

How an Austrian refugee escaped the Nazis and arrived in London with sixteen shillings, only to become one of the most important publishers of the 20th century, and the embodiment of the 21st century’s global networking imperative. “During one of those typical discussions around Weidenfeld’s table,” the writer Ian Burma once recalled, “there gathered an Israeli prime minister, a French …
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JOHN GRAY: Post-American Age

“The global financial crisis will see the US falter in the same way the Soviet Union did when the Berlin Wall came down. The era of American dominance is over,” says JOHN GRAY. The prominent British philosopher and historian sits down with HANS ULRICH OBRIST to discuss the cult of belief, the death of utopia, and the enduring legacy of the last superpower.
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TARYN SIMON

A warhead exploding during weapons testing in Colorado. A pile of animal and vegetable contraband festering at US Customs and Border Control, JFK. Disinfected medical waste awaiting transfer at a treatment center in Sun Valley, California. For five years, photographer Taryn Simon has been gathering some of the United State’s darkest, most carefully preserved secrets. An interview with the …
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