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  • Everybody needs good neighbours in Neukölln, Berlin

    By on Nov. 12, 2012
    The district is famed for its media coverage of violence and failed integration. Yet it is also a recent example of Berlin’s gentrification. Of its 315, 000 residents, 41% are migrants; more than one in five are unemployed. A city magazine recently declared my street to be one of the trendiest places in Berlin.
  • Inside a feminist Thai boxing class in Berlin

    By on Nov. 12, 2012
    Historically, women’s boxing was recognised for the first time at the 2012 London Olympic games. In one of the most queer and women-friendly capitals of Europe, the offers sex-segregated combat sport and self-defence classes for transgender women, though mainly cis-gender women attend.
  • Organic food community of Lyon

    By on Nov. 12, 2012
    Public discourse in France on environmental issues have long become the norm, and environmental advocacy groups have had significant influence.‬ ‪But how they are implemented locally? German journalist‬ Rabea Ottenhues visits three organisations in Lyon that have helped develop sustainable lifestyles in the city.
  • Vintage item shopping in Lyon

    By on Nov. 12, 2012
    Vintage can be trendy, boring, hipster or fake. But what does the term really mean - does the new version of Fiat 500 or a super trendy Mini car qualify as vintage?
  • Rebuilding urbanised Lyon ‘onto itself’

    By on Nov. 12, 2012
    Since the 1990s, after a few dark decades, the city began to reassess itself. With a structure from another time and overflowing tumultuous inner cities, action needed to be taken to bring Lyon into the 21st century with confidence.
  • What happened when a Turk tried to enter German borders in 2012?

    By on Nov. 12, 2012

    After hosting the cafebabel.com team in Istanbul, I embarked on pursuing a story in Hamburg. Inspired by my humble academic expertise, I decided to investigate the state of media plurality in the media capital of Germany, says Burcu Baykurt 

  • ‘Gäengeviertel’: Hamburg’s ‘little island’ of resistance

    By on Nov. 12, 2012
    The financial crisis has had its repercussions in Hamburg too. The property bubble burst. It left behind only two historical buildings in the district of Gängeviertel, where artists, far left-wing activists and supporters decided to set up shop in 2009. They are fighting against the building of skyscrapers in the northern German city by squatting in what's left of the old town.
  • STADTLICHH: Two guys, two gals, and their free magazine in Hamburg

    By on Nov. 12, 2012
    Who said print was dead? Live from Hamburg, Martin, Valerie, Ulrike and Anne have created their own free city magazine, complete with hard-hitting feature reports, photo art and room for ‘the other’.
  • A Turkish tale of cafebabel.com and borders: an insider/outsider story (part one)

    By on Nov. 12, 2012
    I am not a journalist. I sometimes practice journalism, extensively study journalism, and mostly hang out with journalists, but I wouldn’t identify myself one. However, when the cafebabel.com team asked me to join their project briefly this summer, I knew I was embarking on a great adventure, says Burcu Baykurt It is rather strange to praise a publication to its readers but cafebabel.
  • Leman, Penguen or Uykusuz: Turkey’s comic books vs. Erdoğan

    By on Nov. 12, 2012
    Utter the names of these satirical comic magazines in the presence of any Turk and their eyes will light up with recognition. Yet these publications are a serious thorn in the side of the government.