Life as death

How Afghan refugees aren’t offered real solutions More than half a million Afghans were displaced in 2021, adding to many more forced to flee over decades of uninterrupted violence. But …

Present situation in Ukraine

Dear reader, In light of the present situation in Ukraine, TNP presents three pieces by local journalists „on the ground” covering different viewpoints of the situation. Powerless Ukraine Struggling to …

Cutting back

When I discuss the energy crisis with others, it always comes down to the point, that we’ll have to start cutting back.  But the question is, what exactly will we …

Pluralizing the mainstream

A pluralist mainstream requires a flourishing media ecosystem outside it. The mainstream has important democratic roles, but catalysing change is not one of them. By the time reports of the …

Not a very encouraging future for Europe

When I think about the near future of Europe, I’m at a loss.  My thoughts run between a dynamic and at the same time crumbling Europe, a fully integrating Europe …

The disgrace of French Catholicism

The findings of the recent inquiry into paedophilia in the French Catholic Church exceeded the worst expectations. But despite the shock and anger among Catholics and the wider public, the …

After Europe: Black identity in Germany

For many, place of birth is an identity keystone. That first point of arrival seems assured, an irrefutable fact. But there are those made to feel foreign in their home …

Mutations of science in the pandemic

The structure of pseudoscientific revolutions Scientific pundits fear that the spread of anti-science will destroy western civilization, while covid-sceptics panic about a lurking dictatorship in which freedoms are sacrificed to …

“MeToo,” the Chinese way

US President Biden’s announcement that the United States will diplomatically boycott the Winter Olympics in China based on China’s human rights record is no real surprise.  French President Macron has …

The selfishness around Covid

On a recent weekend, about 2,500 vaccine opponents gathered on the Letná plain in Prague to protest the current Covid restrictions. There were also the usual stands of several parties …