Berfrois

Of Locomotives and Old Wood

Of Locomotives and Old Wood

In the Fifties as today, there is nothing to be done in Mürren but listen to silence, broken only by the habitual click-clack and whirr of the brown electric train.

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After 1989

After 1989

I imagine a cosy dining room somewhere in eastern Europe, in Bucharest or perhaps Zagreb. But it could be Timișoara or Bratislava as well.

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Keith Doubt at Bosnia’s March of Peace

Keith Doubt at Bosnia’s March of Peace

Marš Mira is a commemorative march, like others elsewhere throughout the world, that retraces the long, treacherous route that survivors of the Srebrenica genocide followed to escape the Serbian army.

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Morning on the Wissahiccon

Morning on the Wissahiccon

The natural scenery of America has often been contrasted, in its general features as well as in detail, with the landscape of the Old World

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‘May’s humiliation was delicious’

‘May’s humiliation was delicious’

May’s humiliation was delicious, and the Tories’ fear that Corbyn, branded ‘unelectable’ by Labour ‘moderates’ for the last two years, would become Prime Minister if (or when) their now-minority government collapsed was palpable.

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Lital Khaikin: To Justify Land #2

Lital Khaikin: To Justify Land #2

Lebreton and Chaudière from Parliament Hill, 1889. Collections Canada, PA-008351. by Lital Khaikin 2 — A gathering place where the remarkable occurs For the price of temporary, contractual benefits for private companies, the Asinabka islands are being transformed into another capitalist “Mecca”, from the congregational and spiritual centre they...

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Missing Nostalgia in Alexandria

Missing Nostalgia in Alexandria

Cavafy’s apartment, my first stop, has been converted into a museum and contains some of his furniture. His office of employment is part of the majestic Metropole Hotel on the Alexandrian waterfront, or corniche.

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Denise Goh Hui Jun: Hospitality and the Rohingya Refugee

Denise Goh Hui Jun: Hospitality and the Rohingya Refugee

by Denise Goh Hui Jun May 2015. A smuggler boat of Rohingya passengers dared to entertain the first inklings of hope, as the Malaysian coast guard spotted them and began fixing a tow to their boat. It had been months of unimaginable stresses, living in highly cramped quarters and...

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Elisa Veini: Saving Valbona

Elisa Veini: Saving Valbona

A remote village on the Albanian alps that seemed an undisturbed paradise only a couple of years ago, Valbona is now a local hub of environmental activism.

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It was traditional to gulp down the entire glass with each toast…

It was traditional to gulp down the entire glass with each toast…

I met Irakli on the flight from Munich to Tbilisi. Being used to the indifference of fellow passengers on American flights, I did not expect more than a perfunctory greeting upon taking my seat.

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Hipsters, Foodies and Tourists

Hipsters, Foodies and Tourists

Discussions about pricing are also connected to narratives concerning the kind of people who enjoy the market’s food, which seems not to appeal to the appetite of the area’s average resident.

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Jeremy Woolsey on Kusouzu

Jeremy Woolsey on Kusouzu

I hunched among shreds of toilet paper and candy wrappers and thought about the origins of this vision: I had first stumbled upon my first Kusouzu in the back of a small temple in rural Tokushima approximately three years before.

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Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Contemplating Existence

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming: Contemplating Existence

I imagine this concrete structure next to a row of outdoor dining tables in Tsim Sha Tsui to be a time machine, covered with fauna and largely forgotten.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Albania is the Future of Europe

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei: Albania is the Future of Europe

For seven years now I have lived in Albania. I have seen ambassadors and foreign representatives come and go. And they all, so they say, share this same ideal: to make Albania a better place.

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Sliding Towards Autocracy

Sliding Towards Autocracy

Viktor Orbán and his populist radical right Fidesz is with the support of Jobbik sliding towards autocracy. A favorite scapegoat for the Hungarian neo-nationalists is the American-Hungarian, Jewish philanthropist George Soros.

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Welcome to Cairo

Welcome to Cairo

"Welcome to the hell that is Cairo, where life is one long wait, and the smell of trash and assorted animal dung hangs about all the time and everywhere," writes Naji in Using Life.

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Be the City

Be the City

For two seasons when I was nine, I lived in a refugee hostel outside Rome, a place where time had stopped and people waited without purpose, plan, or country.

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