While Mother’s Day often reproduces a reactionary image of women, Father’s Day marks toxic) masculinity. The celebration of both days in Germany is permeated by gender stereotypes and could hardly be more different.
Twenty-two-year-old Elisa Baş is a press officer at Fridays For Future and a student of chemistry and geography in Hamburg. She is committed to climate justice with a focus on those most affected by the consequences of the climate crisis. As part of her activism, Elisa also campaigns for anti-racism and refugees. She spoke to KOPFZEILE about Lützerath, the Greens and the future of the climate justice movement.
Lina E. is arrested in November 2020 on the charge of being the ringleader of a criminal organisation. The trial becomes one of the biggest against anti-fascists in the last thirty years. On May 31st, the verdict was pronounced. The defence spoke of a staged trial that had already been decided from the beginning, full of gaps and intended to make a political example.
After a vote on a parliamentary committee of enquiry into the NSU murders, Green Party MP Miriam Block lost all political posts overnight. KOPFZEILE investigates what lies behind the accusation of a lack of factional discipline and what the Hamburg Greens’ understanding of factional discipline is.
Occupation for climate justice at the University of Hamburg. The activists of the group Schwupps! demand climate neutrality by 2025.
On May 3rd, the 2022 Press Freedom Ranking was published by Reporters Without Borders. The annual press freedom ranking compares the situation for journalists and media professionals in over 180 countries. This year, the ranking is published for the 20th time. Germany has dropped from 16th to 21st place for the third year in a row.
On 4 May, Germany celebrates “Earth Overshoot Day“. A bitter “holiday”, especially for the climate movement, because from this day onwards the German population lives off resources that will not be produced at all this year.
Volunteers had to fight for a long time in order to get the city to take care of the city pigeons, but slowly the issue is also reaching City Hall. At the moment, the former pets are multiplying almost unchecked and this also shows in Hamburg’s cityscape. A concept for pigeon management is supposed to provide a remedy.
Through shows like Germany’s Next Topmodel, ideals of beauty are constructed or reproduced again and again – sometimes […]
Whether in the afternoon in the park, during a lecture or on the tram – chess is becoming increasingly popular, especially among young people. And at the latest since the success of the Netflix series “The Queens Gambit”, chess is enjoying media attention again. Josefine Heinemann is a women’s grandmaster and publishes videos on her YouTube channel in which she analyses games. KOPFZEILE talked to her about her passion for the strategic board game.
The AStA of the University of Hamburg and the Network for an Alternative Quest call it an unprecedented attack on academic freedom. Nevertheless, the university withdrew the rooms for the conference “We want our World back!” This was preceded by the Hamburg Office for the Protection of the Constitution’s (Verfassungsschutz) suspicion that extremists might be present at the conference. What happened there?
Ahmad Ghrewati is a 34 year old activist who fled from Syria to Germany via the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. In Hamburg, he volunteers with the local “Seebrücke” group. KOPFZEILE spoke with him about his work and the current political situation in Europe and on the Mediterranean Sea.
A report on a visit to the gynaecologist – and their inappropriate comments.
In conversation, we found that many students, as well as acquaintances and family members, have had bad experiences with the health care system. In this series, we want to try to give students in particular a space to share and process their experiences. The reports are about diagnoses and conversations with doctors or therapists. Ultimately, these reports are intended to stimulate reflection on our health care system. The editors always try to provide background information on the various topics that relate the experiences at the end of each report. Positive as well as negative experiences are welcome!
Almost everyone knows the colourful street and its funny housemates. This year, Sesame Street celebrates its 50th anniversary. The day was celebrated at the Elbphilharmonie on January 28. But this was not the only highlight: A new housemate is moving into the colourful street and her name is Elin. Elin is in a wheelchair and will be a permanent fixture on the German Sesame Street starting in the fall. The seven-year-old was officially introduced on March 19. Our author Lara went there to get to know the fluffy new housemate and her characteristics.
The fact that climate change is a bad thing should no longer come as a surprise. Nonetheless: 1.5 °C are (STILL!) possible, somehow at least. These are the two main points to which the so-called final report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published on Monday, March 20, 2023 is reduced. But what is that supposed to be – a final report on climate change? Our author Verena questions exactly that.
Singing is not only fun, it is also a good balance to the often stressful (university) everyday life. The newly founded university pop choir is aimed at everyone who enjoys singing – the pieces range from “A Million Dreams” to “Pompeii” and “Wellerman”.
One and a half weeks after the devastating earthquake at the Turkish-Syrian border, two student groups from Hamburg invite to a lecture about the current situation. For the organisers, it is clear that the earthquake of February 6 is a highly political issue. While the AKP party in power under President Erdoğan speaks of an unforeseeable natural disaster, they are convinced that under a different policy the humanitarian catastrophe could have been prevented. Kopfzeile was at the event.
February 19, 2023 marked the third anniversary of the racially motivated terrorist attack in which the perpetrator murdered nine migrant people in the Hessian city of Hanau and then shot his mother, who was in need of care, as well as himself. This act is not an isolated case. On the contrary, it fits seamlessly into the German continuity of racism and misogyny. Our author reports on how society deals with this violence and on militant commemoration.
In Australia, Mexico, Germany – climate activists are criminalised around the world. When they’re taken into custody by the police during demonstrations or direct actions, they risk disproportionate repression. And they’re fighting for all of us: For the people in the global south, who are losing their livelihoods today, for the future generations and for an inhabitable planet. Our author Tabea is sure: Climate activism is not a crime!
In the wake of the energy crisis, the German government has passed a law for a one-time payment of €200 to students. However, this aid comes much too late and will not be enough. So it is high time to talk about the fact that students are losing to yet another crisis and why nobody cares.