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In the Spotlight: How Ballet Rockstar Isaac Hernández is revolutionizing the arts in Mexico

October 14, 2018

Isaac Hernández has reasons to be happy. At 28, the young dancer from Jalisco has achieved what only a few could dream of in his profession: becoming Lead Principal dancer at the prestigious English National Ballet, and also after been awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse 2018—the most important recognition in the world for any dancer. Just a few weeks ago, Hernández also ended a tremendously successful tour in Mexico, with a series of sold-out dates for his festival Despertares [Awakenings], which is already in its fourth edition and is changing the way in which Mexicans perceive classical ballet. Along with this cultural awakening, the dancer and his siblings, key allies in his international success, launched a series of activities and workshops to bring the best of the dance industry, and to link promising young talent in Mexico with some of the most renowned artists from around the world.

Saving Nemo: How One Spanish Explorer is Swimming the World to Protect the Oceans

October 05, 2018

After a three-year solo trip walking around the world. Spanish adventurer and activist Ignacio Dean embarks on a new journey to swim the world's intercontinental borders and raise awareness about the deteriorating state of the oceans. 

Healing the Wounds: Memory and Reconciliation after the Dirty War in Argentina (1976–1983) — An Essay

October 01, 2018

It could be said that Argentina has come to terms with its past: at the time of writing more than a thousand officers of the former military regime of 1976 have been put on trial and hundreds more have been convicted for the torture, rape, and murder of up to 30,000 people who were prosecuted and vanished by the state. This essay explores the memory of the Dirty War in Argentina, and the role that it plays in society, politics, and people's chances of achieving reconciliation decades after one of the darkest chapters in Latin American history.

Iran Unveiled: A Look Into Country in Turmoil

August 15, 2018

On August 7th people in Tehran woke up to a grim reality. That day marked the first stage in a number of re-imposed sanctions on the country after the withdrawal of the U.S. from the nuclear deal. But how exactly do Iranians live and react in the midst of this diplomatic melee? What are their thoughts on their country’s leaders? And what do they expect from the future? This chronicle of our visit to Iran reveals some of the truths and myths about life in the Islamic republic, its economy and society, as well as the multiple complexities and contradictions that are frequently found inside the Islamic Republic.

Hymns of Change: Popular Music as a Catalyst for Political Engagement in Germany and Mexico During 1988-2000

May 13, 2018

After more than 5 months of research and work, this is my dissertation for the Master's of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance. The text explores how popular music can be a catalyst for political participation, especially among young adults, and its repercussions in a multimedia era. Going through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, as well as in the democratic transition of Mexico in 2000, this thesis proves that music serves a fundamental role in society and that in can galvanize people into taking part in the political landscape.

This thesis contains first-hand accounts of artists such as Klaus Meine from Scorpions, Paco Ayala from the Mexican rock band Molotov, and a number of musicologists and specialists of the likes of Prof. John Street (University of East Anglia), Prof. Josh Kun (University of Southern California) and Prof. Julia Palacios (Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México), as well as journalists and researchers like Erik Kirschbaum (Reuters, Los Angeles Times, Berlin RIAS Commission) and Mariana "H" Hernández (Excélsior).

Ricardo Salas on Café Amerikana: A Latinamerican Perspective on the German Elections

January 01, 2020

In der fünften Folge von “Café Amerikana” holen wir uns die Perspektive von drei in Deutschland lebenden jungen Lateinamerikanern zur Bundestagswahl ein. Wir diskutieren mit Federico, José und Ricardo über die Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten bei Wahlen in ihren Heimatländern, Kolumbien und Mexiko, im Vergleich zur deutschen Wahlkultur und ihre Erwartungen an die Bundestagswahl im September. Von Fake News bis zu den Besonderheiten der Wahlsysteme ist alles mit dabei.

 

Diese Folge erscheint im Rahmen der Demokratie Braucht Dich Kampagne von Polis180.

México en Baviera (In Spanish)

January 01, 2020

'El orgullo nacional es mal visto en Alemania, algo lógico por el legado del nacionalsocialismo y una derrota traumática que marcó el fin de la segunda guerra mundial'

La vida de los otros: empezar de nuevo en el exilio alemán

January 03, 2023

¨Esta serie de entrevistas es el recuento de tan solo algunas de las historias de entre los cientos de miles de migrantes que han logrado llegar al viejo continente huyendo de la guerra, la violencia, o una serie de condiciones precarias en busca de una nueva vida, prueba de que no hay una sola cara ni un solo tipo de refugiado que llega a la Unión Europea...¨.

La odisea de un migrante al viejo mundo

February 23, 2023

"Si te digo una cosa, quizás te sorprendería Jakob... me gustaría vivir en un lugar en donde haya muy pocos negros. Eso te sorprendería, ¿verdad? Ése es mi deseo. Yo sé que en Alemania hay muchos lugares en donde uno no encuentra a mucha gente negra".

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