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Berliner Gazette (BG) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan team of journalists, researchers, artists, and coders, experimenting with and analyzing emerging cultural and political practices. Since 1999 we have been publishing under a Creative Commons License with more than 1,000 contributors. In dialogue with our international network we create annual projects, exploring the issues at hand not only in the form of text series but also conferences and books. Our latest projects include "Black Box East" (2021), "Silent Works" (2020), "More World" (2019), "Ambient Revolts" (2018), "Signals" (2017), "A Field Guide to the Snowden Files" (2017), "Friendly Fire" (2017), "Tacit Futures" (2016), "UN|COMMONS" (2015), "BQV" (2012), and "McDeutsch" (2006).
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  • Black Box East: Struggles over Women’s and LGBTQ Rights in Poland

    Controversial statements and decisions made by the national-conservative government regarding women’s and LGBTQ rights have led in recent months to even greater divisions in Polish society. More and more people are taking to the streets and demonstrating. Literary scholar Karolina Golimowska reports about the struggles on the ground.
  • Black Box East: How Anti-Colonial Rhetorics Are Obstructing Decolonial Critique

    With the inter-national web of neoliberal entanglements becoming ever more difficult to manage, the resurgent nationalisms’ promise of salvation is “sovereignty”. In “the East”, in Hungary and Poland, for instance, this promise is supported by anti-colonial rhetoric against “foreign powers”, obstructing any critical engagement with coloniality, as Kasia Narkowicz and Zoltán Ginelli argue.
  • Black Box East: how journalism NGOs hijacked the 'Democratization of Romania'

    Since the West is trying to teach democracy to the former Eastern bloc, media and journalism NGOs funded with Western money have become a job generator for white men from the Global North. Meanwhile, the precarious or unpaid jobs are reserved for Eastern Europeans. Stefan Candea, a reporter from Romania, was part of this machine – until he dared to criticize the power relations.
  • Black Box East: Migratory Factories, Invisibilized Workers, and the Promise of Europe

    Freedom of movement and employment are to be ensured inside the EU. In this spirit, East and West Europe are supposed to grow together. Nevertheless, an army of EU citizens has emerged who belong to the European Union on paper but are de facto disenfranchised labor migrants who keep the West running, as anthropologist Tanja Petrović and journalist Maja Ava Žiberna argue.
  • Black Box East: Precarious Archives and the Politics of Documentary Photography

    Following the official end of the Cold War, the West’s “ethical imperialism” advanced the imposition of capitalist solutions on “communist” societies. In the course of this, the image of Romania (and Eastern Europe at large) has been remade with elements of international media stereotypes, as the photographer Petrut Calinescu argues in an interview with Stefan Candea.