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Rachel Horst

I live and work in New York. When I'm not at work, I'm doing something fun, like cooking, taking dance class, or translating Global Voices articles from German to English over coffee.

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Refugees on Hunger Strike in Germany against Politics of Deterrence

  5 November 2012

On October 24, twenty-five asylum-seekers went on hunger strike in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The protest in the highly symbolic location, which stands for the once violent division of a people by politics, is the latest in a chain reaction that began in February with the suicide of the Iranian Mohammad Rahsepar in a refugee camp in Würzburg.

Germany: Satire Magazine Calls for Complimentary Ph.D.s

  1 November 2012

After a series of scandals surrounding the academic achievements of German politicians who cheated on their dissertations, the online satire magazine“Der Postillon” is now calling for a complimentary Ph.D. [de] for all politicans: This way, the embarrassing and politically dishonorable rescinding of doctorates can be avoided. The Ministry of Education...

Germany: Improve Reporting on Disabled People

  3 September 2012

It ought to become something understood in the language that disabled people do things not in spite of or because of, but with their disabilities. During the Paralympics in London there have been more and more reports on “against-it-all people” or “supercripples” in the media. leidmedien.de explains how to get...

Germany: “Rundshow” A New Social TV Format

  21 May 2012

The Bavarian broadcasting company, Bayerischer Rundfunk, in Germany recently launched a social TV experiment called “Rundshow” [de] (Roundshow). Viewers are actively incorporated into the show through virtual means such as Google Hangout, videos, an app called “Die Macht” (The Power), and Twitter. The concept of blurring the lines between TV...

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