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US in Leipzig: sweet & sour or bitter medicine?

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Sociologist Helena Flam ponders possible intepretations or reasons for the appointment of a former refugee from Minsk, married to his same-sex partner, as the new US Consul to Leipzig.

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Anxiety: a loyal and treacherous companion

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Anxiety is a loyal and treacherous lady.

I have known her well, as long as I’ve been conscious of my own existence.

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Moving through life’s assembly line

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From the time we are conceived until the moment we die, we are all products - moving through life's assembly line. (Public domain photo)

Love is often not entirely explainable and may seem quite random, and therein lies its power… to somehow stall the machine, though never quite break it.

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Botswana: founded on interracial love

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"The romance of Seretse and Ruth was one of the great love stories of the world," Tanzania's Julius Nyerere has been quoted as saying. Watch their tale unfold on screen, and how it relates to Botswana's statehood, Monday at Regina Palast. Original photo of the couple used in the movie "A United Kingdom" and related publicity.

“The romance of Seretse and Ruth was one of the great love stories of the world,” Julius Nyerere reportedly said. Watch their tale unfold – and how it relates to Botswana’s statehood – in “A United Kingdom,” playing at Leipzig cinemas.

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Is “Hidden Figures” too rosy a picture?

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Hidden Figures could have used a bit more gray besides its nearly rosy portrayal of brilliant black women's lives amid the Civil Rights Movement and a male-dominated field. Photo: public domain

As characters in this acclaimed movie, the white people are mostly background, who barely react in the midst of the revolution these women bring into their segregated bubble.

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Sauna in Finland: chamber of male secrets

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They need to let it all out somewhere, and they do it sitting in an “oven” naked and vulnerable with other dudes.

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