"I Cannot Remain Silent"
SPIEGEL in-depth interview with the German President, Johannes Rau, about the fear of globalisation, Europe's future role in the world, and the quarrel between the German political parties over immigration laws:
"There's a great need for reforms in institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation, for instance. Of course the reforms on a national level must continue too - be it in terms of social or tax policies. What I miss is sharply defined debates in the parliaments. Expectations towards Germany have risen, and I would recommend self-assured modesty. I see no grounds for a new wave of anti-Americanism, but I do see reason for critical talks."
"Widow under a Delusion"
Legends: Alma Mahler-Würfel, Vienna's famous femme fatale, virtually shared in the running of the authoritarian Austrian state of the 1930s - as is now confirmed by hitherto unknown documents. Alma refused to allow the emotional outbursts that she recorded throughout her life in an almost illegible scrawl to be printed in anything but a strictly filtered form, explaining "I don't want to face charges of defamation!" But that was not all. A number of other embarrassing revelations also fell victim to the ideal image of an immaculate muse: crass libel, anti-Semitic tirades and passages in which Adolf Hitler was more than secretly admired. Only now has Berlin historian Oliver Hilmes, 30, revealed the full extent of the retouching, in his as yet unpublished doctoral thesis.
Metin Kaplan, imprisoned former head of the banned Islamist organisation "Caliphate State" has petitioned to be released. He is serving a four-year sentence for calling for the murder of one of his strongest competitors. Will the Dusseldorf court set free this Moslem extremist?
"Radio in the Sink"
Environment: A Bavarian village is successfully challenging the US government. A huge transmitter is to be dismantled. For 51 years the USA has been conducting the acoustic liberation of Eastern Europe from Oberlaindern in the municipality of Valley. The German foreign office is anxious about diplomatic complications.
"Fish in Distress"
Fishery: The fishing crisis is reaching a new order of magnitude. More and more populations are being acutely overfished. Experts demand that almost half the fishing fleet be broken up and marine nature reserves be established. Could ecologically run aqua-farms be a solution? According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), half of the 200 commercially most important fish populations have been so intensively fished that they are now stretched to their limit. Almost a quarter of the populations have been overfished or are already exhausted. The problems are well known in Brussels - yet little has happened till now. For years, Franz Fischler, the EU commissioner responsible for fishery, has been calling for a radical rethink of fishing policy. Instead of the current system of negotiating new quotas every year, Fischler wants extended, multi-year management plans "on a preventative basis" which would be guided strictly by the scientific recommendations of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).
"Lies on Video"
Computers: US buffs are able to make people on screen say whatever they like. Is the credibility of films now on the line? The technology of fully-automatic image manipulation opens up new vistas - for computer games and feature films, but also for political propaganda, showing up and dismantling public figures, for blackmail and fraud. And proponents of conspiracy theories will soon be able to supply apparently convincing video evidence for madcap constructs, for instance about the background of the September 11 attacks. The man who invented the technology, Tony Ezzat, a PhD student at Harvard, admits that it could potentially be misused: in the wrong hands, he says, his technology could become "a dangerous tool". However he has already begun concrete negotiations with companies in the entertainment industry.
"Our People Admire Winners"
SPIEGEL interview with language professor Mario Kamekawa about hero worship, soccer as a niche for outsiders, and the fear of hooligans:
"Nakata is a gifted technician. In terms of his aloof manner he's not at all the type of the traditional hero. The fact that the Japanese nevertheless celebrate individualists like him is a sign of hope, not only for soccer but also for a change in our often rigid society. Soccer has always provided a kind of niche for outsiders in our group society. People who consider themselves cool or who want to rebel against teachers and parents, play football, dye their hair blond and wear earrings. Unfortunately our media are primarily reporting on the potential threat of violent European football hooligans, and the way in which the police are preparing for this. As a result, many Japanese people are afraid of the guests."
"St. Martins' Passion"
Careers: The Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins has been regarded as a world-ranking interpreter of Bach's music ever since the 1960s. Injuries and scandals have repeatedly forced him to retire temporarily. Now he is attempting another comeback - though he can only play with his left hand. Joao Carlos Martins is back again, and perhaps it's true to say that his greatest work of art is his own life itself. Certainly, hanging over the latest comeback is the question whether the market is only interested in him now as a circus act: Martins, the one-armed pianist, the miracle invalid. "I'm not interested in the market" he says in the relaxed tone of someone who is very sure of himself. People will soon realise, he says, that he, the comeback artist, has more to tell them with one hand than all the rest with two.