ICYMI | #126

Forensis' Pylos investigation | War in Sudan | European Heatwaves

By Staff

Our weekly roundup of stories you may have missed.

Forensis investigates Pylos shipwreck

The Greek Coast Guard may have been to blame for the Pylos boat tragedy that killed 600 people last month.

According to an investigation by Berlin-based research agency Forensis, which reconstructs the events leading up to the shipwreck with 3D modelling and survivors testimonies, the Coast Guard could bear ‘crucial responsibility’ for the disaster, and Greek authorities may have made attempts to distort the narrative and obstruct investigation. Head to the Forensis website to find out more.

War crimes in Sudan

Over 3 million people have been displaced by war in Sudan since the current conflict between the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary broke out in April. In the western Darfur region, which has seen some of the heaviest fighting, the RSF has been accused of committing war crimes and leading a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Massalit population and other non-Arab minorities, amid concerns that the Darfur genocide which began 20 years ago is being reignited.

Berlin’s Mohrenstrasse to be renamed

After years of campaigning by anticolonial activists, Berlin’s Mohrenstrasse will be renamed. Last week Berlin’s Administrative Court rejected a lawsuit that aimed to preserve the street’s racist, colonial-era name. The street will be renamed after 18th Century philosopher Anton Wilhelm Amo, who was the first African to receive a doctorate from a German university. 

Iran’s ‘morality police’ resume patrols

Iran’s ‘morality police’ are back on the streets, 10 months after the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparked months of nationwide protests. Last week, Iranian authorities announced a new crackdown on violations of the country’s mandatory hijab law. ‘Morality police’ patrols had been largely scaled-back in response to the protests, in which over 500 protesters killed and nearly 20,000 detained by Iran’s regime.

Southern European heatwave

A record-breaking heatwave in southern Europe is set to continue this week, with temperatures of up to 48 degrees possible in Sardinia. Health warnings and weather alerts have been issued across Spain, Italy and the Balkans, and the Greek government have suspended work between 12:00 and 17:00 in some regions. Last year, over 61,000 people died in Europe due to extreme heat.

CSD Berlin

This Saturday is CSD – aka Berlin Pride! Starting at 17:00 at Hermannplatz, join the Internationalist Queer Pride for Liberation March, led by a coalition of radical, anti-colonial, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist groups including Migrantifa, QUARC Berlin, and more.


Panorama Bar

Our Panorama Bar residency continues on Friday 11 August. We’ve invited All Night Passion, dreamcastmoe, Eliza Rose, Maryisonacid & Tornado Wallace to join us for an extended opening time of 22:00-10:00. Come early stay late.


This week on Weserstraße:

Tuesday: On Board Music, King Sleepy, fellice records

Wednesday: MINQ, CCL, Animalia x Tech World

Thursday: Calamidades Lola, Nikola & Alessio Sanna

Friday: Takseer, Dgeral, JOVENDELAPERLA & BERENICE 

Saturday: Mo - 223 album launch

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