John Riceburg

John's landlord just upped his rent. What are his options – besides murder, that is? more

Oct 25, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion 2 Comments

The Left Party (Die Linke) or the other nine small parties just not left enough for you? Wladek looks at three communist parties that are even further to the left. more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion 1 Comments

John is allowed to vote for the first time – but all the parties seem pretty awful. Can you help him out? more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion 6 Comments

Is this summer of epic rain in Berlin going to be the new normal? John's flooded apartment building suggests that climate change is already part of our daily lives. more

Aug 9, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion 3 Comments

Two new pandas have arrived at the Berlin zoo! John says: Meh. more

Jun 28, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion

Last Sunday, Berlin saw the biggest bike demonstration in the world – and perhaps the biggest traffic jam in years. For John, pissing off so many car owners was pure glee. more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 PM Opinion

Is Berlin getting a new Knut? Berlin has a new polar bear that everyone's going gaga over in the press. It won't be housed at the Zoological Garden, but at Tierpark Berlin. Never heard of it? Here's the past, present and future of the East's zoo. more

Dec 7, 2016 12:00 PM Insider Tips

John's Hausverwaltung may be illegally charging him more money for a relatively common practice among tenants here. And, with regret, he's just going to let it happen... more

Nov 15, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion 3 Comments

John is thinking about death, and also kids. And hoping the "sharing economy" will come through for him. more

Nov 10, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion


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John is a grown man who loves the zoo. Naturally, he has to defend himself against myriad zoo haters. more

Nov 3, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

Desperate people are banging on the door, begging to be let in. That's right: John is trying to rent out a room in Neukölln. more

Oct 25, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

John put on the black to support women's rights in Poland. more

Oct 5, 2016 12:15 PM Opinion

Whether you'd vote for them or not, we've already begun missing Die PARTEI's hilarious campaign. To cap off his experience of the election season, John went to the satirical party's party. more

Sep 21, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

Just 11 more days until the elections. John doesn't think any of the parties would deserve his vote. more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion 2 Comments


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Rape culture is alive and kicking in Germany – as shown by a verdict this Monday. more

Aug 24, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion 1 Comments


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Walking around Neukölln in summer makes John want to puke. And he loves it. more

Jul 27, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

John looks at the rape case that has Germans up in arms. more

Jul 6, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

Kicking off Jun 29, the Fusion festival is turning 20 – and, if rumors are true, this year's gathering might be the last. John RIceburg looks back at flying caterpillars, apocalyptic bunkers and an experiment in anti-capitalist entertainment. more

Jun 27, 2016 12:30 PM Opinion 1 Comments

John is not happy about all the black-red-gold in the city. But the lefty scene has come up with a fun solution. more

Jun 22, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

Yesterday, thousands of protesters filled the streets of Paris. In Berlin, the only thing making noise are the tourists. John wonders what's going on. more

Jun 15, 2016 12:00 PM Opinion

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