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Opinion

The official End of the Two-State Solution is the Beginning of a new Battle

The annexation of the West Bank heralds the end of the two-state solution, but also marks the beginning of a new struggle, writes Tom Kenis. “One for equal rights for all the people under de facto Israeli rule, from the river to the sea.” 
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Report

New Capital in Indonesia displaces people

An old idea suddenly became an urgent project: Indonesia is going to build a new capital. It has no name yet, only a working title: Ibu Kota Baru, New Capital City. What do the people who live there think of that? What interests are being served? And who’s going to pay for it? Kris Vanslambrouck did what the government still hasn’t done: listen to ...
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Interview

Maria Ressa: "Courts are being used by Duterte's regime in a lawfare against free media"

The clash between media and power is brutal in the Philippines. The real target is free speech, but the symbolic head that has to hang belongs to Maria Ressa, journalist, entrepreneur and initiator of the successful newssite Rappler. MO* had an exclusive interview with her when the coronacrisis began. The verdict in one of the court cases against h ...
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Analysis

Chinese and Russian ‘aid propaganda’ hijacks European corona crisis

The coronavirus is a magnifying glass that allows us to see the fault lines and changes in the world more sharply than ever. In the early days of the crisis, the EU showed a great inability to react in a coordinated manner, which in turn gave China and Russia much extra room to increase their influence in Eastern Europe. Are we bringing in the ...
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Opinion

The corona pandemic blows the lid off the idea of Western superiority

Olivia U. Rutazibwa looks at the spread of the corona virus in Europe from a great distance as she is on a writing retreat at the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS) in South Africa, where a national total lockdown was declared on March 26th. While she’s there to write and dig into books and the past, she sees how in these extraordina ...
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Opinion

The Brave New World of Telework, Computer Clouds, and Isolated Workers

Underneath the fear for the new corona virus, there is the celebration of new apps and technologies that allow some of us to continue working, meeting and being somehow productive, while in isolation in our rooms and houses. But the shift we celebrate now, could be the pandemic of tomorrow, writes Eric Stryson. If we don’t flatten this curve now, i ...
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Opinion

Open up the borders (for journalism)!

‘While the world is forcing us to cooperate internationally and begging for global remedies for everything from the coronavirus to the climate crisis, there is still far too little attention to global journalism’. Gie Goris and Jago Kosolosky, current and future editor-in-chief of MO* respectively, regret that.
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Blog Post

Dear chair, please stand up for the people of Congo in the UN Security Council!

If humanity exists, humanity must now rise. Otherwise we will all be dehumanised.
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Report

Europe’s last primeval forests are turning into timber factories

Primeval forests are increasingly included in plans to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis. They are the best carbon sinks, but they are disappearing rapidly. In the European Union, they are mainly located in Romania, where only 13 per cent are protected. The rest has already been turned into or is threatened to be turned into production for ...
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Report

These primeval forests have to make way for a mega-ski resort. Who benefits from the clear-cut?

The businessman who helped Ukrainian president Zelensky to the top, wants to build Europe’s largest ski area in Europe’s last great wilderness: the Carpathians. Logging in primeval forests near the protected mountain range of Svydovets has begun, but is confronted with unexpected civil activism. An ordinary citizen is dragging some the most po ...
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Report

Portugese architects confront tourists with reality behind azulejos

No cathedral or tastings of port wine, but long lost glory. This is what you get when you join The Worst Tours for a tour in Porto. Three young and unemployed architects started their guided tours during the recession. Along the way they tell you how mass tourism and speculation have put a mortgage on their future.
Report

Under the Silence and the Scars: a Kashmir that Will Not Forget or Forgive

Three months after BJP-led government of India stripped Jammu and Kashmir from its special status, the silence from the Valley is deafening, and cracking. Khalid Hussein reports for MO* from the worst hit villages in Kashmir about the cries and the whispers, the gathering storm, the wounds that will not heal.

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