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How Tunisia's agricultural policy is driving farmers to despair

Tunisia is in the throes of both an economic and a water crisis. But while one farmer after another is getting rid of his cattle, the taps are running smoothly for textile companies and water parks. “Our government only thinks about bringing in foreign money.”
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‘The land is dead’: once again, millions of Ethiopians are on the brink of famine

It hardly seems like news: a new famine is looming in Ethiopia. For some Ethiopians, it would be the fourth in their lifetimes. And more than drought, political factors such as the recent war in Tigray are at play. ‘What can I do? I am too old, I have nowhere to go.’
© Pauline Niks

‘Everything that held us together as a people is now in ruins’

In November 2022, the Ethiopian government and the state of Tigray agreed to end two years of war. But how fragile is this peace? And what does the agreement mean for the population? MO* went there to find out. This is part 1: “Old friends, new enemies.”
(c) Aseem Trivedi

'In India, the government wants complete control over the stories people see, read and hear'

A drawing can hurt more than an opinion piece. Cartoonists of all countries can attest to that, and the loudest confirmation is the silence of those who were truly silenced. Aseem Trivedi's story illustrates how power reacts when its mistakes and shortcomings are exposed.
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Is Israel committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, supported by the West?

The ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza is not a typical war. The term ‘genocide’ is being used more frequently. Several Genocide experts and UN officials have also been making the case. Israel has used genocidal rhetoric and has secret plans for ‘evacuation to Egypt’.
© Pieter Stockmans

‘A Hungarian in Ukraine today is seen as an enemy’

Hungary blocks EU financial aid packages for Ukraine. Prime minister Viktor Orbán also walked out of the EU vote to open accession negotiations with Ukraine. Political tensions between Budapest and Kiev are escalating. The Hungarian minority in Transcarpathia, Ukraine, is caught in the middle.
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'Taxing solar panel imports now is a crime against humanity'

Solar panels are being installed  at breakneck speed. But things should be going even faster, argues Belgian engineer Pierre Verlinden, who has worked in the solar industry for 45 years. 'Learn from China how to make cheap solar panels. The climate puts the importance of profit into perspective.'
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Where does the violence in the Middle East end? ‘This is colonialism that is becoming more extreme’

How should we understand this new chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? When and how will the violence end? And what role should the international community play? MO* spoke to anti-colonial activist Eitan Bronstein Aparicio and human rights expert Mahmoud AbuRahma.
© Reuters / Bernadett Szabo

How Viktor Orbán is reprogramming Hungarians’ brains

Hungary is not blocking the EU’s anti-Russian sanctions, but it is opening its media landscape wide to the Russian war narrative. What is behind this apparent paradox?

Cycling through Israeli nature parks, where forests cover the ruins of Palestinian villages

MO* journalist Pieter Stockmans cycled through the west of Jerusalem with Israeli and Palestinian cycling tourists. Separately, through the same area, but in different worlds. Forests and natural parks cover obliterated Palestinian villages. ‘I want to tell about it. We will never forget.’
© Pieter Stockmans

Cycling in the land of settlements, walls and military checkpoints

Can you develop a cycling club in occupied Palestinian territory? Sohaib Samara does it. MO* journalist Pieter Stockmans navigated with him between Israeli settlements, walls and military checkpoints. The ultimate dream? A real Palestinian cycling academy.
© Justyna Wydrzyńska

Convicted Polish activist: “Women’s bodies are the property of society”

In Poland, an activist was convicted of 'assisting abortion'. The case has implications that go beyond the impact on women's rights: it challenges the European legal order and shows the far-reaching consequences of political authoritarianism and Catholic fundamentalism with government power.


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