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Rainbow Warrior on shipbreaking beach in Bangladesh

When big multinational shipping companies opt for shipbreaking on South Asian beaches in order to maximize profits, one can be outraged, but will not be surprised. But what should we make of the news ...
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Interview

Queen Mathilde: '2030 is tomorrow. Change needs to happen today'

Belgium’s queen Mathilde is one of 17 global sdg-advocates. What motivates her to engage with these sustainable development goals? Where did it all start? And what does she hope to achieve? These are ...
Interview

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘In a monolingual universe, you see the world through one eye only. You lack perspective.'

As a child, Jhumpa Lahiri often felt like an alien, both in Rhode Island and in Calcutta, the two pivotal places in her young life. Although the Indian-American writer has moved on since then, she say ...
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Analysis

Returning Afghans might be politically rewarding, it is also life threatening

Nine European countries forcibly return Afghans, and Pakistan is even threatening to force 1.5 million Afghans back to their country of origin. These politically motivated manoeuvres can be lethal -fo ...
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Interview

Koen Vanmechelen: ‘We need to rebalance nature to save humanity’

Koen Vanmechelen's chickens are world-famous. The artist himself is often identified with his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, which has been running for thirty years now. Yet Vanmechelen’s oeuvre ...
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Interview

Isabel Allende: Fiction is true, fake news is censorship

On the 24th of March Isabel Allende received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent. Gie Goris met the author in San Francisco and had a long interview with her on stories and lies, women ...
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Analysis

One image obscures more than a thousand words

We have all seen these images popping up in our social media feeds: Afghanistan in the 1970’s versus Afghanistan in the 2010’s. The first image shows girls in Kabul, who could just as well ...
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Interview

‘Africa needs more mutual trade in these times of economic nationalism’

Mukhisa Kituyi, previous Kenyan minister of Trade and Industry, is secretary-general of UNCTAD, the UN-organization for Trade and Development, since 2013. MO* interviewed him about the importance of a ...
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Interview

Reza Aslan: ‘Trump is looking for trouble with Iran’

The world was surprised by the travel ban that President Trump proclaimed for inhabitants or citizens of seven mostly Islamic countries. This is, however, only the first step of a much larger strategy ...
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Interview

Rami Jarrah: ‘Global hypocrisy in no way diminishes the Syrians’ right to a different regime’

The images and reports from Aleppo defy all description and beg the question how the people still stuck there can cope with the atrocities. MO* called Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah, who is in Turkey a ...
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Interview

Turkey and the perfect storm in the Middle East

Turkey redraws the geopolitical maps of the Middle East by working together with Russia and Iran, while relations with the NATO-allies are at their lowest point. What is the meaning of Turkey’s ...
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Interview

Lena Slachmuijlder: ‘Extremists Have The Right To Pursue Their Ideals, But Not With Violence’

Radicalization has become so closely tied to the use of violence against citizens, that each call to radical change sounds criminal. The American researcher and activist Lena Slachmuijlder advocates t ...

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