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Report

‘Not everyone has the strength to carry their heavy backpack’

The Afghan community in Antwerp (and in Belgium) is predominantly young, male and single. And hurt by a violent past. Should we be worried about the boys? Will the girls find opportunities? Portrait of a new generation of Antwerp citizens.
Report

Afghans in Antwerp: ‘The journey begins once we reach our destination’

The 40-year war in Afghanistan is pushing more Afghans to become refugees. Their numbers are also increasing in Belgium. In the port city of Antwerp, Afghans have already become the fifth largest nationality group. Gie Goris talked to the Afghans of Antwerp.
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Longread

The fight against “political Islam” creates a monster that is everywhere and nowhere

The attacks in France and Austria reinforce the call for zero tolerance. Austrian Chancellor Kurz wants to tackle terrorism by outlawing 'political Islam', French President Macron by reforming Islam into a religion that fits the secular state. Is there a baby in the political bathwater?
Interview

We cannot address inequality, migration, climate crisis or pandemic without international order

International cooperation has a bad name because its results have often left much to be desired. But without a United Nations, climate summit or other international agreements, chaos and conflict loom. MO* put five crucial questions about world order and disorder to five internationally recognized experts. Is global governance still what we whant, ...
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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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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.
Interview

The House is on fire, but we need more than the fire brigade

After a day of global climate action, and just before a crucial Climate Summit at the UN on Monday, MO* sent three pressing questions about the prospects of fast and frundamental transition to a number of global experts. These experts have the ear of top policy makers, so what they say, matters. Even for activists or skeptics who beg to disagree wi ...
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Report

Farmers behind bars in Thailand because they grow cassava

Today Narissara Muangklang may have to go to prison. Her crime? Growing cassava on the land where this has been done for generations, but now it has to be reforested. Farmers against climate generals? Reality is a lot more cynical. Gie Goris reports from Thailand.
Analysis

It is not all about Narendra Modi. And that might not be a good thing.

It took the nation six week to get voting boots into less than 2 km from every one of the 900 million people who were eligible to vote. In the end about 600 million did vote, and on May 23th, the verdict was released.  Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was able to win 303 seats of 543 in the Lokh Sabha, an increase of 21 seats ove ...
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Extra

Shipbreaking, A Glossary

Every industry has its own jargon, and reading stories about shipbreaking without a good glossary can be challenging. Here are the most relevant terms to follow our reporting:
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Extra

A brief overview of ship recycling legislation

Ship recycling is not a Wild West territory - at least, in principle, the economic activity is regulated by a number of international treaties and rules. A brief overview.
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Analysis

Switzerland by the sea

According to the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland ranks 20th in the world in terms of the number of ships owned, but 15th in terms of the number of ships scrapped on beaches. “The percentage of Swiss ships that ended up on the beach is almost 100%. That puts Switzerland in the top 10 of global dumpers,” said ...

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