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Analysis

Tanzanian farmers are facing heavy prison sentences if they continue their traditional seed exchange

In order to receive development assistance, Tanzania has to give Western agribusiness full freedom and give enclosed protection for patented seeds. “Eighty percent of the seeds are being shared and sold in an informal system between neighbors, friends and family. The new law criminalizes the practice in Tanzania,” says Michael Farrelly of TOAM, an ...
Longread

Trump brings the European New Right into the White House. To be continued in 2017?

Everyone fears Trump will give the European far-right parties a boost. But it is the European New Right that laid the ideological foundations for Trump. Their network has been paving the way since 1968. Half a century later they are in power in the White House and the Kremlin. Next year in Western Europe?
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Interview

‘All democrats should stand up now, resorting to civil disobedience if necessary’

The Bulgarian-German writer Ilija Trojanow worked his way through the archives of the autocratic regime in communist Bulgaria. He draws parallels with the growing autocracy in Europe, and not only with Donald Trump in the United States. A conversation about the illusion of security, the power of the state and the belief in resistance.  
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Opinion

Leave no one behind.

25 years ago the extreme right( burst onto the Belgian political scene. The election of Donald Trump reminds us that we no longer have the “luxury” to look the other way. There is anger, there is fear. How do we answer the expectations of people who don’t belong to the succesful cosmopolitans?
© Shaun Malan
Blog Post

Back to reality... after a sabbatical

Coming back after a sabbatical wasn’t exactly straightforward. Some put it down to coming back into ‘reality’. However, to me, my entire trip had been a reality. There had been more to it than just paradise, a bikini and sunscreen. And because I like looking at things from a different angle every now and again, I think all of us a ...
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Report

CETA reinforces the devastating impact of the Canadian mining industry in Greece

Out of the blue, on a rainy Monday, a glum looking Greek shepherd tells me that CETA will be the final nail in his coffin. This economic trade agreement between Canada and the EU, should have been approved last weekend. The hopes of over a million European citizens, that are opposed to CETA, now lie in the hands of Paul Magnette, minister-president ...
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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 at the moment, obliged to follow the situation from there. 
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Report

Wealthy Arabs buy up Sarajevo

Sarajevo is etched in the collective memory as a city of war. Twenty years after the peace agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the green hills around the city are changing into gated communities for Arab tourists. Public space is either neglected or privatised, then commercialised. But a new generation is sowing the seeds of change ...
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Opinion

The militarisation of the South China Sea is too dangerous for simplicities

The recent ruling by the UNCLOS Court of Arbitration in the Hague on the case brought by the Philippines has denied China’s claim to historic rights in the South China Sea. The implications could be serious and the ruling may turn out to be the turning point not only for the Asia Pacific but also in the wider world order.
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Report

On the Ukrainian frontline with the European New Right

Radicalised Westerners who want to take up arms against NATO or the US fight with the pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. MO* followed them on the only European frontline.
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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 tanks and combat aircrafts in Syria? Amanda Paul, expert in Turkish, Russian and European external policies, comments.
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Interview

Enspiral: adopting a positive impact as a personal motivation

With his open cooperation “Enspiral”, Joshua Vial distances himself for good from hierarchical company structures. The goal of his start-up is to gather people and companies who want to have a social impact. ‘Enspiral helps companies focus on creating jobs that really matter’, the enterprising New Zealander says. And this he ...

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