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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 the respect extreme ideals – on the condition that they are pursued without violence.
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Interview

Srećko Horvat: ‘Without real democracy, everyone will want to leave the EU’

We no longer form a union with the United Kingdom and a second radical left-wing party may come to power in Europe: the Spanish Podemos. What is happening to the European Union? MO* spoke with Croat philosopher Srećko Horvat, the driving force behind the new radical left movement of Yanis Varoufakis. ‘DiEM25 is the coalition we needed during ...
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Opinion

Are people monsters? The logic behind murderous attacks

The truck attack in Nice once again raises the question: how can people deliberately plan and execute a blood bath? There’s a system behind the madness, say MO* chief editor Gie Goris. So the answer has to be systematic as well. And better.
Analysis

100 years of consciously planned division in the Middle East

On May 16th, it was exactly one hundred years ago that a British and a French diplomat drew the borders of the contemporary Middle East and, in doing so, were responsible for many of the conflicts of the past century. Bruno de Cordier and Tom Kenis weigh the importance of Sykes-Picot.
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Interview

Karima Bennoune: “Daesh produces destruction pornography”

It becomes clearer by the day: IS (Daesh) tries to provoke a war between ‘the West’ and ‘Islam’. And they make it a cultural war. MO* talked about cultural rights and identities in times of terrorism with Karime Bennoune, UN-Special Rapporteur for Cultural Rights.
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Analysis

The big unknowns behind Brexit, UK at a crossroads

In the run-up to the EU referendum of next Thursday in the UK, the options of leaving or staying in the European Union have featured widely in public debate and campaigners on both sides are making an effort to attract undecided voters. Although polls were favouring the Leave camp with a week to go, the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox might have shifte ...
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Report

Poor Poles count on right-wing politics for social protection

Common families increase the power of populist, nationalist anti-immigration parties in Europe. This is clear in the southeast of Poland, where undeclared work and emigration are survival mechanisms to escape unemployment, low wages and insecure working conditions. Pieter Stockmans travelled through “Poland B” for two weeks.
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Interview

Solidarność: ‘People have no idea of the anger at the bottom of society’

In Poland, an increasing part of the Christian labour movement supports the illiberal nationalists, not the Christian Democrats. Yesterday, Solidarność made communism fall. Today, it helps nationalism rise up. MO* spoke with Solidarność-veteran Marian Król.
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Analysis

A Hidden War In DRC, Burundi Crisis And Great Lakes Geopolitics

The Great Lakes region is rattled by yet another armed conflict. The fighting has stayed under the international radar, but could broaden and threathen whatever uneasy arrangements for peace or stability might be in place. Alex Ntung takes us up the High Plateaus in South Kivu and into the deep roots of recent violence there.
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Opinion

Source of Panama Papers speaks: 'The Revolution Will Be Digitized'

The source behind the 11 million files that made the Panama Papers possible, sent a manifest to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ‘Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time.  It affects all of us, the world over.  The debate over its sudden acceleration has raged for years, with politicians, academics and activists alike he ...
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Analysis

‘The Greek state has nothing to gain but environmental cost from the investment’

The Greek mining company Hellas Gold pays both the police of the Halkidiki region and private security guards to secure a large gold mine in northern Greece. That does not scare off local residents to oppose a project that they believe will ruin their environment and future.
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Analysis

Greek goldrush shows that Panamapapers are tip of the iceberg

Greece is rich, if you just add up the billions which the gold is worth in Greek soil. Yet hospitals close, TB and malaria come back, malnutrition spreads, pensions halved, wages fell by a quarter and there is no work for half of the youth. Can a Greek gold rush create jobs and get the country out of the doldrums?

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