The Problem with Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism is under pressure. That’s an understatement. A very vague one to boot.

15 years of GM Soybeans in Argentina

Intoxication, massive clearing, loss of biodiversity, forced evictions, land concentration and murder. The dark sides of 15 years of soy monoculture, a model driven by businesses and governments. 
Surian Soosay

Mladic versus Bin Laden method

The US operation in May 2011 that killed 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden couldn't have contrasted more with the low-key arrest a few weeks later of Ratko Mladic, a man held responsible by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for the siege of Sarajevo, and the Srebrenica massacre, the largest mass-murder in Europe since Worl ...

The mule and the driver

Mid April the EU signed a free trade agreement with Colombia. Now it is the turn of the parliaments involved to ratify the agreement. To remove any possible obstacles – Bogota’s human rights situation is controversial – a delegation of Members of the European Parliament paid a visit to Colombia. MO* was there too.
Niccolo Caranti

The EU struggles with its huge green challenge

The EU aspires to environmental leadership. At times it manages to materialise that ambition, but is uncertain whether the EU will attain its so-called 20-20-20 climate and energy targets. After all, this ambition touches the heart of our economic model. European policy on these matters is ambiguous: considerable sums of money are spent on initiati ...
Klaas Verplancke

Self-criticism is the mother of dialogue

These days, Judaism and Christianity are often presented as kindred souls who stand for democracy and human rights, while Islam is cut from a wholly different cloth. This essay by Tom Kenis argues that the books and practice of the three religions barely support this contention.
Leo Broers/An-Katrien Lecluyse

MO* Article Shakes Up FSC label

The article ‘Sustainable on paper’ that was published in September in MO* Magazine, has stirred up a hornet’s nest. In the article, Veracel’s certification by FSC was heavily criticized. Veracel is a large Brazilian paper company, and has been under continuous attack by local farmers and activists.

The Days of Anger’: Humiliation, Fear and Dignity in the Middle East

Some will claim that the true, structural causes for these Arab revolts reside in the rising food prizes or other objective economic factors. Others will claim it is the new social media. Others again will hail the rise multitude foretold in the West, happening in the Middle East. Who can prove them wrong? But that is not what the street interviewe ...
African Press Organization/UN Women

Time to Make the Promise of Equality a Reality

A hundred years ago today, women across the world took an historic step on the long road to equality. The first ever International Women’s Day was called to draw attention to the unacceptable and often dangerous working conditions that so many women faced worldwide. Although the occasion was celebrated in only a handful of countries, it brought ove ...

Swarm Intelligence: How to begin to understand the squared circle of Tahrir Square?

The ongoing Revolutions in the Middle East change everything. Or at least: a lot. We have to reconsider the entire picture. It is a geopolitical paradigm shift. But I cannot even start to tackle all this.

The Power of the Multitude!

A spectre is roaming the Middle East: the spectre of the multitude. The beauty and in a sense the world historical importance of this Jasmine Revolution (or whatever it will be called in the annals of humanity) is that it had no leadership. It might also prove its fatal weakness, but that does not contradict its beauty and importance. It was th ...
Joël N. Pierre

Interview with Louise Mushikiwabo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda

The Rwandese president Paul Kagame came to Belgium early December 2010 in the framework of the European Development Days. His visit was anything but uneventful: several braved the bitter cold and snow to express their anger or support for  him. Kagame addressed 2400 Rwandan from the diaspora in Europe, but did not meet with king Albert II, nor ...