Oumou Sangare: ‘Polygamy is false and hypocritical’

A songbird, this is how the Malian superstar Oumou Sangare prefers to define herself. A bird that sings against the injustice that is being done to women, but also about love and eroticism in a way that no woman in Mali has ever done before. With the release of her new cd Seya, MO* spent a few days in the company of Oumou Sangare in Bamako and Seg ...

Shia converts in Brussels: "We lived a lie"

Sunnis who become Shiite is not an exception any more. In Brussels the Moroccan people tend to convert easier than the Turkish community.

2009= The Grand Climate Test of Homo Sapiens

The end of this year is the moment the United Nations will meet in Copenhagen, which should reveal whether humanity is really in for beating climate change. Leading to Copenhagen lays a difficult path, paved with high ambitions. If all goes well, a money machine will be installed at the core of the UN, which allow developing countries to undergo an ...

World Social Forum is thinking about a new consensus

The neoliberal globalization hit a wall. The World Economic Forum in Davos does not know what to do. Would the World Social Forum be able to point the right direction? The youngest edition seemed as furious and indecisive as the previous ones. Nonetheless, there was more consensus than ever.

Human rights in Russia: 'A cascade of rulings'

The European Union is worried about the human rights situation in Russia. That was the message José Manuel Barosso, president of the EU Comission, sent to Russian prime minister Vladimir Poetin following the murder of the human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov. The complaints against Russia before the European Court for Human Rights are piling up. ...

Every year 380.000 sailors in the port of Antwerp

Last year 16.000 ships anchored at the port of Antwerp. Crews from all over the world are often the victim of miserable working conditions. Social protection is still too easily bypassed. MO* went to visit the ships with the Antwerp seamen's missions.

What is the status of human rights in Iran?

‘We are close to the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. The Islamic Revolution came to power with the vote of the people. There is no way that we can say that the people of Iran in 1979 did not want the Islamic Revolution – no, they voted for it. Therefore, the Islamic Republic does
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Afghanistan is too unsafe for the army

Soon, 100,000 Western soldiers will be in Afghanistan -four hundred of them Belgians. Nonetheless, year after year the insurgency gains terrain. Nato is running the military operation in Afghanistan and would like to hand itself a victory, as a present for its sixtieth anniversary later this year. In reality, the organisation has to pull all string ...

Youssou N'Dour: 'The financial crisis makes me optimistic'

Youssou N’Dour (49) is the most famous African musician in history. In 2007, Time Magazine declared him one of the hundred most influential people in the world. A new documentary -Youssou N’Dour. I bring what I love- was screened In Amsterdam. MO* seized the opportunity to interview the voice of Senegal.

When the big river floods, the little rivers get filled

China is growing, but do the Chinese that produce our clothes, shoes, mobiles and laptops profit from it? Is it true, in other words, that globalization gives chances to the labouring people in developing countries? In september 2008, just before the onset of crisis, John Vandaele went to the Pearl River Delta, where twenty million migrant worke ...

Assam: Explosive mix of tea, oil and identities

Assam is one of the northeast states of India, known for its excellent tea but also for its long-lasting ethnic rebellions. Hundred thousand people where chased away from their homes by community violence in the beginning of October. A few weeks later a well-coordinated bombing campaign caused over 60 deaths. Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak give ...

3000 accidents at sea, every year

Maritime transport is one of the vital arteries of the world economy: no less then 95 percent of all goods traded are transported by sea. When this goes wrong, often the consequences cannot be overlooked.