From the Rose Revolution to the Carrot Manifestation

After six days of the manifestations in Tbilisi, president Saakashvili has still no intention to step down. Meanwhile, the opposition seems to split and crumble.

Demonstrations in Georgia against Saakashvili’s regime

A massive protests associated with the dispersal of the demonstrators by Soviet troops 20 years ago took place in Tbilisi 9th of April. This rally was announced as a: “Clean hands”, meaning freedom from corruption and turn to the true democracy. By some estimates, 60 thousands of people took part in the demonstration, hundreds of them stayed in the ...

Afghan conference from the side of Russian foreign minister

Russian minister of foreign affaires, Sergey Lavrov, spoke out about the position of Russia concerning Afghanistan and the Big Tent meeting in The Hague last week.

Venezuela's petro revolution

Hugo Chávez has been in power for ten years now in Venezuela. The president's impulsive and obstinate actions make it difficult to conduct an independent analysis of his policy. For some, Chávez is a messiah, a new leader. For others, he's a second Mussolini or an old style people's agitator. Alma De Walsche visited Venezuela after one decade of Bo ...

Russian criticism on NATO summit

Russia’s ambassador to the NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, commented to on the NATO summit in Strasbourg:

Obama in Turkey

US President Barack Obama arrived in Turkey Sunday for a three-day visit. The stakes are high nafter the bargaining for the new NATO secretary-general, in wich Turkey had to be coaxed into accepting Mr. Rasmussen.

Interview with monetary specialist Bernard Lietaer on banks, the crisis and creative solutions

Belgian monetary specialist Bernard Lietaer sees the financial crisis as a potential disaster, but also as an opportunity. The opportunity to create complementary currencies needed to solve the problems of our time. Moreover, this is what is ongoing for the moment, from Brasil over Germany and Japan, to Flanders.

Yemen's five forgotten wars

Yemen is conspicuously absent from our European news broadcasts. Reports about the backlands of the Arabic peninsula limit themselves to items on abducted or murdered Western tourists and the war on terror. The wave of conflicts in North Yemen from 2004 onwards, and the stream of refugees caused by these conflicts, attract almost no attention.

Cardinal Danneels: 'Muslims would be better off if they would have their own Vatican'

MO* spoke with cardinal Godfried Danneels, the man who is, until further notice, the head of, again till further notice, the biggest religious community in Flanders. We talked about religion, world economy and politics. And about ‘flexible’ conscience and religious power.

Palestinian leader Mustafa Barghouti: ‘Oslo is dead, killed in Gaza’

Mustafa Barghouti is secretary-general of Almubadara, the Palestinian National Initiative. This movement, created in 2002, aims to come to an independent Palestinian state by peaceful resistance. In this interview with MO*, former presidential candidate Barghouti, doctor by profession, analyses the consequences of the Gaza-conflict for the Palestin ...

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.


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