Interview

Leslie Johnston: ‘Sustainability is not a matter of goodwill, but a business opportunity’

With a budget of over 50 million euro per year, the C&A Foundation attempts to change the textile sector from within. According to executive director Leslie Johnston this attempt is coming through quite successfully, partially because of the innovative entrepreneurs. ‘Social entrepreneurship is essential if we are to transform the textile ...
© Mine Dalemans
Interview

Koen Vanmechelen: ‘We need to rebalance nature to save humanity’

Koen Vanmechelen's chickens are world-famous. The artist himself is often identified with his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, which has been running for thirty years now. Yet Vanmechelen’s oeuvre extends far beyond the chicken: it deals with concepts such as diversity, identity and the restoration of freedom and equilibrium.
© Stefanie Nijs
Report

Reinventing microcredit in Myanmar

After years of hype, microfinance now faces challenges in the fight against poverty. But in Myanmar’s largely unexploited market, small innovators are experimenting with solutions.
© Pieter Stockmans
Interview

Ukrainian fact-checkers Stop Fake: ‘Fake news is a weapon of war’

Ever since fake news troubles the West, the Ukrainian fact-checkers of Stop Fake are welcome guests at journalism conferences and in the corridors of power in Western Europe. A critical talk about fake and real news, and what we can learn on the frontline of the information war.
© Alessio Paduano
Visual

Petruro Irpino, a new Italian model for locals and migrants living together peacefully

Petruro Irpino. In this small village, situated between the green hills of Avellino, people of different religions and coming from different parts in the world live together peacefully. Photographer Alessio Paduano went to have a look at what the secret is of this refreshing new-found harmony between locals and migrants. 
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Opinion

The impact of “the refugee crisis”: rights are at risk in Europe

From summer 2015 until spring of 2016, an increase in the number of people arriving in Europe to seek international protection stimulated a profound political crisis. Although it was termed “the refugee crisis”, it is more properly called a crisis of policy-making, a crisis of the EU, a crisis of European identity or even a crisis of hu ...
© Pieter Stockmans
Report

Bosnian students’ long fight against segregated schools

In Bosnia, there are 57 "two schools under one roof", segregated according to ethnicity. War degenerated into a battle for the children, fought out in front of the blackboard. Cosmopolitan youth, however, are fighting back. Recently, their continued protest led to a breakthrough. ‘We won this battle, but not the war&r ...
© Jeroen Los
Interview

Yasmin Nair: ‘Critique on identity politics should be about power’

We need to criticize identity politics when it’s a tool to strengthen capitalism, but without ignoring how issues like racism, migration or gender play a role in how people are exploited. That’s what Yasmin Nair advocates for. Nair is a writer, academic and queer-activist living in Chicago. According to her the left needs to pay more attention to h ...
© Pieter Stockmans
Interview

Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine: ‘Visa-free travel puts us back on Europe’s map’

MO* spoke with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Ivanna Klympusch-Tsintsadze in Kiev, at a historic moment. After years of negotiation, the visa-free travel and the Association Agreement, which led to war with Russia and was hanging by a thread after the Dutch referendum, finally got through. ‘This is a civilizational shift.&rsqu ...
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Interview

Isabel Allende: Fiction is true, fake news is censorship

On the 24th of March Isabel Allende received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent. Gie Goris met the author in San Francisco and had a long interview with her on stories and lies, women and power, politics and migration. ‘The strength of women is not in power or in physical strength, but in resilience and compassion.’ ...
© Maxikamera
Report

United in sorrow: these Belgians and Syrians demonstrate how to conquer war and terrorism

6 years since the Syrian uprising, 1 year since the Brussels attacks, 60 years of European Union. On March 21, all these commemorations coincided in Bozar in Brussels. The Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Orchestra of Belgium led Syrians and Belgians towards a catharsis of the sorrow of these past years. Pieter Stockmans experie ...
© Brecht Goris
Analysis

One image obscures more than a thousand words

We have all seen these images popping up in our social media feeds: Afghanistan in the 1970’s versus Afghanistan in the 2010’s. The first image shows girls in Kabul, who could just as well have lived in Paris or Berkeley in that period, with their long hair, short skirts, smiling faces and confident regards. The more recent image, then, ...

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