Europa

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Analysis

Social democrats voted in favour of sanctions against Hungary. What about autocrats in their own ranks?

The European Parliament historically voted to launch a sanction procedure against Hungary. A similar procedure against Poland for undermining the rule of law is already launched. This time it was the parliament that launched it. Members of Orbán’s own European People’s Party voted against him. Would the Social Democrats in the Euro ...
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Did two Belgian nationals fall victim to Rwandan death squads?

Two citizens of Bruges have died in South-Africa under suspicious circumstances. The family of the first victim, Thomas Ngeze, points the finger at the Rwandan State. The family of Pieter-Jan Staelens, the second victim, has doubts about Rwanda’s part in the two deaths. To anyone who has ever been into contact with Rwandan secret services, th ...
© Xander Stockmans
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‘This is a war for land, Romania is the battlefield’

Forced by poverty, a population transfers its decision-making power over the European granary to foreign shareholders of subsidized, wealthy investment groups. Local residents work in paid employment of the companies to whom they sell their land, move to the city or emigrate. Landgrabbing, by the international market.
© Minor-Ndako
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A whole new world? Truths and terrors of the unaccompanied child refugees in Belgium

Every week thirteen unaccompanied refugees enter our country, more than half of them coming from conflict country Afghanistan. They become younger every time and carry more and more traumatic experiences with them. Belgium promises adequate shelter and protection. Are we able to provide that?
© Fady Alghorra and Mahmoud Elsobky
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Countering the jihadist narrative - the future of the War on Terror

As long as the instability continues, jihadist propaganda will somehow keep oozing out of the internet. “This is the struggle of a generation.”
© Fady AlGhorra en Mahmoud Elsobky
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Terrorism and tech - Silicon Valley’s violent propaganda headache

Terrorist content has been a problem for internet giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter for years. Silicon Valley has been throwing a lot of resources at the fight against violent jihadist content on-line. Some progress has been made, but fighting terrorists on the internet remains a game of whack-a-mole.
Opinion

Is Belgium the world’s recycling champion? The kingdom’s own inconvenient truth.

The figures that Fost Plus, Belgium’s nationwide waste-buyer uses in the current debate about introducing deposit-fees are one big lie. Why is that? Fost Plus deliberately misinterprets the official figures of OVAM, the Flemish Government’s Waste Agency, claiming that disposable cans and bottles account for 10% of the litter, while it i ...
© Fady AlGhorra and Mahmoud Elsobky
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No such thing as a lone wolf - inside the jihadist recruitment machine

Jihadist propaganda on the internet is often seen as one of the main drivers for pushing young people into committing terrorist attacks. The reality is more complex than that. ‘People radicalise in different ways.’
Fady AlGhorra en Mahmoud Elsobky
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Attractive brutality: why terrorist propaganda appeals to people

To the vast majority of people, ultra-violent jihadist propaganda is neither convincing nor appealing. Yet Al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups seem to attract followers across the globe with gory materials showing graphic violence. The propaganda inspired thousands to leave everything behind for an uncertain life as foreign fighters in the wa ...
© Mashid Mohadjerin
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The Putin Generation: blind birds or future leaders?

In their lives, these youngsters saw no other state leader besides Vladimir Putin. These are their life stories of poverty and exclusion. They are products of Russia’s turbulent past, and while they are powerless to shape Russian politics in 2018, they could grow into a force capable of shaping Russia’s future by 2024. ‘The real r ...
© Mashid Mohadjerin
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Navalny: the man to topple Putin

The presidential election campaign in Russia saw no real political competition. Putin’s only effective challenger Alexei Navalny was excluded from participation. But Navalny's “non-campaign” speaks volumes about the Russia Putin will lead over the next six years. MO* investigated Russia’s only real political campaign and wha ...
© Fady AlGhorra and Mahmoud Elsobky
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Of fan boys and soldiers - how ISIS perfected jihadist propaganda

‘When it comes to strategic storytelling, the Islamic State truly has been unmatched. Not only in terms of the quality of its output, but in quantity too.’

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