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Report

Chat Jihad. How jihadist propaganda dominated the internet

For the better part of a year, we dove into the dark world of ultra-violent jihadist internet propaganda. From the early video messages of Osama bin Laden to ISIS’ sleek cyber-propaganda offensive, it shows how a small contingent of technology savvy extremists has succeeded in waging a campaign of fear with global reach and consequences.  ...
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Opinion

Plastic is poison, and that's that

The government-run organisation Flanders Circular seems to support that “plastic is a valuable resource”. If that is the case, the “plastification of the minds” seems to be almost complete. If the agency that has to put Flanders on the track to become circular, is itself not able to unmask this subtle twist of so-called ...
© Brecht Goris
Column

Why Zwarte Piet Ruined My Sex Life

The discussion on “Zwarte Piet” (Black Pete) the aid of Saint Nicholas, started again in all its intensity. Although the debate is more politicized in the Netherlanfds, Belgium is not far behind when it comes to white supremacy. MO* Columnist Anya Topolski wonders why white people stick to this racist tradition.
© 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 ...
© 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 ...
© Pieter Stockmans
Interview

Muslim women in Sarajevo: ‘Our starting point is a prejudice against us, this makes us stronger’

These veiled and unveiled Bosnian Muslim women are more consciously approaching their bodies than most other women. Often the headscarf is discussed as a political symbol, but rarely debates touch upon the personal motivation of the women and how the sense of community influences their choice. MO* organized a focus group with young Bosnian women fr ...
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Analysis

Less aid, more private capital: new colonization of developing countries?

With dwindling budgets for development and a growing uncertainty in Europe, donors are increasingly looking to the private sector as partners for development. With the right approach, the private sector can make a positive contribution, but it also brings specific risks.

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