© José Cabezas

Belgium slams doors on asylum seekers from El Salvador

Asylum seekers from El Salvador hardly ever receive a positive answer to their application for protection in our country. In 2020, barely 10 percent of Salvadoran asylum applications were approved; in 2019, the number was 90 percent. Does the change in trend indicate a revision of the policy?
Mídia NINJA (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Under Bolsonaro healthcare is a form of violence

On Sunday the 9th of august, activists all over the world demanded attention for the precarious living conditions of indigenous peoples in Brazil’s Amazon forest. The 'Indigenous Emergency Action’ demanded attention for deforestation, which has increased by 98% since Bolsonaro took office, and for the ways in which the COVID-19 pande ...

Can edible forests stop Brazilian deforestation?

Documentary maker Louise Amand and Wervel launch the documentary Pé na terra . The documentary discusses the Cerrado’s destruction and puts forward a kind of agriculture that makes reforestation possible.
© Frauke Decoodt

Surviving violence and Ortega in Nicaragua

These are the stories of a mother whose son was killed by snipers, of a doctor saving lives on the barricades and of an ex-Sandinista combatant. Their stories tell us of the violence that shaked their lives, and about their many reasons to protest.
©Joe Piette

Gail Walker: ‘Cuba is not given the proper respect it deserves.’

On the 17th of September during the solidarity festival Manifiesta in Belgium, Gail Walker discussed the influence of the Trump administration on the development of American-Cuban relations. Under Walker’s direction, IFCO a grassroots organisation works hard to lift the embargo that the United States enforces on Cuba.  ...
© CNI Mexico

A Remedy Against a Divided Mexico; The First Indigenous Woman for President?

On the 28th of May 2017 María de Jesús Patricio Martínez , an indigenous women from the Nahua community in the Western state of Jalisco, was designated by the National Indigenous Congress as their representative for the Mexican federal elections in 2018. With this nomination she became the first indigenous Mexican woman in the country’s histo ...
Casa de las Americas (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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.’ ...
© Bibbi Abbruzini

Can Alternative Livelihoods Dismantle Colombia’s Narcotics Empire?

As the news about El Chapo’s recapture continues to make headlines, MO* explores Colombia’s narcotics empire to understand how the development of alternative livelihoods is trying to combat the illicit drug trade and production from the inside.
Raf Custers

Exclusive expulsion to prepare Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup and the Olympics

Rio is undergoing a transformation. Living is becoming expensive. Those with less purchasing power are being pushed to the edge of the city. The large scale sporting events of 2014 and 2016 and prestige projects are amplifying this trend.

Mexico sees massive protests ahead of presidential elections

On 29 of May, relatives of some of the people killed or missing in Mexico have met the four candidates in July's presidential poll demanding more commitment to end drug violence. Since the crackdown on cartels, figures show that around 50,000 people have been killed and 5,000 are missing. Ahead of the elections protests are intensifying against the ...

Colombia: French journalist kidnapped, conflict resolution back to zero?

Colombia's main rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is suspected of holding French journalist Roméo Langlois. The rebel group announced in February that they would no longer kidnap civilians for purposes of extortion, a pillar for the stability of Colombia that now seems to stagger.

Bolivia: Emergency declared on May day

On the occasion of the May day, Bolivian president Evo Morales announced the nationalization of the Spanish-owned Transportadora de Electricidad (TDE). A déjà vu; similar to the declaration of nationalizing Bolivia’s oil and gas reserves in 2006 to celebrate the international day of workers. If in that occasion banners called Morales the Bolivian ‘ ...