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Dear chair, please stand up for the people of Congo in the UN Security Council!

If humanity exists, humanity must now rise. Otherwise we will all be dehumanised.
© Frauke Decoodt
Report

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.
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Analysis

Returning Afghans might be politically rewarding, it is also life threatening

Nine European countries forcibly return Afghans, and Pakistan is even threatening to force 1.5 million Afghans back to their country of origin. These politically motivated manoeuvres can be lethal -for the Afghans.
© Kris Berwouts
Analysis

Congo’s violent peace

Kris Berwouts presented “Congo’s violent peace”, a lecture at IOB Conference “Pathways to peace and drivers of democracy in the DRC” on January 23, 2018.
© 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.
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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
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 ...
© Baram Maaruf
Report

Kairouan, or the network behind the Tunisian suspect of the Berlin attack

Anis Amri, chief suspect behind the attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, grew up in Kairouan. Jihadi Salafists proclaimed this ancient Tunisian city the capital of an Islamic state. The shooter who killed 38 hotel guests on a beach in Sousse in 2015 radicalized here as well. In the summer of 2015, Montasser AlDe’emeh and Pieter Stockmans w ...
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Interview

Rami Jarrah: ‘Global hypocrisy in no way diminishes the Syrians’ right to a different regime’

The images and reports from Aleppo defy all description and beg the question how the people still stuck there can cope with the atrocities. MO* called Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah, who is in Turkey at the moment, obliged to follow the situation from there. 
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Opinion

The militarisation of the South China Sea is too dangerous for simplicities

The recent ruling by the UNCLOS Court of Arbitration in the Hague on the case brought by the Philippines has denied China’s claim to historic rights in the South China Sea. The implications could be serious and the ruling may turn out to be the turning point not only for the Asia Pacific but also in the wider world order.
© Jürgen Augusteyns
Report

On the Ukrainian frontline with the European New Right

Radicalised Westerners who want to take up arms against NATO or the US fight with the pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine. MO* followed them on the only European frontline.

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