Xander Stockmans

The heart of Hezbollah's people's army

While part of Western opinion is lobbying for a military intervention in Syria, everyone seems to be distracted from the real targets: the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iran. MO* reporter Pieter Stockmans pe ...
Reuters/STR New

Oil rich but poor

Disarray in Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah, the third richest king in the world, will have to bring more to the table than the reforms he promised to appease the poor and unemployed in his country.

Pygmy women leader and environmental activist appointed minister in South Kivu

On June 5th, Governor Marcellin Chisambo announced a reshuffle of the government of the Congolese province of South Kivu. Three weeks ago, three ministers were thrown out following a motion of no conf ...
MO*/John Vandaele

To change course touches the powers that be

Some things change fast. Very fast.  Despite predictions that it wouldn’t happen before 2040, China is, according to some analyses, already the world's largest economy. It is certainly the bigges ...
Allan Gichigi

'Send the vultures packing'

From my café terrace in The Hague’s pleasant street bustle I immediately spot him. Boniface Mwangi sticks out with his polo shirt in black, green and red, the colours of the Kenyan flag. Apart fr ...

Is Ghana truly the beacon of hope for democracy in Africa?

Ghanaians went to the polls on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December 2012 to elect an executive President  and 275 Parliamentarians for a four year term January 2013 to December 2016. Less than 48 ...
Alfredo Jaar

MO*lecture Alfredo Jaar & Katerina Gregos

The Newtopia-event in Mechelen states a very clear relationship between art and human rights, and in a broader sense between artistic creation and political action. The main exhibition Newtopia brings ...

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 o ...

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 longe ...

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 nationa ...

Rising Asia and Old Europe need to work together

Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to write off Europe as yesterday’s power. Europe still matters even though this is not the message some EU policymakers have been sending out to a watching wo ...
Nadezhda Chipeva

Bleak horizon

In spite of the efforts made by NGOs and the distribution of EU funds, Europe’s main minority is no better off than it was 10 years ago. A lack of appropriate supervision in Brussels, the corruption o ...