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Opinion

Future of Development: International Solidarity is the Key

While country after country is returning to strict measures in order to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, UN assistant secretary general Ulrika Modéer looks beyond the current crisis to discern the challenges on the road ahead ‘towards more sustainable, just and inclusive societies.’
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Analysis

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 ...
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Report

Farmers behind bars in Thailand because they grow cassava

Today Narissara Muangklang may have to go to prison. Her crime? Growing cassava on the land where this has been done for generations, but now it has to be reforested. Farmers against climate generals? Reality is a lot more cynical. Gie Goris reports from Thailand.
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Analysis

Female empowerment: Big steps for Belgium, small steps for women

In international studies, Belgium scores quite well in terms of gender equality. ‘That said; this is the situation on paper. In reality, we see that gender equality is not the core business of the state, and there are a lot of informal rules making things less rosy, less of a feminist paradise.’
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Report

‘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.
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Interview

Queen Mathilde: '2030 is tomorrow. Change needs to happen today'

Belgium’s queen Mathilde is one of 17 global sdg-advocates. What motivates her to engage with these sustainable development goals? Where did it all start? And what does she hope to achieve? These are only a few questions that got answered during a long afternoon, in an exclusive interview MO* had with the queen.
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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.
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Interview

Enspiral: adopting a positive impact as a personal motivation

With his open cooperation “Enspiral”, Joshua Vial distances himself for good from hierarchical company structures. The goal of his start-up is to gather people and companies who want to have a social impact. ‘Enspiral helps companies focus on creating jobs that really matter’, the enterprising New Zealander says. And this he ...
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Opinion

Are people monsters? The logic behind murderous attacks

The truck attack in Nice once again raises the question: how can people deliberately plan and execute a blood bath? There’s a system behind the madness, say MO* chief editor Gie Goris. So the answer has to be systematic as well. And better.
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Report

Poor Poles count on right-wing politics for social protection

Common families increase the power of populist, nationalist anti-immigration parties in Europe. This is clear in the southeast of Poland, where undeclared work and emigration are survival mechanisms to escape unemployment, low wages and insecure working conditions. Pieter Stockmans travelled through “Poland B” for two weeks.
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Opinion

Source of Panama Papers speaks: 'The Revolution Will Be Digitized'

The source behind the 11 million files that made the Panama Papers possible, sent a manifest to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. ‘Income inequality is one of the defining issues of our time.  It affects all of us, the world over.  The debate over its sudden acceleration has raged for years, with politicians, academics and activists alike he ...
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Essay

Five rules to successfully debate India

Europalia India will flood Brussels and vicinity with arts from India, from October to February. MO* provides a survival guide to navigate the endless receptions and discussions accompanying all those exhibitions, cultural shows, performances and encounters that arrive from the country that Amartya Sen and Jean Drèze describe as ‘islands of C ...