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Analysis

The Iran Nuclear Deal Must be Here to Stay

Whilst the US extended the sanction relief to Iran on the 14th of September, Trump still threatens to declare Teheran non-compliant with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The inspections executed by the International Atomic Energy Agency earlier this month deny Trump’s allegations that Iran would have violated the conditions of the Nuclear Deal. If ...
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Interview

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.’ ...
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Interview

Reza Aslan: ‘Trump is looking for trouble with Iran’

The world was surprised by the travel ban that President Trump proclaimed for inhabitants or citizens of seven mostly Islamic countries. This is, however, only the first step of a much larger strategy, according to Reza Aslan, the famous Iranian-American author and TV-maker. He hopes that by 2018, the current protests will bring about a renewed Dem ...
Longread

Trump brings the European New Right into the White House. To be continued in 2017?

Everyone fears Trump will give the European far-right parties a boost. But it is the European New Right that laid the ideological foundations for Trump. Their network has been paving the way since 1968. Half a century later they are in power in the White House and the Kremlin. Next year in Western Europe?
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Opinion

Leave no one behind.

25 years ago the extreme right( burst onto the Belgian political scene. The election of Donald Trump reminds us that we no longer have the “luxury” to look the other way. There is anger, there is fear. How do we answer the expectations of people who don’t belong to the succesful cosmopolitans?
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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.
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Report

Sustainable cities: utopia or reality

As humans continue to evolve, so too do our cities. Today, with more than 50% of the world’s population living in cities, our success or failure in building sustainable cities will shape the future of the Homo Urbanus. Both developed and developing world cities are still struggling to get urban development right.
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Interview

21 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit

Like many prisoners on death row, Nick Yarris held on to his innocence throughout his stay. As a twenty-year old drug addict, he ended up behind bars after a traffic violation. Hoping for a sentence reduction he provided false information with regards to the rape and murder of Linda Mae Graig. His plan backfired and Yarris was convicted for the cri ...
News

RIO+20: U.S. swimming or sinking?

A controversial environmental policy has created serious concerns that a non-committal attitude of the U.S. to RIO+20 will prevent any meaningful outcomes. In times of presidential elections with two candidates – Obama and Romney- having different approaches to ‘green economy’, what are the chances that a position will be defined for the summit? ...
Interview

Amiri Baraka: Poetry for the 99%

Considered one of the big names in contemporary American literature, he became famous in the sixties as an avant-garde poet in New York and is now on the barricades alongside the Occupy movement. A portrait of Amiri Baraka, eternal revolutionary.
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Opinion

Mladic versus Bin Laden method

The US operation in May 2011 that killed 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden couldn't have contrasted more with the low-key arrest a few weeks later of Ratko Mladic, a man held responsible by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for the siege of Sarajevo, and the Srebrenica massacre, the largest mass-murder in Europe since Worl ...