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Essay

Asma Jahangir: A phenomenon of engaged resistance

The Pakistani diaspora and friends of Asma Jahangir gathered in Brusels, at the Asia Platform, on March 26th, to reflect on the live, the struggles and the continued importance of Asma Jahangir. Cecie ...
Opinion

Is Belgium the world’s recycling champion? The kingdom’s own inconvenient truth.

The figures that Fost Plus, Belgium’s nationwide waste-buyer uses in the current debate about introducing deposit-fees are one big lie. Why is that? Fost Plus deliberately misinterprets the offi ...
© Fady AlGhorra and Mahmoud Elsobky
Report

No such thing as a lone wolf - inside the jihadist recruitment machine

Jihadist propaganda on the internet is often seen as one of the main drivers for pushing young people into committing terrorist attacks. The reality is more complex than that. ‘People radicalise ...
Fady AlGhorra en Mahmoud Elsobky
Report

Attractive brutality: why terrorist propaganda appeals to people

To the vast majority of people, ultra-violent jihadist propaganda is neither convincing nor appealing. Yet Al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups seem to attract followers across the globe with gor ...
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Report

The Putin Generation: blind birds or future leaders?

In their lives, these youngsters saw no other state leader besides Vladimir Putin. These are their life stories of poverty and exclusion. They are products of Russia’s turbulent past, and while ...
© Mashid Mohadjerin
Report

Navalny: the man to topple Putin

The presidential election campaign in Russia saw no real political competition. Putin’s only effective challenger Alexei Navalny was excluded from participation. But Navalny's “non-campaig ...
Interview

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘In a monolingual universe, you see the world through one eye only. You lack perspective.'

As a child, Jhumpa Lahiri often felt like an alien, both in Rhode Island and in Calcutta, the two pivotal places in her young life. Although the Indian-American writer has moved on since then, she say ...
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Analysis

Pakistan's steady drift towards international isolation

The Financial Action Task Force, a global watchdog against money laundering and terror financing, has decided to put Pakistan in the “grey list” of the countries with deficiencies in Count ...
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Report

Of fan boys and soldiers - how ISIS perfected jihadist propaganda

‘When it comes to strategic storytelling, the Islamic State truly has been unmatched. Not only in terms of the quality of its output, but in quantity too.’
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Report

Chat Jihad. How jihadist propaganda dominated the internet

For the better part of a year, we dove into the dark world of ultra-violent jihadist internet propaganda. From the early video messages of Osama bin Laden to ISIS’ sleek cyber-propaganda offensi ...
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Analysis

Asma Jahangir: The Legacy of Courage and Hope

She was personified defiance, courage, dedication, grace and dignity. Commonly seen as, the 'bravest of the brave hearts', she was called, 'Asian Hero' by Time Magazine and 'Pakistan's Aung San Suu Ky ...
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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 -fo ...

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