(c) Amit Dave
Report

Why beaching is so hard for companies to resist

The road to Alang is lined with shops and warehouses selling items that once used to sail across the world’s oceans. Oak desks, faux crystal chandeliers, life vests and boats, ropes, electric cables and switches, leather chairs, paintings and reproductions, giant generators and motors – you name it. It is ship recycling in its most lite ...
The Oriental N (a vessel that became notorious under the original name Exxon Valdez) ended up on one of the beach yards of Alang, India
Report

 “Every day on the shipbreaking yard can be your last”

“Shipbreaking has grown into a major occupational and environmental health problem in the world. It is amongst the most dangerous of occupations, with unacceptably high levels of fatalities, injuries and work-related diseases”, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) warned in 2015. Dr Geetanjoy says that data from the Gujarat ...
© Giacomo Sini
Report

In Italy this football team offers new perspective to African refugees

In Matteo Salvini’s Italy, where ports are closed for ships that recover migrants dispersed in the sea, a football team offers a new perspective to refugees from Africa. They share the dream of being able to play football while sharing the same tragic experiences, risking their lives on precarious boats, as well as in the prsion camps of Libya.&nbs ...
© Stella Paul
Report

‘Hope Army’ of Belgium’s Climate Activists Marches On

8 year old Luca of Leuven should have been at school at this hour. Instead, he is walking along a narrow dirt road leading to Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein. With a placard held firmly in his tiny hands that reads ‘There is no Planet B.’
Analysis

Asia Bibi and Pakistan´s Great Win Against Bigotry

After spending eight years of solitary confinement in an 8f x 10f death cell, Asia Bibi (51) has been declared innocent. She was released from jail after a three-member Supreme Court bench cleared her of all the charges of blasphemy on October 31, 2018 and a review petition was categorically dismissed on January 29, 2019.
News

Rainbow Warrior on shipbreaking beach in Bangladesh

When big multinational shipping companies opt for shipbreaking on South Asian beaches in order to maximize profits, one can be outraged, but will not be surprised. But what should we make of the news that Greenpeace’s iconic Rainbow Warrior II ended up on a beach in Bangladesh for scrapping?
© Ruth Govaerts
Interview

New dilemmas and new directions in South Africa after apartheid

On October 3th 2016, Sachs, who collects honorary doctorates and other titles as if they were panini stickers, visited Ghent University for the third Mandela lecture organised by the Africa Platform of the Ghent University Association, and moderated by Prof. Eva Brems. This interview was conducted on that occasion.
© Brecht Goris
Column

The Ambiguities of Anti-Semitism

It's essential we do not see antisemitism or the Shoah as something unique, says Anya Topolski in her column. It blinds us for a systematic pattern of racism and genocide, and, because it means we do not try to get to the root cause of the problem.
Report

Kris Berwouts: Four days in the hands of Congo’s insecurity services

Although being expelled from Congo in 2017, Kris Berwouts was able to receive a visum for the DRC one year later. On arrival in Congo however, he was immediately stopped by the authorities. This is what happened.
CC Bruno Deceukelier
Blog Post

When civil society speak, will leaders from Asia and Europe listen?

Mid October leaders of states from Asia and Europe will meet in Brussels, as part of the Asia Europe summit which happens every two years. In its wake, civil society meet at the Asia Europe People’s Forum, as do business representatives and other lobbying groups
Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)
News

How a worldwide lobby keeps corrupt politicians in power

Hundreds of Romanian businessmen and politicians who were convicted for corruption are working on an unprecedented PR-operation to get amnesty. The trail leads from social-democrats in Bucharest, consultants of the right-wing Benjamin Netanyahu and Viktor Orbán, Israeli private espionage companies of ex-Mossad agents, to neoconservative t ...
Partidul Social Democrat from Romania (cc-by-2.0) / S&D
Analysis

Social democrats voted in favour of sanctions against Hungary. What about autocrats in their own ranks?

The European Parliament historically voted to launch a sanction procedure against Hungary. A similar procedure against Poland for undermining the rule of law is already launched. This time it was the parliament that launched it. Members of Orbán’s own European People’s Party voted against him. Would the Social Democrats in the Euro ...

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