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Opinion

The Brave New World of Telework, Computer Clouds, and Isolated Workers

Underneath the fear for the new corona virus, there is the celebration of new apps and technologies that allow some of us to continue working, meeting and being somehow productive, while in isolation in our rooms and houses. But the shift we celebrate now, could be the pandemic of tomorrow, writes Eric Stryson. If we don’t flatten this curve now, i ...
© Iratxe Alvarez
Opinion

Open up the borders (for journalism)!

‘While the world is forcing us to cooperate internationally and begging for global remedies for everything from the coronavirus to the climate crisis, there is still far too little attention to global journalism’. Gie Goris and Jago Kosolosky, current and future editor-in-chief of MO* respectively, regret that.
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Blog Post

Dear chair, please stand up for the people of Congo in the UN Security Council!

If humanity exists, humanity must now rise. Otherwise we will all be dehumanised.
© Xander Stockmans
Report

Europe’s last primeval forests are turning into timber factories

Primeval forests are increasingly included in plans to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis. They are the best carbon sinks, but they are disappearing rapidly. In the European Union, they are mainly located in Romania, where only 13 per cent are protected. The rest has already been turned into or is threatened to be turned into production for ...
© Xander Stockmans
Report

These primeval forests have to make way for a mega-ski resort. Who benefits from the clear-cut?

The businessman who helped Ukrainian president Zelensky to the top, wants to build Europe’s largest ski area in Europe’s last great wilderness: the Carpathians. Logging in primeval forests near the protected mountain range of Svydovets has begun, but is confronted with unexpected civil activism. An ordinary citizen is dragging some the most po ...
© Charis Bastin
Report

Portugese architects confront tourists with reality behind azulejos

No cathedral or tastings of port wine, but long lost glory. This is what you get when you join The Worst Tours for a tour in Porto. Three young and unemployed architects started their guided tours during the recession. Along the way they tell you how mass tourism and speculation have put a mortgage on their future.
Report

Under the Silence and the Scars: a Kashmir that Will Not Forget or Forgive

Three months after BJP-led government of India stripped Jammu and Kashmir from its special status, the silence from the Valley is deafening, and cracking. Khalid Hussein reports for MO* from the worst hit villages in Kashmir about the cries and the whispers, the gathering storm, the wounds that will not heal.
Interview

The House is on fire, but we need more than the fire brigade

After a day of global climate action, and just before a crucial Climate Summit at the UN on Monday, MO* sent three pressing questions about the prospects of fast and frundamental transition to a number of global experts. These experts have the ear of top policy makers, so what they say, matters. Even for activists or skeptics who beg to disagree wi ...
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Interview

Can edible forests stop Brazilian deforestation?

Documentary maker Louise Amand and Wervel launch the documentary Pé na terra . The documentary discusses the Cerrado’s destruction and puts forward a kind of agriculture that makes reforestation possible.
© Tine Hens
Report

The great spill of the plastics industry: mountains of nurdles on the beach

The plastics industry loses 1,000 billion pellets in rivers and oceans every year worldwide. Pellets are the building blocks of almost every plastic product. They are white, blue, green and yellow, granular and especially feathery. They are wasted throughout the entire chain. Once in nature, you can barely get them out.
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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.
© Jakub Plíhal
News

Czech Prime Minister and billionaire Andrej Babiš has to pay back €17 million to the EU

A confidential report by the European Commission, which MO* received, found that billionaire Andrej Babiš, during several years, received millions of euros in European subsidies illegally. As a prime minister who distributes the subsidies and as a company manager who receives the most subsidies, he is in a conflict of interest. Babiš ...

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