Obama in Turkey

US President Barack Obama arrived in Turkey Sunday for a three-day visit. The stakes are high nafter the bargaining for the new NATO secretary-general, in wich Turkey had to be coaxed into accepting Mr. Rasmussen.

Interview with monetary specialist Bernard Lietaer on banks, the crisis and creative solutions

Belgian monetary specialist Bernard Lietaer sees the financial crisis as a potential disaster, but also as an opportunity. The opportunity to create complementary currencies needed to solve the problems of our time. Moreover, this is what is ongoing for the moment, from Brasil over Germany and Japan, to Flanders.

Yemen's five forgotten wars

Yemen is conspicuously absent from our European news broadcasts. Reports about the backlands of the Arabic peninsula limit themselves to items on abducted or murdered Western tourists and the war on terror. The wave of conflicts in North Yemen from 2004 onwards, and the stream of refugees caused by these conflicts, attract almost no attention.

Cardinal Danneels: 'Muslims would be better off if they would have their own Vatican'

MO* spoke with cardinal Godfried Danneels, the man who is, until further notice, the head of, again till further notice, the biggest religious community in Flanders. We talked about religion, world economy and politics. And about ‘flexible’ conscience and religious power.

Palestinian leader Mustafa Barghouti: ‘Oslo is dead, killed in Gaza’

Mustafa Barghouti is secretary-general of Almubadara, the Palestinian National Initiative. This movement, created in 2002, aims to come to an independent Palestinian state by peaceful resistance. In this interview with MO*, former presidential candidate Barghouti, doctor by profession, analyses the consequences of the Gaza-conflict for the Palestin ...

Oumou Sangare: ‘Polygamy is false and hypocritical’

A songbird, this is how the Malian superstar Oumou Sangare prefers to define herself. A bird that sings against the injustice that is being done to women, but also about love and eroticism in a way that no woman in Mali has ever done before. With the release of her new cd Seya, MO* spent a few days in the company of Oumou Sangare in Bamako and Seg ...

Shia converts in Brussels: "We lived a lie"

Sunnis who become Shiite is not an exception any more. In Brussels the Moroccan people tend to convert easier than the Turkish community.

2009= The Grand Climate Test of Homo Sapiens

The end of this year is the moment the United Nations will meet in Copenhagen, which should reveal whether humanity is really in for beating climate change. Leading to Copenhagen lays a difficult path, paved with high ambitions. If all goes well, a money machine will be installed at the core of the UN, which allow developing countries to undergo an ...

World Social Forum is thinking about a new consensus

The neoliberal globalization hit a wall. The World Economic Forum in Davos does not know what to do. Would the World Social Forum be able to point the right direction? The youngest edition seemed as furious and indecisive as the previous ones. Nonetheless, there was more consensus than ever.

Human rights in Russia: 'A cascade of rulings'

The European Union is worried about the human rights situation in Russia. That was the message José Manuel Barosso, president of the EU Comission, sent to Russian prime minister Vladimir Poetin following the murder of the human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov. The complaints against Russia before the European Court for Human Rights are piling up. ...

Every year 380.000 sailors in the port of Antwerp

Last year 16.000 ships anchored at the port of Antwerp. Crews from all over the world are often the victim of miserable working conditions. Social protection is still too easily bypassed. MO* went to visit the ships with the Antwerp seamen's missions.

What is the status of human rights in Iran?

‘We are close to the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. The Islamic Revolution came to power with the vote of the people. There is no way that we can say that the people of Iran in 1979 did not want the Islamic Revolution – no, they voted for it. Therefore, the Islamic Republic does