Sixty years of Nakba

The American president George W. Bush is ready for the cherry on the cake of his second tenure: a peace solution between Israel and the Palestinians and the establishment of a Palestine state. Far away from the White House, Israel celebrates his sixtieth anniversary and the Palestine refugees commemorate the Nakba, the “catastrophe” of 1948.

A radical new development idea: Everybody insured!

Gorik Ooms, director of Doctors Without Borders and soon working for the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, appeals for the startup of a worldwide system for social security. ‘Because health is a basic Human right, also for those who cannot afford it!’

Mario Giro: ‘War is the Mother of all Poverty’

Sant’Egidio celebrates it's 40th anniversary. The Catholic movement is probably best known for its peace work. 'You should be ready to sit down with people who have blood on their hands', says Mario Giro.

China Outdoes Europeans in Congo

The massive deal that China signed with the Democratic Republic of Congo last year is not the "second colonisation" that some Europeans allege it is. The agreement appears, in fact, a promising way to kick-start an economy.


This year Al Gore and the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will share the Nobel Peace Prize. The “former would-be president of the US” is laurelled for having put climate change on top of the international agenda. The IPCC receives the prize because it has provided the scientific base for a global climate policy. MO* had an excl ...

Mismanagement in international organizations

After Paul Wolfowitz of the World Bank, Jacques Diouf of the FAO and many others, Director General Brunson McKinley of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is under internal accusation of nepotism, intimidation and bad management. Is there anybody who cares about the apparent structural problems in the management of international inst ...

Rwanda: the bitter taste of revenge

During that cruel spring of 1994, almost a million Tutsi`s and moderate Hutu`s were killed, in 100 days. Traditional Gacaca jurisdiction had to bring truth and reconciliation. But the absorption of the traumatic genocide is problematic genocide remains problematic. Half of the Hutu population lives as a defendant and reconciliation is hardly see ...
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Cardinal William Levada: Neoliberalism is not compatible with Catholic social teaching

Some call him the Catholic Secretary of Ideology, others the numero due of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal William Joseph Levada is Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. That makes him a Very Important Bishop, at least. Cardinal Levada took out time for an in-depth interview with MO*, one of the first such interviews since ...

Congo squanders its crown jewels

Although Congo is poverty-stricken, its subsoil is overflowing with wealth. But who profits from Congolese copper, cobalt or uranium? MO* got hold of two mining exploitation contracts and had them analyzed by a specialized law firm. Conclusion: Congo is being looted. A Congolese parliamentary Commission warned about this, but its report was suppres ...

6 dead and 79 wounded in a political meeting in Kenya

Two explosions ripped during the rally celebrated on the new constitution in Nairobi, killing 6 people and wounding 79. The politic tension returns to increase again in the country. The stampede followed an attack with granades by the supporters of the Constitution. This is one of the most important conflicts since 2007 when 1500 people dead in a w ...