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
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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 ...
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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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Analysis

Did two Belgian nationals fall victim to Rwandan death squads?

Two citizens of Bruges have died in South-Africa under suspicious circumstances. The family of the first victim, Thomas Ngeze, points the finger at the Rwandan State. The family of Pieter-Jan Staelens, the second victim, has doubts about Rwanda’s part in the two deaths. To anyone who has ever been into contact with Rwandan secret services, th ...
© Xander Stockmans
Report

‘This is a war for land, Romania is the battlefield’

Forced by poverty, a population transfers its decision-making power over the European granary to foreign shareholders of subsidized, wealthy investment groups. Local residents work in paid employment of the companies to whom they sell their land, move to the city or emigrate. Landgrabbing, by the international market.
© Frauke Decoodt
Report

Surviving violence and Ortega in Nicaragua

These are the stories of a mother whose son was killed by snipers, of a doctor saving lives on the barricades and of an ex-Sandinista combatant. Their stories tell us of the violence that shaked their lives, and about their many reasons to protest.
© Matjaz Krivič
Report

Who’s paying the “green” bill for the electric car?

What do a poisoned lake in Mongolia, a deadly lung disease in the Congolese cobalt mines and water conflicts in the Andean countries have in common? They are the heavy price paid for our electric cars, which tun out to be anything but green for people living in places where crucial resources are mined.

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