© Mashid Mohadjerin
Report

The Putin Generation: blind birds or future leaders?

In their lives, these youngsters saw no other state leader besides Vladimir Putin. These are their life stories of poverty and exclusion. They are products of Russia’s turbulent past, and while they are powerless to shape Russian politics in 2018, they could grow into a force capable of shaping Russia’s future by 2024. ‘The real r ...
© Mashid Mohadjerin
Report

Navalny: the man to topple Putin

The presidential election campaign in Russia saw no real political competition. Putin’s only effective challenger Alexei Navalny was excluded from participation. But Navalny's “non-campaign” speaks volumes about the Russia Putin will lead over the next six years. MO* investigated Russia’s only real political campaign and wha ...
Interview

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘In a monolingual universe, you see the world through one eye only. You lack perspective.'

As a child, Jhumpa Lahiri often felt like an alien, both in Rhode Island and in Calcutta, the two pivotal places in her young life. Although the Indian-American writer has moved on since then, she says that ‘almost no day passes without me thinking: wouldn’t it have been nice to have one place of origin?’ A conversation about iden ...
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Analysis

Pakistan's steady drift towards international isolation

The Financial Action Task Force, a global watchdog against money laundering and terror financing, has decided to put Pakistan in the “grey list” of the countries with deficiencies in Countering the Finance of Terrorism (CFT) and Anti Money Laundering (AML). The FATF shall formally announce this decision in June 2018 after receiving repo ...
© Fady AlGhorra and Mahmoud Elsobky
Report

Of fan boys and soldiers - how ISIS perfected jihadist propaganda

‘When it comes to strategic storytelling, the Islamic State truly has been unmatched. Not only in terms of the quality of its output, but in quantity too.’
© Fady AlGhorra and Mahmoud Elsobky
Report

Chat Jihad. How jihadist propaganda dominated the internet

For the better part of a year, we dove into the dark world of ultra-violent jihadist internet propaganda. From the early video messages of Osama bin Laden to ISIS’ sleek cyber-propaganda offensive, it shows how a small contingent of technology savvy extremists has succeeded in waging a campaign of fear with global reach and consequences.  ...
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Analysis

Asma Jahangir: The Legacy of Courage and Hope

She was personified defiance, courage, dedication, grace and dignity. Commonly seen as, the 'bravest of the brave hearts', she was called, 'Asian Hero' by Time Magazine and 'Pakistan's Aung San Suu Kyi' by Newyorker. She defied dictators, challenged mighty establishment, exposed secret agencies, antagonized extremist outfits and blasted patriarchal ...
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Analysis

Returning Afghans might be politically rewarding, it is also life threatening

Nine European countries forcibly return Afghans, and Pakistan is even threatening to force 1.5 million Afghans back to their country of origin. These politically motivated manoeuvres can be lethal -for the Afghans.
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Opinion

Plastic is poison, and that's that

The government-run organisation Flanders Circular seems to support that “plastic is a valuable resource”. If that is the case, the “plastification of the minds” seems to be almost complete. If the agency that has to put Flanders on the track to become circular, is itself not able to unmask this subtle twist of so-called ...
© Kris Berwouts
Analysis

Congo’s violent peace

Kris Berwouts presented “Congo’s violent peace”, a lecture at IOB Conference “Pathways to peace and drivers of democracy in the DRC” on January 23, 2018.
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Opinion

Our Right of Passage Should be Safe Migration, Not Leaky Boats

‘I’m a migrant, but didn’t have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.’ Thus spoke United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September 2017.
© Raf Gorissen
Zeronaut

How science proves that nature saves lives

The science is there to prove it. ‘Nature can save more lives, promote more health and deal with more ill health than the public health sector.’ The healthcare debate largely overlooks its number one provider: nature.

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