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Column

Why Zwarte Piet Ruined My Sex Life

The discussion on “Zwarte Piet” (Black Pete) the aid of Saint Nicholas, started again in all its intensity. Although the debate is more politicized in the Netherlanfds, Belgium is not far behind when it comes to white supremacy. MO* Columnist Anya Topolski wonders why white people stick to this racist tradition.
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Opinion

France destroys North Niger. Will the EU or UN act?

Tens of thousands of people in Niger’s Arlit are exposed to often deadly radiation coming from the uranium mines around the city. AREVA, owned by the French State for over 80% and the main company on this environmental crime scene, has misinformed and lied to a population that is now waking up to the devastating consequences of this ecocide. ...
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Analysis

The Iran Nuclear Deal Must be Here to Stay

Whilst the US extended the sanction relief to Iran on the 14th of September, Trump still threatens to declare Teheran non-compliant with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The inspections executed by the International Atomic Energy Agency earlier this month deny Trump’s allegations that Iran would have violated the conditions of the Nuclear Deal. If ...
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Interview

Gail Walker: ‘Cuba is not given the proper respect it deserves.’

On the 17th of September during the solidarity festival Manifiesta in Belgium, Gail Walker discussed the influence of the Trump administration on the development of American-Cuban relations. Under Walker’s direction, IFCO a grassroots organisation works hard to lift the embargo that the United States enforces on Cuba.  ...
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Analysis

Artificial glaciers for a Himalayan desert: solution or hype?

From disappearing caps in Greenland to receding glaciers on Mount Everest, ice is the most visible symbol in the debate over climate change. In the high-altitude Himalayan region of Ladakh - located in the volatile Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir - ice is more than a rhetorical concern.
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News

A Remedy Against a Divided Mexico; The First Indigenous Woman for President?

On the 28th of May 2017 María de Jesús Patricio Martínez , an indigenous women from the Nahua community in the Western state of Jalisco, was designated by the National Indigenous Congress as their representative for the Mexican federal elections in 2018. With this nomination she became the first indigenous Mexican woman in the country’s histo ...
Interview

Leslie Johnston: ‘Sustainability is not a matter of goodwill, but a business opportunity’

With a budget of over 50 million euro per year, the C&A Foundation attempts to change the textile sector from within. According to executive director Leslie Johnston this attempt is coming through quite successfully, partially because of the innovative entrepreneurs. ‘Social entrepreneurship is essential if we are to transform the textile ...
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Interview

Koen Vanmechelen: ‘We need to rebalance nature to save humanity’

Koen Vanmechelen's chickens are world-famous. The artist himself is often identified with his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, which has been running for thirty years now. Yet Vanmechelen’s oeuvre extends far beyond the chicken: it deals with concepts such as diversity, identity and the restoration of freedom and equilibrium.
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Report

Reinventing microcredit in Myanmar

After years of hype, microfinance now faces challenges in the fight against poverty. But in Myanmar’s largely unexploited market, small innovators are experimenting with solutions.
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Interview

Ukrainian fact-checkers Stop Fake: ‘Fake news is a weapon of war’

Ever since fake news troubles the West, the Ukrainian fact-checkers of Stop Fake are welcome guests at journalism conferences and in the corridors of power in Western Europe. A critical talk about fake and real news, and what we can learn on the frontline of the information war.
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Visual

Petruro Irpino, a new Italian model for locals and migrants living together peacefully

Petruro Irpino. In this small village, situated between the green hills of Avellino, people of different religions and coming from different parts in the world live together peacefully. Photographer Alessio Paduano went to have a look at what the secret is of this refreshing new-found harmony between locals and migrants. 
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Opinion

The impact of “the refugee crisis”: rights are at risk in Europe

From summer 2015 until spring of 2016, an increase in the number of people arriving in Europe to seek international protection stimulated a profound political crisis. Although it was termed “the refugee crisis”, it is more properly called a crisis of policy-making, a crisis of the EU, a crisis of European identity or even a crisis of hu ...

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