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A Syrian Artist Reimagines the World's Powerful Leaders as Vulnerable Refugees

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:38:07 +0000

"Those leaders were partly responsible for the displacement of Syrians. Maybe they will feel what it feels like to be vulnerable."

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A Belgian University Puts Out a Welcome Mat for Refugees

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:00:14 +0000

Mohammed Salman, who is from Syria, is helping start up a program for refugees at the Free University of Brussels.

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Molenbeek, the Complex Reality of a Community Vilified by the Media

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:34:44 +0000

In the heart of the Belgian capital lies Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, a low-income community with a connection to those suspected of carrying out the attacks on Paris and other acts of violence.

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Following Hundreds of Deaths at Sea, a ‘Die-In’ in France Calls for EU Migrant Reform

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:59:19 +0000

The number of migrants killed while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe have increased dramatically. Still the European Union's priorities don't seem to be about saving lives.

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Balloons Released in Brussels in Support of Jailed Iranian Student Hamid Babaei

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:33:28 +0000

Ever since the tribulations of Hamid Babaei and his wife began, his classmates at Liège and in Brussels have shown them unrelenting solidarity.

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Gun Attack Kills 5 in Bamako as Mali Tries to Consolidate Peace

Sat, 07 Mar 2015 14:11:07 +0000

A shooting in a restaurant in Bamako, capital city of Mali, claimed the lives of five people on Friday night, March, 6. The attack took place around midnight in a restaurant called La Terrasse in Downtown Bamako and a dozen people are seriously injured. Two suspects are in detention and...

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Pope Francis, a Pope Unlike the Rest

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:32:33 +0000

A global view of Pope Francis, a year and half into his papacy.

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Why Rwanda Accuses France of Aiding 1994 Genocide

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:42:18 +0000

As Rwanda pays tribute to the victims of the genocide 20 years after the tragedy, President Kagame states again that France must “face up to the difficult truth” of its role in the 1994 genocide [fr]. As a result of this statement, France has pulled out of the commemorative events...

Five of the Most Celebrated French-Language African Films

Sun, 09 Feb 2014 17:56:29 +0000

Five of the most celebrated French-language African films (award-winning or not) that have left their mark on an entire generation of movie-watchers.

European Citizens Call for the Protection of Media Pluralism

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:14:19 +0000

“European institutions should safeguard the right to free, independent and pluralistic information”. The quote, from the Media Initiative website, summarizes the main idea behind a pan-European campaign that aims at urging the European Commission to draft a Directive to protect Media Pluralism and Press Freedom. The Media Initiative is running a European Citizens’ Initiative – a tool...

“Beyond Brazil”: European Journalists Wanted for Reporting Trips

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:46:04 +0000

Coolpolitics in Portugal announces [pt] an open call for European journalists who want to go on a reporting trip to Brazil in 2014. Twenty-one young reporters from Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom and Bulgaria will be selected to take part of three different groups that will cover events in Brazil,...

Racism, the United Nations, and the Dutch Saint Nicholas Tradition

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:46:50 +0000

While the children of Belgium, The Netherlands and other European countries prepare for the arrival of Saint Nicholas on December 6, the shadow of racism hangs over this tradition.

Interview with Guinea Boxing Champ Turned Belgian Politician

Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:56:15 +0000

Making the transition between the worlds of high level sport and politics has never been easy. It is even more difficult when two different countries are involved. Bea Diallo explains his remarkable career.

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Belgium FEMEN Leaves The International Movement

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:05:47 +0000

“We are announcing the closure of the branch FEMEN Belgium. We took this decision unanimously because of different views upon the internal organization of the international movement FEMEN. We have no regrets, we conducted our actions with sincerity. We will continue the fight, there is no question about that, but...

“I Know A Rapist”: The Blog that Won't Stay Silent

Sat, 07 Sep 2013 19:50:06 +0000

A Tumblr blog collects testimonies [fr] of people who know a sexual predator. The “About” page of the site states that the goal is to show that rapists are not just psychopaths who are statistical outliers but people we know (80% of rape victims knew their aggressors). One contributor recalls one...