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Pharma sector keeps medical news in tight grip

BRUSSEL - The flip side of pharmaceutical companies' staggering profit figures is that the marketing for their products is incredibly important. Dutch research shows that pharma even spends twice as much money on this than on the development of new drugs. In this study we examine to what extent and in what way health information in the professional media is influenced by the pharmaceutical industry.

The Mexican method

BRUSSELS/AMSTERDAM - In Belgium and the Netherlands, Mexican laborers have raised a new branch of the drug industry: crystal meth. Arthur Debruyne portrays all those involved. 'Buying gloves? Just tell those mexi to work'.
 

Wardrobe fasting, uravelling the textile supply chain

You never wear one third of the clothes in your wardrobe. Another third you rarely ever put on. You have not touched nine out of ten outfits for a whole year. You throw away more clothes than any other European. And yet you keep buying new clothes. Because you feel that you need them. Because every morning you wake up and think you have nothing to wear.

Self-service at Action Damien

BRUSSELS - Experienced staff are being fired, volunteers are dropping out and losses are piling up. Meanwhile, external consultants earn up to €20,000 a month. What is going on at Action Damien?

Handboek voor onderzoeksjournalisten

  • Journalism & Media
  • Education

AMSTERDAM - The official handbook of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists covers the internationally renowned Story-Based Inquiry method: a fast and effective way to organise and carry out journalistic research. Around it, the authors discuss the social, psychological, legal, financial, ethical and societal aspects of investigative journalism.

Hashtags in the battle for women's bodies in Egypt

CAÏRO - Those who hoped the 2011 Egyptian revolution would dramatically improve women's lives are being disappointed. More than a decade later, calls for equal rights and opportunities are ringing louder than ever. Social media are once again an ideal sounding board for emancipatory ideas. And the regime? As ever, it reacts defensively. Whoever does not go along with the official discourse on women's rights is gagged.'

100 years to stop the sea

  • Environment

HAVANA - The IPCC is clear: besides radically reducing emissions, the world must also prepare for the consequences of 1.5 degrees of warming of our atmosphere. How will we feed, shelter and protect ourselves in this heralded 'climate hell'?

Nazi-looted art from Belgium

  • Armed conflict
  • Culture

BRUSSELS - An immense art theft occured during World War II. The Nazis dragged art from occupied countries to Germany and set up ambitious collections. For Belgium, that story has not yet been told. How could paintings of Memling, Van der Weyden, Brueghel, Jordaens and Cranach so easily leave the country? The Nazis emptied homes, stole art, forced owners to sell and spent millions of Reichsmarks on the art market.

Move she does

  • Transport
  • Politics
  • Religion

TEHERAN - Women face obstacles when entering public spaces: prejudice, traditions, prohibitive laws, violence. All over the world, brave, creative women have found ways to overcome these obstacles. With their specific modes of transport, they challenge gender roles, gain independence, self-confidence and strength. Each is changing her environment from within, becoming an inspiring role model.

Club Anxiety

  • Healthcare

GHENT - At 16, Sofie developed symptoms of what later turned out to be anxiety and depressive disorder. On social media, it seems like every young person struggles with it. Wouldn't it be nice to start a club? Based on her own experiences, Sofie Steenhaut talks to club members and experts. Welcome to Club Anxiety!