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The money trail of the Japanese Imperial brothel system

  • History
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Justice
  • Organised crime
  • Politics
  • Trafficking

SEOUL - From 1932 through 1945, the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy exploited a system of forced prostitution in all occupied territories in China, South East Asia and the Pacific Ocean, enslaving women and girls of many ethnicities as so-called ‘ comfort women'. These war crime victims represent 34 sovereign countries and city-states plus autonomous territories.*

An investigation on the 2.7 billion USD of blue economy investment from China in Madagascar

  • Economy
  • International
  • Politics
  • Work

ANTANANARIVO - When the news from Beijing reached Madagascar on September 6th, 2018, that a deal of 2.7 billion USD was signed on the country’s “blue economy” with China, people in the second largest island country panicked. Rightfully so. Nobody, including the fishing ministry, had heard of such a deal beforehand. 

Fishermen head out to sea from the small fishing village of Katsepy

Rouhani 2.0: mere decoration for the Islamic Republic?

  • Corruption
  • International
  • Politics

TEHRAN - It is now more than a year since the US unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Iran. Since then, the Iranian economy has suffered the stiff sanctions, while unemployment and poverty in the country are rising. Whatever the Americans want to achieve with this, their policy doesn't only create losers, but also winners.

Chinese Flying Money: the secret key to China’s international trading success

  • Corruption
  • Organised crime
  • Politics

WINDHOEK - The single greatest obstacle that law enforcement officials have in combatting wildlife crime and related smuggling is the lack of a money trail that can be used as evidence in court to secure convictions against the key organisers of such transactions.

Where the Cape abalone ends up: shucked abalone shells on top of a non-descript building in New Territories, Hong Kong, where almost all abalone smuggled from Africa ends up as part of the fei qian chain before being smuggled into Mainland China.

Journalismfund.eu’s innovation incubator supports AI-based factcheck platform

  • Europe
  • Innovation
  • Politics

BRUSSELS - Factcheck.Vlaanderen is a project that aims to counter online disinformation and polarisation in Flanders (the northern, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium). It is a fact-checking platform where man and machine cooperate to track, check and combat disinformation. The project is a unique collaboration between an AI-start-up, two media partners, two university colleges and a citizen participation company.

Messages from the dark side

  • Europe
  • Media
  • Politics

BRUSSELS - Across Europe, misinformation campaigns launched online by a handful of people, ahead of the European Union elections in May. The series of articles reveals the most common misinformation techniques and goes behind the scenes to meet those who fight it.

The failed engagement between Turkey and the EU

  • Migration
  • Politics

Turkey and the EU need each other. Even in a context of tense relations, harsh rhetoric and a near dead accession process, they approach each other. In anticipation of a marriage that may never come, there is cooperation in various areas today. Think of the refugee deal, counter-terrorism, trade, energy, ... Is there a new friendship or rather a forced LAT relationship without passion?

The Divided States of America

  • International
  • Politics

Rudi Rotthier traveled through The United States of America and found nuance alongside persevering anger, bitterness alongside resistance, and most of all, a lot of misunderstanding.

Does change work?

  • Politics

BRUSSELS - Journalist Pieter Bauwens traveled around Flanders (Belgium) for three months to speak with members of the Flemish nationalist party N-VA (Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie). It learned him how the N-VA has become a power party and let him to draw seven conclusions about the party.

On Air

  • International
  • Media
  • Politics

BURUNDI - Bob Rugurika is the director of Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), the most popular independent radio station in Burundi. As an investigative journalist, he is also a forerunner in the fight for freedom of expression in his country, willing to risk his life to expose the truth.