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The Military Economic Republic of Egypt

  • Armed conflict
  • Economy
  • Politics
  • Security

CAIRO - After Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected President in May 2014, several amendments to the public procurement law were made that allowed the Egyptian military to further strengthen its grip on the economy. The amendments helped companies affiliated with the army reap the lion’s share of major public contracts, including the construction of the new administrative capital in Cairo, real estate projects, highways and infrastructure, that were granted under direct, non-competitive bidding.

The Waste Mafia. Tracing Illegal Waste Exports from Germany to Poland

  • Environment

LUBLIN, POLAND - The export of waste to Poland is booming. Among these exports, illegal shipments frequently occur. Companies from Germany, the UK, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden have illegally exported waste to Poland in recent years.

Hidden Sorrow: The Jezidi Victims of Belgian Jihadists

  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Organised crime

What is the involvement of Belgian jihadists in the genocide that IS carried out against the Jezidi community? Now that the Belgian parliament has acknowledged the genocide, Brenda Stoter Boscolo and Bruno Struys went to Iraqi Kurdistan with that question in mind. They talked to official sources, but above all had hours of interviews with the Yezidis themselves.

Inside 25 years of GMOs in Africa

  • Agriculture
  • Corruption

This transnational three-part investigation looks at agricultural biotechnologies, better known as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) from the African perspective using Burkina Faso, South Africa and Uganda as case studies.

9/11 through the eyes of Al Qaeda

  • Terrorism

Even after the anniversary of 9/11, one question remains unanswered: how did Osama bin Laden manage to carry out that murderous raid against the most powerful country in the world? Exceptional testimonies from the heart of the al-Qaeda terrorist movement provide an answer.

Europe’s war in the Sahel: tracking financial flows for security forces and their impact

  • Security

NIAMEY - This is the first article of a year-long cross-border independent investigation into EU money invested in Niger for security purposes.

How the Kenyan government is losing revenue as Khat Smuggling to Somalia escalates

  • Agriculture
  • Organised crime
  • Transport

NAIROBI - MOGADISHU - The smuggling of Khat, locally known as Miraa, is being carried out openly in Kenya’s coastal town of Lamu. The smuggling has been heightened due to the fact that Miraa export to Somalia was banned in 2020 following a diplomatic row between the two states. 

Garbage Out, Garbage In: How Europe’s e-waste problem is a burden on Africa

  • Environment

ACCRA, GHANA - This story puts the spotlight on the dumping of e-waste, particularly discarded colling appliances by Europe’s e-waste exporters in Africa in contravention of EU’s law and the Basel Convention while port officials in Europe turn a blind eye to the shipment of these discarded appliances.

Murder in Burundi

  • Politics

BUJUMBURA - After sixty years, Ludo De Witte opens up about a murder that set Burundi on the road to internal division, ethnic tension and mass killings.

Nepalis abused by Nepalis in Luxembourg

  • Human Rights
  • Migration
  • Trafficking

LUXEMBOURG - Migrants are victims of mistreatment and exploitation by their relatives and friends in the heart of Europe. This story shows how in Luxembourg some of the poorest migrants face injustice which needs to be exposed and addressed.