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Afghanistan: is our military presence still useful?

  • Conflict
  • Religion
  • Terrorism

AFGHANISTAN - Now that the Taliban is constantly threatening with attacks on polling stations and other places, it is fearful to see what the Afghan presidential elections of September 28 will bring. But everyone is convinced that they must continue: “The Taliban cannot stop us anymore. It's too late for that." 

Journalismfund.eu’s innovation booster supports online newspaper for low-literate adults

  • Education
  • Innovation
  • Media

MECHELEN - ‘Wablieft’ (Flemish interjection meaning ‘Excuse me?’) is a newspaper that has been providing clear news for low-literate adults in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium) for more than thirty years. Next to a weekly newspaper it also publishes ‘Wablieft Start’, a biweekly news magazine in even simpler Dutch.
 

A screenshot of Wablieft's website

The forgotten people: The story of the Jezidis about the last genocide

  • Conflict
  • Human Rights
  • Religion

IRAQ - In the summer of 2014, IS invaded the Sinjar region in northern Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of residents fled to Iraqi Kurdistan, or to Mount Sinjar, not knowing that help would come days later. Without food or water many died of exhaustion. But IS had come not only to expand the Caliphate, but also to eradicate the Jezidis, a community with its own religion and an ancient culture. Fate awaited residents who were locked down by IS. The men were killed; women and girls sold as slaves and boys were put in IS training camps.

Romania and Bulgaria, safe havens for Italian mafia money

  • Corruption
  • Europe
  • Finance

BUCHAREST - The need of Italian mafia networks to carry out vast money-laundering operations took them to Romania and Bulgaria. They set up companies that not only succeeded in flying under the radar but also won government contracts. 

Climate change and the coal industry in Greece and Poland

  • Ecology
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Industry
  • International

PTOLEMAIDA - In Greece, coal is considered "national fuel" and policymakers have always treated it as such. The future of the coal industry, however, is not taken for granted. The price of coal has increased, the industry is operating against EU's environmental and economic policies and its proponents and opponents are more than ever at odds. 

A massive lignite excavator in the Southern Field lignite mine in Ptolemaida, Greece

Online dating: a separate universe for men and women

  • Data Journalism
  • Industry

BERLIN - Are online dating applications designed to make us react in a certain way? Why do men do not attract enough attention and women increasingly receive insults and inappropriate messages? Our grantees, Judith Duportail and Nicolas Kayser-Bril, investigated how the architecture of a dating application influences how users behave. 

Online illegal wildlife trade

  • Corruption
  • Data Journalism
  • Innovation
  • International
  • Organised crime
  • Trafficking

CAPE TOWN - Although cyberspace is not the main platform for the illegal wildlife trade, it provides an anonymous and versatile marketplace in which to buy and sell. It is safe to say that the internet plays a role at some point in an increasing number of wildlife trafficking incidents.

The bottleneck of the Balkan route

  • Europe
  • Human Rights
  • Justice
  • Migration

BIHAC - Western Bosnia and Herzegovina is a bottleneck for migrants and refugees who are fleeing across the Balkans. Many of them are caught en route to Northern or Western Europe on Slovenian territory, from where they are being systematically handed over to Croatian authorities in the last year. In Croatia, they are often exposed to police violence. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they finally end up, they are condemned to an interminable wait.

A migrant from Afghanistan in the camp Bira in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Flemish story behind heritage in southern Africa

  • Art
  • History

SOUTHERN AFRICA - In the series "The Flemish story behind heritage in southern Africa", Margot Cassiers investigates what was achieved with the Flemish Community's long-term investment in intangible cultural heritage in southern Africa. "Why should I learn about Aristotle, not about my grandfather?"

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.