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The Bitter Taste of Bananas Coming From Costa-Rica to Europe

  • Agriculture
  • climate
  • Environment
  • Healthcare

MATINA - For over two decades, residents near banana plantations in Costa Rica have been exposed to pesticide sprays from planes, affecting their health and environment. Despite being banned in Europe, these chemicals are still exported to Global South for use in agriculture, where they are often used by major companies like Dole Food Company and Chiquita International.

Three Countries, One River: the Uncertain Future of the Western Bug

  • Environment

LVIV / PODLASIE / BREST – investigation highlights the threats to the Western bug river from the perspective of three neighbouring countries through which it flows. Journalists uncovered large scale of pollution, missing shared policies, unfinished projects, brutal border protection infrastructure, and shrinking biodiversity.

Children Wrongly Placed in Adoption System

  • Social affairs
  • Youth
  • Human Rights

SOFIA - Adoption is often linked to poor countries in the global South. Yet Flanders and the Netherlands adopt children from other European countries, such as Bulgaria and Hungary. This cross-border research shows that Roma children in these countries face discrimination and fall into the adoption system due to stigma, poverty and lack of support for families. 

Bye-bye, Blue Helmets!

  • Armed conflict
  • Human Rights
  • Politics

GOMA - Blue Helmets' retreat from Congo ushers in new chapter. 'Must we die in the graveyard of the international community?'

The Toxic Side of Palm Oil Production

  • climate
  • Environment
  • Exploitation
  • Healthcare

KALIMANTAN – This investigation reveals how EU-banned pesticides are dumped in Indonesia, disrupting Borneo ecosystem, and communities’ livelihood.

Hard power, Soft Counterpower: Belarus and Russia in Exile

  • Corruption
  • Politics

MINSK/MOSCOW - Four years after the protests, a totalitarian big brother state emerged in Belarus, while Belarusians are building democratic Belarus in Vilnius. Is this a model for democrats in countries where the space for democratic action is non-existent: rebuilding the pillars of democracy in a neighbouring country that provides the space to do so?

The Alien Fish Causing Havoc in the Mediterranean

  • climate
  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

CATANIA — Almost 1000 alien marine species, many dangerous and extremely invasive, are spreading quickly across the world’s fastest-warming sea, the Mediterranean.

Ten Years of ISIS in Iraq: Who Gained?

  • Armed conflict
  • Human Rights

BAGDAD - Ten years ago, the reign of the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq began with the invasion of Mosul. And made many victims in the process. Among minorities such as Yezidis and Christians; a lot of attention has been paid to that. Less well known is the largest group: the Sunnis who lived under the ISIS occupation, oppressed and killed. And subsequently lumped together with the radicals by many.

The State of Decolonisation of Public Space in the Low Countries

  • Culture
  • Cities

BRUSSELS/AMSTERDAM - In June 2020, following protests in the United States, colonial heritage in Belgium became fiercely debated. The main Flemish cities entered into discussions with activists, experts and citizens to decolonize the public space. Four years later, this research examines the promises that were made by policy makers and compares it to the interventions that ultimately took place. 

UK Diamond Company Linked to Pollution

  • Environment

MOKHOTLONG – This investigation focuses on the mining activities of Letseng Diamond Mine, a subsidiary of GEM-Diamonds, a diamond company based in Lesotho, Southern Africa that has been linked to water pollution in the area despite winning climate awards.