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God is a Russian

  • International

RUSSIA - Western man's fascination with the Russian Orthodox faith has grown steadily over the past hundred years. Revolutions, totalitarianism, wars, oligarchy, Putinism and mafia could not change that. Johan de Boose looked behind the scenes of the church. 

How safe is our food?

  • Health

THE NETHERLANDS - More than 60,000 people in the Netherlands are infected with salmonella every year. The resistant ESBL bacterium has been found on three-quarters of the chicken meat there. Is our food as safe as manufacturers and ministers claim?

Backup Butembo

  • Conflict
  • Equal opportunities
  • International
  • Media
  • Human Rights

DR CONGO - This special documentary tells the story of exceptionally strong women in eastern Congo. The region has been the scene of a bloody conflict for over 15 years. Positive resistance is growing in the city of Butembo. The population is trying to regain control over its fate and life. When the violence in and around Butembo increases, the inhabitants are not watching from the sidelines. Sometimes they literally run into danger.

Sand Wars

  • International

One of the biggest threats to the environment in the Philippines is the excavation of sand by big dredging companies. Belgian journalist Peter Dupont wrote about the global war for sand in EOS Science Magazine. "Sand is the new gold. The worldwide excavation of sand on beaches and in rivers and oceans is signalling an ecological and human catastrophe." The article is part of Dupont's bigger project 'Philippine Forests: Tombs for Biocultural Diversity', for which he received a Pascal Decroos Fund working grant.

In Between

  • Art
  • International

In Egypt the aftermath of a bloody summer is still palpable. In the southern city of Minya, the blackened church spires contrast a group of demonstrators holding yellow balloons: Morsi supporters are demanding that their president rule once again.

Human Trafficking, the Modern-Day Slave Trade

  • Europe
  • Human Rights
  • Trafficking

STOCKHOLM - They offer us a moment of pampering; a manicure, pedicure or perhaps a well-needed massage. They make sure Friday nights are free from cooking thanks to a myriad of cheap Asian take-aways. They even provide sexual relief for tens of thousands of European husbands – yet we’re constantly shocked to learn of their existence. Human trafficking victims are everywhere.

Born Free? South-Africa's Post-Apartheid Generation

  • Conflict
  • Equal opportunities
  • International
  • Youth
  • Media
  • Human Rights

The Cape Flats near Cape Town in South Africa are renowned for their large-scale violence. It is very difficult for young people to escape the violence, drugs and criminality.

Cooperatives. How to reclaim the economy?

SWITZERLAND - What makes Switzerland surprisingly different, that organic, regional products, fair trade and eco-labels score the highest here? Who really knows how to put the Swiss on the track of a sustainable economy?

Brain drain threatens Romania

  • International
  • Work

BELGIUM/ROMANIA - When Romania became a member of the European Union in 2007, a transitional measure was voted in Belgium whereby Romanians needed a work permit in order to be able to work. A direct consequence of this was that many Romanians ended up in the informal circuit or were employed under the wrong statute.

Conflict in Eastern Congo

  • Conflict
  • International
  • Politics

Despite the efforts and the enormous amounts of money invested in the management of the conflict and the post-conflict situation in Eastern Congo, the different peace agreements failed to create the conditions for sustainable conflict resolution. Conflict in Eastern Congo; a tale of war and dreadful peace agreements.