I am categorized as ‘black’ but I am black

Latifah Abdou: ‘Being black is more than the color of my skin. It is also my culture, my origin and my environment.’ Latifah Abdou is brutally honest in this new MO* column about her blackness: she hesitated to write about this theme. ‘Writing about racial identity requires a certain vulnerability.’ She does so anyway, because … Read more

Using less energy together is a form of conquering freedom

It is important that we keep asking questions that go a little deeper than the surface. In the energy debate, for example, there should finally be more room for questions about what is necessary, what is enough and what is too much, believes MO* columnist Jan Mertens. ‘To spend less energy together is not condescending, … Read more

I’m not a writer, but writing isn’t everything

Latifah Abdou: ‘Written knowledge is not everything.’ © Konstantinakos Tsanakas Decolonization of knowledge is not only about the content, but also about, but also about the way we transfer knowledge, writes MO* columnist Latifah Abdou. African history is full of oral tradition and knowledge transmission, but this has been unfairly subordinated to written knowledge. ‘It’s … Read more

Millions starve, while food for billions ends up in landfills

As the world struggles with a hunger crisis and rising food prices, more than a third of food production is still wasted. “Food waste and loss are moral issues.” As the world struggles with a hunger crisis and rising food prices, more than a third of food production is still wasted. “Food waste and loss … Read more

‘We have to start thinking radically differently about old age’

‘A positive outlook and healthy adaptability to old age will have an enriching and meaningful effect on our society’, writes Robert Boemen from Caritas Vlaanderen. Our country is getting older, and this has major consequences for how our care for the elderly works. According to Robert Boemen, volunteer at Caritas Vlaanderen, we will have to … Read more

‘Racism is also hidden in what you can eat or wear and who you can love’

Hengameh Yaghoobifarah: ‘So the latent threat of the far right was part of my upbringing.’ Bundesarchiv, Bild / Kluge, Wolfgang (CC-BY-SA 3.0) Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, author of debut novel Ministry of Dreams, don’t want to put a child in this messed up world. The German non-binary writer with an Iranian migrant background grew up in a … Read more

‘Now that the sea ice is melting, part of my culture is also disappearing’

‘I like to go out in nature with my father. Then he teaches me the traditions of the Inuit, which he in turn learned from his father.’ The Greenland ice sheet is melting at a rapid rate every year. The Inuit, the indigenous people of Greenland, are directly affected by the consequences of climate change. … Read more

V̶l̶u̶c̶h̶t̶e̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶e̶n̶ artist? ‘Artistic beginners are not beginners’

According to Syrian-Kurdish artist Kito Sino, artists with a history of flight are given too few opportunities. Art organizations see them too much as refugees and thereby lose sight of their artistic qualities. With Atelier Kito, Sino proves that things can be done differently. After 14 years, he moves his idiosyncratic artist center from Schaerbeek … Read more

‘Slow food gives biodiversity a strong boost’

Edward Mukiibi learned farming as a punishment for bad behavior at school. Today he is a pioneer in sustainable agriculture and the new chairman of Slow Food International. © Photo Slow Food International What started as a school sentence, going to work on the land, became his life’s goal for Ugandan Edward Mukiibi. “Sustainable, local … Read more

Sea levels are rising faster in the Caribbean and Latin America than elsewhere

Extreme weather events and the effects of climate change are hitting Latin America and the Caribbean hard, from the Amazon to the Andes and from the seas to the snow-capped mountains of Patagonia. This is what the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a UN agency, says in a new report. Phenomena such as droughts, heat and … Read more