Monthly Archives: January 2010

Have pity! Stop going on at us about Turkey

By Elif Kayi

Article awarded with European Young Journalist Award 2009 (previously published on the French online newspaper Mediapart)

OPINION. Some subjects are clear cut. Quite simply, you are either for or you are against. Whatever your views, you do not remain undecided. Indecisiveness concerning these kinds of topics would be dismissed as typical political vacillation. And, in politics, if one is without a clear opinion, one is obliged to keep quiet, thank you very much.

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Journalists’ struggles in south Lebanon

By Assaad Thebian

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LEBANON. “We are only allowed to highlight the screams but no solution is applied,” says Mohamad Darwich (United Press and Al-Shark radio), to a group of students and journalists covering south Lebanon addressing the “lack of journalistic fundamental rights”.

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Gay in Egypt – the plight of acceptance

Scene taken from the movie "Tol omry" (All my life)

By Hanan Solayman

EGYPT. “All my life I’ve been lonely” or Toul Omry A’yesh le wahdy… a famous song by prominent Egyptian singer Mohamed Abd el-Wahab in the late 1930s that evokes loneliness and difficulty in finding the soul mate. A song that better describes the life of homosexuals in Egypt as Maher Sabry used it as a background melody in his digital film ‘All My Life’ (Toul Omri), the most daring and sexually explicit LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trends) film to ever come about homosexuals in the Arab world in 2008.

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“I don’t know if I lost my way or not”


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By Ahmed Esmat Aly

NETHERLANDS. Ismail Ahmed El Mazyen or ‘NINJA’ as his customers call him in Amsterdam, married a Dutch woman, has three kids and makes a living out of catering with halal food.

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Halal… inclusion or seclusion?

NETHERLANDS. Riding the wave of the expanding global halal market industry – estimated to have reached a worth of US$ 580 billion in 2008 – communication arts company KasehDia will hold this November the first World Halal Forum in Europe.

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Squatting, the right of living together

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NETHERLANDS. The squatting movement has created a new way of living as it gathers people of different nationalities under the same ceiling and provides a precious chance to live in a melting pot where all differences and stereotyped ideas disappear.

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And they lived happily ever after!

By Elsy Melkonian

@Yannick Brusselmans

NETHERLANDS. Driven by romantic incentives like “love is blind” or “love is worth everything we pay”, soul mates from different cultures and religions cross all boundaries for a brand new start, full of challenges.

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