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Dire Detention: Private Security Firms and EU Immigration

For years, the detention of immigrants in the European Union has been delegated to private security contractors by some member states. Usually governments choose this option because it brings instant expertise to the detention centers at a lower cost. However, delegating practicalities in a sensitive field such as immigration to the business agenda can lead to a poignant situation where ... Read More »

The Walter White That You Should Know

As the main character in third most watched show in US cable history, most people will know Breaking Bad’s Walter White. But instead of finding out on who this tv series is based, it might be interesting to note that there was once another man called Walter White. And he deserves all the attention a man can get. In 1893, ... Read More »

Bringing Atrocities to the Public Eye

As we can see now with the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, mass coverage can bring social tragedies to the public eye. With regards to China, this happened with the Olympic Games of 2008. After that, however, media coverage of social atrocities has dwindled to a painstaking low level. Some positivism seemed therefore appropriate when the Tiananmen Protest Anniversary was widely covered ... Read More »

Chinese Orphanages: Hatching Social Problems

On March seventeenth, the Guangzhou Orphanage in China announced the shocking amount of disabled children dropped off at the baby drop-off hatch that had opened no more than two months earlier. Many babies had died due to a lack of care or too severe diseases and the world was shocked. How did it get to this, and is the Chinese ... Read More »

The Shame of our Time: Human Trafficking (Modern Slavery)

Men, women and children, working extensive days of hard labour in bad conditions without or little pay and no possibility to leave. Impossible as it might be for us to imagine the complete absence of freedom, these practices are not just taking place in distant, shady sweatshops or backstreet brothels in developing countries –human trafficking is very real and happening ... Read More »

The EU is making life hard for refugees

Four months ago, a 20-metre long fishing boat carrying more than 500 migrants from Libya sank near Lampedusa, an island of  the coast of Italy. More than 360 people died before the rescue services could reach them. Although many were shocked that such a tragedy could occur at the frontiers of Europe, at least the incident sparked a hope that ... Read More »

Where the judge harms you more than the gang

Dubai. The name stands for wealth, opportunities and shiny facades. But how does the oil-rich gulf country actually run and think? Eight young men just got jailed for up to one year for posting a parody internet in the internet. The sharia law and strict judges have no sense of humour when it comes to issues of “national security”. The ... Read More »

The Muslims of China

2 November 2013 – last Monday, a car crashed through the heavily guarded barricades of Tiananmen Square  and burst into flames in front of the steps of the Forbidden City. Later this week, the Chinese authorities said the crash was probably a suicide attack committed by Uighur Muslims belonging to a radical Islamist organization. This claim was immediately disputed by ... Read More »

Minority Scape Goats

They met each other in a small village not far away from Zagreb. On a dusty road under a linden tree they had their first kiss, it was love at first sight. He was young, divorced, with two kids, while she was simply a beauty, way more than an ordinary village girl. Meet Jelena and Goran, a Roma couple from ... Read More »

No White Christmas for Kim Jong-un?

When we hear ‘human rights violations’ and ‘North Korea’ in the same sentence, it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. But one might be baffled to hear that in the following ski-related case, North Korea is not the one being accused of human rights violations, but the accuser. North Koreans have been working night and day on the construction ... Read More »