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UN Rapporteur on pesticide-states: “They ignore the rights of the child”

By Louise Voller, Investigative Reporting, Denmark
A pesticide known to cause brain damages in children and fetus is up for re-approval in the EU. If EU-states allow this to continue, it is a breach of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, UN Special Rapporteur on toxic waste says.

Commentaries on Same Sex Marriage in Ireland. Part 1: Marriage Referendum

By Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times, Ireland
Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by popular vote. They had to overrule the conservative Irish Christians who sincerely believed that gay men and lesbians should never, ever have sex. A look back at an ever-important topic.



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UN Rapporteur on pesticide-states: “They ignore the rights of the child”

By Louise Voller, Investigative Reporting, Denmark
A pesticide known to cause brain damages in children and fetus is up for re-approval in the EU. If EU-states allow this to continue, it is a breach of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, UN Special Rapporteur on toxic waste says.

National tests show we eat insect poison

By Nils Mulvad, Investigative Reporting, Denmark
European citizens continue to eat and drink the insect poison believed by scientists to cause damage to children’s brains.

‘Vacation’ in Kenya – circumcision of Dutch-born girls abroad

By Manja Ressler
De Groene Amsterdammer , The Netherlands
It has been suspected for quite a while that families who are originally from Somalia, have their daughters circumcised abroad. But there were no hard data. But now, a middleman and a 'cutter' in Nairobi speak openly about this practice. A meeting with 'the Angel of Death of the clitoris'.
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We are very happy to hear your opinion

By Laura Weeda
360storybank, Netherlands
It would be really helpful if you can take 5 minutes to complete this survey for us.

Is there life after menopause?

By Sophie Beria
Chai Khana, Georgia
We have many examples of age-control. We should dye grey hair, peel our wrinkled skin and rejuvenate our vagina. The message is clear: an aged woman can not be sexy. It's time to change this narrative.

Forget about airplanes, in the future we'll travel by hyperloop

By Pieter Beens
Geek Mag, Netherlands
The stakes are high, expectations are high: companies see the transport of the future in the hyperloop. These two scientists aren’t so optimistic. "I’ll eat a tractor if there ever is a commercially viable hyperloop."

Sex abuse scandal in French Catholic Church

By Mathieu Martiniere
Mediapart, France
The French Catholic Church has for years protected priests and others under its authority who were accused of sexual assaults, and paedophile crimes in particular.
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Commentaries on Same Sex Marriage in Ireland. Part 1: Marriage Referendum

By Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times, Ireland
Ireland became the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by popular vote. They had to overrule the conservative Irish Christians who sincerely believed that gay men and lesbians should never, ever have sex. A look back at an ever-important topic.

The third shooting of the boy Petar from Konjic

By Dragan Bursac, Al Jazeera Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegova
Petar thinks he is dead too. He is just wondering why he is somewhat differently dead from his parents and brother.

The human catcher

By Micheal Obert, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Germany
Hundreds of thousands of refugees want to come to Europe from Libya – a billion-dollar deal for gangs of traffickers. A local warlord has declared war on the smugglers: with a boat, 37 men and opaque motifs.
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‘I’ve been here for 50 years’: the scandal of the former Commonwealth citizens threatened with deportation from the UK

By Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian, UK
They have lived nearly all their lives in the UK, working and paying taxes. But in the draconian new immigration climate, an increasing number of elderly people are being told that they are here illegally.

If We Were Roma, We Would Not Come Back from Britain

By Denisa Gdovinová, .týždeň, Slovakia
We saw Slovak Roma people in English schools, we spoke to their health visitors and political representatives. We saw how they speak perfect English, want to be policemen and doctors and are supported by all the people around them. What is it that the British do differently?
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It’s a man’s world: Sexual harassment

By Maria Louka, Insidestory.gr, Vimagazino, Greece
Colossal hi-tech companies such as Apple and Google have been accused from time to time of propagating a sexist working environment that favours sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

The new feminism is an inclusive one

By Maria Louka, Insidestory.gr, Vimagazino, Greece
New feminism is distinctive because of its inclusivity. It joins up stiletto heels to hijabs, it embraces cultural diversity, transgender women, those that feel female or refuse to be categorised on the basis of traditional norms on “masculinity” and “femminity”.

Everyday sexism, sexual harassment and the need for a new feminism

By Maria Louka, Insidestory.gr, Vimagazino, Greece
“New feminism carries along the vision of a democratic reconstructing of our societies that are under attack by the forces of patriarchy and oppression.”
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Use article 7 against my country

By Radu Dumitrescu
The New Federalist, Amsterdam
Radu Dumitrescu argues that "the only solution to deal with Romania’s rogue, mob-run government is for Brussels to activate Article 7 and leave the country without EU funds".

Putin’s Bodyguards Rewarded with Land and Power

By Roman Anin
Novaya Gazeta / OCCRP, Russia
Once responsible just for his physical security, President Putin's bodyguards now have impressive titles — and land worth many millions in Russia's most expensive region. The workers and pensioners who previously held the property say they were swindled out of it.

Money laundering at Danske Bank

By Eva Jung
Berlingske, Denmark
Information of the whistleblower who alerted Danske Bank in 2013 indicates that top management was aware of far more serious conditions than the bank has previously indicated.

The star consultant, his Nazi father and the guilt of German industry

By Sönke Iwersen
Handelsblatt, Germany
The self-deception of entrepreneur and consultant Roland Berger: ‘It was a moving story that Berger told. But it’s not true.’