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Stepping Away From Race

By Alexander Hurst, Are We Europe, Brussels
A conversation with Thomas Chatterton Williams.

Half a week’s salary for a LEGO car

By Pieter Beens, Reporters Online, Netherlands
The brand new Lamborghini Sián FKP from LEGO will cost you half a week's salary. That is a lot of money, but construction sets with the Danish stone are on balance becoming cheaper.



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The Wetsuitman – The Diver from Damascus

By Laura Weeda, Dagbladet, Norway
In his Facebook profile picture, he is floating over a coral reef in crystal clear water off the coast of Libya. He is looking straight into the camera from behind his diving mask. Part IV.

The Wetsuitman – The boy who could see England

By Anders Fjellberg, Dagbladet, Norway
In a strange land, thousands of kilometres from home, a boy stood and looked out to sea. He had been travelling for 142 days. Autumn had come. As usual the weather was bitter along the coast of Northwest France. Part III.

The Wetsuitman – The Jungle

By Anders Fjellberg
Dagbladet , Norway
In the grey-brown sand between two hilltops on the plains, a handful of refugees are walking in a cloud of dust, pushing a shopping basket filled with bottles of water against the wind. Part II.
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Half a week’s salary for a LEGO car

By Pieter Beens
Reporters Online, Netherlands
The brand new Lamborghini Sián FKP from LEGO will cost you half a week's salary. That is a lot of money, but construction sets with the Danish stone are on balance becoming cheaper.

TableTalk – The Magpie Café Whitby

By AA Gill
The Sunday Times, UK
I’ve got cancer. Sorry to drop that onto the breakfast table apropos of nothing at all. Apropos and cancer are rarely found in the same sentence.

AA Gill faces up to his cancer

By AA Gill
The Sunday Times, UK
AA Gill used to think that being a NHS patient was like travelling second class on a train, glitter than first class, but in the end everyone ended up at the same destination. But he’s discovered that the drug that might keep him alive is not available on the NHS…

When My Life Became a Gift

By Saeed Al-Gariri
RFG Magazine, Netherlands
Saeed Al-Gariri on his own life and the lessons he has learned. "Our best days: we haven't seen them yet."
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“It is child abuse, plain and simple”

By H.S. Barre, De Groene Amsterdammer, Netherlands
Many girls from countries like Sudan, Sierra Leone and Somalia are genitally mutilated at a very young age. It seems very hard to do something against this. “It is tradition and then people will say: 'it is our culture'.”

Thumbs down. The dark side of Facebook

By Pieter Beens, Reporters Online, Netherlands
Rapes, beheadings, self-mutilation by depressed young people: Facebook’s urge to grow is so big that their employees burn out after viewing such images.

Press ‘freedom’ in Kurdish-phobic Turkey

By Serkan Ince, 360storybank, Netherlands
"Turkey is the largest prison in the world for journalists," argues Serkan Ince, "especially for Kurdish journalists." A reflection on the loss of freedom of the press in the country he fled.
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The Wetsuitman – The Diver from Damascus

By Laura Weeda, Dagbladet, Norway
In his Facebook profile picture, he is floating over a coral reef in crystal clear water off the coast of Libya. He is looking straight into the camera from behind his diving mask. Part IV.

The Wetsuitman – The boy who could see England

By Anders Fjellberg, Dagbladet, Norway
In a strange land, thousands of kilometres from home, a boy stood and looked out to sea. He had been travelling for 142 days. Autumn had come. As usual the weather was bitter along the coast of Northwest France. Part III.
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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.

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.”

The hidden sex abuse cases at a Franco Swiss Catholic priest fraternity

By Mathieu Martiniere, 360 Magazine, Amsterdam
Officially, the residence at Montgardin is a “house of rest” dedicated to contemplation, prayer and study. But insiders call it a private prison.
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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.’