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#BlackLivesMatter, edition NL. Why, as a black newcomer, I don't know whether to cry, or cheer

In the Netherlands, one camp denies the existence of racism in its entirety, while another camp pressures people to attend anti-racism demonstrations. Black people aren’t helped by either extreme.

Heineken claims its business helps Africa. Is it too good to be true?

The Dutch beer giant likes to blow its own horn about the economic and social benefits it brings to Africa, but revelations of sexual harassment and low pay paint a different picture.

The Uyghur women fighting China's surveillance state

China is waging a digital war on its Muslim minorities. Xinjiang has become a suffocating information vacuum. But in a small neighborhood in Istanbul, a digital resistance has begun.

The endlessness of an instant in Athens

15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot by a policeman in the center of Athens. His death radicalized his best friend and changed Greece to this day.

My career as an international blood smuggler

For years, Kathleen McLaughlin smuggled American plasma every time she entered China, home to the world’s largest and deadliest blood debacle. She had no other choice.

Prisoners of the fourth floor

A large – and growing – group of elderly in Poland haven’t left their homes for years for one simple reason – the multi storey buildings they live in have no elevators. The fourth floor is reached by hardly anyone or anything.

S17: Victims of the Interior Ministry’s mood

They are neither prisoners nor free people. Their lives are hostage to the moods of security forces who might stop them on public roads and “sentence” them by suspending their rights indefinitely.