Category: Cross-Border Journalism

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Can Japan compete in the fight for Africa?

Thirty billion. That’s the amount of money Japan promised Africa at TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development). Not a small amount, and also not a small promise to keep. It’s part of a big plan to economically assist Africa. But many think that’s not the only reason Japan’s stepping in.

Shots fired: school shootings leave the US dealing with another epidemic

November 30 2021, a student at Oxford High School in Michigan killed four students in a shooting. The suspect, 15-year old Ethan Crumbley, also left seven others injured, making it the deadliest school shooting since may 2018. This recent shooting belongs to a collection of many similar incidents, taking place all over the US. It awakens a deep-rooted discussion in the American society, but talks about gun control shoot down any possibility of a solution; gun violence is part and parcel of American life.

Positive energy

With gas prices soaring, people are experiencing higher energy bills, increasing product prices and unexpected business expenses. It isn’t just rainclouds and thunderstorms in energy land however. Many promising initiatives are being worked on every single day. Even non idealists must acknowledge that the prices of green energy are coming down every year while fossil fuel prices are increasingly expensive.

Despite controversial laws, young Hungarians are not afraid to speak out

The streets of Hungary’s capital Budapest carry a sense of anger and rebellion. Is this due to the discussion about the alarming climate or the issue of rights of minorities and the diminishing of liberal rights? These policies matter most to the young hungarians that have been living under immense pressure. It seems that they have gathered to speak up, but can they speak their mind freely in a country where freedom of expression is not evident? 

It’s a Match! – Friends at First Swipe

Friday night: Usually, Nadine Sardelic would get ready with her friends now. She is 22 and is living her life to the fullest. Actually, she is trying to, but the pandemic is still here and so are the restrictions. The reality is: Nadine is sitting alone in her room, texting her friends and swiping through tinder to meet new people. “It was a complete shift. You could not do the things you would usually do, and you had to get used to it. I think my social life suffered most in the pandemic.” said Nadine Sardelic.

What is the current situation of racism in the Netherlands?

For Anna, applying for a job has always been different than for her friends. Instead of requesting a job with only one resume, she always applies with one resume with the surname of her dad, who is from Nigeria, and another one with the surname of her mom, who is from the Netherlands. “It already happened four times that I get invited for the same job with my mom’s surname rather than with my dad’s,” explains Anna Nwankwo.

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