“We need empathy to fight hate speech”

On July 22, 2011 Anders Behring Breivik committed two terrorist attacks in Oslo and Utøya in Norway, claiming a total of 77 lives.   by Theodosia Gkournelou The attacks inspired the creation of the “No Hate Speech Movement” campaign and the mobilisation of activists and partners against hate speech. Activists and supporters of the Council … Continue reading “We need empathy to fight hate speech”

Telling migration: a challenge for journalists and activists

Are we actually under siege? Is Europe overwhelmed by refugees? If we look at figures, they will tell us the opposite. Nevertheless, the current mainstream narrative about migration (from politicians to media) is partly telling us that we are somehow under siege. By Daniela Sala It is of course a simplistic and sometimes racist narrative. … Continue reading Telling migration: a challenge for journalists and activists

What I Have Learned From Living Together With Muslims In Europe For a Year

This story is part of a series menac publishes in cooperation with Mvslim.com During the past ten months I was fortunate to study and live together with Muslims from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia at the College of Europe in the generally not so Islam-friendly Poland. By sharing thoughts with them, my perception of the world … Continue reading What I Have Learned From Living Together With Muslims In Europe For a Year

Gherbtna: Information is power for refugees

We talked to the founder of Gherbtna, an innovative news platform for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Mojahed Akil, a Syrian refugee himself, was one of the first programmers who understood how to code humanity out of a humanitarian crisis. Our author talked to him about how Gherbtna is craigslist, Air-bnb, BBC news and Google maps … Continue reading Gherbtna: Information is power for refugees

What is like to be a young photo reporter in Palestine?

Interview with Ahmad Talat Hasan, a 22-year old freelance photographer from Nablus. by Theodosia Gkournelou Being a journalist or a photo reporter is stressful. Sometimes it is also dangerous. When you are a journalist who constantly reports from a conflict zone, then you are always in danger. So the question is, why do you choose … Continue reading What is like to be a young photo reporter in Palestine?

Five years after the Arab Spring: a wilted flower in a destroyed field

Five years ago, the so-called Arab Spring started in Tunisia when thousands of young people protested against Ben Ali’s regime, demanding democracy and dignity. Later on, this spring of democracy began generating small flowers in Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria and Bahrain. Today, the only wilted flower which remains is the Tunisian one. By Ghazi Mabrouk … Continue reading Five years after the Arab Spring: a wilted flower in a destroyed field