A river of rubbish: the ugly secret threatening China’s most beautiful city

An ‘international tourism destination of peerless beauty’ say the slogans hanging in the streets of Guilin, but one of the scenic city’s rivers has recently been home to sewage and garbage. In a country where environmentalists are charged with anti-government espionage, will the authorities intervene?

This article was published by The Guardian on the March 24 2017

Small shoulders: The children forced to work in Vietnam

Authorities struggle to eliminate child labour despite unprecedented economic growth.

This article was published by The Irish Times on the October 30 2017

How Brexit will kill the sandwich

The UK imports a lot of meat, cheese and salad from Europe to satisfy its lunchtime cravings.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the August 6 2018

Belgian frites fry in the heat

Smaller potato yields due to drought could take a toll on country’s signature snack.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the August 10 2018

Morocco offers fish for land

It seeks EU recognition of its claim to Western Sahara. Experts say this could set a precedent for other contested regions.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the April 18 2018

Slovenia ups stakes in Adriatic border dispute

A legal tussle with Croatia over the Bay of Piran bodes ill for deeper Balkan integration.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the February 19 2018

Le Pen’s Le Pen problem

‘Her name is Marine Le Pen. She needs to go all the way and change her name.’

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the July11 2018

Catalan president: We want actions, not words from Madrid

Quim Torra was speaking alongside former President Carles Puigdemont who has returned to Belgium after being detained in Germany.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the July 28 2018

4 ways Pedro Sánchez is copying the Trudeau playbook

In policy and style, similarities between the Spanish and Canadian leaders are striking.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the June 20 2018

French fishermen hear Marine Le Pen’s siren call

Disillusioned with Brussels, many French fishermen appear ready to throw in their lot with the far right — if they vote at all.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the March 16 2017

Refugees land EU in hot water

Effort to ensure all EU inhabitants enjoy access to clean water runs into unexpected opposition.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the June 7 2018

Mixed fortunes in the world of clowning

Dressed in a patchwork of bright colours, Ken Ken the Clown fashions a flower out of yellow and pink balloons, and smiles widely.

This article was published by BBC on the December 22 2016

Malta target for ‘Italian mafia, Russian loan sharks,’ says report

Malta Files leak claims companies use the island to avoid paying tax.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the May 20 2017

Macron says long Trump handshake ‘not innocent’

Holding onto U.S. president’s hand showed he won’t make even small concessions, French leader explains.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the May 28 2017

Macron to EU: Reform or face Frexit

Emmanuel Macron said he is pro-European but that EU ‘dysfunction’ is no longer sustainable.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the May 1 2017

Emmanuel Macron is a ‘radical EU extremist,’ says Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen reiterated her pledge for a referendum on EU membership at a campaign rally in Villepinte.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the May 1 2017

Ireland caught between Brexit and the deep blue sea

Donegal fishermen fear Britain’s departure from the EU will rob them of their livelihoods.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the February 14 2017

The Franco-Dutch fish fight over electric pulse trawling

The Netherlands insists that electric jolts are less harmful than dragging beams across the seabed.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the February 6 2018

Oil lurks beneath EU-Norway snow crab clash

Experts argue that Oslo is standing its ground over shellfish in fear of a dangerous legal precedent.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the June 18 2017

Merkel: Brexit and French election changed my opinion on Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel became more determined to fight for a stronger Europe after the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU and the election of French President Emmanuel Macron, Reuters reported Saturday.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the July 15 2017

Theresa May: Jeremy Corbyn ‘doesn’t like our country’

UK prime minister takes to Facebook to attack rival, accusing Labour of putting out ‘shambolic’ manifesto.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the May 20 2017

Urk’s fishermen prepare for choppy Brexit waters

The fishermen of Urk know that Brexit is going to hurt, but they aren’t going to accept the pain without a fight.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the April 5 2018

Ireland aims to put a cork in binge drinking

The most controversial element of Dublin’s plans is to keep alcohol out of sight — either in special rooms or behind curtains.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the September 27 2017

A catch-all plan for post-Brexit fishing

The UK wants to work with the EU on its long-term strategy for the North Sea.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the September 13 2017

Lethal labels: Alcohol makers fight to avoid the tobacco taboo

Booze carries none of the gory images and dire cancer warnings found on cigarette packets.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the March 21 2018

Fishermen and wind farms struggle to share the sea

Rising demand for clean energy means growing conflict between fishermen and offshore wind.

This article was published by POLITICO Europe on the December 14 2017

Eating Indigenous Chinese Food in the Mountains of China

From oil tea to mugwort rice cakes, the Yao people of Southern China serve up their own version of Chinese food.

This article was published by VICE on the November 19 2016

Don’t Know Panamanian Food? These Chefs Aim To Change That

It’s 7 p.m. and the kitchen is preparing the first orders of the evening. Chef Mario Castrellón puts the finishing touches on a dumpling stuffed with a sea bass escabeche.

This article was published by NPR on the December 27 2016

Africans Immigrants Find a Taste of Home in Southern China

The city of Guangzhou is home to between 50,000 and 100,000 Africans, but they still struggle to be accepted as part of Chinese society.

This article was published by VICE on the November 17 2016

How an obscure seed is helping to save the elephant

Onno Heerma van Voss jokes that he never intended to be a conservationist, but he is helping to save the African elephant.

This article was published by BBC on the March 23 2017

Falafel diplomacy: Building China-Middle East relations through food

As China courts the region with economic initiatives and joint military exercises, food has become a tool for mutual understanding.

This article was published by Middle East Eye on the December 1 2016

The Great Mosque of Paris: A symbol of Islam in France

Paris’s oldest mosque is the epicentre of France’s Muslim community and serves as a bridge between the state and its Muslim citizens.

This article was published by Middle East Eye on the January 4 2017

‘We are all Panamanian’: Panama’s Muslims and Jews live in peace

The two religious groups have managed to insulate themselves from conflicts in the Middle East.

This article was published by Middle East Eye on the January 27 2017

‘Fufu’ Diplomacy: How Food Is Helping Chinese See Immigrants As More Than Foreign

Six months ago, Jessica Luo and her husband, Frank Millen, got the kind of newspaper review no restaurateur wants to see.

This article was published by NPR on the November 21 2016

Welcome to Syrian Berlin: A refugee tour of the city

Six sets of Syrians living in six different districts of the German capital explain what being a Berliner means to them.

This article was published by Al Jazeera on the March 3 2016

Testing for Down syndrome remains controversial in Germany

In recent years, blood tests for Down syndrome have been introduced, but they are still controversial in Germany. And the decision whether or not to terminate a pregnancy remains a tough one. A family tells their story.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the November 17 2015

A rabbi, three young Muslims and a minibus: A tour de France for dialogue

An inter-faith team hits the road to build bridges between Muslims and Jews in France.

This article was published by Middle East Eye on the November 1, 2016

An uncanny mixture: God, alcohol and even cannabis

Religious orders have long produced alcohol (think beer from Trappist monks or tonic wine from Buckfast Abbey) for economic and medicinal reasons.

This article was published by BBC on the October 27, 2016

Inside France’s Strange Love Affair with Canadian Cuisine

While Canada isn’t known as a culinary hotspot, France has developed an appetite for Canadian specialties.

This article was published by Munchies VICE on the October 20, 2016

Congo’s Female Tech Activists Risk Violence, Jail, and Rape to Speak Out

Activism is a dangerous business in the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

This article was published by Motherboard VICE on the September 23, 2016

Jordanian women IT gurus don’t need men by their sides

As they become more prominent in the country’s tech industry, women still have to navigate challenges while striving for success.

 

This article was published by Middle East Eye on the September 8, 2016

Living with Down’s syndrome in Kinshasa, DRC

In Democratic Republic of Congo, those living with the condition are challenging misunderstandings about it.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the August 18, 2016.

Saving Canada’s Only Desert

Most people don’t even know Canada has a desert – the Okanagan is an anomaly in a country known for snow. But the Okanagan Desert is threatened – scientists and indigenous people are now working to protect the ecosystem.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the August 12,2016.

Waging a lyrical war against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

Refugees of Rap use their music to promote regime change in war-torn Syria and to tell the stories of refugees.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the May 27,2016.

Senegal’s handicrafts: Made in China?

Cheaper Chinese-made products may soon eclipse locally made traditional crafts.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the May 10, 2016.

Palestinian Syrians: Twice refugees

As refugees continue to flee civil war in Syria, the road to asylum remains difficult for some Syrian-born Palestinians.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the March 23, 2016.

Keeping Syrian cinema alive in exile

Syrian filmmakers who fled the war explain how they are keeping their country alive on film.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the February 22, 2016.

Refugees take centre stage at Berlin’s film festival

Special programmes for young refugees use the power of cinema to foster intercultural understanding.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the February 20, 2016

Taste of home: The enduring popularity of expat food shops

Stepping inside The English Shop, it is easy to forget that you are in Germany.

This article was published by BBC on the February 18, 2016.

The Syrian cheese-maker of Bavaria

How a Syrian refugee is bringing a little piece of home to Germany in the form of traditional Syrian cheese.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the February 2, 2016.

Is the German city of Cologne shifting to the right?

As the city’s traditionally liberal identity is challenged, we meet those on the right who stand to gain.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the January 30, 2016.

Special education for Down Syndrome students in Kenya

Despite changes to Kenya’s education system, Down Syndrome students in public schools still face a different reality than their private school counterparts.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the November 17, 2015.

Summer camps, NSA style

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has run a summer program with the goal of recruiting the next generation of cyber specialists. The agency is at the center of a controversy over the extent of its surveillance.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the August 31, 2015.

Indian Jews: Building Bridges Between India and Israel

As India and Israel ramp up trade, Jews of Indian origin are viewed as the key to forging closer ties. New Delhi has a plan to foster closer connections between Israelis with Indian roots and their ancestral homeland.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the August 17, 2015.

Indian Muslims stonewalling reform of instant divorce law

Muslim men in India have been divorcing their wives over text message, phone call or even social media websites, due to an ancient Islamic law. A new report shows that Muslim women are fed up.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the August 13, 3015.

Taking the pulse of nuclear energy

Nuclear power is one of the world’s top energy sources and one of the most contentious. What lies behind the controversy?

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the August 12, 2015.

US Climate Rule: Key to Paris Success?

Obama’s recent clean power rule has demonstrated a desire to tackle climate change in the US. It’s a response to public pressure, taking market factors into account. But will this bring results for the Paris conference?

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the August 7, 2015.

Uganda Supreme Court rules on bride price

The practice of exchanging money or goods for a bride remains common in Uganda. The country’s highest court has ruled parts of the practice unconstitutional, paving the way for a greater protection of women rights.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the August 6, 2015.

Cheap Iranian Oil Not Likely to Harm Renewables

While the Iranian nuclear deal promises to open up Iran’s oil and gas reserves to the world, renewable energy may not be too affected by the oncoming flood. Could this mark a coming of age for renewables?

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the July 31, 2015.

Hacking a Self-driving Car

Cars that don’t require a human being at the steering wheel are set to hit public roads in the near future. But critics worry that owners could become targets of cyber attacks.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the June 23, 2015.

Canada’s landmark anti-terror law triggers alarm

Prompted by terrorist attacks Canada’s Conservative government is pushing to expanding the intelligence agencies’ powers. Critics say the new legislation will threaten free speech and the work of journalists.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the June 9, 2015.

France’s growing income inequality problem

Inequality tends to evoke images of poverty-stricken countries, but this issue continues to afflict societies in wealthy nations, including Europe. Amid the backdrop of economic frailty, Europe is now home to the most billionaires in the world.
France, a country who prides itself on its equality, also struggles to close the gaps between its poorest and richest citizens. Paris, the emblematic City of Lights, is one of the most expensive cities in the world, yet is also home to 28,000 homeless people.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the January 23, 2015.

The Future of France’s Jewish Community

After the deadly attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket, French Jews are conflicted whether to risk life in France or move to Israel.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the January 19th, 2015.

Paris: The Great Feast. Rich and Poor.

Today, the divide between rich and poor has attained levels unseen since the Great Depression. Welcome to Paris, the city of dreams, where life isn’t as gilded as it seems.
This multimedia project was published as part of a project on inequality between rich and poor for Deutsche Welle on November 28th, 2014.

This article was published by Deutsche Welle on the November 28th, 2014

The Hustle Napoletano: Chasing the Shadow Economy in Naples

Welcome to Napoli, home of pizza, Camorra and Pompeii (almost). Clichés aside, Naples possesses one of the most bad ass reputations in Europe.
It’s time to learn how real Neapolitans, the original hustlers, get by.

This article was published by cafébabel on the November 26, 2014.

Europe at the Auction Block: Behind the TTIP

As all eyes remain fixed on the crisis in Ukraine, the European Union and the United States are in the process of negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), an agreement that could radically alter trade relationship between the two blocs.

This article was published by cafébabel on the October 15,2014.

Naples: Europe, Where Art Thou?

We went onto the streets of Naples to discover what young Europeans think about Europe and its institutions, if they feel the presence of the EU, and the future of their continent.

This article was published by cafébabel on the September 17, 2014.

Russian Roulette of the EU Asylum System

The likelihood of receiving asylum in the EU is a game of risk that migrants have to play.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the September 5th, 2014.

Political Royal Rumble: Boris Johnson vs. Rob Ford

Say what? Boris Johnson challenges Rob Ford’s heavyweight championship as the world’s crudest mayor.

This article was published by cafébabel on the August 11, 2014.

A Miracle Nation: The Secret Behind The German Wirtschaftswunder

Let’s have a closer look to find the philosopher’s stone of the German economic success story.

This article was published by cafébabel on the August 8, 2014.

European Charm: Wooing Georgia and Moldova

Wedged be­tween Putin’s im­pe­r­ial dreams of grandeur and the mod­ern European cheva­lier of human rights, Geor­gia and Moldova find them­selves in a rather pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion of choos­ing be­tween two would-be prince charm­ings.

This article was published by cafébabel on the July 22, 2014.

Hostage Taking, Piss And Maple Syrup: Immigration in France

What is it really like to immigrate to Europe? At a time when European countries impose ever stricter regulations to restrict migration, the English language editor ventures inside the bowels of the French immigration system.

This article was published by cafébabel on the July 3, 2014.

Canada’s Democratic Deficit

Was the approval of Northern Gateway pipeline an authoritarian move by the Harper government?

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the June 26, 2014.

Between Football and Citizenship: The Strange Case of the Oriundi

Meet the ‘B league’ oriundi, the foreign-born children of Italian immigrants who share the culture and identity of the country of their parents but have forever lost the right to Italian citizenship.

This article was published by cafébabel on the June 24, 2014.

Coronation of the Far-right in Europe

The triumph of far-right political parties has serious implications for migrants in Europe.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the May 27, 2014

Canada’s Broken Relationship with its Aboriginal Peoples

UN releases damning report about the dire situation of human rights injustices Aboriginal communities face.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the May 23, 2014.

Canada, the New Russia?

Will Canada replace Russia as a steady oil and gas supplier amidst sanctions?

This article was published by Orange Magazine on the May 14, 2014.

Lovely Bones: China’s Responsibility to Ban Ivory

Exploring the cheap ivory market in China.

This article was published by China Going Out on the March 22, 2014.

Chronic Violence Against European Women

Although women enjoy unprecedented rights, a new report reveals a massive human rights crisis in the European Union.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the March 15, 2014.

Northern Gateway Pipeline: Another Notch in Canada’s Poor Environmental Record

Despite opposition from the public and environmentalists, the government appears to be moving ahead with the project.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the January 18, 2014.

Is Multiculturalism Good for Europe?

Despite its perceived failure, multiculturalism could offer the European Union the best chance to integrate migrants.

This article was published by Al-Jazeera English on the January 2, 2014.

Copenhagen: Capital of Happiness

Denmark has once again been voted the happiest country in the world. This is a reputation that makes locals proud and when strolling around Copenhagen’s streets, it’s easy to see that the Danes may just have mastered the secret recipe to happiness.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the November 4th, 2013.

Studying Abroad in Germany

Explore my adventures from Hamburg, Germany as I complete my Masters abroad.

This article was published by Verge Magazine on the October 23, 2013 to March 17, 2014.

Geneva: International Appeal, Local Charm

Geneva is one of the most international and multicultural cities in the world. Yet, the city has kept its delightful Swiss charm.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the October 21st, 2013.

China and Canada Standing on Rocky Ground of Public Opinion with Northern Gateway Pipeline

With the proposal of the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline, China and Canada are facing negative public opinion on the oil pipeline project.

This article was published by Analytical Journalism collection on the October 5, 2013.

The Cold Rush for Nunavut’s Mineral Wealth

As environmental warming melts long frozen ice in Nunavut, the front line of climate change is facing a new “cold” rush, a dash for the North’s untapped mineral resources. Nunavut is at the heart of this tug-of-war between economic development and environmental devastation. The Inuit, the people who call the Arctic home, are in the cross hairs of this battle and ostensibly have the power to determine how this drama over resource extraction will play out in an era when their traditional way of life is under unprecedented stress.

This article was published by Analytical Journalism collection on the October 3, 2013.

Andorra: Heart of the Pyrenees

An alpine nation wedged between France and Spain, Andorra is one of the smallest countries in Europe. Haven’t heard about this tiny principality? That doesn’t bother Andorrans so much.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the September 9th, 2013.

Stockholm, Frozen in Time

Stockholm’s history is everywhere and its oldest structures are better preserved than in most European capitals. When strolling along Nybroplan, one of Stockholm’s ports, one can almost imagine when Vikings ruled this region.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the September 2, 2013.

Lyon: Culinary Pleasures

Lyon, France’s most understated city. France’s third-largest city has a rich culinary tradition and is the hometown of some of France’s most renowned chefs: Paul Bocuse, Mère Brazier, not to mention the plethora of famous French Michelin chefs who have worked here.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the August 26, 2013.

Student Life in Uppsala

Are you curious about how to imitate a real Swedish student? It takes a bit of practice to be immersed in Uppsala’s vibrant student culture. Here is a road map to help even the most culturally naïve navigate a day in the life of a student at Uppsala University.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the August 19, 2013.

Munich, Bavarian Style

“Oans, zwoa, g’suffa!” shouts the man sitting behind me as he downs a beer. Dressed head to toe in lederhosen while singing Bavarian drinking songs, clearly, he is proud to be Bavarian. This isn’t an uncommon scene in Munich, Bavaria’s capital.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the August 5, 2013.

Top 5 Adventures in Paris

Paris: a city can’t get more famous.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the July 1, 2013.

The Lens Project: Blogging for Denmark

Welcome to Linsen Projektet. Kait Bolongaro captures her Danish experiences through the lens of a camera. Peer into the life of a foreigner studying, travelling and working around Denmark.

This article was published by The Lens Project on the October 2012 to March 2013.

Mitt Romney Puts His Foot in His Mouth. Again.

Another week, another catastrophe for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. This time, the wannabe president has found himself in hot water with Hispanic voters.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the September 25th, 2012.

White Supremacy Groups Ignored as Terrorist Threats

Muslim communities, especially in urban centres, are under constant surveillance and every person—man, woman and child—is a suspect. In their fanatical effort to harass people marked by differences, it seems US military, police and law makers have ignored those who are the biggest terrorism organizations in the US: white supremacist groups.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the September 21st, 2012.

Akin Gate: A Play-by-Play

It’s been a rough week for conservatives in the United States. The Republican Party has been in damage control overdrive after Akin Gate and its ensuing backlash have shot women’s reproductive issues to the forefront of the US political debate.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the September 6th, 2012.

Hallelujah! Lawsuit against Obamacare Thrown Out

Seven states and some religious organizations filed a lawsuit against Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act in an attempt to block the provision that requires employers to provide insurance policies that pay for contraception. Their quack suit was swiftly thrown out of court.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the July 31st, 2012.

The Right to Give: Lesbians Allowed to Donate Blood in China

As of July 1st, the Chinese Ministry of Health announced that lesbians are finally allowed to donate blood after a fourteen-year ban. China had been following regulations set in place in 1998 and at the time, the legislation equated being LGBTQ with HIV and AIDS.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the July 16th, 2012.

Anti-Bullying App to Promote Homosexuality?

In June, Premier Christy Clark announced that the BC government is spending $2 million dollars on a new 10 step anti-bullying program. ERASE Bullying (Expect Respect and a Safe Education) is to be implemented across the province in September. The strategy is high-tech and includes a smartphone app that will allow kids to report bullying anonymously.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the July 10th, 2012.

Obamacare Leaves Nothing to Be Complained About

After two years of political strife, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. In a five to four vote, the justices upheld the law in its entirety because of the government’s right to impose taxes.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the July 3rd, 2012.

Miss Representation | Power and Portrayal

In an industry where all genders, but especially women, are stereotyped, Miss Representation challenges us to think critically about how women are portrayed in media.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the October 30th, 2011

Defining America’s Latino Experiences

American TV network giant HBO has recently released The Latino List, a film that explores being Latino in the United States.

This article was published by Schema Magazine on the October 14th, 2011