Society

  • [Video] Goodbye Mandima: Leaving my childhood in Zaire

    By on June 13, 2016

    Having said his goodbyes to his friends and his home country, it was time for Rob-Jan Lacombe to board a plane bound for France. Goodbye Mandima is a short film from our partners at 99media, which portrays the first ten years of Lacombe's childhood spent in Zaire. The full documentary, screening now on cafébabel.

  • Behind the numbers: The 124 refugees in Spain

    By on June 10, 2016

    In the autumn of 2015, Spain pledged to take in 16,000 refugees who had reached the Greek and Italian coastlines. Eight months later, only 124 have arrived in Spain. What’s the reason for this shortfall?

  • Coming out in Kosovo

    By on June 8, 2016

    Lendi faces the challenge of being one of the first openly transgender teenagers in Kosovo. The discrimination of sexual minorities remains a sad reality in this very patriarchal society. Photo gallery.

  • Map of the Week: Brits abroad in Europe

    By on June 7, 2016

    The 23rd of June will see the British voting in a nationwide referendum to decide its EU destiny. How many of them will be trading hot weather for hot water when it comes to keeping their European visas, should a "leave" vote pull the United Kingdom out of the European Union? Map Of The Week looks at which European countries host the highest proportion of British expats.

  • Trans Journalist in Turkey: "This society is hypocritical"

    By on June 7, 2016

    Michelle Demishevich is a woman born into a man's body. For the media, she became the "first trans woman journalist in Turkey" – a label that she can't seem to shake. Michelle tells us the story of her ongoing battles: between marginalisation, physical and verbal violence, and the hypocrisy of the media and society. 

  • [Video] The French football campaign tackling domestic violence

    By on June 6, 2016

    The former manager of the French national football team doesn't support his own side? That's what seems first to come to mind when a French fan sees a video titled "Je ne support pas les bleus" (I don't support the Blues). But behind the surprising statement hides a subtle, and vital, communication campaign aimed at tackling domestic violence in France.

  • Abandoning El Dorado: The Spanish youth who leave Berlin

    By on June 2, 2016

    Berlin has taken the title of Europe's coolest city, helped along by its status as the capital of Germany – the country with the lowest youth unemployment rate in the European Union. That's why in recent years many young Spaniards have been packing their suitcases to head to Berlin to find work – although not all of them have had the same luck.

  • Croatia: Refugees Reloaded

    By on June 1, 2016

    During the Balkan war of the 90s, thousands of Croat refugees were gathered along the Croatian-Serbian border. Today, the area is still a crucial hotspot for the EU migrant crisis: thousands of Syrian refugees, fleeing the turmoil in the Middle East, are passing through the Slavonski Brod camp. There, former Bosnian refugee Lorena Franjkić is helping them on their journey towards a new life.

  • Why is Big Oil still invited to the climate negotiation table?

    By on May 31, 2016

    On the 18th of May, activist group "BP or not BP" protested against the petrol company sponsoring an exhibition at the British Museum, ironically named “Sunken Cities”. Their protest once again brings up the question of corporate influence by fossil fuel companies in the UK's public sphere. Let's put an end to Big Oil rigging climate policy. Opinion piece.

  • Map of the Week: LGBT rights in Europe

    By on May 26, 2016

    LGBT people are still subject to discrimination and harassment in many European countries. The virtual platform Rainbow Europe offers legal, political and social information on the situation of LGBT rights across Europe. Is the Old Continent as tolerant as it thinks it is?