Rijken betalen steeds minder belasting: en waarom dat bijdraagt aan toenemende ongelijkheid

Dit is een van de belangrijkste conclusies in het vandaag verschenen rapport van Oxfam Novib “Time to Care”: het aantal miljardairs is in de laatste tien jaar verdubbeld, maar tegelijkertijd betalen de superrijken en multinationals steeds minder belasting. Geen wonder dat de ongelijkheid in de wereld is toegenomen. Ruim 2.000 miljardairs op de wereld zijn samen rijker dan 60% van de wereldbevolking, 4,6 miljard mensen. En helaas speelt Nederland hier als belastingparadijs een kwalijke rol in.

Power-sharing agreement in Sudan: what needs to be done?

Last Saturday, 23 November, we organised our Political Cafe in The Hague Humanity Hub about the new power-sharing agreement in Sudan. In cooperation with Africa in Motion and CEM, the Sudanese association in the Netherlands, and hosted by Milka Yemane, it was an interesting and informative afternoon. In addition to the political conversations, the audience also got a glimpse into the Sudanese culture through, among other things, a small exhibition of Sudanese artist Ahmed Magzoub and live music by the band Kush.

2020, The Year of Peace for Sudan?

Talks have begun between Sudan’s power-sharing government and Sudanese rebel groups, making the Sudanese people hope that this brings an end to the violence in the country and that 2020 can become the year of peace in Sudan. Sudan has been in war with rebel groups, mostly located in Sudan’s Western regions, since 2003. After ousting of Omar Al-Bashir earlier this year, who ruled the country for thirty years, the military and the protesters, represented by the pro-democracy movement, made a power-sharing agreement that also agreed on a six month timeline to make peace with the rebels. This meeting was possible after some rebel groups signed draft agreements last month, detailing plans for talks and trust-building measures. So, how did we get here?

Onrustige verkiezingen in Mozambique: kan de fragiele vredesovereenkomst stand houden?

Vorige week, op dinsdag 15 oktober werden er in Mozambique presidentiële, provinciale en parlementsverkiezingen gehouden. Huidig regerende partij Frelimo met president Filipe Nyusi ging de strijd aan met Ossufo Momade van de oppositiepartij Renamo. Mozambique heeft een meerpartijensysteem, maar Frelimo en Renamo zijn de belangrijkste partijen. Zij zijn ook de enige partijen, samen met – zeer kleine – MDM (Democratic Movement of Mozambique) met zetels in het huidige parlement.

An European Green Deal for Climate Justice?

Today the European Parliament will organize a hearing for Frans Timmermans to assess his suitability for the position of Executive Vice President responsible for the European Green Deal. This Green Deal aims to set Europe on a path towards becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It should become Europe’s hallmark and requires collective ambition, political leadership and a just transition for the most affected. As climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, Timmermans has a very important task to fulfill.

Uitgebreid Afrikaans theaterprogramma op Holland Festival 2019

Het Holland Festival is het grootste internationale podiumkunsten festival van Nederland en in juni vindt alweer de 72ste editie plaats in Amsterdam. Tijdens het festival is opera, (muziek)theater, dans en meer te zien uit de hele wereld. Dit jaar zijn voor het eerst twee associate artists verbonden aan het festival, William Kentridge uit Zuid-Afrika en Faustin Linyekula uit Congo. Er zal veel werk uit Afrika te zien zijn van de twee associate artists en kunstenaars die hen inspireren.

Sudan: protests, a coup d’état and the role of woman

Since December 2018 a rising amount of protests have been taking place in the country of Sudan. This started off as a reaction to the president’s decision to raise taxes on food and petrol and a protest against low living standards. This quickly evolved into larger protests against the president and his regime, eventually even resulting in a military coup d’etat last month. Former president Omar al-Bashir was arrested. To this day, protests are still happening and have evolved into a place for the Sudanese people to come together and decide over their own future.

‘La mobilité, c’est le Sénégal’: the context of migration in Senegal

Senegal is a country of migration. According to the World Bank, 10% of the GDP of the country consists of remittances. Those are financial contributions, sent by Senegalese people living outside the country, which is 5% of the Senegalese population. Most of them live in Europe and African countries in the region. With such a large amount of the population living abroad, the question arises: what is the role of migration in Senegal? To understand this, we first need to understand a bit more about the context of migration in Senegal, and in the broader region of ‘sub-Saharan Africa’.

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