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John Vink
Belgian, b. 1948
Once upon a time, snowfall was abundant in the Alps. Villagers were mostly confined to their home during the long winter months and local economy of the Alps came to standstill. In the 1930’s well-off tourists ventured to the higher valleys and started tracing tracks on the virgin slopes with skis. A mainly luxurious infrastructure was set up little by little. Mountain tourism during the winter wa Read full story
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Nov 2, 2016
In the past weeks, thousands have taken to the streets of Brussels to protest against the signing of TTIP and CETA free trade deals.
The agreements will affect the way goods are traded between the EU and the US and Canada, but demonstrators are concerned that the agreement could affect food, labour and environmental standards across the member states. 

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Sep 21, 2016
Thousands took the street in Brussels on Sunday 18th September to protest against the current talks over TTIP and CETA free trade deals.

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Jul 12, 2016
On the morning of Sunday 10th, political activist Kem Ley was shot dead in a service station of Phnom Penh.
An angry crowd of about 1000 people gathered in front of the shop, preventing the authorities from carrying away the body in an ambulance.
This assassination is yet another strong sign of a continuously deteriorating political climate in Cambodia.

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Jul 11, 2016
Abdul Sattar Edhi, creator of the largest public welfare charity in Pakistan, passed away on Friday, July 8th. He will be honored with a state funeral.
Edhi ran a string of charities, ranging from orphanages, safe houses for women, mental institutions, identification services for deceased homeless and much more.

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Jun 2, 2016
The dry season in Cambodia lasts from November until the end of May. Most of the rice farmers have finished harvesting the bulk of their rice at the end of December and they now have to wait for the rainy season to soften the soil of their land before they can start ploughing and sowing. During those long and searing hot months they try to earn some additional income like for example harvesting mangos... More...