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Red Dead Redemption 2: What’s your favorite game worth to you?

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Suzanne van der Beek
16/10/2018
4 minutes to read

Just two weeks before the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, we might consider whether it is worth the human costs of its developers.

Just two weeks before the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, we might consider whether it is worth the human costs of its developers.

Over de Kinderboekenweek en onverwachte vriendschappen

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Sara Van den Bossche
12/10/2018
9 minutes to read

De Kinderboekenweek draait dit jaar rond vriendschap. Vriendschapsbanden in jeugdboeken die onverwacht en desondanks vanzelfsprekend zijn, kunnen de blik verruimen, aldus Helma van Lierop en Sara Van den Bossche.

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Why has Cultural Marxism become the enemy?

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Jan Blommaert
11/10/2018
13 minutes to read

Cultural Marxism is blamed for "globalism" and its discontents. Perhaps exploring globalization can be an alternative for this deeply flawed conspiracy theory.

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We didn't know? Alan Kurdi, life writing and the state of the world

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Odile Heynders
04/10/2018
7 minutes to read

Auschwitz cannot be compared to the refugee crisis. But one similarity between what happened in the 1940s and today, is that the general public, the ordinary European, does not really care, or pretend not to know exactly what is going on. 

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The Play of the Banker: Ten Years After Lehman's Downfall

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Daan Rutten
20/09/2018
4 minutes to read

Will bankers cause another financial crisis? Without a doubt, Daan Rutten predicts, when we try to turn them into ‘beautiful souls’. Banking is a game, and therefore a banker must be a player.

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The model behind Schild en Vrienden

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Jan Blommaert
13/09/2018
5 minutes to read

The Belgian-Flemish radical organization Schild en Vrienden was recently exposed as a kind of Breivik Jugend, strongly organized online and offline and practicing for armed conflict with left-wing and immigrant enemies.  

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Reading Mein Kampf: Hitler and Knausgård

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Odile Heynders
10/09/2018
5 minutes to read

The recent publication of a new Dutch translation of Mein Kampf has sparked a debate on how (if at all) to read the book. Odile Heynders offers one possible reading of the work in this column.

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Seyran Ates: Female Muslim leader and intellectual

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Odile Heynders
16/08/2018
5 minutes to read

The Berlin Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque opened in the summer of 2017. The intention of its feminist leader, Seyran Ates, is to create an atmosphere for a peaceful and democratic Islam. Odile Heynders praises Ates as an excellent public intellectual.

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Reggae Geel 2018: homofobie, Trump en obsceniteiten.

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SoliDE Werkgroep
11/07/2018
7 minutes to read

Reggae Geel programmeert dit jaar opnieuw een homofobe headliner. Na de annulering van Sizzla in 2016 onderzoeken we hoe dit kon gebeuren en waarom we de noodzaak voelden te reageren.

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Challenging the politics of knowledge, continued

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Jan Blommaert
02/07/2018
9 minutes to read

Jan Blommaert: 'In the discussion on the politics of knowledge, the political-economic dimension is absent. Academics can do more and better things in attempts to redress existing racial and gender inequalities.'