Author: Jennifer Oroilidis (Brussels, Belgium)

Death of the Free Press

“Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.”    – Walter Cronkite Journalism is fundamental to the health of our democracies. Declining press freedom is one of the first signs that a society is losing its commitment to democratic principles. Media freedom deteriorated in 48 countries between 2014 to 2017, according… Read more »

California wildfires more devastating due to climate change

Devastating wildfires in California have claimed 79 lives so far, making it the deadliest American wildfire in a century. Since it broke out on November 8, 2018 the “Camp Fire” in Northern California has destroyed almost 13,000 homes, with many hundreds of people still missing. A separate blaze in Southern California, called the “Woolsey Fire,”… Read more »

The Way Forward: Pioneers in Cryptocurrency

As Bitcoin celebrates its 10th anniversary, with the help of its 2008 white paper, let’s take a look at some of the most crypto-friendly countries. What Makes a Country Crypto-friendly? Whereas some governments consider cryptocurrency a threat to their power, others embrace both its immense potential and the opportunities it provides. The countries below have… Read more »

“What the Arab world needs most is free expression”: Jamal Khashoggi murdered by Saudis

“What the Arab world needs most is free expression”, wrote Jamal Khashoggi in his last column for the Washington Post. Considering the fate of the Saudi journalist, his words seem sadly appropriate. Khashoggi was murdered on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. International outcry and economic isolation were met by cover-up attempts by… Read more »

Women in Cryptocurrency: You are needed!

Women are vastly underrepresented in the technology industry. In fact, within the bitcoin tech community, men represent more than 91% of those involved. Slowly, more and more women are growing interested in the field. For many mums, the cryptocurrency community gives them flexibility for their work in contrast to other industries since “it’s a global market…. Read more »

Top Three Cryptocurrency Trends

For many, cryptocurrency is still an abstract concept. It has not yet reached the tipping point in its move toward entering the mainstream. Are you familiar with the concepts and vocabulary of cryptocurrency? Check out the video below for a brief introduction. Quick Intro for Cryptocurrency Newbies The popularity of the digital money ecosystem —… Read more »

U.S. to withdraw from weapons deal with Russia, sparking fears of nuclear arms race

Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from a decades-old arms control deal with Russia which has averted nuclear threats in Europe since the Cold War era. “We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,” the president told reporters on Saturday October 20, 2018 in Nevada. “Russia has violated… Read more »

Interview with whistleblower Robert McCoy

Newscoop: There are more and more recent cases of whistleblowers that raise awareness to the wider public although it’s already been an issue for many years. Let’s start by you telling me a bit about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you lived in Belgium? McCoy: I am Robert McCoy, I was born… Read more »

Chemnitz: A cross section of German society?

The death of a German man allegedly brought about by foreigners in Chemnitz caused violent and xenophobic demonstrations in the Saxon city that have dominated the headlines of the German press for the past weeks. Is Germany’s state of law in danger? The Trigger In the night of August 26, 2018 German-Cuban 35-year-old Daniel H. was… Read more »

Ukrainian journalists call for solidarity following
Babchenko’s staged death

“Nobody owns the truth. We are on one side”. This was the message of a delegation of Ukrainian journalists who visited Brussels for a press meeting organised by the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels on 7 June 2018. The visit could not have been more timely. Last week the international community was shocked… Read more »

The future of our democracies demands
that we protect journalists

Press freedom has been deteriorating significantly in Western nations all over the world. The moniker of “fake news” is being used to discredit professional journalists in the U.S. 156 journalists currently remain imprisoned in Turkey. And within the last 6 months, two journalists in EU member states have been killed for their investigative work. All… Read more »