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21 2019-09-30 Why we want our journalists to be open about their worldview
We don’t think journalists should pretend to be ‘neutral’ or ‘unbiased’. Instead, our correspondents level with you about where they’re coming from, in the belief that transparency about point-of-view is better than claiming to have none.
Rob Wijnberg 3
22 2019-09-30 The problem with real news, and what we can do about it
Fake news is a poisonous term, but real news is an even bigger problem: it gives us a deeply skewed view of probability, history, development, and relevance.
Rob Wijnberg 3
18 2019-09-30 Why we let you decide your own membership fee at The Correspondent
We believe in a pricing model based on trust, inclusivity, and solidarity. That’s why you can choose your membership fee for this platform.
Rob Wijnberg 2
7595 2017-11-10 Voter ID laws, hackers, gerrymandering – just how much can a democracy take?
A year after the 2016 US elections, Republican legislators are operating as if they know they’ll never face free and fair contests again. Democrats continue to pin all their hopes on the 2018 midterms, as if nothing’s changed. Yet Americans still don’t know the extent of foreign interference or the effect that voter suppression had on the outcome. Time to ask ourselves:
Sarah Kendzior 2
6138 2017-10-07 Why objective journalism is a misleading and dangerous illusion
Objectivity is modern journalism’s worst-understood, most tenacious, and most deceptive ideal. And in an age of lying, authoritarian politicians, it’s a threat to democracy.
Rob Wijnberg 12
7306 2017-09-13 How Free Press Unlimited silenced its own journalists
The Dutch aid organization Free Press Unlimited supports independent media outlets worldwide. But when its radio station in South Sudan sounded a critical note about donors, Free Press Unlimited intervened: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”
Maite Vermeulen 2
10221 2017-09-04 Security for Sale - The price we pay to protect Europeans
The European Union has deep pockets when it comes to security. Major defense contractors and tech giants compete for generous subsidies, to better protect us from crime and terrorism. At least that’s the idea. But who really benefits? The public or the security industry itself?
Maaike Goslinga 2
7106 2017-07-26 How Trump fulfilled a 30-year fantasy of becoming president, with a little help from the Kremlin
Donald Trump likes to present himself as a neophyte and political outsider, but that’s not even remotely true. He fantasized about a run for president as early as 1987. Now with the help of the Republican Party and, it seems, the Russians, he’s finally in. Debunking the “new guy” myth:
Sarah Kendzior 18
7056 2017-07-14 Why electric cars are always green (and how they could get greener)
Driving an electric car emits no CO2. Zero. Nada. Zip. But let’s be honest: first you have to manufacture the battery it uses, then generate the power it consumes. So what does an electric car’s carbon footprint really look like? I decided to crunch the numbers.
Thalia Verkade 4
6942 2017-06-30 Bermuda? Guess again. Turns out Holland is the tax haven of choice for US companies
Nearly half a trillion dollars in US company profits are safely stored in the Netherlands by companies such as Nike, General Electric, Heinz, Caterpillar, Time Warner, Foot Locker – the list goes on and on. If Trump makes good on his promise to repatriate corporate profits at greatly reduced tax rates, the public will never see its fair share. Since when is this little country in Europe the new Bermuda?
Jesse Frederik 34
6946 2017-06-23 Trump is the best autocrat. The best. Nobody has a better autocrat than we do
Living through the Trump administration is like reading a wildly implausible suspense novel and wanting to flip to the back to see it how it all turns out, only to find key pages are missing. But one thing is certain: whatever happens to Trump, he’s taking us all down with him.
Sarah Kendzior 2
6777 2017-05-26 Poverty isn’t a lack of character. It’s a lack of cash
I got to speak at the big TED conference in Vancouver about universal basic income and the poor. Here’s my TED Talk, where I lay out why “venture capital for the people” is such a good idea. For all of us.
Rutger Bregman 2
6591 2017-04-25 The tale of the dictator’s daughter and her prince
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are often viewed as a “moderating influence” on her father. But as their power in the White House grows and Donald Trump tightens his inner circle, this is looking more and more like a ruling dynasty. And this dynasty is no fairy tale.
Sarah Kendzior 120
6487 2017-03-30 Why Trump’s ties to Russia would be way worse than Watergate
Never before has a US president been investigated for having ties to a foreign power. The oversight committee meanwhile – and at times the press – is acting more like a lapdog than a watchdog. And that’s just the lowlights.
Sarah Kendzior 6
6286 2017-02-28 If Shell knew climate change was dire 25 years ago, why still business as usual today?
A film obtained by De Correspondent reveals that Shell had detailed knowledge on the dangers of climate change more than a quarter of a century ago. Confidential Shell documents date back even further. Yet the oil giant continues to invest in fossil fuels and undermine any ambitious climate action.
Damian Carrington 3
6285 2017-02-28 Shell made a film about climate change in 1991 (then neglected to heed its own warning)
Confidential documents show that Shell sounded the alarm about global warming as early as 1986. But despite this clear-eyed view of the risks, the oil giant has lobbied against strong climate legislation for decades. Today we make Shell’s 1991 film, Climate of Concern, public again.
Jelmer Mommers 20
6257 2017-02-23 How European spy technology falls into the wrong hands
Since 2014, the EU has tried to put a stop to the sale of surveillance technology to undemocratic nations. But goods and expertise are still being exported to authoritarian states, our international consortium Security for Sale found.
Lasse Skou Andersen 4
5860 2016-12-15 Donald Trump, Russia, and the Mystery of “These People”
Donald Trump’s cabinet picks are warmongers and kleptocrats. The Russians interfered in the US elections. And President Obama has ordered a full review of the evidence. But I’m most concerned about “these people.” Who does Trump mean by that?
Sarah Kendzior 15
5477 2016-12-08 Meet the greatest anti-poverty crusader you’ve never heard of
Every news item you read about poverty owes its existence to the work of one unknown but revolutionary economist. Oddly enough, he’s never gotten the media attention he deserves. Who is this Martin Ravallion, the man who put poverty on the map worldwide?
Maite Vermeulen 163
5778 2016-12-06 Seven things you need to understand about how refugees here feel
Some 300 newcomers to the Netherlands have answered this month’s thirty questions asked by members of De Correspondent. It was the largest group interview ever conducted with refugees in this country. Today: the answers to a single question.
Greta Riemersma 2
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