Reporting on climate change in a holistic way

The beauty of a holistic approach to global inequality is that it makes so much sense because the challenges we face nowadays shouldn’t be solved in isolation. The tricky part is that once you go down the holistic road, you’re suddenly considering everything, so where to focus? THE GLOBAL SOUTH ISN'T THE BIGGEST POLLUTER If … Continue reading Reporting on climate change in a holistic way

The censorship of Facebook and Instagram to posts about #Palestine shouldn’t come as a surprise

It was when I watched the documentary "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix when I realized that the most influential social media companies are built by white people with a capitalistic goal. The film was revelatory regarding the huge power these networks have over our lives on many levels, socially, culturally and politically. And the fact … Continue reading The censorship of Facebook and Instagram to posts about #Palestine shouldn’t come as a surprise

Journalists can strive for objectivity but can never be completely neutral

The Israel-Palestine conflict is in the midst of the worst unrest it’s seen in years. It started in the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem where Palestinians are forced out of their homes by Israeli settlers.  Needless to say, this conflict is one of the most sensitive issues to report on in journalism. And therefore … Continue reading Journalists can strive for objectivity but can never be completely neutral

The latest violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict creates renewed momentum

There is so much going on at the moment, it’s almost hard to keep up with all the articles and posts that are being published about the Israel-Palestine conflict. One thing seems clear though: all the uproar brings cracks in the old beliefs about the justification of the state of Israel.And because it’s so easy … Continue reading The latest violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict creates renewed momentum

Our hypocrisy on social media shows that our egos are still very big

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians reignited and social media platforms are full of posts about the unequal war and the colonial history of the state of Israel as a settler colony. I also shared a post on my Instagram with stills from the documentary “Born in Gaza” by Italian-Argentinian war correspondent, writer and … Continue reading Our hypocrisy on social media shows that our egos are still very big

Is our world broken? Not as long as there is empathy.

It’s been a few intense days. After sending my last newsletter I started to feel a bit sick. It didn’t worry me because I’ve been working a lot and I felt already that it was time to take a pause. Everything felt so heavy lately. The world news seems so depressive with a never ending … Continue reading Is our world broken? Not as long as there is empathy.

The white privilege behavior of foreigners in Bali is counterproductive and disrespectful

The first thing I read this morning was an article at Voice of America (VOA) Indonesia in bahasa indonesia with the title “‘White Privilege' and the pros and cons of health protocols in Bali”. A few foreigners are quoted in the article, one of them a Spanish national called Jorge who said he was planning … Continue reading The white privilege behavior of foreigners in Bali is counterproductive and disrespectful

Not watching Derek Chauvin’s trial is the same as white silence during the Black Lives Matter protests

When reading the excerpts of the trial of Derek Chauvin - the policeman who killed George Floyd, it really made me sick for a moment. A nauseating feeling, a powerless, weak feeling and a lump in my throat.The defence in the case brought witnesses to the stand saying “drugs killed George Floyd” and “the knee … Continue reading Not watching Derek Chauvin’s trial is the same as white silence during the Black Lives Matter protests

Why it’s important (and uncomfortable!) that I as a white woman am able to empathize with racists

In my newsletter of last week I wrote about empathy and the importance of being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to really understand their thoughts and feelings. The article of Burmese-American journalist Aye Min Thant about the coverage of Myanmar by CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward had inspired me to highlight empathy. Ward … Continue reading Why it’s important (and uncomfortable!) that I as a white woman am able to empathize with racists

Why should we decolonize journalism? Here are 8 reasons.

The word 'decolonization' has become widespread since last year, at least to my perception. There are calls on social media to decolonize our education system, our traveling, our yoga, our food and so on. What does it actually mean to decolonize?The term is used when we’re talking about a country that withdraws from its colony, … Continue reading Why should we decolonize journalism? Here are 8 reasons.