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A Very Remarkable Statement by Obama

January 24, 2015 // NRC - Netherlands - Dutch

I already predicted that 2015 would not bode well for the Middle East. Assad, the Islamic State group and Egypt's el-Sissi are each in their own way ensuring this is the case. And Erdogan. And the militias that are tearing Libya apart. But there is also one potential glimmer of light. Iran. At least a deal with [Read more]

America Is Haunted by a New Specter

November 8, 2014 // De Volkskrant - Netherlands - Dutch

Old specters are not easily scared. Take for example the specter of racism. Barack Obama twice winning the American presidential election unequivocally narrowed the racial divide in the United States. Well, at least the black community derived new strength from it. Of course, interracial distrust still exists. Not only [Read more]

A War Which Has To Be Called for What It Is

November 1, 2014 // De Volkskrant - Netherlands - Dutch

France is in up to its ears in a war against a jihadist group which has proclaimed itself the Islamic State. This statement is not a dramatic exaggeration on our part. What should be added to this observation is something equally as important: France has entered into a long-term fight, of which the outcome is by no [Read more]

New York Times Calls for the Legalization of Marijuana

August 4, 2014 // Trouw - The Netherlands - Dutch

<i/>The era of prohibition in the United States of the 1920s, during which time alcohol was banned for a period of 13 years, turned out to be impossible to enforce. The same basically applies to the prohibition of marijuana: It must fall.</i> This is not claimed by just anyone; it is a call made by The New York [Read more]

Facebook’s Big Blue Eyes

June 11, 2014 // Trouw - The Netherlands - Dutch

Of course Facebook won't abuse the new feature on the app it will be launching soon. After all, Facebook wants what is best for people; all it wishes to do is to build one big global network of friends. But it is definitely convenient, if all of these global friends allow you to monitor their smart phones. [Read more]

The Social Loan System Makes Us Look a Bit More like the US

June 9, 2014 // Trouw - The Netherlands - Dutch

Will the student loan system, announced shortly before Ascension Day, bring American conditions to the Netherlands? In the Anglo-Saxon world, many students are cornered by sometimes sky-high debts after their studies. Although the effects might turn out better than expected, the Dutch system is becoming more and more [Read more]
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