Caught Between China and US, Europe Must Not Forget That It Is Also a Giant

Caught Between China and US, Europe Must Not Forget That It Is Also a Giant

The scene is familiar: the White House Oval Office, President Donald Trump signing a large white document as Vice President Mike Pence and other high-ranking officials look on approvingly in the background. Last Wednesday, the guest and fellow signatory was the...
We Must Prevent the US and NATO from Dragging Us into Further Military Ventures

We Must Prevent the US and NATO from Dragging Us into Further Military Ventures

The Cabinet must renounce NATO’s defense spending requirements. Rather than allocating an extra 6 billion euros (approximately $6.3 billion) for defense and contributing to endless wars and the arms race, the Netherlands should instead invest in education and national...
Amnesty International Is Also Holding a Mirror Up to the US

Amnesty International Is Also Holding a Mirror Up to the US

Amnesty International recently issued a travel advisory for the United States in an effort to call attention to the excessive gun violence there. An overly political move, according to critics. The human rights organization experienced quite a bit of backlash online....
A New Moon Race Is Not Humanity’s Most Urgent Mission

A New Moon Race Is Not Humanity’s Most Urgent Mission

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing In January of this year, the Chinese moon lander Chang’e-4, named after the Chinese moon goddess, deployed a rover on the far side of the moon. India is scheduled to launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon on July...
Forget About Assange: Save Journalism

Forget About Assange: Save Journalism

So, it’s settled then. There must be a scapegoat. And that scapegoat is now being prepared for the ritual sacrifice: Julian Assange is behind bars. He was taken into custody after the Ecuadorean government “invited” the British police to remove him from its embassy in...
Forget About Assange: Save Journalism

Vergeet Assange, red de journalistiek

Zo, dat is dan geregeld. Barbertje moest hangen. Hij hangt: Julian Assange zit achter de tralies. Dat gebeurde nadat de Ecuadoraanse regering de Britse politie had “uitgenodigd” om de man uit de ambassade in Londen te halen. Daarmee lijkt het einde van een jarenlange...
Trump Puts America First, Then Trade, Before Freedom and Justice

Trump Puts America First, Then Trade, Before Freedom and Justice

“Blinded by cheap oil and seduced by weapons sales, Trump maintains his alliance with a hereditary dictatorship with medieval social mores.” It remains unsettling even after two years – especially when it is all there in black and white, complete with...
“Black Pete Was Influenced by the Blackface Tradition of the 19th Century”

“Black Pete Was Influenced by the Blackface Tradition of the 19th Century”

Interview According to historian Elisabeth Koning, Dutch minstrel shows, in which white artists played black buffoons, served as a source of inspiration for Black Pete. Black Pete was influenced by the international blackface tradition. The “minstrel show” was a...
“I’ve created a monster!”

‘I’ve created a monster!’

Tweehonderd jaar geleden werd Frankenstein tot leven geroepen door Mary Shelley Tweehonderd jaar geleden publiceerde Mary Shelley haar boek Frankenstein. Hoe een ordinair griezelboek een profetisch werk werd over wetenschap en techniek – en over...
America Is a Cartel Paradise. For Real Competition You Have To Be in the EU

America Is a Cartel Paradise. For Real Competition You Have To Be in the EU

Margrethe Vestager is without a doubt the most popular European commissioner at the moment. The Dane heads the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. She adjudicates on issues of market power, cartels and unfair competition. With a snap of her...
It Will Get Ugly if the U.S. Comes To View Google as a National Interest

It Will Get Ugly if the U.S. Comes To View Google as a National Interest

The €4.3 billion (approximately $5.1 billion) fine that the European Commission imposed on Google last week seems like an enormous sum of money. The penalty relates to Google’s alleged abuse of power in the mobile phone market. Some 85 percent of mobile devices...
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