“Once out, you are forgotten,” the Dutch in Canada voice their annoyance in voting from abroad

Austin Devaraj, Sage Bankasingh March. 18, 2021 TORONTO – As Dutch citizens took to the polls this week, which have been spread apart intentionally into multiple days, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, expatriates are looking to voice their concerns about voting in the motherland. Dutch residents in Canada who hold citizenship in the Netherlands note complexities in communication present to them while trying to vote. … Continue reading “Once out, you are forgotten,” the Dutch in Canada voice their annoyance in voting from abroad

Stephanie Bennett (GroenLinks): “My career as a healthcare psychologist can be of good use in the House of Representatives,”

By Gaby van Genderen Number 18 on GroenLinks’s candidates’ list for this week’s elections is Stephanie Bennett from Groningen. She was born in 1986 in a village called Heerde in The Netherlands, Stephanie is the daughter of an African American father and a Dutch mother. She left Heerde to study Psychology in Groningen. As of right now, she is a member of the provincial council … Continue reading Stephanie Bennett (GroenLinks): “My career as a healthcare psychologist can be of good use in the House of Representatives,”

“This is what uncle Ho did”

by Simon den Balvert 27 October 2020 From post-colonial struggles to the battles to reunify Vietnam, North Vietnamese artists were key in taking the messages of Ho Chi Minh to the front of the battle and to the population of both North and South Vietnam. The Vietnamese propaganda posters were cheap and very effective. Even today, when you walk around Hanoi you see small shops … Continue reading “This is what uncle Ho did”

Abkhazia: A forgotten conflict

Ghost towns, bombed houses: The frozen conflict in the South Caucasus region Abkhazia is almost forgotten. It’s time to remember it, to find a possible solution. But is that even possible? Can the corona pandemic bring a change?  A podcast by Lea Dillmann Abkhazia, known as the favorite holiday spot of former Russian dictator Josef Stalin, located northeast at the black sea along the Russian border. … Continue reading Abkhazia: A forgotten conflict

Rage against the most persistent of pandemics

Just when the corona crisis slowed down, we were brutally reminded of the other ‘pandemic’ that has raged across the world for over 400 years. Indeed COVID-19 does not see race, status or sexual orientation. However, the pandemic has demonstrated the fatality of inequality. The overwhelmingly black deaths of New York serve as irrefutable evidence that systematic racism is so deeply embedded in our societies, that it didn’t even slip from a colourblind virus.  Continue reading Rage against the most persistent of pandemics

Finnish Government’s hands tied due to rigid legislation

The country’s inflexible legislation poses unexpected obstacles for the Finnish government to deal with the coronavirus outbreak as swiftly as perhaps desired. Already when the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Finland were shy of 400, the government took firm measures to close all schools, universities, gyms, libraries and other public buildings. It seemed as though the Finnish government was going to tackle the outbreak with … Continue reading Finnish Government’s hands tied due to rigid legislation

Political campaigning: online vs offline

The online-possibilities are endless and many companies, NGO’s and other organisations make good use of it. Political campaigning is a special segment in that area; is online campaigning going to be the future? Will the hard-working volunteers who are flyering on the street completely disappear? Text by Lisanne van ‘t Riet Social media is a big part of life in the western world, and more … Continue reading Political campaigning: online vs offline

Eight simple questions about the complicated situation in Catalonia

People have taken to the streets of Barcelona, after their elected leaders are sentenced to prison for up to 13 years. The protests started off peaceful, but the atmosphere is getting increasingly tense and the protests more violent. Alba Fernández (20) is from Llobregat, Catalonia, and studies political sciences in Barcelona. We asked for her opinion on the current situation in Catalonia.  Text and photo … Continue reading Eight simple questions about the complicated situation in Catalonia

How the AfD convinced the left behind

By Astrid Vlaeminck The AfD, Alternative für Deutschland, a right-winged party in Germany chooses for some traditional Nazi-strategies. They use simple slogans, organize meetings in market squares and promise that they have the nation a lot to give. The core of their strategy is to make the left behind feel understood. One of the differences between the AfD propaganda and the Nazi’s in the Second … Continue reading How the AfD convinced the left behind