A gay Muslim activist about acceptance in society

Written by Romy Caverlé The emancipation and acceptance of gay Muslims have changed over the past years. Ejel Khan (44) is a freelance writer and also a human rights activist since he was 18 years old. Ejel was born and raised in Luton in the UK and fights for LGBTQIA+ Muslim solidarity. Today, he’ll talk about his experience with freedom and the changing attitude towards … Continue reading A gay Muslim activist about acceptance in society

Refill Germany: Drinking more tap water saves the environment

Written by Kimberly Nicolaus   Drinking water and sanitation are recognized as fundamental human rights and are guaranteed in Germany. The country’s tap water is high-quality but still, a lot of people buy plastic bottles. It needs the volunteer work of non-profit-organization Refill Germany as an eye-opener in order to use the offer and to buy fewer plastic bottles. Around 2,1 billion people worldwide have … Continue reading Refill Germany: Drinking more tap water saves the environment

“The best stories are found on the streets”

Written by Esmee Bakker Nick Davies, a British investigative journalist, says nowadays reporters produce more stories than in the 1980’s. He also states they have less time for outside reporting and are under economic pressure. Connie Vertegaal (52) has been a reporter for the Noordhollands Dagblad for almost thirty years now. How did she experience these changes?   Q: “How did you see journalism change … Continue reading “The best stories are found on the streets”

The iron triangle

A piece by Maxim Etty, Dave Lantinga and Diogo Baptista Alongside the peaceful, slow floating waters of Amsterdam’s canals, we find 58 large concrete structured subway stations to transport 87.000 people daily to their destinations. Compared to the look and feel of the city center, the subways do certainly not have the same vibe. Especially girls don’t feel comfortable taking the subway to the suburbs … Continue reading The iron triangle

From Kentucky to New York City

by Tatiana Costa Lopes   New York is the fashion capital of the United States. Tatiana met up with McKenzie and Bryson, two young people from Louisville, Kentucky trying to make it in the Big Apple. They shared their hopes, goals and less exciting realities of moving from a small town to New York City to pursue a fashion career. Continue reading From Kentucky to New York City

The never-ending search for ‘home’

by Sam van der Loo   Have you never seen a home plate on a football field? Then you should visit a game of New York City FC. The club was founded in May 2013, but still doesn’t have its own stadium and plays its home games at the world-famous Yankee Stadium of MLB side New York Yankees. To the annoyance of the football club’s … Continue reading The never-ending search for ‘home’

New York response to the Trump TV Speech

By: Bram van Wijnen & Anne Schoonderwoert Donald Trump gave a live speech from the oval office for the first time during his presidency. During his nine minutes speech, he addressed one of the biggest promises he made during his election: the wall. Trump’s speech, broadcasted live on every news channel in the United States, attracted millions of viewers. At 9 PM local time, all … Continue reading New York response to the Trump TV Speech

Multiculturalism as a way of life: Bijlmer

Photograph of “I love Iran” sticker in the center of Bijlmer, by Salvador Nito Salvador Nito and Sebastian Aceves Far away from the bustling and iconic Amsterdam city center, a neighborhood located in Zuidoost thrives in multiculturality and breaths an air of its own. This is Bijlmermeer, also known as the shortened ‘Bijlmer’, an area that for long time has been associated with crime and … Continue reading Multiculturalism as a way of life: Bijlmer