„I used to have more overtime than I do today“

An interview about the changing workload in journalism by Leonie Rothacker „I used to have more overtime than I do today“ by Leonie Rothacker Over the course of the last decades, the working environment of journalists has changed – not only in the Netherlands. 63-year-old editor Peter Bausch has been working at the German local newspaper Sindelfinger Zeitung/Böblinger Zeitung (SZ/BZ) for 40 years, experiencing the … Continue reading „I used to have more overtime than I do today“

Social Bite: the business that feeds the homeless

In a sea of Pret a Mangers and Greggs, social enterprise café Social Bite certainly stands out for employing and feeding the homeless. It also makes for an extraordinary cuppa in Scotland. Feature by Poppy Prescott Pictures by Larice Schuurbiers It took George six and a half days to walk here. With 20 quid in his pocket, he left Sunderland, England to look for something … Continue reading Social Bite: the business that feeds the homeless

Surrounded by golden pineapples and palm trees

By Kimberly van Dijk The scents of beer mixed with vomit and loud noises coming out of the window on the first floor. It is common in Delft. The wooden front door is full of posters with ‘Expedition Donny’, the announced theme of the evening. It looks like the house on the ground floor – right underneath the student apartment – belongs to a family … Continue reading Surrounded by golden pineapples and palm trees

Between internationals, three laptops and a lot of beer

Between internationals, three laptops and a lot of beer By Anja Gehring “Sorry, guys. Just one more minute! Can I maybe borrow someone’s laptop? Would be nice, man!” One of the students hands his laptop to the guy with the microphone, the rest of the bar is still waiting for the night to start – the first ones are getting impatient. It’s 20:50 now, the … Continue reading Between internationals, three laptops and a lot of beer

A home under the bridge

In the biggest park of Amsterdam there is a bridge. Under this bridge, people seek shelter for the rain, hangs out with their friends, plays music during the day and sleeps during the night. This article and photo essay gives an insight in how the life under the bridge in Vondelpark is. By Elisabeth Ulla Uksnøy and Christina Hanson   “The Dutch system treats me … Continue reading A home under the bridge

Women’s Rights activist Azza Soliman faces charges to possible 15 years of prison

By Larice Schuurbiers Recent events in Egypt have made it clear that the Egyptian state is determined to silence women’s rights activists and others who are fighting critical issues such as marital abuse. Azza Soliman, a human rights lawyer who advocates for women’s rights, has been charged and arrested multiple times for made up crimes by the government. Security forces and the pro-government media have been … Continue reading Women’s Rights activist Azza Soliman faces charges to possible 15 years of prison

The Squatters’ Nest

By Viva van Jaarsveld and Ife Alayande When thinking of the architectural landscape in Amsterdam South-East, most people think of tall and grey flats adorned with satellite dishes. However, some a few houses break the pattern. Reporters Ife and Viva have visited a squatters’ house that is next to Metro station Kraaiennest. Students Bobby (28) and Sela (24) are the residents of this odd-looking residence. … Continue reading The Squatters’ Nest

“It was brilliant, in a sick way”

By Liora Israelsohn The Propaganda of South African Apartheid Apartheid South Africa meant separate development. Between 1948 and 1994, it meant black South Africans didn’t have the vote, they had to live in self-contained areas and had strict laws surrounding what they could and couldn’t do. They had separate busses, separate toilets, and separate schools. Essentially, black South Africans were second class citizens. Ian Marks … Continue reading “It was brilliant, in a sick way”

Sex Sells

By Elif Doganyigit and Thomas van den Berg Photo credit: Thomas Linkel, LAIF REDUX It is commonly known that prostitution is one of the oldest profession in the world. And although Amsterdam was reasonably late with providing paid sex, it can still be considered an early adapter. The first brothels started around 1400, and have been around ever since. How a dubious industry became an … Continue reading Sex Sells

“Up to now, I still think that Falun Gong is an evil cult”

By Roxanne Hendrickx History’s taught us that China is a country that used propaganda as a method of communication and conviction regularly. While Mao was ruling, the public experienced a lot of influence from above. The government controlled the educational system and the media, there were huge propaganda campaigns, there was a nationwide loudspeaker system to impose messages, etc. The use of propaganda was so … Continue reading “Up to now, I still think that Falun Gong is an evil cult”