This week in International Wednesdays: what it is like to travel as a young, female photographer through Southern India? In her photo essay, Robin Anne Laird takes us with her in a journey of 7 years ago. Since then, her photographic eye, processing style, and ability to relate to others has dramatically changed. “But my female identity has not.”

Emmanuel Macron has been elected the French President with 66 percent of the vote, soundly beating Marine Le Pen. But according to our international editor Alex Stargazer, he has a tough job ahead of him: France has a high youth unemployment, a significant trade deficit, and a major terrorist problem. What will it take for Macron to reinvigorate faith in political institutions? 

We would all like to live in a healthy and thriving world. But our economic system and other workings of our society do not contribute to such a world. These are two largely indisputable facts. More disputable is the question of who should amend the discrepancy; whose efforts will take us from our current to our desired state? Saga Norrby, our sustainability editor from Sweden, knows the answer.

In Turkey, a referendum was held in which the President — former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan — called for sweeping constitutional reforms. The referendum remains highly controversial. If it comes into power, it would grant him numerous unchecked powers and lead to the death of democracy. An analysis of our international editor Shambhavi Chouhan.

The production of meat and dairy causes greater emissions of greenhouse gases than the total number of transportation vehicles in this world. Since greenhouse gases contribute to global warming — a major threat to society — we clearly need to change our relationship with meat. But is an exclusive focus on emissions really the best way to bring those emissions down?

Uber has established itself as a corporate giant with a business valuation of hundred billion dollars, spread over 70 nations. Recently, a video surfaced of Travis Kalanick, the CEO and founder of Uber. His own driver spoke out about facing poverty as a consequent product of the rigid company policies. Kalanick sneered back: “Some people don’t like to take responsibility for their own shit.”

Art is an expression of undefined freedom for individuals and often the first to be attacked in war. Genocide today has also shaped itself into a phenomenon termed as ‘cultural genocide’: the systematic destruction of a specific culture. “As we passively watch, the citizens of Afghanistan struggle for basic expressions of cultural freedom such as even keeping pets or wearing makeup.”

This article was originally published on Maximum Amsterdam


The 10th of July, the Black Lives Matter Movement gathered on Dam Square to show solidarity not only to the mass killings in the US, but also the ones happening in the Netherlands. Police violence is a subject well-disputed over in America, however it seems to be more taboo in the Netherlands. Are racism and violence components of the said liberal and tolerant country?

This article was originally published on Maximum Amsterdam

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‘AMSTERDAM IS EVERYONE’S PLACE TO BE’

Amsterdam is not only the capital city of the Dutch, it is also a multicultural mix of foreign students, expats and other people from abroad. In this monthly column, our international editors share their perspective with us. Today: Josefine Emilie Andersen (20), who was born in Aalborg (Denmark), speaks German and French (besides English and the Scandinavian languages), and lived in Luxembourg for 15 years, before moving here.

This article was originially published on Maximum Amsterdam

‘AMSTERDAM, THE VENICE OF THE NORTH?’

Amsterdam is not only the capital city of the Dutch, it is also a multicultural mix of foreign students, expats and other people from abroad. In this monthly column, our international editors share their perspective with us. Today: Domiziana Turcatti (20), who was born in Busto Arsizio (Italy, close to Milan) and has lived in Dublin, before moving here.