This week on International Wednesday: Following historical events in London and Berlin, recent demonstrations in Georgia raise the question of what it means to be a free human. Club culture has created a platform for the youth to express their freedom and individuality. RAVEolution is much more than dancing and playing music — it is about the fight against the state on progressive values.
This week on International Wednesday: deputy editor-in-chief Max van Geuns talks about his experience dealing with the Gemeente Amsterdam when it comes to applying for kwijtscheldingen – a waiver that is supposed to be available to all citizens who do not have the means to pay their municipal taxes. However, reality begs to differ.
This week on International Wednesday: Iceland. Ranked first out of 144 countries by the World Economic Forum for being the most gender equal, the Icelandic naming tradition looks to be at odds with this. An Icelandic child is at birth by default classified as its father’s son or daughter through its surname. The surname is formed by the fathers first name and the addition of –son or –dóttir, meaning son or daughter respectively. Relic to a patriarchal mindset, there currently is the debate about changing this practice. How can cultural traditions be upheld while embracing modern values?
Photography can be much more than just a way of capturing the world around us. Jasmijn Doorgeest used her camera as a ‘gateway into conversations with locals’ to learn about Vietnam’s culture and people. She tells us a story of temples, mountains, rice fields and windy bus rides but most importantly of the people she met on the way. Experience Vietnam through a series of portraits.
This week on International Wednesday: Madita Strähle spent her summer traveling through Israel and Palestine – an area which we tend to associate with war, conflict and insecurity. But is this really all the Middle East is today? Is it as dangerous as the media want us to believe? Madita captured a few moments right on the spot of locals’ everyday lives and explored the Middle East’s hidden systems.
This week on International Wednesday: How many Albert Heijns does it take to make a neighbourhood perfect? Apparently two is not enough, as the newest addition to Amsterdam Science Park’s supermarket ensemble suggests. What does this new store mean for the Indische Buurt? Who welcomes the new neighbour and who would rather see them leave?
Sexual assault allegations in Hollywood, sports, and media have been dominating the headlines lately. Yet some stories that do not involve as much money and fame are left out of the spotlight. Sexual misconduct has been happening all over the world and Amsterdam Oost is no exception.
This week on International Wednesday: what for Star Wars fans is a day to celebrate the adventures that happened “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” May 4th holds a widely different story in the Netherlands. We set out to the streets of Amsterdam to ask the internationals living among us their thoughts on the two upcoming monumental days: May 4th (Dodenherdenking) and May 5th (Bevrijdingsdag).
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.”
International news is paramount to share stories of individuals, communities and societies and bridge these by learning about each other. Red Pers is therefore excited to welcome you to our International Wednesdays, giving you one article every week in English to offer an insight from an international perspective on the global world we live in.
As one of the leading universities in Europe, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) ought to attract students from all ethnicities and nationalities. Why is the university then suffering from a lack of diversity? Stefanos Yowhannes from Norway interviewed Alfie Martis from the Diversity forum. “The UvA lacks social justice and awareness of its colonial past.”
In developing nations, such as Vietnam or Cambodia, it is a common sight to see Westerners ‘volunteering’ in schools or orphanages. A pertinent question thus arises: do the volunteers believe they are creating a positive ripple effect, or are they fore players of a mammoth scaled industry known as voluntourism?
This Saturday, a newly mobilized civil disobedience movement called Code Rood will take action for the climate in the port of Amsterdam. The action takes place on the second anniversary of the Urgenda Climate Case court victory against the Dutch government. Sustainability editor Saga Norrby explains why this ‘red alert’ for the climate is so important.
On June the 8th, British voters went to the polls in a snap election called by Prime Minister Theresa May. Two months before, the polls had the Conservatives on 46 percent of the vote, to Labour’s 26 percent; everyone thought it would be a landslide. Only May’s Conservatives lost seats. Alex Stargazer from Great Britain explains.
Air pollution is often discussed in the media — but comparatively few people know that parts of the Netherlands, especially larger cities like Amsterdam, break emissions targets. Even fewer people understand what these pollutants are and how they can be harmful. Our international editor Alex Stargazer explains.
How is it that a low production teen drama project manages to become a viral hit and build a global following? Norwegian TV-show Skam has certainly cultivated people around the world, but does its glorification of youth in Norway present a fake reality for viewers? International editor Stefanos Yowhannes (from Norway) introduces Skam to Amsterdam.
The panel of this year’s Women-20 Summit Berlin consisted of Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde and, surprisingly, Ivanka Trump. Her presence drew sharp criticism from not only the public, but also from politicians. Read our international editor Shambhavi Chouhan’s story on Ivanka Trump and her impact on feminism.
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.
DAMN. is a masterpiece consisting of futuristic beats, aggressive rhymes, and out of this world storytelling. Kung Fu Kenny, as Kendrick Lamar now calls himself, knocked the rest of the music industry out of the park. An analysis by our editor from Norway, Stefanos Yowhannes.
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.
Recent election trends in Europe and abroad have been worrying. America voted for Trump, Britain for Brexit. European fascists and quasi-fascists seek to gain political power. Alex Stargazer, our new English-Romanian editor, analyses these developments. What will become of Europe in 2017?
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?
Last week, Western Europe sighed in relief. As the Dutch general elections neared on March 15th, there was a fear that right wing parties would gain significant power in parliament. Fortunately, Geert Wilders and his Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) lost the elections and failed to begin a populist trend across Europe.
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.”
Two decades ago, a doctoral student at Stanford named B. J. Fogg predicted with frightening accuracy a world where human behavior would be controlled by machines. Checking our phones 150 times a day, are we sure thoughts are our own and not products of carefully planned propaganda by the creators of these applications?
We Strive For Greatness Academy gives everyone the opportunity to play pickup games every week. It is located in Bijlmer, an area that contains a history of high crime rate violence. Though it suffers from this label, actions like WSFG Academy are taken in order to change its perception and create an inclusive neighborhood.
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.”
The unthinkable only becomes remotely thinkable till it happens. Donald Trump successfully captivated the frustration of an average white American and this backlash reverberated across the world. Just like many others, I became a passive observer throughout the Trump phenomenon which was marked with xenophobia, hatred and pure disrespect.
There certainly are a lot of cultural differences when you live in a different country. The Sinterklaas holiday in early December can be a bit of a head scratcher for non-Dutch people and might not be easy to understand at first. With all the controversy, one can ask if the tradition is creating more harm than good old holiday feelings.