This lack of lived experience with the
violence of our state entails an almost inevitable blindness to the deepening
divide between those our states protect and those whose life it represses,
expels, and humiliates.
The Netherlands, a mere 10
years behind the UK, seems eager to catch up. Twin pressures of
authoritarianism from above and neoliberalism from below make it necessary to
develop the democratic alternative put forward by the movement for a new
This is multilingualism, not in the
sense of everyone speaking the same multiple languages, but the multilingualism
of accepting difference and a willingness to listen to many tongues even if we
do not fully understand them.
A court has found the Netherlands partially responsible for the deaths of residents of the UN “safe area” in Srebrenica, who had sought refuge on property occupied by Dutch peacekeeping forces (known as Dutchbat).
A discussion of European surveillance programmes cannot be reduced to the question of a balance between data protection versus national security. It has to be framed in terms of collective freedoms and democracy.
Why would the Netherlands, champion of freedom of speech and tolerance,
go out of its way to block a handful of people from assembling for a talk? What
challenge can a commemoration of the Palestinian 1948 Nakba pose?
These extracts draw on citizen consultation in Maastricht, the capital city of Limburg, a southern
region of the Netherlands that has its own identity, including its own officially
recognized regional language. The region is known as a stronghold of the PVV, especially
in former mining areas in the south-east.
These remarks, extracted from a meeting with citizens in
Leidsche Rijn, confirm findings that only 20% of Dutch voters have trust
in politics. Nostalgia for the old times when
equality and consensus were at the heart of Dutch politics and life underlie the success of populism in the country.
Now that the EU is
ready to embrace the new Ukrainian government, investing at least one billion
euros in the ‘revolutionized’ country, it is time to reinvestigate the question
of far right influence in Ukraine.
Conservative and nationalist blocks have successfully politicized
Euro-elections. The other parties must clearly profile what they want to pursue and what re-arrange within the EU, to stand
any chance of providing a home for citizens who have ample reason to grumble. Euro-elections landscape, 2014.
Visitors to the Amsterdam Museum are now met with the
immodest claim that tolerance is part and parcel of the “Amsterdam DNA”. The
concept of tolerance as understood now, and in bygone decades, needs critical
interrogation if we are to advance a good society for all.
This second of two essays on military spending and the
EU crisis, explores
the role of the European arms trade, corruption and the role of arms exporting
countries in fuelling a debt crisis, and why these 'odious' debts need to be
written off. See Part One here.
have to establish a world public power representative of all countries and all people within all countries. One cannot
‘think away’ individual countries as powers, or international companies and banks. But we need a countervailing power in the
Desperate to eject some refugees it does not want, the Netherlands is refining the art of radical deprivation. No single step, no single decision, no single action in this process is horrible. Yet the cumulative effect is grotesque.
Despite alarming predictions, last week's Dutch election results turned out to be anticlimactic, as voters placed their confidence in the two mainstream, moderate parties. But Brussels shouldn't celebrate too soon, as the "European weather vane" shows signs of bigger challenges to come.
silence of our politicians on women’s security in public spaces is in striking
contrast to their tremendous responsiveness to the sight of brown men insulting
white women. The real problem is that in western
society women’s equality and women’s pornographization have gone hand-in-hand.
in ‘sensitive’ studies should not be seen as posing a threat. They are usually
not secretive nuclear scientists, but scientists, artists, architects,
economists. These students, amongst the brightest minds from Iran, find
themselves caught up in a broader xenophobic context.
The collapse of budget negotiations and the upcoming
elections in Holland provide opportunities for the emergence of better answers to the
violence done by nationalist antagonisms, imposed through neo-liberal austerity