Category Archives: Society

A Stranger in a Strange Land

Joris Luyendijk is a Dutchman who has been living in Britain for the last six years, writing articles for the Guardian. He is a writer, journalist and anthropologist, specialising in Arab and Islamic countries. He’s recently written an article in … Continue reading

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Public Service

Some officials know what public service means and fulfil their duties to the best of their abilities, serving the public good. And the people react accordingly. Eberhard van der Laan, you’ve set an example to us all.

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Floating and Voting

Tomorrow, the 15th March, we in the Netherlands go to the polls to vote for our political candidate of choice. Note that I didn’t say “to vote for our next government” – with 27 political parties to choose from on … Continue reading

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“A cruel, stupid and bigoted act”

…and I’m sure we’re only at the beginning of Trump’s nightmare presidency. The Guardian editorial on Trump’s anti-Muslim orders nails it. The words in the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal famously read: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses … Continue reading

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Even the Heavens Wept…

I see Trump has begun as he means to go on. His first speech as President was, as Gary Younge says: as crude and unapologetic an appeal to nationalism as one might expect from a man incapable of rising to … Continue reading

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Responsible Leadership

A sobering article on responsible leadership in the age of populism. Worth reading. An extract: The way today’s leaders increasingly rely on referenda, petitions and social media to legitimize their action suggests the emergence of a worrying trend of delegation … Continue reading

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HyperNormalisation

As I’ve written before, Adam Curtis makes amazing documentaries. Tomorrow sees the release of his latest work: HyperNormalisation. Unfortunately, it only seems to be available on the BBC iPlayer – which is geofenced to viewers in the UK. I hope … Continue reading

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