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The Anti-Rape Blockbuster

“Killing the rapists”… is the title of an upcoming Bollywood movie which wants to address the burning issue of rape in India. It aims to represent women differently from some other Bollywood productions, where women are often represented either as mythical pure Savitri’s or as entirely negative impure beings of the lowest cast. In “Kill the Rapists” the film makers  ... Read More »

Russian Film, Art and Music… In Groningen!

Russia has received quite a lot of attention in the last few weeks. The media have emphasized the new laws on gay propaganda, the upcoming G20 meeting in Saint-Petersburg and of course, Russia’s stance on the possibility of a military intervention in Syria. These are all very important political questions that have rightly received a lot of media attention. But ... Read More »

FESTIVAL NATIVE STYLE

Festival season has kicked off. Many of you associate the word ‘festival’ with big dance events like Sziget or Lowlands and with people wearing oversized sunglasses, light summer dresses or trendy shorts, dancing in the hot summer sun. But festivals come in many different ways: they are celebrated throughout the world, with different purposes and are indeed a phenomenon of ... Read More »

Chamula: Where Coca Cola Is Sacred

About two years ago, when I was living in Mexico, I visited the town Chamula in Southern Mexico. This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I entered a world I never knew existed, a mixture of modernity and ancient Maya culture. The town is inhabited exclusively by Tzotzil people – direct descendants from the Mayans. It ... Read More »

A Shadow over the Anniversary of Dutch-Russian Relations

A while ago, I had a visit from a friend from Moscow. No, it was not Vladimir Putin, who has arrived to the Netherlands today to mark off the 400 year anniversary of Russian-Dutch relations. But both visits had something in common: they both reminded me of the situation Russian gay people are in. My friend came to the Netherlands ... Read More »

Pollution in space

A few days ago, a report came out that the debris (= wreckage) from China’s Fengyun 1C meteorological satellite – which was deliberately destroyed in an anti-satellite weapons test in 2007 – may have hit and severely damaged a Russian spacecraft on January 22, 2013. This Russian nano-satellite was launched in 2009 and was expected to last five years in ... Read More »

Bitter sweet chocolate

14th of February: Valentine’s day… a day dedicated to love and romance. Tomorrow, thousands of people all over the world will buy their loved ones little pluche teddybears, red roses and of course delicious chocolates. In Japan, the tradition is that women give chocolates to men and there are even different kinds of chocolates with different meanings attached to them. ... Read More »