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Philippine Overseas Labour Office

The great volume of labour exported by The Philippines is sometimes referred to as ‘modern-day slave trade’. Over one-fifth of the Filipino working-age population are migrant workers in other countries. The case of the Middle-East best illustrates this spider’s web of unfree labour. The huge Philippine labour export has not only been pushed by a major shortage of jobs at home, ... Read More »

Queen Beatrix and the Singaporean Masterpiece

It does not happen very often, but in a few days the Dutch Queen Beatrix will visit a country that is smaller than her own. Singapore: the city state that surprised the world with rapid economic growth and chewing-gum free streets. The Dutch can learn a lot from it. Yet, a short ride with the MRT subway would provide the ... Read More »

Christmas in China: from holy day to holiday

Giant Christmas trees, jingle bells playing in every store and children running around to see a glimpse of Santa Claus. Walking through any commercial district in China’s larger cities you can impossibly deny it: Christmas has conquered the People’s Republic of China. Commercial circus or religious influence? It used to be only a small Christian minority that silently celebrated the ... Read More »

Ethical Traveling

Traveling to Myanmar – can the ethical traveller square that with his or her conscience? Until relatively recently the answer would have certainly been negative, but things are starting to change. Ethical consumerism is a concept that involves a lot of decision-making and deliberation. But it does not stop after we chose between tofu and meat, between train and plain. Even ... Read More »

Neo-Nazi’s in Mongolia

The popularity of the  political party ‘Golden Dawn’ in Greece is a sad evidence of the  re-emerge of fascist thought in the world. Hitler’s ideology still seems to appeal to extreme-right groups in Europe, yet now it has also found supporters in a rather odd place –the cold, windy steppes of Mongolia. Asian men wearing army clothes decorated with Nazi ... Read More »