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”Risk It All”: Fighting ISIS with Pop Music

High heels, smoky eyes and Molotov cocktails. At first sight, those words do not seem to define a fighter. Born at the end of the 1980s in Iran, Kurdish singer Helly Luv (Helan Abdulla) has been constantly challenging our perception of what it means to take stand and fight. Facing extreme poverty and insecurity from a young age, Luv fled ... Read More »

BB-8 Star Wars Droid

The Star Wars series encouraged the public’s increasing desire to have a robot in the house. Imagine this: a small, round object that moves in your living room, answers your commands and satisfies your dream of having a personal droid. Star Wars Droid is real, and you can easily purchase it from every part of the world. In the Schiphol ... Read More »

In Conversation with Eric Niehe

Eric Niehe is a former Dutch diplomat whose distinguished career in the foreign service of the Netherlands spanned four decades, and included postings as Ambassador to Ireland, Hungary, and India. Since his retirement in 2007 he has been, amongst other things, Chairman of the Europe India Institute at Nyenrode Business University, and Honorary Member of the Netherlands India Chamber of ... Read More »

Interview with Jean-Pierre Kempeneers

Picture by Nacho Facello

On the 30th of April Clio will host its annual conference under the theme “Diplomacy unravelled?”. At this conference, Jean-Pierre Kempeneers will lead a workshop on the importance of economic diplomacy. Mr Kempeneers has been serving in the Dutch diplomatic service for almost two decades. In 2014 he changed into the private sector and started working as Head of the ... Read More »

Fighting Misinformation: Google vs. The Internet

The internet is full of garbage, you know it, I know it, let’s not kid ourselves. Anti-vaccination websites get to the first page of Google and factual inaccurate “news” stories spread like wildfire, while pictures of “Blue and Gold Dresses” dominate Facebook and fast-track news websites. In a world where most of our information is gathered on the internet, misinformation ... Read More »

Semester Abroad: A Little Taste of Expat Life

About seven months ago I was waiting in line at Schiphol Airport, jumping around like a little kid seeing a puppy for the first time. This very moment was what I had been waiting for ever since I was in my last year of high school. Finally, I was going on my exchange and the destination was even beyond what ... Read More »

Into the Deep Web 102: Building on Bitcoin

A more in-depth article today. After looking at the surface of selling and buying on the Deep-Web, let us move away from the nefarious and dark place that it is and see the application of technology invented to enable anonymous transactions on the internet. Let’s look at the real-world applications of the crypto-currency that is Bitcoin. However, it may seem ... Read More »

Study Abroad: Continental Contrasts

“You can’t have it all!” – Yes, you can. The biggest city in Europe offers contrasts everywhere you look. Two girls take a selfie, one wears extensive make-up, her friend a head scarf. A Syrian refugee with counterfeited crocs-plastic-sandals walks next to wealthy Western tourists. Young students in Besiktas drink traditional Turkish cay and play backgammon, while later they have ... Read More »

Quo Vadis?

I was not sure if I was going the right direction. Even though the recorded voice kept announcing the somehow familiar stops, I could not shake of the feelings of anxiety and excitement, which kept me on the edge of the seat for the rest of the trip. In less than 20 minutes the city was left behind and the ... Read More »

A Master’s Memoirs

As the weather is getting from ‘nice’ to ‘brilliant’, the exam periods are coming closer like dark clouds on the horizon and students again face the toughest period of the academic year, where every day confronts them with a devilish dilemma between the Noorderplantsoen and the UB (park vs. university library). Add to this the stress of rounding up the ... Read More »