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The Iranian Pariah

While the newly elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is evoking hope for a new détente between his country and the U.S., there is one group of Iranians that desperately longs for change inside: Members of the Baha’i faith. Persecuted and repressed ever since, the new tone of President Rohani makes them dream about peace and official recognition in the ... Read More »

Marketing Privacy Friendliness: a New Marketing Tool?

Nowadays, especially after the PRISM-leak, people are increasingly concerned about privacy and personal data. In this upheaval where people do not know what could happen to their information, or who can access it, companies are trying to adapt to this concern. Could a choice for the consumers what happens to their data be a new lucrative marketing tool in business? ... Read More »

Coptic Christians Accused of Egypt´s “Coup d´État”

August 14, 2013, a wave of violence is spreading through Egypt. In the city of Minya, in the north of Egypt, a Coptic church is destroyed and set on fire by a crowd of aggressive militants. Later that day, sunlight shining through the broken windows shows the black smouldering ash that covers the remnants of the floor. The surrounding streets ... Read More »

Israel and its Ethiopian Diaspora

August 28 was a day of celebration for 450 Ethiopian Jews arriving at Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, but a day of grievance for many other of their compatriots. The Israeli government has decided to end the migration program that enabled Jews from Ethiopia to become a citizen of the Israeli state after three decades. Around 125,000 Ethiopians turned into ... Read More »

No Beer, No Rape?

By Huub Brand Borren Say you are the head of police in one of the most criminal areas in the world. Every day about 1000 women are being raped, of which 30 percent are under age. The percentage of women that are raped is the highest in the whole world (33 percent). What do you do? Andy Mashaile, head of ... Read More »

Studying Abroad: Greece 3

Greece is one of the gateways of many refugees routes to Europe. This is a fact, which does not go unnoticed on the streets of Athens. It is an afternoon in March. I am on my way to a self-organized refugee assembly. The meeting is about to begin. It takes place in a lecture room of a university building. In ... Read More »

Hunting Witches in Papua New Guinea

In early April, an elderly woman named Helen Rumbali was accused of being a witch and killing a member of her village by using dark magic. She was taken from her home by an angry mob, tortured for over 12 hours, and eventually beheaded in public. In the West, words like magic and sorcery usually conjure up images of fictional ... 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 »

Don’t Mention the Genocide – Hidden Armenians in Turkey

In two years Armenians will commemorate the centenary of the attempted extermination of the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.  While Turkey’s gross denial of the genocide will likely continue, a part of the Turkish population is starting to reveal their true  -Armenian- identity.  It is hard to estimate how many Turks are actually secret ... 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 »