Simone Veil And Abortion – A Woman’s Voice In A Man’s World

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Simone Veil (1927 – 2017) Simone Veil will be remembered as the health minister who gave women throughout France the right to abortion, as well as being the first woman to become president of the European Parliament. She represented the voice of women in a man’s world. Political figures who have had a profound influence […]

Cold Justice: “The Red Pullover” – Part II: The Trial

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Reading Time: 6 minutes On 6th November 1975, Christian Ranucci was officially charged with the abduction and murder of 8-year-old Marie-Dolorès Rembla, in June 1974. The official investigation was characterised by numerous “potential” irregularities, including the “rejection” of a last-minute testimony from a witness favouring Ranucci’s innocence. The two major controversies related to the investigation were Ranucci’s sudden U-turn on […]

Cold Justice: “The Red Pullover” – Part I: The Crime

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Reading Time: 7 minutes In March 1976, Christian Ranucci was tried and condemned to death, for the murder of 8-year-old Marie-Dolorès Rembla, in June 1974. He had his request for pardon rejected by president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and was executed on July 28th 1976, at 4.13 am. The death penalty was abolished by François Mittérand, in September 1981. Ranucci […]

Tolerance In The Attic

Reading Time: 6 minutes If ever a ranking of ordinary-looking houses that possess a universal value were made, the building situated at 38 Oudezijds Voorburgwal, in the centre of Amsterdam, would probably be near the top of the list. Whereas the Anne Frank House, situated on the nearby Prinsengracht, symbolises all that is bad about human nature, this house epitomises […]

When “Likes” Can Kill: The Darkest Side Of the Web

Reading Time: 6 minutes Sometimes by pure accident you read about an act of violence in the news, that fills you with such disgust and hate for the perpetrators that you just feel like shouting your anger to the world. Today, quite by chance, I came across this news story from the Dutch television news website. The act of […]

Pokemon Go…Going…Gone – Cyberspace And The Human Brain

Reading Time: 6 minutes Books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed in ten years.  – Thomas Edison – 1913 You’ve got to give Thomas Edison credit for his vision. Of […]

Lost in Translation: Allochtonen Moeten Allochtoon Blijven

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Op 23 januari l.l. heeft Premier Mark Rutte een open brief aan alle Nederlanders geschreven. Ik wil graag, als allochtoon, mijn reactie daarover  delen. Voordat ik in het Engels schrijf, heb ik deze Nederlandse versie opgestelt, desondanks de taalfouten die kunnen (en zullen) verschijnen. Mijn taalfouten kunnen bewijzen hoe moeilijk 100% geïntegreerd te worden is. […]

Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus, Jo Cox and Germanwings Flight 9525

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Reading Time: 9 minutes     “Only one thing: this thickness and this strangeness of the world, that’s the absurd.” Albert Camus On June 16th 2016, the Labour member of Parliament, Jo Cox, was brutally murdered by Thomas Mair, an unemployed gardener. Although the perpetrator had a history of mental illness, he also had ties with extreme right-wing parties, […]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Theresa May in Conversation: A Cup of British Tea and a Swiss Roll by Lake Geneva

Reading Time: 6 minutes Shortly after the EU referendum, Theresa May decided to spend a few days in Switzerland. What a coincidence that this country is part of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA), but not the European Economic Area (EEA). EEA/EFTA:  RUOK? Complicated? Yes, it sure is. Luckily Google can help me out.  Let’s start with the EFTA: […]