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Geen categorie / 02.12.2011

The nomination of Mrs. Fatou Bensouda as the new Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is very good news indeed. Where her predecessor, Mr. Luis Moreno Ocampo, has been irritating especially African countries by his insistence on focusing on African corruption and violence, one can expect a more balanced approach from this Gambian born lawyer. Mrs. Bensouda has been vice Chief Prosecutor of the iCC for years and knows how the institution functions (and how it does not). She has been Attorney General and...

Geen categorie / 16.11.2011

 Speaking to Africans about the death of Colonel Qaddafi one does get the impression that this continent is in no way on the same line as Europe or the US. Africa is still in shock about the way NATO intervened and especially about the pictures that appeared of a weak and then dead Libyan leader. Countries like Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, not to speak of God knows what terrorist organizations, will miss Libya’s millions. The average Libyan citizen is worried about his job , house, heath care and education, all provided for him by...

Geen categorie / 26.10.2011

Last year I have spent almost three weeks on Greenland. Talking to local officials and even more local Inuit fishermen and hunters it became clear that Greenland faces a huge dilemma: to become definitively independent from Mother Denmark it needs to be able to take care of itself. We are talking serious money. That money is to be found under the Arctic ice and sea. I mean oil and gas. But if Greenland allows the oil drillers into the territory, its splendid nature wil suffer beyond repair. So this is their...

Geen categorie / 20.10.2011

The Swiss expert on the world's food situation, Jean Ziegler, has written a ferocious speech that was NOT held during the Salzburger Festspiele. A frontal attack on hypocrisy and the failure to cope with the unnecessary famine in large parts of the world. While the rich listen to Mozart, the poor are dying of hunger in a world where there should be enough foor for all. One can complain about the political obstructions (Horn of Africa) or the failing NGO's, or the outsourcing of empathy to the West by most...

Geen categorie / 17.10.2011

Het begon al in de taxi. De chauffeur had keihard iets van Wagner op staan en wees ons op de schoonheid van het licht in combinatie met  de skyline van Frankfurt. Toen ik uitstapte vroeg hij of ik Leon de Winter was die naar de Buchmesse kwam. Er zijn weinig Nederlandse schrijvers die mij zo irriteren als Leon de Winter, maar dat zei ik niet tegen de chauffeur. Daarentegen vertelde ik hem dat ik ook schrijver ben en dat ik kwam om voor te lezen uit eigen werk....

Geen categorie / 10.10.2011

Three African women won the Peace Nobel Prize 2011 for their achievements in the field of human rights for their sisters on the continent. At last a peace prize that is deserved. A very symbolic gesture from the Nobel comittee with a very clear message: even today the rights of women are not guaranteed at the level men's are. I am of course not saying that men are safe in a world where 90% of all countries (including Europe and the US) believe human rights are a question...

Geen categorie / 06.10.2011

The late president of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, was shot to death exactly thirty years ago today. He was visiting a parade of his own troops, when a young officer ran to the podium and emptied his weapon in the chest of a totally surprised president. Sadat had not realized in time how distant from his people he lived and ruled. He wasn't aware of his impopularity or of the irritation his attitude as Rais, Egyptian pharao in modern times, provoked. His family owned every important company, from construction...

Geen categorie / 04.10.2011

The US government has declared war on terrorism after 9/11. For George Bush this litterally meant war, including the right to kill anyone suspected of terrorist activities anywhere in the world and so it does for Barack Obama. Terrorists or supposed terrorists have been killed as recently as last Friday on the Arabian Peninsula. From a distance. In cold blood. Without trial. By a democracy. My question is: how can democracies convince authoritarian states to become more transparent and fair if they behave like dictatorships themselves? Even if terror is to be...

Geen categorie / 26.09.2011

Wilders is een merk. Wilders werkt er hard aan om dat merk te laten opvallen. Sommigen zullen zeggen dat het merk steeds negatiever opvalt. Merkdeskundigen zullen applaudisseren bij zoveel vernuft en zoveel gratis publiciteit. Want wat kost het om het merk Wilders op de kaart te zetten? Niets. Men ergert zich links en rechts aan de taal, de attitude, de brutaliteit, het gebrek aan fatsoen, het fundamentalisme. Maar dat verhindert niet een toenemend bewustzijn van het merk onder het publiek, zowel binnen als buiten ons land. Wilders lacht zich...

Geen categorie / 12.09.2011

En dat punt is het zompige Nederland. Meer dan 10.000 miljard Euro is er heen gevloeid, aldus het onderzoek dat Het Financieele Dagblad heden publiceert. Zeventien keer het bruto binnnlands product. Nederland is volgens het IMF de grootste investeerder in de wereld. Tachtig van de honderd grootste bedrijven op aarde maken van de fiscale voordelen gebruik door hier rechtspersonen neer te zetten, zeg mensen die namens de concerns, veelal Bijzondere Financiele Instellingen, de zaakjes gunstig regelen. Ja, u leest het goed: binnen het krakkemikkige Europa doet Nederland het meer dan...