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Geen categorie / 27.10.2010

Iran Air kan niet meer tanken op Schiphol. De grote oliemaatschappijen hebben besloten Iran te boycotten en niet alleen op de luchthaven van Amsterdam. Waarom eigenlijk? Worden de oliecontracten in Iran niet gehonoreerd? Worden ExxonMobil Total, BP en Shell  plotseling nog meer beschouwd als vooruitgeschoven posten van het verderfelijke Westen en dus overeenkomstig slecht behandeld? Het dichtdraaien van de benzinekraan (Iran produceert weliswaar veel olie maar is niet in staat zelf te voorzien in de eigen benzine- en kerosinebehoefte) is kennelijk de eenvoudigste manier om de onvrede over...

Geen categorie / 20.10.2010

The Al Jazeera program I was reffering to in an earlier blog can be seen on: YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj79bPHjyjE&feature=player_embedded AJE page: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/listeningpost/2010/10/201010167205072574.html Hope you like it. It was made by Jason Mojica, a great guy! I have a question: is it a political statement to appear on Al Jazeera if you are Dutch and European? Or: Is it a statement to appear on CNN if you are an Iranian or Afghan?...

Geen categorie / 09.09.2010

Every year on 9/11 I wake up with a shock: will something happen today as a terrible, cynical reminder of the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York (why don't we ever remember what happened in Washington DC on the same day?)? Will another plane crash into another relic of the West, of capitalism, of democracy? This year I think of the plan to build a mosque on the site where hundreds of innocent people were killed. President Obama thought it was a good idea until someone...

Geen categorie / 02.09.2010

I have been interviewed by Al Jazeera English. The journalist wanted to know what I thought of the responsibility the media have when it comes to distributing messages of terrorists or other non established individuals. He had found my book on Abu Nidal which was published in 1989. Internet, I tell you...

Geen categorie / 13.07.2010

So sorry folks, wherever you are, but the way the Dutch are celebrating their tour in the World Soccer Cup is just one big scandal. I am not saying you can't celebrate when you finish second of the world. Quite an accomplishment for a country of 16 million inhabitants. What I am saying is that the Orange team destroyed a carefully built up image of intelligent and technical soccer play within half an hour or so, during the final in Jo' burg. What a destructive way of playing! Was that...

Geen categorie / 16.06.2010

Washington DC is in  many ways a copy of ancient Rome: the power buildings, the impressive boulevards, the money, the symbolism. Yes, this is the global centre of the mighty. This is where Big Ideas and Big Wars are being planned. You can almost smell the adrenaline when you walk on Capitol Hill. Funny, but in front of the White House this smell disappears. A friendly, rather small complex, with lawns and rose gardens and a black president who smiles his way through time. Nothing threatening from there. Back...

Geen categorie / 06.05.2010

The world fair in Shanghai will force all of us to admire China's ability to plan and organize huge events at absurd costs. After the Olympic Games, this is what it wants to prove again: China can do everything better, faster and smarter. Don't doubt: what is still Made in China today, will be From China With Love tomorrow. And Love stands for "you depend on us, we own your economies, we dictate the rules, we set the pace...

Geen categorie / 28.04.2010

I know, you probably don’t know Nuuk and I promise I am not here out of my free will! Nuuk is the capital of Greenland (a little further towards the Arctic than Iceland, where all the ash comes from), a little hole with maybe 15.000 citizens whose only ambition is to go fishing on a boat during the weekends. I am supposed to fly to Kangalussuaq, another Inuit name, where a former American air base can handle the only Airbus Greenland Air owns. This plane flies once a...

Geen categorie / 24.03.2010

Prinses Maxima mocht vorige week het startsein geven voor de campagne “Zonder cash ben je nergens”, die jongeren moet aanzetten bewuster om te gaan met geld. Het mannetje Cash moet hen wijze raad geven. Hij zegt niet dat je op je geld moet gaan zitten, maar wel dat je moet leren uitkomen met het geld dat je hebt en dat je meer uit je euro haalt als je er slimmer mee om gaat. Wat een mooi initiatief! Ik ben het helemaal eens met het standpunt dat je niet...