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Speed Skater Ireen Wüst Named Dutch Athlete of 2014

Dianne Lodder | Posted 12.17.2014 | Sports
Dianne Lodder

Speed skater Ireen Wüst was chosen female athlete of the year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is the second time Wüst wins this award at the yearly organized sports gala, having won it before in 2006.

How Visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam Made Me Feel

The GypsyNesters | Posted 12.16.2014 | Travel
The GypsyNesters

The Diary of a Young Girl was the first coming-of-age story I'd ever read. Thankfully, I got my hands on it years prior to a mandatory school assigned reading (as a young voracious reader, I ate those up too - but for some reason those assigned books always lacked shine). Anne's diary hit me hard.

Canadian Figure Skating Legend and Holocaust Survivor Honored in Amsterdam

Dianne Lodder | Posted 12.15.2014 | Sports
Dianne Lodder

Figure skating legend Ellen Burka-Danby received a "Token of Recognition" from Dutch ex- figure skater Karen Venhuizen, at the Jaap Eden ice rink in Amsterdam on 9 December 2014.

Uber Banned From Taking Bookings In The Netherlands

Reuters | Anthony Deutsch | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

By Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Uber, the fast-growing online car sharing service, has been banned from taking bookings in the Neth...

5 Lessons Learned Couch Surfing in Amsterdam

Jaimee Ratliff | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
Jaimee Ratliff

Looking back on my amazing experience with my new friends, there are five things my couch surfing experience in Amsterdam has taught me that can possibly help you if you are daring to test the waters to hang ten on strange couches.

Switzerland Highights Europe's Huge Immigration Problem

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Milton Ezrati

Not too long ago, the Swiss voted in a referendum to limit immigration and make it easier to expel foreign-born residents. The specifics of the vote matter less than the sentiment it reflects, in Switzerland and Europe generally, feelings exemplified in an otherwise insignificant incident in the small Swiss city of Nyon.

Dutch Authorities Identify Highly Contagious Bird Flu Strain

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living

By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Dutch authorities said on Sunday they had found a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a poultry...

World's First Solar-Powered Bike Lane Installed In The Netherlands

City Lab | John Metcalfe | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green

This story was originally published by City Lab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It's tough to make cycling a...

How To See More On Your Next Vacation

Viator | Posted 11.07.2014 | Travel
Viator

With some cities, you not only have the option of visiting another region, you can also stamp your passport by going to a whole different country for a few days.

Going Dutch in Amsterdam's Craft Breweries

Mike Dunphy | Posted 10.23.2014 | Travel
Mike Dunphy

After centuries of domination by its neighbors -- Belgium, Germany, and England -- Holland's brewers are finally picking up the mantle and forging a new, distinctive, Dutch path.

Prague vs. Amsterdam (PHOTOS)

Olena Kagui | Posted 12.14.2014 | Travel
Olena Kagui

After living in Prague my whole life and visiting Amsterdam for over a week I made a few interesting comparisons when it comes to cleanliness, transportation and alcohol.

The Reason Why Countries Rise and Fall

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Paul Mashegoane

Today's world is going in circles seeking the antidote of growing their countries' economies, not realizing this very fact, which is also the reason why certain countries cannot produce multinational corporations. Politicians are not the solution, they are rather part of the challenge.

The Beauty Of Scandinavia's Street Art Culture

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

It isn't just Nuart any more. Scandinavia is taking their mural festivals seriously thanks to buoyant economies, arts programming support, and a gr...

Madonna, Meet Madison - Your New Photographer

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

I see a lot of bad photography. The other day I spent over an hour looking through the 'editor's picks' on 500px. I was not impressed. Who are these e...

The Window of M&A Opportunity for Transformative Deals Remains Open

Pip McCrostie | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Pip McCrostie

A broad-based recovery across a variety of sectors driven by the US should see market conditions continue to foster this trend -- making the next 6-12 months an ideal window of opportunity to do transformative deals.

Dutch PM Halts Search For MH17 Victims' Remains

AP | TOBY STERLING | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Netherlands' prime minister has halted the search for remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster in Ukraine...

Climate Change This Week: The Jet Stream Run Amok, Cheap Wind and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

These Are The Countries Where Human Progress Is Fastest and Slowest

Mashable | Posted 08.01.2014 | Impact

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual Human Development Report, which focuses on human vulnerability worldwide, last we...

We Had Our 9/11 (But Pretended It Didn't Happen)

Carlos Carnicero Urabayen | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Carlos Carnicero Urabayen

That Europe is not raising its voice to stop the bloodshed in Gaza is no big surprise. What is more striking, however, is that a missile intentionally launched by someone shot down a civilian aircraft carrying numerous EU citizens amongst its passengers and somehow we have reacted as if it was due to a storm or a little bird inside of one of the motors.

Malaysia's Prime Minister In Netherlands To Discuss Flight MH17

AP | TOBY STERLING | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday called on Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatists to agree to a cease-fire in the area surround...

The Coming of Eid al-Fitr

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The pursuit of justice is a good deed in Islam, appropriate for Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr alike. Justice has so far been mocked in the MH17 case. Muslims everywhere should therefore join the appeal for a thorough investigation and punishment of the perpetrators.

Netherlands Mourns The Many Killed In MH17

AP | By MIKE CORDER | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A distraught, grieving mother summed up a swelling mood of despair and anguish in the Netherlands on Sunday at falteri...

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

'Don't Cry for Us, Argentina' as Powerhouse Germany Is First European Team to Win World Cup in the Americas

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

Germany earned its 4th World Cup title but first in 24 years -- titles just don't come easy. In the process, Germany saved more salt being rubbed into Brazil's still fresh wounds.

This Island's Prime Minister Is Going On A Hunger Strike

AP | DILMA ARENDS | Posted 07.13.2014 | World

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — Aruba's prime minister and several legislators have launched a hunger strike to protest what they say is meddling by the Du...