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Towards 100 Percent Impact: Do You PYMWYMIC?

Liz Wilson | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

How can you align your intentions with actions? This was one of the key questions that the Put Your Money Where Your Mouth (and Meaning) Is Community (PYMWYMIC) discussed at their annual Impact Days from 7-9th April in Amsterdam.

Review: Greencard Warriors

Isa Freeling | Posted 03.28.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

I recently saw an important new film at the Crosby Hotel presented by the Dutch Consulate. As always, the Dutch support their filmmakers with the h...

The Holocaust: The Dutch Remember

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

It is no surprise that the Dutch people, historically tolerant and compassionate, have been deeply affected by such atrocities and will always remember, mourn and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.

Pot Problems In The Netherlands

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 03.07.2014 | World

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands (AP) — A young man at a bus stop hisses at a passer-by: "What you looking for ... marijuana?" It's a scene of street peddlin...

Two Politicians Create Grindr Profiles To Raise Votes

Reuters | Posted 03.05.2014 | Gay Voices

AMSTERDAM, March 5 (Reuters) - Two Amsterdam local politicians have uploaded their profiles to online gay dating site Grindr to try and pick up vote...

The 'Lowlanders' Flying High in Sochi

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.19.2014 | Sports
Dorian de Wind

Ice skating is so popular in the Netherlands, such an integral part of the culture -- The King of the Netherlands proposed to the Queen on ice skates -- that it should not be surprising that the Dutch are very successful in speed skating events, especially at the Winter Olympics.

Euthanasia for Young Children?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

There are so many moral, religious, ethical, medical, emotional and legal aspects associated and entangled with it that one is certainly well advised to tread lightly and wisely when and if venturing into a discussion dealing with euthanasia.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Why am I telling you all this? Perhaps it is a form of personal catharsis, atonement if you will, for never having taken the time or made the effort to learn more about Jewish history and culture, about the Jewish religion, and about the Jewish suffering.

Big Doings in Van Gogh's Beloved Brabant

Christian Josi | Posted 03.22.2014 | Arts
Christian Josi

It is a happy problem for enthusiasts like me that there are so many possibilities to walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh today, nearly 125 years after the artists' death.

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Thanksgiving -- Need Some Comments From You

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I know these are hard times, full of many trials and tribulations--for individuals, couples, families, and for our country. But if the early Pilgrims, after their horrific voyage to America and the devastating winter filled with death and suffering, were able to find reasons to be thankful, surely we can, too.

Will Russia's Gay Rights Violations Prompt Spike In Asylum Seekers?

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

AMSTERDAM, Nov 5 (Reuters) - The Dutch foreign minister on Tuesday denounced Russia's law banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors and said the ...

The World of Dutch Tiles

David Galenson | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

The Dutch initially used tiles for practical purposes - for safety in the fireplaces of their wooden houses, and in their kitchens. Over time they also began to use tiles for decoration.

Christian School: Peace Sign Is Satanic

Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion

A Christian school in the Netherlands, Pieter Zandt Scholengemeenschap, was horrified to find an allegedly satanic symbol in its latest student agenda...

Dutch Treat: Breakout Artist Levi Van Veluw on 'The Collapse of Cohesion' and 'Origin of the Beginning'

Christian Josi | Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts
Christian Josi

Dutch artist Levi van Veluw, an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in the Netherlands, burst onto the scene in 2006 at the ripe old age of 21. Although fresh out of school, it didn't take long for Van Veluw's portrait series to gain international attention.

The Last Train to Auschwitz (Revisited)

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

As Rosh Hashanah -- sometimes referred to as the "day of judgment" -- starts tomorrow evening and as we continue to debate the atrocious gassing of...

Why Novels Are Essential Travel Companions

Henriette Lazaridis Power | Posted 11.02.2013 | Books
Henriette Lazaridis Power

After years of miles traveled and pages turned, I'm convinced that there are ways in which reading deepens a vacation -- and deepens the books you read as well.

Labor's Day Remembered

Harlan Green | Posted 11.02.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

We celebrate another Labor Day, a national holiday, and how do we remember it? I would like to remember it as some other developed countries celebrate it.

Edible Nation Branding for the Netherlands

Paul Rockower | Posted 09.21.2013 | Taste
Paul Rockower

On a recent excursion to the Netherlands, I was left bubbling with gastrodiplomacy ideas for the Dutch.

DCMF Leads Charge in Middle East/Africa Media & Information Literacy Plan

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.19.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Qatar has embarked on an ambitious plan to ensure that public and private schools in the Arab Gulf emirate are fully media and information literate by 2014. It is also aiming further afield to reach institutions in the Middle East and Africa.

Home Is Where the Local Is

Global Yodel | Posted 06.28.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

We reached out to our contributors and asked them to share pictures of their homes. Click through the slideshow below to meet a speedo-clad man named Cloudy Cloud, see a LA pillow fight and learn what happens when a group of travelers take over a 4,000-square-foot warehouse.

WATCH: Song For New Dutch King Is 'Imbecilic,' Awesome

Agence France Presse | Jan Hennop | Posted 06.21.2013 | World

Dutch organisers were scrambling Sunday to find a new song to mark the upcoming enthronement of the Netherlands' new king after a serenade written esp...

Places We've Left Behind

Global Yodel | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

Have you ever stumbled upon an abandoned building and experienced a sense of wonder? What was this? Who built it? Do the people who used to live, work or go to school here care that it's now a crumbling shell? Here's a collection of places that have been abandoned.

Paul Verhoeven's UGC Film Project Wins Digital Emmy at MIPTV

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
Andy Plesser

CANNES - The "Entertainment Experience," a film project lead by Dutch-born Hollywood actor Paul Verhoeven, consisting of user generated material, won...

The 700-Year-Old Former Church Turned Modern Bookstore

Tom Moran | Posted 05.25.2013 | Travel
Tom Moran

There are numerous spectacular bookstores throughout the world, and labeling one "the finest on earth" is subjective at best. But Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen, a 700-year-old former Catholic church in the Netherlands city of Maastricht, is certainly one of the grandest.