By Judith Brouwer I will admit that I am a sucker for bad reality TV. However, if I ever imagined an episode starring Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian, I would have thought that it would be a vastly different arrangement … Continue reading When Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian Collide
By Roos Saat Disclaimer: First Nations is the official term used to refer to Indigenous people from Canada, while Native American refers to Indigenous people from the United States. The first time I noticed the small poster on a bathroom … Continue reading The Silent Crisis Across Indian Country: The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
by Jedidja van Boven In the words of a former White House official: it’s open season on the president. A sudden op-ed letter, written by an anonymous senior administration official working for the Trump administration, was published by the New … Continue reading ‘’Amoral and Idiotic’’: Republican Heroism or Strategic Ploy?
by Jedidja van Boven When world-famous tennis player Serena Williams was forbidden to wear her black ‘catsuit’, designed to prevent blood clots after her pregnancy, to the French Open in 2019, online comments were quick to defend Williams against tennis … Continue reading Feminism, Femininity, and Francization: the #BalanceTonPorc Controversy
By Dana Zoutman This February, Elon Musk launched a super rocket to send a Tesla car into orbit around Mars. Bowie’s “Space Oddity” will be playing throughout its journey . When someone on Twitter asked him why he was planning … Continue reading Do Aliens Even Matter in this Economy?
Comedy, journalism, or social activism? By Heleen Heijungs Last Sunday night, Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach launched a campaign against Facebook, urging users to deactivate their accounts . Over 29,000 Facebook users have said they will participate in the event, with … Continue reading Zondag met Lubach
What happened, and why should we care? By Tom van Leeuwen and Heleen Heijungs What is the link between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica? You have probably noticed the recent controversy surrounding Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and a series of alleged … Continue reading Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and UCR
The UCR Edition By Faye Bovelander In between lukewarm to heated Facebook discussions, party posts of the Political and Law Society, and local politicians randomly popping up around UCR, you might have noticed that the municipal elections that are happening … Continue reading Why Local Elections Matter
By Eric Zhang In late January, the world’s attention was drawn towards what was deemed by many as a possible turn of events in Korean politics. Mr. Kim Jong-un has for the first time addressed Moon Jae-in as the president … Continue reading A Good Time for Optimism about North Korea?
By Eric Zhang On 6 November, Donald Trump went on the first state visit to China of his presidency, and it is considered the most important stop in both strategic and economic terms in his visit to five Asian countries. … Continue reading Everything you need to know about the meeting between Trump and Xi
By Eric Zhang This October has not been a peaceful month for Catalonia and Spain. On October 1st, Catalonia held a referendum as to whether it should become an independent country. The majority of the vote supported independence, but the … Continue reading The Politics of Passion – the Catalonian Referendum
In her article “Did We Get Used to Nazis (Again)?”, Rebecca Fobbe lambasts the success of the Alternative für Deutschland party (Alternative for Germany, AFD) in the recent German federal elections, which gained almost 13% of votes and thus became … Continue reading AFD – Whiff from the Brown Past or Fresh Wind in a Stale Closet?
By Rebecca Fobbe On Sunday the 24th of September, the last of a series of breath-holding European elections was carried out. After the Dutch and French votes for their new respective heads of states, both events closely monitored due to … Continue reading Did We Get Used to Nazis (Again)?
By Eric Zhang and Maryna Parfenchuk Ukraine has always been a nation torn apart by different superpowers and identities. For centuries, Austro-Hungarian Empire and Poland had governed its west, whereas its east had been under the control of Russia. That … Continue reading Powergames, History, and Identity – a Ukrainian Perspective on Crimea
In recent weeks, the Hermit’s Kingdom – North Korea has raised the security concerns throughout the globe again. Following the belligerent verbal confrontation between Kim and Trump in August, North Korea’s KCNA just declared the country’s newest success in their … Continue reading The Grim Realism Underlying the Puzzle of North Korea
What comes to mind when you think about LGBTQ issues? The gay pride in Amsterdam perhaps, the supreme court granting same-sex marriage to everyone in the US last year, or perhaps just a same-sex couple happily in love? But what … Continue reading Too Old Or Too Gay? – The Marginalisation of LGBTQ Elderly
The Dutch elections have been over for a couple of weeks, and many were relieved about the result. It seems that the populist tide from the United States did not carry over, in the sense that the PVV did not … Continue reading Why We Need To Stop And Listen
To be honest, the news has been the last thing on my mind – I can’t even remember what week number this article is supposed to be – and I am sure I am not the only one. Tabula Rasa … Continue reading The Flash Week 12: Takedowns, Missiles And Artificial Wombs
2017 has been a year of feared elections. After the American elections and Brexit, the European elections were expected to be a battle between the established power and the far-right movements. And so far, it has been. The Dutch elections … Continue reading The French Elections: What You Need To Know
“Men, we’re creatures of habit. We like what we like. Do we like shopping? Nmm. We like tennis. We like… cooking. Mmm. We like fishing. Because… we don’t shop. We decide. The MAN BOX is for you. Your style choices. … Continue reading The Man Box: Gender stereotyping at its best…