Simone Veil And Abortion – A Woman’s Voice In A Man’s World


Reading Time: 4 minutesSimone Veil (1927 – 2017) Simone Veil will be remembered as the health minister who gave women throughout France the right to abortion, as well as being the first woman to become president of the European Parliament. She represented the voice of women in a man’s world. Political figures who have had a profound influence […]

Cold Justice: “The Red Pullover” – Part II: The Trial


Reading Time: 6 minutesOn 6th November 1975, Christian Ranucci was officially charged with the abduction and murder of 8-year-old Marie-Dolorès Rembla, in June 1974. The official investigation was characterised by numerous “potential” irregularities, including the “rejection” of a last-minute testimony from a witness favouring Ranucci’s innocence. The two major controversies related to the investigation were Ranucci’s sudden U-turn on […]

Cold Justice: “The Red Pullover” – Part I: The Crime


Reading Time: 7 minutesIn March 1976, Christian Ranucci was tried and condemned to death, for the murder of 8-year-old Marie-Dolorès Rembla, in June 1974. He had his request for pardon rejected by president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and was executed on July 28th 1976, at 4.13 am. The death penalty was abolished by François Mittérand, in September 1981. Ranucci […]

Tolerance In The Attic

Reading Time: 6 minutesIf ever a ranking of ordinary-looking houses that possess a universal value were made, the building situated at 38 Oudezijds Voorburgwal, in the centre of Amsterdam, would probably be near the top of the list. Whereas the Anne Frank House, situated on the nearby Prinsengracht, symbolises all that is bad about human nature, this house epitomises […]

The Moral Landslide: Defying Discrimination

Reading Time: 8 minutesI’ll be honest with you. Before writing this post, I had no idea what a “LGBT person” actually was. “In what sort of world is this guy living?”, I hear you ask. Well, I live in the same world as you, but the meaning of this dreadful label that has been tagged on the shoulders […]

When “Likes” Can Kill: The Darkest Side Of the Web

Reading Time: 6 minutesSometimes by pure accident you read about an act of violence in the news, that fills you with such disgust and hate for the perpetrators that you just feel like shouting your anger to the world. Today, quite by chance, I came across this news story from the Dutch television news website. The act of […]

Pokemon Go…Going…Gone – Cyberspace And The Human Brain

Reading Time: 6 minutesBooks will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed in ten years.  – Thomas Edison – 1913 You’ve got to give Thomas Edison credit for his vision. Of […]

Lost in Translation: Foreign Migrants Should Remain Foreign

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 23rd January, 2017,the Dutch centre-right prime minister Mark Rutte wrote an open letter which was widely published in the national press. As a non-Dutch national, I would like to respond to comments he made in that letter. The present post is based on my previous post written in Dutch. It wasn’t easy for me […]

Lost in Translation: Allochtonen Moeten Allochtoon Blijven

Reading Time: 3 minutesOp 23 januari l.l. heeft Premier Mark Rutte een open brief aan alle Nederlanders geschreven. Ik wil graag, als allochtoon, mijn reactie daarover  delen. Voordat ik in het Engels schrijf, heb ik deze Nederlandse versie opgestelt, desondanks de taalfouten die kunnen (en zullen) verschijnen. Mijn taalfouten kunnen bewijzen hoe moeilijk 100% geïntegreerd te worden is. […]

Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus, Jo Cox and Germanwings Flight 9525

Reading Time: 8 minutes    “Only one thing: this thickness and this strangeness of the world, that’s the absurd.”  On June 16th 2016, the Labour member of Parliament, Jo Cox, was brutally murdered by Thomas Mair, an unemployed gardener. Although the perpetrator had a history of mental illness, he also had ties with extreme right-wing parties, including neo-Nazi […]