Category archives for: Current Affairs

Interview: Ambassador Henne Schuwer

Henne Schuwer (Photo: Stephen Voss)

    His Excellency Henne Schuwer, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the USA, pleads for more involvement of the Dutch, even if it’s just responding to the embassy’s Facebook page. “Let’s start a dialogue,” he said enthusiastically. We met at the modern Dutch Embassy in Washington, DC. You lived […]

News: Press award for DUTCH the magazine


  One does not like to toot one’s own horn, but I must share with our readers the pride and satisfaction I felt when I was invited to Queen’s Park, the provincial legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario, for an awards ceremony. The invitation was to represent DUTCH, the magazine and our Dutch language […]

Died: Drs. P.

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On June 16 a remarkable death notice appeared in Dutch newspapers NRC Handelsblad and De Volkskrant. It was a handwritten two stanza, eight line poem, adhering to the strict form and meter of the Ollebolleke (a Dutch adaptation of the Double Dactyl or Higgledy Piggledy – a form of light verse invented in 1951 by […]

News: KLM visits Toronto with retiring MD-11


Today KLM paid a special visit to Toronto Pearson Airport’s Street Festival. KLM is the last airline to fly the MD-11 passenger jet, which was introduced in 1988. This fall it will retire its final three MD-11’s. As a special treat to airplane enthusiasts, the MD-11 ‘Audrey Hepburn’ which had just arrived from Amsterdam Schiphol […]

Interview: Expat rights activist Eelco Keij


Eelco Keij’s political career was catapulted after he took the initiative to organize a meeting in New York to discuss the efforts of the Dutch government to end dual nationality. After he became a candidate for the centralist D66 party, he presented himself as “the international candidate”. Keij, who didn’t get elected, recently published his […]

News: Pier in Scheveningen closed


On October 11th 2013, the municipality of The Hague decided to close the pier in Scheveningen due to fire safety concerns – a decision that was actively fought by curator Mark Udink. Udink was given until  October 1st to take care of necessary repairs, but during a safety inspection a week prior to that date, […]

News: New Van Gogh Discovered


In September 2013, a recently authenticated Van Gogh masterpiece was presented to the world at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. Although the painting, Sunset at Montmajour, had been considered a fake for over a century, research conducted at the museum left no doubt about its authenticity. According to Marije Vellekoop, the museum’s Head of Collections, Research […]

Column: Senseless Violence


Soccer, or voetbal (football) as it is called in The Netherlands is without a doubt the most popular Dutch national pastime. The achievements of both club teams and the national squad in international competitions and tournaments are admirable, especially taking into account the size of the country and its population. Holland competes on a par […]

Essay: Burning Man

The makeshift memorial for Kambiz Roustayi on Dam Square seems of little interest to tourists enjoying some early spring sunshine. (Photo: Hans Bouton)

On April 6 two years ago, a man walked across Amsterdam’s Dam Square, stopped in front of the National Monument, a tall white pillar commemmorating the victims of World War II, and calmly began to pour gasoline on his head. He then shouted something in broken Dutch to no one in particular, stood motionless for […]

News: Major gift helps create heritage archives

Gerry Segger (center) with Harry Fernhout, President of King’s University College (right) and Tim Janewski, Director of Library Services, October 31, 2012, on the occasion of the presentation of a unique Dutch bible dating from 1718. The bible was donated by Mr. Segger to the university.

An exceptional gift of $400,000 from Gerry Segger to The King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta, will help establish an impressive heritage collection of books, personal papers and other archival material, bearing witness to Dutch and German immigrant experience in Canada. Dutch immigrants offering to donate archival materials regularly approach the institution. The existence of […]