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Perspectives

About Black Pete (Again)

We did it, kids! This year, at the arrival of Sinterklaas, there were Cheese Petes (it happened in Gouda), black-because-of-soot Petes, and rainbow Petes. Oh, and tons and tons of death threats, I’m-not-a-racist-you’re-politically-correct, and more fun kneejerks. Just like last year.

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News in Europe

News in Europe: Still Great Britain

Greetings, citizens, and what did I say? Scotland voted “No,” and the world did not stop.

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Photography

Persephone Postcards: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Like most cities in, around, or near water, Amsterdam is best viewed from a boat.

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Photography

Persephone Postcards: Leiden, The Netherlands

A botanical garden, a.k.a. Hortus Botanicus, is always on my to-go list for holidays.

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News in Europe

News in Europe: Election Fallout Edition

Citizens of Europe, I despair of you. Well, some of you. The results of the elections for the European Parliament have not been wholly surprising, but the extent of anti-EU feeling across the continent is disheartening. Let’s have a look.

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Perspectives

About Black Pete

In the Netherlands, they celebrate Sinterklaas on December fifth, and every year there are critics about Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). When the international media picks it up, the Dutch are painted as Most Racist Ever. I hope I can explain the Dutch stance on this subject a little.

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Crossposts

What Happens When a Queen’s Respect for a Culture Upsets Politicians

While I was supposed to be putting the final touches on a presentation on Sunday, procrastination on Twitter led me to the trending topic “Kamervragen PVV.” The PVV is the Dutch Party for Freedom, which is headed by Geert Wilders. This man and this party, to me, represent everything that is wrong with my country (well, […]

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News in Europe

News in Europe for December 20, 2011

EUROPE ““ (CNN) There is a good chance France and other euro area governments will have their credit ratings downgraded in the near future. This downgrade would mark another low point in Europe’s long-running debt crisis, but it may not shock the markets. “The downgrades are likely to come sooner rather than later,” said Ewen […]

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Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Aletta Jacobs and Els Borst

This week, the University of Groningen announced that their biannual Aletta Jacobs award would go to former Health Minister Els Borst. This award has been awarded by the university since 1990, to Dutch women with an academic background who lead the way in emancipation and are role models to other women. But who was Aletta […]

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News in Europe

Your Weekly European Roundup

Once again, it’s time for the weekly European news roundup. The Euro is still in the dumps, there’s a lot of stuff happening in France, and (in happy news) a woman was found alive after having been lost in the mountains in Spain for 18 days. Though I strove to include the most important and […]

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Food

Baking With the Dixie Chicks: Dutch Pancakes

My love for cooking while rocking out to the Dixie Chicks in my fabulous American apron continues unabated. Last time I promised you a post about Dutch pancakes. Today I make good on that promise.

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News in Europe

Your Weekly European Roundup

Once again, it’s time for the weekly European news roundup. It’s a little shorter this week and nowhere near as comprehensive as usual, so I would like to invite you all to share important stories that I missed in the comments.

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Food

Baking with the Dixie Chicks: Drie-in-de-pan

There are many things I love, for example my U!S!A! U!S!A! patriotic apron, cooking, baking, and the Dixie Chicks. A perfect morning is when all these things come together in my kitchen.

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Life

Slashing Culture

Last night I went to a contemporary dance performance. Ever since it finished, I have been contemplating the utter shame of government budget cuts to the cultural sector.

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News in Europe

Your Weekly European Roundup

With most of the world focused on Japan, Bahrain, and Libya, news from Europe has been somewhat sparse this week. However there have been some interesting, sad, and triumphant moments.