Politics

Nazis in My Back Yard

With a bitter-sweet amusement I listened yesterday to the reports on the radio about a set of stolen paintings from the Netherlands that ended up in the hands of a fascist militia in Ukraine. An expert on the matter told about the volunteer battalions that are fighting in the Donbass area and their connection to the far right Svodoba party. He even went into the history of the right in…


Grandola Vila Morena

Last weekend I visited a group of comrades from Belgium. After a day of interesting discussions and speeches, the night took a lighter tone with drinks, stories and songs. Alan from the International committee shared memories from the time he was recruited, and how things had to be all hush-hush back in the 70s. Amelie, Bruno and I discussed the quirky differences between Flanders and the Netherlands, and what colourful…


A Chain of Events

In his classic novel “The Assault” late Dutch author Harry Mulisch deals with the question of guild and responsibility. Who is responsible for the murder of the protagonist’s family? The Nazis who carry out their execution? The resistance that assassinated a Nazi collaborator in front of their house, knowing there would be repercussions? The collaborator who made himself a murder target with his treacherous ways? It’s a scenario that’s familiar…