Tagged: netherlands

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ctrp316 Coffeeshops, Drug Tourism, and Politics

MP3 Audio [12 MB]DownloadShow URL Two Dutch municipalities decided last year that all their coffeeshops must be closed down. While in other cities, like nearby Breda, city governments have no intention of going back to the days of street dealing...
 

ctrp315 The Unfinished Drug Policy of the Netherlands

ctrp315 The Unfinished Drug Policy of the Netherlands

MP3 Audio [24 MB]DownloadShow URL People around the world admire, hate, or giggle at what they think they know about drug policies in the Netherlands. But how much do they really know? To get beyond the tall tales and the...
 

Longterm Social Crisis

Longterm Social Crisis

This week several mainstream headlines quoted “experts” who pointed to signs of economic recovery on the horizon.  I think they were referring to Europe, but if you search the news, you’ll find other experts pointing out signs of the same...

Hacker Camp 2009 Impressions

Hacker Camp 2009 Impressions

In many ways it is as if we never left. 2 years ago I sat at a picnic table under a tarp on the Polish-German border on the site of a former East German military base with a couple of...

On the EU Elections

On the EU Elections

I wrote a piece for the Guardian on the Dutch vote during last week’s European Parliamentary elections. Here’s an excerpt: The headlines on Friday morning in Amsterdam looked not unlike those in the international press around the world: “Far right...

Labor Shortage Dutch Style

Labor Shortage Dutch Style

On line at the grocery store, I read the big sign in the window: Seeking new colleagues to join our team.  Around the block at the café there’s a small paper in the window that reads: seeking wait staff.  The...