Amsterdam city council reserves €100K for feasibility study on Slavery Museum

By Marvin Hokstam AMSTERDAM — The City Council of Amsterdam will be allocating 100,000 euros in its budget to carry out a feasibility study on establishing a National Museum for the Slavery Past, it has been reported. Council member Simion Blom (Groen Links) who proposed the museum together with fellow members from the SP and […]

Elviera Sandie, Suriname’s new Permanent Secretary for Culture is properly prepared and ready

Elviera Sandie

By Marvin Hokstam PARAMARIBO — Elviera Sandie is the new Permanent Secretary for Culture at Suriname’s Ministry of Education; entrusted with the department than charts a path for cultural expressions in a country with a diverse ethnic mix, she said she is ready to do what was hers in coming. “The way I see it; […]

The Hague Deputy Mayor: immigrants are not ‘the white man’s burden’

Baldewsingh (right), with princess Laurentien (center)

By Marvin Hokstam AMSTERDAM — Outspoken The Hague Deputy Mayor Rabin Baldewsingh holds no punches when expressing is views on immigration, diversity and inclusion. Speaking at a conference in The Hague last Wednesday he launched unbridled criticism of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Rotterdam mayor Aboutaleb who are both on record as telling youngsters of […]

Member of parliament welcomes the draft bill, which includes provisions to deal with environmental pollution, the establishment of an environment authority and a fund for climate research

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A wide-ranging environmental law drafted by a group of concerned citizens in Suriname has been welcomed by a member of the tiny South American country’s parliament. “I applaud this initiative,” said Andre Misiekaba MP. “It is a perfect example of how the community can get together and help think about […]

Demand for slavery reparations delivered to Dutch embassy in Suriname

By Marvin Hokstam PARAMARIBO, Suriname – The compensation many descendants of Dutch slavery feel is due to them became official after members of the Committee Reparations Slavery Past Suriname deposited a claim at the Dutch embassy here. “We want to discuss the material and immaterial damage,” said Committee Chairman Armand Zunder as he presented a petition […]

Three Perfect Days in St. Maarten

Three perfect days

Author Marvin Hokstam IF THERE’S ONE THING ST. Maarteners are proud of, it’s the endearing adage that their Caribbean homeland is “The Friendly Island.” We plaster it all over our number-plates, and it’s true. The 60,000-plus inhabitants come from no less than 103 different countries; all contribute to the emerging identity of this 37-square-mile landmass. Christopher […]