Archive for March, 2011

Volendamse klederdracht vs hoofddoek

March 31, 2011 4 comments

A fifteen year old girl is banned from the school because of her headscarf, in Volendam. The reason is that her headscarf is not acceptable in Catholicism, so in a Catholic school she cannot wear it. She made a complaint to the Dutch Equal Treatment Commission, and the Commission decided against the school. However, the decisions of the Commission are not binding. So, the school did not lift the ban. Now, she sued the school and is going to the court.

I do not know what is gonna happen in the end, but a friend of me has a funny suggestion for her. (By the way, the name of this girl is Imane.) He is wondering what happens if she wears a traditional Volendam costumes, which also includes a funny headscarf. Volendam is a historical Dutch village, famous with tulips, mills and farmers. Traditional costumes of the farmers are often referred to as “national costume” of the Dutch. It is specially called “Volemdamse klederdracht”. You can see many versions of those clothes on many souvenirs sold in tourist shops etc.

Anyway, I found my friend’s suggestion important because that can make people to question their logic behind the ban. I hope Imane can also think of that idea. Then, we may witness an interesting trial and distance ourselves from the dullness of the politics here..


if you are unemployed, go for a low-paid job

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Quoting from today’s Dutchnews:

“Unemployed Dutch nationals should do the jobs currently being done by migrants working for less than the minimum wage or without a contract altogether, social affairs minister Henk Kamp says in Thursday’s AD.”

See the solution proposed by the minister of social affairs?
According to the news article, the logic behind this solution is that instead of people demanding social benefits from the government, they can do those low-paid jobs and earn their own wages.
This proposition can also be a solution for another problem in the field of social affairs. The minister adds, for those jobs many non-EU migrants are granted a work permit, but in the future, they cannot be given..

With this idea, our minister can solve the problem of unemployment, paying the minimum wage, and also solve the problem of migrant workers, who are always a problem and a burden for the state..

Now we can thank our minister for his genius proposal and double solutions to two serious problems of the Dutch society..

If you want to know more about this minister of social affairs and employment, you can check wikipedia and the website of the Dutch Parliament.

Christian Democrats and Muslim electorate..

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Christian Democratic Party in the Netherlands, CDA, used to be the biggest party in the country. In the general elections of June 2010, they became the fourth party, suffering from severe losses of votes. Currently they are one of the coalition partners of the government..

They have been in the government for many years. And the Prime Ministers between 1977-1994 and 2002-2010 were from the CDA.

When writing, I am not following a casual order (or any kind of order), but I think my point is clear. Now, CDA is not as powerful as it was in the past.

Muslim minority (immigrants) in the country used to vote for this party, because of their shared values and positions on some issues, related to family or drugs etc. CDA has (or used to have) a more conservative stance on those issues, they also support the EU membership of Turkey.

The far right party PVV, which is outspokenly against Islam in the country, supports the current minority government. That means CDA and PVV are in a way partners in the government.

Muslims in the country, of course, are not happy with this partnership and they are becoming more and more alienated from the CDA. The party currently have Muslim members, and they warn the party in an open letter to take action not to lose their Muslim electorate..

I have not read the letter, but read its news from both English and Dutch sources. Both sources quote the same statement, which sounds a bit (no, not a bit, but too) weird to me.

“In the letter, the party members say they feel they are seen first as Muslims and second as members of the CDA.’This is undoubtably connected to the fact that we are in an alliance with a party that makes combating Islam a key issue,’ the letter states.”

OR in Dutch:
“[…] dat ze het gevoel hebben dat ze in de eerste plaats worden bekeken als moslims en niet als CDA-leden. ‘Dit heeft ongetwijfeld te maken met het feit dat we met een gedoogpartner regeren die van de strijd tegen de islam een kernpunt maakt.’ ”

What is wrong with being seen “first as Muslims and second as members of the CDA”? Seriously, what is wrong with that? Is it something offensive for Muslims? I do not see their point. Is it because I am an outsider?

national dna database

March 21, 2011 1 comment

Please do read the following news of from last week’s Dutchnews:

“We need a national dna data base says police chief

Every Dutch national should hand over a sample of their dna for inclusion in a national data bank to help solve crime, Rotterdam police chief Frank Pauw says in Monday’s Telegraaf.

At the moment, only people suspected of crimes with a jail sentence of at least four years have to hand over dna. The Dutch forensic institute data bank now contains the dna of 11,000 people.

‘If you want to make the world safer, there is a price to pay,’ Pauw is quoted as saying.”

Don’t you think that this is a genius idea? After the fingertips, they are gonna collect samples from our DNAs to detect terrorists quickly.. So we will feel more and more secure..

Don’t you feel yourself more protected since your fingertips are saved for the databank of the police when you extended your passport last time?

And you know what, some states cooperate and share those data with each other. This helps them to trace the suspects all over the world.. One does not have to be a real criminal, being a suspect is enough..
And, yes, they do not even feel the necessity of asking the people before they share those information. Why should they? It is for the good of the people. We, the people, are their only concern.
Everything is for us, by them, and despite us.
Bless the state!

J’Attendrai Le Suivant (I’ll Wait for the Next One)

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

(2002, Philippe Orreindy)

A French film nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Short Film in 2002.
Loneliness, trust and crowds.. Life is a stage performance, nothing more than that..


March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

(2008, Ankit Vengurlekar)

A short film that depicts the life of a child involved in child labor. The film tries to depict the sea of emotions of Chhotu, this poor child who is working to earn his daily bread…against the backdrop of a playful child artist, who works for pleasure.

New Boy

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

(2007, Steph Green)

A young African boy with a haunting back story starts school in Ireland, and finds out quickly exactly what it means to be the new kid. Winner of Best Narrative Short at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and nominated for an Oscar.