Chiefs of Lebak! … if there are among us those who neglect their duties for profit, who sell justice for money, who take the water buffalo away from the poor man, and the fruits which belong to those who are hungry – who shall punish them? (Multatuli: Max Havelaar, Chapter 8)
Who can – [...]
My mother was a caring mother. Actually she spoiled me. Materially and immaterially. She went to any length to brighten up my life. And my memories. Including memories of my pre-memorizable times, like my birth.
For instance time after time she used to tell me -and anybody else who would listen to her- that [...]
In the picture above, on the left, sits my late father in law. The year is ’46, thirteen years before I met him for the first time. But I think I perceive a few of his characteristics already; self confidence and a touch of authoritarianism. Or is that just something in the eyes [...]
“In “A Touch of Sin,” the world isn’t an amorphous backdrop, pretty scenery for private dramas, it is a stage on which men and women struggle to fulfill basic moral obligations, including recognizing one another’s humanity” (Mahnola Dargis, New York Times, october 3, 2013.
The trouble with Chinese names is that they [...]
The other day a union of young members of the at present largest and most influential Dutch political party, launched a proposal in which they want the leadership to start procedures to ban male circumcision in the Netherlands. Female circumcision is illegal already, but these young politicians stressed male circumcision also violates human rights, [...]