Father Damien photograph by William Brigham
history Hilde Eynikel
15 min reading time

Rebel with a Cause: Father Damien on Molokai

On 11 October 2009, the Flemish missionary, known as Father Damien, was declared a saint for his extraordinary service in caring for the lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in the 19th Century.

10 min reading time

Bring on the Language Police!

Words become outlawed, and people with different opinions soon accuse the other party of engaging in ‘framing’. Are the language police just round the corner?

1 Rembrandt van Rijn Zelfportret 1634 ets Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
14 min reading time

The Malleable Rembrandt

Dutch art often appears in debates about identity, and this always happens in terms of what is 'own' and 'foreign' to it. Rembrandt in particular turns out to be very 'malleable'.

Friday Verses
literature Anke Senden
2 min reading time


This week's Friday Verses are written by Anke Senden. We selected her poem ‘here’.

society Luc Devoldere
2 min reading time

Let Us Be Ungovernable

Where once there was a checkpoint in France, the slogan 'Let us be ungovernable' can be read along the border. Luc Devoldere wonders what the graffiti artists mean by this.

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