February 20, 2019

A Baltic Hike: Lithuania Statehood Restoration Day Celebration 2019

Sounds from Lithuania by the choir Exicon. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 13 February 2019, the Lithuanian style  concert was followed by a reception. The occasion,  celebrating  Lithuania’s “Restoration-Statehood “(February 1918) The Lutheran church in  The Hague served as a backdrop for the festivities.The event was attended by Ambassadors from the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Belarus, Kuwait just to mention some, as well as by the diaspora from the Baltic states and others. After an impressive life rendition of the Lithuanian- and Dutch national anthem by organist Liga Vilmane, H.E.Vidmantas Purlys delivered his welcome address. My wife Dita and I would like to warmly…

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Le clip, un bijou de style et d’élégance/Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels’ exhibits new clip, The brooch in Paris.

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Romania Centenary Celebrations In The Hague

By Roy Lie Atjam. On Friday 30th November 2018, the Romanian Ambassador H.E. Ms. BrândușaPredescu along with the Romanian Cultural Institute Brussels, hosted a festive reception for international guests, including Ambassadors, Dutch partners and civil society, to fete the Romanian National Day in The Hague. Close to 300 guests attended the celebration, which started with a live rendition of the Dutch and Romanian national anthems. Furthermore, the Alex Simu Quintet made up of: Alex Simu clarinist, poly-instrumentalist George Dumitriu, bassist Mattia Magatelli, drummer and cellist KristijanKrajncan and pianist Franz von Chossy, put on a dazzling extraordinary jazz concert. The quintet…

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Pacis Palmae Digniores Quam Tropaea Belli (The Palms of Peace are More Honorable than the Trophies of War)

By Sheila Turabaz. On the 26th of September, the Great Hall of Justice of the Peace Palace – generally known as the courtroom where the hearings of the International Court of Justice are held – was not centered around dispute settlement but on the recognition and celebration of the efforts and accomplishments of noble individuals and organizations, furthering the cause of international peace “in whatever way, by word or deed in the form of international action, in literature, or the arts”. The Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize is the second-oldest award for peacemakers (after the Nobel Peace Prize). The Carnegie Wateler…

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The 2018 Austria National Day And Centenary Celebrations

                            On the picture the Ambassador of Austria Heidemaria Gürer and the President of the Senate, the Honourable Ankie Broekers-Knol, we can also see H.E. Archbishop Aldo Cavalli, Apostolic Nuncio. By Roy Lie Atjam. On October 26th 2018 (Oct 26-Feiertag) Austria celebrates its 63rd year of independence. 2018 is also a year of celebrations and reflection as the country celebrates the Centenary of the proclamation of the second Republic of Austria. The memorable day was celebrated in The Hague on Thursday 25 October 2018, H.E. Ambassador Heidemaria Gürer and spouse…

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Fatou Bensouda, at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

ICC Prosecutor addresses Informal Ministerial Network for the ICC in the margins of the 73rd session of the UNGA. ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, attends 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly to highlight & advance the work of her Office From the 24th to the 27th of September, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, attended the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (“UNGA”) held at the United Nations (‘‘UN’’) Headquarters in New York, to participate in a number of high-level side events and to hold bilateral meetings so as to highlight and advance the…

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H.E. Mr. Lawrence Lenayapa, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya

H.E. Ambassador Lawrence Lenayapa, new Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the Kingdom to the Netherlands,  also the Permanent Representative of Kenya to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and leader of Kenya’s delegation to other International Organizations in the Netherlands. Ambassador Lenayapa arrived in the Netherlands at the beginning of August 2018 and presented his Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander on 29 August 2018. The Ambassador most recently served as the State House Comptroller for the Kenyan Presidency and was also formerly the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Mineral…

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H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi: Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq

By Guido Lanfranchi. H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi is the new Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A diplomat and a medical doctor, H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi succeeds to H.E. Mr. Saywan Barzani Just a few days before Koningsdag, H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi presented the diplomatic credentials to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, thus formalizing his role as the new Iraqi Ambassador to The Netherlands. H.E. Dr. Al-Alawi, who arrives to The Netherlands after a post as Ambassador to Turkey, will represent Iraq to both the Dutch government and the many international organizations based in The Hague, such…

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H.E. Mr. Peter Hoekstra, Ambassador of the USA

On Wednesday, January 10, H.E. Peter Hoekstra presented his credentials to King Willem-Alexander to officially become the 67th U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. Ambassador Hoekstra was driven to Paleis Noordeinde in a ceremonial state coach accompanied by his wife Diane. Upon arrival at the palace, the Ambassador inspected the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Johan Wilem Friso, which played the U.S. National Anthem, and a Guard of Honor. Peter Hoekstra, was born in Groningen and immigrated with his family to the United States.  He became a prominent politician and business executive with a long history of public service. The Ambassador served as a Member of Congress…

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The Pinocchio fable, revisited

Pino I TELL NO LIES short version. By Dario Poli. “To see what is in front of your nose needs a constant struggle.” George Orwell As young child raised in the tough industrial centre of Scotland, amidst a culture that prided itself on its home grown achievements, past traditions of clan unity, honour, truthful expression, rebelliousness, heroism both socially and on the many glorified battlefields of wars, was not an easy experience to say the least. The first hearing of the name Pinocchio by an Italian author and Freemason Carlo Lorenzini (known by his pen name Carlo Collodi, (1826-1890) being…

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