January 18, 2018

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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Stoltenberg’s term extended two more years

Ine Eriksen Søreide & Jens Stoltenberg – Picture by NATO.   By Henri Estramant.   Brussels, Tuesday, 12 December 2017: NATO, the military alliance of 29 trans-atlantic partners, has extended the Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg’s mandate as Secretary-General for a further two years. The current head of NATO remains in office, as the allies have unanimously extended his term that would otherwise have expired after four years in September of next year. Holding the position since 1 October 2014, Stoltenberg was expected to take the positive vote of the NATO allies, as already once last week, the federal government of Germany had already spoken out for an extension…

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“Climbing up the stairs”

Edgar Elias Azar   Ambassador of Mexico to the Netherlands   “Climbing up the stairs”     In 1969, being recently appointed as a judge, one morning climbing the staircase of the Mexico City Court where he served, Edgar Elias Azar promised to himself that one day he would become its President. Since that moment, he prepared academically and professionally in order to achieve his goal, which was to change the Court of one of the largest cities of the world so to assure a better administration of justice for its nearly half a million users. He was born in…

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The Hague and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

By Jhr Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are a new set of goals constituted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2012 and adopted by the world leaders at a UN Summit in 2015. As part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the SDG’s form the core of the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda. The SDG’s succeed the Millenium Development Goals (MDG’s) which were designed to combat all forms of poverty. The SDG’s are part of the 17 Global Goals that give direction to the world wide action for sustainable development till…

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Prosecutor Serge Brammertz on mission to Sarajevo

Prosecutor Serge Brammertz. ICTY and MICT Prosecutor Serge Brammertz was in Sarajevo on 15 and 16 of May 2017, as part of preparations for his rgular biannual reports to the UN Security Council (UNSC) . The Prosecutor met with Acting Chief Prosecutor Gordana Tadić, and  joined Prosecutor Tadić in meeting with representatives of victims’ organizations to discuss war crimes justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Prosecutor  also met with TRIAL International to discuss compensation for victims of war crimes. Finally, the Prosecutor  briefed members of the diplomatic community. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the scheduled meetings with members of the…

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President Juncker speaks about Europe’s future

On the occasion of Europe Day, May 9th, President Jean-Claude Juncker spoke about the European Union’s future and its current challenges. He addressed the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik with a speech entitled “Europe’s end – Europe’s beginning? The EU between crisis and breakup”, where he said: “Europe is losing weight. We are the smallest continent. Those who do not know how to change these figures will know that the time has not come to divide us into national parts, but rather to stand united.”  President Juncker also participated in a Citizens’ Dialogue with the theme “Europe…

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Alain St.Ange top candidate for the UNWTO Secretary General

Alain St.Ange – Picture by worldtourism. Seychellois former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, The Honourable Alain St.Ange, resigned in December 2016 to run for the top post of the UN World Tourism Organisation. St. Ange joined the Government of Seychelles in early 2009 as Director of Marketing at the Seychelles Tourism Board and a year later, in June 2010, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Tourism Board falling under the Office of the President. On the 14 March 2012, Mr St. Ange was appointed as Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, a position he held…

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“Welcome to Loosduinen”

“Welcome to Loosduinen” walking tour and lecture, The Hague Bridge special event at the city district Loosduinen. The Hague Bridge organised last week a walking tour through Ockenburg Estate ending at Kijkduin beach resort. Saskia Bruines, the Alderman of Loosduinen , friendly welcomed the group followed right after by a beautiful walk from Ockenburg. For additional Robert Huiberts’ pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157678938624334 In Kijkduin a lecture about the history of the former village Loosduinen and the 13th century legendary Wonder of Margaretha of Henneberg was held by Willem Post. About The Hague Bridge The Hague Bridge is…

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Art More Than an Asset

Convincing Craftmanship and Expertise at Tefaf Maastricht By Shirley Cottaar. This year it was the 30th edition from Tefaf Maastricht where works of extraordinary provenance and quality took the lead. Almost 71.000 visitors out of 60 countries came to the world’s leading fine art and antique fair at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition & Congress Centre) from 10-19 March 2017. Tefaf Maastricht provides an unrivalled marketplace for the world leading dealers and specialists to present the finest works available, covering 7,000 years of art history. Diplomate Magazine reports about some remarkable discoveries from the fair. Otto Jakob This master in jewellery…

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Kosovo National Day in The Hague

H.E. Vjosa Dobruna, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo. By Kim Vermaat. The Hague 21st of February – The Embassy of Kosovo had the pleasure to host a reception celebrating the ninth anniversary of its independence in its new stately embassy at the Koninginnegracht. For additional Robert Huiberts’ pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157678968972861  H. E. Vjosa Dobruna, Ambassador of Kosovo to the Netherlands, mentioned in her speech the importance of international collaboration and hoped that the larger embassy facilities would help towards that goal. Ambassador Dobruna, also indicated that the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office with special jurisdiction over crimes…

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