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Decolonization of Dutch archaeology

“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” (Chinua Achebe) Starting a discussion about decolonization in the Netherlands is almost impossible. Therefore, when excavations are started at an 18th-century burial ground of enslaved Africans on St. Eustatius – without any form of involvement of the direct descendants living on the island

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“Bring back CARE”, a powerful, emotionally-laden and energising protest at Leiden University

TW: sexual assault, rape On the 4th of November, around 150 Leiden University students participated in a protest at the Wijnhaven campus against the University’s lacking sexual violence survivor support system. The student behind the Instagram account @a.survivor.at.leiden drew attention to the discontinuation and defunding of LU’s only sexual violence support group in July 2021. She wrote a letter to

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Looking back at the Leiden Queer Pride March

Some 500 people joined the strong and lively Queer Pride March on Saturday in Leiden. The protest began with speeches by Mila, David and Marty, who spoke on behalf of the Leiden Queer Coalition that organized the march. The images of the March speak for themselves. Yesterday the coalition published this statement about the March. Dear queer community, Together, we

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Leiden Queer Coalition: “Between dream and action stand the nuclear family and the state” (video)

Yesterday some 500 people joined the strong and lively Queer Pride March in Leiden. The protest began with three speeches. Here’s the one by Marty, who spoke on behalf of the Leiden Queer Coalition that organized the march. Our name is Queer Power, Queer Liberation, Queer Revolution (they/them, she/her, he/his). Our name is Queer Power, and this letter is our

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Mila at the Queer Pride March: “Queer culture must be inclusive” (video)

Yesterday some 500 people joined the strong and lively Queer Pride March in Leiden. The protest began with three speeches. Here’s the one by Mila, who demanded that all queer spaces and queer culture must be made inclusive. I’m here. I’m queer. I’m disabled. I’m here as a disabled transgender lesbian. This should not be extraordinary. After all, queer people

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Speech at the Queer Pride March: “Suddenly I was gay and brown” (video)

Today some 500 people joined the strong and lively Queer Pride March in Leiden. The protest began with three speeches. Here’s the one by David, about “the struggle of being a certain race that isn’t white”. Hi everyone, my name is David. It’s my first time speaking publicly today. I’m feeling slightly nervous but also really excited to finally be

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Massoud Hossaini: ”If you forget Afghanistan, you have to expect another 9/11” (video)

Last Saturday some 150 to 200 people joined the protest “Freedom for Afghanistan! Right to stay for Afghan refugees!” in Rotterdam. They listened to, amongst others, photo journalist and activist Massoud Hossaini, who talked about Operation Enduring Freedom and what that brought to Afghanistan and now the world. Twenty years after the Enduring Freedom Operation, conducted by the US and

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Statement Rotterdam Rainbow Coalition

The Rotterdam Rainbow Coalition released this statement this morning. This spring, on May 22, the Coalition organized the protest “respect our existence or expect resistance: no LGBTQIA+ hatred in our city!” ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest. Doorbraak is also part of the coalition. Last weekend the building of COC Rotterdam was struck by anti lgbtqia+ vandalism. In August something

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25 September, Leiden: Queer Pride March

Pride began as a protest. It was about keeping your community safe and empowering folks. There hasn’t been any such protest in Leiden for 40 years. It’s our duty to bring critical pride back to Leiden. Not just to celebrate our community, the people, and events who brought us together, but to shine a light on queer power, intersectionality, and

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Conspiracy Culture

Are conspiracy theories per se wrong? Should we fight them? In this piece, I would like to propose that we should take a differentiated position – one that avoids framing conspiracy culture as a matter of either belief or disbelief. Instead, we should distinguish between (a) conspiracy mythologies, (b) conspiracy theories based on at least partial evidence, and (c) proven

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