Antique Radio

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A Matter of Time

In answer to the question “Does anyone know the exact difference between GMT and UTC?” here are a few facts concerning Greenwich Mean Time, Universal Time, and the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Various...

Queen’s Day attacker dies

The 38-year-old Dutchman who killed five people and injured 12 during Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn has died. He died in hospital last night from serious injuries he sustained after driving his car at high...

The right to move for work

Many Central Americans stop at nothing to reach the United States. In China, the global economic downturn is affecting the 200 million migrants who moved from the countryside to work in factories. Many of these migrants...

Hamas has gone underground

The large-scale Israeli offensive in Gaza has sent Hamas leaders and operatives physically under the ground. They are nowhere to be seen. None of them have appeared in public or in the media apart from a recorded speech...

Congo rebels advance on Goma

Rebels led by Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda are closing in on DR Congo’s eastern capital of Goma. According to eyewitnesses they have reached the outskirts of the city. “There is heavy, heavy fighting, you...

Justice for victims?

The international courts and tribunals in The Hague deal with some of the darkest pages of human history. Yet all too frequently the rights of the survivors of these mass atrocities – whether they be from the...

Executions rampant in Iraq

The death penalty in Iraq was suspended after Saddam Hussein was deposed in 2003. But a year later it was reinstated by the interim government. Since that time, claims Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, hundreds of...

The third way

You’re fourteen, at school and you need to go for a pee. You leave your science lesson and rush to the toilet. Then you stop. You’re confused. In front of you are three separate toilets. One with a symbol...

Europe goes to the White House

The upcoming American presidential election is being watched closely by Europeans. US policy directly affects Europe, and many here wish they could also cast a ballot. Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s weekly podcast...

Woman ruled man is woman

A Dutch athlete suspended in 1950 by the Dutch Athletics Union on the grounds that she was actually a man, has finally been vindicated thanks to DNA technology. The story of the downfall of Foekje Dillema – a...

Fortis: Pride comes before a fall?

It seems the Belgian-Dutch banking group Fortis bit off more than it could chew with the takeover of ABN AMRO. Jean Paul Votron, the charismatic Belgian CEO of the company, made his apologies this week and resigned. The...

Fortis: Pride comes before a fall?

It seems the Belgian-Dutch banking group Fortis bit off more than it could chew with the takeover of ABN AMRO. Jean Paul Votron, the charismatic Belgian CEO of the company, made his apologies this week and resigned. The...

It’s everybody’s sun

Marie-Rose Neloum from Chad received an award on Thursday, the day before World Refugee Day, in a ceremony at Amsterdam’s Tropical Museum. The prize is named after Gerrit-Jan van Heuven Goedhart, a member of the...

Anti-Islam film Fitna online

Geert Wilders‘ anti-Islam movie has gone online. The film, titled Fitna or ‘Ordeal’ or ‘Strife’ in Arabic, shows verses of the Qur’an alternating with graphic scenes of recent acts of...

1300 attend anti-Wilders demo

Amsterdam – Around 1300 people attended a demonstration against racism and discrimination in the centre of Amsterdam today, considerably less than the expected turnout of 5000. The organisers wanted to protest...

Anne Frank… a musical?

Since the publication of her diary in 1947, Anne Frank has become a Dutch icon, beloved around the world. Now her story has been made into a Spanish musical. And it’s caused quite a controversy. The musical is...

Wilders death threats confirmed

The Hague – The anti-Koran film planned by Dutch MP Geert Wilders has led to several threats against his life. This was confirmed by a representative of the Dutch National Coordinator for Counterterrorism...

Wilders death threats confirmed

The Hague – The anti-Koran film planned by Dutch MP Geert Wilders has led to several threats against his life. This was confirmed by a representative of the Dutch National Coordinator for Counterterrorism...

Geert Wilders: riding the hype

He is one of the best-known Dutch politicians. His views about Islam have offended Muslims and non-Muslims alike, within the Netherlands and around the world. He’s the most famous bleach-blond since Marilyn Monroe...

Geert Wilders: riding the hype

He is one of the best-known Dutch politicians. His views about Islam have offended Muslims and non-Muslims alike, within the Netherlands and around the world. He’s the most famous bleach-blond since Marilyn Monroe...

Art and lies

Batten down the hatches, lock the doors: anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders wants to make a film! It’s bound to feature the Qur’an in ways that few Muslims would approve of, to put it mildly. But, as...

Afghans in the Netherlands

24-year-old Sahar Noor speaks English with a Dutch accent. But actually she came here at the age of 11 with her parent; her family was fleeing the civil war in Afghanistan.  Now she’s a journalist and a student...

Nine days in Slotervaart

It has been an unusually violent week for Amsterdam’s western Slotervaart district. Cars were torched and youths clashed with police on several consecutive nights after a 22-year-old ethnic Moroccan was shot dead...

Pimping ban in Amsterdam?

The Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, wants to ban pimping in the city’s red light district and other areas where prostitutes work. He says the ban is needed to prevent exploitation and human trafficking, and sees it...

Pimping ban in Amsterdam?

The Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, wants to ban pimping in the city’s red light district and other areas where prostitutes work. He says the ban is needed to prevent exploitation and human trafficking, and sees it...

Let’s call God Allah

The Bishop of Breda, Tiny Muskens, wants people to start calling God Allah. He says the Netherlands should look to Indonesia, where the Christian churches already pray to Allah. It is also common in the Arab world:...

Extra protection for ex-Muslim

Once again, a critic of Islam has been placed under heavy security in the Netherlands. Ehsan Jami, a local council member for the Dutch Labour Party and a former Muslim, has been afforded extra protection since Monday...

Dutch author Harry Mulisch turns 80

Author Harry Mulisch celebrates his 80th birthday on 29 July. For many years, the creator of novels like The Assault, The Discovery of Heaven and The Stone Bridal Bed has been seen as one of the great figures of Dutch...

Stolen children

Eight years ago, David Smolin and his wife adopted  two girls from India. The information that the Smolins received from the adoption agency in India said that the girls had been given up by their widowed mother, that...

Music

European Jazz From the great stages of Europe, Radio Netherlands Worldwide brings you this year’s European Jazz Stage with host Daniel Frankl. Heard on stations all over the world, the Euro Hit 40 is...

New Balkenende cabinet

After months of negotiations, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is taking charge of his fourth cabinet, but who’s in and who’s out? Prime Minister and Cabinet Office: Christian Democrats (CDA): Jan...

The singing violin

The violin is the instrument par excellence for approximating the human voice. And nobody can do it better than the Indian violinist Kala Ramnath, a gifted performer of North Indian ragas. She can make her instrument...

Debunking the Dutch

More handy – and more available – than a Dutch residence permit – The Low Sky is one of a handful of invaluable guides if you’re a newcomer to the Netherlands or simply a Netherphile. It’s...

Testing the new immigration test

Is it wet or dry in the Netherlands? One of the hundred questions in the exam for migrants from outside the European Union who want to settle in the Netherlands. From now on the exam is obligatory. Newcomers have to...

Latest News

North Korea refuses to return to negotiation table Revised Patriot Act approved Kofi Annan presents UN reform plans Bombs explode at Hindu site in India Labour and Socialist parties win municipal Dutch elections...

Bridges of bone and blood

Ten years and more after conflict fragmented the former Yugoslavia, many thousands of people from the region are still missing. Gradually they are being accounted for, as scientists with the International Commission on...

Bridges of bone and blood

Ten years and more after conflict fragmented the former Yugoslavia, many thousands of people from the region are still missing. Gradually they are being accounted for, as scientists with the International Commission on...

Adams in Amsterdam

In April 1782, the top story in Dutch newspapers was the decision to officially recognize the United States of America as a sovereign republic. Months of relentless perseverance had finally paid off for John Adams...

The self-made man

These days many of us depend on computers for much of our work and social contact. But would you be willing to wear a computer round the clock if it could enhance your abilities? The potential is there and several...

Love exile on the road

“I can take my dog back to the United States but I can’t take my wife.” It might sound like a comedian’s punch-line but for American Martha McDevitt-Pugh it’s no laughing matter. She...

Live broadcast

This live stream from Radio Netherlands is broadcast 24 hours a day. It corresponds to several shortwave and satellite transmissions to different parts of the world, and as such contains a great deal of repeated...

All change in Hilversum

The unique public broadcasting system in the Netherlands, which is difficult to explain to people outside the country and confusing even for people who live here, looks set for major reforms. The Cabinet has voted to...

Hate Radio: Rwanda

One of the founders of the extremist radio station Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) has requested more time to prepare his case which is now pending in the appeals chamber of the International Criminal...

Peace Radio: Burundi

Radio Umwizero (Kirundi for “Radio Hope”) began broadcasting on 19 February 1996. The station operated on two FM frequencies, 98.6 MHz for Bujumbura and 106 MHz for the rest of Burundi. The station...

Ghan’s Java connection

St Georges castle in Elmina is said to be the oldest European building in sub-saharan Africa. Like many of the impressive forts that dot the coast of Ghana, it was used by Europeans to trade in gold and slaves. Many...

Marten Toonder at 90

Goatsbeard, de Canteclaer, Panda, Joost and Oliver B Bumble: only when the Dutch have been out of their country for a very long time they would not be familiar with at least one of these creations of cartoonist Marten...

Wartnosed notables

Rotterdam’s famous art museum, the Boijmans van Beuningen, has just opened a major exhibition of the paintings and drawings of Heronymus Bosch. Never before have so many works been brought together by this...

Deep Future Research

Where can scientists’ most ambitious ideas become reality? Answer: at Starlab, a futuristic science institute in Belgium which is developing intelligent clothing, interactive table-tops and artificial brains… The...

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