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From Ben Is Back to Beautiful Boy, Why Are Films Sticking to a Singular Addiction Narrative?

Recently, various films examining the impact of drug addiction on family life have been disseminated. From Beautiful Boy to Ben is Back to Six Balloons, these films present important narratives from the perspective of the American opioid crisis – a vital and complex topic which is necessarily being explored in popular culture. However, the protagonists […]

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‘Why Study for a Future We Don’t Have?’ Ask Student Climate Protesters

A ‘climate revolution’ was the goal of the 200-odd student protesters who gathered in Dam Square on February 14. Organized for the second time this month by the civil society group Students for Climate, the protest specifically asked high school students to pose the question ‘Why study for a future you won’t have?’. The strike […]

Photo Story: Students March to Take Actions Against Climate Change

About 200 students protested last Thursday, on February 14, in Dam Square as part of an international mobilisation to call for governments to take more drastic actions against climate change. This was the second time the civil society group Students for Climate organized the protest. The Amsterdammer

‘Curry Community’: First-Year Students Launch Online Skills Exchange

First year PPLE students at the University of Amsterdam have set up a skills exchange startup, named Curry Community. The concept is a simple one: it matches students who want to learn a skill with students willing to teach a skill they already have. The cashless project is currently being piloted among the PPLE students […]

Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam: 5 Alternative Events to Celebrate All Different Kinds of Love

This Thursday marks the celebration of Valentine’s Day and, like every year, opinions are conflicting. Some condemn the commercialism that underpins the holiday, while others dislike the sudden increase of happy couples taking the day off to stroll alongside Amsterdam’s lovely canals. Luckily, the city offers a lot more than overpriced three–course menus and themed […]

Debunking Heineken: Olivier van Beemen Discusses his Provocative New Book

People across the globe know and recognize the red star and iconic green bottles associated with Heineken, the international Dutch brewing company. But they rarely stop to think about what lies behind the image. Heineken has been in the African continent for over 100 years. Their website promotes an underlying ethic of “growing together in […]