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Dutch Education: Burnout Early and Burnout Often

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017
Category: Blog, News

Dutch Education: Burnout Early and Burnout Often XPat Journal, Spring 2017 The assignment was simple. Write an essay on the question: ‘What is a burnout, and how can I avoid it?’ And by the way, ‘you have to write the essay while you’re juggling homework for eight other high school classes, extracurricular activities inside school and extra classes outside school. Not to mention the prospect of spending your puberty in the most judgmental environment imaginable, as opposed to, say, hiding […]

Greg Shapiro | ‘Trump is a Circus Barker’ | TROUW ‘Ik heb een droom’ column

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017
Category: Blog, News

In TROUW ‘Letter & Geest’ Magazine, there’s a column: ‘Ik heb een droom’ – an interview series about dreams. Here’s the translation. Interview: Noor Hellmann / Photo: Jörgen Caris GREG SHAPIRO | ‘TRUMP IS A CIRCUS BARKER.’ “Describing a dream in words is difficult, I find, because a dream is such a different experience than the stories we relate about waking life. Basic storytelling requires a protagonist, a central figure. But often in my dreams, I’m not anyone in particular. […]

My Viral Video ‘The Netherlands Welcomes Trump in his Own Words’ has more views than Trump’s inauguration

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Category: Blog, News

My Viral Video ‘The Netherlands Welcomes Trump in his Own Words’ has more views than Trump’s inauguration (as told to Vanity Fair magazine) http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/02/donald-trump-every-second-counts-parody-videos-greg-shapiro-shaun-streeter 1. How did you get involved in the Netherlands Second video? The ‘Netherlands Second’ video was a concept from Arjen Lubach’s show, ‘Zondag Met Lubach,’ which is the Dutch version of John Oliver ‘Last Week Tonight.’ I’ve known Arjen Lubach since he was a comedian with the improv group ‘Op Sterk Water.’ Meanwhile, I was working in […]

Brexit Explained in 5 Memes

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Category: Blog

Brexit Explained in 5 Memes Watch the Video: Tired of Donald Trump news? Try European politics! For example, Brexit – the European version of ‘Winter is Coming.’ Here’s all you need to bring you up to speed on Brexit situation in 5 memes. It all started in June 2016, when 52% of Brits voted to leave the EU, an increasing number of whom are having a hard time explaining why they voted that way. Or as TheOnion.com put it: Everyone […]

How to Get Your Kids to Celebrate Hanukah: Pay Them

Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Category: Blog, News

My Grandpa Hanukah Harry Much like ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,’ my Grandpa Harry was ‘The Grim who Saved Hanukah.’ Here’s the family story of our very own Hanukah Miracle. Granada Harry was my father’s father, and as I kid I got the feeling my father was not the favorite. At least that’s what I assumed from the fact that my father was the one getting divorced every few years, while his sister and brother were starting nice, stable little […]

CONSTRUCTIVE JOURNALISM MEETS DUTCH ‘JUST SAY NO’ MENTALITY

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Category: Blog, News

CONSTRUCTIVE JOURNALISM MEETS DUTCH ‘JUST SAY NO’ MENTALITY De Nieuwe Liefde 16 Nov. 2016 So I got an online invite to an evening called “Constructive Journalism.” After Brexit, after Trump, it sounded interesting. The invite: “People tend to read less newspapers and use social media as their news source instead… negative newspaper articles create a false sense of danger and cause consumers to disengage… Constructive Journalism tries to restore the balance.”  The originator of Constructive Journalism (or solutions journalism) is […]

Trump, Zwarte Piet & How to Prepare for Prime Minister Wilders

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Trump, Zwarte Piet and How to Prepare for Prime Minister Wilders 15 Nov. Election Day 2016. Too bad America won’t have its first female President. But we hope you enjoy America’s first president who’s legally insane. Congratulations America, you just had your own Brexit moment. And – in classic American fashion – it was bigger and badder. Yes, the Brexit campaign featured misinformation and xenophobia. But the Trump campaign had all that plus p***y grabbing, pathological lying and Russia-mania! And […]

A WEEK AFTER BREXIT, ARE BRITS IN OUR OUT?

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Brexit: Voting to leave the EU – to find out you don’t want to leave the EU. Such a clear example of British irony – even an American can understand! I predicted it! A week before the Brexit vote, I said: “Britain will probably vote to Leave the EU – but no one is going to let it really happen. Then all the EU haters who say ‘It doesn’t matter how I vote’ will have every right to say ‘I […]

Who Said it? Trump or Sanders?

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Who cares if Bernie is mathematically eliminated? If you really #FeeltheBern, you want to see Trump & Sanders go head to head in October! Here’s a preview of a potential Bernie / Donald matchup, based on the campaign so far. It’s time to play: WHO SAID IT: TRUMP OR SANDERS? QUOTE 1 “I ran as a major party candidate for the media coverage.” ANSWER: SANDERS politico.com reported that Sanders – after years of being an Independent in Congress – initially […]

Brussels – How to Make Jokes About Terror

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Category: Blog, News

This week, on ‘United States of Europe’ –  Terror attacks in Paris, then in Brussels… is Amsterdam next? On behalf of Amsterdam, I’ll point out Luxembourg is lovely this time of year! Is it too soon to make jokes about terror attacks? Diplomacy dictates: When in Europe, do as the Europeans do. And in Brussels they started making jokes almost immediately.  It wasn’t so much terror as it was defiance, summed up by a hashtag. Not ‘JeSuisCharlie, but #JeSuisSickofthisShit. Or as […]