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Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Category: Blog, News

From the city that brought you the Chicago Fire, it’s time to fight fire with fire. Donald Trump haters gonna hate. SO Donald Trump got himself kicked out of my home town of Chicago. WATCH: “Tonight’s rally will be postponed.” Am I proud of my hometown? Oh yeah. (also proud of the famous hotdog place Wiener’s Circle with their special “Trump Footlong” featuring a 3-inch sausage) Trump ‘Footlong’ = 3-inch sausage Here are some of my friends’ comments that followed online: ‘Go home, […]

WHY is Amsterdam the Capital of the Netherlands?!

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Do you want to understand the European Union? First ask: WHY is Amsterdam the capital of the Netherlands? Hooray for Amsterdam! It’s host city of the EU Presidency – for the same reason it’s the capital of the Netherlands. No good reason at all. These days Europe has a bad reputation for being complex and wasteful. There’s 2 of everything! There’s a European Commission, but also a European Council. There’s a European Parliament in Brussels – but it’s also in […]

Which EU Country Started Its Own Press Correspondents Dinner?

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Category: Blog, News

The White House Press Correspondents’ Dinner… could it work in Europe? WATCH: YouTube: EU Press Corr Dinner?! I was asked this question not long ago, and – from Merkel to Juncker – my answer was NO! But – by total lack of popular demand – I joined with Boom Chicago and BadaBoom to do one anyway. (I wrote a few jokes, and 1 made it in.)   By definition, the Press Correspondents Dinner is a challenge for politicians because it’s the […]

VOTE! Hillary or Bernie? The US Global Primary March 6 & 7

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016
Category: Blog, News

GLOBAL PRIMARY:BERNIE OR HILLARY? Amsterdam March 6, ABC Treehouse 3-6pm. The Hague March 7, ABC Treehut 6-9pm  A) NEVER voted in a US Primary before? Now’s your chance! B) This is NOT the GENERAL ELECTION. That’s November 8. C) YES, at the Global Primary, you can REGISTER to vote for November 8. Thanks, Democrats Abroad. HOW IT WORKS. Bernie or Hillary? The Magic Number is 2382 DELEGATES to win the nomination. Democrats Abroad will contribute 21 of those delegates. Your […]

How Dutch Meetings Are Different pt. 3: CUISINE

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Category: Blog, News

How Dutch Meetings Are Different pt. 3: CUISINE 10 Feb. 2016, as printed in If you haven’t already seen the billboards and banners, the Netherlands is playing host to the EU Presidency for the first half of 2016. You may NOT have seen the billboards and banners, and that’s because the Dutch government has announced it’s best not to be seen spending too much money on the whole affair. Witness the logo recycled from the last time they hosted in […]

Will it FAIL? The Dutch Press Correspondents’ Dinner

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Category: Blog, News

10 Feb., 2016 I just got a call from a Dutch morning TV show asking “Is tonight’s Dutch Press Correspondents’ Dinner a good idea? And will it be a success?” My quick answer is this: If you keep smearing the thing before you’ve even seen it, then the answer is probably NO. Now yes, I’ve been asked to contribute some jokes for Rutte’s comedy routine. I doubt anything will make it in. But if you hear the one about Geert […]

New English Comedy Nights in The Hague – Finally!

Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016
Category: Blog, News

3 NEW ENGLISH COMEDY INITIATIVES IN THE HAGUE 7 February, 2016 In the heady days before 2008, Diligentia Theater would bring international comedians to play for the huge numbers of English speakers in The Hague. Dylan Moran, Steve Hughes, and sometimes Boom Chicago. Then OOPS. It all stopped. Why? There was certainly no decline in English speakers, but there was no one bringing international comedians to the Hague. Frustrating! And the slap in the face was the international comediansstill coming to […]

How Racist is Brexit Camp? An Experiment

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Category: Blog, News

SO I joined a Facebook group called ‘EU Exit Debate,’ expecting to find both Brexit & Bremain camps represented. You know, like a debate. In fact, it’s almost exclusively anti-immigrant stories like … ‘Somali migrants practicing Sharia law in UK’ and ‘Europe Needs to Destroy Islam.’ As an experiment, I posted a NYT piece about how Iraqi refugees are not finding a welcome home in Europe and returning home. I posted the piece with the title ‘WE CAN MAKE A […]

Is Hillary the Most EU-Friendly?

Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Category: Blog, News

4 Feb, 2016 Dear EU, are you sick of US election coverage already? Don’t worry. Only 10 more months to go. So by now the EU should know the main candidates: Bernie, Hillary, Trump and …Ted Cruz? Yes. He was born in Canada as Rafael Cruz, and now he’s running for President as an American named Ted. With the Slogan ‘TrusTED.’ Because that’s not his real name. Try to keep up, yes? What would any of these candidates mean for […]

Hillary, Bernie, or Geert Wilders?

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Category: Blog, News

Voting Your Conscience. Hillary, Bernie or Wilders? 3 Feb., 2016 While Bernie & Hillary supporters lash it out on Facebook, here’s a cautionary tale from the Netherlands – and a question. This is a tale of two elections: 2010 and 2012. Yes, the Netherlands has a Parliamentary system, and there’s a ruling coalition. But – like America – there’s usually a big shakeup every 8 years, where both sides of the aisle have a chance to regain leadership and reshape […]