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R. C. Camphausen

Citizen based in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Joined on Dec 19, 2009
Expertise in Travel, Religion, Education, Politics, Health,   see all» Ethnic cultures, Books



New drug called Sisa is killing austerity-hit Greek youths

Athens - A new and very cheap drug is killing Greek youth who no longer can see a future for themselves. Sisa is a form of crystal meth being mixed with filler ingredients such as battery acid and engine oil. It makes users violent and kills within six months.

Op-Ed: Battleground in Eastern Mediterranean is heating up fast

As if the 80,000 dead in Syria are not the result of a war, Israel warns Russia that shipping missiles to Assad could result in war in the region. Meanwhile, Russia has sent at least 12 warships into the Mediterranean to protect its assets in Tartous.

Photo Essay: Amsterdam, tapestry of old and new architecture Special

Amsterdam - Unlike Hongkong, Montreal and a few other cities, Amsterdam does not have an internationally known and recognized skyline. Instead, the Dutch capital is more like a tapestry where sometimes the architecture is very modern, then again charmingly old.

Surprising ad-campaign in Saudi Arabia against domestic violence

Riyadh - A charity run by the family of an ex-king in Saudi Arabia has begun a campaign against domestic violence with a well designed advert showing a battered women dressed in a niqab. The text says 'Some things can't be covered.'

Turkish citizens arrested over car-bomb attack claiming 46 lives

Ankara - While Syria was all too quickly blamed as being behind the bombs that killed 46 and wounded more than 150, it now emerges that planning and execution is an all Turkish affair. Among the dead and wounded are Syrians as well.

Israel attempts to prevent Russian S-300 delivery to Syria

Early next week, Israeli PM Netanyahu will meet Russian President Putin in Sochi for what seems to be an attempt to dissuade the latter from sending S-300 anti-aircraft batteries to the Syrian armed forces. Chances for a successful mission seem small.

Op-Ed: Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you

The title is a quote by Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961). Were his words meant tongue in cheek, or did he want to tell us that there is no way to define human sanity? A very different approach to this is being taken by Canadian author Stefan Verstappen.

Op-Ed: Nature versus stone — Break on through to the other side

While I'm aware that today's world can no longer function without the infrastructure made of concrete, stone, metal - there's always a tiny leap of joy that makes me reach for the camera when I see nature breaking through stone -- against all odds.

The Mother Of All Bombs (MOAB) is ready to be deployed

Designed to be able to penetrate and destroy underground nuclear facilities in Iran and/or North Korea, the latest US massive ordinance penetrator (MOP) is nicknamed the 'Mother of All Bombs'. Twenty of these non-nuclear weapons are ready to be deployed.

Update: Del Ponte's finding that Syria rebels have used sarin gas

Geneva - Carla del Ponte, member of the UN Human Rights Commission, has unequivocally stated that chemical weapons have not been used by the Syrian army but by fighters among the rebels.

Thailand captivated by sacred white elephant, $200,000 reward

Phetchaburi - An infrared camera appears to have recorded the first image of the albino elephant calf that's being sought since almost a month. Thai people regard a white elephant as sacred, bestowing prosperity and power. Capturing the animal will be rewarded.

Mob in Egypt lynches teenage son of Muslim Brotherhood official

First, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader kills and wounds people in a heated debate over FaceBook comments critical of the present government. What follows is an outraged mob that burns his parental home and kills the killer. Justice Egyptian style.

Op-Ed: Syria. The art of war, of words, of images. A video of interest

Be warned. This is only for the truly interested, for people with time, for 'students' of anthropology, of media influence, of spin and propaganda. A Russian-made video of 43 minutes is included concerning the war in Syria. A view from the 'other' side.

Photo Essay: Spring in the Dutch countryside, storks and all Special

With Amsterdam much in the news lately due to the coronation, or at times due to its coffee-shops or prostitutes, other parts of the Netherlands are lesser known; if not to say under-reported. Here's a look at the Dutch countryside during springtime.

Civil disobedience — all the way to the bank

When the government does not act in the interest of the people, and it benefits only a small minority, the people’s greatest right is to disobey and rebel against that injustice. Based on this idea, Enric Durán borrowed from banks and isn't paying back

Op-Ed: The dentist who came from hell

For most people, a visit to the dentist is a feared and traumatic experience, and most of the time some form of anesthesia is welcome. It can, however, be the wrong decision to make.

Op-Ed: Nepal's poor yet beautiful women, young and old Special

Kathmandu - Nepal is among the most impoverished nations in the world, but you wouldn't suspect it when seeing the smiles and open faces of its women and girls. Most travelers are drawn here because of the magnificent Himalayas, yet the people are even more majestic.

Op-Ed: A profile of Rebiya Kadeer, fearless Uyghur independence activist

Born three years before China annexed East Turkestan and named it Xinjiang, Rebiya Kadeer has lived a remarkable life. Born into poverty, she became one of China's seven richest persons and model citizen before she was imprisoned for rebellious activism.

Op-Ed: The European Union through the eyes of leading newspapers

Six Leading European newspapers jointly produce a supplement every half year with detailed analysis and perspectives concerning developments and problems within the European Union. Issue 4 deals with the dwindling public support for the EU.

Op-Ed: Cremation yes or no? Religions, traditions, and modern times Special

Among the variety of funerary practices observed in various cultures and countries, burial and cremation are the most common. Some religions prefer the one and ban the other, sometimes both are 'allowed.' Even today, cremation occurs in only 31 nations.
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