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The Last Revolution – Nexus-conferentie 2017

De Jasmijnrevolutie, de Egyptische Revolutie, Euromaidan: het is nu moeilijk voor te stellen dat de Russische Revolutie, precies een eeuw geleden, beloofde de laatste revolutie te zijn.

Ondanks bolsjewistisch optimisme en dromen van gelijkheid bracht zij evengoed, net als andere opstanden, een angstaanjagende vernietiging van vrijheid, waarden en waarheid.

Revoluties bleven volgen.

Vragen over mens en maatschappij blijven onopgelost. Vanwaar revoluties? Welke machten bevrijden en welke onderdrukken?

Wat leren we uit het feit dat de Franse Revolutie eindigde in een bloedbad, de Russische Revolutie verwerd tot totalitarisme, maar de Amerikaanse Revolutie succesvol was?

Op zaterdag 18 november brengt Nexus gezaghebbende denkers, politici, wetenschappers en ideologen van over de hele wereld bijeen voor een gezamenlijke zoektocht naar antwoorden, ideeën en argumenten.

Wat voor vrijheidsbeweging wacht de 21e eeuw? En wie zijn de individuen die tegen gevestigde machten in durven denken, die wel in opstand komen? Waar halen zij die kracht vandaan? Wat zal de ware laatste revolutie zijn?


Antony Blinken – diplomaat en strateeg van Clinton en Obama

Aleksandr Dugin – politiek filosoof en adviseur van Poetin

William Fallon – oud-bevelhebber Amerikaanse strijdkrachtenDeelnemers

Sjeik Rached Ghannouchi – toppoliticus en leider Tunesische revolutie

Aileen Kelly – expert Russische intellectuele geschiedenis

Pankaj Mishra – essayist en romancier

Moisés Naím – Venezolaans staatsman en politiek filosoof

Nelofer Pazira – Afghaans-Canadees filmmaker en schrijver

Shaha Riza – Arabisch activist

Dominique de Villepin – Frans staatsman en diplomaat

Leon Wieseltier – publiek intellectueel

Michael Žantovský – diplomaat, vertaler, woordvoerder en vriend van Václav Havel

Zhang Weiwei – filosoof van China als belangrijkste supermacht

The Last Revolution
Nexus-conferentie 2017
Zaterdag 18 november 2017
9.30 — 16.00 uur
Nationale Opera & Ballet

#  meer  info  op  website  nexus  instituut magazine


Peace Prize 2017 of the German Book Trade to Canadian author, essayist and poet Margaret Atwood

The Board of Trustees of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade has chosen the Canadian author, essayist and poet Margaret Atwood to be the recipient of this year’s Peace Prize.

The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017, the final day of the Frankfurt Book Fair, at the Church of St. Paul in Frankfurt am Main. The ceremony will be broadcast live on German public television. The Peace Prize has been awarded since 1950 and is endowed with a sum of €25,000.

In her wide range of novels, essays and volumes of poetry, Canadian author Margaret Atwood has demonstrated a keen political intuition and a deeply perceptive ability to detect dangerous and underlying developments and tendencies.

Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born in Ottawa on November 18, 1939 and spent the first part of her childhood in the forests of northern Quebec, where her father conducted research as an entomologist. During this time, she and her older brother and younger sister were taught at home by their mother. In 1946, when her father took up a position at the University of Toronto, Atwood began attending regular school for the first time. From 1957 to 1962, she studied English and literature at universities in Toronto and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1963, she got her professional life underway at a market research company, and in 1964, she began working as a professor of literature at various universities.

Atwood started publishing her first poems (see »The Circle Game«) in the early 1960s in what she referred to as a »private printing press«. She then continued to make an increasingly respected name for herself throughout the 1970s with a number of further volumes of poetry. It was at this time in her career that she began to focus on writing novels. Today, she is considered the most important and most successful author in Canada. Her work, which comprises novels, short stories, essays, poetry, stage plays, screenplays and children’s books, has been translated into more than 30 languages.

Atwood achieved far-reaching national and international recognition with the publication of her first work of literary criticism, »Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature« (1972), in which she examined the role of Canadian literature and literary history with tremendous wit and concision. She followed that up with her first two novels, »The Edible Woman« (1969) and »Surfacing« (1972), in which she explored the perception of women’s role in modern Canada.

In 1985, Atwood published »The Handmaid’s Tale«, a dystopian novel in the tradition of George Orwell. The novel depicts a totalitarian society in which women are meticulously oppressed and used as birth machines. By taking up certain social tendencies of her day and following their logic to its latent conclusion, Atwood was able to create a novel of timeless relevance. The Handmaid’s Tale brought her to the peak of her already impressive literary career, and in 1989, German director Volker Schlöndorff even directed a film version. Today, precisely due to its enduring topicality, the novel is back on bestseller lists and experiencing a renaissance in American society under Donald Trump.

After »Cat’s Eye« (1988), which explores the childhood and friendship of two women in post-war Canada, and »The Robber Bride« (1993), in which she examines women’s darker side, Atwood published »Alias Grace« (1996), a historical fiction about a mysterious girl sentenced to life in prison for murder in the mid 19th century. After »The Blind Assassin« (2000), a broad portrait of Canadian society in the 20th century that garnered her the Booker Prize for Fiction, she shifted her focus to themes of ecological devastation and dangerous social tendencies in the post-apocalyptic worlds of her end-of-times trilogy »Oryx und Crake« (2003), »The Year of the Flood« (2009) and »MaddAddam« (2013). Known today for being an author and an environmental activist, Atwood coined the term »speculative fiction« to describe her work, although nothing she describes in her novels is pure invention. She takes a similar approach in her socially critical work »Payback. Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth« (2008), a collection of lectures in which she examines the preconditions and consequences of the global financial crisis. Drawing on facts from cultural history, literature and linguistics, she spotlights the concept of economic and moral guilt found in the economic disaster.

In the past several years, Atwood had rounded out her literary oeuvre with a number of works, including »Scribbler Moon«, a novel that will be published no sooner than 2114 as part of the Future Library Project. She also published »The Tent« (2006) and »Stone Mattress« (2014), as well as the novels »The Heart Goes Last« (2015) and »Hag-Seed« (2016). In addition to writing, Atwood continues to be active both politically and socially. In Germany, the latest product of her efforts is a volume of collected essays translated into German and set for publication in November 2017; »Aus Neugier und Leidenschaft« presents the cosmos of Margaret Atwood, including reviews, travel reports, writings on ecological themes and short stories. In May 2017, Atwood joined Salman Rushdie at the head of a campaign to garner support and higher levels of attention for authors suffering persecution and censorship. The campaign involves more than 200 writers and artists belonging to PEN International.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with her second husband, the writer Graeme Gibson. Toronto is also the home of the Margaret Atwood Society, an organization dedicated to international scholarship and discourse on her work, for which she has received several honorary doctor titles.

# More  info  on  website  ‘Friedenspreis  des  Deutschen  Buchhandels’ magazine

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Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

A firsthand account of the brutal conditions of the Spanish Civil War.

Homage to Catalonia is Orwell’s personal account of his observations in the Spanish Civil War. The book was first published in the United Kingdom in 1938.

In 1936, originally intending merely to report on the Spanish Civil War as a journalist, George Orwell found himself embroiled as a participant—as a member of the Workers’ Party of Marxist Unity.

Fighting against the Fascists, he described in painfully vivid and occasionally comic detail life in the trenches—with a “democratic army” composed of men with no ranks, no titles, and often no weapons—and his near fatal wounding. As the politics became tangled, Orwell was pulled into a heartbreaking conflict between his own personal ideals and the complicated realities of political power struggles.

Considered one of the finest works by a man V. S. Pritchett called “the wintry conscience of a generation,” Homage to Catalonia is both Orwell’s memoir of his experiences at the front and his tribute to those who died in what he called a fight for common decency. This edition features a new foreword by Adam Hochschild placing the war in greater context and discussing the evolution of Orwell’s views on the Spanish Civil War.

“One of Orwell’s very best books and perhaps the best book that exists on the Spanish Civil War.” — The New Yorker

George Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of many works of non-fiction and fiction.

Homage to Catalonia
George Orwell
Penguin Classics
256 Pages
ISBN10 0141393025
ISBN13 9780141393025

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell magazine

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Sta jij op 4 MEI op de Dam?

Draag jij je gedicht voor tijdens de Nationale Herdenking op 4 mei?
Wil jij je gedicht voordragen aan de koning en koningin, minister-president, oorlogsveteranen en bijna 3 miljoen kijkers? Doe dan mee aan de jaarlijkse dichtwedstrijd Dichter bij 4 mei. Deze wedstrijd wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met het Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei en vindt ieder jaar in een andere provincie plaats. Dit jaar is dat de provincie Noord-Holland.

Open Poëzieworkshop
Doet jouw school niet mee aan het project Dichter bij 4 mei? Wil je toch meedoen, ben je tussen de 14 en 19 jaar oud en woonachtig in de provincie Noord-Holland? Geef je op voor de open poëzieworkshop op zaterdag 14 januari 2017 in Fort aan de Sint Aagtendijk in Beverwijk. Of stuur voor 1 februari 2017 maximaal drie gedichten naar

Dichter bij 4 mei
Dichter bij 4 mei is een poëziewedstrijd voor jongeren tussen de 14 en 19 jaar rondom het thema ‘herdenken’. De winnaar van de dichtwedstrijd mag zijn of haar gedicht voordragen op de Dam tijdens de Nationale Herdenking op 4 mei. De andere drie winnaars mogen hun gedicht voordragen tijdens de herdenkingen in de voormalige kampen Westerbork, Vught en Amersfoort.

Thema: herdenken
“Tijdens de Nationale Herdenking op 4 mei herdenken wij allen – burgers en militairen – die in het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden of waar dan ook ter wereld zijn omgekomen of vermoord sinds het uitbreken van de Tweede Wereldoorlog, in oorlogssituaties en bij vredesoperaties”

Door de Nationale Herdenking op de Dam en op andere plekken in het land komt iedereen Dichter bij 4 mei.

Jouw gedicht op de Dam?
Het Poëziepaleis zoekt samen met het Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei een dichttalent dat op 4 mei op de Dam zijn of haar gedicht wil voordragen. Wanneer mag je meedoen?
– Je bent tussen de 14 en 19 jaar;
– Je zit op het vmbo/ havo/ vwo/ MBO of ROC;
– Je bent woonachtig in de provincie Noord-Holland.

Hoe kun je meedoen?
Wil jij kans maken op één van de finaleplaatsen, stuur dan voor 1 februari 2017 maximaal drie gedichten naar en zorg dat je gedicht voldoet aan de volgende punten:
– Het thema is herdenken;
– Het gedicht is maximaal 25 regels lang;
– Het taalgebruik is passend;
– Het gedicht is geschikt om voor te dragen.

# Meer informatie op website poëziepaleis magazine

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Jessie POPE: The Zeppelin Armada


Jessie Pope
(1868 – 1941)

The Zeppelin Armada

‘To-Day, since Zeppelins are in the air,
And folks glance skywards as they go their ways,
Let us hark back a bit to an affair
That happened in Queen Bess’s sturdy days,
When the Armada, backed by Spanish lust
A fleet that floating palaces resembled
Sailed proudly forth to crush us in the dust,
While all the tremulous in England trembled.

What was the fate of those unwieldy craft ?
Our little frigates made of British oak
Harassed the mighty galleons fore and aft,
Handy to strike and shun the counterstroke.
The Great Invasion ended in defeat.
No more could Philip play the part of mocker,
The rout of the Armada was complete,
And down it went to Davy Jones’s locker.

What frigates did in 1558
May be repeated in the air to-day,
When clumsy Zeppelins may meet their fate
From aeroplanes that sting and dart away.
A well-equipped and handy air patrol
Would circumvent an aerial attack.
If London is to be the Zeppes’ goal,
It’s up to us to see they don’t go back!

Jessie Pope magazine

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Jessie Pope
(1868 – 1941)

War Girls

‘There’s the girl who clips your ticket for the train,
And the girl who speeds the lift from floor to floor,
There’s the girl who does a milk-round in the rain,
And the girl who calls for orders at your door.
Strong, sensible, and fit,
They’re out to show their grit,
And tackle jobs with energy and knack.
No longer caged and penned up,
They’re going to keep their end up
‘Til the khaki soldier boys come marching back.

There’s the motor girl who drives a heavy van,
There’s the butcher girl who brings your joint of meat,
There’s the girl who calls ‘All fares please!’ like a man,
And the girl who whistles taxi’s up the street.
Beneath each uniform
Beats a heart that’s soft and warm,
Though of canny mother-wit they show no lack;
But a solemn statement this is,
They’ve no time for love and kisses
Till the khaki soldier boys come marching back.

Jessie Pope magazine

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Unveiling of the Stele for the year 2015-2016  # Reporter’s Memorial Tenth anniversary  # Reporter’s Memorial – 17 00 – Thursday 6 October 2016


Ten years ago, the Reporter’s Memorial was inaugurated in Bayeux. Upon the unveiling of the 2015 stele, Reporters Without Borders will gather families and loved ones of the journalists killed on the job in the last ten years.


In 2015, 110 journalists have perished because of their profession or in dubious circumstances. Reporters Without Borders assures that of those 110, 67 have been killed for the sole reason of being journalists. In total, 787 journalists have been killed on the job since 2005. To that number, 27 netizens and 7 media associates can be added. This worrisome situation can be explained by the peak of violence against journalists in the last decade. They are now deliberately targeted and all the efforts put toward their safety have failed so far.


« It is imperative to set up a concrete mechanism for the application of the international law for the protection of journalists », declares Christophe Deloire, General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders. « Today, violent non-state actors have targeted journalists while numerous states do not respect their obligations. More than 800 reporters have been killed in the last ten years. Their death must be met with reactions that match the urgency of the situation. A special representative for the protection of journalists with the United Nation Secretary must be immediately appointed. »


Families have decided to create a stele for all the reporters who disappeared while on a mission. This monument entitled “Missing In Action”, will be placed and inaugurated this year. It takes the form of a shadow and symbolizes the absence of those whose bodies have never been found.


Present will be: Diane Foley, Claudine Kent (companion of David Gilkey dead in Afghanistan), Maryvonne Lepage, Deo Namujimbo, Elena Milachina for remembering Anna Politkoskaïa assasinated 10 years ago.

Mémorial des reporters
Boulevard Fabian Ware
Direct access from rue de Verdun, Bayeux FR
Free admission


# more information on website Prix Bayeux – Calvados (des correspondents de guerre)

# more information on Reporters without Borders magazine

Photos: Jef van Kempen (FdM 2016)




For 23 years now, the Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents has for objective to give the floor to those who help us get a better understanding of the world: war correspondents. It is with a tremendous satisfaction that we have observed a growing and enlightened public over the years. Today, within a complicated and tensed national and international context, this week of reflection is, more than ever, necessary.


Major crises are reaching the planet and the Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents is, once again, shedding the light on the upheaval of our time. Far from trying to upset the viewers, the photographs displayed within the exhibitions are here for people to think: the consequences of the conflict in Syria, the crisis of refugees, the movement of populations, criminality that, in Mexico, is turning into an armed conflict… A sound exhibition, never heard before, created in association with the French radio France Inter will pay tribute to radio reporters present in the theatres of war. The meetings of the Bayeux-Calvados Award will also shed a light on conflicts that have been forgotten and will allow the viewers time to reflect, in the midst of the news that is often misrepresented. A long list of rendez-vous where professionals ever so numerous and a faithful public will be able to exchange, share and enhance their knowledge of the world.

During the 2016 edition, student actions – which includes the Regional prize for students and trainees of Normandy and the Bayeux-Calvados Award classes- are expending to the entire region of Normandy. Today, media literacy is more than a duty, it’s a necessity. Film screenings for secondary school students, viewpoint of 15 year-olds and meetings between students and professionals are at the heart of the Bayeux-Calvados Award.


For the last 23 years, the Bayeux – Calvados Award for War Correspondents has been bringing together international journalists from the field to meet the public, tell human stories and provide explanation and background to areas of tension around the world.

Next edition of the Bayeux – Calvados Award for war correspondents will be taking place from  3 to 9 October 2016 in Bayeux FR.

Jean – Claude Guillebaud, a major figure in journalism as a writer and former war correspondent, will serve as President of the Jury for this 23rd edition.
A week of meetings on international news On the program for october: original exhibitions, debate evenings, screenings, book fair, events for schools… The Bayeux Calvados award is also a week of meetings, exchanges between the public and reporter s. Unique times on international news which constitutes the strength of the Bayeux Calvados award meetings. A real public plebiscite. Journalists : you have from now until 6 June to send us your work Photo, radio, television and written press reports on a conflict or news event relating to the fight for freedom and democracy mus t be submitted before the 6 th June to be considered for the 2016 selection. They must have been made between the 1st June 2015 and the 31st May 2016. There is a €7,000 grant to be won in each category.


The meeting takes place from 3 to 9 October along with special correspondents, women and men of the ground, who, through their evidence, wake up our senses

# more information on website Prix Bayeux – Calvados (des correspondents de guerre)

# more information on Reporters without Borders magazine




Isaac Rosenberg
(1890 – 1918)

Break of Day in the Trenches

The darkness crumbles away.
It is the same old druid Time as ever,
Only a live thing leaps my hand,
A queer sardonic rat,
As I pull the parapet’s poppy
To stick behind my ear.
Droll rat, they would shoot you if they knew
Your cosmopolitan sympathies.
Now you have touched this English hand
You will do the same to a German
Soon, no doubt, if it be your pleasure
To cross the sleeping green between.
It seems you inwardly grin as you pass
Strong eyes, fine limbs, haughty athletes,
Less chanced than you for life,
Bonds to the whims of murder,
Sprawled in the bowels of the earth,
The torn fields of France.
What do you see in our eyes
At the shrieking iron and flame
Hurled through still heavens?
What quaver—what heart aghast?
Poppies whose roots are in man’s veins
Drop, and are ever dropping;
But mine in my ear is safe—
Just a little white with the dust.

Isaac Rosenberg poetry of The Geat War magazine

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Alun Lewis
(1915 – 1944)

Postscript: For Gweno

If I should go away,
Beloved, do not say
‘He has forgotten me’.
For you abide,
A singing rib within my dreaming side;
You always stay.
And in the mad tormented valley
Where blood and hunger rally
And Death the wild beast is uncaught, untamed,
Our soul withstands the terror
And has its quiet honour
Among the glittering stars your voices named.

Alun Lewis poetry magazine

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T.E. Hulme
(1883 – 1917)

Trenches: St Eloi

Over the flat slopes of St Eloi
A wide wall of sand bags.
In the silence desultory men
Pottering over small fires, cleaning their mess- tins:
To and fro, from the lines,
Men walk as on Piccadilly,
Making paths in the dark,
Through scattered dead horses,
Over a dead Belgian’s belly.

The Germans have rockets. The English have no rockets.
Behind the line, cannon, hidden, lying back miles.
Behind the line, chaos:

My mind is a corridor. The minds about me are corridors.
Nothing suggests itself. There is nothing to do but keep on.

T.E. Hulme poetry magazine

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MSK Gent: Love Letters in War and Peace

Tussen de Frans-Duitse oorlog in 1870-71 en de Grote Depressie in 1929 kende de maatschappij en parallel de beeldende kunst een ware omwenteling.

In deze evolutie speelden kunstenaars een voortrekkersrol. Hun intellectuele, zintuiglijke en emotionele fijngevoeligheid verzette niet alleen bakens op artistiek vlak. Omdat ze zich vrijer in het dagelijkse leven bewogen, traden ze openlijk sociale codes met de voeten en doorbraken ze maatschappelijke conventies.

MSK Gent: Love Letters in War and Peace
08.11.2014 – 22.02.2015

‘Love Letters in War and Peace’ brengt het bijzondere verhaal van prille, toegewijde, verborgen en verboden liefdes.

Hoogtepunten op de tentoonstelling zijn de liefdesbrieven van de dichter Oscar Wilde aan Alfred Douglas, van Dante Gabriel Rossetti aan Jane Morris (mevrouw William Morris), van Dora Carrington aan Lytton Strachey en van Stanley Spencer aan Hilda Carline.

Musea, bibliotheken en archieven van over de hele wereld maar ook tal van privéverzamelaars stellen hun collecties open. Door hun inbreng reizen topwerken van Hans Arp en Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Hannah Höch, Max Klinger, László Moholy-Nagy, Alfred Stieglitz, Charley Toorop en Félix Vallotton naar Gent.

Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Fernand Scribedreef 1
9000 GentBelgië

# Website MSK Gent magazine

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