A round up of the best stories about the Netherlands and all things Dutch from leading international publications



Refugees confront the past through art, at a pop-up museum

In 2010, Latif Mukasa, an artist and gay rights activist from Uganda, was forced into hiding after his name and photograph were printed in a newspaper’s list of 'Uganda’s 100 Top Homos' with the words 'Hang Them'. When the police issued a warrant for his arrest, he escaped.  More >











Why were 101 Uzbeks killed in the Netherlands in 1942?

Why were 101 Uzbeks killed in the Netherlands in 1942?

They left their homes in Central Asia to fight against the German army. Then, dressed in rags, they were taken as prisoners to a Dutch concentration camp. Few now alive remember the 101 mostly Uzbek men who were killed in a forest near Amersfoort in 1942 - and they may well have been forgotten entirely if it had not been for a curious Dutch journalist.  More >





As stolen Van Goghs return to view, a thief tells all

As stolen Van Goghs return to view, a thief tells all

'Some people are born teachers. Some people are born footballers. I’m a born burglar,' says Octave Durham, who stole two priceless Vincent van Gogh paintings on the evening of Dec. 7, 2002. More than 14 years after he and an accomplice clambered onto the roof of the Van Gogh Museum here, broke a window with a sledgehammer and lifted the canvases off the wall, Mr. Durham has finally come clean about his involvement in one of the most infamous postwar art heists.  More >





Why Rotterdam is Europe’s next capital of cool

Why Rotterdam is Europe’s next capital of cool

Rotterdam suffers from a bit from the PR problem known as “second city syndrome”: It often gets overshadowed by its bigger sibling, Amsterdam. But each of the two cities has distinctly positive attributes, not to mention a totally different vibe.  More >