The Canadian politician, Joachim Stroink, who is from Dutch descent, was unsuspecting of the commotion he would cause when he posted a picture of himself on Twitter, with Sinterklaas en Zwarte Piet.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: singer Trijntje Oosterhuis underestimates the power of social media, the arrival of Sinterklaas and his helpers in The Netherlands, Hungarian pimps arrested for human trafficking, diplomats assault a reporter, 'Holland's got Talent' and 'RTL Late Night' in the spotlight for racism, an Euro Atlantic Airways aircraft continues to it destination despite potentially dangerous problems, and Joran van der Sloot demanding a new trial.
RTL Late Night talk show host Humberto Tan was told by actor Jack Spijkerman, “My God, you’re not only dark [skinned], you’re dumb as well.”
The independent human rights experts who looked into Zwarte Piet on Tuesday called on the Dutch Government to take the lead in the ongoing debate about whether it’s time the tradition undergo a change.
A previously unknown group of activists has claimed responsibility for the Youtube film that shows Zwarte Piet caps on the heads of the human figures in the slavery monument in Amsterdam. The prank has reheated and sprawled the ongoing heated debate about the black-face tradition in The Netherlands.
Sinterklaas and his helpers sailed into Amsterdam on Sunday around 10:00. After his visit to Groningen on Saturday, the Saint visited the Dutch capital on Sunday
The Amsterdam court rules this afternoon whether 'Zwarte Piet' is welcome next Sunday at the entrance of the Sint in the capital. Opponents of the annual childrens' festivity find 'Zwarte Piet' racist and disrespectful to people of African descent.
The council of Amsterdam-Zuidoost wants the Sinterklaasintocht in the district not be granted a permit. The council adopted a motion of the Labour Party in which the district council is called upon to refrain from an entry with Black Peter.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the commotion around Zwarte Piet, Greenpeace still trying to free their crew, Netherlands and Russia trying resolve their recent issues with one another, and of course the American NSA
There will be a demonstration on the Malieveld Saturday against the United Nations, and for the preservation of Zwarte Piet. The 16-year-old Mandy Rose from The Hague received permission for the demonstration Wednesday afternoon from the city council.
There will be no rainbow Pieten at the Sinterklaas celebration for the low-income families in Hoogezand-Sappemeer. The organization reportedly received death threats and members were called NSB'er and SS'ers.
Like in recent years the debate about Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet flared again this year. Critics say the tradition of Zwarte Piet is racist. Yesterday UN investigator Verene Shepherd suggested the tradition should be abolished. The UN is even investigating whether it is racist. But who is Zwarte Piet actually, and where did he come from?
The United Nations investigate Zwarte Piet. A committee under the responsibility of the High Commissioner for Human Rights considers whether the helper of Sinterklaas is a racist stereotype. What could be the consequences of such an investigation?
In less than a day the Pietitie, a petition on Facebook for the preservation of Sinterklaas, received half a million Likes. Just after 8:00 am the 500,000 th visitor reported on the Pietitie page.
The head of the work group of the United Nations researching Zwarte Piet, thinks the Netherlands should abolish the Sinterklaas tradition.
The United Nations are conducting an investigation into whether Zwarte Piet is racist.
The Dutch Centre for Folk Culture and Intangible Heritage wants to discuss the future of Zwarte Piet with Sinterklaas Organizations . In recent weeks, there was much discussion about Zwarte Piet, because this tradition is perceived as racist.
The 21 Amsterdam residents who objected against the annual Sinterklaas entry into the capital, received mass support Thursday at a formal hearing.
Parool.nl reported that Sinterklaas will arrive for the first time in the northern city of Groningen this year, on the 16th of November. Mayor Peter Rehwinkel announced on Tuesday that his long-cherished wish had been fulfilled.