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  • Reigniting the Integration Conversation in the Netherlands Video

    Tahmina Ashraf, Kyra Fox, Louis Lainé, and Jamila Sallali wrote "Reigniting the integration conversation in the Netherlands" as part of the 2017 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Amsterdam. A recent report by the Dutch Council for Refugees found that there were more than 20,000 first-time asylum seekers to the Netherlands in 2016. According to the Ministry of Social Affairs and… Read More

  • What To Worry About in 2018

    December 27, 2017 Approaching the New Year, a recent message from the Council on Foreign Relations invited its members to the following discussion: What to Worry About in 2018. “Everything” was my immediate and hyper-anxious thought — since everything includes what cannot be predicted or imagined. However, with 2017 as the baseline, at the very least we can expect continued… Read More

    United States 2017
  • Hope and the Seeds of Democracy

    Judith S. Goldstein delivered this speech at the 2016 Humanity in Action New York Conference at The New School on October 22, 2016. Goldstein is the Founder and Executive Director of Humanity in Action, an international educational organization.  Humanity in Action is a non-profit and is non-partisan. That is our status, reaffirmed constantly by our board. However, we are meeting… Read More

  • Seeing America in Detroit

    In the early 20th century, Detroit held the key to the American Dream. Detroit was quintessentially American. The birthplace of the Model T represented the nation’s ambitions and spurred national progress through incredible industrial innovation. The automobile transformed the American landscape and ordinary ideas of property and community. The city’s contributions were hardly… Read More

    Detroit, Michigan
  • "Recipe" for Reconciliation: A Tale for Reparations

    Three hundred and fifty years of gradually intensifying colonization, interrupted by World War II, followed by “police actions” to regain control over Indonesia. Nearly 70 years later, neither side has a full account of what happened in 1945 - 1949. Scattered throughout Amsterdam are various Indonesian tokos and warungs, a leftover from the Dutch colonial history. The Netherlands… Read More

  • Gender, Identity and Human Rights Video

    Gender & Identity in the Global South  Week 1 – Gender, Identity and Human Rights There is no difference between sexual minorities struggle and other religious and ethnic minorities fighting for protection, recognition and equality. It is about the freedom to live a dignified life regardless of one’s sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion or… Read More

    Denmark 2015
    Lars Henriksen
  • Integration Illusion: The Dutch’s Black and White Schools

    Amsterdam, a city proud for its tolerant identity, faces a dilemma of segregation after two of its public schools controversially pointed out their need for more White Dutch students, in order to make the school atmosphere more inclusive and diverse. “Is this white enough for you” were the words printed across the shirts of young primary school students as they took to the streets… Read More

  • On Overcoming the Glass Ceiling

    Like many teenagers in The Netherlands, George Arakel wanted to make some money on the side. So he started working at a local supermarket until one day, he was dismissed from work permanently. The reason why? He wasn’t Dutch. This was George’s first job and unfortunately, it didn’t get much better from there. His second employer teased him constantly because of his foreign… Read More


    Ranim pulls her veil a little closer around her face as she opens the door. Her home is one of over 200 identical trailers spread across a grassy plot formerly known as Pipodorp (English translation is Clowntown), which currently hosts nearly 450 foreign refugees. She agrees to an interview, primarily because she is one of the only people in the center who is conversational in English - she… Read More

  • Prisons for Profit: Let’s Not Repeat the Same Mistake

    Shortsighted policy decisions to cut spending often cost the state more than it saves. That’s one of the lessons history teaches us, particularly when it comes to prisons for profit. In September 2011, Ohio completed the sale of Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut to the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest for-profit prison company. It was the first… Read More

    Cleveland, OH