Dutch historians against Trump


This video from the USA says about itself:

Gorsuch Nomination Draws Hundreds of Protesters to Steps of Supreme Court

1 February 2017

Whether selecting a nominee for cabinet position, imposing gag rules on government agencies, or issuing an executive order, Trump is inspiring a steady stream of resistance at each turn.

From the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

Pledge of non-cooperation with Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

On Friday 27 January, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on Immigration effectively banning people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entry to the United States. Both in its presuppositions and its consequences, the Executive Order is discriminatory against the inhabitants of the countries concerned.

As members of the scientific community in the Netherlands, we sign this pledge of non-cooperation with the Executive Order. Our concern goes out to all persons who are now barred from entering the United States on discriminatory grounds.

We are acutely aware of the implications this measure will have for our own daily activities as scientists and academics. Scientific development thrives on international cooperation and the possibility to engage with scholars across national borders. We are proud of our strong ties with individuals and institutions both in the United States and in the seven affected countries. We will work to maintain and strengthen these connections, and will not accept the exclusion of any colleagues as a result of this ban.
We therefore declare, that

within our universities, research institutes and as individual scientists, we will work to uphold our principles of non-discrimination, cooperation and solidarity;
we support the thousands of scientists and their institutions inside the US and elsewhere who have expressed their protest against the Executive Order;
wherever the Executive Order might affect the work of scientists from the seven countries, we will take practical steps to cancel such effects (e.g. when organizing conferences or international workshops, joint research projects, and other forms of cooperation);
we will use our connections to encourage action from the international scientific community to mitigate the immediate results of the ban, and to strengthen the call for its repeal.

We ask members of the scientific community to endorse and spread this pledge, both on an individual basis and through their institutions.

International Institute of Social History

For more information please contact communicatie{at]iisg.nl

Posted: 1 February 2017

Seventeenth century letters read at last


The suitcase with seventeenth century letters

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Unopened mail from 17th century read at last

Today, 13:06

Scientists will at last read a collection of hundreds of never-opened letters from the seventeenth century and study them. The mail was in a trunk of a seventeenth-century postmaster from The Hague. This suitcase was last summer rediscovered in the archives of the The Hague Museum for Communication.

There were more than 2600 items of mail in it, including about 600 sealed letters. With modern scanning techniques such letters can be read without breaking the seals. The research is led by scientists from the Universities of Groningen and Leiden, and they get help from the universities of Oxford and Yale, among others.

Spies

By reading the letters, the researchers hope to learn more about everyday life in the seventeenth century. “The letters are from all walks of life,” said David van der Linden of the University of Groningen. “There’s mail by doctors and spies, but also by people who could barely write.”

The postmaster whose suitcase this was led postal transport between the southern Netherlands and France. According to Van der Linden the letters may tell much about the migration between the Netherlands and France in those years.

Uzbekistan dictatorship bans political science


Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan map

Weekly The Observer in Britain writes today that the bloody dictatorship in Uzbekistan has banned political science:

In a decree issued on 24 August and later made public, higher education minister Alisher Vakhabov ordered that the words “political science” be dropped from the name of the last remaining course in the subject widely taught in the country, which will now be called The Theory and Practice of Building a Democratic Society in Uzbekistan. It also required universities to move all literature relating to political science from the “general fund to a special fund”, which means students and academics will need permission to access it.

So, in Uzbekistan, the dictator calls his dictatorship ‘democracy’.

Tony Blair, George W Bush, Hillary Clinton and other NATO country politicians seem to agree with this, eagerly wooing the Uzbek dictatorship as a ‘friend’ and a military ally.

I bet the dictatorship’s higher education minister Alisher Vakhabov would be willing to make an exemption about this new rule for at least one political science professor: Herfried Münkler from Germany. Like the Uzbek tyranny, Herr Münkler supports war. Like the Uzbek tyranny, Herr Münkler supports national chauvinism. Like the Uzbek tyranny, Herr Münkler supports dictatorship. Like the Uzbek tyranny, Herr Münkler hates refugees.