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8/2 Mayor’s portrait

8/2 Websites for social cohesion

7/2 Spreading tourism proceeds with difficulty

7/2 GroenLinks on districts: Be a man

6/2 Zuideramstel opens new office on Sabbath

5/2 The truth about integration

4/2 Wilders has little support on Amsterdam

3/2 Elite involved in neighbourhood

2/2 Johnnie Walker avoids taxes in Amsterdam

1/2 Rotterdam to tinker with district councils as well

31/1 Wooden rowing boats to disappear from Amstel

31/1 ZeeburgTV launched

27/1 Privacy activists to mess up loyalty card system

27/1 A few were still coughing, but that was an act

27/1 Chrisis in de Baarsjes

26/1 Youth have positive view of districts

24/1 Action groups call for Carmel and Jaffa boycott

24/1 PvdA members dismiss plan for districts

23/1 KLM takes on crisis with new uniform

23/1 District office not squatted

21/1 Merge districts

20/1 Closing squat bar Vrankrijk not necessary

20/1 Cleaners welcome new Schiphol director

18/1 Palestine at the Jewish Historical Museum

18/1 What is the right size for a district?

17/1 PvdA Oost against fewer districts

16/1 Committee: 7 districts by 2010

15/1 Soldiers may attend Afghanistan debate after all

15/1 Bait bike leads to arrest

14/1 Youth for Christ to republish vacancies

13/1 Paintings of the Zuidas

13/1 New Youth for Christ contoversy

11/1 Social cohesion initiative raises eyebrows

10/1 Fewer districts in 2010

10/1 Zuidas: People feel that we are losers

9/1 Fun on the ice - but not for all

9/1 Supermarket coupon fraud thwarted

9/1 I Amsterdam must remain exclusive

8/1 Use term Apartheid in every discussion

8/1 No city kiosk in Amsterdam yet

7/1 Snow

7/1 Fatima Elatik to run Zeeburg

7/1 Municipal managers to return to shop floor

4/1 Police: take photo of strange people

3/1 Gaza protest criticises politicians

1/1 Thousands to protest against attacks on Gaza

1/1 Mustapha Laboui leaves district council


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Cosmopolitans in Oost

5 July 2006 – In September, a new website will be launched, containing stories about international influences on life in Oost and Watergraafsmeer. The initiators want to treat global issues in an accessible way. Contributions from residents are welcomed.

“The website might for example feature a story about the local florist, asking where the flowers come from. Increasingly, these are grown in Africa”, says initiator Peter van Lier of the OneWorld foundation. “Or you might take a newspaper clipping on the situation in Afghanistan, and ask residents what they think of that”.

The reason to start in Oost is that the organisation itself has its office there, at the Tropical Institute. “Here in the Dapper neighbourhood, people with 140 to 150 different nationalities are living. We wanted to see whether we could do something with that”.

The site will not only feature texts, but also movies and sound. People can attach their own weblog to the site, which may deal with a different neighbourhood. Because of the collaboration with the Utrecht School of Journalism, a website on the Kanaleneiland neighbourhood in Utrecht will be created in the future. The initiative receives a one-year grant from the Press Sectoral Fund.

At the moment, an editor and an editor-in-chief are being hired. During the coming months, they will establish contacts with immigrants’ organisations and other neighbourhood organisations, in order to set up collaboration. The possibility of exchanging material with for example television stations At5 and Rtl Noord-Holland is being looked into as well.

The initiators are looking for people from the neighbourhood who would like to contribute texts, photos or movies to the new website. Those who are interested may contact Peter van Lier,, 568 8790.


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