A Knock on the Door A Knock on the Door    |   By Lize Geurts
   “There is a knock on the door. Whether or not the belongings are packed, the kids are ready, or the new plan is put in place, no longer matters.” A few sentences written on a wall plastered with eviction notices describe what happens to a family when their landlord one day decides it has […]
July 5, 2018

Interview with Matthew Desmond Interview with Matthew Desmond    |   By Katherine Oktober Matthews
  In his book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond reports on the contemporary American epidemic of evictions. His warning looms large: “Without a home everything else falls apart.” Told from the perspective of eight individuals being evicted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as their landlords, Desmond’s investigative book […]
July 2, 2018

The American and Dutch Housing Crisis Compared The American and Dutch Housing Crisis Compared    |   By Cody Hochstenbach
  The United States are confronted with a severe housing crisis. The poor struggle to find decent, affordable and secure housing. In contrast, the affluent are able to use their property as money-making machines. In his landmark book Evicted, sociologist Matthew Desmond shows that one of the most unjust features of the US housing system […]
July 2, 2018

Vacation for White People Vacation for White People    |   By Arjen van Veelen
  Branson, Missouri has a reputation for being a Christian version of Las Vegas. The conservative tourist town is situated in the Ozark Mountains, near the Arkansas state border. Despite its remote location, the town attracts millions of visitors every year. They come for country music and Christian theater shows; for the Silver Dollar City […]
June 28, 2018

An Elvis Presley on the Extreme Right An Elvis Presley on the Extreme Right    |   By Arjen van Veelen
  If you want to pay Elvis Presley a visit, you could just go to Graceland; that’s where he’s buried. Better yet, head off to Wright City, Missouri, where the singer’s spirit is still alive and kicking. The small country town is about an hour’s drive from St. Louis. Even before you hit town, you […]
June 25, 2018

The Gateway Arch: a Statue of Unliberty? The Gateway Arch: a Statue of Unliberty?    |   By Arjen van Veelen
Is the Statue of Liberty still an appropriate icon for the USA? To an international audience, the massive monument is undoubtedly the country’s most famous and cherished landmark.  Lady Liberty still welcomes crowds of tourists, just like she used to welcome immigrants with her arms wide open. But does she tell an honest tale? Is […]
June 18, 2018

Interview Arjen van Veelen Interview Arjen van Veelen    |   By Katherine Oktober Matthews
  Dutch journalist Arjen van Veelen didn’t plan on moving to the U.S.—but after his wife accepted a job in St. Louis in the summer of 2014, he found himself coincidentally in the backyard of the Ferguson riots. With that, he began to research and write about his American experience, reporting back to a fascinated […]
June 12, 2018