Wednesday, 17 March 2010

On 19 March, the Junior Jazz Catz (Jazz Juniors - small combo) is playing in Podium Mozaiek, in Amsterdam (Bos en Lommer).

The band is:
Robbert Dasovic: ten sax,vocal
Joell Wilson: alt sax
Remy van't Hoff: alt sax
Ian Cleaver: trpt
Mathilde van der Moezel: gtr
Camilla Niemans: piano
Joris van Toledo: bass
Doris van Regteren Altena: drs, vocal

The show starts at 7.15 pm19:15

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Petition for the release of Jafar Panahi

Please sign this petition:

To: *Sadeq Larijani, Head of the judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran*

We, the undersigned, call for the immediate and unconditional release of nationally and internationally recognized Iranian film maker, Jafar Panahi.

Jafar Panahi (جعفر پناهی) has won top prizes at the Venice, Cannes, Berlin and Chicago film festivals, most notably for the award-winning film Circle. Through his films and his influence he has given voice to many of his fellow Iranians and has always courageously defended their human rights.

Panahi was arrested by Iranian security forces at his home on Monday night, 1 March 2010, together with his wife, daughter (the inspiration behind the film Offside), and 15 guests. Panahi's wife and their daughter were among the 14 released late on Wednesday, 3 March 2010, but Panahi and two of his guests, Mohammad Rassoulof and Mehdi Pourmoussa, are still being held.

No reasons have been given behind his arrest, and the only claim made thus far is that this was not a politically motivated arrest by the government (government prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, 2nd March 2010)

We, the undersigned, dispute this claim as Jafar Panahi was a vocal critic of the previous and current administration. He was previously targeted for attending the public memorial for Neda Agha-Soltan, shot in July 2009. He was barred from travelling to attend the Berlin Film Festival in February 2010.

We, the undersigned, view his arrest in light of his influence as a filmmaker struggling for the liberation of conscience in a state that has long relied on the overwhelming use of authoritarian power.

Jafar Panahi, among other renowned artists, is paying a terrible price for courageously voicing out the people’s will in a time where few avenues are available. We would like this unlawful and unjust treatment to be stopped.

Please reply to: Alireza Khatami (

Monday, 1 March 2010


Ben ik naïf? Jazeker. Maar er zijn een aantal dingen die ik graag zou willen veranderen. En radicaal.
1) Om te beginnen wil ik de zorgverzekering afschaffen. Gratis medische zorg is veel goedkoper dan de Agis, Ohra, VGZ en al die andere andere nietszeggende namen. Misschien krijg je 5 procent fraude, maar je bespaart 30 procent administratiekosten (duizenden administratieve banen in Apeldoorn etc).
2) Laten wij gewoon kiezen voor gratis openbaar vervoer. Het zou veel goedkoper zijn als men geen OV chipkaart moet maken en kraken.
3) Legaliseer alle drugs. Kweek zelf hash in Holland en koop alle heroïne op uit Afghanistan. Veel goedkoper dan al die soldaten, veel goedkoper dan oorlog met de Taliban. En ook veel goedkoper dan de misdaad in Nederland.
4) Ga voor groene energie - kernenergie!
5) Brom-/snorfietsen met gele en blauwe kentekens op de weg. Een slooppremie voor 2-takt tweewielers en subsidie op zuinige 4-takt en electrische scooters.
6) Alle scholen moeten openbare scholen zijn. Geen religieuze scholen - protestants, katholiek, islamitisch of joods. Ontdek religie in maatschappijleer.