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Gedeporteerde veteranen willen terug naar de VS

Gepubliceerd in de Groene Amsterdammer op 6 december 2017

Tijuana – Joaquin Aviles wist dat hij nog geen handpistool mocht bezitten, aangezien hij pas een jaar later 21 zou worden. Maar achteraf voelt het vreemd dat hij daarvoor zo zwaar is gestraft. Aviles zat immers al zo’n twee jaar bij het Amerikaanse korps mariniers, waar hij leerde omgaan met volautomatische geweren en ander wapenmateriaal dat veel zwaarder was dan dat pistool in zijn dashboardkastje.

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Bitcoins delven lukt nergens beter dan in IJsland

Gepubliceerd op 16 november 2017

Op een halfuur rijden van de hoofdstad Reykjavik worden plots stoompluimen zichtbaar langs de snelweg in het landschap dat bestaat uit vulkanisch gesteente: gitzwarte lavabrokken overgroeid met een dikke laag mos, langgerekte tafelbergen die in de ijstijd onder gletsjers gevormd zijn. De stoom is afkomstig uit de geothermische centrale Hellisheiði, de op één na grootste geothermische centrale ter wereld, na een centrale in Italië.

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Kort verhaal dat werd gepubliceerd in literair tijdschrift de Revisor (02-10-2017)

Mensen denken vaak dat we met lichten naar elkaar seinen, in een morsetaal die alleen wij begrijpen. Het is eenvoudiger dan dat. Je rijdt langs elkaar, werpt een eerste blik bij elkaar in de auto, en als je allebei nieuwsgierig bent geworden maak je een ruime draai over de parkeerplaats, precies zoals wij deden. Want ook al reed hij in een Honda met roestplekken op de deur, ik zag dat hij was wat ik zocht.

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Venezuelan refugees welcome in Peru

Published in Deutsche Welle on 8 August 2017

LIMA, Peru – Max Coloma, 33, shares a little apartment in the district of San Martín de Porres. It’s one of the poorer suburbs of Lima where crime thrives after the sun has gone down. But for the Venezuelan former lawyer this doesn’t matter; compared to Venezuela, where hunger and violence has pushed the country to the edge of collapse, the streets of Lima are a paradise. At least it’s possible to walk around in Peru without having to fear for your life.

When he came to Peru about two years ago, Coloma started out by making arepas – a type of corn flour bread, sold everywhere in Venezuela. Waiting at bus stops and other busy places, he sold these Venezuelan traditional delicacies to passersby. Now his venture has evolved into a delivery service. In his apartment kitchen, this Venezuelan bends over his small stove to cook his meals. Simple sandwiches have turned into a unique kind of fusion food, mixing the Peruvian kitchen with recipes from his home country Venezuela.

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US: Justice for American Veterans with PTSD

Tucson, Arizona – Josh had never felt so angry. A small remark made by his wife triggered an argument that turned into something bigger and, before he knew it, he had smashed and broken his Xbox games console and terrified his wife.

They’d argued a lot since he had returned from military deployment, so she already knew that he was going through a difficult time. But that day was particularly bad and the 31-year-old army veteran was charged with domestic violence after their neighbours called the police.

Read on via Al Jazeera

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Memorial project in Peru courts controversy

Published in Deutsche Welle on 20 July 2017

A dilapidated concrete structure stands in the middle of the field in Ayacucho, around 570 kilometers southeast of the capital Lima. This is where the gasoline was kept, Juana Carrión tells DW. In front of it, overgrown by weeds, are the stone ruins of what used to be three ovens. This is where bodies were burned; forensic archaeologists found the charred remains of bones. The rest of the field is a mass grave called La Hoyada. The contours of the squares in which the archaeologists made their last excavations in 2014 are still visible under the weeds. The remains of an estimated 110 people were found.

During the civil war, between 1980 and 2000, this area was used as a training ground for the army, which still has its base up on the hill. It became a so-called death camp where the army would take the people suspected of being part of the Shining Path guerrilla group.

Read on in DW