The King of the Netherlands refused the “Golden Carriage”

The King of the Netherlands decided to abandon the “Golden Carriage” as a symbol of the colonial past The King said that the image on the carriage door is offensive to most people. He acknowledged that it is pointless to deny the historical past and it “will continue to cast a shadow” on the country as long as there is discrimination

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has announced that he and other members of the royal family will stop using the traditional “Golden Carriage”, made in the 19th century, reports the BBC. The reason was the images decorating the carriage, & mdash; many perceive them as racist and glorifying the country's colonial past.

We are talking about a drawing on the doors of the carriage called “Tribute from the Colonies.” It depicts several Africans and Asians presenting gifts, including cocoa and sugar cane, to a white woman who symbolizes the Netherlands.

A man sits next to a woman who holds out a book to people: according to the author of the work, the artist Nicholas van der Waay, she represents the “gift of civilization” that the Netherlands gave to its colonies.

In his address, Willem-Alexander stated that “Tribute from the Colonies” offends the feelings of most people. At the same time, he acknowledged that it is senseless to deny the country's historical past and that banning historical objects and symbols will not solve the problem. “As long as there are people living in the Netherlands who daily feel the burden of discrimination, our past will continue to cast a shadow on us,” — added king.

“Golden Carriage” at the end of the 19th century, Queen Wilhelmina received as a gift from the inhabitants of Amsterdam upon her accession to the throne. The royal family used it in ceremonial occasions such as the monarch's annual address to Parliament. In 2015, the carriage was sent for restoration.

In the 17th century, the Netherlands and the territories that were colonially dependent on them formed the Netherlands Colonial Empire. By the 18th century, it included Guiana, Indonesia, trading posts in India, Ceylon and the island of Formosa, as well as other territories. In the 1660s and 1670s, the Netherlands ceded its possessions in North America, including modern New York, to Great Britain, and in the 19th century they also abandoned Ceylon and the Cape Colony in South Africa.

In the Netherlands, As in other European countries, the debate about the colonial past and slavery has been revived since the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. Bloomberg named its founders among the top people of 2020. Last year, the movement claimed the Nobel Peace Prize.

In July 2020, the Central Bank of the Netherlands decided to find out if its activities were connected with the support of slavery in the former colonies. This decision was made by the regulator on the example of the Bank of England, which decided to take portraits of leaders associated with the slave trade.

Last year, the Art Museum in Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum) hosted an exhibition on the role of the country in the slave trade, and the mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema apologized for the active participation of the city in it.

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The lawyer told the details of the detention of the Russian at the request of the United States in the Netherlands

Dubnikov was detained in the Netherlands at the request of the United States. They accuse the Russian of laundering money received by the ransomware hacker Ryuk. Cybersecurity companies associated it with “Russian-speaking hackers”

Russian citizen Denis Dubnikov, who was detained in the Netherlands at the request of the United States, was “practically stolen from Mexico,” lawyer Arkady Bukh told RBC. According to him, it happened immediately upon arrival.

“ They pushed him on a plane to Holland, although he was not going there at all and did not pay for tickets. Paid by the other side, we just understand that the United States. He arrived in Holland, the United States had about 12 hours to prepare all the documents through Interpol. And upon arrival, Holland accepted him, discovering an open arrest from the United States and a demand for extradition, '' & mdash; Bukh reported.

According to him, the United States knew about Dubnikov's movements. “ The fact is that many countries have a common anti-terrorist system, a list of people who should not fly. And so the United States is using this system to calculate and pinpoint people they are interested in arresting around the world, '' & mdash; the lawyer considers. In the United States, a Russian is subject to an article on money laundering, which provides for up to 20 years in prison, he added.

It was in the Netherlands that they decided to send Dubnikov, since this country has “ almost one hundred percent statistics on extradition to the United States, while Mexico is not so simple, '' Bukh continued.

According to him, extradition from the Netherlands is of two types: ordinary, which takes a couple of years, and high-speed, which takes a couple of months. While it is a question of the standard extradition procedure, the lawyer noted.

Bukh admitted that he, Dubnikov and the Dutch lawyer of the Russian could agree to the US deportation request in order to sort out the case in the United States. This decision can be made because the United States is not obliged to provide the Netherlands with a full package of documents: a minimum set of documents is sufficient to start the expulsion procedure, the lawyer explained.

According to him, the Russian embassy in Holland has already received information about the arrest of Dubnikov. “They’re working on it. We are waiting for some action from the Russian side '', & mdash; said Bukh.

Dubnikov was arrested at the request of the United States in the Netherlands on November 2, The Wall Street Journal reported. According to the US Department of Justice, the Russian was engaged in money laundering in the interests of the Ryuk hacker group, and also received a reward of $ 400 thousand in bitcoins from the funds that the victims transferred to the extortionists. Dubnikov did not admit his guilt, since he was not aware of any criminal acts, Bukh said in a conversation with the WSJ.

In 2020, Ryuk accounted for a third of all cyber attacks that were carried out in the United States with the aim of extortion , said cybersecurity firm SonicWall. Initially, it was assumed that the group is associated with North Korea, but in 2019, experts from CrowdStrike and McAfee Labs reported that the malware was developed rather by “ Russian-speaking hackers ''. The Russian authorities have repeatedly denied their involvement in any hacker attacks.

Dubnikov is 29 years old. According to SPARK, he is the CEO of Briefcase, a law firm in which he owns 50%. On November 5, the press service of Briefcase noted that “ the unfounded accusations imputed to Dubnikov by US law enforcement agencies have nothing to do with the company's activities. ''

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Colombian airlines face controversy over loans to survive pandemic crisis

Colombian airlines face controversy over loans to survive pandemic crisis

Governments worldwide — from Singapore to the Netherlands and the US — have devoted more than $85 billion to prop up airlines during the coronavirus pandemic. But airlines' requests for aid are controversial in less rich Latin American economies, where millions live in poverty and public health systems are ill-equipped to respond to a large-scale health crisis.

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The Colombian government is considering extending loans to the country’s airlines, as the coronavirus pandemic has grounded their fleets and wiped out most of their revenue through at least June.

Altogether, the country’s airlines would need some $1.2 billion in financial aid to stay in business without flying through the middle of the year, according to the International Air Transport Association, an industry trade group. Most of the cash would likely go to Avianca, which accounts for about half of Colombia’s flights and passengers. Avianca filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States last week.

Governments worldwide — from Singapore to the Netherlands and the US — have devoted more than $85 billion to prop up airlines during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Bloomberg News analysis. But the request for financial aid is controversial in less rich Latin American economies, where millions live in poverty and public health systems are ill-equipped to respond to a large-scale health crisis.

Related: ‘Reckoning day’ could be ahead for airline industry amid coronavirus challenges

Medellín-based Vivia Air, Colombia’s largest low-cost carrier, has not laid off any of its roughly 730 workers but has instituted across-the-board salary cuts, the company’s chief executive, Felix Antelo, told The World. Antelo’s salary was reduced by 70%. The company is asking the government for a $50 million bridge loan to restart operations once air traffic returns, he said.

“Not for a bailout, not for relief,” Antelo said. “It’s a loan that we will repay, obviously, and those are figures that are reasonable for a country like Colombia.”

Carolina Cortizo, managing director of Bogotá-based airline, Wingo, which employs about 230 people, said the company has reduced its costs by 20% — “which would have seemed awesome pre-COVID[-19]” — but is looking to make further cuts. The company is seeking a loan from the government of less than $12.5 million, she said.

“There’s nothing I want more than to get our planes back in the sky,” Cortizo said. “Our team has been putting a huge effort into the back-to-normal of our airline.”

Related: Governments offer aid as airlines forced to deepen cuts to flights, staffing

But many leaders in Latin America likely see air travel as a luxury and may be reluctant to extend help to airlines during the crisis, said Thijs Boonekamp, an economist with SEO Amsterdam Economics, a think tank. 

In Colombia, about 1 in 4 people live below the poverty line. And in Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador halted the construction of a new airport for Mexico City because he said it would represent no benefit to the working poor. 

Latin American countries have less “fiscal space” than richer economies to help airlines, said Tomás Serebrisky, an economist with the Inter-American Development Bank.

“They are allocating those resources to more immediate and urgent needs like the need to revamp the health system, or provide income support to the most vulnerable poor of the population,” Serebrisky said.

James Blake – If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead

[Verse 1]
Chemical days so I can draw
Conclusions in my ways
I’ve come to take as law
Always you [?]
Always you [?]

[Chorus]
If the car beside you moves ahead
As much as it feels as though you’re dead
You’re not going backwards
You’re not going backwards
If the car beside you moves ahead
As much as it feels as though you’re dead
You’re not going backwards
You’re not going backwards

[Bridge]
How can you sleep?
How can you sleep?

[Verse 2]
Chemical days so I can draw
Conclusions I’ve come to take as law
Always Pakistan and Netherlands

[Chorus]
If the car beside you moves ahead
As much as it feels as though you’re dead
You’re not going backwards
You’re not going backwards
If the car beside you moves ahead
As much as it feels as though you’re dead
You’re not going backwards
You’re not going backwards

Huncho Jack, Travis Scott & Quavo – Eye 2 Eye (On Jimmy Kimmel) (Live)

[Intro: Kodak Black]
Murda on the beat, that’s not nice, man

[Chorus: Quavo]
Real nigga, I
Get high, touch the sky
Right hand in the air
Left hand in the pot
Real nigga, I
We see eye to eye
Real nigga, I
We see eye to eye
Yeah yeah (yeah)

[Post-Chorus: Travis Scott]
I see green in your eyes, it don’t lie (it’s lit!)
Blue dollar bills in them hills to the sky (cash!)
We put the floor on dash
Know all my hoes they go and cash
Over that bag, they mad
I know the problem, yeah yeah

[Verse 1: Travis Scott]
Eye to eye (yeah!)
Trips to Dubai (yeah yeah)
I could see that they jealous, don’t know why (yah)
Is it ’cause we lit at 4 AM at the spot?
Put that on your tongue, wait for the swag to unlock (yeah!)
If you searching, come look for us (alright!), over the border (it’s lit!)
We import ’em (yeah!), just don’t record us (straight up!)
Poppin’ at the crib, the living room look like The Forum
Roll the dice at night, I take the chance in the morning

[Interlude: Quavo]
Know what I mean?
We ain’t really with that camera shit
Nah

[Verse 2: Quavo]
We fuck up for real, for real, for real
We fuck up the check for real (checks)
We havin’ the lean, exotics, and percs, she havin’ the X pill (lean)
We know how to flex for real
We hop on the jet, the time we kill (pew)
These niggas be wildin’, chasin’ money
While I’m signing deals (ye)
I got a ‘Tek Philippe (ye)
And I bought a skeleton (ice, ye)
I’m a deadly weapon (ye)
I’m about to go off in a second (vroom, yeah)
Moving bricks and medicine (bricks)
She like to fly, pelican (brr)
Touch the sky, heavenly (sky)
Designer belt from the Netherlands (yeah yeah)

[Chorus: Quavo]
Real nigga, I
Get high, touch the sky
Right hand in the air
Left hand in the pot
Real nigga, I
We see eye to eye
Real nigga, I
We see eye to eye
Yeah yeah

[Post-Chorus: Travis Scott]
I see green in your eyes, it don’t lie (green)
Blew dollar bills in them hills to the sky (yeah!)
We put the floor on dash (skrrt skrrt)
All of my hoes they go and cash (skrrt skrrt)
Over that bag, they mad
I know the problem, yeah yeah

[Verse 3: Takeoff]
Real nigga, I (I), pop a perc’ and fly (brr)
Crack that seal and take a whiff and I come back alive (die)
Niggas commit suicide when they don’t got mob ties
Flip it like it’s Five Guys, I’m 2Pac, get all eyes (all)
Look at the bitch, she a dime
So many watches, a nigga can’t run out of time
They get out of line
The gang in your yard with the strap like the Uber driver with the sign (brrt)
I’ve been known to tell the truth in my raps but these other rapper tell lies (lies)
Real niggas keep the trap alive
Ain’t no fabrication on the vine (it’s cap)

[Chorus: Quavo]
Real nigga, I
Get high, touch the sky
Right hand in the air
Left hand in the pot
Real nigga, I
We see eye to eye
Real nigga, I
We see eye to eye
Yeah yeah

[Post-Chorus: Travis Scott]
I see green in your eyes, it don’t lie (green)
Blue dollar bills in them hills to the sky (yeah!)
We put the floor on dash (skrrt skrrt)
All of my hoes they go and cash (skrrt skrrt)
Over that bag, they mad
I know the problem, yeah yeah (yeah!)

[Outro: Travis Scott]
Skrrt skrrt, skrrt skrrt