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How Birds Began to Fly

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In the fossil collection of the Dutch Teyler Museum, Yale Paleontologist John H. Ostrom spotted one musty specimen that turned out to be a far rarer prehistoric aviator: an Archaeopteryx.

Poking through the fossil collection of The Netherlands’ Teyler Museum in September, Yale Paleontologist John H. Ostrom spotted one musty specimen that looked odd to his trained eye. It was labeled pterosaur, a flying reptile that inhabited the earth from 65 to 200 million years ago. But when Ostrom held…

The Brussels Declaration

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Theologians met in Brussels to discuss “The Future of the Church.” When Schillebeeckx and his colleagues offered 28 rough-draft resolutions for the congress to consider, the lid came off.

Not since the Reformation has Roman Catholic theology been such a popular topic as in the years following the Second Vatican Council. New opinions by theologians on such diverse subjects as sexual morality, original sin, papal infallibility and even the nature of the Mass and sacraments have provoked applause, shock…

Emergency Landing

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The arrival of Indonesia’s President Suharto was met with special security measures. It reflects the political tensions among exiled Indonesians in The Netherlands.

The Dutch countryside was in a virtual state of siege. Highways were blocked. The Hague was guarded by helicopters, tanks, bloodhounds and 5,000 state troopers and other police. Could this have been The Netherlands, Europe’s haven of democratic tolerance? “We are taking no chances,” explained a mustachioed constabulary captain. “We…

So far, the most spectacular high jinks of Women’s Lib have taken place in The Netherlands. The Dutch fighters, many of them chic and in their 20s, call themselves Dolle Minas.

“From the way he treats us, it is easy to see that God is a man.” So said Madame de Tencin, Montesquieu’s mistress. Historically hampered by archaic laws and antique moral codes, European women have accepted their lot much more readily than their American counterparts. Recently, however, growing numbers, taking…

At least nine huge U.S. corporations are foreign-controlled: Royal Dutch/Shell Group controls 69% of Shell Oil. Netherlands-British Unilever and dutch AKU controls American Enka.

AMERICAN investment in foreign countries is often an irritation to foreigners, who worry about alien economic dominance. What is far less visible and less controversial is the great foreign stake in the U.S. Few Americans realize that when they launder clothes with Lever Brothers’ Lux, drink Lipton’s Tea, open a…

“Tourism Is Whorism”

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In carribean countries, like Curaçao, riots or demonstrations have hit one West Indian land after another. “They didn’t kill us, but they stole our culture,” said leader Stanley Brown.

Tourist brochures fancifully refer to it as the “eighth continent,” a palm-fringed paradise of emerald bays, gleaming beaches and sybaritic hotels. Just beyond the thin strips of sand, however, lies a very different West Indian world, one of discontent and outright anger.

Listen to Evan X. Hyde, 22, a summa…

Kabouters, or Pixies, led by ex-provo leader Roel van Duijn, won several seats in city council elections throughout The Netherlands last week.

TIME was when food experts round the world regularly issued gloomy forecasts of impending famine and starvation for the earth’s exploding population. That rarely happens these days, thanks largely to the Green Revolution brought about by new, high-yield strains of wheat and rice. Thus, when 1,200 authorities wound up…

Pixie Power in Amsterdam

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Kabouters, or Pixies, led by ex-provo leader Roel van Duijn, won several seats in city council elections throughout The Netherlands last week.

I IKE other Western capitals, Amsterdam has had its quota of student barricades, tear gas volleys and police baton charges. The youthful protesters, who used to be known as Provos (for provocateurs), rioted over almost everything from Crown Princess Beatrix’s lavish wedding in 1966, when they tossed smoke bombs at…

Migrants move northwards. A Dutch newspaper has referred to them as “our new slave generation.” The Netherlands, with 60,000 migrants, has modified its welfare legislation.

They are outsiders, set apart by birth, language, national identity and poverty. A Dutch newspaper has referred to them as “our new slave generation.” They have been ridiculed as “spaghetti eaters” in Hamburg and “devil foreigners” in Stockholm. There are 6,000,000 of them in northern Europe—migrant workers from Italy,…

Europe’s Law-and-Order Syndrome

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In The Netherlands, which is a traditionally tolerant country, patience of the Dutch has been worn thin by the calculatedly outrageous antics of the “provos” (provokers) in recent years.

NOT since the 1930s, when Adolf Hitler rallied the German people with his guttural call for Ruhe und Ordnung, has Western Europe been so preoccupied with the problem of law and order. This fact is curious in itself, since Europe is suffering from none of the specific agonies that are…

Slow-Kindled Courage

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Walter Maass writes about Dutch resistance, humor and trains in his book The Netherlands At War: 1940-1945. Maass’s book is orderly and stolid as the people he writes about.

THE NETHERLANDS AT WAR: 1940-1 945 by Walter B. Maass. 264 pages. Abe-lard-Schuman. $6.95.

For most Americans, the story of The Netherlands during the second World War is the story of a life in the attic: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. What this concise new history…

Computers v. Pollution

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Rotterdam has completed the first phase of the world’s most sophisticated, fully automated, air-pollution-warning system, which will soon be nationwide. It consists of 31 electric “sniffers”.

Bombed to rubble in World War II, Rotterdam later became a marvel of economic growth. Holland’s second biggest city now boasts the world’s busiest port and a vast complex of petrochemical plants with blue-chip owners like Shell and British Petroleum. Unfortunately, the marvel also gushes appalling fumes — acrylates, hydrocarbons, paint…

Growth Despite Shortage

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Shell group is second in the world oil industry (after Jersey Standard) and the largest industrial enterprise of any kind outside the U.S. Shell’s earnings rose in 1969 7.9% to $1 billion.

“Oil is seldom found where it is most needed, and seldom most needed where it is found,” says L.E.J. Brouwer, senior managing director of Royal Dutch/Shell. Brouwer speaks from sometimes painful experience. Though the Shell group is second in the world oil industry (after Jersey Standard) and the largest industrial…

The Vatican announced that all Catholic priests would be asked to make an annual public affirmation of their vows of celibacy and obedience. Another negative answer for the Dutch.

. . . A priest forever, according to the order of Melchisedec.

—the Rite of Ordination

THE Vatican last week announced that all Catholic priests would henceforth be asked to make an annual public affirmation of their vows of celibacy and obedience. The day chosen for this oath was Holy…

Celibacy, No!

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Last week, once again, Dutch Catholics demonstrated that they are still the vanguard. The Dutch Pastoral Council, voted 93 to 2 against obligatory celibacy as a condition of priesthood.

Celibacy, No! Ever since the Second Vatican Council, the Roman Catholic Church of The Netherlands has been the single most progressive force in Catholic reformation. Last week, once again, Dutch Catholics demonstrated that they are still the vanguard. The Dutch Pastoral Council, a representative church body composed of bishops, priests,…

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