Author: Anton Foek

Journalist

The Sydney Melbourne Ultramarathon 1983

Amsterdam, 26 march 2024– Just before the start of the 544-mile Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon in 1983, one particular runner caught the attention of the Australian media: a 61-year-old potato farmer named Cliff Young. He had shown up before the race wearing overalls and work boots, telling journalists that he had trained in his large…
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The Berlin Wall: Echoes of the Past and the Unyielding Present

antonfoek 1. The Fall of the Wall: A Triumph of People Power The year was 1989, and the world watched in awe as the Berlin Wall crumbled. East German communism, once an ironclad fortress, now lay in ruins. Crowds stormed the Dresden headquarters of the Stasi, the notorious secret police, rendering them powerless. But amidst…
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Borobudur boutique hotel in Jakarta

The Family of the Family

eyesonindonesia Surabaya, March 8th 2024– As a young boy growing up in Palembang, East Sumatra, Indonesia, Kaharuddin Salamun, had his dreams, of course. He also had the urge of seeing the world and bringing changes in what he was going to do later in life.  He now is the General Manager of the Majapahit hotel…
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Indonesia’s Spice Kingdom | The Mark Of Empire | Majapahit

The Majapahit Empire was the largest empire in Southeast Asia & the centre of the world-famous Spice Trade that stretched from China to Europe. Host Peter Lee starts off on the island of Java to see why it was so suited to cultivating rice, used to make exchanges with merchants from the Spice Islands. As…
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Why Doesn’t Indonesia Speak Dutch?

Why Doesn’t Indonesia Speak Dutch?

A short documentary on why after over 300 years of dutch rule, contrary to other former colonies, Indonesia neither has significant leftovers of dutch culture nor is the dutch language spoken anywhere. We explain Indonesia’s History breifly. Lots of people in India speak English, Lots of people in Algeria speak french, Yet Indonesia is a…
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JFK: Between Affairs and Politics – The Secret Life of a President

John F. Kennedy’s presidency was marked by iconic moments of leadership and historic events. But beneath the carefully crafted public image of a devoted family man lay a hidden reality – a string of extramarital affairs that included some of the most famous women of the era. Here’s a look at how these affairs conflicted…
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Rio’s Marina da Glória Shines, Showcasing Brazil’s Potential

Rio’s Marina da Glória Shines, Showcasing Brazil’s Potential on the World Stage

As the G20 summit unfolds in the picturesque setting of Rio de Janeiro’s Marina da Glória, the world’s gaze turns towards Brazil. This iconic location, steeped in history and natural beauty, serves as more than just a backdrop – it embodies the potential Brazil holds on the international stage. Let’s explore how this event, coupled…
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Did Camus See the Future?

Did Camus See the Future?

“The Plague” and Our Pandemic Odyssey: Lessons from a Prophetic Past Albert Camus’ 1947 novel, “The Plague,” eerily mirrors the chaotic scramble of the COVID-19 pandemic. With its tale of Oran, a city gripped by a deadly disease, the book resonates with themes of isolation, fear, and the search for meaning amidst crisis. So, did…
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Two Subterranean Giants: A Tale of Two Cities

Two Subterranean Giants: A Tale of Two Cities

Beneath the bustling streets of New York City and Moscow lie two iconic subway systems, each mirroring the soul of its metropolis. While both transport millions daily, their histories, social roles, and what they tell us about society paint dramatically different pictures. From Utilitarian Roots to Grand Designs: Divergent Histories NYC’s subway, born in 1904,…
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