Security Alert from U.S. Consulate General Amsterdam, the Netherlands

January 26, 2018 Location: Grote Wittenburgerstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands Event: Police reported a shooting by an unidentified individual in the evening of Friday, January 26, leaving one person dead and two injured. Police are continuing their investigation but believe the incident to be criminal in nature. The shooter is reportedly still at large. Actions to Take: ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.   U.S. Mission the Netherlands reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. ...
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Cybersecurity and entrepreneurship event in Amsterdam

More than 20 students attended a panel discussion on Cybersecurity and Entrepreneurship at the U.S. Consulate in Amsterdam on Monday. The students, from the Vrije Universiteit’s School of Business and Economics in Amsterdam, participated fully in the discussion that touched on cyber threats as well as how to start businesses to deal with them. Leading ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Overview

And that’s a wrap!  Our heartfelt thanks for accompanying us the past year on our journey to get know American authors, past and present.  We’ve greatly enjoyed your company and insights along the way as we discussed the authors, themes, and diversity in American literature.  We hope you continue on your own journey to discover ...
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Remarks by Consul General at Liberation Concert in Margraten

Consul General David McCawley delivered remarks before the annual Liberation Concert at the Netherlands-American Cemetery in Margraten September 17, 2017 Distinguished veterans, Mr. Mackus, Mayor Akkermans, Ms. Young, Lieutenant General Rittimann, Superintendent Stadler, Mr. de Goeij, Mr. Rosu and members of the South Netherlands Philharmonic, it is a distinct honor for me and my wife ...
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CG’s Bookshelf September: Someone by Alice McDermott

This month’s book, “Someone,” is the seventh novel by award-winning American author Alice McDermott.  Published in 2013, “Someone” recounts episodes in the life of the book’s main character, Marie Commeford, as she transitions from bespectacled child growing up in Brooklyn, to teenager, to mother, and finally to old age.  McDermott’s rich and unpretentious prose not ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Let it Come Down by Paul Bowles

This month’s book, Let it Come Down (1952), is the second novel by enigmatic writer and composer Paul Bowles (1910-1999), who spent more than 50 years of his life in Tangiers, Morocco.  In addition to four novels, Bowles drafted numerous musical scores, more than 60 short stories, and dozens of translations of Moroccan authors.  His ...
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U.S. Consulate Independence Day Reception 2017

The U.S. Consulate General celebrated 241 years of U.S. independence along with the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan last Friday at Amsterdam’s historic Koepelkerk. It was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the close ties between the United States and the Netherlands with friends and partners from across Amsterdam and beyond. Many thanks to all ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

July’s book is The Buddha in the Attic (2011) by Julie Otsuka.  The novel tracks the lives of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” in the early 20th century.  Told in the first-person, the novel eloquently evokes the women’s day-to-day struggles in a new land:  meeting their ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: The Season of Migration

June’s book is The Season of Migration by New York-based author Nellie Hermann.  Hermann’s second novel, published in 2015, paints a vivid picture of what Vincent van Gogh’s life might have been like during the roughly ten-months he worked as a minister in the coal-mining region of southern Belgium.  Little is known about van Gogh’s ...
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“Het Gooi Bevrijd” Commemoration in Bussum

We were deeply honored to join U.S. and other Allied veterans at Friday’s “Het Gooi Bevrijd” commemoration in the village of Bussum near Amsterdam. More than 80 vintage WWII vehicles joined the colorful procession in honor of Dutch Liberation Day. It was great to see so many young people in the crowds. We were especially ...
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On the CG’s Bookshelf: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

May’s book is The Things They Carried from National Book Award-winning author Tim O’Brien. The 1990 semi-autobiographical novel blurs fact with fiction in its vivid collection of short stories tracking the lives of a fictional group of American soldiers in Vietnam and their adjustment to civilian life after the war. Considered one of the best ...
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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the Nation from terrorist activities by foreign nationals admitted to ...
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Worldwide Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Important Announcement: Executive Order on Visas

An order issued by a U.S. District court in the state of Washington  on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. ...
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Urgent Notice –UPDATED– Under the Executive Order signed January 27, 2017

UPDATED:  Under the Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification. We will announce any other changes affecting travelers to the United ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

This month’s book, the first for 2017, is Cannery Row from Nobel winning author John Steinbeck. Born in California’s fertile Salinas Valley in 1902, Steinbeck went on to become one of America’s most celebrated writers of short stories and novels.  Steinbeck captured the lives and day-to-day struggles of working-class America in ways that few other ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Thanks to the U.S. Consulate’s Youth Advisory Board (comprised of Amsterdam University College students) for recommending this month’s book—“Catch-22” by Joseph Heller.  The iconic 1961 novel, set off the coast of Italy in World War II, chronicles the experiences of Captain John Yossarian and his 256th air corps squadron as they confront the violence and paradoxes prevalent in ...
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Going for Gold Dinner: Celebrating U.S. – Dutch Trade

CG McCawley joined AmCham’s Executive Director Patrick Mikkelsen and others at this year’s Going for Gold Dinner featuring Royal Vopak CEO Eelco Hoekstra.  Click here to find out how AmCham promotes trade and investment between the U.S. and the Netherlands.
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf? Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

This month’s book is “Love Medicine” by award-winning author Louise Erdrich.  Erdrich won the 2015 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction “for [portraying] her fellow Native Americans as no contemporary American novelist ever has, exploring—in intimate and fearless ways—the myriad cultural challenges that indigenous and mixed-race Americans face.”  “Love Medicine,” the first of Erdrich’s ...
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CG’s Bookshelf October: The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cabrera, spouse of CG McCawley, and a proud U.S. citizen of Colombian descent, introduces this month’s book, “The House on Mango Street”, by Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros. In her 1984 novel, Cisneros chronicles the life of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl coming of age in a poor Chicago neighborhood. This beloved book has ...
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Amsterdam in Business Networking

CG McCawley met with Amstelveen Mayor Mirjam van ‘t Veld and others at the Amsterdam in Business networking event at the iconic A’DAM tower. Are you a U.S. company looking to set up an office here? Click the link to learn more about what the metropolitan area is doing to attract investors and new business
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf?

Showcasing American authors, past and present This month the Consulate General introduces a new social media series to highlight American writers.  Please join us each month as we choose a new book and author.  Some names will be immediately recognizable; others you may be hearing for the first time.  In every case, our hope is ...
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