The editor

That's me, Rob Nuijten, in 2010, dancing Argentine Tango.

This page is in English, since it originally is a website aimed at an international audience.
Dutch text may appear here in due time.

I reside in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Presently, I'm not on Facebook, Instagram, but October 15, 2020, I took an account on Twitter.

Info or questions you can email to rob@torito.nl
Hate mail should be directed to wastebin@torito.nl

Journalism
Artwork
Tango
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Journalism

The first victim of lies is peace.
Rob Nuijten

When they say 'the first victim of war is truth' that could be true, but then how come there's always a new war, when all have always said, they don't want war? Some must have been lying already before a war broke out.

After having collected, studied and commented at a vast amount of lies published by the corporate media, that led to war, to threats with war and to sanctions that led to hundreds of people starving to death or having seen their livelyhood being destroyed, while these media at the same time claim it are the 'social media' that are the big threat to democracy and peace, I decided to go do some investigative journalism myself.

How does one become a journalist?
My best guess: by performing the activity that's generally recognized as journalism. But I prefer to not say "I am this, or I am that". I'm not 'an artist', but I make art. I'm not 'a dancer" but I dance. I'm not an 'advisor and mediator for event organisors', but I advise and mediate. I did all that with pleasure and, when possible, for an income.
I'm not 'a journalist' but I investigate stuff and write about it. It's the one activity that doesn't feel like having fun, though. I do it because, like so many, there're things going terribly wrong. People lie and government's big lies lead to misery and war.

I've been criticizing newspapers for their mistakes and had Volkskrant's and NRC's headlines and articles corrected.

I've been writing reviews about concerts and dance shows for over twenty years, and published them at my own website.

For the Dutch magazine 'ILLUSTRATOR', I had interviews with illustrators.
Most proud I'm of that incident, when, after 30 minutes of chatting with an illustrator at his home, he looked at the clock, and suddenly cried out: "Now, when does the interview start?"
I could tell him "We just had it. I'm done".
He loved the result in print, I assure you.

Present project







Written on request of De Andere Krant, edition South America.
Geschreven op verzoek van De Andere Krant, editie Zuid-Amerika.
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Artwork

At age 15, my penfriend noticed I could make money with portraits, after I drew one of her. And that's what I went doing. Portraits and portrait like drawings and paintings became an essential part of my artwork for youth novel covers. The academy of art for graphic design added some knowledge about typography, though most of the type for the book covers I designed and illustrated I drew by hand.
More info on my art work

 


Tango

My parents thought their kids should have at least one year of dance classes, but I never stopped. After ballroom it was flamenco, and since 1991 it is Argentine Tango. Part from dancing a few nights per week, I've been teaching it, performing it on stage, organising events, and advising event organisors and media. Connecting the people and preparing the written agreements between them.
More info on my Tango activities

 

2003. Time flies. Dressed up for show.
My former life, it looks like.



News media

One of my irrtitable traits is that I like to ask questions that some find improper, like "Why do you do what you do?" or "Why do you claim your news paper doesn't serve a political agenda, when it's so obvious it does?" and "Why is war now called 'a humanitarian military intervention'?"
Over the years I found out that the corporate media's geopolitical agenda is served by it leaving out essential information, also called "lying by omission". An example is newspaper NRC paying a tribute to Robert Mueller, who was about to reach the end of his investigating into Donald Trump's alleged conspiracy with Russia. It left out Mueller's call for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which was a call for a war crime and based on a pack of lies already.
My complaint to the journalist in Washington did result in him adding a paragraph about that to the online edition. It didn't change the headline or content of the printed paper, though.
But what made the journalist not think of it when he wrote the piece? I guess he was so much looking forward to "the meticulous guy" about to nail "the bad Trump".

I believe most journalists who forward propaganda fed to them sincerly believe that what they're doing is honest and just, as do most politicians, bankers, soldiers and secret service employees and that they find it to hard to imagine to what level they could being fooled and misled, by cells of evil doing people among them.
Even the politicians, dictators, and generals, that history books label as pure evil, have thought they were doing their horrendous things for the good of mankind. People who do bad things always have a justification, for themselves. Most of them live in a bubble, that rewards them with kindness.

Me criticizing the corporate media has become a daily activity. But I criticize its critics just the same, when I see they also cherry-pick their facts and leave out information that doesn't fit the narrative, or naively copy other people's rubbish claims.
Others will be keen to point to my mistakes or cherry picking. We have to keep each other sharp, and, preferrably, honest.