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Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

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Presented by Steve Bloomfield, this is Monocle 24’s flagship global-affairs show featuring interviews with political leaders and in-depth analysis of the big issues of the day.

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The Foreign Desk - The battle over Zwarte Piet

December 19th, 2015

Episode 104 of 217 episodes

Like a number of nations, the Netherlands has its own version of Father Christmas – in its case, Sinterklaas. But Sinterklass has a little helper not found anywhere else: Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete. For many, Zwarte Piet is undeniably racist yet he remains popular in his home country. We ask whether it is time for him to go.

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