Friday, September 30, 2016

Police Union Unhappy with Civil Patrol Units

Gerrit van de Kamp, of the police union ACP considers civil patrols as potentially dangerous. He called them activities in the twilight zone. Yet there are already 700 such civil patrols. They operate in half of the Dutch communities. Van de Kamp admitted that the authorities do not succeed in dealing with the feelings of intimidation and insecurity in The Nethelands.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Minister criticizes Groningen University after Student hospitalized

During an initiation ritual at the Vindicat student association in Groningen a first year student was hospitalized with a cerebral oedema. Initially the university said that this was an internal matter for the association. Then education Minister Jet Bussemaker intervened. She condemned the university’s reaction as completely insufficient. Now the university and the Groningen city council want to abolish initiation rituals. Earlier nude pictures of 22 female students from the association were put on an internet site and opinions given on “their performance between the sheets.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dutch fighter Planes have no ammunition to bomb ISIS

General Middendorp has informed parliament that it is doubtful whether the Netherlands can replace the Belgians in July next year to bomb ISIS. One problem is that The Netherlands does not have smart ammunition left for the planes. A second is that maintenance activities have to be carried out for the F16 planes. A third problem is that they have to fly missions for NATO

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Erdogan starts investigation of Gulen-activities in The Netherlands

Robert Amsterdam, the American lawyer of Erdogan says that The Netherlands is an important country in the Gulen movement, because so many Turks live in this country. He remarked that not every adherent of Gulen is a criminal. Amsterdam expects the Dutch Gulen organization carries out mafia type activities in The Netehrlands like “everywhere.”

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dutch Srebrenica soldiers prepare huge claim against Dutch State

A group of veterans of the Dutchbat III unit prepared a huge claim against the Dutch state because were knowingly sent on an impossible mission to Srebrenica in 1995. The lawyers who represent them say that the claimants number more than 100 soldiers and some officers. Some of the soldiers still suffer from post-traumatic stress after Bosnian Serbian soldiers killed approximately 8000 Muslims from Srebrenica.  The commanding officer of Dutchbat III, Thom Karremans, said that the preparation of the unit was abominable.  Recently, Dutch Minister of Defense, Jeanine Hennis, said that it was known before the soldiers were sent there that the mission could not possibly be carried out.  It is expected that the lawyers will call Hennis to testify as a witness in the upcoming court case.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Christian Democrats want Investigation of drug-smuggling in Port of Rotterdam

The Christian Democrat Party wants an investigation of drug smuggling through the port of Rotterdam. Parliamentarian Madeleine van Toorenburg said that one has to investigate also the impact on society of the smuggling. She added that one should avoid The Netherlands becoming a “Narco State’. The Ministry of Finance wants to reduce the number of custom employees dealing with drug smuggling by 40%.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Quarter of Community Service Sentences not fully carried out

A quarter of community service sentences are never or only partially carried out, according to new figures from the probation service Reclassering Nederland. Thousands of people sentenced to community service either fail to show up or are sent home for aggressive behaviour or breaking the rules, broadcaster NOS said. In 2013, there were problems with one in five community service sentences, but this rose to over one in four last year. This means in 2015 almost 11,000 people failed to carry out their sentence.