Thursday, April 24, 2014

Soccer Final Interrupted Due to Fireworks on the Field

A few minutes after the Dutch soccer final between PEC Zwolle and Ajax started, the referee sent the players off the field. Ajax fans had thrown fireworks and flares onto the field twice, which caused a lot of smoke. Later, the game was resumed and PEC won 5-1.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thirty Jihadis have Returned to the Netherlands; Two Have Blown Themselves Up

Minister Plasterk (Labor) of the Interior said that in the annual report of the General Intelligence Services (AIVD), it is stated that 30 jihadis have returned to the Netherlands.They represent a potential threat to the country. Furthermore, new Dutch jihadis are departing. The report also says that two Dutch jihadis have blown themselves up in the past year. One did so in Iraq with a backpack aiming at a civilian target. The other carried out a suicide attack with a car bomb in Syria.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Amsterdam: Post-War Municipality Charged and Fined Jews for Missing Wartime Payments

Jews, including those who were in hiding during the war, or returned from concentration camps, were taxed and fined for long-lease payments during the Second World War when they returned. This often concerned Jews whose homes had been expropriated for use by Germans and Nazi collaborators. Documents related to this issue have come into the hands of students when they were digitalized before the originals were destroyed.
Amsterdam’s conduct in this issue was far more severe than other municipalities.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Family Members of Srebrenica Murdered Request Court Case against Dutch Officers

Family members of three victims of the Srebrenica genocide request prosecution of the commander of the Dutchbat UN unit, Thom Karremans and his deputy Rob Franken. They claim that the two officers delivered their family members the Dutchbat translator Hasan Nuhanovic and the unit’s electrician Rizo Mustavic to the Bosnian Serbs who murdered them. Their lawyer says the Dutch prosecution has failed in its investigation of the two officers.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Catholic Church Admits Sexual Misbehavior of Dead Bishop

Catholic Church Admits Sexual Misbehavior of Dead Bishop
After the story appeared in the media the bishoprie of Roermond admits that Bishop Jo Gijsen abused two boys when he was a chaplain. He died last year. There are many more rumors about his sexual misbehavior both in the Netherlands and Iceland where he later became a bishop. The bishop of Roermond Frans Wiertz apologized to the victims and expressed his regrets that the exemplary function of the late bishop has been damaged.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Last Half Year: Five Victims of Sickness of Lyme committed Suicide

10 April 2014
The Dutch Association of Sickness of Lyme Patients (NVLP) confirms that five patients of the Sickness have committed suicide in the past half year due to the unbearable suffering. In the Netherlands often there is no perspective for proper treatment. Many patients go at their own expense abroad, but not everybody has the funds.  NVLP Board member Miranka Mud says that suicides often result from faulty diagnoses many years ago. Therefore treatment started too late.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Replacement High Speed Trains Also Fail

After the huge failure of the Fyra high speed trains the state-owned NS railway company has now also taken all the 18 replacement trains brought in their place out of service. The NS says that there are problems with the flow of electricity to the locomotives. They will be checked by the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier. It is not known how long the investigation will last.