Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
(For earlier Dutch killings of civilians see item on October 24: http://badnewsfromthenetherlands.blogspot.com/2007/10/
Forty verdicts of the penal court in Den Bosch are invalid, according to several experts, because one its judges had not been sworn in. The Order of Advocates called it an incomprehensible blunder.
A study by the COT Institute for Safety and Crisis Management, on behalf of the Organization of Dutch Municipalities (VNG) found substantial problems with extremists. Out of 75 participating municipalities, 27 suffered from right-wing extremism and eight from Muslim radicalism. The study showed that the municipalities have only limited understanding of this problem.
(For earlier post on right-wing extremists in Groningen see item on October 24: http://badnewsfromthenetherlands.blogspot.com/2007/10/
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Comment: The Dutch troops in Srebrenica who fled the town in 1995 while the largest mass murder/genocide after the Second World War took place were also ill prepared for their tasks. This is mentioned in the Writ of Summons for the court case brought by some of the victims’ widows against the
*For earlier limitations on civil liberties such as permitting preventive arrests and the right to gather in Amsterdam and Utrecht, see:
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
(For earlier Dutch killings of civilians see item on October 22: http://badnewsfromthenetherlands.blogspot.com/2007/10/
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
For an English review of this affair, see http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Comment: The distortion of information by some Dutch journalists led to the creation of this blog. One of these is Luyendijk. Also, in his prize-winning book the author shows major prejudice regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the 80 pages devoted to this in the book, there is no reference to the fact that the Hamas Charter calls for the mass murder of Jews. For an English review of his book in English, see http://www.jcpa.org/JCPA
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
A new report of the AIVD, the Dutch intelligence services, indicates that the number of Muslim youngsters attracted to radical Islam is increasing. This concerns mainly second or third generation immigrants, both marginalized youngsters and highly educated ones. The AIVD estimates that 20-30,000 youngsters are attracted by Salafist ideas, of which 2,500 are activists. Twenty preachers direct their efforts to these youngsters, and another 20 are being trained. They are mainly linked to the Salafist mosques in Amsterdam, the Hague, Eindhoven and Tilburg. The AIVD states that the Salafist current is both undemocratic and intolerant. The AIVD fears that, as a result, there will be increased tension between Muslims and non-Muslims in the Netherlands.
The English website of the Israeli daily Haaretz discusses Dutch media reactions on the issue of the killed attacker of Amsterdam policemen. It quotes a Dutch media report based on Dutch intelligence services information in 2005 that the attacker and a group of young Moroccans in Amsterdam had been planning to shoot down an El Al plane at Amsterdam airport. An informant was quoted as saying that the attacker's brother was also involved in the plot. The attacker had been released from a mental hospital with an escort two days before he severely wounded the two policemen, but had slipped his guard.
On Monday night, 15 October 2007, twenty to thirty youngsters rioted in Slotervaart, the area of Amsterdam where a day earlier a young man was shot dead by a policewoman after he had severely wounded her and another policeman by stabbing them in the police office. The rioters threw stones through the windows of the police office, burnt a car and damaged other cars. A special unit of the Dutch Police now guards the police office.
Monday, October 15, 2007
On 9 October 2007, Amsterdam lawyer Bram Zeegers was found dying in his bathtub. The police consider the circumstances of his death as suspect. He was a key witness in the current process again top criminal Willem Holleeder who became internationally known as one of the two kidnappers in 1983 of Heineken Brewery president Freddy Heineken. Three other key witnesses in the Holleeder case have been murdered since 2004.
The largest fraud of the last decades in the Netherlands occurred when many of the leading construction companies conspired and raised prices for tenders to Dutch government bodies, by several billions of Euro. Ad Bos, the main informer who enabled the investigation of the fraud, is now totally impoverished. The former chairperson of the Parliamentary inquiry into the fraud Marijke Vos, now a municipal counselor in Amsterdam (Green Left Party) suggests establishing a fund to support informants.
The Organization for the Protection of Animals in Amsterdam has written to all student organizations in Amsterdam and the university, demanding them to no longer abuse animals in student pranks or other activities. The reason behind this was that two sick little goats were found in Amsterdam probably abused in such student pranks. One of the animals has died.
On 10 October 2007 a referendum took place between the two candidates for the office of Mayor of Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. The Municipality was committed to accept the outcome if at least 30% of the electorate voted. However, only 9% did so. Minister of Interior Guusje ter Horst (Labor Party) may now consider abolishing such referenda totally.
On 11 October 2007 the Algemeen Pedagogisch Studiecentrum (APS), a center for education improvement, has appealed to Dutch schools to stop the increasing sex culture in schools. One example is that female pupils come to school parties dressed as Playboy bunnies. The APS mentioned that in some schools children wear T-shirts with "Pornstar" written on them. Another phenomenon is that older pupils try to get as many younger school children in one bed. The latter are called "objects for lust - touching and dumping." Schools hardly ever reprimand the students for this. In September Minister of Education Richard Plasterk (Labor Party) came out against "the present sex culture of society where girls and women are portrayed as objects of lust."
At the beginning of October 2007 a Liberian family in the Dutch
On 4 October 2007 Dutch Minister of Development Cooperation Bert Koenders of the Labor Party made available three million Euro for emergency aid for
"Bad News" blogger's comment: The press release does not make any mention about the thousands of rockets and mortars that Hamas has shot, or allowed to be shot, at Israeli villages, killing and wounding many civilians. It also remains silent about the genocidal intentions of Hamas, as laid down in the Hamas Charter, for instance in its Article 7: “Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!"
Apparently Koenders cares more about wilting flowers than about dead and wounded civilians.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
The Foundation against Senseless Violence says that on average one pupil per Dutch class carries a weapon. This announcement was made after a 14 year old pupil in a technical school in the Amsterdam Slotervaart neighborhood murdered a 16 year old pupil at the school.