Monday, May 31, 2010
Two professors of migration law, Thomas Spijkerboer (Free University Amsterdam) and Kees Groenendijk (Nijmegen University), have expressed the opinion that five of the parties represented in Parliament today and participating in the 9 June parliamentary elections have clauses in their election platforms which contradict EU rules on immigration. Three of the parties – the left wing Socialist party, the Liberal party (VVD) and the Freedom party – could only realize their suggested policies on immigration if the Netherlands were to leave the EU.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Harm Brouwer, head of public prosecutions, said that the security level which the Netherlands presently enjoys can not be maintained. When presenting the 2009 annual report of the Public Prosecutions Office he said that the authorities are under great financial pressure and therefore his office will also have to reduce expenses. He added that at present there is already a shortage in the detective service to deal with known or suspected criminality. This creates problems mainly in dealing with organized crime and child pornography.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
The annual immigration of non-Western immigrants costs Dutch society 7.2 billion Euro. This is the conclusion of a study by the economic research bureau Nyfer on behalf of the Freedom Party Faction in parliament. According to the researchers these immigrants use more collective services and pay less taxes and social premiums than the average Dutchman. They need unemployment benefits more frequently and are more often unsuitable to work. They are also over represented amongst criminals, which leads to additional costs.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Ron Nyqvist, a well-known drug trader is serving a 20 year term for a double murder. He organizes from jail free-fighter games in Amsterdam which are attended by thousands of people. Officially the organization exists under the name of his female partner but in a program brochure in October 2009 Nyqvist was interviewed as the organizer. Lodewijk Asscher, Acting Mayor of Amsterdam (Labor), was shocked by the information.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Max Engelander, an Amsterdam policeman of Jewish origin, has filed a complaint against the columnist Hugo Borst. Borst had written in a column that cockroaches are impressive animals. They are the Jew among insects as they cannot be eradicated. Engelander says that almost his entire family was murdered during the Shoah. The statement that Jews resemble cockroaches and cannot be eradicated insults the entire Jewish people. www.nrc.nl/binnenland/article2546248.ece/Vergelijking_joden_met_kakkerlakken_leidt_tot_aangifte
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Monday, May 24, 2010
During an election debate of political leaders on RTL TV, the leader of the Freedom (PVV) party, Geert Wilders, cynically said that he wanted to apologize to the Moroccan community as he had said in the past that they were five times more suspects amongst them than among the ethnic Dutch. He said he wished to correct himself and that the number of suspects among them is in fact six times that of ethnic Dutch. On another matter, he said that the pledge by Labor party leader and former Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, that if he became Prime Minister he would do for the Netherlands what he had done for Amsterdam, should be seen as a threat rather than as a promise.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010
Four party leaders have been given extra security by the National Co-ordinator of Fighting Terrorism. They are Job Cohen (Labor), Mark Rutte (Liberals), Femke Halsema (Green Left) and Alexander Pechtold (D66). Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, leader of the Christian Democrats and Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party already have tight security the whole year round.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Deputy Minister of Defense Jack De Vries (Christian Democrat) resigned after his extra-marital affair with his adjutant was exposed. One of the unions of the military had earlier declared that they had no confidence in him. After his resignation Dr Vries had to leave the barracks where he was living after he had to leave his home.
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In the town of Roosendaal a dead sheep has been hung at the front of a building which will be demolished in order to allow for the building of a Mosque on the site. On the sheep’s fleece was written “No Mosque”. The police say that several people must have been involved in hanging the sheep from a height of 5 meters.
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Monday, May 17, 2010
It will take several more days before Amsterdam will get rid of the huge amounts of rubbish which has accumulated in the city after the lengthy strike of the sanitation workers. According to a spokesperson of the Municipality sanitation trucks are working hard but the quantities are huge.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
The financial report of the government over 2009 shows that never before has there been such a gap between the National Budget and the actual performance. The Dutch economy shrunk in 2009 by 4% where a growth of 1% was predicted. A budget surplus of 1.1% of the GDP was predicted. Yet there was a deficit of 5.3%. National debt increased by 101 billion Euro from almost 40% of GDP to 61%. 37 billion Euro was due to the budget shortfall and 63 billion Euro was due to intervention in the financial sector, such as help to banks and insurers. The Minister of Finance JanKees de Jager (Christian Democrat) attributed this to the international financial crisis.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Rita Verdonk, former Minister of Integration, who now heads her own party Trots op Nederland (Being Proud of the Netherlands) has said that at least 100,000 people in the Netherlands are too lazy to work. She added that those employed get frustrated because they have to pay 40% taxes while others refuse to work. The latter are the ones best tanned in society as they sit in the sun with the money they get. She states that it should be the norm in the Netherlands that people work for their money.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Former minister of integration, Eberhard van der Laan, (Labor Party) said at a Remembrance Ceremony in the Hague on National Memorial Day that remembrance of the second world war can go into partial retirement and should only be commemorated once every five years. Van der Laan also said that the history of the Jews having been abandoned by Dutchmen in the Netherlands should be revised. The Jewish community in Amsterdam reacted saying that in no other western European country more than 70% of the Jews were deported and murdered. They added that they consider Van der Laan who is running for position of Mayor of Amsterdam unfit for the position.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The European Commission is bringing the Netherlands before the EU Court of Justice because the province of Northern Holland has transgressed the EU rules of government tenders. The EU warned the Netherlands already in November 2009 but did not receive a satisfactory response. The tender, which concerned coffee, required specific seals of approval for organic or fair trade coffee. This, according to the European Commission, damages competition between manufacturers excluding certain ones.
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Monday, May 10, 2010
Rabbi Raphael Evers of the largest Jewish communal organization in the Netherlands, the Orthodox NIK, has expressed his surprise that the town of Nijmegen had invited former Prime Minister Dries van Agt to speak at the Remembrance ceremony last week on National Memorial Day. “Van Agt has not shown himself to be a man who cares about the suffering of the second world war” Evers wrote. In the 1970s he called himself an ‘Aryan’, an expression used by the Nazis for what they considered their ‘superior race’. This remark was made a the time when Van Agt pleaded for the freeing of the last three major Dutch war criminals held in Dutch jails.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010
Former Minister Wim Deetman has said that a scientific study has to be undertaken in to the nature, size, circumstances and responsibilities for sexual abuse in the Dutch Roman catholic church. This study should cover the period between 1945 to present day. Deetman had been asked by the Dutch Conference of Bishops and an organization who represent people who fulfill religious functions in the Catholic Church (KNR) to lead the initial investigation in to these problems. These bodies now need to decide whether to accept Deetman’s conclusions.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
During the main ceremony of National Memorial Day on the evening of 4 May in the central square of Amsterdam, a man shouted out during the two minutes of silence. Panic broke out and 63 people were wounded, many of whom broke their legs. The person who shouted has been arrested and is a homeless who has been convicted many times for theft, violence and drug related crimes. Fritz van Straelen of the Justice Department says that the person gives the impression of being unstable.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Ahmed Marcouch, a highly ranked parliamentary candidate for the Labor Party in the June elections, has said that he receives letters from teachers who are confronted with indifference and resistance from non-Western immigrant children when they teach the holocaust. Some watch Arab news stations and they start associating Jews with the mid-East conflict. Others hear how the word Jew is used as a curse in their home environments. Marcouch says that the holocaust should be part of the obligatory program for school exams. He added that it cannot be that holocaust teaching is blocked and Jewish children should be afraid to walk in the streets wearing a skullcap.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Hans van Duijn, the former Chairman of the Union of Dutch Police (Nederlandse Politiebond) proposes that hard and soft drugs should be legalized. He says that maintenance of the prohibition has no impact and costs every Dutch citizen 100 euro per year. He added that in the present system “we create work for criminals”.
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Monday, May 3, 2010
In Nijmegen the special police unit disbursed participants in the May Day demonstration because some of them threw stones at them. A number of demonstrators were arrested. In Rotterdam 14 people were arrested after they refused to hand over sticks to the police.
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Sunday, May 2, 2010
Two human rights organizations, African Rights and Redress have announced that for years the Dutch justice system has not arrested Pierre-Claver K. who, according to them, played a key role in the 1994 genocide of the Tootsies in Rwanda. The two organization have published that already in 2007 they submitted a confidential report supported by declarations of witnesses which describe the role of K. in organizing mass murders in Mugina and later also in the Rwandan capital Kigali. They say that the Dutch Government has done nothing in spite of the many incriminating facts. The Public Prosecution responded to de Volkskrant daily that it knows about the information provided by the organizations, but for reasons of privacy and investigation, it cannot give any information on individual cases.
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