Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Due to lack of equipment some of the Dutch soldiers of the UN peace force cannot go on patrol. This concerns lack of night vision binoculars, equipment to jam roadside bombs as well as new lighter bullet-proof vests.
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Monday, December 26, 2016
The firework hotline vuurwerkoverlast.nl received over 7000 complaints in two days. The hotline announced that most of the complaints involved firework bombs.
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Sunday, December 25, 2016
Dutch intelligence services are attempting to hack the encryption of Whatsapp and Telegram, said Dick Schoof, the National Coordinator of the Fight Against Terror (NCTV). He said that this is necessary in order to know whether terrorists use such encrypted networks. Schoof added that hacking into these programs is difficult. He said that the intelligence services are not interested in the messages of other people. It has also become known that the German intelligence services have a budget of 150 million Euro to try to decipher the encryption of services such as Whatsapp and Telegram.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Turkey has recalled Yusuf Acar from the Netherlands. Acar held two positions. He was an employee of the Turkish embassy in the Netherlands. At the same time he was the chairman of the religious Diyanet organization, which is the umbrella organization of Turkish mosques in the Netherlands. Acar was accused of collecting information for the Turkish government on supporters of the Gulen movement in the Netherlands. He had also called the Dutch Christian Democrat party (CDA) a bulwark of Gulenists. Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders thereupon told the top diplomat of the Turkish embassy in The Hague that Acar had crossed red lines.http://nos.nl/artikel/2149474-turkije-trekt-omstreden-leider-moskee-organisatie-terug-uit-nederland.html
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
After Geert Wilders was elected Politician of the Year, Judge Sylvia Taalmen tweeted about his election, “Stark raving mad.” Her superiors reprimanded her saying that it was a misplaced remark. Judge Taalmen has now closed her Twitter account which had 4,500 followers.
Posted by Bad News Blogger at 7:06 PM
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Amsterdam Public Prosecutor is calling for a change in the Criminal Code to make preparing for an assassination punishable, even without knowing who the targets are. In November eight Utrecht suspects, the so-called "assassination squad" were sentenced to prison terms of between 3 and 8 years. Yet they were partly acquitted of preparing for assassinations, because the Prosecutor could not prove who the intended targets were.
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Monday, December 19, 2016
Professor Paul Dekker of the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau said that the Dutch are pessimistic about the future of their country. Only 28% believe that developments are moving in the right direction. However, they are reasonably optimistic about their own life, their financial situation and the economy.
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Tilburg mayor Peter Noordanus says that the Netherlands is a paradise for people in involved in the drug trade. He added that billions of euros in drug money flow through the country. He mentioned as a conservative estimate for the production of drugs 4 to 8 billion euros. Noordanus has led a large scale investigation into subversive crime in the Netherlands. He said that this crime is everywhere. Noordanus added that "In Tilburg alone there are 2,400 people who earn their money with drugs." He remarked that ""If we do nothing, soon nowhere will be safe.”
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Saturday, December 17, 2016
Various students at the Salafist mosque Al-Fitrah in Utrecht have approached the AD daily to tell how teachers there undermine Dutch law. They teach that it is forbidden to denounce criminals to the police. One student asked a teacher whether a Moroccan who is involved in trafficking in women and destroys human lives should not be denounced to the police. The teacher’s answer was that this rule is also valid for the worst type of crimes.
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
In the past four years, 32 cases of fraud and corruption of employees and external contractors of the Amsterdam municipality have been found. In four cases, complaints were made to the police. Nine people were fired and business agreements with four external contractors were terminated. One of the cases involved an employee that charged the municipality via a company he was running with his wife for half a million Euro for activities that were not carried out.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The rumors that Salafist Imam Fawaz Jneid intends to build a mosque in The Hague has caused unrest among various political parties there. The VVD (Liberals) want the municipality to do all what it can to keep this imam out of town. In the past Jneid has said for instance “Oh God give Theo van Gogh a sickness which no citizen of the earth can heal.” Van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim a few month later. Jneid has also said that men can beat women in some situations.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Seventy years after the end of the Second World War new research has found that the municipality of the Hague has charged, after the war, hundreds of holocaust survivors leasehold tax while these Jews were in concentration camps or in hiding. If they did not survive their heirs were charged. This despite the fact that the persecuted Jews’ houses had been confiscated by the German occupiers during the war.
Posted by Bad News Blogger at 10:35 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Rob Hessing a retired senior police commisioner has said that the police cannot do its work without profiling. He added that among young people with a non-Western look, there is irritation when they stopped by the police. This may be for instance when they drive a car which does not match their profile. Hessing also said that the does not exclude that police officers who have frequently dealt with non-Western criminals may have a prejudice how these people behave.
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Saturday, December 10, 2016
A court has condemned Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders – without any punishment – because of the statement that he wants less Moroccans. Wilders reacted by saying that the Netherlands has become a sick country. He added: “Moroccans are no race and people who say something about Moroccans are no racists. I am not a racist, nor are my voters.”
Posted by Bad News Blogger at 9:37 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Asylum seekers from the Ter Apel center cause daily problems on buses. They do not pay, are aggressive and threaten drivers. Those who cause problems mainly come from North Africa. If they get fines they tear them often up immediately. According to stewards of the bus company, the police sometimes even gives them free tickets to avoid further problems.
Posted by Bad News Blogger at 8:27 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has placed 13 firms on a blacklist for their alleged boycott of Israel. Four of the firms are Dutch: ASN and Triodos banks, engineering group HaskoningDHV and water company Vitens. The companies have 90 days to prove they have not boycotted Israel.
Posted by Bad News Blogger at 7:13 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
After many demands from citizens and businesses the municipality of Vlagtwedde will immediately install six cameras to register problem caused by a small group of asylumseekers from Ter Apel, which is part of the municipality. They frequently cause hindrance including pickpocketing and other theft.
Posted by Bad News Blogger at 6:03 PM
Monday, December 5, 2016
After much pressure from parliament the Dutch government finally wants to stop the financing of Dutch religious organizations by sources from undemocratic countries. In recent months there have more and more news items on the financing of Islamic organizations in the Netherlands by foundations from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In one case an organization was involved which has links with Al Qaida.www.elsevier.nl/nederland/achtergrond/2016/12/nu-wil-asscher-geldstroom-moskeeen-wel-aanpakken-411492/
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Sunday, December 4, 2016
It has now become known that in 2009 and 2010 the Dutch general intelligence service AIVD investigated PVV leader Geert Wilders. An intelligence service investigating a politician is highly unusual in The Netherlands. The investigation concerned the ties Wilders had with influential people in Israel. Wilders and the AIVD declined comments.
Posted by Bad News Blogger at 8:54 PM
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has spoken in Warsaw at a congress of ALDE the Liberal faction in the European Parliament. He said that the EU has to listen seriously to the worries of its citizens. Rutte remarked that one has to stop dreaming about more Europe and further European integration. He identified the economy and migration as the two prime problems to deal with. Rutte added: “I am convinced that if we do not solve the problems of the European population we bring Europe closer to the abyss.”www.elsevier.nl/nederland/achtergrond/2016/12/rutte-waarschuwt-voor-uiteenvallen-eu-stop-met-dromen-over-meer-eu-411038/
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Friday, December 2, 2016
Swiss Dutch historian Remy Limpach has published a book in which he claims that extreme violence by the Dutch Army in Indonesia (then the Dutch Indies) from 1945-1949 was structural and not incidental. He claims that it left behind a trail of burning villages and dead bodies. Limpach writes about extreme torture and killings of prisoners without process as well as random shootings on civilians, including women, children and the elderly.
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