Thursday, October 19, 2017

More than 6000 people victims of human trafficking

Over 6 thousand people, mainly women, are exploited for prostitution or webcam sex in the Netherlands.  This was said in a new report by Corrine Dettmeijer the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking.  She said that this report is the first "reliable, solid and scientifically substantiated" estimate on this topic.  Dettmeijer also mentioned that most victims are women and a large percentage of them are underage. The new estimates are five times as high as has been assumed until now.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ombudsman: Children in Groningen Suffer from Earthquakes

The Ombudsman for children, Margrite Kalverboer, concludes that children in the province of Groningen suffer from the consequences of earthquakes.  These earthquakes are the result of the many years of exploration of natural gas in the province.  Children that suffer from this have problems with concentration, are afraid, suffer from sleep disorders, and feel pessimistic about the future.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

National Police unit short of money and manpower

Richard Bronswijk, the chairman of The Central Works Council said that the National Unit of the Dutch Police is in desperate need of money and staff.  He added that it cannot perform its work properly in the current situation.  This results in serious criminals sometimes not being arrested.  He said that the reorganization of the National Police was disastrous and that there is a shortage of 500 men. According to Bronswijk, some departments such as the National Water Police Team, and the Explosive Specialist Department have no idea what they should be doing.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Experts: Dutch Army Develops Far Too Slowly

Henk Geveke, Director of Defense and Safety of the TNO Technology Institute, is one of the most important advisors to the Dutch army.  He says that the Dutch army is still operating according to technologies of the past.  It will have to invest in current technological know-how to remain ahead of the enemy in future wars. He mentioned that laser weapons, munition from a 3-D printer and invisibility shields for ships are all under development in the world or close to realization.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Netherlands becomes increasingly a heroin producing country

The official prosecution in The Hague says that there is a trend of the Netherlands becoming a heroin producing country.  This is the result of more strict controls abroad.  Recently, nine suspects of a heroin drug ring from a Turkish family were arrested.  The Netherlands is also increasingly used as a base for heroin trade.  Earlier this year, six people were arrested as they were involved in an international transport of 1100 kilos of heroin. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dutch Commandos Press Charges against Ministry of Defense

Five members of the Corps Commando are pressing charges against the Ministry of Defense. These concern the death of one of their colleagues at an exercise on a Dutch shooting range last year. The Safety Board has released a report on the incident which is very damaging for the Ministry. The judicial action of the soldiers is unprecedented.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fraud? Africa Aid Agency files for Bankruptcy

Dutch International development Minister Liliane Ploumen has ordered an investigation after the finance director of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) has disappeared without trace. 1.6 million Euro are missing from its accounts, possibly due to fraud. All staff at its African offices have been dismissed. AWEPA was founded in 1984 to advise and support democratic parliaments in Africa. Over the years the Dutch government has subsidized AWEPA with 9.5 million Euro. Also other European countries and the European Commission have subsidized the organization.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Former Dutch General: Dutch Defense is Sick and on an IV

Former Dutch Ground Forces Commander, General Mart de Kruif, says that the Dutch defense is sick and on an IV.  Dutch defense has slowly been eroded from within.  There is too little money.  The guidance isn’t functioning and the management isn’t okay.  Just changing the top people has no impact.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Residing Commander in Chief: It Hurts Me Not to Leave the Military in Better Shape

General Tom Middendorp, Commander of the Dutch Military, resigned a few days before the end of his term due to the negative report about the lethal incident in Mali.  Middendorp strongly criticized the cutbacks of military expenses over the past 25 years. He said that he had suggested in vain that the Netherlands invest again in the basic security of the country.  He added, “I would have loved to leave my successor something better.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Minister of Defense and Commander in Chief of Army Resign

Jeanine Hennis, the Dutch Minister of Defense and the Commander in Chief of the Dutch Army General Tom Middendorp have resigned as a result of the very negative investigation report of the deadly incident during an exercise of the Dutch military mission in Mali in 2016. Hennis said that she was politically responsible and that her initial reaction to the report had been awkward.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Deputy Prime Minister: Minister of Defense should resign

Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Labour) said that the conclusions of the investigation into the death of two Dutch soldiers in Mali in 2016, due to faulty ammunition, are sufficiently severe for the Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis to resign.  He added that drawing conclusions is up to her.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Investigation: Ministry of Defense Greatly Failed in Caring for Soldiers in Mali

The Investigation Council for Safety has concluded that the Ministry of Defense has greatly failed in taking care of the safety of Dutch soldiers sent on a mission to Mali.  This concerns both the safety of the mortar grenades used as well as appropriate military health care.  The Council concludes that both issues have been made secondary to the continuation of the mission.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trade Union Leader: 2016 Deaths of Two Dutch Soldiers Due to Defective Grenades

In July 2016, two Dutch soldiers were killed in Mali in an exercise during which a grenade exploded in a mortar.  An investigation now shows that the grenades were defective.  They were purchased ten years ago from Bulgaria for the war in Afghanistan.  Mr. Jean Debi, chairman of the Military Trade Union, VBM, said that the military authorities knew that the grenades used in the exercise were defective.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Utrecht Among European Leader of Hacked Computers

A study by Simantec, a software security company, showed that Utrecht is among the European towns in which most computers are hacked. It is fourth in Europe after Madrid, Istanbul, and Moscow.  It has thirteen times more infected “bots” than Amsterdam, which is number two. These bot programs can be used by hackers who attempt to breach security anywhere in the world. Of the 830,000 bots in the Netherlands, 700,000 affect computers in Utrecht.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Former Parliamentarian: I had to behave like a Robot

Former liberal (VVD) parliamentarian Ybeltje Berckmoes has published a book in which she claims that the parliamentarians of her party had to behave like robots. If one expresses one’s opinion which is not approved by the party one is not given any longer specific tasks. Then one can never speak in parliament and one loses visibility. One way of keeping parliamentarians under control is promising them a position as a mayor of a town after their parliamentary career.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Hague: Deep Distrust of Police two Years after Ethnic Riots

Two years ago after riots in the Schilderswijk neighborhood in The Hague distrust of the police remains widespread among young people living in the area. Researcher Carina Duijndam said: “They feel like second-class citizens. Every white person they see is a policeman or a journalist who’s writing something bad about the area, or a teacher dishing out punishments. There is a huge divide between society and the neighbourhood.”

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Finally: Stricter access to air base after arrest of jihadist

Four months ago, a 19 year old jihadist was arrested at the Volkel Air Force Base where he was employed. Now the Ministry of Defense has decided that everyone who has to work on a military base must first present a police declaration of good behavior.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Netherlands are Supermarket for Rogue Countries Building Weapons of Mass Destruction

Onno Eichelsheim, the director of the Dutch military intelligence service MIVD has said that the Netherlands is an interesting "supermarket" for countries that want to make weapons of mass destruction. A number of attempts to buy are blocked. He added that Dutch companies and knowledge institutes are insufficiently aware that countries like Syria and North Korea want to gain knowledge in the Netherlands.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Non-westerners disproportionately represented in police corruption

A new study shows that in the past 5 years, 40 policemen have maintained undesirable contacts with criminal organizations.  Most of those have been condemned or dishonorably dismissed.  In 40% of these corruption cases, policemen with a non-western background were involved.  This is relatively high as only 10% of policemen have a no-western background.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dutch Professor Compares Bio Industry to the Holocaust

Roos Vonk, a Professor of Social Psychology at Radboud University in Nijmegen wrote an article entitled:  “To compare the bio industry with the Holocaust is not so strange.”  She claims that in the Netherlands, one lives amid a “large scale industrial holocaust.”  She mentions that one runs the risk of  being falsely called an antisemite or racist, if one compares industrial halls filled with thousands of pigs between metal and concrete to concentration camps.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Amsterdam municipal youth worker with criminal record supported by Mayor, promoted radicalizatio

It has become known that Amsterdam Mayor, Eberhard van der Laan pushed the municipality to hire Bilal L. as a youth worker.  In the past, Bilal L. had been condemned to 3 years in jail for preparing a terror attack.  As a condemned criminal, the municipality could not hire him without special dispensation which van der Laan requested.  Once hired,   one of his functions as youth worker, Bilan L. was to fight prevent radicalization of youngsters.  In fact, he promoted it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Scandal of the Previous Chairman of the Police Works Council

An investigation commission has disclosed many highly problematic activities of the previous chairman of the Works Council of the national police, Frank Giltay.  While the police force was cutting costs, Giltay decided that meetings of the Works Council should be held in expensive locations.  He hid the major use of alcohol at the expense of the police. The head of the national police at the time must have known of the problems concerning Giltay, but despite this, proposed to increase his salary.  The current head of police has dismissed Giltay.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Amsterdam Residents March against Problems Caused by Tourism

A group of Amsterdam residents marched through streets of the old western neighborhood of their town to protest the hindrance by tourists.  They carried banners and megaphones and shouted slogans like:  “Amsterdam not for sale” and “Whose city? Our city!”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Senior Amsterdam Official in Charge of Radicalization-prevention dismissed

The program-manager at the Amsterdam municipality in charge of prevention of radicalization among youngsters has been fired. She had given various assignments on behalf of the municipality to her friends. She is also accused of changing the terms of proposals submitted. She is furthermore reproached of not having adequately intervened concerning youngsters of whom it was known that they were attracted to the jihad. A criminal investigation is still under way.     

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Almost a third of Dutch welfare recipients receive psychological treatment

A study by Statistics Netherlands and Harvard University has found that 31% of welfare recipients in the Netherlands are receiving psychological treatment.  Among people who go to work and school, 10% receive such treatment. People on welfare account for 58% of Dutch mental health costs.  The study was done on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dutch Muslims should rise against fundamentalism

Dutch Sociologist who specializes in migration, Professor Ruud Koopmans, says that Dutch Muslims should come out much more forcefully against terrorist attacks.  He said that demonstrating against Muslim terror is a good way to fight against radicalization.  He said that the general population sees that Muslims are willing to demonstrate against Israel, or in favor of Turkish President Erdogan.  Koopmans also stated that while it is a lie that violence has nothing to do with Islam, terrorists themselves declare that they commit their criminal acts in the name of Islam.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Possibly illegal cameras on Dutch National Railways Billboards

The Dutch Railway company, NS, has been found to allow advertisers to insert cameras in their billboards to monitor travelers in order to study how long people look at the billboard.  It has become known that at Amsterdam Central Station there are 35 such digital billboards.  According to a spokesperson of privacy watchdog, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, the use of the cameras may well be illegal.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Dutch Judge Dismissed Anti-Israel Inciter Can Sue Dutch Government

Yasmina Haifi, (a Labor Party candidate in Parliamentary elections) was dismissed by the National Cyber Security Center after she had tweeted that “ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It’s part of a plan by Zionists who are deliberately trying to blacken Islam’s name.” She was then readmitted by the Justice Ministry as an employee in a different position. She has brought a law suit against the Ministry saying that she had no prospects for advancement at the Ministry.  A Judge has now ruled that Haifi (a Muslim), may take her case to a Labor Court because a written reprimand would have been sufficient as her statement was protected by freedom of speech.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Hague major increase in discrimination of police officers

The scolding of police officers in the Hague area has more than doubled in 2016 as compared to 2015, 359 reports versus 154. In 62% of the cases the scoldings includes the word Jew.  The second most used word was homosexual.  In Rotterdam, the number of similar incidents was 258 in 2016. Also there antisemitic remarks were dominant. Elsewhere in the Netherlands, homosexuality dominates the scolding.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gelderland: More than half of the Mayors suffer from aggression

Fifty six percent of all mayors in the province of Gelderland have suffered from aggression in 2016.  The main aggression was scolding followed by threats and intimidation and in a small number of cases physical attacks.  One of the subjects which caused many incidents concerned financial cutbacks in caretaking of the elderly.  In addition, the problems of refugees and possible asylum seeker centers led to aggression. Not all threatened politicians complained to the police.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Jailed Suspect gets taped Telephone Conversations of Criminals

Klaas Otto, the head of the motorclub No Surrender, who is jailed in Middelburg awaiting his process, has been given by mistake taped conversations of others detained in the same jail. The judge had permitted him to listen to his own taped telephone conversations. The police and the public prosecution consider Otto as a leading criminal in the South of the Netherlands.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hungary Recalls its Ambassador from Netherlands

Outgoing Dutch Ambassador to Hungary, Gajus Scheltema has in a magazine interview compared the rhetoric of the Hungarian government to that of Islamic terrorists. Hungary has now recalled its Ambassador from the Netherlands and has suspended contact at the Ambassadorial level with the Netherlands indefinitely.  Dutch Foreign Minister, Bert Koenders said that the Netherlands does have some criticism of Hungary which does not accept refugees and has very strict regulations for NGO’s. That, however, has nothing to do with the matters of ISIS and Koenders distancing himself from his Ambassador’s comments.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The blogger is exhausted from the endless flow of Bad News from the Netherlands. He hopes to post again on August 27


The controversial imam Fawaz Jneid is active in the Hague despite a prohibition of the Mayor. Under the name of a Muslim bookshop this Salafist operates a mosque since a few weeks.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Amsterdam: Municipal Council Wants Emergency Debate on Radicalization

Recently senior Amsterdam official, Saadia a –T was suspended and is subject to a criminal investigation for fraud and abuse of influence.  She was the senior expert on radicalization among Muslims.  Besides that she is accused of having missed out on major signals of radicalization and the role of recruiters in the city.  The council wants to know whether her department is in chaos and whether a club of ‘friends’ runs the department.  The national ombudsman confirmed in January that the municipality had not properly informed a father of a jihadist who was killed in Syria.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Egg Scandal Spreads

The largest Dutch supermarket group, Albert Heijn is removing as a precautionary measure 14 types of eggs from its shelves in view of the uncertainty over pesticide contamination.  Among the eggs to be removed is the company’s own brand; free range and organic eggs.  The government has said that farmers themselves will have to pick up the bill for the product recall due to the discovery of possible pesticide contamination.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Rats in the Kitchens of Military Barracks

Barracks and military bases suffer from a rat and mice infestation.  The Ministry of Defense is studying structural solutions for the dirty environment where military meals are prepared in various places.  

The Trade Union for Defense Workers, (VBM) considers the lack of rapid solutions for this issue yet more evidence of incredible poverty within the army.  Their spokesman said, “Besides the well-known shortage of ammunition, spare parts, and the large number of units that lack personnel, the Defense Ministry also provides food to its employees from which rodents have already eaten.”

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Total Confusion about Eating Eggs

The National Food and Commodities Authority has published a large list of codes of eggs which should not be eaten because they may contain too high a content of the insecticide, Fipronil.  A company which destroys a specific type of lice has been hired by many farms in the past year.  The lice can cause chickens to become very ill.  The farms have treated the problem with Fipronil.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Alphen: Again Chaos In Jail

Riots have broken out at the local jail in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn.  The reason being, that products ordered by inmates had not been delivered.  It is the second time that such riots broke out in a short period of time.  Earlier this month, a psychologist barely escaped being strangled.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Amsterdam: Racism, Discrimination and Many Other Problems Among Firefighters

The Amsterdam mayor, Eberhard van der Laan and the secretary of the municipality, Arjan van Gils, have sent a letter to the municipal council   in which they claim that there are huge problems in the firefighters unit.  The workers representatives and their allies do not wish to fight against the racism, discrimination, and bullying in the unit. The new head of the unit dismissed an employee who done this.  The employee did not deny that he had committed racism, discrimination and bullying.  However, the judge decided that since the previous head of the unit had done nothing about it, the new head cannot dismiss him.  The decision of the judge was considered a victory in the unit.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Rotterdam: Anti-Israeli demonstrators call for Murder of Jews

The Leefbaar Rotterdam party in the towns municipal Council demands prosecution of participants in an anti-Israeli demonstration. Municipal Council member Tanya Hoogwerf says that there were calls of ‘Khaybar, Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa ya’ud.’ That translates as “Jews remember Khaybar, the army of Mohammed returns.”This recalls Mohammed’s extermination of a Jewish tribe. The party asks Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb to take measures.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mayor Threatened with Death

Mayor Victor Mokenboer of Woerden has been threatened with death.  The threats signed by drug dealers have been put in graffiti on a public street.  The Mayor has been very active in fighting drug dealing in his town, claiming that the situation has deteriorated over the years without anything being done about it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dutch Jihadists in Syria Threaten Killing in the Netherlands

The Dutch jihadist, Marouane B. has sung a rap song in Syria in which he threatens to come to the Netherlands without being noticed and cut off peoples’ heads.  The Dutch prosecution has already in the past said that it wants to have this jihadist judged in absentia.  He is the only jihadist who the prosecution wants to condemn for both being a member of a terrorist organization and having beheaded people in Syria.  He has told two friends in the Netherlands that he has done this.  He now claims that they lied.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dutch Politician: In the Netherlands the doctor murders you.

Kees van der Staaij, the leader of the Protestant SGP Party, has written an article in The Wall Street Journal that in the Netherlands, doctors murder people.  He refers to the increasingly widening euthanasia policy in the country.  He now seeks international support in exposing the Dutch Euthanasia culture.  Van der Staaij says that he will try to place similar articles elsewhere.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Prosecution Investigates Senior Amsterdam Municipal Official

The prosecution has started an investigation into a possible criminal acts of a senior Amsterdam municipal official.  The municipal council was informed by this by Mayor Eberhard van der Laan.  The official has been suspended.  In the last four years, 32 cases of fraud and corruption in the Amsterdam municipality have been uncovered.  The Mayor has a result of that started an anti-fraud offensive.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Secret Report: Continued Existence of Air France and KLM in Danger

A secret report ordered by the French and Dutch trade unions of Air France-KLM found that the continued existence of the firm is in danger.  This is due to the huge differences in culture between the French and the Dutch. One KLM manager was quoted saying that “France is a kind of Greece, but bigger.”  He was also quoted as saying that “the French economy is a time bomb and Air France is a smaller time bomb.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

4 Dutch Soldiers arrested in Lithuania after brawl

4 Dutch soldiers have been sent back from Lithuania to the Netherlands after they were arrested when they got into a brawl. Lithuania media report that the men had been drinking.  The dispute may have arisen from an unpaid bill.  About 270 Dutch soldiers are stationed in Lithuania as part of a NATO Mission.  These soldiers helped to improve the defense of the country against potential Russian aggression.  
Comment:  That is the case except when they are drinking!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Violence against Prison Staff on the Rise

In 2016 there were 1880 cases of violence by prisoners against Dutch prison staff. This was an increase of 20% over 2015. In psychological institutions the number of such incidents increased to 133 in 2016 from 86 in 2015.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dutch Government Overspent on Freelancers

The Dutch government has been calling on firms to reduce the amount of part-timers yet the government doesn’t have its own house in order.  About 13% of government staffing budgets were paid to consult with freelancers and consultants.  This was an increase of 19% from previous years.  The most extreme spender was the tax office, followed by the infrastructure and environment ministry and the justice ministry.  A trade union representative of the FNV trade union said that the situation was disappointing and worrying.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ISIS calls for terrorist attack at European Female Soccer Championship

ISIS has called lone wolves to carry out an attack during the European Female Soccer Championship in Utrecht.  More specifically it calls for an attack on July 19th at the game between England and Scotland.  The Dutch Intelligence Services do not consider this threat very seriously.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Asylum Seekers Caught For Theft Almost Never Pay Fine

In the Netherlands, people who are caught for theft in a shop have to pay 181 Euro to the owner of the shop.  However, only one out of 20 asylum seekers caught for theft pays this fine.  The official body, Central Organ Receptions for Asylum Seekers (COA), says that it cannot deduct this payment from the government money the asylum seekers receive.  In order to do so, the government would have to change the rules.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Databank: 45 percent of Dutch Jihadis are of Moroccan origin

A databank of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies contains profiles of 207 of the 280 Dutchmen which have left for Syria until june 2017. Forty five percent have a Moroccan-Dutch background, ten percent a Turkish-Dutch background. About 17% are converts, while coverts are less than 3% of the entire Muslim community in the Netherlands.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Turkish Intelligence Service in the Hague Prepares List of People to Kill in Europe

It seems that the Turkish Intelligence Service (MIT) has a command center in the Hague.  There it inter alia occupies itself with establishing lists of people to kill.  This has come to light from a leaked conversation between two Turkish spies in Germany.  In that conversation an official of the intelligence service says to a spy who asked for more money that he has to ask his superiors in the Hague.