Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Advisory bodies: Dutch government ignores vulnerable people

A number of advisory bodies, the National Ombudsman, the Netherlands Court of Auditors, and the social and cultural planning office (SCP) said in a joint statement that the Dutch government has little regard for thousands of vulnerable people in the country who do not receive the necessary care. This includes psychiatric patients, elderly people with dementia and young people with a mild intellectual disability.  Part of this is due to the lack of information provided by the government.  Among the recommendations of the advisory bodies is that the government simplify the procedures vulnerable people have to go through in order to receive help.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Public Prosecution accuses Dutch jihadi of War Crimes

The Public Prosecution department is taking legal action against a Dutch jihadi for war crimes. This is the first time this has happened. Oussame A. from Utrecht had posted a picture on Facebook of himself laughing next to the body of a man who had been crucified. He and Reda Nidalha from Leiden were sent back to the Netherlands from Turkey.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Report: Social Safety insufficient in Dutch Army

The report of the Giebels commission found that the culture in the Dutch army is such that some soldiers do not feel safe there. If one has a complaint one doesn’t know where to lodge it, when it will be dealt with and who will see it. There is also a lack of objectivity and independence among those who investigate the complaints. The Ministry of Defense has now announced that there will be an independent hotline for complaints.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Minister of Defense: Netherlands is in a Cyber War with Russia

Dutch Minister of Defense, Ank Bijleveld, said that the Netherlands is involved in a cyber war with Russia.  In April, four Russian military personnel were expelled because they wanted to hack the wifi network of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons in the Hague.  Bijleveld said that the Russian cyber tactics are very dangerous, for instance, in influencing elections.  Dutch military intelligence and security service, MIVD, said that the Chinese are also very active in this area.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Criminals dump life threating drug waste endangering citizens

Christian Democrat parliamentarian Madeleine van Toorenburg says that criminals dumped life threatening drug waste in neighborhoods endangering its inhabitants.  She is calling for more severe punishment of drug criminals.  Labor parliamentarian Attje Kuiken has said “it seems sometimes that the drug mafia controls the streets.”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Command Troops complain about poisonous Gasses at Shooting-range

Fourteen members of the command troops have complained about the poisonous gasses, which were not properly removed when they were shooting, on the shooting Range in Bergen op Zoom. Already since July 2015 it was known that there were poisonous gasses, yet the soldiers were not informed about this. The deputy minister of Defense Barbara Visser has said that the command troops should come and talk to her.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Oncologists: Thousand Women may get unnecessary Chemotherapy

Dutch oncologists are afraid that annually at least 1000 women will have to undergo unnecessary chemotherapy. This because a test which diagnoses the chances of return of breast cancer may not be reimbursed. Paying the test oneself costs 2600 euro.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Netherlands expels four Russian spies

In April, four Russians were arrested while attempting to launch a major “close access” cyberattack against the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Hague. A few days later they were expelled.  This information has only been released now.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Dutch police arrest 7 Muslim terrorist planners

Police in the Netherlands prevented a major terrorist attack by arresting seven Muslims. Three had been arrested previously for trying to travel abroad to join terrorist groups.  The main suspect is a 34 year old of Iraqi origin.  In 2017, he was convicted for attempting to travel to fight with ISIS.  This terror cell wanted to target a large event in the Netherlands where there would 
be many victims.