Thursday, September 19, 2019

Murder of Lawyer Attacks Essence of State of Law


Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema (Green Left) reacted to the murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum.  She said that it was an unprecedented attack on the legal profession which assails the essence of the state of law.  She added that for police and the prosecution, finding the perpetrator is of the highest priority. 


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Lawyer of Witness in Important Process Killed



Early this morning the lawyer, Derk Wiersum, was killed in Amsterdam.  He was the lawyer of Nabil B., the main witness against a group of people including Ridouan Tagih, the leading criminal wanted by the Netherlands.  In 2018 Nabil’s brother, Reduan, was murdered.  Various parliamentarians want clarification from the Minister of Justice, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, about the threats against the lawyer and security for him.  This was the first murder of a lawyer in the Netherlands since 2004.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Many Judges hide additional Activities


Dutch Judges are allowed to have additional activities outside the court. Yet, they are legally obliged to publish those in a special register. Dutch researcher Paul Ruijs has identified a number of judges who do not do so. Furthermore, the heads of courts, decided in 2013 that courses by judges to train lawyers to improve their pleading before courts, are undesirable. Nevertheless Ruijs found a number of judges who were offering these services among which a those who do not not registering them in the special register.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

European Central Bank Policies Endanger Dutch Pensions


Various Dutch parliamentarians including from the majority parties, consider that the policy of the European Central Bank to reduce the interest rate and continue to buy outstanding loans from countries will create increasing problems for Dutch pension funds and thus for people who hold pensions.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

State Pays Costs of Kings’ Palaces Twice



The NRC daily has found that for many years the state has been paying twice for the costs of maintenance of palace furniture. The government had bought this inventory between 1982-2009 from the House of Orange. The government committed to maintain the furniture at its cost. Nevertheless, the annual grant by the government to the royal family was never reduced so the state has been paying twice for this maintenance.  Parliament was never informed about these transactions.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fifty radical Islamic Muslim Schools incite


Research by the media Nieuwsuur and the daily NRC about 50 radical Islamic Muslim schools in the Netherlands. They found that children participating in the courses after school time and in the weekend are for instance told that non-Muslims should be put to death. The Liberal Party and the Christian Union, both government parties, want the Inspectorate for Education to investigate whether in these schools children are taught to negate Dutch society.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Wilders takes Prosecutors to Court


Geert Wilders, leader of the right wing PVV party is currently appearing before an appeals court for having said he wants less Moroccans.  On the basis of new information, he claims that the prosecutor and the advocate generals in his case have lied to the court when they said that there has not been any consultation between the prosecution and the ministry of justice in this case. New information disclosed in the past days indicates that there have been material consultations between senior officials of the ministry and the prosecution. It seems that in their emails correspondence, the officials recommend tough action against Wilders.


Monday, September 9, 2019

Justice Ministry may have Influenced Prosecution against Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders




New documents raise doubts as to whether the Ministry of Justice interfered in an illegal way in a process against Dutch right-wing parliamentarian Geert Wilders. There are strong indications that the prosecution has not informed the judges completely nor has the Minister of Justice fully informed the parliament about this issue.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Risk of Earthquakes in many places


A number of communities where small natural gas fields are exploited, have written to Minister Eric Wiebes (Economic Affairs and Climate). They warn about earthquakes.  Alderman Klaas Valkering of Bergen says that as the gas fields in his community are pumped at an accelerated rate and earthquakes can occur which are even worse than the current ones in the province of Groningen where the major gas fields are located.



Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Police Officers Confidence in Politicians Reaches New Low


Four police officers were injured during arrests in Rotterdam. Jan Struis of the Police Union NPB said that police officers’ confidence in politicians to act against the violence have reached a new low after twenty years of empty promises. Rob den Besten, chairman of the police Central Works Council, agrees. “As long as community service for assaulting police officers police officers have no faith in judges either.” The national police chief, Erik Akerboom, said that he is also fed up with violence against his people.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Government appoints ‘Designated Survivor’ Minister to go into hiding


The Dutch government has appointed a minister who will not be present on the occasion of the opening of Parliament by the Dutch King on September 17.  The reason for this is due out of fear of a possible terrorist attack. This ‘Designated Survivor’ Minister will be in a secret hiding place.



Monday, September 2, 2019

Minister of Justice: Netherlands threatens to become Narco State


Minister Ferd Grapperhaus of Security and Justice has reacted to the damning document “The Backside of Amsterdam” about drugcriminality in the capital. He says that the conclusions aren’t a complete surprise and adds “however horrible it is welcome that is it now put on paper”. Grapperhaus said that if new investments are not made in the police, the Netherlands threatens to become a narco-state.



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Report Municipality: Amsterdam Has Almost Lost Battle against Organized Crime


A confidential report ordered by the Amsterdam municipality found that the city has almost lost the battle against organized crime.  The authorities have little knowledge about the economics of the drug world.  The police have abandoned the fight against drugs and justice has neglected to deal with the organized criminality.  It is likely to take ten to fifteen years to push organized criminality back.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1868847812/amsterdam-kraakt-onder-misdaad

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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Monday, August 19, 2019

CHAOS AT OFFICE OF DRIVERS LICENCES


It has become known that the Central Office of Drivers Licences (CBR) has major organizational problems. Medical files have been switched between individuals. There are also huge problems with digitalization. The government parties have now demanded that the minister of transport Cora van Nieuwenhuizen will report every month on developments at the CBR. The minister said that she was shocked by the chaos.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

ALKMAAR STADIUM CLOSED DUE TO ADDITIONAL RISKS


After the roof of the soccer stadium in Alkmaar caved in an investigation was undertaken by the Investigation Council for Safety (OVV).  An additional two broken places in the roof were found as well as two suspected positions. The OVV says that the possibility exists that other parts of the roof will collapse. It is not yet known how long it will take to repair the stadium. In the meantime the stadium has been closed entirely.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

EU Regulation may lead to Plague of Rats in the Netherlands


In line with EU policy, the Dutch government has prohibited the last effective chemical products against rats and mice. Bastiaan Meerburg, the director of the Center for Knowledge and Advice about Animal Plagues (KAD) says that this will lead to a huge calamity.  He added: “unfortunately one will only realize this when rats and mice run over the streets.”



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Roof of stadium collapses as construction criticism ignored


Part of the roof of the stadium of the top league soccer club AZ in Alkmaar has collapsed.  An Elderman of Alkmaar at the time disclosed that there were major criticisms about the safety of the construction of the stadium when it was built.  The report which mentioned this was ignored.



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Urgent debate requested after series of shootings in Amsterdam


The entire municipal council of Amsterdam has requested an urgent debate with Mayor Femke Halsema (Green Left) about five shootings in the space of four days in Amsterdam.  One person was killed and several were wounded. In addition, an explosive was taken apart.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Police Unions Claim Officers Have to Come Back from Holiday


The two police unions, NPB and ACP, claim that in summer the shortage of personnel is particularly bad.  Thus, policemen have to serve overtime and give up their free days between shift duty.  Sometimes they even have to interrupt their vacations.  The national police leadership and the police units in various areas do not agree to asking police officers to return from holidays.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1305670644/agenten-gevraagd-terug-te-komen-van-vakantie

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lack of youth care workers dramatic


Judges in family courts are very concerned about the waiting lists for protection services for youth.  The shortage of youth care workers has been a growing problem for months.  Some families are not helped for months.  One judge said that certain children are dealing with domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse by parents and violent divorces, yet no youth care workers are available.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

All Dutch municipalities get a monitoring point for aggressive dogs


There are about 1,5 million dogs in the Netherlands.  Data on dog bites are obsolete. In 2008 it was found that approximately 150 000 people were bitten by dogs annually.  One in five victims are children under the age of five.  In one of three incidents, a physician needed to be consulted.  Two hundred thirty people per year were hospitalized due to dog bites. Every community will now have a monitoring point for aggressive dogs and misbehavior of dog owners.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs Exposes Dutch and Belgian Antisemitism


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Dutch Chief Rabbi Jacobs mentions examples of Belgian and Dutch antisemitism.  He specifically mentions the Dutch vote for the condemnation of Israel by the United Nations which falsely claims that Palestinian women are being discriminated against.  He recalled the saving of the Israeli hostages in Entebbe Uganda in 1976 that had been condemned by the Netherlands.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Murdered Albanian had Militia in Dutch Village


The recently murdered Albanian, Festim Lato, who lived in the Dutch village, Afferden, had his own militia in the town.  During a recent event for the independence day of Albania, the militia held a military parade in his garden.  The municipality, the Dutch prosecution and the police knew about  this but took no action.
https://www.gooieneemlander.nl/cnt/dmf20190802_8090973/gedode-albanees-lato-had-eigen-leger?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Amsterdam Airbnb refuses to reduce number of rental days


Airbnb refuses to reduce the number of days that homes can be rented in Amsterdam from 60 to 30 days a year.  That is the current vacation limit for Amsterdam.  Airbnb has now been suspended from the Amsterdam’s economic boards, Network Council and is in jeopardy of being terminated from the board altogether.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Opioid problems rising in the Netherlands…


The Netherlands is facing increasing problems with opioid addictions.  The number of people booked into rehab clinics for painkiller addiction tripled between 2012 and 2018.  Professor Albert Dahan said that thousands of Dutch are addicted to severe pain killers.  The number of people in the Netherlands who use heavy medication increased from 650 000 in 2010 to 1 million in 2017 according to the Foundation for Pharmaceutical Indicators.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Heat Wave in Netherlands Disables Double Decker Trains



The Dutch National Railway company (NS) warned travelers that it had to run reduced services on some routes during the heat wave.  Technical problems were affecting 28% of its double decker trains.  Two hundred and fifty engineers were working around the clock in an effort to get the trains back up and running.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Chaos at Amsterdam airport


A fuel supply fault grounded many of Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on July 24th.  Thousands of passengers have been stranded at the airport due to the cancellation of flights.


Monday, July 22, 2019

More and More Dutchmen Victims of Rabies

The alarm center Eurocross increasingly receives announcements from Dutch travelers who are afraid that they have been infected with rabies after they had been scratched by a dog, cat or monkey.  In 2016, there were 163 inquiries.  In 2017, 264.  In 2018, 342.  Most cases came from Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.
https://www.ad.nl/buitenland/steeds-meer-meldingen-van-nederlanders-getroffen-door-hondsdolheid~a61d8e40/

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Extreme Political Reactions against Salafists in The Hague


Politicians in The Hague were shocked by the disclosures about Salafist youth workers taking control of a youth center in The Hague. The leader of the Christian Democrat faction, Danielle Koster, said ‘We achieve with our community money and the knowledge of the intelligence services the opposite of what we want to achieve.’  Geert Wilders, parliamentary leader of the populist party, tweeted: ‘Arrest all the scum. Put them in detention or expel them from the country.’

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Salafist radicalization of neighborhoods in The Hague



The police are extremely worried about the radicalization of the mainly Muslim neighborhoods, Transvaal en Schilderswijk in The Hague. Youth workers publicly say that they are Salafists and tell youngsters to be good Muslims. The police do not dare anymore to share information about problematic youngsters because they are afraid that this information will fall into the wrong hands.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Tens of Problematic Policemen Suspended


In the past weeks, various police units have suspended tens of policemen, partly because of lack of integrity and partly due to breach of confidentiality.  One of the most severe cases was that the gang of leading criminal, Ridouan Taghi, had bought a senior policemen in Utrecht.  That policeman has been fired.  Within the police there are major concerns about the integrity of policemen.  This can be found in a confidential police report.  Already in one region, central Netherlands, criminals have access to 19 corrupt contacts among the authorities.  The national police cannot investigate all information because of capacity problems .  The report says that what is known is probably the tip of the iceberg.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Leading Daily: Tax Authorities Turn Decent People into Criminals


Chasing fraudulent recipients of social help leads to the tax authorities turning decent people into criminals.  This was said by Wierd Duk of the Netherlands daily, the Telegraaf.  He says it is one more example of the failure of the authorities.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/832473387/overheid-criminaliseert-keurige-belastingbetalers

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Amsterdam: Inquiry at Islamic School over leaked footage of preacher



Education inspectors have started an investigation at Amsterdam’s only Islamic secondary school as there were claims that a pupil was suspended for allegedly filming teachers in class.  A recent clip showed a teacher presenting a clip of Salafist preacher Fouad el Bouch to the children.  A
report by the intelligence service, AIVD claimed that el Bouch was influencing the school curriculum. This could not be confirmed by education inspectors.


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Minister: 13 million Euro Dutch Subsidies Disappear in Mali


The Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, has written to parliament that 13 million Euro Dutch help provided for the Mali state budget between 2005-2015 are unaccounted for. These monies were incompletely controlled by the Mali government and there are suspicions of fraud.  She expressed this concern to the prime minister of Mali, Boubou Cisse.  He responded by saying that fighting corruption is a priority for him.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

UN rapporteur heavily criticizes Dutch Queen


The Special UN Rapporteur for extra judicial executions Agnes Callamard has heavily criticized Dutch Queen Maxima.  During the G-20 Summit in Japan, the Queen met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, without raising the issue of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi.  The UN says that the Crown Prince and other senior Saudi officials are responsible for this murder.  Callamard said that the Queen’s silence made her a collaborator.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Emergency Services Phone Outage Led to Woman’s Death


On Monday, a major outage occurred at Telecom Company, KPN. This also led to the unavailability of emergency numbers.  As a result, a woman in the town of Breda died as she could not get through to the local safety office and ambulance service. This led to a lethal delay. The police main contact number 112 was not reachable for over 3 hours due to the outage of KPN’s system.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Culture of Fear at Police Academy



The Dutch police academy suffers from a culture of fear and departing teachers which can’t be replaced. This was written in an anonymous letter by teachers of the academy. At the academy future policemen, detectives and specialists are trained. The teachers also write that since their first mention to the media of the problems, the atmosphere is terrible. They feel insecure. The management denies these claims.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

No Posts This Week

I will not be posting this week.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Did Public Prosecution lie in process against Geert Wilders?


A process is underway against parliamentarian Geert Wilders who has shouted “less Moroccans” with adherence outside parliament. It seems that the then Minister of Justice Ivo Opstelten discussed the process twice with the top official of the public prosecution. This is the opposite of what parliament has been told in the past and what the public prosecution has claimed toward the first judges in the process against Wilders.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Deputy Minister Admits Authorities Should Have Investigated Graphite Rains


Deputy Minister Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure has admitted in parliament that in the every four investigation by the State Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) of the health risks of the high furnaces in IJmuiden never research has been done into the problems resulting from the “graphite rains”. The minister admitted that these could contain too high concentrations of lead, manganese and vanadium. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Prime Minister heavily criticized about withholding information from parliament


During the general discussion which opened the parliamentary season, studies about calculations of global warming were withheld by the government.  The organizations that carried out the research were ready to publish the data prior to the parliamentary discussions.  Prime Minister Rutte said that in future, he would behave the same way. He said that he could not have published the data without simultaneously publishing a government reaction which was not ready.


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Prime Minister Apologizes for Mishandling Earthquake Damage


On behalf of his government, Prime Minister Rutte has apologized to all people in the province of Groningen who have suffered damage from earthquakes. He said that the government has understood the problems involved far too late.  He also said that they were too focused on legal issues which slowed down dealing with the damages and strengthening buildings.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Hague: Police do not react against pro-Iranian hate mongers


In a pro-Iranian demonstration in The Hague, the demonstrators expressed their hatred against the Zionist government, Israel, United States and Saudi Arabia.  Its message was one of terror and antisemitism. The police stood by, watched the demonstrators but did not intervene.


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Municipality Has to Pay Fine to Salafist Imam


The mayor of Arnhem, Ahmed Marcouch (Labour), wrote that a possible appointment of imam Arkhouch by the Al-Fath mosque is problematic and dangerous.  The imam says that he is a peace-loving and peaceful Salafist and took Marcouch to court saying that he had damaged his good name.  The judge ordered the municipality to pay the imam 4000 Euro damages.  The municipality is considering whether to appeal.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/3674618/arnhem-beraadt-zich-op-hoger-beroep-in-omstreden-imam-zaak

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

National Water Authority Dismantling Two New Speed Boats



The National Water Authority has bought two unusable Italian speed boats at a cost of 1 million euro.  These rigid hull inflatable boats cannot be used on the North Sea because the sea is too rough. The Authority was not able to define the purchase order appropriately.  Experts say that the Authority lacked knowledge in the field.  Dutch Minister Van Nieuwehuizen said that it is irresponsible for safety reasons to sell the boats to others.  They are now being dismantled and an effort will be made to reuse some parts or sell them.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Earthquakes cause mental problems in Groninger


A study from Groningen University has found that many residents suffer health problems whose homes have experience damage from earthquakes.  In the long run, this is a health risk. People feel feel insecure because of financial problems, bureaucracy and for some due to the fact that  they are unable to relocate. The earthquakes are the result of the many years of gas exploration in this province.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hackers Steal Information about Home Hunters from Housing Agency

Hackers have stolen hundreds and possibly thousands of identity card scans after breaking into the computer system of a rental housing company.  The information stolen was uploaded between 2017 and 2019 by people seeking a place to live.  The hackers possess the name, address, contact information and copies of passports or id cards which include a personal identification number (BSN).  This allows hackers to open bank accounts or take out loans by using other peoples’ identity.
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/05/hackers-steal-key-info-about-home-hunters-from-housing-agency/

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Great Increase in Corruption, Police Lacks Capacity

The 2018 annual report of the Public Prosecution shows that corruption crimes investigated increased from 45 to 65. However, the national detective service greatly lacks personnel. Furthermore about 27 500 complaints of criminal acts were not followed up by the police while there was information for investigating and prosecution. The head of the Public Prosecution Gerrit van der Burg expressed his worry about the increasing severe criminality and accompanying violence.
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/3633467/corruptie-groter-dan-ooit

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dutch Deputy Minister Resigns after concealing information

Dutch Deputy Minister Mark Harbers (of the VVD Liberal party) has resigned after he presented a report about the number of refugees suspected of crimes to parliament.  The figures published included suspicions of rape and murder under the category ‘Other.’ Harbers said the reason was because civil servants were worried that the figures would lead to confusion.

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/05/asylum-minister-mark-harbers-resigns-over-refugee-crime-report/

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

11% of Working Women Change Jobs Because of Harassment


A study by the Tentoo firm found that 11% of working women in the Netherlands have changed jobs  at least because they have been harassed by a colleague or superior. 
For men the figure is 6½%.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Police: Ministry Hiding Severe Crimes by Asylum Seekers


The spokesperson of the Dutch Police, Mireille Beentjes, has accused the Ministry of Security and Justice of hiding extreme crimes by asylum seekers in the statistics under the heading “various”. This includes attempts of murder, physical violence and sexual crimes. Furthermore, the spokesperson says that the Ministry had the figures already for several weeks before it informed parliament.