Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Coronavirus expected to cause increase in mental health problems

The national Social Cultural and Planning Bureau (SCP) says that the government needs to invest in mental health care as it expects an increase in mental health problems. The SCP says that people are at risk of mental health problems due to loneliness, losing their jobs or Coronavirus related trauma.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Angry Farmers block access to Eindhoven Airport

Farmers have been protesting for many months against Government measures. Most recently they are angry about agriculture minister Carola Schouten’s intention to ban them from adding proteins to their animal feeds from coming September. The minister wants to reduce nitrogen emissions to create more possibilities for housing and road construction. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Dutch Railway Company Heavily Criticized on Holocaust Reparations

During the Second World War, the Dutch National Railway Company, nowadays called NS, transported Jews to Dutch transit camps and from there to the German border.  Almost all, more than a hundred thousand, were murdered.  NS has made payments to survivors and their descendants yet there are many murdered with no descendants. A collective payment should be made for this according to an independent commission.  The NS has decided to make a payment of 5.6 million dollars divided between 4 Dutch memorial centers.  It has refused to sit down with Jewish organizations to discuss the collective payment.  This refusal has received major international publicity partly due to a publication of Associated Press.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dutch Government will not offer apology for slavery

A bad tempered debate took place in parliament about a possible Dutch apology for slavery and the Dutch role in the slave trade. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that a formal apology could end up increasing polarization. In the meantime the cabinet has set up a special committee to look into slavery. During the debate the leader of the Green Left Party, Jesse Klaver called PVV leader Geert Wilders “an idiot.” Wilders called Klaver a “political hooligan with party members who voted for communist mass murderers.: Esther Ouwehand of the Party for the Animals compared turning a blind eye to racism to racism with conditions in factory farms.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Amsterdam: New Report says Desperate Shortage of Toilet Provisions

Amsterdam has been acknowledging for the last 100 years that there are not sufficient toilet facilities especially for women and people with disabilities. This was mentioned in the Open Toilet Access Report published this week. There are currently only 112 open WC’s, 56 which are accessible to women and 50 accessible to handicapped.  During the Corona lockdown, a group called the Toilet Alliance has lobbied for more facilities to re-open across the country.  A spokesman for the Alliance said that Amsterdam like many Dutch cities is lagging far behind other international cities in toilet policies

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Declining Support for Dutch Government Coronavirus Policy

At the start of the crisis 65% of the Dutch population supported measures in place against the Coronavirus. It has be now declined to 44% according to the Namens Nederland survey. Almost all respondents called for measures to be relaxed further. Two out of five want all restrictions lifted.