Thursday, June 28, 2012

Alarm for Upcoming Cyber Attack

Internet specialists from the police department and the recently founded National Cyber Security Center have warned about possible attacks on Dutch government websites. According to the KPLD - high tech crime unit, the planned computer virus attack has gotten the name “Against anti-Piracy” and is a protest against anti-piracy measures of the government, such as blocking The Pirate Bayside. The call for action by the hackers gives the mobile telephone numbers of politicians, business leaders and officials of many ministries.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

“Homosexual” is the Main Curse heard on Dutch Soccer Fields

“Homosexual” is the main curse heard on Dutch soccer fields. For instance, fans of the Amsterdam Ajax soccer team sing when the Rotterdam team of Feyenoord visits: “Homos walk hand in hand.” Recently, when the Utrecht team visited, they sang: “Amsterdam, team of the Homos.” Half the stadium replied: “Yes, they are the Homos from Utrecht.” Not a single player in the Dutch top league has admitted to being homosexual.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Planes took off from Closed Runway at Amsterdam Airport

A number of planes took off on Saturday night from a runway at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, which was closed at the time. The air controllers gave permission for these departures, which was against the rules. A similar incident took place on 6 November last year. The Council for Safety (OVV) has announced this and also that it will start an inquiry.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Moluccans and Moroccans Fight Again in Culemborg

Moluccans and Moroccans have again fought in Culemborg. Three people were arrested due to public violence. There is a long record of conflicts between the two groups. In January 2010, the police had to put its special mobile unit in the town after heavy rioting. Since then, there are frequent flareups.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Extremist Muslim Group Calls on Muslims not to Vote

The T.V. station AT5 showed a video in which members of the Shariah4Holland group tried to convince Muslim youngsters in the Amsterdam neighborhood of Osdorp not to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections. They said that voting is equal to idolatry, which is the only unforgivable sin in Islam. The Shariah4Holland is a small group which wants to introduce Islamic law in the Netherlands. Recently, a spokesman of the group called for the murder of Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders in a meeting near the national monument for the fallen on the Dam Square. According to Dutch general intelligence service, there is reason to monitor this organization.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Worst Neighborhoods in the Netherlands Identified

The Schieringen neighborhood in Leeuwarden has been identified by the Verwey-Jonker Institute in Utrecht as the worst neighborhood in the Netherlands for youngsters. This neighborhood leads the Netherlands in truancy, child abuse, youth unemployment and criminality. Among the ten worst neighborhoods, 4 are in Rotterdam and 3 in The Hague.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Customers Refuse to pay in Dutch Greek Restaurants

Greek restaurants in the Netherlands regularly suffer from Dutch customers who refuse to pay because they say that the Netherlands has already paid to Greece via the European Union. Pavlos Kerasavopoulos of the Federation of Greek Communities in the Netherlands has said this. He added that the EU countries which criticize Greece should look into the mirror. He added that the Dutch knew that there was a problem with Greece when it entered the Eurozone, but they thought that the more countries which participated, the better it would be for Dutch trade and exports. So they shouldn’t make such a fuss afterwards.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jews Suffer More Verbal Abuse on Dutch Streets

Jews in the Netherlands were verbally abused more often in 2011 than in 2010. Twenty-eight incidents were reported in 2011 according to the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI), compared to 9 cases in 2010. In 2009, there were twenty incidents reported, many of which were related to Israeli army actions in Gaza. Many of those who report verbal abuse say that this has been happening already for years, but the number of incidents has increased in recent years. CIDI expressed its concern that many people who suffer from verbal abuse no longer report it because they assume that the perpetrators cannot be found, as they are unknown to the victims.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Agency Lowers Rating of Five Dutch Banks

Rating company Moody’s has lowered the credit worthiness of five Dutch banks by two grades. This includes the three leading Dutch banks Rabobank, ABM Amro and ING. Yet Rabobank with a rating of Aa2 remains one of the highest rated banks in the world.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dutch Intelligence Service paid Journalists to Spy on China

The Dutch Intelligence Service (AIVD) paid a number of Dutch journalists to spy on China during the Peking Olympic Games in 2008. They were asked to write reports on the Chinese officials they met. Thomas Bruning, Secretary General of the Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ) considered this an extremely negative development. He said that the credibility and independence of the media is damaged by this, the more so as the journalists were paid.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Influence of Criminal Motorcycle Clubs Deeply Permeates Government Bureaucracy

The VVD (Liberal Party) has asked the government to undertake an investigation of criminal motorcycle gangs whose influence permeates deeply into government bureaucracy. The party reached this conclusion after speaking with fearful victims who want to remain anonymous. They are deathly afraid to be witnesses and the prosecution doesn’t help them. VVD Parliamentarian, Jeanine Hennis said that “it is crazy how interwoven the underworld and the regular world are.” She added that in networks, criminal motorcycle gangs possibly cooperate with auditors, high officials, lawyers and even police officials.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Supporter of Stoning Women wants Sharia Court in The Netherlands

The controversial British sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad has said that a sharia court should be established in The Netherlands. He mentioned that about 20 Muslim women per year come to London for a religious divorce. These have only entered into a religious marriage and not in a civil one. Al-Haddad regularly visits The Netherlands. He is known to have said inter alia that it is sometimes necessary to stone women.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Court Decision: Controversial Imam should be readmitted to Mosque

Controversial Imam Sheikh Fawaz Jneid has to be given access again immediately to the As-Soennah mosque in The Hague. The board of the mosque has to lift his suspension so that he can preach again as an Imam. This was decided by a judge after Jneid had taken the board of the mosque to court. Otherwise, if the board doesn’t follow the court decision, it risks penalty of up to 30,000 Euro. The Imam became known nationally after he allegedly said about the Dutch media maker Theo van Gogh, who was later murdered: “Oh Lord, give van Gogh a sickness which cannot be cured by all inhabitants in the world.” Jneid says that he is more moderate today.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Dutch Monitor of Human Trafficking Criticizes Minister

Corinne Dettmeyer, the Dutch monitor on human trafficking has criticized the shortening of the time in which victims of human trafficking are entitled to register complaints. The proposal of the Minister of Immigration Gerd Leers (Christian Democrat) is that such complaints can only be registered during three months after they have been liberated from this situation. Dettmeyer thinks that this contradicts the European treaty on human trafficking. She said that the time period should be longer, because prostitutes who are the victims of human trafficking are often reluctant to contact the police.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

United Nations Criticizes Dutch Asylum Policy

The United Nations Human Rights Council has criticized the Dutch asylum policy because it deviates from international agreements about human rights. The Dutch government should stop its practice of detaining illegal immigrants if they don’t leave the country voluntarily. Also, children of asylum seekers should be granted more rights. The Dutch Minister of the Interior Liesbeth Spies reacted that asylum seekers are also responsible for their children. She added that detention of illegal immigrants is only applied in extreme cases.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dutch Soccer Fans Risk Disasters with their Deep-Frying Pans

The insurer Interpolis has listed a number of risks for Dutch soccer fans who watch games at the upcoming European championships. One is the explosion of deep-frying pans. The fans may forget these due to their attention on soccer games. Another one is low-hanging decorations for the Dutch soccer team. Others are rejoicing too wildly and beer which is splashed around. The average damage claimed is around 600 Euro per case.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Netherlands Fall in Ranking of Clean Energy Technology

The World Nature Fund (WNF) found in an investigation that the Netherlands has fallen from 18th place to 21st place among the 25 world’s most important nations as far as clean energy technology is concerned. Its sales of these technologies declined in 2011 by 14%. The WNF said that the Netherlands has much knowledge on clean technology but is exploiting it poorly.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

German President Criticizes Netherlands

In an interview with the German weekly Die Zeit, German President Joachim Gauck criticizes the Netherlands. He said that in major towns in the Netherlands, parties are successful which promote xenophobia. He mentioned Amsterdam and Rotterdam specifically. He also said that he was proud of Germany, that according to him, has no populist parties in the parliament.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Minister: Risk that Sharia4 group Radicalizes Further

Ivo Opstelten, Minister of Security and Justice (Liberal Party) said that there is a risk that members of the Sharia4 Holland group have radicalized and that members from its core will become violent. Members of the group held a demonstration last Saturday in front of the national monument at the Dam Square in Amsterdam. Spokesman of the movement, Abu Qaasim called Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders “a dog of the Romans” and said that “we will deal with him when in the Netherlands an Islamic state will be established.” He advised Wilders to learn from what happened to Theo van Gogh (a Dutch media maker who was murdered in 2004 by the radical Muslim Mohammed Bouyeri). Opstelten said that there is no reason to prohibit the movement, as it has no legal status. There is also no reason to expel individual members of the movement, or to take their Dutch nationality away. He added that members are “watched.”

Sunday, June 3, 2012

British Radical Muslim Spoke in Amsterdam

It has now become known that one of the speakers at the recent Conference of Fundamentalist Muslims in Amsterdam was Anjem Choudary, an English radical Muslim. Six of his students were condemned to jail earlier this year in the U.K. Together with others, they had planned to place a bomb in the London Stock Exchange. They had also prepared other targets in order to execute attacks in London in the same manner as those which killed 174 people in Mumbai, India in 2008.