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.