Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Liberal Party Leader: Asylumseekers who want to introduce Sharia should go to Saudi Arabia

Halbe Zijlstra, leader of the VVD (liberal party) which leads the Dutch government coalition says that he is disgusted by immigrants who do not share Dutch ‘norms’ and ‘values’ and have sharia-like opinions. He referred specifically to those who do not accept freedom of religion, and gender equality. Those people who abuse Christians and consider single women prostitutes and assault them should get out of the Netherlands. Those who want to introduce sharia should go to Saudi Arabia.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


State owned Rail Infrastructure Company Financial Data unreliable

The daily Telegraaf writes that the financial data of the state owned rail infrastructure company ProRail are unreliable. Its management does not know the financial situation of various projects. That includes budgets for maintenance and contracts with third parties. The paper says that internal controls are so weak that fraud cannot be excluded.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Asylumseekers Fight and cause Damage to Center

After a game of soccer groups of asylumseekers have been fighting beteen themselves at their center in Overberg. Tens of police officers from various offices had to be brought in and even a policehelicopter was required. Major damage was caused to the center.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Half a Million Dutch Harassed at Work

More than half a million Dutch people are regularly harassed at work. Eight thousand are structurally harassed by one or more colleagues. These are the findings of Bart Verkuil, a psychologist who is teaching at Leiden University. He says that being harassed at work is an important indicator of depression.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Possible Decay of Concrete in Recent Railway Lines

Investigations have started about the possible decay of armed concrete in two major recent Dutch rail-projects, the Betuwe Freight Line and the High Speed Line. Decay of armed concrete happens usually in very old projects or when design mistakes have been made.  

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Rotterdam: More Security for Turkish Mosques in view of Tensions

The police has increased security measures for six Turkish mosques and centers in the Rotterdam area. This was considered necessary in view of increasing tensions between Turks and Kurds. In one center in Rotterdam there was a case of arson followed the next day by the breaking of many windows.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Groningen: French Soccer Supporters Riot

Supporters of the French soccer club Olympique Marseille have rioted in Groningen before their Europa League Game against the local soccer club. On a central square they threw chairs, firework and glasses on passing people. Two police officers and another person were wounded. Two French supporters were arrested. Peter den Oudsten, the mayor of Groningen reacted: “it is all in the game.” 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rail infrastructure company will lack 475 million Euro

The national rail infrastructure company ProRail will have a shortfall of 475 million Euro for the period 2018-2028.  This money is required for the management, maintenance and replacement of rail structures in those years.  This was written in a letter from Deputy Minister Wilma Mansveld to Parliament.  It is based on an independent investigation.  That report also highlighted a number of potential additional financial risks.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dutch Sergeant who joined ISIS had Access to Information on Helicopter Systems

The Dutch sergeant who joined ISIS recently had access to the information on the systems of the Dutch army’s Apache helicopters. The information has been newly codified after his desertion. RT mentions that the 26 year old traitor was of Turkish origin and came from the airbase Gilze-Rijen.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Two-thirds of stolen art cannot be identified

More than two-thirds of stolen art and antiques in the Netherlands can hardly be found.  Victims often do not own pictures or exact data of the stolen items.  They therefore cannot be registered in the National Police database of stolen art.  This was reported by Martin Finkelnberg, the head of the National Police team for art and antique theft, who manages the national database.  About 2,500 pictures are currently registered in the database, including pictures by Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sixty Dutch women have joined the Islamic State

Sixty Dutch women have joined the Islamic State.  They have between them about 30 children, of whom 15 were born before they joined IS.  The other children were born there.  Rob Bertholee, the head of the Dutch General Intelligence Service (AIVD) says that these children are being taught an ideology of violence and hatred against the West.  He added: “the killing of people is the most normal thing for these children.”

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Journalist buys Syrian passport and affixes picture of Dutch Prime Minister.

Dutch journalist Harald Doornbos paid 750 Euros for a “genuine” Syrian passport and identity card, affixed with the picture of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.  The procedure took 40 hours.  Since the war in Syria, thousands of empty passports and the printers of the Syrian government are in the hands of Sunni rebels.  They sell the passports to anyone willing to pay.  All one needs is a telephone number of one of the falsifiers.  According to the journalist, Jihadists show their false Syrian passports to European authorities, who do not realize that the passports are fake.  They often enter Europe through Greece, and can from there travel through Europe freely due to the Schengen Agreement.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Thousands of Policemen blockade four Ministries in The Hague

Thousands of policemen blockade today four ministries in The Hague: the Ministry of Security and Justice, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Finance and the Binnenhof area where the Ministry of General Affairs is located. Protesting policemen have arrived with hundred buses and by train in The Hague. As a result several police offices elsewhere in The Netherlands are closed.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Large Number of Inhabitants of Earthquake Area Want to Leave

In the province of Groningen earthquakes occur as a result of the exploration of natural gas during the last decades. A study by Dialoogtafel among 4000 inhabitants of the ‘earthquake area’ has found that 40% of them would like to move away.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Five suicides a day in the Netherlands

Last year 1835 people committed suicide in the Netherlands. More or less the same number of people (1854) committed suicide in 2013. The number of suicides decreased for men, and increased for women. Most suicides were people between 40 and 65. Groningen is the province with the largest number of suicides.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Minister of Defence: no place for Salafists in Dutch Army

Dutch Minister of Defense, Jeanine Hennis, has said that the Dutch army is no place for people with radical views.  This includes Salafists.  If a soldier becomes a Salafist during his army service, he is to be discharged from the army.  Her statement came following many parliamentary questions concerning the Dutch sergeant who had joined the Islamic State.  Hennis, however, opposed the PVV’s view which would prevent all Muslims from joining the Dutch army. She said, “Muslim soldiers are also willing to lay down their lives in extreme cases for the freedom of all Dutch citizens, including adherents of the PVV”.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Leading Expert Heads of Police Should be Fired

Professor Cyrille Fijnaut, a leading Dutch criminologist, has said that those who conceived and implemented the re-organisation of the National Police are incompetent and should be fired.  He added: “why would the people who came up with the wrong plans and then executed them inadequately not be replaced?  Is it possible that they would excel in the future in activities where so far they have obviously proved unsuccessful?”  Former chief commissioner of the Amsterdam police, Joop van Riessen, reserves his criticism for Minister of Security and Justice, Ard van der Steur .  He says those mainly responsible for the problems in the national police are politicians.  He added “the Minister wants to deflect attention away from his own failures.”

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Expert expresses doubts about Government Institute study on carcinogenic product

In 1986, the National Institute for Public Health and Environment RIVM did study of PX-10, a product used in the Dutch army to clean weapons.  The product contains benzene, a carcinogenic chemical.  RIVM concluded that the risk to the soldiers of contracting leukemia from use of PX-10 was minimal.   Professor Jan Tytgat, an expert on the subject who teaches toxicology at Leuwen Catholic University in Belgium, says that this study should be redone, as the RIVM focused too much on statistics instead of reviewing individual cases.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Thousands of illegal migrants registered under false identities

In 2007 there was a general amnesty for illegal residents in the Netherlands.  28,000 people who were living illegally in the Netherlands were allowed to stay.  It now turns out that thousands of them registered under false identities.  One lawyer who represents mainly Chinese formerly illegal immigrants says that 80 to 90% of these immigrants gave false identities.  According to one government lawyer, the majority of those who benefitted from the general amnesty had registered under entirely or partly false identities.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Prime Minister Rutte: It is best if Dutch jihadis are killed in the Middle East

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said that it would be better for Dutch jihadis to be killed in Syria and Iraq rather than return to the Netherlands.  He said that although this is not government policy, it is appropriate if people are so mentally backward to go there and fight for a bad cause that goes against all Dutch values.  Four opposition parties D-66, the Green Left, SP and the Christian Union were shocked by these statements.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Released only 18 months later: Former murdered deputy prime minister was stabbed 41 times

Former Dutch deputy prime minister Els Borst was murdered in February 2014.  It was only now released that she was stabbed 41 times, in the head, neck and hands.  The prosecution has given various excuses to explain their delay in releasing the information.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dutch Sergeant joins Islamic State

A Dutch sergeant has joined the Islamic State.  Experts say that he might pass on names and addresses of his fellow soldiers to the IS.  Rumor has it that he was serving at an air force base, which makes this possibility particularly worrying, especially since the Dutch air force participates in bombing IS bases.  Anything he knows about air force base security is also at risk of exposure.  While this is the first verified report of an active Dutch soldier joining the IS, it was discovered that at some point after 2012, a former Dutch soldier Omar Yilmaz also joined the fighting in Syria.

Picture by Graeme Maclean,

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Study shows poor knowledge of traffic rules by Dutch car drivers

The Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB) asked its members to do an online theory exam on traffic rules and regulations. Out of the 13,500 respondents, over 10,000 did not know enough to pass the test.  Only 28% of the men who took the test passed it, with an even lower pass rate for women – 16%.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Dutch Embassy in Brussels guarded by Belgian military

The Dutch Embassy in Brussels is now guarded by Belgian soldiers.  The Belgian military have been guarding the Dutch Embassy since yesterday, along with other embassies of countries which are part of the coalition against the Islamic State.  These include the embassies of Canada, Australia, Qatar, Bahrain and others.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Police Reorganization Will Cost Twice As Much As Planned

Ard van der Steur, Minister of Security and Justice, has announced that the creation of a National Police Force through combining the 27 existing police corps will take double the time originally planned as well as double the cost budgeted.  The money required will be 460 million Euro instead of the original budget of 230 million Euro.  The deadline for the reorganization has been moved from the end of 2015 to 2018.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Utrecht Municipality loses 20 million Euro on Soccer Stadium

The municipality of Utrecht has lost 20.5 million Euro on a loan to the contractor hired to develop a stadium for the local soccer club FC Utrecht.  The developer has gone bankrupt and the municipality has sold its claim to the Rabobank at a major discount, taking a huge loss in the process.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Opponent of “Black Piet” received Death Threats.

Quinsy Gario, a much publicized black Dutch opponent of “black Piet” figure, has said that he has received many death threats.  He is now often afraid to go out and suffers from panic attacks and palpitations. He reported that he received 770 insulting messages and death threats over the course of one year.