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  • Amsterdam fined, taxed Holocaust survivors in hiding

    04/21/2014 8:51:19 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | April 2, 2013 | author not given
    The City of Amsterdam fined hundreds of Jewish Holocaust survivors for failing to pay taxes while they were in hiding or in concentration camps. (snip) The city went after survivors as late as 1947, the report said. (snip) The documents about this taxation were discovered by Charlotte van den Berg, a 23-year-old university student.
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • Anne Frank's marbles to go on display in Rotterdam

    02/04/2014 12:47:08 PM PST · by onyx · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:54 AM EST, Tue February 4, 2014 | Marie-Louise Gumuchian,
    <p>A portrait of Anne Frank at the memorial of Central Europe's first Holocaust museum in Budapest on January 27, 2014.</p> <p>Shortly before she and her family went into hiding, Anne Frank gave some of her toys to a friend for safekeeping -- a tin of marbles, a tea set and a book.</p>
  • Dutch BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) Twitter Account Using Image of Anne Frank in Keffiyeh

    01/03/2014 11:01:47 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    the algemeiner ^ | January 2, 2014 | Gidon Ben-zvi
    Dutch BDS Twitter Account Using Image of Anne Frank in Keffiyeh A Twitter account belonging to “@BDSAmsterdam“ is using an outrageous image of Anne Frank dressed in a red keffiyeh, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Thursday. As part of an ongoing campaign to portray Israel as an apartheid state, a Netherlands-based branch of the anti-Israel BDS (‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’) movement, which tweets from the handle, is warping the iconic image of one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust in order to forward its political aims, Ma’ariv said. An active Twitter page, @BDS Amsterdam is refreshed every...
  • Amsterdam fined, taxed Holocaust survivors in hiding

    04/03/2013 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/2/13 | JTA
    THE HAGUE (JTA) — The City of Amsterdam fined hundreds of Jewish Holocaust survivors for failing to pay taxes while they were in hiding or in concentration camps. The affair was exposed in an article in Het Parool, a local daily, on March 30. Many of the houses in question were confiscated and used by members of the NSB Dutch Nazi party while the Jewish owners were in hiding or in camps. The city went after survivors as late as 1947, the report said. Other Dutch municipalities waived such debts, Het Parool reported. The following year the city agreed to...
  • Amsterdam proposes “scum villages”

    12/04/2012 5:50:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 4, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Can we count just how many horrid 20th century chapters of humanity this might evoke? In a move that sounds straight out of Orwell, Amsterdam allocated 1 million euros last week to a plan that would relocate trouble-making neighbors to camps on the outskirts of the city, the BBC reports. The “scum villages,” as critics have called them, would lie in isolated areas and provide only basic services to their unwilling residents. According to details of the plan reported by Der Spiegel and the BBC, residents will live in “container homes,” under the watchful eye of social workers or police....
  • The Ghosts of World War II: The photographs found at flea markets superimposed on to modern street

    10/19/2012 2:43:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | october 18, 2012 | Emma Reynolds
    This haunting collection of images shows what it would look like if the ghosts of World War II returned to our streets. The remarkable pictures overlay modern scenes from France with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war. Historical expert Jo Teeuwisse, from Amsterdam, began the project after finding 300 old negatives at a flea market in her home city depicting familiar places in a very different context.
  • Pair on Chicago-Amsterdam Flight Arrested for Terrorism

    08/30/2010 3:20:14 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 35 replies · 1+ views
    ABC reports: Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been charged by Dutch police with “preparation of a terrorist attack,” U.S. law enforcement officials tell ABC News. A spokesman for the Dutch public prosecutor, Ernst Koelman, confirmed the two men were arrested this morning and said “the investigation is ongoing.” He said the arrests were made “at the request of American authorities.” The two were allowed to board the flight at O’Hare airport last night despite security concerns surrounding one of them, the officials said. The men were identified as Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al...
  • Geert Wilders acquitted of all charges (Free Speech victory!)

    06/23/2011 4:06:30 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 55 replies
    Geert Wilders ^ | 23 June 2011
    Wilders acquitted of all charges Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 09:35 This morning the Court of Amsterdam has acquitted Geert Wilders of all charges. “I am delighted with this ruling,” says Geert Wilders. “It is a victory, not only for me but for all the Dutch people. Today is a victory for freedom of speech. The Dutch are still allowed to speak critically about islam, and resistance against islamisation is not a crime. I have spoken, I speak and I shall continue to speak.”
  • Geert Wilders: "I am risking my life in defence of freedom in the Netherlands"

    06/01/2011 9:01:57 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 12 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 1 June 2011 | Geert Wilders
    Geert Wilders: "I am risking my life in defence of freedom in the Netherlands" Final remarks of Geert Wilders at his trial in Amsterdam, June 1st, 2011 Mister President, members of the Court, I am here because of what I have said. I am here for having spoken. I have spoken, I speak and I shall continue to speak. Many have kept silent, but not Pim Fortuyn, not Theo Van Gogh, and not I. I am obliged to speak. For the Netherlands is under threat of Islam. As I have argued many times, Islam is chiefly an ideology. An ideology...
  • Report: At least 2 killed in Dutch mall shooting

    04/09/2011 4:51:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    AOL News/AP ^ | 9/4/11 | Y. Sterling
    AMSTERDAM -A gunman opened fire at a Dutch shopping mall, killing at least two people and wounding several others Saturday, state broadcaster NOS reported. A witness identified as Maart Verbeek said the attacker had a machine gun and that he had seen at least five people he believed were killed and numerous people wounded at the mall in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn, 13 miles (21 kilometers) southwest of Amsterdam, NOS reported. The broadcaster, however, cited the government as saying that at least two were killed at the Ridderhof mall. But the city government issued a statement saying...
  • Shoe-Bomb Conspirator Gets 13 Years - Saajid Badat conspiring with shoe-bomber Richard Reid

    04/22/2005 10:37:42 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 25 replies · 599+ views
    AP / ^ | April 22, 2005 | BETH GARDINER
    LONDON (AP) - A British judge Friday imposed a 13-year prison sentence on a man who admitted conspiring with shoe-bomber Richard Reid to blow up a U.S.-bound trans-Atlantic jet in 2001. Prosecutors said they believe British-born Saajid Badat, 25, may have backed out of an alleged plot with Reid, who was subdued by passengers when he attempted to detonate a bomb aboard an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami on Dec. 22, 2001. ``Turning away from crime in circumstances such as these constitutes a powerful mitigating factor,'' Judge Adrian Fulford said. ``It can take considerable courage to plead guilty...
  • Prominent Jews Leave Amsterdam over Anti-Semitism

    12/19/2010 4:15:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 2+ views
    inn ^ | 12/19/10 | Maayana Miskin
    A son of a prominent rabbi in the Netherlands has announced plans to move to Israel due to anti-Semitism. Benzion Evers, son of well-known Dutch rabbi Raphael Evers, told De Telegraaf that he feels “suffocated and caged” in his home country due to anti-Jewish sentiment. “I'm fed up with the verbal abuse and the streetfighting,” he told Het Parool, another Dutch paper. “It's not that you can't leave the house, but you need to constantly hide, to be careful,” he explained. He related his own cautionary measures, which include avoiding certain neighborhoods, and hiding his kippah (yalmulke) when walking through...
  • Dutch police hold 'terror suspect' at Amsterdam airport

    09/19/2010 9:25:15 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 sep 2010
    A British man of Somali origin has been arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on suspicion of being a terrorist, prosecutors say. He had arrived from Liverpool en route to Entebbe in Uganda, they said. A police spokesman said the man had been arrested before a flight took off from the airport, one of Europe's busiest, on Sunday. Two Yemenis arrested in Amsterdam on suspicion of planning a terror attack were released earlier this month. Police were investigating whether the man arrested on Sunday had links to a foreign militant organisation, prosecutors said. The tip-off to arrest the man came from...
  • FBI Meets 3 Men After Flight Lands at Mpls. - St. Paul Airport [Delta Flight 259 from Amsterdam]

    09/13/2010 5:52:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 32 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | Updated: 09/13/2010 5:36 PM | by Scott Theisen
    SNIPPPET: "Three men who were on-board Delta flight 259 from Amsterdam were met by FBI agents Monday afternoon at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the FBI confirms. The FBI and other agencies responded to reports of suspicious activity." SNIPPET: "After interviewing the flight crew and passengers, the FBI did not find any indications of terrorism or criminal activity."
  • Van der Sloot Admits to Natalee Holloway Extortion Scheme, Says Report

    09/06/2010 8:53:22 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 22 replies
    cbs.com ^ | September 6, 2010 | Kevin Hayes
    AMSTERDAM (CBS/AP) Joran van der Sloot has reportedly acknowledged extorting money from Natalee Holloway's parents and claims he did it to get back at them. The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf quotes the Dutchman as confessing to taking money from the family of the American in return for revealing the location of Holloway's body in an interview published today. He was indicted in the U.S. in June for extortion after being caught in an FBI sting. Tthe place he indicated as her burial site turned out to be bogus.
  • New Amsterdam To New Cordoba: Thwarting N.Y.'s New Colonizers

    08/31/2010 4:57:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | August 31, 2010 | JOSEPH R. EVANNS AND EGON MITTELMANN
    The names of the city that we now call New York bear witness to successive waves of conquerors/colonizers. First came the Dutch, who named the city "New Amsterdam," then gave way to the British who renamed it "New York." Now come Muslims invoking the name of the Spanish city that was the seat of the Caliphate of Iberia and North Africa. In A.D. 711, Muslim hordes conquered Spain for Islam's first inroad into Western Europe. The first mosque was built in the Spanish city of Cordoba, the site of a historic Islamic victory in conquest and subjugation of Spain and...
  • Authorities Were on High Alert for Possible Hijack Attempt (allowed terrorists to board in Chicago!)

    08/31/2010 9:23:41 AM PDT · by Innovative · 88 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | Aug 31, 2010 | RICHARD ESPOSITO, BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
    The arrests of two men in Amsterdam for questioning in a terrorism investigation comes at a time U.S. law enforcement officials have been on a heightened state of alert to a possible hijacking of U.S. carrier flights from the Middle East, according to one senior U.S. official. As a result, air marshals were onboard a Chicago-Amsterdam flight yesterday and kept a close watch on two suspicious passengers who had triggered security alarms, but were allowed to travel for "investigative purposes," law enforcement sources told ABC News.
  • Pair held after odd items turn up in luggage (WaPo won't print muslim terror suspects' names)

    08/30/2010 7:56:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/30/10 | Peter Finn
    Dutch police have detained two men who flew from Chicago to Amsterdam on Sunday night after U.S. screeners found suspicious-looking items in their checked luggage before they departed, U.S law enforcement officials said.
  • Another Detroit-Linked Airline Dry Run

    08/30/2010 8:03:36 PM PDT · by TR Clancy · 7 replies
    Dearborn Underground ^ | 083010 | TR Clancy
    I wish I could say this was unexpected. Not after what we told you about a few weeks ago. (“Gov’t Response to Dry Runs -- Blanket Denial?”). http://dearbornunderground.blogspot.com/2010/08/govt-response-to-dry-runs-blanket.html ABC News is reporting that two men traveling from Chicago to Amsterdam were arrested today in the Netherlands on charges of “preparation of a terrorist attack.” You mean that’s a crime somewhere?
  • ABC: Men arrested at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport were preparing terrorist attack

    08/30/2010 3:44:57 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 254 replies
    ABC News via wire update .com Blog ^ | August 30th, 2010 | Monica Lawrence
    ABC: Men arrested at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport were preparing terrorist attack Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Monica Lawrence | By Monica Lawrence AMSTERDAM (BNO NEWS) -- Two men were arrested aboard a United Airlines flight after landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Monday, ABC News reported. The network, citing Dutch public prosecutor Ernst Koelman, said the men were arrested at the request of American authorities after the flight landed in Amsterdam. ABC said the men were subsequently charged with "preparation of a terrorist attack." The two were allowed to board the flight at O'Hare International Airport in...
  • Taxpayer Funded Amsterdam Trip for a Hooker is a “Human Right”

    08/17/2010 6:58:15 PM PDT · by Bodhi1 · 6 replies
    All American Blogger ^ | 8/17/2010 | Duane Lester
    While the NHS is denying people like Nikki Phelps cancer drugs, Putting People First is paying for mentally disabled Brits to fly to Amsterdam to get a little. Oh, and they are paying for the hooker too: A 'man of 21 with learning disabilities has been granted taxpayers' money to fly to Amsterdam and have sex with a prostitute. His social worker says sex is a 'human right' for the unnamed individual - described as a frustrated virgin. His trip to a brothel in the Dutch capital's red light district next month is being funded through a £520million scheme introduced...
  • US replacing the Netherlands as Marijuana central

    06/23/2010 11:12:24 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 46 replies
    Money.cnn.com ^ | 60/23/10 | Jessica Bruder
    After two decades of carefully tending his businesses, Dunn is making the most radical leap of his career. He's moving back to America. Going home was once unimaginable. "The thing about America was they still had a very, very negative idea of cannabis," Dunn recalled during an interview this spring. "I was in a sort of dream world over here."
  • Dutch police use 'decoy Jews' to stop anti-Semitic attacks ('immigrant' yoots)

    06/22/2010 9:47:15 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 33 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 6/22/2010 | telegraph.co.uk
    Lodewijk Asscher, Amsterdam's mayor, has ordered the new decoy strategy to cut the number of verbal and physical attacks on Jews, amid fears that anti-Semitic "hate crime" is on the rise. "Jews in at least six Amsterdam neighbourhoods often cannot cross the street wearing a skullcap without being insulted, spat at or even attacked," according to local reports. ...The footage showed young men, often of immigrant origin, shouting and making Nazi salutes at a rabbi when he visited different areas of the Dutch capital.
  • Nigeria: Police Arrest Suspected Terrorist At Abuja Airport...

    03/01/2010 10:23:48 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 430+ views
    ALL AFRICA.com ^ | February 26, 2010 | Maxwell Oditta And Abel Orukpe
    Daily Independent (Lagos) "Nigeria: Police Arrest Suspected Terrorist At Abuja Airport - Probe Al-Jazeera Report On Extra-Judicial Killings" Maxwell Oditta And Abel Orukpe 26 February 2010 SNIPPET: "Lagos — Barely two months after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian was arrested by U.S. authorities for attempting to blow up a Northwest Airlines Flight 253 flying from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan, with 289 passengers on December 25, 2009, the Police at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, has arrested a 36-year-old suspected terrorist Ahmed Ibrahim Muhammad from Eritrea. A highly dependable source in the Abuja airport told our correspondent...
  • Alert - Female suicide bombers may be heading here from Yemen

    01/22/2010 9:21:19 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 19 replies · 1,824+ views
    ABCnews.go.com ^ | January 22, 2010 | Richard Esposito, Rhonda Schwarts and Brian Ross
    Snips: At least six people on the no-fly list were denied boarding in a 48-hour period between Saturday and Monday this week, according to the officials. Two of the six were stopped at London's Heathrow Airport.M. On Saturday, an Egyptian man on the no-fly list was stopped from flying on American Airlines flight 113 from London to Miami. The next day, Sunday, a Saudi Arabian passenger was stopped from boarding United Airlines flight 929 to Chicago. Officials said the man was sent back to Saudi Arabia by the British. In two other overseas cases involving people on the no-fly list,...
  • Unruly Passengers Disrupt Northwest Flight 243

    01/12/2010 11:42:58 AM PST · by pheasant · 152 replies · 6,738+ views
    MyFoxDetroit.com ^ | Dennis Kraniak
    Updated: Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, 2:28 PM EST Published : Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, 2:15 PM EST Dennis Kraniak MyFoxDetroit.com - Sources tell Fox 2 that a flight from Amsterdam into Detroit Metropolitan Airport was held on the tarmac after landing because of unruly behavior by some of the passengers. The source says four men, thought to be of middle eastern descent, acted out in such a way that it forced the plane's pilots to stop it short of the terminal. The men were removed from the plane while it was parked at the tarmac, away from the aiport's passnger...
  • Schiphol (Amsterdam) buys 60 body scanners, denies lax security

    01/04/2010 11:18:58 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 7 replies · 384+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | Jan. 4, 2010 | Gilbert Kreijger
    AMSTERDAM, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Amsterdam airport operator Schiphol Group said on Monday it would buy 60 body scanners and denied allegations of lax security after a Nigerian was charged with trying to blow up a plane that took off from Schiphol. Schiphol's [SCHP.UL] reputation was dented after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian, boarded a flight to Detroit on Christmas Day and was accused of trying to blow it up, and a reporter smuggled a syringe onto another aircraft last week. [ID:nN25136259] The airport has begun using 15 body scanners, which use radio waves to see through a person's...
  • NIGERIAN BOMBER BOUGHT TICKET IN GHANA

    01/03/2010 2:32:37 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 41 replies · 1,501+ views
    MODERN GHANA COM ^ | Nigeria News | Mon, 28 Dec 2009 | By thewillnigeria.com - Thewillnigeria.com
    PASSPORT NUMBER ALSO REVEALED, ZUMUNTA ASSOCIATION USA CONDEMNS ACT Lagos (THEWILL)- THEWILL has continued to investigate the attempted terrorist attack in the United States by a Nigerian, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. The Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren told journalists on Boxing Day that Umar bought his ticket at the airport office of KLM Airlines in Accra, Ghana without leaving any contact details then returned to Nigeria. "The ticket information revealed that the ticket was purchased in Accra, for $2, 831, with original routing for Lagos - Amsterdam- Detroit- Amsterdam- Accra, but was later re-issued...
  • BINARY EXPLOSIVES: FROM DISCUSSION TO IMPLEMENTATION

    12/26/2009 2:37:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 265 replies · 7,929+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | December 26, 2009 | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "Discussion: I first observed discussion of binary explosives on the al-Firdaws forum in January of 2007. In light of recent events I will post here my archive:" SNIPPET: "Implementation: On Christmas Day, 2009, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab boards a flight in Amsterdam, bound for Detroit, and on final descent he attempts to set off what was most likely a binary explosive. Thank goodness he either screwed up or had bad instructions, because the chemicals he was working with were evidently quite good."
  • Terror Suspect Arraigned in Hospital Bed (Detroit flight)

    12/26/2009 3:10:16 PM PST · by Kieri · 28 replies · 1,221+ views
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 12/26/09 | WXYZ-TV
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - The 23-year-old man police say tried to blow up a Delta airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit has been arraigned in his hospital bed at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Action News reporter Peggy Agar and an Associated Press reporter were chosen to witness the arraignment. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft and placing a destructive device onboard an aircraft. The charges were filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. Investigators say the Nigerian flew from his home...
  • Justice Dept says Abdulmutallab has been charged with attempting to bring down Northwest flight

    12/26/2009 1:07:52 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 54 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-26-09 | The Wall Street Journal
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  • Routine Turned to Mayhem on Terror Flight

    12/26/2009 3:46:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies · 2,879+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 26, 2009 | Neal Boudette and Andy Pasztor
    Seconds after passengers spotted flames climbing above the back of a window seat midway down the left side of Northwest Flight 253, Friday's routine descent toward Detroit's main airport turned into horror, mayhem and instant heroism. Just as the widebody Airbus A330 made a rumbling sound as the landing gear started down, horrified travelers in seats around the young Nigerian later detained as a terrorism suspect started screaming, according to eyewitness reports by passengers. Flight attendants quickly joined the hubbub around the man in seat 19A, repeatedly screaming "What are you doing?" There was a pop and then smoke wafted...
  • US Calls Explosion on Airplane 'Attempted Act of Terrorism'

    12/26/2009 12:44:44 AM PST · by bd476 · 28 replies · 1,322+ views
    Voice of America News ^ | 26 December 2009 | Jeff Seldin Washington D.C.
    Voice of America News US Calls Explosion on Airplane 'Attempted Act of Terrorism' The United States is increasing security for air travel across the country after a Nigerian man set off a small explosion aboard a flight bound for the U.S. city of Detroit. White House officials are calling it "an attempted act of terrorism." Jeff Seldin | Washington 26 December 2009 The United States is increasing security for air travel across the country after a Nigerian man set off a small explosion aboard a flight bound for the U.S. city of Detroit. White House officials are calling it...
  • Midair [Islamic terrorist] Bomb Attempt Fails - Man on Flight to Detroit Claims Al Qaeda Ties

    12/25/2009 4:32:29 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 180 replies · 8,714+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-25-09 | PETER SPIEGEL, ANDY PASZTOR and NEAL E. BOUDETTE
    Man on Flight to Detroit Claims Al Qaeda Ties; Obama Tightens Security DETROIT -- A passenger on a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight tried to detonate an explosive device that was strapped to his leg and later told investigators that he was trying to blow up the plane and had affiliations with al Qaeda, according to a senior U.S. official. The man, who has not been publicly identified by officials, told investigators that he was given the device by Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen, where he was also given instructions on how to detonate it, the official said. The Associated Press...
  • Explosive device set off aboard airliner(by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab )

    12/25/2009 9:47:21 PM PST · by cold start · 48 replies · 2,342+ views
    Romulus, Michigan (CNN) -- A passenger on an international flight bound for the United States Friday ignited a small explosive device shortly before landing in a move the White House called an attempted terrorist attack, a senior administration official said. Another passenger on the Northwest flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, quickly helped subdue and isolate the young male suspect with the aid of the cabin crew, passenger Syed Jafry said. The suspect, identified by a U.S. government official as 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was placed in custody and is being treated for second- and third-degree burns on his...
  • US Plane Suspect 'a London Student'

    12/25/2009 7:17:19 PM PST · by kristinn · 212 replies · 9,823+ views
    This is London ^ | Saturday, December 26, 2009
    An al Qaida-linked suspect who allegedly tried to blow up a transatlantic plane is studying at a UK university, it has been reported. The Nigerian is accused of trying to detonate a powdery substance on a plane from Amsterdam as it prepared to land at Detroit with 278 people on board. US sources said he was subdued by passengers and has since claimed to have been acting for al Qaida. He has been named by ABC News as Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, an engineering student at University College London, with the broadcaster citing US government documents. The suspect, who has...
  • Terror suspected in plot to blow up Northwest jet

    12/25/2009 3:53:18 PM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 72 replies · 2,678+ views
    Houston Chronicle via AP ^ | 12/25/09 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said a Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria said he was acting on behalf of al-Qaida when he tried to blow up a flight Friday as it landed in Detroit. And a White House official called the Christmas incident an attempted act of terrorism. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit. One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it. The passenger...
  • Fireworks set off aboard airliner (ABC News: Not fireworks - "powdery substance")

    12/25/2009 11:59:19 AM PST · by Cyberrat · 156 replies · 8,673+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/25/09 | CNN
    A passenger on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, caused a brief disturbance Friday at the end of the trip by igniting firecrackers, a Delta Air Lines spokeswoman said...
  • Amsterdam lets "beer bike" ride on, with limits

    08/29/2009 3:55:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1,108+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/09 | Ben Berkowitz
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The beer bike will ride on in Amsterdam. The outsized bikes, seating groups of people around a central bar, are something of a fixture in the city's center. .. ... They will, however, need permits from the various city boroughs, and those permits are likely to come with restrictions on hours of operation and requirements for a sober driver. While non-drinkers already typically steer the bikes, their size has also been an issue .. One of the better-known operators, PartyFiets.nl, offers two-hour tours on bikes that seat up to 22 people and carry 30 litres (7.9 gallons)...
  • 'Moon rock' in Dutch museum is just petrified wood (oops)

    08/27/2009 12:47:29 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 29 replies · 1,218+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | August 27, 2009 | The Associated Press
    AMSTERDAM (AP) -- It's not green cheese, but it might as well be. The Dutch national museum said Thursday that one of its prized possessions, a rock supposedly brought back from the moon by U.S. astronauts, is just a piece of petrified wood. Rijksmuseum spokeswoman Xandra van Gelder, who oversaw the investigation that proved the piece was a fake, said the museum will keep it anyway as a curiosity. "It's a good story, with some questions that are still unanswered," she said. "We can laugh about it." The museum acquired the rock after the death of former Prime Minister Willem...
  • Dutch sack Muslim scholar over Iran government ties

    08/18/2009 2:30:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 740+ views
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch city of Rotterdam and its university have fired Swiss Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan as an adviser to the city over his involvement with groups that detractors say hurt his role as an expert on integration issues. Ramadan is a visiting professor of theology at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands' second-largest city. Rotterdam's mayor is Ahmed Aboutaleb, a Muslim who was formerly junior minister for social affairs and who has vowed to ease tensions between the city's native Dutch and a growing immigrant population. Ramadan was criticized after media reported last week he was hosting...
  • Sex lags behind bathroom visits in popularity: Dutch survey

    08/13/2009 6:08:00 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 15 replies · 707+ views
    Earth Times ^ | Aug. 13, 2009 | Staff
    Amsterdam - Sex might be fun, but the Dutch don't find it as fun as a pleasant trip to the bathroom, if survey results reported Thursday by the ANP news agency are to be believed. According to the poll of 1,000 adults, 88 per cent listed a visit to the bathroom as something "they enjoy the most," making it the most popular activity chosen, reported ANP. Only 21 per cent did the same for sex. ANP described the survey as "representative." It was conducted by the Intomart GfK institute for the popular scientific magazine Quest. The second most popular activity,...
  • Anti-Christian vandals target World Congress of Families meeting

    08/04/2009 2:44:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 903+ views
    CNA ^ | 8/4/2009
    Amsterdam, Netherlands, Aug 4, 2009 / 03:07 am (CNA).- The Amsterdam offices of an organizer for the upcoming World Congress of Families were defaced with paint and vandalized with obscenities and anti-Christian slogans last Thursday, prompting the pro-family conference’s leaders to pledge they will not be intimidated by “radical opposition.” The World Congress of Families V (WCF V) is to take place in Amsterdam on August 10-12 at the RAI Centre. In its pamphlet for the event, the Congress describes itself as the world’s largest gathering of pro-family leaders and grass-roots activists. It bills the event as “the most exciting...
  • Smart Tipping (it's probably not what you think)

    07/28/2009 11:59:54 AM PDT · by Egg · 25 replies · 2,882+ views
    Gadling ^ | July 27, 2009 | Scott Carmichael
    Amsterdam becoming the car tipping capital of the world?Ever seen one of those little Smart cars? They may be pretty rare in the US, but in Europe you'll have a hard time not being able to find the little buggers. Especially in the major cities of Europe, the small cars are extremely popular, as they are a breeze to park. In fact, they are so easy to park, that many owners can fit two of them in a single parking spot. Smart car owners in Amsterdam may be starting to have second thoughts about their little cars, because of an...
  • Somalis Leaving U.S. for Jihad

    12/12/2008 3:57:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 157 replies · 3,859+ views
    PAJAMAS MEDIA via FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com ^ | December 12, 2008 | Patrick Poole
    Pajamas Media | Friday, December 12, 2008 The funeral for Shirwa Ahmed last week in Burnsville, Minnesota, punctuated a growing national security threat metastasizing inside the U.S. — one Homeland Security and law enforcement authorities have quickly taken note of. Ahmed, who killed himself in a suicide bombing attack in Somalia in October, is just one of up to 40 men from the Twin Cities area who have disappeared and are feared to have returned to their homeland for training with the al-Shabaab terrorist group to wage jihad. The FBI is investigating similar disappearances in other major Somali communities in...
  • Amsterdam considering bank help for prostitutes

    07/08/2009 3:54:15 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 5 replies · 528+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo! ^ | July 7, 2009 | Ben Berkowitz
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Amsterdam city council is turning its attention to a pressing problem for one of the city's key business sectors -- banking and credit for prostitutes who can't get accounts from mainstream institutions. The city's red light district is famed the world over for its women in tiny windows and even tinier clothing, but despite the trade being legal, many banks shy away from taking the ladies on as customers. As part of the city's "Project 1012" to remake the De Wallen neighborhood, which includes the sex district, the city council has been asked to find a way...
  • Shoe bomber accomplice pleads guilty at Old Bailey

    02/28/2005 6:11:57 AM PST · by Valin · 308+ views
    The Times ^ | 2/28/05
    A British-born suicide bomber plotted to bring down a packed passenger aircraft over the Atlanttic at the same time that the shoe bomber Richard Reid targeted an American Airlines flight, the Old Bailey heard today. But Saajid Badat changed his mind and dismantled his own shoe bomb, which was designed to evade airport security. Badat, 25, from Gloucester, admitted conspiring to blow up an aircraft between January 1 1999 and November 28, 2003 in a surprise change of plea today. He had been due to stand trial for the offence. Intelligence services believe Badat had been conspiring with Reid, a...
  • Dutch signs point to gay sex seekers ( Muslims not happy )

    04/30/2009 12:12:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 1,003+ views
    AFP ^ | Apr 29, 2009
    A park near Amsterdam has unveiled information signs pointing out spots where officials say gay men are known to have sex, so visitors are not taken by surprise. The signs "clearly indicate what is happening in each zone; also those where gay men are known to practice 'cruising'," municipal spokeswoman Manon Koffijberg said. Cruising is a slang word used to describe the act of trawling for casual sex. There had been recent complaints of gay bashing in the Slotervaart area, populated by a large group of immigrants of Muslim origin, with reports of robberies and violence against gay men in...
  • Amsterdam: Terrorist attacks foiled - seven arrested

    03/12/2009 2:44:20 PM PDT · by dutchiepat · 88 replies · 8,947+ views
    DutchNews.nl ^ | March 12th 2009 | DutchNews.nl
    Terrorist attacks foiled - seven arrested Thursday 12 March 2009 Six men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of preparing to carry out terrorist attacks on shops in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Thursday. One of those arrested is a family member of a man connected to the Madrid bombing five years ago, said Amsterdam police chief Bernard Welten at a press confernce on Thursday evening. The arrests have reduced the threat of attacks but a risk remains, said Welten. All of those detained by the police are Dutch with a Moroccan background and are aged between 19 and 64...