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  • Belgium Fears Nuclear Plants Are Vulnerable, Guard Murdered; Security Pass Stolen

    03/26/2016 8:21:43 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/25/2016 | ALISSA J. RUBIN and MILAN SCHREUER
    BRUSSELS — As a dragnet aimed at Islamic State operatives spiraled across Brussels and into at least five European countries on Friday, the authorities were also focusing on a narrower but increasingly alarming threat: the vulnerability of Belgium’s nuclear installations. The investigation into this week’s deadly attacks in Brussels has prompted worries that the Islamic State is seeking to attack, infiltrate or sabotage nuclear installations or obtain nuclear or radioactive material. This is especially worrying in a country with a history of security lapses at its nuclear facilities, a weak intelligence apparatus and a deeply rooted terrorist network. On Friday,...
  • Hostages Taken, Shots Fired in Northern France

    11/24/2015 11:23:33 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 104 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 24 Nov 15 | Unknown
    A hostage situation has reportedly erupted in the northern French town of Roubaix, close to the Belgian border, with medical services reporting several gunshot wounds. The town is located approximately one hour west of Brussels.
  • French authorities identify suspected mastermind of Paris terror attacks

    11/16/2015 2:21:36 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 42 replies
    9News Australia ^ | 16NOV2015 | Straff
    French authorities have reportedly identified the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks as a 27-year-old Belgian, who may have also tried to orchestrate earlier thwarted attacks on trains and churches.
  • Belgian WWII nurse who helped save hundreds of US troops dies at 94

    08/27/2015 6:29:54 AM PDT · by DFG · 2 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 08/26/2015 | AP
    A Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II has died aged 94. Augusta Chiwy died on Sunday and will be buried in the town of Bastogne, southeast Belgium on Saturday following a civilian and military ceremony, according to her family. Chiwy, who was born in Belgian Congo in 1921, was portrayed as the character Anna in the book and TV series Band of Brothers. The Battle of the Bulge came during the final stages of World War II when Adolf Hitler launched a major offensive...
  • Document Dated February/3/2003: Chemical Gears for The Chemical Group Translation)

    03/25/2006 1:05:50 PM PST · by jveritas · 55 replies · 6,707+ views
    In page 3 this Saddam Regime document ISGZ-2004-019744.pdf dated February/3/2003 there is a request to supply Chemical gear for the Chemical group. This document is a letter from an Iraqi “Export and Import Company” Vendor” addressed to the Iraqi Army “Commission Of Equipment” stating his pleasure to provide the Chemical Gear for the Chemical Group and he goes into Chemical gear equipment he can provides. This Chemical Group is part of the Feedaeyeen Saddam as other parts of the document indicate. Beginning of the translation page 3 of the ISGZ-2004-019744.pdf : In the Name of God the Most Merciful The...
  • Belgian World Cup fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands modelling contract with L’oreal

    07/09/2014 9:38:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies ^ | July 10, 2014 | John DeMarzo
    Axelle Despiegelaere was just a face in the crowd, watching her Belgium football team prepare to take on Russia in a Group H World Cup game two weeks ago in Brazil. Then the 17-year-old had her photograph taken. The photo went viral, making the rounds on Twitter and ending up in newspapers all over the world.
  • Belgian Beer Bar to Bring 'Waffle Burgers' to Ninth Avenue

    04/19/2014 4:54:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | April 19, 2014 | Matthew Katz
    Belgian beer and waffle-wrapped burgers are on the way to a new Hell's Kitchen bar. The Jolly Monk, a Belgian craft beer spot, is opening this summer at 701 Ninth Ave., the space that was formerly home to the controversial bar Traffic. Hell's Kitchen Hospitality — which owns House of Brews, the New York Beer Company and Oliver's Astoria — envisions the new 74-person bar as a bastion for all things Belgian, from beer to snacks like freshly made waffles. "It's going to be a relaxed atmosphere," said co-owner Patrick Schmidt, who lives in Hell's Kitchen. "We're going to be...
  • ‘Insanity’: Belgian Senate passes bill permitting doctors to euthanize children

    12/13/2013 7:24:49 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | John-Henry Westen
    BRUSSELS, December 12, 2013 ( - In 50-17 vote today, the Belgian Senate approved a bill that would allow euthanasia for children. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for final approval before being sent to the King to be signed into law. Most political observers are predicting the passage of the bill. Currently the law in Belgium allows euthanasia requests for those over 18 and of sound mind, although it is acknowledged that these restrictions are widely ignored. The bill allows euthanasia, with parental consent, for children experiencing intolerable physical pain and who are suffering from a...
  • Starstruck no more! Young Belgian woman finally has 56 star tattoos removed from her face....

    06/01/2013 9:55:40 AM PDT · by davemac.439 · 57 replies ^ | 16:03, 1 June 2013 | Lyle Brennan and Snejana Farberov
    It took Kimberly Vlaminck three long years and nine painful laser treatments to finally look like herself again - her face no longer etched with 56 tattooed stars. Vlaminck, a 22-year-old from Belgium, made headlines around the world in 2009 after she emerged from a tattoo parlor with an entire constellation inked on the left side of her face. Initially, then-19-year-old Vlaminck lied to her parents and the media, claiming that she asked a local tattooist for only three stars near her eyes, but he kept adding more and more after she dozed off under the needle.
  • Belgian Anti-Semitism

    05/21/2013 2:09:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    INN ^ | 5/21/13 | staff
    Interview with Prof. Mark Elchardus of the Free Univ. of Brussels: "At the Brussels secondary schools, almost every second student is a Muslim." “There is a major difference in anti-Semitic attitudes between Muslim students and non-Muslim ones in Dutch-speaking secondary schools in Belgium. About 50% of the Muslim students express anti-Semitic attitudes, as opposed to 10% of the others. These findings resulted from our study in Brussels titled “Youth in Brussels” and studies thereafter in Antwerp and Gent. In general, anti-Semitism is somewhat lower in Gent than in Antwerp and Brussels. “The youths we studied were generally in the age...
  • The Man Who Killed Leon Trotsky

    01/15/2009 11:58:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,869+ views ^ | Dec 28, 2008
    Ramón Mercader from Barcelona killed Trotsky with an ice axe in Mexico City. On 20th August 1940, the exiled Leon Trotsky was fatally wounded at his home in a suburb of Mexico City when an ice axe was driven into his skull. He cried out to his guards as they burst into his study, ‘Don’t kill him! He must talk.’ Despite struggling fiercely, and even managing to bite the hand of his assassin, Trotsky died the next day, and the man who wielded the murder weapon was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He insisted throughout his trial and his...
  • French actor Depardieu seeks Belgian residency - mayor

    12/09/2012 2:00:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/9/12 | Vicky Buffery | Reuters
    PARIS (Reuters) - Actor Gerard Depardieu has become the latest Frenchman to look for shelter outside his native country after a series of tax hikes by Socialist President Francois Hollande on the wealthy. The "Cyrano de Bergerac" star has bought a house in the Belgian village of Nechin near the French border, local mayor Daniel Senesael told French media on Sunday, adding he had also enquired about procedures for acquiring Belgian residency. ... "I think he wanted to enjoy the atmosphere in Belgium, our identity, the rural, bucolic setting," Senesael told RTL radio. For Depardieu, best known for his roles...
  • Belgian Anti-Semitism Leads to More Aliyah

    01/14/2011 8:48:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    inn ^ | 1/14/11 | Elad Benari
    According to figures released by the Jewish Agency and published this past week on the website, in 2010 there was an increase of 63 percent in the number of Belgian Jews who made aliyah to Israel. Two hundred and fifty Belgian Jews chose to make Israel their home in 2010, compared to 152 in 2009. The report cites increasingly open anti-Semitism in recent years and the rise of violent attacks against members of the community, especially its highly-visible hareidi religious members, as causes for the sharp rise in the numbers of individuals making aliyah. There are 40,000 Jews in...
  • Allah Takes Over Catholic Church (Many photos at link)

    06/19/2010 5:54:14 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 32 replies · 1,389+ views
    Brussels Journal ^ | 2006-05-07 | Paul Belien
    The Belgian Bishops have opened their churches to illegal immigrants in order to pressurize the Belgian authorities to allow the immigrants to stay in the country. Most of the immigrant squatters in the churches are Muslims. They display banners in the church showing the name of Allah (picture taken in the church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Brussels). The Belgian Bishops are so ignorant that they do not see what is going on: their churches are being turned into mosques before their very eyes. The Muslim squatters hold Islamic prayer services in the church. The altar has been moved...
  • Belgian bishop quits over abuse

    04/23/2010 1:51:01 PM PDT · by Palter · 10 replies · 353+ views
    AP ^ | 23 April 2010 | ROBERT WIELAARD
    BRUSSELS — Belgium's longest serving bishop resigned Friday, expressing sorrow for having sexually abused a young boy both as a priest and after becoming a bishop in 1984. The resignation of Roger Vangheluwe, 73, the Bishop of Bruges, was the first from Belgium since a child abuse scandal began testing the Catholic Church several months ago in Europe and the United States. His resignation stands out because while several bishops have resigned amid the abuse scandal — three from Ireland in the past four months alone — they did so under the weight of accusations they shielded pedophiles in their...
  • Arms Dealer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Supply U.S. Fighter Jet Engines to Iran

    11/24/2009 1:18:05 AM PST · by Cindy · 23 replies · 1,372+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 23, 2009 Arms Dealer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Supply U.S. Fighter Jet Engines to Iran Jacques Monsieur, a Belgian national and resident of France suspected of international arms dealing for decades, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama to conspiracy to illegally export F-5 fighter jet engines and parts from the Untied States to Iran. Monsieur along with Dara Fotouhi, aka Dara Fatouhi, an Iranian national currently living in France, was charged in a...
  • Editor of Egyptian Government Daily: Al-Qaeda, Iran, Palestinian Extremists...

    05/26/2009 3:08:37 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 1,307+ views
    May 26, 2009 On May 24, 2009, Egyptian security forces announced that they had arrested seven members of a terror cell [1] which, according to the confession of one of its members, had carried out the February 22, 2009 attack in Khan Al-Khalili. According to the announcement, the cell had ties to Al-Qaeda and to the Gaza salafi group Jaysh Al-Islam. [2] One of the captured terrorists, a Belgian national, confessed that he was supposed to travel to Belgium, make contact with Al-Qaeda operatives, and accompany them to France in order to prepare attacks there. The cell was also supposed...
  • Belgian creche stabbings: suspect quoted Heath Ledger (infants killed)

    01/27/2009 3:38:35 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 12 replies · 712+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 26 Jan 09 | Bruno Waterfield in Brussels
    The suspect in the Belgian creche stabbings is said to have quoted Heath Ledger from the Batman film when he was arrested. Kim De Gelder, aged 20, was arrested last Friday shortly after stabbing two babies and one of their carers to death in a gruesome attack that has stunned Belgium. He was dressed and apparently wearing make-up that gave him the appearance of the Batman character the Joker. Investigators are examining whether the attack was timed to mark the first anniversary of the death of Heath Ledger, the actor who played the Joker in the film Batman, The Dark...
  • Belgian creche stabbings: thousands march to remember victims of 'Joker' killer

    01/25/2009 11:04:18 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 14 replies · 776+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 25 Jan 2009 | By Bruno Waterfield and John Bingham in Sinaai
    Up to 10,000 people marched in silence, carrying white flowers, ribbons and balloons, through the streets of Dendermonde to the scene of an attack that has stunned Belgium. The country's state-run media has named and published a photograph of Kim De Gelder, 20, the man charged with the knife attack that left two babies and a woman carer dead on Friday. Mr De Gelder's neighbours, in the quiet Flemish town of Sinaai, have described him as quiet and polite, but a loner whose behaviour was sometimes strange. Despite his angelic features, the Belgian police have revealed that Mr De Gelder...
  • Cops foil Brown 'bomb plot'

    12/11/2008 9:45:45 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 4 replies · 654+ views
    TheSun ^ | 12/11/08
    FOURTEEN suspected al-Qaeda terrorists were detained in Brussels today before Gordon Brown was due to meet EU leaders. The sweep came just hours before a summit brought together the heads of the 27 EU countries in Brussels. One of the suspects is believed to be a suicide bomber mounting an operation "from which he was not expected to come back". It is thought a terror attack was being planned – but the target has not been revealed. Nearly 250 police officers raided 16 locations in the capital and one in the eastern city of Liege overnight. Computers, data storage equipment...
  • Belgian woman wages war for Al Qaeda on the Web

    05/27/2008 6:34:04 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 25 replies · 122+ views
    BRUSSELS: On the street, Malika El Aroud is anonymous in an Islamic black veil covering all but her eyes. In her living room, El Aroud, a 48-year-old Belgian, wears the ordinary look of middle age: a plain black T-shirt and pants and curly brown hair. The only adornment is a pair of powder-blue slippers monogrammed in gold with the letters SEXY. But it is on the Internet that El Aroud has distinguished herself. Writing in French under the name Oum Obeyda, she has transformed herself into one of the most prominent Internet jihadists in Europe. She calls herself a female...
  • Belgian troops deployed to battle marauding caterpillars

    06/01/2007 12:23:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 958+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/07 | AFP
    BRUSSELS (AFP) - Belgian troops are preparing to battle an invasion of hairy caterpillars which can provoke allergic reactions in humans, authorities announced Friday. From Monday, a contingent of 24 soldiers will take part in the fight against the well-organised creepy-crawlies, called procession caterpillars because of their habit of marching in lines. They will join forces with firefighters, civil protection officers and private firms already doing battle against their tiny foes. For the last two weeks several communes in Limburg have been invaded, with pedestrians, cyclists, outside workers and school children among the victims. Authorities said that some 20 communes...
  • Belgian woman who saved 300 children in Holocaust gets honorary Israeli citizenship

    04/18/2007 8:59:45 AM PDT · by bedolido · 9 replies · 508+ views
    During World War II, Andree Geulen-Herscovici saved more than 300 Jewish children in Belgium, risking her own life to hide them from the Nazis. At an emotional ceremony on Wednesday, Israel honored the 86-year-old woman, granting her honorary citizenship and reuniting her with dozens of the people she rescued. In 1942, the Brussels teacher witnessed a Gestapo raid on a school to arrest Jewish children. She then joined a rescue organization and for more than two years collected children and hid them in Christian homes and monasteries under assumed identities.
  • Belgian court rules against Google over copyright

    02/13/2007 9:07:23 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 712+ views
    -- IDG News Service ^ | James Niccolai
    Google Inc. violated the copyright of Belgian newspaper publishers when it posted extracts from their stories on its Google News Web site, a Belgian court ruled on Tuesday. The judgment upholds an earlier decision from the Court of First Instance in Brussels, which required Google to remove the content from Belgium's French- and German-language newspapers from its site. It could open the door to further lawsuits and limit the ability of search engines in Europe to display copyright material on their Web sites. The Belgian newspapers, represented by the trade group Copiepresse, had argued that Google profited unfairly by posting...
  • Extreme-Right Party Gains Shock Prime Minister (Belgium)

    10/08/2006 6:36:53 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 1,135+ views
    Extreme-right party gains shock prime minister Associated Press in Brussels Monday October 9, 2006 The Guardian (UK) The Belgian prime minister, Guy Verhofstadt, said he had work to do to lure voters back to his national coalition after local elections produced large gains for the extreme-right party Flemish Interest and dealt a blow to his re-election prospects next year. Mr Verhofstadt's Liberal Democrats lost votes mostly at the expense of Flemish Interest and the Christian Democrats. The extreme-right party, which ran on an anti-immigrant platform, has been kept in opposition in Antwerp by an unlikely rainbow coalition whose only common...
  • Converts to Terrorism

    12/06/2005 8:49:52 AM PST · by forty_years · 10 replies · 379+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | December 6, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    Converts to Islam are taking over the terrorist operations previously carried out mainly by Muslim-born immigrants and their children.This was dramatically illustrated when a Belgian convert to Islam, Muriel Degauque, 38, blew herself up near Baghdad on November 9 in a suicide attack on American troops, becoming the first Christian-born Western woman to kill herself for Islamist purposes. And of the fourteen people arrested because of connections to Degauque, half were converts to Islam. In neighboring Holland, a just published government report specifically worries about radicalized converts.Islamist terror organizations particularly prize converts. They know the local culture and blend in....
  • Belgian Woman Identified As an Iraq Bomber

    12/01/2005 10:16:02 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 26 replies · 1,034+ views
    ap/ abcnews ^ | Dec. 1. 2005 | RAF CASERT
    MONCEAU-SUR-SAMBRE, Belgium - Authorities have identified a woman who carried out a suicide attack against a U.S. patrol in Iraq as a 38-year-old Belgian who had two marriages to radical Muslim men. Muriel Degauque, who grew up near the industrial city of Charleroi, entered Iraq from Syria last month and detonated explosives strapped to her body in a failed attack against U.S. troops. Her mother, Liliane Degauque, told Belgian TV networks that her daughter was "so nice" — but began to change when she married an Algerian man and turned to Islamic fundamentalism. The case underscored the growing reach of...
  • Belgian song "Down with America" going on the air

    09/19/2005 10:51:26 AM PDT · by PeterFinn · 89 replies · 1,916+ views
    Brussels Journal (Conservative) ^ | Sat, 2005-09-10 12:17 | Luc Van Braekel
    "Down with America" is the title of a recent song by the popular Belgian musician Raymond van het Groenewoud. Written in Dutch and published by EMI , "Weg met Amerika" ("Down with America") will be available in record shops as of next week, and was played on Belgian state radio last Thursday and Friday. Here is a quote from the lyrics of the song: Hamburgers and coke, yes you already knew But do you also know the cause of the general decay? Short-sighted thinking, loud talking Sticking to one-liners forever Down with America! Down with the jerks from America Down...
  • Belgian police remove Iranian protesters from Lufthansa jet after standoff

    03/11/2005 6:05:14 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 202+ views
    myTELUS ^ | March 12 2005 | Associated Press
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - Police on Friday said they'd removed a group of 56 unarmed passengers of Iranian origin encamped on a Lufthansa jetliner who'd said they wouldn't leave until the United States and other nations signed a pledge not to help Iran's "Islamic regime of mullahs." Police spokeswoman Els Cleemput said some 90 officers were used to remove the 56 protesters from the aircraft, which was moved away from the terminal after negotiations failed to end the protest action. A spokesman for the protesters earlier said they were on a hunger strike and were prepared to die for their...
  • Photo stickers of Bush were placed in urinals in some ministry offices in Brussels

    02/27/2005 5:25:35 PM PST · by Jeff Blogworthy · 30 replies · 1,052+ views
    Staten Island Advance ^ | 2/26/05 | TERENCE J. KIVLAN
    Belgians get scolding from Vito Photo stickers of Bush were placed in urinals in some ministry offices in Brussels Saturday, February 26, 2005 By TERENCE J. KIVLAN WASHINGTON -- Photo stickers of President Bush and the American flag placed in urinals in some Belgian ministry offices in Brussels right before the president's European tour have Rep. Vito Fossella mighty peeved. But the lawmaker's ire, expressed to the Belgian prime minister at the Belgian Embassy here, may have been misdirected. Although Fossella (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) accused the prime minister of responsibility for the stickers, Serge Wauthier, an embassy spokesman, noted that the...
  • Headscarf mail chills Belgian town (Headscarf Alert)

    01/31/2005 7:34:30 PM PST · by Cornpone · 13 replies · 1,042+ views
    BBC World News ^ | 31 Jan 2005 | Alan Quartly
    "You are a bad Belgian and you have signed your own death warrant." That was the message to factory owner Rik Remmery when he opened his mail one morning just before Christmas. For ex-policeman Rik it was only the start of an angry and chilling tirade of threatening post. Further letters put a 250,000 euro ($326,000; £173,000) price on his head and a final package contained a bullet. By now the letters were coming to his family home as well as his factory. "December," another letter read "will be a nightmare." The death threats against Rik were caused by one...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
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  • Amnesty International Slams Belgium Over Human Rights

    08/03/2004 10:04:14 AM PDT · by ChuckShick · 8 replies · 519+ views
    Expatica ^ | August 3, 2004 | Staff
    Belgium shamed over human rights 3 August 2004 BRUSSELS – Amnesty International slammed Belgium on Tuesday, saying it was failing to respect fundamental human rights. The leading international human rights organisation said the Belgian authorities had to stamp out police brutality and racism. It called on them to take speedy action to put in place a string of concerns outlined by the UN Human Rights Committee last Friday. In a statement, Amnesty said when complaints were made against police officers, they were not always investigated properly and when guilty officers were punished, the sentences were “usually symbolic”. The UN and...
  • Belgian police detain Casablanca bombing suspect

    03/19/2004 11:02:19 AM PST · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 130+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | March 19 2004
    Belgian police have detained a man thought to have been involved in the 2003 bombings in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, in which 45 people were killed. In a series of raids on 20 houses in Antwerp and Brussels, the police detained an unknown number of suspects. It is believed the men detained received military training in Afghanistan.
  • Belgian held over Morocco attacks

    03/03/2004 4:17:22 PM PST · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 145+ views
    The Australian ^ | March 04 2004
    DUTCH police have arrested a Belgian suspected of involvement in the suicide bombings last year that killed 45 people in Morocco, a prosecution spokeswoman said today. The 29-year-old man of Moroccan descent, whose name was not released, was taken into custody on January 27 when he was stopped for driving with a broken headlight in the southern Dutch province of Limburg, spokeswoman Kristel Mouwen said. Police discovered there was an international warrant for his arrest, and he has been held in a high-security prison since, Mouwen said. The man's lawyer, Victor Koppe, said his client claimed to be ``absolutely innocent...
  • DignityUSA Appalled by Cardinal Joos' Sexual Pervert Remark

    01/27/2004 9:40:21 PM PST · by heyheyhey · 9 replies · 125+ views
    DignityUSA ^ | January 21, 2004
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Matthew Gallagher 202.861.0017 (Office) 301.325.7650 (Cell) January 21, 2004 DignityUSA Appalled by Cardinal Joos' Sexual Pervert Remark The leadership of DignityUSA is appalled at the comments by Cardinal Joos of Belgium, who said that 90 percent of people who identify as gay or lesbian are actually sexual perverts. “This is just another example of how the hierarchy of our Church is working to discredit gay and lesbian people”, stated Matthew Gallagher, Executive Director of DignityUSA. “The hierarchy says that they reject homosexuality, not homosexuals. But how can we believe that with statements like this...
  • Rights group sues cardinal over gay 'pervert' comments

    01/27/2004 8:05:36 PM PST · by heyheyhey · 15 replies · 98+ views
    Expatica, Netherlands ^ | January 26 2004
    BRUSSELS – One of Belgium's leading civil rights groups has announced it intends to sue Belgian cardinal Gustaaf Joos for violating the country's anti-discrimination laws. Joos said in a recent magazine interview that he believed that 90-95 percent of gay people were “sexual perverts” and that the remainder needed help. The Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight Against Racism (CEOFAR), which receives government funding, said that it had decided to sue the cardinal because it found his views “unacceptable”. The organisation argued that in its opinion, such statements were illegal in Belgium, which has tough anti-discrimination laws. CEOFAR added...
  • Lead suspect convicted in Belgian trial of 23 suspected al-Qaida, terror sympathizers

    09/30/2003 5:08:54 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 592+ views
    AP Wire | September 29 3002 | CONSTANT BRAND/AP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- A former professional soccer player who joined al-Qaida was convicted Tuesday of plotting to blow up a U.S. military base believed to contain nuclear weapons in the first verdict in a trial of nearly two dozen alleged militants. Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunisian who once played soccer in Germany, was given the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He had admitted planning to drive a car bomb into the canteen of the Kleine Brogel air base, where 100 U.S. military personnel work. Another Tunisian-born suspect, Tarek Maaroufi, was sentenced to six years for his involvement in...
  • Belgian court throws out lawsuit against US Iraq commander

    09/23/2003 1:59:44 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 23 2003 | AFP
    BRUSSELS (AFP) - The Belgian court of appeal threw out a war crimes lawsuit brought under a controversial law against retired US general Tommy Franks, who commanded the US-led war on Iraq, a lawyer said. The case was brought under the "universal competence" law, which originally allowed Belgian courts to rule on crimes against humanity regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator or where the crimes took place. Faced with pressure, notably from Washington, the Belgian government agreed this year to scrap the law and in August parliament approved a new, watered-down version. "The court ruled that it must apply...
  • Belgian lawyer seeks to revive war crimes case against US commander in Iraq

    08/22/2003 10:17:57 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 247+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 21 2003 | AFP
    BRUSSELS (AFP) - The Belgian lawyer who angered Washington by launching a war crimes case against the former US military commander in Iraq, Tommy Franks, said he was appealing against the government's decision not to pursue his suit in Belgium. Lawyer Jan Fermon said he would ask the Brussels appeals court to revive his case against General Franks at a hearing scheduled for September 9, arguing that new legislation outlawing such prosecutions should be ruled illegal. "Once a country accords certain rights on the basis of an international convention, it can't go back on that," Fermon said. Fermon's original lawsuit,...
  • Belgium to Change Disputed Human Rights Law Again

    06/22/2003 6:43:07 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 250+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 22 2003 | Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium has decided to change a controversial war crimes law for the second time this year, the foreign minister said, following fierce criticism of the legislation by the United States. Belgian radio VRT reported that the amendment to the law, under which foreigners can be tried no matter where crimes were committed, would make it apply only in cases where victims or perpetrators were linked to Belgium. The law has attracted a score of lawsuits accusing world leaders of all sorts of abuses. President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair face allegations of war crimes in...
  • Belgian voters ditch Greens

    05/19/2003 10:14:05 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 210+ views
    BBC News Online ^ | May 19 2003
    Belgium's Green Party has lost its seat in the governing coalition in a general election which also saw advances for the far-right. Liberal Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is expected to rebuild a coalition with the socialists, who, with the Greens, formed the three-way coalition before Sunday's poll. The Liberals and Socialists between them have taken at least 97 of the 150 seats in parliament, more than enough to continue in power without the Greens. The far-right Vlaams Blok, which wants Flemish independence, boosted its number of seats from 15 to 18, after its share of the vote rose around four...
  • Belgian Prosecutor May Send Franks Case to U.S.

    05/16/2003 10:47:17 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 18 replies · 456+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 16 2003
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Brussels prosecutor will probably pass a war crimes lawsuit against General Tommy Franks, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, on to the United States, a judicial official said on Friday. An official decision on the case -- filed under Belgium's controversial law enabling its courts to try foreigners for human rights abuses -- is expected next week. "The option we prefer is to send the case to the international tribunal (International Criminal Court) in The Hague but the Americans don't accept its jurisdiction," said Lieve Pellens, spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office. "The judicial system in...
  • Belgian minister criticizes lawsuit against US general

    05/14/2003 9:27:38 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 17 replies · 204+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | May 14 2003
    The Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel has fiercely criticized the case brought against the commander of US forces in Iraq, General Tommy Franks. The lawsuit was filed by the Belgian lawyer Jan Fermon on behalf of nineteen Iraqis. They say General Franks' troops are guilty of at least twenty separate instances of war crimes. The Belgian minister says the Iraqis are misusing Belgium's universal competence law, which makes it possible to bring charges of human rights violations in Belgium, regardless of where the alleged crimes took place. A federal prosecutor will decide whether or not the case is referred to...
  • Belgian court orders belated trial over paedophile murders

    04/30/2003 12:29:11 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 16 replies · 282+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 30, 2003
    A Belgian court ordered the trial by jury of Marc Dutroux, nearly seven years after his arrest over a series of abductions, rapes and murders of girls that shocked the world. The court of appeal in the eastern city of Liege ordered that Dutroux stand trial on charges that he kidnapped and murdered four girls, including two eight-year-olds who lived in Liege. He also stands accused of raping two other girls who were found alive in the cellar of one of his properties near the city of Charleroi in 1996 after surviving a horrifying ordeal. "This is a case that...
  • U.N. Credibility: The Ultimate Oxymoron

    04/29/2003 9:54:35 PM PDT · by DocFarmer · 39 replies · 486+ views ^ | 30 April 2003 | Doc Farmer
    "U.N. Credibility: The Ultimate Oxymoron" Posted by Doc Farmer Wednesday, April 30, 2003 I keep hearing pundits and talking heads and "experts" on the news, saying how the U.S. must involve the United Nations in post-conflict Iraq. Their reason? We need the U.N.'s credibility. Excuse me? WHAT credibility? The credibility that dragged the people of Iraq through 12 years of torture, rape, and murder, while U.N. members flapped their collective yap and did nothing? The credibility that had the chance to take down Saddam in 1991, but didn't because the Frogs said not to, thereby placing tens of thousands of...
  • Belgian court orders al-Qaeda suspects to stand trial

    04/14/2003 2:56:50 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 255+ views
    The Times of India ^ | April 14 2003 | Associated Press
    BRUSSELS: A Tunisian former professional soccer player suspected of planning bombing attacks on US targets in Europe will stand trial May 22 along with 11 alleged accomplices, a Belgian court ruled Monday. Nizar Trabelsi faces charges including attempting to destroy property by explosion, possession of illegal arms and membership of a private militia. He is suspected of involvement in plots to blow up the American embassy in Paris and a Belgian air force base where about 100 US military personnel are stationed. Full details of the case against him and the other defendants were not immediately released. Belgian media reported...
  • Belgian Foreign Minister Says France Has 'Saved' the Honour of Europe [GAG ME!]

    03/07/2003 9:23:20 AM PST · by ewing · 27 replies · 214+ views
    Belgian Foreign Minister Says France has 'Saved' Europe's HonorParis-France has 'saved the honour of Europe' by taking the lead in seeking a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis, Belgiums Foreign minister said Friday, adding that United States-European ties must be reforged to reflect what has transpired.'We have followed totally our French friends because we think what they have done is, in a certain manner I think, is to save the honour of Europe,' Louis Michel said on Inter France radio.He spoke hours before the Chief United Nations Weapons Inspectors in Iraq present the United Nations Security Council with their latest...
  • Israel recalls envoy following Belgian court ruling on Sharon

    02/12/2003 8:44:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 175+ views
    Ha'aretz Daily ^ | 2/13/03 | Sharon Sadeh,Aluf Benn and Amnon Barzalai
    Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday recalled Israel's ambassador to Belgium, Yehudi Kinar, after the Belgian Supreme Court ruled that Defense Ministry director-general Amos Yaron could be prosecuted for his involvement in the Sabra and Chatila massacres in 1982 in Beirut, when he was commander of the IDF forces in the Lebanese capital at the time. The court also ruled that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon can be put on trial for his alleged involvement in the affair, but only after he ceases to be prime minister, when he no longer has diplomatic immunity. In addition to recalling the ambassador, Netanyahu urgently...
  • Caption this pic! Belgian actor locks himself in cage with giant pig to protest US/Iraq

    11/15/2002 8:52:55 PM PST · by zapiks44 · 104 replies · 296+ views
    Yahoo!/Reuters ^ | November 13, 2002 | Francois Lenoir
    Belgian actor Benjamin Verdonck shares an iron cage with a pig in Ghent on November 13, 2002, where he will remain for three days in protest against the rising tensions between the U.S. and Iraq. Verdonck's protest is inspired by another artist who spent a week in a cage with a coyote in an art gallery in 1974. Reuters/Francois Lenoir