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  • Belgian government resigns (rejected by king)

    07/15/2008 3:57:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 102+ views
    Expatica ^ | July 15 2008 | AFP
    Belgian Prime Minister offered his government’s resignation to the king Monday, said a source BRUSSELS - Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme offered his government's resignation to the king Monday after talks between Flemish and French-speakers on new reforms failed, a source close to the government said. "He will present his government's resignation," the source told AFP under cover of anonymity. "It's an admission of a complete deadlock on community questions, combined with the fact the government will not be able to present an agreement on reforming the state by 15 July," as Leterme had promised, the source said. Leterme only...
  • Flemish Separatists Win in Belgium

    06/13/2010 4:09:43 PM PDT · by americanophile · 67 replies · 1,535+ views
    NYT ^ | June 13, 2010 | STEPHEN CASTLE
    BRUSSELS — The move to break up Belgium gathered momentum Sunday as separatists won an emphatic election victory in Flanders, the prosperous Dutch-speaking half of the fiercely divided nation. A stunning electoral success for Bart de Wever’s Flemish nationalist party marks a significant new challenge to the fragile unity of a country where tensions between French and Dutch speakers run deep. Scheduled to take over the rotating presidency of the European Union in less than three weeks, Belgium will now do so with a caretaker administration and facing months of tortuous negotiations to put together a coalition government. “We are...
  • The language battle that is tearing Belgium apart

    05/08/2005 11:43:04 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 45 replies · 1,682+ views
    The Times ^ | May 9, 2005 | Anthony Browne
    LANGUAGE wars between French and Flemish-speakers in Belgium have reignited, sparking riots, bringing the Government to the brink of collapse and prompting some commentators to say that the country is “finished”.The dispute, over whether 120,000 French-speakers living in Flemish areas should have the right to elect French- speaking politicians, arouses high passions in a country split between the two languages. As the apparently innocuous spat in an electoral district just outside Brussels escalated out of control, demonstrations ended in violent confrontations with police. Senior government ministers cancelled all other work for emergency negotiations, but failed to broker a deal over...
  • Future of Belgium under threat over language row

    04/23/2010 1:31:36 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 30 replies · 760+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/22/2010 | Henry Samuel, Paris
    "Survival" of Belgium as a unified country was called into question last night after a row between French and Dutch speakers brought the government to the verge of collapse. The wrangle has already brought down the government four times in the past three years but the latest spat is the gravest yet and threatens to split the country into Flemish areas and French-speaking areas. King Albert II warned politicians that the political crisis "seriously threatens" the country's role in Europe, after the Prime Minister, Yves Leterme tendered his resignation. Mr Leterme stepped down after talks broke down over plants to...
  • Dutch politician says West Bank belongs to Israel

    12/05/2010 8:44:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/5/10 | Staff
    Dutch politician Geert Wilders called on Israel to build more settlements in the West Bank in defiance of international demands for a construction freeze on Sunday. Wilders stated that building must continue so Israel can create defensible borders — by annexing the West Bank. Wilders is known in the Netherlands and Europe as a staunch critic of Islam and political Islamism. Wilders also said on Sunday in Tel Aviv that neighboring Jordan should take in Palestinians.
  • Dutch woman vows to fight for guerrillas 'until victory or death'

    11/04/2010 6:02:39 PM PDT · by Saije · 15 replies
    Scotsman ^ | 11/4/2010 | Vivian Sequera
    A DUTCH woman who joined Colombia's largest rebel group only to complain of disillusionment in a diary found in 2007 at an abandoned jungle camp has now appeared in a video pledging allegiance to the guerrillas. In a brief interview, Tanja Nijmeier, speaking in Spanish, said she was not being held against her will and was proud to belong to the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. "Just come and try to 'free' me and we'll receive you here with AK (Kalashnikov rifles],, with mines, with mortars, with everything," she said in the video, which Colombian journalist Jorge...
  • Dutch pilots to return for Tucson training

    10/29/2010 10:00:33 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    TUCSON — Dutch fighter pilots will soon be training high over Southern Arizona. The Arizona Air National Guard says the Royal Netherlands Air Force is resuming F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot training at Tucson International Airport after a three-year absence. The 162nd Fighter Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard will welcome the first Dutch pilots and aircraft Oct. 29. The Dutch plan to base 14 of their own jets in Tucson to participate in basic F-16 flight training and instructor pilot certification. Training is set to be in full swing by January 2011. A spokesman for the 162nd Fighter Wing...
  • Dutch MPs Want to Buy Fewer F-35 JSFs

    10/26/2010 1:42:13 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/26/2010 | Defense Talk
    MPs from across the political spectrum want to reduce the number of JSF fighter jets the Netherlands is planning to buy to below the 85 on the provisional order books, the Telegraaf reports on Monday. The need to make government spending cuts and the rising cost of the aircraft are forcing a rethink, the paper says. Labour, the Socialists, left-wing greens GroenLinks and anti-Islam PVV all want the total number reduced or the order scrapped altogether, while the Christian Democrats say the figure of 85 is no longer set in stone. The Liberal democratic party D66 also says it would...
  • Dutch welcome Germans to Europe's immigration debate - Feature ( Geert Wilders mentioned )

    10/21/2010 5:52:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Earth Times ^ | 20 Oct 2010 | Thomas Burmeister
    Angela Merkel does not make the covers of Dutch newspapers very often. But the German chancellor's assertion last week that "multiculturalism has absolutely failed" in her country was headline news in the Netherlands. As far as the Dutch are concerned, the Germans - whom they consider to sometimes be politically behind the times - have finally woken up. The Netherlands' dream of a happy, harmonious multicultural society burst on a grey autumn morning six years ago in Amsterdam. On November 2, 2004, an Islamic extremist gunned down Dutch filmmaker and Islam critic Theo van Gogh in the street, then slit...
  • The Testimony of Simon Admiraal at the Geert Wilders Trial

    10/15/2010 7:06:48 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | October 14, 2010
    Below are three videos of the expert witness testimony for the defense by Simon Admiraal in the Geert Wilders trial. The transcript of his sworn testimony was read out last week in court by one of the trial judges. Mr. Admiraal, in contrast to Wafa Sultan (whose testimony followed his) is a Western scholar of Islam, and specializes in radical Islamic preachers, particularly in Rotterdam. Once again, to have this material broadcast live on Dutch television and read into the public record of the trial is a milestone of enormous (and devastating) significance. If I were a member of the...
  • Wilders’ impact felt as Dutch coalition sworn in

    10/13/2010 2:13:56 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 12 replies
    Wilders’ impact felt as Dutch coalition sworn in By Stanley Pignal in Brussels Published: October 13 2010 17:48 | Last updated: October 13 2010 17:48 A government supported by the anti-Islamic politician Geert Wilders is to take office in the Netherlands on Thursday, with plans to harden immigration rules and cut public spending. In a nod to tradition, Mark Rutte, the incoming prime minister, and members of his government will stand on the balcony of the royal palace in The Hague to accept a mandate from Queen Beatrix to form the country’s first minority administration since the second world war.
  • New Dutch government to retain JSF commitment

    10/08/2010 9:29:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 10/8/2010 | Anno Gravemaker
    The Netherlands' new coalition government is expected to maintain the nation's commitment to the test phase of Lockheed Martin's F-35 programme, although a decision on whether the type will replace its Lockheed F-16s will not be made for several more years. A conceptual agreement made by the right-wing VVD and PVV parties and the Christian Democrats to form a new cabinet includes plans to buy a second F-35 test aircraft in 2011 and to fully participate in the Joint Strike Fighter's operational test and evaluation. A ruling on further Dutch participation in the F-35 programme had been put on hold...
  • Dutch look at weeding out cannabis cafés

    10/08/2010 7:28:27 PM PDT · by massmike · 32 replies ^ | 10/08/2010 | Stanley Pignal
    Coffee shops legally selling cannabis have been a feature of Amsterdam’s streets for more than 30 years, both a magnet for younger tourists and a symbol of the Dutch brand of liberal exceptionalism. But the fragrant haze found in the city’s 200 or so establishments could be dispersed under plans by the incoming government, which is looking to roll back the “tolerance policy” that has allowed such coffee shops to operate since 1976. Coinciding with a tightening of laws around prostitution – another tolerated industry – the authorities’ new stance on cannabis is raising questions as to whether Dutch society...
  • Dutch history student finds world's oldest share

    09/10/2010 8:25:34 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 10, 2010 | Reuters
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch history student has unearthed the world's oldest share, dating back to 1606 and issued by the sea trading firm Dutch East India Company. Locked away in forgotten city archives, the share was made out to Pieter Harmensz, a male resident of the Dutch city Enkhuizen who served as an assistant to the city's mayors. After his death in 1638, Harmensz left the share to his widow and their daughter Ada and the document eventually ended up in Enkhuizen archives, kept in the northwestern city Hoorn. As the Netherlands' largest trading company in the 17th and...
  • Ten Points to Save the West And A 28th Constitutional Ammendment

    09/08/2010 12:15:52 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Sept 8, 2010 | Phyllis Chesler
    Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician who is about to stand trial for “hate speech” against Muslims, has suggested a ten-point program to save the West from being jihadically overrun. The times are so surreal. Wilders, who is also due to speak on 9/11 in downtown Manhattan, near Ground Zero suggests that we must: 1. Stop cultural relativism. We need an article in our constitutions that lays down that we have a Jewish-Christian and humanism culture. 2. Stop pretending that Islam is a religion. Islam is a totalitarian ideology. In other words, the right to religious freedom should not apply to...
  • Dutch teen sailor reaches Canary Islands (14 years old)

    08/26/2010 12:15:33 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 17 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 08/26/10 | Ciaran Giles
    MADRID – A 14-year-old Dutch sailor aiming to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world says she has reached Spain's Canary Islands off northwest Africa but declined Thursday to say where exactly she was. "Now I'm in the Canary Islands with the first stage of my trip behind me," Laura Dekker wrote on her website. "It was a great first stage that I can look back on with a good feeling. The message was posted Wednesday but gave no details as to where on the seven-island archipelago she was. In an email Thursday to The Associated Press,...
  • Dutch teen sets sail on solo world trip

    08/21/2010 9:24:05 AM PDT · by golux · 42 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | Updated Aug 21, 2010 | Staff.
    A 14-year-old Dutch sailor departed in secrecy from Portugal Saturday on her quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world, avoiding the media because her manager said she didn't want the attention. Laura Dekker said goodbye to her father and friends at an undisclosed Portuguese port enroute to Spain's Canary Islands or Portugal's Madeira Island despite almost windless conditions in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal, according to manager Peter Klarenbeek. (...) The attempt has been criticized by Dutch child protection authorities who questioned the wisdom of a child risking the world's oceans alone....
  • Dutch euthanasia cases up 13 per cent last year More than 2,000 cases reported in 2009

    08/11/2010 9:37:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    the globe and mail ^ | 8/11/10 | Reuters
    The number of reported Dutch cases of euthanasia or assisted suicide rose 13 percent last year, the government said on Wednesday, spurring talk of a possible “euthanasia hospital” to help people end their lives. The annual report of the regional commissions that oversee the Netherlands’ euthanasia law said there were 2,636 cases in 2009, the vast majority of them euthanasia, or “mercy killing“, as opposed to assisted suicide, or helping someone to die. That represented about 2 per cent of all Dutch deaths last year, based on figures from Statistics Netherlands. Of the cases, slightly over 80 percent were cancer...
  • Columnist Calls Dutch Cowards, Demands World War for Women

    08/04/2010 8:32:27 PM PDT · by Christian Cage · 12 replies
    The Spearhead ^ | August 4 2010 | Welmer
    She writes that if we don’t stop the Taliban, American and Dutch women will be subject to the horrors of the life of a Pashtun peasant maiden, possibly cooking dinner over an livestock dung fire, being forced to wear unfashionable clothes, etc. As the Taliban succeed, their power across Afghanistan will spread; and with that, similar movements, inspired by their achievements, will gain strength–indeed, already are gaining strength–across the region, in countries from Somalia to Iran, and onward to Holland and the U.S.A. There will be women there, as well. We must not abandon them. It really is starting to...
  • Dutch troops withdraw from Afghanistan

    08/01/2010 6:25:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 51 replies · 11+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 2010-08-02 04:09:37 | Editor: Mu Xuequan
    THE HAGUE, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Dutch troops ended Sunday it' s four years mission in Afghanistan and handed over the responsibility in the Afghan province of Uruzgan to the U.S. and Australia, makes the Netherlands the first NATO member to leave Afghanistan. According to the Dutch Defense Ministry, the Dutch troops had 24 casualties and 140 injuries during the last four years. "But we have brought the people of Uruzgan major improvements." "It hurts because it marks the end of the Dutch leading role in Afghanistan, I want to say goodbye to the people here we have intensive...