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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...
  • Taliban congratulates Netherlands for pulling soldiers out of Afghanistan

    07/30/2010 1:11:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 29 Jul 2010 | Bruno Waterfield
    Almost 2,000 Dutch troops have been deployed in the Uruzgan region, where the Taliban is active and opium production is high. The final contingent of 250 Dutch soldiers will be withdrawn on Sunday... Qari Yusuf Ahmadii, a Taliban spokesman, told the Volksrant newspaper that he looked forward to other countries following the "brave" Dutch example. But rank-and-file soldiers are angry over the retreat..."They are not happy to leave. They want to finish what they started. The mission is not completed,"
  • Wilders anti-Islam party to enter government talks

    07/25/2010 8:51:51 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 10 replies ^ | 7/25/2010 | Israel News
    Anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has emerged as a possible member of the next Dutch government after the centrist Christian Democrats agreed to informal talks with Wilders and the VVD party that won recent Dutch elections. Wilders says the Christian Democrats' move is "positive news" and he is prepared to start the talks as soon as possible.
  • Dutch Establishment Rejects Election Results

    07/09/2010 5:51:40 PM PDT · by Steve Van Doorn · 41 replies
    Hudson new york ^ | July 7, 2010 | Thomas Landen
    Dutch Queen Beatrix does not like Member of Parliament Geert Wilders, the winner of the recent elections in the Netherlands; she is attempting to prevent the formation of a right-wing coalition that includes him. On June 9, 2010, the Liberal VVD became the largest party in the Netherlands. It won 31 of the 150 seats in the Dutch House of Representatives, compared to 22 in the 2006 general election. The largest winner of the election, however, was the PVV, the Freedom Party of Geert Wilders, which won 24 seats, compared to only 9 in 2006. The parties of the resigning...
  • Lawrence Solomon: Avertible catastrophe

    06/27/2010 7:30:45 AM PDT · by FromLori · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Financial Post ^ | 6/25/2010 | Lawrence Solomon
    How U.S. labour and environmental rules blocked Dutch spill-cleanup technology Some are attuned to the possibility of looming catastrophe and know how to head it off. Others are unprepared for risk and even unable to get their priorities straight when risk turns to reality. The Dutch fall into the first group. Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the BP spill that then appeared to be underway. “Our system can handle 400 cubic metres...
  • Let's Thank The Dutch for Offering to help us for free!

    06/26/2010 3:09:25 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 25 replies
    vanity | 6/26/10 | ransomnote-vanity
    Reading the article I posted a few threads before this one(, I am moved by the generosity of the Dutch. They offered us so much assistance, catastrophe halting help, for free and they stayed on standby when they were declined (yeah more of Obama's shiny judgment) hoping we'd change our minds. I wonder what kind of response if the gratitude that Obama expects from us flowed in the direction it is due - to the Dutch. Specifically - I wonder how many people would respond if we posted the email address (maybe the mailing address - that would be more...
  • Dutch police use 'decoy Jews' to stop anti-Semitic attacks

    06/22/2010 10:44:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies ^ | 6/22/10 | Bruno Waterfield
    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. Amsterdam police already disguise officers as "decoy prostitutes, decoy gays and decoy grannies" in operations to deter street muggings and attacks on homosexuals or the city's red light district. Police in the Dutch city of Gouda have claimed the use of officers...
  • Holland's orange mini-dress girls walk free from court after World Cup 'ambush'

    06/22/2010 5:37:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 22, 2010 | Staff
    A South African court has dropped a case against two Dutch women accused of an illegal promotion stunt by a brewer at a World Cup match last week. ITV pundit Robbie Earle lost his job over the stunt after it emerged he had given tickets to the group. 'FIFA was not interested in proceeding with the matter. There was a settlement that was reached between the parties and we ... decided to exercise discretion and not proceed with the matter,' said a spokesman for National Prosecuting Authority.
  • Dutch court jails Somali pirates

    06/17/2010 3:02:43 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 5 replies · 220+ views
    Al Jazeera ^ | June 17th 2010s | Agencies
    A Dutch court has sentenced five Somali pirates to five years in jail for seeking to hijack a Dutch Antilles-flagged ship. Prosecutors had sought seven-year jail terms for the men, accused of attempting to hijack the Samanyolu in the Gulf of Aden with rockets and guns in January 2009. Aged between 25 and 45, the men pleaded innocence on the first day of their trial in a court in Rotterdam in the west of the Netherlands on May 25. They told the court they were simple fishermen who were attacked as they sought help from the ship after developing engine...
  • Why Obama's EPA Turned Down the Dutch Offer to Help

    06/16/2010 2:06:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies · 1,656+ views ^ | 6/16/10 | Gregory of Yardale
    Bureaucratic Idiocy at its most facepalmtastic. The U.S. Government has apparently reconsidered a Dutch offer to supply 4 oil skimmers. These are large arms that are attached to oil tankers that pump oil and water from the surface of the ocean into the tanker. Water pumped into the tanker will settle to the bottom of the tanker and is then pumped back into the ocean to make room for more oil. Each system will collect 5,000 tons of oil each day. The Dutch offered to fly their skimmer arm systems to the Gulf 3 days after the oil spill started....
  • U.S. reconsiders Dutch offer to supply oil skimmers

    06/16/2010 9:31:57 AM PDT · by Bigun · 81 replies · 1,634+ views ^ | June 12, 12:13 PM | John Ryden
    The U.S. Government has apparently reconsidered a Dutch offer to supply 4 oil skimmers. These are large arms that are attached to oil tankers that pump oil and water from the surface of the ocean into the tanker. Water pumped into the tanker will settle to the bottom of the tanker and is then pumped back into the ocean to make room for more oil. Each system will collect 5,000 tons of oil each day. One ton of oil is about 7.3 barrels. 5,000 tons per day is 36,500 barrels per day. 4 skimmers have a capacity of 146,000 barrels...
  • 2 Dutch women in court for World Cup ambush marketing

    06/16/2010 6:36:32 AM PDT · by Teacher317 · 24 replies · 1,031+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 6-16-10 | unnamed
    JOHANNESBURG – Two Dutch women were released on bail Wednesday after facing charges they took part in an ambush marketing campaign at a World Cup match. The women were among a group of more than 30 Dutch women who attended Monday's Netherlands-Denmark game at Soccer City wearing orange minidresses paid for by brewing company Bavaria. They said they were ordered from the stadium by FIFA officials. The women are being prosecuted under the Contravention of Merchandise Marks Act which covers ambush marketing, when a company benefits from an event without paying for advertising.
  • Dutch consul slams US foot-dragging on oil spill [their title, not mine]

    06/10/2010 8:10:52 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 19 replies · 137+ views
    Three days after BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the Netherlands offered to help. Ships could have set about clearing the oil using Dutch sweeping arms, but the US government didn’t take up the offer. Dutch Consul General Geert Visser in Houston told Radio Netherlands Worldwide he was disappointed. The US response, says Mr Visser: “‘Thanks for your help, but at the moment we can manage ourselves.’ And that was it.” He puts the reticence down to pride.
  • Dutch Voters Split, and Right Surges

    06/10/2010 5:30:20 AM PDT · by Cronos · 29 replies · 141+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 10, 2010 | STEPHEN CASTLE and STEVEN ERLANGER
    After the first election in a euro-zone country since the European economic crisis, Dutch voters found themselves divided politically on Thursday and surprised by the surge in popularity of an anti-immigrant party .... But the far-right Freedom Party led by Geert Wilders demanded a share of government after it came in third with 24 seats, more than doubling its representation in the 150-member Parliament. “We want to be part of the new government,” declared Mr. Wilders, whose party wants to end immigration from Muslim countries and ban new mosques. “The impossible has happened,” he told a party gathering. “The Netherlands...
  • Dutch prosecutor appeals Holocaust cartoon acquittal

    05/04/2010 2:02:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 268+ views
    reuters ^ | 5/4/10 | reuters
    The court ruled last month the cartoon published by the Arab European League (AEL) showed "bad taste" and was "exceptionally offensive," but it acquitted the group on charges it insulted Jews because of the context in which the cartoon was published. In announcing its appeal, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday it was essential to determine whether the cartoon was "unnecessarily offensive," adding it was not certain whether the cartoon was designed as a contribution to the social debate.
  • Doutzen Kroes by Alexi Lubomirski in Numéro Tokyo #36 May 2010 (Beautiful Dutch Supermodel)

    04/11/2010 7:40:23 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 11 replies · 1,375+ views
    The Fashion Time ^ | Apr 10th, 2010 | The Fashion Time
    Doutzen Kroes, the Victoria’s Secret Angel and Dutch model looks fabulous, extra fabulous, and super human fabulous — all in one — in this endearing editorial for Numéro Tokyo #36 by Alexi Lubomirski. She’s definitely a keeper in leather or lace, or practically anything you would dress her in. Sometimes, the clothes do indeed make the woman, but in Doutzen’s case, she’s likely going to look great in just about anything she wears.
  • Fox Turns On Wilders

    03/24/2010 8:58:33 PM PDT · by FenwickBabbitt · 20 replies · 857+ views ^ | March 24, 2010 | Rich Trzupek
    If there is one major news outlet that would be expected to leap to the defense of free speech when that vital linchpin of liberty is under attack, one would expect that Fox News would be the one organization to do so. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that the Obama administration tried to cut Fox out of access to the White House. To their credit, Fox’s competitors leapt to defend – not Fox, whom the rest of the mainstream networks despise – but free speech. That episode makes the way that all the networks, and Fox in particular,...
  • President Karzai Visits Uruzgan Province

    03/21/2010 12:31:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 141+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan PAO
      International Security Assistance Force's Photo of the Day URUZGAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN - Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with Dutch and Afghan officers and greeted villagers in the local market during his March 20 visit to the provincial capital of Tarin Kowt.  During the trip, the President conducted a shura with several hundred local citizens, where he took questions and addressed subjects like governance, development, reconciliation and service in the Afghan army and police force.  The President walked through the local bazaar, shared lunch with community elders, and visited the local hospital. ISAF Commander General Stanley McChrystal and several Afghan...
  • Dutch Mayor Warns of No-go Areas (how Europa was lost to islam)

    03/19/2010 3:22:55 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 824+ views
    NISNews ^ | March 19 2010
    VEENENDAAL, 19/03/10 - Mayor Ties Elzenga of Veenendaal has advised his residents to avoid certain areas in the town due to a series of violent muggings. Although he says the ethnic background of the perpetrators is not yet clear, he has already made contact with the Moroccan community. At least three violent robberies took place last weekend along a bicycle route from the centre to the south of Veenendaal, a small town near Utrecht. The victims were stripped and assaulted. Police are speaking of a new form of violence. "A combination of robbery and brutal humiliation," said a spokesman. Mayor...
  • Retired US General: Gay Dutch Troops Contributed to Srebrenica Massacre

    03/19/2010 2:15:30 AM PDT · by lizol · 11 replies · 1,121+ views
    VOA News ^ | 18 March 2010 | Michael Bowman
    Retired US General: Gay Dutch Troops Contributed to Srebrenica Massacre Michael Bowman | Washington 18 March 2010 A former top U.S. and NATO commander says the Netherlands' inclusion of gays in their military rendered Dutch peacekeeping troops unable to prevent the slaughter of thousands of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995. Retired U.S. Marine General John Sheehan led the U.S. Atlantic Command and served as the top NATO commander in the mid-1990s, the height of ethnic cleansing in former-Yugoslavia. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military would breed...
  • Somali pirates attempt attack on Dutch warship

    03/17/2010 12:34:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies · 1,462+ views
    ap ^ | Mar 17, 2010 | JASON STRAZIUSO
    After the pirates realized they had made what spokesman Cmdr. John Harbour called a "rather silly mistake," they turned around and fled. EU Naval Force personnel tracked down the two skiffs and a third suspected mothership, finding ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades on board... The two skiffs were destroyed and the pirates were set free on the mothership ... The London-based International Maritime Bureau says Somali pirates captured 47 vessels last year and launched 217 attacks. More than 100 crew are still being held.
  • Is Wilders wrong? (About Islam)

    03/10/2010 3:31:33 PM PST · by GOPGuide · 26 replies · 720+ views
    Powerline ^ | March 10, 2010 | Paul
    On Monday, Charles Krauthammer had this, in part, to say about Geert Wilders: What he says is extreme, radical, and wrong. He basically is arguing that Islam is the same as Islamism. Islamism is an ideology of a small minority which holds that the essence of Islam is jihad, conquest, forcing people into accepting a certain very narrow interpretation [of Islam].The untruth of that is obvious. If you look at the United States, the overwhelming majority of Muslims in the U.S. are not Islamists. So, it's simply incorrect. Now, in Europe, there is probably a slightly larger minority but, nonetheless,...
  • Dutch court asks US for more details in extradition case of Somali suspected of terror links

    03/09/2010 7:57:04 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies · 73+ views ^ | 3/9/10 | MIKE CORDER , Associated Press
    A Dutch court has taken the unusual step of asking U.S. authorities for more information about the case of a Somali man wanted in Minneapolis for allegedly aiding an Islamist terror group, his lawyer said Tuesday. Mohamud Said Omar, 44, is fighting his extradition from the Netherlands to the United States for allegedly providing money to the Somali group al-Shabab that was used to buy guns. Omar's lawyer Bart Stapert said the ruling, issued in writing by Rotterdam District Court on Monday, threw into doubt whether Omar will ever be extradited.
  • Dutch anti-immigration party gains ground in vote

    03/05/2010 10:48:58 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 6 replies · 378+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, March 4, 2010; 8:50 AM | ARTHUR MAX
    AMSTERDAM -- The voting was supposed to be about parking fees and dog taxes. But a populist anti-Islam party made a powerful impact in local elections Thursday while traditional governing parties suffered setbacks in what could be a harbinger of national election results three months away. Nearly complete returns posted by the NOS state broadcaster showed Geert Wilders' Freedom Party winning in the town of Almere and coming in second in The Hague, the only two races it ran out of 394 cities and towns that elected local councils. If the outcome is any indication of the parliamentary vote in...
  • Architectural Shoes: United Nude S/S 2010 Collection (Dutch architect Rem D Koolhaas designs shoes)

    03/05/2010 7:34:05 AM PST · by Mister Ghost · 19 replies · 829+ views
    The Fashion Time Magazine ^ | Mar 5th, 2010 | The Fashion Time Magazine
    The founders of United Nude, Dutch architect Rem D Koolhaas and British shoemaker Galahad Clark, have launched their Spring/Summer 2010 collection. It’s bright, cool and sexy in its own way and very emblematic of how a Dutch architect would design footwear. Solid at the base, with lots of loops for support and an emphasis on soaring verticality. United Nude has produced a striking S/S collection that will please shoe lovers worldwide.
  • Dutch to leave Kandahar vulnerable

    02/21/2010 9:43:19 PM PST · by world weary · 9 replies · 391+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 | Doug Saunders
    With the collapse of the Dutch government this weekend, its 1,600 soldiers are set to be withdrawn from the Taliban-ridden Afghan south shortly before Canada's 2,800 troops leave, creating a dangerous military vacuum there, the Prime Minister warned.
  • Dutch produce Tulip Flowers and Gutless Cowards?

    02/21/2010 3:00:58 PM PST · by Texas Peartree · 18 replies · 680+ views
    The Voice of Reason ^ | February 21, 2010 | Texas Peartree
    In school I considered the Dutch untrustworthy. For example, why are they called Dutch if they are from the Netherlands? The one thing memorable thing about them was the Tulip Mania that struck them almost 400 years ago, and caused the price of tulip bulbs to inflate, be used as currency, and finally crash, ruining their entire economy. At least we Americans bet on real estate. In the past 100 years we saved the Dutch and Western Civilization from the Germans, the Germans again and the Soviets. For this, one would expect a little help in fighting Islamofascists in Afghanistan,...
  • Dutch cabinet near collapse over Afghan mission row

    02/19/2010 6:34:32 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 3 replies · 313+ views
    Irish Times ^ | Feb 19, 2010 | ISABEL CONWAY
    THE DUTCH government teetered on the brink of collapse last night after marathon talks failed to resolve the crisis over continuation of the country’s mission in Afghanistan. The two biggest parties, the Christian Democrats (CDA) and Labour Party (PvdA), have seriously clashed on a range of fundamental issues since forming a coalition government with support from the small Orthodox Christian party ChristenUnie in 2007. Nobody had predicted that keeping troops in Afghanistan would pose such a key issue. Reluctant agreement in parliament to a cabinet proposal in 2007 to extend the Dutch mission in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan...
  • Dutch say failed plane bomber acted alone

    01/05/2010 10:16:19 AM PST · by Harley · 6 replies · 308+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 5, 2009 | Ben Berkowitz
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas acted alone and probably smuggled the explosives from Nigeria, the Dutch public prosecutor said on Tuesday.
  • Dutch approach to climate change: Adapt

    12/05/2009 3:51:43 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 26 replies · 1,192+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/5/09 | Anthony Faiola and Juliet Eilperin
    AMSTERDAM -- With the Copenhagen summit starting Monday, chances remain uncertain for a historic breakthrough in the fight to prevent climate change, but the Netherlands is leading a fight of a different kind: How to live with global warming. As sea levels swell and storms intensify, the Dutch are spending billions of euros on "floating communities" that can rise with surging flood waters, on cavernous garages that double as urban floodplains and on re-engineering parts of a coastline as long as North Carolina's. The government is engaging in "selective relocation" of farmers from flood-prone areas, and expanding rivers and canals...
  • Public Broadcaster's Childrens Choir Sings "Allah Akbar"

    10/29/2009 5:16:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 1,157+ views
    Kinderen voor Kinderen (Children for Children), the children's choir of public broadcaster VARA, has composed a song in which Islam is praised... In the song, 'Allah Akbar' is chorused 27 times. "The Dutch are in this way humiliated," declares PVV MP Martin Bosma. "The multi-culturalists have no shame any more. The multicultural faith is at death's door in society, but on subsidised public television, it is still alive and kicking." On Tuesday evening, the choir sung its 2009 CD on TV, among which was the Islam song. According to Bosma, the slogan 'Allah Akbar,' which forms the refrain, is "a...