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  • Dutch politician’s killer freed after 12 years

    05/06/2014 2:16:01 PM PDT · by The KG9 Kid · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 2 2014 | Associated Press
    AMSTERDAM — The animal rights activist who assassinated Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn was freed Friday, after serving just under 12 years in prison — years during which many of Fortuyn’s ideas, particularly his disdain of “multiculturalism” and his dislike of Muslim immigration, have become mainstream in the Netherlands. Volkert van der Graaf killed Fortuyn on May 6, 2002, days before national elections in which Fortuyn was set to win big on an anti-immigration platform that upended the then-progressive Dutch political landscape.
  • Dutch Foreign Minister Questions about Paul Weston’s Arrest

    05/01/2014 4:36:15 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 1 May 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Two members of the Dutch Parliament, Geert Wilders and Raymond de Roon of the Party for Freedom (PVV), have raised the question of Paul Weston’s recent arrest with the Dutch foreign minister. Below is the press release sent out today by the PVV. PVV questions Dutch Foreign Minister about arrest of British politician Today, Dutch parliamentarians Geert Wilders and Raymond de Roon (both PVV) asked the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, a number of questions about the arrest of British politician Paul Weston. You can read the questions below: Parliamentary questions of MPs Raymond de Roon and...
  • Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach

    04/23/2014 11:12:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    myfoxdc.com ^ | Updated: Apr 23, 2014 9:59 AM PDT
    AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.The Dutch ministry identified the planes as two Russian TU-95 Bears, and said it had launched two F-16s from Volkel air force base to intercept them. The Russian jets were escorted by aircraft from the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark until they departed.
  • 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.
  • Beekeeper on harsh winter: 'It's a 100% loss for me'

    04/17/2014 10:38:54 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 77 replies
    HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A local beekeeper who lost all of his honeybees this winter and he says it's happening across the state. Anyone can look at Don Lam's beehive and see piles of dead honeybees. However, for Lam, each hive also tells the story of a struggle to survive. "They vibrate their wing muscles and that vibration is similar to shivering," says Lam, a beekeeper in Holland. It was a fight that his nearly half a million honeybees lost to a long, harsh winter. "They had eaten there way all the way to the top, had run out of...
  • Draconian Traffic Fee Law Moving Toward The Chopping Block

    04/11/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2014 | Jack Spencer
    A government money grab that's been operating under the guise of public safety might soon be ended. Legislation to scrap Michigan's "driver responsibility fees" has overwhelming support in the Legislature. In 2003, state lawmakers passed a bill that assessed "driver responsibility fees" in an effort to bring in additional revenue. The move was thinly veiled as a measure to ensure drivers were operating vehicles safely. However, the fees often go beyond simply assigning stiffer penalties for unsafe driving practices. In many instances they pile on costs that individuals don't have the ability to pay. What's more, under certain circumstances they...
  • Woman sued for $2 million after boyfriend torches squirrel on apartment deck, starts massive fire

    04/04/2014 6:32:26 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 99 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | 4/3/2014 | Heidi Fenton
    HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI -- A woman who signed an apartment lease with her boyfriend and allegedly agreed to be liable for any smoke or water damage, faces a $2 million lawsuit after he attempted to cook a squirrel and started a massive fire with a torch. ... Khek Chanthalavong told investigators the blaze started after he had been using a torch on the deck of a unit he shared with Barbara Pellow, to burn the fur off a squirrel he'd captured. Once the fur was removed, he placed the torch in the corner of their deck, next to a plastic...
  • The Netherlands: War Over Geert Wilders

    03/31/2014 9:15:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/31/2014 | Bruce Bawer
    On March 19, addressing supporters in The Hague after a local election, Geert Wilders, head of the Freedom Party (PVV), asked if they wanted more or less of the European Union. “Less!” they shouted. Did they want more or less of the Labor Party? “Less!” they repeated. Then he asked, “Do you want, in this city and in the Netherlands, more or fewer Moroccans?” That last line caused a firestorm. Major politicians compared Wilders to Hitler. Prime Minister Mark Rutte demanded he apologize. The Freedom Party’s leader in the European Parliament, Laurence Stassen, quit the party, as did many local...
  • Witch-Hunt Against Geert Wilders: The Left’s vilification of a truth-telling Dutch escalates.

    03/26/2014 7:46:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/26/2014 | H. Numan
    On March 19, 2014, local elections were held in the Netherlands. On the eve of the election, party leaders celebrated their victories (or losses, as it were, for most parties). During the festivities Dutch politician Geert Wilders appeared in the Hague, one of the two cities in which Wilders’ party, the PVV (Party for Freedom), participated in this election. In a rousing speech before enthusiastic party supporters, Wilders asked the audience if they wanted a bit less local taxation and fewer Moroccans. The audience shouted, “Less! Less! Less!” This created a storm of protest from just about everyone in...
  • ..Holland's Queen Maxima proves to be a distraction for .. Barack Obama and Francois Hollande

    03/25/2014 12:53:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 25, 2014 | Jill Reilly
    Holland’s Queen Maxima proved to be a distraction for David Cameron, Barack Obama and Francois Hollande at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. The 40-year-old appeared to court more attention than her husband King Willem-Alexander last night at the Royal Palace Huis ten Bosch. The monarchs greeted their international guests before the official dinner.
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  • Dutch soccer team heads to Abu Dhabi without Israeli player

    01/07/2014 5:08:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 6, 2014, 2:43 pm | (JTA and Times of Israel staff)
    A Dutch soccer team is facing criticism for playing in Abu Dhabi despite the emirate’s refusal to let in the team’s Israeli defender. Two Dutch politicians and several media criticized the team, Vitesse of Arnhem, over the weekend for agreeing to play in Abu Dhabi despite the refusal Saturday to let Dan Mori into the country for matches against two German teams. Geert Wilders, leader of the rightist, pro-Israel Party for Freedom, on Sunday called the team cowardly on his Twitter account. “Vitesse shouldn’t have gone to the United Arab Emirates to protest the refusal to let Mori in. They...
  • Amira Willighagen (9) does it again - AVE MARIA - Holland's got Talent [Beautiful!]

    12/23/2013 9:20:53 AM PST · by mlizzy · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-23-13 | mlizzy
    Please, if you will, listen to Amira sing, Ave Maria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRr6Q1g8s2c#t=176
  • Hundreds of Dutch Churches Expected to Close by 2018

    12/03/2013 7:11:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Organization Seeks to Preserve Religious Heritage SitesA recent report by the “Future of Religious Heritage” states that an estimated 600-700 churches in the Netherlands will be decommissioned by 2018. The “Future of Religious Heritage” organization is comprised of associations, government bodies, universities and religious communities that are working together to preserve religious sites across the European continent. According to L’Osservatore Romano, which published the statistics, the organization also estimated that 400-500 Protestant churches will also be decommissioned. Currently, the Bishops of the Netherlands are in the Vatican on their Ad Limina visit, which is required by the heads of dioceses...
  • 'Black Pete' Makes Some See Red ... Racism Controversy Dampens Holland's Sinterklaas Tradition

    11/22/2013 11:39:38 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11/18/2013 | Rebecca Farivar
    • Racism controversy dampens Holland's Sinterklaas tradition Children across Europe eagerly await the arrival of St. Nicholas on December 6. But in Holland, the tradition has racist implications that the Dutch aren't quite willing to give up. For the Dutch, Sinterklaasavond (St. Nicholas Eve) on December 5 is the biggest celebration of the year - bigger than Christmas. That evening, families gather and exchange presents, and children leave out their shoes in the hopes that Sinterklaas will have fill them with candy by the next morning. What seems like a harmless holiday devoted to gifts, candy, and children, has a...
  • Little Nine-year-old Girl Sings Puccini / Holland's Got Talent 2013 - Amira Willighagen (9)

    10/31/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT · by Main Street · 49 replies
    Holland's Got Talent 2013 ^ | Oct 26, 2013 | Holland's Got Talent 2013
    Amira Willighagen (9) sings opera at the audition of Holland's Got Talent 26th nov 2013
  • Art Thief Blames Dutch Museum for ‘Negligence’

    10/25/2013 4:49:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | Tuesday 22 October 2013
    A Romanian man who has admitted stealing masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso, wants to pin the blame on the Dutch museum for failing to protect the works, his lawyer said Tuesday. Radu Dogaru is among six Romanians on trial for the spectacular three-minute heist from the Kunthal museum in Rotterdam in October 2012 which stunned the art world. Despite their value, none of the paintings was equipped with an alarm, Dutch authorities have said.
  • Dutch diplomat attacked in Russia

    10/16/2013 3:01:15 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 16 replies
    A senior Dutch diplomat was attacked by unknown assailants in Moscow late Tuesday night, Russian news agencies have reported, a week after President Vladimir Putin demanded an apology for a Russian diplomat's alleged beating in the Netherlands. Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans confirmed on his Facebook page that the attack on Onno Elderenbosch, deputy head of the Netherlands mission in Russia, did take place and summoned the Russian ambassador for an explanation on Wednesday, according to Dutch media. Russia was quick to express its regrets on Wednesday. The country’s investigative committee said Wednesday in a statement that it was investigating...
  • Euro Bailout Fund: Germans Pay Less Than Their Neighbors

    09/21/2013 8:45:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 20, 2013 – 03:57 PM | (Spiegel/chw)
    A new study shows that Germany contributes less per person to the permanent euro bailout fund than residents of several other countries in the European Union. Luxembourg, Holland and Ireland are among the nations paying more per capita. … EU member states have contributed some €48 billion ($65 billion) to the rescue authority to date. The cash contribution of the ESM is expected to increase to a total of €80 billion ($108 billion) by mid-2014, with the next installment due in October. …
  • Foreign reporter raped in Tahrir Square

    <p>Last weekend Dutch reporter Dina Zararia was reportedly raped in Tahrir Square, Cairo.</p>
  • Bitter irony: children once again to be euthanized in Belgium/Netherlands 70 years after Nazis

    06/18/2013 6:30:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 18, 2013 | PETER SAUNDERS
    June 18, 2013 (PJSaunders) - In this last week both Belgium and the Netherlands have taken major steps towards euthanasia for children. A consensus among members of the Belgian Federal Parliament has reportedly formed in support of legislation to allow children to choose to undergo euthanasia in certain dire cases, according to a report in the Belgian daily newspaper Der Morgen, as translated by the Paris-based news agency Presseurop. If child euthanasia is legalized in Belgium, the country would become the first in the developed world to have a law on the books formally allowing the practice. Belgium became the second country in the world...
  • Europe's Awakening: Switzerland Restricts Asylum, Holland Says No to Islam

    06/10/2013 2:48:18 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 8 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 10 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    How I love and admire Switzerland. Now more than ever. A vast majority of the Swiss people, 78.5%, have yesterday voted in a referendum, approving the amendments to further restrict the asylum law in the country. All cantons of the confederation have been in favour. "A big disappointment" commented the result Adčle Thorens, co-chairman of the Greens. "We did not expect to win, but we did not expect a similar result." That the Greens are disappointed is a measure of how good the changes are, at least in relation to the rest of Europe. The amendments to the asylum...
  • Vultures Eat French Tourist Killed in Fatal Pyrenees Cliff Plunge

    05/04/2013 2:55:04 PM PDT · by Third Person · 61 replies
    IBT ^ | May 4th, 2013 | Fiona Keating
    A campaign against Griffon vultures is gathering pace in France after it was revealed that the carrion eaters had devoured the body of a 52-year-old woman who fell to her death in the Pyrenees. Major Didier Pericou of the gendarmerie said the woman had fallen down a 300-metre slope while taking a short cut walking with two friends. "There were only bones, clothes and shoes left," he told The Times. "They took 45 to 50 minutes to eat the body." French farmers are now demanding the right to shoot the protected birds after attacks on sheep and cows. The birds...
  • Willem-Alexander sworn in as king of the Netherlands (Queen Beatrix Steps Down )

    04/30/2013 8:19:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 04/30/2013
    Willem-Alexander has been sworn in as king of the Netherlands following the abdication of Queen Beatrix. He became the country's first king since 1890 when his 75-year-old mother signed the abdication deed earlier on Tuesday after 33 years on the throne. Huge crowds of orange-clad partygoers are in Amsterdam to pay tribute. Now known as Princess Beatrix, the former queen maintained a recent Dutch tradition of monarch's handing over power to a new generation. Wearing the royal mantle, the new king swore to uphold the constitution at a colourful enthronement ceremony in the Nieuwe Kerk, a decommissioned church, before a...
  • Holland: "An Economy On The Brink" (Germany's most important ally in fiscal discipline in crisis)

    04/02/2013 11:29:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/02/2013 | Tyler Durden
    Infamous for little boys plugging holes with their fingers and grown-ups plugging their mouth with their foot (D-Boom), it seems Holland, Berlin's most important ally in the goal of greater fiscal discipline in Europe, has fallen into an economic crisis itself. As Spiegel reports, the once exemplary economy is suffering from huge debts and a burst real estate bubble, which has stalled growth and endangered jobs.The statistics make for some worrisome reading: no nation in the euro zone is as deeply in debt as the Netherlands, where banks have a total of about €650 billion in mortgage loans on...
  • Holland Discusses 'Group Marriage' as Next Step

    03/21/2013 2:06:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Charisma News ^ | March 20, 2013
    Boris Dittrich, a former Dutch politician, was behind the gay marriage campaign in Holland (Sebastiaan ter Burg / Flickr) The politician who masterminded the gay marriage campaign in Holland says that “group marriage” is now being discussed in the country.Boris Dittrich, a former Dutch politician, gave a video interview about how he successfully introduced gay marriage. He said, “There is now a discussion in the Netherlands that sometimes people want to marry with three people and maybe even more.“But that’s the beginning of something completely new and that will take a lot of years I guess.”Dittrich was speaking to a French...
  • Obama Keeps it Real: Fake Plant for Fake Products for Fake Cars

    03/11/2013 1:58:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 11, 2013 | John Ransom
    Here’s something that slipped through the cracks thanks to the fake drama that was going on during the fake fiscal crisis coming from our fake government in Washington, DC: Another fake green company boondoggle has resulted in federal dollars being spent on …nothing. According to a report issued by the Department of Energy’s own inspector general, employees at LG Chem, a Korean company that operates a battery plant in Holland, Michigan- a plant that’s supposed to support the Chevy Volt- were paid for playing video games, board games, volunteer work at Habitat for Humanity and other local charities. Another fake-work...
  • IG: Add LG Chem to Obama’s green-tech subsidy flops

    02/14/2013 5:26:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    hot air ^ | february 13, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This comes as no surprise to Hot Air readers, who learned about the value of the Obama administration’s $150 million subsidy investment of LG Chem last fall. After furloughing its workers at their Grand Rapids plant without having a single one of their batteries installed in a consumer vehicle, the local NBC affiliate produced this report on the way taxpayer money got spent:
  • 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....
  • Amsterdam's legal brothels are a brutal lesson for Britain : sex gangs and race

    12/01/2012 11:34:53 PM PST · by george76 · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 November 2012 | Sue Reid
    In a chilling parallel to the scandal sweeping Britain’s towns and cities, where a multitude of girls have been lured into sex-for-sale rings run by gangs, the Dutch pimps search out girls at school gates and in cafes, posing as ‘boyfriends’ promising romance, fast car rides and restaurant meals. The men ply their victims with vodka and drugs. They tell them lies: that they love them and their families don’t care for them. Then, the trap set, they rape them with other gang members, often taking photos of the attack to blackmail the girl into submission. ... Hard-line criminal behaviour...
  • Stuff Dutch People Like: #19--Mashing Their Food--Stamppot

    11/17/2012 7:18:11 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 54 replies
    Stuff Dutch People Like ^ | January 2012 | Anon
    "Mommy, what's that???" For anyone reading this, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Dutch food has yet to sweep the globe. Although pockets of the Dutch can be found scattering the world, delectable Dutch cuisine never seemed to have caught on. “Fancy I pick up some Dutch food on the way home from work?” or “Wow, you have got to try this new Dutch restaurant in SoHo!” are phrases you will never hear uttered. Isn’t it odd that a nation of traveling, colonizing, patriotic, emigrating folk never managed to sow their own culinary seeds? C’mon, who are we...
  • Dutch set to defy austerity as left takes poll lead

    08/25/2012 11:15:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.08.12 @ 19:54 | Benjamin Fox
    The left-wing Socialist party is expected to seize the largest gains in September's Dutch elections, threatening to deprive German Chancellor Angela Merkel of one of her closest allies in response to the eurozone debt crisis. With Dutch voters set to go to the polls on 12 September 12, opinion polls indicated that the Socialist party, which has never formed part of a government, is running marginally ahead of caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte's Liberal party (VVD). … The Socialist party is more euroskeptic than the mainstream Dutch parties, leading opposition to the ill-fated Constitutional Treaty, which was defeated in a...
  • Never seen before WW II pics

    07/30/2012 5:46:33 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 171 replies
    I have a friend from Holland (Netherlands).. he showed me (never seen before) pictures of his grandfather (that was an SS), BUT he is really reluctant to show them because he doesn't want a bad image on his family (name)..
  • More details: Breaking down the IHOP indictment (money laundering, illegal immigrants and more)

    05/24/2012 2:19:32 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 8 replies
    Toledo News Now ^ | 5/23/12 | Nick Bade
    The 65 page indictment unsealed Wednesday outlines a massive conspiracy to defraud employees, IHOP corporate, investors, the Internal Revenue Service and federal, state and local law enforcement. Background Prior to 2003, Tarek Elkafrawi owned and operated two IHOP franchises; one in Decatur, Illinois and the other in Evansville, Indiana. During his time in Decatur, the indictment alleges, Elkafrowi began a social friendship with Autumn Lee Tangas, an employee of IHOP Corporate in Decatur. Between 2003 and 2006 Elkafrawi purchased, either entirely or in partnership with other investors, 6 other IHOP franchises. Those stores are located in Toledo (2), Holland, Findlay,...
  • As Dutch churches shut, sacred art finds new use abroad

    05/03/2012 3:39:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2012 | Tom Heneghan
    ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (Reuters) - When Christianity fades, it doesn't just leave empty pews behind. With each church that shuts, the statues, crucifixes, chalices, paintings or vestments that were part of regular Sunday services suddenly have no liturgical home.In the Netherlands, where faith has faded more dramatically than in many other parts of Europe, two churches close down on average every week. The sacred art left over is piling up in cellars and storerooms around the country.Some congregations elsewhere have the opposite problem. New Catholic and Protestant churches are springing up in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and pastors in eastern...
  • “Hare, hunter, field” — Castration for deviancy

    03/22/2012 6:06:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies · 2+ views
    Get Religion ^ | March 21, 2012
    Montgomer Clift in Judgment at Nuremberg The New York Post usually wins the award for best worst headline amongst the New York metropolitan papers. “Headless body in topless bar” remains my favorite.The New York Times however is giving the Post a run for their money. In the 21 March 2012 issue on page A4 we have “Dutch Church is accused of castrating young men”.This is not a story for the faint of heart. And, if you were looking for a fair, informed treatment of the story, look elsewhere.Here is the lede. A young man in the care of the Roman...
  • Second Greek bailout in reach despite funding gaps (Greece debt to still be at 160% of GDP)

    02/20/2012 1:54:52 PM PST · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    reuters ^ | 2/20/2012 | By Luke Baker and Jan Strupczewski
    Euro zone finance ministers inched towards approving a second bailout for debt-laden Greece on Monday that would resolve Athens' immediate repayment needs but seems unlikely to revive the nation's shattered economy. Agreement on a 130-billion-euro rescue package on strict conditions would draw a line under months of uncertainty that has shaken the currency bloc, and avert an imminent bankruptcy. As the ministers met, officials were struggling to make the numbers add up. EU sources said they had to find a further 6 billion euros, via various options, to make the financing work, and private investors might have to take bigger...
  • Eurozone leaders battle to secure Greek deal

    02/20/2012 1:42:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/20/2012 | Louise Armitstead, and Bruno Waterfield, in Brussels
    European powers struggled to agree a Greek rescue deal on Monday night as politicians doggedly refused to either lower Athens' debt targets or boost the €130bn (Ł108bn) bail-out fund. Members of the eurogroup promised a deal would be done but the talks ran into the night in a tug-of-war battle over the yawning gap in Greece's finances. There were violent protests in Athens as Greek democracy and sovereignty appeared to be being carved up by demands from individual European countries. Northern European "hardliners" - including Holland, Germany, Austria and Finland - demanded a "permanent representation" of the troika in Athens...
  • Second Greek bailout in reach despite funding gaps

    02/20/2012 1:39:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/20/12 | Luke Baker and Jan Strupczewski - Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers inched towards approving a second bailout for debt-laden Greece on Monday that would resolve Athens' immediate repayment needs but seems unlikely to revive the nation's shattered economy. Agreement on a 130-billion-euro rescue package on strict conditions would draw a line under months of uncertainty that has shaken the currency bloc, and avert imminent bankrupcty. As the ministers met, officials were struggling to make the numbers add up. EU sources said they had to cut a further 6 billion euros, via various means, to make the financing work, and private investors might have to...
  • Dutch queen clashes with anti-Muslim party after she wears headscarf on visit to Oman mosque

    01/19/2012 1:00:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/19/2012 | John Hutchinson
    Dutch Queen Beatrix took on the fiery leader of her country's anti-Muslim party today by dismissing as 'nonsense' his criticism of her decision to wear a headscarf during a recent visit to a mosque. The queen made her unusually forthright comment to Dutch reporters covering her state visit this week to the United Arab Emirates and Oman, National broadcaster NOS reported. Her comments were not recorded, but Beatrix told reporters she wore the headscarf in the UAE on Sunday, and again on a visit to an Oman mosque today to show religious respect The popular monarch was responding to questions...
  • Netherlands party challenges Turkey’s NATO membership

    12/28/2011 7:02:40 AM PST · by bayouranger · 7 replies
    JPost ^ | 12-26-11 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
    Ankara accused of ‘abandoning’ Israel and France by Dutch Freedom Party. BERLIN – The Dutch Freedom Party, the Netherlands’s third largest political party, urged the Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministries last week to reconsider Turkey’s continued membership in NATO. Geert Wilders, head of the party, and its Mideast expert, deputy Wim Kortenoeven, accused Turkey of abandoning its allies – Israel earlier this year, and now France. Turkey severed diplomatic and military ties with France last week, over the French parliamentary resolution on the current Turkish government’s reaction to the Ottoman Empire’s massacre of Christian Armenians in 1915. The empire preceded...
  • EU: Dutchman Helps to Liquidate Dying Churches

    12/23/2011 1:01:02 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Der Spiegel, Hamburg ^ | 12/22/2011 | Benjamin Dürr
    A drastic exodus from the church is underway in the Netherlands. With two churches shuttered each week, one man has become the country's top advisor on how to repurpose the once holy buildings. Some are demolished, while others find new life as mosques, stores and even recreation centers. Marc de Beyer in St. Michael's church in De Bilt, where several parishes have combined. Marc de Beyer is an art historian in Utrecht, located about a half an hour by train from Amsterdam, but one could also call him a liquidator. He's a man who shuts down churches. When a parish...
  • Holland May Cut Funds to UNRWA

    12/13/2011 1:39:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Holland is reviewing its policy of funding the UNRWA agency for Arab ”refugees," which treats them differently from other refugees. In reply to a question from Speaker of the legislature Hans Ten Broke, Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said the government will “thoroughly review” its annual contribution of approximately $30 million, according to the European Jewish Press. Holland is the sixth largest contributor to the United Nations agency, which was set up to deal with Arabs, most of whom were encouraged to flee Israel by Arab countries who promised they would quickly return after the anticipated annihilation of Israel in the...
  • Catholic Priest Vows to Fight Sacking for Living With His Girlfriend [Netherlands]

    12/07/2011 6:44:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Dutch News ^ | 12/6/11
    An 81-year-old Catholic priest, expelled from the priesthood because he lives with his 85-year-old girlfriend, says he will take his case to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary, Trouw reports on Tuesday. Jan Peijnenburg, who has lived with his girlfriend for 46 years, was sent a letter at the weekend telling him he has been suspended because he refuses to leave his partner. According to Trouw, the suspension will have little effect because Peijnenburg is retired and only rarely fulfills church duties.
  • Peter van Uhm: Guns for World Peace (Video)

    12/01/2011 8:11:20 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    TEDxTalks ^ | Nov 25, 2011 | TEDxTalks
    A rather interesting speech by the Dutch Chief of Defense, Peter van Uhm, on the role of firearms, military force, and constitutional government in creating a more peaceful world. Quite a bit of what he said is open to interpretation, and could be seen as supporting different viewpoints, but in any event, I thought it was still a fascinating speech, and certainly worth watching. And yes, it's in English.
  • The Pilgrims in Holland

    11/18/2011 3:23:13 PM PST · by Chuckmorse · 6 replies
    A Whig Manifesto ^ | November 18, 2011 | Chuck Morse
    The English Separatist congregation, known to history as the Pilgrims, was known as the Scrooby Congregation before they made their way across the Atlantic in the Mayflower. Named for the Scrooby Manor, which was the Nottinghamshire English home of one of their leaders William Brewster, the congregation had gathered at the Brewster home for meetings and services while in in England. King James I, following the more lenient Queen Elizabeth I in 1602, rejected the demands of the separatists across England who sought independent religious congregations and who had accused the Church of England of being too much like the...
  • Op-Ed: The Dutch Origins of the Iranian Nuclear Bomb

    11/20/2011 7:52:51 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/11/11 | Yochanan Visser
    The EU does not seem to apprehend the nature of the Iranian nuclear program. The Dutch helped it happen. On October 21st 2003 the EU and Iran signed an agreement called the Tehran Declaration which stated the following: "The Iranian authorities reaffirmed that nuclear weapons have no place in Iran’s defense doctrine and that its nuclear program and activities have been exclusively in the peaceful domain". Last week's publication of the latest IAEA report not only showed the futility of signing this kind of agreement with a fanatical Islamist regime but it also delivered the ultimate proof of the bankruptcy...
  • Halal and Kosher hit by Dutch ban

    11/06/2011 8:55:04 AM PST · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | November 6th 2011 | Anna Holligan
    Next month the Dutch parliament is expected to approve a ban on halal and kosher methods of slaughtering animals for food. Those who proposed the ban say it is simply an issue of animal welfare, but it received strong support from the right-wing Freedom Party. Many see it as a violation of their religious freedom, and among the Jewish community it is a worrying echo of a similar ban brought in by Hitler. Video at link
  • Dutch Scientist Given €300,000 To Grow Hamburger In Lab

    10/25/2011 4:10:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 25, 2011 | Nick Jardine
    A Dutch professor at Maastricht University has been given a grant of €300,000 ($417,000) to "grow" a hamburger in a lab, reports the BBC. Mark Post is attempting to grow synthetic meat in a lab using muscle stem cells. Post has said that his goal is to turn meat production from a farming process to a factory process. According to Gizmodo, he can only currently grow meat a few millimeters thick due to having no way of getting nutrients to the muscle cells. However, he is hoping to introduce a new process to allow his portion sizes to increase. In...
  • Dutch pedophilia lobby leader jailed for three years

    10/20/2011 1:14:58 PM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 10/20/2011 | Hilary White
    The head of an infamous pedophile lobby group in the Netherlands has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports that Ad van den Berg, 67, had been held in custody for six months while police investigated the materials on his computer. Thousands of films and 130,000 photographs of child pornography, among which were 13,000 in which Van den Berg himself featured, were reportedly discovered in a raid on his house in December. He claimed the images were “for scientific research”. In 2006, Van den Berg registered the Party for Brotherly Love,...