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  • Fighting for Freedom While Losing His Own: An Interview with Geert Wilders

    05/18/2011 6:04:15 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | May 16 2011 | Christine Williams
    “In the process of fighting for freedom, I lost my own freedom,” Dutch politician Geert Wilders explained. Our weekly Canadian program, “On the Front Line,” was one of the media outlets carefully selected to interview Wilders during his first visit to Canada last week. For several years, public and private discourse has centered around the sensationalism of Wilders’ epic battle against the Islamization of the West. But this interview (still to be aired) revealed some of Wilders’ less publicized views on moderate Islam and the personal cost of his quest. Wilders, who remains under explicit death threats from Muslims, is...
  • Satnav maker TomTom 'helps' police set speed traps (update)(Netherlands)

    04/27/2011 8:28:24 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    Dutch News ^ | 4-27-11 | Dutchnews
    Satellite navigation system maker TomTom indirectly sells details of motorists’ driving behaviour to the police for use in determining where speed traps should be placed, the AD reports on Wednesday. Almost half the country’s police forces use this method of deciding where to put cameras and speed checks, the paper says. The company’s terms and conditions make it clear that information gleaned from the sat nav systems can be sold to other companies. TomTom sells the information to an intermediary which in turn sells it on to the police. A spokesman for TomTom told the Telegraaf the company was unaware...
  • 7 shoppers killed in Dutch mall shooting

    04/09/2011 5:18:22 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    (CNN) -- Dutch officials say a gunman opened fire at a mall on Saturday, killing seven people and wounding 16 others before shooting himself in the head, a journalist with CNN affiliate SBS reported, citing police and other officials. Bas Eenhoorn, mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn, told reporters that the 24-year-old suspected shooter -- identified only as Tristan V -- fired an automatic rifle and killed himself before police arrived on the scene. The suspect, whose full name is being withheld until a formal investigation is concluded, is a Dutch national who was living with his father, police told...
  • 6 killed, 11 wounded in Dutch mall shooting

    04/09/2011 7:02:49 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 55 replies
    ALPHEN AAN DEN RIJN, Netherlands – A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon at a crowded shopping mall outside Amsterdam on Saturday, leaving at least six people dead and wounding 11 others, Dutch officials said.
  • Gay soldiers on Canal Parade in uniform (Netherlands)

    03/27/2011 11:20:25 AM PDT · by Salman · 21 replies
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | 21 March 2011 | Tim Fisher
    The ministry of defence says it’s backing ‘out in the open’ military participation during the week-long event. The homosexual representatives of the armed forces will have their own special boat in the famous Canal Parade, traditionally held on the afternoon of the first Saturday in August.
  • LIBYA: Captured Dutch marines, seized helicopter shown on state TV

    03/04/2011 6:20:42 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 4, 2011
    Libyan state TV has aired footage of three detained Dutch marines who were captured along with their helicopter by forces loyal to leader Moammar Kadafi near the Kadafi-stronghold of Sirte on Sunday as they reportedly were carrying out a mission to evacuate two Europeans. The Dutch Defense Ministry insists the crew was simpy carrying out a "consular evacuation" -- a claim that Libya seems to find dubious. On Friday, Libya's Al-Jamahiriyah TV broadcast a video report showing the helicopter crew of three, including one woman, sitting in a room.
  • Three Dutch marines captured during rescue in Libya

    03/03/2011 2:02:03 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Talks are under way to free a Dutch helicopter crew captured in Libya trying to evacuate foreign citizens, the Netherlands' defence ministry says. The three marines landed their Lynx near the port of Sirte on Sunday, flying in from the Dutch warship Tromp, which is anchored off the Libyan coast. "Intensive negotiations" were under way, a ministry spokesman said. The ministry was in contact with the marines who were "doing well under the circumstances", he added. "We hope they will be released as quickly as possible," Otte Beeksma told the Associated Press news agency. Asked if the Dutch government considered...
  • [Three] Dutch Marines Held In Libya After Failed Rescue

    03/03/2011 7:48:02 AM PST · by edpc · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 3 Mar 2011 |
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Armed forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi captured three Dutch marines and their helicopter during a botched evacuation mission near a stronghold of the Libyan leader, the Defense Ministry said Thursday. Libyan authorities are still holding the marines five days after they were seized Sunday by armed men after landing near Sirte in a Lynx helicopter from the navy ship HMS Tromp. The ship was anchored off the Libyan coast to help evacuations from the conflict-torn country, spokesman Otte Beeksma told The Associated Press.
  • Dutch envoy to Tehran recalled

    02/07/2011 7:19:57 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | Feb. 8, 2011
    The Netherlands accused Iran yesterday of not meeting normal standards of civilised behaviour for not allowing relatives to bury a Dutch-Iranian woman executed last month, and recalled its ambassador to Iran. Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal said the Dutch ambassador to Tehran was being recalled in protest at the case of 45-year-old Zahra Bahrami, who Iran said it hanged in Tehran on January 29 for drug smuggling. Instead of the normal procedure of handing over the body to family members for burial, Bahrami’s remains were taken 400km from Tehran and interred with no relatives present.
  • Successful Launch of Second Multi Mission Frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy

    02/07/2011 8:30:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Successful Launch of Second Multi Mission Frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy (Source: Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding; issued Feb. 4, 2011) At Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, on February 2, the second Multi-Mission Frigate under construction for the Royal Moroccan Navy, was rolled out of the assembly hall. The 98 metre-long ship has been constructed entirely on land at the DSNS yard at Vlissingen-East and is now ready, on schedule, to be completed at the Vlissingen-City shipyard. Heavy Lifting and Transport company Mammoet Europe B.V., moved the 1700 ton vessel from the assembly hall to the pontoon after which...
  • Dutch freeze contacts with Iran over hanging

    01/29/2011 2:27:52 PM PST · by nuconvert · 30 replies
    The Dutch government has frozen all contacts with Iran in protest over the hanging of a Dutch-Iranian woman. The Dutch foreign ministry said it was "shocked, shattered by this act by a barbaric regime". Sahra Bahrami, aged 46, was hanged for drug smuggling early on Saturday, Iranian officials said. Her family accuses Tehran of fabricating the case against her after she was detained for taking part in anti-government protests in 2009.
  • Emergency debate on Joint Strike Fighter

    01/21/2011 8:52:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Radio Netherlands ^ | 1/21/2011 | Radio Netherlands
    A request by the Green Left party in the Dutch parliament for an emergency debate has been granted following the release of US cables revealing comments by the Ministry of Defense regarding the purchase of Joint Strike Fighter planes. The cables sent by the US embassy in The Hague in 2007 were uncovered by Wikileaks and passed onto Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. The newspaper says the United States was better informed on the government's position with regard to the project than parliament. For instance in 2007, the US was aware that the ministry did not have enough money to buy...
  • JSF fight jet costs rise again

    01/16/2011 11:43:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Dutch News ^ | 1/16/2010 | Dutch News
    The cost of a new joint strike fighter jet is now put at €59.7m each, plus €3.9m a year for maintenance and use, the Volkskrant reports on Sunday. The paper bases its claims on documents sent to parliament by defence minister Hans Hillen on Friday. The defence ministry wants to buy 85 jets to replace the aging fleet of F-16s. A final decision has been put off until the next cabinet period, but the current government does want to buy two test planes. Hillen told MPs the first test plan will be handed over in August 2012 and the second...
  • Prosecutor asks for 3 more months to complete terrorist probe [Rotterdam plot]

    09/02/2002 9:10:33 AM PDT · by Wallaby · 155+ views
    Associated Press Worldstream | September 2, 2002 | ANTHONY DEUTSCH
    Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. Prosecutor asks for 3 more months to complete terrorist probe Associated Press Worldstream ANTHONY DEUTSCH; Associated Press Writer September 2, 2002 Monday 10:43 AM Eastern Time ROTTERDAM, Netherlands The public prosecutor on Monday asked for three more months to complete his case against four men accused of plotting terrorist attacks against U.S. targets in France and Belgium. Prosecutors say that in addition to the Paris embassy, the group targeted the Kleine-Brogel base in northeast Belgium, where around 100 U.S. Air Force personnel are...
  • Shoe-Bomb Conspirator Gets 13 Years - Saajid Badat conspiring with shoe-bomber Richard Reid

    04/22/2005 10:37:42 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 25 replies · 599+ views
    AP / ^ | April 22, 2005 | BETH GARDINER
    LONDON (AP) - A British judge Friday imposed a 13-year prison sentence on a man who admitted conspiring with shoe-bomber Richard Reid to blow up a U.S.-bound trans-Atlantic jet in 2001. Prosecutors said they believe British-born Saajid Badat, 25, may have backed out of an alleged plot with Reid, who was subdued by passengers when he attempted to detonate a bomb aboard an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami on Dec. 22, 2001. ``Turning away from crime in circumstances such as these constitutes a powerful mitigating factor,'' Judge Adrian Fulford said. ``It can take considerable courage to plead guilty...
  • Bosnia: Dutch offer Bosnians monthly repatriation benefits (You don't belong, go home)

    01/05/2011 12:43:46 PM PST · by Bokababe · 13 replies
    AKI ^ | 1/5/11 | Staff
    Sarajevo 5 Jan. (AKI) - The Netherlands has offered life benefits to Bosnians who settled in the country in the wake of the 1992-1995 war, if they decide to return home, Bosnian Ministry for Human Rghts and Refugees said on Wednesday....
  • Dutch detain 12 Somalis on terror suspicions

    12/25/2010 12:17:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    AMSTERDAM – Twelve Somali men have been detained in the port city of Rotterdam on suspicion of terrorist-related activities, the Dutch public prosecutor said Saturday.
  • US embassy cables: Worries over Dutch participation in Joint Strike Fighter programme(Wikileaks)

    12/20/2010 9:56:24 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian.UK ^ | 12/15/2010 | The Guardian.UK
    Monday, 21 September 2009, 07:38 C O N F I D E N T I A L THE HAGUE 000568 SIPDIS EO 12958 DECL: 09/17/2019 TAGS MARR, MOPS, NATO, PINS, PREL, NL SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS/JSF: CONCERN ABOUT SECOND ENGINE REF: A. THE HAGUE 271 B. THE HAGUE 264 C. THE HAGUE 543 Classified By: POLECON Counselor Andrew C. Mann for reasons 1.5(b,d) Summary This cable relays concerns from the US embassy in the Hague that unless greater US support is giving to the development of a second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter, it might jeopardise Dutch involvement in the project...
  • Researcher detained at U.S. border, questioned about Wikileaks

    08/01/2010 8:36:48 PM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies · 2+ views
    CNET / ^ | July 31, 2010 4:16 PM PDT | By Elinor Mills
    LAS VEGAS -- A security researcher involved with the Wikileaks Web site was detained by U.S. agents at the border for three hours and questioned about the controversial whistleblower project as he entered the country on Thursday to attend a hacker conference, sources said on Saturday. He was also approached by two FBI agents at the Defcon conference after his presentation on Saturday afternoon about the Tor Project. Jacob Appelbaum, a Seattle-based programmer for the online privacy protection project called Tor, arrived at the Newark, New Jersey, airport from Holland flight Thursday morning when he was pulled aside by customs...
  • Netherlands Spells Out Near-Term JSF Budget Plan

    12/16/2010 9:20:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/15/2010 | Robert Wall
    The Netherlands expects to ramp up production spending for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter significantly in 2014, according to budget projections submitted to parliament. The latest update the defense ministry is providing to legislators on the planned F-35 purchase shows spending on the system design and development (SDD) phase will wrap up in 2012, with €11.6 million ($15.6 million) and €1.1 million to be spent over the next two years. Additionally, the Dutch government has set aside €8.5 million in 2011 and €3 million in 2012 to complete solely Dutch-financed SDD initiatives. The budget forecast also shows €126.3 million in...
  • 'I see no future for Jews in the Netherlands'

    12/07/2010 8:54:17 AM PST · by HearMe · 43 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/7/2010 | Staff
    Former Dutch EU commissioner says "recognizable" Jews are no longer safe in Netherlands due to Muslim anti-Semitism. Former European Union Commissioner Frits Bolkenstein said that Jews have no future in the Netherlands and recommended that they emigrate to the US or Israel, Dutch magazine Elsevier reported on Tuesday. According to a book on Dutch Judaism, released this week, Bolkestein, former leader of the right-wing VVD party, said that due to anti-Semitism amongst young Moroccans, Jews who look like Jews - those who wear kippahs or payot - should leave Holland for their own safety. "I see no future for recognizable...
  • Fokker Aircraft Services celebrates 1111th F-16 to be maintained

    12/06/2010 6:59:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies ^ | 11/30/2010 |
    Fokker Aircraft Services (FAS) is celebrating the 1111th F-16 to undergo maintenance at its facility. The jet belongs to the Royal Norwegian Air Force and arrived at Fokker Aircraft Service's hangars this November where it will undergo a 300 FH Phase Inspection. The first Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon arrived at Fokker nearly 30 years ago from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Its multifaceted modification work encompassed both modernization and structural improvements. Since then, Fokker's servicing of F-16s has steadily progressed with work conducted on behalf of the Royal Danish Air Force, United States Air Forces in Europe, Portuguese Air...
  • 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.
  • Geert Wilders in Tel Aviv

    12/05/2010 3:48:21 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 5 replies
    Andrew Bostom ^ | Andrew Bostom
    Israel is often being treated unfairly. The world looks at the plight of the Palestinians in refugee camps in Lebanon, Gaza, and other places, and many blame Israel. The UN claims that there are over 4.7 million Palestinian refugees, and many blame Israel. These voices say the Palestinians should be allowed to return to “Palestine.” But where is Palestine? Many say Israel must solve the problems of Palestine. But is Israel guilty of the plight of the Palestinian refugees? My answer is “No.” The Arab leaders are to be blamed – and Islam is to be blamed. Let me first...
  • New Dutch jet fighters 1.4 billion euros more expensive

    12/03/2010 5:59:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Radio Netherlands ^ | 12/2/2010 | Radio Netherlands
    The costs of the Joint Strike Fighter, the US fighter jet which is to replace the ageing Dutch fleet of F-16s, will be 1.4 billion euros higher than the original estimate. This is an increase of 20 percent over the amount of 6.2 billion euros which the government initially expected would buy 85 JSF planes. Parliament expressed shock at the increase, particularly at a time when the government has announced 18 billion euros’ worth of budget cuts. On Thursday, Defence Minister Hans Hillen wrote in a letter to parliament that the higher costs are partly due to delays in the...
  • Netherlands Threatened by Dutch Weapons? (Venezuela)

    11/24/2010 4:58:54 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Radio Netherlands ^ | Nov. 23, 2010
    Netherlands Threatened by Dutch Weapons? (Source: Radio Netherlands; issued Nov. 23, 2010) Four Italian-made frigates set out from the Venezuelan port city of Puerto Cabello in the middle of the night. They lead a fleet including amphibious landing craft and service ships, on their way to invade Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, three Caribbean islands forming part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. A Dutch 'Falklands war' has begun. This is a nightmare scenario that Dutch military planners must nonetheless take into account, given Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez's repeated threats over the last two years. Political leaders on the three islands...
  • Exiled Ansar founder (Krekar)could be linked to Allawi attack plot

    12/08/2004 9:15:07 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 14 replies · 426+ views
    Sireea times ^ | December 5,2004
    OSLO (AFP) - The founder of radical Islamist group Ansar al-Islam was questioned in Oslo by German police ahead of the arrests in Germany of three men suspected of plotting to attack visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allaiwi. German police interrogated Mullah Krekar in Oslo early last week and he is thought to be linked to at least one of the men arrested on Friday on suspicion of planning attacks during Allawi's visit, the Norwegian daily VG reported Sunday. All three have been ordered held over their alleged membership of Ansar al-Islam, described by German authorities as a foreign terrorist...
  • Refurbished F-16s On Their Way to Chile

    11/06/2010 12:08:11 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Defense Aerospace ^ | 11/5/2010 | Defense Aerospace
    The first F-16s that the Netherlands have sold to Chile took off from Leeuwarden Air Base this morning on their way to their new home in Antofagasta. In total, the South American country is buying 18 aircraft from the Netherlands. The fighters’ first stop will be in Gran Canaria, after which they cross over into Brazil. They will then fly to their final destination in Antofagasta, where the aircraft will be transferred to the Chilean air force. The sale of 18 fighter aircraft is one of the measures in the 'Wereldwijd dienstbaar' polcy adopted in 2007. It states that Defense...
  • Dutch F-16s intercept Russian bombers over Netherlands

    11/04/2010 7:53:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Dutch Daily News ^ | 11/05/2010 | Dutch Daily News
    Two F16’s from the Dutch Royal Air Force have intercepted two Russian bombers over the North Sea on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the Air Force. The two Russian aircraft type TU-95 MS (Bear) were for some time monitored by the Dutch aircraft and eventually flew away. It is the second time in more than one month that Russian long range bombers are flying in European airspace. On the night of 15th September, British, Danish and German aircraft came in action because of two Russian aircraft. Tuesday first Danish and British aircraft came in action before the Dutch fighter...
  • 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...
  • Geert Wilders Trial Stalled As Judge Is Caught Tampering With Defense Witness - Entire Panel Sacked

    10/23/2010 4:21:04 PM PDT · by JLWORK · 11 replies
    The Right Side Of It ^ | October 23, 2010 | John L. Work
    While the latest twist in the case is sensational and the outcome at least temporarily beneficial for Freedom of Speech, there is a sinister shadow in the background that bodes ill for both Europe and The United States. Islam by all appearances has sunken its hooks deeply into The Netherlands’ judicial system. Yesterday, the hate-speech case against Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders was stopped, the panel of judges dumped, and he will be re-tried. Why? On May 3, 2010, the judge (read that: Inquisitor) who ordered the case to trial reportedly showed up at a social gathering dinner – and began...
  • Obama headlines Google fat cat fundraiser; crickets chirp over Google’s $60 bil tax avoidance

    10/21/2010 10:42:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 10/21/10 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama is all for demonizing large American corporations that avoid taxes through income shifting…except when those large American corporations are dumping money in his campaign coffers. Bloomberg is running a big story on Google’s lucrative use of the very loopholes Team Obama wants to eliminate: Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda. Google’s income shifting — involving strategies known to lawyers as the “Double Irish” and the “Dutch Sandwich” — helped reduce its overseas tax rate...
  • Rare Albino Seal Found, Hospitalized In Netherlands

    10/19/2010 3:58:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Indyposted ^ | 10/18/2010 | Rudy Stettner
    An extremely rare albino seal has been admitted to the Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre Lenie ‘t Hart (SRRC ) in Holland for treatment of a very serious lung infection. The SRRC is a Dutch veterinary hospital that treats and releases seals that have fallen ill rather than euthanizing them. The SRRC has reportedly only treated 6 such seals in the last 40 years. The last albino seal that was treated at the SRRC was treated there 10 years ago. The SRRC is a treatment facility for seals and an education center for visitors from around the world. Seals are...
  • Will Islam Conquer the Netherlands?

    10/15/2010 4:48:00 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Sheik Yer Mami ^ | October 15, 2010 | Diana West
    All eyes are on the war on free speech, the one that Dutch powers-that-be are waging inside an Amsterdam courtroom. That’s where Geert Wilders is standing trial for his increasingly popular political platform, based on his analysis of the anti-Western laws and principles of Islam, that rejects the Islamization of the Netherlands. But don’t stop there. There’s much more to see in the trial of Wilders, whose Partij voor de Vrijheid (Party for Freedom) is the silent partner in the Netherlands’ brand new center-right coalition government. That camel in the courtroom is the tip off... ...this trial presented a watershed...
  • Working Replica of Noah's Ark Opens In Schagen, Netherlands

    10/14/2010 9:54:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    News Blaze ^ | September 19, 2008
    This is truly amazing! Cannot even imagine the work time and money that went into this venture. It's also amazing to see how large this is - and that the fact it is to scale of biblical times. Enjoy. *** The massive central door in the side of Noah's Ark was thrown open Saturday for the first crowd of curious Pilgrims and townsfolk to behold the wonder. Of course, it's only a replica of the biblical Ark, built by Dutch Creationist Johan Huibers as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible. The ark is 150...
  • Dutch court to free Iraq insurgent who plotted to kill Americans

    10/13/2010 6:10:17 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, October 13, 2010; 8:31 PM | Ellen Nakashima
    The United States denounced a Dutch court's decision on Wednesday to grant an early release from prison to a Dutch citizen who had been sentenced to a 25-year term for conspiring to kill Americans in Iraq. "We are extremely disappointed in the Rotterdam District Court's decision to release Wesam al-Delaema from prison after serving less than six years, and rejecting the 16-year prison term recommended by Dutch prosecutors," Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney said. Delaema was convicted by a U.S. court, then later transferred to Dutch custody. He agreed to accept a 25-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea....
  • Dutch look at weeding out cannabis cafés (Libertarian potheads weep, confronted by common sense)

    10/09/2010 8:26:52 AM PDT · by heye2monn · 27 replies
    Financial Times online ^ | 10/08/10 | Stanley Pignal
    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 is moving away from laisser-faire traditions. The equation that led to the policy of tolerance has changed in the past decade, as large-scale crime around both coffee shops and the legal sex trade became more visible.
  • 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 deliver banned nuclear equipment to Iranian group

    10/08/2010 3:37:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    BERLIN – Authorities in the Netherlands improperly supplied nuclear equipment to the sanctioned Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), the Dutch Economic Affairs Ministry wrote in an October 4 letter obtained by The Jerusalem Post. According to Economic Affairs Minister Maria van der Hoeven’s letter, “That shipment contained a helium-leak detector, which was ordered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in line with its technical cooperation program with Iran, [but] was shipped to a banned recipient (AEOI).” The UN agency’s involvement in the delivery of EUsanctioned material raises thorny questions about the role of the IAEA in monitoring Iran’s...
  • Netherlands: Christian Democrats are unanimous in support for alliance with PVV

    10/05/2010 10:21:47 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    Dutch News ^ | October 05 2010
    Two dissident Christian Democrat MPs have finally voted in favour of their party forming a new governing alliance which will involve the anti-Islam PVV. The unanimous decision from the 21 CDA MPs means the next stage in the coalition formation process - the appointment of ministers - can now be taken. On Monday night, acting party leader Maxime Verhagen told reporters 'there are no dissidents any more', leading commentators to speculate that a behind the scenes deal had been done. Pressure The two, Kathleen Ferrier and Ad Koppejan, had come under considerable pressure to fall into line. They were known...
  • Democracy on Trial: Geert Wilders Goes To Court (criminal charges for insulting Islam)

    10/03/2010 9:03:38 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | Oct 3, 2010 | Abigail R. Esman
    It may well become the trial of the century: this week, Dutch MP [Member of Parliament] Geert Wilders stands before the judge on charges of “sowing hate” through his speeches and writings about Islam. ... For Wilders, however, its timing could not come at a more strategic moment. As the founder and leader of Holland’s far-right Freedom Party (PVV), Wilders is not only Holland’s most controversial politician, but also its most-favored, ranking higher in the polls now than it did after a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections this past June. Moreover, just last week, after months of debate, the Dutch...
  • Netherlands MPs do deal to ban burqa

    09/30/2010 11:07:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    AFP ^ | October 01, 2010
    THE Netherlands will ban the burqa, anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has said following the announcement of a pact to form a minority coalition government backed by his party. "There will also be a burqa ban," Mr Wilders told journalists in The Hague, announcing measures agreed on by three parties negotiating to form a new government. The measures, which seek to cut government spending by 18 billion euros ($25.32 billion) by 2015, should also halve the number of immigrants who enter the Netherlands, the politician said. "A new wind will blow in the Netherlands," Wilders said, standing alongside presumed prime minister-in-waiting...
  • Now Sparkling | The Kazanjian Red Diamond (Among Rarest Diamonds at Natural History Museum)

    09/26/2010 5:50:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 5+ views
    New York Times ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 | LORI ETTLINGER GROSS
    The Kazanjian Red Diamond, one of the most spectacular gemstones ever discovered, goes on display today at the American Museum of Natural History. Red is the rarest color in diamonds — less than 20 are known to exist in the world today. What’s more, the Kazanjian Red Diamond has an amazing back story. The gem was discovered in the 1920s in Litchenburg, South Africa. When found, it was a hefty 35 carats uncut. A diamond broker paid a modest eight pounds per carat for it. It was later sent to Amsterdam to be cut and polished by the Goudiv brothers....
  • Dutch police hold 'terror suspect' at Amsterdam airport

    09/19/2010 9:25:15 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 sep 2010
    A British man of Somali origin has been arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on suspicion of being a terrorist, prosecutors say. He had arrived from Liverpool en route to Entebbe in Uganda, they said. A police spokesman said the man had been arrested before a flight took off from the airport, one of Europe's busiest, on Sunday. Two Yemenis arrested in Amsterdam on suspicion of planning a terror attack were released earlier this month. Police were investigating whether the man arrested on Sunday had links to a foreign militant organisation, prosecutors said. The tip-off to arrest the man came from...
  • Pair held after odd items turn up in luggage (WaPo won't print muslim terror suspects' names)

    08/30/2010 7:56:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/30/10 | Peter Finn
    Dutch police have detained two men who flew from Chicago to Amsterdam on Sunday night after U.S. screeners found suspicious-looking items in their checked luggage before they departed, U.S law enforcement officials said.
  • Dutch Arrest Woman for Committing Infanticide without Doctor Approval

    08/12/2010 4:33:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/12/10 | Peter J. Smith
    NIJ BEETS, Netherlands, August 12, 2010 ( – A woman has been arrested for killing her four newborn children and packing their remains away in suitcases in the Netherlands - a country where infanticide is legal as long a doctor administers the dose. According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the unnamed 25-year-old woman was a well-known and liked dentist’s assistant in the rural town of Nij Beets, in the Dutch province of Friesland. She managed to keep the infanticides secret for years until her Wednesday arrest, and remains now in police custody. Police were tipped off by a suspicious neighbor who...
  • A force to be reckoned with (Egyptian Air Force)

    08/09/2010 7:02:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 9 August 2010
    A force to be reckoned with Posted on 9 August 2010 in Defence The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) or Al Quwwat Al Jawwiya Il Misriya, is one of the largest air arms in the region and is also one of the longest established. Formed in 1930 as the Egyptian Army Air Force, it became fully independent in 1937. Initially it had close links with the British Royal Air Force and was primarily equipped with British-supplied aircraft. Spitfires gave way to Meteors and Vampires before the 1952 revolution, after which the new president, General Gamal Abdel Nasser, turned to the Soviet...
  • 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,"