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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...