Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dutch Screening of Pilots Deemed Inadequate

The Telegraaf daily has received a variety of declarations from people working within the aviation field who claim that in the Netherlands, the screening process for new pilots is poor, and that psychological problems and the use of medications can easily be hidden.  The newspaper has the names of the individuals who have brought these claims forward.  They wish to remain anonymous toward the public and do not want to endanger their licenses and careers by coming into the open.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dutch Government Unable to Discover Who Finances Mosques

Minister of Security and Justice Van der Steur has written to parliament claiming that there is little transparency on how Muslim institutions in the Netherlands are financed. He added that many mosques work with “informal transactions” and cash payments.  Van der Steur says that while religious communities have the right to raise money abroad, he is worried that donors may influence the attitudes of mosques.  A study by the Ministry of Social Affairs has not been able to find out much about the foreign financing of Dutch mosques. Yet it is known that countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar finance foreign mosques in order to propagate their version of Islam.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dutch Railways Use Dangerous Old Trains

The Dutch railways, NS, has for years continued to use old trains which can easily derail after any incident and thus cause enormous damage and delays.  Already back in 2008, the transport inspector warned the NS about these trains.  A few days ago, a train of this kind, a Mat 64, hit a car. The driver of the car was killed and the train derailed.  The repairs to the railway took a week.  There are 47 of the Mat 64 trains currently in use by NS.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Twelve Jihadis from The Hague Killed in Iraq and Syria

According to new figures from the Hague municipality, probably twelve jihadis from the city have been killed in Iraq and Syria. The previous figures were from November, when the municipality said that eight jihadis had been killed.  So far, according to estimates, 46 jihadis from the Hague have travelled to Syria and Iraq. According to Mayor Jozias van Aartsen, three minors were prevented from travelling, 16 people from the Hague had plans to leave for the Middle East, but haven’t yet done so, and 11 jihadis have returned from the Middle East. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hundreds of Kilos of Possibly Anthrax-Infected Meat Sold

In autumn of 2014, hundreds of kilos of beef were sold which were possibly contaminated with the anthrax bacteria.  The Dutch Food and Commodities Administration did not inform consumers, yet the meat came in part from a Slovakian meat cellar where anthrax was discovered.  The meat was recalled from restaurants, butchers and supermarkets, but part of the meat had already been sold to consumers, who were not informed of the danger.

Amsterdam Jihadi Killed in Syria

The Amsterdam jihadi, Rafik, has been killed in the battle of Kobani in Syria.  Rafik is of Moroccan origin, and left in 2013 with a number of others from north Amsterdam to Syria.  He voluntarily returned after a few months to the Netherlands, where he was arrested at Amsterdam airport.  After a few months in the Netherlands, he left in summer 2014 back to Syria where he got married.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amsterdam Squatters Throw Fireworks on Police

Last night, barricades were put up by squatters in Spuistraat in Amsterdam.  The barricades were then set on fire.  Squatters re-entered into a new building from which they had been evicted in the past.  Today the police removed the barricades, while squatters were throwing fireworks on them.  The police are likely to start the evacuation of all buildings occupied by squatters in the street. The special unit of the police has taken up positions in the street.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Eight Dutch Football Fans Arrested in Brussels

In Brussels, eight supporters of the Hague soccer club, Ado, have been arrested because of hooliganism.  They had travelled to Brussels in order to attend the cup final between Club Brugge and Anderlechd. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Information from Dutch Intelligence Services Falls into Criminals’ Hands

Socialist Party parliamentarian Ronald van Raak says that information from the Dutch intelligence service, AIVD, has come into the hands of criminals after data was stolen from VDC, the intelligence service on the island of Curaçao.  Van Raak says that this is perhaps the largest theft of information from any intelligence service, ever.  A senior employee of the VDC told its ombudsman that he had to tell a number of Columbians about the security procedures of the VDC upon the orders of the prime minister of Curaçao.  A few weeks later, he was ordered to give over all the code words, and thereafter, all data could be copied, including those which had been exchanged between the AIVD and the American intelligence services.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2014: Increase in Police Officers being Dismissed for Misbehavior

More police officers have been dismissed on the grounds of misbehavior in 2014 than in 2013. The increase was about 20%.  Ninety-two police officers were definitely dismissed, and 54 were put on probation. In 11 of these cases, officers were have found to have leaked sensitive information, 6 were dismissed because of fraud, and 10 because of “inappropriate dealing with citizens”. This is a euphemism for sexual misbehavior or acts of violence. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Former Intelligence Agent Blackmailed Dutch State

A former agent of the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) has blackmailed the Dutch State. He threatened to go public about his secret activities in Afghanistan. This was stated by Marc Gazenbeek, director legal affairs of the Ministry of Defense before the court in The Hague. He said that the former agent was offered half a million Euro in order to remain silent. The MIVD feared that he would make recordings public from his conversations with other members of its personnel. The former agent had been a policeman in the past and had business activities in Afghanistan. He claims that he lost millions of Euros because the MIVD left him to his fate in Afghanistan.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Closing Brothels Cost Amsterdam 108 Million Euro

From a confidential figures obtained by the daily De Telegraaf, the costs of closing about 200 prostitution “windows”  of  Amsterdam’s famous red light district, De Wallen, from 2007 through to 2018 will come to 108 million euros, mainly in payments to the window owners.  All in all, there are 470 such windows in Amsterdam, 126 have already been closed, and negotiations are in progress regarding another 83.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dutch Army Helicopter Crashes; Two UN Peacekeepers Killed

A Dutch UN helicopter has crashed in northern Mali. Its two crew members were killed.  This has been announced by the Dutch Ministry of Defense.  The helicopter made a forced landing during a military exercise near the town of Gao.  The Netherlands has 450 military personnel in Mali as part of a UN force of 11,000 troops.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Increasing Number of Those Involved in the Islam Debate Get Personal Security

An increasing number of those involved in the public debate over Islam are given personal security by the local police or the National Coordinator in the Fight against Terror. These people will have to share their daily agenda with the intelligence services.  Their telephones will have trackers so that their location can be monitored and secured, and they will have to provide the addresses of family members and employers.  www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/23809881/__Opiniemakers_islam_beveiligd__.html

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Christian Democrats: Netherlands has an Education Problem

Sybrand Buma, leader of the Christian Democrats, says that the Netherlands has an education problem.  Youngsters have to be educated to understand that they have duties. Therefore, a national service draft has to be instituted.  After high school, students should be obliged to work for a number of months for a volunteer organization, the Ministry of Defense or another such social institution.  The students can then show that they are doing something for the Netherlands, and a future employer can see that they are competent.  Buma added that in the Netherlands, a society has been created where the question “what can I get out of it?” has become far more dominant than “what can I do for society?”  Duties, and not only rights, belong to a functional society, and recognition of such is lacking in the Netherlands.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mother Abducts Two Children and Brings Them to Syria

A thirty-two year old woman from Maastricht has abducted her two children and smuggled them to Syria.  The boy is 8 years old and the girl is 7 years old.  Apparently, the mother has received help from the jihadi networks, including those in Maastricht.  The father has not given his permission for the children to be taken out of the Netherlands.  The prosecutor in Maastricht said that it is the first time Dutch children have been abducted to the Caliphate.   The intelligence services had indications that the woman might leave for abroad, but because of lack of detailed information, no action was undertaken.  Finally, the woman, who is of Chechen origin, departed with a false passport.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dutch Intelligence Service: 180 Dutch Jihadis in Syria

Recent figures obtained from the Dutch intelligence service, AIVD, show that at least 180 Dutchmen have left for Syria.  The prosecution has started investigating 92 suspected of terrorism.  Yet anti-terror measures against people in the Netherlands are only applied in a very limited way.  Fifty passports of Dutch jihadists have been confiscated, and only 12 jihadists have had their accounts frozen.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Nursing Homes Waste 1 Billion Euro per Year

Every year, Dutch nursing homes waste 1 billion euros.  This is due to too-high energy bills, the purchase of expensive goods, and unnecessary paperwork.  Also, they often spend too much money on unnecessary medication and surplus overhead.  Furthermore, almost half of the hot meals are thrown away at the end of the day.  These results are from research done by the MAX broadcasting station.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dutch Railways Sabotaged Bids from Competitors

The state-owned Dutch railways, NS has sabotaged competing transport companies in bids for the train and bus transport in the province of Limburg.  These results were obtained from a yet-secret report commissioned by the Authority for Consumers and Market, which supervises the NS.   The NS manages the Dutch railway stations, and is thus obliged to make sure that in the case of bids, all bidders have an equal chance.  As a result of the sabotage, a subsidiary of NS obtained the monopoly for public transport in the province between 2016-2031.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dutch Justice Minister Quits Over Deal with Drug Trafficker

Minister of Justice and Security Ivo Opstelten and Junior Minister Fred Teeven have handed in their resignations shortly after the ministry announced that it had found out that 15 years ago, the Ministry had paid 4.7 million guilders to a drug trafficker, Cees H.  Teeven at the time had been the public prosecutor dealing with the case.  Earlier, he had given a much lower amount and thus mislead parliament.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Horror Owl Attacks another Woman in Purmerend

A woman who delivers newspapers has been attacked and seriously wounded by the horror owl of Purmerend.  In the meantime, the province has given permission to the municipality to catch the owl.  Efforts to capture the owl have been in vain.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rome Municipality: Dutch Hooligans Caused 8 Million Euro Damage

The Rome municipality has announced that the damage caused to public property and tourism by the visiting Dutch hooligans of Feyenoord will cost it about 5.2 million euro. Shopkeepers and restaurant owners claim an additional 3 million euro damage.

Monday, March 9, 2015

No Meals for KLM Passengers Due to Technical Problems at Catering Service

Ammonia has escaped from a leak in the cooling system in the machine room of KLM catering services. The building has been evacuated.  In the meantime, the system has been repaired, but all food in the building had to be destroyed.  There will not be any meals on any KLM European and intercontinental flights.  It is not known how long the problems will last.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Prime Minister: Let Dutch Jihadis Die in Middle East

Prime Minister Mark Rutte (Liberal) has said in a televised debate that jihadis which leave the Netherlands to kill in Iraq or Syria will do the same when they come back to the Netherlands.  It is therefore preferable that they remain to die in Iraq or Syria.  The other party leaders of Left Liberal, Christian Democrats and the Socialist parties opposed Rutte’s attitude.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Amsterdam University Sustains Heavy Costs due to Student Occupation

Frank van Vree, Dean of the Humanities Faculty, has written that the eleven days during which students occupied the Bunge House, a building of the Amsterdam University, has cost the university a substantial amount of money.  These sums would have been enough to pay several staff members’ yearly salaries.  Among the costs, Van Vree mentioned vandalized toilets, lost income from third parties, the costs of failed research projects, extra security and cleaning, as well as the replacement of the locks on the Bunge House and other university buildings.  There were also the costs of the mobile police unit, which had to evacuate the students.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Rotterdam Police are Seeking Pictures of Dutch Rioters in Rome

The Dutch police has asked people who have photographs of the riots caused by Feyenoord soccer hooligans in Rome to send in such photographs, as they may be helpful in prosecuting the offenders. Last week, a team of Rotterdam detectives and representatives from the prosecutor’s office travelled to Rome to collect evidence.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Government Apologizes for Neglecting the Safety of People in Groningen

Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp says that due to the gas industry in Groningen there has been too little attention paid to the safety of the local population.  The government is voicing its regret and is now aware that many people in the province are continuously confronted with the detrimental consequences of the earthquakes resulting from the underground gas collection. Various politicians have announced that the government will now have to show that it really puts safety first.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

More than 1,600 Complaints against Defense Ministry about Toxic Paint

The Ministry of Defense has announced that the number of complaints from employees and former employees who have worked with the carcinogenic chrome 6-laden paints has risen to over 1,600.  There are several research projects taking place on the detrimental effects of the paint, which was used both in Ministry and NATO workshops. In the meantime, the Ministry has started paying out between 3,000-15,000 euro to those that have become severely ill.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dutch Pilots:  Subsidized Middle-Eastern Companies Destroy Air France – KLM
Steven Verhagen is the chairman of VNV, the Dutch Association of Commercial Pilots.  He says that the French leadership of the Air France –KLM group has no coherent vision.  Each time the company is beaten by competitors, both commercially and financially.  Verhagen added that the competition of subsidized Middle-Eastern companies are destroying the group.  Many passengers get a better product elsewhere, and sometimes a cheaper one.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Prime Minister: Preventing Threats to the Netherlands Requires Additional Money

The Dutch cabinet has budgeted an additional 128.8 million euros to be spent over the next five years on structural improvements in the fight against terrorism and jihadi threats.  Almost 29 million euros will be used for the security of specific institutions, including parliament and Jewish institutions.  About 69 million euros will be spent on the intelligence services, and 14 million for rapid response teams. The analysis undertaken by the NCTV, the National Coordinator for the Fight against Terror, shows that the current level of threats will last for a long period to come.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Horror Owl Has More Victims than Publicized

The horror owl in Purmerend has attacked many more victims than has been originally published.  At least 15 mentally handicapped inhabitants of an institution, along with their caretakers, have been attacked.  A spokesperson of the institution says that many of its residents no longer dare to go outside, even though it would be very healthy for them to do so.  Everybody who is attacked by the owl is wounded, and many have had to go to the emergency ward to get vaccinated against tetanus. In the meantime, the owl has made international news.  Media such as the BBC and The Guardian have published about it.