Thursday, June 30, 2016

Minister: Sending Soldiers to Srebrenica was wrong from Outset

On this year’s Veterans Day Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said that nothing about the original assignment of the UN Dutchbat soldiers going to Srebrenica was evident. This, with one exception: it was clear that there was no mandate for a “genuine protection of the area or of the population. That created an illusion of security.” Hennis mentioned that while other countries refused to send soldiers to Srebrenica, the Netherlands did. She added that Dutchbat was sent there “without adequately being prepared for the specific circumstances, with insufficient means and capacities, a poor information position, all this to maintain peace where there was no peace. The assignment could not be carried out from the outset.”

Friday, June 24, 2016

Trade Union: Labor inspectorate lacks manpower

The CNV trade union has stated that in sectors which are susceptible to fraud and exploitation, there are far too few visits by the SZW inspectorate, formally called the Labor inspectorate. This is due to a lack of workers. CNV Chairman Maurice Limmen said that as a result, employers in bad faith can do whatever they want. He specifically mentioned agriculture, construction, retail, transport, restaurants and hotels, manpower and cleaning services.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Head Police Employees Council resigns; accused of wasting police money

Frank Giltay, chairman of the Central Employees Council (COR) of the Dutch National Police has resigned his position. He was accused, inter alia of organizing extremely costly festivities and buying suits at the expense of the police. A few weeks ago Erik Akerboom, the head of the National Police ordered an investigation of Giltay’s integrity.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Almere: Police ignores Moroccan Hooligans

For several days now bus-drivers are attacked or threatened by hooligans of Moroccan descent. These throw stones at buses, destroy windows and spit at drivers. The police has largely ignored the threats. The police claims that there are about twenty hooligans between 8 and 16 years. People in one of the neighborhoods say that their number is bigger.


Monday, June 13, 2016

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Ministry of Justice tries to hide disastrous Results of Cost Cutting

The Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) and the Ministry of Security and Justice have tried on various occasions to hide the disastrous consequences of their cost cutting. This was said by Marnix Holtink, chairman of the workers council of the NFI. The NFI director tried to cancel a meeting between the workers council and parliament. Holtink added that he was also threatened by a high bureaucrat that disclosures would have a negative influence on his career. As a result Holtink applied self-censorship. He added that due to the cost cutting there are great delays in the investigation of murders and rape cases.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Shortage of Material endangers Dutch Military Missions Abroad

The shortage of military personnel and equipment greatly influences the abilities of the Dutch military. This will lead to a reduction in the two major Dutch military missions, those in Iraq and Mali. Minister of Defense Hennis said that the continuation of the military missions abroad is handicapped by the poor state of the equipment.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Dutch pilots: Management of Air France/KLM lost control

The Dutch association of commercial pilots (VNV) has said that the management of Air France/KLM has lost control over its company. This statement was based on two announced strikes by both pilots and cabin personnel of Air France, the sister company of KLM. President Steven Verhagen of VNV said that it is as if “an uncontrolled mutiny has erupted.” He said that agreements have to be made with trade unions but one sees little movement on the management side.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Police have no money for tasers

The Dutch police have no money to introduce tasers. It will however introduce an extendable truncheon. The police also claim that the introduction of these two new weapons at the same time is not desirable. A new police uniform was introduced in 2014. However, due to a mistake in its design, policemen fell over their own truncheons. One policewoman was wounded and took the police chiefs to court. The courts ruled in her favor and called the uniform “Unfit and thus causing danger.”

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

No State Subsidy for Muslim School where Board Member Supports ISIS

Deputy Minister of Education Sander Dekker will give no subsidy  to the Stichting Islamitisch Onderwijs (SIO), which wants to establish a Muslim high school in Amsterdam. The ministry is afraid that its money will be used to indoctrinate children against the Netherlands. One of the board members has made remarks that seem to indicate that he supports ISIS. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dutch Schools Reschedule International Travel after Terror Attacks

The NOS media outlet has interviewed a hundred Dutch schools about international travel plans for their pupils. They concluded that many of them have changed policies after the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels. One of the measures taken is that schools avoid trips to capital cities, for instance trips to Berlin and London are rescheduled to go to smaller cities. Many schools had planned to travel to Istanbul but almost all schools have rescheduled their trips. Also when abroad, school groups are to avoid public transport.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Illegal Migrants in Dutch Ports try to leave for Great Britain

There is a sizable increase in illegal migrants who try to leave from Dutch ports for Great Britain. In the first four months of 2016 almost 500 such people have been found. The largest groups are Albanians and Afghans. The migrants try to hide in trucks. In addition there are smugglers who against payments transport migrants illegally.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The government is behind the price increases of the past twenty years

From data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics, it turns out that between 1996 and 2006, goods and services have increased by 31% in price. More than a third of the increase, 12.6% was caused by increases in various taxes and duties. Other increases were in natural gas, of which the price has increased threefold and for instance milk, which increased 67%. Sewage dues have increased two and a half times.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hundreds of patients die in hospitals due to medical mistakes

Calculations of the NIVEL Institute show that in the past three years about three thousand patients in hospitals have died due to medical mistakes. Yet, only 1214 cases were reported to health care inspectors. The main victims are people over sixty-five years old and babies. The inspectorate says that with one exception hospitals systematically underreport deaths due to medical mistakes. Teaching hospitals do not perform better than other hospitals.

Germany claims three dangerous German terrorists are in the Netherlands

Lutz Gaebel of the German prosecution has asked the Dutch judicial authorities for help to find three members of the extremely dangerous RAF terrorist group. The Germans have evidence that they are hiding in the northern Netherlands. Germany has been looking for these members of the third generation of the Bader Meinhof group for two decades.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Flood of cocaine comes over Netherlands

The Dutch national police are greatly worried about the huge quantities of cocaine which have come to the Netherlands in recent months. In the past ten months, Dutch police customs and justice ministry have found more than 30,000 kilos of cocaine. The police thinks that this reflects a changed model of drug cartels from Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. The demand is apparently huge and the senders are willing to take high risks that the drug will be discovered.