Thursday, February 22, 2018

Officers’ Association: Politicians Risk Lives of Military

Ruud Vermeulen, Chairman of the Officers’ Association says that Dutch politicians knowingly have taken irresponsible risks which have endangered the lives of military personnel.  He said that politicians are always quick to judge others but it would be better if they became aware and looked at their own functioning.  He mentioned inter alia among others former Labour Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders (Labour), who neglected the criticism of the commandos concerning the possibility of executing the mission in Mali. Koenders remarked, “We decide what you must execute or not.” The officers require a parliamentary inquiry into the many problems in the military.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dutch lawyer admits lying in Trump-Russia Investigation

Dutch lawyer Alex van der Zwaan has admitted to lying to the team investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. He has been charged with lying to the FBI and has pleaded guilty. Making a false statement to investigators is considered a felony in the United States.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Police Organization: Netherlands has become a ‘Narcostate’

The Dutch police organization has interviewed more than 1.000 detectives. It has come to the conclusion that the detective service is lacking personnel. The Netherlands has in the meantime gained the characteristics of a narcostate. A parallel economy has developed in which criminals abuse the good infrastructure of the country in order to enter real estate activities, companies and holiday parks.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Thirty Asylum Seekers in Netherlands Found with Suspicious Passports

According to information originating in the Ministry of Justice and Security, approximately 30 asylum seekers came to the Netherlands with stolen and blank passports in 2015 and 2016.  The security services are aware that terrorist organizations like ISIS often supply such passports for people to carry out terror attacks abroad.  The However, Dutch security services said that when these people were investigated, none of them were identified as potential terrorists. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Eindhoven Mayor: Citizens Not Involved In Fight against Criminality

Eindhoven mayor, Jorritsma, tried last year to involve citizens in the battle against criminality.  He now admits that this has failed.  He pointed out that one of the reasons is the increase of neighborhood ‘kings’ i.e., people who dominate neighborhoods and have the most impressive car, but don’t have any registered income.  These people apparently are allowed to do anything and act with impunity.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dutch Oxfam Heads knew already in 2012 about Haiti Scandal

Already in 2012 the leadership of Oxfam Novib, the Dutch branch of Oxfam, received the report on the sexual abuse in 2010 of local women by members of the Oxfam mission to Haiti. The Dutch branch passed the report on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Accounting Office. Oxfam Novib Director Farah Karimi says that as this was considered a British issue no publicity was given to the scandal.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dutch Foreign Minister Resigns Due to Lie

Before the parliamentary debate on his lie about attending a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dutch Foreign Minister, Halbe Zijlstra, resigned.  The Russian embassy in the Netherlands had issued a statement accusing some in the Netherlands of distributing fake news aimed at discrediting their country by suggesting it has expansionist ambitions.  Zijlstra’s resignation came a day before he was due to meet the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow.