Thursday, October 27, 2016

King’s Grandfather sexually harassed Women at Royal Palace

Historian Jolanda Withuis has published a biography of the late Queen Juliana, the grandmother of the current Dutch King Willem Alexander. In the book she tells that the king’s grandfather and Juliana’s husband Prince Bernhard of Lippe Biesterfeld sexually harassed women at the Royal Palace in Soestdijk. This in addition to the extramarital affairs the prince had on various trips. Prince Bernhard had two daughters outside wedlock.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Roman Catholic Church paid thirty million Euro to Sex Abuse Victims

The Dutch Roman Catholic Church has paid almost thirty million Euro to sex abuse victims. Chairman Stevens of the complaint commission said that one can speak about structural abuse in the Church in view of the many perpetrators. All in all the commission received 3676 complaints. Of these about 1000 were found justified. There were at least 300 cases of severe abuse. The largest payments were 100 000 Euro.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Minister: Pesticides in Ground Water for drinking Uses.

Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen says that a quarter of ground water in the Netherlands, from which drinking water is extracted, contains too high or nearly too high levels of pesticides. She called it “cause for concern.” The substances found in the ground water mostly involved herbicides and breakdown products. The minister pointed out that in ground water contamination can take a long time and may manifest for many years after use. In a letter to parliament she mentions measures taken and to be taken to reduce the problem..

Monday, October 10, 2016

Almere: Mosque collaborates with illegal Wedding

An undercover journalist Alberto Stegeman has discovered that the Al Raza mosque in Almere collaborates with people who want to marry illegally more than one woman. In a SBS6 TV program titled undercover in Nederland a woman says that she wants to marry a Muslim, whose third wife she will be.  The chairman of the mosque shows willingness to assist in the wedding even though he knows that polygamous weddings are illegal in the Netherlands. It is also forbidden to marry in a religious ceremony before one marries in a civil ceremony.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Number of Dutch Tourists getting Rabies abroad doubles

This year the crisis center SOS International was contacted 136 times by Dutch tourists abroad claiming to have become sick with rabies. In 106 cases this diagnosis was confirmed by physicians. Last year the number of such contacts with SOS International was about half of the number of this year. In 2013 the number of contacts was only 21 of which 16 were confirmed as patients with rabies by physicians. If the sickness is not treated in time it can be lethal. SOS International has no explanation for the increase in the number of cases.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Terrorists may have targeted Amsterdam Airport

On 13 November 2013, a series of terrorist attacks took place in Paris. 129 people were killed.  The French anti-terrorist organization, SDAT, thinks that two terrorists of the same group came to the Netherlands on that day possibly to target Amsterdam Airport.  The terrorists, however, returned instead to Brussels.  This information resulted from the analysis of data found on a computer.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Rotterdam Muncipality: Obligatory Contraception for Highly Problematic Parents

The Alderman Council of Rotterdam, has sent a proposal to the Municipal Council to introduce obligatory contraception for highly problematic women. Alderman Hugo de Jonge (Christian Democrat) says that this concerns for instance women who are drug addicts, have psychiatric problems, are mentally challenged or work as prostitutes. De Jonge says that social workers are confronted with cases of extreme neglect or abuse. De Jonge said that the right of children to grow up healthy is as fundamental a right as the right to get children.