Friday 30 May 2014
Human trafficking important source of income for Eritrea

Over the last weeks the Netherlands suddenly received large amounts of refugees from Eritrea in the Horn of Africa. A Dutch expert on human trafficking concludes that the Eritrean regime is seriously extorting its citizens and the rulers earn lots of money via the refugees. If an Eritrean does not cooperate, she or he will be put on a black list. From that moment it is impossible to go back home. Even far from the dictatorship Eritreans are not free. Sennai: ‘Often I feel so guilty towards those who still live in the dictatorship’.

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Today the Dutch Lower House organise a hearing about the implementation of the general pardon for asylum seekers children. Over the last weeks a majority of the Dutch mayors signed a petition demanding the national authorities to execute the pardon in a less strict manner. This week the ombudsman for children published some dossiers of children that, according to him might be expelled wrongfully.

Tuesday 27 May 2014
According to sewage water research Dutch use most drugs in Europe

It seems that the Dutch are the heaviest drug users in Europe. This can be concluded from the yearly European sewage water research. Measurements have been done in 42 European cities and it turns out that Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven end up high in the list for most drugs. Especially cannabis, speed, MDMA and cocaine are popular. It is estimated that in Amsterdam daily in between 20 to 30 thousands lines of cocaine are sniffed.

Monday 26 May 2014

A Dutch professor concludes after research that the race for ultrafast stock exchange business is hurting the market itself. The research was done in some Scandinavian states where ten times faster high frequency trading was introduced. The consequences were pretty serious. The costs were six times higher and the transaction rates rose with 32%. In the end the bill was paid by the investors. Dutch companies are very active in the high frequency trade.

Friday 23 May 2014
EU elections exit polls Netherlands: pro-European D66 wins, PVV Wilders loses

At the European election in the Netherlands yesterday the liberal democrat party D’66 seems to have won the elections and the PVV from Geert Wilders very probably tumbled down from 17% to a little over 12%. The Dutch were the first to vote in Europe and Brussels only allowed a small exit poll. So the results are still premature. The official results will announced Sunday night, just like in the rest of Europe.

Friday 23 May 2014

Today Nils Muiznieks, the commissioner for human rights form the Board of Europe, stated to Dutch media that locking up asylum seekers in jails in the Netherlands is violating human rights. Especially the detention of children is worrisome and goes against the dignity and ignores the children’s vulnerability.

Monday 19 May 2014

Last week the Amsterdam court decided that the Dutch state is obliged to offer illegal aliens food, clothing and accommodation. It was an appeal to a verdict from the European Committee for Social Rights last year that says that national authorities are obliged to supply people without papers basic needs. The Dutch authorities do the opposite by turning refugees exhausted of all legal procedures out into the street. Lately the asylum- and immigration policy causes quite a stir in the coalition.

Friday 16 May 2014
The Open Organisation Of Lock pickers

The Netherlands houses a unique organisation called Toool, The Open Organisation Of Lock pickers.  A growing group of enthusiasts interested in locks, keys and ways of opening locks without keys. On the Toool site one can find everything about ‘opening a lock without damaging it or using a key'. There is information about the techniques, the best tool sets and about the regular gatherings where members exchange tips and practice their lock picking.


Thursday 15 May 2014
Possible closure Dutch nuclear reactor will endanger cancer treatment worldwide

The Dutch nuclear reactor in Petten, a world supplier of the vital raw material for the treatment of cancer, might be closed in a few weeks. 80 million Euro is needed to keep the reactor in service, and banks are not prepared to grant a loan. Now the Dutch minister of economic affairs has to come up with the needed emergency loan, otherwise the reactor has to shut down.

Tuesday 13 May 2014

After the third attack on one of the motor bike gang leaders in the Netherlands, some Dutch mayors would like to adopt the German approach, where motor clubs that violate the law are banned. In the Netherlands that did not work until now. But some say the freedom of association is more important: ‘even when 80% of the members of a gang have a criminal record it does not mean the organisation is criminal’.

Monday 12 May 2014
Dutch employers launch pro Europe campaign

Preceding the European elections the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) and the agricultural employer organisation LTO started campaign to promote the European Union and to stimulate people to vote pro-Europe. According to VNO-NCW chairman Bernard Wientjes politicians are not articulate enough about Europe. It is all too negative and criticism has the upper hand. ‘There even is talk about stepping out of Europe, but we make our money because of Europe.’

Friday 9 May 2014

The Dutch dairy farmers are fined by the European Commission because they exceeded the milk quota with more than 300.000 million litres. It is the largest exceeding of the quota ever and the reason seems that the Dutch are preparing for next year, when the quota system will be abolished. The dairy farmers want to produce as much as possible, so they can get a large market share in 2015.

Thursday 8 May 2014
The only camel dairy farm in Europe

The only camel dairy farm of Europe is based in the Netherlands. The milk from the 80 camels is exported as far as Australia. The farmer got the idea after reading a FAO report in 2006 that recommended the production of camel milk since it is very rich of iron and contains three times more vitamin C as cow milk. Camel milk even seems to have a good effect on diabetes.

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Besides the wave of reports of discrimination against Geert Wilders, now also a complaint of discrimination has been done against the shock blog site ‘Geen Stijl’ (No Style’) by a writer and a scientist to fight the Dutch trend of intolerance and indecency. Specialists say that the case will not have much chance in court, but the initiators do think they have a chance and want to make a statement and use the moment to start up a discussion about the fact that sowing hatred became socially acceptable in the Netherlands.

Tuesday 6 May 2014
Foreign building contractors exploited at large construction sites

At many construction sites foreign employees are seriously underpaid. Lately a German construction company was banned from the construction of a new highway between Delft and Rotterdam, because they were treating the employees as slaves. But also at other building sites foreign workers from for example Spain and Portugal  are exploited. Due to an extremely vague administration system it is almost impossible to find out about the abuse.

Sunday 4 May 2014
More…Moroccans statement party on May 10th

After the local elections ‘less Moroccans’ speech and the PVV initiated survey, the Dutch society is recovering from the effects. The public prosecutor is still deciding how to handle the numerous reports of discrimination and specialists are busy how to determine the percentage of Dutch that would like to see less Moroccans. Two people made the Facebook page ‘More…Moroccans’ as a statement against xenophobia. They also organise the ’More Moroccans party’ on May 10 in Amsterdam.

Friday 2 May 2014

Like in many other European states there is a growing Doubtfulness about the EU in the Netherlands. Wilders wants to step out of the European Union and is leading the European elections polls and in reaction the Dutch cabinet created a list of subjects where Brussels should  not interfere with. But some say that through the economic crisis and handling the crisis Europe got a lot of attention, discussions and debates take place in all member states and citizens know a lot more about Europe. Will it be different this time?

Friday 2 May 2014
Amsterdam premiere new play about Anne Frank

On Thursday 8 May, the play ‘Anne’ will have its premiere in a new theatre in Amsterdam, that was especially build for the production. The play is about the life of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl that had to go into hiding for two years in Amsterdam for the German occupiers in the Second World War. The new play ‘Anne’  is only the second play that is officially based on the famous dairy. The producers are very mysterious about the décor. It seems something special has been created.

Thursday 1 May 2014

For a lot of Dutch cities on or near the coast, the sinking of the ground is a much larger problem than the rising of the sea level. At the congress of the European Geophysical Union in Vienna a scientist of the University in Utrecht even stated that some Dutch cities sink ten times faster than the sea level rises. On a global scale soil compaction is estimated to cost billions.