Friday, November 21, 2014

Many confidential Police Files Available on Internet

Due to a security leak at the police, a large number of extremely confidential police files have become accessible on Google. The files contain information on murders, robberies, criminal organizations and jihadi suspects. The files originated from a secret police unit and were accessible until last Tuesday. The leaked files contain many names, photographs, and addresses of dozens of suspects.  Also available were details about the police force itself, such as the names and phone numbers of detectives and prosecutors.  At fault is an internet manager of the police. For reasons that remain unclear, he put the files on a non-secure, private website of a family member. After all this became known the police removed the files.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Plague of Rats in Amsterdam

The number of complaints in Amsterdam regarding rat infestations keeps increasing.  In the first half of this year, there were almost a thousand complaints at the municipal health service, as compared to 1,760 in all of 2013.  The rats can reach the size of a cat. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Minister: More Transparency Necessary of Turkish organizations

Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Lodewijk Asscher (Labor) has received a report he ordered about the influence of Turkish organizations on their members living in the Netherlands. The researchers found a lack of transparency.  They did not succeed in determining to what extent bodies in Turkey interfere in the lifestyle of Turks in the Netherlands.  Minister Asscher now wants to talk with the Turkish authorities about the influence it exercises on Turkish migrant organizations in the Netherlands.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jewish Umbrella Organization Criticizes Jews Commemorating German Soldiers

Both Allied and German soldiers are buried in the Haelen cemetery.  For the first time, the local Jewish community has included German soldiers in its commemoration services.  The Honorary Consul of Israel, Benoit Wesly, laid a wreath on behalf of Israel. The Orthodox rabbi of the Dutch army recited a prayer.  Joop Fransman, the chairman of the CJO, an umbrella body of Dutch Jewish organizations, criticized the commemoration and said that victims and not the perpetrators should be commemorated.  [While the German army was not in itself a criminal organization, it has participated in a large number of war crimes, including the murdering of Jews in the Holocaust.]

Monday, November 17, 2014

Labor party Expels Two Turkish Parliamentarians

The Labor party has expelled two Turkish parliamentarians, Selcuk Ozturk and Tunahan Kuzu, after they expressed strong disagreement with the integration policy of the party. During the party discussion, Ozturk said to the Moroccan Labor parliamentarian Ahmed Marcouch, “May Allah punish you!”  Party leader Diederik Samsom said that the situation was eerie.  He added that “the Labor party is a secular party, and from time to time, one can hear curses. However, this type of deep-felt religious curses I have not yet heard.”

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gouda: Ninety Arrests in Battle over Black Pete

Sinterklaas, celebrating the bishop’s birthday on 5 December, is the Netherland’s most important children’s holiday.  In the town of Gouda, its arrival has led to a battle between those who want his assistants to be Black Petes, and those who say that the concept of Black Pete is racist and should be replaced. Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said that it is very sad that Sinterklaas’ arrival has caused so much unrest.  He called upon the Dutch people to make Sinterklaas a big holiday.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Offshore Company pays $240 Million Fine after Corruption Discovered

SBM Offshore is paying a $240 million fine to settle with the prosecution. This has been announced by both the prosecution and the company.  It concerns bribes paid to officials in Angola and Equatorial Guinea between 2007-2011.  Bribes were probably paid in Brazil as well.  There are further questions about possible bribes paid in Malaysia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Italy.  The accounting firm of SBM Offshore who approved the annual accounts is KPMG.  Earlier, KPMG was involved in the corruption scandal of the building company, Ballast Nedam.