Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Netherlands Has No Money Left for Fight against ISIS

There is no money available within the current budget for the Dutch involvement in the fight against ISIS.  To pay for the costs of the F-16 planes and military trainers the Dutch government is providing to the international forces, the money will have to come out of the 2017-2019 budgets.  Rob Swartbol, Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says that the money in the 2014-2015 budgets is almost entirely earmarked for Dutch involvement in the international military missions to Mali and the Somali coast.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top Official: Islamic State a Threat for Europe and the Netherlands

Wim Geerts, the Director General of Political Affairs of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told parliamentarians that IS is a threat for the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. He added that IS is most probably responsible for major crimes such as those against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Geerts said that the Islamic State, despite its name, is neither a state, nor Muslim. [Comment:  Apparently, this Dutch official believes he is a Muslim theologian who can define what is, and is not, Islam.]

Monday, September 29, 2014

Money Being Collected for the Families of Jihadis

The jihadist movement in the Netherlands and Belgium is collecting money for the family members of jihadists who are in Syria, Iraq or in jail.  The families need help, according to the jihadists, because their social security payments have been frozen and their legal costs are high.  The government is trying to block the activities of the jihadists by blocking their income.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dutch Pupil Threatens Beheading of Jews

A 14-year-old Muslim pupil at De Spindel High School in Hengelo prepared a short film in which he expresses his sympathy for ISIS and threatens to behead Jews.  The pupil has been suspended.  The matter has since gone public and the parliamentarians Van Klaveren and Bontes, of the VN party, have put forward questions to the Minister of Security and Justice regarding this issue. They want to know what measures may be taken against the pupil and what will be done to fight the growing anti-Semitism among Muslim students.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chief Prosecutor: Murderer of van Gogh Had Accomplices

Frits van Straelen, the Chief Prosecutor in charge of investigating the murder of Theo van Gogh in November 2004, says that the murderer, Mohamed Bouyeri, could not have acted by himself.  Van Straelen stated that there are indications that Bouyeri’s accomplices had followed van Gogh to see where he went and provided Bouyeri with the murder weapon.  Bouyeri must also have been financially subsidized because he no longer received Social Security after May 2004.  Van Straelen added that the mistakes made by the General Intelligence Service, AIVD, have hampered the investigation. The CTIVD, the supervisory body of the AIVD, has concluded that the AIVD has neglected to share its information with regional police units and intelligence services.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Three Dutch Jihadis Killed in Syria

According to the Dutch press agency AMP, three Dutch jihadis have been killed by recent American attacks on the Islamic State in the Syrian town of Aleppo.  The spokesman of The Dutch Coordinator of The Fight Against Terror (NCTV) commented that it is obvious that if one goes on jihad, one comes into a war zone, where there are heavy fights.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Possible Fraud at National Lottery Investigated

The authority which supervises gaming has started an investigation into possible fraud at the National Lottery.  There are indications from both external sources and from employees of the National Lottery that recent draws have not been done according to the rules.  The results of the draw on King’s Day, for example, showed that more lottery tickets were submitted than were legally issued. A report from the auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers shows that the systems of the lottery are susceptible to fraud.  Four former employees of the Greek company, Intralot, which manages the system, have said that due to the system’s shortcomings, it is possible to manipulate the results.