Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turkey Accuses Netherlands of Racism

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara writes about, “racist attacks which are incompatible with the historical links with the Netherlands”. The Turkish Ministry is critical about a Dutch report concerning Turkish organizations in the Netherlands.  That report claims that organizations such as Milli Gorus work against the integration of Turks in the Netherlands.  It is also critical of the claim that the influence of the Turkish government on Turkish organizations is still very big.  Furthermore, the Turks are negative about a report which claims that Turkish youngsters in the Netherlands perceive people who go to Syria as heroes.  Turkey asks, in its declaration, that the Netherlands ends initiatives and declarations which might be bad for international relations.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Youth Imam Stops Preaching After Getting Threatened

The Amsterdam Youth Imam, Yassin Elforkani, has stopped preaching because he is receiving threats from radical Muslims.  He said that he had concrete indications that he was at risk. The threats started a year ago.  Those who threaten him see him as a traitor and heretic because he advises youngsters not to travel to Syria and participate in the jihad. The police told Elforkani that, “it would be better if he would be less active for a certain time.”  As spokesman of the Contact Organization of Muslims and the Authorities (CMO), Elforkani is the best-known Dutch Muslim who criticizes the jihad.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Trade Union Chairman: Employers Exploit Personnel

The chairman of the FNV trade union, Ton Heerts, says that employers exploit employees on a major scale.  He claims that billions are stolen in this way.  He mentioned in particular large companies such as Albert Heijn, Shell, and AkzoNovo. Heerts said that the main problem is that collective labor agreements are not respected.  He saw huge problems with subcontractors who were paid less than what they were entitled to. The employers’ organizations, VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland, consider that Heerts is exaggerating.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ethnic Tensions Lead to VIolent Fight in Asylum-Seekers Center

In the township of Overloon, seven hundred asylum seekers live in a former jail.  They mainly originate from Syria and Eritrea.  The central body which deals with asylum seekers, the COA, houses them in mixed groups.  After some Syrians complained about drunk Eritreans, the latter beat everybody who wasn’t black with sticks.  Fourteen people were wounded and three arrested.   The COA denies that it was an ethnic conflict, but the asylum seekers claim it was.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cheap Foreign Labor Pushes Dutch Out of Work

The research institute, NCO, has undertaken a study on behalf of Minister Asscher (Social Affairs).  The study investigated the period between 2001-2011, and came to the conclusion that Dutch workers are pushed out of certain sectors by cheaper foreign labor from central and Eastern Europe.  This concerns mainly the building sector, industry and transport.

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.