Young father shot dead in Amsterdam garage after parking dispute

An argument at a pay terminal inside a parking garage erupted in gunfire, leaving one young man badly wounded. The man, identified by family as Orpheo Gefferie, died from his injuries at an area hospital, police said. The mother of his seven-year-old child called Gefferie “the best dad” their son could have had. “We will … Continue reading “Young father shot dead in Amsterdam garage after parking dispute”

Video: Duncan Laurence: “Dream come true” to return to Netherlands as Eurovision winner

Less than 24 hours after being crowned the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Duncan Laurence is set to make his way back to the Netherlands on Sunday afternoon. “I cannot describe this in words. I am so happy. It is really a dream come true,” Laurence said in the press conference following his victory … Continue reading “Video: Duncan Laurence: “Dream come true” to return to Netherlands as Eurovision winner”

Man who stabbed Americans at Amsterdam train station reportedly uncooperative

Jawed S., the man suspected of stabbing two American tourists in a terrorist attack at Amsterdam Central Station last year, is only giving limited cooperation to the investigations ongoing against him, was revealed during a proforma hearing in his case on Friday, the Telegraaf reports. Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 17, 2019 – 17:40

Gangrène mafieuse et autres miasmes de l’E.U

La bête à 28 bras souffre de maladies mortelles ou transmissibles. La gangrène des mafias, la lèpre des paradis fiscaux, la tuberculose du dumping fiscal entre nations, la rougeole de l’immigration illégale, la silicose des travailleurs déplacés…On dirait Kali, la représentation terrifiante du panthéon des dieu hindou qui apparaît avec plusieurs bras, le cou ceint … Continue reading “Gangrène mafieuse et autres miasmes de l’E.U”

Netherlands, Russia resolve dispute over Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise arrests

Russia has agreed to pay 2.7 million euro to the Netherlands as part of a final settlement to end the dispute over a 2013 incident where Russian personnel boarded a Greenpeace ship. The amount is less than the 7 million originally sought by Greenpeace and the Netherlands, and half the amount awarded at arbitration.Submitted by … Continue reading “Netherlands, Russia resolve dispute over Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise arrests”

Queen Máxima works through her 48th birthday after Ethiopia visit

After a busy week that included a working trip to Africa, Queen Máxima celebrated her 48th birthday on Friday. She has been queen of the Netherlands for just over six years, after King Willem-Alexander’s mother Beatrix abdicated on April 30, 2013. The King and Queen were scheduled to attend an event on Friday commemorating 100 … Continue reading “Queen Máxima works through her 48th birthday after Ethiopia visit”

Dutch tighten breast implant policy amid cancer danger

The Netherlands will not ban breast implants with a rough surface amid concerns that they may increase the risk of a rare form of lymph node cancer. But the Dutch government will tighten the rules for the use of implants in breast reconstruction and breast enlargements in an effort to make sure that all women … Continue reading “Dutch tighten breast implant policy amid cancer danger”

Non-Dutch make up 3.6% of Netherlands’ 13.5m EU voters

Approximately 13.5 million residents of the Netherlands are eligible to vote in the European Parliament elections next week. 3.6 percent of this group do not have Dutch nationality, but are EU citizens, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday based on population figures from 1 January 2019. Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 17, 2019 – 12:00

UN envoy begs Netherlands to bring back kids from Syria, Iraq

The Netherlands must “show grace and mercy” and bring back the children of Dutch jihadists in Iraq and Syria as quickly as possible, the special UN envoy for Children in Armed Conflicts, Virginia Gamba, said during a visit to The Hague on Thursday. The fact that these kids and their mothers are now just left … Continue reading “UN envoy begs Netherlands to bring back kids from Syria, Iraq”

Voting still too difficult for people with disabilities

People with disabilities in the Netherlands still experience difficulties when going to cast their votes. After the Provincial States elections the voting hotline of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights received 188 reports about the accessibility of polling stations, compared to 148 reports after the municipal elections in 2018, NOS reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on … Continue reading “Voting still too difficult for people with disabilities”

100,000 celebrate Ajax without major incident

Over 100 thousand people gathered on Museumplein in Amsterdam on Thursday to celebrate Ajax’s 34th Eredivisie title and the team making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League. The party happened with no major incidents. A total of 26 people were arrested or various reasons, NU.nl and RTL Nieuws report.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May … Continue reading “100,000 celebrate Ajax without major incident”

Intelligence service investigating Huawei espionage in Netherlands: report

Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD is investigating whether Chinese technology company Huawei has been involved in espionage in the Netherlands, due to concerns that the company has a hidden backdoor to customer data at one the Netherlands’ three largest telecom providers – VodafoneZiggo, KPN or the merger of T-Mobile and Tele2, the Volkskrant reports. The AIVD would not … Continue reading “Intelligence service investigating Huawei espionage in Netherlands: report”

Amsterdam preparing to celebrate Ajax’s 34th national title

The city of Amsterdam is getting ready to celebrate Ajax’s victory in the Eredivisie and the Amsterdam team’s great performance in the Champions League. For the first time since 2011, the celebration will be held on the Museumplein in the center of the city. The square opens to celebrators at 1:00 p.m., and the official … Continue reading “Amsterdam preparing to celebrate Ajax’s 34th national title”

Justice Ministry hiding serious crimes committed by asylum seekers: report

The Ministry of Justice and Security hid the number of serious crimes committed by asylum seekers in the Netherlands by including crimes like sexual offenses, aggravated assaults, and murder and manslaughter or attempts thereto under the heading of “other” in figures released to parliament, the Telegraaf reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 16, 2019 – … Continue reading “Justice Ministry hiding serious crimes committed by asylum seekers: report”

Amsterdam mayor won’t ban alcohol on canals

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema will not ban alcohol on the city’s canals. Barely a week after such a ban was suggested by the city council, Halsema described it as undesirable and disproportionate.  “Measures [to combat nuisance] serve to enable Amsterdammers to enjoy their city freely. Only misconduct is curbed”, she said in a letter to … Continue reading “Amsterdam mayor won’t ban alcohol on canals”

Europe is about guaranteeing Netherlands safety: Dutch PM ahead of elections

In the run-up to the European Parliament elections next week, Prime Minister Mark Rutte is talking about his vision for Europe. According to the VVD leader, his ideas about that have shifted.  “Europe is market and currency, but a point has been added”, he said to Nieuwsuur on Wednesday night. That point is safety. Without … Continue reading “Europe is about guaranteeing Netherlands safety: Dutch PM ahead of elections”

Europe is about guaranteeing the Netherlands’ safety, Dutch PM says

In the run-up to the European Parliament elections next week, Prime Minister Mark Rutte is talking about his vision for Europe. According to the VVD leader, his ideas about that have shifted.  “Europe is market and currency, but a point has been added”, he said to Nieuwsuur on Wednesday night. That point is safety. Without … Continue reading “Europe is about guaranteeing the Netherlands’ safety, Dutch PM says”

Former psych patient suspected in attempted rape in Amsterdam

A 27-year-old man who is suspected of an attempted rape at the NDSM wharf in Amsterdam in April, was living in an assisted living institution at the time, was revealed during a hearing on Monday. In September 2016, the man was convicted of a sex crime and sentenced to prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment, NU.nl … Continue reading “Former psych patient suspected in attempted rape in Amsterdam”

Dutch gov’t will no longer be “gullible” towards China in new strategy

Collaboration with China is of great importance to the Netherlands, but with that cooperation the Netherlands must pay attention to the ideological differences that exist between the two countries, the Dutch government said in its new ‘China strategy’. The 100-page long document outlines economic opportunities, but also concerns, NOS reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May … Continue reading “Dutch gov’t will no longer be “gullible” towards China in new strategy”

Change the way money is distributed among universities & technical universities: gov’t advice committee

The way in which money is distributed among universities and technical universities in the Netherlands needs to change, according to a new report. More money needs to go to technical courses, so they can keep up with the growing demand. And universities should be less dependent on student numbers for their money, the committee concluded.Submitted … Continue reading “Change the way money is distributed among universities & technical universities: gov’t advice committee”

Dutch researchers find serious vulnerability in Intel chips

Researchers from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam found a serious security vulnerability in commonly used processor chips made by Intel. The vulnerability makes it possible to read data processed by these CPUs. “Everything that the CPU actively uses can be leaked”, researcher Herbert Bos said to NU.nl. “So that’s everything you do on your computer.”Submitted … Continue reading “Dutch researchers find serious vulnerability in Intel chips”

Dutch PM criticizes populist politician’s “irresponsible” Nexit views

Forum voor Democratie leader Thierry Baudet is taking an “irresponsible risk with our security, our stability, and our prosperity” with his positive attitude towards the Netherlands leaving the European Union, VVD leader and Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a speech about Europe on Tuesday, NOS reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 15, 2019 – 08:44

Netherlands’ climate goals achievable by closing 3 coal plants: study

The Netherlands could still achieve the emission reduction goals set in the so-called Urgenda ruling, if it closes three almost new coal-fired power stations at the start of next year, research agency CE Delft concluded in a study done at the request of Natuur & Milieu, Greenpeace and the Lung Fund. Closing the coal plants … Continue reading “Netherlands’ climate goals achievable by closing 3 coal plants: study”

Dutch economy still growing steadily

The Dutch economy grew by 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019, the same growth as in the last quarter of 2018, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. Compared to the first quarter of 2018, the economy grew by 1.7 percent.  Adjusted for the number of days – the first quarter of 2019 had one … Continue reading “Dutch economy still growing steadily”

Too many vacancies, not enough candidates on Dutch labor market

The tension on the Dutch labor market reached a new peak in the first quarter of this year. The number of vacancies increased, while the number of unemployed declined, Statistics Netherlands reports. In the first quarter there were on average 88 vacancies per 100 unemployed, compared to 80 vacancies in the fourth quarter of last … Continue reading “Too many vacancies, not enough candidates on Dutch labor market”

The New Kid on the Nationalist Block: Thierry Baudet

In the media, both local and international, this new kid is called a “political dandy,” a “flamboyant populist,” “not your typical populist,” “the naked populist,” “the far right’s rising star,” “a new face,” and the “Dutch far right’s new figurehead.” He is sure of himself, exposing his intellectual rather than physical muscles (though certain naked … Continue reading “The New Kid on the Nationalist Block: Thierry Baudet”

Formula 1 set to return to Netherlands with Tuesday announcement

Formula 1 is returning to the Netherlands with the first Grand Prix since 1985 happening at the Zandvoort circuit in May 2020. Sponsor Heineken and Formula 1 owner Formula One Management will make the official announcement on Tuesday, NPO Radio 1 reports. Circuit Zandvoort has been in talks with the Formula One Management for months … Continue reading “Formula 1 set to return to Netherlands with Tuesday announcement”

Dozens arrested during protest at pig farm

Around a hundred activists occupied a pig farm in Boxtel on Monday in a protest meant to draw attention to animal suffering in the Netherlands. A few dozen farmers also gathered for a counter protest. The police eventually put an end to the action. Dozens of protesters were arrested, NU.nl reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on … Continue reading “Dozens arrested during protest at pig farm”

Abducted A’dam girl’s dad to be prosecuted in Netherlands

The Public Prosecution Service wants to start prosecuting the father of kidnapped Amsterdam girl Inisiya Hemani within two months, the Prosecutor said on Monday during the continuation of the trial against five men and a woman suspected of involvement in the young girl’s abduction, AD reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 13, 2019 – 15:10

Dutch 20-somethings hitting milestones later and later

The Dutch people in their twenties of today are hitting milestones later than their peers from a decade ago. Last year’s 20-somethings left home later, studied longer, were less likely to have permanent employment, bought their own home later, moved in with a partner later, and also started a family later than the 20-somethings of … Continue reading “Dutch 20-somethings hitting milestones later and later”

Amsterdam planning Museumplein party for Ajax’s 34th national title

The municipality of Amsterdam is planning a party on the Museumplein for if Ajax wins its 34th national title. While the last matches are only being played on Wednesday, the title will almost certainly go to the Amsterdam team after its 4-1 victory against FC Utrecht and competitor PSV’s 1-0 loss against AZ on Sunday.Submitted by … Continue reading “Amsterdam planning Museumplein party for Ajax’s 34th national title”

Man hurt in Amsterdam shooting

A man was injured in a shooting on Jorens Ivensplein in IJburg on Sunday night. He was taken to hospital with unknown injuries. The shooting happened at around 11:00 p.m. in the Amsterdam-Oost area, according to NU.nl. The victim was conscious and able to communicate when he was taken to hospital, the police said. The police … Continue reading “Man hurt in Amsterdam shooting”

EU Delayed Nord Stream 2 Completion so Come New Year’s 2020 Say Hello to Catastrophic Gas Shortages

Shortages for EU mean it will have nothing left to resell to Ukraine Editor’s note: This is hilarious. EU sabotaged the North Stream so that its completion before 2020 is now highly doubtful. However come 2020 Russia will cease all gas transit to Europe over Ukraine, whether Nord Stream 2 is ready or not. Not because … Continue reading “EU Delayed Nord Stream 2 Completion so Come New Year’s 2020 Say Hello to Catastrophic Gas Shortages”

US-China trade war would be bad for Netherlands, Dutch FM says

The Dutch government hopes that the United States and China manage to avert a trade war. Nobody has an interest in a trade war and free trade is crucial for the Netherlands, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said on Friday, NOS reports. A trade war between the two giants seem increasingly likely. The US … Continue reading “US-China trade war would be bad for Netherlands, Dutch FM says”

Tsai breaks ground on indigenous submarine facility in Kaohsiung

President Tsai Ing-wen broke ground May 9 on an indigenous submarine production facility in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan.   The government is beefing up national defense capabilities to safeguard cross-strait and regional peace and stability, Tsai said. Development of homegrown weapons systems is a core component of this undertaking, she added.   According to Tsai, … Continue reading “Tsai breaks ground on indigenous submarine facility in Kaohsiung”

Number of fully electric cars in NL doubled last year

On January 1st the Netherlands counted nearly 45 thousand fully electric cars, double the number on January 1st last year. The number of plug-in hybrids decreased by 3 percent over the past year to nearly 94 thousand, Statistics Netherlands reported based on license plate registrations at RDW.Submitted by Janene Pieters on May 10, 2019 – … Continue reading “Number of fully electric cars in NL doubled last year”

Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – and its two predecessor organizations, the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) and the New American Movement (NAM) – had their origins in the early 1970s, at the beginning of a long-term rightward shift of United States and global politics. This shift to the right – from the 1980s of … Continue reading “Robert Owen, Worker Cooperatives, and Democratic Socialism”

Debate: Why the Indian elections are more about Narendra Modi than anything else

India votes until May 19, and Western media and opinion seem to be slowly waking up to the dangers faced by what is often hailed as “the world’s largest democracy” to constitutional guarantees. Like in other cases of today’s right-wing and populist authoritarianisms around the world, these dangers are not completely new, even if they are … Continue reading “Debate: Why the Indian elections are more about Narendra Modi than anything else”

En mai 2019, au Café-Librairie Michèle Firk

Programme des événements du café librairie Michèle Firk à la Parole Errante, local autogéré de discussions et d’organisations. Plein de nouveautés sont arrivés, avec pas mal d’occasions et de livres récents bradés. On met tout ça en rayon et on vous présente quelques bouquins prochainement. En attendant de vous croiser la tête dans les bouquins … Continue reading “En mai 2019, au Café-Librairie Michèle Firk”

Netherlands far behind other EU countries on renewable energy goals

The Netherlands is the furthest away from achieving its renewable energy goals of any European Union country, Statistics Netherlands concluded in a comparative study between the Netherlands and other EU Member States. In 2017, only 6.6 percent of all energy generated in the Netherlands came from renewable sources, RTL Nieuws reports.Submitted by Janene Pieters on … Continue reading “Netherlands far behind other EU countries on renewable energy goals”

Amsterdam installs cameras on NDSM campus after many incidents

Police cameras are being installed at the campus on the NDSM site in Amsterdam Noord after an “unacceptable” number of incidents, mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to the city council. Incidents involved rape, burglary and muggings, and attempts thereto, she said, NU.nl reports. The cameras come on top of previous measures taken, such … Continue reading “Amsterdam installs cameras on NDSM campus after many incidents”