Sluit snel de Hema hondenverzekering af!

Heb je een hond in huis? Dan weet je zeker dat je een trouwe vriend hebt. Aangezien je je trouwe viervoeter waardeert, is het belangrijk om er zeker van te zijn dat hij of zij de zorg krijgt die nodig is als er iets met hem of haar gebeurt. We hebben ziekte en ongelukken namelijk […]

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Sluit de Petplan hondenverzekering vandaag nog af!

Heb je een hond in huis? Dan is het verstandig om een hondenverzekering te sluiten. Een dergelijke verzekering voorkomt namelijk dat je hoge dierenartskosten hoeft te betalen. Net zoals bij een autoverzekering en je ziektekostenverzekering, zijn verschillende dekkingen mogelijk. Dit geldt ook voor de Petplan hondenverzekering. Vraag je je af welk verzekeringspakket perfect is voor […]

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Proteq hondenverzekering afsluiten? Lees er meer over!

Je hebt een hond in huis en wil hem of haar nu verzekeren. Ben je daarom op zoek naar een betrouwbare hondenverzekering? Dan kun je kiezen voor de Proteq hondenverzekering. Deze verzekeraar is een van de grootste huisdierverzekeraars in Nederland. Doordat zij al gedurende langere tijd hun focus hebben gelegd op het verzekeren van honden […]

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Inshared hondenverzekering sluiten? Dat kan nu!

Wil je dat je hond in goede handen is door een verzekering voor hem of haar af te sluiten? Dan is het een goed idee om te kiezen voor de Inshared hondenverzekering. De verzekering van dit bedrijf is goedkoop en je trouwe viervoeter is tegelijkertijd verzekerd tegen ongelukken. Je kunt zelfs kiezen voor aanvullende dekkingen […]

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Lampionnen kopen voor je bruiloft? Bekijk ook de andere opties

Je hebt ze vast wel eens gezien. Vrolijke lichtjes die ieder feest bijzonder maken. Ze scheppen een romantische sfeer en vervagen de duisternis. We hebben het natuurlijk over lampionnen. Maar wat zijn dat? Lampionnen zijn lichtjes die met papier omhuld zijn in allerlei vormen, maten en kleuren. Ze worden gebruikt als versiering, onder andere om […]

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Vind de beste slimme thermostaat hier!

Met een slimme thermostaat oftewel een wifi thermostaat heb je de temperatuur in huis geheel in handen. Je kunt hem namelijk op afstand benaderen en via een handige app aansturen. Als je bijvoorbeeld van het werk komt, kun je instellen dat een lekker warm huis op je wacht. Zoek je naar de beste slimme thermostaat […]

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Caribbean islands become Dutch municipalities

Bonaire, Saint Eustace and Saba, three small islands in the Caribbean, are to become part of the Netherlands. With this decision the dismantlement of the Netherlands Antilles as a single state within the kingdom of the Netherlands has begun. The three islands have come to an agreement about their future after difficult and lengthy negotiations. […]

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Antique Radio

Welcome to our compilation of antique and old-time radio sites. We hope you enjoy them and find it useful. Your feedback, comments and suggestions for sites are welcome. The Sites For more information: www.radionetherlands.nl Antique RadioRate this post

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A Matter of Time

In answer to the question “Does anyone know the exact difference between GMT and UTC?” here are a few facts concerning Greenwich Mean Time, Universal Time, and the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Various versions of this document have been posted to Usenet newsgroups and made available on Web sites over the years under the original title A […]

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Malawi opposition leader refuses to step down

The leader of the Malawi Congress Party, Malawi’s main opposition party, has rejected an appeal by senior party members to step down and accept Tuesday’s election results. John Tembo lost last week’s race against incumbent President Bingu wa Mutharika by a wide margin. The opposition leader accused the president of rigging the poll and said […]

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Royal Family spent 119 million in 2008

An annual report has revealed that the Royal Family spent nearly 119 million euros last year. Eighty million of that sum went to the maintenance of palaces and security. Some 1,5 million euros was used for state visits and other events. Queen Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his spouse, Princess Máxima, together received around six […]

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Lubbers wants Queen’s Day to continue

Speaking on the television programme Buitenhof, former prime minister Ruud Lubbers said that the failed attack on the royal family in Apeldoorn should not result in the end of the Queen’s Day celebrations. Mr Lubbers said the head of state should continue to remain visible. He was referring not just to Queen Beatrix but also to […]

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Queen’s Day attacker dies

The 38-year-old Dutchman who killed five people and injured 12 during Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn has died. He died in hospital last night from serious injuries he sustained after driving his car at high speed into a crowd watching an open-topped coach carrying the Royal Family. The car missed the royal coach by 15 […]

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Netherlands reports first case of Mexican flu

The first case of swine flu has been confirmed by Dutch health authorities at a news conference. The case involves a three-year-old child who returned from Mexico on 27 April. Both the child and the parents are being treated and are said to be doing well. Health Minister Ab Klink refused to disclose the location […]

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WHO calls new strain of H1N1 “Mexican flu”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the most recent research on swine flu has shown that the virus is not caused by pigs. The disease is now being referred to as Mexican flu or “2009 H1N1 flu”. The WHO has moved the pandemic alert from four to five, the second highest. The first […]

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WHO calls new strain of H1N1 “Mexican flu”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the most recent research on swine flu has shown that the virus is not caused by pigs. The disease is now being referred to as Mexican flu or “2009 H1N1 flu”. The WHO has moved the pandemic alert from four to five, the second highest. The first […]

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Dwarf helicopter sniffs out cannabis plantations

Police in the northeastern Achterhoek region have begun using an unmanned miniature helicopter to track down the illegal cultivation of cannabis, which often takes place indoors. The so-called “canna-chopper” is fitted with cameras and a sniffer to take air samples out of ventilator shafts and chimneys. A dedicated gas analyser is able to recognise traces […]

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Global Perspective 2009 – Islands

Isolated Gaza, Canada’s remote Albert Bay and the story of an Australian who sometimes feels like a stranger in his own community – the theme chosen for 2009 by Global Perspective, a collaboration of international broadcasters, is: islands. For more information: www.radionetherlands.nl Global Perspective 2009 – IslandsRate this post

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The right to move for work

Many Central Americans stop at nothing to reach the United States. In China, the global economic downturn is affecting the 200 million migrants who moved from the countryside to work in factories. Many of these migrants are exploited. Jaime Curri took a gamble that thousands of people take every week. And this time he lost. He […]

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Sudanese demonstrators on rampage in Khartoum

In the Sudanese capital Khartoum, crowds of demonstrators furious at the execution of nine men in the Darfur region have set shops and cars on fire in a local market. Police estimate that at least 5,000 people took to the streets in protest. The nine men were hanged on Monday after being found guilty of […]

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The Roma are scapegoats for the economic crisis

On International Roma Day, a number of European human rights organisations are warning that the economic crisis has left the Roma gypsies in Central Europe facing growing discrimination and violence. Anti-Roma sentiments are being nurtured by far-right and nationalistic groups. György Müller says: “Just looking like a Roma is enough reason to get only angry […]

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Madagascar to hold elections next year

Madagascar’s new President Andry Rajoelina, who seized power last month, says he plans to hold presidential elections in October 2010. Delegates attending a two-day conference in the capital Antananarivo agreed to a constitutional referendum this year, followed by parliamentary elections in March 2010. It is not clear if Mr Rajoelina, who is 34, will run […]

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Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party rises to 32 seats

The Freedom Party of populist right-wing leader Geert Wilders has climbed again in the polls, this time to a record of 32 seats in the 150-seat parliament. The Freedom Party is in first place and is now four seats ahead of the Christian Democrats, the largest of the three parties in the governing coalition. Pollster […]

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Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party rises to 32 seats

The Freedom Party of populist right-wing leader Geert Wilders has climbed again in the polls, this time to a record of 32 seats in the 150-seat parliament. The Freedom Party is in first place and is now four seats ahead of the Christian Democrats, the largest of the three parties in the governing coalition. Pollster […]

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Political row in Denmark over Geert Wilders

Controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was barred from entering the United Kingdom a month ago, has become the subject of a political row in Denmark. The Danish People’s Party and the Conservative Party both want to invite Mr Wilders to a conference in Copenhagen in June on the theme of freedom of speech and […]

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Political row in Denmark over Geert Wilders

Controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who was barred from entering the United Kingdom a month ago, has become the subject of a political row in Denmark. The Danish People’s Party and the Conservative Party both want to invite Mr Wilders to a conference in Copenhagen in June on the theme of freedom of speech and […]

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Caller had intimate knowledge of Madrid attacks

The woman who tipped off Amsterdam police last Wednesday evening about an impending terrorist attack was aware of details about the Madrid bombings that had not been made public. Amsterdam’s Chief Police Commissioner Bernard Welten told de Volkskrant daily that the phone call lasted about ten minutes and almost took on the character of a cross-examination. Using […]

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Amsterdam police foil terror attack on shopping mall

Seven people have been arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of planning a terror attack on an Ikea furniture store and a number of shops near the Ajax stadium in the capital Amsterdam. The arrests follow a telephone warning to Amsterdam police late on Wednesday evening, police chief Bernard Welten said on Thursday evening. The […]

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Royal budget made more transparent

The cabinet has adopted the recommendations made by former Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm to make the budget of the royal family more transparent. Under the new set-up, all expenses relating to Queen Beatrix’s functions as head of state will be grouped under the single heading of “The Monarch”. Until now these costs, worth 39 million […]

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Faulty altimeter caused airliner crash

The Turkish airliner that crashed at Schiphol last week had a faulty altimeter. That’s the conclusion of the preliminary findings of the investigation team that has been working to establish the cause of the accident. The altimeter wrongly indicated that the Boeing was already almost on the ground. Because the airplane was flying on automatic pilot, the […]

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Wilders’ Freedom Party leads polls

According to a recent opinion poll, if parliamentary elections were held today, the Freedom Party (PVV) headed by right-wing populist leader Geert Wilders would become the largest party in the Netherlands. It would win 27 seats in the 150-seat parliament, as opposed to the nine it currently has. The Christian Democrats – the largest party […]

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Wilders’ Freedom Party leads polls

According to a recent opinion poll, if parliamentary elections were held today, the Freedom Party (PVV) headed by right-wing populist leader Geert Wilders would become the largest party in the Netherlands. It would win 27 seats in the 150-seat parliament, as opposed to the nine it currently has. The Christian Democrats – the largest party […]

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Investigation into Turkish Airlines crash continues

The Dutch authorities are continuing their investigations into Wednesday’s plane crash at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The wreckage of the Turkish Airlines Boeing will remain at its present location until the Dutch Safety Board has concluded its investigation. The Board’s chair Pieter van Vollenhoven, husband of the queen’s sister Princess Margriet, has said the investigation is […]

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Dutch MP Wilders refused entry to UK

Dutch Right-wing politician and controversial anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders has been refused entry to the United Kingdom despite being invited to visit by a member of the House of Lords, the British parliament’s upper chamber. Handcuffs Mr Wilders responded to the decision in fighting mood, telling Dutch media that he still intended to travel to […]

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Top lawyer to defend Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders

Rightwing populist Dutch MP Geert Wilders has enlisted one of the Netherlands’ top lawyers to fight his prosecution over inciting hatred and discrimination. The lawyer, Bram Moszkowicz, has confirmed he is taking the case to the country’s Supreme Court, requesting an immediate end to the proceedings. He is calling for the Court to quash the […]

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Top lawyer to defend Dutch anti-Islam MP Wilders

Rightwing populist Dutch MP Geert Wilders has enlisted one of the Netherlands’ top lawyers to fight his prosecution over inciting hatred and discrimination. The lawyer, Bram Moszkowicz, has confirmed he is taking the case to the country’s Supreme Court, requesting an immediate end to the proceedings. He is calling for the Court to quash the […]

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Dutch have confidence in their queen

A Dutch current affairs programme that interviewed 2,600 people found that 80 percent have confidence in Queen Beatrix. She was awarded 7.5 points on a scale of 1 to 10. 80 percent also believe Crown Prince Willem Alexander is ready to ascend the throne, but a majority said there was no need for the queen […]

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National poet elected in the Netherlands

Ramsey Nasr has been voted National Poet of the Netherlands. The winner of the internet vote was announced live on television on Wednesday evening. Mr Nasr follows in the footsteps of Driek van Wissen, Gerrit Komrij and Simon Vinkenoog. A total of 19,600 people cast their vote. All poets were allowed to enter, but a […]

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Radical Muslim preacher welcome in Rotterdam

Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin rejects demands by two parties to bar a radical Islamic preacher from speaking in the Netherlands. Mr Hirsch Ballin wrote to parliament on Thursday that the preacher, American citizen Khalid Yasin, is free to enter the country and address audiences. The justice minister adds that Mr Yasin will risk prosecution […]

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Worldwide reactions to Wilders’ prosecution

fficial reactions to the news that Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party, can be prosecuted for discriminatory remarks in public are few and far between outside the Netherlands. Obviously the world’s press have decided that the latest development in the Netherlands is not worth commenting on. Surprisingly, Dutch politicians themselves seem to be keeping quiet […]

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Dutch royal couple to visit Antarctica

To underscore the commitment of the Netherlands to the management of the Antarctic region, Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima will spend three days next month in Antarctica. The royal couple will be accompanied by Ronald Plasterk, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, and by Jos Engelen, Chairman of the Netherlands Organisation for […]

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Is Yellowstone’s ‘super volcano’ about to blow up?

The super volcano in Yellowstone Park, which includes parts of the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, is making its presence felt. On New Year’s Day, the situation was so alarming that geologists called for an immediate evacuation of an area within a radius of 325 kilometres around the national park. At a rate of […]

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Israel rejects EU calls for immediate cease-fire

Israel has rejected a call by the European Union for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni does not want international observers to be stationed in the region once hostilities have ended. However, Israel has asked for European support to find the tunnels used by Palestinians to smuggle weapons into the […]

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Protest against Israeli assault on Gaza

Several thousand people gathered in Amsterdam’s Museum Square on Saturday to protest against the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. The demonstration also targetted the Dutch government; according to many protesters, The Hague is also responsible for the violence unless it explicitly condemns the Israeli attacks. The protest has been organised by a coalition of […]

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Hamas has gone underground

The large-scale Israeli offensive in Gaza has sent Hamas leaders and operatives physically under the ground. They are nowhere to be seen. None of them have appeared in public or in the media apart from a recorded speech by Hamas government chief Ismael Haniya. Prominent Hamas leader Nizar Rayan, who chose to remain on ground level, was killed Thursday […]

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Guinea in chaos after long-term president’s death

It is unclear who is in control in Guinea following the death of long-term president Lansana Conté aged 74. An army captain has announced on state radio that the constitution has been suspended, the government dismissed and union activities banned. Under the constitution, the parliamentary speaker should have assumed power until the outcome of presidential […]

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US soldier claims asylum in Germany over Iraq

Andre Shepherd, 31, has become the first American soldier to seek asylum from the United States in Germany after deserting the US Army. He cited the atrocities and illegalities of the war in Iraq, as well as President Bush’s role in launching an invasion on the basis of “no legal grounds whatsoever.” He said he […]

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Book reveals secrets of a royal marriage

After 52 years of secrecy, royal historian Cees Fasseur has been given sole access to the private archives of the Dutch royal family. In his book, Juliana & Bernhard. The story of a marriage, 1935-1956, he reveals the intrigues – particularly the influence of faith healer Greet Hofmans – that almost led to a royal divorce, the […]

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Easy, low-carbon living in chic Stockholm suburb

A chic, high-tech suburb of Stockholm could hold part of the answer to reducing daily energy and waste consumption as part of the global battle to fight climate change. As EU countries lock horns over a deal to slash CO2 emissions across the continent, the inhabitants of Hammarby Sjöstad are effortlessly reducing their carbon footprint […]

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Congo rebels advance on Goma

Rebels led by Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda are closing in on DR Congo’s eastern capital of Goma. According to eyewitnesses they have reached the outskirts of the city. “There is heavy, heavy fighting, you can see smoke from where shells have hit,” an eyewitness says. The UN peacekeeping force MONUC in Goma is in need […]

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Three-billion-euro cash injection for Dutch insurer

Dutch insurance giant Aegon is to receive three billion euros from a government emergency fund. The cash injection is considered necessary in order to strengthen the company’s core equity capital. At a press conference, Dutch Finance Minister Wouter Bos stressed that Aegon is “in incredibly good health”. He added, “The general situation is serious to […]

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Justice for victims?

The international courts and tribunals in The Hague deal with some of the darkest pages of human history. Yet all too frequently the rights of the survivors of these mass atrocities – whether they be from the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone or the Democratic Republic of the Congo – take a back seat while courts […]

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Dutch court rules virtual theft is real

In a precedent-setting trial, a court in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden has ruled that stealing virtual items is theft and sentenced two teenage boys to community service.  In September 2007, two teens, both aged 14 at the time, forced a 13-year-old classmate to hand over two items he had acquired playing Runescape, an internet game extremely […]

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Executions rampant in Iraq

The death penalty in Iraq was suspended after Saddam Hussein was deposed in 2003. But a year later it was reinstated by the interim government. Since that time, claims Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, hundreds of prisoners have been executed. Many are believed to be insurgents, but according to Mr Fisk, no public record is […]

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Ukraine gets third election in three years

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko has dissolved parliament and called early parliamentary elections. The move follows his failure to form a new government after the ruling ‘orange’ coalition fell apart last month. The coalition comprised the president’s Our Ukraine party and the Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc. Policy differences on relations with Russia were mainly to […]

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Ukraine gets third election in three years

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko has dissolved parliament and called early parliamentary elections. The move follows his failure to form a new government after the ruling ‘orange’ coalition fell apart last month. The coalition comprised the president’s Our Ukraine party and the Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s bloc. Policy differences on relations with Russia were mainly to […]

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The third way

You’re fourteen, at school and you need to go for a pee. You leave your science lesson and rush to the toilet. Then you stop. You’re confused. In front of you are three separate toilets. One with a symbol for boys, another for girls, and there’s another with a symbol you’ve never seen before. It’s […]

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Europe goes to the White House

The upcoming American presidential election is being watched closely by Europeans. US policy directly affects Europe, and many here wish they could also cast a ballot. Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s weekly podcast, “Europe Goes to the White House”, lets you listen in on conversations in cafes, classrooms and parliaments across Europe in the lead-up to the election. […]

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Pakistan to choose president on 6 September

The Pakistani electoral commission has announced that the country is to hold presidential elections on 6 September. The elections follow the resignation of Pervez Musharraf this week, after nine years in power. He decided to stand down to avoid being impeached by the governing coalition. In Pakistan the president is elected by the two houses […]

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Ukraine to join in US-led missile shield in Europe

Ukraine has agreed to take part in a missile defence system designed by the United States to protect Western countries. The government in Kiev defended its decision for military co-operation with the West, saying Russia cancelled a bilateral treaty with Ukraine earlier this year. A few days ago, Poland and the United States reached agreement […]

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Ukraine to join in US-led missile shield in Europe

Ukraine has agreed to take part in a missile defence system designed by the United States to protect Western countries. The government in Kiev defended its decision for military co-operation with the West, saying Russia cancelled a bilateral treaty with Ukraine earlier this year. A few days ago, Poland and the United States reached agreement […]

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Russian bomb killed Dutch cameraman in Georgia

Human Rights Watch says the Dutch cameraman who was killed on Tuesday in Georgia died from injuries caused by a Russian cluster bomb. The human rights organisation says that Russia bombed at least two Georgian cities with cluster munitions. RTL cameraman Stan Storimans and seven others were killed during a Russian bombing raid on the […]

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IOC admits internet censorship deal with China

With just over a week to go before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been forced to admit that some of its own officials cut a deal to let China continue to block sensitive websites at the International Press Centre. This is despite earlier promises by […]

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IOC admits internet censorship deal with China

With just over a week to go before the start of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been forced to admit that some of its own officials cut a deal to let China continue to block sensitive websites at the International Press Centre. This is despite earlier promises by […]

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Woman ruled man is woman

A Dutch athlete suspended in 1950 by the Dutch Athletics Union on the grounds that she was actually a man, has finally been vindicated thanks to DNA technology. The story of the downfall of Foekje Dillema – a Frisian athlete at one time slated to become an Olympic champion – reads like a thriller but elicits mainly […]

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Tropical storm Dolly kills 12 in Guatemala

Tropical storm Dolly has claimed 12 lives in Guatemala. Ten children and their parents died when mudslides triggered by heavy downpours buried their home. Mexico has issued a tropical storm warning for the Yucatán Peninsula from the border with Belize to the city of Campeche. Approaching from the Caribbean, Dolly is expected to pound the […]

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Fortis: Pride comes before a fall?

It seems the Belgian-Dutch banking group Fortis bit off more than it could chew with the takeover of ABN AMRO. Jean Paul Votron, the charismatic Belgian CEO of the company, made his apologies this week and resigned. The future looks uncertain for Fortis. The debacle came to light two weeks ago when Fortis, the “golden […]

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Fortis: Pride comes before a fall?

It seems the Belgian-Dutch banking group Fortis bit off more than it could chew with the takeover of ABN AMRO. Jean Paul Votron, the charismatic Belgian CEO of the company, made his apologies this week and resigned. The future looks uncertain for Fortis. The debacle came to light two weeks ago when Fortis, the “golden […]

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Janwillem van de Wetering dead at 77

The Dutch writer Janwillem van de Wetering, famous for the Grijpstra & de Gier series of crime novels, has died at the age of 77. His crime novels featuring the detectives Grijpstra and De Gier were based on Mr Van de Wetering’s own experiences as a police officer in Amsterdam between 1966 and 1975. The Grijpstra & de Gier novels […]

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Netherlands protests treatment of journalist

The Netherlands has registered a protest with the Israeli authorities over the treatment of a Palestinian journalist. The Israeli ambassador has promised Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen that he will investigate the matter. The journalist, Mohammed Omer, says that he was harshly treated following his arrest at the border between Jordan and the West Bank. He […]

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It’s everybody’s sun

Marie-Rose Neloum from Chad received an award on Thursday, the day before World Refugee Day, in a ceremony at Amsterdam’s Tropical Museum. The prize is named after Gerrit-Jan van Heuven Goedhart, a member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation in the Second World War who went on to become the first United Nations […]

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Srebrenica genocide testcase for UN immunity

A group called the Mothers of Srebrenica wants the United Nations to be tried for its failure to prevent the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. Today the group, which represents 6,000 relatives of the victims asked a civilian court in The Hague to waive the UN’s immunity. They say the UN and the Dutch state are […]

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Srebrenica genocide testcase for UN immunity

A group called the Mothers of Srebrenica wants the United Nations to be tried for its failure to prevent the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. Today the group, which represents 6,000 relatives of the victims asked a civilian court in The Hague to waive the UN’s immunity. They say the UN and the Dutch state are […]

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Israeli-Syrian peace talks resumed

This week sees the beginning of Israel and Syria’s indirect peace talks in Turkey. The talks follow an eight year freeze but is Wednesday’s announcement too good to be true? The agreement in Lebanon ended 18 months of political deadlock, archenemies Israel and Syria resumed negotiations which collapsed in 2000. However, hopes for Syrian-Israeli peace […]

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“Oil Chinese” in Venezuela are treading carefully

Mr Li is the embodiment of today’s fastest growing world power: China. He strikes oil deals, builds hospitals and motorways, sells merchandise, takes over companies and lays oil pipelines. In the series ‘Looking for Mr Li’, four journalists from Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Dutch broadcaster VPRO report on the sunny side and the dark side […]

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Thousands demonstrate against Fitna in Karachi

Karachi – In Pakistan thousands of people have demonstrated against the anti-Qur’an film by MP Geert Wilders and Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. The protest in Karachi was organised by a radical Islamist party. Demonstrators shouted “Down with Holland” and “Down with Denmark”. National flags of the two countries were also set alight. Estimates […]

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NATO chief welcomes Albania and Croatia for 2009

Bucharest – NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has welcomed the announcement that Albania and Croatia have been invited to join the alliance. At the start of the second day of the NATO summit in the Romanian capital Bucharest, he said the alliance’s door was open to all Europe’s new democracies. On Wednesday, when […]

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Islamic countries want Dutch to ban Wilders movie

The ambassadors of 26 Islamic countries want the Netherlands to investigate whether the film Fitna made by Dutch right-wing populist MP Geert Wilders can be banned. They asked Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen whether it is possible to start legal proceedings against the anti-Islam film. The meeting at the ministry in The Hague was attended by ambassadors of […]

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Islamic countries want Dutch to ban Wilders movie

The ambassadors of 26 Islamic countries want the Netherlands to investigate whether the film Fitna made by Dutch right-wing populist MP Geert Wilders can be banned. They asked Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen whether it is possible to start legal proceedings against the anti-Islam film. The meeting at the ministry in The Hague was attended by ambassadors of […]

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Moderate response to anti-Islam movie

There has been no trouble in response to the release of Fitna, the film by right-wing populist politician Geert Wilders on what he sees as the dangers of Islam. According to the Dutch Interior Ministry’s crisis centre, the reaction throughout the Netherlands has been calm. Neither have there been any reports of unrest internationally. The […]

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Anti-Islam film Fitna online

Geert Wilders‘ anti-Islam movie has gone online. The film, titled Fitna or ‘Ordeal’ or ‘Strife’ in Arabic, shows verses of the Qur’an alternating with graphic scenes of recent acts of terror: the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, the charred bodies of train passengers in Madrid, gruesome images from atrocities in London […]

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“Climate of terror” in Cameroon

Forty dead. That’s the official death toll of demonstrations and protests late last month in Cameroon. But human rights organisations say the number of people killed and injured was much, much higher. They accuse the government of President Paul Biya of covering up the scale of the violence. Cameroonians say there is now a climate of […]

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1300 attend anti-Wilders demo

Amsterdam – Around 1300 people attended a demonstration against racism and discrimination in the centre of Amsterdam today, considerably less than the expected turnout of 5000. The organisers wanted to protest against the views promoted by populist MP Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party, which they described as “intolerant and discriminatory”. But they also pointed […]

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France will back the Netherlands in film row

Paris – During a meeting in Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has told Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende that he will support the Netherlands if it comes under attack because of the anti-Qur’an film Fitna by populist leader Geert Wilders. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen has asked Dutch ambassadors in Islamic countries to do their best […]

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Pakistan summons Dutch ambassador

Islamabad – Pakistan has summoned the Dutch ambassador because of Geert Wilders’ anti-Qur’an film Fitna. A spokesperson for the Pakistani authorities calls the Dutch Freedom Party leader “biased and bigoted” and says the film has nothing to do with freedom of expression. Pakistan has also brought the issue to the attention of the European Union and the […]

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Wilders’ film website goes online

The Hague – The website for the anti-Qur’an film Fitna by Geert Wilders is online under the name fitnathemovie. There is little to see at the moment: only the cover of the Qur’an with the text “Allahu Akhbar”, which means “God is Great” and “Geert Wilders presents Fitna – Coming Soon” against a black background. Party for […]

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Anne Frank… a musical?

Since the publication of her diary in 1947, Anne Frank has become a Dutch icon, beloved around the world. Now her story has been made into a Spanish musical. And it’s caused quite a controversy. The musical is called El diario de Ana Frank — un canto a la vida (The Diary of Anne Frank: A Song […]

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Turkey modernizes interpretation of Qur’an

Turkish theologians have nearly finished a project that could revolutionize Islam. For the past three years, they’ve been re-interpreting the hadith. These are traditionally regarded as the sayings of the prophet Muhammad, but they also involve a lot of legal and moral instructions that construct the basis of Sharia law. Turkey is a secular country with […]

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Dutch cabinet gravely worried about Wilders film

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende says he’s “gravely concerned” about the consequences of the yet-to-be-broadcast anti-Qur’an film being produced by right wing politician Geert Wilders. The Dutch cabinet discussed the repercussions of the film at length during their weekly meeting. The cabinet clearly wants to get a message of tolerance and moderation out before […]

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Wilders death threats confirmed

The Hague – The anti-Koran film planned by Dutch MP Geert Wilders has led to several threats against his life. This was confirmed by a representative of the Dutch National Coordinator for Counterterrorism following a report in today’s issue of the newspaper, De Telegraaf. The paper reports a death threat found on a website linked to […]

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Wilders death threats confirmed

The Hague – The anti-Koran film planned by Dutch MP Geert Wilders has led to several threats against his life. This was confirmed by a representative of the Dutch National Coordinator for Counterterrorism following a report in today’s issue of the newspaper, De Telegraaf. The paper reports a death threat found on a website linked to […]

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European Radio Network officially launched

Euranet. That is the name of the new radio and internet project that will commence broadcasting on 31 March 2008. It is a consortium of sixteen radio stations from thirteen countries. The group includes international broadcasters like Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Deutsche Welle and Radio France International. But there are also regional and local stations, often […]

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Ex-Mossad chief wants Israel to talk to Hamas

Former Israeli secret service chief Efraim Halevy has shocked the Israeli political establishment by arguing that Israel should enter talks with Hamas. Not because he likes the movement but because he thinks it is in Israel’s strategic interest to recognize the ‘reality on the ground’. ‘As long as the Palestinians are not able to produce […]

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Chad rebels kill army chief of staff

N’Djamena – Chadian rebels and army are fighting for a second day running in the capital N’Djamena. Army chief of Staff General Daoud Soumain was killed in the fighting. The rebels have surrounded the palace where President Idriss Déby is holding out. The president has reportedly rejected a French offer to take him to safety. […]

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Holloway case: ‘full confession’ on television

He had billed it as “the most interesting and revealing crime show” of his career and it was sold to US networks before it was broadcast on Dutch television. In a gripping two-hour whodunit, crime reporter Peter R. de Vries reconstructed in detail what happened on that fateful night on a sandy Caribbean beach in […]

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Geert Wilders: riding the hype

He is one of the best-known Dutch politicians. His views about Islam have offended Muslims and non-Muslims alike, within the Netherlands and around the world. He’s the most famous bleach-blond since Marilyn Monroe. But just who is Geert Wilders, and what makes him tick? It’s said that the turning point in Wilders’ life came when he spent some […]

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Porn movie on Dutch public tv causes row

A stale old porn movie is at the centre of a political row involving Dutch public television. Public broadcasting corporations VPRO and BNN are planning to screen Deep Throat, a 1972 vintage production, as part of a themed night on the history of pornographic films. Although the film will be aired after midnight and be embedded […]

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Geert Wilders: riding the hype

He is one of the best-known Dutch politicians. His views about Islam have offended Muslims and non-Muslims alike, within the Netherlands and around the world. He’s the most famous bleach-blond since Marilyn Monroe. But just who is Geert Wilders, and what makes him tick? It’s said that the turning point in Wilders’ life came when he spent some […]

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UN fails to agree on Gaza statement

New York – The United Nations estimates that at least 700,000 Gaza residents, about half the area’s population, have crossed the border into Egypt to stock up on supplies. Palestinian militants set off explosions and destroyed several stretches of the border fence at the Rafah crossing on Tuesday night. Israel imposed a total blockade of […]

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UN fails to agree on Gaza statement

New York – The United Nations estimates that at least 700,000 Gaza residents, about half the area’s population, have crossed the border into Egypt to stock up on supplies. Palestinian militants set off explosions and destroyed several stretches of the border fence at the Rafah crossing on Tuesday night. Israel imposed a total blockade of […]

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Geert Wilders: Pushing the envelope

He is one of the best-known Dutch politicians. His views about Islam have offended Muslims and non-Muslims alike, in the Netherlands and around the world. He’s the most famous bleach-blond since Marilyn Monroe. But just who is Geert Wilders, and what makes him tick? Two young Dutch journalists experienced the many sides of Geert Wilders […]

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Geert Wilders: Pushing the envelope

He is one of the best-known Dutch politicians. His views about Islam have offended Muslims and non-Muslims alike, in the Netherlands and around the world. He’s the most famous bleach-blond since Marilyn Monroe. But just who is Geert Wilders, and what makes him tick? Two young Dutch journalists experienced the many sides of Geert Wilders […]

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Cold spell kills hundreds in Afghanistan

Kabul – Afghanistan’s National Disaster Management Authority reports that more than 320 people have died so far this month in a cold spell in the country’s western region. Tens of thousands of livestock have also died. The snowfall has been the heaviest in 15 years. Latest News Kenyan opposition take government to ICC European markets […]

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Amsterdam’s Red Lights: about to go out?

Amsterdam’s famous – or infamous – Red Light District looks likely to become slightly less ‘blue’ in the near future if the Dutch capital’s municipal authorities get their way. The city council wants to put an end to criminality and trafficking in women in this notorious, yet highly popular part of town. The process has […]

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Anti-Islamisation campaign in Europe

Far-right groups are calling for a ban on the building of new mosques as part of a new campaign to stop the spread of radical Islam in Europe. Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party teamed up with radical groups from Austria and Germany on Thursday to launch a Charter to ‘fight the Islamisation of West-European cities’. “We […]

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Iraq’s new flag half satisfies everyone

After years of debate, Iraq has finally ended the uncertainty over its national flag. At least for now. Opponents of the present flag, especially the Kurds, are having to make do for the moment with a few minor changes and a new explanation of its three stars. These interim changes are designed as a stopgap […]

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Iraq’s new flag half satisfies everyone

After years of debate, Iraq has finally ended the uncertainty over its national flag. At least for now. Opponents of the present flag, especially the Kurds, are having to make do for the moment with a few minor changes and a new explanation of its three stars. These interim changes are designed as a stopgap […]

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Dutch show mixed reactions to anti-Muslim party

Reactions to the anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders and his right-wing Freedom Party indicate how polarised Dutch society has become in recent years. An anti-racism organisation called Nederland Bekent Kleur (Look at the Person and not the Colour) has taken the initiative to set up a broad-based coalition to fight Mr Wilders’ policies. Prominent Christian Democratic politician […]

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Rita Verdonk, the Dutch Margaret Thatcher

People with guts go against the flow; defy accepted notions and conventions. Radio Netherlands Worldwide presents a series of portraits of people who this year proved they had guts. They could be a politician, an idealist or your next-door neighbour. One of these people is Dutch politician Rita Verdonk. Once minister of immigration and integration, […]

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Lakota Indians announce secession from US

Washington (20 December) – A delegation representing the Lakota Indians, who live in five Midwestern US states, has declared independence. The delegation delivered a message to the US State Department earlier this week, announcing that they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties signed with the US government. The Native Americans say the treaties have been repeatedly […]

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Art and lies

Batten down the hatches, lock the doors: anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders wants to make a film! It’s bound to feature the Qur’an in ways that few Muslims would approve of, to put it mildly. But, as British comedian Catherine Tate would say: look at my face, am I bothered? Any up-and-coming Hollywood star will tell […]

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Dutch show mixed reactions to anti-Muslim party

Reactions to the anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders and his right-wing Freedom Party indicate how polarised Dutch society has become in recent years. An anti-racism organisation called Nederland Bekent Kleur (Look at the Person and not the Colour) has taken the initiative to set up a broad-based coalition to fight Mr Wilders’ policies. Prominent Christian Democratic […]

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Afghans in the Netherlands

24-year-old Sahar Noor speaks English with a Dutch accent. But actually she came here at the age of 11 with her parent; her family was fleeing the civil war in Afghanistan.  Now she’s a journalist and a student, and is determined to be a voice for the almost 40,000 strong Afghan community in the Netherlands. […]

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Nine days in Slotervaart

It has been an unusually violent week for Amsterdam’s western Slotervaart district. Cars were torched and youths clashed with police on several consecutive nights after a 22-year-old ethnic Moroccan was shot dead at a police station. He was killed by a policewoman he had just stabbed a number of times. The riots that followed reminded Amsterdam’s […]

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Pimping ban in Amsterdam?

The Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, wants to ban pimping in the city’s red light district and other areas where prostitutes work. He says the ban is needed to prevent exploitation and human trafficking, and sees it as the next step in cleaning up the red light district. Amsterdam’s world famous – or infamous – […]

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Pimping ban in Amsterdam?

The Mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, wants to ban pimping in the city’s red light district and other areas where prostitutes work. He says the ban is needed to prevent exploitation and human trafficking, and sees it as the next step in cleaning up the red light district. Amsterdam’s world famous – or infamous – […]

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Ex-minister Verdonk expelled from parliamentary party

The Dutch conservative opposition VVD party has expelled Rita Verdonk from its parliamentary party. This week, in De Telegraaf newspaper, the former minister of Immigration and Integration overstepped the mark by criticising her own party. It wasn’t the first time she’d done so but this time the party bosses decided enough was enough and ordered her out. As […]

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Iraqi refugees forced into prostitution

Noura sits in the back seat of the taxi. When she sees an expensive car with a Saudi or Kuwaiti licence plate driving past, she immediately switches on the Bluetooth function of her mobile phone. Then she sits provocatively by the window and when she makes eye contact with the men in the car alongside […]

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Iraqi refugees forced into prostitution

Noura sits in the back seat of the taxi. When she sees an expensive car with a Saudi or Kuwaiti licence plate driving past, she immediately switches on the Bluetooth function of her mobile phone. Then she sits provocatively by the window and when she makes eye contact with the men in the car alongside […]

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Rumours of Venezuelan invasion of Netherlands Antilles

For a moment it seemed that the borders of the Kingdom of the Netherlands were in danger. Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez allegedly wanted to annex the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, according to the weekend edition of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. As it quickly turned out, Mr Chávez had made an exception for the ‘ABC Islands’ and […]

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Let’s call God Allah

The Bishop of Breda, Tiny Muskens, wants people to start calling God Allah. He says the Netherlands should look to Indonesia, where the Christian churches already pray to Allah. It is also common in the Arab world: Christian and Muslim Arabs use the words God and Allah interchangeably. Speaking on the Dutch TV programme Network […]

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‘Qur’an should be banned’ – Wilders strikes again

The leader of the Netherlands‘ right-wing Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, has called for a ban on the sale and distribution of the Qur’an. He would also outlaw the book’s use in the mosque and at home. Mr Wilders says the Qur’an (Koran) is a fascist book which promotes violence and is similar to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. […]

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‘Qur’an should be banned’ – Wilders strikes again

The leader of the Netherlands‘ right-wing Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, has called for a ban on the sale and distribution of the Qur’an. He would also outlaw the book’s use in the mosque and at home. Mr Wilders says the Qur’an (Koran) is a fascist book which promotes violence and is similar to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. […]

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Extra protection for ex-Muslim

Once again, a critic of Islam has been placed under heavy security in the Netherlands. Ehsan Jami, a local council member for the Dutch Labour Party and a former Muslim, has been afforded extra protection since Monday this week, on the orders of the National Counter-Terrorism Coordinator. The local politician, who also heads a committee […]

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Homophobic attacks in Amsterdam: the perpetrators

Violence against homosexuals in Amsterdam seems to be on the increase. There are no hard figures but the number of reports is certainly rising. The perpetrators are mainly youths with a Moroccan background. But Arab homosexuals are also increasingly likely to be victims, says author, expert on gay issues and authority on the Amsterdam Arab […]

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Dutch author Harry Mulisch turns 80

Author Harry Mulisch celebrates his 80th birthday on 29 July. For many years, the creator of novels like The Assault, The Discovery of Heaven and The Stone Bridal Bed has been seen as one of the great figures of Dutch literature, both in the Netherlands and beyond.Many of his books have been translated, and his works have been published in […]

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Stolen children

Eight years ago, David Smolin and his wife adopted  two girls from India. The information that the Smolins received from the adoption agency in India said that the girls had been given up by their widowed mother, that they were biological sisters, aged ten and 12. It was years later before the truth started to […]

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‘German Wilders’ attacks Islam

Just like Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, a politician has appeared in Germany who is warning against “a tsunami of Islamisation.” His name is Udo Ulfkotte, a former journalist who has often made appearances on German Television programmes as an expert on Islam. But Mr Ulfkotte has turned over a new leaf. He is working […]

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Times and frequencies for Asia, Far East & Pacific

Radio Netherlands broadcasts to Asia, the Far East and the Pacific region via shortwave (SW) and the World Radio Network. We are also on air continuously via satellite (Thaicom 5 and Optus B3 for Australia and New Zealand) and the internet (Listen online). For more information: Radionetherlands.nl Times and frequencies for Asia, Far East & PacificRate this […]

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Memorial Day at Margraten: conflicts past and present

There’s an immediate similarity between Germany’s former Nazi regime and Afghanistan’s former rulers, the Taliban. That, at least, is according to the United States ambassador to the Netherlands, who was speaking on Sunday at the annual ceremony of remembrance at Margraten military cemetery here in the Netherlands. The cemetery contains the graves of more than […]

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Music

European Jazz From the great stages of Europe, Radio Netherlands Worldwide brings you this year’s European Jazz Stage with host Daniel Frankl. Heard on stations all over the world, the Euro Hit 40 is Europe’s No.1 chart show. For more information: Radionetherlands.nl  MusicRate this post

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Dutch MP to serve as advisor to Moroccan king

Newly sworn Labour Party MP Khadiya Arib says she intends to keep her seat on a council that advises the Moroccan King. The commission is charged with guarding and strengthening the Moroccan identity of Moroccans living abroad. It’s also supposed to recruit expatriate Moroccans occupying high positions for a future body to be called the […]

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Dutch MP to serve as advisor to Moroccan king

Newly sworn Labour Party MP Khadiya Arib says she intends to keep her seat on a council that advises the Moroccan King. The commission is charged with guarding and strengthening the Moroccan identity of Moroccans living abroad. It’s also supposed to recruit expatriate Moroccans occupying high positions for a future body to be called the […]

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New Balkenende cabinet

After months of negotiations, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is taking charge of his fourth cabinet, but who’s in and who’s out? Prime Minister and Cabinet Office: Christian Democrats (CDA): Jan Peter Balkenende (50), who will take charge of his fourth cabinet; it is beginning to look like a routine job for the Christian Democrat […]

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Finally tackling the threat of ‘disappearance’

In Paris, about 60 countries have signed an international convention protecting people from forced disappearance. Family members of the victims, with support from France and Argentina, had been struggling for over a quarter of a century to have the convention adopted. Disappearances became headline news in the 1970s and 80s, during the military dictatorships that […]

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Finally tackling the threat of ‘disappearance’

In Paris, about 60 countries have signed an international convention protecting people from forced disappearance. Family members of the victims, with support from France and Argentina, had been struggling for over a quarter of a century to have the convention adopted. Disappearances became headline news in the 1970s and 80s, during the military dictatorships that […]

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The singing violin

The violin is the instrument par excellence for approximating the human voice. And nobody can do it better than the Indian violinist Kala Ramnath, a gifted performer of North Indian ragas. She can make her instrument sing and that has earned her the nickname “the singing violin”.    Kala was born in Madras in southern India […]

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Debunking the Dutch

More handy – and more available – than a Dutch residence permit – The Low Sky is one of a handful of invaluable guides if you’re a newcomer to the Netherlands or simply a Netherphile. It’s not the sort of book which will name the best cheese market in the country or give you the opening times […]

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Five years after the battle of Tarin Kowt

Almost five years to the day, a battle took place in the town of Tarin Kowt in Southern Afghanistan. In less than three weeks, the successful outcome of the battle in the capital of Uruzgan province led to the fall of the Taliban regime in the entire region right up to Afghanistan’s second largest city, […]

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Did imam’s sermon incite Van Gogh murder?

Mohammed Bouyeri, the man who murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh almost exactly two years ago is serving a life prison sentence, but now questions are being asked about whether the sermon of a Muslim cleric played a role in the crime. During the ongoing trial of another Dutch terrorism suspect, Samir Azzouz, it’s emerged […]

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Did imam’s sermon incite Van Gogh murder?

Mohammed Bouyeri, the man who murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh almost exactly two years ago is serving a life prison sentence, but now questions are being asked about whether the sermon of a Muslim cleric played a role in the crime. During the ongoing trial of another Dutch terrorism suspect, Samir Azzouz, it’s emerged […]

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Caribbean islands become Dutch municipalities

Bonaire, Saint Eustace and Saba, three small islands in the Caribbean, are to become part of the Netherlands. With this decision the dismantlement of the Netherlands Antilles as a single state within the kingdom of the Netherlands has begun. The three islands have come to an agreement about their future after difficult and lengthy negotiations. […]

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Dutch Catholic bishop urges condom use

A Dutch Catholic bishop Tiny Muskens has a remarkable message for the people of Uganda who he’s visiting this week: the Vatican may be fiercely against the use of condoms, but Bishop Muskens believes it’s ok to use them. According to him – it is permissible to opt for the lesser evil of condom use […]

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Salman Rushdie and a story of paradise lost

Salman Rushdie is arguably one of the world’s best-known novelists – and was also, for a time, one of the most hated. Back in the late 1980s, his book The Satanic Verses offended Muslims around the world; Iran’s then leader Ayatollah Khomenei called for Mr Rushdie’s assassination, and the writer was forced into hiding for close to […]

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Hirsi Ali to quit parliament and the Netherlands

Controversial politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali looks set to leave the Netherlands. The conservative member of parliament will announce later this week that she is to move to the United States where – according to Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant – she will be working for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C. Ms […]

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: ‘I am not an Islam basher’

A new report advising the Dutch government to take a softer line on Islam has been met with a wave of criticism. One of its fiercest critics is politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who regularly speaks out against the treatment of women and homosexuals by Muslims. She believes the report – which accuses leading politicians of being […]

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Dutch must engage ‘political Islam’

The Dutch authorities must work to establish good relations with the political aspects of Islam. That is the conclusion of a report by the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). The report, which was presented this week to Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot, has been released at a time when the EU is also dealing […]

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Argentina – the horrors of a dictatorial past live on

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is on a State Visit to Argentina from 30 March to 1 April, accompanied by her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, and his Argentinian-born wife, Princess Maxima. However, just before their visit got underway, the South American nation was still  focusing more on remembering the fact that a military coup took place […]

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Argentina – the horrors of a dictatorial past live on

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is on a State Visit to Argentina from 30 March to 1 April, accompanied by her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, and his Argentinian-born wife, Princess Maxima. However, just before their visit got underway, the South American nation was still focusing more on remembering the fact that a military coup took […]

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Testing the new immigration test

Is it wet or dry in the Netherlands? One of the hundred questions in the exam for migrants from outside the European Union who want to settle in the Netherlands. From now on the exam is obligatory. Newcomers have to report to the Netherlands embassy in their home country where they take the test using […]

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Latest News

North Korea refuses to return to negotiation table Revised Patriot Act approved Kofi Annan presents UN reform plans Bombs explode at Hindu site in India Labour and Socialist parties win municipal Dutch elections Nationwide protests against French plan Armed robbery at Swedish airport 4,100 rural slaves freed in Brazil in 2005 Buenos Aires mayor impeached […]

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Fairbridge Farm School and its Dutch pupils

Three elderly Dutch ladies are perched neatly on a sofa in a perfectly neat Dutch living room. Carved wooden clocks tick on the wall and coffee cups and plates of cinnamon cookies sit on side tables. They pass from hand to hand, old photographs and newspaper cuttings yellowed with age. With only the slightest encouragement, […]

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Is Europe being used to hold CIA detainees?

Many European countries have started investigations into allegations that CIA aeroplanes, with terrorist detainees as passengers, have been landing at European airports. The story began with disclosures by the Washington Post and by Human Rights Watch about secret CIA-run detention camps in many countries including Poland and Romania. The EU has asked Washington for a clarification and the […]

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Bridges of bone and blood

Ten years and more after conflict fragmented the former Yugoslavia, many thousands of people from the region are still missing. Gradually they are being accounted for, as scientists with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) use various methods to identify their mortal remains. More than 7000 people have now been identified, of these more […]

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Bridges of bone and blood

Ten years and more after conflict fragmented the former Yugoslavia, many thousands of people from the region are still missing. Gradually they are being accounted for, as scientists with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) use various methods to identify their mortal remains. More than 7000 people have now been identified, of these more […]

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Roses, cedars and orange ribbons

They’re young, they’re bright and well educated, they speak English and many have experience in bringing down dictators without using violence. Recently, a group of young activists from Eastern Europe and Central Asia got together to seal an alliance. Curious to observe them at work, I decided to accept the invitation to attend their “festival […]

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Adams in Amsterdam

In April 1782, the top story in Dutch newspapers was the decision to officially recognize the United States of America as a sovereign republic. Months of relentless perseverance had finally paid off for John Adams. Johan Luzac, editor of the Gazette de Leyde, noted the coincidence as well, adding they had predicted the “birth” of […]

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The self-made man

These days many of us depend on computers for much of our work and social contact. But would you be willing to wear a computer round the clock if it could enhance your abilities? The potential is there and several cyborg pioneers are cutting a path the rest of us may soon follow. But while […]

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Ukraine: the resistance will not stop

During the night of 28 March this year, a new website was launched in Ukraine by campaigners calling for the country to become a true democracy. This year’s presidential elections could have proved to be the ideal moment for that to happen. The campaigners for democracy united in a new organisation named Pora (“It is […]

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Ukraine: the resistance will not stop

During the night of 28 March this year, a new website was launched in Ukraine by campaigners calling for the country to become a true democracy. This year’s presidential elections could have proved to be the ideal moment for that to happen. The campaigners for democracy united in a new organisation named Pora (“It is […]

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Love exile on the road

“I can take my dog back to the United States but I can’t take my wife.” It might sound like a comedian’s punch-line but for American Martha McDevitt-Pugh it’s no laughing matter. She married her partner Lin on May 4, 2001, just a month after The Netherlands legalized same-sex marriage. The couple live in Amsterdam […]

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Live broadcast

This live stream from Radio Netherlands is broadcast 24 hours a day. It corresponds to several shortwave and satellite transmissions to different parts of the world, and as such contains a great deal of repeated material. To find out about other ways to listen to Radio Netherlands follow this link to tuning on. To find […]

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All change in Hilversum

The unique public broadcasting system in the Netherlands, which is difficult to explain to people outside the country and confusing even for people who live here, looks set for major reforms. The Cabinet has voted to support proposals by State Secretary for Culture and the Media Medy van der Laan which would enhance the identity […]

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Hate Radio: Rwanda

One of the founders of the extremist radio station Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) has requested more time to prepare his case which is now pending in the appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Jean Bosco Barayagwiza, 55, was a member of the steering committee of the RTLM station, which […]

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Peace Radio: Burundi

Radio Umwizero (Kirundi for “Radio Hope”) began broadcasting on 19 February 1996. The station operated on two FM frequencies, 98.6 MHz for Bujumbura and 106 MHz for the rest of Burundi. The station, employing about 22 people, six of them journalists, and was initially funded by the European Union. On June 30th 1998, the station […]

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Iraqi Media developments 1 Oct 2003-present

TV Is a Crucial Information Source for Iraqis The first State Department poll in Iraq indicates that most urban Iraqis have only local television networking, though a third overall have satellite access. Given this current situation, the Iraq Media Network (IMN) has wide reach and a significant following, but findings suggest that its influence will […]

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Cleaning up Nepal’s sacred river

Nepal’s most sacred river has, for generations, been used for recreation and religious purposes. The Bagmati is the largest of the Himalayan kingdom’s 6,000 rivers, celebrated in music, poetry and literature. Its source at Bagdwar is believed to be the product of divine powers. But it is threatened by pollution, having effectively become a vast […]

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Ghan’s Java connection

St Georges castle in Elmina is said to be the oldest European building in sub-saharan Africa. Like many of the impressive forts that dot the coast of Ghana, it was used by Europeans to trade in gold and slaves. Many people know that, during the two and a half centuries of Dutch colonial presence there, […]

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New Edition Of Van Gogh´s Correspondence

This summer the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is displaying to the public a selection of the famous letters written by the painter Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibition, called “The Necessity of Writing”, will run until October 6th. Visitors will also have a chance to look behind the scenes at the work currently underway on […]

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Marten Toonder at 90

Goatsbeard, de Canteclaer, Panda, Joost and Oliver B Bumble: only when the Dutch have been out of their country for a very long time they would not be familiar with at least one of these creations of cartoonist Marten Toonder. The “Charles Dickens of The Netherlands” enriched his language with a string of immortal words […]

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Wartnosed notables

Rotterdam’s famous art museum, the Boijmans van Beuningen, has just opened a major exhibition of the paintings and drawings of Heronymus Bosch. Never before have so many works been brought together by this enigmatic Dutch artist, who has continued to intrigue painters, princes and the public for half a millennium. Heronymus Bosch created his bizarre […]

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Deep Future Research

Where can scientists’ most ambitious ideas become reality? Answer: at Starlab, a futuristic science institute in Belgium which is developing intelligent clothing, interactive table-tops and artificial brains… The surroundings are rural. The building is a beautiful former hospital. It seems the most unlikely place for innovative research, but once you’re inside you will find all that […]

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