Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dutch Oxfam Heads knew already in 2012 about Haiti Scandal

Already in 2012 the leadership of Oxfam Novib, the Dutch branch of Oxfam, received the report on the sexual abuse in 2010 of local women by members of the Oxfam mission to Haiti. The Dutch branch passed the report on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Accounting Office. Oxfam Novib Director Farah Karimi says that as this was considered a British issue no publicity was given to the scandal.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dutch Foreign Minister Resigns Due to Lie

Before the parliamentary debate on his lie about attending a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dutch Foreign Minister, Halbe Zijlstra, resigned.  The Russian embassy in the Netherlands had issued a statement accusing some in the Netherlands of distributing fake news aimed at discrediting their country by suggesting it has expansionist ambitions.  Zijlstra’s resignation came a day before he was due to meet the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dutch Minister admits lying about Meeting with Putin

Halbe Zijlstra (VVD, Liberals), minister of foreign affairs has admitted that he lied when he said that he attended a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2006. He now says that he heard from a person who was present in such a meeting that Putin considers Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic States as parts of Greater Russia. He considered that this should become known and lied about his presence to protect his source.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Donors of Oxfam Resign After Sex Scandal in Haiti

So far more than 700 donors of the Dutch Oxfam Novib have resigned as the result of a report by the Times that employees of the British organization have engaged in sex orgies with prostitutes during a mission after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and 2011.  The prostitutes were possibly minors. The orgies took place in an apartment rented by the NGO.  In the meantime, Oxfam was accused of hiring prostitutes for a mission in Tsjaad in 2006.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

After Threats, Prosecutor Goes Into Hiding

Minister of Justice and Security, Grapperhaus, says that it is a huge scandal that a prosecutor has been threatened so severely that she and her family have gone into hiding. Grapperhaus said that this is yet another indication that this government has to start fighting against organized crime.  The minister was unable to say whether the threat came from the motorcycle gangs which the prosecutor was investigating.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Major Dutch Poet was a Nazi Supporter and Antisemite

Recently the literature expert Wim Hazeu has discovered that one of the most famous post-war Dutch poets Lucebert was a volunteer worker in the German weapons industry. He also wrote letters with an antisemitic content, such as: “Only when all Germanic tribes are united, the Jew will no longer have the opportunity to insight blood against similar blood.” He signed letters with “Sieg Heil” and “Heil Hitler”. He has always denied his Nazi past and received major Dutch literary awards.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Netherlands will Directly Rule Corrupt Caribbean Island

Raymond Knops, Deputy Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, will take over the authority of the Caribbean Island of Sint-Eustasius. A commission has investigated the current leadership and come to the conclusion that there is ongoing lawlessness, financial mismanagement, discrimination, intimidation, threats, insults and abuse of power.  The commission says that the Dutch government  has also been guilty of neglect as the relationship between the Netherlands and Eustasius has deteriorated.  This has led to delay in the repair of roads, the water supply, housing, underground lines, and treatment of waste.