A speech made by the leader of the Holland’s far-right Freedom Party has caused a rift among its members, according to Dutch media reports.
Earlier in the week, Geert Wilders encouraged followers to chant racist slogans against Moroccans.
He addressed the meeting:
“So I ask what do you want in this city more or fewer Moroccans?”
“Fewer,” the crowd chanted.
His comments were also promoted on the Freedom Party website. They have triggered indignation among politicians and immigrant groups.
In response, young Moroccans have launched a social media campaign called ‘born here’ in which they post pictures of themselves alongside their Dutch passports.
Meanwhile, last November, the populist leader purportedly struck a deal with his French counterpart, Marine Le Pen.
Their aim is reportedly to bring down the European Parliament from within.
From the New Yorker, James Surowiecki writes:
There is no dearth of promising ideas out there, such as building a seawall beyond the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (the Dutch engineering firm Arcadis has proposed a movable barrier, like the Rotterdam one), burying power lines in vulnerable areas, and elevating buildings and subway entrances. The question is whether we can find the political will to invest in such ideas. Although New York politicians like the City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, and Governor Andrew Cuomo have called for major new investment in disaster prevention, reports from Washington suggest that Congress will be more willing to spend money on relief than on preparedness. That’s what history would lead you to expect: for the most part, the U.S. has shown a marked bias toward relieving victims of disaster, while underinvesting in prevention. A study by the economist Andrew Healy and the political scientist Neil Malhotra showed that, between 1985 and 2004, the government spent annually, on average, fifteen times as much on disaster relief as on preparedness.
We need to update and expand our nation’s infrastructure for two reasons- to save lives, and to save money. Like, lots of money:
Meaningful disaster-prevention measures will certainly be expensive: estimates for a New York seawall range from ten to twenty billion dollars. That may seem unreasonable at a time when Washington is obsessed with cutting the federal deficit. Yet inaction can be even more expensive—after Katrina, the government had to spend more than a hundred billion dollars on relief and reconstruction—and there are good reasons to believe that disaster-control measures could save money in the long run. The A.S.C.E. estimates that federal spending on levees pays for itself six times over, and studies of other flood-control measures in the developed world find benefit-to-cost ratios of three or four to one. The value for money is even higher in poor countries, where floods obliterate weak infrastructures. And a 2005 independent study of disaster-mitigation grants made by fema found that every dollar in grants ended up saving taxpayers $3.65 in avoided costs.
Whenever I read a story like this, I’m reminded of Japan. Japan was able to become an international power by going abroad and studying how other nations operated, and then copied what worked. If the United States is to remain competitive, then we need to start looking at what other nations are doing, and adapt it to suit our needs.
Immediately after meeting in executive session June 12, commissioners ordered APT Executive Director Allan Pizzato and his deputy, Pauline Howland, to clear out their desks and leave APT’s Birmingham headquarters. Pizzato had been APT executive director for 12 years; Howland was his deputy director and the network’s chief financial officer.
Pizzato would not comment on the reasons for the firing, other than to say commissioners were seeking to go in “a new direction.” But Howland, in an interview with current.org, a news service of the American University’s School of Communication, said that Pizzato and his staff had “grave concerns” about airing the videos, which strongly advocate a religious interpretation of the past that historians say is simply wrong. She said she was “baffled” by the firings but recalled Pizatto asking his staff for advice on how to respond to Herring’s proposal.
Commission Chairman Ferris Stephens disputed Current’s report in an interview with The Associated Press, but gave no specifics. Herring, for his part, claimed that disagreement over the Barton DVDs played an “at best minimal” role in the firings, which he described as part of an overall restructuring effort. “We believe it to be a positive change,” wrote another commissioner, conservative talk radio host J. Holland, in response to AP’s queries about the firings. “Simple as that.”
As simple as that? Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I don’t believe it.
Stephens told the AP that Barton’s videos had been discussed in the last meeting before the one that produced the firings last week. He said there was another item related to Barton’s organization, WallBuilders, on the agenda for last week’s meeting, but that the commission didn’t get to that item before adjourning. Herring, for his part, denied knowing that Pizzato and Howland had any opinion at all about the DVDs, although Howland told Current that Pizzato had made it clear that he thought the films were “inappropriate” for APT.
Why is it that Pizzato and Howland were fired just as the matter seemed to be coming to a head? Why won’t Stephens and the other commissioners cough up the real reason for the firings, if it wasn’t what seems obvious? When the AP story ran last week, Herring was quoted saying the station may indeed broadcast some of the Barton videos. In fact, he said the commission had consulted attorneys about that possibility. That’s a funny thing to do if you’re just deciding whether to show a film on public television, not making controversial personnel decisions.
The sad truth is, this kind of extremism is getting to be par for the course in Alabama. We passed the immigrant-bashing H.B. 56 and, when legal problems with it came up, our legislators responded by actually making the draconian bill even worse. Last month, the same legislature, after the John Birch Society warned hysterically about a United Nations global sustainability plan, actually passed a law saying that property here cannot be confiscated as part of Agenda 21 — even though that entirely voluntary plan does not and could not require that. One of our current congressmen even claimed a few years back that he knew of 17 “socialists” in the U.S. Congress — although, like Joe McCarthy, he declined to name them.
The event hasn’t been held for 15 years. But, this week, Holland is abuzz with anticipation that the famed “11 Cities Tour” might take place in the coming days. All that’s needed are a few more cold nights before 16,000 skaters can take to the 200-kilometer course.
The activity is reminiscent of a small Alpine town after a blizzard. Thousands of volunteers this week have grabbed their shovels and are frantically clearing away a thick layer of white stuff amid frigid temperatures. Even military troops have joined in the effort.
But the scenes are not from a mountain village buried by a heavy snowstorm. Rather, the massive army of helpers can be found in the Netherlands, where the entire nation is excitedly anticipating the prospect of a massive ice-skating event — and one that hasn’t been held for 15 years.
Called the Elfstedentocht, or 11 Cities Tour, the event follows a course almost 200 kilometers (125 miles) long through the extensive network of canals, lakes and rivers in Friesland, the Dutch province in the very north of the tiny country, passing through 11 towns in the region. And it can only be held when the ice along the entire track reaches a thickness of 15 centimeters (six inches).
“We have to be sure the ice is safe,” Immie Jonkman, a board member of the Frisian Eleven Cities Association, which organizes the event, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. “The ice on some parts of the course is really great. But, in other parts, it’s really bad.”
With a frigid high pressure system having been parked over northern Europe for the last week, canals in Amsterdam, Utrecht and elsewhere in the country have been jammed with skaters, and some cafés in the capital have even set up tables and chairs on the frozen waterways. The national obsession with skating has only heightened the excitement about the possibility that the Elfstedentocht could once again be held.
The event, the brainchild of Willem “Pim” Mulier, was first held in 1909. But given the need for a long cold snap to create the necessary conditions, it has only been held 14 times since then. When it is held, though, it’s a national event. While only 16,000 skaters are allowed to participate, there were some 1.5 million onlookers lining the route in 1997, the last time it was held. In 1986, Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander famously took part in the race.
“It’s just a skating event,” Jonkman said. “But there is something mythical about it.”
That, it would appear, is an understatement. Thousands of volunteers swarmed onto the canals on Tuesday to clear away snow after organizers voiced concerns that the white blanket could be hampering ice formation. On Wednesday, some 50 soldiers joined them, focusing on an alternate route should weak ice along the preferred course not thicken sufficiently.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch doctors want politicians and human rights groups to speak out and discourage the practice of male circumcision in the Netherlands because they say it is a “painful and harmful ritual”, and a violation of children’s rights.
Between 10,000 and 15,000 boys are circumcised in the Netherlands each year, mostly for religious reasons and not always with an anesthetic, according to the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) which represents surgeons, pediatricians, general practitioners and urologists.
“We want to discourage male circumcision, because it is an unnecessary procedure with complications, which violates the integrity of the child,” Lode Wigersma, a spokesman for the association, told Reuters on Friday.
“This is not an innocent procedure, we see complications in about 5 percent of the cases, as well as some long-term and psychological implications,” he said.
Male circumcision involves the removal of all or part of the foreskin of the penis. It is a ritual obligation for infant Jewish boys, and is also a common rite among Muslims, who account for the largest share of circumcised men worldwide.
The Dutch medical association has urged religious leaders to find alternative rites of passage that are not irreversible and which are not painful for the child.
The practice of female genital mutation has been prohibited by law in the Netherlands since 1993 for all ages.
Last year the Dutch medical association released a report against the practice of circumcision of male children for non-medical reasons, hoping to initiate a public discussion.
Now it is appealing to Dutch politicians to speak out against the practice to help “gradually change the mentality” in society and among religious groups that circumcise their boys.
The doctors group said that contrary to popular belief, circumcision can cause some minor as well as serious complications including bleeding, infection, urethral stricture as well as panic attacks, which it says are particularly common.
It said there was no medical reason to surgically remove a part of the genitals of healthy babies and young children, who are too young to give their consent to the procedure.
The Dutch doctors are not calling for a circumcision ban, for fear the practice will be driven underground.
“We also understand that it (circumcision) is a deeply embedded religious habit so we don’t expect it to be over in a few years, so our appeal is if you want to do it then have it done by a doctor with anesthesia,” said Wigersma.
Don’t they know that there are more complications from anesthesia? That deaths have resulted from anesthesia reactions?
But what else can you expect from a country where a doctor can legally help you off yourself if you are feeling a little bit depressed because you’re unemployed.
Three Dutch marines are being held by authorities in Libya after they were captured by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi while trying to rescue Dutch workers, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday.
The three were surrounded by armed men and captured Sunday after landing near Sirte in a Lynx helicopter that was on board the navy ship HMS Tromp, which is anchored off the Libyan coast to help evacuations from the conflict torn country, spokesman Otte Beeksma told The Associated Press.
Dutch officials are in “intensive negotiations” with Gadhafi’s government to secure the marines’ release, he said.
“We have also been in contact with the crewmen involved,” Beeksma said. “They are doing well under the circumstances and we hope they will be released as quickly as possible.”
Asked if the Dutch government considered the marines hostages, Beeksma said, “they are being held by Libyan authorities.”
Two people the marines were trying to rescue also were captured but have since been released and have left Libya.
The identities of the marines were not released.
This is about an excellent, detailed and chilling article on pan-European Islamophobia. The author just finished a trip across Europe, so the analysis is of recent trends. Apparently, he didn’t travel to the UK as there is no mention of the EDL (English Defence League).
Along with articles by Charles and other LGF members (such as Thanos/Randall Gross), this type of information is enlightening for people who, like me, have never been to Europe or who have only vague notions about how European politics work (not to mention the historical context from which European cultural outlooks spring). For example, I wasn’t aware that:
Freedom of religion in Europe is not a consequence of human rights. It was defined as a compromise after centuries of religious wars. But this compromise - in each European country - is now in crisis. For two reasons. One, the nation-State is in crisis. Because of globalization, European integration, national compromises overrun by supra-national laws. And now the freedom of religious practice is an individual right. That’s something entirely new in European political culture.
I had to fight the urge not to grab more snippets from the article because it contains so much interesting background info, but fair us is fair use. Anyway, on to the beginning of the article:
The European extreme right is more turbocharged than ever, peddling Islamic hatred from France to Denmark, from Italy to Sweden.
October 22, 2010 | Last Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stunned the world by declaring, in front of young members of her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), that multiculturalism - or multikulti, as it is known in Germany - was dead.
The day before, I was in the Lufthansa lounge at Frankfurt airport having a parallel discussion with a group of German businessmen; they had practically handed me down a news alert on what Merkel would soon make public. Not accidentally, the best seller at all airport kiosks was the Islamophobia pamphlet published by a former Bundesbank higher-up, Thilo Sarrazin, who paints Muslim immigrants at best as lazy, welfare cheats and fornicating sub-intelligent beings. Sarrazin sees Muslims as an existential threat to Germany on a par to hardcore Zionists seeing Iran as an existential threat to Israel.
By that time, after three weeks roving from northern Italy to southern Sweden via Copenhagen, I had no doubts; I was deep inside Islamophobistan - that Europe-wide arc where Islamophobia is being gleefully practiced as an electoral business of fear.
Starting on page four, the author launches into a sobering country-by-country breakdown of recent events. As in America, politicians making a naked grab for power in Europe are intentionally creating a foul miasma of fear and bigotry/racism in order to exacerbate tensions and fracture their respective societies along ethnic lines. It is diabolical.
This is not just about Islamophobia. Planeloads of the Roma people have recently been expelled from France by Sarkozy. It won’t stop there.
Anyone gullible enough to believe these politicians have anything besides their own interests at heart is sure to be in for a rude awakening. People who don’t hesitate to trample on your perceived enemies as a means to further their own agenda, likewise won’t hesitate to trample on YOU if it becomes expedient. And as Charles has repeatedly warned, they want to import this poison into the United States and link up with those amoral American politicians on the far right who are already promoting fear & hate:
This cross-pollination might even lead to an European-wide alliance, also including the US and Canada; an Atlanticist Islamophobistan. In fact that’s Wilders’ dream; the outfit is actually called International Freedom Alliance and was launched last July - to “defend freedom” and “stop Islam”.
These are the people Pamela Geller and her ilk are opening the door for and inviting into the country. Such behavior is not the mark of a patriotic American, nor is it the mark of an intelligent Jewish woman who is aware of history.
If such forces were unleashed in this country and allowed to gain political ascendancy, I have no doubt that once the Muslims, Blacks, Hispanics and other “mud people” were dealt with, eyes would then turn towards Jews and any other group deemed “undesirable” or culturally “foreign”, regardless of skin color, economic status, level of social integration or place of birth. Fear & hate are powerful motivators, but they are not healthy ones. If you don’t believe me and are considering pushing back on this, open your history books and get a clue.
I’ll close with the following list individuals & political parties/movements mentioned in the article:
Geert Wilders, Heinz-Christian Strache, Barbara Rosenkranz, Umberto Bossi, Pia Kjaersgaard, Jimmie Akesson, Marine Le Pen, Thilo Sarrazin, Freedom Party, Northern League, Swiss People’s Party, Danish People’s Party, National Front, Swedish Democrats, Preventive Reconquista, International Freedom Alliance
Watch the whole video here: Hulu - Ever Again
Ever Again examines the resurgence of violent antisemitism and terrorism that threatens Europe and all of Western civilization. It exposes the dangerous Islamic extremism and culture of death being preached from the mosques of Europe’s major cities and its impact on the recent attacks in Madrid and London. It examines the new Neo-Nazism in Germany and the shifts from the traditional antisemitism of the right to the antisemitism of the extreme left, and it raises disturbing questions about our future.
The film’s conclusion echoes Edmund Burke’s warning, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Narrated by: Kevin Costner
The Freedom Party of the anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders emerged as the third force in Dutch politics last night, more than doubling its number of seats in Parliament in the country’s general elections.
Exit polls predicted that Mr Wilders would command 23 seats, up from 9 — pushing the Christian Democrats, led by the outgoing Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, into fourth place.
With the Dutch Labour Party running neck-and-neck with the cost-cutting right-wing Liberal Party (VVD), it was unclear who would form the next government.
AMSTERDAM (Dow Jones)—An exit poll in the Dutch elections Wednesday indicates a draw between the Liberal Party and the Labor Party, with the far-right Freedom Party gaining most, setting the stage for difficult coalition talks to form a majority in government.
Both the center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, more commonly known as the Liberal Party, led by Mark Rutte, and the Labor Party led by the former mayor of Amsterdam, Job Cohen, are set to have 31 seats each out of 150 parliamentary seats, according to the exit poll from Synovate, a research agency.
In the previous government, a three-party coalition of center and left parties that collapsed in February after internal disagreement over the deployment of Dutch forces in Afghanistan, the Liberal Party held 22 seats while the Labor Party had 33 seats.
The biggest gainer of Wednesday’s elections, however is the Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders, who was branded an extremist by the U.K. government for his anti-Islamist rhetoric, which is set to grow to 22 seats, from the current 9.