Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts

Solar storm heads Earth's way after double sun blasts
The Aurora Australis is observed from the International Space Station during a geomagnetic storm on May 29, 2010 (AFP Photo)

Northern lights over Terschelling, Friesland. 27-28 February, 2014

Northern lights delight Dutch in surprise showing in north and east (17 Mar 2015)

Northern lights delight Dutch in surprise showing in north and east (17 Mar 2015)
Still from timelapse film by Schylgefilm

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)





Google: Fijne Koningsdag ! (27 Apr 2015)

Google: Fijne Koningsdag ! (27 Apr 2015)

Google: Fijne eerste koningsdag ! (26 Apr 2014)

Google: Fijne eerste koningsdag !  (26 Apr 2014)
Netherlands turns orange for first ever 'King's Day'
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Dutch king praises special relationship with Canada during state visit

DutchNews.nl, May 28, 2015

The Dutch king and queen pose with Canadian prime minister Stephen
Harper and his wife Laureen. Photo: Reuters

Dutch king Willem-Alexander has spoken of the special relationship between the Netherlands and Canada at a state banquet in his honour hosted by governor general David Johnston. 

The king and queen Maxima are on a three-day visit to Canada. It is the first time Willem-Alexander has been there in 35 years. 

More than one million Canadians have Dutch roots and his own family has strong ties with Canada, the king said. ‘When our national flag was banned in the Netherlands, it was hoisted here, in the democratic heart of Canada,’ the king is quoted as saying by news agency ANP

The king also praised the Canadian role in the liberation of the Netherlands. ‘The price Canada paid was high,’ he said. ‘Some 7,600 soldiers died in the struggle for our freedom.’ 

Earlier in the day, the Dutch king and queen met prime minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen and laid a wreath at the national war memorial in Ottawa. 

Next week the Dutch royals will visit the US for three days. The programme includes a meeting with president Barak Obama at the White House.

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Small Dutch newspaper to boycott Fifa sponsors

DutchNews.nl, May 28, 2015

The editor-in-chief of Dutch newspaper Nederlands Dagblad says he does not want to see any adverts from Fifa sponsors in his paper until they have ‘converted’. 

Sjirk Kuijper used Twitter to say he did not expect advertising from Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Hyundai, Visa and Adidas and uses the hashtag #Fifamaffia.  His decision follows the arrest of seven senior Fifa officials in an investigation into corruption on Wednesday. 

Kuijper also says he wants to change the paper’s editorial statutes to ensure the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is not covered either, broadcaster Nos reports. 

Nederlands Dagblad has a circulation of some 20,000 and is read mainly by orthodox Protestants. It does not cover sport in any depth. 

Dutch sport marketer Bob van Oosterhout told Nos Fifa’s sponsors are already uneasy about the organisation’s reputation. 

Four major sponsors have already pulled out in the past year, including Sony and airline Emirates, he said.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dutch football association welcomes Swiss Fifa arrests

DutchNews.nl, May 27, 2015

The Dutch football association KNVB on Wednesday welcomed the anti-corruption probe at world football body Fifa, which led to the arrest of seven senior officials earlier in the day. 

However, the KNVB did not say if the arrests had any implications for the pending vote to elect a new president in several days time. Sepp Blatter, the current Fifa president, hopes to win a fifth term. 

KNVB spokesman Chris van Nijnatten told Nos radio Blatter is formally responsible for what the FBI has called the ‘institutionalisation of corruption’ within Fifa.

‘However, Fifa insists he has clean hands. He was not arrested and can still do his job,’ Nijnatten said. ‘In a formal sense, this is correct, but you have to ask what others think about it. The KNVB considers the law should take its course.’ 

KNVB chief Michael van Praag had been campaigning for the Fifa top job on a reform ticket. However, he stood down earlier this month to clear the way for Jordanian prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein who has gathered more support from member countries over the past few months, 

Van Praag has not commented on the arrests.

Motorbike gang raids net five rocket launchers

DutchNews.nl, May 27, 2015

Raids on the homes and other properties used by members of motorbike gangs in the south of the country netted five rocket launchers, the public prosecution department told a news conference on Wednesday. 

In total 20 people, 19 men and one woman, were arrested in a cross border campaign to tackle motorbike gang crime. 

Some 400 police and other officials in Limburg, Belgium and Germany carried out raids on 30 locations, looking for weapons and drugs. Police also seized a number of automatic weapons, forged money, guns, firework ‘bombs’, an ecstasy laboratory and marijuana plantation.  

Among those taken from their homes in the early hours of the morning were the leader and deputy leader of the Limburg branch of biker gang Bandidos. 

There have been several incidents of gang-related violence since the Bandidos settled in Limburg in 2014, Nos says. All 20 people arrested, many of whom have lengthy criminal records, will appear in court on Friday, the public prosecutor said. 

Justice minister Ard van der Steur visited the region last weekend and said he was looking into the legal option of banning motorbike gangs altogether.

Minister delays decision on Wadden Sea island oil drilling for a year

DutchNews.nl, May 27, 2015

Economic affairs minister Henk Kamp said on Wednesday he will not decide if a new oil company can drill for oil and gas off the Wadden Sea island of Terschelling until next year. 

‘We are first going to amend the mining law which will also increase the role of landscape and nature in the decision making process,’ Kamp said in a briefing. 

A majority of MPs oppose granting a licence to drill close to the island. They point out that not only is the Wadden Sea area unique and has Unesco world heritage status, but the entire island council has voted against the plan. 

Kamp said earlier he wanted to decide what to do about the Tulip Oil request before the summer. The gas field under the island was first identified 20 years ago.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dutch government earmarks €50m to help Africans stay at home

DutchNews.nl, May 26, 2015

The Dutch government is to invest €50m in the economic development of north Africa in order to encourage asylum seekers not to take a boat to Europe, development minister Lilianne Ploumen said on Tuesday.

‘We must do everything we can to prevent young Africans from getting into rickety boats,’ she says in an opinion piece in the Volkskrant. ‘It is better if the courage and ambition they show in undertaking the journey is used to build up their own country.’ 

Ploumen writes that just tracking down and destroying the boats used by people smugglers to get migrants to Europe is not enough to solve the problem. 

The money will go to the Dutch Good Growth Fund, an investment fund that ties development aid to trade. The fund supports Dutch entrepreneurs who are willing to invest in Africa. Some of the money will also go towards economic development in countries such as Tunisia, Senegal and Ghana. 

The minister says she realises €50m will not solve the problem but sees it as a signal to her European colleagues. ‘The current European plan is not concrete enough,’ she says.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Obama to 5-Year-Old Gay Marriage Advocate: 'Couldn't Agree More!'

Yahoo - ABC, Good Morning America, Erin Dooley, 25 May 2015

Obama to 5-Year-Old Gay Marriage Advocate: 'Couldn't Agree More!' (ABC News)

Five-year-old Yasmeen Faruqui didn't feel like doing her homework. She insisted she wanted to write to President Obama instead. And he wrote back.

"Please stop war for our world, instead have a meeting," reads Yasmeen's handwritten note, posted to Twitter by her aunt. "Please give a speech to tell everyone they can marry who they want." 


"Tell your niece I really like her letter. Couldn't agree more!" the commander-in-chief replied Friday on Twitter. It's just the sixth tweet on his new account.


Yasmeen's words were all her own, her mother told ABC News. (After all, only a 5-year-old would note she's "almost six" in a letter to the leader of the free world.)

"I just let her do her thing," Tasha Faruqui said. "Those are absolutely her spontaneous ideas. ... She has a mind of her own!"

Yasmeen, who's set to participate in a family member's same-sex wedding ceremony this fall, was bothered when her playmates insisted "boys can't marry boys."

"I don't think that's wrong," she told her mom.

"She's very much an independent thinker," Yasmeen's aunt, Fahmida Zaman, told ABC. "She attempts to respectfully color outside the lines."

Because her father serves in the Navy, war has always scared Yasmeen. When she heard the president had read her letter, she went through the roof.

"This means the war's going to end! He got the letter," Yasmeen yelled.

When her mother explained that isn't quite how diplomacy works, Yasmeen was still ecstatic: "Now he got my message and he can share my message," she told her mom.

"I think it says a lot about our president, responding to a letter of a 5-year-old. That's pretty remarkable," Zaman said. "It lets her feel like her voice is heard."

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Let me tell you what the message is that is being communicated: Unlock to 44 percent! This is the message: The Human race has passed the marker and is ready for the next step in evolution. I am talking about the old soul. You are the ones who will be first to get this message. It is you, and some of your "old soul" children, who are starting to feel and accept this!

Let me tell you in this lesson today that the first thing that this unlocking will begin to create is what we're going to call Akashic acuity. You're going to start remembering, and it's about time. Can you celebrate this? It's about time that when you're born you don't start from scratch, in the dark, and doing everything all over again. Instead, you remember!

I want to talk to some individuals who are listening to this and are in this room. Have your grandchildren had the audacity to tell you who they used to be? Don't raise your hand; I know you're here. They feel it, and they know it, and out of the mouths of these babes come the most profound information that this planet has ever heard! They knew who they were! Some will point their fingers at you and say, “Don't you remember? I was your mum in another life.” That's a bit disconcerting, isn't it?

I want you to remember one of the premises of incarnation, the one that we have given you over and over. You incarnate in family groups. There's a reason for this, so there is comfort and joy. It's so you don't have to learn the energy of each related person, all over again, each time. The energies of the family stay together and you can accomplish more that way. There's always a benevolent reason for these things. Every single attribute of the esoteric system of life, whether it's your grids or reincarnation, is benevolent. Did you hear that? It's a beautiful system, and not random. It's not about judgment; it's not about punishment. It is, instead, about the love of God for you, and what I'm about to tell you is what is changing is energy.

Akashic Acuity

So we have established that you are moving into this new radiation, and we have established that it intersects the sun. The sun blasts your magnetic field with it (via the solar wind) and the magnetic field talks to your DNA. Suddenly, there is the potential some of your DNA is being unlocked. The attributes of unlocking Akashic acuity will help you to remember who you've been. Now, with this remembrance comes energy - not about who you were, but rather it gives you the energy of what you did. I don't mean physically; I mean energetically and mentally. Old souls carry with them experience. When you look into the eyes of a child, you're going to see wisdom just waiting to break out. Dear ones, these children are different. They are not going to go through what you did! They have a whole new set of issues, and most of their issues are trying to navigate the old issues you create for them!

There's something we brought up in a former channelling called the wisdom factor. Now, the wisdom factor is caused by Akashic acuity. After living Human life over and over, you start remembering the wisdom that you have gained through these past lifetimes. You don't necessarily remember who you were, but rather the fact that you were at all and the experiences you had. Imagine a child coming into the planet knowing how to read? Imagine a child coming into the planet knowing not to touch something hot? Where did it come from? You're going to see more of this, and a feeling of "been there, done that".

Akashic acuity is remembrance of experience during past lifetimes. As the child grows, that remembrance becomes pure wisdom. As the child starts to awaken and the pineal opens, something else happens. The grid starts talking to the child through the DNA, and in the grid is also the information from the time capsules we spoke about in past channellings. The time capsules start feeding the planet with increased wisdom and knowledge. You don't have to reincarnate to awaken even further! Akashic acuity means suddenly Humans know more than other children have in the past - much more. …”

Dutch Buddhists embroiled in sexual abuse scandal: Nos

DutchNews.nl, May 25, 2015

The Buddhist movement in the Netherlands has become embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal after broadcaster Nos reported on several cases where monks and teachers were involved in ‘unacceptable behaviour’ with students going back decades. 

Some of the students were minors when the abuse happened and the cases are not confined to one temple, the broadcaster said. In addition, little was done to help the victims when they came forward. 

One case centres on a Thai monk, who is said to have abused male pupils since arriving in the Netherlands in the 1970s. He died in 2007. 

The monk, named as Mettavihari, was forced to leave the Waalwijk temple where he was based in the early 1980s because of reports that he was harassing a minor, the broadcaster said. 

Teachers 

Six teachers who worked with Mettavihari went public in a Buddhist paper with their claims about his abuse of pupils earlier this month.

They say they have come forward now because their own research has shown the abuse was wider than thought and that some victims have experienced serious consequences because of it. 

The Nos also looked into two other cases. One focused on a Buddhist centre in Middelburg where an Austrian teacher abused several female pupils between 2001 and 2008. 

A second centres on a monastery in Makkinga in Friesland, where a leader stepped down after being accused of having sexual relationships with many women, and under-aged girls. 

Traumatised

 In addition, Buddhist teacher Frank Uyttebroeck told the broadcaster he had been approached by at least five people since 2010 with reports of abuse. Two of whom were so traumatised they have been referred for further medical care. 

Nos said the Dutch Buddhist Union (BUN) is only now taking the sexual abuse claims seriously and has written to its 40 or so member organisations urging them to take precautionary measures.

‘I want to tell my story to make it clear that you have to speak out if things are not right,’ said Patrick Franssen, who claims he was abused up to 50 times by Mettavihari in the 1970s from the age of 19. There are some 50,000 to 65,000 Buddhists in the Netherlands.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Dafne Schippers is first Dutch woman to break 11 seconds in 100 metre sprint

DutchNews.nl, May 25, 2015

Schippers celebrates another win
earlier this year. Photo: Reuters
European sprint champion Dafne Schippers has become the first Dutch woman to complete the 100 metres in under 11 seconds. 

Schippers set the national record of 10.94 at the FBK Games in Hengelo on Sunday. ‘I’m very, very happy,’ Schippers told the IAAF website after the event. ‘This is the place where I wanted to show what I can.’ 

Schippers’ previous best was 11.03 which she set at an IAAF meeting in Glasgow last year. 

The win puts Schippers in third place in this year’s performance table. Only Elaine Thompson of Jamaica and Jenna Prandini of the US have run faster, both clocking times of 10.92. 


Minutes after Schippers’ win, Sifan Hassan won the women’s 1000 metres in 2:34.68. This was also a new Dutch record and the fastest time in the world for six years. 

The previous Dutch record was set by Ellen van Langen in 1993 (2.35.21)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ireland votes 'yes' on same-sex marriage

Ireland has said "yes" to gay marriage, public broadcaster RTE confirmed on Saturday. The "Yes" vote was ahead, with more than 60 percent voting in favor, official figures showed.

Deutsche Welle, 23 May 2015


Out of Ireland's 43 constituencies, 40 have voted "yes," the Irish public broadcaster RTE reported on Saturday.

More than 62 percent voted in favor of legalizing same-se marriage, 37.7 percent voted against the bill.

Strong leads for the "Yes" camp emerged in districts across Dublin, as well as in traditionally conservative rural areas.

But one constituency, Roscommon-South Leitrim, in the middle of the country, saw over 51% of voters there rejecting the marriage referendum proposal - a higher percentage than anywhere else.

Thousands in Dublin to celebrate

Large crowds flocked to central Dublin to celebrate the victory.

The crowds cheered as gay rights icons appeared on the square, including David Norris, whose campaign led to the 1993 decriminalization of homosexuality and Rory O'Neill, whose Panti Bliss drag queen character became the face of the campaign, the news agency Reuters reports.

Leo Varadkar, Ireland's health minister, who has come out as gay said: "People from the [gay] community in Ireland are a minority, but with our parents, our families, or friends and co-workers and colleagues, we're a majority. For me, it wasn't just a referendum. It was more like a social revolution," the news agency AP quotes him as saying.

Reduced impact of Catholic Church

The Catholic Church once controlled virtually every aspect of Irish life but its clout has been vastly reduced by the impact of secularization and a wave of child sex abuse scandals that discredited the clergy.

With the referendum Ireland becomes the 19th country in the world to recognize marriage equality and the 14th in Europe - as well as the first to do so by popular vote. In Germany, same-sex partners have the opportunity to register a partnership, but they do not have the right to marry.

Saturday's referendum results are a stunning triumph for gay rights activists. It was the culmination of a four-decade struggle for gay rights.

ra/ng (AP, Reuters, dpa)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar pictured in RTE Radio 1 studios today where
he came out publicly on the Miriam O’ Callaghan show. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

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"The Akashic Circle" – Jul 17, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: Religion, The Humanization of GodBenevolent Design, DNA, Akashic Circle, (Old) Souls, Gaia, Indigenous People, Talents, Reincarnation, Genders, Gender Switches, In “between” Gender Change, Gender Confusion, Shift of Human Consciousness, Global Unity,..... etc.)  - (Text version)

“… Gender Switching

Old souls, let me tell you something. If you are old enough, and many of you are, you have been everything. Do you hear me? All of you. You have been both genders. All of you have been what I will call between genders, and that means that all of you have had gender switches. Do you know what happens when it's time for you to switch a gender? We have discussed it before. You'll have dozens of lifetimes as the same gender. You're used to it. It's comfortable. You cannot conceive of being anything else, yet now it's time to change. It takes approximately three lifetimes for you to get used to it, and in those three lifetimes, you will have what I call "gender confusion."

It isn't confusion at all. It's absolutely normal, yet society often will see it as abnormal. I'm sitting here telling you you've all been through it. All of you. That's what old souls do. It's part of the system. …”


"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration LecturesGod / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems  (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it),  Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse),  Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) (Text version)

“…  Government

Let us speak of government. We're not speaking of your government, but of any government - the way it works, how it survives, how it has survived, the way it campaigns, and how it elects leaders. It's going to change.

Years ago, I told you, "When everybody can talk to everybody, there can be no secrets." Up to this point on this planet, government has counted on one thing - that the people can't easily talk to each other on a global scale. They have to get their information through government or official channels. Even mass media isn't always free enough, for it reports that which the government reports. Even a free society tends to bias itself according to the bias of the times. However, when you can have Human Beings talking to each other all at once, all over the planet without government control, it all changes, for there is open revelation of truth.

Democracy itself will change and you're going to see it soon. The hold-outs, the few countries I have mentioned in the past, are doomed unless they recalibrate. They're doomed to be the same as they have been and won't be able to exist as they are now with everyone changing around them.

I mentioned North Korea in the past. Give it time. Right now, the young man is under the control of his father's advisors. But when they're gone, you will see something different, should he survive. Don't judge him yet, for he is being controlled.

In government, if you're entire voting base has the ability to talk to itself without restriction and comes up with opinions by itself without restriction, it behooves a politician to be aware and listen to them. This will change what politicians will do. It will change the way things work in government. Don't be surprised when some day a whole nation can vote all at once in a very unusual way. Gone will be the old systems where you used to count on horseback riders to report in from faraway places. Some of you know what I am talking about. Government will change. The systems around you, both dark and light, will change. You're going to start seeing something else, too, so let's change the subject and turn the page. …

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dutch immigrant kids take to street demanding 'white' classmates

Yahoo – AFP, Charlotte Van Ouwerkerk, 23 May 2015

Pupils from a primary school in Amsterdam wear T-shirts that read 'Is 
this white enough for you?' (AFP Photo/Remko de Waal)

Amsterdam (AFP) - Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighbourhood seeking "white" pupils to attend their schools and help their integration.

Around 100 schoolchildren -- Arabs, Turks, Africans, Moroccans -- accompanied by their parents and teachers, wore provocative dazzling white T-shirts emblazoned with "Is this white enough for you?".

Dutch native Annelies, 10, and immigrants' daughter Aminata, 11, have been friends since kindergarten and are also wearing the shirts, which have "All children have the right to integrate" written on the back.

The Netherlands calls on immigrants to
 take part in Dutch society, through work
or study (AFP Photo/Remko de Waal)
They "want more white children in the school to learn about each other's cultures," said Aminata, her smiling face framed by dangling African braids during Friday's protest.

"It's important for later," said the blonde-haired Annelies. "When we're grown up we will have to deal with different cultures, we should already start learning to live together."

"At the moment there's only one boy in our class who is 100 percent Dutch, although we live in a mixed neighbourhood, it's ridiculous," she said.

The pupils' two schools - De Avonturijn and Catharinaschool - are considered "black" in this ethnically mixed southern Amsterdam neighbourhood, as more than 90 percent of their pupils are from immigrant backgrounds.

'Black schools'

The number of new pupils signing up continues to drop and the schools are now threatened with closure, so today they're going door-to-door, ringing doorbells and delivering flyers saying "We're looking for white pupils".

"When, for different reasons, a school 'becomes blacker', it's very difficult to reverse the trend," said Diane Middelkoop, spokeswoman for the two schools.

"White children's parents no longer want to be part of the school. I can understand that: we all want to feel at home and that means that we want to see people who share our origins and culture," she said.

For some, the phenomenon shows that racism is rampant in Dutch culture.

"It's shameful that it's come to this, that children have to take to the street to go to school with white children," said resident Joan, 80, originally from the former Dutch colony of Suriname, tears in her eyes.

She blames parents who take their children out of what Dutch media call "black schools".

"It's racism and I'm ashamed. There was always a bit of racism in this country, but today it's serious, it has to stop," she said.

Marching door to door in Amsterdam, the children chant: 'Don't think black, don't 
think white, don't think black and white: think the colours of your heart.' (AFP Photo/
Charlotte van Ouwekerke)

Racism or demographics?

At the other end of the street, florist Wim Barlag has worked here for 50 years, has a son at one of the schools and has a different explanation.

"More and more families are leaving, making way for students -- the problem is there's simply not many children left," he said.

The Netherlands has a reputation for tolerance, but racial tensions and discrimination are on the increase.

"I want my children to be integrated in Dutch society and to learn about different cultures," said 35-year-old mother and housewife Majda Khatibi.

The Netherlands calls on immigrants to take part in Dutch society, through work or study. Once they have learnt the language, they must take an integration exam to make sure they fit in Dutch society.

As immigrant numbers have risen, so has the popularity of far-right politicians, including anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders who criticises immigrants for not integrating enough.

Marching door to door, the children chant: "Don't think black, don't think white, don't think black and white: think the colours of your heart."

Dutch king reacts to ‘f*** the king’ row

DutchNews.nl, May 22, 2015

Dutch king Willem-Alexander has reacted for the first time to the ‘fuck de koning’ row which took place earlier this month, broadcaster Nos says on Friday. 

The king was speaking to a group of seven American journalists ahead of his pending visit to the US, when he was asked about the issue, Nos says, without naming its sources. 

The king told the reporters he believes the lese majesty law, which makes it a crime to insult the monarch, should be debated. He said he is following that debate and will accept whatever the outcome is, Nos reports. 

Asked if he lies awake at night, the king said he is concerned to find the right balance between his obligations and the limits to his role as king. Journalists meeting the king were not allowed to quote him directly, but had to paraphrase his statements, the Holland Sentinel, which did not refer to the fuck the king row, said. 

Activist Abulkasim al-Jaberi was arrested at a demonstration against Zwarte Piet last November for shouting ‘fuck the king, fuck the queen and fuck the monarchy’. 

The public prosecution department said earlier this month it is taking him to court because he has refused to pay a fine of €500 for the offence. 

The decision to prosecute him caused a storm of protest and raised questions about the right to free speech and the department said the court case will be delayed pending further research.


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Ensaf Haidar(C), the wife of Saudi Blogger Raef Badawi, holds a vigil in Montreal,
 Canada, on January 13, 2015, urging Saudi Arabia to free her husband who was
flogged for "insulting Islam" (AFP Photo/Clement Sabourin)

Dutch cabinet backs partial Islamic burqa ban

Yahoo – AFP, 22 May 2015

Muslim women wearing various type of Islamic veils (closewise from top left):
hijab; a niqab; a burqa and a tchador (AFP Photo)

The Hague (AFP) - The Dutch cabinet on Friday approved a partial ban on wearing the face-covering Islamic veil, including in schools, hospitals and on public transport.

"Face-covering clothing will in future not be accepted in education and healthcare institutions, government buildings and on public transport," the government said in a statement after the cabinet backed Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk's bill.

The ban does not apply to wearing the burqa on the street, but only "in specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen" or for security reasons, Prime Minister Mark Rutte told journalists after the cabinet meeting.

"The bill does not have any religious background," Rutte said.

The government said it had "tried to find a balance between people's freedom to wear the clothes they want and the importance of mutual and recognisable communication."

A previous bill banning the burqa even on the street and dating from Rutte's last government, which was supported by anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders, will be withdrawn.

The government said it "sees no reason for a general ban that would apply to all public places."

It was agreed that a new bill would be drawn up by the coalition partners of Rutte's Liberal VVD party and the Labour PvdA when they formed their coalition in 2012.

Those flouting the ban can be fined up to 405 euros (around $450).

State broadcaster NOS said that between 100 and 500 women in the Netherlands wear the burqa, most of them only occasionally.

Several European countries have introduced at least partial burqa bans despite accusations of restricting religious expression.

A woman wearing a burqa walks past the Palace of Justice in The Hague
(AFP Photo/Jerry Lampen)

The Dutch government said it would send its draft law to the highest court in the Netherlands, the Council of State, for its opinion.

That opinion and the bill's text will be made public when parliament begins debating the law at a date yet to be decided.

France introduced a ban on women wearing the burqa in 2010, resulting in a handful of arrests since then.

The European Court of Human Rights last year backed the French ban, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom.

Under the French ban, women wearing full-face veils in public spaces can be fined up to 150 euros.

Belgium and some parts of Switzerland have followed France's lead and similar bans have been considered in other European countries.

Attempts to enforce the legislation in France have however proved problematic and sometimes sparked confrontations.

Netherlands to sell ABN Amro bank stake

The Dutch government has announced plans to sell the state-owned bank, seven years after it was nationalized during the global financial crisis. The move sets the stage for one of the largest bank flotations in years.

Deutsche Welle, 22 May 2015


Netherlands gave the green light Friday for the stake sale, which is to take place in stages. The decision paves the way for one of the largest bank flotations in years, with the government valuing the lender at about 15 billion euros ($16.5 billion). The move also marks a milestone in Europe's long recovery from the financial crisis of 2008.

"Now the bank can stand on its own feet again," Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said in a statement. The initial sale could be worth between 3 billion and 4.5 billion euros and take place as soon as the fourth quarter of this year, pending parliament's approval, Dijsselbloem added.

One of the three big Dutch banks, ABN Amro was a global player in 2007 when it was taken over and dismembered in a 71-billion-euro hostile bid that was the largest-ever in the banking industry.

The 2007 takeover proved disastrous both for ABN and its buyers, the Royal Bank of Scotland, itself later nationalized by the British government, Santander and the now defunct Fortis.

And just a year later, in 2008, the global financial crisis forced the Dutch government to bail out ABN to the tune of 17 billion euros and shell out a further 5 billion euros on its restructuring.

Significant market interest

This time, the government will seek to avoid that risk. The shares issued will be certificates granting a voting right that can be suspended under certain circumstances.

Dijsselbloem said he expected the state to remain a shareholder in the bank for "a number of years" following the initial share sale and that strong anti-takeover positions would be put in place when the bank relisted.

He also noted there was considerable market interest in the bank and added that the Dutch central bank agreed a 2015 listing was possible.

"The results of the first quarter of 2015 show the business performance of the bank is good," the finance minister said.

The bank, which has 22,000 employees, made a net profit of 543 million euros in the first quarter, its best quarterly performance for four years.

Its return to private hands, which has been planned since 2013, was delayed by the Dutch government in March amid public anger over the scale of mooted salary increases for directors.

The proposal to increase salaries of most ABN Amro executives by 100,000 euros each has since been scrapped.

sri/hg (dpa, Reuters)

Rotterdam’s new station voted best building of 2015

DutchNews.nl, May 22, 2015

Photo: Spoorjan via Wikimedia Commons

Rotterdam’s new central station has been voted best building of 2015 by the Dutch architects’ association BNA. 

The building was described by the jury as a ‘grand entrance’ to the city and a ‘fantastic building in all aspects’. The new station has brought together trains and metro within a public space and contributes to ‘liveability and social cohesion’, the jury said. 

The BNA public prize went to High Tech System Park in Hengelo, a former factory and surrounding land which has been converted into an office campus.