.@JulianAssange associate and author of "Information Security for Journalists" @ArjenKamphuis has disappeared according to friends (@ncilla) and colleagues. Last seen in Bodø, #Norway, 11 days ago on August 20. pic.twitter.com/dV75NGKpgI Continue reading...
A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste
First path entirely made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging opens in Zwolle
The world's first plastic bicycle path made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging has opened in the Netherlands, as part of a pilot that could see similar roads open up across the country.
The 30-metre path, made of recycled plastic equivalent to more than 218,000 plastic cups, is expected to be three times as durable as an asphalt alternative. Continue reading...
Unilever's decision to go Dutch should be shot down | Nils Pratley
The consumer goods company's case for incorporating in the Netherlands fails to convince
The grown-up stance, supposedly, is to shrug one's shoulders at Unilever's proposal to dismantle its Anglo-Dutch model and incorporate in the Netherlands. We are invited to be phlegmatic about the near-certain removal of the stock from the FTSE 100 index. Unilever will still have a listing in the London, runs the argument, so why make a fuss? The UK operations are staying put and the company is probably to be believed when it says Brexit didn't influence its thinking.
Such points would be easier to swallow if Unilever had made a convincing case for choosing the Netherlands over the UK. But it hasn't. Continue reading...
The world is failing women and girls whose bodies have been weaponised | Lilianne Ploumen
We need a worldwide sanctions regime to target those using sexual violence against women and girls as a strategy of war
Remember #BringBackOurGirls? It was a cry for help by the families of the girls from Chibok in Nigeria. Their daughters were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. Some have been released, others are still held. Survivors tell horrific stories of rape and forced marriages.
Remember Mount Sinjar in Iraq? Thousands of Yazidi families took refuge from Isis on the mountain in 2014. Others fell into the militants' hands. Women were sold into sexual slavery, held captive and raped. Continue reading...
‘Terrorist motive' for stabbing of two US tourists in Amsterdam
19-year-old German resident from Afghanistan suspected of extremism, says Dutch PM
A 19-year-old Afghan citizen had a "terrorist motive" for allegedly stabbing two Americans at the main train station in Amsterdam, city authorities in the Dutch capital have said.
Amsterdam police shot and wounded the suspect after the double stabbing on Friday at Central station. The local government said hours later that it appeared the victims were not targeted for a specific reason. Continue reading...
Cartoon row sought to rile Dutch Muslims, but found only dignity
Geert Wilders' fearmongering in the Netherlands failed against a greater sense of humanity
Like many Pakistani Muslims living in the Netherlands, Usman Firdausi was disturbed when the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders announced plans to hold a contest for cartoons caricaturing the prophet Muhammad.
Thousands of miles away in Pakistan, more than 10,000 people demonstrated against the contest in a march organised by Islamist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik, which also called on Pakistan and other Islamist countries to sever ties with the Netherlands.
I want to run my shop, do my work, live my life in peace and harmony here Continue reading...
Amsterdam council drafts in refugees to teach amid shortage
Civil servants have also been asked to step into classrooms as new school year starts
Amsterdam city council has asked civil servants and Syrian refugees with teaching experience to step into the classroom because of a teacher shortage at the start of the school year.
The Dutch capital has been among the areas worst affected by a lack of teachers nationwide.
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Far-right Dutch MP cancels Muhammad cartoon competition
Geert Wilders drops plans for controversial contest in November following death threats
Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders has cancelled a planned contest inviting people to submit a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad following death threats and large-scale protests in Pakistan.
"To avoid the risk of victims of Islamic violence, I have decided not to let the cartoon contest go ahead," the far-right opposition politician said in a written statement on Thursday night. Continue reading...