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Dutch Government Collapse

by Oui Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 09:28:13 PM EST

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The cause of the scandal was laid in the austerity program of Rutte I of many years ago ... the Cabinet was going all out to find abuse in welfare benefits of the poor.

Combating tax and benefit fraud

Renske Leijten: 'Warning signs deliberately ignored in tax office scandal'

Dutch committee issues scathing report into benefit system | The Independent - Dec. 17, 2020 |

Background reading ...

The Welfare State Should Be a State of Fairness and Trust

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Did I mention I don't like the guy ... by chance I met him once in the neighbourhood... managed to kid him around ... he was too perplexed to react 🤣

Basically he is a Tory Conservative and would fit well in the London financial district ... pro business - Shell/Unilever - lower taxes and tough on immigrants... competing with Geert Wilders for the rightwing voters.

The Rutte doctrine: catchphrase that expresses the annoyance of the House

Rutte wants to act as a British PM or French President ... wielding power.

Feel free to add comments related to election turmoil throughout the European Union E-28 minus the UK. Plenty to comment about, we are united after all, based on the Founding Principles. Really?

An Open Thread to include coming elections in Germany and France. Hopefully a European centrist will succeed NATO SG Jens Stoltenberg. Too often only the most compliant European rightwing politician is selected for the job. NATO is a defense alliance, not this stupid proxy mercenary of the United States since the attacks of 9/11 forced to buy their arms and weaponry. The Bush and Obama War on Terror was a gross failure. As the US economic and financial sanctions are scattered to one and all including their NATO allies, time to return to normalcy on weapons of destruction.

Acting Secretary of Defence Christopher Miller made the surprising comments to press as he returned from a trip to Nebraska, Tennessee and Colorado. Mr Miller, who has only been in the job for two months, spoke out when he was asked about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system in history.

"I so... I mean, I cannot wait to leave this job, believe me,” he replied according to a Department of Defence transcript.

Mr Miller then appeared to disparage the $1 trillion fighter jet programme.

    "Yesterday we were talking to some guy, some lieutenant colonel, or colonel, said 'what are you flying?' Said 'F-35,' I was like that's a piece of ... and he was like ... and he laughed, and I was like, ‘No seriously, tell me about it,’ he told reporters.

    “I'm like, we have created a monster, but you know that.”

Mr Miller then went on to praise the success Russia has had during the Trump administration.

"I kind of, you know, like professionally I'm like, wow, they're doing pretty well, and they're using a lot of irregular warfare concepts, information, all this stuff, in a way that, you know, like ... good on them," he said.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 09:50:37 PM EST
Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel loyalist, is new CDU leader

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 09:51:16 PM EST
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So does anyone know anything about his policies? I find mostly platitudes.

And what happened to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer? Wasn't she the annointed successor to Merkel?

by fjallstrom on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 01:14:53 PM EST
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Why Angela Merkel's Succession Plan Failed | Foreign Policy |

He will lead the party as centrist with much of the same instinct as Angela Merkel ... the party is yet to elect the leader for the general election and most likely Merkel's successor as Chancellor.

Armin Laschet
CDU chairman Armin Laschet, a staunch supporter of Angela Merkel, heads Germany's most populous state. Conservatives routinely underestimated the jovial 59-year-old, famous for his belief in integration and compromise. But recently, his liberal non-interventionist instincts have led to him eating his words more than once during the coronavirus crisis.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 20th, 2021 at 03:17:17 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 07:54:46 PM EST
Ahh ... Clash of Civilizations ... Bicentennial Historical Event of 1821.

Archdiocese of Athens: The Archbishop referred to the extremists of Islam

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 08:07:55 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 09:19:29 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 09:20:15 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 at 02:27:13 PM EST
Dutch police arrest alleged Asian drug syndicate kingpin Tse Chi Lop | Straits Times |

Dutch police said on Saturday (Jan 23) they had arrested the alleged leader of an Asian drug syndicate who is listed as one of the world's most-wanted fugitives and has been compared to Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Tse Chi Lop, a Chinese-born Canadian national, was detained on Friday at the request of Australian police, who led an investigation that found his organisation dominates the US$70 billion-a-year (S$90 billion) Asia-Pacific drug trade, Dutch police spokesman Thomas Aling said.

Tse is expected to be extradited after appearing before a judge, Aling said, adding that his arrest by national police took place without incident at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

Tse, an ex-convict who formerly lived in Toronto, has moved between Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan in recent years, according to counter-narcotics officers from four countries and documents previously reviewed by Reuters.

Drug deals, dirty money and links to Beijing: Australian police bring down Asia's 'Mr Big'

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), which has taken the lead in a sprawling investigation into the criminal organisation, identified Tse as "the senior leader of the Sam Gor syndicate".

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 at 09:29:28 PM EST
As early as the 1960s investigative journalism had reported cases of abuse in the adoption system.

Abuses in the adoption system | PhD Research Maastricht U. - 2019 |

Reprint following the decision of the Dutch minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker to immediately (8 February 2021) suspend the adoption of children from abroad. This decision was taken after the publication of a damning report on the system of so-called intercountry adoption in the Netherlands.


The practices for obtaining children for adoption are often downright criminal. "Children who aren't in need of adoption are abducted or purchased", Loibl explains. "They're taken from orphanages, where they were placed only temporarily by the biological parents. Or mothers are lied to: after giving birth they're shown a dead baby, while their healthy child disappears abroad. The illegally acquired children are then `laundered': their birth certificates and other documents required for adoption are forged. And the authorities in the countries concerned do too little to stop these abuses; there's just too much poverty and corruption."


In 1995, 55 countries signed the Hague Adoption Convention, which sets out ethical and legal standards and requirements to prevent illegal practices. This did not bring an end to the abuses in the adoption world. "It's hard for the home countries to meet these stringent standards", Loibl says. "And the checks performed in the receiving countries are inadequate. The authorities always claim the abuses only happened before 1995, but this research shows that they're continuing." There is hope, Klip says. "In the Netherlands, a special committee has been installed to investigate illegal adoptions in the 1970s and 80s." 

Ugly, modern abduction and slavery as it exists today with tolerance and a blind eye from authorities... how is this possible? I've had my 15 years of grievances and sorrow with judgements in Family Law concerning my grandson ... but this is so much worse. 🥲

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 9th, 2021 at 08:38:26 AM EST

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