Netherlands

The Hague mosque suspends radical sheikh

The Sunnah mosque in The Hague has suspended Sheikh Fawaz for at least three weeks for allegedly insulting board members and disturbing a meeting. In an interview with Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Fawaz al-Jneid voiced anger and frustration. Sheikh Fawaz is known for his extreme opinions. In the past, he said […]

Dutch switch lights off for Earth Hour

Many well-known spots in the Netherlands switched off their lights for an hour on Saturday evening for Earth Hour. Several cities including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Groningen turned off the lights of some of their characteristic monuments. The seventh edition of Earth Hour was joined by a record 147 […]

The dark side of Dutch history

For school children, students and anyone curious about Dutch history there is the Canon of the Netherlands. It’s a list of the 50 most important people and events in Dutch history. Critics complain that it pays too little attention to the negative and shameful side of the past. They argue […]

Salamworld wants to be Muslim Facebook

In the Islamic world, rumours have been circulating for some time: a Muslim version of Facebook is coming. It is called Salamworld.com and is due to be launched during the Ramadan at the end of June. Its makers say, the site will uphold ‘family values’. Nevertheless, Salamworld will make money, […]

Dutch embassy to remain open in Syria

The Dutch embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus will remain open as long as the security situation permits. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry has said this in response to France closing its embassy in protest against the violence by the Syrian regime against its civilian population. Spain also ended […]

Wilders anti-euro report gets frosty reception

The anti-euro report commissioned by Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, has been widely condemned in Dutch political circles. The report argues that the introduction of the euro has cost the Netherlands a fortune and that it would be cheaper to reintroduce the old Dutch guilder than remain part of the euro […]

Dutch retailer in headscarf sacking case

Leading Dutch retailer HEMA is being taken to court in Belgium after a female employee was fired for wearing a headscarf. The Belgian Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CGKR) is pressing charges against the firm. HEMA dismissed the Muslim employee a year ago after customers complained about […]

Leave the eurozone, Dutch populists say

The Netherlands should drop the euro and reintroduce the guilder, according to a study commissioned by the Freedom Party (PVV). The eurosceptic party, led by anti-immigration MP Geert Wilders, says that the introduction of the euro has cost the Netherlands more than it has yielded. The Dutch gained 800 euros […]

‘The Prophet came from Jordan’

Islam is a mishmash of earlier religions. Muhammad was an Arab version of the Greek poet Homer. Islam didn’t arise in Mecca but in the Jordanian city of Petra. The Arab conquests came first, and only then the Muslims. In his new book The Fourth Beast, British historian Tom Holland makes […]

The Shocking Case For Legalizing Infanticide

The ancient Romans used to expose unwanted babies on hillsides. Thankfully, we have come a long way since those bad old days. We would never countenance letting a baby die of exposure or get eaten by animals. No, today’s infanticide promoters insist that babies be killed painlessly. After all, we aren’t barbarians! […]