The round-up of some of this year’s most noteworthy events and news stories.
Google has deactivated the islamsticker@gmail Gmail account politician Geert Wilders was using to spread his anti-Islam stickers.
After a politician apologized and resigned Thursday over a racially insensitive Tweet, an actor who insulted Black TV talkshow host Humberto Tan in November, followed suit on Friday.
While the world was in grief Friday about the passing of Nelson Mandela, a major newspaper and a politician from a major political party here have found themselves apologizing for racially insensitive public statements they made on Thursday regarding the South African leader’s death
Holland's Got Talent contestant Xiao Wang is reportedly incensed by racially charged comments made by one of the show's judges. The PhD candidate at the University of Groningen has not made a statement since the show featuring him as a singer aired November 16.
The derogatory remarks Holland's Got Talent host Gordon made to a Chinese contender of the popular TV show have led anti-discrimination group MDRA to call on television station RTL to apologize. Meldpunt definitively told RTL that Gordon insulted people of Chinese descent.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: singer Trijntje Oosterhuis underestimates the power of social media, the arrival of Sinterklaas and his helpers in The Netherlands, Hungarian pimps arrested for human trafficking, diplomats assault a reporter, 'Holland's got Talent' and 'RTL Late Night' in the spotlight for racism, an Euro Atlantic Airways aircraft continues to it destination despite potentially dangerous problems, and Joran van der Sloot demanding a new trial.
RTL Late Night talk show host Humberto Tan was told by actor Jack Spijkerman, “My God, you’re not only dark [skinned], you’re dumb as well.”
In less than a day the Pietitie, a petition on Facebook for the preservation of Sinterklaas, received half a million Likes. Just after 8:00 am the 500,000 th visitor reported on the Pietitie page.
The political climate in the Netherlands is racistic. The government should take responsibility and start a nationwide anti-discriminating campaign. This was stated by the National Ombudsman, Alex Brenninkmeijer, on Sunday in the Program Buitenhof.
It was his response to the report of the Council of Europe which says that the Netherlands have to do something about the increasing racism. The report says also that there should be a national strategy against discrimination by race.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the string of incidents at the end of the Netherlands-Russia year-of-friendship, a missing Amersfoort Labour councilor, the impact of heavy rainfall with millions in damages in its wake and Greenpeace' tireless effort to free their crew from a Murmansk prison.
The 21 Amsterdam residents who objected against the annual Sinterklaas entry into the capital, received mass support Thursday at a formal hearing.
Officers in the Hague Schilderswijk use disproportionate violence against foreigners, state victims and former police to Omroep West.
More than two billion people worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr today, the Sugar Feast marking the conclusion of Ramadan. Six percent of the Dutch population is believed to be Muslim, totaling about 950,000 people, with most living in the Randstad.