World’s cartoonists thrash Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders

9 12 2010

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

A furore over Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2005 sparked the idea of a counter-offensive by cartoonists around the world.

The international video journalist and cartoonists platform, VJ Movement, asked cartoonists in Islamic and other countries how they saw the increasing criticism of Islam in Europe.

The call produced 30 satirical drawings, most of them featuring Dutch rightwing anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders. Six are shown in the slideshow below.

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Much more than just Muslims

9 12 2010

By Mohammed Abdulrahman, for Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

If the present polarisation continues and other facts and factors influencing immigrants continue to be ignored, immigrants from Muslim countries will eventually all turn into Muslims. And ‘Islam’ will not be a religion anymore as it used to be, nor a mere ideology as Mr Wilders wants to see it. It will become an ethnic identity that is shaped to distinguish us as a group.

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Make party donations public, say D66 and GroenLinks

2 12 2010

From DutchNews.nl:

Political parties could be forced to publish details of all gifts they receive of at least €1,500, if draft legislation from the D66 Liberal party and GroenLinks gets parliamentary approval.

Donations should be registered whether made by individuals or companies in order to prevent conflicts of interest, the parties say.

Now, parties only have to declare corporate gifts of over €4,500.

The rules do not apply to Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV because it is not an official political party.

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Geert Wilders: Israel fighting our war

2 12 2010

From YNetNews:

THE HAGUE – Even a journalist from a friendly country like Israel cannot escape the evasive hands of Geert Wilders’ security guards.The bodyguards of the controversial Dutch politician, the founder and leader of the anti-Islamic Party for Freedom, put me through a strict security check as I arrive to interview him. Once and again they confirm my identity, ensuring that I am not carrying any device which may turn into a weapon.

Wilders himself, on the other hand, appears detached from the security commotion surrounding him. He seems to have gotten used to it. That’s what happens when you’re one of the most threatened people in the world.”To tell you the truth, I do fear for my life,” he admits. “I’m just a human being. The threats against me are not only in Holland, but outside the country as well. We are talking about very serious threats on the part of different terror groups, and when you are aware of the extent of the threats, it’s only human to think that something will indeed happen.

“But I must not let this kind of thinking affect my work. If I moderate my voice because of these threats, stop expressing my opinion or cease to be a politician, those people will use undemocratic ways, threats and murders to silence others. And they will win. I won’t let them win.”

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Negative pubicity has only limited effect on Wilders

2 12 2010

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

A second week of negative publicity for Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party has failed to inflict significant political damage. In the past week, Dutch media managed to dig up further information about the criminal pasts of a number of the party’s MPs. Hero Brinkman was arrested for driving under the influence and it turns out that Eric Lucassen, who was convicted for illicit sexual acts with a subordinate when he was an army instructor, has serious financial problems. However, a weekly poll conducted by pollster Maurice de Hond shows Mr Wilders’ party losing just one seat, compared to last week’s loss of three.

If elections were held today, the Freedom Party (PVV) would win 27 seats, three more than its current number of MPs. The conservative VVD – which together with the Christian Democratic CDA forms the current minority government that relies on the PVV’s parliamentary support for a one-vote majority – also lost one seat compared to last week, but the 35 seats in Sunday’s poll are still four more than the number it won in the latest elections.

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PVV problems no influence on the coalition, says prime minister

2 12 2010

Via DutchNews.nl:

Media reports about the criminal pasts and lies told by MPs from the PVV are not destabilising the coalition government, prime minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

PVV parliamentarians are ‘very correct and their signatures are good,’ Rutte said at his weekly press conference.

Rutte’s minority VVD and Christian Democrat government has an alliance with the anti-Islam party. The PVV has agreed to support the government’s plans to cut spending bya €18bn in return for tougher immigration rules.

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