Dutch Buddhist clerical sexual abuse update

This video from the USA says about itself:

Zen Buddhism Sex Abuse Scandal | Religion Strikes Again

16 November 2013

Even Zen masters can be deviants. Inside the new book that unearths a disturbing pattern of affairs at the top of one of the largest Buddhist communities in the U.S.A.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Six new reports of sexual abuse by Buddhists

Today, 13:15

The hotline where sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers and monks can be reported received six reports during the last six months .

The independent hotline was set up in early November last year, in response to a number of scandals in Buddhist circles about which NOS reported. Its founder is the foundation managing the hotline about child pornography on the Internet.

Director Arda Gerkens of the foundation says they can not tell the content of the reports from Buddhist circles. This is to protect the anonymity of the plaintiffs. What they do want to say is that it partially concerns matters which have already been publicized. But there are some new ones too.


Gerkens speaks of a “small number of reports.” There may be various causes for that, like ignorance of the new hotline. From the number of notifications according to her one cannot draw any conclusions at this time on the extent of sexual abuse by Buddhists in the Netherlands.

Just the followers of Thai monk Mettavihari, deceased in 2007, knew last year of dozens of abuse cases by their teacher.

See also here.

Activist who Filed Lawsuit in Flint, USA Water Crisis Murdered


Demonstration against poisoned water in Flint, USA

This photo shows as demonstration against poisoned water in Flint, USA.

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

Source:  Daily Mail
April 23 2016


Woman, 19, who filed first Flint lawsuit against government is MURDERED just days after suspicious death of foreman at city’s water treatment plant

  • Sasha Avonna Bell, 19, sued government officials and six companies for allegedly causing her toddler to suffer from lead poisoning
  • She was found dead along with another woman on April 19 in a Flint home
  • A young child was found alive in the home but has not been identified
  • Her death came days after Flint water plant foreman was found dead    

sasha bell flint Sasha Avonna Bell was found dead on Tuesday.  She filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son, pictured here with her

A woman who was among the first to file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint, Michigan water crisis was identified as one of two victims of a fatal shooting that happened earlier this week.

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Turkish regime’s crackdown on journalism continues

This satiric music video says about itself:

German TV mocks Turkish dictator: Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan – English subtitles

29 March 2016

He’s living in grand style
Big boss from Bosporus
A showy palace with a thousand rooms, built without permit in a nature preserve
Press freedom gives him a swollen neck
That’s why he needs all those scarves
When a journalist writes a piece
That Erdogan doesn’t like
He quickly ends up in jail
Newspaper offices closed down
He doesn’t think twice
With tear gas and water cannons he is riding through the night
Be nice to him
Since he’s holding all the cards
Erdo-how, Erdo-where, Erdogan
The time is ripe
For his Great Ottoman Empire
Erdo-how, Erdo-where, Erdogan
Equal rights for women
Beaten up equally

Istanbul police has dispersed an International Women’s Day demonstration by force
If the election results are off
He’ll shake them into place
He loathes the Kurds
And much rather bombs them
Than his brothers in faith over at ISIS
Hand him your money
He’ll build you a refugee tent
Erdo-how, Erdo-where, Erdogan
His country is ripe
For EU membership
He doesn’t care for democracy
Erdogan says goodbye
And rides off into the sunset

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Turkey: Government continues its crackdown on journalists
Monday 25th April 2016

ONE journalist has been arrested and another denied entry to Turkey in the latest crackdown on free speech by the government.

Turkish-Dutch columnist Ebru Umar was arrested on Saturday after tweeting about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, her paper said yesterday. The Metro journalist tweeted that police were at her door and that she was being taken to a police station in the resort of Kusadasi.

German newspaper Bild said yesterday that Greek photographer Giorgos Moutafis was denied entry at Istanbul airport on his way to a job in Libya on Saturday.

The snapper said he was told that his name was on a list of people barred from entering the country. He was not told why. He was forced to take the next flight back to Athens yesterday morning.

The incident came days after a journalist with a German public broadcaster was prevented from entering Turkey.

Dutch NOS TV reports today there has been a burglary at Ms Umar’s home in Amsterdam. Her computer is said to have been stolen, and her whole home ransacked. Erdogan‘s secret police are suspected of this crime.

Dutch Geert Wilders’ spokesman’s financial fraud

Geert Wilders and Michael Heemels

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Heemels spent PVV political party money on Madonna concert

Today, 08:22

Former PVV politician Michael Heemels used party money for a luxurious life. Tickets for a concert by Madonna,

The sister party of Geert Wilders and Heemels’ PVV, their fellow racists of the French National Front, won’t like that.

As Madonna at her concerts denounced National Front boss Marine Le Pen for nazism.

This video says about itself:

27 July 2012

American pop singer Madonna is defending her use of an image depicting French far-right politician Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her forehead after Le Pen‘s party threatened legal action. Madonna said the image was meant to highlight intolerance toward immigrants and religious minorities and she refused to remove it from a video played during her live performances.

Heemels paid 900 euros of PVV party money on going to the Madonna concert. All PVV money stolen by Heemels is taxpayers’ money.

The NOS article continues:

engagement rings, an overnight stay at the luxurious Hotel Adler in Berlin and traffic fines were paid out of party money.

This is evident from 1Limburg broadcasting corporation according to the audit report on Heemels’ expenses. He was the leader of the PVV party in the Provincial Council of Limburg, as well as the spokesman for Geert Wilders. Between 2012 and early this year, he abused 176,000 euros in party money. He then departed, when that became known.


Heemels himself said that he therewith funded his alcohol and drug addiction, but there was much more spending. What he did with tens of thousands of euros of his cashpoint money that he withdrew from the PVV account is unclear.

Public prosecutor will prosecute Heemels for fraud: here.

Saudi Arabian government, money and 9/11 atrocities

This video from the USA says about itself:

Saudi Blackmail Stands in the Way of 9-11 Families’ Right to Know

22 April 2016

Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK unpacks Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia and what we know about the redacted 28 pages of the Congressional 9-11 Report.