Dwarf sperm whale, first time in Belgium


This 2015 video is about the various sperm whale species.

Dutch news agency ANP reports that for the first time ever a dwarf sperm whale was seen off the Belgian coast. It was photographed on 22 January 2017 off Oostende.

Shoes thrown at anti-refugee Belgian minister


Iraqi shoes thrown at George W Bush, cartoon

After, in 2008, shoes were thrown at George W. Bush for his Iraq war with over a million dead, four million refugees, torture, etc., other people were inspired by this example.

In the Netherlands, according to NRC Handelsblad daily, children have invented a game which they call “Bushing”. Children jumping on a trampoline try to duck shoes thrown by their playmates.

In Belgium in 2009, angry small share owners threw shoes at banking fat cats.

And now, in Belgium, translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Belgian minister pelted with shoes

Today, 01:29

The Belgian Minister for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken was pelted by dozens of protesters with shoes and beverages outside a party meeting of government coalition partner MR.

Francken is under fire because he refused to issue a visa for a Syrian refugee family, even though a judge has decided on penalty of a fine that the Belgian government should do that. The family are friends of a Belgian family that wants to guarantee the Syrians, and wants to house them themselves.

The minister was in a hotel at Charleroi airport … as a guest speaker at a debate of MR on the government’s immigration policy. The demonstrators who pelted him outside were mainly trade unionists.

Talking about refugees. Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 12 December 2016, about elections in Macedonia:

[Prime Minister] Gruevski and opposition leader Zaev have both promised in the campaign that the [anti-refugee] fence at the border with Greece will remain closed. “The fence was a suggestion by the European Union. And we work precisely and completely in accordance with the instructions and suggestions from the EU,” said Zaev.

Belgian monks accused of human trafficking


This 2015 video is about the 18th century library of the Saint Stephen Augustinian monastery in Ghent in Belgium.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Monastic order in Ghent accused of human trafficking

Today, 09:17

The Public Prosecutor in Ghent wants to prosecute the leadership of a convent of the Augustinian Friars for human trafficking. According to the Belgian TV channel VRT, the three suspects, including the abbot, in recent years had lured twenty men from Africa and Asia to their monastery under false pretenses.

They supposedly would be trained to become priests, but they were not trained and had to work for free instead, is the charge. “They were forbidden all that time to leave the convent.” …

The three clerics are suspected not only of trafficking human beings and social fraud, but also of forgery. The twenty victims were from Benin, Togo, Ivory Coast and Vietnam. In two weeks’ time it will be decided whether the case will go to court.

See also here.