Dutch museum buys seventeenth century painting


Part of Still Life of Vase with Flowers in a Stone Alcove

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague at the TEFAF art fair in Maastricht bought a painting by the 17th century painter Roelant Savery. Still Life of Vase with Flowers in a Stone Alcove (from 1615) has cost 6.5 million euros.

According to the director of the museum before the TEFAF it was already known that the painting would be offered for sale. By acting quickly two other buyers were trumped says the museum. “We are very pleased that we were able to buy the rare painting.” …

The painting came from a private collection and had for a long time not been seen in public.

The Roelant Savery painting will hang at the end of this month, just before Easter, in the Mauritshuis.

Syrian refugee footballer sees professional match again


Ramy Guneat at international women's match The Netherlands-Switzerland, photo by Lieke Lamb

Translated from Dutch daily Metro:

Tears of happiness of refugee professional soccer player in ADO stadium

March 3, 2016 at 11:53 by Johan van Boven

The lighting columns, the stands, the cheering fans, the pitch, the players and the rolling ball. Ramy Guneat could not stop himself from crying this Wednesday because of the atmosphere in the stadium of ADO in The Hague. Tears of happiness, says the 29-year-old refugee from Syria who attended the match between the Dutch women’s football team and Switzerland.

That was a match for qualification for the Olympic Games football in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The Netherlands won the match, four goals against three.

The civil war in his homeland ended his career as a professional footballer. Guneat was under contract with AL-Karamah SC, a big club from his hometown Homs. “But two years ago the situation was so bad that I wanted nothing more than to escape,” he said in English, plus the occasional few words in Dutch. “Explosions everywhere. Also the area around our stadium was hit severely”.

Boat

So Guneat left his family and crossed the border to Turkey, where he crossed on a small boat to Greece. He then embarked on a long journey to the Netherlands. He points his finger to the palm of his hand, which serves as the map of Europe. “First I went to Macedonia, then to Serbia and Hungary. Eventually I came here, which is now about five months ago.”

Large parts of the route he traveled on foot, interspersed with bus rides. “I was on my way never really afraid, starvation was the worst. Hungary was not a nice country, the people there were very unfriendly. Very bad! Many people were angry at us and the police have arrested a number of refugees and thrown them in jail. When that happened, we stood together as a group. I was lucky that I was somewhere in the middle of that group, otherwise they would have jailed me.”

Emergency shelter

In the Netherlands, he arrived in the reception center in Haarlem, now he is staying in an emergency shelter in Duinrell. There he must wait until he gets refugee status and then again relocate to a refugee center elsewhere in the country.

Besides Guneat stands Lieke Lamb. She teaches in Duinrell Dutch lessons to refugees and had a spare ticket for the match Switzerland-The Netherlands (3-4) in the stadium of ADO Den Haag. “I knew that one of my students had a friend who in Syria used to be a professional footballer. So I asked Ramy whether he would like to go to a women’s football match.”…

He starts to laugh. “I really liked it, especially the number 10 I think was very good,” he refers to [Dutch international player] Danielle van de Donk. “Yet it also hurts a little to see people kick a ball.” He himself has not played any game for two years. At least not at the professional level.

He begins to swipe busily on his phone. Guneat conjures pictures and videos of a football match between a team of refugees and the amateurs of Blauw Zwart. “That was last week in Wassenaar. Look, this is when we played a match in the stadium of HFC Haarlem. Do you see the number 14? That’s me!”

In the Netherlands, he would prefer to find a job in the sports sector. But his biggest dream is to return to a peaceful Syria. “Then I will be able to play football again for my club.”

As growing numbers of refugees flee imperialist wars in the Middle East, the EU is preparing draconian attacks on democratic rights to prevent them from coming to Europe: here.

The commander of NATO armed forces said Tuesday that Russia, Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were using the refugees streaming out of Syria into Europe as weapons against European countries. Using more restrained language than Donald Trump or European neo-fascists attacking refugees from Syria, US General Philip Breedlove voiced a similar opinion, declaring, “Europe faces the daunting challenge of mass migration spurred by state instability and state collapse, a migration that masks the movement of criminals, terrorists, and foreign fighters”: here.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sought to justify her policy of erecting new walls around “Fortress Europe” with humanitarian phrases—most recently in a Sunday talk show. On Tuesday, she adopted a very different tone. At a press conference with Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković in Berlin, she commented on the refugee crisis in Greece and the Balkans with the brutality associated with Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer, or officials of the nationalist AfD (Alternative for Germany): here.

‘Stop nazi pseudo-historian David Irving in The Hague’


This video from the USA is called David Irving Holocaust Denier – Nazi Gets Shouted Down – Kansas City ANTIFA – March 25, 2014.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

CIDI against lecture by holocaust denier

Today, 11:59

CIDI calls on all libraries and hall rental companies in The Hague to offer no platform for British author and holocaust denier David Irving (born in 1938). The controversial author of books on World War II wants this Thursday to lecture in The Hague, on the day that the Netherlands remembers the February strike on 25 and February 26, 1941, this year seventy-five years ago. Then part of the Netherlands went on strike during the German occupation in protest against the deportation of Dutch Jews.

It is not mentioned on Irving’s website where he will do the lecture.

‘Semi-scientific’

According to the Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel, which inter alia, represents the interests of Dutch Jews, Irving should not be given an opportunity to speak in public, because of his “semi-scientific,

The CIDI’s expression ‘semi-scientific’ is much too charitable for the lying nazi Irving; as it might imply only 50% of his statements are lies.

anti-Semitic and homophobic statements” and his denial of the Holocaust.

“This man has been expelled from several countries and was imprisoned because of his Holocaust denial in Austria,” says CIDI director Hanna Luden. “When he wanted to speak once in Amsterdam, Mayor Van der Laan banned him. We think it is just as harmful and sick when he comes to the Hague.”

Irving’s lecture is entitled “Hitler, Himmler and the homosexuals“. The historian

rather: pseudo-historian

also plans to give the same lecture in “his favorite British, Belgian and German towns”, says the website.

Dutch medieval counts ate swans and godwits


This video shows black-tailed godwits and marsh sandpipers.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Heron bones, skeletons and child soldier‘s button lay bare Counts’ Courtyard

Today, 16:29

When the counts and countesses [of the medieval county Holland] of the house ‘Die Haghe’ – the current Binnenhof – ate, swans, herons and black-tailed godwits were on the menu. Already in the 12th century there was skating on the Hofvijver. And right next to the existing tram line #1 Stadtholder Prince Maurice in 1620 had a pleasure garden built to find relaxation behind a brick wall with his mistresses.

These are just some suggestive facts from the book Het grafelijke en stadhouderlijke hof Den Haag [The counts’ and stadtholders‘ court in The Hague], which was presented today. The archeology department in The Hague has summarized 300 years of archaeological excavations and that gives a very detailed picture of life around the historic Courtyard, where Count Floris IV about 1230 founded the court Die Haghe. …

One of the most beautiful discoveries according to [archaeologist] Van Veen is a cuff button of a child soldier from the time of [King of Holland, 1806-1810] Louis Bonaparte. Around 1806 boys of about nine years were taken from the orphanages to fight. On the Malieveld field they were taught to handle weapons.

Racist football hooligans in Dutch The Hague


Riechedly Bazoer

This photo shows Dutch Ajax football club player Riechedly Bazoer. Riechedly Bazoer was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands. His parents came from Curaçao island in the Caribbean.

On 17 January 2016 in The Hague, Ajax played against ADO The Hague.

A minority of ADO The Hague fans are extreme right hooligans. They refer to themselves as ‘north side [bleachers] nazis’. They are anti-Semitic.

Whenever Riechedly Bazoer played the ball during the match, the self-styled nazis made ‘monkey-like’ noises, sang about bananas, and shouted that Mr Bazoer’s mother was supposedly a whore.

The Dutch public prosecution service will investigate whether any of the racists will be prosecuted.

Loon catches crayfish in The Hague, video


This 12 January video shows the common loon in The Hague, the Netherlands, which has caught an, originally North American, crayfish.

The bird is still present today.

Loon in The Hague city, video


This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

10 January 2016

Great Northern Loon (Gavia immer) in the urban waters of Binckhorst (Den Haag, Netherlands). The bird showed beautifully from close by, up to 2 meters, and was foraging on exotic [originally, North American] crayfish (as seen in this movie). The bird sometimes stayed under water for up to a minute.

Photos of this The Hague loon are here.