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As Dutch Economic Problems Mount ...

by Oui Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 04:39:00 PM EST

Dutch Liberal Policy: Silent Slide Into Poverty

Christian Democrat Hoekstra Drops Bombshell

A shaky cabinet Rutte IV undermined by ecology and environment issues #farmersprotest #wopkehoekstra

Europe's green moment: How to meet the climate challenge

Rutte IV Coalition Accord - January 2022

Spend - spend - spend

Tax relief - support people with a job - subsidy for business - law & order - closing borders - removal economic refugees - anti-social pact not mentioning energy crisis and poverty.

Rutte Lies and Disinformation Budget Healthcare

Selling hard cuts in #care as 'investments' and pretending to spend more money on #care. #Rutte can do that. How long will the Netherlands take the lies of this scammer with his sweet talk? #dtv

Australian View of Dutch PM Mark Rutte

A friendly dictator 🤥 😂

We have to accept in the West that we are going to be a bit poorer, Dutch leader says | CNBC Davos WEF - May 25, 2022 |

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday said there is a “limit to what a government can do” to help people amid surging inflation.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Rutte told CNBC’s Steve Sedgewick that the Dutch government would help people on lower and lower-middle class incomes with their rising energy bills.

However, he added that “you cannot help everyone so ... we in the West will be a bit poorer because of the high inflation, the high energy costs.”

Inflation hit 9.6% in the Netherlands in April [update 10.3% in July], according to the Dutch statistics body CBS. Dutch inflation is double compared to Germany mainly due to free-market pricing of energy in The Netherlands. Inflation is expected to stay historically high.

Rutte acknowledged that rising prices would present “societal pressures,” which he said could be seen playing out in elections across Europe.

Mark Rutte contributor WEF Forum

European Unity in a Disordered World? | WEF - May 25, 2022 |

Speakers: Børge Brende, Eduard Heger, Christine Lagarde, Mark Rutte, Roberta Metsola, Micheál Martin

Transforming Food Systems and Land Use - Africa and Asian hubs - Mark Rutte initiative FoodValley in 2021

Key words | Transforming Food Systems and Land Use | Food Valley | UN Program | Bill Gates Foundation |

UN Food Systems Summit 2021: Dismantling Democracy and Resetting Corporate Control of Food Systems

This article analyzes the development and organization of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), which is being convened by UN Secretary General António Guterres in late 2021. Although few people will dispute that global food systems need transformation, it has become clear that the Summit is instead an effort by a powerful alliance of multinational corporations, philanthropies, and export-oriented countries to subvert multilateral institutions of food governance and capture the global narrative of "food systems transformation."

This article places the upcoming Summit in the context of previous world food summits and analyzes concerns that have been voiced by many within civil society. It elaborates how the current structure and forms of participant recruitment and public engagement lack basic transparency and accountability, fail to address significant conflicts of interest, and ignore human rights.

As the COVID-19 pandemic illuminates the structural vulnerabilities of the neoliberal model of food systems and the consequences of climate change for food production, a high-level commitment to equitable and sustainable food systems is needed now more than ever. However, the authors suggest that the UNFSS instead seems to follow a trajectory in which efforts to govern global food systems in the public interest has been subverted to maintain colonial and corporate forms of control.

In the UN Food Program, leading roles for the wealthy Gulf states ... long term policy.

Middle East's Investments in African Farmlands Are Rooted in Food Security Fears | Wharton Study -  March 22, 2011 |

The UAE's food-security plans have made it a global market player | The National - May 2022 |

The country has developed operations in all stages of the food production supply chain, from farm to fork

The Middle East has experienced the food crisis 2006-07 and the Arab Uprising of 2011 exploited by the West for regime change in MENA countries.

Egyptians Food and Monetary Crisis

President al-Sisi accepted the resignation of Tarek Amer, former head of the Central Bank of Egypt

Dutch PM still swinging ...

RTL News: Dance video Mark Rutte

After the Prime Minister of Finland, VVD party animal Mark Rutte has now been embarrassed by a dance video from the past ... 😂

Dutch Majority Leaning Towards Marin Sanne as PM

Editorial : Sanna Marin dodged questions about her ability to function on the night of the party

🇫🇮 Marin's attitude to sudden crises can be described as very optimistic. Unfortunately, world events 🌎 are not always predictable.

For example, the sinking of Estonia 🇪🇪 , the tsunami in Thailand 🇹🇭 , the Konginkanga bus crash and the Russian 🇷🇺 invasion of Ukraine 🇺🇦 were all sudden, nighttime events that required government action. 😂

Subsidy for major fossil fuel corporations are prioritized

End of this year, wealth loss or rise in cost of living will be 6.8% in Holland ..

Rutte IV stated there is no money left to help the less fortunate #energypoverty in The Netherlands ... non-participants in the economy will be left behind ... a Social Heart 💙 💔


Comparison with a Covid-19 year

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 07:12:27 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 07:14:07 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 07:15:35 PM EST

Significant increase in entrepreneurs with payments in arrears by 20%

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 07:19:37 AM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 07:21:16 AM EST

Economic downturn due to record rise in cost of living as the GDP grows, will be very hard on the low income households. No concern to the liberal leader VVD Dutch PM Mark Rutte. Time to shake-up politics of this doomed cabinet.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 08:19:04 AM EST
One in three at risk of financial problems as cost of living rises above 10% | Dutch News |

The government Central Planbureau (CPB) warned that the figures were likely to be an underestimate because poorer households will be disproportionately hit by rising energy bills. 'I've never seen figures like these before, this is dramatic,' CPB director Pieter Hasekamp told NOS.

'Especially for people who already have it tough and soon won't be able to pay their energy bills.'

The agency's latest figures predict 7.6% of people will be living below the poverty line by the end of 2023, up from 5.7% in 2021 and 6.7% this year. The projected figures are even higher for children, with almost one in 10 living in poverty next year.

Foreign affairs minister Wopke Hoekstra said the government would have to find at least €10 billion for 'quick, robust and effective' measures to offset the rapidly rising cost of living.

'One in three people in the Netherlands faces short-term financial problems,' he told AD. 'People get a shock at the supermarket checkout, to say nothing of their energy bills. We have to stop people falling through the ice.'

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 08:22:40 AM EST
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Unfortunately in Dutch language ...

In this video we look back at the developments of the past two years and the impact of the corona pandemic on the #worldtrade ! ⤵️ #economy

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 08:23:41 AM EST
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"Global leader" of WHAT? Who? When? Where? Why?

YLE (funded in part or in whole by Finnland government) quotes the PM:

"I want to show that there are ordinary people with ordinary lives in these jobs. I have a family life, I have a work life and I have free time to spend with my friends. Pretty much the same as many people my age"
Ambien is for old, ordinary folks appointed to make old, ordinary national security decisions which eventually kill ordinary people of all ages, sex, gender, race, creed, and color.


by Cat on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 07:42:10 PM EST
euractiv quotes the PM:
"If there were to be a crisis situation, I would know about it before midnight on a Saturday evening," she told reporters, adding that the Finnish armed forces were well equipped to anticipate any military crisis that might affect the country."
alrighty then
by Cat on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 07:45:04 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 20th, 2022 at 08:26:35 PM EST
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Finnish PM can't catch a break. (this hot tweet take for a screen grab memorial before the FIFTH WAVE "flour" translators swarm twitter)

@Kimmo_Kautio (machine translation)
Sabina Särkä and Sanna Marin's harness video came out today from Seiska.

This kind of image was found a while ago on Sabina Särkä's TikTok dated 10.7.

It seems that the government's graphic wall has reached a more valuable use...

by Cat on Tue Aug 23rd, 2022 at 08:56:56 PM EST
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YLE | Marin apologises for "inappropriate" photo taken by friends at official residence, 23 Aug rapid response
She further added that the image was snapped during a private event at the residence, emphasising that there has been no threat to Finnish national security as a result of her social activities.

She told reporters that "security arrangements were in place at all times" and the names of all guests were provided to the security detail which monitors the Kesäranta property.

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Wed Aug 24th, 2022 at 01:42:48 PM EST
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... she invited some friends over to Kesäranta after the festival to "sauna, swim and spend time together."

Contrary to most Nordic countries, in Finland nudity in sauna is less common. Who would have known. A gesture of love between two young women ... Finland should be banned from NATO ‼️ 🤣

True, photo's and video's at a private party should not be uploaded to TikTok and shared.

Google's Scans of Private Photos Led to False Accusations of Child Abuse | EFF |

Privacy is something from the past.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 24th, 2022 at 02:06:11 PM EST
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get with the program, Oui
by Cat on Thu Aug 25th, 2022 at 05:11:37 PM EST
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vOLdeMoRT: Italian PM candidate [Giorgia Meloni] attacked over rape video
after posting a video online of a Ukrainian woman being raped by a fellow migrant, from Africa.

According to local authorities, the 55-year-old victim was attacked in the city of Piacenza on Sunday by an asylum seeker from Guinea. The incident was recorded by someone from his apartment overlooking the scene. The suspect was arrested by the police and remains in custody.

Meloni, whose Brothers of Italy party is leading the polls ahead of September's national election, posted the disturbing video on Twitter. The social media platform has since removed the footage, saying it violated its rules.
The post, however, sparked public outcry and waves of criticism aimed at Meloni, including from her political rivals. "It is indecent to use images of a rape. Even more indecent to do so for electoral purposes," Enrico Letta, the head of the Italian Democratic party, wrote.

Igiaba Scego, an Italian writer of Somali origin, slammed Meloni for exploiting the rape victim for her own goals. "Offered up as clickbait voyeurism instead of being protected. This electoral campaign is horrendous," she said.

by Cat on Tue Aug 23rd, 2022 at 09:12:06 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 24th, 2022 at 10:27:16 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 24th, 2022 at 10:28:38 PM EST
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New France: Duress, Inequality & Solitude

Replaces the Old of the French Revolution: "Liberté, Egalité, & Fraternité"

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 24th, 2022 at 10:31:14 PM EST
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Always be on the alert and never go downtown w/o arms 🥹

Three Dutch commandos shot outside of Indianapolis hotel

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, two of the victims are listed in critical condition, and the third victim is listed in stable condition.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 27th, 2022 at 10:25:50 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 09:10:16 PM EST

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