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Netherlands: The Hague Rates Terrorism Risk as “Substantial”

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

Due to an increase in the number of violent extremists traveling to Syria, and signs of increased radicalization among youth, the threat of terrorism has increased from “limited” to “substantial,” Dutch authorities reported March 14. The U.S. Dept. of State has not issued any travel warnings for the country, but notes that, as with other [read more]

Netherlands: Art Gallery Visits Increase After Heist

Date: October 23rd, 2012 | No Comments

Despite the theft of several masterpieces that were central to its current exhibit, Rotterdam’s Kunstal art gallery has experienced a surge of visitors—a case of “disaster tourism,” some have said. The small gallery, which does not have its own collection, made international headlines after one of the world’s biggest art heists took place there on [read more]

Netherlands: Dutch to Close Cannabis Cafes to Tourists

Date: November 23rd, 2010 | No Comments

The Dutch government is moving forward with plans to ban tourists from “coffee shops” that sell marijuana and permit pot smoking. Such cafes are popular among tourists throughout the country but especially in Amsterdam, where tourism officials worry that the ban will reduce the number of visitors to the city. They estimate that one-quarter of [read more]

Netherlands: Cannabis Coffee Shops to Become Private Clubs

Date: May 13th, 2009 | No Comments

Cannabis cafes in Limburg province, which borders Belgium and Germany, will become private members’ clubs at the beginning of next year to cut down on drug tourism. Officials believe that the plan, which will require a processing period of several days to obtain a membership card, will block access to marijuana for the bulk of [read more]

Netherlands: Two Towns to Close Pot “Coffee Shops”

Date: October 29th, 2008 | No Comments

Two Dutch towns have seen enough of their pot-smoking coffee shops and intend to close them all down within two years. Authorities in the towns of Roosendaal and Bergen-op-Zoom will begin closing the eight coffee shops in the two towns in February 2009. They say the 25,000 French and Belgian “drug tourists” they get each [read more]

Netherlands: Amsterdam Rejects Pot Ban for Tourists

Date: November 7th, 2012 | No Comments

Amsterdam’s mayor has rejected the national government’s ruling that would ban tourists from smoking marijuana in the city’s infamous coffee shops. After some legal wrangling in The Hague, the choice to adopt the ban, which takes effect Jan. 1, has been left to individual cities. Although the coffee shops draw an estimated 1.5 million of [read more]

Netherlands: Needles Found in Sandwiches on Delta Flights

Date: July 18th, 2012 | No Comments

Five needles were found in sandwiches served on four different Delta Airlines flights between Amsterdam and the U.S. last week, raising concern over how airline meal-prep security is handled outside the U.S. One passenger suffered minor injuries when he bit into a sandwich and a one-inch straight needle punctured his mouth. Flight attendants stopped serving [read more]

Netherlands: EU Court Supports Maastricht’s Ban on Foreigners in “Coffee Shops”

Date: July 21st, 2010 | No Comments

Maastricht, a town near the borders of Belgium and Germany and not far from France, plans to ban foreigners from its marijuana cafes, better known as “coffee shops,” because of the daily influx of thousands of tourists looking to get high. Some 4,000 drug tourists cross the borders every day with more on weekends, composing [read more]

Netherlands: Report Shows Anti-Gay Violence in Amsterdam Not Diminishing

Date: November 26th, 2008 | No Comments

Amsterdam is not as tolerant as it thinks it is, according to a recent University of Amsterdam study that showed that anti-gay violence is ingrained in the community and is not decreasing. The study said 67 attacks on gay men occurred in 2007, a number a police commissioner called about average for recent years. Authorities [read more]

Netherlands: Threat Level Raised to “Substantial”

Date: March 12th, 2008 | No Comments

The government raised the terrorist threat level to “substantial” March 6 because of increasing links between foreign and European jihadist networks, terror-related arrests in Germany, Denmark, Spain and the United Kingdom in the past year, and the forthcoming March 28 release of a controversial film on the Koran by a Dutch legislator. The Dutch prime [read more]

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