Morning newspapers – 15 August 2007

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The newspapers devoted a great deal of coverage to the 60th anniversary of India's independence. "The bloody birth of twins," is how the Volkskrant describes the division of British India into Pakistan and India. While India is seen as an up and coming superpower, Pakistan is primarily known for its struggle with Islamic extremism, the paper writes. Trouw focuses on the religious violence between Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India.

The newspapers devoted a great deal of coverage to the 60th anniversary of India's independence. "The bloody birth of twins," is how the Volkskrant describes the division of British India into Pakistan and India. While India is seen as an up and coming superpower, Pakistan is primarily known for its struggle with Islamic extremism, the paper writes. Trouw focuses on the religious violence between Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India.

Nrc.next tells the story of Hindu refugee Jogeshwar Gosh from eastern Pakistan, who has been living in the Indian refugee camp Cooper's Camp since 1952. He still longs to return to where he was born. "For sixty years I have had mixed feelings towards India. You always feel a bit like a refugee."

What does it cost to have someone killed these days? Certainly more than EUR 20,000 apparently, De Pers writes. Having someone offed costs at least 100,000. The Telegraaf also reports on hired killings. Fred R., chief suspect in the investigation into a series of Amsterdam killings, threatens and intimidates crown witnesses from in prison. The justice department has intercepted two threatening letters.

There are not enough places in shelters for men who have been threatened, the AD reports. The men in question are victims of honour-related violence, homosexual Muslims and male victims of human trafficking. The AD cites the example of a 16-year-old Pakistani boy who does not want to enter an arranged marriage, and a 15-year-old Turkish boy who refuses to commit violence against a sister who has "damaged the family's honour." The Federation of Shelters says that another 50 places in safe houses are needed.

In Trouw and the Volkskrant Labour PvdA member and critic Jos de Beus calls on his party to sign the declaration of support for the committee of ex-Muslims. Party leader Wouter Bos must speak out more clearly, he says. Faction leaders of the other parties are still hesitant to sign, the Volkskrant says.

Footballer Ruud van Nistelrooy describes in the AD what is awaiting newcomers Royston Drenthe and Wesley Sneijder at Real Madrid. They will not only have to learn the language quickly, they will also have to espouse the Real Madrid culture. "If you don't go along at a certain level, in terms of football and certain rituals off the field, then it will soon be over," Van Nistelrooy warns. "Then you don't fit in with the culture and you'll soon be booted out."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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