Morning newspapers – 16 August 2007

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Criticism of Ehsan Jami is growing. He has broken agreements and has turned the committee of ex-Muslims, which he chairs, into "one big Jami show." This is what Loubna Berrada, one of the co-founders of the committee, says in the AD today. She also voiced criticism of Jami on the television programme Nova on Wednesday. Berrada is annoyed at comments from Jami that are insulting to Muslims. "We were not going to insult ordinary Muslims. That was the agreement. But Ehsan seems to have forgotten that. His com

Criticism of Ehsan Jami is growing. He has broken agreements and has turned the committee of ex-Muslims, which he chairs, into "one big Jami show." This is what Loubna Berrada, one of the co-founders of the committee, says in the AD today. She also voiced criticism of Jami on the television programme Nova on Wednesday. Berrada is annoyed at comments from Jami that are insulting to Muslims. "We were not going to insult ordinary Muslims. That was the agreement. But Ehsan seems to have forgotten that. His comments have put us in danger. Not just him, but me as well."

In nrc.next Labour PvdA member and writer J.A.A. calls for Jami to be expelled from the party because of his insulting comments about Muslims. The PvdA's attitude, particularly that of party leader Wouter Bos, is half-hearted and cowardly, says Van Doorn. "He should have demanded that Jami recant his filthy statements on pain of expulsion from the party." In an analysis Vrij Nederland this week describes the dilemma facing the PvdA, which has had trouble with Jami in the past: "The PvdA was afraid that any step against Jami would prove counterproductive for the party. But precisely by not doing anything they have allowed the Jami case to become bigger."

Drunk cyclists are a plague to traffic, De Telegraaf writes. And motorists who hit a drunk cyclist through no fault of their own run the risk of three years in prison. Since no blood tests are taken from victims of fatal accidents, the motorist is unable to demonstrate in court that the cyclist was drunk. That can lead to a verdict of 'culpable homicide', which bears a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

The maintenance of the private yacht of Queen Beatrix is financed by the ministry of defence, the Nederlands Dagblad reported today. Last year the bill for maintenance of the De Groene Draeck (The Green Dragon) came to EUR 112,000, equal to the cost of paying the annual salary for five experienced first class soldiers. The ministry cannot explain why the costs are so high and why defence pays for them.

Spyker's Formula 1 team has a deficit of EUR 18 million, insiders told the Telegraaf. The costs of the Formula 1 project have skyrocketed, while income from sponsors and television have been disappointing. Four parties have expressed interested in investing in the suffering team, including one from the Middle East.

Writer A.F.Th. van der Heijden is working on a book on the murder of Nijmegen activist Louis Sévèke. He was spotted in Nijmegen by a journalist from local newspaper De Gelderlander. But "working on something" does not necessarily mean a novel will materialise, Van der Heijden stressed in the Volkskrant. The writer also once "worked on" a book on the murder of Theo van Gogh. A book on Sévèke would fit in well with Van der Heijden's cycle 'De Tandeloze Tijd' (Toothless Time), which is set in the world of squatters. "In one of my books the death of a squatter can be pinned on the police, now we are at the point that squatters are killing each other off."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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