Morning newspapers – 8 August 2007

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"Enough is enough: ban the Koran" was the headline in the Volkskrant this morning, atop a letter sent in by Geert Wilders, leaving no room for doubt as to his aim. The leader of the Freedom Party quotes writer Oriana Fallaci, who compares the holy book of Islam with Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. Wilders says the Koran is just as fascist and "sick" as Mein Kampf and should likewise be banned.

"Enough is enough: ban the Koran" was the headline in the Volkskrant this morning, atop a letter sent in by Geert Wilders, leaving no room for doubt as to his aim. The leader of the Freedom Party quotes writer Oriana Fallaci, who compares the holy book of Islam with Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf. Wilders says the Koran is just as fascist and "sick" as Mein Kampf and should likewise be banned.

Wilders' letter was in response to the attack on Ehsan Jami, Labour party PvdA councillor and chairman of the committee for ex-Muslims. Jami has been under extra security since Monday. Nrc.next devotes its cover story to Jami's complaints of lack of support from his party. He hasn't heard anything from national PvdA politicians since the attack.

Jami also expresses his surprise at this in the Volkskrant. "Geert Wilders has called me three times already to wish me strength. But I've not heard from my own party's MPs at all."

De Pers attended a meeting of the committee for ex-Muslims at a secret location. New members of the committee may remain anonymous, the paper notes, otherwise no one will dare join the organisation in future.

The front pages of the AD, Telegraaf and Volkskrant all showed a picture of Bokito. The gorilla was returned to his outdoor habitat at Blijdorp zoo on Tuesday.

A wasp plague is on the way, according to De Telegraaf. The newspaper quotes experts who say that the mild weather of the last months is ideal for wasps and bees. It is expected that about 20,000 people will be reporting to their GPs in the coming months with allergic reactions to wasp or bee stings.

The police and general inspection service have confiscated a record number of stolen birds this year, according to the Nederlands Dagblad. The counter is already at 2,199, almost twice as many as in the whole of 2006. The increased numbers are a result of a clampdown on poachers and illegal bird dealers. The trade in wild birds is lucrative: there is great demand for songbirds, meadow birds and predatory birds.

Dressmakers are grateful to Sonja Bakker, De Telegraaf writes. So many people have lost weight on Bakker's diets that they are bringing wardrobes full of clothes to dressmakers to be taken in. The "Sonja Bakker" effect has led to an explosive increase in turnover for garment alteration businesses.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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