Morning newspapers – 9 August 2007

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The newspapers on Thursday continued to publish reactions to Geert Wilders' call for a ban on the Koran. Trouw took to the streets of the Laakkwartier in The Hague, where Wilders is popular among "fullblooded Haguese" who feel threatened by the growing number of foreigners. Like Henk Gerwer, who "backs Geertje Wilders all the way," and who supports the proposal to ban the Koran. "After all, in Arab countries you are not allowed to live according to the Bible, our holy book."

The newspapers on Thursday continued to publish reactions to Geert Wilders' call for a ban on the Koran. Trouw took to the streets of the Laakkwartier in The Hague, where Wilders is popular among "fullblooded Haguese" who feel threatened by the growing number of foreigners. Like Henk Gerwer, who "backs Geertje Wilders all the way," and who supports the proposal to ban the Koran. "After all, in Arab countries you are not allowed to live according to the Bible, our holy book."

The Nederlands Dagblad reports that Parliament is going to renew its efforts to shut down mosques where radical imams preach hate. A majority in Parliament supports MP Madeleine van Toorenburg (Christian democrat CDA), who wants to look into what legal grounds could be used as a basis. In 2004 a similar motion was passed, but the cabinet did not follow up on the plan because the proposal was apparently not legally feasible. The CDA is returning to the issue after comments from an imam in The Hague who called writer and academic Afshin Ellian a "malignant tumour."

Dentists and dental hygienists are concerned about beauty salons that offer tooth whitening treatments, according to the front page of the Telegraaf. This treatment can be dangerous without the proper expertise, say the dentists. The bleaching agent hydrogen peroxide can harm the tooth enamel, cause burn wounds and damage nerves permanently. There is no legislation yet to restrict tooth whitening treatments.

The transfer of Royston Drenthe to Real Madrid is settled, the Telegraaf reports. The Spanish club is paying EUR 13 million for Drenthe, who will be signing a five-year contract with Madrid. De Telegraaf says Czech forward Jan Koller may be joining AZ or FC Twente for the coming season. He is reportedly unhappy at his current club, AS Monaco.

Thanks to income from legacies charities had a top year in 2006. The Volkskrant's annual survey of income at charity organisations indicates that almost a quarter of their income comes from legacies. That will increase in the coming years since many wealthy elderly are including good causes in their wills.

The Belgian motorway assistance organisation has its hands full with stingy Dutch holiday makers who run out of petrol on the road in an effort to reach cheaper petrol prices in Luxembourg, the Telegraaf writes. Petrol prices are 30 to 40 cents less. "They actually think they can drive through Belgium on an almost empty tank," says a spokesperson for Belgian motorists' association Touring.

 [Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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