Why would a nation with a long free-speech tradition make "insult" a crime?
Following months of delays and ominous warnings, a Dutch MP's graphic film critiquing the Koran is now online. Here's a first look at what all the fuss is about.
PJM Groningen: Fear is in the air in Holland. The Dutch brace for massive rioting when a far-right member of parliament airs the film that he warns will include the Koran being "desecrated." Michael van der Gali√´n reports on the latest chapter of the conflict between freedom of speech and keeping the peace in Western Europe.
A plan to clean up Amsterdam's historic red light district is sure to make life more difficult for pimps, criminals and rowdy young men, but it won't succeed in getting rid of the world's oldest profession, writes Michael van der Gali√´n.
PJM Groningen: The Dutch CIA has come out and admitted that it has been spying on journalists. The reason has nothing to do with homeland security: Big Brother was keeping an eye on journalists who dared to write articles critical of the government, reports Michael Van Der Galien.
PJM Groningen: It takes a lot to provoke moral outrage in extremely liberal Dutch society, writes Michael Van Der Gali√´n, but two rappers have managed it by producing an unabashedly pornographic music video that is running on mainstream television music channels. (Caution, links are not work-friendly or appropriate for children)
PJM Groningen: Unrest in the Moroccan neighborhoods of Amsterdam have many fearing that the chronic violence that rocked the Paris suburbs will spread to the Netherlands. If the Dutch police don't get much tougher much faster, warns Michael Van Der Galien, that is exactly what is going to happen.
PJM Groningen: Make no mistake: newly-elected conservative European leaders did not win their elections because they are pro-American, they won despite it, says PJM correspondent Michael van der Galien.