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Diplomatic Immunity Ruins Diplomatic Relations Between Russia and the Netherlands

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A week after a Russian diplomat was arrested in the Netherlands despite having diplomatic immunity, a Dutch diplomat was attacked by two men in his apartment in Moscow.

Relations were already pretty strained between the two countries after Russia detained Greenpeace activists on a Dutch-flagged ship and the Netherland launched legal action against Russia, but now they’ve taken a turn for the worse.

Russia was outraged OUTRAGED last week when Russian diplomat Dmitry Borodin was arrested in the Hague after a neighbor complained about him being extremely drunk and endangering his young children. After Borodin was held for several hours, President Vladimir Putin demanded an apology – a Dutch apology. And after a brief investigation, the Dutch foreign minister conceded that police had breached the rules on diplomatic immunity and Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans apologized for the arrest. The fact remains though that he was abusing his children, but…. diplomatic immunity!

Fast forward one week and Russia retaliates. A senior diplomat at the Dutch embassy in Moscow was tied up and beaten in his Moscow apartment by men posing as electricians. Onno Elderenbosch, 66, was returning home when the men jumped him, tied him up with tape, gave him a little beating and left “a heart with the letters LGBT” written in lipstick on the diplomat’s wall.

It is still unclear who assaulted the diplomat and why, but the message they left on the wall gives a pretty good sense of their motivations.

Netherlands has been super critical of Russia’s anti-gay stance. Earlier this year the Dutch welcomed Putin’s arrival with a gay pride parade where activists waved pink and orange balloons to protest against Russia’s ban on gay “propaganda” directed at minors.

The elderly Elderenbosch was only slightly injured in the Tuesday night assault, but the diplomatic relations between the two countries suffered more serious injuries.

Via: The Toronto Star 

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Queen Beatrix

Current Event Cat - Dutch Queen Beatrix

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has abdicated the throne, handing it over to her son Willem-Alexander.

Princess Beatrix, formerly known as Queen Beatrix, signed the abdication deed on Tuesday after a 33-year reign. Beatrix, 75, announced her plans to step down back in January, citing that it was time for a new generation of royals to take over.

Willem-Alexander will be the first Dutch king since 1890. He was sworn in today as huge crowds of orange-clad partygoers celebrated in the streets. What kind of king will Willem-Alexander be? According to him he wants to “be a king that can bring society together, representative and encouraging in the 21st Century”. Well that sounds very generic.

Meanwhile, over in England, Prince Charles passive aggressively sat down at the royal breakfast table and slowly placed the newspaper headlines down for all to see.

Your move Queen Elizabeth.

Via: Current Event Cats

The Fokkens, Amsterdam’s Oldest Prostitutes, are Calling it Quits


70-year-old twin sisters, Louise and Martine Fokkens, the two longest working prostitutes in Amsterdam, are officially retiring after 50 years in the business and servicing over 350,000 men.

Let’s do the math: 350,000 men means 175,000 each. So that’s 3,500 a year or 9.5 a day. For 50 years. Yikes. That’s a lot of Fokkens. I hoped they managed to save up enough money for vaginaplasty.

“I was a little bit tired,” Louise said in an interview that aired on March 18. No kidding.

Surprisingly, the two sisters are not retiring because of lack of business, but rather because of old age and arthritis. Louise, a mother of four, has said her arthritis now makes some sexual positions “too painful” while mother of three Martine admits she is finding it hard to attract new and willing customers.

The Fokkens sisters (yes, that’s their real name), began their careers in their early twenties in the heyday of Amsterdam’s notorious red light district.

“We like to work in the red light district,” said Louise in broken English. “You had fun, we know a lot of people … the American boys, the Canadian boys, the German … every country come there.”

The golden years ended though once prostitution became legal in 2000 and foreign workers began flocking to the Amsterdam.

“It is very different now. We used to sit in the windows with clothes on. Today they are totally naked. There are few Dutch women and no sense of community these days,” the Fokkens say.

Although technically speaking, the sisters have been retired for a couple of years, they’ve still been seeing a few regulars over the years. But now that they’ve finished a new book on their sexual escapades, “The Ladies of Amsterdam”, they are calling it quits for good. And it’s about damn time.

Via: CBC News

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