AlFitrah mosque school: not at first, now sectarian

'Bustling organization'

Just as in their previous report, the researchers also mention many positive things about the mosque. AlFitrah is a “vibrant organization” that provides a safe home for young Muslims, contributing positively to their cognitive, moral-religious and psychosocial development and social participation.

The mosque also encourages students to perform well at school and work and to contribute to society, and the organization has a positive effect on identity and resilience.

At the same time, the researchers state that alFitrah promotes feelings of fear, distrust and self-exclusion, is a breeding ground for radicalization in the direction of extremism by stirring up “we-they feelings”. And by “a closed attitude towards dissenters and negativity towards the democratic constitutional state” contributes to inequality and poses risks to the rule of law.

This time the researchers draw a conclusion: the negative influences overshadow the positive ones.

Turn away from unbelieving society

Many 'new' findings were already known during the first investigation. For example, the strict separation between boys and girls. The researchers now give a different interpretation to this. The separation no longer leads to a possible risk, as in the first report, but to “a very limited possibility of labor participation”.

Also a video in which alFitrah founder and imam Suhayb Salam outlines how children should be taught to turn away from unbelieving society was already known, but only in the second report serves as proof that the message of alFitrah goes directly “against democratic principles” .

For example, Nieuwsuur and NRC find various other sermons and lessons from alFitrah with a similar message, which could be found online before 2016. On the alFitrah website there is an overview of textbooks for young people. In one of the textbooks about 'cleansing', written by imam Suhayb Salam himself, it says that Islam does indeed have female circumcision, and that several scholars have come to that judgment. The researchers did not initially consult the teaching material and freely available lessons and lectures.

Hundreds of thousands of Dutch people work in black, cleaners in the lead

Last year, around 400,000 people in the Netherlands evaded taxes by sometimes or regularly not giving up their work. This is apparent from calculations by NOS on 3 based on figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics. In total, around € 4 billion is spent in that 'black world'.

Sometimes it happens once, but others work full time black and therefore never pay wage tax. In the video below, NOS explains on 3 how the undeclared work world works:

According to the CBS, the most black work is done in the cleaning sector. EUR 1.44 billion per year in that sector. In construction, think of painters or plasterers that you pay in cash, it is about 800 million euros per year. But don't forget the hairdressers, who cut and shave for around 441 million euros in black.

If wage tax had been paid on all that income, it would have resulted in hundreds of millions for the state treasury. In addition, the extra costs for benefits and allowances that undeclared workers sometimes receive are not included.

These are estimates. It remains difficult to calculate the precise figures, says the CBS. Normally they use VAT returns from the Tax Authorities to see what companies convert. For undeclared work, more creative methods are needed, says Peter Hein van Mulligen, chief economist of Statistics Netherlands.

“For hairdressers, for example, we look at the number of residents of the Netherlands and how often people go to the hairdresser on average. Then you can estimate what the total turnover of the hairdressing industry should be. If it turns out that the real amount is much lower, our conclusion that the difference should be black. Or there should be all long-haired people walking around who we never see in the street. “

After asking questions from the NOS, the Tax and Customs Administration states that it is not kept up to date how many fines have been imposed for undeclared work and how often there are checks. State Secretary for Finance Menno Snel on this: “The following applies to control: you can always do more. And at the same time, we naturally also want to focus on control where we think it will really go wrong. If people really massively avoid the tax, we will tackle it “

But if a total of 4 billion euros is already earned from undeclared work, isn't that already massive? Snel: “I want to tackle people who work undeclared, I want to tackle people who work undeclared, companies that pay too little tax and avoid that tax, I want to tackle. In the end I only have a limited number of people that I use for this.”

The debate on radioactive waste is over

Phew! It went well ! In the introduction of the restitution of the four months of debates on the National Plan for the management of radioactive materials and waste (PNGMDR), the president of the special committee of the public debate Isabelle Harel-Dutirou could only congratulate herself for having conducted the 6 public debates, the 14 meetings, the 2 “cafés philo”, the various round tables which were held serenely around this explosive subject.

Everyone remembers the local debate on the appropriateness of burying nuclear waste of high activity and long life on the site Cigeo de Bure on the borders of Haute-Marne and Meuse which in 2013 could be held because of the blocking of the opponents to the project. This time, with the exception of the first meeting in Lille, the debates could take place. It is true that the anti-nuclear associations Greenpeace, France Nature Environment, Global Chance and Wise Paris had decided to play the game.

Meetings of specialists

ALTERNATIVES. But in front of whom did they debate? 3000 people attended the meetings. “They are mainly people who know the subject, have convictions that have moved“, recognizes Isabelle Harel-Dutirou.Also, the 386 opinions, the 62 notebooks, the 2063 comments and 2500 messages posted on the site of the debate which received a little more than 28 000 visits showed that”it was always the same who were pronouncing“, admits the president.For evidence, the site has collected only 81 questions.

So we stayed between specialists. Four major themes dominated the exchanges: the questioning of nuclear energy, the Cigeo project and the alternatives to landfilling in deep geological layers, the ways of reprocessing waste and in particular the regrets expressed for the abandonment of ASTRID, the central program of the fast neutron sector and finally the fate of very low-level waste (TFA).

How to interest the general public?

So the question remains: how to interest the greatest number in complex subjects of common interest? The creation of the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) by the Barnier Act in 1995 was intended to provide a solution to the crisis of consultation, the public interest investigations that took place at the time were criticized because the people concerned felt that decisions had already been made before any debate. Nearly a quarter of a century later, and despite assurances from the CNDP that the opinions of M. Tout le Monde would be well taken into account, if not mistrust, at least the lack of participation persists.

The CNDP tries to get around this obstacle in part with citizen conferences. The aim is to select a representative sample of the population, to provide participants with training on the subject to be treated, to let them debate and to obtain their opinion. This method has already been applied for GMOs, waves, end of life and CIGEO. For CIGEO, moreover, the conference had resulted in a request for a pre-industrial phase of the project that Andra, project leader, had not envisaged.

Workshop of the succession, mirror group: the public debate innovates

This time, this method of consultation took the form of a group, called “mirror” because supposed to reflect the society, composed of 14 “neophyte citizens”. This group met under one banner: “What have we bequeathed and what will we bequeath to our children? “. It is the lifespan of waste with high activity and life of several hundreds of thousands of years that emerges from the debates. “We leave a legacy for thousands of generations afters, “recalled one of the participants in this initiative.The management of radioactive waste puts us face issues that exceed us“The participants concluded that a” succession workshop “bringing together 40 students from various” masters “also had to return the reflections of the most recent generation from a” serious game. “The conclusions are of the same type.”There is no ideal scenario. Each scenario involves risks and uncertainties“. And finally “It is clear that the chosen scenario will have an impact on future generations“.

The official report of the public debate will be given on November 25th to the two ordering parties of the debate, the energy-climate department of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN). It will be taken into account in the drafting of the fifth edition of the PNGMDR, introduced by a 2006 law and reviewed every three years.

Phew! It went well ! In the introduction of the restitution of the four months of debates on the National Plan for the management of radioactive materials and waste (PNGMDR), the president of the special committee of the public debate Isabelle Harel-Dutirou could only congratulate herself for having conducted the 6 public debates, the 14 meetings, the 2 “cafés philo”, the various round tables which were held serenely around this explosive subject.

Everyone remembers the local debate on the appropriateness of burying nuclear waste of high activity and long life on the site Cigeo de Bure on the borders of Haute-Marne and Meuse which in 2013 could be held because of the blocking of the opponents to the project. This time, with the exception of the first meeting in Lille, the debates could take place. It is true that the anti-nuclear associations Greenpeace, France Nature Environment, Global Chance and Wise Paris had decided to play the game.

SPD big loser: Green in poll first time with the Union

The Greens have caught up in the ZDF “Politbarometer” on Sunday question for the first time the Union. Greens and CDU / CSU come in the current survey on each 27 percent, as the ZDF announced on Friday.

That was one percentage point less for the Union and three percentage points more for the Greens than in the previous survey at the beginning of September. In other surveys, such as the ARD “Germany Trend” in June, the Greens had the Union temporarily temporarily overtaken last summer, but fell back behind her again.

The biggest loser in the current “political barometer” is the SPD, which loses two percentage points and comes to 13 percent. This put the Social Democrats behind the AfD, which gained one point and reached 14 percent. The approval ratings of FDP (6 percent) and Linker (7 percent) remained unchanged. In spite of the poor poll numbers for the parties of the Federal Government, 68 percent of respondents think that the grand coalition will last until the end of the legislature.

When asked about the sympathy for politicians (“What do you think of?”) Was Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) in first place before Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Greens party leader Robert Habeck.

Reaction of Professor Dimitry Kochenov's lawyer

Dimitry Kochenov's lawyer tells Nieuwsuur the following:

26 September 11.30 a.m.

Client Dimitry Kochenov has already received exhaustive information about his ties with Henley & Partners. For some time he was a member of an advisory board consisting of various academics and other experts from the field as an unpaid member. This advisory board never met during the period that the client was a member of it.

One of the reasons why the client was asked to join the council is that he has developed the quality of nationality index together with one of the founders of Henley & Partners, Mr Kalin. This is a
annual scientific publication, for which the client receives no remuneration from Henley & Partners and which merely serves his work as a scientist. Starting this year, the index will be published by Hart Publishing, a leading legal publishing company that is part of Bloomsbury Professional.

After his appointment as professor at the University of Groningen, the client gave up his membership of the advisory board. With regard to IMC, the client is one of the founders. The IMC is an association
of companies and organizations involved in investment migration. The main activity of the IMC consists of organizing congresses for members and other interested parties, and promoting the interests of members.

To perform its duties, the IMC has set up a company in Malta, which also acts as the secretariat of the organization. This subsidiary has an office and has a number of employees, including a full-time CEO. Until recently, the client was chairman of the association.

For organizational reasons, this also led to the management of the Maltese company. Both functions were unpaid and in that context the client was never involved in the daily routine: that is what the CEO is about. As an expert in the field of European migration law, the client was responsible for the scientific tasks of the IMC and represented the scientific field in the administration. Precisely because of his limited role within the IMC, the client has Mr. Sietsma for his questions about the organization
from the IMC to the CEO. As the client understands, this has not been approached by Nieuwsuur to date. The client raises questions about this with a view to the due care stated in journalism.

A number of questions asked concerned payments that the Maltese government would have made to the client in 2017, with a total amount of more than 107,000. He has already informed you that this amount is completely incorrect: neither the government of Malta nor any of the agencies mentioned by you paid the client in 2017. You have given the client the opportunity to prove this, but you are turning things around. It is up to you to prove that the payments have been made, not to the client to prove a negative fact. In order to enable the client to respond to your allegation, I request that you provide me with the documents you invoke as soon as possible.

For the sake of completeness, I note that in 2014, 2018 and January 2019, the client received reimbursements from the Maltese government for advisory work. The Maltese government approached the client in 2014 and asked her to advise on whether the Malta Individual Investor Program is permitted under European Union law. For the rest, the Client has not been involved in any way in the creation of the program.

Nor has he had any influence or attempted to have any influence on the Maltese government's policy in this regard. Client has only provided legal advice; the reason for which the Maltese government hired him. As a legal expert in the field of constitutional law and citizenship, he regularly advises governments, parliaments (including the House of Representatives) and international institutions.

The Client attaches to mentioning that he has always performed all his ancillary activities with the permission of his employer, the University of Groningen. In accordance with the policy of the university, he has always registered his ancillary activities and received approval for this. In that context, he also refers to the e-mail that the university sent to Mr Sietsma last Tuesday, which unambiguously confirms this.

For the sake of completeness, I would like to point out that if you make any accusation against the client during the broadcast or otherwise that does not find sufficient support in the facts, you will act unlawfully towards him. For the benefit of the client, I now already hold you liable for all damage that might result for him in that case. In this context I would like to point out that the client is an internationally recognized expert in the field of European constitutional law
citizenship, and insinuations that call into question its integrity and independence will, in particular, cause great damage to its reputation.

Where did the money from the abolition of the scholarship go?

In 2018, the student loan was paid out as part of the government's general contribution to schools and universities, the government grant. But the real height of that is still unclear. That's how it is. Every year the government estimates how many students will register two years later at a college or university. Based on this, the ministry determines how much money in total that year goes to an educational institution. When the new loan system was introduced, the ministry assumed a fall in the number of students, but it never happened. In fact, the number of students is growing fast.

More students? Then you think more money will come from the government. But we are not there yet. And that uncertainty about what is coming in ensures that some universities keep investment money in cash, according to the annual reports. A majority of the educational institutions say in those reports that they are experiencing increasing financial pressure due to the increasing student numbers and government revenues that are lagging behind.

But the educational institutions all deal with that uncertainty differently. Utrecht University (UU), for example, provides its own money. In total, the UU invested an additional 11.6 million euros in better education last year, of which 142 were employed full-time. Others, such as TU Eindhoven, held 1.4 million as a reserve.

“Our house burns”, the phrase of Chirac symbol of ecological urgency

“Our house is burning and we are looking elsewhere”. The famous phrase of Jacques Chirac became one of the most quoted of the former president, metaphor thousand times repeated ecological urgency, but it was not in the original version of the speech.

At first, there is chance: the physicist and historian of ecology Jean-Paul Deléage will see Jerome Monod, close adviser and friend of Jacques Chirac at the Elysee, for anything else, some time before the summit of the Land in Johannesburg.

“Little by little I was given to read the text that a councilor had written for the speech of Mr. Chirac,” he told AFP Thursday. “It was a very good speech by the way, but I said: it might be possible to add a phrase that people remember.”

On September 2, 2002, in Johannesburg, where he was flanked by Nicolas Hulot, the recently re-elected French president attacked his speech with his famous warning, in front of a parterre of heads of state, first and foremost Nelson Mandela.

“We added this formula, but I did not know if he was going to keep it,” Nicolas Hulot told BFMTV on Thursday. “And I see myself at the top, a little sheepish, because I still wondered what I was doing there, at the bottom of this huge room”.

– “a starting point” –

“When I heard those words spoken, when I saw how much they touched the most sensitive of each and every one of us, I knew it was a starting point, a point of reference, and the history has shown us, “added the former minister of the ecological transition of Emmanuel Macron, who had refused this ministry under Jacques Chirac.

Jean-Paul Deléage, who directs the journal Ecology and Politics, however, sweeps the “legend” that the phrase was inspired by a tube of the 1980s, “Beds are burning”, the Australian group Midnight Oil, whose leader Peter Garett, an environmental activist and for nuclear disarmament, ended up going into politics, becoming Environment Minister. “I have never heard of this group.”

The sentence has in any case flourished. Just recently, announcing his willingness to put forest fires in the Amazon on the table at the G7 summit in Biarritz, Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “Our house burns … Literally, the Amazon, the lung of our planet that produces 20% of our oxygen, is on fire “.

Jacques Chirac gives a press conference on September 3, 2002 during the Earth Summit in Johannesburg (AFP / Archives - Patrick KOVARIK)

Jacques Chirac gives a press conference on September 3, 2002 during the Earth Summit in Johannesburg (AFP / Archives – Patrick KOVARIK)

And in the flow of tributes to the former president who died Thursday, she has returned regularly, as in the tweets of Barbara Pompili, former Secretary of State for Biodiversity and Chair of the Assembly's sustainable development committee, LREM MEP Nathalie Loiseau, the deputy and close to Nicolas Hulot Matthieu Orphelin, Minister Annick Girardin, or the former Minister of the Environment Delphine Batho.

A photomontage has even decked Jacques Chirac duvets of the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

If the former president can be credited with raising awareness, his environmental record is mixed. Fervent defender of the nuclear, civil as military, it had triggered an international storm by raising again just after its arrival at the Elysee in 1995 the French nuclear tests in the Pacific.

But it is also under its impetus that the Environmental Charter was drawn up, inscribed in 2005 in the French Constitution.

Wahlomat for Thuringia election 2019: which party suits me?

Since 2014, the red-red-green state government is governing in Thuringia. On October 27, it decides whether Bodo Ramelow – the first Prime Minister of the Left in the Federal Republic – may continue as provincial father in the Erfurt Landtag. 1.8 million voters can vote for it. Ramelows left could increase recently and leads in recent polls, the current coalition but would still no more majority, according to polling institute Insa. This is mainly due to the weakening partners. In any case, a difficult formation of a government is emerging, as the AfD was recently able to gain.

Wahlomat for Thuringia should help with decision

Which postitions the parties represent is in the electoral programs. Answers to current questions can be found but also scarce on 38 theses in Wahlomat (proper idiom “Wahl-O-Mat”) of the Federal Central Office and Headquarters Thürungen for political education. The offer is available as an app or in the web browser.

+++ Here is the Wahlomat for the state election in Thuringia in 2019 +++

And this is how it works: The user is presented with different positions on current topics in the state. You can agree with them or reject them. Even a neutral attitude is possible. If one does not want to take a stand, theses in the Wahlomat can also be skipped. In Thuringia, there are issues for right-wing extremist events, possession of cannabis, right of asylum or even rescue coordination centers under the topics of wind power plants, the airport Erfurt-Weimar. Once all 38 theses have been clicked through, the user can review his selection on an overview page and, in addition, mark topics that are particularly important to him.

On the next page parties can be selected, with which the own points of view are to be compared. Subsequently, the user receives the result about which parties he agrees with on the whole and can reconcile this in detail at the end.

Sources: “Wahl-o-mat.de”, MDR, Federal Returning Officer

Passport trade: wealthy foreigners buy citizenship in Malta

Anyone who wants to know more about that will soon find out about researcher Matthew Caruana Galizia. For years he has been digging in files about the passport trade on his island. But his mother, the journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, was the real expert.

“My mother brought the news that the current government, without the required mandate of the voter, wanted to start selling Maltese passports. That was something that really annoyed the government,” says Matthew Caruana Galizia.

His mother explained it in great detail in her blog. Caruana Galizia also received a list with the addresses of those wealthy new Maltese. “My mother visited the addresses and then discovered that the passport holder did not live there and had never lived there.”

Powerful bomb

Now almost two years ago, Daphne Caruana Galizia is working with her son on a new article when she has to leave for a message. She takes the car and drives away. At home, working at the table, Matthew hears the blow. His mother's car was blown up with a very powerful bomb.

“I heard the explosion. I ran until I got to the car and it was on fire. It was completely destroyed,” he swallows. “I've never been to a battlefield, but that's how I imagine it. Pieces of meat. Fire everywhere. The road was even on fire.”

Climate: Australian Prime Minister sweeps criticism at UN

Australian climate-skeptical Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday wiped out criticisms of his country's climate policy and implied that young Swede Greta Thunberg was being manipulated.

Scott Morrison, who shunned the UN's special climate summit on Monday, said Australia was “doing its part on climate change” and rejected “any insinuation to the contrary” in its speech to the General Assembly of ONU.

He notably ensured that the “Great Barrier Reef”, a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was “healthy and resilient”, even though an Australian government agency has judged for the first time in late August the state of its habitat ” very bad “because of the warming waters.

Critics both in Australia and abroad “deliberately forget or perhaps ignore our successes, because the facts do not fit with the speech they want to make about our contribution,” Morrison said.

He argued that his country was responsible for only 1.3% of global greenhouse gas emissions and had adopted a $ 3.5 billion climate plan (€ 2.1 billion). ). And assured that it would keep its commitments made under the Paris agreement to reduce its emissions by 26% to 28%, compared to their level of 2005, by 2030.

Activist Greta Thunberg in Washington, September 17, 2019 (AFP / Archives - Eric BARADAT)

Activist Greta Thunberg in Washington, September 17, 2019 (AFP / Archives – Eric BARADAT)

He also suggested that Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who inspired hundreds of thousands of young people to call on leaders around the world to act drastically to stop global warming, was used by some to cause panic.

If, according to him, it is necessary “to respect and channel the passions and aspirations of the younger generations”, we must also “guard against those who seek to aggravate, or worse to exploit, their anxieties to serve their interests”.

According to the International Energy Agency, Australia, with a population of 25 million and a highly dependent on coal, ranked second in the world's worst polluters per capita in 2016, behind Saudi Arabia emissions.

The World Resources Institute has judged its climate efforts “insufficient” in relation to the long-term goal of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius to help avert a disaster.