Saturday, January 29, 2011


Amsterdam a Yuppie Hub

As immigrants keep moving to Dutch cities and natives move out, natives in Amsterdam, especially rich ones, are multiplying, new figures show. And immigrants settling in the capital increasingly come from rich, Western countries.


Whereas women of Dutch descent are having more children, those of foreign origin are choosing to have smaller families, Amsterdam's Urban Planning Service found. At the same time, the number of immigrants 'from Morocco, Turkey, Surina and the Dutch Antilles, the countries where most of them used to come from, have been falling steeply.
Though the capital continues to draw newcomers, they now tend to come from the European Union and English-speaking countries. At the same time, Amsterdam is also attracting more and more immigrants from China, Brazil and India. Most of them are highly educated and no longer come from rural areas but from university cities.

Child friendly

The falling birth rate among immigrant women, especially Turkish and Moroccan ones, seems to be the result of their rising employment rates. Increasingly, they also attain higher education levels. Dutch families in Amsterdam, by contrast, now often have three children. The average birth rate in the Netherlands is 1.75 children per woman.
Large young families say they are happy in Amsterdam, which is becoming increasingly child friendly, allowing parents to take their children anywhere on their special carrier cycle. The new IJburg quarter, on the capital´s eastern outskirts, is also proving popular with families.
Demographer Julian Jansen of the Urban Planning Service says he is happy with the developments. “Amsterdam's mission to become a metropolis where highly-educated are eager to live and work has succeeded”, he told the newspaper de Volkskrant. His major concern is that not enough new houses are being built. As the capital´s population ages, and those who retire stay, there won't be enough houses to accommodate all the newcomers. That, in turn, could threaten its labour potential, as people who can't live in Amsterdam are less likely to work there.

Iran hanged the Dutch-Iranian women Zahra Bahrami

Reports from Iran say Iranian-Dutch woman Zahra Bahrami was hanged on Saturday for selling and possessing drugs. The authorities dismissed repeated pleas by the Netherlands which had sought details about her case.
Bahrami's execution is the latest in a slew of hangings carried out by the Islamic republic in January. Her execution takes the total number of people hanged in Iran so far this year to 66, according to media reports.
"A drug trafficker named Zahra Bahrami, daughter of Ali, was hanged early on Saturday morning after she was convicted of selling and possessing drugs," the Tehran prosecutor's office said.
Bahrami, a 46-year-old Iranian-born naturalised Dutch citizen, was reportedly arrested in December 2009 after joining a protest against the government while visiting relatives in the Islamic republic.
The prosecutor's office confirmed on Saturday that she had been arrested for "security crimes."

But elaborating on her alleged drug smuggling, the office said Bahrami had used her Dutch connections to smuggle narcotics into Iran. But that is of course BS:
"The convict, a member of an international drug gang, smuggled cocaine to Iran using her Dutch connections and had twice shipped and distributed cocaine inside the country," it said.
During a search of her house, authorities found 450 grams of cocaine and 420 grams of opium, the prosecutor's office said, adding that investigations revealed she had sold 150 grams of cocaine in Iran.
"The revolutionary court sentenced her to death for possessing 450 grams of cocaine and participating in the selling of 150 grams of cocaine," it said.
The Netherlands had been seeking details about Bahrami's case and had accused the Iranian authorities of refusing the Dutch embassy access to the prisoner because they did not recognise her dual nationality.

"I cannot confirm (her execution). Iranian media announced the news, we have not yet been approached by the Iranian authorities," Bengt van Loosdrecht, a Dutch foreign ministry spokesman, told AFP on Saturday.

On January 5, Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal expressed "extreme concern" about Bahrami, and said that he had "asked the Iranian authorities to provide immediate clarification" about her case.
"We insist on information, the possibility to provide her with consular assistance, and a fair course of justice," Mr Rosenthal said in a statement at the time.
Bahrami's execution brought the total number of people hanged so far this year in the Islamic republic to 66, according to an AFP tally based on media reports.
There has been a spike in hangings this year in Iran, especially of convicted drug smugglers.
The spate of executions has drawn criticism from Catherine Ashton, Europe's chief diplomat and the point person in talks between world powers and Iran over Tehran's controversial nuclear programme.
"The European Union is deeply concerned about the use of the death penalty in Iran. Executions are taking place at an alarming rate," she said on Thursday.
Ashton's statement came after Iranian state media on Thursday reported the hanging of 10 drug traffickers.
"In addition, abhorrent practices such as public executions and suspension hanging continue to be used, in contravention of Iran’s international obligations," added Ashton, restating the EU policy of global opposition to capital punishment.
Along with China, Saudi Arabia and the United States, Iran has one of the highest numbers of executions each year, with adultery, murder, drug trafficking and other major crimes all punishable by death.
Saudi Arabia and Iran use the vulgair Sharia to kill its children!

Day Opening - January 29

Girl and her candle, Ladakh, India