The Netherlands, a Wealthy Northern European "Democracy," Doesn't Offer Lawyers to Destitute Suspects

Don't have 1,000 euros for a lawyer to accompany you to the Dutch police station? Are you afraid that the cop will warp and falsify your statement because your knowledge of Dutch is limited? Tough!

Were you evicted without due process and robbed of all your possessions and documents? That's no excuse, you still won't be afforded a lawyer. 

I used to believe that the Netherlands was the most tolerant, liberal place in the world before I moved here. I've never watched any Dutch movies, so I don't know exactly how the country cultivated this image; perhaps because it was the first to have decriminalized weed and gay marriage, but those two things no longer mean a place is liberal, however, since Alaska has gay marriage and even more legal cannabis.
"It's a crime to talk back, prepare to be charged." EenVandaag

What made the Netherlands a progressive country has now been rendered globally mundane, with the country's policies toward its most impoverished members instead coming to the 'fore, and with Geert Wilders becoming the country's most recognizable celebrity.

Beyond not affording a lawyer to suspects, the Dutch police will issue warrants for individuals who do not show up to interrogations, even if the crime is offending someone on the internet, an offense our editor-in-chief is currently under investigation for, in a case that has been open for more than a year, with our website maintained under daily scrutiny by the Dutch Ministry of Justice.

The police know that they can exploit suspects who can't afford a lawyer, and often give them an impromptu phone call, telling them that they have to show up at the police station in order to give testimony; being denied the right even to prepare a legal defense. 

As the Netherlands does not have legislation in place to protect people's medical privacy, the police will ask a suspect if he has medication prescribed and for which condition. 

I was shocked as an American to learn that this all happens in a supposedly tolerant land, but I was even more horrified to learn that our editor-in-chief was put on trial after one of these interrogations, where a policewoman translated his words to her own desire, guaranteeing that he'd see trial for suspicion of growing cannabis.

The Dutch police will interrogate and even deny you the right to call the US Ambassador while they hound you, since calls are forbidden once the aggressive interrogation starts.

You still have some right to silence, but be prepared to stare at the ground and remain fully stoic and silent as a Dutch cop screams at you and tells you that your most basic rights are moot. Depending on how you respond to that aggression, the interrogator will make a note, perhaps alleging that you have a tendency to get easily angry or that you were unusually afraid. 

The crime rate in the Netherlands is supposedly low, but I increasingly meet poor individuals who tell me that they have been raped, robbed, have had their houses broken into, etc. but were afraid of going to the police because of the brutal treatment given to the country's most needy. 

The Netherlands is a lovely country, but those who aren't white and rich may learn that tolerance has a price.

"We're Not an Experiment!" Puerto Ricans Decry Arrival of Insecticide Linked to Aggression

The Caribbean daily Acento is reporting that large numbers of people protested the arrival of the insecticide Naled on the island of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, returned to the island on a plane full of the chemical, which has been linked to increased aggression and not thoroughly tested on humans. 
  
The people refuse to be guinea pigs. Acento
Cruz María Nazario, an epidemiologist, told El Nuevo Dia that the Center for Disease Controls had misused studies in order to "terrorize the population and justify the unjustifiable" in promoting the dispersal of Naled.

The Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, went as far as accusing Governor Garcia Padilla of "environmental terrorism," promising to fight in court against the use of Naled, while others are encouraging pregnant women to refuse fumigation attempts in their homes.

César Miranda, Secretary of the Department of Justice on the island, joined in protests against plans to use Naled, asking that Governor Garcia Padilla return the US commonwealth's supply back to the US mainland, citing that the use of such a dangerous chemical constituted a graver threat than the Zika virus it was meant to fight, since it threatens more than just the unborn.

According to the CDC, Puerto Rico not only plans to engage in aerial spraying, but will implement an "integrated vector management approach," which will also rely on localized use of Naled.

The CDC itself admits in medical legalese that Naled can cause asthma attacks if the spraying is not done correctly, and that it breaks down into dichlorvos as it degrades.

In 1997, the US Department of Health and Human Services decried that dichlorvos could enter the bloodstream through inhalation, from where it was carried to every organ in the body, with the chemical having serious effects on acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme responsible for brain and nerve function.

Most worryingly, the Department of Health admitted that rats exposed to high levels of dichlorvos died within 3 days, and that they did not know exactly how much dichlorvos was required to cause deleterious health effects in humans, since no experiment had been conducted on live people, although  it was admitted that Naled could definitely cause breathing to stop and death.

In one frightening incident, two pesticide workers died after failing to promptly wash  dichlorvos from their skin, though it was not certain how much they were exposed to.

Today, the CDC merely writes that there is no evidence that Naled causes cancer, but the EPA calculated that the breakdown products could result in higher rates of cancer in a population if it makes its way to people's drinking water. 

Although the risk to humans is debatable, and perhaps not as severe as Zika itself, there is no debate that Naled kills bees outside of their hives. As bees are already highly threatened, even a small risk of exposing them to Naled represents an existential threat to the entire ecosystem of Puerto Rico, and particularly to many of the crops grown by humans. 

Even if Naled only affects a fraction of Puerto Rico's bees, it could very well exacerbate the island's financial troubles as the farming sector loses its pollinators.

Dominican Government Plans to Return to the Gold Standard

Already target of international bankers? MIN
Before President Danilo Medina has even been sworn in for his second term, it appears that he has already anointed a successor: Reinaldo Pared Perez.

As the large-circulation daily AlMomento reported, Mr. Pared's publicist said that although it may seem rushed for a candidate to be endorsed by a sitting president 4 years before the next elections are due to take place, it now appears that the ruling Dominican Liberation Party -- of which Mr. Medina and Mr. Pared form part -- have already unveiled their master plan to free the Dominican Republic from the pernicious influence of North American mining conglomerates.

Mr. Pared has recently announced that a central aspect of his campaign will center around a plan to return the Dominican Republic to the gold standard, a measure so controversial that the ruling party needs 4 years to test the proverbial international waters.

Up until the CIA-backed tyrannicide which put an end to the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, the Dominican Republic had a gold-backed currency, a standard which was done away with after the US military invasion which rocked the Dominican Republic in 1965.

The Caribbean island-nation had one of the world's most stable currencies, on parity with the US dollar, but after the US invasion of 1965, the very same characters who had been instrumental in the assassination of President Trujillo returned in the employ of foreign mining companies.

Among these characters was Richard Volman, a suspected CIA agent who worked for the Canadian mining giant Falconbridge, and who was deported after coming under suspicion of orchestrating another coup against the state.

Despite being deported, Mr. Volman managed to return to the Dominican Republic, and in the decades since, Falconbridge has essentially taken over the Dominican mining sector, stripping the country barren and only paying a meager few percent profit to the government. 

There's currently 143,000 Haitians in the Dominican Republic who are at the absolute mercy of immigration authorities and of the president's desires. Sources close to the Dominican government believe that Mr. Medina and Mr. Pared will stall the deportation of these individuals with the ultimate goal of diverting international pressure, a diversion which will allow the country to free itself of fiat slavery. 

Considering the popularity of the Dominican Liberation Party and the numbers with which Mr. Medina was re-elected, it is most likely that Mr. Pared will be elected, and if he keeps his promise to return to the gold standard, we may yet see one of the most intense economic wars in recent history.

One week ago, we wrote about a secret deal reached between the European Union and the Dominican Republic, an article which featured a picture of Mr. Pared getting off a plane. Mr. Pared has been busy, and apparently successfully, thereby explaining why he was tapped to be the next leader of the DR.

Imprint of Grey Wolves Spotted in Erdogan's Staged Coup

Abreu Report was the first to break the news that the supposed coup d'etat which sought to overthrow the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey was not exactly as was being reported, but was in fact a staged event meant to consolidate more power on a man increasingly seen as Turkey's next Sultan.
Erdogan's palace guard

It was apparent that Mr. Erdogan wanted to purge the military and judiciary, a process which he started after the Ergenekon conspiracy. The Ergenekon trials will evidently serve as the basis for what's to come in Turkey, but on an industrial scale. 

To execute his master plan, Mr. Erdogan knew he couldn't rely on untrusted elements within the military: he required the assistance of the Grey Wolves, a pan-Turkish group whose hand is often seen in every act of violence favoring Istanbul's interests, and to whom Mr. Erdogan outsourced his master plot.

As Abreu Report wrote this past February, the Grey Wolves were plotting a false-flag attack to set off a bloody global fracas, and it now appears that our source was spot-on about coming developments in Turkey: 

"According to a source in a Western intelligence agency, the FSB -- formerly the KGB -- has publicly pinned blame for the attack against Metrojet Flight 9268 on the Grey Wolves -- a pan-Turkish group formed in the 1960s that has in the past 'participated in combat operations in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, organizing transfer of weapons into the region' -- but in private, FSB agents are convinced that the Grey Wolves are a front organization for the MIT.  

The baggage handler suspected of involvement in the downing of Metrojet Flight 9268 was last seen in Turkey, and our source is convinced that his disappearance in Turkey is proof that the MIT is shielding the Grey Wolves as they plan a horrendous false-flag attack against Russia or NATO to provoke tension between the two rivals, or to cause all-out war."

With Mr. Erdogan publicly calling for the United States to extradite Fethullah Gulen, his latest scapegoat, we may now be seeing the cannibalization of NATO, as Turkey feels that it has gained all possible concessions from the European Union.

As Turkey continues further to plunge into the ruthless grip of Mr. Erdogan, the Grey Wolves will continue to viciously rip the people apart, with their rise to the top of the Turkish pecking order now cemented.