According to a book by ex-spook F Hoekstra, the Dutch Secret Service (BVD) set up a Maoist party, the Marxist-Leninist Party Netherlands (MLPN), to figure out the extent and nature of Chinese influence among students and scientists in the 70s. Operation Mongol was so successful that Holland’s genuine Maoist parties didn’t get any of the expenses-paid trips to China or finance (paid via the Holland-Albania Foundation, also a secret service organisation) enjoyed by BVDers in the MLPN. The party itself had only a few dozen members, but its official paper, De Kommunist, reached a great deal more. Check out an interview video, accessible via this page, to see Mr Hoekstra wearing the most ridiculous pantomime beard of all time.
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NRC Handelsblad, Holland’s most respected rag, says that the French commission that advocated banning the headscarf was strongly influenced by what
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White storks and other stuff.
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Mark Liberman points to an article by Laura Durnford on the Radio Netherlands World Service site which describes how the C17th
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Potential earnings of Spanish mayors and executive councillors were the Dutch system to be adopted.
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Funny old world: just when I announce that this blog will henceforth be devoted to politics (ie money, sex, violence and