Pim Fortuyn books - English translation help

Pim's Ghost is organizing an English translation of Pim Fortuyn's books and is looking for any native Dutch speakers who might be interested in helping out with the project. For contact, please email me.

3 comments:

Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

The New York Times reports that the Dutch government has decided to upgrade the compulsory “cultural integration” exams prospective immigrants have to take before obtaining a visa to the country of Erasmus...in order to “filter away all unwanted religiously conservative individuals”

“A lesson, about the Netherlands' nude beaches, is followed by another: homosexuals have the same rights here as heterosexuals do, including the chance to marry.

Just to make sure everyone gets the message, two men are shown kissing in a meadow.

The scenes are brief parts of a two-hour-long film that the Dutch government has compiled to help potential immigrants, many of them from Islamic countries, meet the demands of a new entrance examination that went into effect on Wednesday


Or course citizen of certain countries with high numbers of “religious conservatives” such as Israel and the US are exempted from taking the exam…but the Dutch government wants us to believe this shouldn’t be interpreted as blatantly racist double-standard directed at Arabs and Mohammedans!

But there’s even worse that sheer racism at work here: ironically, by focusing its message on nude beaches, swingers clubs, hash bars…etc. the Dutch government is contributing to the distortion and debasement of Western culture in the eyes of its critics, thus reinforcing their prejudices.

Just like their Neocon friends in Washington and Tel-Aviv, the Muslim-bashers of Amsterdam and The Hague are useful idiots feeding the anti-Western narrative of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

Instead of promoting humanistic and secular values by building schools and universities with modernist secular curricula in the Middle-East and South Asia, instead of telling prospective immigrants the world over that Europe is a beacon of humanism and democracy, we’re content with provoking Muslims gratuitously.

In Hitler’s Germany, Jehovah's Witnesses were forced to accept blood transfusion and force-fed ham so they could become “good Germans”.

In Guantanomo’s prisons, Arab and Muslim detainees were routinely forced to watch gay porn movies while listening to the Israeli national anthem

I guess this must have paved the way for the Dutch government’s new immigration law…

Esther said...


Or course citizen of certain countries with high numbers of “religious conservatives” such as Israel and the US are exempted from taking the exam…


According to the IND site (http://www.ind.nl/en/inbedrijf/actueel/basisexamenvervolg.asp), only the following countries are exempt:
persons of American, Australian, Austrian, Belgian, British, Canadian, Cypriot, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Liechtenstein, Lithuanian, Luxemburg, Maltese, Monegasque, New Zealand, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss, or Vatican nationality;

Additionally, as mentioned in the article you quote, there is a censured version of this video that will be used in Middle Eastern (ie, Muslim) countries.

So.. though I agree with you that the Dutch should be going about this differently, I don't think you've got your facts right.

Esther said...

I think you're assuming that Holland is interested in immigrants.

The following is the first sentence on the "obtaining a visa" page of the Dutch Embassy in Israel site:
The Netherlands is not an immigration country

http://www.netherlands-embassy.co.il/Embassy/Content/en/SubDepartment.php?Type=2&Id=10

I think this video and exam have only one main purpose - prevent immigrants from even trying to come to Holland.