Kort Endik and Bebita Pepino Added to Known Belgian Cats List

Kort Endik, seller of Insurance, and Private Detective Bebita Pepino have been Officially Added to the Known Belgian Cats List by the Belgian Controller of Cat Records and Director of Benign Intentions.

Endik has been Known to Sell Insurance at Questionable Market Value to vulnerable Individuals; however, his Practices have always fallen within the Scope of the Law and he has not been brought to Court for any Mis-Deeds. However, his status as a Known Belgian Cat has been Verified.

Pepino is a Veteran Sleuth with a Tendency to present herself with an Aire of Befuddlement. But it has been Noted by most of her Clients that underneath her Appearance, a Sharp Mind and Well-Honed Instincts allow her to crack virtually any Case.

The Belgian Controller of Cat Records and Director of Benign Intentions encourages any Person who has observed any of the Known Belgian Cats to make a Report on the Incident at belgiancats.net.

–The Minister of Information.

‘Dirtyface’ Implicated in Bruges Jail-Break

Notorious Gangster and Belgian Cat ‘Dirtyface’ Zanoni has been implicated by Authorities in a recent Dramatic Escape from a Prison near Brugge.

The Prison Break involved three Highly Dangerous Criminals and an Accomplice taking over a Helicopter to fly to Freedom. One of the Criminals, Ashraf Sekkaki, is a known Associate of Zanoni’s, having been involved in a number of Bank Robberies attributed to the Dirtyface Gang prior to his Arrest in 2000. Sekkaki had also previously Escaped from another Belgian Prison in 2003 before being re-captured.

This is the third Helicopter Prison Break in two years from a Prison in Belgium – the first occurred in April of 2007 at Lantin Prison; the second was from a High-Security Prison in Ittre later in the same Year. These two Dramatic Escapes resulted in a Mandate for Helicopter-Proof Netting to be installed into all Belgian Prisons. The Brugge Facility has not yet Moved Forward with its Installation.

Along with Sekkaki, Mohammed Johry and Abdel Had Kahjary Mulloul are also on the lam. Belgian and International Authorities are working Diligently to track down the Trio and bring them back into Custody.

–The Minister of Information & the International Constable of the Nation of Belgium.

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Upcoming Elections Trouble for Zuur?

Belgian Cat and Socialist Walloon Persia Zuur is making no Comment about the nationwide Polling regarding June 7th Regional Elections to be Held in the Nation of Belgium – but he is likely feeling Nervous about it. Data suggests Big Losses for the Socialist Party through-out Wallonia, with Gains for many of the Smaller Parties.

Zuur, a prominent Socialist, has been Working of late on Efforts to maintain a Unified Belgium – and has not been made especially Available to the National Party Leaders as a Political Strategist. The Growing Flemish Separatist Movement on top of Zuur’s Absence from the Election Process may be dealing a double Blow to the Party come Sunday. Some have even Suggested that the ultimate Disappearance of the Socialists from the national Unity Government is Imminent.

The Citizens of the Nation of Belgium, as well as Leaders from the rest of the European Union, will be watching Sunday’s Elections very Closely.

–The Minister of Information.

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Flemish Ban French Language Political Posters

Belgian Cat and Socialist Walloon Persia Zuur is up in Arms this Week, along with Many in the European Union, over a Controversial Decision by Mayors in towns throughout Flanders to Ban any Political Posters that are in French by Removing or Painting over them.

Many regional Elections are taking place this month throughout Europe, including in Belgium. Tensions have been High betwixt Flemish-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia regarding the Rules of Governance in Belgium as it Relates to the Language Differences. Many Flemish, such as Belgian Cat Elton Jansen, have called for Breaking Away from the southern Walloons and forming their own Independent State.

Still, the likes of Jansen and Zuur have been in Meetings and Talks with Prime Minister Van Rompuy and Others about how to Maintain a United Belgium. Political Flare-Ups such as these during an Election are seen as a Barrier to the Progress of such Dialogue, but may be Inevitable until a True Compromise is Reached between the Different Regions.

–The Minister of Information.

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Belgian Royalty Keeping Low Profile

In these Difficult Economic Times facing the Nation of Belgium and the World, the People have been shown to have a relatively Low Tolerance for frivolities such as Glitzy Parties, Flashy Public Displays of Wealth, and the obvious Wasting of Money as proof of Social Status.

With that in mind, King Albert II of Belgium, as well as his Kin – including such notables as the Belgian Cat and Royal Princess, Ophelia – have been Toning Down their Public Appearances.

Albert and his Wife have been staying at the Royal Palace, administering to Matters of the State, including the ongoing Discussions between the parties of Flanders and Wallonia about maintaining a United Belgium.

Ophelia recently visited a Troubled General Motors Factory in Antwerp to show support for the Working Classes. She wore a Modest Outfit as a means of keeping her Critics Quiet regarding her Pension for donning Clothing of the Highest (and most Expensive) Fashions.

A Spokes-Person for the Royal Family pointed out that the King does not wish to appear Out of Touch with the Struggling Peoples of his Country, particularly during such difficult Economic as well as Political Turmoil.

–The Minister of Information.

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Legitimacy of Moldova Elections in Doubt

Independent Observers from the University of Brussels, including Belgian Cat Professor Nanu and his Colleague Julien Danero, have called into Question the recent Elections in the Republic of Moldova.

Since the Election of the Communist Party to head the Government on April 5th, Moldova has been Marred by violent post-Election Rioting and Protesting in the City of Chişinău; the Belgian Observers indicated in their Findings that those Protests may be quite Valid. Allegations of Fraud were found in Numerous Regions of the Country and the Observers could not Dis-Prove them. Professor Nanu today called for an International Inquiry into those Allegations.

Most of the Protests in Moldova have called for a Re-Do of the Election, though at this Time such action appears Un-Likely.

–The Minister of Information.

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Belgian Cats Administrators Expanding Reach

The Belgian Controller of Cat Records and Director of Benign Intentions has recently Encouraged the Minister of Information to expand the Availability of Information Regarding the Belgian Cats to several Incarnations of the Social Web.

As a Result, the Minister of Information, in Conjunction with the Minister of Technological Gadgetry, has begun using the Web-Site Twitter, which he shall utilize to keep Citizens Updated on Items of Great Importance which Relate to the Belgian Cats.

Some Months ago, the Minister of Information also rolled out a Face-Book Page for Users of that Social Networking Environment. Those who sign up as “Fans” shall be provided with Instant Updates about the News of the Belgian Cats as it appears on this Blog, as well as other Important Links, Relevant Applications, and so-called News Blasts.

These Technological Innovations are a part of an Expanded Effort by the Belgian Controller of Cat Records and Director of Benign Intentions to Craft a Global Sense of Awareness of the Belgian Cats and their Acktivities.

–The Minister of Information & the Minister of Technological Gadgetry.

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Van Rompuy Tapped to Form New Government

Parliament speaker Herman van Rompuy was Appointed to head up a New Coalition Government in Belgium this Week by King Albert II after Wilfried Martens nominated him as the Best Candidate for the Job of Replacing disgraced Former Prime Minister Yves Leterme. Leterme resigned his Post last Week.

Socialist Walloon and Belgian Cat Persia Zuur described the Appointment as “met potentiële,” while Flemish Separatist Leader and Belgian Cat Elton Jansen felt it was “belachelijk.”

Van Rompuy is a Flemish Christian Democrat, the same Political Party as Leterme, and is committed to Efforts to maintain a United Belgium by Resolving Differences between Flanders and Wallonia.

–The Minister of Information.

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Belgian Government in Chaos

The Belgian Government, which in its Most Recent Form was governing under Shaky Conditions at Best, has now Resigned and shall be Replaced by an Interim Government until New Elections can be Held.

Prime Minister Yves Leterme, who has come under Fire recently over his Dealings with Financial Giant Fortis, recipient of a Massive Government Bail-Out, offered up his Resignation to King Albert II this week. It was the Second Time this Year that he has attempted to Resign, his Effort having been Rejected by the King the First Time Round.

For Now, ex-Premier Wilfried Martens shall take Charge of the Nation’s Governance and Attempt to Co-Ordinate a New Coalition, King Albert said. The King’s Daughter, Princess Ophelia, shall also Serve on the Transitional Team.

Elton Jansen, a Belgian Cat, Flemish Separatist, and Long-Time Critic of Leterme‘s, said today that the Dissolution of the current Government was “het juiste te doen ding,” and that Leterme’s Legacy will “zal voor altijd verbonden worden met corruptie en mislukking.” Indeed, Leterme’s efforts to maintain a United Belgium were in Direct Conflict with the Flemish Separatist Movement, and were fraught with Failure from the Outset.

Belgian Cat and Financial Consultant Tigger Sauerzopf noted that the Injection of Funds into Fortis was “waarschijnlijk noodzakelijk,” but he refused to Comment upon the Political Maneuverings that might have been involved and Contributed to Leterme’s Down-Fall.

–The Minister of Information.

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Emami Attacked in China

Belgian Cat and Muckraking Photojournalist Lilu Emami was the Victim of an Assault this Week by Chinese Authorities in an apparent Effort to Intimidate Foreign Journalists in that Country.

Emami, known for her Provocative Reportage, was in Henan Province in China with several Colleagues from a Belgian Television News Agency VRT doing a Series of Reports on AIDS in Conjunction with World AIDS Day, which Falls on December 1st. Their News Van was Pulled Over for no apparent Reason, and the Journalists were pulled Violently from it, their equipment Damaged, and some of their Videotapes and Recording Equipment confiscated.

Exactly What it Is that the Assailants were After is Unclear.

The Incident has sparked Outrage from the International Community of Journalists, who have been Appealing the Chinese Government to Loosen their Stranglehold on News Reports in their Country and provide Safeguards for Foreign Journalists attempting to do Work there.

The Chinese Government has said that an Investigation into the Incident is Underway; VRT is asking for Compensation for its Damaged Equipment and for a Formal Apology from China.

Meanwhile, Belgian Ambassador Armondo Blanco has been Dispatched to China to meet with the Nation’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss the Incident and any possible Solutions going Forward.

–The Minister of Information.

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