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Archive for 'Europe'

A Nest of Lies

The story of When Corbyn Met Sarkocy, a Czech spy, during the Cold War has been seized on with glee by the usual press, plus the anti-Corbynites.  My own thoughts are:- 1) Corbyn was a back-bench MP and unlikely to know anything except the price of a cup of tea in the House of Commons [...]

Muslim doctor turned down by Paris hospital because of his beard

A French court has recently upheld a Paris hospital’s right to reject a Muslim trainee doctor because he wore a beard. This, it was argued, infringed the French policy of secularism.  Some items – the headscarf or skull cap for example – are always going to fall foul of this policy. However the beard, like [...]

The end of Europe?

Guest review by Karl Pfeifer
Yale University Press recently published The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchick, a 34-year-old American journalist.
It is a remarkably ambitious, provocative and vividly written account of the dark sides of Europe. It contradicts in 252 pages all the optimistic speeches of European political leaders. [...]

Ireland honors Che Guevara with stamp

Some years ago, I was pleased to receive a postage stamp issued by Sweden honoring the great Swedish-born IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill.

In the 1960s the late Phil Ochs sang Joe Hill’s story.

As deserving as Joe Hill was of the honor of appearing on a stamp, the Stalinist mass killer Che Guevara is not.
So [...]

France is being mental about anti-Jewish hate crime

This is a cross-post by Lyn Julius from The Huffington Post
On 4 April a 65-year old medical doctor living in a shabby suburb of Paris was woken at 4 am, beaten up for an hour and sustained 20 or more fractures to her body and face. At the end of her ordeal, she was thrown out [...]

Merci, Monsieur Macron

Calling out to their face authoritarians who try to subvert democracy est toujours dans l’ordre.
French President Emmanuel Macron has made an extraordinary attack on two Russian media outlets, saying they acted as “propaganda” organs during France’s election campaign.
Speaking at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Macron accused the two outlets, Russia [...]

Eurovision!

After last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Stephen Colbert decided it was time for an American entry, which he previewed on his show:

I have no idea if this song will actually be performed in Kiev this evening, although I would give it deux points (whatever that signifies). I do know Russia’s entry won’t be– which is [...]

Will Eurovision produce Putin’s challenger?

The Washington Post reports that the favorite to win tonight’s Eurovision song contest, Sergey Lazarev of Russia, is an outspoken opponent of the Putin regime’s denial of full rights to LGBTs and its annexation of Crimea.
After watching the video of his song, I think I can deal quite easily with missing the whole extravaganza for [...]

The Brussels attacks and the perils of neo-isolationism

A day after Donald Trump surely gladdened the heart of Vladimir Putin by questioning the need for NATO, terrorist murderers have attacked NATO member Belgium.
“At what point do you say, ‘Hey, we have to take care of ourselves?’ ” Trump said in [a Washington Post] editorial board meeting. “I know the outer world exists, and I’ll [...]

Breaking News

Nigel Farage holds a Grassroots Out! (of Europe) rally. Special guest:-

Not a welcome guest.  Half the audience has left, some shouting he’s an anti-semite.
You wouldn’t get that at a Stop the War rally.