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Archive for 'Europe'

Mastermind of Paris attacks reported killed

The suspected ringleader of last Fridays atrocities in Paris was killed in a raid on an apartment building in a Paris suburb, intelligence officials reported.
Good. I’m pleased French police are permitted to shoot to kill, however much that may distress Jeremy Corbyn.
More than 100 police and soldiers stormed the building during a seven-hour siege that [...]

No joke

It looks like the setup to a joke, but while I’m sure some will accuse me of incurable naivete, it’s hard to see this as anything but good.
An Imam, a rabbi and a priest at Paris' Grand Synagogue prayer service. pic.twitter.com/BgK1zbaMoW
— Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) November 16, 2015

And here’s a reminder that the imam of the [...]

Compare and contrast

A message from Kafranbel, Syria, where people have been the victims of both the Assad regime and the Islamic State:

A message from the Stop the War Coalition (since deleted):

Alec adds: The article has been removed from the Stop the War – no! Not that one! – Coalition site. Shame that means it is gone [...]

Paris

I’ve never been in France, but this is the only response I can offer now to the ongoing atrocities against the people in the capital of that country. One of the greatest scenes in movie history:

France and BDS

The illegality of the BDS movement in France has been confirmed by a recent ruling.
A global campaign to boycott Israeli products has been judged to be illegal and antisemitic by France’s Supreme Court.
The ruling by the Cour de Cassation was welcomed by Jewish groups, but denounced as an attack on free speech by pro-Palestinian activists.
Lawyers [...]

Putin’s useful non-idiots

Anne Applebaum writes about an outfit called the World Policy Forum, which holds an annual “Dialogue of Civilizations” on the Greek island of Rhodes.
The forum… continued, as in the past, to gather people willing to endorse Russian views of the world. There was Vaclav Klaus, the former Czech president, who called Putin’s Syrian adventure a [...]

“Germany is truly your friend”

Least convincing propaganda poster ever?
Mussolini's new Italian Social Republic is a German puppet state. Propaganda poster: "Germany is truly your friend": pic.twitter.com/tK9vcGTjOa
— WW2 Tweets from 1943 (@RealTimeWWII) September 23, 2015

Basic background: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was forced from power by the Grand Council of Fascism and King Victor Emanuel III in July 1943, and imprisoned [...]

The tragedy of the Jews of Slovakia: Part 2

Karl Pfeifer recently interviewed the Slovak historian Prof. Dr. Pavol Mest’an, director of the Jewish Museum in Bratislava.
K.P.: The Hlinka party became in 1936 a clerical-fascist party. Was its leader the Catholic priest Hlinka, who died in 1938, also an anti-Semite?
P.M.: Andrej Hlinka came from the small place Ruzemberok and was a good friend of [...]

The tragedy of the Jews of Slovakia: Part 1

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer
The 25 years that have passed since regime change and the more than two decades since the creation of an independent Slovakia were characterized by dismantling of an authoritarian regime. A generational change took place: introduction of a democratic regime, strengthening of civil society, transition from a planned economy to a [...]

We Conquer’d Them at Waterloo

Ebenezer Elliott, iron monger, Radical and Corn Law poet wrote a lament for the enemy of his country, Napoleon Bonaparte. To a later generation it sounded shocking. W H Auden said of it, that it was like finding a poem saying Now Hitler lies dead in Berlin.
When working blackguards come to blows,
And give or take [...]