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April 21, 2015

Today, as the reactions to the deaths of more than 1100 migrants in two separate incidents continue, we are reading the enthusiastic headlines referring to the EU Joint Foreign and Home Affairs Council meeting and reporting the good news. It seems the EU is finally acting to bring an end to this crisis.

Today, as the reactions to the deaths of more than 1100 migrants in two separate incidents continue, we are reading the enthusiastic headlines referring to the EU Joint Foreign and Home Affairs Council meeting and reporting the good news. It seems the EU is finally acting to bring an end to this crisis.

One detail about the council meeting is repeated in many of the news reports: “[EU] Ministers held a minute's silence before proceedings got under way”.

January 19, 2015

The Oxfam report, published ahead of Davos 2015 World Economic Forum, a gathering that brings world’s billionaires and politicians together, could not be named any better. “Wealth: Having it all and wanting more”. The work Oxfam did and the data they have collected is an eye opener and the report contains not only summarized information but also detailed numerical data to back up the findings.

The Oxfam report, published ahead of Davos 2015 World Economic Forum, a gathering that brings world’s billionaires and politicians together, could not be named any better. “Wealth: Having it all and wanting more”. The work Oxfam did and the data they have collected is an eye opener and the report contains not only summarized information but also detailed numerical data to back up the findings.

January 14, 2015

The French state wants all religious practises of Muslims to be in private out of the public’s view. According to the French framework of 'laicité' religious code of conduct must not infringe the public area, but a lot of things that supposed to be private to Muslims are rapidly becoming  part of political-racist public debates as well as filing magazine covers. 

The French state wants all religious practises of Muslims to be in private out of the public’s view. According to the French framework of 'laicité' religious code of conduct must not infringe the public area, but a lot of things that supposed to be private to Muslims are rapidly becoming  part of political-racist public debates as well as filing magazine covers.

Are we Confused?

August 11, 2013

Switzerland: Double racism, double standards

Last week we read two seperate news items on racism from Switzerland...

The first one was about asylum seekers: “The town of Bremgarten in the Swiss canton of Aargau has banned asylum seekers from public swimming pools and sports facilities. The decision is symptomatic of Switzerland's increasingly restrictive asylum policy.... In a move described by the Swiss Refugee Council as "indefensible in both legal and humanitarian terms," the town of Bremgarten in the Swiss canton of Aargau has introduced several "exclusion zones" for asylum seekers, including public swimming pools, sports facilities, church and school grounds.”

Last week we read two seperate news items on racism from Switzerland...

August 25, 2012

The Norwegian court found Anders Behring Breivik legally sane and guilty, and sentenced him to 21 years in prison, the maximum possible penalty in Norway.

The outcome of this trial should be welcomed. Echoing Unite Against Fascism's statement, “The verdict that Breivik was “not insane” means that the far-right cannot dodge its responsibility by claiming that its virulent anti-Muslim racism and anti-immigrant rhetoric played no part in Breivik actions”, we should also see this as a “legal certification” that “political insanity” of fascism and racism cannot be reduced to (and therefore excused as) “mental insanity” of the person.

The Norwegian court found Anders Behring Breivik legally sane and guilty, and sentenced him to 21 years in prison, the maximum possible penalty in Norway.

September 14, 2011

IRISH MEPs yesterday rounded on the EU’s energy commissioner, Guenther Oettinger from Germany

IT reports: IRISH MEPs yesterday rounded on the EU’s energy commissioner, Guenther Oettinger from Germany, for reportedly suggesting that the flags of countries with excessive deficits should fly at half-mast in front of EU buildings....

What a joke, these highly paid useless MEPs are fighting over flags... But then Irish Times should remind our MEPs the Lisbon Treaty and how they sold it to the nation the second time: "Solidarity... Ireland for Europe, Europe for Ireland"... Well MEP are you embarressed?