Category Archives: Europe

Shock Of Day! Italy To Have New Government!

There is one thing certain in life, at some moment in the country of Italy a government is preparing to vacate its offices in the government and allow a new group to take up residence as being capable of running the government and passing budgets and other suh thing. The people of Italy believe that if a new government comes into power then there is hope it will produce something new to go along with something old. Prime Minister Letta was informed by his own party there is a younger man in the line who is not only younger, but he is much louder in demanding that something, and he means, something be done to make the Italian economy and nation actually function. Matteo Renzi has a nice Italian name, that is the first ingredient in being able to jump start the economy.

Prime Minister Letta resigned in order to allow the Italian president, whatever his name is, to ask Mr. Renzi to become the next Italian prime minister. He has promised “something new.” Heck, with a program focusing on something new, what else can occur but something old. The game of musical chairs continues, Renzi just grabbed the seat of power and Italy will go on and on playing games rather than creating a modern economy.

Bigotry Wins In England

Once upon a time, the people of England lived among those whose ancestors came from places like Germany or France or such other lands. Of course, these migrants arrived in the noble island of England hundreds or thousands of years ago and thus since they came early were entitled to be termed the real inhabitants of the blessed island. Since the United Kingdom entered the European Union, it h as become necessary to allow people from your organization to migrate to the UK and take up residency. There are also those who come from members of the British Commonwealth of nations which includes folk whose skin is sort of darker than those descended from German folk and European barbarians. They is white folk, 100% of so pure. Of course, recent evidence reveals that most from Europe contain about 1% to 3% of Neanderthal DNA. I am confused as to whether this means someone with this in their body is white or whatever.

In recent years in England, the United Kingdom Independence Party)UKip) has burst on the scene of political action. They want an end to immigrants, at least those whose ancestors did not arrive hundreds or thousands of years ago. The UKip does not like the government of Conservative David Cameron since it supports continued membership in the European Union. Another by election was held, the Labor party won the seat. But, the UKip came in second beating the Conservative party and the Liberal party. I assume it received votes from those whose ancestors go way, way back.

Putin Pontificates About Cold War -And Sochi

There are few men in this world who can speak with the authority of Vladimir Putin when it comes to the topic of the Cold War and how the world picked on poor Russian leaders who simply were attempting to offer their people a bit of peace and quiet. As I recall, about one million Russian soldiers who were captured by the Germans on return home were either executed or sent to gulag in Siberia. As I recall, the Communist Party led by our beloved dad-Joseph Stalin–was responsible for the murder-including starvation– of over TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE. As I recall, during “trials” in the 1930s, thousands of dedicated Communists were tortured into “confessing” to crimes they never committed. As I recall, in 1952-1953, thousands of Jews were arrested and a group of nine charged with the notorious “Doctor’s Plot” by Jews to poison Soviet leaders.

So,listen to Putin. “Back in the Cold War times the theory of containment was created.This theory and its practice were aimed at restraining the development of the Soviet Union. This, unfortunately, has also been applied to the Olympic effort.”

Really. Vladimir and his buddies have robbed the people of Russia, and made this the most expensive winter Olympics in history. Russia is among the few nations in the world in which life expectancy is DROPPING due to a dysfunctional economic and medical system. Just remember in Putinland we do NOT act gay or say gay things!!

Afghanistan Continues War On Women

As I recall back in those distant times when a man named George Bush was president of the United States both he and his wife argued that invading Afghanistan to rid that nation of its Taliban backward leaders would provide safety to the women of that country whose rights had been taken away, even the right to education or medical care. Ah, that was then, and now is now. President Hamid Karzai, the man whose family became not only famous but fantastically wealthy as a result of the office he holds, used to proclaim his devotion to women rights. That was then, and now is now. A new bill passed by the Afghan legislature would make it a crime to allow a relative to testify against another relative. Sounds innocent, doesn’t it?

This would mean that if a woman was being battered by her husband or any other male relative, she would not be allowed to file charges against these men. Heck, the new law would not even allow police to pose questions to the woman as to whether someone was beating the hell out of her. Catherine Ashton, the EU policy leader on foreign affairs put it bluntly: “I am very concerned that this new law would restrict prosecutions for domestic violence and child abuse.”

Yes, we did enter Afghanistan to protect women. That was then and now is now!

America The Innocent

Once again the world is picking on the United States government over some words that were exchanged between two US diplomats. Victoria Nuland, an Assistant Secretary of State who focuses on Europe and eastern European areas was having a private discussion with the American ambassador to the Ukraine which has been torn with civil unrest when some sneak listened into their discussion. Ukrainian President Yanukovych has been confronted by riots and fury on the part of thousands in the Ukraine over his decision to buddy up with Russian pseudo dictator Vladimir Putin. Most people in west Ukraine prefer moving closer to the European Union. There apparently is a difference of opinion between the US Department of State and the European Union how to handle this situation.

In her conversation with the US ambassador Ms. Nuland made the remark, “fuck the EU.” The American State Department is furious that foreign groups would listen in to private conversations of Americans. They now blame Russians for finding a way to spy on American diplomats and tape their conversations! Just think of this, a foreign government taps into private discussions by diplomats. I am certain the United States will make a formal protest to the Russian government about listening into conversations held by American officials. This is unheard of in the history of diplomatic relations!!

Military Myths

A half century ago, American President Dwight Eisenhower, who commanded British and American forces in Europe during World War II, warned the American people about the growing “military/industrial complex” which threatened the future of the country. He explained that business leaders were working with leaders of our armed forces in order to frighten the American people into believing they needed more and more soldiers and more and more weapons. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is using the same approach. He warned that unless NATO nations increased their military expenditures, they faced the prospect of Russia and China spending more and gaining greater power in the world. Here are the figures:

1. US spends over $600 billion and has the best air force, the best navy and the best ground force in the world.
2. Next comes China which spends about $90 billion and now possess A single aircraft carrier–which they bought.
3. Next comes Russia which will spend about $44 billion. Every report from Russia indicates its soldiers are ill trained and lack morale. Russia would have a difficult time defeating Israel.

There is NO crisis. China is NOT going to take over southeast Asia. Putin has enough on his hands running a winter Olympics with the Chechen guerrillas giving him a hard time.

Rule Of Law In Turkey?

The Muslim nation of Turkey for years has been held up as a model Muslim society in which those who are secular Muslims or of another religion can live in peace and harmony without worrying about their divergence from a more orthodox religious viewpoint. Under leadership of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, the Justice and Development Party has modeled an image of acceptance of diversity of religious and political viewpoints. However, during the past several months, Prime Minister Erdogan has unleashed a campaign of hatred toward those in the police or judiciary who seek to uncover corruption in his administration. In particular, he charges that members of the judiciary and police who are linked with the ideas of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen are engaged in a campaign to bring down his government by raising issues of corruption.

Mustafa Yesil, speaking for a group of Turkish journalists,urged President Gul to reign in his prime minister and compel the government to “observe the duty to protect the constitutional order, the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law and order from being put to risk.” They believe it is time for free journalists who have been imprisoned and end the “lynch law” attitude of Erdogan against those who oppose him.

Olympic Athletes Blast Olympics!!

Those who believe in the basic principles of the Olympics have been waiting for some sign of anger on the part of athletes who currently await start of the 2014 Winter Olympics since they are being asked to engage in competition in a nation that regards those who are gay or lesbian as second class citizens. All Quiet on the Eastern Front has too long allowed forces of hate to gain victory in their war against gays and lesbians. Fifty two current and former Olympic athletes including many gold medalists demanded that the Olympic Committee respect Clause Six of the Olympic Charter which guarantees non-discrimination for all who participate in the Olympics. They are furious that an Olympic is being held in a nation that discriminates against gays and lesbians to the point where it is a crime to speak openly in support of gay rights.

American Gold Medalist, Esther Lofgrn, spoke words that all should have spoken, months ago: “As an athlete, as an American, and as a believer in equal rights and equal opportunity for everyone, I realized that I needed to speak up.” Next step is a boycott of the Olympic games unless Russia agrees its anti-gay laws do not apply in the Sochi area.

Oh, Dimitry Cheryshenko, who is an executive of the Russian Olympic group, is upset. He pointed out there is a “protest zone” eleven miles from the Sochi games.

Ukranians Mighty Angry!

The people of Ukraine are angry and becoming even more angry at refusal of President Yanukovych to resign and allow the country to get back to some sense of normality. Thousands have besieged government offices as well as occupied dozens, not only in Kiev but in outlying areas. Anger stemmed from the signing of a loan agreement from Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin who gave $15 billion on condition that Ukraine cease any efforts to become part of the European Union and join with Russia in becoming a land which has billionaires but not as many middle class folk. Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned and Parliament repealed its anti-rally laws which made it a crime to protest against the government. Opposition leader, Arseniy Yatgsenyuk twice turned down offers from the president to become the new prime minister because those in the streets want the end of Yanukovych and termination of any agreements with Russian leader Putin.

The feeling in the streets was summed up by another opposition leader: “we have to reboot the system. This is what Ukraine has risen for.” Of course, the possibility exists that Yanukovych will take a shot at using force to crush protesters and Ukraine will descend into civil war.

Banality Of Evil

A half century ago the state of Israel placed Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi who helped organize and carry out the Holocaust on trial for genocide. At that time Hannah Arendt, a famous historian, wrote a book in which she argued that Eichmann was a bureaucrat who carried out orders because they were orders and it was his task as a bureaucrat to carry out orders given by superiors. Arendt was harshly criticized because she employed words such as “banality of evil” as to transform the Holocaust into a process carried out by bureaucrats rather than a systematic murder of millions. Alas, we continue to live in a world in which whoever is in charge employs the bureaucracy that exists to enforce laws because it is the duty of bureaucrats to enforce laws. Barack Obama twice ran for the presidency arguing that he would end the disabuse of rights by the Bush administration and restore basic Constitutional laws that guarantee the rights of individual American citizens. Instead, Obama has become the defender to spying and surveillance because since he is the president then he must do what presidents do-catch the spy and enforce whatever technology has been used in the past to catch the spy.

If tomorrow, someone else became president- Chris Christie or Ted Cruz or even Rand Paul, we could expect that president would continue a campaign of surveillance and disregard of human rights. The power of bureaucracy is even more powerful than the power of common sense and respect for the Constitution. Military leaders, bureaucrats, technicians always argue that in the name of “our national security” certain actions must occur. Edward Snowden, in one sense, was the anti-bureaucrat because he chose to pose questions concerning which comes first, Constitutional rights or “national security.” In so doing, Snowden made clear the choice was NEVER between “national security” and the Constitution.

The evidence is overwhelming. For over a decade we have allowed bureaucrats in the armed forces or the NSA or the CIA to decide what constitutes “national security” and in so doing, have allowed nameless bureaucrats who simply are “doing their job” to continue doing a job that has failed for over a decade to protect “national security.” What is unusual about Edward Snowden is that a nameless bureaucrat who was just doing his job, began to question the nature of his job, and set in motion the concept that those who run the machine of death can always stop and question why this program of death?