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Frankly, My Dear, I Don’t Give A ….

April 22, 2014 2 Comments
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Priyamvada Gopal worries about Hindu extremism. What? No, not here. In India: It is rarely scrutinised in the west, partly because Hinduism is stereotyped as gentle and non-violent in the image of Gandhi – who, ironically, was assassinated by an RSS activist – and benefits from the disproportionate attention given to Islamist violence, which enables other pernicious extremisms to slip under the radar. Well, yes. We don’t worry too much…

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Gary Blasi Is Shocked, Shocked, To Find Hypocrisy Is Going On…

April 20, 2014 6 Comments
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…over the proposal to criminalise sleeping in cars in some US areas: One finds the “vehicularly housed” in virtually every neighborhood, including my own. But the animus that drives anti-homeless laws seems to be greatest in the wealthiest cities, like Palo Alto, which has probably spawned more per-capita fortunes than any city on Earth, and in the more recently gentrified areas like Los Angeles’ Venice. Goodness me! How odd. You’d…

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To Be Sure, ‘tis A Rare Old Ding-Dong…

April 16, 2014 6 Comments
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Popcorn and a pint of Guinness please! The Equality Authority and travellers group Pavee Point have both called for the article to be withdrawn. However journalist Brenda Power this afternoon defended the article on RTE’s Liveline, condemning the Equality Authority for attempting to ‘shut down debate’. This’ll be good! Martin Collins of Pavee Point defended the group’s criticism of the column. “The article is full of generalisations, assumptions and stereotypes.…

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The proposed TTIP: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

April 15, 2014 1 Comment
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The proposed TTIP was French newsweekly Marianne‘s cover story this week. Strange that it’s a big topic in France and less so here. The TTIP entry on Wikipedia covers both sides of the treaty but paints a rosy picture overall. The French are concerned that it will wipe out farmers’ co-operatives and small agricultural ventures. They add that GMO crops and more relaxed pesticide use could also be on the…

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Tutu Goes Koo-Koo…

April 14, 2014 5 Comments
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Desmond Tutu jumps a Megalodon-sized shark over climate change: Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. How nice of you to excuse them, your worshipfulness. Except I seem to recall, back then, all the alarmist reports about a ‘new Ice Age’… Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the…

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Hollande hopes his reshuffle does the trick

April 3, 2014 4 Comments
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Following on from my last post, Anne Hidalgo (PS) was elected mayor of Paris on Sunday. However, although Paris, Lyon and other cities remain in the Socialist camp, many others went blue in the second round of the local elections. Le Monde has a map with a list of communities which voted conservative, some for the first time in decades. Angers (Maine-et-Loire) and La Roche-sur-Yon (Vendée) had had PS mayors…

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They Can Call It ‘The Stephen Fry Amendment’…

April 3, 2014 2 Comments
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Michael Danby on Australian politics: In 1995, during Paul Keating’s prime ministership, section 18C was introduced into the Racial Discrimination Act. For 11 years under John Howard, this effective protection against hate speech remained untouched. Now, however, Senator Brandis has proposed major changes. That change being…? Now that the government has released the draft copy of its so-called Freedom of Speech Bill, we can fully appreciate the magnitude of the…

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When You’re In A Hole, Stop Digging, Hans!

March 30, 2014 4 Comments
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The Nuclear Security Summit is taking place in The Hague today and tomorrow, and has brought leaders from 53 countries together to discuss ways of combating nuclear terrorism. The catering company responsible for feeding the leaders and delegates has made a controversial staffing decision: No female serving staff are working in the plenary room where the main talks are being held. Instead, only men over 25 have been given the…

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Paris mayoral debate: a new low for women and politics

March 27, 2014 5 Comments
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The first round of local elections in France took place last Sunday, March 24, 2014. The second round takes place this coming Sunday, March 30. The PS (Socialist) and UMP (Conservative) candidates for mayor of Paris — Anne Hidalgo and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (NKM), respectively — faced off last night in a debate co-sponsored by the digital channel iTele and RTL radio. The former TF1 newsreader Laurence Ferrari and current affairs…

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Hacked conversation Estonian Foreign Minister and Catherine Ashton

March 26, 2014 4 Comments
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The youtube blurb ran: Officers of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) loyal to the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich have hacked phones of Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and leaked their conversation to the web. The officials discuss their impressions of what’s happening in the country after the revolution. The gist of it is…

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Dreamers…

March 20, 2014 5 Comments
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Peter Robinson on those irritating little things that are sent to try us… Once the transaction is complete, then comes the receipt. (And, in the case of WH Smith, numerous vouchers.) Would you ever return a coffee? How about a packet of Minstrels? Petrol? Bits of paper in my wallet right now, some dating back weeks, offer me this option. In the digital age the receipt feels like the most…

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Crimea – accepting the umpire’s decision?

March 17, 2014 2 Comments
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Crimea – accepting the umpire’s decision?

Every move, every utterance shows the world what they’ve been supporting up till now. Crimeans vote 95.5% in favour of joining Russia as Ukrainian prime minister vows to hunt down ‘separatist leaders’ who pushed through referendum Those “separatist leaders” were the elected deputats – 63 from 67 – in the Crimean parliament. Hunting these people down? Just look at the language. If you refer back to early posts on the…

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It’s All In The Definition, Maybe..?

March 14, 2014 5 Comments
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Violence against women is “an extensive human rights abuse” across Europe with one in three women reporting some form of physical or sexual abuse since the age of 15 and 8% suffering abuse in the last 12 months, according to the largest survey of its kind on the issue, published on Wednesday. And in some really odd places. Polly’s Scandi Heavens, mostly… The report ranks countries in order depending on…

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The hypocrisy and legerdemain of the “rights” game

March 12, 2014 1 Comment
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The hypocrisy and legerdemain of the “rights” game

Amfortas is doing a spot of protesting downunder. For OoL readers not up to speed, he is protesting against abortion and apparently there is another chap with him, called Graham and Graham has been charged with failing to move on, for protesting within a certain distance of an abortion clinic for girls. Decades ago there was a to-do on the mainland about that and opinion was divided. Then it was…

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The Krim, us, Germany and the question of resolve

March 11, 2014 3 Comments
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Two things are happening. America has frightened the Ukrainian thugs that they’ll lose their gold to Putin and so it’s airlifted.   Putin has frightened the Krim that the triumvirate of America/EU and the thugs will start the pogrom in the Krim and there is historical precedent for that, so they’re turning to mother Russia for now. I wish I could convey how deep-seated this view is among ordinary Russians.…

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