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Our Plastic Lives Are Spelling Death in Oceans Awash In Tonnes of Indigestible Waste

Our Plastic Lives Are Spelling Death in Oceans Awash In Tonnes of Indigestible Waste

“Staggering 8m tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans every year”, reports the Financial Times; “plastics now one of the most common pollutants of oceans worldwide”, writes the New York Times; the stories are unrelenting even apocryphal. In January the French government banned the free plastic bag: a move that was well overdue when you consider that […]

People or Professional Politicians? Madrid Hackers try Direct Democracy in Troubled Europe

People or Professional Politicians? Madrid Hackers try Direct Democracy in Troubled Europe

In the May municipal elections this year, PM Mariano Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party (PP), lost control of local government in Madrid to the Ahora Madrid platform backed by Podemos, a leftwing challenger in Sunday’s potentially transformative general election in Spain. This recent Al Jazeera TV documentary shows how since Ahora Madrid came to power, it has sought […]

Podcast: Islamism, Liberalism, Civil Society and the European Migrant Crisis

Podcast: Islamism, Liberalism, Civil Society and the European Migrant Crisis

American philosopher and neuroscientist, Sam Harris speaks with British author and commentator Douglas Murray about Islamism, liberalism, civil society and the European migrant crisis, in the latest episode of Harris’s Waking Up podcast. The two hour podcast ranges widely over issues that are currently causing turmoil in civil society on both sides of the Atlantic culminating […]

When Is A Fence Not A Fence? When its a “Gate with Long Wings”

When Is A Fence Not A Fence? When its a “Gate with Long Wings”

Latest news reports say Austria is considering building “technical barriers” along its border with Slovenia. Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner insists there is no plan to fence off  Austria, and expressing distaste for the word, told journalists: “If it is possible to avoid the word ‘fence’ from a technical point of view, then that’s fine by me.” Her reluctance to call […]

SyrianGirl: A Few Things You Should Know About The Refugee Crisis

SyrianGirl: A Few Things You Should Know About The Refugee Crisis

“Out of 19,632 refugees seeking asylum in Finland only 409 are Syrian according to Finland’s Immigration Services Asylum Unit” – just one of the disparities denounced by this Syrian blogger who aims to portray the other side of Europe’s migrant crisis. SyriaPartisangirl (@Partisangirl) describes herself as a geopolitical analyst and a contributor to the news websites: New Eastern Outlook and Sputnik news. […]

Why the Millennials’ Political Correct Cult is so Delusional and Dangerous

Why the Millennials’ Political Correct Cult is so Delusional and Dangerous

Political correctness is a tool collectivism and statists use to persuade the gullible that a concept such as “the group mind” is the reality and that it overrides individualism. Its pervasiveness among the millennial generation of “social justice warriors” (in unkinder circles labelled “virtue signallers”) is both worrying and dangerous writes Brandon Smith on his US-based blog. His views […]

Bankrupt Greece is a Threat to Germany’s EU Hegemony, Hence the Venom

Bankrupt Greece is a Threat to Germany’s EU Hegemony, Hence the Venom

The drawn-out Tiny Greece vs Giant Germany match has reached penalty time amid an acrimonious flurry of yellow cards and verbal venom. The July 5th Greek referendum may just see victory in Lilliput. Germany, the country most threatened by growing anti-EU sentiment and rising Eurosceptic parties, wants to make clear that debtors face a high price for defiance […]

Could Greece Be the Joker in the EU Pack? Athens Seeks to End Banker-Imposed Austerity

Could Greece Be the Joker in the EU Pack? Athens Seeks to End Banker-Imposed Austerity

Is Greece the joker in the pack, a card waiting to tumble before others such as Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal or even France follow suit? And if so who is to blame if this in turn leads to Eurozone collapse and an eviscerated European Union? Might it be captured politicians and bureaucrats who woefully allowed a global financial industry to drive so many European citizens to […]

The French Myth of Secularism – Can Muslims be Fully Secular and also French?

The French Myth of Secularism – Can Muslims be Fully Secular and also French?

Do French Muslims face an unfair and unequal burden when it comes to the way France applies the long-established law separating Church and State – or laïcité — a “Republican value” increasingly challenged by “Salafists” in France? Here University of California, Santa Cruz anthropology professor Mayanthi Fernando drawing on her own experiences while teaching in France, […]

Seven Million Copies of Post-Massacre Charlie Hebdo Sold Worldwide

Seven Million Copies of Post-Massacre Charlie Hebdo Sold Worldwide

Three weeks after the Paris atrocity that saw 17 people gunned down by Islamist terrorists, a post-attack issue of Charlie Hebdo has sold virtually all seven million copies distributed worldwide — strengthening support for those Muslim thinkers who defend secularism and free speech. The distributor Messageries Lyonnaises de Presse (MLP) said 6.3 million copies were sold in France alone and a further 700,000 copies sent abroad. The ‘survivors’ […]

A Primer for Foreign Francophiles Struggling to Understand Charlie Hebdo and Free Speech

A Primer for Foreign Francophiles Struggling to Understand Charlie Hebdo and Free Speech

While global media claimed new historic records  –  largest Paris turnout since Liberation Day 1944 — for the numbers who rallied in defiance of terror and in support of freedom of expression on Sunday, fallout from the Charlie Hebdo murders continues to rock France. For when religious outlaws feel compelled to use bullets against words and blood flows instead of ink, should anyone be […]

“That’s For Charlie” Says the Sun as Special Forces End Murderous Paris Hostage Sieges

“That’s For Charlie” Says the Sun as Special Forces End Murderous Paris Hostage Sieges

We say: “Its over …. with a tragic loss of innocent lives but no remorse whatsoever for the fate of the murderous Islamist extremists taken out by a professionally-executed military anti-terror mission. Full marks to French security forces and the firm political will shown by the French government”. #NoussommesCharliehebdo The Sun samedi “That’s for Charlie” pic.twitter.com/NXP8LTF4KR […]

Is France’s JCDecaux Facing a Growing Global Revolt Over ‘Intrusive’ Urban Billboards?

Is France’s JCDecaux Facing a Growing Global Revolt Over ‘Intrusive’ Urban Billboards?

The Green Mayor of Grenoble has rocked Europe’s multi-million euro advertising industry with his decision this week, to remove billboards from city sidewalks, replacing them with trees and open vistas, in a move which might chime with many city-dwellers.   JCDecaux, the French company responsible for many of the outdoor hoardings found in France and around the world, has so far been very low key in its […]

Six Months on Front National’s New Mayors Seem to be Popular with their Voters

Six Months on Front National’s New Mayors Seem to be Popular with their Voters

Six months after the hardline Front National won control of 11 French municipalities, RFI — France’s international broadcaster –set off to find out how they were delivering to the grassroots on their sometimes controversial election promises. In the English language audio clip below (click the start button) RFI’s team Sarah Elzas and Pierre Firtion report on what the voters of Hénin Beaumont (north), Béziers […]

Manif pour Tous claim 500,000 hit Paris streets against “Supermarket Babies” for Gay Couples

Manif pour Tous claim 500,000 hit Paris streets against “Supermarket Babies” for Gay Couples

Thousands of Manif pour Tous supporters gathered in Paris and Bordeaux on Sunday (October 5) to march against reported plans to extend medically-assisted pregnancy and surrogate motherhood rights to same-sex couples under an 18-month-old same sex marriage law to which they remain implacably opposed.    The organisers claimed some 500,000 marchers thronged the route from Porte Dauphine to Montparnasse in […]

Hate Messages Flood Education Minister’s Facebook Page After This Image is Posted

Hate Messages Flood Education Minister’s Facebook Page After This Image is Posted

Hardline French conservatives are up in arms after the latest Socialist government reshuffle saw Najat Vallaud-Belkacem — one of their least loved ladies — promoted to Education Minister.  She has been under fire for months over the “gender theory” policy she allegedly promoted in her previous equalities post. Now as J.N. Paquet notes in this commentary for […]

Meet “When it becomes serious, you have to lie” Juncker, Europe’s New Commission President

Meet “When it becomes serious, you have to lie”  Juncker, Europe’s New Commission President

European federalist Jean-Claude Juncker is committed to further expanding the power of the European Union. His appointment is a clear signal that the European establishment is ready to ignore the EU-sceptic views expressed in May by a large swathe of the voting public. As  Soeren Kern Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute notes: “Juncker’s appointment […]

Taking a French Driving License? Consider Barcelona, Cheaper, Faster and Still French

Taking a French Driving License? Consider Barcelona, Cheaper, Faster and Still French

An abrasive American entrepreneur famously caused a furore last year when he bluntly derided French labour practices while being urged to consider acquiring the troubled Goodyear tyre plant in northern France. Here French economist Gilles Saint-Paul explains the impact of some of the more perplexing aspects of local tradition when it comes to employment. The article below is […]

Want a Glasshole-Free Zone? Here’s How to Ban All Intrusive Google Glass

Want a Glasshole-Free Zone? Here’s How to Ban All Intrusive Google Glass

WIRED Magazine expresses concern about the potential extensive abuse of privacy that Google Glass could represent should it becomes ubiquitous. A German programmer has come up with a network jammer, expect more to follow. Here is WIRED:”Not a fan of Google Glass’s ability to turn ordinary humans into invisibly recording surveillance cyborgs? Now you can […]

French Jihadis Going to Syria are like Internationalist Brigades Going to 1936 Spain

French Jihadis Going to Syria are like Internationalist Brigades Going to 1936 Spain

Éric Zemmour, a polemical French writer and political journalist has warned that radicalised French youngsters going to Syria as jihadists are the face of a domestic fifth column that poses a danger to France. “La Syrie est la nouvelle école du terrorisme” Crédit: Éric Zemmour Commenting on RTL radio after the release over the Easter weekend of four French […]

On Being Green or Yes Sonny, We Did Recycle (and Walk) Back Then

On Being Green or Yes Sonny, We Did Recycle (and Walk) Back Then

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags were bad for the environment. Apologising the customer explained: “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days”. The young clerk responded: “That’s our problem today. Your generation […]

Banks as Parasites – You’ve Been Warned

Banks as Parasites – You’ve Been Warned

In his new book ‘The Tragedy of the European Union’billionaire financier George Soros says:   “The profitability of the finance industry has been excessive. For a while 35pc of all corporate profits in the United Kingdom and the United States came from the financial sector. That’s absurd.” Mr Soros outlined how the problems that caused […]

The Twisted Motives Behind Political Correctness

The Twisted Motives Behind Political Correctness

Does the European Union remain committed to liberal democracy and freedom or is the “Utopian fascism” of political correctness and cultural relativism undermining the foundations of widely accepted Judeo-Christian traditional values? The problem is not restricted to the economically-troubled EU, as Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.com notes in this excoriating critique of PC politics as practised across the […]

Blessinz of Teh Ceiling Cat

Blessinz of Teh Ceiling Cat

Having trouble communicating with your SMS-obsessed offspring, near or extended? Well now you can try and learn their ‘new speak’ thanks to the Bible …  and no its not the King James authorised version. Full details of  this wiki-based learning programme can be found here. The site says: “The Lolcat Bible Translation Project is a […]

That EU Recovery – 1% For The Next Decade

That EU Recovery – 1% For The Next Decade

Anyone who continues to be taken in by European Union leaders desperately talking up a non-existent recovery in the Euro-zone might care to read the latest Quarterly Report on the Euro Area. Key and worrying conclusions to the first section (The euro area’s growth prospects over the coming decade) set out at page 16, are as shown below: France and […]

European Democracy Under the Boot?

European Democracy Under the Boot?

The EU is riddled with fatal flaws and defects while its anti-democratic elites and hijacked policymaking pose a great risk to the citizenry’s well-being, suggests Don Quijones, a contributor to the Testosteronepit blog. Death By A Thousand Cuts: The Silent Assassination Of European Democracy By Don Quijones, a freelance writer and translator based in Barcelona, Spain. His […]

Tough Choices for Troubled Euro

Tough Choices for Troubled Euro

A Nobel laureate academic says the euro looked like a great idea in 2000 but it has since backfired to hinder growth and jobs while dangerously dividing Europe.  The euro should either be made growth and employment friendly as fast as possible, or should be dismantled writes Professor Christopher Pissarides in an article republished here with thanks […]

Westphalia and Death of the Nation State

Westphalia and Death of the Nation State

Is a global elite intent on dismantling nation states as set up 365 years ago under the Peace of Westphalia? Beware, writes Don Quijones a contributor to the Testosteronepit blog, of the powerful faceless men in black with no democratic mandate. This piece is cross-posted by kind permission of Wolf Richter (*) publisher of the Testosteronepit blog Freedom Or Subjugation? […]

France: Judgment Day is Nigh! Or is it?

France: Judgment Day is Nigh! Or is it?

Is France facing a biblical-style upheaval? A French author has published a semi-fictional account (below) in which he suggests France’s poorly calculated choice of President at the last election could lead to far more serious consequences under the next one. France: Judgment Day is Nigh! Or is it? GroundReport Posted: 11/27/2013 at 3:43AM | Author: J.N. PAQUET Yesterday (November […]

Germany: Europe Über Alles?

Germany: Europe Über Alles?

Here according to a preliminary translation of the German coalition’s finalised governing pact, is Frau Merkel’s road map for resolving the EU’s manifold financial and social problems. Two significant points German must be ranked alongside French and English as an official EU working language and the Franco-German partnership must continue.  (Blog reposted from Open Europe […]

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