February 7th 1992: Maastricht Treaty signed

On this day in 1992 the European Union was brought into being by the signing of the Maastricht Treaty. It was signed by the twelve members of the European Community -  a precursor to the EU. The treaty was named for the city in the Netherlands where it was drafted and signed. Maastricht became effective on November 1st 1993, and on that day the EU was formally established. It also provided for common security and foreign policy and gave the people of the signatory states European citizenship. Most importantly, Maastricht provided a blueprint for the later monetary union seen in the establishment of the common currency: the Euro. Whilst the signing occurred without event, the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty was more contentious, with many states struggling to ratify it.

Marx was adamant: The problem with capitalism is not that it is unfair but that it is irrational, as it habitually condemns whole generations to deprivation and unemployment and even turns capitalists into angst-ridden automata, living in permanent fear that unless they commodify their fellow humans fully so as to serve capital accumulation more efficiently, they will cease to be capitalists. So, if capitalism appears unjust this is because it enslaves everyone; it wastes human and natural resources; the same production line that pumps out remarkable gizmos and untold wealth, also produces deep unhappiness and crises.
—  Yanis VarourfakisHow I Became an Erratic Marxist

Commentary from Dan Goure’ on what the EU’s financial problems could mean to NATO.

Most important, NATO will have to stand guard over Europe during a time that may come to resemble economic and even politically the 1930s. NATO can help stabilize weak European governments under tremendous stress. It also can deter outside powers from seeking to take advantage of Europe’s temporary weakness. Finally, NATO provides the best means for leveraging what is likely to be a shrinking stock of trans-Atlantic military capabilities.

جوجل أصبحت أكبر مما يجب

جوجل أصبحت أكبر مما يجب

هل هو الخوف من عملاق البحت جوجل ,أم أن هناك أسرار وراء هذا القرار ؟ طبعا الحديت هنا قرار للإتحاد الأوروبي يطالب فيه بفصل محرك البحث جوجل عن بقية الشركة وخدماتها.

هذا القرار غير مفاجئ , فحسب الإتحاد الأوروبي فانتشار استعمال محرك البحث الخاص بجوجل يجعل هذا الأخير يستعمل المحرك للترويج لخدماته مما يجعلها متقدمة عن بقية الخدمات المنافسة, طبعا الإتحاد الأوروبي يعتبر هذا السلوك في نوع من الإحتكار أو…

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 The best thing that our NATO allies could do now to strengthen the trans-Atlantic relationship, improve European and even global security and ensure a continued American commitment to Europe’s security is to need the United States less. I know this sounds contradictory; the trans-Atlantic relationship can be made stronger by reducing strategic dependence. But given the twin realities of an evolving international security environment and an increasingly difficult budgetary situation on both sides of the Atlantic, it is imperative that Europe do more to provide for its own security.

Edward Snowden Threatens US With New Reveals

MOSCOW – Edward Snowden, the PRISM whistle-blower who is hiding at the airport in Moscow Russia, says he has more secret documents that he will make public if the United States doesn’t stop “following him illegally”. Edward Snowden is still hiding out at the airport in…

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EU - Entry Summary Declarations (ENS) - the new buzz word

EU – Entry Summary Declarations (ENS) – the new buzz word

I am sure by now most of you , specially the shippers to Europe have heard of the new buzz word in town – ENS (Entry Summary Declarations).. The EU is talking about it, all the shipping lines are talking about it, customers are running helter skelter.. Even Mike Poverello from SARS wrote a guest article about this on this blog.. Its ok, no need to panic.. Almost all the shipping lines have sent…

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The Myth of International Rule of Law - In context to the Kadi Decision

The Myth of International Rule of Law – In context to the Kadi Decision

Om Prakash Gautam

Assistant Professor (Law), Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam (A.P.)


The Court of First Instance in Kadi case ruled – the Member States, as Members of the United Nations, are bound to respect the principle of the primacy of their obligations ‘under the Charter’ of the United Nations under Article 103. The mandatory nature of those resolutions…

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I would be Ukrainian, I would be wary both of Berlin and Moscow #makhnovember #bisrepetita #berxelles

Greece has been sacrificed on the altar of the failed euro experiment

In June 2011, I stood in front of the assembled ranks of Eurocrats – Barrosso et al – with a copy of the IMF charter in my hand and read it out. The IMF expressly rejects the idea of supporting currencies; it is there instead to support countries.


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honestly, it’s all and well to complain about the EU but when it comes down to it? yes, it’s an unprecedented experiment and i definitely agree it’s flawed in many ways (like wtf is up with the European Court of Justice? some of their judgments are downright illogical). but all those Eurosceptics (whether Tory or UKIP) complaining that they have absolutely no say in EU matters or that it’s ‘tyranny of the EU superstate’…do they even remember why the European Economic Community was formed???? maybe because the continent tore itself to pieces twice in less than fifty years and everyone realised that perhaps that was enough? this long stretch of peace between EU member states is reallyyyy unprecedented after centuries of war. like i totally agree the EU should be reformed in areas but it’s so tiresome to hear those MPs acting as if they’re being horribly oppressed by the EU. a lot of this is nostalgia for british exceptionalism, but face it- the empire is long gone. it was perfectly logical for the UK to look to the rest of Europe.

like tbh as much as the EU has problems, when i compare with the situation back in East Asia and SEAsia- I’m not too convinced that another armed conflict won’t happen in the near future. there are extensive trade ties, yes, but nothing like the EU. it’s kind of a forced peace because the other Asian countries look to the US to counterbalance China and keep Japan disarmed. there are so many territorial disputes, the issue of North Korea, China vs Taiwan etc. very much a balancing act here and you just need one thing to knock over the status quo- nothing at all like the EU- where for all the bickering, it’s very, very unlikely countries will go to war with each other.

when i was little i would listen to american pie by don mclean and the lryics were “and lenin read a book on marx” and i thought it was like “lennon read a book on marks” meaning john lennon read a book about symbols but no its like vladimir lenin read a book on karl marx’s communistic ideologies and i didnt understand that until last year when i learned what communism really was and who vladimir lenin was