european crisis

Something so few people seem to understand regarding the situation in Europe, is how they seem to think the inherent landscape of the place will not be irrecoverably changed by the current, uncontested ‘refugee’ migration. So often I hear ‘Oh well, we’ll disappear but our culture will survive’. Will it? Do you really think a culture heavily dominated by Islam wouldn’t gut the contents of the Louvre for being un-Islamic? Do you think Notre Dame wouldn’t be converted into a mosque? That its windows and sculptures, like that in every old church in Europe, wouldn’t be smashed as idolatry? That the pagan Parthenon wouldn’t be finished off, or that Stonehenge wouldn’t be pulled down? Can this be called impossible, when its already happened in areas controlled by ISIS, whom many of these ‘refugees’ support, or in places like Saudi Arabia where pre-Islamic sites are regularly destroyed? Our culture will not live on, cradled by a new, ‘adopted’ population. It will be wiped away, and replaced by the culture of a new people, and with it will go thousands of years of memory.

Barcelona holds a demonstration in support of the refugees

The Catalan organization “Casa nostra, casa vostra” (Our home, your home) has organized a demonstration in Barcelona with the slogan “Volem acollir” (We want to take in). Last week, there was a concert with many artists. All the money will be given to NGOs who are helping the refugees. Protesters want the EU and Spanish politicians to actually do something.

Pictures of today’s demo:

(Pictures taken from Twitter)

The demonstration ends at the beach, a metaphor to denounce how many people have died in the Mediterranean sea.

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More pictures and videos under the hashtag #volemacollir

For the (northern, eastern) European ignorants talking about Greece, Portugal and Southern Europe in general, saying that we’re lazy, that we don’t want to pay taxes, etc…Make your selves a favor and look at the numbers before opening your filthy mouths to talk about the southerners and making fools out of yourselves. 

I invite you to come here and see how we live. Come and see how high are the taxes we have to pay when compared to our low salaries. Come and see how we work more weekly hours than any other European region. Come and see how we are the last people getting retired in Europe. Come and see how most of our old people still carry on working after retirement because their pensions are simply not enough for their survival. Come and see how many kids here only eat once a day (the free meal they are given in school), how many families live in houses falling apart with no electricity or tap water. I could continue this list for a while…I just ask you to study the whole issue and realize all this circus IS and always was ABOUT THE BANKS, NOT THE PEOPLE. We the people are paying a very high price because of the mistakes of the bank owners and our governments. If we (the Portuguese and the Greek) are to blame, it should be for our inability to elect transparent and honest politicians who would work for the people and not for their own interests.  

We’re not lazy, we’re not liars, we’re a very brave and hardworking people striving to live a decent life.

Mediterranean Sea. Off the Libyan coast. July 28, 2016. Left Alone. An 11-year-old girl (left) from Nigeria, comforts her younger brother aboard a rescue boat after they had been picked up from an overcrowded dinghy en route to Italy, about 23 kilometres north of Sabratha, Libya. Their mother had died in Libya, after crossing the Sahara.

According to the EU border agency Frontex, arrivals of refugees in Italy from North Africa hit an all-time high of 181,000 in 2016. UNICEF said that some 25,800 of those were unaccompanied children.

General News, second prize singles at the 2017 World Press Photo Contest.

Photograph: Santi Palacios/AP

19.3.17

This week I’ll be revising The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology by Edmund Husserl, as I have an exam on it next Thursday. I really need motivation, as revision is the most boring part for me 🙊

P.S. I scored an overall of 8.0 in my IELTS exam! I’m very satisfied, considering that I’ve been studying all by myself!

Happy End (2017, dir. Michael Haneke)

“Happy End” is set in the French port city Calais and focuses on the members of a bourgeois family. Their lifestyle contrasts greatly with the European refugee crisis happening outside their door. The specifics of the story are still unknown, but the distributor’s official page includes a revealing quote: “All around us, the world, and we, in its midst, blind.” Knowing Haneke, “Happy End” will probably not have a happy ending. (x)

Portugal’s representative, Salvador Sobral drew attention to the European migrant crisis by turning up to the first semi-final winners’ press conference in an ’S.O.S. Refugees’ shirt.[174] ‘If I’m here and I have European exposure, the least thing I can do is a humanitarian message,’ Sobral said. 'People come to Europe in plastic boats and are being asked to show their birth certificates in order to enter a country. These people are not immigrants, they’re refugees running from death. Make no mistake. There is so much bureaucratic stuff happening in the refugee camps in Greece, Turkey and Italy and we should help create legal and safe pathways from these countries to their destiny countries,’ he added, earning a round of applause.[175] Later on, EBU ordered a ban so that he could not wear it for the remainder of the contest.[176] The EBU explained that Sobral’s jumper was used as a means of “political message,” which violates the rules of the contest.[176]However, Sobral argued in his winning press conference that it was not political, but a message of humanitarianism.[177]

I was just looking stuff up on wikipedia and would you look at that. I may have not liked his song but between him overcoming a lot of personal difficulty (with his serious health problems) to perform and making statements like this I have a lot of respect for him as a person. 

FUCK THE EBU THO. WHAT A BUNCH OF GROSS JACKASSES.