european governance

Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of one of the closest things to a fascist party you’ll find in a position of power in European government today, will be attending the inauguration tomorrow. He was allegedly invited by Steve King, one of the farthest-right members of congress

I haven’t written a big text post about the US Election because, as a European, whilst I have opinions, and this does impact me, it doesn’t concern me as much as it concerns Americans on here.

However. I can’t stay silent any longer. Because I’m too scared.

The naivety of Americans who blindly follow Trump started out as a joke, and then got scary to me. As a rule of thumb, the majority of people in Europe do not take Trump seriously, and do not want him as President. We are terrified if he does. I can explain to you quite plainly why this is.

Because Europe has gone through, experienced, understood, and taught to the next generation what happens when you get extremism in power. We have had the far right Nazi state in Germany. We have had the far left Soviet state in what was the USSR (Russia). This is why European governments tend to be fairly central on the political spectrum. We have left wing and right wing political parties - but they tend to be centre left or centre right. Because we have learnt the lessons from the past. And those lessons have been drilled into us from a very young age. 

Every year since I was ten years old, I have had History classes which deal with the Nazi state, that tell us about World War I and World War II. We are told the good our countries did - but also the ugly. Sure, Germany committed atrocities on the UK, but there was no skirting around in History lessons what the UK did, for example, to the Germany city of Dresden. I have studied the Holocaust more times than I can count - to the extent that by aged 18 we were all going, “Yes, we know this is important, but come on there’s other History to know surely?” 

We are taught about what extreme right and left wing leaders do when they get power. Europe has had our extreme leaders, and has made absolutely sure that this generation knows about it. We are exposed to video footage of Hitler talking when we are 12 years old. We are shown photographs of him walking hand in hand with a small child, to remind us that some of the most evil people are, at the end of the day, people - and that is what is so horrifying. 

When Trump started gaining momentum, so so many people I know in my country drew the parallels to Hitler. The violence. The blaming a group of people for a country’s problems. The decision to shut out people of certain faiths. The proclamations that this nation, this race, is the most superior race of all. The racism. The xenophobia. The speeches that yes, seem powerful, but have very little truth or depth to them.

For us in Europe, this Election season is absolutely incomprehensible. We don’t understand how you have got to this point. Because Europe has already had our Hitler. We have seen the damage an extreme government can do not just to the country, but to the world. 

I was talking with an American friend who is 20, my age; and she said she has been taught about the Holocaust for one day of her education. As a European, that is mad to me. America is isolationist, and we know that, but to know so little about the history of the world, about such important history seems obscene. Part of me almost forgives America, because you just haven’t been taught enough - but the much larger part of me, that lives on a continent that was ravaged by such a leader, is furious that so many people support Trump, and don’t see that parallel. 

Take it from a European. There’s a reason we can’t understand why Hillary has had such a battle - and it isn’t just because we can clearly see she’s the only qualified candidate for the job. 

It’s because we had our far right leader and we learnt from it - after World War 2 happened. And to us in Europe, Trump represents that same far right leader who will divide and damage - and we just don’t understand how America doesn’t seem to see this too. 

Celtic (Scottish football club) fans have raised more than £100,000 for Palestinian charities in an attempt to match an impending Uefa fine for displaying Palestinian flags at a match against an Israeli team.

European football’s governing body began disciplinary proceedings against the Glasgow club last week after a number of fans displayed the flags during their 5-2 home victory against Hapoel Be’er Sheva in a Champions League qualifier.

The return leg is due to be played in Israel on Tuesday night.

The Green Brigade group of supporters set up an appeal on the gofundme website on Sunday to match the anticipated fine, and donations passed £80,000 on Tuesday morning.

The fans are raising money for Medical Aid Palestine, which delivers health and medical care to those “worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement”, and the Lajee Centre, a cultural and sports project for children in Aida refugee camp, in Bethlehem.

The appeal read: “At the Champions League match with Hapoel Be’er Sheva on 17 August 2016, the Green Brigade and fans throughout Celtic Park flew the flag for Palestine. This act of solidarity has earned Celtic respect and acclaim throughout the world. It has also attracted a disciplinary charge from Uefa, which deems the Palestinian flag to be an ‘illicit banner’.

“In response to this petty and politically partisan act by European football’s governing body, we are determined to make a positive contribution to the game and today launch a campaign to #matchthefineforpalestine.”

The statement said the money raised would help buy football kit and equipment to enable the refugee camp to have a team, which would be called Aida Celtic, in the Bethlehem youth league.

Celtic face their ninth Uefa punishment for supporter behaviour in five years when the case is heard on 22 September. Two years ago the club was fined more than £15,000 after a Palestinian flag was displayed at a Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik.

Uefa rules forbid the use of “gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature”.


May 1st 1776: Illuminati founded

On this day in 1776, the famous secret society - the Illuminati - was founded in Bavaria. Established by Adam Weishaupt, the German philosopher and professor at University of Ingolstadt, the exact purpose of the semi-masonic society is unknown. The group was made up of Enlightenment thinkers, and some sources claim the order wanted to promote equality, while others suggest it was intended to combat religious zeal and promote rational argument. Weishaupt founded the Illuminatenorden, or Order of Illuminati, in 1776, and the group adopted the Owl of Minerva as their symbol. Members claimed aliases, with Weishaupt as ‘Brother Spartacus’, and others took similarly classical inspired names. Critics at the time charged that the Illuminati was created to infiltrate European governments, with some even claiming the order was behind the French Revolution. The society grew in size and influence, before being banned as seditious in 1784, with Weishaupt forced to leave his job and flee Bavaria. While it is widely acknowledged that the Illuminati never truly reformed, the society is a staple of conspiracy theories to this day, and is often implicated as being a shadowy organisation manipulating world affairs.


126 dead and 250 others injured in 9 terrorist bombings that attacked today two one of the safest cities in Syria today: Lattakia (Jableh )and Tartous. Two cities that sent their men to the army to defend Syria and opened their doors to the refugees from other cities that are considered war zones. These two cities were today attacked for being peaceful, pro government, pro Syria , anti foreigner terrorist and Pro Syrian Army. 

The most cruel part is the mentality behind these brutal bombings that “Ahrar AL Sham” احرار الشام terrorists claimed responsibility of these terrorist bombings. This terrorist group that the US government and European ones call “moderate rebels” and that refused to put them under Terrorist groups. 

These moderate rebels bombed today 2 bus stations and the electricity company killing students and workers. And when the ambulances were  taking the injured people to try to save them at the ER they bombed 2 ER (2 hospitals) injuring the whole emergency staff at these hospitals. Many martyrs are nurses and doctors. 

I really don’t know what can a person say at these moments. It breaks my heart to keep seeing blood being spilled in my country. May all those who passed away today rest in peace. I pray for the injured. And to every terrorist you won’t win until you kill every last person of us. This country is ours !!!!

The pictures above are from the locations bombed today and the pictures are just of some Martyrs that passed away today.


The biggest misconception I was told as a child was “ Africans were sold to Europeans by other Africans ”. while this is true they failed to explain the difference between African slavery and the slavery in the New World. My guess is either to perpetuate the lie that negros have no unity among themselves, or to throw the blame back on us for the atrocities of slavery. In most situations involving African slavery the slaves were more like servants, human beings, people. They lived with the family and often became family after a while, and we’re entouraged to marry and have kids, seeing as the me servants the owners had, the more power they had. The slavery in the new world was CHATTEL slavery, “Chattel slaves are individuals treated as complete property, to be bought and sold. Chattel slavery was supported and made legal by European governments and monarchs.”

A geek concept, picked up and perpetuated by the Arabs, who introduced it to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) who brought it to the New World.

Chattel comes from same the Latin word that the word cattle comes from.

Yes Africans enslaved other Africans. No they were not property. They were people.
'ISIS soldiers are very easy to kill': Danish politics student who fled Copenhagan reveals her experience after spending 12 months fighting jihadis on the frontline in Syria
Joanna Palani, 23, who is now back in Copenhagen studying politics and philosophy, has said ISIS soldiers are 'very easy to kill' compared to President Assad's 'specialist killing machines.'

What I find really stupid about this is what happened when she went back to Denmark

“After returning home on leave for 15 days she had her passport seized by police and the Danish intelligence service PET.

She is prevented from returning to fight in Syria under new so-called ‘foreign fighter’ rules intended to stop Danes from - ironically - joining terror groups.”

Yet another case of European governments taking more action to stop Kurds from travelling to fight ISIS, than from stopping people from joining ISIS

This is Not a Game 

They face razor wire fences, closed borders, and intimidating soldiers and police forces from Turkey through most of the Balkans; highly dangerous sea crossings to Italy or Greece; squalid and inhumane reception conditions; and complicated and ever-changing registration procedures

Never before has MSF had so many projects in Europe, never before has MSF decided to mobilize three search and rescue ships at sea to save lives, and never before has it been more urgent for European governments to step up to their international obligations and assist these people whose lives are at risk.

On this bad day in 1916 (04/02/1916), seventy heavily armed police officers arrived at Maungapohatu in New Zealand to arrest Rua Kenana for sedition. Rua was a Māori prophet, faith healer and land rights activist who promised the return of Māori lands and the end of Māori subjugation to European rule. The government chose to make an example of Rua, hoping a crackdown would discourage other Māori activists.

After a trial on sedition which lasted 47 days Rua was found not guilty of sedition but sentenced to one year’s hard labor followed by 18 months’ imprisonment for resisting the police.Even though the supreme court had found Rua’s arrest illegal, he and his community was ordered to pay the costs of the entire police operations and raid at Maungapohatu. This ended Rua’s activism.

anonymous asked:

Southern European governments are too lenient. I'm a Brit, and I say force the bloody British to learn your language or boot them out. If you're not stern and strict with them they'll have no incentive to learn the language and somewhat integrate.

tbh I think that if you live somewhere else you should speak the language at least at a level that allows you to survive, like you can’t honestly assume to migrate somewhere and speak english just because