From the French right’s selection of Fillon to the Italian referendum and Austrian election, Europe’s centre is oblivious to its own existential crisis. They might want to dust off their copies of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice
Source: The European elite have developed a death wish | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
Filed . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: The European elite have developed a death wish | Paul Mason | Opinion | The Guardian
Not to be outdone by other nations, France has announced that the country will eliminate use of coal for electricity by 2023. Yesterday we looked at Canada’s plan to phase out coal plants by 2030, which in Canada caused concern. In France, there’s little debate that we need to stop using coal in our power . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: France Phasing out Coal by 2023
September conference planned with France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta. Source: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICOFiled under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Southern Europe, Spain . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO
ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say
I’ve been holding back on commenting….reality has been so overwhelming and I feel as if, for the first time since possibly the War of 1812, that the West is slowly, inexorably being pulled into another war, this time on home … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Left Over: There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…
Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis, Uncategorized Tagged: Austerity, France, General Strike, labour market reforms . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Growing Labor Protests Paralyzing France
PHOTOS: The little Post Office in downtown St. Albert, where your blogger lives, which Canada Post is anxious to close as soon as possible. Below: The U.S. Post Office in Fallon, Montana, the Canadian Post Office in Dewberry, Alberta (villageofdewberry… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: It’s time for a national postal bank in both Canada and the United States
PHOTOS: U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner. (Screen grab from C-SPAN.) Below: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Conservative interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For all we know, Syrian President Bashar a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Questions without answers: Why are our U.S. allies so ambivalent about ISIS, and what does it mean for Canada?
France has announced that they are going to try a mass installation of solar-panelled roads to provide electricity. It’s an attempt to see if they technology can be scalable and durable enough to survive under so much wear and tear. These solar roads aren’t made by the company that turned to crowdfunding a few years […]
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On 4 November 2015, France’s labour minister, Myriam El Khomri, launched a reform of the labour law. The two main objectives are to revise the entire labour code and to give company-level agreements a central role, against a background marked by unemployment reaching 10.6 per cent of the active population in November 2015. In absolute… More French labour code reform: towards more precarious employment? – Equal Times . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: French labour code reform: towards more precarious employment? – Equal Times
It is Saturday afternoon and the Christmas market in Hénin-Beaumont is deserted. A light rain is falling on the town, adding a layer of sadness to the place. In front of the town hall, on Place Jean-Jaurès, the PCF (French Communist Party) office has closed its shutters. A small notice pasted to the door urges… More Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Trade unions take on the extreme right in northern France
PHOTOS: A bunch of NATO political bureaucrats try to look busy in this file photo. Recognize anyone? Below: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Does it benefit Canada in … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Reassessing NATO: Canada shouldn’t let itself be ‘Article Fived’ into a war by Turkey’s Islamist president
PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CBC Photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. Bottom: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is either demonized or ignored by Western mainstream media. In light of the inevitably angry and emotional response to the Paris terror attacks on Friday the 13th, for . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics
Comedian John Oliver has the perfect response to the Islamic State-linked terrorists who carried out last Friday’s barbaric attack in Paris, France, killing 129 people.
The post John Oliver Rants Against Paris Attackers: “Fuck These Assholes” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
U.S. President Barack Obama has referred to the atrocities in Paris as attacks “on all of humanity.” He is wrong, of course. The attacks were specifically directed at France, an ex-imperialist European nation that has a long history of colonizing, oppressing and exploiting the Muslim peoples of North Africa and the Middle East, and that . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Paris—the blowback of imperialism
There were plenty of proxy wars during the Cold War only back then the principals had enough sense to avoid direct clashes. That was then, this is Syria where today we find the rival superpowers circling each other inside the same phone booth.
You could search the world over and never find one place . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Could Syria Become the 21st Century Sarajevo?
PHOTOS: The F-35, possibly the worst military aircraft ever made, dollar for dollar or pound for pound, photographed to make it look less like a brick. A hovering version of the same plane. A not-quite-finished Mistral-class helicopter carrier. SANTA FE, N.M. I suppose a hotel in the desert, just down the block from the address . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: What’s next? F-35 boondoggle to land on the deck of a Canadian Mistral carrier?
Has German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s subjugation of Greece inadvertently poisoned European unity? That’s how a pro-EU lobby group sees it.
“The last few weeks have laid totally bare the European Union’s brand of authoritarian dogma,” UKIP leader Nigel Farage wrote in the London Telegraph.
“More and more people are waking up to the dangers . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Merkel’s Toxic Tonic
PHOTOS: Defence Minister Jason Kenney explains who Canadian troops will train in Ukraine last fall. Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ukraine in 2010. Photos are from the CBC and the Prime Minister’s Office’s Flickr account. It’s been evident for several months now Ukraine has a problem with neo-Nazis, in particular battalions of “volunteers” who . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Will Canadian troops in Ukraine have to train radical Islamist volunteers said to be tied to ISIS?
I was impressed to learn that France had made new commercial buildings do this. I’ve felt badly that new buildings going up all over the University of Regina campus since I started paying attention to it in 1998, haven’t put a single solar panel up on them. There’s a building on Research Dr. with a . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: France Has Law To Put Solar or Plants on Rooftops
Green roofs or solar panels are now required on all new commercial buildings in the country of France. This is great because now buildings can have either a zero energy impact or contribute to their local environment.
Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: In France New Buildings Need Green Roofs
How the French view their minority populations after the violent events earlier this month will probably take a while to sort out. But a poll conducted last year suggested they were about the most tolerant in Europe.
Eighty-nine per cent of French men and women hold a favourable view of Jews and 72 per cent . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: French hold most favourable views of Jews and Muslims
Sometimes the Pope makes a error when speaking. We all do. But this was not one of those times and Mr.Deity unabashedly and quite colourfully rips into the perfidious pontiff over his comments about the recent murders in France.
*Strong Language Warning*
I’m not sure what the pope was thinking on this one, but . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – MisterDeity responds to the Pope.
Yesterday I wrote a brief post on how the French government, despite massive outpourings in defense of free speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, is moving to severely curtail that right for those with whom it disagrees.
The Toronto Star has an editorial strongly condemning the French action, using the following examples . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What’s Next? Thoughtcrime?
Much press has been devoted to the aftermath of the cowardly massacre at Charlie Hebdo; strong displays of solidarity both in defence of freedom of expression and disdain for the jihadists’ efforts to squelch it, have been widespread. But despite these demonstrations, one can legitimately ask if the terrorists have already achieved victory.
I . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Have The Terrorists Already Won?