What has been happening in Syria?
Here are some of the key developments in Syria over the past year and a half: Mar. 16, 2011: The Syrian uprising begins as 35 people are arrested in a “Day of Dignity” protest in Damascus. The demonstrators were demanding the release of political prisoners. In the southern city of Deraa, security forces shot and killed several protesters at a “Day of Rage” rally. The killings sparked several...
The Sound of Silence in European Media
Terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip fired some 55 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israel early Monday morning. The shells landed in communities in the Eshkol Regional Council. There were no reports of injuries, although two buildings were lightly damaged and several goats were killed due to an explosion in an animal corner. Hamas’ military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the...
The Murders at the Olympics in Munich - 1972
THE murder of 11 Israeli athletes and staff by Palestinian terrorists at the Olympic village in Munich in 1972 was the bleakest day in the history of the modern Games. The Olympics had returned to Germany for the first time since the Berlin Games of 1936, which Adolf Hitler used to showcase Nazi ideals. With that notorious event in mind, German officials were keen to promote openness and...
ACTA and its impact on fundamental rights The Internet has become a key enabler of rights such as the fundamental rights to communication and association. Any legislation which aims to regulate this medium must therefore be carefully considered to ensure compatibility with the Charter. At least as importantly, when dealing with countries with less robust fundamental rights protections,...
USA Press - "Rupert Murdoch unfit to lead major...
The Leader Despite the creepy machinations of the Conservative members of the parliamentary select committee “Culture Media and Sport”, the six leading USA newspapers are running with the headline: UK lawmakers say Rupert Murdoch unfit to lead major global company USA Today The Wall Street Journal The New York Times Los Angeles Times The Washington Post The Chicago Tribune ...
"Talkin bout a revolution"
“Talkin bout a revolution” sang Tracy Chapman - made me think about all the revolutions that have failed. Each violent uprising has been met by a force as equal to, if not worse, than that applied. And when the revolution has been “successful” more violence has been necessary to maintain the power that for an all too brief moment is (as Isaac Beshevis Singer describes)...
Anders Behring Breivik is insane
Anders Behring Breivik is insane. Not because he allegedly committed the crime of murder in killing 77 Norwegian citizens for which he (hopefully) will be convicted and sentenced. Nor because he holds political views, I find abhorrent to the point of obscenity. I will happily defend his right to freely hold these views in a democracy. However, what makes him insane in my...
You Are God’s Work of Art
Art, as we value it, only succeeds in reflecting the human condition if it is able to transcend its imperfections. What I mean by this is for example, Raphael still speaks to us about ourselves yet was unable to paint the perfect arm. All good artists, despite their supreme skills and talents, are aware of the imperfections in their work. They do not have to remove these imperfections to create...
I very rarely write about sport. But rugby is my game. From a child I have always supported the Land of my Father - Wales. This Saturday history could be made. Wales will play France in Cardiff. If Wales win they will win a Grand Slam victory having beaten every major nation in the Northern hemisphere. I remember the joy and excitement at these previous occasions with these legendary players. I...
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