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At the European Parliament on Islam and terror: Landslide victory of Marine Le Pen Front National Party

What follow are 20 files of bashing the French National Front.

But before, a reminder of France total animosity to our region, regardless of which political party is a victor:

My attitude is that the FN cannot do worse in our region (Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine) than all the successive political parties in France. Almost all the French institutions have been brainwashed to hate the Syrians and antagonize any Syrian regime. Why?

1. The Syrians were the only people who resisted and opposed French mandated power.

2. France bombed Damascus with by artillery guns and war planes for 6 months in 1924

3. France ceded 6 villages and cities to Turkey in 1926 (against its pledge to preserve the integrity of the Syrian lands), a large swath of land that current Turkey wants to transform into a No-Fly Zone on the northern borders with Syria

4. France ceded over 4,500 sq. km to Turkey (The Eskandaron province, Alexandrette) on the seashore in 1936 (against its pledge to preserve the integrity of the Syrian lands)

5. France was the main country that supported Israeli settlements in the decades of 1920’s

6. France built the atomic plant and bombs for Israel in the early 1960

7. France was the main war planes suppliers to Israel till 1968

8. France and Germany are still supplying Israel with modern nuclear submarines (over 6 of them)

En 20 fiches techniques, nous vous proposons une expertise complète du programme du Front national et de sa candidate Marine Le Pen.

Front national: notre contre-argumentaire en 20 fiches

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Il faut malheureusement prendre au sérieux le Front national et sa candidate, Marine Le Pen.

Proposition par proposition, nous vous présentons son décryptage ainsi que notre contre-argumentaire. En vingt fiches techniques, comment dire “Non” au FN.

1. Un «nouveau FN» bien proche de l’ancien

Marine Le Pen serait plus «moderne» et à la tête d’un «nouveau FN» «dédiabolisé». C’est l’idée qu’elle tente d’installer depuis sa prise du parti.

Pourtant, en comparant les propositions de 2007 et 2012, on voit que le Front national a conservé ses mesures fondamentales, du rétablissement de la peine de mort à la lutte contre l’avortement, en passant par la «priorité nationale».

Asad Ghsoub shared this link

Far right landslide in France and she is not fond of KSA and Qatar

2. Le FN et la sortie de l’euro

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

C’est la clé de voûte du programme économique du Front national : le retour au franc, sur la base d’un euro égale un franc.

Une mesure qui semblait encore totalement exotique il y a trois ans, mais que la crise de l’euro, depuis mai 2010, a rendue un peu plus crédible. Décryptage.

4. Le FN et l’«Etat fort»

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage de l’« Etat fort » prôné par Marine Le Pen, qui passera aussi par un lavage de cerveau nationaliste.

5. Le FN: l’économie et le social

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Ne pas chercher de cohérence idéologique dans le programme économique du FN. Il n’y en a pas.

6. Le FN et l’agriculture

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Il faut lire le projet de Marine Le Pen à destination des agriculteurs comme un exemple type de ce que la politique peut produire de stupide et néfaste.

7. Le FN et l’immigration

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière d’immigration de Marine Le Pen.

8. Le FN et la sécurité

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière de sécurité de Marine Le Pen.

9. Le FN et la justice

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière de justice de Marine le Pen.

10. Le FN et le logement

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière de logement de Marine Le Pen.

11. Le FN, la santé, la recherche et la «fraude»

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière de santé et de recherche de Marine Le Pen.

12. Le FN et l’éducation

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière d’éducation et d’enseignement supérieur de Marine Le Pen.

13. Le FN et l’écologie

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière d’écologie de Marine Le Pen.

14. Le FN et la place des femmes

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage du discours et des propositions sur/pour les femmes de Marine Le Pen.

15. Le FN et la laïcité

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière de laïcité de Marine Le Pen.

16. Le FN et la culture

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière de culture de Marine Le Pen.

17. Le FN et les institutions

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions sur la démocratie et les institutions de Marine Le Pen.

18. Le FN et le numérique, la presse

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière de numérique et de presse de Marine Le Pen.

19. Le FN et la politique étrangère

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

Décryptage des propositions en matière de politique étrangère de Marine Le Pen.

20. Le FN et l’Europe

13 févr. 2012 | Par La rédaction de Mediapart

En finir avec l’Europe, détruire l’Union européenne. Au moins sur ce point, le programme du Front national est-il clair.

 

 

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Meet Spain’s Activist Iglesia of Podemos:  Positioned to Become New PM

“If we don’t have democratic control of economy, we don’t have democracy,” says Pablo Iglesias of Podemos. “We know that it’s very important to occupy the institutional powers in order to change things.”

Talks between Greece and Eurozone finance ministers over Athens’ debt broke down Monday when the newly elected leftist Syriza government rejected a deal to extend the terms of the current bailout.

The Greek Syriza party was elected last month on a promise to roll back the crippling austerity measures in Greece’s international bailout.

While Syriza has taken power in Greece, the grassroots Spanish party Podemos is also quickly gaining popularity in Europe’s fifth largest economy.

On January 31, as many as 150,000 people rallied in Madrid to show support for the Podemos party, which translates into “We can.”

Podemos only became an official party last March, but a recent poll by El País found 28% of the population supports the party, enough to possibly win Spain’s next general election.

Last May, Podemos surprised many when it received 1.2 million votes and 5 seats in the European Parliament elections.

The party grew out of the “indignados” movement that began occupying squares in Spain four years ago. The indignados rallied against austerity cuts, rising unemployment and Spain’s political establishment.

The proposed budget for the EU for 2011 is 143 billion Euro, or 1.25 billion in addition to the one of 2010.  The money is to be allocated as follows: 45% for growth and employment, 31% for agriculture, 11% for rural development, environment and fishing; 6% for international action and aids; 6% for administrative expenses; and just 1% youth, security, and justice.

The socialist bloc in the European Parliament want the increase but the right-wing (majority in the Parliament) want a decrease in the budget.  The diplomatic services, agreed upon in the Lisbon treaty cost already 9.5 million Euro and additional 100 posts are programmed to be included in the services.  Three supervisory authorities are contemplated related to banks, insurance, and financial markets.  A center for crisis detection is in the pipeline. The financing of long-term projects such as the thermonuclear fusion reactor and the positioning satellite Galileo are uncertain.  The creation of a unified data-base for fighting against terrorism is no longer in the budget. The functioning of the European Commission is at the heart of the major critics of this budget: It costs 8.5 billion Euros and the expense of paying for the retreat of the personnel of over 61 of age has reached 1.3 billion Euros.

The European Union (EU) describes Modern Europe; (Nov. 7, 2009)

The European Union is the most striking political and social achievement in the 20th century.  The backbones of most of the UN peace keeping forces around the world are European contingents; the EU is the highest contributor in humanitarian budgets and for reforming obsolete public institutions in the under-developed States.

This post will cover a few statistics and then a short description of the EU administrative and legislative institutions.  The follow up post will cover what is working, then analyzing what need to be ironed out, and then how the world community is expecting modern Europe to lead.

The founding six States are Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and tiny Luxemburg; that was in 1951 with the objective of regulating the industrial output of coal and steel and resolving differences on egalitarian terms instead of purely diplomatic processes using the “community method”.  The treaty for Agricultural Common Policy (PAC) intended to insure food sufficiency was signed in 1962 which encourage exportation.  Total suppression of tariff on borders was abolished in 1968. As Nixon floated the dollars and de-linked it from gold in 1972, the EU of the Six created a mechanism to reducing fluctuation among the six States and called the “European monetary snake”.  In 1973, Denmark, Ireland and Britain were included in the union.  The European Parliament was elected by the universal vote in 1979 by the nine States.

By 1986, Spain, Portugal, and Greece adhered to the union of the 12 States and a unique market is launched for free circulation of goods, people, capitals and services. The fall of the Berlin Wall enhanced this union to expand into the east. The treaty of Maastricht opens the way for a unified monetary system; it expands the power of the European Parliament and contemplates extending foreign policies and defense to the union institutions.

In 1995, Sweden, Austria, and Finland enter the union of the 18 States. The accord of Schengen of 1995 eliminates borders’ controls among the citizens.  In 1999, 11 States adopt the Euro for common money which was introduced on the market in 2002.   By 2004, eight central European States join the EU; they are: Estonia, Hungry, Latonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Cyprus.  In 2007 there was a serious proposal for a European Constitution.

The founding Six States constitute about 50% of the EU population of 330 millions of the 27 current States; over 55% of its total economy amounting to 10 trillion euros.  Germany contains 16.5 % in population, followed by France 13%, then Italy 12%, then Spain 9%.   The economy of Germany represents 20%, France 15.5%, Italy 12.5% and then Spain 9% of the total.  England and France are about equal in population and economy.

The EU established institutions for the union such as The Commission, The European Council, the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament (all located in Brussels), and the Court of Justice. The EU is NOT a Federal State; it is a much better political concept that preserves higher democratic representations and elaborate dialogues that enrich the cultural content of any joint agreement among the States. The institutions are being developed and elaborated toward a more effective executive power in times of emergencies such as defense, finance, and foreign policies.  Currently, the EU has a unified security system and unified money with open borders.

The Commission is constituted by representatives of each States; the members are nominated by each State and it is up to the European Parliament to confirm nominated members; the President of the Commission is selected by the European Council and there is a trend to reducing the numbers for efficient collective work; it has weak executive power.

The Council of Ministers has legislative power and may reject the initiatives of the Commission. The presidency rotates among States every semester.  The voting power of each minister is proportional to the State’s population.

The deputies of the European Parliament are elected based on distinct election laws in each States.  The Parliament shares with the Council of Ministers the legislative responsibilities.

The European Council is represented by the States’ government Chiefs; it has the power of selecting the target objectives for the Commission. The High representatives for foreign policies and common security are members in the Commission.

Each State has a justice in the Court of Justice located in Luxemburg.  The jurisprudence of this Court supercedes State’s jurisprudence in matters proper to its competence.

Modern Europe re-defines Christianity; (Nov. 5, 2009)

A few years ago, the European Parliament was considering attaching a clause in the Constitution that Christianity is the foundation of Europe’s civilization. It didn’t pass and Europe saved its modern identity as promoter of human rights and human dignity. How could a religion (one of the many in Europe), one of the various attributes in the vast matrix of a civilization be the exclusive characteristics of Europe?  Europe is a heterogeneous society of Nordic, Slavic, and Mediterranean climate and cultures and was dominated intermittently by several Empires.

Modern Europe has extended to its citizens a minimum of human rights.  This respect to human dignity was not the case until late in the 20th century.  Respect of man did not evolve historically as a continuum but in bounds. Retrospective historical studies tend to discover just the illusion of human respect for rights and dignity.

Europeans claiming Christianity to be the foundation for Europe’s new trend for “mercy, forgiveness, and kindness” (trying to attach these attribute to Europeans) forget that for many centuries the strongest faith in Europe was the taste for violence such as in the Inquisition, the chasing out of the Moslems and Jews from Spain, the Crusading campaigns, the conquest of overseas lands with the benediction of Papal Rome, the division of the conquered lands among the European monarchs by Papal decrees, the religious mass massacres among the Christian sects and factions with Papal consent, the so many wars in Europe where the Catholic Church was an integral party, and the worst of all the Dark Age in Europe that lasted from 400 to the 15th century because the central religious power in Rome was apprehensive of rational thinking and forbade the influx of scientific works that might rob it of its temporal power.

There are Europeans claiming that it was Christianity that set the foundation of the individualistic character in Europe, a non-conformist attitude to the collective norms, rituals, and traditions, the will for self-realization rather than clinging to the behavior of rank and file; these chauvinistic Europeans are also relying on entrenched illusions.  The Christian Church was the personification of harassing free thinkers and burning who defied the Christian central dogma for many centuries. Once baptized as a Christian at birth, you had no other alternatives but to obey the Christian laws.  Christianity was the most exclusive religion among all religions:  It coerced colonized people by force into Christianity.  As “Saint” Augustine wrote “It does not matter the faith of a new convert; what counts is what time and rituals will produce in the long run on him and his descendents.”  This is exactly the tactics of western globalization “Promote the consumerism of technological gadgets and the world will acquire faith in the superiority of western civilization”

It is paganism that disseminated liberal thinking of individuality.  A pagan could worship any other idol in foreign lands (with different name but with the same potency in his mind) and he was never persecuted. A pagan could switch idols that suited his interest of the period and his community would not persecute him or ex-communicate him on his God’s preferences.

The modern principle of universality (which means that individuals of all genders, races, colors, and origins have the same mental potentials and capabilities as human and that the differences reside in societies) was never a Christian dogma. Christianity never had this meaning of universality in its dictionary of laws; a slave was a slave by birth and should accept his condition and offers his miseries and plights as sacrifices to God Jesus who suffered for the entire humanity and forgiveness of the “original sin” that never existed. The discovery by the Europeans of the universality of mankind was due to the de-colonization process, an implicit discourse on the role of society during the 20th century.

How could equality and fraternity have emerged from Christianity in order to claim that Europe’s roots are Christian? Lactance in 314 wrote “People are born equal. In societies where people are not considered equal then justice is not served.  Yes, within the Christian communities there are rich and poor, masters and slaves by the flesh but they are equal in the spirit.”  How sweet! Lactance was repeating St. Paul’s ejaculation that added oil to the machinery of the caste system. Gregory “the Great” considered charity what was offered to nobles reduced to poverty because of the huge suffering they felt of being considered within the rank of the poor classes; thus, the true poor people by birth were so used to their way of life that they didn’t need much charity to survive.

The Western Christian Churches (Catholic and Protestants) supported and maintained the caste system of nobility and the “others” non-noble classes.  The feudal lord had the right to crush his vassals with all the might he possessed as a father had the rights over his kids.

There are many Europeans who claim that it was Christianity that promoted the separation of the spiritual off the temporal power on the basis of Jesus saying “Give to Caesar what is due to Caesar and to God was is due to God”;  this is total nonsense.  Most of the wars in Europe were launched by monarchs against the temporal influence of Papal Rome in state matters.  Neither the Catholic Church not the various Protestant sects relinquished their temporal “rights”.

Protestantism had this indirect advantage that it weakened the central power of Papal Rome; thus, Islam scientific manuscripts were permitted to enter Europe; this new openness to rational discovery was the main catalyst for the Renaissance period and the qualitative jump into modernity.  It does not mean that the previous sentence of Jesus had no influence in the mind of modern Europe; it does not mean also that Christianity willingly relinquished its temporal influence based on that sentence.  The Prophet Mohammad also urged Moslems to acquire knowledge even from China; it worked for four centuries; it does not mean that Moslems remembered that encouragement most of the time.

There are Europeans, when pressed to give an identity (other than their State), they might opt for their religious denomination (with utmost reluctance in Europe) and thus, when a European says that he is Christian it is sort of family name, the latest in heritage, as cathedrals, old churches, and the paintings, sculptures, and music of the Renaissance period. Christianity cannot be used as identification because it won’t do: most of the US citizens also claim to be Christians, as is the case with Latin Americans; does this means that they could also be considered Europeans or European civilization roots?

Modern Europe is democratic, secular, with laws guaranteeing free religious beliefs, free speech, gathering, and opinions, human rights, sexual liberty, welfare states, open borders and travel.  Modern Europe is anathema to the principles and practices of Christian Churches.  Christianity must be glad that the modern European civilization is giving it not just a mere face lift but a totally different identity.

Note 1: This topic was inspired by the last chapter in the French book “When the world became Christian” by late Paul Veyne.

Note 2:  Ten years a go, Europe was the scene of large genocide; not just between “Christians and Moslems” but among Christians of Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox on the basis of “ethnic cleansing” in former Yugoslavia.


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