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When Swiss said no to more minarets in referendum in Nov. 2009 I was making TV news about it and in front of my eyes had a video from Switzerland with minaret and Swiss Alps in the background. My co-worker sitting next to me commented immediately: “That even doesn’t look like Switzerland, minarets doesn’t belong… » read more

After Robert Schuman’s warning of the Nazi destruction of the Jews, Why did those who were warned not act? August 1942 “The Jews are being systematically destroyed. There are no more Jews in the Ukraine. Men, women and children have been separated and taken. Men and women have been transported to concentration camps. Often they… » read more

Many countries in Europe have dark and bright moments in history. Dark periods are marked by either tyranny, totalitarism or wars, while bright periods usually refer to revolutions, ideas of progress and prosperity, anti-war movements and prominent people who organized it. In recent European history, almost all Eastern countries experienced shifts of political systems and… » read more

Muslim communities say the decision will spread deep concern and worry. The Swiss government and businesses are worried too – about whether this controversial but democratic ballot will provoke an international backlash. Alan Fisher, Al Jazeera English, “Swiss brace for minaret backlash” What if that backlash were to include a disinvestment or divestment wave among… » read more

Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi – AKP), is undoubtedly the dominant political force in contemporary Turkey’s political scene. It has been so since 2002 when it first came to power and keeps strengthening its position steadily ever since. It is indicative to mention that in 2002 it managed to attract a 34.43%… » read more

Republic of Moldova feels Romanian (CC) Klearchos Kapoutsis As protests are widespread in Moldova after the elections, where the pragmatic, pro-EU Communist Party [sic!] won a comfortable majority, the question lingers again about Moldova identity. Despite the efforts of the elite in Europe’s poorest, former Soviet state, many Romanians claim a part of the country… » read more

EDRi-gram 7.6

Telecom Package in second reading – dangerous amendments Extension of copyright term postponed in the European Parliament German Police searches the homes of the wikileaks.de domain owner Data sharing legislation pulled by the UK government France: Three strikes law debated by the General Assembly European Parliament wants more transparency on ACTA Germany: Data retention is… » read more

While remembering the 10th anniversary of Nato bombings against Serbia I like to highlight some basic issues before, during and after bombings 1999: · Public justification was based to fabricated, manipulated and one-sided reports by U.S. like earlier in Bosnia and after e.g. in Iraq-case · The bombings and later orchestrated unilateral declaration of independence… » read more

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