The Eastern European member states, with a more recent memory of Russian and Soviet tyranny, ... Chancellor Merkel of Germany ( the de facto leader of the EU) has expressed the view that nationalism is a regrettable and outmoded idea and sentiment, one that, according to her, is being replaced in Europe by the EU.
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Obviously, george, you forgot that a large part of Germany (including that region where Merkel lived) was heavily inspected by Russians like Major Wladimir Putin until 1990.
Besides that, I'm always amused that you introduce to the many EU-institutions - the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission - the one of a de facto leader.
I did not forget either that or the fact that German reunification was accomplished with the very substantial support of the United States. The Soviet Union was crumbling from within, but still a potential danger, as forces within it worked to sustain the Soviet Empire in Europe. There was still some lingering fear of German reunification among western European States, but in this situation, with some farsighted action on the part of both President Reagan and German Chancellor Kohl, a new era in Europe was established.
[What always surprises me - that said without any evaluation - is that Reagan get the benefits, but here in Germany (and other European countries) it was thanks to Soviet leader Gorbachev that the symbol of division fell.
The Hungarian contribution has not been given (outside Germany and until a few years in Hungary) the emphasis it deserves: the Pan-European Picnic organised by Hungarian opposition parties on August 19, 1989, at the Austrian-Hungarian border.
Finally, to shorten the story, on September 10, the Hungarian government decided to allow all East Germans to leave Hungary through the border with Austria. At least 70,000 left within a few days.
These were merely the details that followed the collapse of the USSR.
You could argue that they admitted it publicly later.
I really think that Reagan played a great role in the reunification of Germany.
But the Berlin Wall's fall was more a result Gorbachev's actions, not Reagan's speech in 1987. Gorbachev started in 1985 glasnost (openness) and perestroika - and that's what finally lead the ten-thousands Wast Germans to "make holidays" in Hungary with the plan to escape from there to the Federal Republic. (Some thousands came to my native town, because we got a collecting point for people coming to North Rhine Westphalia from the GDR there.[And I worked there, too.])
Perhaps so. However it was merely the detail that set off the destruction of the wall that would have happened even without that specific event. The GDR too was collapsing, as was the whole of Soviet empire in Europe.
As for Glasnost, it was merely a belated effort to save a sclerotic Soviet Socialist/Authoritarian system that was collapsing from its own contradictions, in a long-term confrontation with an (until then) united West.
Our oligarch-controlled media suppresses the peoples’ uprisings around the world. While we’re still allowed to access this, you may want to read it.
Young, liberal and critical of Israel
American Jews are growing more liberal, just as Israel’s government moves to the far right. That has profoundly changed a relationship of 40 years.
Two Christian pastors were among the interesting guests when the US opened its new embassy in Jerusalem. They were John Hagee, who has described Hitler as God’s ‘hunter’ (1), and Robert Jeffress, who believes that all Jews are going to hell. They are leaders of the most reliable pro-Israel voices in the US, rightwing Christian Zionists (2). Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, conservative Jewish casino magnates, who contributed an estimated $113m to the Republicans in 2018, and at least $80m in 2016 (3), also attended.
Mostly absent, and largely uninvited, were Jewish Democrats, although, in election after election, including the 2018 midterms, they manage to secure between 70% and 75% of the vote.
Donald Trump and Binyamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu share much more than their reliance on Christian Zionists and Adelson’s millions. They are both vociferous critics of the free press, eager to boost conspiracy theories to justify their failures, and (most shockingly in Netanyahu’s case) remarkably relaxed about the recent rise of neo-Nazism across Europe and the US. During the final days of his presidential campaign, Trump ran a commercial attacking liberal Jewish philanthropist George Soros, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, and Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, all Jewish, claiming they sought to control the world.
When neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, chanting ‘Jews will not replace us’, Trump said some were ‘very fine people’. It took three days for Netanyahu to say anything about Charlottesville, and it wasn’t much: a single short tweet that never mentioned Trump. He then, as so often, left it to his son Yair to communicate under the political radar to his political base. Yair Netanyahu explained that these violent Nazis ‘belong to the past. Their breed is dying out. However the thugs of Antifa (4) and BLM [Black Lives Matter] who hate my country, and America too in my view, just are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life.’..
Six people have been charged after a number of police officers and emergency workers were attacked at a pro-Brexit yellow vest protest march in London.
Footage posted on social media appears to show some activists clashing with officers at the march through Whitehall and Piccadilly on Saturday.
Five protesters were charged with assault on an emergency worker, and one was charged with obstructing police.
They are all due to appear before Westminster magistrates on 19 March.
The charges include:
Terence Dwyer, 53, from Barnet, is charged with three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray
David Coppin, 58, from Margate, is charged with assault on an emergency worker and affray
Sarah Penton-Stuart, 46, from Godalming is charged with assault on an emergency worker and affray
Miah Levy, 38, of no fixed address is charged with obstructing police, affray and possession of cannabis
Michael O'Sullivan, 57, from Hertsmere, is charged with assault on an emergency worker and affray
Robert Walker, 56, from Southwark, is charged with three counts of assault on an emergency worker and affray
The protesters were demanding a no-deal Brexit, an end to immigration, and an end to what they see as mainstream fake news and justice for three teenage boys killed by a drink-driver in London in 2018.
Quote:Our oligarch-controlled media suppresses the peoples’ uprisings around the world. While we’re still allowed to access this, you may want to read it.
That first sentence is a rather weird claim.
Quote:Our oligarch-controlled media has certainly kept you from being educated about the Yellow Vest uprisings across Europe.
How is the mainstream press in the US suppressing the yellow vest demonstrations in France? (I presume that's the story you are referencing but it's hard to tell as the front page you've linked has 50 or so different stories).
Quote:Your ignorance of the violent anti-government riots in France, which are in their second month, display the suppression of news quite aptly.
And your "while we're still allowed to access it" is simply silly. This site is a subsidiary of the French daily, Le Monde, which has been around since the 40s.
Quote:Facebook and Google have cracked down on news that goes against the establishment in America. The results of my personal Google searches have changed dramatically in the past year. Articles from Truthdig and Truthout - to name the first two that come to mind - no longer show up in my key word searches. I have to search those news outlets by name to see their articles. Liberal and truth-telling news outlets are being censured. News of anti-government riots in France is slim to none, resulting in people like you not knowing diddly about it.
A far more valuable take on news suppression is, however, available at the s
If you are going to talk about fascism or proto-fascism in the US you've been looking in the wrong directions. Which is curious or something.