Thank you and I ask you, please, to pray for me. And if one or another of you cannot pray, I respect that, and ask that you think well of me, that you send me good vibes.
My favorite bit from the Declaration of Independence:
Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.
The demand for power in Africa has become a major international issue. China has taken the lead in financing many power projects across the continent — mostly hydroelectric dams, but also solar power plants and wind farms. Private companies from Asia, the United States and Europe are also supplying power to an increasing number of countries.
Compare this to construction of the Cahora Basa Dam in Mozambique in the waning days of Portugal’s empire. Indeed, China is even involved in efforts to expand the capacity of the Cahora Basa Dam.
This article from the Washington Post makes many of the same points I would make if I had the time, with several good links throughout. The crux of it is this:
Never will you find a serious German politician, let alone one contending for the leadership of the country, insisting in 2015 that the Nazi swastika is “part of who we are.” Nor would you be able to stock up on kitsch, “nostalgic” Nazi memorabilia. There are no vainglorious monuments to Nazi leaders lining German city squares; instead, in the heart of the capital, sits a painful testament to collective guilt and the horrors of the past.
The contrast between this and the way some American states still commemorate Confederate leaders, name roads after Confederate generals and fly Confederate flags could not be more stark.
I would like to talk about the last of decolonization in Africa, namely the territory of Western Sahara, which continues to suffer the horrors of colonialism from another age.
The Western Sahara was once a Spanish colony and is now claimed by Morocco as their “Southern Provinces.” The “new Imperialism” of the nineteenth century is still kicking.
Well, at least one person got a new job.
Amsterdam resident Inge Bosman on new Dutch King Willem-Alexander’s rise to the throne after Queen Beatrix’s abdication this week.
What, I wonder, would be the reaction if a Hungarian who had no English, who had never visited the country, were to write an editorial savaging the United Kingdom for not being a real democracy as it has no proper constitution, decrying that the head of state is the result of a coitus, not an election, and the little freedom of speech left is being destroyed by David Cameron through a royal charter (a royal charter, not even the fig leaf of a law, I mean how fascistic and anachronistic can you get?)
Tibor Fischer is right, nobody would take that very seriously. Point taken. Still, four revisions to the Hungarian constitution in the past eighteen months sounds like a lot. Some think it’s reason to worry.
Justin Bieber’s note in the Anne Frank House guestbook starts off so promising before, well, see for yourself:
Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.
Saudi Arabia seems to lead the world in crucifixions these days, occasionally applying the penalty to rapists and other serious offenders. The kingdom crucified a murderer just this week. Yemen has also crucified criminals in recent years.
From the department of “the more things change…”:
German listeners, according to [Laurence] Rees, thought of Hitler as someone who spoke with “conviction” and an “absolute certainty” that they liked.
Replace “German” with “American” and “Hitler” with “their favorite talking head”.
via The Dish.