Welcome to the new version of European Tribune. It's just a new layout, so everything should work as before - please report bugs here.

Moral Daltonism - Erased

by name Tue Jul 18th, 2006 at 05:07:24 PM EST

[editor's note, by name] I've decided to erase the original article altogether. I think that the subject of psychopathy is worth exploring in its own right, but, for obvious reasons, Eurotrib is not the right forum to do this. More important, I don't think that the flamefest that ensued is worth it. Not for me and not for the forum. It was never my intention to provoke what happened and was said, and frankly I did not expect the level of unwarranted personal insults and calumny simply for posting on a 'controversial' subject - what is what political blogs are for, IMO until now.

Read more... (29 comments, 314 words in story)

Zionism

by name Fri Jul 14th, 2006 at 02:49:05 PM EST

Yesterday "messy" posted a very weird redefinition of zionism in the thread about the current escalation by the IOF in Palestine and Lebanon. The thread is here:
http://www.eurotrib.com/story/2006/7/13/43650/8285

In that thread, "messy" redefined zionism as "The idea that jews are human and should rule themselves".

Now, I have no problem with either of both premises, but I have a big problem with a) the statement as presented  because that was a reframe of the ongoing discussion, and b) with zionism defined that way, because that is not what zionism is, as I'll illustrate below.

Read more... (30 comments, 1459 words in story)

Le Monde diplomatique: "9/11 - an Inside Job?"

by name Thu Jul 6th, 2006 at 05:42:24 AM EST

This a Copy-Paste of a diary from DailyKos, which runs danger to be deleted because it is about a "forbidden" topic. Kos has forbidden diaries on the topics "government involvement in 9/11" and "airplanes not being the cause of the collapse of either the WTC or the pentagon", which he dismisses as "conspiracy theory". I find it suspicious that an american political blog would ban discussion of an issue of primary importance within the political discourse of that country. It is even more suspicious if one looks at the results of the poll attached to the original diary, where (when I looked) respectively 982 responded that "the govt investigation of the 9/11 attentates were not truthful", and 15 said that "the govt investigation of the 9/11 attentates were truthful".

Also, the comments made on the diary seem to be at odds with the response to the poll. While the majority of the poll respondents distrust the US govt, there are many extremely hateful, dismissive and insulting comment entries. My take is that these are professional trolls trying to tamp down a discussion adverse to the interests of whoever is behind the 9/11 attentates (and yes, I have also come to the conclusion that the headquarters of "Al-Qaeda" are located in Herzliya).

The URL to the original diary is here:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/7/5/152450/0414

The user who posted the diary is "Vesa", http://vesa.dailykos.com/

Read more... (52 comments, 691 words in story)

Les Maîtres du Monde

by name Tue Jul 4th, 2006 at 09:16:01 AM EST

This is for those among you who at least understand french. I found this very insightful clip in french. It is titled "Les Maîtres du Monde" (The Masters of the World). It is about the screwed state of our world, about where the fascist conspirators who control everything have brought us. Whatever. Watch it if you want. Pass it on if you find it informative.

Here it is, for your enjoyment and edification

http://cacaou3.blogspot.com/2006/06/blog-notes-deric-gaillot_18.html

Found via http://signs-of-the-times.org.

Read more... (10 comments, 258 words in story)

Fired for crossing the ^H^H^H^H

by name Mon Jun 5th, 2006 at 08:08:53 AM EST

This is crossposted from DailyKos, from the diary of Professor Douglas Giles a.k.a. DJ-Profusion

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/5/9/03930/61236

Professor Giles was fired for allowing open discussion about the topics of zionism, Israel, Palestine in his class. I am quoting this diary entry entirely because DailyKos is known to censure 'controversial' issues.

My question to European readers here at Eurotrib: Does anybody know of similar incidents here in Europe ?

Read more... (2 comments, 886 words in story)

(Neo-) Nazis again

by name Wed May 31st, 2006 at 10:49:08 AM EST

A couple of weeks ago I wrote some words about skins and violence. They had just beaten that guy from Etiopia into hospital. AFAIK he's not yet recovered. In the meantime there has been more racist violence in Germany and elsewhere.

First, my mentioning of no-go zones in .DE for people not all that white was (sadly) reivindicated by somebody from the SPD, who was promptly shut up by pretty much everybody. As I could see from one special answer to my other posting, the fact that racism is pervasive in some areas of .DE seems to be so at odds with the self-image of Germany promoted by the politicasters that it is all but anathema in public discourse. What a sad state of affairs.

Read more... (2 comments, 848 words in story)

Private Macbeth's Crimes against Humanity

by name Mon May 22nd, 2006 at 01:49:17 PM EST

No, this is not about the Macbeth  most of us know from literature, the play written by Shakespeare.

Instead, we'll take a look at Jessie Macbeth, a former US-Army ranger. Some of you have probably already seen his 20-minute confession, some not yet. For starters, he confesses to having murdered "at least" 200 people during house raids in Iraq, among them a mother and her 3 children. He whines about having done all this on orders and to "be a good ranger". I'll also ask him to turn himself in for crimes of war at the ICJ in The Hague.

But first, go and see his confession over at http://www.peacefilms.org .

(the rest is long and tedious to read)

Read more... (4 comments, 2080 words in story)

A question to the lawyers

by name Wed May 17th, 2006 at 11:55:48 AM EST

This is directed to european lawyers among the readership of this site, but americans may also find it of interest.

As a layman - IANAL - i've always found the concept of a "criminal organization" interesting. Many, if not all european laws, have clauses pertaining organized criminality, making the participation in such "criminal organizations" punishable, but when one looks at what some highly honorable organizations do one has to wonder how they manage to evade being tagged "criminal".

Read more... (7 comments, 908 words in story)

Letter from the uppity Persian

by name Wed May 10th, 2006 at 05:47:49 AM EST

Since the "west" started its push for the war against Iran we've been treated to an incessant flow of accusations against Iran plus weekly predictions about a date when that country would be razed to the ground with the use of nukes, and several incidents within Iran itself, bombings and instances of airplanes full of govt functionaries inexplicably falling from the sky have been reported, which hint at "western" involvement. The response of the Iranians, or rather, that of their leadership, has not been in kind.

Instead, President Ahmadinejad has done something no specimen of the nether, brown races is supposed to do:  he took to the podium and started butchering the sacred cows of our ruling class, namely the moral superiority of the west (a.k.a the white man's burden), the sublime sanctity of the jewish holocaust, the "light upon all nations" legend of Israel, the commitment of the US, and the "west" at large, to democracy. In turn, the punishment has been that the MSM ignored him at first, misquoted him, or quoted him in a way which made him look like a madman, like in the well-known "destroy Israel" attribution - as far as I am aware, he spoke of destroying the "zionist regime", something different altogether, but what are such nimble distinctions to those in righteous rage.

To make a long story short, I've posted below the complete translation of Ahmadinejad's letter to Bush. After reading it, I think that it is so bad that neither Bush nor Condi could have possibly answered it. He makes Bush and his bunch look like shit. Ahmadinejad basically calls Bush on his faux-Christian persona and juxtaposes his deeds with the teachings of Jesus, and other nasty things: he implies involvement of the US govt and unspecified (western) intel agencies in 911, he puts in question the moral authority of western countries, implies that they are looting the wealth of Africa and Latin America, impeaches their commitment to democracy and the well-being of their own citizens, etc.

The translation of his letter to english is from Le Monde. I've made some minor corrections for grammar and legibility and formatting. All credit for the translation is theirs. The original document is here (.PDF).

Read more... (5 comments, 4630 words in story)

Some thoughts on skinhead violence in .DE

by name Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 12:59:20 PM EST

This is about skins in general, but also about the disgusting yet singular - because of the accompanying activity - incident which took place last week, in which a guy from Ethiopia was beaten into coma by a couple of assholes.

Now let me share my thoughts about this, and perhaps piss of Jerome (hello) in the process.

Read more... (17 comments, 720 words in story)

Paris, a concise look back ...

by name Tue Apr 25th, 2006 at 08:57:18 AM EST

Some time ago, back in Feruary, I posted asking for tips about what to do / where to go in Paris. THANK YOU to all those who responded. I used some of your hints, dismissed others, and found out some stuff by myself. Paris is not only a beautiful city, it is impressive. At the same time it is a place I could imagine living. I am posting a very short summary of what I found out in the week I went there by the end of February.

Read more... (14 comments, 779 words in story)

Going to Paris - Some Tourist Questions

by name Fri Feb 17th, 2006 at 10:37:38 AM EST

I'm flying to Paris next week with my GF. We'll stay for a week and intend to use the week to know what is worth knowing, look at what is worth seeing, eat what is good and within budget. Neither of us has ever been to Paris, except as transit passengers at CDG.

Read more... (32 comments, 142 words in story)

Targeting Civilians

by name Tue Jan 31st, 2006 at 11:22:08 AM EST

I lifted this article in its entirety from xymphora's blog (xymphora.blogspot.com). Not only is it relevant to recent political developments, but the issue at hand is also contentious in the context of this blog (eurotrib).

hamas has been called to 'renounce violence' and 'recognize israel', and many other nonsense appeals have been going in their general direction since they won the elections, but not only since then. palestinians have been accused, as a group and irrespective of age, gender, religious or political affiliation, of being terrorists. "targeted killings" and other euphemisms have been cooked up by some PR agency from hell in order to justify, whitewash and make acceptable what is otherwise called state-sponsored murder, genocide, death-squad hits, crimes of war and other unsavory names whenever such activities are undertaken by the other side.

is it not weird that hamas (and palestinians in general) are called to task when they target the civilians who illegally occupy their lands, but OTOH those same illegal civilians occupying their lands are never called to task for their crimes ? (hint: the israeli army are ot the only ones doing the shooting, demolitions, razing orchards, terrorizing civilians ...)

but, let's see what xymphora has to say about hamas targeting israeli civilians. it is all after the fold.

Read more... (666 words in story)

HAMAS the new nobody

by name Thu Jan 26th, 2006 at 11:39:06 AM EST

back when these things were still accepted as supreme truth, theodor herzl (or whoever) proclaimed that palestine was "a land without people for a people without land" - according to the jewish/zionist sagas nobody was there before the jews to legitimately claim the land. after herzl came golda meir with her assertion that there was no political partner on the palestinian side, in fact, that there was nobody there at all (i wonder who ariel and others like him had been murdering all those years).

Read more... (10 comments, 525 words in story)

Jacques Chirac Poll

by name Thu Jan 19th, 2006 at 04:26:12 PM EST

I was rather shocked when chirac threatened to nuke the iranians today morning (he did not say names but he meant them). I dont know what iran has ever done to france - ayatollah khomeini was a refugee there before coming to power, and the countries appeared to enjoy more or less 'normal' relations. I also fail to understand why iran is being accused of employing "terrorism", IIRC they've never done anything in the past beyond what was necessary to protect their national interests (not that they were always nice).

So why this sudden and apparently unwarranted escalation of the rhetoric ?

Read more... (27 comments, 123 words in story)

Murder or legitimate acts of war ?

by name Thu Jan 12th, 2006 at 09:36:49 AM EST

John Young of cryptome.org posted a link to a video showing how a sniper shoots american soldiers in Baghdad. One of his readers sent him the comment which I quote below:

Read more... (5 comments, 719 words in story)

Smart Comfort from China

by name Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 04:11:09 PM EST

While everybody here was busy censoring and hating me for my last very opinionated posting I went to the city. My GF had summoned me to the city, where she bought me a pair of boots. She paid EUR 160,- for the boots, which are made by Timberland, a company I remember as of US origin. The name of the shoe model is "Smart Comfort".

I told my GF that for various reasons I'd prefer the more expensive product of a local manufacturer. I even told my GF I would make up the difference, but she insisted I needed exactly these shoes. So OK. I checked them, curious to know what it was with these  boots in the beautiful box in a chic store in the city.

Read more... (3 comments, 744 words in story)

EDITED DIARY

by name Thu Jan 5th, 2006 at 07:47:31 AM EST

[editor's note, by Jerome a Paris] I am reposting the highly inflammatory content of this diary as a comment under my name below in the thread.

I don't want to censor anything, but do think that such a text has no place on the front page of European Tribune, especially as the author has a history of ferocious anti-Israeli comments.

At the time of writing, Ariel Sharon is not yet dead and a modicum of respect is due to anyone, whatever their past, at a time like this.

We don't mind criticism of Israel or of Ariel Sharon, his politics and his past, but diatribes like this one are unlikely to bring much thoughtful dialogue.

Comments >> (7 comments)

So he did it again

by name Wed Dec 14th, 2005 at 01:53:56 PM EST

Our favorite representant from the axis of evil did it again. In a matter of weeks he has managed to insult Israel as nobody had done before for the third time. He sent them running to their friends in Europe and the US. The US and Europe - a.k.a. the International Community, a.k.a. the Western Civilization or just plain "the West" - retorted in kind. The Mighty Wurlitzer (TM) shot broadside after broadside at bad, bad Ahmadinejad, the issue was brought before the UN security council, Israeli officials commented that "thanks god we have the resources to deal with them", western punditocracy and officialdom were at loss over how to escalate their demonstrations of infinite anger, and the levites were read aloud to iranian ambassadors, with no obvious effect.

Business as usual ? A basket case of "hate mongerer", "muslim anti-semitism", "lowdown, irrational populism", "cultural insensibility" ? Or something else altogether ? Is he luring the americans and israel into a trap ? What will be the outcome of this show ?

Read more... (912 words in story)

Ahmadinejad the dangerous man, revisited

by name Mon Dec 12th, 2005 at 07:18:08 AM EST

Last week Jerome posted an article which he titled "The Iranian President is a dangerous man". Jerome quotes some offensive (to western ears) comments supposedly made by Iranian President Ahmadinejad on the Pakistani website Dawn. The Dawn article in turn is from Reuters, which  attributes Ahmadinejads comments to Iran's news agency IRNA (slow !) without giving further details. I want to revisit the characterization of Ahmadinejad as a dangerous man a) because the discussion of that article was far from satisfying and b) I think that we have all been had by the shallow reporting from Reuters, upon which lastly Jerome commented, we commented and lastly a brawl resulted.

Read more... (20 comments, 1136 words in story)
Next 20 >>

News and Views

 11 - 17 Dec 2017

by Bjinse - Dec 11, 37 comments

Your take on this week's news

 04 - 10 Dec 2017

by Bjinse - Dec 4, 28 comments

Your take on this week's news

 Open Thread 11 - 17 Dec

by Bjinse - Dec 11, 6 comments

The thread is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled

 Open Thread 4 - 10 Dec

by Bjinse - Dec 4, 66 comments

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer threading

Occasional Series
Click for full list