Websites Worth Visiting
A Greek blogger sent this message via e-mail relevant to my previous post on Turkey:
"Unfortunately not only the rest of Europe, but also the Greek political elite have forgotten what happened to the Greeks of Smyrna, Constantinople and Cyprus by the Muslim Turks in the last century."
Those interested in news from Greece can check out his website called Hellenic Lines.
You will also find there an article from 2007 on saying NO to Turkey in the EU. But I think the author's optimistic appraisal of Sarkozy was a bit hasty.
In addition to the blog on Greece, I received an e-mail from Don Hanks who administers a Christian conservative website called L'Aigle's Forum. He covers a tremendous range of topics, and also does translations from French to English and from German as well. There is so much material at his website, all I can say is browse at your leisure, and choose from the long list of categories on the right side.
The homepage is featuring an interesting article on Alan Keyes, a black conservative politician, who is bringing a lawsuit against Barack Obama on grounds that his citizenship has not been verified and that the Electors of the Electoral College should not cast their vote for him until proof of citizenship is established.
You might also find the article entitled "Obama as US president: Who wins, who loses", worth reading.
French readers may be interested in learning about a website called French Friends of the Republican Party that represents the not-very-popular view that the best hope for the world is the American Republican Party. A staunch backer of both Bush and McCain, the website has several articles relevant to the Obama victory on its homepage. A refreshing departure from the usual...
A website that I have mentioned before - The Worldwide Decline of French - has some new material on its homepage including news from Chile. Further down there is an article I hadn't seen before on the closing, in 2006, of 42 private French schools in Algeria, as part of the wider plan to make Arabic mandatory everywhere. Not surprising of course. Since Sarkozy has come out in favor of teaching Arabic in French schools he can't entirely disapprove of his friend Bouteflika's measure. If Sarkozy had a shred of patriotism in him he would have at least refused to teach Arabic in France until Bouteflika reopened those schools.
Finally, you may have noticed comments from a reader called "The Editrix". Her website Editrix Blog has commentary on the political scene in Germany, historical retrospectives and her views on feminism, among other topics. A few weeks ago, she printed my post on languages, adding her own comments in which she shared some personal language-learning experiences and expanded on the phenomenon of dumbing-down (she calls it "yobbofication") that prevails everywhere in the West, particularly the schools.