Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Kid on the Block

France welcomes Croatia to the European Union. From Le Figaro:

France is happy today over the referendum vote on the admission of Croatia to the European Union, and regards this as an example to follow for the other countries of the Balkans (…)

The Croats approved by more than 66% of the votes the admission of their country to the European Union. But participation (43.58%) was very low in this referendum deemed "crucial" by the authorities of this young republic, twenty years after its independence from the former Yugoslavia.

In a joint communiqué, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and European Affairs Minister Jean Leonetti declared:

"Yesterday, the Croats approved by referendum the admission of their country to the European Union. The results indicate that they made this choice unambiguously. We are particularly happy that they have decided to make their State the 28th member of the Union, marking thus their confidence in the European project."

At his blog Yves Daoudal writes:

"Welcome aboard the slave ship."

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At January 26, 2012 5:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it amusing to refer as the SSEU. The EU is modelling itself along the former soviet union structures and politics. It would be more appropriate to refer to it as the EUSSR. It seems that no one can get away from the puerility of other associations.

At January 26, 2012 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


In the photo, you can see Jean-Marie Le Pen

I think he thinks that there are not too many French in the French football team.

Anyway, at the front, you can see Zinedane, the Algerian, who also before the latest Football World Championship in South Africa, that he would prefer to play with the Algerian flag, before the French.

To the left, front, is another French sportsman, who is easily recognizable with his blond hair and facial hear. To the right, standing up, is a football player who used to play at the same time as Zinedine Zidane, Fabien Barthez.

At January 26, 2012 2:04 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

I had no idea that was Le Pen. I will remove the photo because that distorts the meaning of the whole article.

At January 26, 2012 2:41 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

I'm sorry about the confusion and I accept responsibility since I am the one who is supposed to know what that illustration meant.

I wanted a comical image of a slave ship and I thought that one was very funny. I had no idea it was Le Pen. Le Pen is completely against the EU and has always been against the EU. Therefore he would not be the one to whip into action a boat-load of EU countries that are basically slave states. The image was wrong, once I realized what it meant.

Thanks for your assistance. It really proves again that I should stay away from jokes, puns and illustrations I don't fully understand. There is a cultural gap here, and I acknowledge my ignorance. My ignorance is correctable, but not in time for posting.

At January 26, 2012 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have a question about political symbols for employees in France

You would think there is a law against wearing political totalitarian symbols, even those that some pretend to be "religious" symbols.

Normally you don't see such symbols on employees around, so when you do see an islamic symbol, such as the white tight little hat, on a supermarket employee, you do pay attention and ask what is going on. What is happening?

What we are seeing now, could this be the start of a trend? Starting with a little hat, one here, one there. Then going on to wear the islamic dress for men etc?

Where does it start? Where does it end?

Since when was it acceptable to wear islamic symbols as part of the supermarket uniform in France?

At January 26, 2012 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear tiberge

I am happy to have helped you to re-regard the photo:-)

For a moment I was a little confused, too, thinking, maybe there was something wrong with your glasses, or something...

I adore your comment about insight into self, though!

"It really proves again that I should stay away from jokes, puns and illustrations I don't fully understand."

It could happen to anybody, tiberge. We want to do things correct and without mistakes, and then something happens which we soon would want to undo.

If you wish, and if technically possible, please feel free to delete my 1212 comment describing the photo, if it could help you feel better.

Your work is still excellent, tiberge!

At January 26, 2012 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wearing religious signs in kindergarten is forbidden
- Baby Loup case

Banning the hijab

A private kindergarten can bad the hijab

At January 26, 2012 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a jew in France today

Observations which are not reported in the media

"I received this post from a friend in NY. One of his friends is living in France and posted this to him with the request that he distribute it to his American friends. He prefaces with:

Once again, the real news in France is conveniently not being reported as it should. To give you an idea of what’s going on in France.."

At January 26, 2012 9:22 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ anonymous 7:35 p.m.

Thank you for the link. Some of those incidents were reported, but I don't know if all of them have been. The biggest question involves the perpetrators of these crimes. The author of the letter does not say whether or not they are ethnic Frenchmen or immigrants. In Bondy, there is a large immigrant population. Most likely the perps were Muslims or blacks. The author of the letter may be blaming Frenchmen for the crimes of the immigrants. Some crimes against Jews may be committed by white thugs similar to the Satanists who destroy churches and cemeteries, but most crimes against Jews and non-Jews are the work of blacks and Muslims, and occasionally other immigrant groups such as gypsies.

I cannot go along with a boycott, because I do not see the French as guilty, but the French leaders, the religious leaders, and to some extent the media.

In the United States many black people are the victims of crimes. If there was a call to boycott the United States because we are racists, I would object on grounds that the criminals are themselves almost always black.

So, until I know who the perps are, and until the author of the letter acknowledges that immigration in vast numbers from Muslim and black countries was a fatal error, I cannot go along with a boycott.

I believe the figures he cites (600,00 Jews and 5-6 million Muslims) have to be taken with some reservations. The number of Jews is probably going down, and the number of Muslims is probably more than 6 million. Note well, I said "probably". We cannot prove anything regarding ethnic statistics, we can only make reasonable assumptions.

At January 28, 2012 4:19 PM, Blogger Arius said...

This is amazing. Croatia, a country with a majority of neo-Nazi sympathizers, joins the EU that is in a super debt cycle collapse that will collapse their welfare state. This must be some kind of cosmic justice.

At February 13, 2012 7:41 PM, Anonymous seo los angeles said...

I thought Croatia was already a part of the Union, very interesting. Do you think many states will continue to join? Or it will be a slow or potentially permanently stalled process?


At February 14, 2012 12:43 AM, Blogger tiberge said...


I can't answer that, but I think it's a slow process. There are all kinds of impediments: the country in question has to fulfill its obligations, and it must be approved by the popularly elected representatives in Parliament. The poor health of the euro is a factor that may make some countries think twice - for example, Greece wanted to hold a referendum to see if the people wanted to leave the "euro zone", but EU proponents, including Nicolas Sarkozy, saw to it that the Greek prime minister renounce such an idea. Marine Le Pen wants to return to the system of referendums, which is something the current French government has always feared. Of course, depending on what the issue is, the people may be right... or wrong.

Turkey is having trouble due to its refusal to acknowledge the Armenian genocide. I can't help wondering if somehow Turkey will get in despite their stand on Armenians.


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