Bread and Roses

Why They Fight

Greetings from high above the streets of Paris, where the biggest labor battle in a decade is taking place. As I strolled the streets last night you could feel the tension in the air. The strike had begun, across the country transport workers were walking off the job. At many of the nation’s universities, students… » read more

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Reading through the stastics for the last 7 years relating to the top arms dealers in the world, you can’t ignore the role of Europe in the dealing of weapons around the world. True no country is a bigger merchant of arms than the US, followed by Russia. Yet after Russia the next three largest… » read more

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Commitment to Peace

The United States is the country that is always assumed to be the gung-ho cowboy in the world; always ready to pick a fight. It casts a shadow over the fact that every step of the way, European nations such as England, the Netherlands and various Eastern European nations… they too have joined the various… » read more

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Jewish Genealogy

A good friend from Chicago is visiting me in Amsterdam. Lately we have frequent conversations about his ancestors, many of whom came from Poland, escaping during world war 2. Many more of them did not escape and were sent to their deaths at concentration camps. As we spoke, I looked over his shoulder at the… » read more

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Portugal Gets Good Marks

I expected to see Sweden get high marks for its treatment and policies related to immigrants. Especially in a year where there has been alot of information published on how they are doing such a good job with welcoming Iraqi immigrants in particular. But as a Portuguese citizen, not to mention a global citizen, I… » read more

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Maglev Relief

I gave out a little sigh of satisfaction after a long period of concern. Germany has decided to put the Maglev train to real use. According to Spiegel international, by 2014 the electromagnetic train will link the Munich airport to the city. After years and years of “testing” and that infamous accident in 2006 when… » read more

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The Case of Südtirol

While in Belgium the debate rages on about how to manage one state with two groups with so many rifts between them, I find myself thinking about a case of 3 languages and 3 cultures who share one land – the region known as South Tyrol or (for the Italians) Bolzano-Bolzen. Although they are two… » read more

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No Comment, Euronews

After many years of enjoying the NoComment segment on the European newschannel Euronews, NOCOMMENT has finally gone digital. Since the beginning of this year I’ve been an avid subscriber to the NoComment podcast: a 1 to 2 minute daily segment of NoComment which also appears on the tv channel. This segment is not only something… » read more

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In the winter of 1912 in a place called Lawrence, Massachusetts, 20,000 textile workers went on a long bitter strike. They worked long hours and lived in the worst conditions imaginable. As immigrants from all over Europe, and mostly women and children, the workers were outraged that their already meager wages would be cut. In… » read more

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