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  • Witch Hunt, Fake News, Lies, Double Speak - When Will It End? | Wed, 22 Aug 2018 18:05:00 +0000

    If it wasn't said by US President Trump, one would believe it was just some wacko speaking. No one ever guessed that a sitting President would use such foul language whenever he speaks on TV. Quite ironically, he always insults the very news channels that have given him numerous chances to speak live...

    What is happening?

    How has it come to this?

    Can the American people really be so foolish as to elect Republican Senators and Governors in a climate where the dignity we normally associate with the Presidency has been robbed of EVERY sign of good etiquette?

    We will be much wiser about these questions once the November elections are over, but it never ceases to amaze me how poor Donald Trump is dealing with news media. Even though many have been frustrated - and rightly so - with many governors and senators who have been more focused on making fortunes from politics, it should never have come so far.

    2020 will be an interesting year, because so much IS at stake in the coming Presidential elections, and what we have seen thus far since Trump entered the White House on January 20th 2017 has been shocking to say the least.

    What are your thoughts about all this? Comments are welcome - as long as we all talk decently with one another. :-)

  • Can You Improve Anything by Leaving? | Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:31:00 +0000

    News that Trump has taken America out of the human rights organization is somewhat telling of how the current President thinks politics is just like running a business. It all SOUNDS good, but is it really the way you create changes?

    We saw the same trend when America was taken out of the Paris accord...

    The reasoning goes somewhat like: "We think this is bad, bad, SO BAD, and therefore we don't want to take part in it. We're leaving, and if you want us back you need to change!"

    Not a single word about WHAT you want to change, but just empty words signalling that everything they haven't proposed is bad - BY DEFINITION!

    It is shocking to watch. Especially because it sends all the wrong signals.

    A much better way is to work from the inside on IMPROVING the things you wish to change, and actively convince others that your logic is the right one. That takes time. It's true that this can be frustrating, but it's also the rule of the game.

    Imagine if every kid in kindergarten or school was taken out because parents felt things should be done THEIR way. We would call that highly selfish, wouldn't we?

    It would not bring about any change. The right way to proceed is to be elected into the parental councul, and discuss the issues within that council, and then bring about change in a civilized way.

    I admit some like Trump for his new way of doing things, but I would caution that we have all seen just how volatile his views have been in the short time he has been in office. One day, they person he is presented is the most brilliant guy since Einstein - and a few weeks later, Trump had to fire the same person because he or she was just a fool.

    It's like watching the Apprentice show. Trump likes to fire people! He feels SO powerful when he can catch the attention from news agencies with yet another idea that came to mind during his morning shower.

    World politics can NEVER function at the whim of each country wanting to run the world their way.

  • North Korea and Iran - Two Challenges for Us All | Wed, 16 May 2018 08:59:00 +0000

    North Korea is playing a hugely dangerous game as rumor has it that negotiations with South Korea today were cancelled, and news that the meeting with President Trump may also be cancelled. This is poker with a bad hand. Similarly, Iran's Project Amad is a very dangerous aspect that has been maintained under the radar for purposes that can hardly be called peaceful...

    There is something rotten in hidden agendas, and I am quite sure it will soon be clear to world leaders that action will have to be taken before this blows up into actual war.

    As I have said on this blog for months, the ONE and single most important meeting between Trump and Putin is still missing. Iran is relying upon Russian support to continue their activities, and the Iranian meddling into both Syria, Iraq and Yemen IS dangerous indeed.

    Something will have to be done - the sooner, the better for us all.

    We should be able to live decently and in order with one another, but some are blind towards the numerous challenges ahead. The question is whether we will see national security advisors rise up to the challenge, or whether it will remain a Twitter war with words?

    We are all holding our breath... :-)

  • UK Russia Relations Under Pressure | Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:52:00 +0000

    The recent poisoning of a former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England has put relations to Russia under severe pressure. British Prime Minister Theresa May is saying Russia is either directly or indirectly behind this poisoning. The nerve agent Novichok is apparently a poison used by Russia which has caused this suspicion. You can read more about the case here:

    We need to be very careful when we make deductions about who is behind such an action. First of all, it seems rather strange that both a spy and his daughter would be targetted. Sorry, but I have heard the official explanation from many sources, and all of them fail to ask about this obvious lack in logic here.

    I fully understand the former case of Litvinenko and others, and to the best of my recollection all such cases were SINGLE attacks. If someone is targetted for elimination it seems highly unlikely that family members would be in danger - at least when official killings are made...

    Furthermore, it seems a bit too obvious to do this just a week before Presidential elections in Russia.

    Pardon my French here, but is the entire world going insane? It is so easy to badmouth Russia. At a time when Trump is in the Oval Office it is so easy to speak shitty about one another, isn't it? :-)

    We have seen how aggression has colored our mindset before. It happened with Iraq and it happened with Afghanistan. Firstly, Iraqi forces are having to deal with foreign troops doing a lot of damage in the attempt to bring democracy to the country. People are being tortured and molested, and nobody speaks about this, because there is a common consensus that things are moving in the 'right' direction. What direction is that?

    Similarly, just as Russia had problems with fighting Afghani troops when these were known as Mujaheddins, so there are challenges with Taleban forces over there.

    If everything was going in the right direction, we would see more unity, wouldn't we?

    Similarly, the one meeting the whole world needs is a meeting between the American and Russian Presidents, but everybody is so busy talking about collusion that we are nearing a frost-like relation between the two powers that SHOULD be cooperating at this time.

    What are your thoughts, dear readers, on this?

    Have a nice day everyone everywhere :-)

  • Democracy - A Word With Many Meanings | Mon, 29 Jan 2018 03:02:00 +0000

    In th coming Russian elections, opposition politician Aleksej Navalnyj is greatly displeased with not being able to run for the presidency. You can always discuss whether a criminal conviction should invalidate your right to run for any office, but the laws of the land are as they are - and that can't be challenged.

    In Denmark, a decision has been made to remove the right for new candidates, whereas current members are not similarly thrown out. You can approve or disapprove of such policies, but it won't change a thing.

    A person may have a DUI from ages ago, and have recovered totally from youthful folly, but rules such as these simply prove the one point that every crime comes with a price.

    We don't want to forgive certain crimes if we were dealing with say a kindergarten - and the same applies to running a country. There may be situations where people have shown such a lack of remorse that you can't really trust that person. I don't know whether that applies specifically to Mr. Navalnyj, but it seems evident it is being called a political conviction.

    We have FAR TOO MANY politicians who claim political convictions in an effort to get sympathy for their causes. A much more efficient strategy is to own up to your actions, and then take it from there.

    What are your thoughts on this?

  • War Is Never Funny | Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:41:00 +0000

    War is never funny. People who have taken part in a war can attest to that. People get shot, and others get injured. No winners in any war - only losers.

    The late Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, reminded us all that once you started something, you should never ever give up. It is one of my favorite quotes, as it can be used in so many aspects of life today.

    But war should never be a first choice. It may become a necessary road, but certainly never a road worth walking. Many of our world leaders need to understand that.

    I have often been reminded that we have the politicians we deserve. A very unfortunate fact, because a lot of them are only interested in what we say until Election day. Once voted in, they do as they please. It is one of the less fortunate aspects of a democracy - that lying pays too well for people without the decency to put their actions into the same causes they promised only weeks earlier.

    What are your thoughts about recent wars? Have we in fact done all we could to avoid war? Do we go about things in ways we have done for decades, expecting new results, when it should long ago be obvious we won't get new results by acting in old ways?

  • Seasonal Greetings to All | Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:01:00 +0000

    I want to end this year on this blog by wishing all readers a Merry X-mas and a very Happy New Year. No one knows what lies in store for 2018, but we can conclude that 2017 was a very explosive year in many political areas.

    Nothing is boring in politics nowadays, but it is high time to conclude this year and hope for the best in the year to come.

    What are your thoughts, dear readers, at this time of the year? Did any special events capture your attention?

    What did you like on this blog?

    What could have been better?

    Your comments could, perhaps, inspire to write new articles based on your feedback.

    Seasonal greetings to all. :-)

  • North Korea - Behind the Lines With Undercover Television | Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:53:00 +0000

    It was highly interesting to watch undercover television coverage of North Korea. As you may remember, I wrote an article in september entitled North Korea - Why Can't We Get Along? We DO wish everybody could get along, and it IS highly tragic to see that the effects of embargoes and punishing of North Korea is hurting the population - not the leadership who could be instrumental in actually SOLVING the crisis we are currently witnessing...

    We SHOULD be able to get along. In the 21st century, it is kind of tragic that we still have people who both lie and misrepresent one another. It all begins at very early ages, and is highly destructive as it instills a negative attitude towards others that can last for generations.

    What are your thoughts on this issue?

    Poverty is rampant, and the people still plow their fields using hand-power. No one can afford to invest in a country that is spending far too much on a military to continue the distress which so dominates all we see...

    Why can't we just get along? The age-old question that is still highly relevant to ask...

  • The American Presidency Is In a Crisis | Tue, 07 Nov 2017 04:06:00 +0000

    In continuation of my article Trump Will Be a One-Term President, I think it is safe to say that the office of the American Presidency IS in a crisis. Never has there been more controversy and less respect for any sitting President since Nixon and the Watergate scandal!

    These are dangerous times, and a President needs advisers - in fact the very best of them. Even a disgraced President such as Nixon was highly valuable in advising on foreign policy issues for numerous Presidents that succeeded him. But when he died things started to move in a very bad direction for America.

    The single most important meeting that SHOULD have been initiated long ago has not yet taken place. The leaders of America and Russia should have taken time to get a good understanding of one another. But this takes more than a couple of hours to achieve - and apparently such a meeting won't happen any time soon...

    We have now been through almost a full year with Trump in office, and even the tone on Twitter hasn't improved yet. Everything is divided into fake news, crooked so and so, we are the best and all sorts of in-between comments that would fit a teenager much better than any sitting President.

    I HOPE someone could get through to him, because the potential danger of a madman in The White House is far worse than ANY political disagreements one may have over petty issues. America NEEDS good stewardship, but that requires people that think of common good for everyone, not just looking out for themselves...

  • Catalonia - What Are the Issues? | Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:48:00 +0000

    This article is a guest blog article written by Walter Finch who usually blogs on political issues and media over on A warm welcome to World Politics 101. Happy reading.

    With the arrest of two organisers of independence demonstrations in the Catalan capital of Barcelona on Monday, for the crime of sedition against the Spanish state, things are hotting up again on the Iberian peninsula.
     In the first session of the Catalan regional government after the incredible scenes of the flawed Catalan independence referendum on the 1st of October, the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont sensationally declared independence... and then suspended it, pending negotiations with the national government in Madrid. This fudging of the issue came as a disappointment for the Catalan independence supporters gathered in Barcelona and other regional cities and towns in Catalonia, and an almighty relief in Madrid and other capital cities in Europe. Then Madrid set a deadline for clarification over whether Puidgemont really had declared independence or not, which was ignored, and the most recent development have been these two arrests, and suddenly after a lull people are out in the streets of Barcelona again complaining of political prisoners. The next explosive development could be Madrid's suspension of Catalan autonomy, the removal of the Catalan government and direct rule of Catalona from Madrid.

    These have truly been some breathless and bewildering weeks in Catalonia and Spain. Catalonia, a wealthy region in the north east of Spain with its own language and distinct culture, has always been a reluctant member of Spain. Low-grade murmurings about declaring independence have taken on fresh impetus and urgency in recent years, only to be continually stonewalled by the national government in Madrid. The possibility of Catalan independence - or worse; secession - is one that cannot be countenanced in Madrid, which would see a diminishing in its tax receipts and its overall power and prestige, and most crucially, it could open the floodgates to secession by other regions within Spain. Thus, Madrid has refused to consider any possible solution to the issue that might open the door even slightly to the possibility of an independent Catalan republic.

    Both sides talk in the language of the law and democracy respectively. However, these high ideals disguise the truth; that this is just about two factions competing to achieve a mutually exclusive goal. Generally by any means possible. One of the key problems that Madrid faces is that it is very tough to envisage any long-term solution to the matter if it is unwilling to take any risks. Solutions that so far have involved police violence and political arrests only serve to poison the ground further and alienate an even larger proportion of the Catalan populace. 

    From the Catalan perspective, Madrid intransigence to discuss the matter of independence or even just a referendum is mirrored by Catalan intransigence to demand something which they know Madrid can never admit (independence). Even a referendum is considered too great a risk - have a look at Brexit. And so the problem for the Catalans is that anything less than an independence referendum would be little more than what they already have. The one concession that Madrid could offer would be greater fiscal autonomy for Catalonia - would that really satisfy the independentistas? 

    When we look at how this entire scenario might play out, there seems to be one rational strategy for each side. Madrid must resist efforts to heavy-handed escalation, and must position itself as the mature, responsible adult to Barcelona's unruly teenager. Crucially, Catalonia has very little outside support for its independence bid (apart from in the Russian state media), from the EU or neighbouring countries, who view secessionism and instability as general undesireables in themselves. Catalonia possesses no military to resist Spanish measures to reassert control. Madrid could, in theory, just wait for the movement to run out of steam.

    For the independentistas in Catalonia, their task is of course more uphill. Their objective should be to force Madrid to agree to a legitimate referendum on the matter not unlike the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 (which resulted in a rejection of Scottish independence from the United Kingdom). Madrid would be loathe to agree to it, but in the end its chances of victory would be favourable and it would be the best way to resolve the issue once and for all. If it becomes clear that a strong majority within Catalonia did not consent to be governed by Madrid, with continual large scale protests and civil disobedience, the pressure would mount on Madrid to front up and give the people a vote on the matter. Indeed, it could become logical to agree to it early on in order to nix growing independence momentum, which currently still stands at below 50% by most polls. Without a fair and open vote on the matter, the question will persist indefinitely.

    The whole issue raises the spectre of secessionism across Europe and beyond - one that has been remarkably quiet over the years. Many if not most countries have at least one restive region which might quite like to go it alone were the opportunity to arise. Generally, however, these movements very much occupy a fringe and are not taken too seriously. Were the Catalan issue to give neighbouring separatist movements increased impetus, it is clear that the neighbouring governments would not take it too kindly. It is quite standard for countries to resist separatist movements. But to what extent can national governments suppress them and at what point do they cross from being fringe and loony to a legitimate political aspiration? After all, both Turkey and Russia have been more than happy to use the military for this purpose, yet no EU country would be happy to point to either as a good example to follow.

    Ultimately, in a liberal democracy, the governed must give the government their consent to be governed. Separatism is to be discouraged; not with police batons and state repression, but by far-thinking policies and strategies that entice the entire populace to desire to remain citizens of the nation. Where there is a separatist sentiment, the carrot should be favoured over the stick. Alas for Spain and Catalonia, Madrid does not see it this way. However, it should be noted, it is this heavy-handed, repressive approach to the issue which may backfire and actually permit the separatists to get their way. So perhaps they should be grateful for the obstinacy of Madrid after all.

  • German Elections: Four More Years for Chancellor Merkel | Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:08:00 +0000

    The German elections were held yesterday, just three months before X-mas, and in some respects the results were shocking - in others they were anticipated. AfD  [the far-right Alternative für Deutschland] got approximately 13% of the popular vote. You can read more about the actual result in this article from the Guardian Online entitled Monday briefing: Merkel weakened by surge of far right.

    We cannot analyze European countries without remembering history.

    When we hear about the far-right in Germany, most of us immediately think of Nazism and the Second World War. What most of us forget is that MOST German are VERY consequential towards their history. They won't have any of the AfD-agenda.

    The challenge for that party is that they want to do the same as they have learned from both France, and even Denmark.

    In Denmark, the Danish People's Party [Dansk Folkeparti in Danish] have sought a mainstream agenda - much like Le Pen in France. Once something becomes mainstream, it becomes more palatable in the minds of people. The Danish party was founded with a woman at the reins of the party, and that founder is today Chairman of our Parliament here in Denmark!

    No one can deny that much has to do with the way we talk about immigrants. There is a clear difference between handling challenges on a common European level, and then trying to denounce people as though they are 'less than human' in a rhetoric with a xenophobic agenda - and that difference is a mindset question we need to be aware of...

    Financially, it is a good thing that Merkel can continue as Chancellor in Germany, but the challenges from a screaming far-right CAN be quite worrying to put it in mild terms. The years ahead will tell what happens in Germany. All eyes are focused on handling issues in a decent way, and that focus must never be deviated.

    Have a nice day

  • North Korea - Why Can't We Get Along? | Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:53:00 +0000

    Regular readers know I am a pacifist. I don't like any war. In fact, I dislike ALL forms of hatred, and I don't like the expectation that I should somehow take sides in ANY conflict. I have lost friendships over this when people thought they could manipulate me into political disagreements. I won't have any of it! I will gladly discuss issues, but I want such discussions to be nuanced. Otherwise it is just plain manipulation...

    Which is exactly why I simply can't understand why North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is provoking America as he is currently doing. A unanimous security council HAS said it condemns the actions of this country, and it seems a bit stupid to keep going down the alley of conflict!

    We are in the 21st century, dear friends. It should be possible to resolve conflicts through negotiation - not war.

    What is the purpose of war?

    There are NO winners - only losers.

    Lives are lost, and people are left either as orphans or as widows. That is NEVER a sensible solution.

    There is SO MUCH to be gained if leaders solved their problems at the negotiation table, and yet, we have fooled ourselves into feeling somehow 'above others' in numerous conflicts.

    I won't dwell on single events. News media have done this ad nauseum. You all know the examples out there.

    We all know very clearly that peace is not merely the absence of war. Real peace requires that we can at least dwell alongside each other without hatred.

    All languages have their word for peace. Shalom in Hebrew, Salaam in Arabic, Peace in English, Paix in French, Friede in German...

    Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream - and was assassinated for it. We too have a dream. We want peace, and yet we fail to stop ourselves when we work up into a tantrum over little things.

    Let's get over this, and let's get along. It shouldn't be all that difficult if we begin to respect one another!

  • A Crisis Can't Be Solved By Censorship | Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:00:00 +0000

    Image source: The Odyssey Online
    We just heard that the Attorney General will aim at finding leaks from The White House and intelligence agencies... Many are wondering what is 'fake news' and what is actually 'true news' at a time when the sitting President has acted in a very strange way, to put it in nice terms. :-)

    I won't guess as to WHY a sitting President has done so bad in handling the press, but I am quite sure that these four years WILL adversely affect the business potential for the Trump empire after Trump leaves 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue...

    People have seen what they get from this man, and news that America WILL withdraw from the Paris accord IS truly surprising if Trump actually wanted to 'Make America Great Again' as he promised when he was a candidate for the office of the Presidency.

    No one can argue that he IS the sitting President. Nobody wants to do that anymore as it is quite devoid of any purpose to debate that issue. But what IS worth arguing, IS the question of whether being environmentally sensible is an expense or an asset.

    Numerous companies HAVE found that becoming a more environmentally sensible company has become an asset. It creates goodwill among customers, and CAN be a determining factor when you need to decide between two offers in an outsourcing business case.

    There is a lot of money to be saved from making use of solar and wind energy. Well, let's put it in simple terms: the sun is shining and the wind is blowing anyway, so why not make good use of it? :-)

    What we are watching is an administration in crisis, running to and fro like headless chicken. In a country with approximately 300 million people you can NEVER ensure total confidentiality about policies that have far-reaching results for others. IF Trump was just half as qualified in choosing his people as one would expect from a CEO of a global company, he would have known long ago that you can't handle a nation as you do any single company.

    You need to be politically wise to get the right results. We saw that with a President like Ronald Reagan. He said some highly unpopular things, but he said them with a warmth and a smile. Donald Trump could learn a lot from that, but he is unwilling to hire anyone that dares oppose him WHEN he is wrong. That is his single biggest mistake - and blaming the intelligence agencies (who know how to keep secrets) is only going to become a boomerang. Such boomerangs WILL come back with even greater force when you can't handle yourself in a manner appropriate for a President of any nation.

    Have a nice weekend everyone. :-)

  • Trump Will Be a One-Term President | Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:30:00 +0000

    There is no doubt about it. When you look at all the things current President Donald J Trump can't explain properly, he is on a kamikaze mission towards ultimate failure in the 2020 elections. If you haven't read this article entitled This Is Why Natalia Veselnitskaya Was in New York, you definitely should...

    Let's face the facts: Donald Trump lost the popular vote by more than 3 million votes - the exact number he afterwards claimed (without even a shadow of proof) was the amount of illegal votes. We all know he won the Electoral college, but does anybody believe anyone in his or her right mind will vote for someone who thinks it's the most brilliant idea since aviation that he wants to turn a Mexican wall into a solar panel wall?

    Can anyone, please, explain how the Republicans believe they can ever win any future elections if they don't voice their disagreement with the current President as Arizona Senator John McCain has currently done? They will have to do SOMETHING - I would almost say ANYTHING - if they want to be credible candidates during the 2020 elections...

    It is quite fair that Republicans want to debate ObamaCare. Well, even Hillary Clinton promised there WERE issues that would have to be resolved. But that isn't the situation with Trump. The only thing he can say is repeal-and-replace. It's like he just hates anything connected with the name Obama. He is on a tirade against everything the Presidency stands for - and someone has to stand up and be counted.

    What would the founding fathers think of such chaos?

    I am amazed that a country that has claimed to be at the forefront of democracy will stand idly by as one man destroys everything built through centuries of both Democratic and Republican former Presidents...

    I look forward to your comments, because it sure looks quite strange at the moment.

  • Summer Vacation - Amidst Political Chaos | Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:49:00 +0000

    I am taking a small vacation from politics - even amidst political chaos in numerous areas. I recognize that people are on vacation, so why write at a time when people aren't reading blogs? It is important to take a break from time to time.

    You get extra energy from such breaks. Not that you aren't tempted to write little things from time to time. If you want such short updates, it might be useful to know you can follow me on Twitter. You can see my timeline by clicking my username @henrikblunck.

    Be warned. I am not ONLY interested in politics. I write about lots of other topics too, but that could be your source for some of the quick updates that I do make even while taking a break from politics on this blog.

    I anticipate being back with articles around the end of August, and wish you all a good summer. :-)

  • Donald Trump's View on World Politics | Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:21:00 +0000

    Donald J Trump has barely been in office for five months, and he has already caused a lot of chaos. Most recently his antagonism towards cooperation and dialogue with Cuba has been in focus. What is going on right now? Are we watching The Apprentice live? Is the Twitter President a farce? One could in fact ask: is this REALLY what Republicans support since virtually nobody protests in the Republican party?

    I have never watched such political stupidity as we are seeing right now. Pardon my wording, but this is TRULY insane!

    We have always believed that freedom trumps dictatorship - pardon the pun. You normally achieve more by communicating than by trying to use trade wars or boycuts to get your will. We should have learned that lesson long ago!

    Why then, would a sitting President of America - who claims he wants to 'make America great again' - act in the exact opposite form of that principle?

    Why are Republican Senators silent? Virtually no one protests - and the few that do know they will be sidetracked politically.

    What most have, however, forgotten is that they are supporting a maniac President. Yes, I stand by that term. Whomever goes against this elephant in the china shop will awaken a beast who tries to FORCE his will upon everyone.

    And, remember, he did become President due to an Electoral College system - NOT because of winning a majority!

    What will fellow Republicans do in 2020? Historically, they are forced to present their sitting President, and if that person is still Donald J Trump at that time, they will lose like they have never lost before.

    There is nothing Republican in the way the current President is ruling America - and it is about time to say it like it is. America can very quickly end up in a situation where they are the isolated ex-superpower if this continues.

    Trump could perhaps have pulled this off a few decades ago, but new geopolitical opportunities are showing themselves, and with a President who moves around as the wind, there might be other friends you want to cooperate with. This needs to sink into his skull before he fully destroys the America we respected in the Reagan-era.

    But I am sure all can see Trump will never be any Reagan-like President. Even suggesting it is almost offensive.

    Have a nice weekend everyone. :-)

  • Terrorists Are Wimps! | Sun, 04 Jun 2017 06:03:00 +0000

    Some of the biggest wimps are suicidal, and terrorist organizations take advantage of this psychological aspect. A short time ago, we all heard of Manchester, and last night it appears three men targeted London. Details will surface as Police do their investigations.

    It is source of great unrest for those left behind with wounded or deceased family members. On a personal level we all send positive thoughts to them.

    Politically, we cannot bow to the terrorist agenda. No one should be allowed to stop free elections, the expression of free thoughts, criticism or any other democratic right we all have here in the west. Unfortunately, some people haven't yet understood that the negative rhetoric serves the purpose Daesh - and other terrorist networks - have.

    They have long ago seen that once we leave our fundamental democratic mindset we end up willing to compromise our freedoms. That must never happen!

    We will never succumb to any attacks in the name of any religion.

    Indeed we never should.

    Men and women are all born free, and should be allowed to move freely around as they wish. They should be able to enjoy a concert if they wish - without ever getting attacked by anyone for choosing that.

    We must remain faithful to our democratic values. That is the only thing these wimps don't want. They want people to be afraid - but they should never succeed in that agenda.

    Warm thoughts to all in these difficult times.

  • NATO and Climate - Both Are Important | Mon, 29 May 2017 03:00:00 +0000

    NATO is historically a North Atlantic treaty. From its inception it was centered around western nations, and yet - as numerous nations changed their political systems - it has remained virtually unchanged in terms of who takes part in that alliance. It could be argued that as we face terrorism, we might have an interest in joining forces with Russia, China and numerous others in our 'new' challenging situation.

    That is one area where current US President Trump has challenged the nations. Many of us don't pay nearly enough when you look at military spendings as an isolated element.

    No one has challenged that view. Quite odd, actually.

    Military spending is one element. Education is another. No military entity can get human resources if people aren't well educated to begin with. Therefore, you can't isolate military spendings as you could marketing expenses in a company. That is just one of the elements that Donald J Trump is missing when he speaks on global matters.

    Another very important aspect in the happenings this weekend has been the question of caring for our environment and lessening the burden on climate change. In this area the US President seems to be ready to jump from an agreement, and thus takes on a view very similar to what we criticized when it was done by China.

    Let's be honest.

    We can have no economic growth if it happens at the expense of our common planet.

    You can't spend your $, € or £ anywhere if you can't breathe, can you? :-)

    We must therefore come together, all nations united, to fight pollution. I would even argue that we can gain more common ground by cooperating than we ever could by generating an arms-race as we did before the Berlin Wall was torn down.

    Those all-important aspects MUST be at the forefront of global politics. Even though it might require some hard words to convince US President Trump, it needs to be said. We can't ignore this, and IF we do, we will pay a huge price - as will our kids and grandkids. It's now or never!

  • These Are Ugly Times in US Politics | Sat, 20 May 2017 04:52:00 +0000

    There can be no doubt about the fact that these are ugly times in US politics. Even Republicans, who are otherwise behind their President, can see this. The firing of FBI director Comey is not any good sign for people who value democratic rights.

    Once a crown example of democracy at the foundation of the American dream, these past months have surely changed that. If no fault was to be found, there would be no need to fire anyone, would there?

    It brings thoughts of a banana republic when we see the dealings of current US President Donald J Trump. Bragging about firing Comey is about the most stupid thing he could have done thus far, and somehow you have to wonder if he is trying to get into a situation where he can brag while leaving the presidency along the lines of: "I wanted to make America great again, but you guys are not ready to accept the things we need to do to achieve that..."

    No one knows what he could be thinking - or whether in fact he even thinks... :-)

    This is a big scandal in the making, and quite tragic that he apparently only surrounds himself with people who applaud anything he does. This is typical for weak leaders. They don't like constructive criticism, and it must be rather evident that his business opportunities are over. No serious person wants to do business with a guy who acts as an elephant in a china shop...

    Anyway, have a nice weekend everyone.

  • Hasan Minhaj at The White House Correspondents' Dinner 2017 | Mon, 01 May 2017 17:15:00 +0000

    If you haven't seen the roasting of US President Donald J Trump, you can see the full video right here. It's great fun!

    Enjoy. :-)

  • World War III | Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:42:00 +0000

    Some people are speculating whether a World War III is imminent. There are many reasons why this is pure speculation, even though rhetoric is sharpening between superpowers. We should be able to settle scores without the use of weapons, but some people are bent on creating divisions rather than building bridges.

    One important aspect in creating global peace is the realization that real peace isn't only the mere absence of war. That is just a temporary truce. Real peace requires cooperation, and I think all superpowers realize that there would be no winners in any global war - especially not if any nuclear weapons were ever put into play.

    Lines are sharpening, and that rhetoric could be dangerous, especially if powers that ARE bent on world domination were to get nuclear capabilities.

    We must focus on building bridges, and I am quite sure world leaders know they should focus on solving problems rather than creating them. Even at a time when America is showing muscles, there is only one real hope, and that is that their President is only in power for ONE four-year term. He can insult dozens of people in mere minutes.

    What has taken years to build in terms of diplomatic relations is being broken every single day by tweets that lack quite a bit in solid politics, and I think most people can see that. At least I hope they can.

    What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you have special views on this? Your comments are welcome. :-)

  • Could April Fool's Day Be The Day Trump Is Said to Resign? | Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:43:00 +0000

    Could April Fool's Day be the day when Trump is announced as though having resigned? We know people are prone to believe what they hope for. We have seen this numerous times on social media, and it would be quite fair to say he has been a very unpopular President thus far.

    Even long-time Republican voters are upset. Only a small core of Trumpers remain believers that he could Make America Great Again. Most others are watching with some wonder as to how little political sense he makes...

    We all know people are very split on this subject. Politics has always been an area of life that could move people into action, but it has never been as serious as what we are currently seeing. Things are really moving ahead with bickering in every corner on social media - and even his staunchest proponents are starting to get directly MAD at people who voice their disagreement with him.

    Truly a sign of desperation if you ask me. :-)

    As I wrote in my last article, we need a global political reboot, and we need to find common ground everywhere. But I do believe many journalistic sources will lie on April Fool's Day because they know people have hoped for his resignation ever since he set foot in The White House on January 20th 2017. Believe it or not, it's only 66 days ago. Two months and a week...

  • We Need a Global Political Reboot | Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:25:00 +0000

    We need a global political reboot. A complete rethinking of all alliances in the spirit of true cooperation. We need a combined and united spirit among all nations to counteract the effect of decades of human pollution and a lack of understanding of what could create global peace.

    All languages have a specific word for peace, and yet among most people, the very word peace is seen solely as 'the absence of war'...

    Why is that so?

    Why does it all start in kindergarten with preferences about who we like, and who we dislike? Why don't we stop this trend, and try to go in a different direction, so we can again appreciate all people - regardless of politics, race, political ideals, sexual preferences, visual appearance, hair color etc?

    Our planet could be so different if we gave this some careful thought!

    We NEED that global political reboot, yet no one seems ready to start the process by beginning to appreciate everybody in his or her surroundings regardless of the above differences. When some of us try to achieve this, we are often categorized as somewhat naïve and skepticism seems to be the order of the day.

    We need change - we need a new way. It is the way of peace that so many are unwilling to achieve. Let the process begin by each of us being part of the solution instead of part of the problem...

  • Good to Hear NATO Is Seeking to Improve Relations With Russia | Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:40:00 +0000

    It was a very positive thing to hear current Secretary General Stoltenberg mention that NATO is seeking to improve relations with Russia. We are NOT at odds with Russia. Our war is against terrorism and the major unrest in Afghanistan, Syria and any other nation willing to host people who want to destroy democracy.

    We should in fact be UNITED with Russia in that war.

    It is quite interesting that humans have two ears and one mouth. Yet, we often spend much more time speaking instead of listening. If we had taken bilateral conversations with President Putin, we would have understood far more about how to work together.

    But we forgot to think. We want snappy solutions, and in that endeavour we ended up on worse terms with a nation that could help in this war on terrorism.

    Therefore, it is highly encouraging that Stoltenberg said these words. It does indicate that not everyone has been hit by the Trump-virus of wanting to insult anyone and everyone on the planet. :-)

    Have a nice weekend everyone. :-)

  • Sayu Bhojwani: Immigrant voices make democracy stronger | Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:23:00 +0000

    This TED speech is worth watching:

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