Blogs & Archives
Responsible bloggers who have something well-thought-out and interesting to say are welcome to share their thoughts.
October ended with domestic terrorism on the table in the States, with the court appearance of Cesar Sayoc Jr. who sent bomb packages to high-profile targets. In a separate incident, Federal prosecutors filed hate crime charges against Pennsylvania man Robert Bowers who stormed the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people.
Iceland is a land of misconceptions. There are neither polar bears nor Eskimos on the island, and Detriot gets more snow than Reykjavik. New Yorkers shiver through lower January temperatures than residents here in the world’s northernmost capital. And the landscape’s predominant colour is not white but green
AKUREYRI, Iceland’s second largest town, lies just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. at the end of a deep fjord, with the surrounding hills and sheep pastures seemingly coated in green velvet. It’s a place for lovers of clear water, blue skies and the great outdoors
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called the killing of the journalist--who had been critical of the current Saudi regime--a "rogue operation" and an "aberation". President Trump has been reluctant to call for the condemnation of the Saudi royal regime, although some Senators are clamoring for high-level investigations of the incident. Trump has stated that there are many ways the U.S. can respond to the journalist's killing that will not jeopardize relations between the two allies.
From Alex Neve Amnesty International Canada
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This article was first published when the Franco regime was still on. Hence the strictures on the Halloween celebrations you'll be reading about. ("The Spanish police may be expected to take exceedingly dim view of Halloween hi-jinks in public. And remember that masks or costume disguises in public are against Spanish law. . .") Other than those, the article is as timeless and fun to read today as it was 47 years ago. It would be; this is the third time it is being reprinted!
Ambassador Halley has been a backer of Trump's foreign policies , but says she "believes in term limits." Apparently, Haley is interested in making more money in the private sector which "is not a step down but a step up." Few women have held a UN Ambassadorship, and so well.
GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SUMMING UP THE SPANIARDS, AN ACCOUNT OF HOW SOME FAMOUS TRAVELLERS HAVE SEEN SPAIN,” 3 OCTOBER 1969 — (7) Poverty, Suffering & Gracia »
"Not all is so rosy. To some Spain is the pagan, murky land of cowled monks and Inquisitional torture racks, of lugubrious piles, of hunger and despair, the España Negra of Emile Verhaeren. Yet in this flood of impressions by foreign travellers, it is striking to note the complete absence of certain themes. Has any traveller ever written a book on Spanish humor? How many are capable of seizing and understanding the Spaniard’s gracia, which, like his casticismo is impossible to translate"
GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SUMMING UP THE SPANIARDS, AN ACCOUNT OF HOW SOME FAMOUS TRAVELLERS HAVE SEEN SPAIN,” 3 OCTOBER 1969 — (8) Which Then is the True Spain? »
Indeed, which is the 'true' Spain? And as to the Spaniards, "who" and "what" are they? On this you might want to check out THE SPANIARD AND THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, probably the most succinct symposium of Spaniards’ shortcomings and virtues ever published. It says much for Spaniards that the book quickly became a best-seller in Spain, despite the hard line and painful truths that the author brings to the fore.
The whole confirmation process and sexual misconduct allegations have been the top story in the Media for the past month, since a position on the Supreme Court is Key to the System of Justice in the United States