Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Giustizia, Ideologia liberal, Trump

Trump. 16 stati ricorrono in tribunale contro l’ordine di costruzione del muro.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-22.

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Trump dichiara l’emergenza. Ma la vera notizia non è questa.

Il Presidente Trump ha emanato un Ordine in cui dichiara emergenza al confine con il Messico ed ordina la costruzione di un muro. Questo tipo di provvedimento si era reso necessario dopo che il Congresso aveva più volte negato al Presidente i fondi per la costruzione.

La risposta dei liberal democratici è stata molto rapida.

California, New York are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon e Virginia, tutti stati americani con governatori democratici hanno presentato istanza alla Corte Federale del Distretto di San Francisco per bloccare lo stato di emergenza dichiarato dal presidente Trump al confine con il Messico, con la seguente motivazione:

«Contrary to the will of Congress, the president has used the pretext of a manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated for drug interdiction, military construction and law enforcement initiatives toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border»

Qui si può leggere l’intero documento.

L’istanza è stata nominalmente presentata da Xavier Becerra, un politico e avvocato statunitense di origini messicane, membro del Partito Democratico e deputato al Congresso per lo stato della California dal 1993 al 2017. È Procuratore generale della California dal 2017.

Manco a dirlo, questa istanza è stata presentata alla Federal District Court in San Francisco.Tale Corte dispone di 21 giudici, dei quali diciotto sono liberal democratici e solo tre sono repubblicani: in poche parole la sentenza è già scritta ed alla fine ne verrà investita la Corte Suprema.

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Prosegue spietata la guerra civile americana che contrappone i liberal democratici alla Amministrazione Trump.

Siamo arrivati, finalmente si potrebbe dire, allo scontro finale.

Mr Trump ha già un contenzioso in attesa di giudizio presso la Suprema Corte:

Trump, Lib Dem, Suprema Corte e Census. Un duello all’ultimo sangue.

Ricordiamo che tale ricorso verte in buona sostanza sulla possibilità di voto che negli stati a governatorato democratico è concessa agli immigrati clandestini illegali, cui si oppone l’Amministrazione Trump. Nei fatti, il potere politico dei democratici affonda le sue radici proprio negli immigrati illegali, stimati essere, in via del tutto riduttiva, almeno 6.5 milioni.

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Nessuno potrebbe al momento predire come evolveranno le cose: possiamo solo dire che una vittoria del Presidente Trump annienterebbe il potere politico ed economico dei liberal democratici.

Si resta tuttavia con la bocca amara, molto amara, al dover constatare quanto i liberal democratici siano determinati ad usare la giustizia come un gruppo di fuoco politico.

Il giudizio se costruire o meno il muro è di natura politica.

Ci si pensi bene. Giudici nominati non eletti saranno chiamati ad esprimere un giudizio politico che almeno pro tempore potrebbe essere vincolante per l’intera nazione. Questa è dittatura, non certo democrazia.

La tanto millantata divisione dei poteri è disattesa proprio da coloro che ogni giorno se ne sciacquano la bocca e vorrebbero tener lezione a tutto il mondo.

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«The States of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Attorney General Dana Nessel on behalf of the People of Michigan (collectively, “Plaintiff States”), bring this action to protect their residents, natural resources, and economic interests from President Donald J. Trump’s flagrant disregard of fundamental separation of powers principles engrained in the United States Constitution. Contrary to the will of Congress, the President has used the pretext of a manufactured “crisis” of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated for drug interdiction, military construction, and law enforcement initiatives toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border. This includes the diversion of funding that each of the Plaintiff States receive. Defendants must be enjoined from carrying out President Trump’s unconstitutional and unlawful scheme. ….

PRAYER FOR RELIEF

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff States respectfully request that this Court enter judgment in their favor, and grant the following relief:

  1. Issue a judicial declaration that the Executive Actions’ diversion of federal funds toward construction of a border wall is unconstitutional and/or unlawful because it: (a) violates the separation of powers doctrine; (b) violates the Appropriations Clause; and (c) exceeds congressional authority conferred to the Executive Branch and is ultra vires;

  2. The States of California and New Mexico seek a judicial declaration that Defendants violated NEPA and the APA and further seek an order enjoining DHS, requiring it to comply with NEPA and the APA—including preparing an EIS—before taking any further action pursuant to the Executive Actions;

  3. Permanently enjoin Defendants from constructing a border wall without an appropriation by Congress for that purpose;

  4. Permanently enjoin Defendants from diverting federal funding toward construction of a border wall; and

  5. Grant such other relief as the Court may deem just and proper.»


The New York Times. 2019-02-20. 16 States Sue to Stop Trump’s Use of Emergency Powers to Build Border Wall

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 16 states, including California and New York, on Monday challenged President Trump in court over his plan to use emergency powers to spend billions of dollars on his border wall.

The lawsuit is part of a constitutional confrontation that Mr. Trump set off on Friday when he declared that he would spend billions of dollars more on border barriers than Congress had granted him. The clash raises questions over congressional control of spending, the scope of emergency powers granted to the president, and how far the courts are willing to go to settle such a dispute.

The suit, filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco, argues that the president does not have the power to divert funds for constructing a wall along the Mexican border because it is Congress that controls spending.

Xavier Becerra, the attorney general of California, said in an interview that the president himself had undercut his argument that there was an emergency on the border.

“Probably the best evidence is the president’s own words,” he said, referring to Mr. Trump’s speech on Feb. 15 announcing his plan: “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”

The lawsuit, California et al. v. Trump et al., says that the plaintiff states are going to court to protect their residents, natural resources and economic interests. “Contrary to the will of Congress, the president has used the pretext of a manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated for drug interdiction, military construction and law enforcement initiatives toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border,” the lawsuit says.

Congress is on its own separate track to challenge the president’s declaration. The House of Representatives, now controlled by Democrats, may take a two-prong approach when it returns from a recess. One would be to bring a lawsuit of its own.

Lawmakers could also vote to override the declaration that an emergency exists, but it is doubtful that Congress has the votes to override Mr. Trump’s certain veto, leaving the courts a more likely venue.

Joining California and New York are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Virginia. All have Democratic governors but one — Maryland, whose attorney general is a Democrat — and most have legislatures controlled by Democrats.

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Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Polonia. Il voto giovanile è conservatore.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-19.

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In autunno la Polonia terrà le elezioni politiche. I recenti sondaggi della propensione al voto assegnerebbero al PiS il 39.7% ed a Piattaforma Democratica  il 28.2%. Il Wiosna, un partito liberal, prenderebbe l’8.6%, mentre il Kukiz 15 varrebbe il 7.4%. Partito Socialista (pps) e verdi (pz) sono riscontrabili in tracce.

Quando però i sondaggi stratificano il comportamento giovanile, si assiste ad un sostanziale spostamento dei giovani verso la sponda conservatrice.

«Young people in Poland disproportionately vote for right-wing parties»

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«This shift is not just a temporary trend — the country’s increasingly patriotic youth are longing for more conservative values»

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«Young people were marching through Warsaw, wrapped in red and white flags, singing the national anthem»

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«They were lured into the streets by patriotism. They represent conservative values and vote for right-wing parties.»

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«In Poland, the young generation’s shift to the right is neither a temporary trend nor an expression of protest»

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«Young Poles long for post-material values such as the church, tradition and security.»

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«This shift made its mark for the first time in the 2015 parliamentary elections. Two-thirds of voters between 18 and 29 supported parties to the right of center»

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«The regional elections in October confirmed this pattern. Again, PiS won the most votes in this age group and Kukiz’15 was also able to count on their continuing support»

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«They trust authorities, are dreaming of marriage, and are proud to be Polish citizens»

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La devoluzione dell’ideologia liberal e di quella socialista sta procedendo implacabile in tutto il mondo, ed in questo la Polonia ne è stata antesignana.

Poche volte vocabolo fu meglio utilizzato: l’antesignano era il soldato romano schierato in prima linea, davanti alle insegne della legione.  E la devoluzione in oggetto ha un ché di militare, dalla grandiosità delle forze mobilitate fino all’asprezza della lotta, che da confronto politico i liberal han fatto diventare questione di vita o di morte.

I liberal stanno perdendo perché hanno fatto una lunga serie di errori pacchiani.

Che loro piaccia o meno, i giovani si riconoscono nel retaggio religioso, storico, culturale e sociale del proprio paese. Ossia nell’esatto opposto di ciò che essi propugnano.

Si valuti molto bene questa frase:

«They trust authorities, are dreaming of marriage, and are proud to be Polish citizens»

Ci si pensi bene e si cerchi di andare all’essenza: l’ideologia liberal si sta disgregando perché ha cercato di imporre la sua visione etica e morale.

Togliere alle donne il “sogno del matrimonio” equivale a snaturarle ad esseri meramente economici: invece di valorizzarle le umilia ad essere oggetti. La natura degli esseri umani non ammette filautia come movente di felicità.


Deutsche Welle. 2019-02-10. Poland’s young voters turning to the right

Young people in Poland disproportionately vote for right-wing parties. This shift is not just a temporary trend — the country’s increasingly patriotic youth are longing for more conservative values.

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It was an unusual sight when Poland celebrated 100 years of independence in November: Young people were marching through Warsaw, wrapped in red and white flags, singing the national anthem. They were lured into the streets by patriotism. They represent conservative values and vote for right-wing parties.

In Poland, the young generation’s shift to the right is neither a temporary trend nor an expression of protest. It represents a new self-image that has grown with the politics of recent years. Young Poles long for post-material values such as the church, tradition and security.

Think conservatively, vote right-wing

This shift made its mark for the first time in the 2015 parliamentary elections. Two-thirds of voters between 18 and 29 supported parties to the right of center. The national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which today governs Poland, received 27 percent of their votes. A further 21 percent went to the new right-wing populist movement Kukiz’15. The regional elections in October confirmed this pattern. Again, PiS won the most votes in this age group and Kukiz’15 was also able to count on their continuing support.

“In the past three years, young Poles have turned even more towards conservative values,” said social psychologist Marta Majchrzak, who co-authored a study published in November by the commercial research institute IQS in which scientists interviewed childless Poles between the ages of 16 and 29. “They trust authorities, are dreaming of marriage, and are proud to be Polish citizens,” she explained.

The study classified only 9 percent of respondents as “cosmopolitan” and “open to being different.”

No memory of socialism

The younger generation’s conservative attitude can be explained by the economic reforms that followed the fall of the Soviet Union. Poles under 30 have no memory of life in a socialist system. They grew up at a time when their parents started their own shops and businesses. What mattered most was economic success. The West was the ideal. Parents promised children that their new Poland would soon become an equal member of the European Union. They predicted that Poland would develop until it was equal to its neighbor Germany.

But the promises were initially followed by disappointment. Under the liberal PO party, which ruled the country from 2007 to 2015, the economy grew, but not the younger generation’s economic security. Youth unemployment peaked at more than 27 percent in 2013. Young Poles ended up on temporary contracts and their wages were lower than they had hoped. In 2007 they helped the PO win the elections one last time, but punished the party in the following years by voting for the national conservatives, who promised them a social policy.

‘This generation is by no means right-wing radical’

The young generation wants a regulated economic system precisely because the economic situation has improved in recent years. “Young Poles compare Poland’s secure situation with the disorder in the world,” said Majchrzak. According to the IQS study, Poland’s youth view their country as a safe exclave that protects them from the world’s uncertainties. Three out of four respondents said they were against accepting refugees. Almost one-third said they would give up personal freedoms for more law and order.

However, this does not mean that young Poles are moving away from democratic values. “This generation is by no means right-wing radical. Young Poles are apolitical, which is why votes for the more radical parties carry more weight,” said sociologist Henryk Domanski, who serves as director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences. This also became apparent during the regional elections last autumn: A heated battle for votes took place between PO and PiS. The election campaign saw the largest voter turnout since 1990 at around 51 percent. But amongst 18 to 29-year-olds, only 37 percent voted.

“A right-wing party like Kukiz’15 can only temporarily benefit from the young generation’s conservatism,” said Domanski, noting that anti-establishment parties such as Ruch Palikota and Samoobrona won over the younger generation a few years ago, but have since lost their political significance. Domanski is convinced that young Poles will remain loyal to the conservative PiS in next year’s elections. And even beyond that, the under-30s will likely remain conservative: These days many children in Poland are growing up with parents who emigrated to Western Europe in search of better economic circumstances. These so-called Euro-orphans are growing up with their fathers or mothers away from home for months. They too, will be longing for tradition and security.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal

Bolsonaro. Eliminato dalle scuole l’indottrinamento Lgbt.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-17.

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Osservate con cura. Né la vena cefalica, né la basilica, né quella cubitale mediana del braccio destro presentano segni di endovene. Questa ragazza sostiene Mr Bolsonaro: non è drogata.


«President Jair Bolsonaro is taking his anti-leftist ideological war to Brazil’s classrooms and universitie»

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«Bolsonaro and top officials have announced plans to revise textbooks to excise references to feminism, homosexuality and violence against women»

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«One of the goals to get Brazil out of the worst positions in international education rankings is to combat the Marxist rubbish that has spread in educational institutions»

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«Bolsonaro said he wanted to “enter the Education Ministry with a flamethrower to remove Paulo Freire.”»

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«The government does not have to educate anyone; it is the society that has to educate itself»

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«After Bolsonaro took office Jan. 1, the Education Ministry dismantled its diversity department and published a new set of guidelines for textbook publishers that eliminated references to topics such as violence against women and sexism»

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«Education Minister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez vowed in his inaugural speech to end the “aggressive promotion of the gender ideology.”»

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«Brazil has 13 military-run schools, which are aimed at educating children of soldiers but also accept some students based on merit. The military is the most respected institution in the country and its schools have a better reputation than many public schools»

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«the new administration’s conservative views played well with evangelicals, a powerful voter base for Bolsonaro during the campaign. Fifty-nine percent of evangelicals said they did not approve of sexual education being discussed at school.»

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«Bolsonaro and others to decry feminism and LGBTQ+ rights that poses its beneficiaries — queer people, trans people, and women — enemies of the state»

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Quando i liberal socialisti erano al potere, hanno imposto l’indottrinamento all’omosessualità nelle scuole, reprimendo con forza ogni possibile reazione contraria. I così detti corsi di educazione sessuale erano programmi di addestramento all’omosessualità, vanta come culmine dello sviluppo umano.

Adesso i partiti che propugnavano tale ideologia hanno perso il consenso degli elettori: è sequenziale che chi sia subentrato smonti tutto ciò che avevano fatto: “aggressive promotion of the gender ideology“.

In ogni caso, questo è solo l’inizio.


AP. 2019-02-14. Brazil education overhaul aims at ousting ‘Marxist ideology’

President Jair Bolsonaro is taking his anti-leftist ideological war to Brazil’s classrooms and universities, causing angst among teachers and education officials who say the government wants to fight an enemy that doesn’t exist.

Bolsonaro and top officials have announced plans to revise textbooks to excise references to feminism, homosexuality and violence against women, say the military will take over some public schools and frequently bash Paulo Freire, one of Brazil’s most famous educators, whose ideas had worldwide influence.

“One of the goals to get Brazil out of the worst positions in international education rankings is to combat the Marxist rubbish that has spread in educational institutions,” Bolsonaro tweeted on the eve of his inauguration.

While students may not yet find many differences as they return to school this month, changes are afoot.

“We are still waiting to see how, in practice, all this is going to turn out,” said Nilton Brandao, president of one of Brazil’s largest teachers’ unions, PROIFES Federacao. “Right now, it does not make any sense.”

For the government, the ideological battle begins with the removal of Freire’s legacy in schools, which Bolsonaro and other conservatives say turns students into “political militants.”

Freire, who died in 1997, was one of the founders of critical pedagogy. Conservatives contend Freire’s method encourages students to challenge traditional values such as family and the church. A socialist, Freire was briefly imprisoned during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship that Bolsonaro has repeatedly praised.

On the campaign trail, Bolsonaro said he wanted to “enter the Education Ministry with a flamethrower to remove Paulo Freire.”

Bolsonaro and his education minster appear to be looking for inspiration in philosophers like Olavo de Carvalho, a Brazilian who lives in the U.S. and is known for his anti-globalism and anti-socialist views.

While Freire believed in the state’s mission to educate the Brazilian people, including poor rural farmers and the illiterate, de Carvalho advocates reducing the state’s role in education, favoring private or religious schools.

“The government does not have to educate anyone; it is the society that has to educate itself,” de Carvalho said last year during a talk about education on his YouTube channel. He added that proposals “based on the idea that the federal government is the great educator I am going to fight to the death.”

After Bolsonaro took office Jan. 1, the Education Ministry dismantled its diversity department and published a new set of guidelines for textbook publishers that eliminated references to topics such as violence against women and sexism.

Receiving an outpouring of criticism, officials backtracked on the revised texts, saying the new guidelines had been written by the previous administration and published by mistake. Even so, Education Minister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez vowed in his inaugural speech to end the “aggressive promotion of the gender ideology.”

Velez instead defended what he called traditional values, such as family, church, school and the nation, which he said were threatened by a “crazy globalist wave.”

“The Brazilian who travels is a cannibal. He steals things from the hotel, steals the life jacket from the plane,” said Velez in an interview with Veja magazine this week. “Our kids and teenagers must receive citizenship education, which teaches how to act according to the law and morality.”

Bolsonaro has said he would review the content of Brazil’s national high school exam to rid it of any questions on gender or LGBT movements. He made the announcement in a YouTube video after seeing a question from last year’s exam on a “secret dialect used by gays and transvestites,” called Pajuba.

The Pajuba dialect mixes Portuguese and West African languages and is mostly used in Afro-Brazilian religions but has also been adopted by the Brazilian LGBT community.

“Don’t worry, there won’t be any more questions like this,” Bolsonaro said.

After his inauguration, Velez told the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo that his office will encourage municipalities interested in letting their schools be run by the military or the police.

Brazil has 13 military-run schools, which are aimed at educating children of soldiers but also accept some students based on merit. The military is the most respected institution in the country and its schools have a better reputation than many public schools.

The military is also sometimes called in to co-run public schools and bring back order.

Last year, 39.5 million students attended a public school, while private institutions, which can cost several thousand dollars a month, served 9 million.

Opponents say the selective admission process of military schools would end up being discriminatory in impoverished areas.

In general, critics say the administration is focused on the wrong things.

Claudia Costin, director of Brazil’s Center for Excellence and Innovation in Education Policies, a think tank based in Rio de Janeiro, said efforts should focus on improving training and salaries for teachers, making the entrance exam for teachers tougher and building a common syllabus for schools across the country.

The government “complains about indoctrination at school,” Costin said. “But it is not with laws that you solve these things.”

Brazil ranked 63rd out of the 72 countries and regions in the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment, conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

According to the group, Brazil has as one of the largest shares of adults without secondary education. Schools are overcrowded, teacher salaries and low and school buildings are often crumbling.

More than 5.800 schools had no water supply in 2017, nearly 5.000 had no electricity and 8.400 had no sewage, according to government figures.

Many Brazilians don’t appear convinced by Bolsonaro’s plans.

In a poll published Jan. 8, 71 percent of those surveyed said politics should be discussed at school and 54 percent thought it was fine to discuss sexual education inside the classroom.

The poll, however, indicated that the new administration’s conservative views played well with evangelicals, a powerful voter base for Bolsonaro during the campaign. Fifty-nine percent of evangelicals said they did not approve of sexual education being discussed at school.

The Datafolha poll was based on 2,077 interviews carried out Dec. 18 and Dec. 19, with a margin of error of two percentage points.

Caua dos Santos Borges, a 15-year-old public school student in Rio de Janeiro, said that in her experience teachers rarely spoke about politics in the classroom and gender had never felt like a core area of the curriculum.

“Once, a student asked the teacher if he supported Bolsonaro, but the teacher didn’t respond and changed the subject,” dos Santos Borges said.


PrayerBox. 2019-02-14. Brasilien eliminiert Gender- und Homo-Ideologie aus den Lehrplänen

Präsident Bolsonaro will das Bildungssystem des Landes reformieren und verbessern. Dazu müsse der ‚marxistische Unsinn’ bekämpft werden, der in den Schulen des Landes verbreitet sei.

Brasilia

Der neue brasilianische Präsident Jair Bolsonaro hat bekannt gegeben, dass seine Regierung plant, Referenzen auf Homosexualität, die „Homo-Ehe“ und Gewalt gegen Frauen aus den Schulbüchern der öffentlichen Schulen zu streichen.

Schon Anfang Januar hat die neue Regierung des südamerikanischen Landes neue Richtlinien für Schulbücher beschlossen, die auf die Gender-Ideologie und Sexismus verzichtet haben. Das Ministerium hat außerdem seine „Diversitätsabteilung“
Am Abend seiner Inauguration am 1. Januar hat Bolsonaro über Twitter seine Absicht bekannt gegeben, Brasilien aus den hinteren Plätzen der Bildungsrangliste zu bringen. Dazu sei es notwendig, den „marxistischen Unsinn“ zu bekämpfen, der in den Bildungseinrichtungen verbreitet sei. Bildungsminister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez hat in seiner Antrittsrede versprochen, die „aggressive Verbreitung der Gender-Ideologie“ in den Schulen zu beenden.

Im „Program for International Student Assessment“, einer Untersuchung der OECD im Jahr 2015, erreichte Brasilien nur den 63. von 72 untersuchten Nationen und Regionen. Brasilien hat einen hohen Bevölkerungsanteil ohne sekundäre Bildung. Die Schulen sind überfüllt und oft in schlechtem Zustand und die Lehrergehälter sind niedrig.


Out. 2019-02-14. Bolsonaro Plans to Remove LGBTQ+ Content From School Curricula

The Brazilian president’s war on what he calls the “gender ideology” rages on.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has promised to remove LGBTQ+ content from the South American country’s high school curriculum as part of a greater purge of what he calls “Marxist rubbish” from schools, the Associated Press reports.

Bolsonaro, whose assault on LGBTQ+ Brazilians and other marginalized groups began the day he took office Jan. 1, said that he plans to remove references to feminism, homosexuality, and violence against women from state textbooks. He also said that he plans to comb through the content of Brazil’s national high school exam after learning that a question about Pajubá, an Afro-Brazilian slang language spoken by many LGBTQ+ Brazilians, was included in last year’s exam. “There won’t be any more questions like this,” he said in a YouTube video.

The president’s education minister, Ricardo Vélez Rodríguez, has also spoken out against what he calls the “aggressive promotion of the gender ideology,” conservative rhetoric used by Bolsonaro and others to decry feminism and LGBTQ+ rights that poses its beneficiaries — queer people, trans people, and women — enemies of the state.

“We are still waiting to see how, in practice, all this is going to turn out,” said teachers’ union president Nilton Brandao. “Right now, it does not make any sense.”

Laws banning the instruction of LGBTQ+ material aren’t a uniquely Brazilian phenomenon. Seven states in the U.S. have what GLSEN calls “No Homo Promo Laws” on the books, which seek to remove any positive mention of queerness from sexual health curricula. South Dakota state lawmakers also recently introduced a bill that would ban instruction on gender dysphoria from grades kindergarten through seventh, effectively banning instruction on trans people. That bill awaits a House vote.


GayCh. 2019-02-14. BRASILIEN: Bolsonaro will LGBTI+ Themen aus Schulen verbannen

Brasiliens homophober Präsident Jair Bolsonaro führt seinen Kreuzzug gegen die LGBTI+ Community weiter fort: Diesmal hat er es auf die Jüngsten abgesehen, er will nämlich sämtliche LGBTI+ Themen aus den Schulen verbannen. Homosexualität, Gewalt gegen Frauen und Feminismus sollen in den Bildungseinrichtungen des Landes nicht mehr angesprochen werden dürfen…

Brasilien hat ohnehin ein massives Gewaltproblen, sei es gegen Frauen, aber insbesondere auch gegen die LGBTI+ Community. Die Situation dürfte sich unter dem neuen Präsidenten Jair Bolsonaro zudem noch weiter verschärfen, da er nicht nur keine Massnahmen dagegen ergreift, sondern im Gegenteil, Vorstösse lanciert um die aktuelle Lage zusätzlich zu verschärfen. Als eine der ersten Amtshandlungen an seinem ersten Tag als Präsident entfernte er kurzerhand die LGBTI+ Anliegen aus dem Ministerium für Menschenrechte, und in einer neuen Ankündigung hat er es nun auf die Jüngsten abgesehen.

Homosexualität, Feminismus und Gewalt gegen Frauen sollen künftig an den Schulen nicht mehr thematisiert werden dürfen. Diese Kapitel sollen aus den Schulbüchern verschwinden, kündigte er an, und des weiteren soll das Militär die Erlaubnis erhalten, Schulen übernehmen zu dürfen. Schon während seinem Wahlkampf hat er keinen Hehl daraus gemacht, wie er die brasilianischen Schulen umkrempeln will. Er werde mit einem Flammenwerfer ins Bildungsministerium gehen und Paulo Freire entfernen. Dieser war ein angesehener, liberaler Pädogoge und Philosoph, dessen Lehren weltweit einen grossen Einfluss auf das Bildungssystem und die Pädagogik hatten.

Der von Bolsonaro eingesetzte Bildungsminister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez machte ebenfalls nie einen Hehl aus seiner homo- und transphoben Haltung. Bereits in seiner Antrittsrede erklärte er, dass er die aggressive Gender-Ideologie abschaffen wolle.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Spagna. Parlamento boccia la finanziaria. Verosimili nuove elezioni.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-13.

Goya Francisco. Los fusilamientos del tres de mayo. Museo del Prado, Madrid. 1814

Da anni la Spagna langue in una palude politica apparentemente irrisolvibile.

Dopo il governo di minoranza di Mr Rajoy, anche quello altrettanto di minoranza di Mr Pedro Sanchez è vicino alla caduta, aprendo così la strada a nuove elezioni anticipate, che allo stato delle cose risolveranno poco o nulla.

Spagna. Decine di migliaia di dimostranti in piazza contro Sanchez.

Spagna. Podemos in crisi. Situazione ancor più confusa di prima.

Il problema è semplicissimo.

Quando si governa una coalizione sarebbe fondamentale che tutte le componenti si alzassero dal tavolo delle trattative soddisfatte. Nessuna coalizione riesce a sopravvivere se un partito, fosse anche quello di maggioranza relativa, cercasse di imporre qualcosa.

Ma i liberal socialisti, impelagati nelle loro diatribe ideologiche, sono congenitamente negati alle trattative. La loro ideologia è profondamente rivoluzionaria: o siedono alla opposizione oppure al governo vogliono imporre la loro visione, senza se e senza ma.

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La finanziaria presentata da Mr Pedro Sanchez era semplicemente inaccettabile.


Ansa. 2019-02-13. Spagna, Parlamento boccia la finanziaria

Il Parlamento spagnolo ha rigettato la Finanziaria 2019 proposta dal governo socialista di Pedro Sanchez. Si apre così la strada alle elezioni anticipate. A votare contro la legge di bilancio dell’esecutivo socialista di Pedro Sanchez, dopo il rifiuto del governo di negoziare l’autodeterminazione di Catalogna, i partiti indipendentisti, che hanno così sostanzialmente decretato la fine della legislatura, e quelli di centrodestra. In particolare, hanno votato contro i partiti indipendentisti catalani Erc, del PdeCat e quelli dei partiti di centro-destra Partido Popular e Ciudadanos e del Foro Asturias e Coaliccion Canaria, per 191 no complessivi a fronte di 156 si – dei deputati del Psoe e di Podemos – e 1 astensione. Starà ora al premier Pedro Sanchez decidere se sciogliere le Camere e convocare elezioni anticipate, come reclamano Pp e Ciudadanos. La fine naturale della legislatura sarebbe prevista per il 2020. Il leader socialista, lasciando l’emiciclo, non si è pronunciato al riguardo.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal

Corriere. Un articolo da sganasciarsi dal ridere.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-12.

Paperino che ride

«Non interessa il colore del gatto, purché acchiappi i topi» [Deg Xiaoping]


Quando si scrive, e si pubblica, qualcosa si dovrebbe sia fare attenzione a non dire cose stravaganti, sia anche a non coprirsi di ridicolo. Meglio avere la nomea di persona difficile da convincere, dura di carattere, piuttosto che essere etichettati da buffoni.

Giovanna Pezzuoli e Luisella Seveso hanno scritto un pezzo tutto da leggere: rende il buon umore, anche se con una venatura sarcastica.

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«La nomina di sole 3 donne, invece delle precedenti 14, tra i 30 membri non di diritto del Consiglio Superiore della Sanità, ha scatenato le proteste non soltanto delle donne della politica, ma anche delle dirette interessate, le scienziate»

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«Abbiamo volentieri raccolto, come associazione GiULiA (Giornaliste unite libere autonome), l’appello di Antonella Viola, una delle eccellenze femminili presenti nella nostra piattaforma virtuale 100espert.it, che attraverso una lettera esprimeva il suo sconcerto e la sua indignazione»

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«L’abbiamo sottoposta alla nostra comunità di scienziate, che in gran numero hanno aderito con convinzione, sottoscrivendola»

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«Che fare dunque? C’è chi già si attiva per predisporre in Parlamento una mozione a sostegno dell’iniziativa che vorrebbe un maggior numero di nostre scienziate all’interno del Consiglio Superiore di Sanità, anche in considerazione del fatto che l’attuale decisione del Ministero della Salute è contraria alle indicazioni della Ue e dell’Onu»

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La lettera di queste quarantadue femmine è tranchant ed imperativa.

«La salute pubblica non è – e non può essere – un tema in cui la parità di genere non conta»

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«Chiediamo quindi al Ministero della Salute di rivedere le sue posizioni e alle colleghe e i colleghi nominati di rinunciare all’incarico qualora la parità di genere non venisse rispettata all’interno del Consiglio.»

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Questo è quanto.

Alcune domande.

Chi mai ha detto e stabilito che tutti gli organi pubblici debbano essere ripartiti per sesso?

Perché, per esempio, non ripartire allora per zona di nascita: un terzo al Meridione, un terzo al Centro ed un terzo al Nord?

Oppure metà amministrativi e metà sanitari?

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Chi mai sarebbero le sig.re Giovanna Pezzuoli e Luisella Seveso da sentirsi autorizzate a dare ordini al Ministro?

Il Ministro è vidimato dal suffragio popolare, loro no. Si presentino alle elezioni, si facciano eleggere, vadano al Governo e poi se ne riparla.

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Adesso, sarebbe bello che qualcuno spigasse perché le competenze di queste signore avrebbero dovuto interessare il Consiglio Superiore della Sanità. Magari facendo dimettere le personalità già nominate dal Ministro.

Giulia Baccarin, ingegnera co-founder MIPU, un gruppo di imprese che portano l’intelligenza artificiale nella fabbrica;

Paola Bonfante, professoressa ordinaria di Biologia vegetale all’Università degli Studi di Torino;

Gabriella Carrozza, Security consulting senior manager presso Accenture;

Virna Cerne, direttrice Ricerca & Sviluppo e componente del Consiglio direttivo del Gruppo Dr. Schär;

Bianca Maria Colosimo, professoressa ordinaria di Tecnologie e Sistemi di Lavorazione, vicedirettrice del Dipartimento di Meccanica del Politecnico di Milano;

Paola Fermo, professoressa associata presso l’Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Chimica;

Elena Ferrari, professoressa ordinaria di Informatica all’Università dell’Insubria di Varese;

Mirella Mastretti, componente del CdA di “Azienda Farmacie Comunali” di Cornaredo, docente di matematica e calcolatori;

Manuela Teresa Raimondi, professoressa ordinaria di Bioingegneria al Politecnico di Milano;

Paola Velardi, presidente del Corso di laurea e professoressa ordinaria di Informatica all’Università La Sapienza di Roma.

Corriere. 2019-02-09. Tre donne nel Consiglio Superiore di Sanità

42 scienziate chiedono ai nuovi membri di dimettersi se il ministero non fa marcia indietro e rispetta la parità

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La nomina di sole 3 donne, invece delle precedenti 14, tra i 30 membri non di diritto del Consiglio Superiore della Sanità, ha scatenato le proteste non soltanto delle donne della politica, ma anche delle dirette interessate, le scienziate. Abbiamo volentieri raccolto, come associazione GiULiA (Giornaliste unite libere autonome), l’appello di Antonella Viola, una delle eccellenze femminili presenti nella nostra piattaforma virtuale 100esperte.it, che attraverso una lettera esprimeva il suo sconcerto e la sua indignazione. L’abbiamo sottoposta alla nostra comunità di scienziate, che in gran numero hanno aderito con convinzione, sottoscrivendola.

Premessa indispensabile a questa legittima contestazione è una rapida ricognizione fra dati recenti diffusi dal Ministero della Salute: su 663.793 dipendenti del Sistema sanitario nazionale le donne sono il 65,5%; su 112.746 dipendenti medici le donne sono il 40,2%. La distribuzione del genere per fasce di età conferma l’evidente processo di femminilizzazione della professione medica. Secondo i dati raccolti da FNOMCeO (il portale della Federazione nazionale degli Ordini dei Medici Chirurghi e Odontoiatri), nella fascia d’età fra i 40 e i 49 anni le donne sono circa 30.000 (52%); fra i 24 e i 39 anni le donne sono circa 40.000 (63,2 %). E tutto questo senza voler entrare nel merito della medicina di genere, che rappresenta un approccio diverso e innovativo, se vogliamo rivoluzionario, come scrive Mariapaola Salmi, che dirige l’Italian Journal of Gender Medicine, alle diseguaglianze di salute. La stessa Organizzazione mondiale della Sanità pone attenzione speciale alle diversità con cui numerose patologie, un tempio ritenute tipicamente maschili, si presentano nelle donne. Ne sono scaturite una serie di raccomandazioni che permetteranno sempre di più di studiare le persone, donne e uomini, non solo biologicamente ma in maniera più complessa e globale.

Che fare dunque? C’è chi già si attiva per predisporre in Parlamento una mozione a sostegno dell’iniziativa che vorrebbe un maggior numero di nostre scienziate all’interno del Consiglio Superiore di Sanità, anche in considerazione del fatto che l’attuale decisione del Ministero della Salute è contraria alle indicazioni della Ue e dell’Onu.

Ed ecco la lettera:

La decisione del Ministero della Salute di ridurre drasticamente la presenza di donne all’interno del Consiglio Superiore di Sanità è inaccettabile in quanto ingiusta e ingiustificata. È infatti inaccettabile che le donne siano tagliate fuori da un tavolo di lavoro così importante e che influenza in modo sostanziale la politica sanitaria del paese. La salute pubblica non è – e non può essere – un tema in cui la parità di genere non conta. Ed è inaccettabile che il Ministero della Salute ritenga che nel nostro paese e nel resto del mondo non ci siano scienziate competenti, in grado di portare valore ed esperienza all’interno del Consiglio Superiore di Sanità. Chiediamo quindi al Ministero della Salute di rivedere le sue posizioni e alle colleghe e i colleghi nominati di rinunciare all’incarico qualora la parità di genere non venisse rispettata all’interno del Consiglio.

Antonella Viola, Scientific Director dell’Istituto di Ricerca Pediatrica, Fondazione Città della Speranza (Padova)
Aderiscono 42 scienziate: Adriana Albini, responsabile della ricerca oncologica presso IRCCS Multimedica; Giulia Baccarin, ingegnera co-founder MIPU, un gruppo di imprese che portano l’intelligenza artificiale nella fabbrica; Ginestra Bianconi, professoressa associata di Matematica Applicata alla Queen Mary University of London; Elena Giovanna Bignami, professoressa ordinaria di Anestesiologia all’Università degli Studi di Parma; Paola Bonfante, professoressa ordinaria di Biologia vegetale all’Università degli Studi di Torino; Maria Luisa Brandi, professoressa ordinaria di Endocrinologia all’Università degli Studi di Firenze; Mara Cadinu, professoressa associata di Psicologia e Neuroscienze all’Università di Padova; Gabriella Carrozza, Security consulting senior manager presso Accenture; Tiziana Catarci, professoressa ordinaria, direttrice del Centro Interuniversitario sull’Elaborazione Cognitiva di Sistemi naturali e artificiali all’Università La Sapienza di Roma; Lucia Cattani, responsabile Ricerca & Sviluppo presso la SEAS-SA (Start up svizzera); Virna Cerne, direttrice Ricerca & Sviluppo e componente del Consiglio direttivo del Gruppo Dr. Schär; Cristina Anna Colombo, professoressa di psichiatria all’Università Vita-Salute Sam Raffaele; Bianca Maria Colosimo, professoressa ordinaria di Tecnologie e Sistemi di Lavorazione, vicedirettrice del Dipartimento di Meccanica del Politecnico di Milano; Paola Corradi, presidente e socia fondatrice di Talent4Rise, Milano; Liliana Dell’Osso, direttrice dell’Unità Operativa di Psichiatria dell’Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana e presidente del Collegio dei professori ordinari di Psichiatria italiani; Elisabetta Erba, professoressa ordinaria di Paleontologia e Paleoecologia presso l’Università degli Studi di Milano; Paola Fermo, professoressa associata presso l’Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Chimica; Elena Ferrari, professoressa ordinaria di Informatica all’Università dell’Insubria di Varese; Maria Cristina Gambi, professoressa ordinaria di Ecologia e associata di Zoologia, prima ricercatrice Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn di Napoli; Sandra Leone, prima ricercatrice dell’Istituto di Fisica nazionale, sezione di Pisa; Sonia Levi, professoressa associata dell’Università Vita Salute San Raffaele); Fiorella Lo Schiavo, professoressa ordinaria di Fisiologia Vegetale all’Università di Padova; Daniela Lucangeli, prorettrice dell’Università di Padova, ordinaria di Psicologia dello Sviluppo; Francesca Mallamaci, responsabile dell’Unità Operativa Complessa di Nefrologia, Dialisi e Trapianto dell’Azienda Ospedaliera “Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli” di Reggio Calabria; Irene Mammarella professoressa Associata di Psicologia dello Sviluppo all’Università di Padova; Giulia Manca, professoressa associata all’Università degli studi di Cagliari e presso l’Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare; Daniela Mari, responsabile di Geriatria della Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore del Policlinico di Milano; Mirella Mastretti, componente del CdA di “Azienda Farmacie Comunali” di Cornaredo, docente di matematica e calcolatori; Deny Menghini, psicologa presso la Neuropsichiatria Infantile dell’Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù di Roma; Rosa Maria Montereali, responsabile del Laboratorio Micro e Nanostrutture per la Fotonica presso il Centro Ricerche ENEA di Frascati; Paola Mosconi, responsabile del “Laboratorio di ricerca per il coinvolgimento dei cittadini in sanità” del Dipartimento di Salute Pubblica dell’Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri di Milano; Isabella Nova, professoressa associata di Chimica Industriale e Tecnologia presso il Politecnico di Milano; Valeria Poli, professoressa ordinaria di Biologia molecolare all’Università degli Studi di Torino; Paola Prete, responsabile del Laboratorio di Crescita Epitassiale dell’Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi del CNR (sede di Lecce); Manuela Teresa Raimondi, professoressa ordinaria di Bioingegneria al Politecnico di Milano; Costanza Rovida, Scientific Officer presso CAAT-Europe (Università di Konstanz in Germania); Raffaella Rumiati, professoressa ordinaria di Neuroscienze Cognitive presso la SISSA di Trieste; Serena Sanna, Assistant Professor presso l’University Medical Center Groningen; Maria Grazia Speranza, prorettrice vicaria dell’Università di Brescia e professoressa ordinaria di Ricerca Operativa; Ines Testoni, professoressa associata di Psicologia sociale e Direttrice del Master in Death Studies & The End of Life all’Università degli Studi di Padova; Luisa Torsi, professoressa ordinaria di Chimica presso l’Università di Bari: Paola Velardi, presidente del Corso di laurea e professoressa ordinaria di Informatica all’Università La Sapienza di Roma; Ann Zeuner, Biotechnology Team Leader al Dipartimento di Oncologia e Medicina molecolare dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Ong - Ngo, Russia

Ngo. Ci stanno provando di nuovo con la Russia.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-10.

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Nei paesi ove la società civile ha potuto esprimersi liberamente, partiti e/o movimenti ad ideologia liberal socialista non trovano più albergo.

Appena eletto alla Presidenza del Brasile, Mr Bolsonaro ha pronunciato alcune frasi che sono tutte un programma:

Brasile. Bolsonaro. I fondi delle ngo saranno supervisionati.

«This is the beginning of Brazil’s liberation from socialism, political correctness and a bloated state»

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«the distortion of human rights and the breakdown of the family»

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«economic irresponsibility and ideological submission.»

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«There are hundreds of bureaucratic governing bodies across Brazil, of regulators as well. … We have to untangle the mess»

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«Brazil would no longer serve the interests of international non-governmental organizations»

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Soros George. Uno stato negli stati. Ecco i suoi principali voivodati.

Iniziata la rivolta mondiale contro il regime liberal di Mr Soros.

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Così il Brasile ha raggiunto con la forza delle elezioni il mondo libero e Mr Lula è nelle patrie galere. Molti altri paesi lo avevano preceduto.

Cina. Una nuova legge sulle Ong (Ngo).

Ungheria. Mr Orban mette fuori leggi le ngo pro-immigrazione.

Polonia. Scacciare le ong (ngo) di Mr Soros.

L’elenco sarebbe molto lungo, ma sarebbe anche incompleto senza ricodare il primo bastione dellalibertà.

Russia. Nuova legge sulle ong (ngo). Povero Mr Soros.

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Di questi tempi le ngo ci stanno riprovando in Russia, azione che trova risonanza esclusivamente sui media liberal occidentali.


NGOs in Russia say Kremlin cracking down on human rights activists

«Human rights activists have warned of the oppressive lengths Russia is willing to go to silence its critics. They claim that when it comes to quashing dissent, the Kremlin gives security forces “carte blanche.”»

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«During a press conference in the Russian capital on Thursday, leading human rights activists from the Moscow Helsinki Group condemned the treatment of Anastasia Shevchenko, the coordinator of nongovernmental organization Open Russia»

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«Shevchenko is currently under house arrest in the western city of Rostov for allegedly being a member of an “unwelcome organization.”»

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«Activists say the charges against her are fabricated.»

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«Activists are making the same demands for the case of the environmental activist Vyacheslav Yegorov, who is under house arrest in the city of Kolomna, outside Moscow»

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Alcune considerazioni.

Se delle persone cercassero di organizzare negli Stati Uniti delle manifestazioni a supporto del fatto che l’omosessualità sia una patologia psichiatrica, e che dovrebbe essere contemplata come reato dal codice penale, oppure che l’aborto non solo non sia un diritto, bensì sia un omicidio volontario, bene, quelle persone sarebbero immediatamente arrestate ed i media si scatenerebbero in ogni sorta di scandalizzato improperio.

In Russia Governo e società civile non ne vogliono sapere delle ngo e di quello che sostengono.

Ciò che le ngo denominano ‘diritti civili‘ altro non sono che reati.

Forse che non lo sapevano che ogni stato sia tenuto a reprimere i reati?

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Unione Europea. ‘Toxic Lobbying”.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-10.

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A Bruxelles c’è una grossa Mercedes ogni due burocrati. Tutte diesel ed in comodato di uso.


Agribusiness CAPturing EU research money? [Corporate Europe Observatory]

«The future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2013 is now being debated, with the Commission proposing a new €4.5 billion budget for agricultural research. The proposal is highly strategic: the research projects that are prioritised and funded today may have a decisive impact on the way agriculture is practised in the future. That is why the ongoing lobbying battle for the control of these funds is so important: behind these projects, it is the very vision for the future of agriculture in Europe which is at stake.»

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Pochi regimi nella storia sono stati più corrotti della Commissione Europea il cui mandato scade a maggio. A confronto, l’Impero Bizantino degli eunuchi era formato da gente proba, veri e propri stiliti.

Ne relazioniamo qui alcuni aspetti, in attesa che Norimberga 2 faccia emergere tutto il putridume.

«When it comes to accountability and transparency at the EU, it will not come as a surprise to many that some Brussels institutions do not fare too well in terms of voters’ trust and confidence»

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«After all, the influence that lobbyists have on EU officials is notorious – from the nightly corporate cocktail receptions in Brussels to the revolving door of former commissioners lobbying their successors on behalf of multinationals»

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«However, what is often ignored is that these same people are supposed to be our representatives in Brussels»

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«A report out this week sheds new light on this problem and details the influence lobbyists have on member state representatives and embassies inside the EU, who in turn hold huge sway in shaping EU legislation»

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«The study, Captured States: How EU Governments are a Channel for Corporate Interests’ by Corporate Europe Observatory lays out how many EU member state embassies and their permanent representatives are essentially corporate mouthpieces, channelling multinationals’ influence.»

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«Did you know, for example, that German carmakers Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche and BMW have all provided free vehicles to the EU’s rotating presidencies since 2012, just as the regulations on vehicle emissions were being negotiated?»

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«What is revelatory about this study is the sheer number of embassies, committees and advisory groups that lobbyists can target: from the Council all the way down to standing committee on plants, animals, food and feed»

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«This is in addition to the commission and various MEPs and officials at the parliament. No wonder Germany refused to divulge which lobbyists their people have been meeting to the authors of this study – something to hide?»

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«Take the Council of Europe and mobile phone roaming charges negotiations in the EU»

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«Big operators like Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange were pulling the strings behind member states’ negotiators»

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«And the orders for the delay came directly from Angela Merkel in a phone call to Jean-Claude Juncker via an email from the Bavarian minister president’s office acting on behalf of BMW and the German Association of the Automotive Industry. …. So even Europe’s most powerful leader has done the bidding of lobbyists»

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«Elite corporate lobbies enjoy unrivalled access to member state leaders – something that civic groups and NGOs can only dream of.»

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«The study puts forward a number of recommendations to put a stop to this toxic culture»

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La burocrazia dell’Unione Europea è disperatamente complessa, un vermaio di commissioni, sottocommissioni, società di consulenza e via quant’altro, che per tutti questi anni se la è vissuta alla grande alle spalle del Cittadino Contribuente.

Sarebbe vana fatica ricercare una qualche deliberazione che non abbia portato consistenti guadagni personali.

Davvero: Sodoma e Gomorra erano cittadine simpaticamente vivibili al contronto.


Eu Observer. 2019-02-07. Why Brussels’ toxic lobbying culture must end

When it comes to accountability and transparency at the EU, it will not come as a surprise to many that some Brussels institutions do not fare too well in terms of voters’ trust and confidence.

After all, the influence that lobbyists have on EU officials is notorious – from the nightly corporate cocktail receptions in Brussels to the revolving door of former commissioners lobbying their successors on behalf of multinationals.

However, what is often ignored is that these same people are supposed to be our representatives in Brussels.

A report out this week sheds new light on this problem and details the influence lobbyists have on member state representatives and embassies inside the EU, who in turn hold huge sway in shaping EU legislation.

The study, Captured States: How EU Governments are a Channel for Corporate Interests’ by Corporate Europe Observatory lays out how many EU member state embassies and their permanent representatives are essentially corporate mouthpieces, channelling multinationals’ influence.

Did you know, for example, that German carmakers Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche and BMW have all provided free vehicles to the EU’s rotating presidencies since 2012, just as the regulations on vehicle emissions were being negotiated?

They call it sponsorship.

What is revelatory about this study is the sheer number of embassies, committees and advisory groups that lobbyists can target: from the Council all the way down to standing committee on plants, animals, food and feed.

This is in addition to the commission and various MEPs and officials at the parliament. No wonder Germany refused to divulge which lobbyists their people have been meeting to the authors of this study – something to hide?

Take the Council of Europe and mobile phone roaming charges negotiations in the EU.

Telefonica and roaming charges

It is well known that Telefonica has historically enjoyed close ties with the Spanish government. What we discover is that the council’s proposals were actually far more industry-friendly than anything the commission or parliament had put forward.

Big operators like Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange were pulling the strings behind member states’ negotiators.

Yes, the operators ultimately failed in putting the boot into new roaming rules but they were somewhat saved by the Spanish officials who successfully weakened the final EU agreement.

Similarly, this study also details how German carmakers were working overtime on lobbying esoteric bodies like expert and advisory groups such as the technical committee on motor vehicles.

The result?

Europe’s new real-world emissions test standards were undermined and delayed, thus prolonging toxic emissions and contributing to more deaths annually.

Dieselgate and Glyphosate

And the orders for the delay came directly from Angela Merkel in a phone call to Jean-Claude Juncker via an email from the Bavarian minister president’s office acting on behalf of BMW and the German Association of the Automotive Industry.

So even Europe’s most powerful leader has done the bidding of lobbyists.

The fact that many of these crucial EU committees are often complex and opaque means there is little transparency or accountability.

Everything from the renewal of glyphosate – involving Monsanto now owned by German chemicals giant, Bayer, and in cahoots with the Bundesinstitut fur Risikobewertung (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) – to austerity and fiscal governance policies, the cosy ties between member state governments, former EU officials and corporations are so entrenched and historic that they threaten the democratic process.

These are serious, endemic and systematic problems.

Elite corporate lobbies enjoy unrivalled access to member state leaders – something that civic groups and NGOs can only dream of.

It’s outrageous to also learn from the study that member states even actively seek out corporate lobbies to champion a particular cause or on behalf of a national industry – as the recent Austrian presidency did with the steel producer Voestalpine, that would ultimately promote the use of fossil fuels.

The study puts forward a number of recommendations to put a stop to this toxic culture.

The fact that the public are now more aware of what lobbyists get up to is positive.

However, the lack of citizens’ input into national decision-making on EU matters must be reversed.

We urgently need more transparency through lobby registers across all EU institutions, and all member states must publish their positions during negotiations.

We must bolster the European Ombudsman who does a great job in defending transparency.

Above all, there needs to be a wholesale cultural change from member state parliaments to the EU institutions. 500 million citizens deserve better – we cannot go on like this.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Visegrad, V4, Unione Europea e questa attuale eurodirigenza.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-08.

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Germany’s Merkel To Meet Visegrad Four Leaders In Slovakia

«German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks in Bratislava with the prime ministers of host Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary to mark 30 years since the fall of the Iron Curtain.

The German government said on February 6 ahead of the meeting that the political shift in the countries of the so-called Visegrad Four group “made a considerable contribution to the fact that German reunification could proceed in peace.”

Merkel is scheduled to meet first with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, then the two will join the others for lunch to discuss economic matters, foreign policy, and European issues. ….

Poland, the United States, the Baltic states, and several other EU countries have also expressed concern about the Nord Stream 2 project, the second gas pipeline linking Russia directly with Germany under the Baltic Sea.

It would avoid existing gas pipelines through Ukraine and critics say would increase Europe’s energy dependence on Russia.»

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Cosying up in Bratislava

«In their ongoing quest to shape majorities on EU policies, Germany and France both have an interest in anchoring the Czech and Slovak governments in their respective camps.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Bratislava this week to meet with the Visegrad Group. This is the first high-level meeting between Merkel and her V4 counterparts since 2016.

It happens against the backdrop of widening gaps on the overall direction of the European Union, on the development of democracy and the rule of law in Hungary and Poland, and the controversy between Berlin and Central and Eastern European capitals over the EU’s migration and asylum policies.

No doubt, the exchange between Chancellor Merkel and the V4 in Bratislava – Slovakia holds the Presidency of the V4 in 2018/2019 – is highly important. From a Berlin perspective, despite manifest differences on EU policy, there is a strong interest in keeping the V4 countries engaged.»

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Negli ultimi decenni la mancata definizione dei termini usati ha causato una grande quantità di fraintendimenti, alcuni voluti altri indesiderati.

In altre parole: quasi sempre gli interlocutori concettualizzano in modo differente i vari vocaboli.

In una simile situazione, la chiarezza espressiva va immediatamente a pesare sulla complessità del discorso, che ne risulta essere allungato da tutti i chiarimenti lessicologici allegati. Si corre il rischio di essere illeggibili.

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Per quanto possa sembrare cosa strana, nessuno dei trattati costitutivi ha mai detto cosa debba intendersi per Unione Europea. Era e resta un termine la cui comprensione è affidata all’acume dell’interlocutore. Due tentativi di darsi un costituzione sono stati bocciati in referendum dal popolo sovrano.

L’attuale eurodirigenza oramai vicina ai termini di scadenza ha sempre dato per scontato che l’Unione Europea fosse esattamente ciò che essa avrebbe voluto che fosse, ossia uno stato sovrano a capo del quale sarebbe seduta lei stessa.

Una Unione Europea liberal, fortemente statalista, altamente centralizzata, con un suo sistema giudiziario che applicava l’ideologia liberal nelle aule dei tribunali europei.

Questo processo è andato avanti fino al punto che l’eurodirigenza ha ritenuto di essere lei stessa l’Unione Europea.

Così sono nate delle frasi logicamente destrutturate, quali “lo vuole l’Europa“. L’Europa non può voler nulla per definizione: sarebbe corretto dire “così vorrebbe l’eurodirigenza“.

Similmente si potrebbe argomentare per l’abusato termine ‘euroscettico‘. Euroscettico non è la persona che metta in forse l’Unione Europea: l’euroscettico non condivide l’attuale eurodirigenza, che vorrebbe pensionare e sostituire.

Per finire in breve, le teorie politiche dovrebbero essere trattate e vissute come tali: teorie utili in certe istanze, inutili e dannose in altre. Le teorie politiche ed economiche vissute come dogmi di fede sclerotizzano la società e danno la stura a guerre di religione laddove sarebbe stata utile e proficuo il solo dibattito politico.

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Una volta chiariti questi possibili motivi di incomprensione, ma ce ne sarebbe centinaia di altri da chiarire, i problemi dell’attuale eurodirigenza con i paesi del Visegrad emergono semplicissimi, quanto irrisolvibili, perché ognuna delle controparte assume le proprie come posizioni di bandiera.

Le elezioni europee di maggio, e quelle politiche che si terranno nel’anno in sette stati dell’Unione, dovrebbero concorrere al chiarimento, se non altro perché l’attuale eurodirigenza se ne dovrà andare via.

«All the V4 members are EU member states, but only Slovakia is part of the eurozone …. They want to see a “Europe of homelands” rather than a political union.»

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«the refugee question. All four countries categorically reject fixed EU distribution quotas. Their inflexible position ….»

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«Constitutional developments – in Hungary and Poland particularly – have also strained the relationship with the EU: The EU Commission has launched infringement procedures against both countries in response»

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«L’état, c’est moi»

Questa frase aveva un suo senso logico se detta da Re Luigi XIV, ma detta da Mr Juncker, Mr Macron o da Frau Merkel fa soltanto sorridere.

Lo stato sono i Cittadini Contribuenti che ogni certo numero di anni diventano anche Elettori.


Deutsche Welle. 2019-02-08. This is how the Visegrad Group works

The German chancellor is meeting the heads of state of the Visegrad Group. But what do Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia actually stand for? And what sort of relationship do they have with the EU?

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What is the Visegrad Group?

The Visegrad Group – V4 for short – is an alliance of four eastern and central European states: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They take their name from the Hungarian city of Visegrad, where kings once met for economic and political negotiations.

In 1991, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia – as it still was then – joined forces to work together more closely and prepare their planned EU accession. Today, the V4 countries exchange information and develop priority programs in order better to cooperate in an increasing number of areas. An important basic principle is that, within the EU, the V4 carry more weight as an alliance than they would as individual countries. Each year a different member of the group takes over the V4 presidency.

What relationship does the Visegrad Group have with the EU?

All the V4 members are EU member states, but only Slovakia is part of the eurozone. Observers often refer to the V4 as “two plus two,” because of their differing attitudes to European integration. Slovakia and the Czech Republic are comparatively Europe-friendly, whereas Hungary and Poland take a much more eurosceptic approach. These two, in particular, are keen to give member states within the EU a much stronger role once more: They want to see a “Europe of homelands” rather than a political union.

What are the bones of contention with the EU?

Despite their differences and the fact that they belong to different political groupings within the EU, in recent years one topic, in particular, has brought the V4 together: the refugee question. All four countries categorically reject fixed EU distribution quotas. Their inflexible position is largely responsible for the EU’s inability to make progress in reforming its refugee laws. At the end of 2017, the EU Commission instituted legal proceedings against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic over their refusal to take in refugees from an agreed EU distribution program.

Constitutional developments – in Hungary and Poland particularly – have also strained the relationship with the EU: The EU Commission has launched infringement procedures against both countries in response.

What are the positions of the individual V4 countries?

Hungary

Hungary does not want to become a country of immigration. This is what its prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has repeatedly emphasized. It has erected a separation fence along the border with Serbia and Croatia. More than 170,000 people applied for asylum in Hungary in 2015; in 2017, the figure was just under 3,400. Orbán is also one of the harshest critics of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her refugee policy.

Unlike the rest of the V4 group, Hungary has a good relationship with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Orbán and Putin meet regularly; the two countries have complementary economic and security policy interests. Refugee policy is not the only issue that has Hungary at loggerheads with the EU: Orbán’s restructuring of the constitutional state and the accompanying restrictions on media freedoms, the undermining of the constitutional court, and the action he has taken against civil society organizations have caused the EU to launch several infringement procedures against Hungary. 

Poland

Poland was the first country against which the EU instigated proceedings; these were for violations against the principles of the rule of law. The reason for this was the country’s controversial judicial reform, which the EU considers to have undermined the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers in Poland. To date, the reform has only been partially revoked.

Like Hungary and the Czech Republic, Poland refused to take in refugees and was sued by the EU as a result. Its categorical refusal to accept distribution quotas is still creating tension. Although Warsaw refuses to tolerate any interference in its domestic affairs, leaving the EU is not an option for Poland – the economic benefits of membership for the country are too great.

Czech Republic

The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, is also a staunch opponent of EU solidarity on refugee policy. He declared last year that his country would not take in “a single illegal migrant.” Economically, the Czech Republic is very closely integrated into the EU. However, it has a big problem with corruption and is not really seeing much improvement. Prime Minister Babiš is the second-richest man in the country and is suspected of unlawfully pocketing millions of euros in EU subsidies via one of his companies.

Slovakia

Slovakia is in the eurozone, and wants to become part of a “core Europe.” It’s the only V4 country that has agreed to take in small contingents of refugees; and in doing so, unlike the other V4 countries, it avoided prosecution by the EU Commission. However, last year Slovakia voted with Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic to reject the UN Migration Pact. The Slovak prime minister, Peter Pellegrini, said at the time: “Slovakia does not agree that there is no difference between legal and illegal migration, and we consider economic migration to be illegal, damaging, and a security risk.”

Like the Czech Republic, Slovakia too has a corruption problem that extends into the higher levels of government.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Europarlamento. Le cose stan cambiando ancor prima delle elezioni.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-02-03.

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Opening the debate on BREXIT

EU Oberver è una delle testate giornalistiche più liberal socialiste che di più non sarebbe possibile: gli stipendi dei redattori dipendono strettamente dai voleri dell’attuale eurodirigenza.

Tuttavia c’è qualcosa di nuovo oggi nel sole, anzi, di antico:

«un volgo disperso repente si desta»

La conseguenza è immediata: lo stile è davvero ben diverso da quello solito.

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Nel vano quanto disperato tentativo di impedire agli identitari sovranisti anche solo di vivere dopo le elezioni di maggio che rimescoleranno per benino le carte nell’europarlamento, i liberal socialisti hanno presentato in europarlamento una mozione splittata in due tranche.

Attenti perché è viscida come ogni cosa loro pertiene.

«German centre-right and French far-right MEPs have tried, unsuccessfully, to torpedo a new rule which will require MEPs with senior posts to sign a document promising to behave appropriately »

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«The new rule was adopted on Thursday (31 January) with a broad majority, and relates to a recently-adopted code of appropriate behaviour for MEPs»

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«The new rule was adopted as part of a resolution on the parliament’s new rules of procedure, which will also lead to some increased transparency of MEP meetings with lobbyists»

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«It was voted on in two parts»

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«The first was about parliament simply declaring in its resolution that MEPs “shall refrain from any type of psychological or sexual harassment and shall respect the code of appropriate behaviour for members of the European parliament.”»

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«This amendment was adopted with an overwhelming majority of 622 against 16, with eight MEPs abstaining»

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«The second part was about the actual rule that made signing the declaration on the code a precondition for getting any of the key posts»

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«The rule states that MEPs who have not signed a declaration to respect the code, will not be able to be elected as president or vice-president»

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«This was supported by 493 MEPs, with 111 voting against, and 26 abstaining»

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Il cuore del problema risiede nel fatto che l’intera dichiarazione è un peana dell’ideologia liberal socialista.

Votarlo implica dichiararsi a favor di simile Weltanschauung.

Quindi, non potrebbe essere nominato presidente o vice-presidente chiunque non sia un liberal socialista.

Se non fosse tragica realtà sarebbe financo da sorriderci sopra.

Ci si ricorda il regolamento del 21 novembre 1922? ‘Chiunque può fare il presidente della camera o del senato purché sia fascista.’

Cambia i nomi, ma la sostanza è sempre la stessa.

Solo che i liberal socialisti non hanno la memoria storica.

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Questa volta però è successo qualcosa di nuovo.

Molto prudentemente EU Observer titola:

«German, French MEPs tried to block #MeToo measure»

Tedeschi e francesi. Fate voi.

«This was supported by 493 MEPs, with 111 voting against, and 26 abstaining.

Opposition came mainly from 30 German MEPs who sit with the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) – almost the entire contingent of deputies from Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.

It was also opposed by 23 French MEPs, most of them from the far-right Rassemblement National (National Rally).

Of the 111 MEPs who voted against, 57 sit with the pro-EU, centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), and 31 with the far-right, eurosceptic Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF).

No ENF member voted in favour, but it did receive support from a majority of the EPP (108 MEPs), the largest group in the parliament.

One reason for opposing the measure was given by German MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel, who sits with the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).»

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Ben 57 eurodeputati aderenti al partito popolare europeo hanno votato contro. Mica quelli identitari sovranisti, quelli aderenti in patria alla Cdu di Akk e Frau Merkel.

Facciamoci un po’ di conti …..

E di qui a fine maggio passano solo tre mesi.

Poi, il nuovo europarlamento cambierà le regole.

Ne preannunciamo una, del tutto possibile.

‘Chiunque abbia professato l’ideologia liberal socialista

non può essere eletto nel parlamento europeo.’


EU Observer. 2019-02-02. German, French MEPs tried to block #MeToo measure

German centre-right and French far-right MEPs have tried, unsuccessfully, to torpedo a new rule which will require MEPs with senior posts to sign a document promising to behave appropriately.

The new rule was adopted on Thursday (31 January) with a broad majority, and relates to a recently-adopted code of appropriate behaviour for MEPs.

The rule states that MEPs who have not signed a declaration to respect the code, will not be able to be elected as president or vice-president.

They will also be barred from taking a position as rapporteur, which is a much-sought after post that gives responsibility over the drafting of legislation and negotiations on behalf of the parliament.

MEPs unwilling to sign would also not be allowed to take part in official delegations.

The new rule was adopted as part of a resolution on the parliament’s new rules of procedure, which will also lead to some increased transparency of MEP meetings with lobbyists.

It was voted on in two parts.

The first was about parliament simply declaring in its resolution that MEPs “shall refrain from any type of psychological or sexual harassment and shall respect the code of appropriate behaviour for members of the European parliament.”

This amendment was adopted with an overwhelming majority of 622 against 16, with eight MEPs abstaining.

The second part was about the actual rule that made signing the declaration on the code a precondition for getting any of the key posts.

This was supported by 493 MEPs, with 111 voting against, and 26 abstaining.

Opposition came mainly from 30 German MEPs who sit with the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) – almost the entire contingent of deputies from Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.

It was also opposed by 23 French MEPs, most of them from the far-right Rassemblement National (National Rally).

Of the 111 MEPs who voted against, 57 sit with the pro-EU, centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), and 31 with the far-right, eurosceptic Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF).

No ENF member voted in favour, but it did receive support from a majority of the EPP (108 MEPs), the largest group in the parliament.

One reason for opposing the measure was given by German MEP Hans-Olaf Henkel, who sits with the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).

According to a leaked email published by Politico, Henkel had called it an “incredibly stupid” initiative.

Common sense

On Thursday, Henkel explained in a statement that he saw a code of appropriate behaviour as redundant.

“For me, it is common sense not to harass people in any form,” said Henkel.

“Maybe I think [too] highly of my colleagues but I think we all know what is right and what is wrong,” he added.

However, there is some evidence to the contrary.

Since the eruption of the #MeToo scandal in Hollywood in 2017, stories have come out about harassment in the European Parliament as well.

Some assistants felt that the parliament’s administration was not doing enough to fight harassment, and set up a blog with anonymised stories.

Last month a majority of MEPs reaffirmed their desire for a mandatory training for MEPs, which would help them recognise harassment and help prevent it.

Parliament’s advisory committee on harassment deals with on average three to four cases per year, a spokeswoman said last year.

Pubblicato in: Devoluzione socialismo, Ideologia liberal, Unione Europea

Merkel. “How we deal with the migration issue will determine whether Europe will last”

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-01-15.

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«Souvent femme varie, – Bien fol est qui s’y fie!» Victor Hugo


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Quando Frau Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, AKK, era in lizza per la conquista della presidenza del partito si comportava come la fotocopia vivente di Frau Merkel, che la fece eleggere con una maggioranza di 16 voti su 999.

Una maggioranza minima, risicata e, soprattutto, contrastata dai tempi che corrono.

Anche la dura cervice tedesca sta iniziando a comprendere che fenomeni politici quali Pegida oppure AfD potrebbero virare in un amen a movimenti quali i Gilets Jaunes, che rallegrano le giornate di Mr Macron.

I politici tedeschi sono seduti sulla polveriera di un popolo sempre più inferocito che sta inoltrandosi nella selva oscura della recessione.

Europa. Germania. La recessione è sempre più probabile.

Europa. Nel 2019 elezioni politiche in 13 Stati, 7 nella EU.

Europarlamento. Tempi grami per l’asse francogermanico. I numeri.

Recessione. La parola che nessuno vorrebbe leggere o sentire.

Cina. Il primo gennaio è entrata in vigore la riforma fiscale.

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Di questi giorni Frau AKK ha iniziato un distacco da Frau Merkel che le pone in reciproca rotta di collisione., e nel video allegato Frau Merkel non dissimula affatto il suo sconcerto e risentimento.

«CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants a “comprehensive review” of Germany’s immigration system»

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«Contradicting Angela Merkel, the new party leader said scrutiny of the fateful year of 2015 was necessary»

Si ripete la storia del Duca di Mantova, che bighellona nella suburra cittadina in attesa della sorella di Sparafucile, quello che avrebbe dovuto ammazzarlo. 

«È sempre misero / Chi a lei s’affida, / Chi le confida – mal cauto il core!»

AKK è arrivata al bivio.

O prosegue pedissequamente sulla rotta politica tracciata da Frau Merkel, che ritiene ancora la carica di Bundeskanzlerin, oppure AKK rompe con la sua mentore.

«lunga promessa con l’attender corto / ti farà trïunfar ne l’alto seggio»

Tradire è un’arte che non si improvvisa. Tradire Frau Merkel è anche ben poco igienico, almeno al momento.

Se proseguisse, il declino della Cdu sarebbe segnato una volta per tutte.

Se rompesse, sarebbe in rotta di collisione con Frau Merkel ed alla fine dovrebbe defenestrala. Ma cacciando Frau Merkel dalla finestra vi caccerebbe dietro anche questa Europa.

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Il terreno di scontro è l’immigrazione clandestina e lo strumento una sorta di stati generali.

«We will look at the entire immigration issue, from the protection of the external border to asylum procedures and integration, from the perspective of effectiveness»

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«the party would review the immigration system at a planned workshop in February»

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«Immigration has dominated German politics since the migration crisis. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has enjoyed repeated electoral successes across the country on the back of an ardent anti-migration platform»

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Difficile non farsi venire alla mente quel fatidico 5 maggio 1789, quando Re Luigi XVI convocò gli stati generali, dando la stura a quella rivoluzione che alla fine lo decapitò.

Il Cahier de doléances è saturo: è già stato scritto: basta solo leggerlo e dargli voce, cosa che farà la riunione convocata.

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Frau Merkel ha fatto in proposito una lapidaria esternazione.

«How we deal with the migration issue

will determine whether Europe will last»

L’attuale élite dominante in Germania ed in Europa adotta l’ideologia liberal socialista, che dell’immigrazione fa motivo di essere. Credo religioso.

Crollata questa, crollerebbe la Germania e, di conseguenza, tutta l’Unione Europea o, meglio, tutta l’attuale eurodirigenza.

Il sistema si sfalderebbe. Sarebbe un terremoto che residuerebbe un periodo di intensi alti e bassi, ma che alla fine lascerebbe un campo sgombro da retaggi ideologici.

La freccia è saldamente piantata nel tallone di Achille.

Adesso, basta solo aver pazienza ed aspettare.

«N’interrompez jamais un ennemi qui est en train de faire une erreur [Napoleone]


Deutsche Welle. 2019-01-13. AKK: CDU to review Angela Merkel’s migration policy since 2015 crisis

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants a “comprehensive review” of Germany’s immigration system. Contradicting Angela Merkel, the new party leader said scrutiny of the fateful year of 2015 was necessary.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor at the helm of the Christian Democrats (CDU) has told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that the party will scrutinize the chancellor’s migration policy since the beginning of the migration crisis in 2015.

“We will look at the entire immigration issue, from the protection of the external border to asylum procedures and integration, from the perspective of effectiveness” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, who replaced Merkel as CDU leader in December, said the party would review the immigration system at a planned workshop in February.

The European Union’s border protection agency, Frontex, and Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees would take part in the talks to examine “where and what needs to be improved,” she added.

AKK contradicts Merkel

Kramp-Karrenbauer, who was Merkel’s favored candidate to take over the CDU, differed from her predecessor on the topic of the 2015 migration crisis and the government’s subsequent response.

Merkel said that discussions surrounding what happened in 2015, when more than a million migrants entered Germany, amounted to “wasted time,” according to Die Welt am Sonntag. But Kramp-Karrenbauer said she did not fully agree.

“It would be a strange state of affairs if we in the CDU were to approach the topic comprehensively and ignore what happened in 2015,” she said.

Immigration has dominated German politics since the migration crisis. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has enjoyed repeated electoral successes across the country on the back of an ardent anti-migration platform.