Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

italy’s new far right interior minister refuses to let refugee ship dock; spain offers hand

Monday, June 11th, 2018

according to the BBC, matteo salvini, leader of italy’s far right pary the league (previously known as the northern league) and italy’s current interior minister, has shut italy’s ports to a migrant Rescue ship run by a non profit organization. the ship, carrying more than 600 people is primarily filled with children who have been rescued at sea. the spanish government has offered to accept the migrants to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

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usa ambassador to germany should be recalled

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

the usa’s ambassador took little time in cozying up to the far right in germany. within the span of 6 weeks richard grenell has created 2 huge diplomatic incidences. now there is a call by the left parties in the german government to expel the usa’s ambassador. and he should be kicked out along with his happy boyfriend. who both apparently both have woodies for sebastian kurz, the austrian prime minister who is meeting the couple for dinner next week. given that kurz is not the head of state of germany –unless grenell is trying to push for an anschluss, this is also unprecedented. so. let us think. was it hitler’s SA or SS the ones filled with happy homeboys? which brings us to the adage, just because you’re gay doesn’t mean you’re not a nazi. just look at joerg haider–the austrian far-right leader who died 10 years ago in a car accident after having a few rounds at a transvestite bar.

ambassadorships are non-political positions that are the result of political patronage. it is unheard of for an american diplomat to enter germany and proceed to wave the flag of the far right. it is, dare we say, unprecedented. his previous infraction was tweeting the directive that german companies should wind down their business in iran. which again was unprecedented.

italy has new government

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

the new government will be sworn in on friday. now march on rome. but does italy follow greece with its populist government and right wing thugs in the streets?

what’s bannon doing in italy part deux

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

the us-based blog the daily beast has the answer. telling the italians how to think. apparently his crowds in italy are much smaller than in radical switzerland. in the former he attracted 50 biz people, in the latter 1500. given that steve bannon the ex-trump adviser is unemployed and borderline homeless, we suspect he and his booking agent are getting hefty fees.

new elections in italy?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

the proposed prime minister giuseppe conte put forward by the far right party the league and the 5 star movement in italy has resigned. last week, conte was accused of embellishing his resume by claiming amongst many things of having studied at new york university, when apparently he had only had written permission to use their library. president sergio matterella has vetoed the 2 party’s choice for finance minister–a euroseceptic who advocates italy leaving the euro. it looks like new elections might be on the horizon.

india vs. pakistan

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

so we at a blog about whatever would like to know who decided that pakistan was part of the middle east and india was part of asia? given that they both reside on the indian subcontinent, and up until 71 years ago (prior to the partitioning by the united kingdom) they were the same country. see the history of pakistan. if one thinks about it, culturally, on the surface, indian culture seemingly has more in common with that of the middle east. and in terms of physical attributes, indians look like an annex of north africa mixed with sub-saharan africa. would anyone ever mistake ghandi for kim jung-un? or abe shinzo. then there is not only the language, but the way of writing and saying one’s names. in north east asian countries (in contrast to the west) the first name is one’s surname. like xi jinping. or mao zedong. one says chairman mao. and not chairman zedong. and isn’t kim jung-un almost a dead ringer of chairman mao? the current prime minister of india is marendra modi. one calls him prime minister modi, or mr. modi, not prime minister marendra. and the rise of hindu nationalism and religious intolerance would be en par with the rise of the religious extremist is some muslim majority countries such as syria.

updated: how dangerous is italy’s 5 star movement

Friday, May 25th, 2018

(*this post has been updated. we intended to write that our money is placed on italy leaving the euro –not the EU, by referrendum or via fiat**) the real question is how dangerous is the 5 star movement’s parliamentary partner the league. the league, aka the northern league, for decades advocated for northern italy to succeed from the rest of italy. with a bit of a name change and a re-emphasis on immigration, the league was able to mine votes in the southern part of italy all the way to sicily. the far right the league is as ugly as the mussolini blackshirts (one word intended) in the 1930s and 1940s. the 5 star movement have made a faustian bargain with the far right not unlike what greece has done. what does this mean for the european union as the center left parties continue to collapse? in italy, there will be no italian style brexit vote as italy, like countries like ireland like having the option to leave a sinking ship if possible. hence the italian diaspora spans the globe and has created tribal-like networking and trading opportunities for italians who are pretty well, tribal like most southern europeans. some may argue that this trait–meaning, the embracing of cronyism and nepotism, which contrasts dramatically with northern europe (minus the UK) is the result of weak social structures and corrupt governments. so we at a blog about whatever seriously doubt there will be an italian exit from the EU. but we would pretty much place our money on italy leaving the euro either by vote or by fiat. –pun 100% intended. (**updated placing money on italy leaving the euro**)

trailer: he’s back. a re-imagining of italy if mussolini returned. a remake of of the 2015 film “look whose back.”

how dangerous is italy’s 5 star movement

Friday, May 25th, 2018

the real question is how dangerous is the 5 star movement’s parliamentary partner the league. the league, aka the northern league, for decades advocated for northern italy to succeed from the rest of italy. with a bit of a name change and a re-emphasis on immigration, the league was able to mine votes in the southern part of italy all the way to sicily. the far right the league is as ugly as the mussolini blackshirts (one word intended) in the 1930s and 1940s. the 5 star movement have made a faustian bargain with the far right not unlike what greece has done. what does this mean for the european union as the center left parties continue to collapse? in italy, there will be no italian style brexit vote as italy, like countries like ireland like having the option to leave a sinking ship if possible. hence the italian diaspora spans the globe and has created tribal-like networking and trading opportunities for italians who are pretty well, tribal like most southern europeans. some may argue that this trait–meaning, the embracing of cronyism and nepotism, which contrasts dramatically with northern europe (minus the UK) is the result of weak social structures and corrupt governments. so we at a blog about whatever seriously doubt there will be an italian exit from the EU. but we would pretty much place our money on italy leaving the euro either by vote or by fiat. –pun 100% intended. (**updated placing money on italy leaving the euro**)

trailer: he’s back. a re-imagining of italy if mussolini returned. a remake of of the 2015 film “look whose back.”

john bolton blows trump’s noble prize

Friday, May 25th, 2018

by going on tv and saying the usa would like to structure a lybia-type nuclear disarmament deal with north korea, john bolton, national security adviser for the us prez trump shocked the sunglasses off the the north koreans. the word lybia = regime change, revolution and instability. even a first year freshmen at a third tier university like fordham (trump’s original school) or occidental college (obama’s original school) would recognize this. how are those degrees from yale working out for you mr. bolton?

soros’ foundation leaving budapest

Friday, April 20th, 2018

the open society foundation is relocating its budapest office to berlin, germany. presumably taking all those cushie (or shall we write cushy) jobs with it. what’s next? the open university? we at a blog about whatever call on all companies in western countries to boycott the illiberal authoritarianism of viktor orban. do you really want to invest in a country whereby you can’t even send your non-white employees? this is a very important questions.

yes, viktor the dictator orban was sort of democratically elected despite using federal funds for advertising. but when the palistinians were giving the opportunity to vote for their own government and hamas won the elections, the western world did not accept this. so what’s the difference? one by one viktor orban has stamped on freedom of expression. he’s re-written the hungarian constitution. this has enabled his part to take over 66% of the seats in parliament despite only winning 48% of the vote.