Populism endangering democracy

These days we see all over the civilised world a similar problem of politicians trying to please the majority of their populace. Trying to gain votes several politicians do not take it so properly with he protection of human rights. They should know that a democracy which does not respect human rights is not a democracy. Several persons who claim to come up for the rights of people are more trying to limit the rights of several people, like parents. (see about how Darya Safai wants to limit them in the choice of religion and their freedom of clothing.)

Certain criminals or Mafioso do not mind using the political parties for themselves to strengthen their power, like Berlusconi in Italy. Their greed to power and such politicians no interest for the safety of the people and their environment weakens the credibility of politicians and undermines the democracy its survival.

Democracies’ weaknesses in the face of corruption and criminal activities have to be addressed. More and more become disgusted by those corrupt politicians who only think of making their wallet better filled with more money, wherever it may come from. Much of the deregulation associated with the supposedly liberal economy is deliberately encouraged for the benefit of certain groups, sometimes criminal organisations, such as terrorist groups that have taken advantage of the VAT fraud system. People are looking at the EU institutions and wonder why they have not done more or why thy do not take more serious measures against all forms of corruption which we continually see growing like nothing is in its way. Lots of people do find that our governments and the EU have not responded adequately. Populists therefore build on citizens’ justified mistrust towards government.

All interested in the indemnification of democracy should be aware we may not stay silent any-more at the sideline, seeing how certain industries show no respect to the environment and do all what they can to earn as much money as they can, without any respect for nature.  The ones eager to have all power and control over everything are the enemies of democracy. We have seen them standing up in China, Russia, Turkey and the United States of America. The dictators have come in power there already and we can not tell if they are aware of their dangerous games or do they just do it out of stupidity … history will tell. But in the meantime Europe may be caught up in a trade war with the United States of America. We can only hope the politicians shall be strong enough to resist it and shall not give in to allow genetically manipulated and hormone manipulated food to enter in our food-chain. We should not allow democracy’s enemies to exploit the weaknesses of our governments to interfere with public perceptions and capture people’s support. While it is not easy to find a solution, according to Ana Gomes we cannot remain idle. It takes courage to address the faults of our political systems, but it has to be done.

Public attitudes about the political system broadly and the national government specifically vary considerably around the world, though many are critical. Opinions are closely related to the status of the economy and domestic politics. Publics who have experienced high economic growth and are happy with their country’s economy are more confident in their national government. Similarly, people who support the governing party or parties in their country tend to give more positive evaluations of their democracy than those who support either the opposition or no political party at all.

With a Pew Research across 36 countries asked the question of the way democracy is working, a global median of 46% say they are very or somewhat satisfied with the way their democracy is working, compared with 52% who are not too or not at all satisfied.

In North America, 70% of Canadians say they think their political system is working well, but Americans are divided. Just under half in the U.S. (46%) are happy with their democracy and 51% are unhappy. In the U.S., 68% of people who identify with the Republican Party say they are satisfied with their democracy, while just 40% of Americans who do not identify with the Republican Party say the same.

People who are satisfied with how democracy works in their country also tend to say they trust the national government to do what is right for the country. Given that, the global distribution of trust in national governments is very similar to attitudes about the political system more broadly.But we can see a development more people coming to distrust politics. In Belgium, having coming to vote this year for the local authorities people share less interest for going to the ballot box. And next year they shall have to go again to the ballot box, but than for Europe. Last month the European Parliament voted to decrease the number of MEPs from 751 to 705, after the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union on the currently planned schedule. 2019 will see the debut of new centrist parties from Spain (Ciudadanos), Poland (Nowoczesna) which ALDE hopes will boost their performance.

In Germany, 65% of those who have a positive view of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) say they trust the national government not much or not at all, compared with just 24% of those who have a negative view of the party. Their country  is taking the lead to bring the undemocratic right-wing parties back in the running again. Holland and France being the two other strong Right-wing supporters. Marine Le Pen hoping to change the name of the Front National in the Rassemblement national in the hope to gain more votes.

From the Pew Survey we may believe that more than half of respondents in each of the nations polled consider representative democracy a ‘very’ or ‘somewhat good’ way to govern their country. In all countries, pro-democracy attitudes coexist however, to varying degrees, with openness to non-democratic forms of governance, including rule by experts, a strong leader or the military. The idea of democracy may vary a lot as well. Many fascists are seriously convinced they offer the best democracy for Europe, where there is no place for other religious groups than Christians and best all white Europeans.

Europeans overwhelmingly support representative democracy as a government model. A majority of Europeans reject rule by experts. Europeans also overwhelmingly reject rule by a strong ruler. A striking outcome of the survey is the people’s desire to be more directly involved in political decisions. Some 70 % of Europeans want major issues to be put to a popular vote in their countries. Populist party supporters are even more supportive of direct democracy – likely one of the reasons some people prefer these parties. Though it is just in such groups that many do not see how a limitation of freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of clothing is just bringing democracy in danger.

Once more we should recognise the signs that democracy is not a guaranty or something untouchable for Europe. We see more countries who do not want to keep the EU agreements but think solely for their own. Nobody wants to take in some refugees or want to come to help the Greece and Italian islands which get overloaded with immigrants.
Regrettably, in too many cases electoral results are not respected or institutions and rules are manipulated to keep leaders in power indefinitely. This prevents citizens from accessing the basic elements of freedom and equality that democracy champions.
Populist and extremist political parties and leaders are successfully exploiting their electorates’ insecurities. Exclusionary rhetoric occupies more space in public discourse than before and can influence the outcome of elections. If the recent rise of populism with
authoritarian tendencies is unopposed, it could undermine democracy from within, using democratic tools. We should be fully aware of that.

Skilfully the right wing politicians use fear-mongering to get the people on their hand. With many lies they blind people and get them to believe what is over and over pushed in their throat by the social media.

Most people are not any more interested in an ideal that seeks to guarantee equality and basic freedoms, or to empower ordinary people, resolve disagreements through peaceful dialogue, respect differences, and to bring about political and social renewal without economic and social disruption. For most people it is the “only one self”, the “I” that should be in the most important place. It is all about how can I protect myself and get the best out of it all.
For many there is no place for Muslims or other religious people, who they consider a threat for their own culture.
For most people only those who are born and breath here in Europe should receive a place in Europe. For the majority it seems that civil and political rights, social and economic rights, democratic governance and rule of law, belongs to the European citizen and not to those who come to invade Europe from Africa and Asia.

Today, not many in West Europe seem to be interested to give non-Europeans the same rights as they have. Not many are willing to be open for other cultures, different traditions of democratic thought associated with the concepts of electoral democracy, liberal democracy, social democracy and participatory democracy. We should acknowledge that there is the concept of democracy which reflects a core value enshrined in article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that the ‘will of the people’ is the basis for the legitimacy and authority of sovereign states. But what now when the majority seems to be willing to restrict the freedom of so many? Normally one would expect a democratic system to reflect a common and universal desire for peace, security and justice. But those populist politicians present to their voters a false democracy which does not reflect the fundamental ethical principles of human equality and the dignity of persons.

Therefore not taking democracy for granted we should alert people of the dangerous road some politicians are trying to take these days.

The main challenges include backsliding and shrinking democratic space (more specifically constitutional amendments; concentration of power in the executive; undermined judicial independence; media restrictions; restrictions on opposition parties and civil society); rising populism and nationalism; spreading of fake news and disinformation; decreasing trust in political parties and elites; state capture and corruption, such as unchecked inflows of money into politics; spill-overs from regional conflicts, such as migration and refugee flows, that fuel populism in Europe.

We must not be chicken-livered, by institutionalising and having too many European politicians gone too far away from their people, many living far away in an other world, making that democracy came to undergo a crisis of political representation, which has to be addressed.

EPRS Policy Roundtable 'Declining commitment to democracy : What's going on around the world ?'

EPRS Policy Roundtable ‘Declining commitment to democracy : What’s going on around the world ?’

On 7 March 2018, the EPRS Members’ Research Service organised a roundtable on the global state of democracy as seen by citizens. Etienne Bassot, Director of the Members’ Research Service, highlighted the importance of the topic, particularly with the approaching elections for the European Parliament.

EPRS Policy Roundtable 'Declining commitment to democracy : What's going on around the world ?'


Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal), said we must learn the lessons of history and address these failures with courage. For example, the failure of our governments to uphold their legal and moral obligations towards those who need protection, such as refugees, has fuelled extremism and radicalisation.

IDEA makes a series of recommendations in this respect. Political parties have to remain responsive to the electorate’s needs during the entire electorate cycle, to address policy challenges without compromising ideology, to communicate political vision, and to outline innovative programmes. They have to be democratic, transparent, based on fair processes, open to pluralism, inclusive – particularly of young people and women, ready to engage with citizens, open to alternative forms of membership, able to restore trust (through anti-corruption measures and internal democracy), and open to alternative means of communication (ICT).

Dissatisfaction with the way democracy works in practice does not necessarily represent a rejection of democratic principles as such. The popularity of direct democracy, as shown in the Pew Survey, clearly illustrates this distinction. This should give us hope.

Even if democratic progress is not linear, democracies are particularly fit to overcome crises, as they are flexible and able to adapt and reinvent themselves. The survey also provides some interesting insights for EU democracy support – a subject on which the EPRS has recently published a briefing.

The EU is at the forefront of efforts to support democracy in third countries in the world. As the Pew Survey shows, people expect democratic systems to deliver, and the state of the economy and the effectiveness of the government are strong drivers of citizens’ trust in democracy. These findings legitimate the approach taken by the EU with regard to democracy support since the Lisbon Treaty, according to which consistency and coherence with other external policy must be assured and strengthened. Economic success and good governance (and EU aid can play an important supportive role) is important for the strength and resilience of democracies. In this respect, EU development aid, as well as the human rights and democracy conditionality enshrined in many of its bilateral relations, can ensure that democratic and economic progress go hand in hand.

But first of all politicians should be more open and come again closer to the public, to their voters. They should come back with their feet on the ground and should play more open card, not staying in their ivory tower.




Preceding article

Pushing people in a corner danger for indoctrination and loss of democratic values / In Dutch Angst voor Islamisering dat juist leidt tot indoctrinatiemogelijkheden


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  8. It’s Time real lovers of God to Stand and Speak Out!
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  3. Stand up for Humanity – World Human Rights Day
  4. The Struggle for Human Rights
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  24. Democracy  by David Palethorpe
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  27. ‘Democracy is an experiment…’
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  31. How Democracies Die …
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European teenagers to tell Brussels what place there is for culture in Europe

Your Europe, Your Say!

Thirty-three schools from across Europe will come to Brussels this week and tell European institutions just what role they see culture playing in Europe’s future. They will brainstorm, debate and vote on three proposals which European institutions will factor into their policy making.

The schools were selected to participate in this initiative by means of an electronic name picker in Brussels on 6 December. One school from each of the 28 EU Member States and five candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) will be involved.

Called “Your Europe, Your Say!” (YEYS), the event is organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the voice of civil society at European level, and is the Committee’s flagship event for young people.

Students from secondary schools will leave their familiar classrooms and come to Brussels on 15 and 16 March to share their views and ideas and work together on United in diversity: a younger future for European culture”.  Through this initiative, the EESC is seeking to ensure that the views, experiences and ideas of the younger generation are taken on board in EU policy making.

Further details about YEYS2018 are available on the event’s official page and in last year’s video here.(ks)

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Tieners over de rol die is weggelegd voor cultuur in het Europa van morgen

Jouw Europa, jouw mening!

Drieëndertig scholen uit heel Europa komen deze week naar Brussel om de Europese instellingen te vertellen welke rol cultuur volgens hen in de toekomst van Europa kan vervullen. Zij zullen van gedachten wisselen, debatteren en stemmen over drie voorstellen waarmee de Europese instellingen bij de beleidsvorming rekening zullen houden.

https://www.eesc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/images/yeys_congrats.jpg?itok=Wq5Q1UFqDe scholen zijn op 6 december in Brussel op willekeurige wijze elektronisch geselecteerd om deel te nemen aan dit initiatief. Uit elk van de 28 lidstaten en elk van de vijf kandidaat-lidstaten (Albanië, de voormalige Joegoslavische Republiek Macedonië, Montenegro, Servië en Turkije) zal één school deelnemen.

Dit evenement heet “Jouw Europa, jouw mening!” Het evenement (YEYS) wordt georganiseerd door de spreekbuis van het maatschappelijk middenveld op Europees niveau – het Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité (EESC) – en is het EESC-evenement bij uitstek voor jongeren.

Leerlingen van middelbare scholen zullen op 15 en 16 maart hun vertrouwde klaslokalen verruilen voor Brussel, om hun opvattingen en ideeën te delen en samen te werken aan “Verenigd in verscheidenheid: een jongere toekomst voor de Europese cultuur”. Met dit initiatief wil het EESC ervoor zorgen dat de standpunten, ervaringen en ideeën van de jongere generatie in de EU-besluitvorming worden opgenomen.

Nadere details over YEYS2018 zijn te vinden op de officiële website van het evenement en hier, in de video van vorig jaar.(ks)

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Pushing people in a corner danger for indoctrination and loss of democratic values

Joodse meisjesschool verbiedt leerkrachten te praten over seksualiteit en evolutieleer: minister beveelt onderzoek

The Benoth Jerusalem school in Breughelstraat in Antwerp is a subsidized Free Israeli school for secondary education. “Here, too, the final objectives have to be respected”, says Minister Crevits. Photo: Victoriano Moreno

Mid February we heard on the news that at the Free Israelite school for secondary education Benoth Jerusalem girl-school, in the Breughelstraat, Antwerp where the teachers’ corps only consists of women, they demanded very strange rules to be agreed with from their teachers.

The “Guidelines” bundle, which applicants get from the management of the Benoth Jerusalem school in Antwerp, demand of the female teachers not to

“talk about sex, procreation, politics, religion, racism, personal matters.”

This is also specified per subject.

In 2012, the school was screened by the Flemish Education Inspectorate. The school then received a ‘limited favourable advice’. Especially in the field of evolution theory, sexual education and scientific subjects, the inspectors at Benoth Jerusalem found important ‘gaps’. In a follow-up audit in 2015, these gaps were eliminated, the inspection team judged. The school regrets

‘the hoopla that detracts from years of efforts’.

This so systematic direct education is the danger that the Iranian-Belgian human rights activist Darya Safai wants to bring onto more children, especially to the Muslim children. Once again the debacle concerning head-covering was hot topic these weeks. The lady who got very traumatised in Iran probably considers the European women also as weak as the women in her native country. For her it is impossible that children and young women (up to 23) are able to decide for themselves what to wear and to choose if they voluntary want to cover their head or not.

Foto: Paul van Welden

Iranian-Belgian human rights activist Darya Safai – Photo Paul van Welden

Strangely many see in this lady a human rights fighter, what she really tries to do in her native region. But over here in the West she tries to limit our human rights. She wants to take away the right for parents to decide which religion they give to their children and wants to take the right away for them to choose what their children should wear.

She wants to take away our Freedom of religion, Freedom of clothing or Freedom of dress, Freedom of thought, Freedom of expression, and Freedom of worship away.

She told, on the Flemish television, parents should have no right to say which religion their kids should follow and expressed also that parents should not have any right to decide which cloths their children have to wear.

(foto: Filip Naudts)

Commandeur in the Silvesterorde Mieke Van Hecke

Ex-top woman of Catholic education Mieke Van Hecke (CD&V) pleaded in Terzake for the right to wear a headscarf at school at agreed the head covering was the only element in which she feels that she failed. She notices how children became the victim of the affair. She could see how Sikhs are the ones to suffer as well, because they can not find any state school or Free school where they are welcome with their head covering.

Darya Safai (N-VA) argues that the choice to wear a headscarf is not made by girls themselves.

“It’s not a free choice, if I see six-year-old girls wearing headscarves, I really wonder how they could decide that for themselves-it’s imposed on you and you live with them.”

For her the covering of the body is a symbol of oppression, brought unto the innocent youngsters by their tyrant parents. For her men with beards are all despots for whom we should be very careful because it are very dangerous people. (So every reader knows now that I am considered a very dangerous person.)

Safai to her defence for calling it a symbol of oppression says

“Men do not wear headscarves, that’s the best proof”

To which Vanhecke replies

“With Jews, only the men wear a yarmulke, and that is not seen as a symbol of oppression,”

Van Hecke argues that not only Muslims are victims of the headscarf debate.

“A ban on headgear not only affects Muslims,”

says Vanhecke.

“In Sint-Truiden there were never any problems, the Sikh boys came to school with a turban, because of the ban they no longer have access to our school.”

The primary schools of Flemish Community education have a ban on the wearing of religious symbols which includes the headscarf of the Sikhs. The Sikhs demand that the school regulations be adjusted and rely on a few judgments of the Council of State. If the ban is not scaled back, there are legal proceedings in summary proceedings or at the Council of State.

Van Hecke rightly thinks girls are also oppressed if they are not allowed to wear the headscarf.

“A religion obliges the headscarf, a society forbids it, that is the same principle.”

“You interfere in a fundamental right of parents to make choices for their children,”

says Van Hecke. And with that statement more people should come to see how we find people being used as a play-toy to get right-wing issues through and create opportunities to limit our freedom, like Safai wants to do.

There has been made a lot of work to open borders of Europe, which would not hinder people to get from one place to an other to find a job or to go on holiday. Europe allowing free-movement of workers enhanced many their job-finding potential. Several governments did make an effort to show equality to everybody wanting to live in their region. Though now there are many who want to restrict such liberty of living in Europe. Furthermore they even want to restrict the right of choosing an other religion than their ‘Christendom‘ by which most of them mean ‘Roman Catholicism‘. Those being so afraid others will come to diminish their faith-group seem not to wonder why it could be possible that so many would turn away from Catholicism. If they and the others also would be strong believers then thy should not be worried that they and/or others would be converted to Islam.

33 years old Protestant female covering all of her hair according the Biblical instructions: “For if a woman is not veiled, let her also have her hair cut short; but if it is shameful for a woman to wear her hair cut short or to have her head shaved, then let her be veiled.” 1 Co 11:3‭-‬6 CJB

Many also do forget that in certain Christian groups women also wear a head covering when in public or at church.

The ones who want to restrict what people may wear, bring to themselves also many restrictions and bring our democracy in danger. Safai by excluding youngsters from our schools, when they prefer to wear a head-covering, or when their parents want them to go to a school where their faith is respected, pushes them to private schools where there are many more chances to have in-doctrinal teachings. That where so many are afraid for they are creating themselves by their discrimination.

We should be very careful also to keep the youngsters under control by having them in schools which are under state control.

At the moment throughout Europe there have been taken initiatives to protect the youngsters from those who want to bring them under the spell of fundamentalist Islamist doctrines. Though despite a number of high-quality initiatives, not enough is being done to prevent young people from succumbing to the lure of violent extremism.

In the fight against youth radicalisation, Member States and the EU need to involve civil society organisations more effectively as partners who can make a key contribution to social and values-based resilience against extremist ideas,

the EESC said at its December plenary.

Instead of focusing on short-term, punitive security policies driven by “crisis” events, EU policies should invest more in prompt but also long-term and coordinated prevention efforts, the EESC stated in its opinion on Cooperation with civil society to prevent the radicalisation of young people,.

Rapporteur Christian Moos (Various Interests, DE) stressed that young people are especially vulnerable to extremist propaganda, as they do not have a strong sense of identity and often feel excluded by society.

Prevention requires a multi-agency approach involving policy-makers, police and prisons, social workers, schools, the media, businesses and civil society organisations, according to the EESC. We should be very careful when we do not allow head-covering in the State Schools, which should neutrality and should as such be open for all sorts of people from whatever religion. By excluding those people who want to express their believe, we push them in the hands of people who could have other plans with them than we would like to see. Those people having to look for private schools are then the target of Salafist and extremist groups, who by having them in their schools can guide them in any direction they want, without control of the State.

Mr Moos praised the European Commission’s work in the prevention area. Its Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), gathers frontline and grassroots practitioners and brings together practitioners from around Europe working on the prevention of radicalisation. It also promotes the exchange of best practice and on-the-ground experience, while its High Level Expert Group on Radicalisation is to advise on the further development of EU policies and more structured cooperation between stakeholders and between Member States.

The most effective prevention strategies stop people from getting involved in violent extremism or acts of terrorism in the first place, but in case Safai gets her will the youngsters from devout believers become an easy target of the extremist groups luring them in their private institutions where they easily could be indoctrinated. The grip of our teachers, youth workers, civil society representatives, local authorities representatives and healthcare professionals taken away weakens them more.

Nevertheless we must be aware that these initiatives taken by the EESC and local governments are not enough.

The EESC places special emphasis on formal and non-formal education for active participation in a diverse society and for teaching critical thinking and media literacy. Our youngsters do have to learn that there are different religions and cultures with their own specifics. Trying to do away of those outward appearances shall not help to get people used to it. Just the opposite, it shall increase the misunderstanding and take away the rapprochements possibility.

Fighting xenophobic and populist tendencies through more intercultural awareness and also through a firm understanding of EU values is likewise seen as helpful.

Youth organisations were singled out as providing valuable alternative opportunities for developing a healthy sense of personal identity. The EESC also stressed the role of trade unions and religious communities, as well as that of support services and networks that can help schools and families detect the first signs of radicalisation.

Logo chiro.jpgWikiProject Scouting fleur-de-lis dark.svgBy making the parents to look for other schools than the Gemeenschapsonderwijs (GO!) State Schools there shall be less control and less opportunities that those kids shall come to join free community youth organisations like Chiro or Scouts (Scouting) where those youngsters can be supported in their physical, mental and spiritual development. A widely recognized movement characteristic is the Scout uniform, by intent hiding all differences of social standing in a country and making for equality, with neckerchief and campaign hat or comparable headwear.

Combating youth unemployment and poverty should also be high on the agenda, recommended the EESC, but by the actions of Darya Safai many parents shall be obliged to sent their kids to private schools which shall cost them a lot and bring them even on the bring of poverty. But also their kids having gone to such schools with no guarantee of quality education shall have less possibilities on the job-market and make more chance to come on to the dole, their unemployment benefit costing us much more than giving them a good education where all people come to recognise the differences between the many cultures in this country.


Previous articles

Exceptionalism and Restricting Laws

Vatican against Opponents of immigration

Please also read my article:

It’s Time real lovers of God to Stand and Speak Out!

About the same subject in Dutch:

Angst voor Islamisering dat juist leid tot indoctrinatiemogelijkheden


Additional reading

  1. Religion, fundamentalism and murder
  2. Inculturation today calling for a different attitude
  3. A stain of shame for the European Union
  4. Allowing dress code according liberty of religion
  5. French showing to the whole world their fear and weakness
  6. Women in France running with naked bosom all right but with covered bosom penalised
  7. Pew Research: How People in Muslim Countries Believe Women Should Dress
  8. Meditating Muslimah on “hijab to be a religious obligation”
  9. You are what you wear
  10. Islamism Rises from Europe’s Secularism
  11. Christians, secularism, morals and values
  12. Secularism in France becoming dangerous for freedom of religion
  13. a must read and see: A Jew and Muslim walking together side by side down USA city streets


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Angst voor Islamisering dat juist leidt tot indoctrinatiemogelijkheden

De afgelopen dagen heb ik echt versteld gestaan van enkele websites die ik tegen kwam waarop ik eigenlijk ontoelaatbaar materiaal kwam te zien. Het verbaast mij dat de extreem rechtse praat en haatteksten tegenover bepaalde groepen van de bevolking zo maar te grabbel liggen op het net en dat die mensen ongestoord zulke dingen kunnen spuien.

Ook het EESC is zich bewust van deze opkomende trend van haatgedachten en overduidelijk racisme. Maar het erkent dat, afgezien van een aantal kwalitatief hoogwaardige initiatieven, er niet genoeg gedaan om te voorkomen dat jongeren zwichten voor de verleiding van gewelddadig extremisme.

Als wij rondom ons kijken kunnen wij sowieso een verrechtsing merken en zien wij hoe populistische politici het gros van de mensen kunnen vermurwen en angst aan jagen voor dingen waar men geen angst voor moet hebben.

In de strijd tegen de radicalisering van jongeren moeten de lidstaten en de EU maatschappelijke organisaties doeltreffender betrekken als partners die een belangrijke bijdrage kunnen leveren aan de sociale en op waarden gebaseerde weerbaarheid tegen extremistische ideeën,

aldus het EESC tijdens zijn zitting van december.

In plaats van te focussen op een bestraffend veiligheidsbeleid op korte termijn dat wordt ingegeven door crisissituaties, moet het EU-beleid meer investeren in snelle maar ook gecoördineerde preventieve maatregelen op de lange termijn,

verklaarde het EESC in zijn advies inzake Samenwerking met het maatschappelijk middenveld om radicalisering van jongeren te voorkomen.

De Europese leiders zouden veel meer moeten doen om duidelijke informatie te geven en de media te verzoeken meer informatieve programma’s te laten uitzenden zodat mensen een veel klaarder beeld krijgen van de werkelijke situatie.

Foto: Paul van Welden

Iraans-Belgische tandarts en vrouwenrechtenactiviste Darya Safai

Her en der ziet men extremistische propaganda en valse informatie opduiken. Vreemd genoeg heb ik de laatste dagen websites kunnen aantreffen die de verschrikkelijke grootheid van de Holocaust ontkennen. Al is het negationisme verboden kunnen wij toch zulke websites aantreffen die de enorme verschrikking van vorig eeuw durven minimaliseren. Dan vraag ik mij af waar de staatsveiligheid is, of richten die heden enkel hun pijlen op Moslims. Ook zien wij dezer dagen meer en meer mensen die door politieke partijen gebruikt worden om de vrijheid van meningsuiting en vrijheid van godsdienst in te perken. Ook al vermoed ik dat zij daar zelf niet bewust van zijn dat zij als een speelbal worden gebruikt door die partijen, zoals de Iraans Belgische Darya Safai.

Hoofdboek_cover1Safai beschouwt de verplichte hoofddoek in haar geboorteland als een symbool van discriminatie en onderdrukking van de Iraanse vrouwen. Maar zij denkt dat hier in België de vrouwen ook te bang zijn om hun eigen stem te laten horen en dat de vrouwen ook te zwak zijn om de mannen te weerstaan. Zij gelooft dat de Belgische jongeren zich niet kunnen weren tegen de dwang van hun ouders en dat twintigers hier ook niet voldoende kracht hebben om zelf te beslissen wat zij willen dragen als kledij of hoe zij zich zelf en hun geloof willen uiten.

Le hijab1Uit het debat op de VRT (VRT Nieuws 2018/02/28 Hoofddoekendebat – Terzake)kon duidelijk opgemaakt worden hoe deze vrouw gefrustreerd en getraumatiseerd is door haar verschrikkelijke ervaringen in Iran. Maar het is totaal verkeerd van haar om haar beeld van de Iraanse maatschappij te interpoleren op onze maatschappij. Hiermee geeft ze trouwen de extremisten die tegen alle moslims zijn nog meer olie om op het vuur te gooien.

Ik kan begrijpen dat zij zich onrecht voelt aangedaan en dat zij het helemaal niet leuk vond om met bedekkende kleding naar school te moeten gaan, dit terwijl zij de jongens kon zien die ‘zo maar alles mochten aantrekken wat ze wilden’. Om die reden staat ze ook kritisch ten opzichte van opiniemakers die argumenteren dat de acceptatie van de hoofddoek in het Westen een kwestie van godsdienstvrijheid en gelijke rechten voor moslima’s is, en dat de hoofddoek daarmee een symbool van diversiteit vormt.

Safai voert aan dat de keuze om een hoofddoek te dragen niet gemaakt wordt door meisjes zelf en dat zij geen kans zien om onderuit de sociale druk vanuit de moslimgemeenschap te geraken. Zij doet zelfs alsof er hier in België een ‘zedenpolitie’ zou rondlopen en die jongeren zou straffen als zij hen betrappen op het niet dragen van de juiste moslimklederdracht en indien zij muziek zouden beluisteren. Nochtans kan men op vele pleintjes in Brussel en Antwerpen moslim hangjongeren zien die zeer luide rap- en andere hedendaagse muziek spelen tot overlast van de buren.

Het kan gerust waar zijn dat zes jarige meisjes een hoofddoek zouden dragen dat dit dan door hun ouders gevraagd kan zijn. Maar dat zou volgens Safia verboden moeten worden. Volgens haar hebben de ouders het recht niet om te bepalen welk geloof hun kinderen mogen hebben en hoe zij dat geloof moeten uitdragen of dienen.

Voor haar is het vergoelijken van de hoofddoek uit zogenaamde verdraagzaamheid eerder een vorm van cultuurrelativisme en onterechte steun voor geïnstitutionaliseerde discriminatie.

Voor Safai is de hoofddoek wel degelijk een symbool van onderdrukking.

“Mannen dragen geen hoofddoek, dat is het beste bewijs”,

aldus Safai, waarbij zij vergeet dat in meerdere religieuze groepen zo wel mannen als vrouwen ook hun hoofd bedekken. Zij lijkt denkelijk niet bewust te zijn van de vele mannelijke Joden in België die zich ook niet onderdrukt voelen bij het dragen van een hoofddeksel.

Vanhecke voert terecht aan dat niet alleen moslims slachtoffer zijn van het hoofddoekendebat en wijst op de uitsluiting van onderwijs voor enkele groepen in de Limburg.

“Door een verbod op hoofddeksels worden niet alleen moslims getroffen”,

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor sikh hoofdbedekkingaldus Vanhecke.

“In Sint-Truiden waren er nooit problemen doen de Sikh-jongens met een tulband naar school kwamen, door het verbod hebben zij geen toegang meer tot onze school.”

Door het verbod van hoofdbedekking en religieuze tekens voelen vele mannelijke Joden zich aangewezen om enkel nog in uitsluitend Joodse scholen terecht te kunnen.

Op de man-vrouw situatie repliceert Van Hecke terecht

“Bij Joden dragen enkel de mannen een keppeltje, en dat wordt ook niet gezien als een symbool van onderdrukking.”

Meer zelfs: Van Hecke vindt dat er ook meisjes onderdrukt worden als ze de hoofddoek niet mogen dragen.

“Een godsdienst verplicht de hoofddoek, een samenleving verbiedt het. Dat is hetzelfde principe.”

“U interfereert in een fundamenteel recht van ouders om keuzes te maken voor hun kinderen”,

aldus Van Hecke.

Daya Safia wil dat de staat ouders het recht ontneemt om te beslissen welke godsdienst zij moeten volgen en hoe zij deze moeten volgen. Door in het Gemeenschapsonderwijs en in Katholieke scholen, of ander Vrij Onderwijs, een hoofddoeken verbod op te leggen leidt Darya Safai die meisjes en andere moslim jongeren juist zelf in de handen van private Moslim scholen waar er juist dan geen degelijk opvolging kan zijn en er dan juist wel indoctrinatie kan gebracht worden. Dat waar zij zo bang voor is creëert zij juist zelf.

Ook de anderen die zo voor een openlijke vertoning zijn van het geloof maken het juist minder makkelijk om tot een aanvaardbare multiculturele samenleving te komen. Juist als kinderen leren inzien dat men meerdere geloven heeft en welke de verschillen zijn tussen de verschillende gemeenschappen die hier in dit land wonen, zullen zij veel makkelijker begrip kunnen tonen voor die anders denkenden.

Door te doen alsof er geen verschillen zijn tussen de verschillende bevolkingsgroepen die hier wonen maakt men het juist niet makkelijker om tot een algemeen begrip voor elkaar te komen en gaat men diegene die zich anders voor doet ook scheef blijven bekijken. Dat ziet men hier in België ook met de gehandicapten. In Groot-Brittannië is het heel normaal een eenarmige reporter of een zonder benen te zien op de openbare omroep, of zelfs dwergen, en daar is dat allemaal heel gewoon, zoals men daar het heel gewoon vindt om kleurlingen in allerlei posities te zien, terwijl hier nog steeds ongelijkheid of racisme bestaat voor hen.

Vandaag hoort men meerdere stemmen op gaan om die mensen met een andere kleurtint en met een ander geloof dan het hier ‘genormeerde’ uit onze maatschappij te weren.

Rapporteur Christian Moos (groep Diverse werkzaamheden, DE) benadrukte dat met name jongeren kwetsbaar zijn voor extremistische propaganda, omdat zij geen sterk gevoel van identiteit hebben en zich vaak door de maatschappij buitengesloten voelen.

(foto: Filip Naudts)

Belgisch bestuurder en voormalig politica voor de CVP en diens opvolger CD&V Mieke Van Hecke

Onze maatschappij moet er op toe zien dat er vermeden wordt dat mensen haat beginnen te dragen tegenover anderen. Dit kan hoofdzakelijk bekomen worden door te beginnen bij de allerkleinsten. Door deze te laten beseffen dat er verscheidene culturen zijn met verschillende godsdienstbelevingen. En niet zoals Safai wil hebben dat ouders verboden worden om hun kinderen naar eigen religieuze gedachte op te voeden. Wat zij in het programma Ter Zake verkondigde was duidelijk een oproep om de Belgische burgers hun vrijheden te beperken.  Haar oproep in het programma en haar hevig debat met ex-verantwoordelijke van het Katholieke onderwijs Mieke van Hecke, maakten duidelijk dat zij zelf niet inziet hoe zij zelf de mogelijkheid wil creëren om meer indoctrinatie te krijgen.

Preventie vereist een interdisciplinaire aanpak waarbij beleidsmakers, politie en gevangenissen, maatschappelijk werkers, scholen, de media, het bedrijfsleven en maatschappelijke organisaties betrokken zijn. Maar hiertoe moeten die diensten duidelijk de stempel dragen van neutraliteit. Men moet er op toe zien dat in die controle diensten geen mensen zitten die uitgesproken racistische meningen hebben.

De heer Moos heeft de werkzaamheden van de Europese Commissie op dit gebied geprezen. Het Europees netwerk voor voorlichting over radicalisering (RAN) brengt eerstelijnsmedewerkers en medewerkers aan de “frontlinie” bijeen en stimuleert de uitwisseling van beste praktijken en praktijkervaringen, terwijl de deskundigengroep over radicalisering advies moet geven over de verdere ontwikkeling van het EU-beleid en over een meer gestructureerde samenwerking tussen belanghebbenden en tussen de lidstaten.

Desondanks geeft het EESC aan dat deze initiatieven niet voldoende zijn.

Het EESC legt speciale nadruk op formeel en niet-formeel onderwijs in het kader van een actieve deelname aan een heterogene samenleving, het onderwijzen van kritisch denken en mediageletterdheid.

De vorige weken hebben wij duidelijk kunnen zien hoe een Joodse meisjesschool in Antwerpen (de Benoth Jerusalem school) haar leerkrachten zo selecteerde dat die alleen in zeer strikt fundamentalistische Joodse gedachten zouden onderwijzen. Daar werd aan de leerkrachten verzocht om niet te spreken over seks, voortplanting, politiek, religie, racisme, en persoonlijke aangelegenheden. Benoth Jerusalem in de Breughelstraat is een Vrije Israëli­tische school voor secundair onderwijs. Er gaan alleen meisjes naar school en ook het lerarenkorps bestaat alleen maar uit vrouwen. De school is erkend door de Vlaamse overheid en krijgt dan ook subsidies. als men dan ziet dat in zulk een erkende school zo een beperking al kan gebeuren, wat schuilt er dan niet in een privé school waar Darya Safia zo op aanstuurt. Dan zal indoctrinatie nog makkelijker kunnen gebeuren vooral als die scholen dan nog door bepaalde groepen, zoals Salafistische Moslims zouden ondersteund en betaald worden.

De bestrijding van xenofobe en populistische tendensen door middel van meer intercultureel bewustzijn en ook door middel van een goed begrip van de EU-waarden wordt eveneens als nuttig gezien.

Jongerenorganisaties zijn genoemd als waardevolle alternatieve mogelijkheden voor het ontwikkelen van een gezond gevoel van persoonlijke identiteit. Het EESC benadrukt bovendien de rol van vakbonden en religieuze gemeenschappen, evenals die van ondersteunende diensten en netwerken die scholen en gezinnen kunnen helpen bij het detecteren van de eerste tekenen van radicalisering. en dat is waar elke school moet op toe zien, hoe de kinderen naar elkaar opzien of neerzien. In alle scholen zou elk kind vrij moeten zijn om religieuze symbolen te dragen. Indien geen uniform verplicht is moet ook een hoofdbedekking, als een hijbab of turban of tulband kunnen

Er moet op toe gezien worden dat al de jongeren gelijke kansen krijgen om een zelfde gewaarborgd (hoog) peil te bereiken. Door hoofddoek en andere hoofbedkkingsverboden is er het gevaar dat bepaalde jongeren niet in de Vrije of Gemeenschapsscholen gaan terecht komen maar in speciale eigen geloofsscholen terecht komen of op de straat. Hierbij ontstaat er een gevaar voor indoctrinatie maar ook voor een minderwaardig onderwijs dat mogelijks ook een toename in de werkloosheid en armoede onder jongeren gaat doen verhogen. De bestrijding van werkloosheid en armoede onder jongeren moet dan ook hoog op de agenda staan, zoals aanbevolen door het EESC.



Belang van terug te grijpen naar essentiële waarden

Geïnstitutionaliseerde discriminatie

Nieuwkomers, nieuwelingen, immigranten, allochtonen en import

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A busy 2017 #4 Writings

In 2017 you may say like many I too came under the spell of Facebook with its Facebook Groups. For my writings on several blogs, those writings where automatically announced on Facebook Pages. One would expect people seeing those messages would come to read the presented messages, but looking at my statistics those Facebook announcements did not bring many viewers to the articles on the websites.

In April I got a pleasant surprise. The mother-church of my community offered me an i-pad so I could be more easily in connection with the various ecclessiae and have a better tool to follow our internet meetings and internet church-service on the  communication platform Google Hangouts. On the i-Pad those connections go much easier and less disturbed than on a Windows operating system.

Having the Apple tool I found it also much easier with the applications to follow Facebook and other Social Media. Though I also got to see by following all, that I lost much more time. Certainly lots of Facebook Groups proved to be a stupid loss of time.

I also became surprised what sort of language lots of people are using in so called Christian Groups. They are just an insult to Christianity. Instead of being able to have a dignified rapprochement to unbelievers and to Muslims, they do much more damage and create more division than doing good. No wonder in 2017 we could further see an increase of rancour between Christians and Muslims.

On Bo’s Cafe Life I found an appropriate cartoon which summarises everything.


For those interested in Facebook Groups I can only dissuade them from joining them because it shall be just a loss of time which can be better spend, and when you love to write you better use your qualities to write some serious articles on a Blog in for example the WordPress system.

On Facebook about two/three years after a previous attack I and my ecclesia, where attacked again by false accusations. Again from the same “man from the North“, and his friends, plus by some Africans who tried to get some financial aid from me and my ecclesia, though they wrote on their websites and Facebook Pages untrue things about my Belgian community (After my reactions those false sayings were taken away from the net by the Africans.).

To me it also looks that those who try to promote peace and sharing undergo difficulties to share their material freely on the net. It does not seem only a problem for the religious material but also for the political material which has a social or human ‘touch’.

People, like me, involved in movements against war, trying to spread peace between different religious groups, giving their voice for social justice, and for an ecologically sustainable society, asking to review the capitalist system as well as the injustice and environmental destruction, seem to receive very negative reactions and several times are confronted with efforts to be silenced.

In 2017 I reacted so much on writings at several Facebook Groups and wrote so many articles for other websites that I neglected my own personal sites. My Space was totally disregarded. The general religious and news site Our World got a few more new articles than “Messiah for all“, but it all could have been better. From the sites I got some analytics and ciphers of viewing of my articles, I do find for all the work I spend on it, the result seems meagre. To me it looks puny, but I can be mistaken, because naturally the subjects I mostly wrote about in 2017 where religious matters, and not so many people are interested in it. In total my writings on the religious sites  got 318.113 views for 2017. My very personal sites 8.197 views. Last year bringing the general total views for my writings, on the net, to 935.390 views, which (perhaps) is not so bad (I think).

Not only the writing of articles and my reactions on certain writings consumed lots of time.

I was pleased, after a decade, to receive again an invitation to co-operate on a Bible translation. Suddenly 2017 got me collaborating on three Bible translations and on one compendium of Jewish and Yiddish terms. That work became very time consuming but was or is fantastic interesting. One Christian Bible translation has to become published in 2020 whilst the Jewish Torah translation and the Jeshuaist Bible translation shall appear by tomes.

For the Glossary the publisher was not so pleased that I was not ready with my work in time. Being postponed we look forward to reach many Dutch speaking people with that compendium of Jewish and Yiddish terms, hopefully to see the light in 2018.



A busy 2017 #1 Referenda

A busy 2017 #2 From hero to zero

A busy 2017 #3 Fake, gossip and real news


Additional reading

  1. A world with or without religion
  2. Sharing thoughts and philosophical writings
  3. What makes you following Christ and Facebook Groups
  4. Certain people trying to stem freedom of speech
  5. Attackers silenced freedom of speech



  1. Are you in a Facebook group?
  2. Socialism: Creating a World to Change Our Lives by Sam Friedman (must-read)
  3. Blogs in Bloom invites bloggers to her Facebook Group
  4. Day 20: Facebook Support Groups
  5. Wednesday Woes : What to Post on Social Media?
  6. Why I Deactivated My Facebook Page
  7. Facebook Groups are a waste of time
  8. Why no one is reading your blog – Part 1
  9. Why no one is reading your blog – Part Deux
  10. Good-bye Facebook!
  11. compendium (by Tweetionary)
  12. Compendium
  13. Compendium (n)
  14. Compendium: A Short
  15. The Compendium Collection By Disha
  16. the world is a compendium ~by Prince Ibekwe
  17. Compendium 9. Racial Trees a) Men of Light
  18. Announcing a new website… The Crime Compendium
  19. Poetry Compendium (2017)
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A busy 2017 #3 Fake, gossip and real news

In the year that it was 20 years ago princes Diana died, prince Harry brought the news of going to marry Meghan Markle.

The gossip magazines and scandal-papers had a mouthful to tackle in 2017. Donald Trump was the number one spoken off in many papers and television journals, which only could tell about his grimaces and whims. He constantly had it about fake news and took care every day some new tricks could be disposed.

I wonder what most republicans think of the real-estate developer they voted for to be the 45th president of the United States of America. Would the supporters who seemed to be pleased by his combativeness, his provocative language, and his outsider status, still be liking him?

Trump, Donald

Typical gesture of the Fake News accuser Donald Trump

During the presidential election campaign, some of Trump’s critics had already warned that his presidency could create a unique and immediate constitutional crisis because of his possible violation of the foreign emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which generally prohibits federal officeholders from accepting gifts, payments, or other items of value from foreign states or rulers without congressional permission. It took June before the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia sued Trump for allegedly having violated both the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses, and soon afterward nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress filed a separate suit alleging that, by continuing to accept emoluments from foreign states without consulting Congress, Trump had denied them the opportunity to give or withhold their “Consent” as required under the foreign emoluments clause.

The American lawyer who served as the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from September 4, 2013 until his dismissal on May 9, 2017, James Comey in March confirmed, in testimony before Congress, that there was a collusion between Russian officials and prominent members of the Trump campaign. Democratic members of Congress, meanwhile, expressed dismay that Comey had chosen to report the discovery of additional Clinton e-mails in October but had waited until after the election to reveal the Russia investigation.

In June many Americans watched from bars and restaurants, which opened early in some parts of the country to provide venues for viewing the much-anticipated event of Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, broadcast live on television, radio, and the Internet. By the end of the year nobody could doubt Trump’s alleged desire to shut down the Russia investigation, but one can wonder why nobody dared to accuse the family Trump and certain Republican campaigners for treason. This would be the first time in history of the United States of America and would cause a big uproar, most politicians like to avoid.

In June president Trump already announced to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was made within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. The very cold temperatures at the transition of the year where for Trump a proof that there is no such thing as global warming. For him the States have to concentrate more on using all the available sources to support the economy and to provide as many as possible some work, even if that demands an environmental cost. For him nothing may harm the American economy (through government-mandated reductions in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions). Trump’s decision was condemned by government and political leaders, scientists, business executives, and activists throughout the world but praised by Republicans in Congress, who viewed it as a reassertion of American independence in world affairs and a repudiation of the environmental policies of the Obama administration.

Even when they could witness extreme weather differences in their own State many Republican lawmakers still doubt that climate change is real, while others continued questioning the human origins of global warming.

Infographic How to spot fake news published by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Donald Trump seems to be the champion for providing deliberate misinformation or hoaxes whilst he accuses the others of ‘fake news’. Problem with all the social media and several bloggers and players on the internet is that several people are not serious questioning that what is presented to them and multiply by sharing certain false messages, making it also difficult for others to know if it is real or false.
An analysis by Buzzfeed found that the top 20 fake news stories about the 2016 U.S. presidential election received more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 news stories on the election from 19 major media outlets. {Chang, Juju; Lefferman, Jake; Pedersen, Claire; Martz, Geoff (November 29, 2016). “When Fake News Stories Make Real News Headlines”. Nightline. ABC News.}

Lots of people on Facebook do not take the time to check the source or the author and just share it, creating a real huge hoax, by the end lots of people really believing it.

Berners-Lee, Sir Tim

British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee

In 2017, the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee claimed that fake news was one of the three most significant new disturbing Internet trends that must first be resolved, if the Internet is to be capable of truly “serving humanity.” The other two new disturbing trends that Berners-Lee described as threatening the Internet were the recent surge in the use of the Internet by governments for both citizen-surveillance purposes, and for cyber-warfare purposes. {The World Wide Web’s inventor warns it’s in peril on 28th anniversary By Jon Swartz, USA Today. March 11, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.}

On Facebook we got bombarded with so much fake news we lost so much time checking the data, that not much time was left over for the serious news. When in August 2017 Facebook stopped using the term “fake news” and used “false news” in its place instead, Will Oremus of Slate found that it made sense for Facebook — and others — to

“cede the term to the right-wing trolls who have claimed it as their own.”

Facebook which has already a lot of Facebook Groups which in a lot of instances is just a waste of time, has 30% of all fake news traffic as opposed to only 8% of real news traffic. In April i got an I-Pad and thought it perhaps interesting to be active on some Facebook Groups. To my regret I have lost a lot of time to no avail. Before I knew often I was longer scrolling into the many messages and trying to react on many postings for longer than I would have loved to do. I better could have spend the precious time on more serious things.

Some think Facebook gets more people onto your blog. But looking at the likes on the Facebook pages and the Facebook Groups I noticed they did not bring more readers to the blog. Looking at the analytics I could even see that most persons who liked the heading on Facebook or Facebook Pages, did not come to read the full article. That is the main problem with Facebook. Most people just read the headings and never go over to read the article.

All that false or fake news are a danger for normal free speech and should worry us. Certainly when Facebook, Google, and Twitter become or are the main or primary channels for news consumption, we should be alert and provide enough real information.



A busy 2017 #1 Referenda

A busy 2017 #2 From hero to zero


Additional reading

  1. What makes you following Christ and Facebook Groups


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  7. Source of Fake News Found!
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  35. Day 20: Facebook Support Groups
  36. Paid Posts?
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  42. Wednesday Woes : What to Post on Social Media?
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  44. Is Facebook good or bad
  45. Facebook Groups are a waste of time
  46. Good-bye Facebook!
  47. Facebook Groups, Facebook Pages, and Twitter: Going Into 2018
  48. How to Get People to Read Your Blog
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A busy 2017 #2 From hero to zero

Harvey Weinstein apologized for behaviour that he said “has caused a lot of pain.”-  Credit Jean Baptiste LaCroix/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

2017 was the year where nobody could ignore the Tweets and the playing tricks of president Trump and his family. The antics of his children in other countries would have been called treason to the country, but not so in present day America, it seems. Also the president got away with his behaviour against women. Like Bill Cosby, the two highly placed figures in American life seem to get away with their indecent assault cases. Though we can say the reputation of that leading entertainer, noted comedian and Emmy-winning actor has been tarnished.
jamileh kharraziNot so for the 64 year old American producer who clearly misused his power for many years. When certain young women accepted his sexual advances, he was willing to boost their career. For more than 30 years Harvey Weinstein could use his power to make or brake people, by sexual harassment up to even rape. Very well-known figures by now dared to come out with their story, but soon it came out he was not the only man who dared to go so far. In the show-bushiness (film and television), sports-world many heroes became zeroes.

An investigation by The New York Times found previously undisclosed allegations against Mr. Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades, documented through interviews with current and former employees and film industry workers, as well as legal records, emails and internal documents from the businesses he has run, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.

From the outside the Weinstein company may have looked golden

“But behind the scenes, it was a mess, and this was the biggest mess of all,”

said Mark Gill, former president of Miramax Los Angeles when the company was owned by Disney, referring to Mr. Weinstein’s treatment of women.

Bart De Pauw Bart De Pauw was certainly not an unnoticed person in 2017. In the aftermath of #MeToo scandals Flanders also got the hero actor and successful television maker Bart De Pauw (49) becoming a zero and persona non grata. Because of allegations of sexually transgressive behaviour, he lost his job with the VRT. Not the most positive news, but still he became the man of the year in Humo’s Pop Poll. The readers of Humo have elected Bart De Pauw as man of the year. The editors explain this because many voters just voted for each category on Bart De Pauw, even in that of ‘best actress’. He is also number 2 in the category ‘cock of the year’, just below Donald Trump.
The running shows made by De Pauw and his company where taken off the television screens and programming rescheduled.

Oversexed people could find themselves as scarlet fever catching, the flames spreading to the haystack. Several people committing adultery, after the publishing of the Flemish actress and anchorwoman Bieke Ilegems her book ‘De zoektocht van een ouder meisje naar eeuwige schoonheid en groot geluk’ (The quest of an older girl for eternal beauty and great happiness) got exposed.

Sex seemed to become the talk of the day, even at some moments looking as if no normal situation or healthy relation could exist in this day and age. It looked as if over the previous years after World War II several people could not understand nor respect the term “personal space” and “Private”. For many people the concept of “consent” did not seem to exist. some people also seemed to have considered it their right to do certain things or to cross certain boarders because they had a high position.

Parents also came to complain about to explicit drawings on a information service website of Sensoa (www.allesoverseks.be), making the site getting 70 000 visitors a day. Though minister for youth Sven Gatz (Open Vld) did not see any problem in such exposure for youngsters.

For sure 2017 had indefensible behaviour and what is allowed and what is not allowed on many persons their lips and in several institutions and companies suddenly many persons had to take “leave of absence”. By the continuous flow of allegations, many families got really messed up in 2017.

Suddenly the world got painted as if it is the most perverted place of the universe and where men often behave worse than animals or like animals, i.e. where the majority of males do not behave properly against women. Papers and television debate programmes got filled with inappropriate behaviour by men as well as by women.

In India the matter of the position of the male opposite the female human being shocked us several times. The excuses we got to hear from males who raped young women was incredible.

As cases of sexual harassment and assault continue to come to light every day, a different campaign to end such violence wanted to keep the spotlight shining. The annual campaign of 16 days activism in November, this year against the backdrop of a global outcry against the “global pandemic”, by UN Women, aimed not only to end violence against women and girls, but also to leave no one behind.

Millions have rallied behind the #MeToo campaign, which aims to reveal the magnitude of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women all over the world experience every day.

Though the original #MeToo movement was launched ten years ago by activist Tarana Burke, the more recent viral campaign has inspired many to come forward with their stories, including those who have exposed celebrities and public officials.

The 2017 theme of ending violence against women in the context of empowering and protecting women and girls that tend to be left most behind in terms of being most excluded or marginalized.

That means women who are migrants, refugees, or internally displaced and who, because of displacement, are more exposed to violence including sexual violence, exploitation, and trafficking.

Also, women living with disabilities — those women living, for example, in rural areas where they face communication barriers or various force of discrimination when accessing health or social services.  All of these people are those the farthest from our reach and we must reach the farthest first.

It seemed that not much yet has changed sine the most comprehensive survey on violence against women at EU level – based on interviews with 42 000 women in all 28 EU Member States on their experiences of physical and sexual violence, sexual harassment and stalking over the past year and since the age of 15 – was published by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in 2014.
All over the world there are different perceptions of what constitutes sexual harassment, according to individuals’ awareness of their rights and cultural attitudes in society and workplaces.

At that time the survey asked women about their experiences of eleven specific forms of unwanted and offensive behaviour, covering a spectrum of verbal, non-verbal, online and physical acts of unwelcome sexual attention or coercion, and could find something which seems unbelievable, that one in two women (55 %) have experienced sexual harassment at least once since the age of 15, whilst 45 % have experienced the forms of harassment identified as most threatening and serious. For men it is one in five (20 %). The acts were ranked along a continuum, from verbal harassment to physical assault.

In the workplace, 75 % of women in qualified professions or top management jobs and 61 % of women employed in the service sector have been subject to sexual harassment. One third (32 %) of all victims in the EU said the perpetrator was their boss, a colleague, or a customer.

Modern technology made it easier to harass people of the other or same sex. New technologies made one in ten women experiencing sexual harassment. Many forms of sexual harassment happen repeatedly and the majority of women have experienced more than one type of sexual harassment over their lifetime.

The FRA survey data and other recent European and national studies also illustrate that young women are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment, including in schools, higher education and workplaces, and to cyber harassment. Whilst being better educated can protect women from sexual abuse in intimate relationships, it also exposes them to more sexual harassment, as they are more likely to be present and prominent in social and political life. The political arena was not addressed specifically in the FRA survey. However, a 2016 International Parliamentary Union (IPU) study on sexism, harassment and violence against women parliamentarians highlights the prevalence of sexual harassment, including requests for sexual favours in exchange for material and/or political advantages (‘sextortion‘). In public spaces and on public transport sexual harassment is also widespread.

In Belgium, a law aimed at combating sexism in public spaces, with penalties including fines of up to €1 000 and prison sentences of up to one year, was adopted in 2014. But we still have to see that enough measures are taken to fine the assailants.

In France, draft legislation on street harassment will go before parliament in early 2018.
In the Netherlands, street harassment is already an offence in Amsterdam, and will be indictable in Rotterdam from 1 January 2018, with a penalty of up to €4 100.

One of the key FRA survey findings, for all types of violence, is that the majority of women do not report their experiences, meaning that they are not receiving support or redress and that official data does not reflect the true scale of the problem. In the case of sexual harassment, 35 % of the women had not spoken to anyone about the most serious incident before the survey interview, and only 4 % had reported it to their employer or to the police. One in five victims (20 %) said that the most serious incident made her feel ashamed of what had taken place, something often cited in women’s recent testimonies as a reason for staying silent. Half (52 %) of the women who had not talked to anyone about the most serious incident said that this was because they had dealt with the harassment themselves. One explanation for this is that women tend to downplay the seriousness of incidents, particularly if sexual harassment is tolerated or seen as ‘normal’ in a particular cultural context. Alternatively, according to a recent UK survey on workplace sexual harassment, some women feel that sexual harassment is so commonplace that challenging it is hopeless. In this survey, other reasons women gave for not reporting incidents to their employer were: fears that doing so would have a negative impact on their working relationships (28 %), or career (15 %); feeling that they would not be believed or taken seriously (24 %); embarrassment (20 %); not knowing how to report it (12 %); or not knowing that they could report it (9 %).

Regarding the outcome of reporting, the FRA survey found that the majority of women who did contact their employer, a trade union, a doctor, a counsellor, or a victim support organisation, were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied with the response they received. However, in the UK workplace survey, the minority of women who had reported sexual harassment said that there had been no positive change and 16 % reported that they were actually treated worse as a result.

In Belgium several kids where blakmailed and made afraid of having certain pictures to be exposed on the internet if they did not pay. The ‘sextortion’ or ‘webcam blackmailing’, the online coercion and extortion of children – a form of digital blackmail where sexual information or images are used to extort sexual material, sexual favours or money, has skyrocketed in the past years. It is revealed that victims as young as 7 years old are being targeted online.

Based upon information collected by the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline, Europol’s report reveals that female child victims are being blackmailed more significantly for sexually explicit material (84%) compared to their male counterparts (53%). The latter are more so targeted for financial gain (32% compared to 2% for female child victims), a relatively new trend in the field of online child sexual abuse. Another such trend is the perpetrator’s demand for the targeted child to include other children, such as siblings or peers, in the images/videos. In such cases, even those children who use safe practices in the online environment or younger children who may not use the Internet yet can be targeted this way.

The personal and psychological toll on the victims of this crime is not to be underestimated: cases are known where children have harmed themselves, showed suicidal behaviour or committed suicide after falling victim to this crime. In Belgium in 2017, several youngsters took their own life. Still a big problem is that many acts of online coercion and extortion of children go unreported as a result of the embarrassment regarding the material provided to the perpetrator or lack of awareness by victims that they have been subject to a criminal offence.

The European law enforcement community has joined forces to launch a campaign, #Say NO”, supported by Europol, to give advice to those who have been, or are likely to be targeted, and to strengthen reporting and support mechanisms.

It is exaggerated and ridiculous for those accused of sexual assault, that make their living in front of the camera, to cut them away from the pelicule or the moving pictures. It is also wrong to think that less people will go back and watch their films, leaving the legacy of great pieces of art to become forever tarnished for the mistakes of one individual. In a few years time everybody shall be forgotten what a bastard a certain actor or producer could have been in real life.

In 2017 it was proven once more that sexual harassment in the workplace is not just a women’s problem. We also got to see that it is no secret any-more that gender impacts both job opportunities and wages. Concerning the wages there is still too much discrepancy between what a female earns for the same work a man does. 2017 made it clear that the whole culture and context of sexism and male patriarchy has to change vigorously.

Other families got a new start in several countries by the acceptance of people of the same sex marrying with each other. At the end of the year same-sex marriage was legally recognized (nationwide or in some parts) in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.



A busy 2017 #1 Referenda


Additional reading

  1. Gender connections
  2. If no one died because of War – how different would worlds appear to be
  3. Stormy wind
  4. Today’s thought “Turning over the page” (December 31)
  5. Today’s thought “A New Year” (January 01)
  6. Bijbelvorser Review of Five Years on WordPress
  7. Walgelijk vrij lastig vallen van Indische vrouwen


Further reading

  1. Treason?!
  2. There have not been arrests in Congress for treason
  3. President Trump and the Elements of Treason
  4. Mike Flynn’s Treason Tour: Global Russian Propaganda Coordinated With Trump
  5. Treason: Michael Flynn Wasn’t Charged With It But His Colleague and Bosses Could Be
  6. Pan Goatee and Steve Bannon
  7. What Steve Bannon Has to Say About The Presidency Of Donald J. Trump Regarding Treason
  8. Dealing With Treachery And Treason
  9. Why such hatred for Donald Trump?
  10. A Little Rant
  11. Lisa Bloom tried to solicit cash from media for Trump accusers
  12. Jury in Bill Cosby Trial Deadlocked
  13. Bill Cosby… Hey Hey Hey
  14. Bill Cosby Trying Get $30 Million Loan Against Home To Pay Legal Bills
  15. Your Thoughts: The Ongoing Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Powerful Men
  16. Sexual Assault – A Life Sentence
  17. Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein & the abuse of women
  18. Harvey’s Chicks Come Home To Roost
  19. Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades
  20. Harvey Weinstein timeline: How the scandal unfolded
  21. Weinstein expelled by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science
  22. #NotMe, but I Stand With The Family of Women
  23. Read: Men Rape Us And You Let Them
  24. An older Lady’s View of the Men’s World
  25. Ready To Cast The First Stone?
  26. Why is this the moment of truth?
  27. The Art vs. The Artist – What Should We Do About Films that Include Sexual Offenders?
  28. Women Everywhere Are Impacted by Sexual Harassment
  29. The Costs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  30. When NO means NO
  31. #MeToo Movement, a turning point?
  32. What I have in common with the big bad villain of the week, Bart De Pauw. It’s only mildly alarming.
  33. One of the most popular Belgian television makers gets accused of inappropriate conduct. Flemish televison severes ties with him, but unlike other accused celebrities he’s getting a lot of support online.
  34. What about the dead perverts society? We would have to boycot a lot of artistic output if we apply today’s logic in cases just as Weinstein, Spacey, De Pauw, retroactively. Boon, we may need to burn your books…
  35. The Loft (2014)
  36. Sextortion
  37. Sextortion and how to prevent it
  38. Europol warns of ‘sextorion’ of children online
  39. Online ‘sextortion’ cases in Canada involving teen boys spiking, say experts
  40. Sextortionist caught by investigators’ booby-trapped video
  41. Victoria police warn of extortion that coaxes victims into sending ‘compromising’ photos
  42. Experts Warn Parents Of “Sextortion” Dangers Online
  43. Men more prone to online risk than women
  44. The “News Values” laying in Sextortion Crime News
  45. ‘Sextortion’ case fuels legal debate over phone passwords
  46. ‘Unlock iPhone’, says judge in US sextortion case
  47. Interview: Predator Apps and Sexual Abuse of Teen
  48. Demand protection for India’s women and girls!
  49. “Rape…sometimes it’s right”
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A busy 2017 #1 Referenda

Before I could be fully aware of the impact, the days and months of 2017 came to belong to the past. The 1 extra second did not help me to get over the fact that I felt I could not do  all what I wanted to do in that year.

One of the most troubling facts was that the European Union did not dare to speak openly about the dangerous act of a non-democratic action the Spanish governement had taken. How could it be possible in a so called democratic Europe that some politicians had to take their fight to the capital of Europe.

Homage to Catalonia From Ronnie’s blog

Demonstrators blocking the Spanish police activity aimed at closing polling stations of the Catalan independence referendum, held despite having been declared illegal by the Spanish government.

All over Europe people could see how Spanish police’s violently brought a crackdown of the banned referendum concerning that what lots of people wanted for their community.

This is (Though I must say my son living in the centre of Barcelona city did not have much trouble of what went on.) Friends and colleagues of politicians where put in prison.

Eduard Morell, an activist for the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) in Terrassa could say

“We voted on the first of October and now we have to defend our vote and defend our republic in the polling stations and this time they aren’t going to use violence against us.”

The Spanish government and Constitutional Court with a hard hand showed it clearly that it does not like any call for an independent state. They also managed to bring enough fear over the Catalans who where not sure which way to go and who where afraid all the money would go to Spain and they left into the cold, though 20% of the entire Spanish gdp is generated from Catalonia which attracts 35% of inward investment into Spain, and produces over third of Spain’s exports.
For the Spanish governement the referendum held on 1 October 2017 was so called illegal. In a vote where the anti-independence parties called for non-participation, results showed a 90% vote in favour of independence, with a turnout of 43%. Based on this result, on 27 October 2017 the Parliament of Catalonia approved a resolution creating an independent Republic unilaterally, by a vote considered illegal by the lawyers of the Parliament of Catalonia for violating the decisions of the Constitutional Court of Spain.

Macron walking with Florence Parly, Édouard Philippe and Geneviève Darrieussecq, July 2017

In the year that Emmanuel Macron was chosen to French president and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra since 2017 he as the youngest President in the history of France at the age of 39, he agreed with Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, to draw up a “common road map” for Europe, insisting that neither was against changes to the Treaties of the European Union. Though he joined the EU in supporting Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy and did not seem to reject that the prosecution requested issuing European Arrest Warrants for Puigdemont and four other members who had left Catalonia for Brussels shortly after the declaration.

At the regional elections held on 21 December 2017 Puigdemont was re-elected to Parliament and Catalan secessionists retained a slim majority in the Catalan Parliament. Puigdemont has called for fresh talks with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy but Rajoy has dismissed this. Puigdemont remains in exile in Belgium.

Pro-independence Scottish lawmakers on the other hand presented a motion in their devolved parliament urging international recognition of Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, putting pressure on Scotland’s leader to endorse the movement.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s pro-independence First Minister, would have loved to see Europe defending those who want independence. Not being a sovereign state Scotland could not recognise Catalonia as a republic, even when the Catalan breakaway government had asked for support from the Scottish government.

Scots had rejected independence by a 10-percentage point margin in 2014 but Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has exposed fresh divisions in the United Kingdom. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU, while Wales and England voted to leave.

Throughout Turkey, but also throughout Europe Erdogan fans, were called to give the Turkish president more power. The president was proposed to be given more control over appointments to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). Held under a state of emergency, declared following a failed military coup attempt in July 2016, with many voting irregularities the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) managed to whip up the Turks in their own country but also across Europe.
Those who were campaigning for a ‘No’ vote faced fear and state coercion and even in the streets of Belgium and Holland battles where fought. Prominent campaigners for a ‘No’ vote, were stopped from holding speeches.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated his claim that European governments that suspended campaigning were ‘Nazi remnants’, which the Dutch government denounced as “unacceptable”.

The Spokesman for European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, expressed concerns over allegations of irregularities in the referendum and called on Turkish civil authorities to launch transparent investigations into the claims.

But once again we could see that too many politicians in 2017 did not dare to open their mouth enough concerning undemocratic situations. This was the big red stain on the year that everything you ought not to be possible became possible. With the unbelievable opener of a ‘family-member’ of the same group as Erdogan and Putin or similar dictator became the 45th President of the United States, and to be the first one who like a small child started shouting that he was the biggest and had the greatest button, …. .   On January 20, 420 marches were reported in the U.S. and 168 in other countries, becoming the largest single-day protest in American history and the largest worldwide protest in recent history.


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