France and the Burkini

armed police can now, with the weight of the law behind them, stand over a woman lying on the beach and force her to remove her clothes

What is the difference between the Islamic Republic of Iran’s religious police, who patrol the streets, cracking down on women who have failed to wear the correct clothing and the French police allowing Catholic ordained people to wear all covering clothes but Muslim and other people not?

When

To claim that someone’s sensibilities might be offended by seeing another person’s religious symbols implies that such a person might be offended by seeing that one is Muslim.

does this not clearly indicates that there is a racist feeling against that religion and those religious people?

In a free democratic country would you find it normal that a person has to hide his or her religious identity?

When religious symbols become an act of defiance or provocation, does that not tell a lot of the deranged minds of the people living in that nation?

To say that such sensibilities must be protected in the wake of the Jihadi attacks is surely to imply that Muslims as a group bear responsibility for those attacks.

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Preceding article: On French beach French police forces woman to undress in public

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Further reading

  1. Le bon gros “game”
  2. The Burkini
  3. France’s Burkini Ban: Identity politics go to the beach
  4. The kind of Burkini which the French government does NOT have a problem with

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Feminist Philosophers

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EDIT: As several readers have pointed out, it is not France but specific municipalities in France that have banned the burkini.

Some municipalities in France have decided to ban ‘burkinis’ on various beaches. This means that armed police can now, with the weight of the law behind them, stand over a woman lying on the beach and force her to remove her clothes, as can be seen in the picture above (taken from this Guardian article).

Notice that, as far as I can make out from the picture, this woman is not wearing a burkini. She is wearing a vest, leggings, tunic, and headscarf. Neither is she swimming, she is just lying on the beach. Thus, it seems the police can now force women wearing anything that looks vaguely Muslim on the beach to remove their clothes.

Indeed, the article linked to above tells of another woman:

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On French beach French police forces woman to undress in public

The woman was on the beach when the police arrived.Barbaric attitude of French police

Yesterday I was put to shame watching pictures of French police, on Tuesday, demanding in an aggressive and impolite way, a French lady to undress in front of all sunbathers on a French beach.

It was against all human norms of liberty of mind and of liberty in general and fraternity, the core values normally we would think the French to be proud off.

French agency AFP saw a ticket given to the woman by police, which said she was not ‘wearing an outfit respecting good morals and secularism’.I am pleased to see that a political row broke out in France over mayors banning the burkini  after those unacceptable actions of the French police. Those man who should keep peace created a fuss about a woman wearing a long-sleeved top, even not a burkini. She became surrounded by armed police who acted very rude and degraded the dressed woman. She also could not tear off her cloths quickly enough so one or two officers ‘helped’ her brutally. What I came to see was really barbaric and in case it all had to do with morals and values, those officers clearly showed that they had no respect for a woman nor any decent values.

Being covered, how much or how less

How far can it really come when we as we wear covering clothes are fined and urged to undress in front of all around. I have no objection to nude beaches, having enjoyed running naked myself too in the past, but also having seen how we had to fight to be able to have our arms and legs not covered. Now we seem to come to the opposite where people who like to have their legs and arms covered are shunned, though in countries where previously in the 60ies and 70ies of previous century where we could sunbath, swim and run naked do not accept that any more.

Fined for wearing to much covering cloths

Several people got already fined in the South of France because they had their arms and legs covered or wore a burkini. Strangely enough those people got fined for not wearing

“an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”.

This would mean that the governement decides what is morally acceptable dress and considers covering wear not appropriate. Psoriasis, cancer patients and those who are allergic to sun, who now dare to go on the beach or on the promenade should now be warned. There can not be any allowance for arms, legs, upper-bodies which are not bare.

This is just ridiculous and show the underlying tone of prejudice and racism and intolerance on different aspects (freedom of clothing and religion)

What would you feel when you are walking with a clothed woman on the promenade and go onto the beach and that woman becomes forced to take her clothes off? And what would you do if others come to pull off the jacket your woman is wearing or the scarf your wife is wearing?

This is unheard of, but could be seen and has been seen on the beach of a country we thought would value the freedom of thought, but in recent years has already shown it does not allow certain feelings or thoughts, like those of non-trinitarian churches or believers in One God.

Bathing suit Burkini not accepted

Last week, Nice became the latest French resort to ban the burkini, following about 15 seaside areas in south-east France where mayors have done the same. Using language similar to the bans imposed earlier at other locations, the city barred clothing that

“overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks”.

Will this imply that Muslims, Jews and Christians as well as Hindus or Dalits will not any more allowed to wear their dress or religious symbols? It looks like going that direction. The same as they are trying to do so in Belgium.

Worse is also that all those who took pictures of the event and showed how the police lied about what happened shall be prosecuted.

Nice’s deputy mayor, Christian Estrosi, from the centre-right Les Républicains party, said a municipal police team had

“acted perfectly to make sure that [the] decree was respected”.

He threatened legal action against anyone disseminating pictures of municipal police. A total of 24 women have been stopped by police in the city since the burkini ban came into force.

The town where filmstars may wear everything they want or be naked, but other people are not free to wear what they want

Also in Cannes people suddenly are not free any more to wear what they want. A 34-year-old mother of two described how she had been stopped and fined on a beach, where she was sitting with her children, while wearing clothes and a headscarf.

“I was sitting on a beach with my family. I was wearing a classic headscarf. I had no intention of swimming,”

said the former flight attendant from Toulouse, giving her name only as Siam.

Speaking to BFMTV, she said three police officers had approached her and said a decree issued by the mayor of Cannes stipulated that everyone had to wear correct and appropriate clothing, and that she should tie her headscarf round her head as a bandana or leave the beach. (What is appropriate clothing?)

She told the police that she thought her clothing was normal and appropriate, she had not shocked anyone and there was no law stopping her being dressed as she was.

“I wasn’t in a burkini, I wasn’t in a burqa, I wasn’t naked, so I considered my clothing was appropriate,”

she said. She described a mini-riot around her as about 10 people ran over in support, telling the police that the family was not bothering anyone, while about 10 others verbally insulted her.

“There were insults like ‘Go home’, ‘We don’t want that here’, ‘France is a Catholic country’. My daughter was crying, she didn’t understand why her mother was being asked to leave.”

She was fined by police, who wrote on her ticket that her clothing did not conform with “good manners” or French secularism. (What was bad of her manners?  What do they consider good manners?)
A witness to the scene, the journalist Mathilde Cousin, confirmed the above incident, saying

“The saddest thing was that people were shouting ‘go home’, some were applauding the police.”

and was also annoyed with what was done to the child of the woman, letting us wonder what may have been going on in the head of such child that saw her mother so badly treated

“It felt like I was watching a pack turn on a woman seated on the ground in tears with her daughter.”

“Her daughter was crying.”

Appropriate clothing

I also saw a video where the police gives a fine to a pregnant woman who wears a neutral cotton grey dress coming until middle of the thighs and a rose headscarf, with the police officer reacting on the remarks of that women that he had to do this and understood her, but since 15 September nobody is allowed to run such a ‘comportement’ (demeanor/demeanour/deportment/behavior) [while the woman behaves very neatly and polite, but also reasonably and politely tries to argue with the officer] and as such he may not allow such dressing on the beach. Then he excuses himself and says that he thinks they both are intelligent people and as such should comprehend this situation. (!?) {Nouvelle vidéo de la chasse aux femmes voilées à Saison 1 / épisode 2 by Feiza Ben Mohamed }

Male chauvinism, freedom of the women and feminism

Not only the French feminist Caroline De Haas should be outraged, because here we see clearly that women are degraded and have no opportunity to deicide for themselves what to wear. I would think, if you want to be fully clothed when it is cold or hot that is your business, but I also can accept that I may not run naked everywhere where I want because certain people could have their thoughts wandering about and get naughty or dirty thoughts,  not able to control themselves any more. But if a totally dressed person can already become a danger for the thoughts of certain people, than we seriously should question those weird minds, who need urgently psychiatric help. This also would indicate urgently something has to be done at the education of the people in that nation.

Risk for Public order

When the way of dressing of those Muslim woman/women could be a public order risk, the community should better also question of certain youngsters their indecent dress would not bring a risk to the values of our society and endanger the moral as well as public order.

Not only the French Council of the Muslim Faith should request, like they requested, urgent talks with the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, citing the

“growing fear of stigmatisation of Muslims in France”.

Scaremongering and stigmatisation

The governement is creating a fear and stigmatising certain groups. They give in to the scaremongering of ISIS and let them win creating more division between the people in a nation and between believers, religious groups and non believers or atheists.

Nicolas Sarkozy, candidate for the primary from the right, believes that “doing nothing” against the burkini “would enact a further decline of the Republic”, in an interview to be published Friday in Le Figaro Magazine.

“do nothing, it is suggest that France appears weak and it would enact a further decline of the Republic,”

said the former head of the state, which provides a law

“that prohibits any religious sign to school but also to university in the administration and also in business. “

But herewith the governement shows clearly how weak it is and can not handle the terrorists who try to create controversy and war in the country. By giving in to the terrorists they win and by taking such unpopular and freedom restricting measures the state show that her priorities lie somewhere else and that they themselves are pre-occupied to popularise themselves for their Catholic compatriots who are fearing they might loose people to the Muslim faith.

Clearly in Italy, France and Belgium

“The fear around Islamic clothing seems to be exploited for political ends,”

like the Secretary of Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) Nunzio Galantino commented on the recent French ban on so-called burkini, further saying

“We should learn to live together. This means acknowledging and embracing the symbols of other cultures as long as they do not harm security requirements.”

Clear minds, proper clothing and nudity

Wearing headscarves, leggings, long sleeves, long robes, or like the offended lady until mid thighs, should cause even less worrying than those girls who run around with such robes (if you still can call them so) which just let everybody get a glimpse of their cross (or vagina). But probably that may not be remarked or said and they, like those who wear all those propagated ‘washed’ jeans full of tears and holes should be considered as the normal dress women have to wear.

In a democratic free state everybody should have the right to dress in a way that demonstrates their personality, their religious faith, always in an understanding not to hurt others or to bring damage to others. For sure such covering clothing does not bring any harm to others and even may protect the skin of the bearer for the sun and prevents that person to get skin cancer, so protecting the health costs going up by all those who have sit too much in the sun not fully protected, costing society lots of money in health care. In a way the public should then be more happy that less people would be getting skin cancer. But what does their covering clothes damage our society or bring our morals and values in danger and suddenly all that nakedness brings us not in danger any more whilst when I was a child I was so many times beaten for not covering my arms and legs in our Catholic community? Where are suddenly those prudish minds gone?

Religious dress allowed for certain but others not

Plus why are the nuns and priests allowed to run in their full dress or habeit/habit on the beach, whilst ordinary non confessional people are not allowed to be covered like them or even less covered than them, but not in bathing suit or monokini?

Good to hear that Marwan Muhammad, the executive director of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, wants to take action.  More human rights groups should do, because clearly it seems a certain group of people is envisioned and action is taken to limit the religious prescriptions so that those who want to belong to such a religion cannot stay in that country, though their rules would not harm any body. Therefore one should oppose a ban on burkinis, when common sense seems to be lost, this should be brought before the courts.
The ban was also criticised by anti-racism group SOS Racisme, which attacked what it said was the mayor’s “strategy of tension”.

Fraternity, or brotherly love seems to be drifted far away by the ocean of many misunderstandings and lots of fear for the different waves.

Let us all stress the importance of showing “common sense” and not to rash to create absurd laws and regulations which impose restrictions on our general freedom.

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  3. Rights group to take action after Cannes burkini ban
  4. Burkini ban: Why is France arresting Muslim women for wearing full-body swimwear and why are people so angry?
  5. Italian Bishop Criticizes French Ban on ‘Burkini’
  6. Italian imam posts photo of nuns on beach to discuss burqini ban then gets FB account blocked

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Further reading

  1. 99 Word Blog (#024) Banned Burkinis
  2. Current Events Corner 8/16/2016
  3. “France is at War with its own Citizens” – Yasser Louati on the Cannes “Burkini” Ban
  4. Uproar in France over ‘burkini ban’ at Cannes beaches
  5. #62 French police force Muslim woman to remove her Burkini on Nice beach (photos)
  6. Undress for safety
  7. Nudism/Naturism and burkini madness: Why not ban all clothes at the beach?
  8. Does Banning Face Veils Help Us Fight Terrorism?
  9. Why are the burqa and burkini being banned?
  10. Fashion vs the Government: The Burkini Debate
  11. The scandal of women’s bodies in secular Europe
  12. French burkini ban exposes the myth of neutral secularism
  13. Burkini and French Secularism
  14. Ban of burkini: theresult ofmalechauvinism or secularism
  15. France’s Burkini Ban: Identity politics go to the beach
  16. Forcing a Muslim Woman To Undress is Not Fighting Oppression. That IS Oppression!
  17. Banning The Burqa And Burkini Is Not The Correct Liberal Response To Conservative Islam
  18. The Hypocrisy of the Burkini Ban
  19. A Burqini is not Equivalent to a Burqa
  20. Corsican town becomes third in France to ban the burkini after #Islamics riot
  21. France’s Burkini BigotryBurkinis in the land of Liberté, égalité, fraternité
  22. To Burkini Or Not To Burkini: The Ages Of Men Deciding What Women Should Wear
  23. French Burkini Bans Face Legal Challenge as Tension Mounts
  24. France has for its name, the contrary of Liberty and Fraternity practice.
  25. A cover story
  26. Does France have a problem with racism?
  27. Everyone everywhere wants to tell women what to wear
  28. The Day The News Made My Blood Boil
  29. Beachwear bull
  30. Women protest French burkini ban outside French Embassy in London
  31. Show us your bits..
  32. It’s Always the Cover Up
  33. Thoughts of the Day: Burkini Ban
  34. Doing something for something’s sake is a dangerous strategy
  35. Burkini Ban : French Farce
  36. Burkini beach
  37. Islam, France, Burkini: A chit chat on FB
  38. Facebook 45 – Suorkini
  39. The burqa-One mermaid’s opinion
  40. burkinis or bikinis?
  41. Burkini vs Bikini
  42. The Burkini
  43. Burquini – How It Happened
  44. Burkini Ban: Nice
  45. Cannes Ban
  46. Why the Burkini ban poses a threat to Muslims and Non-Muslims alike
  47. #Burkiniban – the problem is veiled ideology
  48. 24 August 2016 – All Lives Matter (or Overly Clad Women)
  49. Why the French burkini ban is damaging feminism
  50. Dear French PM, The Burkini Ban Is Abhorrent
  51. Burkini being a threat
  52. The Burkini ban
  53. Liberty, Equality, Bigotry?
  54. From Bloomers to Burkinis: The Same Old Story? by Sarah Ansari
  55. Modern feminism makes no sense at all
  56. Jean-Luc Mélenchon on the Burkini : “C’est une provocation”.
  57. And the Debate about Burkini Ban continues #burkiniban
  58. Can’t we just put all the cards on the table?
  59. The folly of the #Burkiniban
  60. Bitches, Puhleeeeze….
  61. Ban the Burkini.
  62. The Burkini Ban
  63. Everything under the sun
  64. Very simple solution RE: Olympics and Burkini
  65. Next time I go to swim I might wear a good burkini
  66. Saudi Arabia Bans Stripy Fisherman Shirts and Berets
  67. Another Attack on Western Civilization from Muslim Women
  68. The Burkini Ban Is Pointless And Racist
  69. The Burkini Ban is good. Not to let your Country turn into Saudi Arabia – without Oil – in a couple of Decades, we must defend it. The right that our countries remain western.
  70. So! (en) | Islamic veil across Europe
  71. Pope urged to wear swimming trunks
  72. Where’s the Outrage Over Nun Beachwear? – The Daily Beast
  73. the decomposition of logic and democratic values
  74. Freedom of choice. It’s not so simple.
  75. Europe has been awash with racial tension this summer
  76. France’s ‘burkini ban’, one step too far?
  77. In hiding
  78. #BurkiniBan
  79. France has ‘misunderstood’ burkini, Australian designer says
  80. “Burkini” Ban Accomplishes Nothing Positive
  81. The Hijab and MeIslamophobia or nah?Islam and the downfall of European culture
  82. The Islamisation of my Country – 1
  83. So let me get this straight…
  84. At what point does a ban become a chance to publicly humiliate?
  85. New Feminism – via Unapologetics
  86. Ban the Burqa, Allow the Burkini :: Middle East Forum
  87. If you ever had any doubt that Bill O’Reilly of FOX News wasn’t actually a Muslim-sympathizing liberal, this will remove it
  88. Quebec opposition MNAs reopen divisive debate over religious attire with call for ban on burkinis
  89. Salafist fuckin’ la revanche
  90. The best tweets showing the absurdity of the #BurkiniBan on French beaches
  91. Australian burkini designer profits from French ban
  92. Burkini, Bikini. Potato, potarto.
  93. New Feminism
  94. “Burkini”ban in Quebec: Samer Majzoub interview on CJAD by Aaron Rand.
  95. Why an Italian atheist should thank France for the burkini affair
  96. Kini Miney Mot
  97. More French towns spread ban on the burkini
  98. How Western is the Bikini?
  99. Twitter 48 – Burkini
  100. Twitter 49 – Hollande
  101. Twitter 50 – Tormentone
  102. Twitter 51 – Maledette femmine disinvolte
  103. Costume Drama
  104. Patrick Weil : « Qu’on laisse en paix les femmes voilées » | L’Opinion
  105. Port du burkini: un débat futile, selon Trudeau
  106. Parlons… du “burkini”
  107. Quand le maillot faisait polémique
  108. Quasi quasi mi metto un burkini
  109. Le burkini, c’est sexy
  110. Message de Coluche pas sage : “Le burkini sur la plage – Y’a quelqu’un qui pourrait expliquer aux Musulmans dits modérés du Sud que Carnaval, ça se fête une seule fois dans l’année civile en France, le Mardi Gras ? Sinon j’m’ramène une plume au Q sur la plage et j’fais carnaval tous les jours comme eux, moi aussi !” !
  111. Das Burka-Getümmel
  112. Femminismo, Burkini e dichiarazioni delle donne CL – Alle radici del sessismo, o della cazzata mediatica del mese di agosto 2016
  113. Filosofia dell’anima e femminismo – Burkini
  114. La discussione sul burkini in spiaggia è una stronzata apocalittica.
  115. Io, donna ebrea, sto dalla parte del burkini. A una condizione
  116. Di burkini e di diritti
  117. Vamos à la playa
  118. Κάννες: 10 μουσουλμάνες μπήκαν με μπουρκίνι στη θάλασσα, παρά την απαγόρευση
  119. Γιατί οι Κάννες απαγόρευσαν το μαγιό-burka;

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Toots Thielemans passed away at 94

On Monday August 22, 2016 at the age of 94 a real Brussels Ketje (“street kid” in old Brussels slang) passed away leaving the world a large amount of wonderful music drawings.

Blowing in the wind he whistled our sorrows away. When depressed or not feeling well his enthusiasm was his music is ideal to get in a better mood. He had a lovely spontaneous, nearly childlike (innocent), friendly and humble attitude to reach out to his public.

The legendary Jean Baptiste Isidor Thielemans who choose the nickname from the group which he was familiar with, the musicians Toots Mondello and Toots Cara Mata, has played 91 years harmonica and got “contaminated” by the jazz virus (as he declared himself).

After a fall by which Thielemans had broken his shoulder, during rehabilitation he is deceased in his sleep at the hospital.

The specific sound he created “in that little space between a smile and a tear” will stay in many ears. Unlike the smaller, diatonic harmonica favoured by blues musicians, Mr. Thielemans performed on the slightly larger chromatic harmonica, which has a spring-loaded slide that allows the performer to play every note in every key — sharps and flats included — on a three-octave scale. Also the guitar can not be forgotten. His first one won on a bet was the start to become an accomplished guitarist and a first-rate jazz whistler — he often played his most famous composition, “Bluesette,” on the guitar while whistling the melody one octave higher, which was first recorded by him in 1962, with lyrics added by Norman Gimbel. The song became a major worldwide hit..

Portrait of Toots Thielemans

Portrait of Toots Thielemans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those who were not so keen on Jazz his music was also in their hearts by the way of the soundtracks of series like Witse, Baantjer and Sesame Street (Sesamstraat). The movie “Turks Fruit” (Turkish Delight) may ring many bells for its controversy but it was Thielemans’ music which was also liked by many conservatives and Catholics who objected to the film. Other film soundtracks are a.o. Midnight Cowboy, Cinderella Liberty, Jean de Florette, The Sugarland Express, The Yakuza, the 1972 version of The Getaway, French Kiss, Dunderklumpen!.

Already as toddler he was much liked in the Marollen (Marolles) the old neighbourhood of Brussels, situated between the Palace of Justice and the south railway station, or the Brussels café of his parents, where he played the accordeon. The guitar came next, followed by the harmonica when he was 14. It was the time of that other a Belgian-born French guitarist and composer of Romani ethnicity Jean Django Reinhardt (Jean Baptiste Reinhardt, 1910–53) who became his first idol and the jazz guitar’s most dazzling soloist, most exciting improviser, and most important innovator, first European musical virtuoso to influence American jazz.

Thielemans in 1961 (Grand Gala du Disque, The Hague)

Funny in a way that in the same way Reinhardt influenced American jazz, Thielemans also got his stamp on that American music from the moment Benny Goodman took him on an European Concert tour in 1950.

He came in the ban of the United States in 1947, when he went to visit his uncle in Miami, at the age of 25 got to see a jam session there. He met Bill Gottlieb, whose seminal jazz photos of the 1940s put him on a first-name basis with the music world’s biggest stars.

When Mr. Thielemans arrived in New York, Gottlieb took him to a nightclub on 52nd Street and introduced him to the members of a group fronted by Howard McGhee, a trumpeter and composer who was at the forefront of modern jazz. By then, he had already played with Parker at a Paris jazz festival in 1949 and jammed with him in Sweden.

Toots emigrated to the New World to become a member of the American alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and jazz genius Charlie Parker’s All Stars in  Philadelphia and came to work for 6 years with the George Shearing Quintet, getting on multiple albums on the Billboard charts during the 1950s, 1960s. It was

“the only permanent job I ever had”

he has said, before embarking on a successful freelance career as a guitarist, and, increasingly, a chromatic harmonica player.

In the States advertisements where an ideal platform for musicians like Toots. he made good use of it and created lovely sounds. The televised Old Spice deodorant advertisement had him whistling and got inspiring youngster to try it out themselves. Toots was revered by many musicians for his unerring sense of harmony and his quicksilver runs, cementing his jazz harmonica reputation with a 1979 duo album, “Affinity,” with American jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting, Bill Evans.

Charlie Parker, Quincy Jones, Dinah Washington, Paul Simon, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Quincy Jones, Billy Joel and Edith Piaf where very happy to hare the stage with him.

Thielemans in Brussels (1975)

Even after he had a stroke (in 1981) Toots Thielemans could hypnotise the public with his music, and managed to have us forget that most of the strength in his left hand was gone, which cut his guitar playing down to just one or two numbers per show but also brought a new profundity to his phrasing. He came to be saying more with doing less.

In 1996, Toots became patron or “godfather” of the famous festival Jazz Middelheim in in Park Den Brandt, Antwerp. The summer festival existed since 1969 [founded by Elias Gistelinck (1935-2005)], but his participation contributed to the international appeal of the event. He also always played with his regular Dutch trio, consisting of Charles Boehlee (piano), Hein van de Geyn (bass) and Hans van Oosterhout (drums).

On record you may enjoy him with the bassist Jaco Pastorius in ensembles ranging from duet to the Word of Mouth Big Band. In 1984, he recorded with Billy Eckstine on the singer’s final album (I Am a Singer), featuring ballads and standards arranged and conducted by Angelo DiPippo.

“Chez Toots” brought in 1998, Les moulins de mon cœur (The Windmills of Your Mind) featuring guest singer Johnny Mathis.

The Université libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, gave him a joint honorary doctorate.  Mr. Thielemans became an American citizen in 1957, which, at the time, meant the mandatory loss of his Belgian citizenship. But it was regained in 2001, when Belgian King Albert II of Belgium named the musician a baron.

In 2005 he was nominated for the title of the Greatest Belgian. In the Flemish version he finished in 20th place, and in the Walloon version he came 44th.

In March 2006, Mr. Thielemans was the guest of honor at an all-star Carnegie Hall tribute concert, with the pianist Herbie Hancock and the clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera among the performers. Reviewing the concert for The Times, Nate Chinen praised both Mr. Thielemans’s “exuberantly expressive” playing and his infectious spirit.

“No one stole the spotlight from Mr. Thielemans,”

he wrote.

“He was having giddy fun, and the feeling was contagious.”

In 2009, he became an NEA Jazz Master, the highest honour for a jazz musician in the United States. In the same year he also received received the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Jazz Award in The Netherlands.

Mr. Thielemans made his final recording in 2012 during his 90th birthday tour and gave his last performance in 2014, when he played at the Jazz Middelheim festival in Antwerp, Belgium.

 

His favourite compliment is from the late Clifford Brown

 Toots, the way you play the harmonica they should not call it a miscellaneous instrument

Quincy Jones’ Liner Notes recorded

I can say without hesitation that Toots is one of the greatest musicians of our time. On his instrument he ranks with the best that jazz has ever produced. He goes for the heart and makes you cry. We have worked together more times than I can count and he always keeps me coming back for more…”

Belgium’ss prime minister, Charles Michel, said on Monday,

“We have lost a great musician, a warm personality.”

Toots Thielemans – “Hard To Say Goodbye” via

Ilse DeLange wrote

RIP Toots Thielemans, thank you for your beautiful emotional melodies.

Jef Neve

RIP Toots! Thank you for all the musical presents you left us- you were a source of inspiration, a friend and now a star. Love xxx

Pianist Miguel Wiels  called him his hero

Miguel Wiels with Toots Thielemans

REACTIES. 'Vanavond weerklinkt zijn muziek op de Grote Markt in Brussel'

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In the press

  1. Toots Thielemans dies in his sleep at 94
  2. Toots has died on Monday August 22, 2016 at the age of 94. He will be greatly missed.
  3. Toots Thielemans: Harmonica player on Sesame Street theme dies at 94
  4. Celebrated Belgian jazz musician Toots Thielemans dies aged 94
  5. Toots Thielemans, Who Found Jazz Renown on the Harmonica, Dies at 94
  6. ‘Toots’ Thielemans, master of the jazz harmonica, dies at 94
  7. Jazz harmonica legend Toots Thielemans dies aged 94
  8. Mondharmonica-legende Toots Thielemans (94) overleden
  9. Toots Thielemans is overleden
  10. Toots Thielemans Discography

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Further related

  1. BBC Documentary – Legends: The Charlie Parker Story
  2. Toots (I know he was only 94 years young, but still, it hurts the soul to see him go)
  3. Jean-Baptiste ‘Toots’ Thielemans (1922-2016)
  4. Musikus Jazz, Toots Thielemans, Meninggal di Usia 94 Tahun
  5. Musikus Jazz, Toots Thielemans, Meninggal di Usia 94 Tahun
  6. Song of the Day, May 24: Velas by Quincy Jones with Toots Thielemans
  7. Toots Thielemans
  8. Theme from Midnight Cowboy (Toots Thielemans)
  9. Consecration Day 18 & Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans & I Do It for Your Love
  10. Consecration Day 21 & Toots Thielemans & Bill Evans
  11. Consecrecration Day 25 & Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans & Body and Soul
  12. ‘Riding With The Wind . . .’
  13. Sunday Sleep In ~ “Dat Mistige Rooie Beest” ~ Karel Boehlee Trio.
  14. Album of the Week, September 6: The Dude by Quincy Jones
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31st Olympic Games

A green, gold and blue coloured design, featuring three people joining hands in a circular formation, sits above the words "Rio 2016", written in a stylistic font. The Olympic rings are placed underneath.In Rio de Janeiro, and not the new national capital Brasília, on Friday night August the 5th 2016, after seven years with a lot of power of money oppressing the poor, having put many out of their houses like it happened also in China and Russia. Though one man was still living on his derelict house he de not want to move out.

LET THE GAMES BEGIN  A boat of the Navy of Brazil is pictured with the interlocking Olympic Rings colored blue, yellow, black, green and red as it patrols the coast of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, a day ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. AFP

LET THE GAMES BEGIN A boat of the Navy of Brazil is pictured with the interlocking Olympic Rings colored blue, yellow, black, green and red as it patrols the coast of Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, a day ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. AFP

11 000 top sporters found their way to a country in real as well economical Winter where the temperatures still reached 30° Celsius. From 206 nations and a refugee team they came to Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions. Opening night reaching 3 billion people for a marvellous show.

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Aerial view of the Maracanã complex in 2014, with the stadium visible at top and the Maracanãzinho at left

In the midst of its deepest recession since the 1930s, employment is above 10 percent, and the local currency having tumbled in value against the dollar in the last year, tourists may not see much of all the trouble, because the country has done everything to hide the misery. Though even as the celebrations continued at the big Maracana stadium, a small group of protesters have been stopped by heavily armed security that appeared to fire tear gas to keep them from reaching the venue of the opening ceremony. The protesters got within about 2 kilometers (1.5 miles) of the Maracana, but as they tried to get closer, security pushed them back, setting off clashes.

Photograph of Maracanãzinho from street level

Photograph of Maracanãzinho from street level (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a lovely choreography the history of our earth and Brazil was shown. Very good was it to see that much time was spent to give a necessary warning to mankind. For this were pictures of Nasa used. With scientific proof, Brazil showed how the damage in their own beautiful country also contributed to a coming disaster for future generation and how we have to call it to stop, people demanding so much of mother earth. the participants of this games will also be contributing by each offering one seed for a tree of the first Olympic forest.

For the first time South America may host the modern times Olympiad and Brazil showed the world it is ready for it. Three billion people could watch the ceremony, which has taken five years to produce and included 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers and 12,000 costumes, and showed the world that with only 10% of the money spend in London they could make a more interesting show.

Even as the line of the participating nations waiting in the stands ran out, two were left at the back of the line. Host nation Brazil and another contingent. One that was also making a debut of kinds at the Games.

The ‘refugees’ walked out under the IOC flag but their smiles were no less brighter. Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini’s in particular. The young woman has stolen hearts already with her story of how she swam for her life when her overloaded dinghy started taking in water as her family crossed the Mediterranean to Greece.

Along with another refugee Yusra jumped in the sea and pulled the boat for three hours through the water, saving the lives of 19 others.

Yane Marques carries the flag of Brazil during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. (Photo: AP)
Yane Marques carries the flag of Brazil during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. (Photo: AP)

With fans chanting in unison, Brazil entered the opening ceremony for the Rio Games and was welcomed with long and loud cheers from the 60,000 or so inside Maracana Stadium.

Modern pentathlete Yane Marques carried the Brazilian flag in to lead her country’s designation.

Due to health reasons, and having other commitments, football legend Pele got replaced with Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei De Lima to lit the cauldron at the Rio Games. Gustavo Kuerten carried the torch into the stadium, then handed it to Brazilian basketball legend Hortencia Marcari. She brought it to the stage, then De Lima brought it up the stairs and held it aloft for 60,000 to cheer.

Brazilian officials wanted this cauldron smaller than most, a reminder to reduce global warming caused by fossil fuels and greenhouse gases. The flame is housed in a giant sculpture, with spirals to represent the sun.

Sunlight may perhaps come in many hearts having an incredible occasion to gather with so many nationalities, spending preciousness time and exchanging ideas with each other. they not only will be competing with each other. They’ll know they all are of a similar calibre, the best in their ‘job’. but more important, so different from culture, colour of skin, having such different attitudes, they will feel that they are equal.
That is also what was in the mind of the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, who said these Rio Games will promote peace.

“We are living in a world of crises, mistrust and uncertainty. Here is our Olympic answer: The 10,000 best athletes in the world, competing with each other, at the same time living peacefully together in one Olympic Village, sharing their meals and their emotions.”

Bach added that in this Olympic world, “we are all equal” — words that were met with applause and concluded his remarks by presenting the first-ever Olympic Laurel to Kipchoge Keino, a two-time gold medalist from Kenya who went on to open an orphanage in his homeland. Incredible that this man got still so much energy to put in his created project to help youngster in his country and bring different possibilities to have good sports,  cultural and educational training.

President of the Rio 2016 Committee Carlos Nuzman was very enthusiast and had his nerves playing with him, but got ‘his’ Brazilians full of fire, with only one moment of booh-shouting when he mentioned the government.

Carlos Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Committee, smiles as IOC President Thomas Bach, left, looks on during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics. (Photo: AP)Carlos Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016 Committee, smiles as IOC President Thomas Bach, left, looks on during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics. (Photo: AP)

Rio Olympics 2016: Games set for opening ceremony

Rio opens today 31st Olympic Games

Rio Games: 31st Olympics Declared ‘Open’ at Maracana Stadium

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The amazing life of the first woman to run for US president

A group of Singaporeans who are passionate about current affairs, technology, startupsmoney-matters, lifestyle, and a good cup of coffee, “Kopitiam Bo” not only look the latest Singapore-related articles so that you can stay abreast with the times!

They also look at films and politics, current affairs and as such wrote already on Taiwanese president, who also finds

“we need to look at history seriously and speak out the truth,”

Too many people may forget the historical facts. Sometimes it is also because nothing came of it.

Now when Hillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic White House nomination in a defining speech aimed at prying voters away from Donald Trump — and convincing America to entrust her with the world’s biggest job we could also take some time to look at a previous woman who tried to lead the country.

Many will state that

Clinton made history this week as the first female presidential nominee of a major US party. {All eyes on Hillary as she readies landmark speech}

In accepting the US Democratic nomination for president on Thursday night in Philadelphia, Mrs Clinton said the US can advance only when each segment of society and members of every group work together.

“America is once again at a moment of reckoning,”

Mrs Clinton said

“Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying.”

Before her the first woman to work on Wall Street secured the third party nomination by the Equal Rights party in the 1872 election.

 

Find also: The amazing life of the first woman to run for US president

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US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not the first woman to run for President. 

As Janet Tavakoli at Tavakoli Structured Finance pointed out on Monday, the first female nominee was in fact over a century ago in 1872.

Victoria Woodhall, also the first woman to work on Wall Street, secured the third party nomination by the Equal Rights party in the 1872 election.

Her opponents were Horace Greeley for the Liberal Republican Party and incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant of the Radial Republican Party. 

Grant won, but Woodhall, along with her VP candidate Frederick Douglass, put up a good fight 48 years before women were even able to vote.

Her story is one of adversity and optimism – a rags to riches story of a woman from a small rural town in Ohio who made it to Wall Street and then the presidential race. 

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Belgian priest stabbed at his home in Lanaken

I do not know what may be in the head of the person who came begging for money by a Belgian priest.

A few days ago cowardly ISIS jihadis have tried to justify the slaughter of a French priest by using a thousand-year-old teaching – and warned that they will ‘spare no-one’.

Cowardly ISIS jihadis have tried to justify the slaughter of a French priest by using a thousand-year-old teaching - and warned that they will 'spare no-one'. A message posted online was accompanied by a picture of an unknown priest

Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi (Zahiri who died in 456) has said:

“And it is allowed to kill anyone aside from those we have mentioned, among the combatant idolators or the non combatants, such as the trader, the servant, the old man who gives his advice or not, the farmer, the bishop, the priest, the monk, the blind, the cripple. Spare no-one.”‘

The priest who was stabbed in his own home has been named locally as 65 year old Jos Vanderlee (pictured)

65 year old Jos Vanderlee in church on an other more prettier occasion

In the North of Belgium yesterday the 65 year old priest Jos Vanderlee got stabbed and suffered injuries to his hands and tendons during an incident at his property in Lanaken, Belgium.

The asylum seeker knocked on the pastor’s door to ask for help and whether he could use his shower, reports Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. This the priest allowed. Having received shelter and a nice shower did not seem enough and when he requested money but the priest did not want to give that he attacked the priest.

Authorities in Belgium have launched an investigation but they have stressed that the incident can’t be linked to terrorism at this stage.

Marino Keulen, the mayor of Lanaken, said:

‘Despite the fact that we are shocked, we must stress that this incident can not be linked to terrorist acts at this stage of the investigation.’

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Sfinks Mixed and asylum seekers

At the yearly freely accessible World Festival Sfinks in Boechout, where for years already many volunteers from all sorts of background (this year 1580), including asylum seekers from different countries, try to build up a lovely atmosphere of brotherhood and a grand music and dance festival where everybody can come in for free, this year some 25 from an asylum seekers centre in Lint troubled others.

At the festival real teams come into existence and friendships are made for life.

This weekend, on Saturday night, around 21 pm, about 25 asylum seekers who came to visit the Sfinks Festival in Boechout did not yet seem to understand how in Belgium every human being should be respected, no matter how they are clothed, which skin colour they may have or which religious symbols they ma wear.

Witnesses reported to the security staff that some young girls were harassed by the group of asylum seekers. They were taken apart and the police called. The police of the Minos area had previously been warned by their colleagues that a group of men from the asylum center of Ribbon in the vicinity of the festival had caused problems. To maintain order and safety, the men were removed. Two of them who did not want to leave, were administratively arrested and remained in prison until the end of the festival.

The police have received no official complaint, so therefore not yet court proceedings can run. The organization of Sfinks speaks of an isolated incident and said that most of the 30.000 visitors have noticed nothing of the incident.

The four day free festival Sfinks Mixed in Boechout, Belgium presented its 41th edition this summer. The festival is known for its unique and adventurous musical offer and festive side programme, building bridges between different cultures.
Since 1975 Sfinks has been programming artists from all over the world. Visitors discovered stars like Khaled (Algeria), Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Mory Kanté (Guinea) and Cesária Évora (Cape Verde).

Music that makes you want to dance, intimate concerts, today’s best DJ’s, you could find it all on Sfinks Mixed between July 28rd and 31th .

And that isn’t all.  Children even got their own festival in the Kidz Village!  and on the festival grounds visitors could encounter joyful parades and travelling acrobats all through the day. On the colourful world market those who could stay dry this year could find unique stuff and information about beautiful projects from all corners of the globe.

Perhaps not high Summer-temperatures it looked like once more the festival brought a great Summer to 105.500 visitors. The festival attracted a very broad audience: music lovers with an open ear, but also many families with small children, youths who like adventurous DJs, and people who were looking for artists from their country of origin.

The audience was especially impressed with the concert by Manu Dibango, Jesse Royal, Kel Assouf Guido Belcanto, Elida Almeida, Roland, Blick Bassy and Deltas. The Dutch hip hop sensation Brotherly Love led to frenzied scenes on Saturday night, traditionally a night reaching many young people. On Sunday, a typical family day were the thousands of children who were treated to concerts by among others Radio Oorwoud & Reginald and Bosbeesten. There was also the big kids village with workshops, stories and recycled musical instruments.

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References and background

  1. Sfinks Mixed: een festival van vrijwilligers
  2. Asielzoekers vallen meisjes lastig op Sfinks
  3. Groep van 25 asielzoekers van terrein gezet op Sfinks
  4. 2 klachten na incident op Sfinks (incl.video)
  5. Groep asielzoekers verwijderd van Sfinksfestival
  6. Asielzoekers vallen meisjes lastig op Sfinksfestival in Boechout

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Find also to read

  1. Asylum-seekers ejected from music festival
  2. “Unwanted touching young girls’ by Rapefugees at Sfinks festival in Belgium
  3. Asylum-seekers ejected from music festival
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Migration, a story of two worlds and a play toy of the media

The EESC at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn brought together Europeans with a crying heart who could see that there is not much left of the unifying spirit for which Europe got a few years ago the Nobel Peace Prize

“for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”

GMF Global Media Forum 2014

After the English voted to leave the Union other countries also showed that their where lovers of an exit in their country too. A big problem for the united (or should I say un-united) nation is that discipline, willingness to compromise, and loyalty are lacking. Above all, there is no European political public sphere to discuss central questions concerning a European togetherness.

The media are daily confronted with different issues which may destabilise not only the one country where the event happens but also disrupt the surrounding countries. From certain nations we came to see that the men in charge tried to put pressure on journalists and newspapers and try to domineer the radio and television stations. As such, news-gathering from those (Eastern) states was not so objective as it should. This also made many Europeans wondering how much what was told to them, was true and how much was manipulated by those European nations.

“Polish death camp” controversy – During World War II, German Nazi concentration camps were located on the postwar territories of many European countries including Poland, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Belarus, France, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Macedonia; nevertheless, death camps of Operation Reinhard were built by Nazi Germany only in occupied Poland for logistical reasons

There are Defective codes of memory (DCMs) which are phrases which appear to be emotionally neutral and objective, but which, at the same time, convey a false message about reality. Phrases such “Armenian genocide,” “Rwandan genocide” or “Polish concentration camps,” are good examples of DCMs – provided they are not mentioned in any particular context – as they incorrectly imply that Armenians or Rwandans commit genocide, or that Poles create concentration camps.

To a significant extent, DCMs suggest the existence of a context which is distorted. They convey alternative, false narratives about elements of our collective – global, regional, national, local -memory. If such narratives prevail, they will destroy society’s moral order, which is based on a shared history. As a consequence, the distortions could become a basis for reformulation of the present global order. Moreover, it would make it impossible to maintain the moral narrative which – in the context of international genocide crimes – seeks to properly identify victims and their executioners. DCMs tend to reverse this important element of this narrative.

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World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB)

On June the 13th was looked at the ‘Media‘ which today have an unprecedented reach and impact. Based on their ability to mitigate and instigate conflicts, media also have a great responsibility for the peaceful co-existence of communities. Because of their global impact, media today are increasingly faced with different context-sensitiveness of what and how they broadcast. DCMs are context-sensitive things. Thus, making recourse to them in media may result in the deterioration of credibility and even higher operational costs.

Artur Nowak-Far, Director of the Institute of Law, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland spoke about those DCM’s and warned how people in the media have to be aware of the existence DCMs. Today and in the future there shall still be created new ones, and people as well as states shall to learn to handle them. During the Monday session the panel investigated various DCMs, their contexts and possible impacts and discussed how to avoid them.

A big problem today with all the different media, private, governmental or institutional run, and personal run on social media, we may live in a time in which information is more easily accessible than ever before, but when it is also that more can be manipulated and that often we do not know what is really going on.

Deutsche Welle also said

Under the premise of spreading peace and liberty, powers in the vast machinery of democracy act in their own economic interests – at a high price to those on the receiving end. On the geopolitical stage, the light of journalism is often too faint to shine past the veils of secrecy. A fragile pawn in the game of power, media is instrumentalized to create public support. In an atmosphere of intimidation, self-censorship and propaganda, information and disinformation become confused. The free dissemination of selective truths catalyzes polarization and in doing so, gives inertia to radicalization, thus fundamentally undermining societal values and threatening the very foundation of freedom.

And questioned

In a complex and increasingly interconnected world, the need for objective discussion is rife. Do the values conveyed by media coincide with traditional values of open, democratic societies? Are our ethics compatible with our geostrategic interests? Are democratic values universal to all of mankind, or do we need to rethink the way in which we perceive, live out and spread our way of life? Join us at the 2016 Global Media Forum, where we will discuss the intricate links between Media. Freedom. Values.”

At the end of 2015, estimates showed that 3.2 billion people were online, compared to 3 billion in 2014. This increase is partly attributed to more affordable data and rising global incomes, according to Facebook’s recent connectivity report.

Over the past 10 years, connectivity increased by approximately 200 to 300 million people per year. While this is positive news in terms of growth, it also means that globally, 4.1 billion people were still not Internet users in 2015.

Those on the net got a lot of information to their electronic device, but do they know where to look for the right data? What is the mainstream for getting information. I have the impression that the youngsters in West Europe perhaps look at the headlines but get carried away soon by shocking images and flashy entertaining videos. Going deeper into the mater is only for a few.

The European Union should make work of it that more people shall be able to get over the four key barriers to Internet access, which include availability: proximity of the necessary infrastructure required for access; Affordability: the cost of access relative to income; Relevance: a reason for access, such as primary language content; Readiness: the capacity to access, including skills, awareness and cultural acceptance. Further they shall have to work on the credibility of the state media, which has to stay free of economical pressure from multinationals and advertisers.

The last few months we have seen that illiberal regimes use repression and propaganda to cement their power, which in turn undermines the credibility of their sources but also of those who do not dare to go in against the propaganda war of such states. In democracies, governments are curtailing civil liberties because of security concerns. Therefore we should be very careful which countries Europe wants to support and how to give in to their demands to limit others speaking or publishing. (Consider today the Turkish-Belgian Zaman newspaper published in Dutch Erdogan tries to silence.)

Ronald Meinardus was the moderator to the international panel of civil society leaders talking about the challenges facing freedom of the media (and also democracy in general) in their part of the world and discussing strategies to counter the shrinking spaces.

Since refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have started to arrive in greater numbers in Germany, the Benelux and France the public debate concerning the voice of them and Islamic groups has become increasingly stereotyped and emotionally charged. The image of the Muslims as a potential threat is ubiquitous. Online commentators, including those among the readers of Zeit Online, reveal deeply rooted resentments.

Many can agree that a more differentiated debate about Islam is necessary and that the media play a very important role in putting everything in balance. They also should let more religious groups talk about their religion and I think it would be much safer if state television channels would provide more time to religious societies. In Belgium the the national public-service broadcaster VRT or Flemish Radio and Television stopped giving broadcast time to the protestant, Islamic, Jewish and  humanist alliance broadcasting organisations.

Those talks about the people coming to the European Union and the fear of Islamisation brought on 15 June the the panel “Migration, a story of two worlds” of the EESC, moderated by Michael Meyer, founding dean of the AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications and former Communication director for Ban Ki-moon.

Two refugees, Prince Wale Soniyiki from Nigeria and Suhrab Balkhi from Afghanistan, told the heart-breaking stories of their escape and described the hostilities they were confronted with in their host countries.

Mona Hemmer reported on how her village managed to host 100 Iraqi and Afghan refugees and what an enriching experience it has been for all despite initial doubts and resistance.
Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, chief editor of the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, emphasised the importance for journalists of maintaining a professional balance in reporting on the topic of migration.

“We need to report on stories such as Prince and Suhrab described, but we also need to look at the negative implications migration can have”.

Luca Jahier, President of the EESC’s Various Interests group, emphasised that

“it was civil society that saved Europe during the migration crisis”.

The EESC wants to counter growing fears in Europe with practical proposals for EU institutions and Member States, based on its 11 fact-finding missions to EU Member States and Turkey. In addition to the panel debate EESC Vice-President Gonçalo Lobo-Xavier addressed the plenary on The implementation of the universal SDGs and the role of the economy.

 

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Further reading

  1. Trust And Credibility Beats Vision And Strategy
  2. Credibility
  3. Pause for thought . . .
  4. on distrust of institutions
  5. Kissing Media Bye-Bye
  6. Trapped in Your Own Mind
  7. How Deaf and Blind Can You Be?
  8. Got Ethics? The 5 Principles of Ethical Leaders
  9. 3 content marketing tips to establish your credibility and trigger more opt-ins | Examiner.com
  10. Question 1
  11. Question 3
  12. Learning Portfolio Four
  13. Learning Portfolio 4
  14. Portfolio 4 Activity: Q1
  15. Why Cops are Blazing Away at Black People
  16. The next steps to world domination
  17. Trump cannot have it both ways
  18. Tooth Ache or was it my heart all along?
  19. About Choices
  20. Hillary Clinton Used Lil Wayne’s Lyrics In Her DNC Speech And He Highly Approved
  21. Watch Donald Trump Express His Desire To ‘Hit’ DNC Speakers Who Got Under His Skin
  22. Doris Kearns Goodwin Explains Trump’s Credibility Gap
  23. There Goes The Credibility!
  24. Conviction….
  25. Part I: Establishing A List of Criteria…
  26. Your Vision Means Nothing
  27. Be All You Can Be
  28. Accuracy in Assessment
  29. Storytelling Blogs
  30. Of Great Britain Leaving the EU
  31. To be or not to be: Dramatic news writing is the question
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EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours

At the May plenary of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) the EESC called for a more proactive, dynamic approach, focusing on regional stabilisation and greater social and civil dialogue.

The problems in Turkey were not yet there, putting a shade on the EU’s relationship, with this country which clearly is gliding to a dictatorial state. Also Brussels trying to find ways to ‘bargain’ with Turkey and therefore to afraid to step on Erodgan’s toes today sees more and more people finding their way into Europe by Egypt, and that country not doing much to stop the passers by. Though Europe tries to bring more pressure on the Egyptian authorities to stop the smugglers by using aid and trade ties.

The ENP should be an effective tool for cross-border cooperation. Launched in 2004 to build on common interests and values with the EU’s southern and eastern neighbours and promote political and economic cooperation, but its “one-size-fits-all” approach has not been able to account for or deal with ongoing fragmentation in both regions.

With the refugee crisis we have seen that there are tendencies to protect the own nation more in favour of working together sharing equally, those who want to find refuge in the European Union. The situation in Turkey, Syria and Iraq showed to have a lot of influence on the stability in our own regions.

Asylum applications in EU and EFTA states between 1 January and 30 June 2015 according to Eurostat data

The last few years several European countries had problems trying to manage migration flows from the Mediterranean. It has been particularly challenging in the
past two years, given the impressing numbers of persons trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. In 2014, 228.662 arrivals occurred, compared to the
76.449 of the previous year. This means a 277 % increase compared to 2013 in the central Mediterranean route alone (with departures from North African countries such as Tunisia and Libya directed to Southern Italy). Such journeys have predominantly involved Syrians, Eritreans, Afghanis and nationals from Sub-Saharan Africa, with respectively around 73,800, 34,200, 13.200 and over 25.929 migrants reaching the European coasts, reflecting the situation of political instability and unrest in their home countries. The Lampedusa incident of October 2013 was, sadly, only one of the many tragic incidents that took place in the Mediterranean. More than 3.000 causalities are estimated to have occurred in 2014 alone. Such numbers clearly evidence the magnitude of the problem, and explain this focus for the first meeting of the European Migration Forum which took place at the beginning of 2015.

In 2016 we could see many more discouraged, when left with no other alternative, looking for other ways to cross borders and seeking international protection taking up irregular routes to reach Europe, whilst migrants try to find alternative legal avenues to enter the EU, sometimes also via the asylum procedure, creating significant challenges for the functioning of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

Lots of British choose for a Brexit in the hope asylum-seekers could be stopped, but they forget the human traffickers and smugglers work in well-established criminal transnational networks and have no scruples, so the feared ‘invasion’ shall not stop. Illegal entry to Great Britain shall not be stopped whilst now for Europeans travelling between the island and the European continent shall take more time and cost a lot more to both parties, having again a stronger border control (Last week three hours extra). The Brexit also brings more danger to the outcasts with traffickers now using even more perilous and ruthless ways that put the lives of migrants at risk.

The mixed nature of migration flows entails a variety of challenges that need to be addressed at multiple levels, and that require a combined action between the public and the private, the local, the national and the communitarian sphere.
The problems of the Mediterranean may in fact only be effectively addressed if maximum cooperation and coordination is reached within the multi-layered governance that operates in this field.

Having certain countries putting up fences, barbed wire, and neglecting the Schengen Borders Code, we notice that border control in the East of Europe is not carried out in full respect of fundamental rights and the rights of persons seeking international protection, in particular as regards the principle of non-refoulement and effective access to the asylum procedure. To ensure the correct application of the principle of non-refoulement, Member States need to have in place an individual procedure which is fair and effective, and which allows them to distinguish persons seeking international protection from other migrants.

The amount of increased attacks by radicalised asylum-seekers frightens many Europeans, but here the leaders have to take a firm stand and proof that they seriously screen those people wanting to enter our Union.

When the EU asylum legislation ensures that applicants have access to adequate housing, food, basic health care, education for minors and access to employment if the first instance procedure last for longer than nine months, the least it can expect of those who are helped is that they shall do an effort to integrate in our community and want to accede to our open way of life with freedom of thought and freedom of expression, inclusive freedom of religion.  All the EU states should make it very clear that those who do not want to accept the freedom of religion in our regions would better go back where they came from and arrange there their own religious state.

It is very important that those who want to come and live in Europe from the start do know what to expect and how this state wants them to respect others. It is clear that they have the right to fair asylum procedures and dignified reception conditions, but from them the inhabitants of the union should also be able to expect dignity and respect. Important for the perception of asylum seekers to be welcomed in the host Member State, is that the civilians show their willingness to welcome them and to help them to build up a new life, which in turn will influence their willingness to integrate once recognized.

We must be aware that those fleeing people are an easy pray. Unavailability or limited access to legal channels for migrants and asylum seekers, combined with situations of harsh poverty and/or social and political instability in their countries, can push people to seek the services of criminals who intentionally facilitate their unauthorised entry, transit or residence into the EU, that is, migrant smuggling. Having them pushed in a corner they also can easily come to distrust our system and have them to follow the false teachers of religious groups which offer them some guidance and clear rules.

Whether in the process of undertaking a perilous journey or once they have reached their destination, irregular migrants go through life-threatening and stressful situations. Whilst clamping down on smugglers remains a priority, this cannot come at the expense of the civil society that operates only on grounds of humanitarian duties, whether assisting migrants at sea in line with the obligations set by the international law of the sea or offering vital help during their period of (irregular) stay in the EU.

Getting the rescued from the danger of the sea and than sending them back to Turkey where they’ll face an other torture is not the solution.

Europe should try to get all European Union members on one line, giving enough and good information on those who are willing to enter the Union. In case they cannot hold the own people in line, more ultra-right movements will endanger the stability of the whole nation. All nations of the union should clearly show their voluntary preparedness to come to a working and reasonable cross-border cooperation. Without it the whole EU will be weakened.

The EESC calls for a more proactive, dynamic approach, focusing on regional stabilisation and greater social and civil dialogue.

“It is true that the EU has been confronted with disruptive, sometimes dramatic developments in both the southern and eastern neighbourhoods. However, lack of vision will not help overcome the deadlock.”

says the EESC which suggests defining a new, bold, dynamic ENP agenda, including the prospect of EU accession for some partner countries which have such aspirations and are able and willing to meet the requirements.

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Preceding articles

If Europe fails on the question of refugees, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for

Schengen area and Freedom for Europeans being put to the test as never before

Asylum seekers crisis and Europe’s paralysis

Complaining and fighting asylum seekers not giving signs of thankfulness

Summary for the year 2015 # 2 Strewn with corpses and refugees

Britain’s position in an age of increasing globalisation

Knife-trust in democratic sore back

Europe unites to defeat terror

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Additional reading

  1. Challenges and impact on freedom of movement within the EU
  2. Paris attacks darkning the world

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Further reading

  1. Italian media campaign against African immigrants
  2. Tender freedoms, visas, lipsticks…
  3. At The Edge Of Fortress Europe: ‘Fire At Sea’ Reviewed
  4. Photos: Four migrants found dead, 945 rescued from boats in Mediterranean
  5. Europe Fears New “Highway” Opening For Refugees and Migrants From Egypt
  6. Refugees and the narrative of choice: why language matters
  7. BRICS Resolve to Combat Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling
  8. Ansbach, Germany: Muslim Asylum Seeker From Syria Detonates Bomb Outside Bavarian Music Festival Injuring 15
  9. 4 observations after 3 days in Greece
  10. Athens: one week in the crisis
  11. Hungary is the latest country to lash out at the EU by calling a controversial referendum
  12. France throws out academic accuse d over migrant riot – The Times
  13. Strange Fish #2
  14. You are a European
  15. Getting Hacked off
  16. Poking the hornet’s nest
  17. Trial at Integrate
  18. Flying the flag for Leeds in Eurocities
  19. Up the Hope Street – Part 2
  20. Daily Limerick July 16, 2016
  21. Daily Limerick July, 19 2016
  22. An uplifting end to Refugee Week 2016
  23. I am an immigrant 
  24. I am an immigrant. (Epic Ashley)
  25. Bist du Migrant? Bereite dich auf den Arbeitsmarkt vor!
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Editor of Flemish Gülen inspired newspaper threatened

The press officer of the Turkish embassy has personally threatened Mete Öztürk, editor of the Gülen inspired newspaper Zaman Vandaag (Zaman Today), two hours after the coup and said that the Turkish people in Belgium should take steps against Zaman journalists.

At the Flemish televison channel VRT affairs program Terzake, Zaman Today editor Mete Öztürk told how he and his journalists were threatened.

The attempted coup of Friday – which Erdogan considers Gülen to be his rival and the responsible in charge. This incrimination brought several Turks living in Belgium on the streets to attack mosques and cultural centres of the Gülen movement.

For days Erdogan supporters created amok in Beringen, where a community of Gülen supporters were harassed and the police had to intervene massively.

Mete Öztürk, editor of the gülenist inspired newspaper Zaman Today of which the motherjournal Zaman in the spring was placed under state supervision, denounces that people of Turkish origin are mobilized here from Turkey.

“If you look at the media in Turkey, which are all controlled by the government and all tell the same story that Gülenists are behind the coup attempt.”

“Hate messages are constantly fed not only by the media but also a number of umbrella organizations in Belgium which here convey the agenda of the AKP (Erdogan’s party, ed.),”

Says Öztürk.

According to him, the journalist received already more than a hundred threats, including from the press attaché of the Turkish Embassy.

“They threatened me personally two hours after the coup and said that the Turkish people here should take steps against Zaman journalists. That’s unbelievable.”

That brings the Turkish embassy again in dire straits after the Turkish ambassador had criticized the Flemish Government for questionable ties to the Gülen movement Flemish Minister Geert Bourgeois (N-VA) responded incensed and a few days later got apologies from the Turkish ambassador which he accepted.

But Turkey is not only attacking critical journalists in other countries, in the own country they go for the judiciary, courts, the police, the military, even educationalists. AEducation ministry officials, private school teachers and university heads of faculty together account for more than half the people targeted in the crackdown.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency for three months following the coup and consolidates his power on a scale largely unprecedented since Turkey’s first democratic elections in 1946.

The state of emergency, ideal for him to get rid of all who is standing in his way, allows the president and cabinet to bypass parliament when drafting new laws and to restrict or suspend rights and freedoms.

The move has drawn criticism from leaders in France and Germany, as well as from top EU officials. Clearly Turkey is braking the laws of human justice and showing to Europe it is a sort of country Europe can miss as toothache.

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Reference

Zaman Vandaag-hoofdredacteur Öztürk: “Bedreigd door persattaché Turkse ambassade”

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Preceding articles

Bosphorus bloodshed

Belgian aftershock from the Turkish coup d’état

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Further reading

  1. Can you really pull off a coup d’état these days?
  2. Jubilant Erdogan supporters celebrate coup failure
  3. Erdogan might emerge stronger from coup crisis
  4. Media Psyops from Iraq’s WMD’s to the Turkey Coup Attempt
  5. Turkey Coup – Erdogan vs Gulen; A WWIII
  6. #TurkeycoupTurkey’s President, Erdogan, declares state of emergency
  7. Turkey’s Coup Signals A Generational Shift to Islamism
  8. Turkey Failed Coup: Erdogan, the Gulenists & An Age of ‘Universal Deceit’…
  9. Turkey has suspended the EU HRC Human Rights Convention following military coup attempt
  10. The Beautiful Pocono Mountains and the Beloved of Allah
  11. ‘Nothing to see here, we’re all fine’ says overly cheerful Turkish government
  12. Turkey Between Two Fascisms
  13. A Turkey of a Coup, by Dmitry Orlov
  14. Turkey: U.S. Could Extradite Accused Cleric ‘In a Short Period’
  15. Anti-coup charade in Turkey: Erdogan cracks the whip
  16. A thought for Turkey
  17. Turkey – Murky History but Clear Future (1/2)
  18. Turkey Failed Coup: Erdogan, the Gulenists & An Age of ‘Universal Deceit’…
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