The man outranking the others having the trump card

In a game of cards, a trump is a playing card which belongs to the suit which has been chosen as trumps, trumps being the suit which is chosen to have the highest value in one particular game, outranking all other suits for the duration of a hand. It never can be known how long the game can be played.

Today the United States of America may also have a player of cards who likes to make a lot of noise, and thinking he has all the best cards of the game in his hands.

President Trump literally trumpets and tweets and rants and raves. The word “trump” according to the dictionary is to

“outrank or defeat someone or something, often in a highly public way.”

Hence the “trump” card is the card that defeats all others. Therefore the present president of the United States probably thinks  he gets the better of (an adversary or competitor, for example) by using a crucial, often hidden resource.

It can also mean to

“declare as in a fanfare”

Doesn’t President TRUMP act exactly according to these meanings?!

The name “Donald” means “world ruler” and may remind people of the king of Scotland (1093–94; 1094–97) or may let us think of Godfrey Macdonald, hereditary chief of the Scottish Clan Donald and the treacherous slaughter of members of that clan of Glencoe by soldiers under Archibald Campbell, 10th earl of Argyll. Today we may find lots of people speaking about “The Donald”, 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump! And so we have a world ruler who is with great noise and fanfare publicly trying to outrank or defeat his opponents. And yet despite all this (perhaps as with many verbal bullies) his bark is much worse than his bite.

More than once the last few weeks he bluffed that he would learn the other states a good lesson that America is the greatest nation of all. More than once he boasted his nation had all the capacity to bring others to silence and he said he got his finger ready to push in the Red Button. Luckily he called off attacks on Iran sending very mixed signals to the regime. But his bragging is not as innocent or benign as some might think.

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Please find also to read:

  1. The clean sweeper of the whole caboodle
  2. Dear Mr. President – A Response to the “Shithole Countries” Comment
  3. Trump’s rhetoric is infusing a culture of Anti-Semitism
  4. Signs of the times – “The US, Israel and the Golan Heights”
  5. What Steve Bannon really wants
  6. Donald Trump his America
  7. United in an open society relying not on command and control but on freedom
  8. American social perception, classes and fear mongering

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June – July 2019

  • June was hottest ever recorded on Earth = Data provided by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the EU, showed that the global average temperature for June 2019 was the highest on record for the month. The data showed European average ​temperatures were more than 2C above normal and temperatures were 6-10C above normal over most of France, Germany and northern Spain during the final days of the month, according to C3S. The global average temperature was about 0.1C higher than during the previous warmest June in 2016. Experts have said climate change made last week’s record-breaking European heatwave at least five times as likely to happen, according to recent analysis.
  • The continuing conflict in the Middle East: Senior Israeli officials say they believe that Russia has been disrupting civilian aircraft navigation systems  + Israeli jets ‘hit Iranian targets in Homs and Damascus + Israel opens office in Oman – ties with Gulf states grow +  The first phase of the Trump administration’s long-awaited peace plan for Israel and Palestine has been rolled out to scepticism, anger and outright derision. A conference hall of regional officials – with no Israelis or Palestinians present – was the first to hear details of the US-brokered deal, an economic blueprint that shreds decades of diplomacy and which even its mooted financial backers seemed reluctant to embrace. + Netanyahu warns Iran it’s within range of Israeli strikes + Hamas conducts massive surprise drill
  • Jordan is known for being one of the most ‘moderate’ Arabic nations. Jordan has long had basically good relationships with the Europeans and the USA. However, the time will come when it will decide to distance itself from the US. For the first time we may be seeing the shift of Jordan towards the enemies of Israel – Turkey and Iran.
  • The Gulf states have in the past been strong supporters of the Palestinian cause but their hostility towards Israel has eased in recent years due to their shared international alliance with the United States, fear of the growing power of Iran, and trade interests.
  • Locked & loaded: US & UK military assets in the Gulf > The Gulf fracas is right on the doorstep of American military firepower. The US Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain and US Central Command’s main forward base is in Qatar, covering 16 countries including Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. It is telling that Iran has kept its threats strictly to commercial vessels and not naval assets. Neither Tehran nor Washington wants to provoke war.
  • Russia: Vladimir Putin has said liberalism is “obsolete” in an interview before he left for the G20 summit. The Russian president said the ideology that has underpinned Western democracies for decades had “outlived its purpose”. The Russian leader also praised the rise of populism in Europe and America, saying ideas like multiculturalism were “no longer tenable”. But EU President Donald Tusk lashed out at Mr Putin, telling reporters he “strongly [disagreed]” with his sentiments on liberalism. “What I find really obsolete are authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs, even if sometimes they may seem effective,” he added. +  Russia is moving back towards the USSR stance of mass mobilisation. According to Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, the Russian Armed Forces have tested mobilizing reservists for the first time. Also for the first time since the end of the Soviet Union, Russia’s industrial enterprises were checked to see how they would operate in times of military emergency. + Putin signs law suspending INF treaty with US
  • Revealed: Russian effort to exert influence in Africa > Russia is seeking to bolster its presence in at least 13 countries across Africa by building relations with existing rulers, striking military deals, and grooming a new generation of “leaders” and undercover “agents”, leaked documents reveal.
  • Turkey defies Nato as Russia ships first missiles
  • Moral standards in decline and violence on the increase.
  • Pope Francis has made an impassioned plea for Europe to stick together and revive the ideals of its founders, saying that ideologies and fear-mongering politicians were threatening its very existence as a bloc.
  • Last Thursday  at the EESC time was taken to discuss the evolution of populism. The far-right and nationalists in Italy, Britain, France and Poland came out on top in their national votes, shaking up politics at home but failing to dramatically alter the balance of pro-European power in EU assembly. In June the Pope warned: “If Europe does not look carefully to future challenges, Europe will dry up. Europe is ceasing to be ‘Mother Europe’ and is becoming ‘Grandmother Europe’. “It has aged. It has lost the goal of working together,” he said. “Someone could ask under their breath ‘Is this perhaps the end of a 70-year adventure?’”
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Our and EESC Workers’ Group Priorities for the European Union

Too many people living in European countries do not see and do not believe in the importance of the different nation having to work together. Several citizens think it is just something for the happy few, but they are wrong, the European Union is there for every one, each person living in whatever country of the Union.

The Workers’ Group, which comprises representatives from national trade unions, confederations and sectoral federations, also wants a European Union that delivers for the many, not for the few: that is social, democratic and progressive. They will work towards a EU that protects and enables workers and other citizens. It is also important to provide secure and fair perspectives for all by tackling the challenges of globalisation, digitalisation, and climate change in a coherent way.

Although the European social model is an example for much of the world, there are still too many people suffering hardship or excluded from society because of poverty, discrimination, lack of education, or other disadvantages.

The Workers’ Group’s key priorities have always been full employment, the improvement of the living and working conditions of workers in Europe and the well-being of all EU citizens, as well as of workers and their families in other continents.

It is firmly committed to the enlargement and strengthening of the EU, as an area of prosperity, freedom and democracy, mutual support, solidarity and social cohesion, and aims to ensure that workers can play a real part in European policy-making.

EESC Workers’ Group priorities European Union

We all need a Europe where fundamental social rights are the priority and therefore we should check if every employer keeps to the social economic rules and humanitarian rights. We need fairness and justice which demands enforceable social rights and reduction of inequality. In case those in charge of companies are not taking care of that equality it is up to the state (or European Union) to control it and to make sure everybody is paid according to their responsibilities and the work they are doing. Good working and living conditions should be there for all EU citizens wherever they live and wherever they may find work, for all having a fair taxation, redistribution policies and tax harmonisation.
We need a strong social pillar within a strong social EU, to rebalance market-driven EU integration.

The last two decades we can see that certain trade unions preferred more to work to have the wishes of the bosses fulfilled instead of coming up for the rights of the workers. This has to change again, going back to a system where we can see social dialogue and trade union rights respected and prepared to strengthen collective bargaining.

We also should take care everybody living in the Eu shall have the same quality of WiFi and the ability to adapt to the challenges of digitalisation. Wherever they live they also should be able to count on good mobility or good regular public transport; i.e; the EU, as a single market that prevents social dumping, providing a fair mobility for workers and citizens and providing fair conditions for migration.

The European Union also has to be an economic and monetary unit that works for people, and does not over-demand nature, so that we can live in a sustainable environment, with a carbon free, circular economy. At the same time we do have to have an eye for fair globalisation and fair trade policy.

The Workers’ Group priorities have always been the defence of fundamental freedoms and labour rights. Full employment, the improvement of the living and working conditions of workers in Europe and the well-being of all EU citizens, as well as of workers and their families in other continents, are their objectives.

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Preceding

Involvement and implementation of European Pillar of Social Rights

Populism endangering democracy

An European alliance or a populist alliance

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Additional reading

  1. A charter for a truly free world and why we need it
  2. A stain of shame for the European Union
  3. Prince of Wales warning that the world is in danger of “forgetting the lessons of the past”
  4. The twist of politics and expression
  5. Three pillars of sustainable development, young people and their rights
  6. Entry 2. Unite our voices
  7. A last note concerning civil rights

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  4. People living on islands [What Europe does for you]
  5. Social impact of coworking revealed
  6. What Do You Owe Your Employer?
  7. Spain introduces obligation to keep track of working time, in a measure to curb unpaid overtime
  8. Human resources and Supply chain working conditions
  9. MPs sign pledge to support social workers
  10. Think Globally, Teach Locally
  11. Could the socio-economic duty be a way to reduce inequalities in the UK?
  12. Britain’s cuts to social security breach international human rights law. It is time to invest in a fair future
  13. The UK must protect economic and social rights with a new law – here’s what should change
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  15. Call to Resist the G7 in Paris and Build Another World – This August!
  16. The socio-economic duty: A powerful idea hidden in plain sight in the Equality Act
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American social perception, classes and fear mongering

Some may find it not right to see the the vote for Trump as a reflection of the deepening racism and chauvinism within the working-class and consider the reality to be quite the opposite.

I (or perhaps “We”) in Europe have the impression the very conservative religious people who call themselves Christian but do not live according to the teachings of Christ Jesus, want to have more control over their country to have it more as a country only for the white people and their ideas, conforming their religious thoughts. All those who believe in other matters than they, or want to express themselves differently than what they consider the “must follow ethics and values” are not wanted in what they call “Their nation”. Many of them even forgetting where their ancestors came from. Most of them even do not know the history of their forefathers, or do not want to know who were the real Native Americans, from who lots of land was taken.

The sinister narcissism of Donald Trump (seemingly) enabled by everyone else’s silent acquiescence brings lots of people feeling themself part of that great nation which can be in control over the whole world. This whilst the whole world looks at the danger that man can be, not only for his own nation but also for the whole world.

Already before going for the the first term of his candidature and presidency we wondered how the Republicans could allow such a man enter their ranks. Naturally he was and is the man of lots of money, and for many Americans money and capital gain is their new god.

From one side lots of Americans want us to believe they are one nation, United, but when we look at the Republican Party and the Democratic party we even can not see unity in those two main parties of that great nation. We also wonder who those both parties really want to represent. Are they preferring to represent the interests of the ruling rich — the capitalist class or bourgeoisie — which stands in opposition to working people? It looks, like in our country, that lots of those American politicians have lost contact with the ordinary man of the street and do not seem to know what lives in the hearts of the people. As in more than one country in Europe, those politicians seem to have lost the feeling with the population but, love to do everything to present to them a (fake) ideal world where they promise a heaven on earth for ‘their’ people.

As in Europe many of those wanting to be in charge, love to lure the voters in their trap, seeking their favour and support, but when the people have given their vote and support, we can see that they are just being played at.

The vote for Donald Trump may have been, by and large, a protest vote against the meritocratic layers and a vote of those fed up with all the politics of the main politicians. Problem too is that after eight years of Bush and after eight years of Obama — sixteen years in total several Americans have the impression that their standard of living and life – the way of the working-class – has continued to decline, and as in Europe the working lower and middle-class having become more a slave instead of a free respected contributor.

Perhaps it is a signal of the times we in Europe have to face too: a giant middle-finger in the direction of the Establishment being the order of the day.

I had hoped the Democrats would have done everything to have the tandem of Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders going, but they were set up against each other, instead of working together. A lost chance. For me it was clear and still is clear that Bernie Sanders, who would be the best solution, is for most Americans to “Socialist” and his social ideas  seem to work as a red lap on a bull.

Democrat leaders and Republican leaders are perhaps more interested to have the lead position, instead of feeling empathy with what is really going on in the hearts of the American inhabitants.

David Rowlands from the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), [not to be confused with a party of the same name in Great Britain] finds that the struggle for women’s rights, first and foremost the fight for abortion rights, must stay in the streets, be lead by the combatants themselves and be independent of the Democrats and the Republicans. Though he forgets that their rights should be protected and that it is the state who has to take responsibility to make sure their rights shall be protected at all times. It is up to those in charge of politics, being the leaders of a nation to come up for all people who take part in that nation, be them male, female, bisexual, transgender, feeling for the same sex or preferring people of the other sex, of for those not interested in some one else, feeling to express one  or an other opinion or to believe in this or that. For centuries our society has tried to create a world where most people could freely express themselves. We should treasure that and protect it.

We must make sure that the struggle for the rights of women to control their own bodies, past and present and the rights of labourers can continue. We also may notice that “#Me-Too” might be a reflection, representing the politics of victimhood and defeat, which is the opposite of everything we fought for during the movement against Jim Crow laws and the second wave of feminism in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

In Europe we do have a great problem with youngsters who think they may do everything and who harass others in public swimming pools and parks. David Rowlands finds the fight against rape culture, being the “real” reason having the working-class beginning to scare politicians shitless. This would give the impression because it are mostly youngsters from a lower class now doing those things in public, what others might do behind close doors, that we should call the working class the guilty one, or should blame the higher class for what those youngsters are doing. One good reason is that the parents have no control over their children and that schools are not allowed to educate them properly in values and ethics we want to see in our society.

Working class, a term of great importance in sociology and politics

In schools and in civic life there should be a form of education, making it clear that we all need each other, no one can make it with out the other. All workers in the nation have also to find their way to one another.  In our ‘civilised society’ we need the development of class consciousness, and find politicians who can give space for the working-class and their allies to build unions, democratic associations and political parties. Problem with lots of American citizens is that for centuries they have been made afraid by their political leaders, of everything that had some social perceptions. Lots of Americans have been brought up with the idea of the “Socialism of Fools” which should be avoided as much as they could.

It always has been a handy weapon in the arsenal of the boss class to divert blame from themselves in times of crisis and to shift that blame onto “the Jews”, the “Communists” and to the “Immigrants”.
It is always so much easier to blame some one else instead of having to tell people one has done something wrong or has something done that was not so good in the end.

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Preceding articles

Where is the USA wanting to go with the freedom of their people

Coming closer to the end of 2015 and the end for Donald Trump as presidential candidate

Are United States of America citizens going to show their senses

Academic intolerance for dissenting views is reaching new highs

When so desperate to hold onto power

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

Populism endangering democracy

To protect our democratic system #1 Danger of fake and malicious social media accounts

A busy 2017 #2 From hero to zero

A strong and wise fighter who keeps believing in America

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Additional reading

  1. Christian fundamentalists feeding Into the Toxic Partisanship and driving countries into the Dark Ages… #1
  2. Need to reject an archaic, racist inspired interpretation of the Bible and animosity against other believers
  3. Voted against their system
  4. Fight against nationalism main struggle for feminists today
  5. Poverty and conservative role patterns
  6. The twist of politics and expression
  7. Mark Lilla and the crisis of liberalism
  8. Consistent principles pay of for Bernie Sanders
  9. Month of freedom and liberty with Independence Day or Deceived day

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  7. Homage To Big Bill Haywood
  8. What no one tells you about marxist utopia pt1
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Luca Jahier, EESC President on the present intolerance

Part of the Speech delivered at the 543rd EESC Plenary Session by Luca Jahier, EESC President

At the beginning of my mandate as President, I visited the former concentration camp of Auschwitz- and the time I spent in this place of indescribable pain and sadness is something I shall never forget.

It is incomprehensible how humankind, how our diverse and rich European cultures could commit such an atrocity.

But, as Primo Levi said:

 “We cannot understand Fascism, but we can and must understand from where it springs, and we must be on our guard…because what happened can happen again…For this reason, it is everyone’s duty to reflect on what happened.”

Recent events are showing us that we must not let down our guard and believe that the 60 years of peace in Europe are to be taken for granted. Our Fundamental Rights, which are enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union are not to be taken for granted.

It is inadmissible that last year saw the largest number of anti-semitic acts in decades, leading to an increasing sense of emergency among Jewish communities worldwide.

Anti-Semitic incidents rose by 70 % last year in France, for example, and 60% in Germany.

In Belgium, 39% of Belgian respondents said they had experienced anti-semitic harassment in the last year.

This insecurity and fear impacts everyday life: almost a third of European Jews avoid attending events or visiting Jewish sites because they do not feel safe.

And it is already impacting our communities and the European diversity we are proud of: in Belgium, a study by the Fundamental Rights Agency has revealed that 42% of Belgian Jews had considered emigrating in the last five years.

Our streets and squares, villages and cities- all public spaces must be places of exchange and safety for everyone.

Beyond anti-Semitic acts, regrettably, we’re also observing a general rise in intolerance and hatred against other minorities. A study showed that while 10% of Europeans admitted they had unfavourable views of Jews, 16% said they had negative views of LGBTI people, 36% said they had unfavourable views of immigrants, 37% said that about Muslims, and 39% said it of Roma people.

And this intolerance is perpetuated and increased by social media bubbles, hyper-connectedness and a growing acceptance of hate speech on the internet, which translates back into our physical world.

What can we do to protect the diversity of our cultures and forms of religious expression, and open culture which lies at the core of our European identity?

What can we do to counter Antisemitism?

We must act.

Objective data is certainly an important basis, and the European institutions for example have released two important studies recently:

  • A study named “Experiences and perceptions of antisemitism – Second survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews in the EU” was released by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency in December 2018;
  • and the “Eurobarometer survey on Antisemitism” was released on 22 January 2019

 

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Preceding

2014 European elections

World remembers Auschwitz survivors

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

2015-2016 Religion

The fight against anti-Semitism is also a fight for a democratic, value-based Europe

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Additional reading

  1. 2015 January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
  2. Apocalyptic Extremism: No Longer a Laughing Matter
  3. Objective views and not closing eyes for certain sayings
  4. Hamas the modern Philistines
  5. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  6. Donald Trump after declining numbers of people victimised for their religion managed to increase the numbers again
  7. What to do in the Face of Global Anti-semitism
  8. Incidents of hate have become commonplace in the U.S.A. anno 2017
  9. Anti-Semitic pressure driving Jews out of Europe
  10. The danger of having less than 25 000 Jews in Belgium
  11. Historian Deborah Lipstadt Assesses the New Anti-Semitism
  12. Trusting present youngsters who are not necessary evil
  13. ….a powerful way to put the universe on notice….

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  4. Is Anti-Zionism the same as Anti-Semitism?
  5. Auschwitz’s lessons for Japan
  6. Baruch Marzel: Advocate of ethnic cleansing
  7. Kevin MacDonald: White Replacement Myth Served As Inspiration For Writing ‘Culture Of Critique’
  8. Two of Corbyn’s closest associates, including Seuma’s Milne, entered an anti-Semitism case
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  10. Leaked emails `show Labour inaction over anti-Semitism complaints´
  11. Antisemitism in the world of work: the party plunges into chaos as the reputed lawyer leaves his role
  12. Weaponisation of Language To Deceive
  13. The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power
  14. Gordon Brown’s Selective Anti-racism
  15. Labour in fresh antisemitism row amid claims party ‘gags’ whistleblowers
  16. George Galloway powerfully explains the ‘weaponization’ of anti-Semiticism smears (Video)
  17. Just blew it? (Again!)
  18. The Times Cartoon Reveals the Link between Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism
  19. Israel’s Netanyahu slams global rise in anti-Semitism
  20. What’s behind France’s rising antisemitism?
  21. An American in Serbia – what living in Belgrade is like after 50 years
  22. Independence Day
  23. The Daily 202 from PowerPost Border Patrol agents expose their deeply-rooted hate on Facebook
  24. Intolerance in The Bible: Who Determines What Is Right and What Is Wrong?
  25. Stumbling Blocks
  26. 2 men named Jesus?
  27. Words of Wisdom – “Change is the Way of Creating Hatred, through Dissatisfaction” – 6/29/2019
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The fight against anti-Semitism is also a fight for a democratic, value-based Europe

In May the EESC invited Raya Kalnova (European Jewish Congress), Michael Bilewicz (Centre for Research on Prejudice, University of Warsaw) and Joel Kotek (Free University of Brussels – ULB) to discuss anti-Semitism in Europe at its plenary session in May.

The EESC president, Luca Jahier started by saying:

Recent events are showing us that we must not let our guard down and think that the sixty years of peace in Europe are to be taken for granted. And although our fundamental rights are enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union, we need to defend them every single day.”

Since fear has become a constant part of Jewish people‘s lives and an alarming 38% are considering emigrating, Ms Kalnova said that the Jewish World Congress felt an increasing sense of emergency.

“To combat anti-Semitism, it is important to know what it actually is.

The intergovernmental organization International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), founded in 1998 by former Swedish Prime Minister, Göran Persson. wants to unite governments and experts to promote, advance and shape Holocaust education, research and remembrance and to uphold the Stockholm Declaration of 2000, and has become a reference for governance and civil society.

On 26 May 2016, the Plenary in Bucharest decided to

Adopt the following non-legally binding working definition of antisemitism:

“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” {International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism}.

It has already been endorsed by eleven EU Member States, as well as the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. Civil society organisations also need to endorse and apply this definition and provide leadership in addressing the problem.

Mr Bilewicz referred to the results of a survey conducted in 2017 revealing that one in four people believe Jews themselves are to blame for the growing anti-Semitism. Many Europeans (50% in Poland, 37% in Austria, 32% in Germany) also believe that Jews exploit the Holocaust.

“Against all expectations, the conspiracy theory that Jews have too much power is again back in our society, in the media and sometimes even in our parliaments,”

added Mr Kotek. Hatred against Jews is more perceptible than ever.

EESC members expressed their support for the Jewish community and their commitment to fighting discrimination against minorities.

“It is our duty to fight any act of anti-Semitism in Europe,”

said Employers’ Group president Jacek Krawczyk.

“It is anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust. Eighty years after the Second World War started, it would be a serious mistake to forget this. We should all think of this when choosing who to vote for in the European elections.”

Arno Metzler, president of the Diversity Europe Group, stressed:

“We must all protest and speak up frankly and freely in our personal circles when we hear unpleasant jokes about Jewish people and the past. It is a public and also a personal obligation to defend our European values.”

From the Workers’ Group, José Antonio Moreno Díaz, president of the EESC Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law, said:

“Tough times are those when the evident needs to be explained. People who do not remember their history are condemned to repeat it. We must leave no room for discrimination. Tolerating intolerance will destroy democracy. Political forces must unite in isolating fascists and expelling them from their ranks.”

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Preceding

2014 European elections

World remembers Auschwitz survivors

French Muslims under attack

2015-2016 Religion

At the closing hours of 2016 #2 Low but also highlights

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Additional reading

  1. Martin Luther “Last Words of David” (1543) a polemical work bearing the same ugly language as in “On the Jews and their Lies” (1543)
  2. Seeds from the world creating division and separation from God
  3. Objective views and not closing eyes for certain sayings
  4. Apocalyptic Extremism: No Longer a Laughing Matter
  5. Denial. . . . . . A Film
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  7. The Rise of Anti-Seminism
  8. 2015 – January 27 – 70 years ago Not an end yet to genocide
  9. Religious Practices around the world
  10. Numbers 10:10 Make Your Rejoicing Heard
  11. 25 Orthodox rabbis issued a statement on Christianity
  12. Quiz questions, views, left- and right-wing anti-Semitism
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  14. The American clouds of Anti-Semitism
  15. a Call to stop the growing anti-Semitism
  16. Donald Trump after declining numbers of people victimised for their religion managed to increase the numbers again
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  18. 2018 January’s issue of The Christadelphian
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  21. Signs of the times – “An object of scorn and ridicule”
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  24. Jews In France Ponder Whether To Stay Or To Leave
  25. Anti-Semitism in Austria 2018 study results
  26. Many members of Jewish community wondering if they are still welcome in Poland
  27. Is it time for UK Jews to pack the bags?
  28. The danger of having less than 25 000 Jews in Belgium
  29. This fighting world, Zionism and Israel #6
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  31. In Every Generation: The Return of Anti-Semitism – Pesah Day 1, 5779
  32. ….a powerful way to put the universe on notice….
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  15. Anti-Semite ‘Comedian’ Dieudonné Likely to do Community Service after Gaol Sentence for Tax Fraud.
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  17. the reason the holocaust narrative must be maintained
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  23. “Was the principal of one of Palm Beach County’s largest public schools suggesting that the Holocaust was a belief rather than an actual event?”
  24. Is Anti-Zionism the same as Anti-Semitism?
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United in an open society relying not on command and control but on freedom

Danger of one person having everything in his hands

When looking at what is going on (or going wrong) in the United States I cannot prevent myself from making a few remarks for the success of a unitary state.

The present American president may be convinced that he can govern and control the whole world, but we should be careful not to fall for his mucous rhetoric.

At the European continent we should be well aware of the dangers when the U.S.A. would arrange more trade agreements with Great Britain, certain undesired goods coming into Europe by the Republic of Ireland – the reason why there should be a hard border in case Brexit becomes a reality.

Whatever may go on in the United States of America here in Europe we should all try to get one united union. It shall demand a belief in a majority willing to work for a strong EU. Only a strong EU can succeed against a backdrop of global competition, uncertainty and disruption, and provide European citizens with security and wellbeing. A strong EU is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient.

Importance of having one strong union

At the moment, it is a pity not more citizens see the importance of having all those small countries working together to form one “nation of nations and/or federations”. The leaders of the countries should work harder to get their people come to believe in that United Europe.
People should have come to understand and believe that the EU is stronger the more united it is – in its diversity. Though lots of people may look at grater unions where leaders try to get rid of such diversity, but it is just the diversity and the multicultural society which creates more opportunities and makes a nation more productive and creative. Unity brings about internal efficiency and external influence. It is a matter of common objectives, decisions and action, to tackle issues that cannot be managed through national measures alone.

The more united the different countries in the European Union may be how stronger the EU may be – in its diversity. Unity brings about internal efficiency and external influence. It is a matter of common objectives, decisions and action, to tackle issues that cannot be managed through national measures alone.

A growing population in a growing nation

Whilst in America some may shout immigrants may be a danger to the country, people should come to see some could also be very useful to take in the place of the ageing population and to do works locals do not want to do.

The attractiveness to others form countries far away, does not mean there is a weakness in our states. When making sure that there are good rules and regulations to have people entering the nation everything can and should stay in control. But all countries should share in the same way an intake of immigrants. And all countries should provide equal right for all citizens and enabling all citizens to enjoy the European way of life. To make this possible, the EU needs to be a good place to do business.

Competitive business environment

Therefore we have to call for a competitive business environment that encourages enterprises to innovate, invest and trade. This enables businesses to thrive and provide citizens with jobs, goods and services. It also enables the generation of public revenue for education, healthcare and social systems, as well as for internal and external security. Economic and social progress thus go hand in hand.

While providing businesses with larger markets and better access to resources, the going hand in hand of the many countries benefits citizens with a wider choice of goods and services and the possibility to travel, study and work abroad. We therefore should call for a fully functioning single market and rules-based foreign trade. and that open economy must be accompanied by an open society.

Populism, authoritarianism and xenophobia

We must be aware of the dangerous evolution and the virus which does not seem to affect the U.S.A. only. Great concern must there be about populistic, authoritarian and xenophobic movements that work against the principles of an open society built on the common core values of the EU.

There should never be given the opportunity that only one person has everything to say and can use everybody else as a puppet on a string. Our society should be able to rely on dialogue and good governance. It implies that decision-making is based on democracy, full compliance with the rule of law, subsidiarity principle, transparency, and the involvement of civil society. Vibrant civil society and social dialogue are vital guarantees of a progressive and cohesive society.

An open society relying on freedom and responsibility, not on command and control.

As citizens we should be able to bring out our votes and should find politicians listening to our wishes. We also should see that those in charge do everything to call for enabling and encouraging policies that stimulate creativity, innovation, ongoing learning, agility and entrepreneurial spirit throughout society. An open society relies on freedom and responsibility, not on command and control.

The people at the top of the European Union should and at the moment do respect diversity and believe it is a great asset for the EU. This applies to the richness of cultures and natural features across countries. It also applies to diversity in terms of gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, age, religion and beliefs or any other personal characteristic. They are also confident that openness increases stability and security – both in the economy and society, due to stronger interdependence and interaction. Instead of fences, the EU therefore needs connecting bridges. In conclusion, we believe that an open economy and society are beneficial for all and would generate new confidence in the EU. This is how the positive spiral of an open, united and strong EU can and should continue.

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Education has key role in building the democratic and rule of law culture

Education, both formal and non-formal, has a key role in building the democratic and rule of law culture. The diversity of political cultures in Europe makes the task more difficult. However, there are successful historical examples in which democratic values are taught, spread and consolidated.

In the long term, the best safeguard against democracy and rule of law backslides is an active, educated and involved citizenship.

Liberal democracy as defined in a former EESC opinion[1] and the rule of law should be in the hearts and minds of every European citizen and the EU should lead the way forward towards this goal, for example by encouraging the mainstreaming of these topics in school and higher education curricula, and by promoting academic and professional exchanges between citizens and CSOs active in these areas.

The EESC calls on the European Commission to propose an ambitious communication, education and citizen-awareness strategy on fundamental rights, the rule of law and democracy.

[1]             SOC/605 – Resilient democracy through a strong and diverse civil society

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Further strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. State of play and possible next steps

The EESC welcomes the Commission’s Communication on Further Strengthening the Rule of Law within the Union. It regrets that the short reflection period has not allowed for deeper consultation. The EESC recalls the essential watchdog role played by the civil society, which should be further supported. It reiterates its support for an EU mechanism to monitor rule of law and fundamental rights and proposes to establish an EU stakeholders Forum to debate solutions. The EESC also calls on the Commission to adopt a Strategy on communication, education and citizen awareness concerning these key issues.    

The situation regarding respect for fundamental rights and the rule of law is very concerning throughout the EU, especially as it has had to trigger Article 7 TEU in some cases. Therefore, the present Commission Communication is launching a reflection on how the state of the rule of law in the EU could be improved.

The Communication recalls the importance of the rule of law as a founding value of the European Union, which is the basis of the democratic system and a prerequisite for the protection of fundamental rights. The rule of law includes, among other things, principles such as legality, implying a transparent, accountable, democratic and pluralistic process for enacting laws; legal certainty; prohibiting the arbitrary exercise of executive power; effective judicial protection by independent and impartial courts, effective judicial review, including respect for fundamental rights; separation of powers; and equality before the law.

The Commission sets out three pillars for an effective enforcement of the rule of law in the Union:

  1. Promotion: Building knowledge and a common Rule of Law culture;
  2. Prevention: Cooperation and support to strengthen the Rule of Law at national level; and
  3. Response: Enforcement at Union level when national mechanisms falter.

More precisely, the Commission insists on the need to promote rule of law standards, to recognise warning signs, to deepen a Member State’s specific knowledge, to improve the common capacity to react in case of escalation, and to address shortcomings in the long term through structural reforms.

The EESC welcomes the consultation as it recognises the importance of the recent rule of law challenges in the EU. The number of such challenges has increased in recent years, indicating the risk of a possible full-blown crisis in the rule of law and democracy, especially in some Member States. This crisis should be fully acknowledged and an appropriate response put in place. This includes a bold restatement of the EU values and solid instruments to prevent and correct any further deterioration of the rule of law.

It is important to recall that the European Union is not only a common market; it is a union based on common values, as stated in Article 2 of the Treaty. Furthermore, it recognises the rights, freedoms and principles set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. These values, on which the European Union is founded, form the basis of integration and are part of the European identity. As well as being criteria for accession, they must be respected in practice by the Member States, thereafter.

The rule of law exists in an interdependent, inseparable, triangular relationship with fundamental rights and democracy. Only by guaranteeing these three values in conjunction with each other is it possible to prevent the abuse of State power. The protection of fundamental rights is a pillar that should be further developed, through the ratification of all relevant instruments (including UN conventions and the European Convention on Human Rights), more robust cooperation between EU institutions and the enhancement of support for grassroot and watchdog organisations across Europe.

We as citizens of the Union should demand that all Member States should satisfy the Copenhagen Criteria and that everywhere in the Union every person shall have the rights to speak and think whatever he wants, without bringing harm to others.
At the moment we can see that several EU institutions do not have sufficiently robust and well-tailored tools at their disposal capable of protecting against threats currently posed to the rule of law, fundamental rights and pluralist democracy in the Member States.

The Union should make more work that existing instruments would have a better impact on the drivers of these challenges. The most severe challenges are present in some Member States, where powerful political actors have turned against the independence of the judiciary, and against institutions and organisations which compose and uphold the pluralist democratic system. The Communication does not consider sufficiently this essential aspect, preferring a perspective in which institutions – Parliaments, governments and ministries, constitutional courts, professional bodies – are separated from political and electoral competition. This “hands off” approach to party politics and elections prevents any explanation of why powerful actors work against the rule of law and democracy and why they seem at the same time popular and unstoppable. The political, cultural and sociological aspects of the rule of law challenges affecting democracies are an essential area which has been ignored in the EU’s analysis and response so far. This partly explains the limitations of the current approach and tools – including the Article 7(1) procedure. Through its connection with civil society in its entirety, including the social partners, the EESC is particularly well placed to offer a space for a better analysis, debate and response to these political, sociological and cultural aspects of challenges to democracy and the rule of law.

It is good to notice that the Commission has moved in the recent years towards building up complementary and cumulative mechanisms to fill the gap between no action and last-resort action. Yet, they seem insufficient for the current challenges – concerted actions for power-grabbing across institutions, including in the judiciary, which have, if not electoral constituencies, strong support within party organisations and party clienteles. Not even the consolidated democracies are safe from creeping authoritarianism and erosion of the rule of law. Security concerns are increasingly used to justify the questioning or suspension of democratic safeguards. Some governments make the work of several frontline CSOs more difficult instead of proposing an enabling space for their activities. It is therefore essential that the EU should take a more proactive and preventive approach.

The independent national courts are the bulwark ensuring that citizens can count on their EU rights being enforced, that European business can do cross-border trade without the concern that legal contracts are not enforced in an impartial and independent manner, and that workers working in a neighbouring country can have their rights enforced, and that CSOs can operate freely across borders, without foreign solidarity funding being taxed discriminatorily.
With good reason CSOs, social partners and foreign investor councils have all expressed concern to the EESC about the deterioration of the rule of law, and its serious economic impact.

The EESC notes the shortcomings of current tools available to the EU institutions to protect Article 2 values. Infringement procedures tend to be too narrow in their focus to prevent or correct concerted attacks on the rule of law. Second, it has proven extremely difficult to marshal sufficient political will to activate the procedure in Article 7 of the TEU.

As regards the 2014 European Commission Communication “A new EU Framework to strengthen the Rule of Law”[1], although it is easier to activate than Article 7, its effectiveness is questionable when faced with governments unwilling to cooperate. Furthermore, the thresholds required to activate it are too high and too late. The EESC recommends improving the rule of law framework including by defining clearer benchmarks, indicators and deadlines in order to better assess the concerned authorities’ response and the EU’s accompanying measures.

[1]             European Commission, Communication on A new EU Framework to strengthen the Rule of Law, 11 March 2014

 

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Skills and competences acquired in civil society organisations – how to recognise and value them in the labour market

On 20 December 2012, the Council of the European Union issued to Member States Recommendation 2012/C 398/01 “on the validation of non-formal and informal learning” (definitions of the terms in the title are set out in the annex to that recommendation). The main task for Member States was to put in place, by the end of 2018, appropriate legal and organisational arrangements for the validation of non-formal and informal learning.

In Poland, not only have legal arrangements been created, but on the basis of the Act of 22 December 2015 on the Integrated Qualifications System (IQS), a process of entering qualifications into that system is also being carried out. The Educational Research Institute overseen by the Minister of National Education is responsible for this. Employers and civil society organisations are the main stakeholders registering qualifications in the system. For years, they have been conducting training and examinations on specific competences. However, there is also some initial practical experience of cooperation with NGO volunteer organisations, as qualifications obtained through voluntary activities in civil society organisations can also be entered in the system.

2019 is the year for the European Commission to review past experience and explore new solutions. Therefore, the EESC’s Labour Market Observatory (LMO) and the Polish Public Interest Committee have decided to join this process together, acknowledging that the recognition and crediting of qualifications acquired while working in civil society organisations, and through the different types of training and courses organised by them, should be strongly promoted.

Wednesday 10 July 2019 at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland; Al. Ujazdowskie 1/3, Warsaw there shall be a “Joint conference of the Labour Market Observatory of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee for Public Benefit of Poland:

“Skills and competences acquired in civil society organisations
– how to recognise and value them in the labour market”

The aim of the conference is to:

  • exchange views on the functioning of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and national qualifications framework, with particular reference to the Integrated Qualification System in Poland for qualifications acquired through non-formal and informal learning, including the role of civil society organisations in developing a qualifications register;
  • look for new solutions to allow those working in civil society organisations (especially young people, without work experience), and the beneficiaries of the different types of training and courses they organise, to successfully demonstrate the skills and experience they have acquired on the labour market, using the Polish system of validating skills obtained through non-formal and informal learning. The system for validating qualifications acquired through informal and non-formal learning implemented in Poland has a key role to play here;
  • have direct dialogue and exchange of experience between the Polish participants in the validation system and representatives of the European institutions at the crucial moment when recommendations for the coming years are being drafted;
  • enable participants to get to know the most interesting practices from other countries of the European Union;
  • assess the strengths and drawbacks of the EUROPASS CV, particularly in terms of people with qualifications acquired through non-formal and informal learning;
  • exchange information and views on current trends in recruitment of workers in national labour markets and the importance of qualifications acquired through non-formal and informal learning.

I have the honour to be invited, but the next day I have to be present at another conference in Brussels.
An other issue is my Sheltie which I can not leave without someone in the house for so many hours.

I am fully aware that discussions on the above mentioned topic are very timely, as this year, the European Commission is reviewing the way Member States have implemented the Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning and is seeking for good practices and new possibilities to explore.
Therefore it would be interesting to see how the skills and competencies acquired by people who are active in civil society organisations (such as NGOs, trade unions, employers organisations) can contribute to our system. The question is how these people (especially young people) can demonstrate these skills and experience and be easier and better included on the labour market.

Piotr Gliński Sejm 2015.JPG

Piotr Tadeusz Gliński: First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the Law and Justice government.

The event will also focus on the active role of civil society organisations as training institutions – as they offer various types of training not only for their members but also for people from outside who are interested in gaining very specific qualifications.

In any case the organisation may count on outstanding speakers: Prof. Piotr Gliński – the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland will be the keynote speaker. Experts and representatives from the European Commission Polish public institutions, the EU agency CEDEFOP, Polish universities, EU-level organisations as well as Polish CSOs and EESC members will take the floor during three thematic sessions. The debate with participants is foreseen after their presentations.

The next case I am going to look at and discuss are the socio-economic causes of the rise of populism in suburban and rural areas and why populism seems to have taken root in these areas. We have to make time to explore the approach that Civil Society should take when facing this issue and analyse possible best practices.

It is important for the EESC as an EU consultative body comprising 350 members representing employers, workers and various interests to have its institutionalised say on draft EU legislation and to help strengthen the EU’s democratic legitimacy and effectiveness by enabling civil society organisations (CSOs) to express their views at European level.

In this world of “qualifications” and “certificates” we should be careful not to forget the qualification a person can receive when doing some work. At the moment we have come into a business world where too many firms or companies demand proofs of qualifications by “degrees” of official school certificates. The “Paper” has become more important than the real qualifications.
In previous centuries people could grow in a function and could climb up in a company from an unschooled person to become “foreman” , “overseer” or even climb up from supervisor to manager or director of the company. Those times are gone, but we should question if it would not be better to have some master workshops again.

We have come in a time where the workers seem to be less protected and where there is much more workload, whilst trade unions seem to have less to say or are not so popular any more. In a lot of places it is all about about tasks, deadlines, resources and limited funds. Lots of people take work to their home. for many it seems normal and taking home work to do in the evening has for many become part and parcel of the expectation linked to modern careers.

At the same time certain political figures try to make the local population afraid for people from outside their country. With their populism they create a dangerous situation which, in my eyes can undermine the safety of a lot of people but also of the country itself.

For that undermining of a solidarity feeling and a feeling of a united nation we do need organisations which bring social protection and which can opt as mediator between the different parties involved.

All over the European Union we should open the eyes of the citizens that we need all workforce and that we should give everybody equal opportunities to the labour market across the whole of Europe. At the same time we should protect all those working in one country, making sure that nobody in that country works under certain wages and would have to work in bad conditions.

At the same time we have to think about why it is so many youngsters do not finish their courses and end up without a qualification. The level of knowledge diminished also a lot the last few years and lots of students are not able to succeed in the first year of university. Also a lot of those going for a job do not manage to stay long enough in that particular job, after the company had invested money and time in their preparation for the job.

We seriously have to think about ways for guiding and helping young people, without work experience, to make them strong to tackle a job but also to give them a feeling they can do something and that they are respected for what they do.

 

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