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These are all the Blogs posted on Friday, 30, 2011.
Friday, 30 December 2011
Norman Berdichevsky on Paul Revere Radio show

Listen to the podcast here.

Today we hear the terms Left Wing and Right Wing thrown around with abandon. Very few of us truly understand the history of these terms.

Tonight we will speak with Dr Norman Berdichevsky about the history of "right wing" vs. "left wing" political movements and personalities.

We will explore his book, THE LEFT IS SELDOM RIGHT and other topics of interest.

Posted on 12/30/2011 6:10 AM by NER
Friday, 30 December 2011
State of the EUnion

Supporters of the Euro, and - because one is not possible without the other - a pan-European superstate, have been proved spectacularly wrong. David Aaronovich is among them, but will he admit it? Will he Hanover. Instead, he tries to be funny but fails. Daniel Hannan picks up on his Times post, which is behind the apartheid paywall, in the Telegraph:

In George Bernard Shaw's 1928 play, The Apple Cart, the American ambassador blurts out some momentous news to Britain's King:

The prodigal, sir, has returned to his father's house. Not poor, not hungry, not ragged, as of old. Oh no. This time he returns bringing with him the riches of the earth to the ancestral home. The Declaration of Independence is cancelled. The treaties which endorsed it are torn up. We have decided to rejoin the British Empire!

David Aaronovitch plays with the same idea in The Times today. I think he's trying to be funny, though I'm not completely certain. He uses the word 'ironically' in his column but, like many journalists, uses it to mean something along the lines of 'oddly enough'.

'We British pro-Europeans are beginning to sound more and more like Betamax enthusiasts arguing the superior merits of their systems against the unstoppable VHS tide', Aaronovitch writes. 'The people of Britain don’t get Europe, don’t like Europe and don’t want Europe'. Indeed.

And, since Britain is apparently too small to succeed on its own (pace Singapore, Switzerland, Qatar, Monaco, Norway, UAE etc), he suggests that we join the US. While, as I say, the proposal seems to be intended lightheartedly, the analysis that underpins it – the recognition that our two countries have a shared political culture and that Britain could benefit in many ways from repatriating the American Revolution – is moderate and reasonable.

The flaw in the Shavian fantasy of full amalgamation is, of course, that Americans are as jealous of their sovereignty as any people on Earth. Look at their (justified) suspicion of the United Nations. Look at their reticence vis-à-vis NAFTA. Do you really imagine that they'd accept a political union with 60 million Britons?

Just for the record, what we Atlanticists want is not a merger, but a free trade area. We'd like an organic, not a governmental union; ties between citizens, businesses and civic associations, not a combination of state structures. And we aim for it to embrace, not just Britain and the US, but the community of free English-speaking democracies – the Anglosphere. In fact, by coincidence, Iain Murray and James C Bennet explain how it would work in today's Wall Street Journal.

At least Aaronovich doesn't call his piece "a modest proposal". The next journalist who does should be stewed, roasted, baked or boiled. Or rather, as Giles Coren said, partially parboiled one day and fully parboiled the next.

Posted on 12/30/2011 7:27 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 30 December 2011
Maldives bans spas after ‘prostitution’ protests

From Capital FM News Kenya

The Maldives has ordered hundreds of luxury hotels to close their spas after protests by an Islamist party which claimed they were a front for prostitution, an official told AFP Friday. The tourism ministry instructed all resort hotels across the nation’s 1,192 tiny coral islands to shut their spas and health centres offering beauty treatments and massage with immediate effect.

The opposition Adhaalath party, a conservative religious movement whose website features an article criticising “lustful music,” staged protests in the capital Male last week accusing spas of being used as brothels. “An Islamic party has been agitating against spas hoping to embarrass the government,” a senior government figure told AFP by telephone, confirming Thursday’s ministry order but asking not to be named.

Despite the Islamic republic’s reputation as a laid-back holiday paradise, burnished by frequent international marketing campaigns, there is growing concern about the influence of a minority of religious fundamentalists. There have been anti-semitic protests recently about the transport ministry’s decision to allow direct flights from Israel, while a restaurant that hung up Christmas decorations last year was also targeted. In 2010, a marriage celebrant was filmed abusing a Western couple as “swine” and “infidels” in a religious-tinged hate speech during a ceremony conducted in the local Dhivehi language. Most recently, UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay has sought to highlight the plight of Maldivian women who can be publicly flogged for having extra-marital sex.

Industry sources said they expected the government to revoke the decision on spas considering the huge revenue earned from the business. . . The government move to shut spas will directly affect an opposition leader, Gasim Ibrahim, head of the Jumhoory Party, who owns five, the independent Minivan news website reported.

Posted on 12/30/2011 2:21 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 30 December 2011
Chloe Breyer And Stephen Breyer

Among the (few) non-Muslim clergy who signed the letter to Mayor Bloomberg  demanding an end to the NYPD's surveillance of Muslims in New York City was "the Rev. Chloe Breyer (invitee) -- Executive Director, The Interfaith Center of New York."

The Rev. Chloe Breyer  is the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. In an interview he mentions her  as a Jewish girl who became an Episcopalian minister, his face expressing Only-In-America bemusement at how things, at how his own children, turn out.

His daughter has identified herself as a  worshipper at the Altar of two Idols of the Age, Diversity and Tolerance, and the burnt sacrifice she offers on that altar, in attempting to constrain the New York Police Department in its admirable efforts to protect people,  is -- all of us. When cases involving Muslim plaintiffs, complaining of this or that example of "unfair treatment," come before the Supreme Court, as they no doubt soon will, perhaps Justice Stephen Breyer will make sure that his affection for his daughter does not cloud his intellect or, better still, perhaps he will do the right thing and recuse himself.

Posted on 12/30/2011 8:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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