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Rotten to the core

Wilders can shake hands with Trump, Orban, LePen and UK's Farage.

Minorities are hardest hit by the SARS Covid-2 pandemic, so Wilders puts the blame of delayed hart and cancer operation for White citizens on immigrants. So tiresome ...

by Oui on Sun Oct 11th, 2020 at 04:26:27 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Oct 11th, 2020 at 04:34:00 PM EST
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Nothing that cannot be fixed by beheading a few teachers!

Glad to see Macron is waking up.

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 11:13:13 AM EST
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President Erdoğan slams Macron, says he needs 'mental checks' | Hurriyet Daily News |

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Oct. 24 slammed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, over his policies toward Muslims, saying that he needed "mental checks."

"What can one say about a head of state who treats millions of members from different faith groups this way: first of all, have mental checks," Erdoğan said in a televised address.

Macron this month described Islam as a religion "in crisis" worldwide and said the government would present a bill in December to strengthen a 1905 law that officially separated church and state in France.

He announced stricter oversight of schooling and control over foreign funding of mosques.

by Oui on Sat Oct 24th, 2020 at 09:34:48 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 07:36:15 AM EST
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Politics of opportunisme ahead of Election 2021 ... bit of panic instead of setting long term policy. Moving further to the right to head off LePen ... same as other EU States and leading Conservative parties ... kept Mark Rutte ahead of Geert Wilders. Tough talk on ... indeed Turkey and Erdogan.

Fight against separatism - the Republic in action: speech by Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, on the fight against separatism (Les Mureaux, 2 Oct. 20)

... a dog whistle

Defending Judeo-Christian civilization and our liberties ... a poorly researched paper - here.

As things stand, both Macron and the far-right Marine Le Pen are polling at 25 percent for the presidential election set for 2022.

As Le Pen's platform is almost entirely defined by her anti-Islam platform, observers believe Macron is trying to boost his credentials among those who hold anti-Muslim views.

by Oui on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 10:13:31 AM EST
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Wilders' Message to President Erdogan

by Oui on Sun Oct 25th, 2020 at 12:55:45 PM EST
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France urges Arab nations to prevent boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence | BBC News |

France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end calls for a boycott of its goods in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

On Sunday, Mr Macron doubled down on his defence of French values in a tweet that read: "We will not give in, ever."

Some supermarket shelves had been stripped of French products in Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait by Sunday. French-made hair and beauty items, for example, were not on display.

In Kuwait, a major retail union has ordered a boycott of French goods.

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 06:38:11 AM EST
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Isn't boycotting within the accepted means of debate?

Of course, it is on both sides a call to tribalism and conflict to get the population to rally behind the leader.

After all, if there was a will to ban certain cartoons all that needs to be done is hire young artists to paint enough variations of the theme, create a foundation that buys the paintings, place the paintings in a vault, hire lawyers to defend against copyright intrusions and make that intention clear. Images of Muhammed - or whatever icon would be selected by such a foundation - could then join the hallowed ranks of Mickey Mouse and Tintin that may not be defamed without consequence. Even corporsations beware, for copyright intrusions are after all the only crime where the EU has joined together to impose punitive damages.

by fjallstrom on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 02:40:30 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 03:40:05 PM EST
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The peril of quoting Twitter about an "information" published by The Sun, not considered the most reliable of sources. Well, Pogba has a Twitter account too, and doesn't need the fellow above to speak for him:

Pogba is reportedly planning to sue The Scum, although I don't know what this would accomplish (in Britain, the tabloids seem to enjoy greater protection than even the Royal Family)

by Bernard on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 07:33:10 PM EST
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ASHAMED! Mea Culpa ...

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 09:33:22 PM EST
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'Boycott French products' launched over Macron's Islam comments | Al-Jazeera |

Hashtags such as the #BoycottFrenchProducts in English and the Arabic #NeverTheProphet trended across countries including Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

In Kuwait, the chairman and members of the board of directors of the Al-Naeem Cooperative Society decided to boycott all French products and to remove them from supermarket shelves.

by Oui on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 03:34:04 PM EST
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Anger towards Emmanuel Macron grows in Muslim world | The Guardian |

On the front page of a hardline Iranian newspaper, he was the "Demon of Paris". In the streets of Dhaka he was decried as a leader who "worships Satan". Outside Baghdad's French embassy, a likeness of Emmanuel Macron was burned along with France's flag.

Rage is growing across the Muslim world at the French president and his perceived attacks on Islam and the prophet Muhammad, leading to calls for boycotts of the French products and security warnings for France's citizens in majority-Muslim states.

The backlash has cut across an extraordinarily diverse Muslim world with a myriad of cultures, sects, political systems and levels of economic development. It has stoked historical and present-day grievances from the markets of Herat in Afghanistan to the upmarket neighbourhoods of Amman and the universities of Islamabad.

The author Amina Easat-Daas

by Oui on Wed Oct 28th, 2020 at 08:59:16 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 26th, 2020 at 10:33:59 PM EST
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