Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Lost: 1.2 trillion USD, Bail out: 700 billion. Difference: only 500 billion USD.

Listen now to the words of Franklin Delano Rooseveldt:
"We have nothing to fear but Fear itself! ...
“There Must Be a Strict Supervision of All Banking and Credits and Investments. There Must Be an End to Speculation with Other People’s Money"
...during his inaugural speech in 1933.
Sounds strangely relevant to today, does it not?

No freedom of movement for Turks in EU, says Dutch Labour

I don't think that Turkey will be happy by the Dutch socialists policy, staunch supporter of Turkey's bid for the EU as they released their draft manifesto for the European elections in June 2009.

"Stricter conditions should apply to the freedom of movement for the inhabitants of Turkey if the country joins the European Union", says the Dutch Labour party. The demand is included in Labour’s first draft manifesto for the European elections in June 2009.

Labour’s stance on EU membership for Turkey, published on Monday, brings the party closer to the position of the right-wing Dutch liberal party VVD.
The VVD has made it clear that it will only agree to Turkey joining the EU if there is an exemption to the right of the country’s workers to find employment in other member states.
The Dutch Labour party also wants restrictions to Turkey's accession to the Schengen area which allows complete freedom of travel, without border checks, between a number of EU nations.

Turkey has been in talks on EU membership since 2004 but the issue is an extremely sensitive one in many member states.
In yesterday’s manifesto, the Labour party says "that promises of EU membership to countries in the western Balkans and Turkey should be honoured as long as the countries involved meet the so-called Copenhagen criteria for democratic governance, human rights and market economy".

Succes Turkey!

Arson attack on publisher of the Jewel of Medina

Three men were arrested in London this weekend on suspicion of terrorism after an arson attack on the offices and home of Dutch publisher Martin Rynja, owner of the Gibson Square publishing company.

Gibson Square is publishing the controversial novel The Jewel of Medina by American journalist Sherry Jones, about the prophet Muhammad and his child bride A'isha.

continue reading herrreeeee

Wall street become Boulevard of Broken Dreams

About two-thirds of Republican lawmakers refused to back the rescue package, as well as 95 Democrats (40%). The Republicans didn't supported the plan of their President. How will this effects the elections on the 4th of November...as it looks that McCain is not the absolute leader for the GOP in these elections.
And the stock market immediately dipped hundreds of points after it became apparent that the bill would fail. The Dow closed down 777 points at the end of trading Monday.

Day opening - September 30

Portrait by Michel Sandre