Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Find below the interesting article about three female EU mp's.
Three Dutch female MEPs are slightly better known than many of their colleagues. They are very articulate and, what also helps, they often talk about issues which can be explained - such as gay rights.
Old men in suits. That was once the image of the European parliament, for which there are elections this week. Dutch parties have been putting younger candidates on their lists for some time. Three striking Dutch MEPs are Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (36), Sophie in 't Veld (45) and Kathalijne Buitenweg (39). What drives them? What unites them and what distinguishes them from each other? They talked about this in the members' bar of the European parliament in Strasbourg.
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert was 31 when she became an MEP for the VVD right-wing liberal party five years ago. "I stood in line on the first day to collect my badge," she said. "In front of me was a Spaniard. 'Do you know Hans van den Broek ?" he asked me. I said 'Yes' because of course I knew the former Dutch minister of foreign affairs - from the television. The man said: 'I knew him well when I was foreign minister of Spain. Give him my best regards.' I thought: let the ground open up and swallow me! Who are these people here?"
In March 1822, several hundred armed Greeks from the neighbouring island of Samos landed in Chios. They began destroying mosques and attacking the Turks, who retreated to the citadel. Many islanders also decided to join the Revolution. However, the vast majority of the population had by all accounts done nothing to provoke the massacre, and had not joined other Greeks in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire.
Approximately 82,000 Greek islanders of Chios were hanged, butchered, starved or tortured to death. 50,000 Greeks were enslaved and another 23,000 were exiled. Fewer than 2,000 Greeks managed to survive on the island.
The Greek word katastrofi is commonly used to describe these events since the island itself was devastated and the few survivors that dispersed throughout Europe became part of the Chian Diaspora.
The massacre was well-documented and reported, which sparked significant levels of outrage in Europe.
The French painter Eugène Delacroix painted a masterpiece depicting the horrors that occurred as you see above.