Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Solution for the Palestinian/Israelian conflict...

Don't live next to each other but live above or below the other...

or...materializing architectural form from the legal interstices of the Oslo Accords.
By Victor Ramos; The Continuous Enclave: Strategies in Bypass Urbanism.

But a Qassam racket or any other rocket will have now more impact than before...
Indeed, this is architectural speculation.
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Day Opening - March 3

De Panne, the Netherlands.
Photo by Hans Nieman

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wilder's populistic party leads the polls in the Netherlands

According to a recent opinion poll, if parliamentary elections were held today, the Freedom Party (PVV) headed by populist leader Geert Wilders would become the largest party in the Netherlands. It would win 27 seats in parliament, as opposed to the nine it currently has. The Christian Democrats - the largest party in the governing coalition - would win only 26 seats. Mr Wilders' popularity has been rising ever since an Amsterdam appeals court decided to try him for anti-Muslim comments six weeks ago. He has since received even more exposure following Great Britain's refusal of permission to enter the country.
Is the social-left and social-right in denial?

Investigation a la Turca

'By mobile phone'

Day Opening - March 2

""Dinner for Two" by Christa Kieffer.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Statement #8

Globalisation means; global integration of the movement of goods, capital and jobs. Deglobalisation will have a dire impact on migrants.


My little darling has a best friend. He and his buddy are very close together for just only four weeks.

Sometimes I’m a little bit jealous, because when my little darling cries. His best friend is the only one who can cheer him up!

They are real buddies.

If we are going for a walk or just taking a nap. His best friend is always on his side.
They play a lot with each other. Sometimes Arjun throws him away and most of all he just drops it.

His best friend never complains.

After four weeks of friendship, my little darling has to say farewell to his BFF.
Not because the friendship is over…..NO NO NO NO.. because his friend is quite knocked up.

No sorrow. There always a new best and better friend on the block.

This one is translucent and collapsible. The old “one” was blue and tiny.
This new friend has “size” 3 to 6 months. The old “one” 0 to 3 months.

Yes, my little darling and his soother are best buddies for life!

Creative men

Since we were 8 kilometres away from everything, we had to stay in our hotel. Not really a problem since we came here for relaxing and diving.

Everything was well organised and looked tip top. Breakfast and dinner were included, they had a free towel service and we had spacious, clean rooms. A nice bathroom, two clean beds and even a double view. On the right side was the swimming pool and the sea, on the left side the desert.

With towels, pillows and other stuff from our room the cleaning guys created things. An elephant or two swans around a hart formed lake, a cute shape of a nighty, every day they left us a little surprise.

Quite some creative guys, those Egyptian cleaners. Of course it made us wonder if they nose around the rest of our stuff. But it's better not to think about this and remind them as the artistic-with-towel guys...

Funny detail: they can't do anything alone or in a couple. Everything had to be done by at least four men. The gardens, serving, the reception, getting a towel. Even a bit of spilled water was cleaned by five men!

Migrant women in the Netherlands by Eric Beauchemin

In the wake of the Second World War, the Netherlands began inviting tens of thousands of foreigners to help rebuild the country's economy. Eventually they brought their wives and children over to this corner of northwestern Europe. Migrant women received little attention from successive Dutch governments who thought that the migrants would eventually return home. But that didn't happen.
In recent years, the issue of immigration has become a political hot potato in Holland. Right-wing politicians and some sections of Dutch society have become increasingly critical of migrants, particularly those of Turkish and Moroccan origin. The migrants are accused of not wanting to integrate in Dutch society.
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Day Opening - March 1

" Magnolia on Gold Velvet Cloth" by Martin Johnson Heade.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kicking alive

Still alive, since the bombing in Egypt took place in Cairo and not in El Quseir where we were.

This El Quseir was a dusty shit hole with too many street dogs and lazy men sitting around. My sister and I didn't dare to walk in, but what we've seen of it wasn't up for much. Cracked, dirty houses (from the outside) and trash laying all over the place. The vegetables from the market had feeble leaves, the banana's were half rotten and there were no women to be found on the streets.

Getting things done in Egypt turned out to be a real problem. And I know problem after some of my trips!

It started already in the airport where Achmed from the travel agency got angry with me for buying my visa at the bank for 15 dollars and not with him for $25.

The hotel was fair enough but 8 kilometres away from everything, so we were forced to stay at one spot. Taking a taxi? "That will cost you ten dollars per person one way, madam."

Although temperatures were between 20 and 25 degrees Celcius, the wind made things a bit chilly and the whole reason why we went to Egypt in the first place almost impossible: diving.

After some difficulties, we got things done and overall I've had a good break from my long days studying. But it wasn't easy. Anyway, it gave me enough reason to write.

To be continued...

Ria Oomen-Ruijten, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey, receives threats from Armenians

Not nice, not wise, and none of their business!

The European Parliament's rapporteur on Turkey, Ria Oomen-Ruijten, has said Armenian lobbyists have threatened to destroy her career because she has refused to refer to the World War I-era killings of Anatolian Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as "genocide."

The Dutch Christian Democrat, whose report on Turkey was approved with a record 65 votes against only four votes in opposition and one abstention in the Committee on Foreign Affairs on Feb. 12, said the Armenians have told her that they will do their best to prevent her re-election to the European Parliament.

Oomen-Ruijten, one of the most senior members of the European Parliament, has been hailed for her balanced reports on Turkey in recent years. Despite enormous pressure from the Armenian lobby, Oomen-Ruijten has so far refused to refer to the 1915 events as "genocide." Her predecessor as the rapporteur on Turkey, Camiel Eurlings, who was also a Dutch Christian Democrat, was heavily criticized for being too pro-Armenian and for authoring biased reports on Turkey. Oomen-Ruijten, who is expected to run for a European Parliament seat again in June, will defend her report in a plenary session on March 11. The report is expected to win the approval of the European Parliament without any major changes.

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Statement #7

Medicine and religion share at least one trait, both can be seen as response to the prospects of death.

Day Opening - February 28

"Dance of Cranes" by Haruyo Morita.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Religions and afterlife

Judaism: Jewish texts have little to say about a possible afterlife, placing more the spotlight on the proper behavior in this life, not the one to come.

Christianity: The vast majority of Christians believe in heaven and hell...and that your ‘end’ depends on your deeds and faith during life.

Islam: Similar to Christians, Muslims believe in the day of judgement in the afterlife, when the dead will be divided between paradise and damnation.

Buddhism: Though specific beliefs vary by sect, Buddhists hold fast to the doctrine of reincarnation, ending only in the final liberation known as Nirvana.

Hinduism: Like Buddhism, Hindus believe in reincarnation and karma, with the status of your next life depending on your acts in this one.

Taoism: Life and death are flip sides of the Tao, and death is a transformation from being to non-being, with no heaven or hell.

Gaining after life:
In the Asian cultures and religions, afterlife is related with your life-on-earth and your well-doings.
In Christianity, martyrdom can only gained through pacifistic means and practices.
In Islam, however – since there is still a lot of confusion and denial about how to interpret the Q’ran - after life can be reached through Jihad, as divers sects points out: killing infidels. Islam and Confucianism are the only religions/philosophies which legitimates war.

Spotted in the UK


Day Opening - February 27

"Artist`s Garden at Giverny 1900" by Claude Monet.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

For Non Entrecard users only...

The last three months Internations is part of the big Entrecard family. It’s fun but time-consuming, but as long as I have the time to go three hours a day over 300 web sites (and sleep 3 hours less) I don’t mind. As I earlier wrote, this blog is listed under Expats. So, during these 3 months I discovered all kind of interesting co-Expat blogs. Many yanks/gringos/Brrrrittons, but at least I understand their English and I hope they my Denglish and other co-bloggers their Grenglish, Tenglish, and sophisticated high-attractive Amercanismes.
Anyway, on the side bar of this screen, every day a new picture pops up with beneath the Entrecard symbol. If you click on the picture, you will be directed to another site, and we of Internations earn One point with it...so do so...ola..)
I approve only sites which are interested, and I guess blog-owners only choose Internations to advertise here with their blood-and-tears earned entrecard points because they find this site nice. So it goes both ways.
Especially I want to do some free PR, the first time in 30 years (thank you) for some sites worth mentioned. Here we go:
Martin in Bulgaria
Cher in Prague
PG in Prague
Matt in Japan
And an anti-politics blog of the USA.
And many more...!!
Worth reading!

There are more such as Rachel her photo blog from Argentina, Mova in Indonesia, Saudi Deist and Denford from Harare in Zimbabwe; they all are already on Internations their blog roll, not necessary to do some more PR here...
Click on them as well; read them, every day for the next 3 months.
The world is more fun if you broaden your vision over the borders of Turkey and beyond.
And don’t forget to come back here and click around; the more page views, the more we earn and the more we are motivated to make you happy for unsolved mysteries, independent points of view regarding politics, beautiful art, poetry, photography, twitter news and more so on. In the end you don’t need your expensive newspapers anymore, but only us..))!!

Statement #6

'Natural selection is a powerful force driving evolution' >Darwin<
'Natural selection's fingerprints can be detected in the human genome. But many mutations have spread thanks thanks to pure chance; a process known as genetic drift' >contemporary science<

At the moment I have my breakfast: two steaks with mushrooms, potatoes and garlic sauce; how genetic manipulated am I?.)

Day Opening - February 26

"Blue Muse"
by Charles Dwyer.