By Olivia Pierson
Cultural pluralism is as old as the hills â€“ or at least as old as the Babylonian Empire on whose riverbank shores even the captive Jews were tolerated to sit and weep. Multiculturalism, on the other hand, is a 20th Century bastardization of tolerance, which the United Nations invented to socially engineer Western democracies to cope with overwhelming immigration, mostly from Third World slave-pens. The pious and politically correct preachers of â€śdiversityâ€ť and â€śequalityâ€ť raised multiculturalism in the West to the status of a new religion, as if the world needed yet another one of those.
With the truth emerging after murderous events in Paris, can there still be any doubt that multiculturalism has epically failed in the West? In the last five years Angela Merkel has admitted its failure; so have Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron. But how has it failed so?
Multiculturalism is a modern liberal tenet which states that all cultures are equal regardless of the diverse practices of each culture.Â This should not be confused with cultural pluralism which holds that all citizens, no matter what culture they hail from, are equal before the laws of the land â€“the one host culture.Â The host culture is necessarily dominant, hence being the yearly recipient of hundreds of thousands of immigrants bidding farewell to their homelands. Â Read more »
German Chancellor has condemned the anti-Islamic protests, saying its leaders have â€śprejudice, coldness and hatred in their heartsâ€ť and called on people not to follow them. However, one in eight Germans say they would join such rallies, a poll showed.
Angela Merkel has accused leaders of Pegida anti-Islamic movement, which is gaining popularity in Germany, of hijacking the slogan of 1989 Berlin Wall demonstrations, â€śWir sind das Volkâ€ť (â€śWe are the peopleâ€ť) for their xenophobic purposes.
Of all countries in the world, Germany should have a deep understanding of the need for nationalism in the face of a threat by a people they don’t want to live with. Â Except there was a huge difference: Â the Jews didn’t want to kill people and turn Germany into a Jewish-only state. Â Read more »
Remember the outrage when the traitor Edward Snowden ‘revealed’ that the US had spied on Angela Merkel’s cellphone?
Seems it was just like the so-called ‘Moment of Truth’…complete rubbish.
Germany’s top public prosecutor said an investigation into suspected tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone by U.S. spies had so far failed to find any concrete evidence.
Revelations by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden that Washington carried out large-scale electronic espionage in Germany provoked widespread outrage — particularly the allegation that the NSA had bugged Merkel’s phone.
Harald Range launched an official investigation in June, believing there was enough preliminary evidence to show unknown U.S. intelligence officers had tapped the phone, although there was not enough clarity on the issue to bring charges.
On Wednesday he said however, “the document presented in public as proof of an actual tapping of the mobile phone is not an authentic surveillance order by the NSA. It does not come from the NSA database. Â Read more »
Germans are fed up with the constant drive towards Islamification of their nation.
A new type of anti-immigration protest is sweeping across Germany, as thousands take to the streets against what they say is the growing â€śIslamisationâ€ť of the country.
The new protests, which began in the city of Dresden in the former East Germany, feature no neo-Nazi slogans and have nothing to do with the traditional far right.
Instead the demonstrators have adopted the old rallying call of the protests against the East German communist regime that brought down the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, â€śWir sind das Volkâ€ť, or â€śWe are the peopleâ€ť. They say they want to preserve Germanyâ€™s Judeo-Christian Western culture.
The protests come as Bavariaâ€™s ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) is seeking to distance itself from a draft proposal for its party conference which said that immigrants should speak German not only in public, but at home as well.
Germany is now the second most popular destination in the world for migrants, after the US, and the country is struggling to cope with an unprecedented influx of asylum-seekers. Â Read more »
In many of our cultures we had the notion of allowing people we didn’t agree with, even at war with, safe habour so a conversation could be had. Â While under the protection of the host, the guest was treated with respect and dignity.
For an MMP party that never has been part of working together withÂ anyone unless it suited their selfish ends, the Greens are the the problem yet again.
It’s time that we grew up as a nation when it comes to diplomatic courtesy. It’s time the Greens revoked their “unofficial ban” on visiting political leaders addressing the New Zealand Parliament.
Some of the world’s most powerful leaders like Germany’s Angela Merkel and China’s Xi Jinping are headed our way later this month after they’ve been to the G20 Summit in Brisbane.
Having political leaders of such calibre addressing our Parliament while it is sitting is not going to subvert our democracy. But the Greens’ overblown and juvenile stance that only New Zealand politicians should be allowed to address a sitting session makes us look absurdly pretentious…
“GIVE ME BACK MY FLAG!”
Enough said? Â Read more »
The cheese eating surrender monkey’s government has collapsed in acrimony.
Francois Hollande has dissolved the government and is now asking the same failed socialist Prime Minister to pick another bunch of socialists. The Frogs Â clearly haven’t learned that socialism doesn’t work no matter which bunch of socialists is in charge.
France has coherent single party government and socialism fails and hurts the people it purports to help, imagine what a coalition of socialists would be like.
French President Francois Hollande dissolved the government on Monday after open feuding in his Cabinet over the country’s stagnant economy.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government’s resignation after accusing the outspoken economy minister of crossing a line with his blunt criticism of the government’s policies. Hollande accepted the resignation and ordered Valls to form a new government by Tuesday.
France has had effectively no economic growth this year, unemployment is hovering around 10 percent, and Hollande’s approval ratings are in the teens. Â Â Read more »
Oh no…bad news for Helen Clark, it looks like Angela Merkel is moving on the top job at the UN.
According to a report, Angela Merkel may be considering stepping down from the GermanÂ chancellorship to pursueÂ the European Council presidency or to helm theÂ United Nations. Both positions will be open in 2017 and Merkel has reportedly signaled that she doesn’t wish to serve out her entire term, which ends in 2017.
FromÂ Der Spiegel:
The position as head of the UN in New York will also be open as of January 2017, with Ban Ki-moon’s successor being determined in mid-2016. Just recently, theÂ Luxemburger Wort, Luxembourg’s leading daily paper, wrote extensively about the possibility that Merkel might aspire to the position, though it was quickly denied by the chancellor’s spokesman. The speculation, however, has continued. “It is a European’s turn,” said one senior CDU member at a recent evening event. Â Read more »
The Green party wants to foist an energy policy upon New Zealand that is idiocy in the extreme. Industry sources say it is a hopelessly flawed policy, reliant on subsidies to work and even then it is based on a lie…that solar is cheap and effective.
Germany’s problems suggest the opposite.
Germany once prided itself on being the â€śphotovoltaic world championâ€ť, doling out generous subsidiesâ€”totaling more than $130 billion, according to research from Germanyâ€™s Ruhr Universityâ€”to citizens to invest in solar energy. But now the German government is vowing to cut the subsidies sooner than planned and to phase out support over the next five years. What went wrong?
Subsidizing green technology is affordable only if it is done in tiny, tokenistic amounts. Using the governmentâ€™s generous subsidies, Germans installed 7.5 gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity last year, more than double what the government had deemed â€śacceptable.â€ť It is estimated that this increase alone will lead to a $260 hike in the average consumerâ€™s annual power bill.
According toÂ Der Spiegel,Â even members of Chancellor Angela Merkelâ€™s staff are now describing the policy as a massive money pit. Philipp RĂ¶sler, Germanyâ€™s minister of economics and technology, has called the spiraling solar subsidies a â€śthreat to the economy.â€ť
Germanyâ€™s enthusiasm for solar power is understandable. We could satisfy all of the worldâ€™s energy needs for an entire year if we could capture just one hour of the sunâ€™s energy. Even with the inefficiency of current PV technology, we could meet the entire globeâ€™s energy demand with solar panels by covering 250,000 square kilometers (155,342 square miles), about 2.6 percent of the Sahara Desert.Â Read more »
The EU is moving to ditch climate protection goals as they seek ways to create and develop affordable energy solutions.
The EU’s reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany’s touted energy revolution in the process.
The climate between Brussels and Berlin is polluted, something European Commission officials attribute, among other things, to the “reckless” way German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked stricter exhaust emissions during her re-election campaign to placate domestic automotive manufacturers like Daimler and BMW. This kind of blatant self-interest, officials complained at the time, is poisoning the climate.
But now it seems that the climate is no longer of much importance to the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, either. Commission sources have long been hinting that the body intends to move away from ambitious climate protection goals. On Tuesday, the SĂĽddeutsche Zeitung reported as much.Â Read more »