Category Archives: Islam, its developments worldwide

HELP FOR REFUGEES, YES ! BUT NO RESTART OF “TURKISH ACCESSION” TALKS

Europe has to help Turkey with the problem of immigration flows to that country.But never should Europe’s political leaders vtake up again the Turkish request, rather vdeman for mebership in the European Union. It never was an objective with any benefit to Europe. Strength of our continent is not in space and numbers but in cpohesion and unity. Withv Turkey we ardently wish to work together on projects in Europe and in Asia, for instance the Silk Road and other ideas The auythor was Counsellor in the netherlands Embassy in Ankara, and later Ambassador in China ,and yet later with teh OECD. Immigration is a topic to be handles with care, and respect to both sides: the migrants and preservation of Europe’s own vculture and identity Continue reading

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UKRAINE 2 = Don’t make (half) promises on enlargement. Better possibilities for neighborhood action.

During the Kiev demonstrations too often European representatives expressed half promises for Ukraines accession to the Union. Such wild promises shoudl – as the Turkish exemple has taught us – be avoided . This attitude is sometimes seen as too formal, and not reflecting the struggles existing between the Quadrangle: Washington, Moscow,Brussels,Kiev.
For useful European Neighborhood -action we would favor other fields of action: accompanying Serbia to EU membership, safeguarding the Serbian position in Kosovo, finding ways with African nations to make Lampedusa unneccesary , and helping Syrian refugees temporarily and in returning to Syria. Bishops may invite laity to the Gospel, but competent laity may equally invite the bishops to geopolitics. There is work for both in realism and mutual respect. Continue reading

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THE EU SHALL SUPPORT THE UKRAINE, BUT NOT WITH WILD WORDS

  THE EU SHALL SUPPORT THE UKRAINE, BUT NOT WITH WILD WORDS.   The demonstrations in Kiev are widely followed and get good support from European countries, both in and outside the European Union. It is good to see that … Continue reading

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PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN ENTRE MONDIALISATION ET …RETOUR AU TERROIR

Introducing a collection of quotations of contemporary and other important authors related to the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. In the introduction editor Anton Smitsendonk argues that the splendid views of a road toward POINT OMEGA (=Christ) via globalization has made space for a more critical view in which the preservation of ‘TERROIR” individuality, fatherland,local cultures asks for more attention. Perhaps the books of Teilhard de Chardin were read with too hasty attention seeking validation for globalization and construction of regional blocks like the European Union. We are now more critical on the globalizing agenda.
The editor sees also a link with a too hasty reading of the message of Christ by Judas Iscariot, as well in the Islamic doctrine. We shall have to read Teilhard de Chardin with more patience, and with less attention to immediate political actuality. Continue reading

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IL PALIO DI SIENA 2010, ISLAMICO O STORICO ?

Il Palio di Hassoun. una testimonianza non islamica ma storica Quest’anno il Palio senese ha dato origine a una onda di commenti. Era da aspettarsi perché  il Comune di Siena aveva scelto un musulmano di Libanon, il Signor Hassoun, per … Continue reading

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FOCUS 2008 June “Non ingrassare Europa !”

our newsletter of june 2008 countering the idea that expansion of the European Unin would be good for Europes geopolitical strength. The case of Turkey and other candidates. An interview with Rocco Buttiglione. In “VOE-mode” that means, with some parts in other languages than english, ture to our theme of Voices of Europe in the PLURAL. (Italian, French Dutch) Continue reading

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EXPLANATION TO OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBOURS

2010-11-04 Explanation to our Muslim neighbours – the A,B,C’s of Native-Muslim relations Perhaps to our long-term Muslim residents in Europe we owe an explanation.      I know in Holland several of them which come from our long time colonial heritage.They truly … Continue reading

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