European Union, more militarism?


Greek neonazi general Georgios Epitideios, ex-European Union military staff commander

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

‘European Union must cooperate for a stronger military fist’

Today, 20:46

EU member states should cooperate more to make a stronger military fist. That is the core of the new EU strategy in the field of security and foreign policy, which EU foreign policy chief Mogherini will publish tomorrow. …

[Dutch] Minister Koenders of Foreign Affairs shares this view.

The European Union already has, not an official European Union army, but something close to it: the European Union Military Staff. The commander of its ‘department of crisis response and current operations’ used to be Greek general Georgios Epitideios. Also in Brussels, Epiteidios was senior staff member of Nato’s Central Command.

Recently, General Epitideios came back to Brussels. This time as Member of the European Parliament for the Greek nazi party Golden Dawn. Does Mr Juncker, does Ms Mogherini, does Mr Koenders want someone like neo-nazi General Epitideios as commander of this ‘stronger military fist’? It would surely make for a better relationship with people in the armed forces of the Kiev government in Ukraine who wear swastikas and SS signs on their helmets and clothes [sarcasm off].

The new European Union ‘iron fist’ is an attack on the military neutrality of European Union member states like the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

And surely, a ‘stronger military fist’ would cost more taxpayers’ money. More austerity for poor people, health, education, solving grave environmental problems, etc. etc. You cannot take care well of these issues, and at the same time wage neocolonial wars in Libya, Mali, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. etc.

These neocolonial wars are the cause of the millions of refugees fleeing. Racists abuse these people fleeing from bloody wars for xenophobic propaganda. Racists in both the Remain and Leave campaigns of the British European Union membership referendum abused the referendum for this. These wars, that militarism contributed to the pro-Leave vote.

It looks like the European Union fat cats did not learn anything from the pro-Brexit vote in Britain. More militarism looks like not holding the European Union together by pro-people policies, but by subservience to the military-industrial complex and bloodshed.

European Union’s Imperial Overreach: here.

European Union membership: xenophobes on both sides.

Black Republican expelled from Trump rally


This video from the USA says about itself:

Black Republican Kicked Out Of Trump Event

26 June 2016

This is such a Trump move. A rising star of the Republican party was kicked out of a Trump event. Why would that be? Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“A rising star with the Georgia Republican Party was barred from a meet and greet with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump at the candidate’s rally in Atlanta on June 15.

According to BuzzFeed’s Darren Sands, Michael McNeely was proceeding with other high-ranking Georgia Republicans to meet with the real estate tycoon backstage when he was intercepted by the Secret Service and hustled out of theater.

Multiple witnesses saw Trump’s Georgia campaign director Brandon Phillips stop McNeely and tell him there was “no more room for you” backstage with Mr. Trump. A Georgia GOP official reported the incident to BuzzFeed but asked that their name not be used since they are not authorized to speak on behalf of the party.

When Sands attempted to reach McNeely for comment, McNeely hastily said, “I’ll have to get back to you,” then never returned calls or issued a statement.

The Trump campaign, the Georgia Republican Party and Phillips have all declined to address the incident.”

Read more here.

Catholic church should apologize to LGBTQ people, pope says


This 2008 satiric video says about itself:

Headzup: Pope Benedict And The Crime Of Being Gay

Pope Benedict is asked about the Vatican opposing a UN resolution urging nations to decriminalize homosexuality.

Read more about it here.

That was then. Now, about Pope Benedict’s successor.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Pope Francis: Church should apologize to gay people

Today, 02:53

Pope Francis believes the Roman Catholic Church must apologize to homosexuals for the way they have been treated. On the papal plane he again told reporters that the church has no right to condemn gay people and that they deserve respect.

Francis is on his way to Vatican City from Armenia. According to the prelate forgiveness should also be asked to other groups that are excluded or ignored, such as women, the poor and children who have to perform slave labor.

Sinful

The pope made his remarks after he was asked on board of his plane if he agreed with one of his advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx. Who said after the shooting in the nightclub Pulse in Orlando that the church owes an apology to homosexuals.

It is not the first time that Francis himself remarks about homosexuals. He said earlier that they should not be condemned or marginalized. The official church teaching is that homosexual feelings are not sinful but homosexual acts are.

And as long as that official teaching is not changed …