René Breuel, The Washington Post Published 7:39 am PDT, Tuesday, April 16, 2019 The world went to bed in mourning on April 15. Not since 9/11 had flames and smoke engulfed a beloved landmark the way they overcame Notre Dame in Paris that evening. "Notre Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, the epicenter of our lives," French President Emmanuel Macron lamented in front of the burning cathedral. Other European voices added to the sense of collective loss. "Notre Dame belonged to the whole of mankind," said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Newspapers such as El Pais in Spain bemoaned the damage done to "a symbol of European culture." Venice's La Fenice theater tweeted, "We were devastated by fire and every time we were reborn. It will happen to you as well, do not fear, friends!" However sincere and moving these words may be, they betray also a greater … [Read more...] about Notre Dame isn’t just a cultural landmark. Remember that a church was on fire.
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Citizens of Europe, If I am taking the liberty of addressing you directly, it is not only in the name of the history and values that unite us. It is because time is of the essence. In a few weeks’ time, the European elections will be decisive for the future of our continent. Never, since the Second World War, has Europe been as essential. Yet never has Europe been in so much danger. Brexit stands as the symbol of that. It symbolises the crisis of Europe, which has failed to respond to its peoples’ needs for protection from the major shocks of the modern world. It also symbolises the European trap. The trap is not being part of the European Union. The trap is in the lie and the irresponsibility that can destroy it. Who told the British people the truth about their post-Brexit future? Who spoke to them about losing access to the European market? Who mentioned the risks to peace in Ireland of restoring the former border? Nationalist retrenchment offers nothing; it is rejection … [Read more...] about A roadmap for European renewal
A yoga club at American University has shut down after one student took offense and filed a complaint accusing the group of “cultural appropriation.” All it took was one student’s complaint to dissolve the Bhakti Yoga and Vegetarian Club that had been active on American University’s (AU) campus for the last seven years.AU student, Maya Krishnan, took offense to an event in October, in which the yoga club had invited the touring group Viva Kultura to perform on campus for its “India Day” festival. In an op-ed, Krishnan accused the yoga club of “cultural appropriation,” due to the Viva Kultura group being “almost entirely comprised of white European dancers.” “Having my culture represented by an almost entirely white troupe of dancers is incredibly frustrating,” wrote Krishnan in her op-ed, “Hinduism is not widely practiced by white people — having white people centered in the … [Read more...] about American University Yoga Club Shuts Down over ‘Cultural Appropriation’
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women
Colorado is going to change because of the way people cast their ballots this year. That’s true, perhaps, every election, but this one more than most.Yet it won’t be as awful or everlasting a thing as most giddy or depressed partisans will have you believe in the days and weeks ahead, especially those asking for political donations.The impact of this election will be seen in retrospect in two years when policies come to pass. Democrats control every statewide office for the first time in decades. The majority of appointees on the state Supreme Court were placed there by Democrats.The left is in the driver’s seat in our state for at least the next two years, the same way President Trump has controlled the national agenda the past two. Colorado Springs News Colorado Senate Dems choose Garcia as president; House Dems tap Becker as speaker Marianne Goodland Jared Polis is the nation’s first openly gay elected governor. And there are reasons for … [Read more...] about Honest Abe shared the ancient words: ‘This, too, shall pass away’