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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Culture Europe Eastern Europe tourism Culture No doubt, the truly astute adventure traveller has already started devising their 2019 travel itinerary. Especially appealing for that particular connoisseur of fine wine and high-brow culture this year is the Republic of Georgia. Not only Tbilisi and Batumi, which are already on avant travelers’ radar, but also Tsinandali, long revered as the cradle of viticulture. Katskhi pillar. Monastery near the village of Katskhi. The orthodox church and the abbot cell on a rocky cliff. Imereti, Georgia. Getty As oenologist Andrew Jefford attests, ''Georgia is the only country in the world where winemaking methods developed 8,000 years ago have not only never been abandoned but remain, in many ways, the world's best.''Tsinandali Cultural Festival in September 2019. No visit to the Republic of Georgia can end without witnessing a bravura display of khevsuruli, the traditional Georgian mountain dance which originates from the … [Read more...] about Georgia: Europe’s New Cultural Hub
Arthur Aughey: It is facile, from an Irish perspective, to dismiss Brexiteers as nostalgically minded Little Englanders ... in fact, it is Remainers who seem obsessed with the past BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The young, efficient House of Commons researchers provide useful - and free - resources for anyone with a professional, or even non-professional, interest in the workings of parliament. The other day, following the Christmas and New Year recess, I received again in my inbox their regular Brexit Digest email. It was titled Deja Vu and informed me: "So, we're back where we began, with debates on Section 13(1)(B) of the Withdrawal Act - ie debating the Meaningful Vote (again)." https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/arthur-aughey-it-is-facile-from-an-irish-perspective-to-dismiss-brexiteers-as-nostalgically-minded-little-englanders-in-fact-it-is-remainers-who-seem-obsessed-with-the-past-37693969.html … [Read more...] about Arthur Aughey: It is facile, from an Irish perspective, to dismiss Brexiteers as nostalgically minded Little Englanders … in fact, it is Remainers who seem obsessed with the past
Members of the Italian mafia like to travel abroad – not necessarily for pleasure, but to make money. And the harm they are doing to European economies is often underplayed, trivialized or ignored. Organized crime groups are good at exploiting business opportunities away from home. Companies set up for money laundering purposes distort European economies because their constant cash flow gives them an unfair advantage in the marketplace. READ ALSO: Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia is 'on all continents' and still growing When I walk around London, I wonder how many of the busy nail bars, shops and restaurants are merely fronts for organized crime. For I was once told by a former member of the Neapolitan mafia: “The ambition for [an Italian] mafia member, is to go abroad, and particularly, England.” They consider the UK to be an attractive destination because it is relatively easy to set up a company, and its legal system does not recognize “mafia … [Read more...] about The Italian mafia is expanding abroad, and European police forces aren’t prepared
THE PATIENT, A man in his early 20s, was clearly distressed, anxious. There were insects, he said, insects crawling around under his skin.The graduate student doing the initial assessment was immediately concerned and went straight to her advisor, Dr. Brian Sharpless, a clinical psychologist and professor at Argosy University in Virginia. The patient sounded psychotic — possibly schizophrenic, she said, and she wanted to know what to do.“Is he by any chance Nigerian?” Sharpless asked. “Yes!” she replied. “How did you know?”“He’s not psychotic — that’s Ode Ori,” Sharpless responded. “He’s having a panic attack.”Ode Ori is, in Nigerian Yoruba culture, the manifestation of acute distress. It’s a crawling sensation in the head and under the skin, noises in the ears, heart palpitations, both an expression of and accompaniment to anxiety. And anxiety calls for a very different treatment protocol … [Read more...] about How culture shapes your mind — and your mental illness