They have taken teams to task for beaching a new "secularism charter" that players and clubs are required to adhere to.
Ten breaches of the charter have been reported since last October, according to a report in BFM TV. Most of the incidents consisted of Muslim players praying either on or close to the field, before or during a match.
“We noticed that people were praying in the changing rooms, on the football fields, and sometimes, other inappropriate behavior such as players who refused to shake hands with the female delegates of the football federation," Eric Borghini President of the French Football Federation in the Côte d'Azur region told The Local.
"There were even referees who refused to shake hands with female players. So that forced us to react because it doesn’t conform to the French republican spirit of secularism," Borghini said. "When something is forbidden, we don’t do it. When you have a red light, you stop at the red light. It’s the law."
But football chiefs on the Côte d'Azur say the current political climate means it's more important than ever to reinforce the values of the French Republic. "Radicalization isn’t something that often happens on a football field, but there’s a true risk that these lapses could encourage radicalization," said Borghini
Disturbing, Distant, Muffled Sounds by Miklós Radnóti
Translated from the Hungarian & Edited by Thomas Ország-Land (May 2016)
THE HOLOCAUST did not begin with the gas chambers; and some people who cared or dared to look discerned quite early the direction of the unfolding tragedy. The poem below, dated June 8 1940, mourns the WW2 dismemberment of Poland that was followed shortly by the “resettlement” and murder of up to 18,000 Hungarian Jews in Galicia/Ukraine. Its author entered the storm deliberately with notebook in hand to record the brutality and chaos of the Holocaust in orderly classical metre. more>>>
Hajji Alaattin was a man who loved good coffee and conversation. He had five sons, had lived a long and rewarding life, and intended to end it with a direct passage to Paradise. It was a new decision for him, and one he had come to through coffee and conversation. more>>>
Readers of The Weekly Standard must have fallen out of their armchairs recently on learning from Paul Cantor that Shakespeare was a dedicated despiser of chivalry. Surprised? Don’t be. These days you can get away with any sort of palaver about the “the Bard” as long as you’re appropriately cynical and denigratory. more>>>
“You speak like a green girl, unsifted in such perilous circumstances.” – Shakespeare
[Sophomore year at college continues to live up to its reputation. A student we know often sends me her draft “research” papers before she turns them in. I usually confine my critique to form and leave content to her instructors. However, her recent paper was such a rant that I waded into the swamp of campus blather that passes for conventional wisdom today. My response to her essay follows bellow. Names have been changed to protect the innocents.] more>>>
On My Visit to 2016 New Delhi World Book Fair
by Lizhi He (May 2016)
When a friend of mine in India invited me to join the 2016 New Delhi World Book Fair in January, I was overjoyed: Wow, India, and, books! This would be the first time in my life visiting India – a place always mysterious and sacred in my mind since my childhood, and YES, my longing for it indeed started from a book - Journey to the West - the famous classic Chinese novel about a Buddhist monk in the Tang Dynasty travelling to India to obtain the Buddhist scriptures. Now, how exciting - I would be making a journey to India, on a mission of books too! more>>>
The Abolition of Slavery in the Danish West Indies and the Governor’s Mulatto Mistress
by Norman Berdichevsky (May 2016)
The Virgin Islands is a favorite tourist spot for Caribbean cruises. January 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the sale of what was the Danish West Indies to the United States. Alone among the Nordic countries, Denmark aspired to become a great maritime power with a colonial empire extending into the tropics. more>>>
These display what all scientific revolutions are about. Each of them necessitated the community’s rejection of one time-honored scientific theory in favor of another incompatible with it. Each produced a consequent shift in the problems available for scientific scrutiny and in the standards by which the profession determined what should count as an admissible problem or as a legitimate problem-solution.
--Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)
Noam Chomsky’s recent reputation as a political polemicist has obscured the fact that another revolution, this one more successful, has been tied to his name. more>>>
Have Sanctions Stopped Joint Iran - North Korea Nuclear ICBM Development?
by Jerry Gordon and Ilana Freedman (May 2016)
This has been a banner year for North Korea and its partner, the Islamic Republic of Iran. They have demonstrated the failure of the JCPOA, UN Res. 2231 and "tougher" March 2, 2016 UN sanctions to deter, let alone stop, provocative violations by both Iranian and North Korean ballistic missile development and nuclear tests in North Korea. As if to underline this brazen defiance of international efforts, North Korean released on March 27, 2016 a propaganda video, “Last Chance,” proclaiming its armament prowess culminating in a fictional ICBM attack on Washington, DC. more>>>
The New Plutocracy: How Democrats Betrayed Their Origins
by Lorna Salzman (May 2016)
There are various definitions of the term "false consciousness." While Marx did not use that exact term, the concept continues to be prevalent in left-wing circles and writings and in recent years has been applied to working-class whites who vote for candidates whose demonstrated record runs counter to the basic demands of this class for empowerment and economic improvement. more>>>
I’m deep into a work-in-progress on race-obsession which this essay is a part of: notrace-prejudice, for I’m confident that the notion that “this is a racist society we live in” is nonsense, product of an inability (or perhaps unwillingness) to read significant historical change. The particular race that cliché refers to is, of course, African-American. But American society—or rather that significant part of it so obsessed— does not limit its clichés to that one group, would rather share with us all its superficial knowingness and unearned certainty that other groups as well are embraced by the “white man’s” contempt. And that confidence that the white man’s contempt is boundless is what I am thinking about now in this excerpt. more>>>
Homo Kaplanensis: “Europe Was Defined By Islam. And Islam Is Redefining It Now.”
by Hugh Fitzgerald (May 2016)
Robert Kaplan, a contributing editor to The Atlantic, has just published a piece on Islam and the future of Europe. He claims, startlingly, that Europe “was essentially defined by Islam,” by which he means that before Islam swept across North Africa, Europe consisted of a single civilization, on both banks of the Mediterranean — that of the Roman Empire — and that Islam’s arrival severed “the Mediterranean region into two civilizational halves.” more>>>
“One picture is worth a thousand denials”- Ronald Reagan
In any other election year, at this point in the primaries, party leaders would be rallying around the front runners in the name of unity. 2016 is no ordinary year. Hillary Clinton’s coronation has been a bumpy ride thanks to Bernie Sanders. Nonetheless, short of a federal indictment, Mrs. Clinton will probably be the liberal standard bearer come November. The Democrat Party will be running under the “business as usual” banner too. Their campaign slogan might well be: “If you liked Bill and Barack, you will love Hillary.” more>>>
Two weeks ago, I wrote of the unusually important parallel campaigns, for the presidential nominations in the United States and over whether the United Kingdom would continue within an "ever closer" European Union. I was in Britain last week, and have an update on both contests — which are now slightly intertwined, because of President Obama's wildly egotistical effort, on invitation from the beleaguered British prime minister, to be a deus ex machina for the forces of "Remain" in the U.K. The great schism yawns ever more cavernously between a severely politically disappointed American public and the official and media personalities whose antics disappoint them. Even at this late date, even the most knowledgeable are inexplicably reticent to recognize how profoundly the antics of the political class of the last 20 years have alienated an immense bloc of the electorate. more>>>
The center of political gravity has shifted. The Reagan-Bush era of the Republican Party is over. The standard bearers of the old party are variously in mourning or enraged, but regardless of their feelings, what seems certain is that Donald J. Trump is going to win the nomination and is destined to redefine the Republican Party for the future. more>>>
Our town has a lovely cemetery. Victorian furnishings may have been abominable, but the Victorians did the dead proud: we cannot come near them in funerary taste. Modern burials seem designed to make cremation attractive, at least aesthetically-speaking. more>>>