Posts by Kazolias

Socrates George Kazolias. I am a Paris based reporter, media consultant, university lecturer and trainer in communications. For the past 35 years, I have done on-the-ground training and reporting throughout Africa, including in conflict zones, and around both Eastern and Western Europe. During my career I have worked with NGOs, the UN and the US State Department in various assignments in Media for Peace initiatives and Democratic Development Assistance as well as helping University Faculty Members set up Communications Programs and teaching techniques. I have developed an expertise in African and European affairs on which I have written and lectured extensively. I am available for commentary and reporting. I am ready to travel and accept short term assignments. I also train government and business leaders in Media Relations and Crisis Management Communications. My 35 year career includes Radio and TV reporting, Production and Management Positions. I am fluent in English and French with a working knowledge of Russian and German.

The Africanization of Europe

UnknownA quarter of Europe’s inhabitants — more than half of them under the age of 30 — will be ‘Africans’ in 2050.” This is the startling conclusion Stephen Smith draws in his new book: La Ruée Vers l’Europe (The Rush for Europe). (1.)

The Professor of African Studies at Duke University has shaken France so deeply that President Emanuel Macron and National Front leader, Marine Le Pen, both referred to him in TV interviews in March.

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EU vs US: Can Brussels Stand Up to American Bullying?

Europe is taking off its gloves and lashing out at the US president in unusually strong language, and, in this case, the EU has the support of its population. The question is can the EU muster the muscle to face down an aggressive US?

With friends like that, who needs enemies?” Donald Tusk, European Council President, May 16. Continue reading →

Dulce et decorum est — Pro patria mori

 

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Unknown American lies in Champagne

What joy, for fatherland to die!
Death’s darts e’en flying feet o’ertake,
Nor spare a recreant chivalry,
A back that cowers, or loins that quake
(Horace 65 BC)

 

One hundred years ago, Americans were sent into the European meat-grinder. Today’s leaders ask us to remember “their glory and their sacrifice” as they take us dangerously down the road to war again, much like in 1914. They taught us in school it was “the war to end all wars” and a “fight for freedom and democracy.” It was, in reality, a war for profit, greed and colonies in the interests of what we today call the one percent.

Warning: Yes, I was and still am ready to fight and, if need be, die for my country.

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Macron Wants to Reform Europe so He Can Reform France

Paris, France: Macron is pushing Europe, i.e. Germany, for greater integration but so far he is just pissing in the wind.

 

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Macron-the new wanna-be Emperor

French President Emmanuel Macron pleaded for more European cohesion while receiving the Charlemagne Prize May 10 in the German city of Aachen. With his eyes turned towards German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Macron told a captive audience that what is needed is a common eurozone budget — an idea the Germans don’t like and with good reason. Continue reading →

France: Muslims react angrily to Tribune blaming “Islamization” for a “New Anti-Semitism.

French Muslim leaders reacted angrily Monday to a Manifesto published over the week end blaming “the new anti-semitism” in France on “Islamization” and which calls on Muslim theological leaders to get rid of the texts in the Quran which could be used to justify crime. (click here)

The Rector of the Great Mosque of Paris called the text signed by 300 leading French figures “an unjust and delirious trial” against French Muslim citizens. Dalil Boubakeur warned that the tribune “presents an obvious risk of pitting religious communities against each other.”

The tribune comes on the heels of a similar text signed by 200 leading intellectuals denouncing the “Islamization of France”. (click here) Sunday’s Manifesto, also signed by three former Prime Ministers, and former President Sarkozy, castigates what it calls a new form of anti-semitism being fed by “radical Islam’ which is responsible for a “low volume ethnic cleansing”  aimed at Jews in some quartes of France. Continue reading →

France – Jews: 300 Leading French Figures Denounce “The New Anti-Semistism”

 

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Ilam Halimi, tortured to death by French Muslims in 2006

Some 300 leading French figures, from both the left and right, including three former Prime Ministers, have published a manifesto denouncing “the new anti-semitism” in the country which they attribute to the growth of radical Islam. The text, written by Philippe Val,  a former director of Charlie Hebdo, scolds politicians and the media for covering up the “Islamic” nature of this new anti-semitism and say there is “a low intensity ethnic cleansing” taking place in certain quarters of the country. The call to action comes with the publication of a book by fifteen intellectuals to denounce the “poison of anti-semitism.” (1) Continue reading →

France-Reforms: Labor’s Stubborness Pushes Capitalist Agenda

I sincerely believe there are some things the government should run with our tax money because they are a collective duty to the collectivity. Among these are health care, education, transportation, basic utilities. These are things which cannot be left to the profit-motivated private sector alone; they leave aside those less fortunate and unable to pay.

But what do you do when the public sector labor aristocracy, through its unions, uses its monopoly to gain special privileges at the expense of the tax payer? Such as early retirement (age 52 for the SNCF train company), cheap subsidized housing, free services, special health care facilities, generous vacation and so on. This is what has French public opinion so angry. This anger is allowing the government to push through sweeping reforms which will lead to the partial or full privatization of many services and that, of course, is the end game. Continue reading →