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.

Racial Injustice: ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ Shot Down in Mississippi

220px-To_Kill_a_MockingbirdHarper Lee’s novel against ‘racial injustice’ in the deep South was pulled from the  school programs by the Biloxi School District because “its language makes some people uncomfortable.” And so it should!

You can follow the debate on my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/george.kazolias

And Koddos to @FoxNews for covering the story. You can read (Fox’s take on it click here):

UnknownAs it is still impossible to ‘ban’ books in America, I figure this is the best Biloxi, Mississippi’s Whites could do to sweep uncomfortable truths under the rug. But I insist, this discomfort with speaking about injustice towards Blacks is not limited to the South. Dotard won the electoral vote thanks to a couple of key Northern states.

 

Learning the Lessons of Vietnam: From One Old Soldier to Another.

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‘The Vietnam War’ documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick sparked great debate among those of my generation and not least of all with my former Army buddies. This Post is adapted from correspondance I had with one of my friends from Charlie Company.

Vergangenheitsbewätigung (the word the Germans use for their work on coming to terms with what they did and atoning for the sins of their fathers) Continue reading →

Baker Tells Gays: ‘Let Them Eat Cake!’

UnknownThe US Department of Justice is backing regligious freedom in the case to be heard by the Supreme Court on a Denver baker who, in 2012, refused to make a wedding cake for a Gay couple and this is a case civil rights activists will lose.

The baker, Jack Phillips, says his religious beliefs prevent him prevent him from celebrating or endorsing same-sex marriage.

Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held beliefs invades his First Amendment rights,” Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall wrote in a brief last week.

The key-word which progressives seem to miss here is “expression.” Continue reading →

France Reform: Macron Takes On Labor Aristocracy’s “Special Regimes”

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French President Emmanuel Macron, who is pushing through this month with labor reforms, has not waited for the street to react before attacking another elephant in the closet: the national train company, SNCF.

In the cross-hairs are France’s “special regimes”— certain public sectors where employees have benefits which go far beyond what normal public and private employees enjoy. The first to go, as soon as July 1, 2018, according to the daily Le Monde, will be the SNCF’s generous retirement program which is held responsible in great part for the monopoly’s 44 billion euro debt. Continue reading →

France 24 debate on Harvey

I was on the France 24 debate in which I condemned intensive building in flood plains and the lack of action since Ike. The Federal government refuses to finance the Army Corps of Engineers to carry out a study, bascially going over two studies already done by scientists and scholastics and choosing the best solution. Harvey was just the shot across the bow. If Ike had landed 30 miles further West in 2008, there would have been thousands of dead and the country’s economy wold have come to a stand still. You can watch the debate  here.

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