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The Trouble In Spain

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, European Union, Government, News, Politics, Relationships, Spain with tags , , , , on 28/10/2017 by floroy1942

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For forty years there has never been so much trouble in Spain as today. The Catalan government has declared it’s secession from Spain, but the Spanish government does not accept it. Catalan wants to be an independent  nation, but how many people accept this? We see daily on the news hoards of people celebrating the departure of Catalan from Spain, but how many really want to see this happen?

Crowds gather in Barcelona and cheer the secession but are they the majority of the population? Although thousands have gathered in Barcelona to cheer on their government it is nowhere near all of the people. Very many of them do not want to take this step and the upcoming vote, planned by Rajoy, will show how many really back this separation from Spain.

The leader of the separation movement Carles Puigdemont announced the separation from Spain a week ago and Premier Mariano Rajoy  was livid at the sheer arrogance of this announcement. At the moment he is planning to removed the current government of Barcelona, intending to replace them with people of his own. It is for sure this will cause a lot of trouble in the north, as people who voted for the secession will demonstrate on the streets of Barcelona and there will probably be riots on the streets.

Catalan is the biggest earner in the country, and if this goes ahead we can see that Spain will become a poor country as Catalonia flourishes with its wealth. Most of the wealth in the rest of Spain comes from tourism. Will we see the numbers drop if this plan goes ahead?

No-one knows how this will turn out, but Rahoy has called a general election in the near future. What the outcome will be of this vote no-one knows.

Roy.

 

A New Twist In The al Quada Terror Campaign

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, America, Arab, Britain, Europe, Insurgents, Islamic Revolution, News, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 26/04/2014 by floroy1942

Many hoped that with the death of Bin Laden the terror organization would lose its power, but unfortunately that did not happen, for a new leader was appointed. The group has grown in strength and changed tactics from terror bombing in western countries to a more subtle approach. Anyone who follows the news will know they are involved in the uprisings in many Middle East countries in the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, Syria being a prime example.

The al Quada Leader

The al Quada Leader

Now it seems they have turned to yet another tactic that can have serious consequences for travellers.  Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has now called on Muslims everywhere to kidnap foreigners, especially Americans, in order to exchange them for terrorist prisoners in jail. This must of course be treated with careful consideration for it indicates that any foreign tourist or businessman could be a target for Muslim extremists. He seems intent on freeing a blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack the United Nations and other New York landmarks.

In an audio interview he said, “I ask Allah the Glorious to help us set free Dr. Omar Abdel-Rahman and the rest of the captive Muslims, and I ask Allah to help us capture from among the Americans and the Westerners to enable us to exchange them for our captives.” Abdel-Rahman is serving a life term in the United States for a 1993 attack on New York’s World Trade Center.

Tourists, An al Quada Target?

Tourists, An al Quada Target?

This shift in policy puts a great many people in danger, and it is distinctly possible that in the months to come governments will find themselves dealing with a hostage situation. How governments will react to this is anyone’s guess. There can be no doubt that to release some of the jihadists currently in custody would pose more problems in the future. Once free they will be able to continue their ‘crusade’ against the west.

Naturally it would be easier to cut off the head of this particular snake, but as we have learned from the Bin Laden experience, the snake just grows another head. Part of the problem is that it takes so long to locate these people before action can be taken. Once located, drones have proven very capable of killing them, but we have to find them first.

American Muslims

American Muslims

The great majority of Muslims living in western countries are quite prepared to live in peace with their new hosts, but there is always the fringe who are out to cause trouble and work with the jihadists. These people make it a way of life to persuade normal peace-loving Muslims to take up the cause of Allah in the name of al Quada and like organizations.

This fact has been born out by the number of Western European youth who have been persuaded to join the fight in Syria by radical priests and jihadist internet sites. Many are being selected to carry on the fight when they get back to their home country, and have been taught how to make suicide vests and car bombs.

Kenya Atrocity

Kenya Atrocity

As we now know, this ‘Holy War’ has spread across the planet to many countries in the Far East and Africa. Some countries like Kenya are being hit hard by extremists who are intent on gaining control of a country so they can further their cause. In my view, this is the reason behind the Arab Spring, although in most Middle East countries like Algeria and Egypt they have failed to gain control.

In Syria the in-fighting between the various groups has done nothing to help the cause, therefore al-Zawahiri is calling on the groups to unite. He said, “The Ummah (Muslim world) must support this jihad with all that it can, and the mujahideen (Islamist militants) must unite around the word of Tawhid (unity).” He went on to say, “So everyone should prioritize the interest of Islam and the Ummah over his organizational or partisans interest, even if he gives up for his brothers what he sees as right.”

Whatever happens next, it will pay foreign visitors to Muslim countries to keep one eye looking over their shoulder, or better still, don’t go there.

Roy.

Christmas Shopping In July?

Posted in Britain, Children, Christianity, England, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 26/07/2011 by floroy1942

It must seem totally nuts to many people that some High Street shops are now offering Christmas goods in the middle of the summer holiday season.

In July?

Year on year Christmas items have made their first appearance in the shops ever earlier, when traditionally it was always in the lead-up to this festive season i.e late November and December. Now it seems the drive for profit is advancing the date every year.

A Christian Christmas Starts In Church

There is no doubt that Christmas is now more about making money than the religious celebration it once was, after all, there are probably more atheists than Christians  around these days.

A Time For Children

Apart from the few good Christians left in our society, usually among the elderly, Christmas has become a time for the children, who greedily wait to see what they will receive this year. Meanwhile, the adults concentrate on the food, drink and office party aspect.

A Family At Christmas

The one thing that has remained constant is Christmas being a time when families come together, and that cannot be bad at all. Once a year, relatives appear from all corners of the land, often at Mother’s house, to chat about their lives and how they are doing. The usual promises are made to ‘keep in touch’, but are mostly forgotten by January 2nd.

But really, do we need to ‘Christmas shop’ in July? I can’t help but think this sort of practice will eventually destroy once and for all the true meaning of Christmas, not that there is much of that left these days.

Harrod's At Christmas

It would seem that the shops concerned, like Harrod’s and Selfridge’s who are the first, are apparently out to capture tourist trade ‘bucks’, for they believe tourists will want to shop for Christmas goods while on holiday in London. It is true I suppose that some chinese tourists for example, may be attracted by the Christmas baubles that hang in the windows. It is almost certain that other shops will now want to get in on the act, but I can’t imagine business being brisk. But there again, you never know – It is after all a crazy world!

Roy.

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