Category Archives: France

Tax Reform

It seems to me…. “Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven’t been taxed before.” ~ Art Buchwald[1]. There currently is considerable discussion regarding tax reform … Continue reading

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The Refugee/Immigration Dilemma

It seems to me…. “But then I came to the conclusion that no, while there may be an immigration problem, it isn’t really a serious problem. The really serious problem is assimilation.” ~ Samuel P. Huntington[1]. Politicians frequently intentionally fail … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Africa, Australia, Bhutan, Canada, China, Denmark, Dilemma, Donald Trump, Egypt, France, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Immigrant, Immigration, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Lebanon, Libya, Libya, Mexico, Moral, Muslim, Muslim, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Refugee, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, Somalia, Syria, Terrorism, Trump, Turkey, United Arab Emirate, United Nations, Victor Orbán, Vietnam, Yemen, Yemen | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

2016 – The Year That Was

It seems to me…. “For 18 years I have resisted talking about current events. I am not going to start now.” ~ George H. W. Bush[1]. 2016 was comprised of many little things: while some events over the past year … Continue reading

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Habitat III

It seems to me…. “A considerable share of the world’s population still cannot afford comfortable housing, education, and quality health care.” ~ Vladimir Putin[1]. Habitat III, formally known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, is … Continue reading

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The Role of Debt

It seems to me…. “A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.” ~ Alexander Hamilton[1]. There always seems to be considerable condemnation, especially by conservatives, of any kind of debt. Historically, the British … Continue reading

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Confronting Terrorism

It seems to me…. “Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face.” ~ Jacques Chirac[1]. While ISIS tries to pretend they are a national state, rather than earning that recognition … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo

It seems to me… “What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi. Charlie Hebdo, considered by many to be offensive and objectionable, is a publication to which I personally … Continue reading

Posted in Arab Spring, Blasphemy, Charlie Hebdo, Extremists, France, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Islam, Minorities, Mohammad, Muslim, Quran, Rights, Terrorism, Wahhabi Salafism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments