Archive for the 'Europe' Category

Return flights

Friday, February 24th, 2006

At Madrid Airport, about to board our flight back home to the US (SFO via EWR).

Off to Seville, Spain

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Granada has been one of my favorite places ever since I first came here in 1994. El Ladrón de Agua proved to be a very nice plazeaccomodation, too.

Next stop Seville.

Off to Granada, Spain

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Just about to board our flight to Málaga, Spain, from where we’ll be touring Andalucía by car for the next few days.

Off to Barcelona, Spain

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Ah, Rome. Great place. In touch with history. Even managed to get a haircut. Next stop Barcelona.

Freedom of speech

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

At some point, the Muslim communities in Europe will have to figure out where they stand on the issue of basic civil liberties, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The attacks on the Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten following their publication of a dozen cartoons are simply unacceptable.

More coverage:

Flemming Rose, Jyllands-Posten’s cultural editor, is quoted in the New York Times as saying:

“This is a far bigger story than just the question of 12 cartoons in a small Danish newspaper.

“This is about the question of integration and how compatible is the religion of Islam with a modern secular society — how much does an immigrant have to give up and how much does the receiving culture have to compromise.”

And it doesn’t stop at publishing cartoons. It can be writing a book or making a movie. Or “living like a German woman,” for that matter (Die Zeit: “Wie eine Deutsche”, in German, on the murder of Hatun Sürücü).

London aftermath

Friday, July 8th, 2005

Dan Gillmore quotes Milverton Wallace: Guest Posting: The Muslim Community of London.

I talked to many of the young Muslim lads I’ve known since they were babies, and I talked to their parents. And guess what? The parents are shocked, the youngsters gleeful. Go figure. The leaders of the Muslim Council of Britain can issue as many statements of solidarity and sympathy as they like; the facts are that many of their children rejoiced after the carnage in New York and they rejoiced after the slaughter in London yesterday.

I’d be interested to find out what the polls say Muslims in France and Germany are thinking. According to Wikipedia, there are approximately 3.7 million Muslims (mostly of Turkish descent) living in Germany, roughly 4.5 percent of the population. In France, there are about 5-6 million Muslims, or 7-10 percent of the population. Britain itself has another 1.6 million Muslim, which equals about 2.7 percent of the population.

Spirit

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Andrew Sullivan has rounded up a good selection of reactions to the terrorist attacks in London today. Read The Bulldog Spirit, Terrorist bombs in London or Why Cricket Matters Today.

Wikipedia coverage of London terrorist blasts

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Another astonishing example of the power of Wikipedia: 7 July 2005 London bombings. The first entry was posted at 9.18am this morning. Nine hours and close to 2,000 modifications later you have what must be the most comprehensive account of today’s events anywhere on the web.