To talk about climate with «inside the house» voice


The deep conversation. The reflections. Balanced people who can keep calm and come up with solutions with sugar on. Once a time, a long time ago, I could also spend a Friday night talking about politics and drink red wine. The truth about climate has become a scream that must be kept under control if I want to talk politics.

«Inside the house» – voice. Many of the discussions between environmentalists are about how to reach others. One has the positive svisionars. As Per Espen Stoknes smiling explains how we must be positive in order for people not to become too scared, or think things are too difficult. That will push people away he says. He is probably right.

You have those who talk that we have to be honest, people have to figure out how bad it is. The oil is black, not black painted. They can make statements about this as canapés in suitable sizes, and I can only dream of managing to keep the laid back tone and have the same belief whether people would care if they understood better.

Then we have the pragmatic. I really wish I could be pragmatic. Negotiate here and there, be happy with the percentages, and talk about the opportunities that seem to open up.

Not to mention the green businessmen and woman, who proclaim the belief in green growth, and envisage solid earnings only the market turns. A visits in the holies places are not recommended. Solid hangovers should be expected.

The rage is about to become a monster that cannot serve passable green climate drinks in a «civilized» conversation about bits and bobs. That’s all these ordinary people I start to have a strong refusal to talk to. I am simply fed up with people who believe that climate solutions can be bought by distributing the city’s pocket money to the right places, giving a few crumbs to the climate solutions press group in fierce competition with artists, schoolchildren and the elderly.

It is this eternal growth that people are brainwashed to believe. A thought that if only the garbage can grow in peace, we will be happier. And quite a few toxins we can’t even see, can we? The greenhouse effect is very 80’s to care about, isn’t it? I mean, fashion has gone in circles so many times that it’s not even retro to worry about it? We have a good live. And tax relief, we do deserve some extra money dont we? It doesn’t hurt with a little extra money, does it? In the holiday budget, or maybe be able to pay off some on the credit card. The world is limping on, the doomsday clock is ticking another notch.

It turns in my stomach, we don’t have years left. It’s not climate anxiety, it’s climate fear and rage.

Sanar Yurdatapan questioning democracy in Turkey


Sanar Yurdatapan (Picture above) is a composer and human rights activist. Born in Susurluk (Turkey) in 1941. He became known as a composer and songwriter during the 1970s. In 1979 he established DEMAR (Democratic Artists community). After the military coup in 1980, he left Turkey and traveled to Germany, where he lived in exile for over 11 years.

He is active defender of civil disobedience from whistleblowers and human activist.

To help us to understand what one feels in Turkey, he showed a movie. It showed how Erdogan has chansged strategy relatively often. The president has totalitarian tendencies.

Turkey is back at war, the United States has suddenly been allowed to have troops there. Attacks on HDP. People are afraid of the authorities because they controlled media.

When the oposisjon HDP came over the hay barrier-borderm he looking to crush them. After the the attempted coup the leader was arrest. Acutest them for have been involved in the attempted coup. Parliament is by-past and have only small things to do .

Turkey has good relations with the EU. EU could do sohimeng to change the situation with Turkey’s path towards not democracy. The problems surrounding the Kurds have been overshadowed by the attempted coup. Turkish people have to engage in civil disobedience to achieve progress, it will in this case succeed. Insults groups as Kurds have lost all faith in him. Erdogan goes to war, and may lose votes.

Last 2 years, he has challenged the EU, that they will accept a non democratic government. EU principles, such as Human Rights, must not be deleted.

Freedom of expression disperses, journalists are going to jail and being killed. It is important that the focus on so that journalists do not lose hope.

Oliver Money-Kyrle: International federally Journalists: Everyone has the right to express themselves, it is not just about journalists. Better situation if the coup fails versus not, but the situation for media etc are worse.


The attempted coup in Turkey

Over 80,000 public employees are either imprisoned, deposited or under investigation in Turkey after the attempted coup in July. Among those arrested are both teachers, judges, officers and soldiers. Turkey accuses a US-based preacher to stand behind. ( NRK )

The conflict in Turkey : 28 mayors in Turkey and will be replaced by his own people. Experts believe Erdogan and the government plays the ball to the feet of guerrillas PKK.

Sanar Yurdatapan about refugees situation:

It descendants in addition to the democratic problems, and not part of the struggle for democracy, but it does of course the situation much worse  when Germany, his 2 fatherland is willing to do everything to end it. Thus Erdogan get free hands when he promises to do something about it.

Developing capacity to identify and to respond to trafficking


The British Red Cross and Croatian Red Cross had a conference on Developing capacity to identify and to respond to trafficking on Wednesday 7th September, 2016.

The main project aims and results:

  • To equip frontline practitioners with the skills necessary to recognise the signs of trafficking, and then be equipp
    ed to respond. The project did this by developing a transferable e-module  for Red Cross staff and volunteers, and Croatian police officers and other frontline staff
  •  To equip frontline caseworkers with the skills necessary to provide a supportive casework response that empowers trafficked people to enact their rights and make informed decisions. The project did this by developing a transferable e-module and face to face training for caseworkers, as well as referral pathways and guidance documents for caseworkers to use.
  • To observe trends and gather knowledge on groups vulnerable to trafficking in human beings, especially women at risk, domestic workers, Roma communities and undocumented workers through systematic data collation. The project did this in the UK by developing a British Red Cross database to collect trafficking specific information
  • To exchange and disseminate information, knowledge and good practices between EU Member States and globally through the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) movement for identifying and assisting VoT using victim centred approaches. The project did this
    through a variety of events and membership of different networks

The conference vas an opportunity to get the main outputs of the PROTECT project, the discussing  of collaborative working and to understand how to address trafficking in the context of the trafficking. We got information about protection needs of trafficked people in a variety of contexts.

The British Red Cross, Croatian Red Cross, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the Office for Human Rights and National Minorities (OHRNM) Croatia have been working on the PROTECT project since September 2014. The PROTECT project is co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight Against Crime Programme of the European Union (ISEC).

Image: The picture was taken under the conferanse, from a video.

Voices from Molenbeek


Evidence from a neighbourhood affected by violent extremism

Molenbeek became known as the home of Belgian jihadists. But is this really the whole story?

The European Institute of Peace carried out a comprehensive study of the two Molenbeek districts mostly affected by violent extremism.

Agenda /Speakers

• Speech of Mr. Bart Somers, Mayor of the city of Mechelen, Member of the Committee of the Regions, Rapporteur on how to combat radicalisation and violent extremism at local and regional level
• Presentation by Mr. Martin Griffiths, Director, European Institute of Peace
• Speech of Ms. Françoise Schepmans, Mayor of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
• Insights from Mr. Amr Ahmed Abdo, Researcher, European Institute of Peace

Mr. Bart Somers got the first word. He went straight to the point and described what happens to a person who becomes radicalized. First, he is isolated from non-Muslims , so from differing views Muslims, to ultimately become isolated from family.

Prevention must happen early, you need information. The only way to get timely information, is that locals trust local authorities. To invest in lawless areas, getting into good role models, strengthen police and obtain jobs are the keys to success.

It is a struggle between those who want democracy and those who want a totalitarian society. To reach the young people we have to show young people the positive things about democracy. If you meet the threat to democracy with totalitarian instruments you lose. Then you have destroyed the culture you are trying to defend . Young people need to experience and learn about the good sides of democracy, that it is allowed to criticize, prohibition of discrimination, freedom and an inclusive society . If we look at Muslims as the enemy, we have gone into the trap of IS and creates enemies.

One must look at the alien warrior as a man you have lost from the local community , and one fails and not see resource you have lost, do not manage to include those who could become radicalized.

A society that loses its identity is vulnerable to radicalization . In Molenbeck as in most families that parent generation spoke only arabic , while the youth tried to learn French. Without it was mentioned I thought better French lessons for the young can be a good measure.

We may read in the rapport that the Molenbeekois do not support the extremist cause. They want a police force that is closer to the community.

There is a lack of credible community leaders  and role models. 

The shame is that in the report we may read that many young people have experienced not to be heard, they have been discriminated and not included. And there is probably both core to radicalization and the solution for a better society.

‘No company can have selective benefits’ – Brussels takes bite out of Apple


Brussels takes bite out of Apple

Commission ruling on Apple tax bill should signal move towards international tax justice 

The Green Party today said that the Government should not appeal the European Commission’s ruling that Apple avoided tax to the tune of €13 billion through illegal state, and to do so would be ‘wasting time’. Reed More!


BREXIT and what future for European Citizenship – It is absolutely op to us!


Last night I had the great pleasure to join a public debate – BREXIT and what future for European citizenship, at Maison des Associations Internationale. The public debate is a part of a three-day Summer University on European Citizenship

 The panelists:

  • Andrew Duff – Visiting Fellow at European Policy Centre
  • Philippe Cayla – President of Européens sans frontiéres
  • Monica Frassoni – Co-chair of the European Green Party

After the election, called a large number of British citizens to get information. how to apply for citizenship in Belgium. There is a growing uncertainty among British citizens about how to plan their own and their children’s future. More UK citizens are going to their Commune to apply for dual citizenship.

Philippe Cayle:

Talk about how did we come to this point and,  and were we are going.  We were so lucky that he had with some cartoons

He sed, we did not think BREXIT would become a reality. In the same tame the election campaign was ugly, lays from both sides made it impossible for people to get real information.

A lot of British was, and is angry. They don’t get anything out of the EU membership. They do not want the world to change.The British chose against globalization, not against EU.

He believes that people should be entitled to vote in the countries they live. Regardless of citizenship, and it will create a better climate of debate and creating a greater cohesion.

Andrew Duff:

We do not now what BREXIT is.

UK may stay in the singelmarked, and get a situation as Norway. UK may keep the 4 freedoms, but then BREXIT don’t give the people what they wishes, closed border. BREXIT is noot simple, compromises has to be done.  Article 50 givs 2 year window.

There is much to be done before we really know sea BREXIT means. Everything is uncertain. At first it talks about how to end EU membership, and then later negotiate trade agreement. Most likely with other retailers. One can envision a similar agreement with Turkey and the UK, everything is an open question.
The major problem in the EU is the lack of trust between citizens and the EU lead, this must be taken seriously! Another thing is how allocating seats at the next election when the British do not have their longer.

We must show that the EU is a true success for get UK back.

Monia Frassoni:

Now those who want to defend the good values gather forces. One must fight for what you want, and now stands human rights and everything at stake!
It is absolutely op to us!

As Co-chair of the European Green Party, she told us how the Greens in UK suddenly started  appreciate EU. What happens to the elections the Greens in the UK, They were suddenly very positive for the EU because they realyse all values.

Campaigns in the UK was based on lies and that is a problem for democracy. Those who lied were credible. Democratic was hijacked. We have to thanging politics, truth must be clearer. EU is able to create jobs.

Europe have to take this discussion about closed bourder, calm and find solutions. Give the UK what they wish, closed border, limit migrants. The discussion of closed borders is in several countries, especially in the new EU countries. Maybe we should let them have it.

She hink UK will come back in the EU if we got a agreement that takes care of a core that allows to the British want to come back.

No conclusion:

BREXIT is another warning that the EU institutions must embark on ambitious reforms to enhance citizens’ engagement, civic participation and involve them more in agenda-setting and European election campaigns.

There were many good questions from the audience, and some of the answers are embedded in the text. The blog was too long to bring everything.

May the European parties have campaigning against each other to engage? What has the EU to give residents who have not been outside their county? What about the future for European citizenship? Could its further development be a remedy to Europe’s crises? In many ways, it came up more questions than those who answered, but maybe it’s such a good debate should stop? The discussion continues.


It’s not all about Vintage clothes look cool – it’s circular economy


It’s exciting to go on a vintage market . At the bottom of the blog, there is a video, you can join me in looking at Brussels Vintage Market .

Vintage clothing has more personality, are often unique and can often be bought cheaply compared to the quality.

But is there more into it, is there anything else in the vintage wave than cool clothes and furniture?

Does wearing vintage instead of new make you a better person? Maybe or maybe not, but a society as reuses resources is a better society for humans, animals and climate!

The mindset behind a circular economy is highly relevant for both industrial policy and energy system. It expands our traditional understanding of what a resource is. It increases the value of existing resources by reducing waste and promote recycling.

We must work to use, not consume, resources. With the population growth and increase in prosperity there is no alternative. There is simply not enough non-renewable resources again for everybody.

Even on the most important day in your life is vintage a good choice!13957576_10153573880657315_206216667_n