Monday, 2 December 2013

Latvia between Unions (Soviet and European)

The rooftops of Riga, capital city of Latvia
© Photo:  Tēvijas Sargs/The Latvian Institute
In the summer of 1999, I visited the Baltic State of Latvia in north-east Europe. It was eight years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Latvia was forced to join in the 1940′s. And it was five years before Latvia chose to join the European Union. 
My visit was a snapshot of a country between Unions – Soviet and European. The personal account of my journey to Latvia in 1999 appears below.  On my blog at EU-ROPE.COM, I've written the story of Latvia's 60-year journey from one Union to another: 'Latvia: From Soviet Union to European Union'

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sleepless in London

● Jon Danzig couldn't sleep during his overnight sleep test
Photo by David Mansell The Guardian


The average Briton only sleeps six-and-a-half hours a night. It's not enough.






Last week BBC TV broadcast an experiment showing that such little sleep can lead to less mental agility, more stress, and a possible risk of cancer and diabetes. Volunteers underwent overnight sleep tests for the BBC, and demonstrated that just one extra hour of shut-eye each night can considerably improve health.  

I had an overnight sleep test at one of London’s most prestigious hospitals.  It was a comical disaster and I didn't sleep a wink.  That's because the machinery to test if I snored was louder than my snoring.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

UK SOS! Our human rights are under attack

Home Secretary, Theresa May, with support of Prime Minister, David Cameron, wants the UK to scrap the Human Rights Act and leave the European Convention on Human Rights.

Instead, they want a new UK-only 'Bill of Rights' giving less human rights to certain humans (mostly foreign ones).

Many (but not all) Conservatives, currently in a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, don't much like the Human Rights Act, and many (but not all) don't like the European Union either.  The two are connected, as a commitment to Human Rights is a condition of EU membership.  

The Conservative party, if it wins the next General Election in May 2015, has pledged to scrap the Human Rights Act and the UK's binding obligation to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

The photo that alerted the world


This is a photo shot on the streets of Munich, Germany on 10th March 1933; just six weeks after Hitler came to power.  The picture, published across the world and later in many history books, was a chilling portent of the hellish events that were about to consume Germany and much of the rest of the planet.  Many have seen this photo, but few know the background behind it.

Dr Michael Siegel, an eminent 50-year-old German Jewish lawyer, is shown in the photo, bruised, barefoot, trousers ripped, being marched by Nazi ‘brown-shirt’ auxiliary police.   The sign hanging from his neck was scrawled with the message,  ‘Ich bin Jude, aber ich werde mich nie mehr bei der Polizei beschweren’‘I am a Jew, but I will never again complain to the police’.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

The value of being 'citizens of Europe'



If you're a UK citizen confused about the value of EU membership, due to the 'untruths' coming from UKIP and the national press, then just follow the evidence, says Jon Danzig



It's probably best not to be too entrenched about most subjects. That's a lesson you learn as you get older.  Nothing stays still, new truths are always being discovered, and we should always be prepared to change our minds on receipt of new evidence or superior arguments. On this basis, it's hoped that science will be self-correcting and that all scientists - without fear of losing face - will willingly amend their views when new proof is discovered. 

As in science, shouldn't it be the same in politics - especially when it comes to the future of the country and its citizens?

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Jon Danzig's 'Questions for Cash'



At a debate about the future of the European Union, Jon Danzig asked leading Conservative Eurosceptic, Bill Cash, MP, if Britain would have more influence in the world if we left the EU.  Click the arrow to view. (Shot on my Samsung smart phone – 2 minutes 47 seconds).

Other articles by Jon Danzig:    

Monday, 27 May 2013

Can’t vote or don’t vote?


Russell Brand - his advice is not to vote 


Russell Brand says he never votes, as it’s a waste of time.  Here's my response.






Tony Benn once defined democracy very simply:  'The right of the people to get rid of their government.'  That’s a right I cherish. 

Governments rule us; they rule you.  Please don’t be fooled into thinking you are above and beyond democracy, or that it doesn’t involve or touch you.