Friday, 10 October 2014

Should prisoners be allowed to vote?

• Should all prisoners be refused the right to vote?
In the UK all convicted prisoners are denied the right to vote. 

But the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Britain's blanket ban on voting for all convicted prisoners is a breach their human rights. Allowing only some prisoners to vote would be ok, states the Court; but refusing the vote to all convicted prisoners is unacceptable. What do you think? (What I think is posted at the end of this article)

Monday, 29 September 2014

Last guests at the 'spy hotel'

The Ocean Hotel & Spa Retreat - to the left of this cliff-top building that was once a weapons facility
Way off the beaten track and nestling high on the cliff tops of the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England, is one of the strangest hotels I've ever stayed in. 

The building used to be a Ministry of Defence underwater weapons facility that, back in the late 1950s, was mysteriously infiltrated by Soviet spies, causing an international scandal.  Known as 'The Portland Spy Ring', the core of the traitorous network was finally detected in 1961 and the five main perpetrators arrested by Police Special Branch in collaboration with the secret services. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Daily Express Fury About Illegal Immigrants

Today’s Daily Express front page headline screamed, ‘Fury over Britain’s 2m illegal migrants’.  

Yet, on closer scrutiny, the ‘fury’ should instead be about the Express’s careless journalism.  The ‘exclusive’ statistic, claimed the Express, came from 'think tank' Migration Watch – yet Migration Watch this morning denied this, and announced that they, “declined to cooperate in this story”.

The UK government described the Daily Express number of 'illegal migrants' as a 'guestimate' and fact-checking organisation, FullFact.org today reported that nobody actually knows the true statistic, but previous estimates put the number of illegal migrants in Britain at between 417,000 and 1.1 million. The FullFact headline read, 'Think tank says it didn't estimate Express '2 million illegal migrants' figure

Friday, 4 July 2014

Desperate for health care in the richest country

• Journalist Jon Danzig with British philanthropist, Stan Brock
Last night I met Stan Brock, founder of ‘Remote Area Medical’ which gives free acute medical care to hundreds of thousands of poor people in the world’s richest nation – the USA.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Latvia between Unions (Soviet and European)

The rooftops of Riga, capital city of Latvia
© Photo:  T─ôvijas 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?