15 août 2009

Private sphere : for bank secrecy, not CCTV

Tenants of the banking secrecy in Switzerland and else appeal to the protection of the private sphere of individuals to give a philosophical basis to fiscal evasion and fraud. OK. But the private sphere also ecompasses other aspect of human life than money. It encompasses freedom of thinking, of gathering, of religion, etc. So my point is simple: I'll reconsider my position on the the private sphere approach of banking secrecy when the people promoting it will agree to ...dismantle all CCTV on the public domain, filming all of us.... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2009

Macedonialand

Once upon a time a small European country was looking for a name, a name which would not compete with another one already existing - and located very close. The name found was Schwitzerland or as, we know it now, Switzerland. If you analysis it , the name is undoubtedly based on one of the canton's name, Schwytz. Its choice did not provoke any anger, from any sides, even not from those cantons which did not have the chance to influence the new state's name...Today, another land is looking for a name that would not compete with... [Lire la suite]
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20 juin 2009

Kadhafi emphasises our own weaknesses

The European press and politicians make fun of Kadhafi, his extravagent clothes and habits, or try to avoid him on human rights grounds. They miss the whole point about his "role". Kadhafi, counsciously or not, uses his position to drag in the mud the European leaders who receive him. By planting a tent in the heart of Paris during one week, arboring a picture of the Lybian resistant against the Italian colonialist while marching to the Italian hymne, he shows one thing: European leaders are weak enough to accept being... [Lire la suite]
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24 mai 2009

ICC: the misunderstanding

A troubling condition, for some communities or countries, to start their own future is to have their past suffering be recognised either legally, or by historians. Take justice for now. The role, misunderstood by 90% of the media, politicians and lawyers, of international criminal courts just begins to be grasped. A court will never help a country reconstruct itself. It is a mistake to believe that a judge reconstructs and that a popualtion needs a criminal proceeding to forget and forgive. A judge condemns and imprisons. The need for... [Lire la suite]
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24 mai 2009

adaptation: from biology to sociology

A disturbing discourse reappears routinely on societies or civilisations that are growing increasingly powerful, or at least seem to do so. This is the discourse on the capacities to "adapt". Like, in biology, some viruses or bacteria are described. They adapt to new contexts and can therefore imply a risk to the dominant power or the current system they live in. We hear this discourse vers often on China. In this view, the Chinese civilisation would possess a great capacity to adapt. A recent example comes from the mouth of... [Lire la suite]
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