Monday, February 20, 2006

The Brussels Journal

On Bloglines, the tag line of the Brussels Journal is "news and opinion not fit to print". A recent post tends rather to prove that point: Europe Got Muslims for Jews. Beginning "We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims", the post extracts, without commentary, two paragraphs from an earlier post on another blog which in turn says it is a translation of "an article from a Spanish newspaper. The truth must be told! All European life died in Auschwitz By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez". I have no way of telling whether this article really exists or whether the translation is correct. All I know is that it is reproduced without comment in the Brussels Journal. This is a terrible piece of racial and religious stereotyping, which is just as ghastly which ever social or religious group it is aimed at. If you want to know how bad it is, then read the originals. I won't dignify the racism that is expressed by extracting quotes on this blog. Suffice it to say, this is not "fit to print". I can only hope all those other bloggers who see fit to adorn their blogs with the Danish flag, in "solidarity" with Denmark, as the Brussels Journal does, do not want in similar terms to give succour to vile racism.

7 Comments:

Blogger beatroot said...

You are right about Brussels Journal. Who are these people? They get very right wing nutty at times.

They gave me a compliment once, about the Polish elections. The exact quote was 'Peter Gentle at the Beatroot is a good analist {sic} of Polish politics'. They called me an 'analist'! Outrage!

Monday, February 20, 2006  
Anonymous Jon Worth said...

Tory MEP Daniel Hannan is involved in the Brussels Journal, so you have to really worry about it... Have a look at www.hannan.co.uk - quite scary.

Would be good to have a positive equivalent of that website - wdyt? Get some generally pro-European people to make some positive yet critical analysis? See this site in French - we should make something like it in English?

Monday, February 20, 2006  
Blogger BondWoman said...

A bunch of them are flemish separatists as well...'nuff said.

Monday, February 20, 2006  
Blogger BondWoman said...

Beatroot...you should have been flattered. Shows they know your a**e from your elbow!

Jon: isn't Fistful of Euros the sort of reasonable more liberal multi contributor site you are thinking of? Is there really space for more than that. The trouble with blogging about stuff from the EU is that it can quickly become either really sycophantic or really critical. In the case of your french example, can we really presume there are "european citizens"?

Monday, February 20, 2006  
Anonymous Jon Worth said...

Ah, they are not really 'European Citizens' - they are a bunch of NGO people really.

However, while Fistful of Euros is fine, I don't think it has the (nasty) momentum of Brussels Journal behind it. Maybe I should just have a go at getting Fistful to let some new people write for them?

Monday, February 20, 2006  
Blogger BondBloke said...

If people can supply the content I am more than willing to construct, and keep updated a decent website to promote the European message, after all I have BondWoman here to keep me on track...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006  
Blogger BondWoman said...

Jon, that would be an interesting idea. Not sure I'm capable of the effort of trying to start a whole new blog.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006  

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