Re: [OM] Nathan's PAD 29/11/2017: around Berlaymont

Subject: Re: [OM] Nathan's PAD 29/11/2017: around Berlaymont
From: ChrisB <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 2017 21:43:48 +0000
That is an excellent summary, Nathan.  However, I’m not sure that allowing the 
Rohingya to retun to Myanmar would be an attractive prospect; it’s a mess.


> On 2 Dec 17, at 06:46, Nathan Wajsman <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wednesday around lunchtime I took a brief walk around the EU quarter 
> before I had to head for the airport to fly to Stockholm. On the Schuman 
> roundabout, I happened upon a demonstration-this is a frequent occurrence, as 
> this square, surrounded by the main EU institutions, is a favourite spot for 
> political activity of this sort. This time it was a demo to protest the 
> treatment of the Rohingya by the Burmese government:
> http://www.greatpix.eu/All/Picture-A-Day/i-rkHtxrc/A 
> <http://www.greatpix.eu/All/Picture-A-Day/i-rkHtxrc/A>
> Most of the participants were Bangladeshi Muslims. Some were local, but many 
> (most, I think) had come to Brussels from other European countries, 
> principally the UK but also Germany and France, to stage this demonstration. 
> It was all peaceful and dignified, although I was struck by the complete 
> absence of women. The elderly man on the right in the high-viz vest was very 
> friendly and invited me to take as many photos as I wanted:
> http://www.greatpix.eu/All/Picture-A-Day/i-9NswSgb/A 
> <http://www.greatpix.eu/All/Picture-A-Day/i-9NswSgb/A>
> Incidentally, our Brussels Liaison Office, my workplace when I am in town, is 
> in the building on the right side of this image.
> On the other side of Berlaymont, the huge building that houses the European 
> Commission, is a reminder of what has been achieved, despite all the problems 
> the world faces, and also of the trans-Atlantic ties that once bound us 
> together but that are being undermined by the current regime in Washington. A 
> piece of the Berlin Wall, enclosed in glass to protect it from the Brussels 
> weather, with wall art depicting John F. Kennedy:
> http://www.greatpix.eu/All/Picture-A-Day/i-59gW5br/A 
> <http://www.greatpix.eu/All/Picture-A-Day/i-59gW5br/A>
> I found the juxtaposition quite moving, but of course I am a direct 
> beneficiary of the West’s victory in the Cold War, having been born on the 
> wrong side of the Iron Curtain.

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