Charlie Hebdo and the Caliphate Factory

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“We didn’t know.” At the time of Hurricane Harvey, Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon, featuring Nazi’s drowning in Texas, with the caption “God exists, He has drowned all the Nazi’s in Texas,” provoked a mis-directed world-wide outcry. The latest controversy will probably… Continue Reading

I Won’t Cry For You, Sally Jones

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The death of UK-born Isis recruiter, Sally Jones, may be considered regrettable for one reason only. Had she been captured, she may have given us valuable information concerning the methods used in the recruitment of terrorists. Under the circumstances, though,… Continue Reading

Dressed To Thrill: Meet The “Kini’s”

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When we stopped over in a hotel in Strasbourg, on our way down to Italy, my son was looking forward to a dip in the hotel pool. We were deeply disappointed to find out that the hotel rules did not… Continue Reading

When Progressive Humanism Meets Terrorism

Democracy must not be threatened by terrorism

Islamic attacks on Western democracies pose a deep philosophical and moral problem to anyone sympathising with a progressive humanist vision of society. The Islamic fundamentalists are targeting the very heart of our democracies and, more importantly, our entire way of… Continue Reading

Tolerance In The Attic

If ever a ranking of ordinary-looking houses that possess a universal value were made, the building situated at 38 Oudezijds Voorburgwal, in the centre of Amsterdam, would probably be near the top of the list. Whereas the Anne Frank House,… Continue Reading

The Moral Landslide: Defying Discrimination

I’ll be honest with you. Before writing this post, I had no idea what a “LGBT person” actually was. “In what sort of world is this guy living?”, I hear you ask. Well, I live in the same world as… Continue Reading

EU Citizens and Brexit: “Leave if You Want to, The Expat’s Not For Leaving.”

The title of this post paraphrases something Margaret Thatcher said during the 1980 Conservative Party Conference. Having been asked on several occasions by the media whether she would perform a U-turn concerning her economic and social policies, she had always… Continue Reading

Politicians Have Taken the UK to the Brink of Extremism

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Having left the UK in 1984, I am beginning to wonder if my motherland is not the outward looking and relaxed land that I thought it was.  I love the UK, don’t get me wrong. I can assure you that,… Continue Reading

Voltaire: “My God Hates You, but I don’t.”

One of the most important philosophical challenges we are facing today is that of intolerance, particularly religious intolerance. Repeated terrorist attacks in France, Belgium and elsewhere, remind us all of how far these intolerant religious believers are prepared to go.… Continue Reading