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EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) asylum seekers and Eastern neighbours   Leave a comment

Marcus Ampe's Space

At the May plenary of the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) the EESC called for a more proactive, dynamic approach, focusing on regional stabilisation and greater social and civil dialogue.

The problems in Turkey were not yet there, putting a shade on the EU’s relationship, with this country which clearly is gliding to a dictatorial state. Also Brussels trying to find ways to ‘bargain’ with Turkey and therefore to afraid to step on Erodgan’s toes today sees more and more people finding their way into Europe by Egypt, and that country not doing much to stop the passers by. Though Europe tries to bring more pressure on the Egyptian authorities to stop the smugglers by using aid and trade ties.

The ENP should be an effective tool for cross-border cooperation. Launched in 2004 to build on common interests and values with the EU’s southern and eastern neighbours and promote political…

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Posted July 30, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History   Leave a comment

Imperial & Global Forum

French armed forces suppress an uprising in colonial-era Algeria. Photograph: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image French armed forces suppress an uprising in colonial-era Algeria. Photograph: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From the unlikely origins of Russia’s Manifest Destiny to the street food that powered the British Empire, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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Posted July 30, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

“Making the world safer”?   Leave a comment

Nick Baines's Blog

Donald Trump plays into that bizarre American obsession with ‘safety’. You paint America as a dangerous place where before even catching a train you have to be persuaded that it is a safe thing to do. You then demand a president who will make America safe as well as ‘great’ again.

Which means what? What would it look like for America to be ‘great’ again? Or ‘safe’ again? We don’t get answers – just the usual perversity when it comes to asserting that more accessibility to more guns will magically make everyone safer.

Well, Americans will have to do their own business in the face of its Faustian pact with democracy in November. But, this impacts on the UK, too. Before leaving for a break I did an interview with BBC Radio 5Live in the wake of the murder by IS crazies of an elderly priest in France. Not exactly…

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Posted July 30, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Free Course: ‘Empire – the Controversies of British Imperialism’   Leave a comment

Imperial & Global Forum

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Exeter’s Centre for Imperial and Global History is once again launching its free online course, which starts on 8 August.

The British Empire was the largest empire ever seen. It ruled over a quarter of the world’s population and paved the way for today’s global economy. But British imperialism isn’t without controversy, and it continues to cause enormous disagreement among historians today. This free online course will help you understand why.

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Posted July 27, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Reflections on the Goddess in the Meeting House   Leave a comment

The Armchair Theologian

Recently, I came across a wonderful post from Rhiannon’s blog Brigid, Fox, and Buddha  which spurred me on to indulge in, what felt like confessional writing. It all began with the following section quoted below. In an effort to capture her understanding of God, Rhiannon writes:

Goddess for me is within us, alongside us, dancing in the depths of all things. God for me is reaching out, helping hands, laughing, growing, sharing. Goddess for me is positively feminine and masculine and nongendered. God for me is found by imaginative contact with the inner world: lights, trees, seeds, ways. Goddess for me is a nonexistent undeniable impossible reality

This bundle of compelling images got me thinking about the language I use for God– where it comes from and the stories attached to it. This seems an important and very Quakerly exercise, since, as Rhiannon’s post implies, so much of religious life is about the…

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Posted July 23, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Growing up into a child   Leave a comment

Nick Baines's Blog

This is the script fo this morning’s Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Show in the company of Mo Farah, Tamsin Greig, Robert Winston and Jamie Lawson:

I have a theory about children’s books. It’s not original: children’s books are mainly read by adults. By adults, for adults. Remember when Harry Potter was just starting out on literary life and the publisher had to use two covers: one for kids and a different one for grown-ups … just so the latter wouldn’t get embarrassed on a train?

I think part of the reason for this might be that loads of adults are learning that imagination is not just for the little ones, and words open up new worlds of wonder.

I remember being accused of using simple language in one of my books. Accused, I think, because the reviewer thought I should posh up…

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Posted July 22, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Keeping the Lord’s Peace: Quaker/Catholic Dialogue (Part II)   Leave a comment

The Armchair Theologian

What’s the Point of Quakerism?

An indication of how far we’ve come in relation to Quaker-Catholic dialogue is vividly illustrated by G.K. Chesterton’s 1926 book Conversion and the Catholic Church. Ever the staunch apologist (and with characteristic bluntness) Chesterton observes:

It is not a question of comparing the merits and defects of the Quaker meeting–house, set beside the Catholic cathedral. It is the Quaker meeting–house that is inside the Catholic cathedral; it is the Catholic cathedral that covers everything like the vault of the Crystal Palace; and it is when we look up at the vast distant dome covering all the exhibits that we trace the Gothic roof and the pointed windows. In other words, Quakerism is but a temporary form of Quietism which has arisen technically outside the Church as the Quietism of Fenelon appeared technically inside the Church.[1]

Yet, the triumphalist world of Chesterton has now passed…

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Posted July 22, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

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