From October 2002 till October 2009, I lived and worked in London where I started this blog so my family and friends in Belgium were able to know what I was doing in London (although they didn't follow the blog).
In October 2009, I returned to Belgium (forced by circumstances) and now I live in Brussels, capital of Europe. I finally start to get used to my life back in Belgium, the country where I was born but I never really loved.
Of course, what could be expected by extremists is they want to ignore this as they want to exclude themselves from society and thus further anger the population that is already angry after terrorist attacks such as in Brussels, Paris, Madrid, London but mainly in Muslim countries. But some women continue to wear them because they fear men who want to show their dominance and thus may beat them when they show their face in public while the burqa may even hide the scars already on their face. Indeed, the burqa is intended to oppress women. And while Amnesty International and lefties defend the right of women to wear a burqa in the West, they demand other countries halt this because they know it oppresses women. Instead of defending this right, they should explain to these women and their husbands that times changed as the have been terrorist attacks by Muslims and thus today people are afraid and therefore everyone must show their face; if they refuse to explain this than they are equally guilty to the rise of extreme right. Thus, as some may refuse to stop wearing a burqa and police seems unwilling to enforce this law (as they may fear retaliation), a newspaper is telling people to make citizen's arrests whereby we can expect troubles so police will be forced to act, maybe by arresting those who try to arrests the woman in burqa so they can be used as victims of policemen and lefties who defend the wrong side. Each time the same. And yes, violence by non Muslims starts to increase and probably will further increase when people no longer accept we must accept we return to middle ages when religions ruled and suppressed persons.
No masks allowed for safety reasons
Still, it should be a law not focused on what Muslim women wear but to stop anyone from wearing face-covering clothing unless for medical reasons such as a bandage or to prevent that police and army persons can be recognised during certain actions to prevent retaliation by criminals. Indeed, it isn't normal that people don't show their face, whether Muslim women or demonstrators or criminals or any other person. Target a group of people inside society and they become angry while general laws and well explained is more likely to be accepted by most people.
In contrast, I'm not against headscarves as they can be very beautiful, as long as the face is not covered. Otherwise also nuns should no longer be allowed to wear their headscarves. And, when women can't cover their hair, what about hats and caps, mainly used by boys and men? Indeed, equality for everyone. And thus some say we can't wear religious symbols such as headscarves or crosses while most people who wear them do this for beauty reasons and not for religion.
Brexit and the EU and possible troubled future relationshipSimon Jenkins is reasoning that PM Johnson may have to give in to the EU as he thinks that the UK's fishing industry depends on the EU to survive. However, EU consumers will be angry when fish becomes scares and expensive after EU fishers are no longer allowed to fish in British waters; indeed, the UK's own fish export may even increase. Or the UK may export its fish to the rest of the world. Similar to other farming exports such as lam of which a large part is exported to the EU.
Further, he writes [Quote]
"It may be that one day the EU’s economy so collapses that it really is worth Britain’s while to turn away and seek better deals elsewhere. There is not the remotest sign of that at present."
Really? Does he not read newspapers or watch news programs? Look to the border between Greece and Turkey. Turkey opened its borders with Greece because it's angry the EU (very likely) doesn't keep its promise …
Economies are restarting, a necessitySocieties are slowly restarting their country, including opening borders so people can travel again. In Belgium shops opened while schools for some students restarted. People can also restart non contact sports. But, we're also reminded to continue to keep a distance from others and to continue washing our hands regularly. Unfortunately, for many people this restart comes too late as the economy plummeted worldwide and companies need to fire people or close completely when they couldn't survive two months of inactivity. And, although many people acknowledge this lockdown was necessary, up to 25% of businesses say they won't survive a second lockdown; I also think "Mr Doom" is more realistic when he says that the recovery will be much slower than the IMF thinks it will. And yet, bars and restaurants still can't reopen in Belgium while also tourism that includes travel agencies, airline companies, hotels and others suffers a…
and video to explain
the statistics behind the coronavirus deaths but also to record illnesses. Excess
mortalityI'm in favour of
using excess deaths (excess mortality) as a starting point to determine the
severity. Of course, it doesn't need to be only death as the seriousness of
something can also be defined as numbers of people who can't perform normal
activities as is done for flu or heatwaves. But, as we're in the middle of a
coronavirus pandemic that kills, I'll continue with excess mortality i.e. how
many people die more compared with the average of the same months in previous
years (see figure 1 for explanation). This excess death (and if data is
available excess sick) informs quickly whether a day, week, month and year is
normal or not. Already this is done
in the healthcare sector when GPs and/or hospital doctors notice an increase in
patients and thus record the numbers of patients who are very ill or die to
know whether a warning should be giv…