I can’t say I understood how classy he was when compared to the rest when I was growing up. Nirmal was a friend who visited through his articles couple of times a week. At least, that’s how I felt growing up pretty much alone at home and ended up make one-way friendships (yes, Saroj Narayan Swamy is my friend too). He was/is a very good friend indeed.
European conception of themselves as “liberal, civilized, and not as scared (about terrorism) as everyone else” is nothing but a ‘myth’ says The New Yorker. Europe’s (and the US) response to the refugee crisis (in spite of Germany’s efforts) when compared to that of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey etc. is just appalling! For instance Lebanon has taken 1 refugee for every four Lebanese!
As the US starts to resettle people from some areas affected by climate change, their journey starts now. What about the rest?
On the eve of COP21 conference on climate change at Paris last year, FT reported:
Privately, EU officials acknowledge the Obama administration is eager for a deal in Paris, but not one containing new, legally binding measures because these would strengthen arguments that the agreement needs approval from a hostile US Senate, which must ratify all treaties.(From the article by Demetri Sevastopulo & Pilita Clark for Financial Times – http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/79daf872-8894-11e5-90de-f44762bf9896.html#ixzz47aIqYRE4)
Isn’t it hypocritical of the US to start the journey for its own people while being the main reason for non-binding status of agreement reached at COP21 conference last year? While these are played out onerously, it most certainly is too little too late.
David Cameron invoking Sri Lankan Tamils plight in a campaign letter supporting Zac for London mayoral election (against Sadiq).
Well, the BBC suggests so.