On FIFA, Grexit, Cultural Genocide

What I’m listening to.

Antonín Dvořák - Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", Op. 95 - II. Largo 

The ugly game. Thanks David of London.

Spectator -- Football’s elite deserve the foulness of Fifa

‘My favourite moment in the crisis engulfing football’s governing body, Fifa, came with the intervention of a man called Manuel Nascimento Lopes.’

The straw that will break the camel’s back. And more than just the Euro project.

Telegraph -- Europe has no choice - it has to save Greece

‘Even if Greece leaves the euro, Europe has to ensure the country's economy thrives. Otherwise it puts the entire EMU project at risk.’

Cultural ‘genocide’. Really?

Guardian -- Canada's indigenous schools policy was 'cultural genocide', says report

Canadian governments and churches pursued a policy of “cultural genocide” against the country’s aboriginal people throughout the 20th century, according to an investigation into a long-suppressed history that saw 150,000 Native, or First Nations, children forcibly removed from their families and incarcerated in residential schools rife with abuse.

Really. Forced assimilation of children is evidence of cultural genocide.

One Evil – Cultural Genocide

Cultural genocide is the deliberate destruction of the cultural heritage of a people, nation or civilization for political, military, religious, ideological, ethnical, or racial reasons.


Carnegie -- Rethinking Cultural Genocide Under International Law

“Genocide” is an amalgam of the Greek genos (race or tribe) and the Latin cide (killing), speaking literally to the destruction of a group …. Cultural genocide ultimately was excluded from the final Convention, except for a limited prohibition on the forcible transfer of a group’s children. The drafters acknowledged that the removal of children was physically and biologically destructive but further recognized that indoctrinating children into the customs, language, and values of a foreign group was “tantamount to the destruction of the [child’s] group, whose future depended on that next generation.”

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