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  • Culture clash may break up Belgium

    09/19/2007 10:21:54 AM PDT · by Republicain · 44 replies · 897+ views
    financialtimes.com ^ | Sarah Laitner
    Belgium, it is business as usual. Trains run, the prime minister greets visiting foreign leaders, social security benefits are paid and the country’s famed bureaucracy functions unabated. If everything seems normal, it is – bar one glitch. Belgium has no new government, 101 days after a general election. Since it won independence in 1830, the country has had trouble keeping itself together. Now, concerns are growing that the Franco-phone Walloons of the south and the Dutch-speaking Flemings in the north will finally split. While Belgium bears few visible scars of political impasse, disagreements over state reform have left negotiators unable...
  • Mob torches Danish embassy in Beirut over cartoons-Muslim group posts anti-Jewish cartoons

    02/05/2006 7:23:29 AM PST · by SJackson · 60 replies · 2,099+ views
    Muslim group posts anti-Jewish cartoons on website as exercise in 'free speech.' A Belgian-Dutch Islamic political organization posted anti-Jewish cartoons on its Web site in response to the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that appeared in Danish papers last year and offended many Muslims. The cartoons were posted on the Arab European League's site on Saturday. It was not working Sunday morning because of exceeded bandwidth. The site carried a disclaimer saying the images were being shown as part of an exercise in free speech rather than to endorse their content - just as European newspapers have reprinted the Danish...