18 May 2014
"It is at this time that we are going to be tested as no one has ever been tested in history!" Sheikh Imran Hosein.
By R.L.W. and L.P.: FIVE countries—America, Russia, Germany, China and France—accounted for three-quarters of international arms exports over the past five years. China tripled its share in that time, overtaking France. It is on track to surpass Germany to become the third-largest arms dealer. Business is brisk. Overall, sales between 2009 and 2013 were 14% higher than the previous five-year period, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks the arms trade. China sells to 35 mainly low- and middle-income countries, but is also a big importer (two-thirds of its weapons come from Russia). America exports to over 90 nations, with aircraft making up most of its sales. Russia exports more ships than any other country. Its weapons exports have significantly increased, thanks in part to being India's biggest supplier, accounting for three-quarters of its arms purchases. As for Ukraine, it exports more weapons than Italy or Israel. But with regional tensions flaring, it may choose to keep some of those arms for itself.
By Lucian Vâlsan: As AVFM News announced, I led a small non-feminist team attending the event called “Debate: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights” that took place at a hotel in Cluj Napoca in the context of the European elections that are due to take place on May 25th.
Let’s start with the positive things.
Contrary to what non-feminists would have expected, the presence of cameras (there were multiple cameras rolling) and AVFM Logo on my press identification did not seem to bother anyone.
Even though some of the points made during the debate were at the very least questionable and misandric and some of them downright horrific, the individuals assumed their positions and, for the most part, they welcomed (or at the very least allowed) criticism and feedback.
With the notable exception of a self-described “sociologist and leftist activist,” who called me a “troll,” individuals both from the panel and from the public listened to what I had to say and some of them even agreed and were surprised to find out that there still are voices who dare to question the predominant gender narrative aggressively promoted by the EU without appealing to religion or tradition. This was highly impressive for me given that a while ago in another country I was booed for arguing in favor of a non-EU-friendly opinion even though we were at a debate competition (so it didn’t even necessarily mean that the respective opinion was my own).
In Germany, the EU's powerhouse, people participated in a day of anti-Brussels protests in Hamburg and the capital Berlin.
A rally in Berlin broke out into clashes between protesters and police.