Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Reconcilation in this Week's EuroQuest

At left, the Basque separatist movement ETA announcing what it calls a permanent ceasefire. But how likely is that?

In a world filled with violence and acrimony, a program of unlikely reconciliatons.

Segment 1 - Poland Proves to be Israel’s Ally
Poland has developed a "special relationship" with Israel. A fifth of the Israeli population has roots in Poland. Democracy and membership of the EU have transformed Polish/Israeli relations as Radio Polonia’s Rafal Kiepuszewski reports.
Here's the original article from Radio Polonia.

Segment 2 - Theo Richmond on Polish Anti-Semitism
Theo Richmond is a British author of Konin: a Quest, in which he traces his own family history in a Jewish village in Poland. Here’s what he had to say about Jewish persecution in the West of Poland in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Here's a link to Theo Richmond's Page at Random House

Segment 3 - Armenian Resurgence
As Turkey is trying to join the EU, it is liberalizing all its minority laws. As a result, the sound of Armenian music and especially books by Armenian writers are reappearing. Rhoda Metcalfe speaks of a second awakening of Armenian culture in Istanbul.

Segment 4 - The ETA Ceasefire: Do They Really Mean It?
Last March, ETA made the announcement everybody was waiting for: a permanent ceasefire. There have been other ceasefires. But this time, as Christophe Schmidt reports from the region, most observers seem to think they mean it.
Wikipedia has a fantastically good page on ETA.
*Addendum: The conservative Popular Party just withdrew its backing for the peace process with ETA. Click here for a Reuters article.

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At 6:28 PM, Blogger Aleksu said...

What about the extreme right in Spain represented by the Partido Popular?

Do they want peace?

They have killed, tortured and imprisoned thousands of Basques.

Do they mean it when the PP says they want peace?

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Jonathan Groubert said...

Without getting into the details of who did what first, I think you have a point. Particularly in light of recent developments.
Click here for an interesting article from Reuters. I'll also add the link below the Segment piece.

At 4:16 AM, Blogger Aleksu said...

Jonathan, thanks for the link to the article.

Lets see what the future holds for this peace process.


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