The Lone Quark

6 June 2009

A lovely Swede goes to the Big Easy

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Theresa Andersson left her hone on little island of Gotland in Sweden and settled in New Orleans where she is quite a show.  Here she is on YouTube.

Here is a nice feature article in Nordstjernan.

For the first time – Balance

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Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed — more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction –- or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews –- is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.

On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people –- Muslims and Christians –- have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than 60 years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations –- large and small –- that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.

U. S. President Barack Obama in Cairo 4 June 2009

A Somber Reminder – President Obama at Buchenwald

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Germany Obama Visit
It’s just a few steps from the entry gate, with the cynical inscription “Jedem das sein,” or “to each his own,” to the memorial plate. The steel plate is constantly heated to 37 degrees, the body temperature of a living human being, in memory of the victims of Buchenwald. Obama laid down his rose, paused for a moment, and was then followed by Merkel and the two survivors. The group then proceeded to the so-called “small camp.”

It was a moving brush with history for the United States president. Wiesel, a good friend of Obama’s, had tears in his eyes as they visited the small camp. After all, they were standing at Buchenwald’s former crematorium.,1518,628887,00.html

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