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Saraiva, José Cabrita

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i - Portugal | 25/08/2015

IS destroys monument of ancient civilisation

The 2000-year-old temple of Baal Shamin in the ruined city of Palmyra, one of Syria's most important monuments, has been destroyed by the terrorist militia IS. UNESCO has categorised the act as a war crime. The liberal daily i is also shocked: "Whilst all over Europe (and not only there) remarkable efforts and massive investments have been made in order to save endangered monuments, the exact opposite happens in other parts of the world: there are those who are trying to delete all traces of history with all means available to them. Following Mosul, the IS has now turned to Palmyra to apply its miserable barbaric principles. … But what is it about ancient ruins that the radicals find so disturbing? What is it about buildings and statues that cannot defend themselves? … They are monuments to a superior degree of civilisation that stands in stark contrast to a regime guided by barbaric principles. And it is this superiority that is so unbearable for the fanatics of IS."

Sol - Portugal | 15/10/2010

Demonstrations better than celebrations in North Korea

There is a lot of discontent in Europe, as the demonstrations in France, Germany and Spain plainly show. But in the eyes of the weekly Sol this lively confrontation with politics is far preferable to the celebrations staged by the government in North Korea last week, where "an imposing mass of people gathered in the North Korean capital to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the ruling party and cheer the successor of Kim Jong-il. Instead of the discontented and disorderly demonstrators on French streets the photos from North Korea show happy people celebrating with colourful balloons in an orderly manner on a monumental square. To judge by the photos one would think the North Koreans were much more content than the French. But we know that this is not the case. ... The big military parades are intended to impress the people - with missiles and thousands of men marching in geometrically exact formations which hark back to Nazi times. ... But as bad as things may be here we would not want to exchange even for a second the scenes of today's discontented Europe with those of feigned peace in an outdated dictatorship."

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