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Aurélio, Diogo Pires

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Diário de Notícias - Portugal | 12/12/2006

A plea in the defence of Christmas

A polemic is spreading throughout the United Kingdom around the subject Christmas time. The suppression of numerous references to this Christian celebration appears due to a desire not to offend other religions. "English society is spontaneously going ahead with a cleaning-up of all Christmas symbols, against it's government's will", worries the chronicler Diogo Pires Aurélio, for whom the disappearance in Great Britain of references to the birth of Christ is clearly a victory of political correctness. "Many consider that Christmas no longer has any meaning in a society where the Christian faith, for lack of followers, is evaporating. As if the real reason wasn't ultimately fear, along with the conviction that certain security can be bought this way. We are creating the opposite. With all of this madness being spread by reasonable people, xenophobes must be rubbing their hands with glee. A plan voluntarily aimed at stoking up the population's hostility against Muslim immigrants could not have gone about things better".

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | 31/10/2006

The topic of security in the French presidential campaign

The chronicler Diogo Pires Aurélio believes that the struggle against insecurity should be the main subject treated in the presidential election campaign. "If the growing aggression that the French police are confronted with in the suburbs is anything to go by, it is understandable that they can no longer guarantee control of the situation, or its return to normality and that the current judicial system is insufficient. Thus insecurity will be at the heart of the upcoming presidential elections. ... Whoever really wants to win cannot claim to resolve the problem by modifying the very difficult social situation in the suburbs. The majority of voters would like short-term solutions. It would be preferable if the political parties who are responsible in France, as well as in the rest of Europe, do not leave, by omitting them, these questions in the hands of populist venturers."

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | 15/08/2006

The malaise of Britain's Muslims

In a commentary Portuguese academic Diogo Pires Aurelio points out that the suspects in the alleged London foiled terrrorist attack are British, a factor that accentuates the complexity of the fight against terrorism. "Until now talk has been of a possible clash of civilisations. Alternatively, to avoid the notion of crusade to which Al-Qaida refers and so as not to antagonise Muslim nations, we have accused extremists of using religion to launch unprecedented attacks on the Western world. In both cases we focus on the international nature of the problem, taking action through diplomatic or military channels. However, we now realize that it is just as urgent to act within the societies of every Western country to regulate coexistence between people of different cultures living in the same city, enjoying the same freedoms, and using the same facilities and amenities."

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