Many questions were also asked in the last week, and there were also questions that were asked very little or not at all. Some questions may be asked at the beginning of the new week. Likes:
What groups are allowed to control public space?
(To the Ghent police thanking the supporters of Morocco for a “party with no hustle”. However, the Bevrigdingslans were occupied for hours and barred from traffic. Bengal fire, strange flags, disturbing noises – ‘no accidents’, apparently. There is a lot of nonsense. About the recent Moroccan riots: Politicians who coddle, opinion makers who bandage – but here we choose the policemen who troll. They demonstrate our vulnerability, and the ‘youth’ can smell vulnerability. If the police take selfies (!) with the occupiers in Streets, who could then be surprised that foolishness continues to push the boundaries?)
What is the painful truth behind this beautiful picture?
(To all the media publishing with such sentiments about the “human chain” of Moroccan mayors who could have prevented worse. It’s nice that older Moroccans are (finally) taking responsibility. But it’s not so sad that Moroccan youth are the same. It seems they can’t listen to the authority figures they’re from? They don’t listen to the police, just who looks like them?)
How much profit do media groups actually make?
(To newspapers that publish remarkably about the large profits of Flemish media groups. It is strange that no specific figures are given. You will have to look for them yourself in the official report on media concentration. Mediahuis: company profits of more than 15 million euros in 2021, in DPG Media over €208m Is it interesting to consider some of the left populist appeals in some newspapers?)
What kind of precedent could that set?
(To the lawyers demanding the return of the paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, among others. It seems that the term “looted Nazi art” now also includes works sold by Jewish refugees before the German occupation (!) to Belgian museums. After all, the sellers were in An unstable situation. That way you can later wonder about any deal where one of the parties is in a difficult position. Where does that end up? And can we be more careful with terms like “Nazi art” and “looted art”?)
When will we have a central European school openly?
(To De Morgen, who writes sympathetically about an “Afrocentric” school in Kenya, where children learn to be proud of their “colour and origin.” It’s also a great project, but De Morgen would spit it out if it were in Europe: being proud of your background, the color of your skin, and caring with historical icons, and affirm that your continent has always been a source of science, wealth, creativity, and intelligence…which is not permissible if the children are white and Westerners.)
How many layoffs are there on average each week?
(To the media who created a drama of 51 expulsions (of more than 2000) in the VRT: “We know who they are, and that gives their expulsion an emotional dimension.” Know personally. Few worlds are as incestuous as the Flemish media. In addition, Every expulsion in the media confronts the journalist with his annihilation.)
What was her previous position?
(To open Vld Vice President Jasper Bellen, who defends Secretary of State for Asylum and Immigration Nicole de Moor (CD&V): “How long has she been authorized? A few months? You might be wondering what department she ran into.” As if Bellen didn’t know that The Minister of Foreign Affairs was at the head of the Council of Ministers for her predecessor…)
How many people reviewed this piece before it was published?
(To the last editor of De Standaard, where they pass on an article on ‘stereotypical’ games: To girls still polite when forced to sleep by a victor who has learned to see opposition as part of a game. Really no one on that editorial staff anymore who still resists ?)
How sensitive are you really?
(For cultures who felt so attacked once the N-VA questioned the status of artists. For De Morgen, it was even worth the entire front page. It’s symptomatic of a strip that wants to grumble endlessly about anything and everything, eagerly biting into the hand which feeds them, but does not tolerate even the slightest decisive question, because it is “fundamental” and cannot be discussed.)
How many people have a second home abroad?
(Author Stéphane Hertmans, who complains that politics is “unworldly” with regard to climate. As evidence, he tells us where he lives in Provence, where the temperature rises “above 35 degrees” in summer: a “nightmare”. It’s always funny when People who live in the south of France find others “another world”.)
How will this affect customers?
(According to the writer Lucas Catherine, who believes that “thieves” should pay compensation to the Congo. According to Catherine, there are about 1,300 Belgian companies, “and then there are companies in Belgium that grew up selling “colonial goods.” The most famous of them are Delhaize and Colruyt.” People like Catherine live in A parallel universe, where you can impose all sorts of things on businesses and supermarkets, without it ever affecting customers.)
What do you know about the laws of supply and demand?
(For singer Merol, who wants “fewer men” at pop festivals: “34% of all groups have female band members: very few.” Festival.)
How many jokes does your show contain?
(To cabaret artist Nellie Bowens, who performs “Not a Typical Male Show” in her year-end performance. The following are discussed, among others: “LGBTI”, “Supporting Culture in Antwerp”, “Poverty Threatens” and “War” And even a “good joke” about Nicole’s nutty death (“I’ve learned from experience that this is still very sensitive”). Advice to those who want to attend the year-end convention: stay miles away from artists who’ve already warned it’s not a typical situation.)
When did Belgium take over the Congo Free State?
(To the journalist Inge Schelstreight, who wants to give lessons about the Congo: “The Mad Wake Up,” as it is called in some circles, is much needed. If Belgians had learned about violence in the 1890s in school, more would have gone Of the alarm bells I wrote in the same article: “Louis Laurent was a doctor from Namur who accompanied our brutal military campaigns in the Congo Free State between 1892 and 1895 – when the Congo was no longer a private possession of Leopold II, so many Belgians had learned about the Congo at school – But perhaps Chilstright didn’t know, otherwise she would have known that Leopold only handed over the Congo in 1908.)
What kind of man shoots his godmother in the back?
(To Britain’s Prince William, who accused his godmother Susan Hussey of “racism” for asking a black woman at a party “where she really came from.” Ms Hussey, 83, hasn’t let racism get hold of her and must now leave the court. The media (with us too) ) I delved into the “countless racist incident in the British court”. Who dares to say that this is not a very heavy “racism”?)
Who was the first to annex Crimea?
(To author Stella Bergsma, who opposes Putin and wants “more female leaders”: “We are done with this hyper-masculinity, which often ends in destruction.” The annexation of much of Ukraine to Russia?)
What can be said?
(For the readers of this column, more than 4 years later – the first issue appeared on June 24, 2018. At that time, our journalists did not forget about fewer questions, on the contrary: they seem to be carried away even further. Now it has been clarified several Times. If you haven’t seen it now, you don’t want to see it. All that’s left is a heartfelt thank you to loyal readers and interesting additions in the comments often. As long as there’s critical spirit, there’s hope.)
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