European arrogance?

Since the founding of the EU in Maastricht in 1993, the European idea has surpassed mere economic cooperation to both political and social spheres, and beyond. Citizens living within any of the countries encompassed by this label increasingly identify with ‘being’ European, and certain European ideals have begun to crystallise out. Values such as human rights, freedom of speech, the acceptance of racial and religious diversity; the list is long, and the shared support of such values, indeed their implementation, universal. Through its creation the European idea has opened the door for a shift away from extreme forms of nationalism that ultimately lead to conflict, and offered the possibility of collectively solving previously untouchable problems. This extension of human cooperation into the field of politics that was formerly kept isolated between nations thus presents us with a real opportunity for meaningful change. Such potential has quickly become reality, and European citizens have seen their average quality of life rapidly augment: open borders; a reliable and trustworthy judicial system; the establishment of vast safety nets by the state, to name just a few.

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One last call for the legalisation of cannabis

Although considered acceptable on an individual basis by many, little has changed to the cannabis laws across most of Europe over the last few years. Not, actually, since its reclassification in Britain from Class C to Class B drug in May 2008[1], moving it up the scale away from ‘soft drugs’ like anabolic steroids, and towards the ‘harder drugs’ of the Class A crack and cocaine, amongst others.[2] In the aftermath of this change in policy, Professor David Nutt was sacked from his position as head of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (the UK government’s official advisory body) for outing criticism against the decision in light of scientific evidence.[3] It is my belief that this is just one example of politicians refusing to reflect upon the state of cannabis legality from a neutral standpoint, and I will now attempt to bring some transparency into the picture.

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In the absence of rationality

In the absence of rationality

Irrationality is the glorifier –

the beast from within;

the power grabber, the urge fulfiller –

the searcher for support of a

primitive sound,

quenching our needs like a sun going

down, that makes smiles from frowns.

Irrationality is a traitor – a

lone wolf in the pack;

left hunting for faith in times of

danger and discrepancy.

Irrationality the being,

a soul satisfactor,

creating love and hate through the

medium of jealousy.

                                                                            M.R – 29.06.2014

Repetitive burst

Repetitive burst

The 4-fourth and 5-fifth

teens,

the starts start of the

news new where four fifths white and

he who knew is frozen too –

it’s that time of year again.

At the bottom of the rock where

the rock bottom has adjourned him;

those eyes start burning but his

mind starts turning.

It is within this one act of

furious soul-searching

that the following becomes clear:

extinguish the fear and not fear the extinguished

would be the aim of the game

which he himself doesn’t play –

but for everyone else:

it’s that time of year again.

                                                                                      M.R – 18.01.2014