Monday, February 17, 2014

EU Doles Out First Punishment to Switzerland

The unelected chairman of the European Parliament has held the Swiss voters to account over their referendum over Sunday's immigration quota's. Others EU apparatchiks will follow his lead

UPDATE: The European Union said yesterday (16 February) it had postponed negotiations with Switzerland on its participation in multibillion-dollar research and educational schemes, after Berne said it could not sign in its present form an agreement to extend the free movement of people to Croatia, the newest EU member. (Source, includes video)

'12 Years a Slave' Wins British Top Awards

In the pre-Civil War US a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery. He struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. His chance meeting with a abolitionist forever alters his life

12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. 

The force of "Gravity" was strong at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday — but it was unflinching drama "12 Years a Slave" that took the top prize. Steve McQueen's visceral, violent story of a free black man kidnapped into servitude in the 19th-century U.S. South was named best picture. Its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, took the male acting trophy.