Palestra Anual Tocqueville do IEP-UCP – Cavaco Silva, 8 de Março

Palestra Anual Alexis de Tocqueville e Cerimónia de Entrega de Prémios e Diplomas 2018
8 Março 2018 – 18h00

“Portugal e o Aprofundamento da União Europeia”
– Professor Aníbal Cavaco Silva


AfD ultrapassa SPD

Extrema-direita ultrapassa SPD na Alemanha, torna-se segundo partido com mais intenções de voto

O partido de extrema-direita Alternativa para a Alemanha (AfD) surge, pela primeira vez, numa sondagem, como segundo partido mais votado, logo a seguir à CDU de Angela Merkel. A sondagem, divulgada pela empresa INSA, coloca a CDU com 32% de intenções de voto (caso houvesse eleições amanhã), a AfD com 16% e o SPD — que está a coligar-se com Merkel para formar uma grande coligação de centro — com 15,5%.

Leitura complementar: O desastroso legado de Martin Schulz.

Rand Paul: I Took a Stand

Sen. Paul: Congress Is Full of Hypocrites. I Took a Stand

Right now in the Senate, nothing seems to matter except the will of a small circle of Big Government, free-spending leaders who demand silence and “take it or leave it” votes.

I chose to leave it.

I wasn’t elected to be anyone’s rubber stamp. I wasn’t elected to allow business as usual —whether it’s out-of-control spending or out-of-control rules that stifle debate and votes.

O desastroso legado de Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz anuncia abandono imediato da liderança do SPD

Eleito há apenas um ano para a liderança do SPD com o estatuto de salvador, e considerado um possível rival de Angela Merkel, o antigo presidente do Parlamento Europeu conhece um fim abrupto e humilhante, assinala a agência noticiosa France-Presse (AFP).

Após o SPD ter registado nas legislativas de setembro o pior resultado eleitoral (20,5%) desde 1945, Martin Schulz assiste hoje à fratura do seu partido sobre a oportunidade de voltar a aliar-se uma vez mais à direita para governar, e a uma contínua descida nas intenções de voto.

The Oxfam sex scandal and the EU

Oxfam warned it could lose European funding over scandal

The warning on Monday evening came as the UK’s Charity Commission launched a statutory inquiry into Oxfam amid concerns it might not have “fully and frankly disclosed” all details about the Haiti allegations. The charity’s deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, has resigned, saying was “desperately sorry”.

A former senior official at the charity also said she had repeatedly warned senior management of a culture of sexual abuse in some offices around the world, and asked for more resources to tackle the issue. Helen Evans, the head of global safeguarding at Oxfam from 2012 to 2015, told Channel 4 News that in a single day she received allegations about a woman being coerced to have sex in a humanitarian response by an aid worker, a woman being coerced in exchange for aid and another case where a staff member had been struck off for sexual abuse and hadn’t disclosed that.

She also claimed that volunteers as young as 14 in Oxfam shops in the UK had alleged abuse. In at least one case an adult volunteer had allegedly assaulted a child volunteer. In 2012-14 there were 12 allegations, she said.

The European commission, which provided almost as much funding as the UK government last year, said: “We are ready to review and if needed cease funding any partner who is not living up to the required high ethical standards.”

Oxfam sex scandal deepens (2)

Abuse rife in BRITISH Oxfam shops: 123 cases of alleged sexual harassment and NO criminal record checks for 23,000 volunteers. Shocking statistics are revealed as whistleblower says she was ‘IGNORED’

The Oxfam sex scandal and the UK government

The Oxfam scandal will unearth some difficult facts for ministers

The UK government gave Oxfam £31.7 million in 2016 which isn’t a huge amount in government terms but is considerable in charity terms.

This means that the scandal engulfing the aid world, which started with the revelations about the behaviour of certain Oxfam employees in Haiti, also involves the use of public money. As a result, various Commons committees are going to get involved looking at how these organisations handled these allegations, and what the government knew and when. This process will, I suspect, unearth various difficult facts. I would be very surprised if Oxfam’s deputy director Penny Lawrence is the only senior figure who ends up having to resign over how this whole issue has been handled.

When it comes to the aid budget, the debate nearly always concentrates on how much is spent. But this episode is another reminder that how it is spent is actually more important.

Oxfam sex scandal deepens

Oxfam scandal deepens with allegations of ‘sex for aid’ and abuse in charity shops

The sexual misconduct scandal at Oxfam deepened on Monday night as the charity’s former head of safeguarding revealed teenage volunteers at UK shops had been abused and overseas staff had traded aid for sex.

In some of the most explosive allegations yet against the charity, Helen Evans accused her bosses of ignoring her evidence and her pleas for more resources, forcing her to quit in despair.

Ms Evans said that staff had been accused of rape and that sexual abuse by shop managers in UK stores against young volunteers was covered up.

Oxfam Haiti sex scandal (3)

President of Haiti condemns Oxfam scandal as a ‘serious violation of human dignity’

The President of Haiti has condemned Oxfam’s handling of a sex scandal in his country, describing the controversy as a “serious violation of human dignity”.

President Jovenel Moise last night described the aid workers who are alleged to have exchanged “aid for sex” as “sexual predators”, amid reports that the country is preparing to launch a criminal investigation.

Taking to social media, Mr Moïse said: “There is nothing more undignified and dishonest than a sexual predator who uses his position as part of the humanitarian response to a natural disaster to exploit the needy people in their moments of great vulnerability.

Oxfam Haiti sex scandal (2)

Senior Oxfam aid workers ‘paid for sex with underage prostitutes’ in earthquake-ravaged Haiti

In one incident, a “full-on Caligula orgy” with girls wearing Oxfam T-shirts was filmed in the Caribbean island’s capital Port-au-Prince in 2010, sources claimed.

An internal 2011 report said: “It cannot be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were under-aged.”

But police were not called and no one has been arrested.

A major relief effort was launched following the quake that killed 220,000 people, injured 300,000 and left 1.5million homeless.

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Oxfam Haiti sex scandal

Oxfam has admitted it ‘got it wrong’ and should have made its Haiti sex scandal public

Oxfam has admitted it ‘got it wrong’ and should have made its Haiti sex scandal public as the Government reviews the charity’s multi-million pound funding.

It comes as staff involved in the investigation were given references by former employees and went on to work for other aid agencies who were unaware of their conduct.

Oxfam had allowed three men to resign and sacked four others for gross misconduct after they were found to have hosted “Caligula” style sex parties involving Haitian prostitutes in the aftermath of 2010 earthquake.

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Bermuda becomes first territory to repeal same-sex “marriage”

Bermuda becomes world’s first country to repeal same-sex marriage legislation

It makes the territory the first in the world to introduce and then revoke same-sex marriage rights, equality campaigners said.


Lawmakers Who Didn’t Clap Were ‘Treasonous’.

Por sinal, Trump não é o primeiro grande presidente a exibir um carinho especial por palminhas e mãos no ar: Donald Trump’s Very Soviet Fixation on Applause.


So You’re Saying… 2 pequenas entrevistas interessantes

Já todos viram a entrevista de Cathy Newman a Jordan Peterson.
Aqui fica uma psicóloga a falar sobre a entrevista de uma forma inovadora:

Outra reação interessante é esta do próprio Jordan Peterson que responde apenas a 2 pontos: como responder com força apropriada e como seria se Cathy fosse um homem:

Tenho literalmente dezenas de memes guardadas no iPhone, mas estou a pensar não os publicar, pois são muito fáceis de encontrar. Se quiserem um artigo com uma seleção, peçam nos comentários.

So You're Saying


Quero dar os parabéns ao Presidente Trump pelos sucessivos recordes – alcançados graças a ele, fica feito o sublinhado, – do Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Leitura recomendada: The stock market’s swoon demands a new narrative.

Partido Democrata enterra-se

The Night the Democratic Party Committed Political Suicide

That’s why I report the Democratic Party committed political suicide on Tuesday night. Their response to Trump’s speech was out of bounds. It wasn’t normal. It was hateful. It was bizarre. Actually, in a word, it was “foreign.” The Democratic Party is now a foreign party in their own country. They no longer have any understanding of what people born in America think or feel.

It’s perfectly fine to be respectfully opposed to the politics of one party or president. That’s acceptable. That’s as American as apple pie. But that’s not what happened on Tuesday night.

Democrats were outed as the party that is rooting for America’s failure. Rooting against a booming economy. Rooting for misery, instead of prosperity. Rooting against job creation. Rooting against a booming stock market. Rooting against employee bonuses. Angry about the lowest black unemployment ever. Angry about the lowest Hispanic unemployment ever. Angry at the lowest female unemployment in 18 years.


Partido Democrata prefere um país em ruínas, em que todos dependam do Estado e das suas empresas rentistas – quem fornece muletas gosta de pernas partidas, nem que tenham de as partir eles mesmos. E se falha depois faz esta cara. Tamanho ódio… Triste.

Aconselho também a análise de Anthony Brian Logan, um negro republicano.



Grid Girls comentam decisão da F1

Furiosas, grid girls se manifestam contra decisão “ridícula” da Fórmula 1

Grid girl

Uma decisão ridícula, a vários níveis.

Não só a roupa não é “escassa”, como não é “provocativa”: se isto é que é provocante, por favor juntem-se aos evangélicos mais radicais da década de 90 que ajudaram a eleger W na década seguinte (2000 e 2004) e que estas feministas tanto criticavam.

Além disso, a Rebecca e as colegas faziam isto de livre vontade. Onde está o Girl Power? Então agora as mulheres são tão incapazes de tomarem as suas decisões que têm de ser outras a tomar as decisões por elas.

E claro, o Wage Gap. Se querem que o grupo de todas as mulheres ganhe mais que o grupo de todos os homens, não ajuda acabar com empregos pagos acima da média, empurrando assim estas mulheres para empregos que paguem menos. Além de claro, retirar um emprego em que as colocava nos media e lhes dava acesso a outras carreiras (por exemplo, pilotar elas mesmas, como o exemplo no artigo).

Congrats women, you have just played yourselves…

Compreender o putinismo LXXXII

Fotografia de Alexander Nikolayev/AFP/Getty Images

Pobre santa mãe Rússia.

Putin: From Oligarch to Kleptocrat, por Ruth May no The New York Review of Books.


“Together in the United Nations – Perspectives for 2018-19”

“Together in the United Nations – Perspectives for 2018-19”
Uma iniciativa do Instituto de Estudos Políticos da Universidade Católica Portuguesa em associação com a Embaixada da Polónia em Portugal
8 Fevereiro | 14.00-17.00
Universidade Católica Portuguesa | Auditório Pe. José Bacelar Oliveira (Antigo A1)

#MeToo e os limites para o cinismo

Hoje no i.

#MeToo e os limites para o cinismo

Samantha Geimer tinha 13 anos quando foi violada por Roman Polanski. Foi em 1977. Quarenta anos antes do movimento #MeToo, que nas redes sociais tem revelado casos de abusos sexuais em que as vítimas são mulheres. Ora, Samantha Geimer surpreendeu tudo e todos quando, na quinta-feira passada, explicou ao “Le Monde” porque defendeu a carta aberta de Catherine Deneuve, publicada naquele mesmo jornal, às mulheres (e homens) vítimas de abusos por parte de homens.

Nessa carta, Deneuve criticava a caça às bruxas em que se tornou o movimento #MeToo, com acusações muitas vezes sem provas, e no qual se equiparam casos de violação a meros flirts ou outros comportamentos que não tornam necessariamente uma mulher (ou um homem) uma vítima pois, nas situações referidas pelas pretensas vítimas, houve a possibilidade de dizer não.

Samantha Geimer alerta ainda que o #MeToo está a tornar as mulheres vítimas e não pessoas fortes, capazes de se defenderem, que é a única forma de conseguirem viver em igualdade com os homens. O que Geimer também diz é que, ao equiparar a gravidade de diferentes tipos de abusos sexuais, muitas das acusações do #MeToo são ofensivas para as mulheres que sofreram verdadeiros abusos sexuais. Na verdade, uma mulher que foi violada não se encontra na mesma situação da que ouviu um piropo ou da que, por livre vontade, se sujeitou a algo para conseguir um papel num filme ou subir na carreira.

Até porque se houve (e há) mulheres que se sujeitaram a tal por falta de alternativa, também houve (e há) quem utilizasse tal estratagema para vingar na profissão. Não cabe aqui fazer juízos de valor – as situações são todas diferentes -, mas é legítimo que se pergunte quantas pessoas (mulheres, mas também homens) para quem uma noite com alguém não foi inoportuna e hoje estão na primeira fila das vítimas? Como não se sentirão as mulheres que sofreram verdadeiros abusos sexuais vendo o seu sofrimento ser equiparado com comportamentos que as ferem na sua dignidade não só de mulheres, mas de pessoas?

Porque o que está em causa no #MeToo é, além da meritória oportunidade de se pôr um ponto final na forma abusiva como alguns homens tratam as mulheres, não só uma caça às bruxas, um apelo ao conservadorismo mais sombrio, mas também uma falta de respeito pelas mulheres que sofreram nas mãos de homens. Umas sofreram; outras, em seu nome, ficam com os louros fazendo-se de vítimas. O que Deneuve e Geimer nos vêm dizer é que há limites para o cinismo.

Twitter is suppressing life-affirming speech

Petition to Twitter

Twitter’s stated mission is to “give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information, instantly, without barriers,” while also claiming that “fighting against censorship and for free expression is ingrained in the company’s DNA.”

Yet, Twitter is suppressing life-affirming speech and advertising, calling such ads “offensive” and “inflammatory.”

While Twitter has reversed its decision to ban U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn’s pro-life advertising, it has yet to lift its ban on similar advertising by national pro-life organization Live Action.

I implore you to live up to the stated values of your company and the spirit of the First Amendment with consistency and remove all bans on opinions affirming life and human dignity, a belief that is held by millions of Americans and Twitter users.

Best Pro-Life Video Ever?

Best Pro-Life Video Ever? Astonishing MRI Scan Shows 20-Week-Old Baby In Utero

Watching an unborn baby move around in the womb can be a life-changing experience.

Ultrasound and MRI scans now are providing this new window into the womb, giving society a glimpse of the humanity of the unborn child and abortion-minded mothers a chance to see what an abortion would destroy.

An astonishing new video circulating around the internet shows an MRI of a 20-week unborn baby. The video shows amazing details of the unborn baby’s movements as she turns her head, kicks, wiggles around and repositions herself in the cramped space. Looking closely, people also can see the baby’s heartbeat.

Os argumentos esmagadores dos criadores de Pallywood

Fonte: Dry Bones.

Trump becomes first sitting President to directly address March for Life

Hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers backed by Trump march for life in D.C.
President Trump to Pro-Life Marchers: U.S. Abortion Law ‘Has to Change’
Trump becomes first sitting president to directly address anti-abortion rally

President Trump Addresses March for Life Participants and Pro-Life Leaders

“it’s not about winning or losing”

Trump and the empowerment of women

Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman

It is a feat so great that President Barack Obama was unable to accomplish it.

President George W. Bush did better than his republican predecessors, but still fell a bit short.

Even President Bill Clinton came under fire from women’s organizations for his shortcomings on delivering a cabinet that “looks like America.”

The unattainable feat?

Hiring an astounding number of women for senior-level positions in the White House.

Luckily for women everywhere, in 2018 it has finally been accomplished.


Despite impressive hiring practices during his first year in the White House, President Donald Trump has received little to no credit for his choice of women for the most senior positions on his cabinet, as well as the West Wing.

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“Há algo de suicida nesse triste espectáculo”

Globos de Ouro, elites de palha. Por António Pedro Barreiro.

Há algo de suicida nesse triste espectáculo em que os agentes culturais se voltam contra a liberdade de expressão. Sobretudo, quando o fazem com gosto. Porém, é ainda mais macabro que a elite cultural se disponha a atacar as estruturas tradicionais da nossa civilização, vendo-as como arranjos opressivos e desiguais. Tragicamente, não estão sozinhos nesta sanha.

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Catalunha e secessão

Foi com muito gosto que aceitei o convite do Pedro Correia, a que correspondi com este pequeno texto sobre a questão da Catalunha e a teoria da secessão numa perspectiva liberal clássica (e, em particular, influenciada pela Escola Austríaca):

Espanha, Catalunha, Tabarnia… *

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Imad al-Alami accidentally shoots himself in the head

Hamas Co-Founder Accidentally Shoots Himself In the Head

One of the co-founders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas is recovering in hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the head.

Imad al-Alami’s gun went off as he cleaned it at home in the Gaza Strip. He is badly wounded and is now being treated at a hospital in Gaza City.



Proteccionistas de todo o mundo, uni-vos.

Los fabricantes mexicanos de automóviles prosperan debido al libre comercio con el mundo, por  Gary M. Galles

(…) A pesar de la diatriba y grandilocuencia de Trump, en realidad está transitando un sendero trillado de proteccionismo que es más probable que resulte en restricciones mutuamente dañinas que en beneficios mutuos para los estadounidenses y otros. Un comercio más libre, y no las amenazas de castigar a los que no hacen lo que Trump desea, será una manera mucho más eficaz de promover los intereses de los estadounidenses.