Russian airliner with 224 aboard crashes in Egypt’s Sinai, all killed | Reuters

Shaded relief map of the Sinai Peninsula, 1992...

Shaded relief map of the Sinai Peninsula, 1992, produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to this highly cited story from Reuters, a Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday after losing radar contact and plummeting from its cruising altitude, killing all aboard.

Source: Russian airliner with 224 aboard crashes in Egypt’s Sinai, all killed | Reuters

Egypt has agreed that Russian official can participate in the crash investigation.

A number of news agencies are reporting ISIS affiliates in Egypt claiming responsibility. It’s too early to speculate on the cause of the crash. However, the crash will  draw focus on Russia’s recent involvement in Syria.

Our thoughts are with those who have tragically lost their lives in this disaster and their families.


Opinion – Commission vague about fiscal leeway for refugees | EurActiv – John Gelmini

I take strong issue with the premises behind this Eur Activ article brought to us by Dr Alf.

There were not “Unusual events beyond the control of member states”; the events were entirely predictable as what happens whenever there is a total war, refugees result and those pushing their luck plus economic migrants join them.

If country A has a high standard of living, lax or no border controls, then refugees from other countries from B to Z will gravitate towards it, like a magnet, and if no distinction is made between refugees and economic migrants then both will come, just as they are doing.

Existing financial arrangements need to be changed, not for the benefit of refugees and economic migrants but for the benefit of the people of Europe as a whole, if they are to be changed at all. The EU has set in train a series of events that will in a few short years, destroy it unless people say enough.

John Gelmini