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But ...seriously But ...seriously
by Thanos Kalamidas
2009-10-03 09:14:02
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Greek national elections are here and the Greeks are expected to seriously vote against the Conservative Party and their six years of catastrophic governing in favor of the return to power of the Socialist Party. The Greek Prime minister, Kostas Karamanlis, is packing for holidays to start with, and later for a new career as a professor in modern politics. I suppose he will never use his political history as an example for his students, because if he does I can see them without a future in politics.

It seems election fever is contagious in Europe; after Germany, Portugal and Greece, Romania seems to be queuing to be next. A disagreement over a resigned (read: sacked) minister, makes the Social Democrats pull out of the coalition government and most likely to lead the country to the next national election.

And while political fever hits Europe, historians, anthropologists and archeologists seem to have their share as well and I don’t know where to start. First of all the amazing discovery of Roman Emperor Nero’s dining room with the amazing rotating floor, and then the discovery that the well-kept Adolf Hitler’s skull is not …his, but a twenty-something-year-old woman’s skull. Both discoveries have stirred up thousands of conspiracy theories, especially the second one, and now everybody is looking for Hitler’s hiding place and how he escaped Berlin when the Russians where only five hundred meters away.

Sadly some more disturbing discoveries were uncovered. The Spanish police arrested over seventy people for child sex abuse and child porno. In the UK, three nursery workers admitted to sex abuse of day care children.

On the same time, a report from an independent source regarding the events between Russia and Georgia last year commented quite clearly that Georgia’s acts were not justified, especially the shelling of Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital. Georgia’s move last year was a completely idiotic move and the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was responsible for that, as well as the well hidden involvement of the Bush Administration that wanted to test the Russian reaction and readiness. The report was funded by the EU to clear the air around Georgia, but the country is obviously not yet ready to join the EU.

The European Union is also not yet ready for an economic recovery, since the number of unemployed keeps rising. From 9.5% in July, the number increased to 9.6% with a lot of fears that the number will increase even more. And that’s not the only challenge EU has to deal with. The Republic of Ireland voted for a second time on the controversial Lisbon Treaty trying to show that they are not the bad kids of the community but the Czech Republic takes over voicing doubts.  

Apart from all of this, Europe is making a move with the Polanski’s case, showing that tolerance has a red line and that the director crossed this line a long time ago. The French Government has dropped its public support for Roman Polanski, saying the 76-year-old director "is neither above nor beneath the law".  The move follows a backlash against a campaign for the Polanski's release, with several leading European politicians and cultural figures refusing to join.

The trial of four Google employees has begun in Milan, with an engineer from the search giant giving evidence. The employees are accused of breaking Italian law, by allowing a video of a teenager with Down's syndrome to be posted online. The case, subject to lengthy delays, could have major ramifications for content providers around the globe. Their act is disgusting and definitely punishable. But the worst part of all is that people like that give a bad reputation to a fantastic tool that in reality educates and helps people all around the world. And that makes these people’s act even more disgusting.

The weird news for this week is that Berlusconi didn’t manage to ridicule himself once more and make the headlines, but then again …the week is still not quite over! And despite all the effort from Barrack Obama and Obrah, Rio De Janeiro is the big winner and Brazil is going to host the 2016 Olympic Games!

 


      
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