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But ...seriously! But ...seriously!
by Thanos Kalamidas
2010-01-16 09:50:14
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Pictures and videos coming from Tahiti are turning into screams of despair and the number of dead is constantly increasing making more obvious how defendless humans are in front the power of the nature. The dream holiday destination has transformed in hours into hell and this is unfortunately not only due to nature’s power but also because of human greed and despite all the effects from the local government and international community the country was build in sand to serve the needs of corrupted colonists in the beginning and corrupted governments later.

In the next few days the numbers of dead will increase even more and the screams of despair will be heard to every corner of this planet but that doesn’t mean that much is going to change except that all the nations will send tents to host the homeless and food to feed the hungry. Corrupted governments will continue ruling Haiti just like they do in Indonesia that suffered tsunamis and probably this minute they are making their profit calculations for the rebuilding of the country!

But profit seems to be the conversation is EU as well when the commissioner of the economics finds that his first job in the office is to reinsure the City that the commission is not going to follow the directives coming from the French or the German banks but they are going to continue listening what the City has to say. Oddly nobody seems to care one more time what the EU citizens have to say and it seems that one more time they forget that the real power that was given to them is not behind the offices but around the European streets and it is about time for the City and the German or the French banks to understand what recession means and not give instructions on how we should handle our economics and the same time enjoy fat bonuses.

Most of all these greedy institution who don’t give a damn about the people should stop playing games with European economies like they do at them moment starting with the Irish economy, continue with the Greek economy and having plans for the Spanish and the Italian economy. The new leadership of the EU is obliging to do the self-evident, to tell them to shut up and return to their basic job description which is to serve the people. After all that is what made them institutions and that is that kept alive for centuries.

The EU commission should be ready for a battle and not negotiations with this greedy monster and is about time to show them who is the boss. Something that Nicolas Sarkozy is trying to do this moment in France starting with the …burqa! The burqa is not welcome in France and to my opinion burqa should not be welcome in all Europe just like other Muslim traditions faulty connected with the Islam like women’s circumcision that embarrasses all Europe.

But talking about religions the latest news from the Vatican are that the Pope is going to follow the example of the late Pope John Paul has met the woman that attacked him at Christmas showing her his forgiveness.

A chance for forgiveness might come to the Czechs with the Roma people and all the prejudice they deal with and that might come from the schools. It will be a good start for Czech kids to learn tolerance and acceptance to Roma people and let’s hope that this will end this totally embarrassing issue for the republic.

And finishing I like to return to Haiti, there are many ways to help and the people over there need any kind of help. So, please if you can do something! After all we are citizens of the same planet! 


     
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Emanuel Paparella2010-01-16 10:15:23
Indeed, there are many ways to help. To take Afghanistan as an example, there is the militaristic way of General Petreus which costs a million a soldier per year and there is the way of Greg Mortson (see his book “Tea for Three) which focuses on building schools and educating Taliban girls which costs much less and seems to be much more effective; but the Western media keeps focusing on the former to the exclusion of the latter. With 30 billion dollars, the cost of 30,000 additional soldiers for Afghanistan, one could completely rebuild a devastated country such as Haiti and integrate it into the Western economy. Mindless activists and knee jerk anti-Americans such as Dr. Siddiqui may ultimately do more good by stopping their rant that the glass is only half full and focusing on Greg Mortson and his likes more than on General Petreus and the militaristic mind-set.


ap2010-01-16 20:41:12
Not Tahiti, Haiti.


Emanuel Paparella2010-01-16 23:28:09
What is there is in fact Haiti which presently happens to be the country devastated by a powerful earthquake. What perhaps you wanted to read was Thaiti. I suppose we all see and remember what we sish to see and remember as per our preferences and biases. Once one is no longer aware of that kind of self-deception and misremembering one will no longer attempt to get our of Plato's cave...


Emanuel Paparella2010-01-16 23:30:45
Errata: wish to see.


ap2010-01-17 15:59:05
Mr. Paparella, unless my computer or your eyes have some kind of biased 'disease', what is written there in the article is still 'Tahiti', even today.
Goodness gracious...


Emanuel Paparella2010-01-17 21:40:54
I am copying verbatim here below what is written in my computer and what I read even in the copy is is Haiti, NOT Thaiti. Goodness gracious, indeed! Your computer must be living in some kind of biased virtual reality.

Indeed, there are many ways to help. To take Afghanistan as an example, there is the militaristic way of General Petreus which costs a million a soldier per year and there is the way of Greg Mortson (see his book “Tea for Three) which focuses on building schools and educating Taliban girls which costs much less and seems to be much more effective; but the Western media keeps focusing on the former to the exclusion of the latter. With 30 billion dollars, the cost of 30,000 additional soldiers for Afghanistan, one could completely rebuild a devastated country such as Haiti and integrate it into the Western economy. Mindless activists and knee jerk anti-Americans such as Dr. Siddiqui may ultimately do more good by stopping their rant that the glass is only half full and focusing on Greg Mortson and his likes more than on General Petreus and the militaristic mind-set.


Emanuel Paparella2010-01-18 02:02:08
In fact what is written at the beginning of Thanos' article is Thaiti. Apologies. I was under the impression that the correction was to the comment and not the article. In any case, following the advice of the editors, we got it off our chest... and achieved some kind of Aristotelian catharsis...


ap2010-01-18 03:22:04
Mr. Paparella, even as I refresh the page for several times today Monday the 19th, at 01:19 am Greenwich Meridian Time, what is written in the article is 'Pictures and videos coming from Tahiti are turning into screams of despair'.
Now tell me: are there 2 different editions of Ovi, one European and one American, or what exactly is going on? Would be nice to know.


ap2010-01-18 03:23:48
Goodness gracious twice.


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