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Ovi Team

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It was just three guys in the beginning, but two years later Ovi magazine has inspired dozens of people from all around the world to volunteer their time and creativity towards this ever-growing project.

The list of all of our contributors, their photo, bio and chosen web link can be found below, so take some time to become acquainted with those who help us make Ovi possible.

If you would like to join Ovi or submit missing bio information, please contact: submissions@ovimagazine.com
 
Asa ButcherAsa Butcher
Over ten years in Finland has failed to dent my sense of humour, although it has altered my perception of what it is to be an Englishman. There are times I wonder just who I am and what I am doing, and then my daughters come running to me and I forget all about those thoughts. There's much more to me, but I prefer to save that for our second date...
Thanos KalamidasThanos Kalamidas

Six-foot-one, grew up in sixties and seventies, studied in England and France, worked for long in England did some in Japan and France ending up in Finland, love jazz music and burritos. Love sports when I can watch them on TV, eating pizza, chocolate biscuits and drinking bitter ale. It all sounds like brain damage.

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Apopseis.grApopseis.gr
Apopseis in Greek means opinions and this site is all about opinion with our very own Thanos as usual loud adding his contribution. Apopseis hosts opinions from members of the Greek parliament from all sides, members of the society and gives room for expression to organizations and associations that fight for a better and more democratic society with freedom of speech and expression.
MBaMBa

MBa’s Dominican-Venezuelan-Brasilian cultural Heritage finds its way into his writings. MBa owes his humane nature to his biological mother. He also writes as a healing journey shared with siblings, soul mates, twin-flames-lovers and the cheering of children.

Amanda AaronAmanda Aaron
Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery dedicated to the promotion of national and international artists, providing quality and original art to established and emerging collectors, catering to special events in support of fine art, organizations that foster social awareness and promote environmental issues . The gallery is also the publisher of ARTisSpectrum Magazine and the sponsor of Art-Mine.com .
Dr. Alessandra Abis Dr. Alessandra Abis

Dr. Alessandra Abis is a graduate of the school of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Bari. She, with her husband Arcangelo, founded the Adriani Theater in 1992 in Bitonto, Italy. She has performed in Greek-Latin plays in Madrid and Seville (1998-1999) in the following among others: “Voyage in the Greek World” (Andromaca), “Miles Gloriosus” (Plauto), “The Last Temptation of Socrates (from Plato’s Ione Minor). Also from the Commedia dell’Arte: “Harlequin Doctor Flyer,” “Harlequin, the Dentist,” and “Without Makeup (Chechov), “Four Portraits of Mothers” and Lady Madness (from Erasmus’ In Praise of Folly).

Kenny AdejareKenny Adejare
I am a young man of 23 from Nigeria. I have a vast knowledge of the profession of journalism.
Yerevan AdhamYerevan Adham
I'm a student from Iraqi Kurdistan. I am studying Government and international relations in the University of Texas. I started translation in Iraq before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, covering the war and later in late-2005 I started working for the US' NPR as a stringer and in 2006 for the New York Times. I have worked for many foreign media agencies as a translator since 2003 to July 2007, including BBC, National Geographic, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News and Boston Globe. I am one of the seven Iraqis (only Kurd) who recieved a full scholarship in the USA to study awarded by International institute of Education.
Susanna AhonenSusanna Ahonen
A freelance journalist who lives in Helsinki.
Moustafa Al YassinMoustafa Al Yassin
A Syrian who lives in Finland. Almost schizophrenic. Almost surreal. Definitely poetic. And all that only in the title of one of his
poems; “Nothing between me and here”
Raduntseva AlexandraRaduntseva Alexandra
My name is Sasha and I'm from Moscow city. But actually I'm a real cosmopolitan. That's why I'm fond of atmospheric places, where the inspiration does live.
Eduardo AlonsoEduardo Alonso
Eduardo is Editor of FREE! Magazine.
Luis AlvesLuis Alves
A Portuguese engineer who lives in Lisbon and is a habitual visitor of Finland. He blogs about decentralization and environmental issues among other themes.“ Don’t miss Oravivuori, 61°55'36''N - 25°32'01''E” “, he suggests.
Antonis AnagnostouAntonis Anagnostou
Antonis Anagnostou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He has had an interest in photography since he was 17 and went on to study it in the City of London Polytechnic for three years at the age 25.
Jon AndrewsJon Andrews
20-something computer software engineer, currently moving from rainy Manchester, UK, to sunny California.  Having fun telling the Americans how to talk properly. Managed the development project software at the core of Apple's Rosetta technology while working for Transitive Ltd, now working for a major computer company in Silicon Valley.
Manish Kumar AroraManish Kumar Arora

Manish Kumar Arora is a renowned KP Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot Reader & Vastu Consultant. He has been rendering professional advice to clients with a reasonable degree of success. He has been conferred with the title of 'Jyotish Varahamihir' and 'Jyotish Aryabhatt.'  He has been writing monthly astrological columns for more than 30 international magazines. For personalised reading he can be contacted at :manish@manishastrologer.com

Ossi ArvelaOssi Arvela
The Sauna World championships has also recieved a well know status among the international media. Reporters from over 20 countries reported the world´s hottest summer event and in Heinola among many others there where a tv-group from Japan and a reporter from the Outside Magazine. In Japan tens of millions of spectators watched the program of the Sauna World championships.
Lilian BadaniLilian Badani

Lilian Badani. A dreamer. Rock, blues, jazz and …that’s it. Rarely falling in love but it lasts for long. Also getting angry rarely though when it happens it is a big bang boom!

Λίλιαν Μπαντάνη. Ονειροπόλα, ροκ, μπλουζ, τζαζ και τελειώσαμε. Ερωτεύομαι σπάνια, αλλά πολύ και με μεγάλη διάρκεια. Θυμώνω επίσης σπάνια, αλλά όταν τα παίρνω στο κρανίο, τραβάω μια κόκκινη γραμμή και δεν γυρίζω πίσω το κεφάλι μου, ούτε για να φτύσω.

Ricardo Baez-DuarteRicardo Baez-Duarte
Ricardo Báez-Duarte is a photographer, digital artist and painter born in Caracas, Venezuela.
Dr. Anis H. BajrektarevicDr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic

Former legal practitioner and the president of Young Lawyers Association of BiH Bar (late ‘80s). Former MFA official and career diplomat (early ‘90s). Research Fellow at the Institute for Modern Political-history analyses, Dr. Bruno Kreisky Foundation; Legal and Political Advisor for CEE at the Vienna-based Political Academy, Dr. Karl Renner (mid 1990s).

Later, he served as a Senior Legal Officer and Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Vienna (ICMPD Liaison unit with Governments and IOs) at the Vienna based HQ of the Intergovernmental Organization ICMPD (International Centre for Migration Policy Development).

Last ten years, attached to the IMC University, Department of Export EU–NAFTA–ASEAN, he serves as a Chairman for the Intl. Law and Global Pol. Studies. He is in the scientific committee of several European and overseas think-tanks, either a guest-columnist or the Editorial Board member of newspapers, journals and magazines such as the NY-based GHIR (Geopolitics, History, Intl. Relations), Canada-based GoE (Geopolitics of Energy) or Jakarta-based Seputar Media.

Prof. Bajrektarevic is the author of dozens ILAW/JHA– and SD–related presentations, publications, speeches, seminars, research colloquiums as well as of numerous public events (round tables and study trips, etc.). He lives in Vienna, Austria.

Shola BalogunShola Balogun

Shola Balogun, playwright, poet and writer whose creative Muse is the Mystic ladder of Yoruba world and Judeo-Christian thoughts, is from Yoruba,southwestern Nigeria. He received his Masters Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, specializing in Literary and Dramatic Criticism.
He was the winner of the First Educare Trust’s Olaudah Equiano Poetry Prize (2002) and the Festival of Peace Poetry Award (2005) organized by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan. He is the author of a collection of poetry, The Cornwoman of Jurare and Other Poems (2007). His books The Wrestling of Jacob, Praying Dangerously: the Cry of Blind Bartimaeus, and Death and Suicide In Selected African Plays, are available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Shola-Balogun/e/B00LPRQU10 and select bookstores. His play, Egue Eghae, is ready for the stage. Shola Balogun also writes stories for children. His Yoruba background and encounter at the age of 21 with the poetry of John Donne and William Shakespeare influenced his creative writing.

David BargerDavid Barger
David Barger is the publisher and editor of Titanium Bound Writings (www.titaniumboundwritings.com). He is the author of “Bottled Up” (An Ovi Projects Book Publication 2010). His poetry has been published in Connotation Press, Word Riot, Haiku Ramblings, Word Salad Poetry Magazine, Ovi Magazine, Zylophone, and Nebo. He enjoys spending time with family and his two Boxer dogs
Sarah BeetsonSarah Beetson
Sarah has built a career as a freelance artist and illustrator, building a client list that includes Tank magazine, OXO, Clarks Shoes, Julien MacDonald/London Fashion Week, The Sunday Telegraph, The Miami Herald, Continental Airlines, The Globe and Mail Toronto, Monoprix, Nicolas Wines, Ford Germany and Ellesse. She has exhibited work in London in 2004 and 2005 and in Paris in 2006, after which she moved to Melbourne, Australia where she settled into a studio to focus on both illustration and painting: www.illustrationweb.com/SarahBeetson
Roberta BellRoberta Bell
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Richard BermanRichard Berman
Richard Berman lives with his family in Helsinki. He has just quit smoking.
Christophe BerthoudChristophe Berthoud
Swiss-French/English mountain biking illustrator, so there.
Eva BiaudetEva Biaudet
Eva Biaudet has been a Member of Finland’s Parliament since March 1991, she is the former Minister of Health and Social Services and is a member of the Swedish People’s Party.
Frantisek BrychtaFrantisek Brychta

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Dr. Maria Buccolo Dr. Maria Buccolo

Dr. Maria Buccolo teaches and researches theater at the University of Roma Tre in Rome. She is a graduate of the University of Bari and has participated in various projects aiming at establishing cultural bridges among nations and people among which the Project for the integration of immigrants via the theater “Leonardo da Vinci Transfert Multilaterale dell’Innovazione” as organized at the University of Florence and to which participated four nations of the EU: France, Italy. Belgium, and Rumania. She has done research on the methodology of the entrepreneurial theater. She has collaborated with Theatre a la Carte of Paris for its dissemination at the International level. She is also editor of the publication “Una scena tra l’altra” as well as researcher for the interdisciplinary project of Unesco for human development aiming at a culture of peace, a project at the University of Florence. She is a member of the International Association of Drama/Theater/Education, author of the books La formazione va in scena (La Terza, 2008), L’educazione emotive nell’infanzia (FrancoAngeli, 2013), Teatro e Formazione with S. Mongili and E. Tonon (FrancoAngeli 2012),  Manuale per Form-attori con S. Mongili and E. Napolitano (Dino Audino, 2013).

Neil BurlingtonNeil Burlington

Neil Burlington studied art at Georgian College in Barrie Ontario Canada. He is currently working on a comic book called 'Wilderness' . A page from the book was recently added to How-To-Draw-Funny-Cartoons.com. His cartoon Sunny Skies appears at: www.sunnyskiescomic.blogspot.com and is updated regularly. His other interests include writing and science fiction. Favourite food? Sushi!

Tony ButcherTony Butcher
Tony Butcher lives, works and breathes in London, England. Following the completion of an Economics Degree, he found his dream job as a STIR Trader in the City of London, the heart of the world’s financial system. He studies the world stock and bond markets on a daily basis, while monitoring world economic and political events which affect his markets.
Cátia CóiasCátia Cóias
Cátia Cóias is a Lisbon-based visual Cátia Cóias is a Lisbon-based visual artist/photographer who studied arts in London and Lisbon. She is a member of MEF, Movement of Photographic Expression. Blogs: http://ladonabionica.blogspot.com, http://cinemacahiers.blogspot.com and http://theredrollerball.blogspot.com.
Ryan CainRyan Cain

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CaisaCaisa
Caisa is the International Cultural Centre in the heart of Helsinki. Its aim is to support the multicultural development of the city by promoting the interaction of people from different countries, and by providing information about various cultures and about Finnish society - http://kulttuuri.hel.fi/caisa
Arjun CartoonistArjun Cartoonist
I am the cartoonist Arjun from Ahmadabad, India. My cartoons have been published in many newspapers and magazines across the world over the last 30 years. I also work for the animation company XPLORA DESIGN SKOOL.
Steve CartwrightSteve Cartwright
It's well known that an artist becomes more popular by dying, so I'm typing this with one hand while pummeling my head with a frozen mackerel with the other. I've done art for several magazines, newspapers, websites, commercial and governmental clients, books, and scribbling - but mostly drooling - on tavern napkins. I also create art pro bono for several animal rescue groups. I was awarded the 2004 James Award for my cover art for Champagne Shivers. I recently illustrated the Cimarron Review cover. Take a gander ( or a goose ) at my online gallery: www.angelfire.com/sc2/cartoonsbycartwright. And please hurry with your response - this mackerel's killin' me!  Your pal, Steve Cartwright.
Uzeyir Lokman CayciUzeyir Lokman Cayci
He is a poet, a writer, and a versatile artist. He was born in 1949 in Bor. He graduated as an Architect - Designer of Industry from The Fine Arts Academy of State in Istanbul. The Reward of Eagerness was given by the Radio NPS of Holland in 1999 and the Reward of Palmares was given by the Organization of Les Amis de Thalie in France to him. He works in the Center of Adult Education (AFPA) at present.
Centre Culturel FrancaisCentre Culturel Francais
Ranskan kulttuurikeskuksen (Kaapelitehdas, Tallberginkatu 1 C 135 00180 Helsinki) on perustamisestaan vuonna 1968 saakka edistänyt ranskalaisen kulttuuria ja tieteen koko kirjoa sekä ranskan kielen tunnettuutta Suomessa.
Katerina Charisi Katerina Charisi

Katerina Charisi is a bilingual, fiction and non-fiction writer from Greece.

Mbizo ChirashaMbizo Chirasha
Mbizo Chirasha was born in 1978 in Zvishavane District in Zimbabwe, and was inspired by his social surroundings at a young age. As a young man, Mbizo quickly gained prominence as a performing poet and writer both in Zimbabwe and internationally. The themes of his poetry include children’s rights, politics, social lives, gender issues, praise and protest, culture and African pride. Mbizo’s poems can be read in print, but are even more powerful when performed by the dynamic poet himself. With a vision of using his poetry to promote peace, healing, stability, and cultural freedom, Mbizo is a poet with commitment, talent, and a desire to perform whenever and wherever he can.
CitronellaCitronella

A researcher of the stars, mathematics and life an agnostic that balances between rare flowers and unseen galaxies

Yacov I. ClaudeYacov I. Claude
Peace Lines was born in the summer of 1993, from the international convoy Mir Sada (Peace Now) trying to interrupt the war in Bosnia. 2000 in Split (Poles, Americans, Italians, Greeks, French and Dutch people, Spaniards, Swedes, Buddhist monks...), we were only a thousand left at the Prozor lake (120 vehicles), and around sixty to make it, from Gornji-Vakuf to starving Sarajevo, cut off from the world for fifteen months then. How to accept the famine in Sarajevo besieged by the Serbs, in Novi-Travnik, besieged by the Muslims, in Mostar besieged by the Croats ?
ColinColin
A 3D CAD Design Engineer coming to the end of his career. Happily married and soon to be a granddad for the first time. Passionate about fishing, cooking, science fantasy and White Hart Lane, the home to Spurs: www.chichester-as.co.uk
David J. CordDavid J. Cord
David J. Cord has spent almost a decade working as a private banker in the United States and Finland. He is now a Financial Adviser in Helsinki.
Dr. Gerry CoulterDr. Gerry Coulter
Dr. Gerry Coulter is Professor of Theory, Media and Technology at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. He is the founder of the International Journal of Baudrillard Studies (www.ubishops.ca/baudrillardstudies ) on the internet. A list of his recent publications can be found at: www.ubishops.ca/ccc/div/soc/soc/pulications/pub-coulter.html
Alex CrossAlex Cross
Alex Cross is neither American nor a detective protagonist, but a British twenty-something who has lived, worked and studied in Helsinki for the past six years. AC is a huge fan of David Patterson’s work (surprise, suprise), likes to read books on mythology, Latin and Viivi and Wagner. He also seems to get in trouble for what he writes.
Prof. Michael R. CzinkotaProf. Michael R. Czinkota
Michael R. Czinkota teaches international business and marketing at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and holds the chair in international marketing at the University of Birmingham in the UK . He served in the U.S. government as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and was a partner in a trading firm. Aside from more than 100 articles on export management and trade policy, his key books are International Marketing (9th edition) and International Business, (8th edition) and Emerging Trends, Threats, and Opportunities in International Marketing. He has served the Academy of Marketing Science for 22 years as a member of the Board of Governors. He is a graduate of the University of Nürnberg (Germany) and The Ohio State University.  www.michaelczinkota.com
Cynthia DCynthia D'Cruz
Cynthia D'Cruz is pursuing a double major in political science and journalism at Concordia University. Born and raised in Montreal, she believes in human rights, gender equality and environmentalism.
Steve DalosSteve Dalos

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Hunter DastenHunter Dasten

Hunter Dasten was born May 3rd 1987 in Marietta, Georgia. He currently lives and writes in Savannah, Georgia.

Rene DavilaRene Davila
Born in Ecuador, lived in Colombia, Venezuela, New York. Living now in Miami, Florida. Studied Architecture and Visual Arts. Have exhibited photographic works. Like to read and write.
Melissa DennisMelissa Dennis
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Antonio DiazAntonio Diaz
Antonio Díaz is Editor of FREE! Magazine and has lived in Finland for almost 4 years.
DodoulisDodoulis
Greek-born Dodos, a non-desperate (although temporarily catless) housewife with a grown-up daughter, has been an amateur illustrator for friends and family since early childhood. Now living in Athens and with most friends either getting divorced or getting mad at their children, Dodos decided to combat the upcoming middle-age crisis by PAINT-ing her heart out. Hopefully, it will work. If not, well…there’s always chocolate!
Edyson Dos SantosEdyson Dos Santos
Edyson is a Venezuelan-born citizen of the world who has worked for AIESEC International in Rotterdam, and is presently the main responsible for www.weekeego.net operations and strategic planning in Lisbon. Photography and travel are among his passions, together with community work, local development and sustainable tourism.
Romanos DragasisRomanos Dragasis

When intellectuality meets everyday life

Leila DreggerLeila Dregger
Leila Dregger is an experienced journalist, her main focus is peace, ecology, community, and gender issues. She is developing a school for peace journalism in Tamera/Portugal.
Edward DuttonEdward Dutton
Edward Dutton has a PhD in the Anthropology of Religion from Aberdeen University in Scotland.
Jane EagleJane Eagle
Currently I’m studying in Greece. I also write poems in the morning and articles at night. The poems are quite hilarious; about my articles I’m not so sure what they are exactly. I love cinema - let’s say arts in general, yeah that includes everything - and baking apple pies: myavatar-je.blogspot.com
William EdoWilliam Edo

Student of human nature and virtual side effects

Judy EichstedtJudy Eichstedt
Judy, co-author of WEARY SOULS, SHATTERED BY LIFE, has been an advocate for the poor and homeless for many years.  Since she experienced homelessness for herself many years ago, she fights for the rights of those who don’t know how to fight for themselves.  Judy, the mother of six, has had several short stories, poems, and articles published since she began writing in the late 80’s.  She has been published in The Presbyterian, The Other Side, The Plain Truth, Mother Jones, The Methodist Reporter, Christianity and Crisis, and other publications - WWW.WEARYSOULS.COM
Cat EllisCat Ellis
Currently living in London, studying for a masters in Middle Eastern Studies. Seek adrenaline and adventure at all times. Love spontaneity, open mindedness and energy.
Juliana EloJuliana Elo
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Dean EsmayDean Esmay
I am moderately easy to irritate, difficult to offend, and very difficult to make angry. When I do become angry, however, I become very, very angry. On the other hand, things that would offend normal people usually just roll off me like water off a duck's back.
Espoo Cine FestivalEspoo Cine Festival
Espoo Ciné is an international film festival, arranged annually in August at the Espoo Cultural Centre, Tapiola (Kulttuuriaukio, Kaupinkalliontie 10). The festival programme includes Espoo Ciné Selection, an assortment of the very best of contemporary European cinema. The festival also screens films for children and the youth, documentary films and two special programmes: the Pink Zone series of gay films and the Méliès d’Argent competition of European fantasy films.
Europe & UsEurope & Us
Europe & Us is an online magazine in French with the same philosophy as Ovi: www.europeus.org
Carlos EylCarlos Eyl
Born in 1977 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he has studied in Honduras, Mexico, Finland, Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden. He is a MSc Architect and has worked in the field as a Senior Architect in his own firm designing villas and commercial buildings. He has also presented design lectures.
Emma FarleyEmma Farley
My time is split between raising two troublemakers, training my husband and obtaining a degree in English and Creative Writing. I'm the wrong side of 25, love Green Day and live in the historic city of Chichester, West Sussex, England.
Andrew FarleyAndrew Farley
28y, 27/10/77, 2nd year student at Chichester University studying English & Creative Writing. Frustrated guitarist/singer/songwriter and proud husband and father of two.
Joe FernandezJoe Fernandez

Longtime Borneo watcher Joe Fernandez is a graduate mature student of law and an educationist, among others, who loves to write especially Submissions for Clients wishing to Act in Person. He also tutors at local institutions and privately. He subscribes to Dr Stephen Hawking’s “re-discovery” of the ancient Indian theory that “the only predictable property of the universe is chaos”. He feels compelled, as a semi-retired journalist, to put pen to paper -- or rather the fingers to the computer keyboard -- whenever something doesn't quite jell with his weltanschauung (worldview) or to give a Hearing to All. He shuttles between points in the Golden Heart of Borneo formed by the Sabah west coast, Labuan, Brunei, northern Sarawak and the watershed region in Borneo where three nations meet. He’s half-way through a semi-autobiographical travelogue, A World with a View...

The Finn-Brit PlayersThe Finn-Brit Players
The Finn-Brit Players is a Helsinki-based amateur drama society whose origins date back to the early 1950s. Since becoming active again in 1981, we have staged over thirty productions. The choice of plays has included musicals, murder mysteries, classics, comedies, Shakespeare, children’s entertainment, and drama: http://www.finnbritplayers.com/
Finnish-British SocietyFinnish-British Society
The aim of the 80 year old Finnish-British Society has always been to strengthen friendship and cultural relations between Finland and Britain by making British culture known in Finland. In the early years of our history the Society arranged formal and informal meetings, lectures, social gatherings and language courses. English has been the language the Society uses at its meetings and social events, and in its correspondence: http://www.finnbrit.fi/index.html
Jonathan FischerJonathan Fischer
Currently living in Seattle, Mr. Fischer is currently working towards becoming a professional cartoonist. He also freelances and recently bought an awesome roadbike.
Loren FishmanLoren Fishman
Loren Fishman currently resides in Minneapolis, USA. Since a young age, he has possessed a fondness and facility for doodling in school, and making inane observations in social situations. His cartoons were first published in 2009 in The Minnesota Daily newspaper, and they have since appeared in several online and print publications. In addition to comedic pursuits, Loren works as a classical pianist and music teacher. For information about using his cartoons, please  e-mail: lorenfishman@hotmail.com
Matthew FitzsimonsMatthew Fitzsimons
This site is dedicated for anyone with a hint of that Irish spice. The website hopes to develop so that all ye in Finland can interact with each other through forums, chatrooms, etc... The idea is to bring all the lost sheep into the fold and for us all to share the knowledge and Irish natter. www.damhsa.net
Amin George ForjiAmin George Forji
I am a Law Postgraduate Research fellow at Helsinki/Kent University. I'm from Cameroon. In my leisure time, I'm a freelance writer. I write both fiction and non- fiction. My major academic Research Interests include: World Crises and International Politics, Legal approach to World & Regional Conflicts, Legal philosophy, Legal theory, and Humanitarian Law.
Ana FradiqueAna Fradique
Ana is an artist (painter, performer, photographer, sculptor, artistic jeweler) formed in Lisbon and currently living and studying in Finland.
FREE! MagazineFREE! Magazine
freemagazine.fi - Discover Finland with FREE! - FREE! is an online publication in English language and it focuses on culture and entertainment. With non-political content, FREE! is the first website created to satisfy the needs of knowledge about Finnish culture for the English speaking, young and urban audience.
Juhani G.Juhani G.
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Kate G.Kate G.
Keeps saying that she is "almost 30" since her early twenties. A twisted way to deal with time, or satisfaction for her good genes. Believes in everything till someone proves her wrong. Wannabe a little bit of everything, the worst zodiac species combination ever; Loves routine, but gets bored too easy.  Best part of the day: The dawn. "Thank God that I forgot to grow up."
Abigail GeorgeAbigail George
Abigail George studied film and television production for a short while, which was followed by a brief stint as a trainee at a production house. She is a writer and poet. She has lived in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth but she is currently living in Port Elizabeth. She has had poetry published in print and online. She has had short fiction published online. In 2005 and 2008 she was awarded grants from the National Arts Council in Johannesburg. She is not purely devoted to poetry but to pursuing writing fulltime. Storytelling for her has always been a phenomenal way of communicating and making a connection with other people.
Sofia GkiousouSofia Gkiousou
Sofia has spent all of her 26 years trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Needless to say, she is still undecided. As a result, she divides her time between work, studying, writing, jamming with friends and reading big bulky books. Born and raised in Greece she now lives in London carrying with her a long tradition of Greek cooking, gossiping and nagging. She writes mainly on popular culture but to her annoyance that regularly coincides with politics and pop music.
Dan GlazebrookDan Glazebrook
I am a teacher and independent journalist working on political and cultural issues. My particular interest is in the changing nature and future of grassroots political movements in the Western world. But I cover anything that interests me!
Aloysius-GonzagaAloysius-Gonzaga
A. Gonzaga (Oluchukwu Aloysius-Gonzaga Nwikwu) lives in Newsweek’s 2010 world’s best country—Finland. He is Nigerian-born, Nordic-educated. His literary work has been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies across Africa, Europe and North America including Helsinki Times, The Battered Suitcase, The Slovenia Times, Itch, The New Black Magazine, Aunt Chleo: A Journal of Artful Candor, Newropeans Magazine, Red Lion Sq., Palapala Magazine, The Glass Coin, and many others. Work on his first book is ongoing with plans for translation into multiple Nordic languages.
Adam GraupeAdam Graupe
Adam Graupe’s first essay, a regrettable work guessing the future of the information highway, was published in 1997.  After ending a ten-year hiatus he is writing again.  Email Adam: totalratbag@yahoo.com
Dr. Tiberio GrazianiDr. Tiberio Graziani

President of the Italian Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (Istituto di Alti Studi in Geopolitica e Scienze Ausiliarie, IsAG) and Editor-in-Chief of Geopolitica. (Geopolitics. Journal of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences.

(www.istituto-geopolitica.eu

www.geopolitica-rivista.org )

Expert in geopolitics, has published numerous articles on Geopolitics in several Academic Journal [World Affairs (India), Geopolitics (Romania), Geopolitika (Serbia), Vestniki Analitiki (Russia), International Affairs (Russia), Гуманитарные науки Вестник Финансового университета (Russia), Social'naja Ekonomika (Ukraine), Geosur (Uruguay), Africana (Italy), Eurasia (Italy)]. - Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eurasia (from 2004 –2011).

In 2010 he founded the ISAG - Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences of which he is still President. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Italian academic magazine, Geopolitica. Journal of IsAG.

He taught scientific matters (Science and Technology of Advanced Ceramics) from 1998 to 2008 at University of Perugia (Italy) and L'Aquila (Italy).

He has taught at several Masters on Geopolitics (University of Teramo (Italy), Orientale di Napoli (Italy), University Kore of Enna (Italy).

For ICE (Italian Trade Commission) he visited several countries, among them: Uzbekistan, China, India, Argentina, Libya.

He has been consultant for EIB (European Investment Bank) in Tunisia.
Member of several Scientific Committees.

Ovi GreeceOvi Greece

Ovi Greece Περιοδικό άποψης, τέχνης, περιβάλλοντος και κοινωνικής επέμβασης.
https://ovigreek.wordpress.com/

Yiannis H.Yiannis H.
Age: 40
Gender: male
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Zodiac Year: Horse
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Akli HadidAkli Hadid
Born in New York and lived in Mozambique, Colombia, Turkey, Algeria, France before settling temporarily in South Korea. Holds a Certificate and a B.A. in Foreign Languages with a Minor in Social and Economic Administration from the University of Nanterre, France, and an M.A. in International Relations majoring in Peace and Global Governance from Kyung Hee University, Seoul. He is completing a Certificate in Korean Language from Yonsei University, Seoul. Has advanced conversational skills in 8 languages. Worked as a researcher, a journalist and a translator. Interested in anything related to cultural and identity issues as well as global issues in general.
Wyllie O HaganWyllie O Hagan
Visual artists Wyllie O Hagan live and work in London, England. They make land art, paintings, prints, and work with textiles, book arts, and digital media. Their most recent work uses art to communicate science knowledge. What intrigues and delights Wyllie O Hagan is that the most successful works in terms of public engagement they have had recently has got nothing to do with science. "Italian Celebrity Chef makesTiramisu", and "Celebrity Dogs OK!" - two digital film shorts are what people are engaging with.
Abdulhadi HairanAbdulhadi Hairan
Afghan writer and journalist - He writes in English, Pashto and Urdu and numerous of his articles and stories about Afghani and Pakistani politics, life and society have been published. Blog: The Unheard Voice (sarbaz.wordpress.com) email: ahhairan@gmail.com
Dana HalawaDana Halawa
I am a 19 year old American Palestinian. Born and raised in Oak Forest, Il before moving to Palestine and finishing high school there, and am currently studying medicine in Jordan.
Shahul HameedShahul Hameed
Born in 1984, I'm an Indian working as a reporter in two Tamil dailies and have written many articles different weeklies.
Dr. Yoshifumi HaradaDr. Yoshifumi Harada
Yoshifumi Harada is a wanderer of the world. He grew up in a traditional Japanese family in the Hyogo Prefecture in Japan where his grandfather passed on the secrets of Shinto palmistry. He is a 3rd degree black belt holder of Shorinji Kempo and still practises.

Yoshifumi is a lover of both palmistry and chocolate ice cream. After many years of travelling through Asia, Yoshifumi settled down as a university professor, where he is most famous for his palm reading sessions after class. A self confessed Macdonalds addict, Yoshifumi holds the record of reading the most palms of anybody in Asia. He is a shopaholic, lover of urban tea culture, body-builder, and likes to complain a lot about the heat.

John HarveyJohn Harvey

John Harvey. I work as a media relations consultant in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to this, I worked as a journalist contributing articles to a number of South African and international publications including Barcroft Media, the New York Daily News, Eyewitness News, Cape Times, Business Day, The Star and the Cape Argus. I love writing about current events, and am inspired by the works of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Pilger, George Orwell and P.J O’ Rourke.

Mark HaytonMark Hayton
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Roland HelerandRoland Helerand
As a boy I used to develop photos with my father and fall asleep in the dark room dreaming photographing wild places and clam faces. Growing up my dream became my passion and nowadays I shoot through my lenses everything visible to human eye. The next thing my father taught me was fishing only in my case I always caught fishes through my lens and never through my nets. And that’s a challenge and as a photographer I love challenges. Challenges make photography personal and photography for me is something personal; very personal.

I born in Russia and moved with my family when I was 3 to Estonia. Nowadays I live in Finland combining manners and styles from both sides of the Baltic. I speak Estonian, Russian, English, Finnish and German and I love meeting through my lens calm faces and wild places.

http://www.facebook.com/roland.helerand
http://helerand.eu5.org/index.html

H. HelmyH. Helmy
H. Helmy began painting when his niece and nephew asked him how a graphic he had designed on the computer would look on canvas. He bought art supplies, started painting, and hasn’t looked back. His love of nature serves as the source of his inspiration. His works are stories with excitement and surprise with the titles adding extra dimension. His work has been at the M.O.T.H. Gallery of Fine Arts in Ontario, and the Grand Forks Art Gallery, British Columbia, and has been auctioned for the benefit of the Make A Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario and WPBS-TV. Mr. Helmy is an artist living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Helsinki Rugby ClubHelsinki Rugby Club
Dear prospective member, We - the HRC Board - would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Helsinki Rugby Club! The Club was started in 1999 by a group of Finns and expatriates.
Grainne Hiney-LehtipuuGrainne Hiney-Lehtipuu

Please submit a photo and a bio.

Mickey HotloveMickey Hotlove
Every day, she looks at thousands of hosted galleries with softcore and hardcore pictures. Her hard drive is full of smut, no matter how hard she cleans it. And somehow she doesn't seem to get tired of all the porn.
Craig HoustonCraig Houston

Craig is originally from Scotland, but now lives in Helsinki with his fiancée and lunatic of a dog. He works for a magazine based in Finland but contributes to a number of different publications as a freelance writer. Dundee United, football in general and rugby remain his passions, although living in the far north has installed an unhealthy love of ice hockey in him.

Pamela HuntPamela Hunt
Hello, I am a forty-eight year old female who lives in Michigan.I have two awesome cats,Cleo and Shadow... I write every day and have sold three books. Antique Rose's(a poetry/essay book) and I write a lot of poetry!
Murray HunterMurray Hunter

Murray has been around the traps of entrepreneurship for too long. He is a long time expat from Australia who has made Malaysia his home and tried his hand at everything from agriculture to computers, to food, to spas and to cosmetics. Now he is taking the easy life as an associate professor at a university close to you. Murray spends half his time in Thailand and the other half looking for opportunities in Malaysia. Murray is passionate and deadly earnest about entrepreneurship and believes everybody should have the chance to “have a go”. Murray’s columns focus on giving some simple and practical ideas about the game of entrepreneurship and personal development based on his immense experience and the insights.  His pleasure is your success.

 

Nathan HurstNathan Hurst
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F. A. HutchisonF. A. Hutchison
We are making a 'Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailas' in Tibet, riding our bicycles from Sweden (actually from Colorado, U.S.A.) to Nepal and Tibet. This in the name of peace! Join us on this journey to make friends and offer a gift of love to Mt. Kailas! You too can be a part of our 'Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailas.' All you have to do is wish us well! We will then speak your name to this holy mountain!
Yiannis IoakimidisYiannis Ioakimidis

Γιάννης Ιωακειμίδης, Ντόπιος τριών πόλεων. Ανασαίνει μέσα σε διαδρόμους βιβλιοπωλείων και στα στενά των πόλεων. Λατρεύει τόσο πολύ την φωτογραφία και την ροκ που η κοπέλα του αναγκάστηκε να μάθει κι απ τα δύο.

Mirella IontaMirella Ionta

Mirella Ionta is currently studying languages at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Proficient in three languages, her English articles have appeared in many alternative magazines and newspapers worldwide.

Lily Jade Lily Jade
20 something native Chinese lives in Malaysia, studying for a master in women entrepreneurship. Loves cats, traveling, pop corn and simple life style. She believes smile is the best make up for a women and happiness is the best medicine for all the illness. The greatest interest of hers is to travel and meet people from all over the world and get to know the world she's living in.

Rob JenkinsonRob Jenkinson
Misanthropic and a vivid hypochondriac, Rob Jenkinson is a reluctant 27-year-old living in the midwest of America and spends most of his time wandering around in a daze trying to figure out what the hell is going on over there. He then goes home and writes it all down in his weekly column "Letter's from America". Aren't you all lucky?
Mike JennettMike Jennett
Originally British, I’ve spent the last 25 years traveling the world scratching out a living as a freelance programmer. It’s less satisfying than building fences, which is what paid the bills back in 1973, but provides plenty of material about which to toddle off a few paragraphs. These days, you’ll find me in Washington DC, not far from ‘Dubbya’ - who never calls, never writes and doesn’t ask for advice. Maybe Hilary will…
Joan JimenezJoan Jimenez
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Dr Elsa Lycias JoelDr Elsa Lycias Joel

Elsa Lycias Joel. I hold  a doctorate in biotechnology. member of research gate with more than ten research publications of mangrove fungi. freelance a lot. worked with the new indian express as sub editor for a year or so. write for children's magazines like Junior Chandamama,The children's magazine by PCM publishers since 2004 and Children's world by CBT. I also contribute to Womans Era, Readers Digest, I Quote, Women Exclusive (WE), infinithoughts, couples magazine and other regional dailies. recently authored a children's book named "Perfect Endings',  the author's copy of which was signed by none other than the former president of India Dr. Abdul Kalam

Kevin JoffreKevin Joffre
Kevin Joffre is a 24-year-old city boy who moved from his small hometown of Los Angeles to the slightly larger town of New York.  At 19 he was managing editor of Xy Magazine before heading his own American gay youth publication entitled Qr Magazine.  He likes his coffee with lots of cream and tons of sugar.
Michael Lee JohnsonMichael Lee Johnson
Michael Lee Johnson is a freelance writer and poet, who has had over 240 poems published in over 110 journals and online publications. He is a member of Poets & Writers, Inc and Directory of American Poets & Fictions Writers: pw.org/directory. He has been published in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Nigeria, India, and the United Kingdom. The Lost American is about one man’s journey into exile over the Vietnam War many years ago, his struggle, his survival, his road to recovery and strength manifesting itself through his prose and poems. Mr. Michael Lee Johnson lives with his best friend, Nikki, the cat, and is content to be living in a small suburb of Chicago.
Duncan Butt JuvonenDuncan Butt Juvonen
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Thanos K & Asa BThanos K & Asa B
Asa Butcher and Thanos Kalamidas also work on joint projects that fly under the Ovi flag. Together they write children's books, comics, screenplays, theatre scripts, documentaries and much more.
George KalatzisGeorge Kalatzis

I write since I was 18 years old, from fairy tales to science fiction novels, still I am not a writer, I …scribble funny cartoons. I did it for 5 years proficiently for two of the most popular Greek magazines, but I am not a painter. I am writing lyrics and music, I actually sang once a song in front of millions TV viewers on a contest, but I am not a musician. I was for 10 years the head of a marketing department in the largest CD-DVD manufacturer in Greece, but I am not a marketer. I finished a fashion designer school, but I never made a single clothe… I am 62 years-old now and I am trying to find what am I. Maybe you can help me find out. My name is George Kalatzis and I still live in Greece. Maybe this is the answer for all this mess above.

Sheema KalbasiSheema Kalbasi
Born in Tehran, Iran, she is a human right activist, an award winning poet, and literary translator. She is the director of Dialogue of Nations through Poetry in Translation, director of Poetry of Iranian Women Project, the poetry editor of Muse Apprentice Guild and the co-director of the Other Voices International project.
Dr. Binoy KampmarkDr. Binoy Kampmark
Binoy Kampmark was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. He has published widely on topics of international security and modern history, and is currently lecturing in Modern History at the University of Queensland. I blog at Oz Moses (http://ozmoses.blogspot.com/)
Marko KananenMarko Kananen
Marko Kananen is a social scientist and a freelance journalist, especially interested in analysing the pitfalls and possibilities of European integration. He lives currently in Vienna.
Sidharth KanjilalSidharth Kanjilal
Sidharth Kanjilal is an Astrologer, Numerologist and Feng shui consultant. He makes personal detailed Birth charts also from a persons date and place of birth. From his guidances and suggestions, poeple and corporate clients across the world are benefitted with better and richer life. He can be contacted at sid20483@yahoo.com
Vanessa KaramanoliVanessa Karamanoli

Graduate of the West Macedonia Art School, Greece with love in interior design and installations.

Dimitra KarantzeniDimitra Karantzeni
Twenty-five years old today and a mother of a gorgeous son, I live in Peristeri, a west suburb of Athens, Greece. A graduate of Communication and Media Studies in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, also owning a master in European and International Studies, I remember myself pretending to be a journalist since I was 10, taking quick notes when my parents watched the news and then trying to repeat them in my own words…My concept of journalism? Read between the lines, have no fear of expressing yourself, dare to be unpleasant when it’s necessary. Remember, there is just one truth, but too many, different ways to see it. Life moto: ‘‘I may not agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it’’.
Ivana KellyIvana Kelly
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Tahir KhanTahir Khan
Date of Birth: 01.07.1974. Qualifications: Post Graduation in Biology, Diploma in computer applications and short course in journalism. tahirinfo@gmail.com
Dr. Muhammad Aslam KhanDr. Muhammad Aslam Khan

A retired Brig Gen from Pakistan Army, served 32 years. A veteran of ‘1971Indo-Pak War’, has been instructor in officers’ Pakistan Military Academy, commanded Divisional as well as Corps Artillery, with two tenures in prestigious Military Operations Directorate, GHQ. Also twice served as ‘Director’ in GHQ. Holds first class Master’s degree in International Relations as well as PhD, acquired in 2002-2007 from University of Peshawar, Pakistan. Authored a book, published by a US publisher, writes frequently in national and international media. Has attended several seminars and conferences within the country and abroad. Travelled to Cambodia, Thailand, Switzerland, UK, US, UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Germany (twice). Is member of IFIMES Slovenia, an analyst of ‘Modern Diplomacy’ and on authors’ panel of ‘Eurasia Review’. Lives in Lahore garrison, plays golf with 16 handicaps.
FB: www.facebook.com/muhammadaslam.khan.14

Amir KhatibAmir Khatib
Amir Khatib had gone a long way in the world. He comes from the Tigris and Euphrates valley, from the cradle of our civilization but he chosen to live in Finland, the extreme north of Europe, which is considered the laboratory of the future.
Artie KnappArtie Knapp
American writer Artie Knapp is the author of many published works for young readers. His children’s book Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand was endorsed by The National Stuttering Association and the American Institute for Stuttering. A frequent contributor to Ovi Magazine, Artie’s children’s literature has also been featured in such publications as The Detroit Free Press, Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine, Lincoln Kids, The Modesto Bee, Kids Turn Central, the Fort Wayne Family Magazine and the Cincinnati Enquirer to name a few. He is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and graduated from Ohio University. Artie lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and daughter. To learn more about Artie and his work, please visit www.artieknapp.com
Phantiwa Kongsiri Phantiwa Kongsiri

Phantiwa Kongsiri was born 1987 in Bhavarat village Isan, where she grew up and finished her high school. She graduated from Wendy Cooking School in Bangkok. She spent six years in Europe - Hungary and a year and a half in Turkey and India. Now she lives in Thailand and devotes her tome to cooking and researching the recipes of Thai regions. She is particularly interested in the health effects of food.

 

Dimitris KontogiannisDimitris Kontogiannis

Greek journalist, chief editor of Apopseis.gr

Giorgos KontogiannisGiorgos Kontogiannis

A journalist by profession, a parliamentarian by honour and faith. With long history in the Greek political life since mid 1970s and member of the Greek parliament for the last decade.

Dimitrios KontopodisDimitrios Kontopodis
Born in Athens, Greece. He studied electrical engineering in Athens and in Munich. Since 2003 he lives and works in Berlin.
Dr. Emine KoseogluDr. Emine Koseoglu
A Research Assistant at Yildiz Technical University, Department of Architecture, İstanbul, Turkey, Emine was born in Istanbul in 1980. After graduating from Trakya University as an architect, she got her Master of Architecture degree at YTU. She is a PhD student at YTU now and studies spatial perception and legibility. She likes books, taking photographs and watercolor painting.
Emre Kovacs Emre Kovacs

Emre Kovacs is an independent scholar-artist.  He is committed to the research of the common roots and interaction of Eurasian cultures from the stone age up to our days. He is a spiritual teacher, the author of  books, articles and artworks, creator of large granite stones and bronzes. For spiritual teachings he uses an ancient native script  of deep symbolism which he researched, practices and teach as well. He has an interdisciplinary background reflecting his various interests including the fine arts, art history, linguistics, theology, religious studies, computer system design and cultural anthropology. He travels frequently in Eurasia.  He had several intellectual and spiritual teachers in different parts of the world.

Karl KrogstadKarl Krogstad
Krogstad has based his career on being a misunderstood artist. If one felt inclined to pander to his audacity, the names Cocteau and Eisenstein might come to mind. www.karlkrogstad.com
KrotKrot
Krot was born and raised in Greece, lives in Belgium and loves France. She has studied History, but her work has nothing to do with it. She enjoys music and traveling. Almost 30, pathologically optimistic and loud, she is still trying to figure out what she wants to do in life.
Vesa KuosmanenVesa Kuosmanen
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Nikos LaiosNikos Laios

Nikos Laios:poet,writer,artist,philosopher,and citizen of the world.Lived in Greece,and now in North Sydney,Australia.My home is any cafe with a warm heart,a glass of wine,and partaking in a symposium on life with new friends,with joy and laughter.

Anne LaitinenAnne Laitinen
Anne Laitinen is the PR Manager for Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth in Helsinki.
R & M LandbeckR & M Landbeck
A real monkey wrench is about to hit the ID vs Evolution debate. And very likely all political debate as well! There is a new interpretation of the teachings of Christ and the first ever testable religious proof, one that meets all the criteria of the scientific method, circulating on the web. It's called The Final Freedoms. www.energon.uklinux.net
Linda LaneLinda Lane
Photographer Linda Lane lives in the San Francisco Bay area having recently relocated from Seattle, Washington. Lane was raised in Alaska, coming from an "old West" family - her great-grandfather, Isaac Newton Lane (Mexican Cherokee), was one of the 26 Pony Express Riders in the 1860's. Both lines of her family come from Alaska beginning in 1896, a year before the Nome Gold Rush. Her career began as a wildlife photographer working for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, Alaska in 1978. She has a holistic world view with a global perspective, which she uses when designing software in-between photography trips, which take her rambling from around her neighborhood to around the world -- Nepal, Mexico, India, etc, and home to Alaska. Linda uses the nickname "Wonderlane" on the Internet.
Dustin A. LaneDustin A. Lane
I am in my mid 30s, I grew up poor and neglected in Chicago, joined the Army as a M1A1 tank crewman at 17, was stationed in Germany at 18 and moved to Helsinki with my wife at 21. I returned to America at 25 and, because of where I live, I still sleep with a 9mm under the pillow. I also make a mean pot of chili.
Dee LaneDee Lane
Please submit a bio to info@ovimagazine.com.
Clifford W. LazarClifford W. Lazar
Lazar has a B.A. and M.A. in Economics, specializing in development and income distribution. Cliff worked in defense and energy companies.  As Co-chairman of Scientists and Engineers for McGovern for President, he wrote McGovern’s peace-time reconversion plan.
Neil Leadbeater Neil Leadbeater

Neil Leadbeater is an international author, editor, essayist, poet  and critic living in Edinburgh, Scotland. His short stories, articles and poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad. His most recent books are Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder Press, Scotland, 2011); The Worcester Fragments (Original Plus Press, England, 2013); The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives (Poetry Space, England, 2014), The Fragility of Moths (Bibliotheca Universalis, Romania, 2014) and Sleeve Notes (Bibliohteca Universalis, Romania, 2016). A selection of his poems in Spanish, La Transmissión de la Noche is due to be published in Buenos Aires, Argentina, later this year. He is a regular reviewer for the on-line journal Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement) (USA) and his work has been translated into Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.

Paul LightfootPaul Lightfoot
I am writing pieces about humans their environment and the many curiosities and these writings are painted onto canvas. They are stories which draw attention to certain aspects of our life giving them a more significant meaning. Love, death and the fundamental nature of things are looked at almost as if with a cursory glance but the thought provoking stories leave a vague sense of a question mark, encouraging to be looked at again. The effect is to look at ourselves sometimes humorously, sometimes with irony but always with consideration to who we are. My title for this work is Prevailing Winds.
Ergo te LinaErgo te Lina
29 years old, studied Greek literature university of Thessalonica
LisnLisn
Lisn started in 1989 with an aim to create a line of contemporary incense and incense related objects for interior and modern lifestyle. The name Lisn comes from the English verb to listen. The listening to the scent is a concept, which was adopted by the 15th century Japanese connoisseurs of subtle and sophisticated incense. The Lisn shops are located in Kyoto, Tokyo and from July 2006 in Helsinki, the first outside Japan: www.lisn.fi
Bruno LoebBruno Loeb
Bruno Loeb (Trieste 1938) is an architect and a painter. A Canadian citizen, he lived in many countries and is an expert of German Expressionism and of the Neue Sachlickeit.
Shahid LoneShahid Lone

Shahid Lone is a widely published international columnist‎ from Indian occupied Kashmir. His columns have appeared in Independent, The Post, Midweek, Modern Diplomacy, Eurassia Review etc. He rebuts newly constructed Schisms by Philosophical Understanding of Quran and Prophetic Narrations. He is an avid disseminator and propagator of the message of Quran.  He is  currently working on Literature survey of Islamic Economics and Finance with keen focus on Risk Management.

Jean LotusJean Lotus
Jean Lotus started White Dot in 1996 as a newsletter for people who don't watch television and to encourage parents not to allow their children to watch either: www.whitedot.org
Love & AnarchyLove & Anarchy
Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy is a non-competitive film festival held since 1987, yearly in September. The festival promotes the artistry of filmmaking, the inventive, visually stunning and controversial new films, revealing the promising talents of tomorrow: www.hiff.fi
Youth Leader MagazineYouth Leader Magazine
YL Magazine is a dynamic upgrade of pnyv! and Humanity 4.0 magazine, two exciting pilot adventures on new positive change media - created and managed in 15 languages by a team of more than 350 young online volunteer contributors from 70 countries
Oil Price MagazineOil Price Magazine

Oil Price is one of the leading energy news sites online. The site has news and opinion on all fossil fuels covering crude oil, natural gas and coal. 50% of our content is also focused on alternative energy and the environment where we cover solar energy, wind power, and all other clean energy technologies. The site also contains crude oil price charts and crude oil consumption tables. Our crude oil price charts cover three month periods and our energy tables cover crude oil production and crude oil consumption alongside coal, natural gas, nuclear power and all other major energy sub-sectors.

 

 

Ayla  MahlerAyla Mahler
BIO NEEDED
Cosmas MairosiCosmas Mairosi
Born February 8th 1977 in Mudzi, Zimbabwe. My father was a woodcarver - I see myself as a wordcarver. A qualified primary school teacher by profession, I am more into poetry, writing and performance. Have published one short story and several poems in magazines, radio, television and the internet locally and internationally. Have won poetry accolades and designed the district council logo.
Mahmoud MansiMahmoud Mansi
Mahmoud Mansi was born in 1986, in Alexandria. He studied Finance in The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. He discovered his writing talent when he turned sixteen, right after the sudden death of his father, but all his works were kept in darkness until he published his first novel: A Journey from Darkness to Light in 2010. Until 2011 he published six articles, thirteen short stories and two book reviews. He was the only Egyptian to win “A Sea of Words” literary award for 2010 for his short story; The Island.
He is also a playwright, poet, critic and photographer but lots of his work is kept unpublished yet. He writes in Arabic too, but mainly in English to communicate with a wider range of minds, and to reflect the native Arab philosophy and literature to the other side of the world.
His passion is in reviving the old native art that was used in ancient churches, mosques and the same used in building the pyramids of Giza. This kind of art is the one used to blend literature, science, culture, philosophy, spirituality and beauty into one complete piece. His writings in general tend to have the same formulae of this equation that speaks to the common culture between Humanity, for this reason Mahmoud Mansi is mainly nicknamed by “The Native Writer”.
He is currently working in the same university he graduated from as a Human Resources Specialist, holding a MA degree specialized in Marketing and initiating a new writing foundation for supporting Egyptian literature, by the name of “The Forgotten Writers”
“I do not write to confront another being, but I write to confront Literature itself, to confront Art... This is how we Humans excel.” Mahmoud Mansi

My Book on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Darkness-Light-Literature-Spirituality/dp/1452010137/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322121858&sr=1-1
 
My websites: http://www.united-humanity.com/mahmoud-mansi.html - http://mahmoudmansicriticreviews.blogspot.com/

Book Trailers and Book Discussions on Youtube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ThMnAiMpi0 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN3gBhzS-g8 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCcAwu7dGfo


Jari MartikainenJari Martikainen
Jari Martikainen (31) is a Finnish aircraft mechanic and pilot who enjoys travelling and has photography as a preferred hobby. You'll see he should take it more seriously. Jari loves dogs, music and Indian food.
Will MartinWill Martin
American and long-time London resident Will Martin now lives in Helsinki with his wife and children.  He has lived and worked in Tokyo and Madrid and although an experienced lawyer he is now hoping to do something more interesting with his life.
Lewis MartinLewis Martin
I'm a Scottish Architect born in the 70's currently living in Helsinki with my family. I have worked and lived in the UK, India, the Netherlands, and now Finland. I love to read and write and listen to music. I blog at www.lewism.org .
Matti McCambridgeMatti McCambridge
Please send a bio and photo.
Doug McGillDoug McGill
Bio coming soon...
Patrick McWadePatrick McWade
Patrick McWade has been drawing cartoons, cards, and logos for more over two dozen years. During that time, his strips and editorial cartoons have appeared in various incarnations of local small town newspapers. His work has also shown up in a variety of print and online magazines. He currently lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with his wife, and their two big dogs.
Avgi MeletiAvgi Meleti

Avgi Meleti is of Greek origin. She has a BA in English & Greek literature and a MA in Education & Civilisation. She is married and she has three children.

Kuriakos MellosKuriakos Mellos
Kyriakos Mellos is a first generation Greek American from Chicago in the United States who currently works in the Marketing field. After majoring in three degrees at Loyola University; he lived in Europe where he studied Economic Development Theory of Eastern Europe while traveling throughout the continenet. In addition to his day time job; he is also the co-founder of a popular international diaspora website called www.dailyfrappe.com, which is updated daily with Greek related news from around the world. Sharing his interest in world politics, he will be blogging about issues that are both pressing in the world community yet also at times unreported.
Nic MephamNic Mepham
Ten years "finnished" now and yet *I feel I have only just started. I'm a finfan with an allergy to language learning, so I'm being holistic about it and taking small doses regularly in an effort to build up an immunity that will eventually allow me to speak the lingo freely without worry. A wonderful wife, courageous children and really prolific professionally. What can I say, James Bond, but without any really cool gadgets...This message should really self-destruct in ten seconds, but it probably won't. Damn!
Marc-Olivier MeunierMarc-Olivier Meunier
Marc-Olivier is a French guy who came in Finland in Sept 06 to find a reason to stay! He found a rugby club and 30 friends in a very promising country and ... decided to stay. He's now organising the annual rugby tournament of the Helsinki Rugby Club: www.balticplate.com or contact: momeunier@gmail.com
C.J. MichaelsC.J. Michaels
Please send a bio and photo.
Mihalis MihailMihalis Mihail
I am Cypriot (Greek) living in the US since 2005. I have lived most of my life outside Cyprus: Germany, Hungary, Poland and now in the USA.
Alexander MikhaylovAlexander Mikhaylov
I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. Once I’d tried to be everything: a rock musician, a street sweeper, a carpenter, a circus clock room attendant, a night guard, an artist, a music instructor, and a rock group manager. I emigrated to USA as political refugee in 1989. I’ve been living in Europe for the last eight years.
Johnny MilnerJohnny Milner
Johnny Milner is an Australian sound-designer, film maker and art critique. He currently resides in Helsinki and is working in film production.
MirageMirage
Male, aged 40, astonished with life like a child, on his spare time ponders with her mysteries and ultimate questions. More info and some questions at www.blogger.com/profile/26834132
Kevin MitchellKevin Mitchell
Please submit a bio.
Mortals of MegapolisMortals of Megapolis

need bio

Christos MouzevirisChristos Mouzeviris
A Greek living in Ireland, a Journalism student and interested in politics, history, art,nature,traveling and music. His blog aims to give an alternative perspective of EU and European politics to the citizens of EU, and re-enact their interest in European politics. He believes in an equal and prosperous Europe for all its people and nationalities, but with an equal distribution of wealth, equal opportunities and development for all the continent. He loves traveling and would like to start a travel blog as well. He created his blog, with a vision into making it a real movement: The Eblana European Democratic Movement.
Gordana Mudri Gordana Mudri

Gordana Mudri Born in 1965 in Croatia, skilful with words and hands, head full of images and ideas that are just waiting to break free, drawers filled with hidden works.

Michael MugweruMichael Mugweru
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Stuart MuscroftStuart Muscroft
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Bouke S. NagelBouke S. Nagel

Bouke S. Nagel studied Business Administration as part of the Social Sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He is an avid reader and likes to write. Over the past years Mr. Nagel published his so-called “explorations” and other pieces in OVI-Magazine on topics such as the EU, contemporary populism, democracy and the financial crisis. These were received very well by the OVI-readership and for that he is grateful. Comments or remarks on his articles and thoughts are appreciated. 

Ramesh NaidooRamesh Naidoo
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Dr. Lawrence NanneryDr. Lawrence Nannery

What to say without saying too much?  I was born in 1942, and have degrees in philosophy and political science from Columbia University and the New School for Social Research, and there is very little that I am not interested in.  I have studied all of the social sciences, only to find out that they were not "scientific" in the strong sense.  But I did come away with a lack of piety about those disciplines.  For example, I do not believe in economists, but I do relish economic history.
At 32 I went to the New School to study philosophy and found a home.  I became, in turn, an expert on Hannah Arendt, on Aristotle, Plato, and later wrote a long book on Kafka, the smartest guy on the planet.  I founded a philosophy journal that has survived to this day.
I have taught over time at a dozen colleges, in New York and London, but got attached to none, and worked often as a social worker or in some other region of social services.
It's all the manic depression thing, either an undirected layabout or a man visiting many research institutions seeking out the least known detail of something I cannot live without getting to the bottom of.
Up until some months ago I was working on another long project, in the philosophy of history, which I have taught several times, but it burgeoned so greatly I had an outline of several hundred pages and left the project out of boredom.  But I have just taken it up again.  If I get busy as a dung beetle, I could write on what I have already learned about this subject primarily, though I assert with full confidence that everything interests me, and even I cannot predict exactly where I will wind up on a given topic.

Theodore K. NasosTheodore K. Nasos

Theodore K. Nasos, researcher, ghost writer, observer.

Edna NelsonEdna Nelson
Currently living in the Helsinki Metro area, native New Yorker and half-Finn Edna Nelson has been learning Finnish, filling note books, adjusting to the culture and producing her journal-comic series “I <3 Me”. After living in Florida for a year and a half she realized that a she wasn’t ready to act in that 2 car garage production just yet and opted out. Packed her bags, flew to Finland and committed to the hope of living her dreams.
Eero NevalainenEero Nevalainen
Eero Nevalainen lives in Nurmijärvi and is about to receive his M.Sc. in Computer Science. Now that he's grown up, he's taking his time to consider his options for the future.
Prof. Michael NewmanProf. Michael Newman

Prof. Michael Newman received his Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Eastern Michigan University. He discovered his love for teaching this subject while living abroad. He moved to South Florida and began his journey seeking a tenure track position. Currently he has attained this and is serving at Broward College in South Florida. Along with teaching, Michael’s great passion is that of philosophical writing and discussion.

Newropeans-MagazineNewropeans-Magazine
Newropeans Magazine is an independent magazine developped for the exchange of views on the future of a democratic Europe. Newropeans Magazine is independent from all European institutions, governments, religions and political parties: www.newropeans-magazine.org
Nicky De JongNicky De Jong
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Arman NobariArman Nobari

I'm an artist, designer, and humanitarian from California. I'm on a mission to change the world through my art, depicting the plight of the 3rd world and the contrast to the 1st world, with proceeds directly supporting efforts to provide medicine, food, and water to those in need.

 

Jenny NordlundJenny Nordlund
Theatre Metamorfoosi is a professional mainly Finnish theatre group specialised in masks. It was founded in year 2006. The idea of establishing a new theatre was aroused in year 2004 when the becoming founders met each other in a mask preparing workshop in Italy.
Nunobark Nunobark
Nunobark is a Lisbon-based illustrator, artist, graphic designer, proud father and member of the Art and Design Collective "Manufactor". He has a degree in Graphic Design and advanced studies in Communication Design. He works as a freelance artist, illustrator and musician. Loves plants and rhythm. Favorite Quotes: "You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred", "The way we see the problem is the problem", "Everything has one end, only the sausage has two", "amare humanum est". Blog: Public Secret.
Hezron NyawachiHezron Nyawachi
I am a Kenyatta University(Kenya) English graduate and a research fellow at the Institute for African Progress.
Joseph OcenJoseph Ocen
After 12 years in the business world cutting my path in Africa and the Middle East,I left business after creating and losing 3 fortunes for my true passion which is writing.I have written 4 books and more are to come.Ovimagazine is a great place for me to share with others.I also share my experiences and those of others through writing my own invention called "Potrait Books".These are books that are customized for the reader. Joseph Ocen

Email: josephocen@gmail.com
Timothy OgeneTimothy Ogene
Timothy Ogene is a poet, Social Innovator, Research and Strategies Associate with Reading Bridges Magazine, shortlisted for the 2010 Avon International Poetry Prize and is working on his poetry book.
Anna OistrosAnna Oistros
One more who thinks that …she not alike any other female and lives in the land of nowhere!
Mitterand OkorieMitterand Okorie

Mitterand Okorie is a Nigerian. He holds a Bachelors Degree in International Relations from Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus. He self-published his poetry collection titled 'A Season of Allegories'. He is working on what would be his first Novel 'Torn'.

OobioOobio
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Ovi Magazine GuestOvi Magazine Guest

Ovi magazine hosts articles and essays from visitor writers and experts to their fields.

Shavarsh PalabikianShavarsh Palabikian
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Panathinaikos PalmosPanathinaikos Palmos
Under the Green Sky we shall arise 
Prof. Ernesto Paolozzi Prof. Ernesto Paolozzi

Prof. Ernesto Paolozzi (Napoli, 1954), è stato borsista presso l’ Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici (fondato da Benedetto Croce) E’ stato direttore scientifico della Fondazione Luigi Einaudi di Roma. Attualmente è componente del Comitato scientifico.
E’ docente di Storia della Filosofia Contemporanea presso l’Università Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli. E’ membro del Comitato scientifico dell'Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici
Autore di vari saggi e volumi tra i quali: I problemi dell’estetica italiana, Napoli, 1985. - Vicende dell’estetica, Napoli, 1989. - Guido Cortese, (con Raffaello Franchini), Napoli, 1990. - Ha curato il Carteggio Croce – Mann, Napoli, 1991. - L’identità liberale in una società in trasformazione, Napoli, 1992. - Il liberalismo come metodo, Roma, 1995. - La rivoluzione ingenerosa, Napoli, 1996. - Ha curato l’edizione del Profilo di Tocqueville, - di Vittorio De Caprariis, Napoli, 1996. - Benedetto Croce, Napoli, 1998. - Libertà, democrazia, repubblica, Napoli, 2000 - Con Valerio Zanone ed altri autori:Critica della ragion liberale, Napoli, 2000. - L’estetica di Benedetto Croce, Napoli, 2002 (trad. russa a cura di Svletana Maltzeva). - Con Giuseppe Gembillo e Giuseppe Giordano:Liberalismo, scienza, complessità. Messina, 2004.
Bioetica: una scienza per la vita, Milano, 20009
Benedetto Croce e il metodo liberale, Ravenna, 2010
Treasurer for the Italian Institute for Historical Studies. - Director for Foundation Luigi Einaudi of Rome. - Professor of History and Philosophy at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Naples - Member of the Italian Commitee for historical studies.

Dr. Emanuel PaparellaDr. Emanuel Paparella

Emanuel L. Paparella has a BA (major in philosophy) "St. Francis College, NYC", an MA "Middlebury College, Vt" in Italian Literature, an M.Ph. in Comparative Literatures and a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism from Yale University. A former professor of Italian at the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Central Florida where he was director of the Urbino Summer Program from 1998 till 2001. He is currently retired, residing with his wife Cathy and his three daughters.
In the last six years Dr. Paparella has taught philosophy at Barry University situated at Miami Shores, and for the last two years he has also been teaching philosophy at Broward College in Davie, Florida.

Louie ParsonsLouie Parsons
Louie Parsons is from Ireland orginally, Based himself in Holland for many years and travelled Europe before settling in Lahti. Is the founding member and songwriter of the rock band Those Magnificent Bastards, (T,M,B,). He also co writes lyrics with some of Finland's more popular rock bands. He is a featured columnist with the magazine Iso l, and writes for many online magazines around the world using a array of pen names. He has just finished a book on historical megalithic sites and their alignments to the winter and summer solstices, and their advanced astronomical significance.
John PedersonJohn Pederson
He's just John and he was one of the founding members of Ovi. Until recently he was MIA, but he has recently surfaced safe and sound in Indonesia.
Alexandra PereiraAlexandra Pereira
Multiculturality-loving fantasist Portuguese who studied painting, screenplays-literature and psychology. Thinks that only a few simple things in life are truly worth it: http://www.alexandra-pereira.com/en/
Ana & Alexandra PereiraAna & Alexandra Pereira
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Brett PetruzzelliBrett Petruzzelli

Brett Petruzzelli. A college student offering a young person’s insight into a wide variety of topics.

PhivosPhivos
The same old Phivos, you may met that old time back in Athens, Greece, you may met some of these days in Paris, France or you may meet soon, in some big city of this planet. Or of another one!
Stan PopovichStan Popovich

Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/ 

Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.
Citizen of the UE and member of the worldwide solidarity movement supporting the Sahrawi People.
Nasrin PourhamrangNasrin Pourhamrang
Nasrin Pourhamrang is an Iranian journalist and calligrapher, born in 1969. She has served 15 years as the chief editor of Hatef Weekly magazine in northern Iran and holds a M.A of urban sociology. She currently teaches social communication as a lecturer in the Scientific and Applicative University of Guilan, Rasht.
Sarah PowSarah Pow
I’ve just finished a degree in Illustration at the University of Plymouth.  love texture, colour & mixed media. I get inspired by Pop culture, Music, Fashion and my friends.
Satya PrakashSatya Prakash
He is an Indian who fell in love with Finland two years ago. A professional manufacturing consultant, whose interest also lies in World politics, current affairs, and business.  Loves traveling, food, wine and reading.
Riku PyhalaRiku Pyhala
Born in Helsinki's suburb, lives and breaths now the air of Kallio. Studies movie screenwriting in Helsinki Polytechnic. Doesn't know the ending.
Thanos RaftopoulosThanos Raftopoulos

Thanos Raftopoulos. Born in early 1970’s in south Athens, with a variety of professions in my career path and the mishap to have worked for a dozen of years for a devastated sector in Greece, the one of cars. I consider myself a modern satirical cartoonist, highly recognized by all my close friends! They also blame me on how I can deliver such sense of humour embodied in art, while I never eat sweets or sugar at any use… I also adore biking, innovative and imaginative creations.

Dr. Azly RahmanDr. Azly Rahman

Dr. Azly Rahman grew up in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and holds a Columbia University (New York City) doctorate in International Education Development and multiple Masters Degrees in the fields of Education, International Affairs, Peace Studies and Communication, and currently pursuing a fifth in Creative Writing. He has written more than 350 analyses/essays on Malaysia and global issues. His writings have appeared in scholarly forums in China, Australia, Europe, Indonesia, Malaysia, Denmark, Finland, and the United States. His 25 years of teaching experience in Malaysia and the United States spans over a wide range of subjects, from elementary to graduate education. He has edited and authored seven books; Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present, Future (2009), Thesis on Cyberjaya: Hegemony and Utopianism in a Southeast Asian State (2012), The Allah Controversy and Other Essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity (2013), Dark Spring: Essays on the Ideological Roots of Malaysia's General Elections-13 (2013), a first Malay publication Kalimah Allah Milik Siapa?: Renungan dan Nukilan Tentang Malaysia di Era Pancaroba (2014), Controlled Chaos: Essays on Mahathirism, Multimedia Super Corridor and Malaysia’s ‘New Politics’ (2014), and One Malaysia under God, Bipolar (2015). He is currently working on his eighth book, on Gifted and Talented Education in Malaysia, honoring a prominent educator. He currently resides in the United States where he teaches courses in Education, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Political Science, and American Studies.

Beatriz M. RamírezBeatriz M. Ramírez
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John RayJohn Ray
John Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.) writes the Dissecting Leftism blog. He is a former member of the Australia-Soviet Friendship Society, former anarcho-capitalist and former member of the British Conservative party.
Anita Rieu-SicartAnita Rieu-Sicart
Var Village Voice editor Anita Rieu-Sicart runs the unique, and slightly eccentric Var Village Voice celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2005. It continues to gather readers from all over the Var region, helping them enjoy everything the Var has to offer from local village events, to major summer festivals, helping them socialise, have fun, and join in the activities of the numerous expatriate organisations dotted around the region: www.varvillagevoice.com
RinsoRinso
Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Studied chemical engineering, worked in research, fire service and waste industry. Now living in East Finland and working as a cook/winemaker in his family business.
Matti RipattiMatti Ripatti
A freelance journalist who lives in Helsinki.
Osvaldo RochaOsvaldo Rocha

Osvaldo Rocha is a lecturer at different Mexican universities and a freelance translator of English, German and Scandinavian languages. He studied international politics in Mexico and Norse literature in Iceland, and is a contributor to publications from Latin America, North America, Europe and Asia.

Rohingya Human RightsRohingya Human Rights
The Rohingya community of Arakan, Burma ( Myanmar ) is one of the most unfortunate and down-trodden minority groups of the world, who have been constantly subjected to gross human rights violation decades after decades by the military rulers of Burma who have turned Burma into a secret state of terror since 1962. The Council for Restoration of Democracy in Burma (CRDB) has been working for the restoration of Democracy in Burma as well as for the restoration of human rights of Rohingya community. Our Email: crdb.rohingyas@gmail.com
Virginia Maria RomeroVirginia Maria Romero

Virginia Maria Romero is a visionary artist with works in public, and museum permanent collections, as well as numerous private collections throughout the United States and abroad. Romero’s biographical artist profile is included on the New Mexico Office of the State Historian website: www.newmexicohistory.org; and in 2013 Romero was recognized as a distinguished Artist and Poet by the American Council for Polish Culture.

The style, color, and compositions of Romero’s acrylics as well as her pigmented wood panels (retablos) and sculpture continue to exhibit her uniqueness and creative quality. Romero is one of a handful of “Anglos” to be counted among the santero artists of the American Southwest with works inspired by the culture of New Mexico and her Polish/Irish heritage that are just as strongly driven by her own experiences, setting her works apart from others. In reference it has been said that, “Romero has taken an ancient art form and redefined it, reinvented it, and made it her own.” “Virginia Maria Romero’s art speaks a language unlike any other…it is a language of the heart, of the soul, of life...”

Juliette RoquesJuliette Roques
I am a French citizen who grew up in Germany and the U.S., and am currently dividing my time between Manchester and Berlin. I speak English, French, German, Hungarian and Polish and am currently in the process of learning Finnish. I have been writing since the age of seven or eight, adapting the stories I liked to the way I wanted them told, preferring the imaginative to the autobiographical and am currently working on a series of stories based in and around Finnish culture and music.
Annabelle RoseAnnabelle Rose

Annabelle writes articles on the interesting things she finds in life, particularly on what it is like to have a gay father. Her writing aims to show honesty of the human condition and always tries to hold a little bit of hope. She is a Scriptwriting major in Melbourne, Australia having one play produced in 2012 titled 'Taking Leave' that explores teen suicide amongst classmates and teachers in a moving and at times humourous way. Annabelle's next play titled 'The Devil's Razor' explores the lives of two men in a psychiatric centre.

Saberi RoySaberi Roy
Saberi Roy is a poet, writer and analyst and writes and publishes articles on a broad range of social, political, psychological and religious issues. She has several degrees in many subjects and is also an avid traveler.
Lilika RubyLilika Ruby
Lilika Ruby is a practicing artist who thinks of herself as a sort of OCD Renaissance woman. Research obsessions include BDSM, string theory, Performance Art, Shibari, and the proof of zero, just to name a few.
Edwin RywaltEdwin Rywalt

Edwin Rywalt is a computer specialist living in Pennsylvania with his family. He is a talented and accomplished pianist with a college education from Columbia University and a life---long scholarly interest in the nexus between science, technology, and the liberal arts. Beginning in May 2014 he will be offering pro bono services to the Ovi Symposium with typo correction editing and other useful suggestions aiming at improving the overall format of the twice a month section of Ovi magazine. Perhaps in the future, if his commitments allow it, he may decide to join the Symposium’s ongoing dialogue.

Abdullah A. Ali SallamAbdullah A. Ali Sallam
Abdullah AbdulElah Ali Sallam. He is founder and executive director of National Cultural Center for Youth ( Youth Center ) in Yemen He interested human rights and youth, worked for establish youth organizations union in Yemen  and create success stories for a lot of persons who be effective in their local society ,then he educated in democracy and Human Rights .He has wide experience more than 15 years in civil society.

In addition, he worked journalist in several newspapers and magazines in his country, as well as worked in International Organization as consultation like Care and manger program in Partners for Democratic change. Now he is preparing Master in university Malaysia Perlis about The handicaps of cultural social legal for NGOs in Yemen.

Jan SandJan Sand
I was born in Manhattan, New York, grew up to the age of 12 in Brooklyn, and resided until the age of 36 in Manhattan. I took a degree in industrial design at Pratt Institute and worked in New York until I was designated field man for a New York firm for an exhibition by the US Commerce Dept in Helsinki, where I met my wife. Since then, I worked in Berlin, Paris, Tel Aviv and in the USA.
Ken SandersKen Sanders
Ken Sanders has been in the rare book business in Utah since the 1970s. From 1975-1981 he co-owned The Cosmic Aeroplane. He founded Dream Garden Press in 1980, and Ken Sanders Rare Books in 1990. He has been engaged in buying, selling, appraising and publishing new and old books, photography, cartography, and documents for over thirty years.
Valerie SartorValerie Sartor

Valerie Sartor is an educational researcher living in Inner Mongolia, China.

Pallavi SaxenaPallavi Saxena
Bio and photo required. Email asa@ovimagazine.com
G. David SchwartzG. David Schwartz
G. David Schwartz is the former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee. Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue. Currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati , Schwartz continues to write. His new book, Midrash and Working Out Of The Book is now in stores or can be ordered.
Phil SchwarzmannPhil Schwarzmann
I'm an American who's been living in Finland for four years. I am a strong advocate of liberty, individuality, equality, and tolerance.
Robert ScottRobert Scott
"The attitude that one ought to believe such and such a proposition, independently of the question of whether there is evidence in its favour, is an attitude which produces hostility to evidence and causes us to close our minds to every fact that does not suit our prejudices." B. Russell
Leah SellersLeah Sellers
Leah Sellers is a resident Texas who has enjoyed three varied careers within her lifetime as a: Secondary Education teacher in the fields of English, History, Journalism and Special Education, a professional singer/songwriter, and a visual artist and poet. She has had the great good fortune, while performing and travelling the U.S. with her sisters, to open for such folks as Willie Nelson, Johnny Rodriguez and Trini Lopez, and to sing during the gospel hour at the Grand "ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gush ShalomGush Shalom
The primary aim of Gush Shalom is to influence Israeli public opinion and lead it towards peace and conciliation with the Palestinian people: www.gush-shalom.org
Dr. Habib SiddiquiDr. Habib Siddiqui
Dr. Habib Siddiqui has been a prolific author in the genre of humanity, social conscience and human rights since 1978.  He has written over 200 essays, many of which are published as Op/Ed columns in newspapers, magazines, journals and the Internet around the globe [www.habibsiddiqui.org].
Emmanuel SigaukeEmmanuel Sigauke
Emmanuel Sigauke was born in Zimbabwe, where he started writing at the age of thirteen. After graduating from the University of Zimbabwe with a BA in English, he moved to California where he completed graduate studies. He teaches English at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, where he is an editor of the Cosumnes River Journal.  He has published poetry in journals and magazines in Zimbabwe, Ireland and the United States. His recent publications have appeared in Virtual Poet, Slow Trains Journal, Ibhuku, and African Writer.com.
Isa SilvaIsa Silva
Isa Silva was born in 1987, and is finally of Fine Arts in Lisbon, Portugal. Drinking from the cinematographic origins and their atmospheres, an androgynous and fragile vision of the world is pretend the capture of an essence and of an abandoned atmosphere by the weight of the world’s envelope. Enlightening essential fragments for a druidal search for the essence that reveals and irradiates a state, a musical expression of the subtle and the serene, of the arduous and the yearnings of the soul that is closed in shadows and enlightened simultaneously.
Valdas SlabadaValdas Slabada
Born in Lithuania. Songs author and performer. Practically and theoretically studied CIGUN in Asia for a long time.  "Matrix of a soul" started from practice of life. Website: www.valdas.eu
Sliced BreadSliced Bread
Rob and Doug make videos. It's our policy to never spend more than two hours max in writing, filming and editing of our videos. That deserves some credit.
Lei SorvistoLei Sorvisto
In childhood, dreamed of being beautiful, smart and rich. When adult, realized in the late twenties, fails to do all of them. Grew up in China but ended up in Finland. Loves literature but works for IT. Unable to make any commitments, but can only get married. Biggest accomplishment so far in life is to have a beautiful daughter and a handsome son.
Georges SouGeorges Sou
Hours, days, years. All going through fast! I love traveling, but not alone. Music, photography, computers, children’s smiles, her and so much more are my company… the list is still open!
Robert SpaldingRobert Spalding
I am what I am, but fuck Popeye. I live in my head and its many worlds of wonder and darkness. I have written one novel and many short stories, a few comics and some god awful poetry. The end of all things is my darkest fear and fondest wish. I need front mounted twin machine guns for my car when I get stuck behind those bloody old drivers round this way.
David SparenbergDavid Sparenberg

David Sparenberg is a world citizen, environmental & peace advocate & activist, actor, poet-playwright, storyteller, teacher and author.

 

Richard StanfordRichard Stanford
When I'm not writing short stories and essays or producing documentary films in Montréal, I can be found mucking about in my gardens trying to create the perfect eggplant.
Stirred Up!Stirred Up!
Stirred Up is a new magazine launched in November 2006. We believe that a sense of collective identity has emerged in Europe, yet no pan-European publication exists as the voice of our generation. We aim to fill this gap, to create a transcontinental dialogue, and to raise the bar of debates. www.stirredup.net
The Ovi SymposiumThe Ovi Symposium

Symposium for the Exploration of the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a New Humanism

Participants:

Dr. E. L. Paparella has a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism with a dissertation on Giambattista Vico from Yale University. He currently teaches philosophy at Barry University and Broward College in Florida.

Dr. Ernesto Paolozzi teaches history of contemporary philosophy at the University Suor Orsola Benincasa of Naples. A Croce scholar and an expert on historicism, he has written widely, especially on aesthetics and liberalism vis a vis science.

Dr. Lawrence Nannery. Has studied at Boston College, Columbia University and at The New School for Social Research where he obtained his Ph.D. He founded The Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal and authored The Esoteric Composition of Kafka’s Corpus. Devising Nihilistic Literature, 2 vols. Mellen Press.

 

Alberto TagliareniAlberto Tagliareni
Alberto Tagliareni was born in Palermo, Italy. He studied Engineering Construction-architecture. In his free-time he is a bass player for Indie rock band Anonymous Shapes in Sicily. He adores every kind of art, especially painting and every kind of music if it's rich of artistic merit.
Prof. Francesco TampoiaProf. Francesco Tampoia
Francesco Tampoia, born in Acquaviva delle Fonti (BA) philosopher and historian, Ph. D. at University of Bari with a dissertation on the political thought of D. Hume, had followed courses of specialization in London, courses and professional conferences in Rome and other Universities. From 1980 he has published widely. He has written 4 books, more than 100 articles, including essays and reviews, and collaborated to different cultural and scientific, national and international journals.
Maippi TapanainenMaippi Tapanainen
A freelance journalist who lives in Helsinki.
Floco TausinFloco Tausin
The name Floco Tausin is a pseudonym. The author has studied at the Faculty of the Humanities at the University of Bern, Switzerland. In theory and practice he is engaged in the research of subjective visual phenomena in connection with altered states of consciousness and the development of consciousness as such. In 2009, he published the mystical story “Mouches Volantes” about the spiritual dimension of eye floaters.
TedTed
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Heather ThieleHeather Thiele
The Death Row Support Project (DRSP) was conceived in 1978 as a way to reach out to those on death row in the U.S., and as a way to educate the rest of us about the realities of the death penalty in this country. If you think you might be ready for such a challenge, you can find more information about the Death Row Support Project at www.brethren.org/genbd/witness/drsp.htm, or by calling 260-982-7480. You may request the name of someone by writing to DRSP, PO Box 600, Liberty Mills IN 46962.
Paul ThomasPaul Thomas
I am a 30 y.o. and WLTM like-minded folk from anywhere, and I'm still struggling to work out what to do my life. I'm currently an IT bod, sans the Red Dwarf or Star Trek predilections, but I've gone back to studying p/t for my BA in Humanities and English Language in the hope that I can put it to better use then my last spell in Higher Ed. I'm currently trying to join any fire service in the UK that will take me, but wouldn't mind teaching English in some far off corner of the world either. Failing that Canada sounds nice. I have no other plans to grow up as yet.
Lee ThorkhillLee Thorkhill
Lee is drifting through life at the moment, pulled by the tides of fate. He is a London lad and enjoys the lights and sounds of the city, keep an eye out for him on Oxford Street on Saturday mornings. He enjoys classical music and a spot of horse racing washed down with some fine wine.
Francine L TrevensFrancine L Trevens
FRANCINE L. TREVENS’ plays have been presented throughout New England and New York, poems and stories appear in Futures, Dovetail, Sensations, Contemporary Rhyme, etc.. Her A PATIO OF POEMS was published by TnT Classic Books.
TrolTrol
Trol thought education was a tourist activity and studied in the US, the Netherlands and Italy. She studied art initially and at some point ended up with urban planning. Beause she loves cities. However, she moved back to her small city in Greece. And works for the environment.
Natasa TsitsiridakiNatasa Tsitsiridaki

Natasa Tsitsiridaki

Νατάσα Τσιτσιριδάκη

Turnleft Turnleft
Turnleft is a new series of free city guides for urban travellers. Meticulously researched and beautifully designed, our guides are ideal for finding your bearings on a short trip or catching up on the latest in a city. We publish quarterly, ensuring fresh local content, and we are proud to enlist the help of the best-connected locals for each new edition.
Kufre UdemeKufre Udeme
He was born in 1989, in South Southern Nigeria. In 2008, he became the youngest columnist in Community Pulse - one of the leading Newspapers in Akwa Ibom State. Now, a contributing poet at Mad Swirl - where the maddest of the mad ones are.

Kufre Udeme is a strong-willed writer with an artistic commitment to beat the blind criticism of Africa.

Since 2007, his writings has been published in local and international publications. All States, The Evangelist, and Update Newspapers were the first rung of his publishing ladder. Fullosia Press, NY, published his poem in its 2011 Independence Day Issue entitled, ''The Obama Nation'' paving the way for his featuring in various online publications such as Apollo's Lyre, Queen Vic Knives, Nefarious Ballerina 5.2, Poets West, and Poets Haven. Others include Exercise Bowler - issue 7, Boyne Berries 10, The Moth - Ireland, Decanto issue 5.7, Penny Ante Feud #7, Essence, Rattle Journal issue three, and The Muse - an International Journal of Poetry, India.

This poet holds a certificate on Effective Writing and Book Publishing Skills - awarded by Quest Publishing House, Lagos, in conjunction with Centre for Publishing & Communication Research, and Harvest Time International Institute. Please visit www.kufreudeme.blogspot.com to contact him.
Jarkko Vaheristo Jarkko Vaheristo
Jarkko Vaheristo is a 33-year old man from Vuosaari, Helsinki. He likes fantasy, heavy metal and poetry. He currently works as a cook in Fazer.
Alex VanniniAlex Vannini
I am a landscape architect and cartoonist. Living in the Italian country. Have a lot of sympathy with Scandinavian culture. Love vintage English cars. Love Italian food and wine and all de rest in www.alexvannini.com.
Monica VaskuMonica Vasku
Monica Vasku is a journalist who shares her life between Brazil and Finland living and writing in Finland.
Vieno VehkoVieno Vehko
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Javier VelascoJavier Velasco
The Artist was born in Madrid in 1974.He studied design at “Infographic Studies Centre” in Madrid before training in painting at the “Arco Verde” Artistic Centre in Madrid. He now works as Art Director for a company dealing in new technologies.
Dr. Michael VenaDr. Michael Vena

Dr. Michael Vena is a former professor emeritus at Southern Connecticut State University. He has a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism (with a dissertation on Leon Battista Alberti) from Yale University. He has published a book on Italian theater titled Italian Grotesque Theater (2001). Recently he has published an English collection of modern Italian plays by well known playwrights such as Pirandello, Fabbri and De Filippo.

Theo VerstenTheo Versten
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Visit Finland.comVisit Finland.com
The Finnish Tourist Board, MEK, was established in 1973 under the Ministry of Trade and Industry to promote tourism to Finland.
Giorgos VrachliotisGiorgos Vrachliotis
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Hank W.Hank W.
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Rene WadlowRene Wadlow
Rene Wadlow is the editor of the online journal of world politics www.transnational-perspectives.org and the representative to the United Nations, Geneva, of the Association of World Citizens.
Tony WattsTony Watts

An Englishman with high choloestrol in his late-20s, working in a profession nobody understands, living in a country even fewer understand, but proud to be a member of Ovi. Time to walk the dog.

Clint WayneClint Wayne
Toon Army supporting, Newcastle Brown Ale drinking, house building, Eagles loving husband, dad and grandad who enjoys solving Sudoku and crossword puzzles on the south coast of England.
Frank de Leeuw Van WeenenFrank de Leeuw Van Weenen
Frank has a diverse background in marketing and business, having worked as a Project Manager at a marketing agency and founded a computer repair service in The Netherlands which he left in order to move to Finland. The automotive industry is fairly new to him but he is eager to get his hands dirty and extend his knowledge. After all, knowledge is power, so arm yourself!
Jack WellmanJack Wellman
As an internet missionary (www.freewebs.com/freegrace) and freelance writer I am mission-minded (Math. 28:18). My purpose is two-fold: To prayerfully and financially support Missions Committees, which collaborates with other churches in supporting national and international missions. And also to aid funding of the Homeless Drop-In Center in Wichita, Kansas. I emphasize Christian Apologetics; fossilization, carbon-14 dating, dinosaurs in the Bible (and contemporary of man), eternal security (once saved, always saved), etc.
Melanie Rose WhiteMelanie Rose White
I've been a staff writer for Higher & Higher magazine, an unofficial Moody Blues magazine, since the early 1990s.
N. L. WilburN. L. Wilbur
N. L. Wilbur is an award-winning reporter and commentator turned politics junkie and critic. He writes regularly for MuddyPolitics.com.
Matt WilliamsonMatt Williamson
Matt Williamson has a background in journalism but he left that for the joys of opinion and fiction. Matt is an average guy; he just happens to love religion, science, economics, philosophy and music. Hey, who doesn't?: www.hologramthoughts.com
Eleana Winter-IrvingEleana Winter-Irving
I was born in India during the war in 1942, educated in both England and Australia, travelled extensively and also a Gnostic teacher. I am a single mother of 2 daughters, live alone on 245 acres. Do all my own work on my land. I built my own house, plumbing and electrical, landscaping, vegie garden and orchard. Can handle a 12 bore shot gun if I have to and still use a chainsaw
Paul WoodsPaul Woods
Originally from Port Macquarie, Australia, I am a Cartoonist and Illustrator based in South London who also plays drums, works as a Cameraman and likes bad horror films: www.woodsycartoons.com
Selin YildizSelin Yildiz
Graduated from Architecture Faculty of Yıldız Technical University at 2004. She began working as a research asistant in 2005 in Yıldız Technical University, Department of Architecture. She took her master degree on Building Research and Programming from the same university in 2008. She completed her master thesis titled “A Reseach on Changing Face of the Street Facades – Talimhane Example”. She’s current studying Ph.D degree about Universal Design in Tourism buildings. She asists Design Studios and theoretical lessons since 2005. Her main reseach areas are Architectural Design and Tourism. Blog: http://yesilsulueksielma.blogspot.com/
Kittirat YothangrongKittirat Yothangrong
Kittirat or Akoi as she is known, is one of the very few people who have been a Buddhist nun for 20 years and a runner up in the Miss Southern Thailand Beauty Quest as a “mature” contestant. She is a ‘practical’ vegetarian who believes in herbs, healthy living, and meditation. An avid yoga fanatic, Kittirat is also an organic farmer. She regularly speaks to community groups in Malaysia and Thailand on empowerment, health through herbs, and spirituality.

Bohdan YuriBohdan Yuri
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Rajan ZedRajan Zed
Rajan Zed is a Hindu and Indo-American statesman who was invited to read historic first Hindu prayers to the Nevada Assembly and the Nevada Senate, as well as the United States Senate in Washington DC – his prayer is transcribed on page S9069 of the Congressional Record. He also read the historic first Hindu prayers in the State Senates of California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Washington. besides Arizona House of Representatives.
Fiona ZerbstFiona Zerbst
Fiona Zerbst is a freelance writer/editor based South Africa. She has edited business and travel publications and has also had three books of poetry published to date, with a fourth due out this year. She is also writing a libretto for an opera.
Frances ZhengFrances Zheng
Frances, a person at her mid-twenties who appreciates the value of laughter, believes in fact, and loves the true nature. Currently living in Finland.
Kourosh ZiabariKourosh Ziabari
Kourosh Ziabari born in the April 1990 is an Iranian freelance journalist and the author of Book "7+1". He is the contributing writer for websites and magazines of Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Bulgaria, South Korea, Belgium, Germany, UK and the US, the member of Stony Brook University Publications' editorial team, a member of Media Left magazine's board of editors. As a young Iranian journalist, he has been interviewed or quoted by several mainstream magazines, radio stations and  TV channels such as BBC world service, PBS Media Left, Deutsch Financial Times, LA Times and Sky News.
Zorba the Freak/SakafliasZorba the Freak/Sakaflias
Zorba the Freak & Sakaflias, two Greeks, one music: underground rock and punk.
Tony ZuvelaTony Zuvela

Tony was born way back in the crazy, far out, groovy sixties; ’62 in fact…That’s him over to the left. He currently lives with the four people inside his head, somewhere in Australia. His Hobbies are Arthritis and Medication. Was once in the Television Industry as a Cameraman/Editor for 24 years. Cartooning and Drawing is something Tony’s been doing naturally on-and-off ever since he could walk, but nothing professional, just doddles for Family and Friends; that is, until in 2004 he decided to give Cartooning a full-time red-hot go ( the silly fool! ), and he’s never looked back; partly due to the Arthritis in his neck.

His work has been sold, bought, used and licenced around the World in areas such as: The Movie industry, Law firms, Software companies, Theatre and Arts, Universities, Colleges, Schools, Churches, Small business, Blog sites, Websites, Newsletters, Merchandise and much, much more! This has kept him very happy and from going sane.

Tony's site: www.berserkalert.com.au

SHOP: www.cafepress.com.au/berserkalertcartoons

 
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