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 Wash the soot from my soulWash the soot from my soul by Bohdan Yuri
Wash the soot from my soul,I\'ve burned too manyalong the road.there isn\'t a war conspiredthat will douse the firesof man\'s most hateful desires.
 Goodbye, VeniceGoodbye, Venice by Katerina Charisi
 How to photograph the Milky Way's Galactic core - A Beginner's GuideHow to photograph the Milky Way's Galactic core - A Beginner's Guide by Dr. Derrick Lim
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 Twisters #3Twisters #3 by Jan Sand
 The Greek Express #97The Greek Express #97 by Thanos Raftopoulos
For more The Greek Express, HERE! For mo
 North Korean negotiationsNorth Korean negotiations by Jay Gutman
The main problem is that Kim Jung Eun is perceived like a god in his country. So Kim Jung Eun\'s line of work is on that deals a lot with propaganda, and the rest is trying to make money to preserve the elite\'s financial status.
 Electoral Reform Crucial for Malaysian ReformElectoral Reform Crucial for Malaysian Reform by Murray Hunter
 World Press Freedom DayWorld Press Freedom Day by The Ovi Team
Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their
 Kurt CobainKurt Cobain by The Ovi Team
8th April 1994; Modern rock icon Kurt Cobain lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the rock band Nirvana commits suicide with a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
 Reprisals on Human Rights Defenders: Need for NGO ActionReprisals on Human Rights Defenders: Need for NGO Action by Rene Wadlow
 Notes on relations between Israel and Arab statesNotes on relations between Israel and Arab states by Jay Gutman
Relations between Israel and the Arab world are like a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I will give you pieces of the puzzle with lots of pieces missing. Of course, if you invite me to give a talk on the issue I\'d be pleased, but then perhaps some
 Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for February 2019Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for February 2019 by Manish Kumar Arora
 Israeli elections: why I support Bibi  Israeli elections: why I support Bibi by Jay Gutman
 Who knew her by Bohdan Yuri
Who knew her   there\'s a hooker lying deadacross
 Crusoe by Shola Balogun
CrusoeI ride on the waves of their lies and tell how vicious men master vain manners for a piece of unhallowed bread.I ride on the waves of their rumours and belch at the ridiculous riddles of
 A Brexit standoff by Thanos Kalamidas
 Dupenews: May unites Brexiteers and RemainersDupenews: May unites Brexiteers and Remainers by Theodore K. Nasos
 Twinning Europe and Asia in Cyberspace by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
 Worming 902 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 I and THOU by David Sparenberg
I open my mind; we share our thoughts.  I open my mouth; we share our words. I open my heart; we share our human feelings of life.  I open my soul: here I am in the dynamic of becoming.  Before me is who you are, metamorphic in t
 Happy 14th birthday, Ovi by Asa Butcher
Who in their right mind would decide to launch a new website just days before Christmas? Yes, the answer to that question is obviously Thanos, John and I, although I forget who made the final decisi
 Back then ...fourteen years now by Thanos Kalamidas
 Visitors by Katerina Charisi
I had a visitor one day. One of them stood on my window sill, looking inside. For a while we were staring at each other, he on the outside, I on the inside. When I st
 Dupenews: Make America Rake Again by Theodore K. Nasos
Disclaimer: This is a satirical news piece, just for fun, read at your own risk!
 Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Why the Kavanaugh confirmation was a national distraction by George Cassidy Payne
 The Death Penalty and Human Dignity by Rene Wadlow
 What did we learn from Kavanaugh's hearings by Thanos Kalamidas
 Eureka: Advice for dealing with airport security by Jay Gutman
I\'ve heard more than one person rant about border security and airport security. Yes, they can be tough, but once you figure out how they work, they become a lot more easy to navigate. So here are some tips, in no particular order.
 A Traditional Right: Jimmie Akesson and the Sweden Democrats by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Korean Anniversary: Confidence-building Measures Still Needed by Rene Wadlow
 Anonymous by Patrick McWade
For more Then, Again, HERE! For more Ovi
 A chain of questions by David Barger
Will the changing climates     Continue shifting? Will the seasons ever swap    With their ways?
 Luciano Pavarotti by The Ovi Team
 Anybody for Trumpland? by Thanos Kalamidas
 Battling Contamination: Erin Brockovich Down Under by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 To Johannesburg, with love by Abigail George
To Johannesburg, with love(for Voldi and his love for opera)
 Blue Waves by Nikos Laios
Blue WavesI dive intoThe blue wavesChasing my soul Following my reflectionAnd roll in the surf,I can
 The Greek Express ...on Fire by Thanos Raftopoulos
For more The Greek Express, HERE! For mor
 Helsinki Theatrics: Trump meets Putin by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 H. Rider Haggard: An Africa of his imagination by Rene Wadlow
 History Will Vindicate Modern Abolitionists by George Cassidy Payne
The Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was authorized by the U.S. Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the compromise between Southern slave-holding interests and Northern Free-Soilers.The law stipulated that all escaped slaves,
 Casual Friday by Paul Woods
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 Eureka: Why Iran would want to fight Israel by Jay Gutman
 City Reminiscence by Jan Sand
City Reminiscence In New York long agoWhen nickel coffee reigned,Above Third AvenueOn bulky structures, stained
 Eureka: Business common sense by Jay Gutman
 The Korean Promise: The Meeting in Panmunjom by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Multilateral Iran Nuclear Accord Needs Strong Active Support by Rene Wadlow
 Eureka: Reinventing the French media by Jay Gutman
 The Haunted Bay by Nikos Laios
The Haunted BayLights dimmed inThe haunted bayThe new Pompeii;Flowing blood,Glowing blood,
 Walk & talk 1808 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Walk & talk, HERE! For more
 The ...wait and see Europe by Thanos Kalamidas
 My friend Lino, Professor Emanuel L. Paparella by Thanos Kalamidas
 Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for January 2018 by Manish Kumar Arora
 A week (14-24.12.2017) in Review all in ...Greek by George Kalatzis
 Happy 13th birthday, Ovi by Asa Butcher
Upon arriving home from work yesterday, I was bemused to discover a little red wooden door attached to a white frame on our kitchen table. A plastic wreath and brass-coloured plastic fittings were laid out beside it, obviously waiting to be attached. M
 Eureka: A fireside chat on the Middle East by Jay Gutman
 Unplug plug by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE! For more O
 Slaughterhouses in England with cameras by Ovi Magazine Guest
 Protesting Against Adani: The National Day of Action by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 GunControl by Patrick McWade
For more \"For the Moment\" HERE!
 Eureka: How to keep your country safe by Jay Gutman
 Eureka: What do the Koreas want? by Jay Gutman
 Horse made of glass - Part 16 by Katerina Charisi
 Slaying in Minneapolis: Justine Damond, Shooting Cultures and Race by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 At 105 ...in Greek - Στα 105 by Ovi Greece
 Job creation 17 times faster in solar industry than all of US economy by Ovi Magazine Guest
 The Caligula Presidency: a Weekly Ovi Column by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Waxen Wings by Nikos Laios
Waxen Wings
 Brexit As Climate Policy by Ovi Magazine Guest
 Prejudice by Abigail George
Prejudice(for mum, daddy and Mikale)He hates me for the way I look.    My hair.    My proper English.
 Shall this Mandate Be Denied by David Sparenberg
Tell me—Is it only a dream?  A land of justice and freedom, where the air is clean, the waters clean, the soil clean and rich  Where people can eat and drink in good health, without worry of hunger or thirst  Where people h
 New world, New policy: Overcoming the Burden of Foreignness by Prof. Michael R. Czinkota
 Ovi Symposium; Seventy-Ninth Meeting by Prof. Michael Newman
Ovi Symposium: “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a
 New World, New Policy: "What Do I Owe Ya'?" President Signs Order for Review of Trade Deficit by Prof. Michael R. Czinkota
 Everything Red for the Queen by Michael Lee Johnson
Everything Red for the Queen Everything is red in the kingdom of the queen.Matador hat with barnacles,witch white hair to th
 Ovi Symposium; Seventy-Eighth Meeting by Prof. Ernesto Paolozzi
Ovi Symposium: “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a
 Stop the B.S. About Healthcare! by Bohdan Yuri
 Eureka: Christmas day/Hanukkah jokes by Jay Gutman
 Eureka: Christmas Eve/Hanukkah jokes by Jay Gutman
 Happy 12th birthday, Ovi! by Asa Butcher
 12 years on the borders of history by Thanos Kalamidas
 Eureka: Ovi 12th anniversary jokes by Jay Gutman
 The Fellowship of the Heart (12 Years Ovi Magazine) by Gordana Mudri
 Halloween jokes by Jay Gutman
 Book Review: The prima materia of Myanmar Buddhist Culture by Shwe Lu Maung by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 In Tune with the Infinite : A New Thought influence on Gandhian nonviolence by Rene Wadlow
 A Benevolent Capitalist (Christian) versus A Malevolent Capitalist (Christian?) by Leah Sellers
Yes, Capitalism can be Benevolent or Malevolent, and Christianity (and any other Religion for that matter) can be Benevolent or Malevolent. For example, shall we take a brief and cursory look at the Un
 Trumpty's Sarcasm Spasms by Leah Sellers
Sarcasm Spasms, yes, we all have ‘em from time to time for a Laugh or two there’s a Word or a Phrase we’ll use, we’ll twist ’em and turn ’em to evoke a sardonic Smile or a little caustic Heartburn from nearby
 Unbelievable Anti-Feminism Propaganda Postcards From The 1900s by Ovi Magazine Guest
 New Books for Ovi Bookshelves by Thanos Kalamidas
 Turkey's Strategic Reset: engagement instead of contention by Ovi Magazine Guest
 Ovi Symposium; seventy-first Meeting by The Ovi Symposium
 Zacharias - Part IV by Theodore K. Nasos
 Interests & Influences of Major External Actors in Central Asia by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
 What worlds they bring by Bohdan Yuri
What worlds they bring, these picture dreams,left inside the confines of near mortality, whose living landscape conspires to crystallize; with
 The dark side of the Brexit by Thanos Kalamidas
 A Need & One Direction for Shamanic Healing by David Sparenberg
A Need & One Direction for Shamanic Healing Evil wizard was an eater of human beings.  Peacemaker came and combed snakes from wizard’s hair.  Peacemaker came and removed
 India abolishes the use of dolphins in marine circuses by Ovi Magazine Guest
 The softest petal by Bohdan Yuri
The softest petal of a roseis the one that molds its own virgin soul,that’s closestto its heart,the warmth of birth,is just a memory,as it unfolds.anx
 Desert In Bloom by Virginia Maria Romero
Desert In BloomHe walks through the desertgrabbing handfuls of silken petalsheavy with morning dewnot thinking of the thorns
 The Killer-Bee Banquet by Emmanuel Sigauke
Hurray to the Gonera beesthat attacked but did not kill the boywho had wondered awayfound himself stuckin a mouthless cave, aware out therewas light waiting to be se
 Hans Frank by David Sparenberg
Hans Frank was the Nazi Governor-General of occupied Poland.  Hans Frank was responsible for over
 Ovi Symposium; sixty-eighth Meeting by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Ovi Symposium: “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisionin
 Ovi Symposium; sixty-eighth Meeting by The Ovi Symposium
 Wall talk #609 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Wall talk, HERE!
 Wall talk #603 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Wall talk, HERE!
 United we should stand by Thanos Kalamidas
 Finns and an Italian man sitting at a cafe by Thanos Kalamidas
 Finland, Greece of the north by Thanos Kalamidas
 Simultaneous Regional Head Elections in Indonesia 2015 by Ovi Magazine Guest
 A Tale of Two Italies: an Essay Review by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Ovi Symposium; fifty-fourth Meeting by The Ovi Symposium
 Ovi Symposium; fifty-second Meeting by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Ovi Symposium: “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a
 NPT: New Opportunities and Obsolete Perceptions by Rene Wadlow
 Wall talk #009 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Wall talk, HERE!
 The Pope in Naples by Prof. Ernesto Paolozzi
 Ovi Symposium; forty-sixth Meeting by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Ovi Symposium: “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a
 Je suis Charlie by The Ovi Team
 Ovi Symposium; forty-first Meeting by Abigail George
Ovi Symposium: “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a
 Give peace a chance by Thanos Kalamidas
 Reflections on the Meaning of Christmas by Lewis, Bonhoeffer and Chesterton: a Spiritual Gift by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 10 Years, WOW!!! by Thanos Kalamidas
 Happy 10 Birthday Covers by Thanos Raftopoulos
Thanos Raftopoulos kindly created a variety of covers for our 10th Birthday and ...here some so you can have the full picture!
 Shut Down This Town ! by Leah Sellers
Shut Down This Town ! Shut Down this Town !Shut Down This Town !The Republicans have won the Congressional Day And the Tea P
 Innovation in Developing Economies by Prof. Michael R. Czinkota
 Running with Shadows by Nikos Laios
Running with ShadowsUnder TheMoonlitNight;We\'re Running With the
 Brazil - New Age by Ovi Magazine Guest
 Ovi Symposium; Thirty-first Meeting by Edwin Rywalt
Ovi Symposium: “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a
 New thematic issue: BRIDGES by The Ovi Team
 "Blue Helmets" Day by Rene Wadlow
How effective are U.N. peacekeeping operations in preventing and stopping violence? Are there alternatives to the ways that U.N. and regional organizations currently carry out peacekeeping operations? How effective are peacekeeping operations i
 A fascist shadow all over Europe by Thanos Kalamidas
 Ovi Symposium; Seventeenth Meeting by Dr. Lawrence Nannery
Ovi Symposium: “A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a
 Ovi Symposium; Seventeenth Meeting by The Ovi Symposium
 Nelson Mandela has died by The Ovi Team
 To boldly goTo boldly go by Thanos Kalamidas
Eight years ago we started a travel to boldly go where no man has gone before. At least that’s what we thought. Of course a lot of others have done the same but none of us before and it has been a mission to explore strange new worlds, to
 Musings on Ovi Magazine on its Eight BirthdayMusings on Ovi Magazine on its Eight Birthday by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In the first place I’d like to congratulate the editors of Ovi magazine, its many contributors and its whole world-wide readership on the celebration of its 8th birthday. Happy Birthday Ovi!
 Mene kotiin Occupy - liike!! (McFB - mika se on?) by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
Siitä asti, kun vuosia sitten kehitin termin „McFB elämäntapa“ ja varsinkin sen jälkeen kun kiehtovat Facebook artikkelini (Is there life after Facebook I and II) julkaistiin, olen saanut pyyntöjä selve
 Ei Aasian vuosisataa ilman Aasian-laajuista institutiota by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
Jo yli vuosikymmenen ajan useat asiaankuuluvat akateemiset julkaisut ovat olleet täynnään artikkeleita, jotka ovat enteilleet 2000-luvun alusta Aasian vuosisataa. Tätä on usein perusteltu monien runsasväkisten Aasian
 Christmas in ...Europe by Euro Reporter
Christmas in Italy: The Christmas season in Italy goes for three weeks, starting 8 days before Christmas known as the Novena. During this period, children go from house to house reciting Christmas poems and singing. In some parts shepherd
 Seven Years Today by John Pederson
This is happeningNo cause for alarm.It's already here.Gone now...And back—this, nowIs happening.What else can I say?Forget about it,Make room,Clear the halls,Banish yourselfIn inv
 Only seven years by Thanos Kalamidas
It is a whole week that I’m trying to find the right words for Ovi magazine’s seventh birthday and I have gone through all kinds of clichés but …nothing really works. Seventh birthday, the lucky seven; seven the muses, seven
 7th Birthday! by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
December 20 2011, marks the 7th anniversary of Ovi Magazine. I have contributed to the magazine for more than four years now, since May 2007, provoking debates at times but on the whole, I would hope, adding something to the rich intellectual v
 Fireflies by Leah Sellers
Fireflies flit Snap, pop and sizzle Across hot, shimmering summer skies Hands outstretched I give Chase Running, Leaping toward the Magic The Wonder
 Happy Birthday Ovi Magazine by Jack Wellman
Not only have I grown in the last seven years, so has Ovi Magazine.  I can look back at some of the articles I have written in the last few years and now cringe with embarrassment.  I am surprised that I wrote with such naïvet
 A Poem or a Sentence by Dr. Emine Koseoglu
I should see myself in the middle of a tree-d path walking with a yellow umbrella in hand not being able to see the front because of the pieces of hair flatterning around and covering my eyes and not caring this and pretending like it's what i
 Vaclav Havel: Authentic Humanist and Cultural Hero for our Times 1/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Václav Havel’s humanistic philosophy is a powerfully heroic voice of the post-cold War political landscape, advocating that Europe recover its own soul; urging a global revolution
 The lumpen side of a True Negotiation by Thanos Kalamidas
While the conservatives of the Kokoomus, the Social-Democrats and the True Finns negotiate for the future government a new reality hits the Finnish parliament, the reality of the absolute populism and uncontrolled and dangerous stupidity. The trut
 The serpent's egg of the Finnish politics by Thanos Kalamidas
Finland has visited all European Union’s institutions, including the EU leaders’ summits, lately carrying a very heavy and awkwardly slimy package and this time was no exception. Mari Kiviniemi arrived in Brussels in a meeting in front
 Pharaoh's day after by Thanos Kalamidas
When you read headlines like “Goodbye Mubarak, welcome freedom” with the Egyptian military having taken over a country that lives the last decade with an emergency law you start wandering if we really know what’s going on. The sa
 How bizarre! by Thanos Kalamidas
France warned by EU court over rare hamstersA top EU lega
 It is six years! by Thanos Kalamidas
A couple of days before we were talking with Asa about our weekly radio show and we said that it should be a full hour dedicated to Ovi magazine and it’s 6th birthday. And then Sunday came and we started exactly at three with Asa singing “happ
 Memory work - An excerpt from a memoirMemory work - An excerpt from a memoir by Abigail George
We have a mother who can talk in strange tongues. She gets up to read the gospel at one o’ clock in the morning. She sets her alarm clock to go off. I am still awake reading a well-thumbed novel. Andrea Ashworth’s memoir Once in a h
 Existences by Dr. Emine Koseoglu
Emine Koseoglu is an architect and academician whose research areas are environmental psychology, spatial legibility and perception. She takes photographs that force borders of perception.She, behind the camera, started to see the w
 To All Those Who Supported us by Dr. Luis Portillo, Ph. D.
We greet you very warmly….We must first apologise for being all this late in thanking all those who supported us. That was not certainly because of the daily constraints that come  after suspending a hunger strike, but it wa
 Caption of the month by The Ovi Team
The caption of the month hasn't always got to be ...funny; it can be ridiculous! However, it is simple. Look at this photo and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination.
 Why do animals have to pay the tall for every single whim people have by Shavarsh Palabikian
Why do animals have to pay the tall for every single whim people have? Why should animals suffer, be mercilessly killed, tortured, chased, anywhere and anytime? Why, why, why? Due to the low evolution of the human race whole species have disapp
 But seriously by Thanos Kalamidas
What an irony, a couple of days before I was writing about the altruism of benevolent institutions like PJ Morgan and here comes Goldman Sachs to prove me right with the Securities and Exchange commission accusing them for fraud. Goldman Sachs is
 The Gospel According to Oprah - Find God Without Jesus by Jack Wellman
If you thought the Gospel was a message of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone, listen to what Oprah's new age philosophy teaches. She believes that the path to being accepted by God and to eternal life and salvation comes from go
 How bizarre by Thanos Kalamidas
Filipino tycoon quits over plagiarismA prominent Philipp
 Caption of the month by The Ovi Team
The caption of the month hasn't always got to be ...funny; it can be ridiculous! However, it is simple. Look at this photo and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination.
 Jäätteenmäki's rivers by Thanos Kalamidas
When you are an outsider Finnish politics give you the sense of total schizophrenia. One day the Prime Minister decides to boycott a supermarket chain because they didn’t have his favourite milk brand when he went for shopping, then a week a
 Caption of the month by The Ovi Team
The caption of the month hasn't got always to be ...funny; however, it is simple. Look at this photo and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination. 
 But ...seriously by Thanos Kalamidas
For my personal column with the weird and serious of this world, nothing else or even better could start the new decade than the Cesar himself. Apparently I just remembered something I heard ones in a play, there is no need for a script in modern
 Caption of the month by The Ovi Team
It is simple. Look at this photo of ... and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination. 
 Listen for this New Year by Thanos Kalamidas
Usually every first of January, New Year’s Day we all start with wishes. Peace on earth, that’s basic, very ecumenical, very …wishful! The end of poverty! That’s a good wish but we used it the last …lets see
 2010 Horoscope forecast by Sidharth Kanjilal
AriesJanuary 2010 starts with many planets influencing your career. Your financial goals will start to get fulfilled. In February, your social schedule will be very busy, and when it comes to romance, you need to put more t
 The mobility that changed our lives by Thanos Kalamidas
In the next few days we are going to decide for the persona or the event of the year and thinking that an article on the news agency ABC caught my eye, 50 things that changed our lives this decade and straight away I thought …one! Mobile tel
 Christmas thoughts by Thanos Kalamidas
It feels strange that it came to me to write a few words for Christmas day. I never felt shy for my believes and I find it easier to believe that there is intelligent life in Mars, UFOs in my backyard and trolls in the Finnish forests than believi
 Gimme 5! by Asa Butcher
Here we are again celebrating the passing of yet another year in the life of Ovi Magazine; five to be exact. As always, there is only one question
 The fifth ...elementary year by Thanos Kalamidas
I feel that if I say that today Ovi magazine celebrates five years of accomplishments it will be a cliché and the same time is so true. Accomplishments that go far beyond an online publication, accomplishments far beyond the connectivity
 Human Rights: The Emergence of the Person by Rene Wadlow
 Jean Sibelius by Thanos Kalamidas
Even though I keep my distance from the pompous Finlandia, Jean Sibelius has managed to grow in me and become one of my most favourite composers especially with his Tapiola. Actually my love to his music has becom
 Dear Mrs. Astrid Thors... by Thanos Kalamidas
Dear Mrs. Astrid Thors, Finland’s migration minister;With surprise I have to admit I’ve read in the newspapers that following your proposition the government decided to reduce the benefits
 Where yellow roses bloom by David Barger
 The Three Surprises Of Heaven by Jack Wellman
The Three Surprises Of HeavenWhat Surprises There Will Be when We Get There? I have heard from the late Adrian Rogers of L
 Neil's Sunny Sky Cartoons 7 by Neil Burlington
For more Neil's Sunny Sky Cartoons, HERE! For  more Ovi Cartoons, HERE!  
 25 November: Silent Violence Against Women by Rene Wadlow
25 November is the UN-proclaimed International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Violence against women is a year-round occurrence and continues to an alarming degree.  Violence against women is an attack upon their bodily in
 For the Elimination of Violence against Women by Thanos Kalamidas
And let's hope that the beginning of the end is ...here!  
 The Sporting Trial of Thierry Henry by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Ovi's Event/Person of the Year: Preview by Asa Butcher
Settle down, settle down, I know it has been a while since my name last appeared on Ovi's front page, but the prodigal son has now returned so enjoy it while it lasts! Last night I was laying in bed aching all over from some variant strain
 YLE's boss half truths by Thanos Kalamidas
From the very beginning I found my self living in Finland I have problems with YLE, the Finnish National Radio Television and this has nothing to do with my linguistic problems and my poor understanding of the Finish or the Swedish language, the o
 $EED$ OF FAITH by Jack Wellman
Wolves In $heep's Clothing If were are to be stewards of God’s Word and Truth, I believe we are also required to overturn the moneychangers tables in the Temple, when we see them, like Jesus Christ Himself did. There are many
 Some Musings on Religion and Freedom of Speech in the EU by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 The World's Walls by Thanos Kalamidas
I lived in Berlin in late 60s when the Wall was there, I actually used t play not far from the Checkpoint Charlie; and years later in the summer of 1990 I was back in Berlin for the Roger Waters concert for The Wall. I have actually seen the lights in
 How Bizarre!!! by Thanos Kalamidas
Challenging a lamppost to a fightA 22-year-old man challenged a lamppost to fight after he was ignored by passers-by in the street. Drunken David Robinson turned on the innocent streetlight after a number of walkers ignored
 Show Bizz 917 by Thanos K & Asa B
 For more Show Bizz, HERE! For more Ovi Cartoon, HERE!  
 The shadow of darkness by David Barger
No alarm calling out my name.My eyes were wide opened.My younger brother lay asleepUnderneath in the bottom portionOf our double bed; His breathing pouring out in rhythmic measuresWith the slightest pauseBefore br
 Modernism in Brazil by Alexandra Pereira
Modernism in Brazil was always contemporary of other distinct movements, however if the original contributions of all these groups to South-American culture are undeniable, their contributions on a global level are very poorly
 And apparently Basset hounds go insane by Patrick McWade
For more Inglorious Grassterds, HERE! For more Ovi Cartoons, HERE!
 A Tanzanian murder by Thanos Kalamidas
Reading in the news that four Tanzanians were sentenced to death by hanging fo
 Junta Continues to Suppress Religious Freedom: US by Rohingya Human Rights
The Burmese military junta continues to oppress people on religious grounds and actively promotes Theravada Buddhism, said a US report on religion released last Monday."It systematically restricted efforts by Buddhist
 Devils' Mistress by David Barger
Children play outside each eveIn dance and games the way they do.Near the graves they end with Hide-and-seek around each tomb.Once sun has set the games move onWhile supper cools from nightly bend.The children keep w
 Do Babies Go To Heaven? by Jack Wellman
Where Do Babies Go If They Die?After a baby dies, where do they go? What about the unborn, the still-born, aborted fetuses, young children and even special needs children? Where do these, so young and tender, go after death?
 This lil piggy went to a Hallowe'en party... by Patrick McWade
For more Then, Again, HERE! For more Ovi Cartoons, HERE!  
 The Politico Paradox: Feeding the Media we Hate by Doug McGill
For just a brief moment before Politico.com co-founder John Harris spoke last Friday at his alma mater, Carleton College, he might have allowed himself to think that finally – finally! – he would safely be able to relax in the warm emb
 Life Undercover 922 by Thanos K & Asa B
For more Life Undercover, HERE! For more Ovi Cartoons, HERE!  
 Covering of Fire by David Barger
A fairy moved gracefullyOvertop the undergrowth Of a dense and dark forest.A twig brushes her wing,As her back clinches in pain,When moments beforeMerely minutes agoA wolf had torn itWith a clean and vicious
 Heading for the Tiber: Benedict XVI and the Anglican Church by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Pope Benedict XVI is nothing if not wily.   The Catholic Church issued a call last week stating that it would enable Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism, thereby undermining an already conflicted Church amounting to 77 million f
 The 'Burmese Way' to a 'Disciplined Flourishing Democracy' by Rohingya Human Rights
Many people assume that the Constitution approved in Burma in 2008 adopted a standard presidential system. But the type of presidential system used in the Constitution is unique to Burma and differs from other presidential systems used around t
 Then Again: Pope I by Patrick McWade
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 Ergonomics and wet flies by Jane Eagle
Who missed me? Gather around. Wow! What a crowd of… friendly ghosts. Oh, me and my sarcasm!You’re wondering what I’m going to talk about. Nothing much… I’d only like to comment on this beautiful i
 Will Modernism be On the Streets? by Alexandra Pereira
Will Modernism and the many -isms it produced, will they be on the streets? Are young generations of creators taking into account, much more than ever before, what is done elsewhere, it does matter what is done if it
 For the Moment: Gander-Gender by Patrick McWade
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 A Journey from War to Football and First Snow by Doug McGill
Since Feras Alkaisi, his wife Sulaf and their two young children moved here four months ago, they’ve experienced a lot of firsts – backyard barbecues, a casino (Treasure Island), carnival rides (at the Mall of America), watching football on TV
 How ...bizarre by Thanos Kalamidas
A fugitive in Facebook trap A man on the run, wanted
 Justify the Nobel starting with Iran Mr. President by Thanos Kalamidas
How you call a country where protesting for an election result can cost you your life? I suppose it didn’t take much thinking before the name Iran comes to mind and that even in the front of words like dictatorship. Exactly thirty years f
 A nuclear accident by Thanos Kalamidas
On the 10th of October, 1957 at Windscale, Cumberland Britain we have the first nuclear accident in history and the worst reactor accident until …Three Mile Island twenty two years after. Part of the radioactive core at pile One, at Winds
 A Hope Nobel Prize by Thanos Kalamidas
I suppose that there is some sense to the reaction over Barack Obama’s awarded the Nobel Peace Prize but what most of the ones who reacted miss is that is not just the person who was awarded but the spiri
 World Post Day by Jack Wellman
Before you say, “World What Day?”, let me explain. Before the internet, and email, there was snail mail. In the States, it was more or less established during the short tenure of the Pony Express. It’s technically the Universal Postal
 Tropicalism and Tribalism by Alexandra Pereira
 The Land of Teflon Geese by Hank W.
"There is no corruption in Finland", believe me this. Not even when you siphon taxpayers money and distribute it into your own party coffers. Because its all been made legal, see and even if its illegal theres no reprecussions.
 How ...bizarre! by Thanos Kalamidas
Beatle's essay found 50 years on An essay written by Sir Paul McCartney as a 10-year-old has been found after lying undiscovered in Liverpool's Central Library for more than 50 years. Years before the Beatles receiv
 But ...seriously by Thanos Kalamidas
Greek national elections are here and the Greeks are expected to seriously vote against the Conservative Party and their six years of catastrophic governing in favor of the return to power of the Socialist Party. The Greek Prime minister, Kosta
 Caption This! October 2009 by The Ovi Team
It is simple. Look at this photo of  ... Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination. 
 An answer for the Greek election by Thanos Kalamidas
Living abroad means I only reach the latest news from Greece through friends or through the internet, and I have to admit that internet is a real luxury to somebody who has experienced life abroad for decades. To give you an example when I live
 Show Bizz 913 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Finding God in the shack by Jack Wellman
Roger Olson’s Book Review of The Shack The Shack, by William P. Young, has been a bestseller. It has also been a lightning rod for criticism and unfairly so, I believe. I reviewed The Shack in 2008. But what I didn
 Iraq: Teetering Between Hope & Despair! by Newropeans-Magazine
As is my wont of following the world news on some European channels, both radio and television, I was struck this week by the dearth of coverage about Iraq. Only one year ago, we would have been inundated with endless stories about what is occu
 Ms Anttila's war on food prices by Thanos Kalamidas
This was on the news last week but I have to admit that I’ve been waiting patiently to see if anybody was going to react or at least say something about it but ... seriously, absolutely nothing! The Finnish agriculture and forest minister, M
 Middle East ...again by Thanos Kalamidas
Another American president, another Palestinian Israeli summit, and since I’m not young I remember a lot of those summits  - a few of them ended up with Nobel prizes – but still no solution. The new American presidents always c
 Life Undercover 918 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 On the Waterfront: Definitely a contender by Asa Butcher
Elia Kazan and Marlon Brando were two Hollywood personalities that could instantly polarise opinion, but whatever your personal stance towards either you cannot help but admire some of the films that they both left behind as their legacy.
 Dino & Anty 923 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Ethiopia in Minnesota: The Local Front of a Distant War by Doug McGill
What am I, truly? Saint or sinner? Hero or boob? When I report the harrowing stories of the torture and persecution of Ethiopian refugees who now live safely in Minnesota, am I being “
 Emperor Vladimir's clothes! by Thanos Kalamidas
The emperor is definitely not naked, he’s wearing the white judo uniform and finally he …hinted at the next strike we all suspected! Gently …very judo style! For the ones who might not know this, Judo in Japanese means “
 Irish Film Festival in Tampere by The Ovi Team
Irish film makes a welcome début in Tampere, Finland, in the inaugural Irish Film Festival held from Friday September 18th through to Thursday September 24th 2009. Organised by the Embassy of Ireland in Finland an
 Dino & Anty 922 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Mountain lobsters and the fall of Karamanlis by Thanos Kalamidas
Reading in the news about the Greek Prime Minister’s resignation, and call for national elections, I was fascinated to find out that everybody connected the early resignation with the summer wildfires and the disastrous way the government
  Angela Merkel commemore, ou comment se faire reelire a  tout prix by Newropeans-Magazine
Angela Merkel, la "petite" mère, c'est ainsi que l'on parlait d'elle ce matin à la radio, certes un surnom dont elle a été affabulée depuis pas mal de temps. Femme à poigne, femme de con
 International Literacy Day by Thanos Kalamidas
Today one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women while 75 million children are out of school. Since its foundation in 1946, UNESCO has been at the forefront of global literacy efforts and is dedicated to keeping literacy
 Life Undercover 916 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Political parties' funding, the Finnish abscess by Thanos Kalamidas
Let me get this straight, when the government threatens to close down libraries due to lack of funds, when they say that they have to make cuts in education and health care, it is because my tax money doesn’t go to where it should, but it
 PersOnality DisOrders #8 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 SnakeBoots 902 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Lift Spirits 919 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Dino & Anty 916 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 2nd Opinion #36/09 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Life Undercover 913 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Dino & Anty #43 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 ShowBizz #71 by Thanos K & Asa B
An arrogant rooster, a sycophant pig, a wiseass dog and an intelligent tortoise are just some of the stars of Thanos and Asa's Show Bizz.
 24-hour Ovi Bookshop by The Ovi Team
\"A book is cheap to print and bind. A book is as private and consensual as sex. A book takes time and effort to consume-something that gives a reader every chance to walk away. Actually, so few people make the effort to read that it\'s dif
 Dino & Anty #25 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Lift Spirits #11 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Life Undercover #71 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 50 Bucks: Bring On the Sluts by Sarah Beetson
Following shows in Melbourne and London, Sarah takes her second solo exhibition “50 Bucks: Bring On the Sluts” to Portland, Oregon. For those of you in the area it is your chance to see her collection of 500 small works rendered on
 ShowBizz #64 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
 Lift Spirits #08 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 American National Security in the Age of Insecurity: 1/5 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Part 1: American National Security and Presidential DoctrinesThe notion of total national security has never been a reality, neither during the heydays of Egyptian, Assyrian, Byzantine, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Em
 Ovi magazine, Copycats and Nokia by The Ovi Team
First of all, we want to thank reporters, journalists and bloggers because they are the only ones who have seen what Mr. Nikula missed and hopefully the legal department of Nokia Corporation will not ignore. Mr. Niku
 Reforestate, if you dare (in Greek) by Dimitra Karantzeni
Αυτή θα μπορούσε κάλλιστα να είναι η εντο
 Missing Alex - A Greek thriller (in Greek) by Dimitra Karantzeni
Τα νέα έκαναν το γύρω του κόσμου… O Άλ
 Hooligans & Youth (Greek) by Dimitra Karantzeni
«Βάνδαλα άτομα που βιαιοπραγούν στο όνομ
 HerniaHernia by Alexander Mikhaylov
My mother often mentioned that I was born with some defectCalled hernia.I had no idea how serious it was.All I knew that there was something funny with my balls. One of my balls was hanging lo
 Caption This! April 2008 by The Ovi Team
It is simple. Look at another photo of Sarkozy and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination.
 Charles Darwin and a pool partyCharles Darwin and a pool party by Alexander Mikhaylov
He was a nice guyFunny and loud especiallyAfter a few drinks and a couple of joints He often repeated just how much He loved EcuadorAnd Latin American music‘Man! There is not
 "Ragged Magic" by Jan Sand
Tall and thin.Tall and thin with a grin.An ironic smile, with guileTo permit an opening. Friendly enoughSo that approach might coachIn anticipation a reciprocal Appreciation.
 Roots by Amir Khatib
This installation participated in the large-scale exhibition which EU-MAN showed in two venues, the Helsinki Kaapelitehdas and the Rundetaarn of Copenhagen. The CUPORE (institution of culture research in Helsinki) bought it and now it is shown
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
"King of Tort" lawyer who squeezed billions out of tobacco and asbestos industries will soon be known as "Queen of Tart" for trying to bribe judgeNo comment!************************
 "Something Dies" by Jan Sand
Things happen. A slow fall of dust.Suddenly, eyes don’t meet.“Sorry, time’s tight. I must –I can’t make it Saturday.” A beat.The silence stretches out.
 Nunobark #1 by Nunobark
Nunobark (27) is a Lisbon-based illustrator, artist, graphic designer... and proud father. He was the founder of several fanzines, maintains the Public Secret Blog.
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
Clashes between protesters and security forces in Tibet's main city of Lhasa have left at least two people dead, according to reports. Is this the China that hosts t
 An Alternative to a Dehumanized Civilization by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In his 1924 book on The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science, Edwin Arthur Burtt wrote this perceptive passage: “An adequate cosmology will only begin to be written when an adequate philosophy of
 Jari Martikainen by Jari Martikainen
Jari Martikainen (31) is a Finnish aircraft mechanic who enjoys travelling and has photography as a preferred hobby... though I don't think it should be just that for him! See for yourself. Note - photos taken with smal
 News flash !!! Ancient aquatic monster photographed by Linda Lane
NEWS FLASH !!!
 Desert life by an Eskimo by Lee Thorkhill
An old man, weathered by a life that he has lived quickly and without regard for the feelings of others. Gifted from birth with a silver tongue and rugged looks he has left broken hearts and promises across the world. He is quick and free with wor
 "how high" by Bohdan Yuri
how high is itto the sky above,reasonasks me why.I tell itto remain belowthat blue puffof moving smoke.insteadit keeps meawed,about the st
 Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn's Influence on the Philosophy of Science by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
It is hard to think of two thinkers who have had a greater influence on contemporary philosophy of science. Their main insight is that it is impossible to investigate the nature of reality without operating with some
 "Hurray For Evolution" by Jan Sand
My great grand daddy was a dinosaurMy brother was a monkey.I came from what had come before.I think one was a donkey.A relative of long agoI'm sure once was a frog.With certain
 How Bizarre! by The Ovi Team
Browsing the news daily we often miss the little bits of news at the bottom of the page. They are often funny, sometimes weird, and they give us a new perspective on life, so here's the next in our new column series: How Bizarre!
 "sadness" by Bohdan Yuri
sadness does come bylike seasons on the fly:the joyful birth of hope,nurtured buds fully grown, sharp cuts into your soul,that leave your heart cold.sadness does come b
 Something exoticSomething exotic by Alexander Mikhaylov
We flew to Madrid from Stockholm in an early morningIn Stockholm, it was cold but in Madrid it got betterWading through Spanish crowd, killing a few hoursBefore our next flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador
 "Anatomic Bombs" by Jan Sand
If I stroke a girl's behindThere's nothing new to findAs the effort gives responses uniform.I am fairly well acquaintedThat the form, as often painted,Has nothing much to vary fr
 Caption This! Mar 2008 by The Ovi Team
As a start to 2008, Ovi magazine decided to experiment with a Photo Caption game for all of our readers to participate.It is simple. Look at the scary photo of Hillary Clinton and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubbl
 How Bizarre! by Asa Butcher
Browsing the news daily we are always overwhelmed with politics, revolutions, accidents, wars and celebrities often missing these little bits of news at the bottom of the page. They are often funny, sometimes weird, and
 A primeira democracia moderna by Luis Alves
A Finlândia possuí dois níveis de governo democrático: o Estado e os seus 431 municípios. Este sistema equilibrado, geográfica e historicamente enraizado na sociedade, permite que as
 "no matter where I go" by Bohdan Yuri
no matter where I goI will never fall downand not get up again,until the day I die,no matter where I go,I will try again,and again,even after I die,I hopeI
 "Jonah" by Jan Sand
Having survived past the teeth And tumbled, confused, in panicDown the slimy throat beneath,I now reside in this organicHeaving place of strange smellsDivorced from stormy seas(No
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
"This race is very close, it's very contested," Clinton said, "I've won some, he's won some. Each of us has to get to 2025 delegates. So of course every single race is important."
 The Tupi Legend for the Origin of the Night by Alexandra Pereira
This is the original legend by the Tupi tribes of the Amazon for the Creation of the Night. The natives believe that in the beginning of everything there was a perman
 "a new soul" by Bohdan Yuri
the birth of a new soul is a wonder to behold,too bad the years aheadwill mess with its head.
 YURTS: living inside a mandala by Valerie Sartor
Round and warm, creative and comfortable, yurt constructions have long rode an unusual wave of popularity by symbolizing an ancient link to the earth as well as an alternative, portable lifestyle. For many, these breast
 "Alpha Bets Are Off" by Jan Sand
Be wary of the dictionary.Watch out for the thesaurus.Attractions can be quite contrary.Words can be a kooky chorus.They sing of 'A's in many ways,Their 'B's are a diseas
 Triumph Over Tragedy by Jack Wellman
The classic that is Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, including the opening movement (the Allegro)…duh, duh, duh, duhhhhh…is perhaps the most universally recognized song in world - a universal and timeless classic from,
 Stop coverage of terrorist activitiesStop coverage of terrorist activities by Abdulhadi Hairan
All of us are aware of the importance of media in prevailing political and geographical situation and know also about the day-to-day events of terror across the world. By nature, human being i
 A Voice of Reason Momentarily Silenced by Rene Wadlow
Jose Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, was shot twice in the back by rebel soldiers in an attack on his home in Dili in the early hours of Monday, 11 February 2008. The attack was led by the fugitive rebel commander Alfredo Reinado who was ki
 Peace Nobel Prize Winner Shot in His Stomach by Alexandra Pereira
The shaky democracy of East Timor as an independent country has been hit again by a new threat this Monday, when the Peace Nobel Prize Winner and President Ramos-Horta was shot in his back, hand and stomach while returning from his early morning j
 When I had enough (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Όταν πριν από ένα χρόνο περίπου αποφάσιζ
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
Democratic hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton remain neck and neck and are battling for every vote.For every damn penny I would say according to the rumors at least! ****************************Mike H
 Damned computers by Mike Jennett
One day Bill Gates and his partners in this miserable existence we call the computer age will be called to task. No heaven for them. They off down below, to the place of everlasting warmth – and I don’t mean Florida.
 "Animystic Paranoia" by Jan Sand
The bird of nightDevours sunsets, Regurgitates the Sun at dawnTo feed the skyWith bloody light.Then is gone.The serpent seaRoils its scales,Spits flying fis
 The Cycle of Time: The Chinese New Year by Rene Wadlow
Talk of the Year ahead and the devil laughs”- Chinese proverb This 7 February marks the start of the New Year in China. The start of a New Year is
 Me, a name I call myself... by Asa Butcher
When you think of me, what comes to mind? Perhaps I should rephrase the question… what comes to mind when you think of 'me'? Is that any clearer? Let's begin again! Ovi magazin
 Charles Sanders Peirce and the Presuppositions of Science by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
One of the great influences on American philosophy was Charles Sanders Peirce’s pragmaticism. His interest in philosophy began as a hobby but has had wide international repercussion. Pierce’s intellectual
 "virgin spring" by Bohdan Yuri
a virgin spring from mountain wellslides its soul upon this land.beginning as one in search for more,a current flows, connects a blend: gather thoughts from long ago,each young cyc
 The Overcoat Business by Jan Sand
There is an old story about two guys living on the edge of poverty. Whenever one was in deep financial problems he sold his overcoat to the other, thus tiding himself over a very bad spot. There was only one overcoat and it went through time being
 The Peace Train by Jack Wellman
On January 30th, 1948, India and the British Empire would be forever changed. That day in New Delhi, India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the spiritual and political leader of the Indian independence movement, was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic. Th
 "there's a hole in my brain" by Bohdan Yuri
there's a hole in my brainwhat it's doing thereI don't know. nothing, I suppose, it just stays in its own spacenot bothering meat all,I don't thin
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
Egyptian security forces have pulled back from the border with Gaza after an apparent failure to reseal it. Palestinians seemed to be still crossing freely in and out of Egypt for a third consecutive day, to stock up on supplies in defiance of a block
 Strip pokerStrip poker by Alexander Mikhaylov
I was fifteen years old at that timeStudying at trade school, skipping it often whenTwo of my buddies came over to my placeIt was a quiet afternoon, one of those I normally choose to stay at home
 Paz, Pao, Saude, Educacao by Luis Alves
O início de 2008 tem sido marcado pelo encerramento de vários serviços de saúde por todo o país, gerando protestos das populações contra estas medidas governamentais. Num pa
 Sucking Spaghetti by Jan Sand
Recently, somewhere on the net, there has been a hectic discussion of the physical impossibility of anyone sucking spaghetti. It is easily accepted that sucking liquid through a straw is explained by the atmosphere pushing on the surface of the
 Poker, virtual reality and international stock markets by Thanos Kalamidas
I have never been a gambler myself and, as it may have been obvious from former articles, when it comes to playing I'd rather have a good game of chess, Scrabble or even rummy, than poker, for example. However, it seems that over the last few
 "the most evil man in town" by Bohdan Yuri
you are the most evil man in town,your house is just down the street.you once told us it was hard to remarry,ever since your wife drowned accidentally,in swan pond, over twenty years ago;
 Calling Military Veterans by The Ovi Team
Hello. My name is Kyle Nappi. I am 17-years-old and I live in Ostrander, Ohio (USA). I am a junior at Buckeye Valley High School in Delaware, Ohio. I was wondering if you could do me a favor. I have a big interest in history,
 Reporters in crisis (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Δημοσιογραφία σε κατάσταση υστερίας.
 Forgiveness by Jack Wellman
When I saw an old acquaintance of mine from my High School days, I waved but inwardly stewed. I just could not forgive that man…for changing my life, destroying my car and my insurance rating…many, many year
 Protection of Human Rights at International Organizations: Fiction? by Frantisek Brychta
IntroductionIn October 2007 my article “Protection of Human Rights at International Organizations – only a Fiction?” was published in the OVI magazine. Mentioned article dealt with the difficulties connect
 Father Bill Gates by Thanos Kalamidas
The European Commission announced two more anti-competition investigations against Microsoft while there are already a couple against the same company going on and some millions the company pays for penalties month a
 Economize!Economize! by Alexander Mikhaylov
It’s the end of August and we are Low on moneyLike the last summerAnd the summer before that It never ends…It’s always like thisIt will be always like thisN
 Half a century of covers by Asa Butcher
Here at Ovi we love numbers, especially landmarks, and today we have another perfect opportunity to showcase material from our archive. Today marks the 500th cover made by the Ovi Team and there was no chance we would miss this chance to take you
 "not I" by Bohdan Yuri
it's hard to be alivewhen everythingaround you has alreadydied but who willtell them allthat they arealready dead not I that is
 Suicide justice (Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Πριν τα Χριστούγεννα έγραψα ένα άρθρο με
 A letter to the President of the Cypriot Parliament (Greek) by Mihalis Mihail
Κύριε Χριστόφια, Είμαι ένας Κύ
 "just ask anyone" by Bohdan Yuri
on the main street cornerwhere mean deals are playeda nickel, a dime, buys it all, any soul can play the game. pass the paper bag forty,a swig to take control, easingthe shak
 The Punch and Judy Show by Jan Sand
There is no question that all cultures delight in theater. The suspension of disbelief that is the essence of any thespian attempt is something utilized, not only in direct theatrical production but also in all aspects of life. It is basically
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has a commanding lead in the country's snap election but it is unclear whether he has avoided a presidential run-off, the opposition said there was serious violations and called
 Dirty old manDirty old man by Alexander Mikhaylov
He was a man in his early fiftieth, small and sad looking With runny eyes and face that seemed to be Pushed to one side, the skin the color of a peeled potato Brown hands, pantsAlways sliding
 2007, as tears go by by Thanos Kalamidas
The year 2007 has been extremely strange for me, Ovi magazine turned daily and that meant following all the news all the time just to be contemporary with international events. Of course that also had its dark side;
 Myths surrounding money by William Edo
Money is also a state of mind. To some, being rich and famous does not buy happiness. But to many, it is the only life they ever dreamt of. I haven’t counted the number of times I got cut off for mentioning money rela
 Universal human rights in a cultural diversity context by William Edo
Social life is governed by principles and doctrines that differ in every society. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, though in my opinion the greatest document ever to be printed, sometimes might contradict people’s traditions.
 "I'm wired" by Bohdan Yuri
I'm wiredI can't break out ofthis creation,there is no escapefrom this crude matrix, I'm tryingbut I can'tseem tostep beyond
 Twin FallsTwin Falls by Alexander Mikhaylov
ArrivalWe flew over to Twin Falls, Idaho on the Flag Day -An immigration worker who picked us up at the airport Seemed genuinely surprised whenWe mentioned the Flag Day to him‘The
 Ludicrous Laws by Jack Wellman
I have heard of some strange laws and how many are still on the books or in effect. These various laws reflect a mental philosophy about the cultures and times in which they lived. These are the very reasons they were enacted. Some are obviously o
 "our precious soul" by Bohdan Yuri
spread your wings and feel your soulas you soar above the countryside.is it what you had expected?have they cherished the gallant pastthat fought with blood to set you free?have they nur
 Ovi's hat-trick by Asa Butcher
Where were you on December 20th 2004? What were you doing? Who were you with? Should you have been with that person? Do you still keep in contact with them? Is it any of my business? I can answer each of those questions
 A wonderful three years by Thanos Kalamidas
I find it hard to believe that three years of Ovi magazine are behind us, three for you all, four for us with all the planning and the preparation. Ovi magazine was born and grew up in the era off blogs and personal journals and this is the reason
 "I am..." by Bohdan Yuri
hi guyI have you in my gun sight why why notI am what I amI was bornI was madeI am a part of what there is I aim because
 Gaia on the Move by Jan Sand
The forty year old theory of Gaia seems to be exhibiting some visible repercussions. The slow but steady rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is something humanity is guiltily accepting as its responsibility desp
 Vico on the Nexus between Language and Time: another View by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
The study of language is the starting point of Vico’s historicism. For Vico, language is humanity’s primordial historicization. In fact, Vico’s professed academic discipline was neither history nor philos
 I Spy I by Asa Butcher
Idiots, complete idiots, that's the focus today. I spy idiots. No, I don't mean Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot, I mean the word derived from the Greek ἰδιώ
 Some immigrants dislike immigration by William Edo
Putting the blame on immigrants has the consequence of seeing more and more immigrants oppose immigration. If they can’t beat people with hate speeches towards immigration, they’ll join them.In France, the ultim
 Line-dancing between the Seasons of the Fabrics by Thanos Kalamidas
There are some nights, just like this nightwhen the hopes are like threads that fly,I think that I can see all my thoughts and all the painsa glance in the dark sky, white snowflakes
 Ideas Worth Spreading by Linda Lane
I am sure there are other ways to transmit this information to you, but here goes.As long as I have been in the UW Master of Science in Information Management program I have been thinking about Information Architecture as an a
 "freedom" by Bohdan Yuri
they sacrificed for it, they died for it,but..., when we have it we never knowwhat to do with it. except,find new waysto destroy itand blame another
 Let the Peace Wave Grow by Alexandra Pereira
I was just 2 1/2 months old when a shameful (for humanity) event of the 20th century happened: John Ono Lennon was killed outside the Dakota Building by the fool Mark David Chapman, in New York City. This act of evilness,
 2007's Event & Person of the Year? by Asa Butcher
Last year Ovi Magazine chose 'children' as their People of the Year and we felt that it was the right decision. As we now approach the end of
 A Frozen Mackerel - Ninja by Steve Cartwright
It's well known that an artist becomes more popular by dying, so I'm pummelling my head with a frozen mackerel. Take a gander at my online gallery... and please hurry with your response - this mackerel's killin' me!
 Vain muutaman sentin tahden by Maippi Tapanainen
Suomen Keskusta on toimintansa aikana jatkanut edeltäjänsä Maalaisliiton valitsemalla tiellä. Se on muistanut kertoa talonpojan kurjuudesta silloinkin, kun siihen ei ole ollut aihetta. Viime aikoina keskustelu Suomen 141 maatal
 "a cagey system" by Bohdan Yuri
she walks so finein her good old time,there isn't a single favorthat she can't deliverto any eager playerin her cagey favor system. place a dime on any old line,
 New Paradigms of the Idea of Europe by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Ivan Illich, a great advocate for intercultural communication, gifted us with a great insight. It is found in his book Tools for Conviviality.
 Militancy: 1200 schools closed in SwatMilitancy: 1200 schools closed in Swat by Abdulhadi Hairan
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Whatever promising speeches and wishful exchanges will have been put forth in Annapolis, if confidence is to be gradually rebuilt between the conflicting sides, unconditional measures must urgently be taken:
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In viewing humanity in its historicity as the primary subject of philosophy, Vico had in mind something very similar to what after Heidegger we describe as “humanity’s being in the world.” Vico, like Heid
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Violence and abuse affect all kinds of people every day. It doesn't matter what race or culture you come from, how much money you have, how old you are, or if you have a disability. Violence does not discriminate. However, women are victims
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Drew Paterson’s case seems that it came to remind us how much and how many women suffer nowadays and furthermore it came to remind us of the special problems people in uniform are dealing with. Please, I don’t want to be misunderstood,
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I would like to congratulate the nation of Finland. This nation leads the world in living green. That is, they lead the way toward people and earth-friendly environmental practices. This is no small accomplishment. This highly democratic nation ra
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For nearly a year I have been writing and screaming that when the UN finally arrives in Darfur it will be just too late. Unfortunately a top UN official, using the old 'lack of logistics' excuse, announced that the joint UN-African Union p
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We may ask: why does our historicity take the form of trying to repress the future by controlling it? Because to wholeheartedly embrace what is right-here-and now-in front of us as an unknown
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Here is a personal message from Lizzie Woodall and, don't forget, just because she reached her total doesn't mean you still can't donate a few pennies.* * * * * * * * *Hi!
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About one in three Americans believe in astrology. Yet there has been unpublicized proof that astrology is a scam. Indeed, astrologers themselves might not believe in astrology.Astrology might be the most rational and scien
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Let us therefore test Thoreau’s experience of the “auroral hour” with the Derridarian critique. This is not easy because Thoreau does not describe it literally but simply ev
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Abstract: While Jacques Derrida teaches that deconstruction is immanent within time, Henry David Thoreau believed that the genius that is the chil
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It is natural that people believe that the way they think and act, or their culture is the most appropriate. Some people reject other cultures. Others reject other point of views within their own culture, and see any evasion
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Sadly, the me-generation of the seventies and eighties and beyond, so concerned with its “life-style,” has yet to discover that Christianity is psychologically much more sophisticated in its insistence that parad
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We’re all born with a ‘chuckle muscle’ and if you laugh and exercise it everyday it will keep you young and frisky all of your life, but if you don’t it will dry up and drop off. Who says so?The undisp
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For Anselm, the cosmos that God conceived and made (one and the same operation for God) was the object of truth. In other words, the truth consists of knowing the logos content of the world. Its content are not fact
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Vico’s New Science (1725) is a watershed to modern historicism. He was however too far ahead of his contemporaries to have any direct impact on them. They had already embarked on a Cartesian paradigm of real
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I was just eighteen when I left AberdeenNo jobs on the farm, not a cent to be seen.You always loved me with all of your heartYou said that you knew it from the very first time. I don
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There can be no such things as an atheist. This is why: Let's imagine that you are a professing atheist. Here are two questions for you to answer: First, do you know the combined weight of all the sand on all the beaches of Hawaii? We can safe
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The US government was behind 9/11. Man never landed on the moon. Those ideas might sound crazy, yet a lot of people believe in them. What are the psychological factors behind conspiracy theories?
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Once known as paradise on the earth (at least for Pakistanis) for its natural beauty, tourist spots, ancient heritage and peaceful people, Swat Valley has now become stronghold of the pro-Taliban militants who have destroyed nearly all music ce
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World Intellectual Property Organisation – International Conference on IP and the Creative Industries Monday & Tuesday 29t
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In an article « Laughter is medicine junta just can’t swallow » in the International Herald Tribune (29 October) Choe Sang-Hun repeats the joke of the Burmese vaudeville actor Par Par Lay as to
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With increasing immigration inflows, several countries have ended up with “ethnic minorities”. While some voluntarily decide to exclude themselves from society, some try to integrate, yet fail.What “ethnic
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I saw him falter in his strideThe bullets streaking into his woundsI saw him bow before the blitzArms sailing, limbs flailing,His body gyrating in the wind.I saw him dieHis body riddled wit
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In India and Egypt, before you join the broadband utopia you have to be able to pay the rent. If you have anything left over then you may be able to afford a PC. If there is a network then you may become a part of the Internet society. It’s
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As the poet John Keats aptly put it: the center does not hold. Where is the centripetal center to be found? I think it revolves around the central place that European civilization has given to the dignity of the human pers
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"European liberty is founded on the antithesis of the secular world and transcendence, science and faith, material technology and religion.” --Karl Jaspers Ther
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Peru’s 1950’s generation was a generation of ácratas, cursed vanguardists, a generation which actually “generated” something significant, more than a group of individuals with about the same age and mere reserved ambit
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A 16 billion pixel image of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper has been posted on the internet, allowing art lovers close up details of the 15th Century work. The image is 1,600 times stronger than those taken with a ty
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Linda Lane presents an eclectic mix of her photography work. For the full Exhibition, click HERE!
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Forgive me if I sound biased or even a tad paranoid, but I’m convinced that computers are out to get me. Just me. Not a single 24-hour period goes by
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cool it down before it soarsabove the tranquil sea of norminvestigate its mortal gallto see inside a forlorn stormcool it down this lofty soulcool it down before it fallscool it do
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American Voice in Europe - Sam Pizzigati has recently reported on the content of "Foreign Policy", claimed to be "the world's most prestigious global affairs journal" (1). In keeping with its objectives, Foreign Policy h
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The young and beautiful Nazia Iqbal has become a queen of Pashto music. God has gifted her with a very sweet voice and she has used it to the better extent. She has contributed a lion\'s share to the recent revolution and popularity of Pashto p
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My DVD drive is one of those do-everything-all-singing-all-dancing gizmos displaying a multitude of acronyms, all followed by pluses and minuses and R’s and W’s, which shows how many types of wonderful new tech
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There's a blue cavern cafeWhere lost demons come to playAnd trip into a game Of plastic masquerades. Where the jazzman plays his hornWhile a poet sings his songAnd the h
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\'Life is precious\'. This is what I have heard and read my whole life. Of course, every human being should be respected and every life should be saved. But then came this era of terror in which the human life is not considered worth of anythin
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Italy's Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli wants a new anti-vandalism law after a man threw a bucket of red dye into the Trevi fountain in Rome. It is incredible
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Caros amigos,A nossa secção Lengua Invitada evolui para um portal Trans-Ibérico, e estamos felizes de apresentar-vos o nosso primeiro artigo em português do nosso parceiro "Revista Autor"...
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There is an old story of a scientist who invented a machine to transfer consciousness. When his apparatus was complete he had no convenient subject but spotted a centipede on the floor and scooped it up and dropped it into the receiver section. He
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We have been talking about article 301 since the Turkish Penal Code (TPC) entered into force on June 1, 2005. Articles 159 and 312 of the old penal code we focused on previously. In a way, we are living in a “Turkey by figures.” Legal
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I am breathless,no beingis left inside. you have taken all of me. there is nothing moreleft to hide. your blush consumed mefrom with
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What would drive people to sign up to donate organ(s)? Plenty!
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As long as the two men are together the friendship thrives. Eventually Neruda, having obtained a reprieve, returns to Chile with his wife. Despite his promise to stay in touch, he is never heard from again. His poet
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Had he not been so modest and introvert, there was a time in the late 1960s when Bobby Charlton could have claimed, with some justification, that he was the most famous living Englishman and as he celebrates his 70th birthday today he is still hel
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Neruda in turn would retort that it is exactly due to a powerful passion for justice that a poet will break out in song and poetry and lyrically express those feelings. The Marxian ideology embedded in the poetry ded
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Well it’s been some time now since the smoking ban kicked in and London is coping with the withdrawal symptoms. Tobacco sales seem to be going down but statistics as a science seem to be going the way of th
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When I first heard that one of my uncles was a philatelist I first assumed it was a political affiliation and then when I discovered he was also a philatelic member the innocent child in me could only pray that it could be treated with antibiotics
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Both birds and airplanes fly, both automobiles and horses move with speed across the ground. But there are essential differences. No one has ever seen an airliner try to perch in a tree without dire consequences and no one would dispute that there
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Far from being a mere sentimental romantic comedy, or a realistic portrayal of Pablo Neruda's exile from Chile, or of the socio-political conditions of post-war Italy, the Italian award-winning film Il Postin
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On September 25, 2007 President Bush announced “new” sanctions against the military government of Burma, symbolically joining hands with tens of thousands of protesters in the streets of Yangon and challenging the United Nations to
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What a massive policy change professional economists can make in two months. These highly paid individuals employed by the biggest names in the corporate banking sector have switched instantly into reverse gear over the past 60 days as the wheels
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Why do these things happen, why is life so unfair, why do people we love and ourselves do shit, why we can't cover it, why it hurts, why, why, why? Why we can't help that our loved ones suffer, why we hurt them ourselv
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Worse than accepting a dictator is giving him an alibi for all of his or her actions and it gets even worse when this alibi is covered with excuses for democracy. Unfortunately this is exactly what the former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutt
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Were one to glance at the very first article of the EU Constitution one would read these words: Inspired by the will of its citizens and the European States, to build a common future, this Co
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A local pro-Taliban militant group has warned a businessman to cut his long whiskers within one week. The group has set a deadline and its head said that if Mr Khan tried to flee the area, they will set his home ablaze.The
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 Many feel the birthplace of history was Ancient Greece. If that is true, the child prodigy was Thucydides. The word 'history' comes from the Greek historia, and liter
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Tuttavani kadehtivat minua, koska teen töitä korkeintaan kolmena päivänä viikossa. Muun ajan käytän tuottamattomaan leikkiin ja oleiluun. Joskus kuvittelin, että olisi kadehdit
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Si existe la obligación de ofrecer protección internacional para refugiados, de igual modo, no existe ningún derecho fundamental de inmigración establecido en convenciones internacionales. Esta afirmación no implica jui
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Alessandro Manzoni, the devout Catholic and the greatest literary figure of the 19th century, had fervently hoped, with Beethoven, that Napoleon would restore those larger trans-national, cos
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BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has bought the travel guide publisher, Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet, founded by husband and wife team Tony and Maureen Wheeler in 1972, publishes around 500 titles that are w
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My article entitled “Protection of Human Rights at International Organizations – only a Fiction” relates to the issue of the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms and difficulties connec
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Au soir de sa victoire électorale le 22 juillet, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Premier ministre sortant et leader de l'AKP (Parti de la justice et du développement, issu du mouvement islamiste, ndlr) a évoqué en une phrase le red
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While the signing of the EU Constitution in Rome in 2004 was hailed as a “new beginning” by the Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Galkenende, who then presided over the EU Council, t
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Every month we feature a photo that sums up our mood, portrays the season or just looks fantastic.
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We all have a hidden agenda. Whether we want to admit it or not we are trying to make our life in our own image. Sometimes we are honest and we tell people that we seek a certain outcome within a given situation; som
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French Prime Minister François Fillion said on French national television that the French State is “out of business”. Though there were strong reactions condemning the Prime Ministers comments, it reveals that France no longer
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Let me whisper to the bush, guardian of my homelet me proclaim the message of arrivalin this time of warlet me not leave any stone unturnedlet me whisper to the bushlet me say:
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Following ten days of watching 1950's sci-fi movies, I decided to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show for both a break and further research for a Meat Loaf 60th birthday tribute article. It was with a se
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The determination of Burma's Buddhist monks to bring about change non-violently in Burma has awakened a civilian population long held in fear by the governing military. The monks are marching behind large banners saying
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At the beginning of 2006, following four years of planning, my lady and I finally realised our life’s ambition to visit the ‘Jewel of the World’ that is New Zealand, so it is with much pleasure that
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Let us now go back to Said’s beginnings (also the title of his above mentioned book) from which continuities follow, and apply a non-linear conception of career to his own career. If we
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Au soir de sa victoire électorale le 22 juillet, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Premier ministre sortant et leader de l'AKP (Parti de la justice et du développement, issu du mouvement islamiste, ndlr) a évoqué en une phrase le red
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Edward Said, even four years after his untimely death, remains today a powerful, well-reasoned voice of the voiceless, and a courageous critic of cultural imperialism. His mind was like that of Leonardo: where others saw an abyss between East and
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Former French colonies are not doing as well as former English colonies. Truth is that France has built nothing positive in its colonies. Yet, officially, French law claims that French colonialism had positive effects.Franc
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Benjamin Franklin once lobbied for the turkey as the national symbol for the United States. I am personally glad we went from a bird as prey to a bird of prey. Throughout American history, there seems to be some sign
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Mi accuseranno di essere un ferrarista, in quanto italiano: ma poco importa. In fondo, ogni volta che mi capita di difendere il Papa danno per scontato che io sia cattolico (sempre in quanto italiano), e allora ci si abitua. Alla fine, se ama
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The UN is ready to broaden its activity in support of Iraq, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. Mr Ban said at a key meeting in New York the time for determined action on Iraq had come, but that a greater UN presence
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Recently, I have been working with a phenomenal, new independent female talent, Kim Kline. With a voice that’s unmatched, a distinguished song writing ability and shear star power, Kim Kline has already proven
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Lundi, coup de téléphone : le porte-parole de Louis Michel, le commissaire européen chargé du développement, m’annonce que son patron veut me rencontrer dans l’après-midi avec «quelques journaliste
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a space can go nowhere and find a place anywhere, it can travel inside a box, or stay outside the sky. yet, fill it with: things, people, dreams, tho
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At this point one may ask: is Plato’s critique still valid today, and if so, what are the practical consequences of ignoring it? Let us try to apply this critique to an overarching prob
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In a relativistic age which beliefs in functional truths but not in Truth, when consequently many sing the praises of democracy but precious few can pin down its essence, a revisiting of Plat
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I’ve heard it said that everyone has a period in their life that they call ‘My Time’. Having left school in the ‘Summer of ‘69’ it was the first time that I realised that my life a
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“Hello, Bernie here. I am a polar bear living at the North Pole, and this is my friend, Sally. Say hi to them, Sally.” “Hi!”
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Greeks are going to the polls in a general election, weeks after wildfires left more than 60 people dead. The main challenge to Prime minister Kostas Karamanlis and his centre-right party, New Democracy, is the socialist
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Is the end of the last emperor who came in from the cold getting closer and is he going to give up power easily or is he going to become a puppeteer in the long Russian tradition that not even the Soviet regime stopped? The Russian Prime Minister,
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I am not a good practitioner of meditation. My mind races, wild and erratic thoughts pop in and out of my head in rapid and seemingly random procession. Did I feed the cat, why did I say that to her, how long until I calm down, when am I supposed
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The CoolBrands Council, a group of style experts, designers and commentators from across Britain, in association with a YouGov poll on the opinions of more than 2,000 members of the public, have voted the luxury spor
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Il « piano di salvataggio/transizione », come lo definisce Alitalia, è la novità più forte dello scorso fine settimana: vale la pena di parlarne, nel nostro spazio di «
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Imagine going to the bakery early one the morning to buy three small hot bread rolls. For three euros you get them with butter and a nice cheese that will make them a good breakfast. The smiling baker takes the three euros and wishes you a good mo
 Imperial Rules by Clint Wayne
Its not often I say it, but today I humbly thank the Eurocrats of Brussels for allowing us citizens of the UK to retain part of our history in permitting us to keep our precious measurements of miles, feet, ounces and pints that have been part of
 "Beyond Yesterday" by Emmanuel Sigauke
You are ready to grow upafter years of chasing the windroaring on the wayto surpass crusty-throated dreams. You were in a vortexunlike a dog chasing the shadow of your tailci
 New Moon's Senior ADvisor on Removing Bio-InfoExtremists by Linda Lane
Compiled from Several Sources by Wonderlane CNNBCMS, Monday, July 15, 2205; Posted: 47:08 post meridian, NMSGST (10:08 NWT)
 Jukka Relander: Tyovaenpuolue ei tunne patkatyovakea by Maippi Tapanainen
Jukka Relander ei hämmästele vasemmiston vaalitappiota. Itse asiassa hän arvelee, ettei vasemmistopuolueille tulevaisuudessakaan ole parempaa odotettavissa, mikäli nykyinen meno jatkuu. Eurooppala
 "in a groove between two worlds" by Bohdan Yuri
in a groove between two worlds I heard the whisper of a distant star that played first before the start, and traveled beyond what’s now outside, so the new day changed its persuas
 On Rape and True PowerOn Rape and True Power by a once raped person
Going through rape and torture has made me feel like creating a space where people who have gone through similar experiences can share them and feel less lonely…I am almost sure that practically every woman (or person
 From a slap to murder by Thanos Kalamidas
A few weeks ago the foreign community in Finland, especially the Greeks, read in the papers that a musician of Greek origin, well-known in the circles that follow ethnic and music events in Finland, had violently killed his wife, mother of two inf
 The last guillotined by Thanos Kalamidas
Does the name Hamida Djandoubi mean anything to you? He was a Tunisian immigrant who tortured and killed his girlfriend and for that reason he was sentenced to death by a French court in Marseille and was sent to the guillotine on September 10th 1
 Become a rock star and die young by William Edo
A study at Liverpool John Moores University concluded that rock stars are more likely to die at a premature age than average human beings. For millions, becoming a rock star is an ultimate goal.Millions around the world dre
 Ed Wood for Inspiration by Artie Knapp
While living in New York City in my early twenties I didn’t have two nickels to rub together. It was classic Dickens, in that, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”
 "The most beautiful parts of me" by Thanos Kalamidas
Click the cover to download Thanos' PDF poem (free of charge).
 Buster Douglas in 'Pluto's Plight' by Artie Knapp
Former world heavyweight boxing champ, Buster Douglas, stars as an FBI Agent in the independently produced movie Pluto’s Plight.
 Fiendishly Clever by Linda Lane
Fiendishly clever she made a deposit to move in but never paid the rent. Her landlord called the first time on the 5th and inquired when the rent would be sent. Some excuse was made.
 iBite by Asa Butcher
Osama Bin Laden is said to be preparing to release a video message to the American people to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The announcement was made on an Islamist website, where al-Qaeda's
 La Campagne Electorale Polonaise Fait Irruption A Bruxelles by Europe & Us
Le gouvernement des jumeaux Kaczynski s’est opposé ce matin, à l’occasion d’une réunion des vingt-sept ambassadeurs des États membres auprès de l’Union (COREPER), à la création d’une «j
  L'Europe se fait aussi bien chez soi qu'a Bruxelles by Newropeans-Magazine
A l'heure de la mondialisation galopante les citoyens choisissent de dresser des barrières protectionnistes nationales, voire régionales. C’est tout à fait leur droit et leur choix. Il en va de même dans cette Union
 Vaclav Havel: Authentic Humanist and Cultural Hero for our Times 3/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In 1990 Havel addressed the U.S. Congress on the subject of democratic ideals and the rebirth of the human spirit where he reflected on the end of the bipolarity of the Cold War and the begin
 Vaclav Havel: Authentic Humanist and Cultural Hero for our Times 2/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Havel is part of an ongoing Czech intellectual tradition which, in order to be able to "live in truth" has recourse to Husserl’s Lebenswelt to counter an oppressive Marxist id
 On the First Anniversary of Daily Ovi by Alexandra Pereira
Happy anniversary, Daily Ovi team! When it is time to celebrate, it is time to have a toast, blow the online candle gently, cut the cake into slices (bigger one for me) and examine the influence of Ovi’s horoscope until the end of the year.
 The long daily road by Thanos Kalamidas
It was sometime last July, a weird period for me because of a problem with my daughter’s health that kept us really tense, when it came the time for the next monthly issue of Ovi magazine. It was the period we were dealing with the copycats
 7/365 by Asa Butcher
One year ago we published an article entitled "Opinion sevenfold" that proclaimed the great news that Ovi magazine was metamorphosing from a monthly PDF into a daily edition. Today we are taking a moment to absorb the fact that a whole y
 "on the opal road" by Bohdan Yuri
on the opal road to nowhere, before the waters of Eden gave birth to formality and mistaken identities, mystifying our memory with the method of the veil, lent on hand to cover,
 Compassionate Business by Matt Williamson
I wonder how many CEO's would consider the companies they run as compassionate? How many corporations would be classified as 'right', as in, the Eightfold Path right?
 Ovi! Ovi! Ovi? by The Ovi Team
Over the past few days we have received a number of emails and phonecalls from the readers of Ovi each of whom has informed us that Nokia has launched a new Internet service called Ovi. In their press release Nokia h
 The Perfumed Bed by Linda Lane
Every night one of my married friends visits and sleeps on my living room sofa. Sure they are travelers for one reason or another but what gets me is that when I was rich before the dotcom crash I bought a special so
 EU Presidency News by Alexandra Pereira
The European Treaty and the EU-Africa summit are still hot issues on the table, as Italy alerts to the summer reality of forest fires in Medi
 Democracy unveiled by Thanos Kalamidas
Who makes more sense: a president with a wife that covers her head with a veil due to her faith, or a president who often talks with god and this god told him to invade a country? I presume the answer is quite simple and to unveil the protagonists
 Who's the property? by Thanos Kalamidas
Why Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki became angry with Hillary and Carl Levin is a big mystery to me; he even went as far to say that the Democratic Senators were acting as if Iraq was their property. I’m going to be a bit cynical, but
 I Spy O by Asa Butcher
Offline: Local Area Connection has no signal – Contact your local provider for assistance. Yes, I am disconnected, cut off and hate every isolated minute. What am I supposed to do with my life now my access to the World Wide Web has been bru
 "The War & the Village" by Emmanuel Sigauke
The old women of my village plundered by war -McMillan’s Wind raging and howling, a new era groaned to it's dawn.I saw the old men of Mazvihwa thrashed to near-deathby war-drunk youths and the comr
 Poverty by Judy Eichstedt
I remember the very first time my family and I were evicted. My husband had lost his job a year before and the unemployment had run out. We had a yard sale where we sold everything we had worked so hard to get for next to nothing - our washer a
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
Two men who tried to hijack a Turkish plane have surrendered after all 136 passengers and crew escaped unharmed. From the plane to …midnight express!!!
 The Rational and the Mytho-poetic in Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago: 1/2 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago is a sterling example of characte
 Helsinki Children's Festival by Asa Butcher
Friday August 17th signalled the launch of the Helsinki Festival, a two-week arts festival that presents music, theatre, dance, visual arts, cinema and city events featuring both Finnish and non-Finnish artists of in
 The Helsinki Festival 17.8. - 2.9.2007 by Visit Finland.com
The Helsinki Festival is this year expanding its programme. Arts from the Baltic Sea region will be very much to the fore. The Festival presents three leading orchestras, several theatre groups and visual arts from aro
 Which... wows!!! by Thanos Kalamidas
'Where are the wows' is something I often talk about with Asa and he has written a couple of very good articles about it, always referring to the lo
 "Great Love Has Got You Figured Out" by Linda Lane
Great love has got youGreat love has your numberGreat love has your case on fileGreat love knows your nameGreat love is no strangerGreat love constantly stands on guardGreat
 Internet Love by Richard Berman
Feeling lonely, want a date, want to get married, or just fancy a one-night stand? It can be easier than you think. Whatever you are into there is a service offered to you via the Internet, for free or a small fee. Not so long ago all you had to d
 Back to the Future: the Poetical as the Mind in Action: 1/2 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
In order to recover lost humanistic modes of thought in a rationalistic era, it may be useful to revisit Marshall McLuhan, some twenty five years after his death. He can be a timely reminder and a warning to post-modern futuristic Man that, parado
 What's the Difference? by Bohdan Yuri
When the Russians invaded and occupied Afghanistan, they set up a government to their liking, and had so-called elections to justify their chosen rulers. Anyone who was against their rule was labeled as a criminal and terrorist. As a result, the
 Eagle Soars High by Clint Wayne
As the lights dim over the packed arena casting darkness all around, all you can see are the thousands of tiny twinkling lights spread out across the huge auditorium and as you can almost reach out and touch the atmo
 European Peoples' Festival by Asa Butcher
From July 23rd-28th, the European Peoples’ Festival will take place in Ekenäs (Tammisaari), Finland, for the very first time. The festival is a celebration of European friendship where 800 guests from 17 EU countries participate in s
 "I know" by Bohdan Yuri
i know...i knowthey’re watching me as i head towards the doorthey’re all waiting, for me toget on the busthey’re probably mad
 "I had to go..." by Bohdan Yuri
I once had a red toy truck.I pulled it by a string.and it would follow me;wherever I would go,and I had to go,I had to go.then one fearful dayI broke the magic st
 Dante's Vision of a United Europe by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
There is a rather naïve notion that the vision of a politically United Europe was born ex nichilo in 1950. The notion is naïve because it loses sight of the fact that there is no such thing in history as creations ex nichilo. We stand on
 Klaus Held on Religion, Science and Democracy in European Culture by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
"A European community grounded only in political and economic cooperation of the member states would lack an intrinsic common bond. It would be built upon sand." -Klaus Held
 Excalibur by Linda Lane
 Photo of the Month by The Ovi Team
Every month Ovi Magazine chooses one photograph of Finland to present in its 'Photo of the Month section. For those who have yet to discover this section in our magazine, it can be found inside the Gallery, which also offers an archive of all our p
 Une Constitution Moins by Europe & Us
L'accord auquel sont parvenus les Vingt-sept à 4h30 du matin, samedi, après avoir surmonté non sans mal les blocages britannique et polonais, va permettre de sortir d
 "traces" by Bohdan Yuri
I am the tracesof light and darkthe lost breath of winda carousel of flightyou are my eyesthe joys and the tearsof many past goodbyesand the narrowest of fears
 What a Racket! by Clint Wayne
The oldest event in the sport of Tennis is commonly and simply known all over the world as ‘Wimbledon’. It is the only ‘Grand Slam’ tournament to be played on grass and is the most prestigious competition in the world of te
 Faut-Il Mourir Pour La Constitution? by Europe & Us
La Pologne semble bien décidée à s’opposer coûte que coûte, lors du Conseil européen de jeudi et vendredi, à l’adoption du système de vote à la double majorité au sein du Conseil des mi
 Life Undercover #38Life Undercover #38 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Salman Rushdie's Knighthood anger by Amin George Forji
Indian-born writer, Salman Rushdie may be a wanted man amongst Muslims, but in Britain he is a hero. During the weekend, he was knighted by the English Queen Elizabeth II, in honor of his writings and outstanding achievements. The 60-year-old Rush
 "Working the Streets" by Bohdan Yuri
There’s a corner of a lonesome squareWhere forlorn hearts can't be repairedAnd the ladies flow on high heeled hopesWith hard promises for sale.In a runaway’s dream passion’s unrea
 Needed: A Few Faithful Friends by Heather Thiele
Ovi magazines believes the death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It violates the right to life. It is irrevocable and can be inflicted on the innocent. It has never been shown to deter crime more effectively th
 "this bottle of mine" by Bohdan Yuri
off the street that’s set too far,there’s a dark lit alley barthat hasn’t got a name.its a seedy back room dreamwhere needy lovers survive the carousel of pain.
 Depp stands for Idiot by Jane Eagle
I woke up rather roughly this morning, hmm from a dream (oh what a dream! Inappropriate both for minors and adults, hehe). I got up… and dressed up and went out & got laid. Hahaha, Jack Kerouac, not me. Let
 Terminator teddy by Asa Butcher
While browsing through the BBC website I spotted a story entitled "US designs a 'robo-bear' to rescue injured soldiers" and immediately had to read it – well, wouldn’t you? It appears that the US military is developin
 KALEVALA Dell'arte by Jenny Nordlund
Shamanistinen karnevaali commedia dell'arten poljentoon. Kalevalan arkkityypit ja taianomaiset tarinat ovat Teatteri metamorfoosin esityksen Kalevala dell'Arten innoittajia. Esitys toteutetaan ita
 Logo a No-Go by Clint Wayne
Have you seen it? The 2012 London Olympic ‘logo’ was launched this week and within hours a spontaneous public revolt had materialised demanding that the unbelievable £400,000 image be given ‘the order of the boot’, but
 Law of the stag by Asa Butcher
Whether you call it a bachelor party, a stag night, a bulls party, a bucks party or even polttarit, it is commonly known as the groom's last glimpse of freedom and an excuse to party one final time with his friends, although the exten
 Blaming the Instrument by Jan Sand
If a door bangs you in the face as you try to enter a room you might have an impulse to bang it back. A bear or a chimpanzee might feel the same way, but humanity should, it seems to me, should be able to exercise a bit more considered restraint.
 Gang bangers by Richard Berman
When I was at school over 12 years ago there were many kids that used to hang around together in groups of 10 or 20 around the southwest of London where I was brought up. My school was safe and we never had any problems, only a few old ladies who
 European Meat Markets by Stirred Up!
Singles never had it so good: meeting places for them have popped up all over the continent. You know what we're talking about: those posey social scenes in every city where we go to see and
 Love Design by Stirred Up!
Designers are embracing love and sex is becoming bespoke. It would seem that nothing is taboo anymore. Netherlands based Studio Oooms states, “by playing in to taboos and expectations in the mind of the beholder, [their] products trigger
 US Chemicals by Jan Sand
Summer here in Helsinki is coming on strong. The trees are putting out green "mouse ears", the brown lawns have turned green, and greens of every variety have changed the color of the world. On my windowsill I have a
 2nd Opinion #20 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Fat or thin by Richard Berman
There is so much information out these days about how to make yourself look good, so many products that you can buy to get your weight down, so why are there still problems of people dying from being obese?I have always been a
 Money And Life by Jan Sand
The famous remark about money and capability has always been: "If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?" Louis Agassiz, the scientist, once remarked, "I cannot afford to waste my time making money.
 Prevailing Winds #1 by Paul Lightfoot
Time has increasing importance, it should be a preoccupation as it’s undoubtedly the most important issue we face.Time, the past, the present, the future, a continuous whole and we measure it by the rotation of the earth
 Life Undercover #35 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Human rights don't have a colour by Thanos Kalamidas
The issue of human rights in China isn’t complicated. Unfortunately the global situation regarding human rights has made it so. China is guilty for violating human rights and all the NGOs and human rights’ organizations are totally
 A Mediterranean-Black Sea Union by Rene Wadlow
Nicolas Sarkozy, the newly elected President of France, in his election night speech in which he stressed his aims repeated his opposition to the entry of Turkey into the European Union. He suggested that Turkey play a key role in creating a Me
 Siili Sympathies by Jan Sand
The French author Anatole France once noticed that, in his words, "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." (from The Red Lily, 1
 On the Hunt Online by Stirred Up!
In the ‘90s, a New York rabbi and a few pushy mothers, determined to marry their offspring to a doctor or to a lawyer, brought us the 3-minute-hop, commonly known as speed dating. The ‘00s brought back da
 Dino & Anty #14 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 There's Somebody In There by Jan Sand
A good many of us grow up with an inherent feeling that animals are just funny shaped people. Walt Disney made his fortune capitalizing on that sense but it certainly is not a novel human emotion. I'm sure it sta
 Who knows? by Asa Butcher
Hey Christians! How much are you willing to bet that Jesus was the Son of God? Seriously, how much money are you prepared to back this improvable claim? The same goes to all religious groups, sects and cults – would you be willing to ‘
 Sunday plans changed by Asa Butcher
Last Sunday was a day that I would dearly like to forget and pretend never happened, yet my enthusiasm for sharing a story and writing for Ovi could never let any part of my life remain private for too long, so prepare for a candid insight into Su
 Interactive Writing: The New Generation by Jane Eagle
I had an idea, People of the World, and I’d really like to share it with you (it’s an idea after all not a strawberry popsicle). My column – as you may have noticed - is rarely updated. My head, on the other hand, couldn’t
 Stars in their eyes by Richard Berman
Every now and then my mother in England will send some of her old magazines to Finland that she saves for my wife, and to tell you the truth I also like to have a read of them. The magazines are women's magazines, the kind that have a problem
 Moral teachings by R & M Landbeck
On the horizon appears an approaching religious [and scientific] furore so contentious, any clash of civilizations may have to wait. On one side, a manuscript titled: The Final Freedoms, against all the gravitas religious tradition can bring to be
 iBite French style by Thanos Kalamidas
France's new President-elect Nicolas Sarkozy has called for unity after a bitterly-contested campaign. The conservative won a clear victory over his socialist rival Segolene Royal, gaining 53% o
 This Lonely Planet by Jan Sand
No doubt Photoshop or similar creative graphic procedures have been quite busy these latter years popping alien extraterrestrial visitors into YouTube for general perusal but the actual thing seems yet to genuinely appear. The universe is well sup
 "we are" by Bohdan Yuri
we are the flesh of god’s dreams, his wonder, his curiosity, his glory, an unfolding story; or maybe just an experiment full of misfits in search of bliss. what are we,
 ShowBizz #32 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Food, Art & Urbanism by Stirred Up!
Club 11, initially supposed to be a temporary lunch place, has turned out to be one of the most popular and edgy clubs in the city. The club is located in the Post CS building, the old postal services building a bit east of the Central Station
 I don't feel like dancing by Richard Berman
Music has changed throughout the years, but at the same time the oldies are still alive, and played at the local disco on a nightly basis. This week sees Dancing We
 Jane of Thought: Flashers of the planet unite! by Jane Eagle
Hello world. Right to the point without prologues, blablablas, etc. (well that is unusual for my style… that coffee has gotta have something to do with it). Anyway, I was checking my mail the other day: Panda Software was updating me about t
 Public relations for a...Stalin! by Thanos Kalamidas
Imagine working in a public relations firm and one day the door opens and Stalin asks you to take over his P.R. and improve his image abroad. Imagine he has all the excuses for the murders and holding a whole nation under an iron fist – dict
 I Spy G by Asa Butcher
Geeks, well it is only natural that they are spied on May 4th, since it is commonly known as 'Star Wars Day'. You didn’t know that? Well, think about it…'May the 4th be with you'…are
 Here to help - IESAF ry by Richard Berman
IESAF, we are here to help all those ex-pats from around the world, English is our working language, but you do not have to be from the UK or the USA to join, as long as you know a bit of Eng
 2nd Opinion #19 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Mutiny On The Bounty by Jan Sand
J B S Haldane once remarked that God must have loved beetles because he made so many of them. Abraham Lincoln made the same remark about the poor. Of course, any damned fool who attempts to puzzle o
 What's up Mr. Annan? by Thanos Kalamidas
The best way to start this is with a scream! But let me rephrase it: the former General Secretary of the United Nations Kofi Annan warns that the aid targets for Africa “will be missed” unless more is done. This is the part you start s
 It's Vappu! by Richard Berman
Party, party, party, that's what the Fins do anyway. The best translation for the word 'vappu' is Labor Day, and it is the day that most people who drink in Finland are drunk. If you're not drunk, it either means you don't drin
 Blasted into orbit by Asa Butcher
Over the past few weeks a number of famous individuals have passed away, but it was the story of Star Trek actor James Doohan's ashes being sent about 70 miles above the earth for a 15-minute flight and eventual soft return to earth that caugh
 Life Undercover #34 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 The Economic Value of Prayer by Jan Sand
Amongst people of faith, and that goes across all religions, there is no question that there must be prayer. I have never had any religious indoctrination and never had the slightest inclination to pray since I would not know whom to pray to so th
 It reminds me of Stalin by Thanos Kalamidas
On my first visit to Estonia I visited a habitat museum where you could see buildings and houses through Estonian history. It was very nicely made in a beautiful park that gave you the chance to enjoy the green nature. In the very same museum and
 Farewell Slava by Thanos Kalamidas
It is a month ago since many of us watched on our television screens a very old Mstislav "Slava"* Rostropovich walking with the assistance of the Russian president Vladimir Putin and entering a Kremlin hall where he celebrated his 80th b
 "The Wanderer" by Ovi Magazine Guest
I wander this world sans abriWalk endless hours sans chaussuresAnd even though sans argentI feel quite sans çaA wanderer\'s life might seem sans butBut a wanderer knows better
 ShowBizz #31ShowBizz #31 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Health care by Judy Eichstedt
Imagine your child is crying because he or she does not feel well. Your child has a fever and is throwing up. You walk the floor; child in arms doing your best to comfort the child but nothing seems to work. A cold towel is placed on the child
 Mexico's abortion by Thanos Kalamidas
You cannot ignore what happened in Mexico City lately. After long debates where the Roman-Catholic church, even the Pope himself, played a major role, the city’s lawmakers voted to legalize abortion. The abortion-right group emphasized that
 Bee Gone by Jan Sand
T.S.Eliot in his poem "The Hollow Men" predicted that the world would end, not with a bang, but with a whimper. But humanity is partial to
 Middle East Nuclear-weapon Free Zone: A Serious Start? by Rene Wadlow
Mohamed ElBaradei, Director of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called on Iran and Israel to enter into serious negotiations to create a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East — a z
 Functional Terrorism by Jan Sand
Humanity is capable of many horrible things and a good many of them are totally insane and without any sensible reward. The unfortunate quality of terrorism, whatever its origins and results, is that it is very frequently effective.
 "I have memories" by Bohdan Yuri
I have memories of an ocean blue, a fresh oasis in vibrant tones, crystal waters, foaming youth, a living being so construed. I have memories of a red sea, littered bodies, flesh
 2nd Opinion #182nd Opinion #18 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Turkey part of us by Prof. Francesco Tampoia
In the past, Napoleon said that if the world were a single state then its capital would be Constantinople, the very cradle of Europe. Even today, amid the traffic-choked streets of modern Istanbul, among the high-rises, the steep alleys and the gl
 ShowBizz #30ShowBizz #30 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Life Undercover #33Life Undercover #33 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 "towel my heart" by Bohdan Yuri
towel my heart, it’s drenched with tears. today a child died. it came so near to fill the spaces but lost its trace to the human race. towel my heart it’s d
 Sex Again by Jan Sand
There was a recent news report of an organism, a rotifer (which is a microscopic multi-celled animal), which has been
 I've Been Dreaming About Serial Killers by Alexandra Pereira
From Hannibal in The Silence of the Lambs to Jack the Ripper wandering about in London’s thick fog (so thick, one can cut it with a knife), to a rapist who is also a serial killer and whose same hands
 The Working Poor by Judy Eichstedt
Yes, it is very true that the poor work and, I might say, that they work very hard. Many work two jobs and never see their family because they are busy trying to survive. A lot of children from parents who are poor are lef
 Stuck in the Middle by Clint Wayne
Having enjoyed writing recently about ‘The Greatest Showman of Rock ’ celebrating his 60th birthday in his natural flamboyant style, it is with vast contrast that another of my
 ShowBizz #29ShowBizz #29 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 The Janitorial Outlook by Jan Sand
The concept of democracy, in one form or another, has been around for a very long time and in its early manifestation in Ancient Greece it has been denigrated for being based on slavery.
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
Voting in state elections in Nigeria have been extended after many polling stations opened hours late, causing chaos and frustration for voters. Electoral chief Maurice Iwo assured Nigerians that "people who are alr
 A National Debate by Clint Wayne
Well, just who is going to win this year's John Smith’s Grand National, without doubt, the greatest steeplechase in the world and a popular sporting day when many people, from toddler to grandparent, who do
 The Teachings of Hollywood by Judy Eichstedt
Today millions of people think nothing about dropping ten dollars to see a movie and be entertained. The days of reading a good book or staying home with the kids are dead and gone. They hear some hype about a movie and, l
 Life Undercover #32Life Undercover #32 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Festival de Cerveja de Helsinquia by Alexandra Pereira
Nos próximos dias 13 e 14 de Abril decorre na Cable Factory de Helsínquia (a antiga fábrica de cabos e telégrafos da Nokia, hoje exemplarmente convertida de modo a acolher todo o tipo de manifestações culturais) a d
 "the shadows of war" by Bohdan Yuri
with all the forged believers screaming of delicious glory, fiery words untied souls rumbling towards the terror:bloody shadows, muffling, and mystifying; the horrors, the
 Watch this Space by Clint Wayne
In this age of computers, iPods and all matter of digital wizardry any mention of space travel or a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral would be lucky to make the third or fourth slot on the evening news, let alone mak
 Problems of Underestimation by Jan Sand
When I was a kid, which was quite a few years ago, I visited a dentist quite often. In those days children were considered not quite up to basic adult standards. The dental drill, commensurate with today's high-s
 Life Undercover #31Life Undercover #31 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Being Prepared by Jan Sand
Although Iraq is the likeliest current place to get whacked these days there is a chronological Baghdad that we all eventually enter where time takes its final potent pot-shots. After the age of 80, interest intensifies in seeing who has been the
 Dino & Anty #13Dino & Anty #13 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 My Lady Rabbit by Jan Sand
Who can tell what thoughts might dwellWithin the shell of her pointed skullWho's main function is to pivot those long jawsWith which, no pause, she gnaws all things proximate?Her adventure
 The Church of Chocolate by FREE! Magazine
Okay, so the last column was a little bit off the wall and made a few of you scratch your head in bewilderment, so we shall return to basics today and stick with the personal touch commonly associated with my style of writing, plus no mention of s
 Gehry Doubts by Jan Sand
I went through the formal training for the discipline of industrial design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York from 1954 to 1959. It was a fascinating and revealing experience and, for me, emotionally and intellectually it was something of a
 ShowBizz #28ShowBizz #28 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 A dark blue government & the jolly greens by Thanos Kalamidas
Finland’s electoral system leads to coalition governments where the small parties often play a very decisive role. For the last government the Christian-Democrats and the Swedish Party were the ones who managed to enter government and suppor
 Up for the Cup! by Clint Wayne
Hey lads, do you remember back to those heady teenage years following an enjoyable night out with your girlfriend? Instead of driving her directly home you managed to persuade her to agree to stop off at your favourite little romantic spot.
 Aki Kaurismaki Celebra Hoje Meio Seculo by Alexandra Pereira
O carismático realizador e argumentista finlandês celebra hoje, dia 4 de Abril de 2007, 50 anos de vida. Entre documentários sobre a música da Bahia e a compra de quintas que se dedicam à produção de vinhos do Po
 "apathy" by Bohdan Yuri
while waiting for the sun after a midnight rain my dampened dream conspired to put forward a stream of colorless schemes immersed in the running time of lost persuasions. so possessed b
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has condemned the UK as "arrogant and selfish" for refusing to apologise for the Royal Navy captives crisis. And
 Prospects by Jan Sand
The Ancient Greeks had, as one of their many noteworthy talents, the capability to either fabricate or bring to notice characters that have persisted in literature's memory for millennia. They stick in the mind b
 Subtle Changes to the Climate by Colin
How much is ‘Global Warming’ really making a difference in our lives and can we detect any effects on the world around us? How many of you have experienced, albeit small, a change in your local climatic conditions?
 Motive ...football (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Όταν μοναδική πηγή πληροφόρησης από την
 Brainwashing for kids by Dimitrios Kontopodis
The proposal of the German EU presidency for common European history schoolbooks is terribly interesting, radical and probably unrealistic, at least in the short term. However, the comments that followed, especially the negative ones, are surpr
 Janne Virkkunen: NATO by Maippi Tapanainen
Helsingin Sanomien päätoimittaja Janne Virkkunen muistutti viime lokakuussa julkaistussa kolumnissaan, että lehti oli linjautunut Nato-jäsenyyden tukijaksi jo pari vuotta aiemmin. Asian alleviivaa
 2nd Opinion #162nd Opinion #16 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Connect, Experience, Speak, Learn...Change! by The Ovi Team
This is no time for silence or laryngitis! Your voice can make a difference! Reach out and speak up at ! Join hundreds of other young professionals from around the world to discuss major global issues this summer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
 It was better in Brussels by Thanos Kalamidas
Romano Prodi should know that when he left his seat in the EU commission for Italian politics that the game has totally different rules and the often sensitive balance he had to keep with the EU members is not the same fragile balance he has to ke
 State of England's International Football by Colin
Having sat in front of the TV on Wednesday night expecting an uplifting performance, but what turned out to be an extremely lack lustre England International side, I honestly thought, why do I bother? Where is the passion we have witnessed from
 Pedro Juan's Dirty Havana by FREE! Magazine
Cuban writer Pedro Juan Gutierrez has become one of the most interesting authors in recent years. He jumped into fame with his book Dirty Havana Trilogy (Likainen Havanna Trilogia) at the end of the '90s and has dedicated five of h
 YouTube vs. Viacom by Sliced Bread
Ladies and Gentlemen,Sliced Bread presents their take on the whole legal battle waged by Viacom against YouTube.Inspired by the Apple Mac vs. PC ads (running in the States and the UK at least), Doug and Rob take
 Extreme measures by Asa Butcher
Yesterday’s news of a busload of pre-school children and their teachers being finally freed after being held at gunpoint for nearly 10 hours in the Philippine capital of Manila can hardly have failed to catch your attention. The story had a
 Life Undercover #30Life Undercover #30 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 "a mad conclusion" by Bohdan Yuri
a mad conclusion for the rain,caressed by the warm wind that sailed from desert seas and forest greens; crossing an ocean’s plain, to nourish by cloudy shrouds a portion of l
 ShowBizz #27ShowBizz #27 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 A post-modern model for Europe? by Prof. Francesco Tampoia
Europe is only to be found in the process of creating it. The true way to define Europe is to build Europe. [D. de Rougemont]
 Laugh or cry? by Asa Butcher
Back in February I remember reading an article on YLE about a ‘scuffle’ involving two North Korean diplomats who barricaded themselves on a train travelling from Moscow to Helsinki. They refused to presen
 The Cause by Jan Sand
It's 4 am and a time provident for both cockroaches and ideas to crawl out into the open seeking sustenance. People who think and search the ebullient ambience for basics frequen
 Stop the slave trade by The Ovi Team
On March 25th 1807, two hundred years ago, the parliament of the United Kingdom passed an act with the name “An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade” and with this act brought an end to the trade that had started in 1562 during Eli
 Happy Birthday, Reg! by Clint Wayne
From Former Pub Pianist to Chairman of Watford Football Club, The Rocket Man, The Pinball Wizard, Captain Fantastic himself, The King of the Outrageous ‘Specs’, Pioneer in the fight against AIDS and Gay Rights, Father Figure to the Sta
 An EU middle-age crisis by Thanos Kalamidas
For months now I’ve been wondering why my middle-age crisis hasn’t reached me. I have seen it with people I know, they are reach this age, just around 50, when they realized that now we start the countdown - from one day to the next th
 Idiots playing war by Thanos Kalamidas
There is no doubt that everybody plays war games in the Gulf and that the protagonists are the Anglo-Americans from one side and the Iranians from the other. There is no doubt that the Iranians want to show that they
 Home sweet home town by Asa Butcher
Bognor Regis is a large seaside town on the south coast of England and is infamous for being the butt of countless jokes over the past 70 years. The town is primarily known for being among the alleged last words of K
 2nd Opinion #152nd Opinion #15 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Laki ja oikeus by Maippi Tapanainen
Suomessa lait säätää eduskunta, käytäntöön niitä soveltavat virkamiehet ja ristiriidat ratkaisee riippumaton tuomioistuin. Teoriassa kätevää kuin liukuhihnatyö. Eduskuntavaalit h
 Artificial thrills by Asa Butcher
In December 1999, on the eve of the millennium, I found myself in a helicopter heading towards the rim of one of the greatest holes on earth, the Grand Canyon. Moments after Wagner’s ‘
 Feel embarrassed by Thanos Kalamidas
Two incidents on the very same day have left me speechless and embarrassed for my fellow humans. The first happened in Belgium a couple of months ago but only came out over the last few days due to the decision of 700 Belgian couples to symbolical
 Who says they are refugees? by Thanos Kalamidas
Many times I have asked myself what identifies a refugee and it seems that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has recently asked the same question. The UNHCT says that there has been an ‘abject denial’ around the world of the humanitarian i
 "Vernal Process" by Jan Sand
The cold is gone,The Spring's begunAnd life begins to spill from timeIn green cascades.Miniscule eagernessesCoalesce from rain and airTo gobble up the energiesPouri
 "loose change" by Bohdan Yuri
breathing was a surprise, it’s 4 am and I’m still alive; when you said good bye, I thought that I had died. but no, my friends, jack, and a pack or two, and
 The Other Side Of Disaster by Jan Sand
There are current reports as to the state of the abandoned territory surrounding the Chernobyl disaster indicating, contrary to expectations, wild animal life has prospered to the extent that people in the villages beyond the forbidden territory c
 A very expensive rejection by Thanos Kalamidas
Without any hesitation or surprise, the Israeli prime minister rejected any recognition of the new Palestinian unity government and declared that it recognizes only the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The US have react
 O Dia de Minna Canth by Alexandra Pereira
O dia 19 de Março, aniversário de Ulrika Wilhelmina Johnsson, também conhecida como Minna Canth, foi oficialmente designado como o Dia para a Igualdade na Finlândia. Minna Canth (1844, Tampere
 Hook, Line and Sinker! by Clint Wayne
When the working week is over and Friday night is here, the weekend eagerly waits like the first daffodil of spring. There is nothing better for me than to stroll down to my Local Hostelry with my favourite lady for a well-earned beer or two, but
 ShowBizz #26ShowBizz #26 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 SW/NE European Discrepancies by Alexandra Pereira
Where is Europe after all? Inside our hearts? In Brussels, where the big debates and important decisions happen? One can ask this question several times a day, and still no valid nor satisfying answer will come to our minds. A
 The Ovi Cookbook by Thanos Kalamidas
Welcome to Greek cooking!Now don't think that Greek
 Vaalipaiva lahestyy ja omakehu haisee by Susanna Ahonen
Politiikassa on vastenmielisintä se, kun ihmiset rupeavat kehumaan itseään, mainostamaan omia aikaansaannoksiaan ja retostelemaan ns. omaperäisillä ideoillaan. Kansanedustajaksi, kunnanvaltuutetuksi tai vaikkapa vain am
 Finnish climate contradictions by Asa Butcher
Last night I caught the latest Greenpeace advertisement and it left me breathless. A mother places her baby into a bathtub, turns on the tap and leaves the child unattended. Even though the whole advert was in Finnish I could understand the symbol
 The Ghost Monument by Jan Sand
In lower Manhattan there is a huge empty space that hovers over this overexcited city, a double column of nothingness that puts quotation marks on the beginning of an evaluation our world culture that still is unfinished in its statement.
 Joint Accountability by Asa Butcher
When Thanos forwarded me this news story I wondered whether he was making some subtle hint about married life, but then I remembered that Thanos is never subtle. I love these sorts of surveys that have 500 couples represent a few hundred thousand
 Life Undercover #29Life Undercover #29 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 It's just a movie by Asa Butcher
Have you heard of the latest historical epic to emerge from Hollywood? It is called 300 and it is a retelling of a battle in which a small Greek army resisted a Persian invasion. I know you would usually exp
 Twenty pound note by Clint Wayne
Englishman Horatio Nelson destroyed the Spanish Armada at the Battle of Trafalgar, Englishman Francis Drake similarly kept the Spanish Navy in check all over the world, the very English Duke of Wellington smashed the dominance of Napoleon in Europ
 Reforming a...fence! by Thanos Kalamidas
For the ones of my generation who thought that the Berlin Wall was the last wall to separate people and societies, the Israeli wall was definitely a disappointment and a monument to the fact that people don’t learn. When the US started build
 Jacques in the Foreign Legion by Thanos Kalamidas
Will anybody remember the French president Jacques Chirac let's say…in twenty years? The question came to mind while reading about his decision not to seek a third term in office in April’s elections.I have my
 Lennon, Chirac et Nous by Europe & Us
Imaginez un monde où l’on ne vous parlerait pas d’obtention de 500 signatures. Simplement parce que nulle barrière de ce type n’aurait été mise en place pour réduire le champ démocratique. Un Etat o
 Whack the dog by Thanos Kalamidas
There is an old story about a servant who was very badly treated by his master. The story says that the master was giving him the hardest jobs, never paid him well or appreciated him and that often when he was returning drunk he was hitting him. T
 Howzat! by Clint Wayne
That is the sound to be heard on countless Village Greens the length and breadth of England during the hot summer months as leather ball meets willow in the exquisite game of Cricket. However, out in
 Head Over Heels in Hate by Jan Sand
Throughout history various nations have held the focus for hatred for much of the world. No doubt, as each nation rose to power, the required consequences of domination distilled as much of its emotional final product a good deal of hatred. This
 iBite by Asa Butcher
Finns are the world's leading coffee drinkers. Annually, Finns consume on average 9.8 kilos of coffee. Quantity over quality.
 Burning monuments (Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Τελικά η μακρόχρονη απουσία μου από την Ε
 A boogie man urgently by Thanos Kalamidas
After reading that Nicolas Sarkozy, the frontrunner in the French presidential elections, wants both the far-right and far-left to run in the April 20th polls, I was wondering if the presidential elections had missed their clown since, in the end,
 It just feels wrong by Asa Butcher
Finland is currently preparing itself for the 2007 General Elections, although since I do not hold Finnish citizenship I am ineligible to cast a vote. I am, however, watching the proceedings and it was a different ty
 "I'm watching you leave" by Bohdan Yuri
a look beyond the shadows of deathinvites a mistress to seduce the sorrowstill untapped, and measured in cold timeinside the collection of madhouse pleasures,old age and youth holding frail hands,
 Literal discriminations by Thanos Kalamidas
I don’t usually judge critics for the simple reason that I strongly believe that to like or dislike a piece of art is a totally personal decision and I have often doubted expressions, such as, "This is a c
 Mielipiteen kuolema by Riku Pyhala
Eihän se ehtinyt pyöriä kuin tv-uutisissa – SAK:n ”kiistanalainen” vaalimainos. Kunnes jotkut oikeiston päässä nousivat väärällä jalalla ja pusersivat mädän herneen nen
 Life Undercover #28Life Undercover #28 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Proverbial Idiom by Asa Butcher
"How are you, Simon? It's been a long time!""I’m a bit under the weather, Alan. But it certainly has been a long time, although they say that absence does make the heart grow fonder.""Indeed,
 Not If But When by Jan Sand
Just recently a prediction by astronomers that an asteroid has a reasonable chance of coming close to Earth in 2029 indicates how precise orbital calculations have become. It will hit (if it does), so I have heard, significantly on a Friday the 13
 "waiting" by Bohdan Yuri
waitingfor the 5 bus,leaning my soulagainst the stucco wall,--- Mel’s Music Shop,lessons for all:e note,c note,d, f, g,major/minorchords,m
 ShowBizz #24ShowBizz #24 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Proliferation of Fakes by Jan Sand
A current report indicates that the fake medicine business is prospering and soon will be worth many billions of dollars. These are medicines that can be either new unknown brands that are ineffective or substances with no or harmful medical capa
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #20 by Rob Jenkinson
Dear Readers,What’s a trustworthy dress code in your opinion? A nice medium range suit that proves someone has made the effort without being too flash or looking like a used car salesman? How about a uniform of some kind? Well, i
 Drogba: King of African Football by Amin George Forji
Didier Drogba, Chelsea's Ivorian prolific striker, was named 2006 Player of the Year by the African Football Governing body, CAF, following a ballot of Africa's 53 national team coaches in the Ghanaian capital of Accra for the country'
 Jesus' Family Tomb? by Jack Wellman
Brace yourself for another attack on the truth my friends. The Discovery Channel will air a television documentary, "The Jesus Family Tomb," that claims that the lost tomb of Jesus’ family is a neighbor of Tova Bracha's apartm
 AS by Jan Sand
People who analyze dynamic systems and replicate them for their own arcane usage are very clever. They examine carefully the elements of the system, discover how they function and what their requirements may be and duplicate them in the same or si
 What's burning in your coffee? by Carlos Eyl
I would love to ask you, what exactly comes to your mind when you read the news each morning? My guess would probably be we could all agree the world is literally shaking us up back into reality. It seems as though the United States and Iran have
 Another Scientific Dark Age? by Jack Wellman
Englishman John Draper convinced himself that with the downfall of the Roman Empire the 'affairs of men fell into the hands of ignorant and infuriated ecclesiastics, parasites, eunuchs and slaves' these were the 'Dark Ages'.
 Standards Everywhere by Dimitrios Kontopodis
The International Organization for Standardization, a.k.a. ISO, was founded February 23rd 60 years ago. Most people have heard of ISO, for example in advertisements of companies, but not many people know exactly what ISO and all the other standard
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
EU emissions cuts could lead to a loss of 60,000 jobs in Finland! Really? And if we don’t do anything it will cost life on Earth!
 Blinded By Science by Jack Wellman
Evolutionists often falsely accuse creationists of believing in a flat Earth. But neither history nor modern scholarship supports the claim that Christians ever widely believed that the Earth was flat. And the Bible
 On the road to Orlando by Carlos Eyl
The Builders Show is the biggest fair of its kind, worldwide. It gathers most of the hottest, in-fashion, innovative and functional patents available for the construction market. It is also the perfect excuse for a getaway to Orlando for a relaxed
 10 Simple Web Design Suggestions by Linda Lane
1. Maintain simple, consistent page navigation throughout your site.2. Produce legible sites - Keep backgrounds simple with enough contrast to read the content, break up large blocks of text into readable amounts, and use san-serif fonts; t
 From a child or a madman by Thanos Kalamidas
Iran’s puppet president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected international calls to suspend uranium enrichment and he noted that Iran would only stop if the states – pointing at the US – seeking the suspension stopped producing nuclear
 Life Undercover #26Life Undercover #26 by Thanos K & Asa B
For more Life Undercover HERE!
 Shapes by Lewis Martin
I might be stating the obvious to say that shapes are important in buildings, and Architects are always searching for new forms. Luckily for us Architects we are discovering new shapes all the time, in fact two Hungarian researchers recently di
 Unmentionables by Jan Sand
In opposition to the inherent human motivation to gossip, spread the good word, disseminate knowledge throughout the world, there is another opposite drive to keep secrets and hold information away from general knowledge. Primitive societies frequ
 ShowBizz #22ShowBizz #22 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 2nd Opinion #132nd Opinion #13 by Thanos K & Asa B
   
 Media made in Greece (In Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Σκοπός μου ήταν πάντα να γράφω κείμενα στ
 Values, Personal, Social, And Objective by Jan Sand
Nailing down values is like trying to catch minnows while wearing thick rubber mittens. A few smudges of paint on cloth can make a garment unwearable or ca
 So lonely by Thanos Kalamidas
“I’m so lonely!” sings the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s character in the film Team America. However, today they will sing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ and the surprise wil
 More than a one-night stand by FREE! Magazine
That’s right! Issue #2 is out. We're still recovering from the excitement of launching the magazine and we worked hard to show a little bit more of Finnish culture. In the new issue you will find some well known names, such as Apulant
 Fighting crime by Asa Butcher
When I think of criminals being recruited by the Army my mind turns immediately to the classic war film The Dirty Dozen that follows a disparate bunch of lowlifes granted freedom from prison if they agree to
 De l'Afghanistan a l'Irak fin de l'unilateralisme americain by Newropeans-Magazine
Le monde est en phase de mutation dans son système international. Ce dernier vit des frictions et s’oriente vers une zone de crise globale. Conscients de cette situation d’impasse, les puissants de notre mon
 Funny by Jan Sand
Aside from its utility as a prime source of heating, cooling, and oxygen, the atmosphere jiggles in all sorts of ways to provide Earth’s perceptive inhabitants with awareness of what is going on. This capability is so important that it is in
 Jane of Thought: Good luck with the 21st century by Jane Eagle
Grrrr…Ok here’s the deal:The 21st Century really concerns me. I do try my best to raise him properly (oh he’s a boy, yeah – a little gayish, yet a boy). I am sure I’m a good provider (and cu
 Toy soldiers by Thanos Kalamidas
A few days ago Amin George Forji wrote an extensive article about child soldiers and all of us somehow expressed out disgust on the subject, disgust because this is the best wo
 Of, By, and For by Jan Sand
Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the phrase that democracy must be government of, by and for the people. Winston Churchill noted that democracy is the worst form of government except for those others that have been tried from time to time.
 Abortion stories by Thanos Kalamidas
It’s strange how to balance between the two sides of the abortion argument, since they both have strong arguments and, when you have a kid, furthermore a daughter, both sides can tug sensitive chords in your personal life – either way,
 Croke Park by Clint Wayne
Croke Park, Ireland’s National Stadium and the fourth largest sporting arena in Europe, this Sunday, takes an enormous step and probably a ‘cultural shock’ as a ‘foreign’ sport takes place for the first time in its hi
 "bloodstains: a young girl's trilogy" by Bohdan Yuri
bloodstain 1there were bloodstainswhen I was born.dad was angryand swung his fist.Mama wiped the bloodfrom her lip.I was born earlyon that same day.
 Iran as the wolf by Thanos Kalamidas
While reading the latest warning from the Iranian leadership to the U.S. administration I could not avoid thinking how many mistakes George W. Bush’s government has done and how long it will take until somebody corrects them. Ayatollah Ali K
 Relations transatlantiques, la deroute europeenne by Newropeans-Magazine
Mais si, mais si, les Etats-Unis et le gouvernement Bush, avec la très active Mme Rice ont encore des choses à dire en Europe.
 Conference on child soldiers by Amin George Forji
France, in collaboration with UNICEF, is organising an international conference to find modalities of abolishing the use of child soldiers in armed conflicts. Some 300 delegates for the two day conference are from 50 affected countries in differen
 Life Undercover #25Life Undercover #25 by Thanos K & Asa B
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 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #18 by Rob Jenkinson
Dear readers,I’m afraid that I’m getting fat, American style. I held it off for almost a year, but I can see it spreading around my midsection and it’s upsetting me a lot. If you know me, you’ll know
 Citizens of the Earth by Rene Wadlow
In a mixture of the titles of the “Citizens of the World” and the “Friends of the Earth” – the representatives of 40 governments speaking as the “Citizens of the Earth” called, on 2 February 2007, for a
 "because" by Bohdan Yuri
why did you rob him?because,because he had itand I didn’t,it wasn’t rightthat he had itand I didn’t,so I took itfrom him,now I havesomethi
 The Balkan flame by Thanos Kalamidas
Sometimes I even find it difficult myself to explain to anybody what’s going on in the Balkans. It’s even harder to explain to people like Scandinavians how tense ethnic differences are in the Balkans and how important are details that
 Cameroon's coach quits by Amin George Forji
The bilingual daily Cameroon Tribune recently announced that national trainer, Dutchman, Arie Haan has quit his post six months after taking the job, citing irreconcilable differences with the country's football federation FECAFOOT. He is sai
 Six Nations Rugby by Clint Wayne
In 1823, when William Webb Ellis picked up a football during a match at Rugby University and ran with it through the opposition’s defence to score the first try in history, the game of Rugby was born, with its scrums, rucks, mauls, line-outs
 Very likely by Satya Prakash
I am sure almost all would have found the advertisement of Vattenfall, mostly aired on the BBC, to be hilarious, just because it states something so obvious. It shows a conference of intellectuals and scientists, where one person is forcefully del
 Johan Ludvig Runeberg by Thanos Kalamidas
The first time I heard his name was in Porvoo, a small town south west of Helsinki. It was a really cold day and I was getting ready to enjoy my coffee when I heard that I should try “Runeberg’s tart”, so I did. Runeberg
 Generalities by Jan Sand
There are some statements that shoot themselves in the foot, such as: “This sentence is a lie.” If it is, it isn’t and if it isn’t, it is. Another is: “All generalities are false including this one.” However, a
 Bored In Ronkonkoma by Sliced Bread
Ladies and Gentlemen,Sliced Bread are proud to present "Bored In Ronkonkoma", the film that actually created the "comedic"(?) duo. Rob Jenkinson and Doug Howe were out in Ronkonkoma, NY and had to stay a
 Restauration : TVA 5.5 % - Sarkozy l'a Promis by Newropeans-Magazine
Lors de la campagne électorale des élections présidentielles françaises de 2002, Jacques CHIRAC avait promis une TVA à 5.5 pour la restauration, avant la fin de son futur
 The great switch off by Asa Butcher
How many lightbulbs does it take to save the world? No joke here – it is a serious question that the Alliance for the Planet is asking its fellow citizens of the world. Today, February 1st, at 1855 GMT, French environmentalists are urging ev
 The right captain by Thanos Kalamidas
The truth is that you can avoid thinking that the king is totally isolated from reality when you read things like the latest from George W. Bush. His decision to nominate a new commander of the US military forces in the Middle East with his missio
 Dinner For Misfits: Part 1 by C.J. Michaels
Last time I attended a Spanish-themed singles dinner at La Tasca, I went dancing, collected three phone numbers and woke up with a beautiful South American who graced my apartment for the weekend.It’s with the memory of
 Black sheep by Asa Butcher
"The brotherhood of men does not imply their equality. Families have their fools and their men of genius, their black sheep and their saints, their worldly successes and their worldly failures. A man should trea
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #17 by Rob Jenkinson
Dear readers,Last week I almost died.Well not quite, but I felt like it could happen and with every un-Godly passing of a car and cutting off of other drivers I said goodbye to my life. It was soon to be over.
 "we have work to do" by Bohdan Yuri
color the rainbow black and white put a shine on this new firmament and paint the sky a roaring red tree we have work to do on this new scene
 Desert, Athens! by Thanos Kalamidas
People often ask me if I miss Greece and how could I ever leave a country with sunshine throughout the year and temperatures well above 15 degrees, to come and live in a country that is dark, with snow, short summers and dark winters. Usually I es
 Jane of Thought: Why do we "art"? by Jane Eagle
"I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say."A French guy by the name of Jean Cocteau wrote poetry but even he wondered why…It’s true that Art approaches us in each step of our
 Kosovo and the Phantom Republics by Rene Wadlow
Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish mediator for the United Nations on Kosovo, withheld his suggestions for the next steps in Kosovo until after the late January elections in Serbia. As the status of Kosovo, still part of Serbia but functioning as a
 Some companySome company by Bohdan Yuri
Inside the ruined shadows Of a smoky corner bar A lady sips the darkness That surrounds a fallen star. Then she wanders to the end Of a string of broken hearts And asks the l
 Jane of Thought: A teeny-tiny feeling by Jane Eagle
Every now and then I’m seized with an overwhelming urge to write, so I sit before my laptop screen, take a sip of my hot tea, my refreshing juice, my anything, set my fingers in motion and that’s when it hits me: I can’t think of
 Money in a rich man's world by Richard Berman
Everywhere I look they are trying to push me and others to get a loan, apply for a credit card or buy now pay next year, but do we really need loans?Ok, so many people get a loan to buy a house, this is normal because without
 Tutkijat samassa jamassa by Maippi Tapanainen
Samassa liemessä apurahaa saaneiden taiteilijoiden kanssa kiehuvat tutkijat, joille apurahan saaminen voi myös merkitä putoamista turvaverkon läpi.
 A few ladies and lots of tigers by Jan Sand
If you take a full bucket of water and poke a very small hole somewhere in the bottom, nobody will be surprised to see water leaking out of the hole. Nobody would assume that there is a marvelous intellect residing in water that is required to ass
 Yancey Cravat by Asa Butcher
When settling down to watch any movie from the late-20s or early 1930s, you must take into account social values and attitudes of the time, plus make allowances for technological inadequacies. However, when you watch a movie that won or was even n
 Roger Milla: Africa's Best by Amin George Forji
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), as part of festivities to mark its 50th anniversary on February 8th, has published the names of what it calls the 30 Best African Players in the Last 50 years.
 
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