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 The 12th Malaysia Plan offers few solutions while making the same mistakes; a not so hidden agendaThe 12th Malaysia Plan offers few solutions while making the same mistakes; a not so hidden agenda by Murray Hunter
Malaysia’s prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently launched the 532 page 12th Malaysia Plan (MP12) in parliament. What is clear in the document is that Ismail Sabri didn’t have much time to influence the dire
 O valleyO valley by Amir Khatib
O valley,  I will order you to pass the infant on its mother\'s breast,  From the sky  If I decide not to enter your land  To be thr
 Sneakers order ...pizzaSneakers order ...pizza by Ovi Magazine Guest
World’s Most Expensive Sneakers Will Order Your Pizza March Madness returns this year, after a pandemic-imposed hiatus in 2020.As a result, bas
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 Ma-Siri & Alexa 21#15Ma-Siri & Alexa 21#15 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ma-Siri & Alexa HERE!
 Alaska Alaska by The Ovi Team
October 18th 1867; the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Tex
 Odysseus Elytis NobelOdysseus Elytis Nobel by The Ovi Team
Since the last few days we are talking about Nobel Prizes, a Greek poet Odysseus Elytis , was awarded the Literature Nobel Prize and it was announced on the 18th of October 1979.Elytis\'s p
 DEAD BEES and BUTTERFLIES, FLOWES, TREES and the PLASTIC SEADEAD BEES and BUTTERFLIES, FLOWES, TREES and the PLASTIC SEA by David Sparenberg
Globally, bees and butterflies, the winged beauties of the insect-beasty world, are dying, vanishing from habitat and planet. Bees and butterflies are pollinators. Without them, there will be no flowers.
 Clues All On In LineClues All On In Line by Saloni Kaul
Linger leaves in air!Time floats, she daydreams...Grasps leaves, flash clues from nowhere.  
 Come to my houseCome to my house by Abigail George
 Screws & Chips 21#15Screws & Chips 21#15 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Screws & Chips  HERE! For more Ovi Cartoons,
 Olympic silent protestOlympic silent protest by The Ovi Team
October 17th 1968; two black American athletes have made history at the Mexico Olympics by staging a silent protest against racial discrimination. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medallists in the 200m, stood with their heads bowe
 World Food Day: A Call For Collective Action to Protect the PlanetWorld Food Day: A Call For Collective Action to Protect the Planet by Rene Wadlow
...“determined to promote the common welfare by furthering separate and collective action for the purpose of raising levels of nutrition and standards of living”
 Rustic PlacesRustic Places by Nikos Laios
What will happen When all the Rustic places Are gone?
 Mental Health of Students Must Figure in Restarting ClassesMental Health of Students Must Figure in Restarting Classes by Ovi Magazine Guest
Mental Health of Students Must Figure in Restarting ClassesBy Amy Braun As officials across the nation decide how best to open
 Sceptic feathers 21#19Sceptic feathers 21#19 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Sceptic feathers HERE!
 Women's Critical Role in the Food ChainWomen's Critical Role in the Food Chain by Rene Wadlow
15 October is the U.N. designated International Day of Rural Women.  It is a day to highlight the need to increase food production, especially in those countries that face
 COVIDSafe: The Failure of An AppCOVIDSafe: The Failure of An App by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The returns have not been impressive. For an app essentially anointed as a saviour for tracing purposes in the worst pandemic in a century, COVIDSafe is a lesson in exaggerated prowess and diminished performance.
 A Fair ShakeA Fair Shake by Jan Sand
Life, stuffed into a bag.A sack of bones, glutinous flesh,Strings and tubes, blobs of cells,Lakes of blood, piss, snot and indeterminate goo,Collections of nail
 Past century revisitedPast century revisited by Ovi Magazine Guest
Past century revisited By Dr J Scott Younger OBE It is 100 years since we were supposedly getting over the war to end all wars
 Ephemera 21#22Ephemera 21#22 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ephemera, HERE!
 Has squandering of public wealth become the new norm?Has squandering of public wealth become the new norm? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
This year the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York city was poorly attended in-person by the world leaders. Only about 73 heads of state and 31 heads of government 
 Come to meCome to me by Osy Mizpah Unuevho
pick a choice object of the earth, it is not today these hands river in places lacking stars in their death seasons in our eyes, the hunger of beauty
 Research Signals Five Major Trends for Post-Pandemic AmericaResearch Signals Five Major Trends for Post-Pandemic America by Ovi Magazine Guest
Despite challenges over the past year, more than half of U.S. adults are optimistic about the next six to 18 months, according to two nationwide surveys commissioned by the Contact Lens Institute. That translates to people p
 Worming 21_19Worming 21_19 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Worming, HERE!
 Pulp FictionPulp Fiction by The Ovi Team
October 14th 1994; the writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, a crime drama featuring multiple
 Biden's Build Back Better Adversaries and AdversitiesBiden's Build Back Better Adversaries and Adversities by Leah Sellers
If you live in Texas where the Texas legislature is continuing to take away Women’s Rights regarding their Decisions for their Bodies and their Lives while they also create Laws which will allow it to be easier and quicker for the Folks o
 Cyber WormholeCyber Wormhole by David Barger
I read and waitThen I write and waitEver clinging what anticip
 Dupenews: H. G. Wells to assist Kim Jong-un to build 'invincible military'Dupenews: H. G. Wells to assist Kim Jong-un to build 'invincible military' by Theodore K. Nasos
Disclaimer: This is a satirical news piece, just for fun, read at your own risk!
 A fistful of cactus 21#08A fistful of cactus 21#08 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more A fistful of cactus HERE!
 Malaysia introducing Harsh New Equity Restrictions Malaysia introducing Harsh New Equity Restrictions by Murray Hunter
Malaysia introducing Harsh New Equity Restrictions Lacklustre assistance for the business sector under 12th Malaysia Plan Mal
 Our march in timeOur march in time by Bohdan Yuri
Our march in time seems so sublime, yet, we cannot savor life’s forward climb.in the darkest corner of any forlorn sight there lives a demon in the long lost night.
 Cool-weather gardeningCool-weather gardening by Ovi Magazine Guest
Fall in love with cool-weather gardening for a healthy, hefty home-grown harvest
 Fika bonding! 21#16Fika bonding! 21#16 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Fika bonding! HERE!
 Jayaprakash Narayan: Advocate of the Nonviolent Total RevolutionJayaprakash Narayan: Advocate of the Nonviolent Total Revolution by Rene Wadlow
 A message to a widowA message to a widow by Amir Khatib
 I am a lonely man worthy of you, madam, share your unit or double it, He puts you on your coat and arranges your collar, which you neglect every time, But
 Coral-damaging sunscreens banned in ThailandCoral-damaging sunscreens banned in Thailand by Ovi Magazine Guest
Coral-damaging sunscreens banned in ThailandBy Johanna Pauls White sandy beaches, turquoise waters and sun – Thailand is
 Always something; the family edition 21#17Always something; the family edition 21#17 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Always something; the family edition, HERE!
 Kissing the velvet Kissing the velvet by Abigail George
 Exa!tationExa!tation by Saloni Kaul
Exa!tationBag of bones preciousEmpowered by breath\'s treasureExalted dry-dipped.  
 Healthy Eating Adds Up to a Healthy HeartHealthy Eating Adds Up to a Healthy Heart by Ovi Magazine Guest
Making healthy food choices can be overwhelming, especially if money is tight. Good nutrition is at the core of good health and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke. \"Eating delicious no
 AntySaurus Prick 21#19AntySaurus Prick 21#19 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more AntySaurus Prick HERE!
 Porgy and Bess premieres on BroadwayPorgy and Bess premieres on Broadway by The Ovi Team
On October 10, 1935, George Gershwin\'s opera Porgy and Bess premieres on Broadway. Porgy and Bess began its journey to the Broadway stage in 1936, when George Gershwin wrote a letter late one night to the author of a book he was reading propos
 Richard St. Barbe Baker: The Life of the ForestsRichard St. Barbe Baker: The Life of the Forests by Rene Wadlow
 At The CafeAt The Cafe by Jan Sand
At small gobbletime I squatted in clocklightTo glancegrab streetwheel swifties and stumblebys.Skyfog chunks ambled in the blue, allwhite,While chirpers quietchopped with whist
 iBite ...snappy iBite ...snappy by Theodore K. Nasos
A Nobel Peace Prize, a tax hunt, Afghanistan dark ages, haunted houses and some other noticeable caustic iBites from the news.
 Ephemera 21#21Ephemera 21#21 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ephemera, HERE!
 Blowing the Whistle at FacebookBlowing the Whistle at Facebook by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The only surprise was that it did not come sooner. Big Tech whistleblowers are not exactly running out of the offices of Silicon Valley, so it was with some excitement that Facebook could produce a person willing enough to s
 Heart & SoulHeart & Soul by Nikos Laios
Because we love,Because we need love,To feel true moments Of beautiful passion,To transcend our Fear of death.
 A swing set funA swing set fun by Ovi Magazine Guest
A Swing Set Can Provide Hours Of Fun For Your Kids By Dolores Howe The Amish are revered throughout the US for a dedic
 Tang & Ram 21#18Tang & Ram 21#18 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Tang & Ram, HERE!
 The rise of the toolThe rise of the tool by Jan Sand
 The Wild Boy of AveyronThe Wild Boy of Aveyron by George Cassidy Payne
Before we learned to solve each other\'s traps,you reminded me of that poor wolf child, urged on by hunger, digging for roots and bulbs in the fields,      
 Lives Lost Through Spreading of Discredited Science Says WMA LeaderLives Lost Through Spreading of Discredited Science Says WMA Leader by Ovi Magazine Guest
The spreading of fake news and discredited science by world leaders has led to many people dying and others being exposed to Covid-19, according to the departing President of the World Medical Association. In his valedictory
 Ghostin' 21#18Ghostin' 21#18 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ghostin\' HERE!
 Was the 76th UN General Assembly session all about blah, blah, blah?Was the 76th UN General Assembly session all about blah, blah, blah? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
We live in an interesting time. No time before has the world faced a crisis of this magnitude of a global pandemic, climate change, migration, conflicts and unending wars. More than a quarter billion people has been infected
 Ovi magazine and Facebook censoring Ovi magazine and Facebook censoring by The Ovi Team
Last weekend -plus Monday, (2-4 of October 2021) Facebook blocked Ovi magazine and in extent my personal account because of a photo and according to the message I got,
 Mika Toxica 21#08Mika Toxica 21#08 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Mika Toxica HERE!
 Jane Eyre is publishedJane Eyre is published by The Ovi Team
 Malaysia Introducing National Biometric Database Registry Malaysia Introducing National Biometric Database Registry by Murray Hunter
Malaysia Introducing National Biometric Database Registry Government committed to surveillance system According to the 12th M
 Who knew herWho knew her by Bohdan Yuri
Who knew her   there\'s a hooker lying deadacross
 Vaclav Havel: Resistance and VisionVaclav Havel: Resistance and Vision by Rene Wadlow
 Ma-Siri & Alexa 21#14Ma-Siri & Alexa 21#14 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ma-Siri & Alexa, HERE!
 World Teachers DayWorld Teachers Day by The Ovi Team
\"Take a stand for teachers!\" is the 2012 motto for World Teachers\' Day. Celebrations are being organized around the world. UNESCO calls on everyone to consider undertaking a special celebration for World Teachers\' Day.
 Britannia Turns Back The BoatsBritannia Turns Back The Boats by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Pushing people back across borders; turning asylum seekers away from shores. When such tactics were openly adopted and used with impunity by Australia’s navy and border force, it caused outrage and concern in the marit
 BaggageBaggage by Amir Khatib
 _ What do you think, brother, that we gather our needs and leave. _ It\'s still dark much of the night, Should we carry it with us? There is nothing in th
 Talibans -ReloadedTalibans -Reloaded by Ovi Magazine Guest
Talibans -Reloaded (A New Force under the Old Name) By Zlatko Hadžidedić The fall of Kabul to
 Screws & Chips 21#14Screws & Chips 21#14 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Screws & Chips HERE!
 Sputnik satellite Sputnik satellite by The Ovi Team
October 4th 1957; A Russian satellite launched into space - the first man-made object ever to leave the Earth\'s atmosphere. The Russian news agency, Tass, said the satellite Sputnik was now 560 miles (900 kilometres) above the Earth and circli
 Dark HouseDark House by Abigail George
 IktushiwiIktushiwi by Virginia Maria Romero
Iktushiwi  Collectivelywe are creating a living story ….no beginning           
 Murderous Fantasies: The US Intelligence Effort Against AssangeMurderous Fantasies: The US Intelligence Effort Against Assange by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
If there was any reason to halt a farcical train of legal proceedings, then the case against Julian Assange would have to be the standard bearing example. Since last year, the efforts by the US government to pursue his extra
 Sceptic feathers 21#18Sceptic feathers 21#18 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Sceptic feathers HERE!
 Bumiputera equity rule highlights catastrophe in public policyBumiputera equity rule highlights catastrophe in public policy by Murray Hunter
A Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders (FMFF) letter to the minister of international trade and industry Azmin Ali has highlighted the 51% Bumiputera equity requirement in many types of businesses.
 CagesCages by Jan Sand
There is probably no way to puzzle into that dismayI must have felt when pulled to the light of day.Being born, the shocks of light, of sound, necessities to suck in air,When
 Nonviolent Action: The Force of the SoulNonviolent Action: The Force of the Soul by Rene Wadlow
2 October is the UN General Assembly-designated Day of Nonviolence chosen as 2 October is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi, shortly after finishing his legal studie
 Ephemera 21#20Ephemera 21#20 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ephemera, HERE!
 Interviewing Rev. Dr. Devon Merrick DickInterviewing Rev. Dr. Devon Merrick Dick by Dr Elsa Lycias Joel
Rev. Dr. Devon Merrick Dick, the Pastor of the Boulevard Baptist Church, Kingston, Jamaica who also serves as a Justice of the Peace since 1990 talks with Elsa Lycias Joel about his books \'The Cross and the Machet
 Barn's Burned DownBarn's Burned Down by George Cassidy Payne
  Now I see the moon, in this burning heap of cinder block and timber,     this cataclysm, this crush, this dense mass of silent con
 Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for October 2021Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for October 2021 by Manish Kumar Arora
Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) - With focus, you can make enormous progress in your work. You would be busy in the work of administration with the aim of dominating the competitors. Savings will slowly increase
 Worming 21_18Worming 21_18 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Worming, HERE!
 Laughter in the darkLaughter in the dark by Abigail George
 Sky Senses AllSky Senses All by Saloni Kaul
Sky Senses AllAt rising waves\' roar,Skyward-looking lush green pines,Drooping senses soar.
 Jalal al-Din Rumi (30 Sept 1207 - 17  Dec 1273)Jalal al-Din Rumi (30 Sept 1207 - 17 Dec 1273) by Rene Wadlow
I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Gabr, nor Moslem.I am not of the East, nor the West, nor the land, nor the sea… My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless.
 A fistful of cactus 21#07A fistful of cactus 21#07 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more A fistful of cactus, HERE!
 Day of deaf peopleDay of deaf people by The Ovi Team
September 30th. The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) first launched International Day of the Deaf in 1958; th
 Malaysia: Corruption Cripples Healthy SMEsMalaysia: Corruption Cripples Healthy SMEs by Murray Hunter
Malaysia: Corruption Cripples Healthy SMEs Education and law enforcement not working Recently Malaysia’s Ministry of Ru
 Tongue TiedTongue Tied by Jan Sand
Herding words to perform tricks,Acrobatics into ballads, rhymesThat twinkle into good timesOr vocal thunders of the wondersOut of an angry psyche, or pe
 Lanza Del Vasto: (1901-1981) Shantidas -Servant of PeaceLanza Del Vasto: (1901-1981) Shantidas -Servant of Peace by Rene Wadlow
 Fika bonding! 21#15Fika bonding! 21#15 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Fika bonding! HERE!
 Crackdown on Buddhism in Tibet?Crackdown on Buddhism in Tibet? by Rene Wadlow
There have been periodical periods of repression on religious liberty in Tibet by the Chinese government usually related to broader policies concerning religion on the part of the government.  We may be in such a period
 The Journey The Journey by Nikos Laios
Sometimes Old memories returnLike soldiers wounded And ravaged by war.
 Our Man in Washington: Morrison's Tour of DeceptionOur Man in Washington: Morrison's Tour of Deception by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It was startling and even shocking.  Away from the thrust and cut of domestic politics, not to mention noisy discord within his government’s ranks, Australian Prime
 Always Something 21#16Always Something 21#16 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Always Something, HERE!
 Trumpism with a Biden Face: US Haitian PolicyTrumpism with a Biden Face: US Haitian Policy by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
With that orange haired brute of a president supposedly ushered out of the White House with moralising delight, the Biden administration was all keen to turn over a new leaf. There would be more diplomacy, and still more dip
 Teachings of a painterTeachings of a painter by Amir Khatib
 We do not paint to regain ourselves, And we capture it on paper and the interpretation of the jurists, But let\'s read the fortune-telling of the days in the intersecting and paralle
 Worst Natural Disasters in HistoryWorst Natural Disasters in History by Ovi Magazine Guest
1. 1931 China Floods The 1931 central china floods were a series of floods. Rose in the Republic of China. These floods are recorded as most deadly natural disasters in the world. Approximately the number of deaths happe
 AntySaurus Prick 21#18AntySaurus Prick 21#18 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more AntySaurus Prick HERE!
 World Tourism DayWorld Tourism Day by The Ovi Team
 UN-led International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear WeaponsUN-led International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons by Rene Wadlow
\"The struggle against the nuclear weapon cult and threats it poses to the international peace, security and development, like all struggles against belief systems which have outlived their times, is going t
 The woman that was a starlingThe woman that was a starling by Abigail George
(for the Dutch poet Joop Bersee)Put the lion in his magnificent cell andworship him there. In my dream leavesturn into milk quietly. Daylight crushedmy dr
 The Anglo Unilateralists StrikeThe Anglo Unilateralists Strike by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
When President Joe Biden won the White House, he promised, with a facility of unceasing boredom, that diplomacy was back. “Diplomacy is back at the centre of our foreign policy,”
 Ephemera 21#19Ephemera 21#19 by Thanos Kalamidas
for more Ephemera, HERE!
 The Right to Clean Air in JakartaThe Right to Clean Air in Jakarta by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It seems utterly beyond debate but acknowledging legal rights to clean hair has assumed the makings of a slow march over the years. The 1956 Clean Air Act in Britain arose from the lethal effects of London’s 1952 kille
 The Function FilterThe Function Filter by Jan Sand
Human history is rife in speculation to explainThe inherent logic of the forms of lifeThat dominate our world – how it could beEvery living thing we see works so well
 Germany and its Neo-imperial questGermany and its Neo-imperial quest by Ovi Magazine Guest
Germany and its Neo-imperial quest By Zlatko Hadžidedić In January 2021, eight months ago, when rumours about the po
 Tang & Ram 21#17Tang & Ram 21#17 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Tang & Ram, HERE!
 Michael DouglasMichael Douglas by The Ovi Team
 Afghanistan: A Month of Questions and No Clear RepliesAfghanistan: A Month of Questions and No Clear Replies by Rene Wadlow
It is a month that the Taliban forces have taken control of Kabul, a symbol that they now control the state.  In addition to the Taliban, there are an estimated 10,000 foreign fighters in some 20 Islamist groups. Among
 Think of Sisyphus Think of Sisyphus by Nikos Laios
Death comes When a man stops Feeling, When the pain Of living Fades.A black void Sucks in the light,
 News Corp Turns Climate Change InactivistNews Corp Turns Climate Change Inactivist by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The faux Damascene converts have been doing the rounds in the Murdoch empire of late, stirring interest in matters green and attempting to shift, if ever so slightly, discussions on climate change. Known for being a stable o
 Ghostin' 21#17Ghostin' 21#17 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ghostin\' HERE!
 Three Days of the CondorThree Days of the Condor by The Ovi Team
 Australia needs to reconsider the acquisition of nuclear weaponsAustralia needs to reconsider the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Murray Hunter
Australia needs to reconsider the acquisition of nuclear weapons There is a risk Australia may be alone in the region It has b
 At the End of DaysAt the End of Days by Bohdan Yuri
Lights flicker, a call to be heard,Idle spirits make noises in the dar
 John Boyd Orr: Action for a Comprehensive World Food PolicyJohn Boyd Orr: Action for a Comprehensive World Food Policy by Rene Wadlow
 Mika Toxica 21#07Mika Toxica 21#07 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Mika Toxica, HERE!
 The Shawshank RedemptionThe Shawshank Redemption by The Ovi Team
 The Eighth planetThe Eighth planet by The Ovi Team
September 23rd 1846; German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet
 22 September: A Day of Balance and Harmony22 September: A Day of Balance and Harmony by Rene Wadlow
Our earth is a small star in the great universe Yet of it we can make, if we choose, a planet Unvexed by war, untroubled by hunger or fear,
 All In good UseAll In good Use by Saloni Kaul
All In good UseLazy for long to hints obtuse,Steeped in slush slippery lubricities ,Idling away long days equally lax lethargic,
 Brazil: Bolsonaro's conservative government brings hunger backBrazil: Bolsonaro's conservative government brings hunger back by Ovi Magazine Guest
Brazil: Bolsonaro’s conservative government brings hunger backBy Lateinamerika Nachrichten At the end of April, the offi
 Ma-Siri & Alexa 21#13Ma-Siri & Alexa 21#13 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ma-Siri & Alexa, HERE!
 The Singapore PAP's alternative media - Shut down dissent and building their ownThe Singapore PAP's alternative media - Shut down dissent and building their own by Zulfikar Shariff
I remember when there was no Internet in Singapore.  When for most of us, all the information and all the news we received were from the government owned TV, government owned radio and government owned newspapers.
 Twin FlameTwin Flame by George Cassidy Payne
search as I willI cannot find the causereunited with youit doesn’t seem to matterso holy and instinctualis this passio
 A Day of Deeper PeaceA Day of Deeper Peace by Rene Wadlow
21 September is the U.N. sponsored International Day of Peace chosen to mark the annual start of the U.N. General Assembly.  The General Assembly touches upon all the armed conflicts and tension areas. It can highlight the peace missions o
 Screws & Chips 21#13Screws & Chips 21#13 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Screws & Chips, HERE! For more Ovi Cartoons, H
 International Day of PeaceInternational Day of Peace by The Ovi Team
 Nuclear White Elephants: Australia's New Submarine DealNuclear White Elephants: Australia's New Submarine Deal by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It does not get any messier or more chaotic than this. Since 2009, when Australia’s Future Submarine Program (FSP) known as Project SEA 1000, began to take shape, strategists and policy makers have been keen to pursue
 I disassemble myself tooI disassemble myself too by Amir Khatib
 Not a target I mean, - Why did you wake up then? I mean, I don\'t see a specific target. I don\'t see where it is, But he whispers to me there:
 On the Trail of A KillerOn the Trail of A Killer by Ovi Magazine Guest
Lung cancer kills more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. To address this, new federal recommendations have nearly doubled the number of Americans eligible for lung cancer screening. Increased
 Sceptic feathers 21#17Sceptic feathers 21#17 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Sceptic feathers  HERE!
 Paulo Freire: Popular ParticipationPaulo Freire: Popular Participation by Rene Wadlow
In the Declaration of Principles and Programme of Action adopted by the 1976 World Employment Conference it is stated, “A basic needs-oriented policy implies the participation of the people in making the decisions
 Happiness or something like itHappiness or something like it by Abigail George
Pain. There was pain in remembering the past, but also surrender, also in the sweetness of the letting go. Take the pain away. Replace it with a loving mother and father. She is looking into his eyes, he is holding her hand. They are in love. M
 The rise and fall of president BouteflikaThe rise and fall of president Bouteflika by Joseph Gatt
Algeria\'s president Bouteflika was chosen to lead the country in 1999 specifically because he had been a government insider since 1963. Bouteflika was also chosen because, being an admirer of Castro, he could give lengthy speeches, and, more i
 Ephemera 21#18Ephemera 21#18 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ephemera, HERE!
 US Immigration vs. Charlie ChaplinUS Immigration vs. Charlie Chaplin by The Ovi Team
September 19th 1952; The United States is to prevent the film legend, Charlie Chaplin, from returning to his Hollywood home until he has been investigated by the Immigration Services. The Attorney-General, Thomas McGranery, has ordered the Immi
 Whither Malaysia: Sabah and SarawakWhither Malaysia: Sabah and Sarawak by Murray Hunter
Whither Malaysia: Sabah and SarawakProject Malaysia in ICU There has long been unhappiness about the way Sabah and Sarawak hav
 Coyote WhispererCoyote Whisperer by Virginia Maria Romero
Coyote WhispererIn a moment of absolute abandon...warmth from the sun’s first rays             
 Bitcoin the Messiah: El Salvador Goes CryptoBitcoin the Messiah: El Salvador Goes Crypto by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
In a particular deli store in South Melbourne, a tongue-and-cheek message is attached to the cash register. “Bitcoin accepted there,” it proclaims brightly. Naturally, it is nothing of the sort, a teasing ruse fo
 Worming 21_17Worming 21_17 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Worming, HERE!
 Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg by The Ovi Team
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933 – September 18, 2020) was a U.S. Supreme Court justice, the second woman to be appointed to the position. Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated f
 Rock legend Hendrix dies after partyRock legend Hendrix dies after party by The Ovi Team
September 18th 1970; Guitarist Jimi Hendrix has died after collapsing at a party in London. Police say there was no question of foul play. A number of sleeping pills were found at the house in Notting Hill Gate and they have been taken away for
 Malaysia's Bodek CultureMalaysia's Bodek Culture by Murray Hunter
Malaysia’s Bodek Culture Ailment compromises integrity of public administration Malaysia’s brain drain is
 School TimeSchool Time by Saloni Kaul
School TimeMindset\'s perfect rulesInhale-exhale yoga schoolBone for breath for bone.  
 Nikolai Kondratiev: The Long Economic CyclesNikolai Kondratiev: The Long Economic Cycles by Rene Wadlow
 A fistful of cactus 21#06A fistful of cactus 21#06 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more A fistful of cactus, HERE!
 The Who & the BBC explosionThe Who & the BBC explosion by The Ovi Team
September 17th 1967. In introducing them at the Monterey Pop Festival three months earlier, Eric Burdon of the Animals had offered high praise for the up-and-coming British rock band the Who, promising the crowd \"A group that will destroy you
 The KeyholeThe Keyhole by Jan Sand
I caught an interview on the radio, the other day, of an astronaut who described the qualification tests. On a trip to outer space they are confined for days to the control cabin of the shuttle and a slightly larger sp
 Digging a ditch Digging a ditch by Nikos Laios
Under a clear blue sky And searing heat the sweatDripped off my naked back,I was consumed with digging a ditch To the sounds of jackhammers
 Messianic Failure: Pursuing the GWOT JabberwockMessianic Failure: Pursuing the GWOT Jabberwock by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Anniversaries can provide occasions for reflection and deep consideration. Past errors and misjudgements can be considered soberly; historical distance provides perspective. Mature reflections may be permitted. But they can
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July 17th 1975; As part of a mission aimed at developing space rescue capability, the U.S. spacecraft Apollo 18 and the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 19 rendezvous and dock in space. As the hatch was opened between the two vessels, commanders Thomas
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Strings of pearls on deep blue seas that do appear in daylight dreams, reveal wild islands basking in the sun, moving mysteries into forevermore.  Natu
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Putting things simply, there are four types of parenting: friendly parenting, passive parenting, passive-aggressive parenting and aggressive parenting. Let me break those down for you. Friendly parenting
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One has to be repeatedly reminded that the theatre of international relations knows no friends and only national interests, whatever those might be.  Intelligence services
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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.
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June 2nd 1989, the boys’ prep school drama Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams, is re
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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
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It starts off as an exercise of anticipation.  First comes the softening drinks and teasing morsels which find their mark. 
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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.\"
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A clean, technology driven dystopia.  A representation of our techno future.  These were the introductory descriptions
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May 19th 1965; from the Bible to Oedipus Rex to King Lear, literature has long concerned itself with the difficult relations that sometimes arise between members of different generations. The Fifth Commandment—\"Honour thy father and thy
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Far to the west, in direction of the Blessed Isles, stands an ancient, cylindrical tower.  It is rumored the tower has stood for hundreds of years, perhaps an entire millennium, or even more.  At base of the tower protrudes the roots
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Those obstacles that our paths do harrass,At each turn rise of newest plot contrive,Bring in line, override tactics crude crassAnd from the whole only pleasure derive.
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The smallest infringement is a ruseWhere I am entertained in laughter,And tied by the bonds of sorrow,But where is my enlightenmentThat kindles each par
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It should be making officials in the White House tremble.  Critical infrastructure supplying 45% of the East Coast’s diesel, gasoline and jet fuel, left at the mercy
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It has been a relationship of characterised by bitterness and misunderstanding.  It began with a poorly negotiated agreement – poor, that is, from the European Union
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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
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There is a plan and it is obvious for long time, the repression and eventually the extradition of all Palestinians from Jerusalem. For the founders of this plan the idea was that dominance of
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If and when the emergency lapses called in January with the Covid-19 pandemic as a pretext to protect Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s shaky Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, five major political forces will be comp
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It is inevitable,  after sixty years, And my eyes are on the ground, Search the forest, Among the bushes behind the humps, Unde
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On 30 April 2021, the representatives of what is called the Extended Troika - the U.S.A., Russia, China and Pakistan - presented in Doha, Qatar a \"Joint Statement of Extended Troika on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan\".
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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-speed
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Our memories were Once possibilities ofGod’s timeless perfectionOur lives predicted by Laws of grace, our dreamsForgotten by the fr
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British justice is a splendidly odd animal.  Its miscarriage is one of those wonders of institutional repetition.  When text
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On April 22nd, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shogun declared the maneuvers in Krim and western Russia a success. All troops would be returned to their permanent bases by May 1st. Howeve
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As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month.
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The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and brea
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Ideas And scotch Swirled in The glassAmong theClinking Ice.
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I am the one who does not flinchat the thought ofbeing eaten alivewith nowhere to hidelike the cry of a whale dying on
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Disclaimer: This is a satirical news piece, just for fun, read at your own risk!
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As a federation of states, Malaysia has three distinct tiers of government. At the time of the Malay state federation, and after the formation of Malaysia in 1963, with Sabah and Sarawak, all three levels of government were
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The very word is chilling, but has become normalised political currency in Denmark.  Since 2010, the Danish government has resorted to
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I did not get a chance to display my paintings, I did not find a suitable place for them, and I was unable to agree with a financier for the exhibition, but through an angel, a broker, I met him in a bar, and he was drunk, I
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Traditionally they say you have “Romano-Germanic law” and “Common law” and “Socialist law” and “Religious law”. Romano-Germanic law being a textual kind of law where j
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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 be
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Some theories have it that whistleblowers are “desperate”. Other theories have it that whistleblowers are “mentally unstable.” That\'s not correct. I\'ve studied and inve
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They say that to have an easy life you need a private life that you would be comfortable sharing and exposing with the public. But that\'s far from the case with most people. I would say one of the things that make a lot of
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Where are the colors of time,Do they hide in the opaque islands,Floating in our white crowded sky?Can we dare imagine,To believe that they are real?
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He seemed frustrated.  While Scott Morrison’s international colleagues at the Leaders Summit on Climate
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Famous linguists like Noam Chomsky or Steven Pinker have made it their life ambition to claim that language is genetically encoded in the brain, and that language is learned naturally. What is implied is that you don\'t nee
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 Alexander Scriabin: Ecstasy and LightAlexander Scriabin: Ecstasy and Light by Rene Wadlow
 Sunflowers Sunflowers by Nikos Laios
The sunflowers bloom Yellow and bright Over Dutch And Belgian Fields fed by   The blood and bones
 Mixed Sight: New Zealand, the Five Eyes and ChinaMixed Sight: New Zealand, the Five Eyes and China by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The Five Eyes arrangement between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has always resembled a segregated, clandestine club.  Focused on the
 Worming 21_05Worming 21_05 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 DadDad by George Cassidy Payne
He ate plain oatmeal every morningin the same leather chair that mom got him for Father\'s Dayin 88. One breakfast after finishing an orange
 Nurse Educators Combat COVID-19 Vaccine MythsNurse Educators Combat COVID-19 Vaccine Myths by Ovi Magazine Guest
Distribution and administration of vaccines to combat the COVID-19 virus continues to expand, but myths and disinformation about the vaccine and its safety and benefits persist.According to a recent article in the journal He
 Fika bonding! 21#02Fika bonding! 21#02 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Studio 54Studio 54 by The Ovi Team
 Chernobyl Nuclear DisasterChernobyl Nuclear Disaster by The Ovi Team
26th April 1986; an explosion and fire at the No. 4 reactor of Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine resulted in a nuclear meltdown sending radioactivity into the atmosphere. The Radiation fallout spread throughout Europe the Chernobyl disas
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 I will not fade awayI will not fade away by Amir Khatib
I will not fade away, as they say,Rather, I will be absent for a long time,I do not return to homeland like a refugee dreams,It emerged in another place,And a s
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Former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has been out promoting his new book, On the House: A Washington Memoir. While visiting with the ladies of the ABC talk show The View, Boehner stated
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 International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for PeaceInternational Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace by Rene Wadlow
24 April, International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace was established by the U.N. General Assembly and first observed on 24 April 2019. The resolution establishing the Day is in part a reaction to the \"Amer
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I believe this. I sing yes to the flower beforethe earth unclenches what is in her fist— a crib to lie down in / a book of women & men passing down to a generation
 Sanders Corona tax would generate 422 billion for public health careSanders Corona tax would generate 422 billion for public health care by Ovi Magazine Guest
Sanders Corona tax would generate 422 billion for public health care By Mariella Edinger In the US the COVID pandemic results
 World Day for Laboratory AnimalsWorld Day for Laboratory Animals by The Ovi Team
April 24th marks World Day for Laboratory Animals – a day to remember the millions who have been killed, and to redouble efforts to hasten the end of all animal experiments. This year, Animal Aid is planning t
 MagicMagic by Jan Sand
As a kid tales of magic fascinated me. The lamp that produced the genie that produced whatever anyone could request arrived conceptually well before Google that produces almost any information anyone could possibly request in quantity to drown
 DiversionsDiversions by Saloni Kaul
Create something neat ! Why destroy that , precious or otherwise ! Live and let live in fame , glory or  total oblivion. Do use th
 World Book DayWorld Book Day by The Ovi Team
April 23rd; World Book Day now that\'s my idea of the perfect awareness day! I l
 The Day of Mother Earth: Living in Harmony with NatureThe Day of Mother Earth: Living in Harmony with Nature by Rene Wadlow
International Mother Earth Day on 22 April each year was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009. Its aim is to promote living in harmony with Nature and to achieve a just balance among the economic, socia
 EARTH DAY PRAYEREARTH DAY PRAYER by David Sparenberg
To deer and dolphinforgive me. I have missed the markand often, even ifunintentionally, acted against you.
 Gaia, mother of all Gaia, mother of all by Thanos Kalamidas
In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Eartand one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia is the beginning, without Gaia nothing
 A Day of Mother Earth: Living in Harmony with NatureA Day of Mother Earth: Living in Harmony with Nature by Rene Wadlow
 Greed and the European Super LeagueGreed and the European Super League by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Suffocating the grassroots.  Mocking the working class origins of the game.  World football, and primarily European club foo
 Balearic government turns empty apartments into social housingBalearic government turns empty apartments into social housing by Ovi Magazine Guest
Balearic government turns empty apartments into social housingBy Sara Mohammadi Affordable housing is scarce, while at the sam
 AntySaurus Prick 21#05AntySaurus Prick 21#05 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Georgia BroadwickGeorgia Broadwick by The Ovi Team
April 21st 1913; Georgia Broadwick became the first woman to jump from an airplane. Georgia Broadwick was nickname
 Day of Mother Earth by Rene Wadlow
 Caresse Crosby: A World Citizen's Passionate YearsCaresse Crosby: A World Citizen's Passionate Years by Rene Wadlow
Caresse Crosby (20 April 1891 - 24 Jan. 1970) was one of the more colorful figures of the early world citizens movement heading the World Citizen Information Center in Washington, D.C. Her autobiography The Passionate Years
 FreeFree by Nikos Laios
The ferry chugged across The harbour at night leaving Behind a foaming trail,As coloured blobs of light Wobbled on the water from
 No Europe without its NeighborhoodNo Europe without its Neighborhood by Ovi Magazine Guest
President of Malta at the Vienna Process:No Europe without its Neighborhood By Eugene Matos de Lara On the
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 Thailand's Covid Setback - Plans to reopen the economy have stalled once againThailand's Covid Setback - Plans to reopen the economy have stalled once again by Murray Hunter
Thailand’s reputation for an effective handling the Covid-19 pandemic is under challenge with a third outbreak on the eve of the April 10-16 Songkran, the country’s new year and its biggest holiday. There were hi
 TimeTime by George Cassidy Payne
Is the hourglass of bacterial death. The flow of sand between the past and the future. Time is whatthe clocks me
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Disclaimer: This is a satirical news piece, just for fun, read at your own risk! Prince Charles has plans to take Prince Harry for a walk around the graveyard
 Ghostin' 21#04Ghostin' 21#04 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Lord Byron dies in GreeceLord Byron dies in Greece by The Ovi Team
April 19th 1824; George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron
 Hans Kung: Towards a Global EthicHans Kung: Towards a Global Ethic by Rene Wadlow
Hans Kung was a Swiss Roman Catholic theologian who died on 6 April 2021 at the age of 93. He always stressed the Swiss aspect of his life, its democratic traditions, and the need to discuss widely before making a decision.
 Finding The Promise Of Love In A COVID-19 WorldFinding The Promise Of Love In A COVID-19 World by Abigail George
Everything I write to you is in code. And when you fall I am reaching for the light that guides you in this universe. I am allowing for the pain of our separation to transform me.
 InventionsInventions by Joseph Gatt
Invention 1: the phone ring systemHow many times did you leave your house or your office and forget to take your phone with you. So you have to drive back home or to the office to pick up your phone.
 Sceptic feathers 20#04Sceptic feathers 20#04 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 A BACK to the FUTURE DIALECTICA BACK to the FUTURE DIALECTIC by David Sparenberg
I wish to write a little on a couple of terms, one of which, Ground or Grounding Dimension, I learned from an essay by Larry Dossey, and the other, Floating World, came to me as a designation for America but which I now unde
 What to DoWhat to Do by Bohdan Yuri
What do you doIf upon death, You\'re in a place With no time, no space. Your soul might enter A plasmid medium Of optimal existence,Neit
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Vienna Process: Re-visiting and Re-thinking the Euro-MED By Nora Wolf   On the historic date of March 08th – In
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April 17th; World Hemophilia Day is observed every year on 17th April to advocate a global effort to ensure appropriate care and treatment f
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Back in my kidtime before I was ten years old the A&P on Sixty-Ninth Street in Bay Ridge in Brooklyn was the source of our groceries. There were some boxed goods and loose dry goods like red kidney beans and rice and coffee beans in burlap
 World Cup Finals At MCG!World Cup Finals At MCG! by Saloni Kaul
For semis’ winners in store at finals was a reversal!With eagle-eye from vantage point on highWe cheered watching two mighty stalwarts tussleThrough staunchest ‘si
 Little-Known Back Story to Japanese WhalingLittle-Known Back Story to Japanese Whaling by Warren Reed
Australians have long delighted in the increasing annual whale migration from the Southern Ocean up along the country’s eastern seaboard, a spectacle that can be readily viewed from the shoreline or up close from runabouts and other small
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Over the weekend, Iran marked National Nuclear Technology Day.  The stars of the show were going to be new advanced centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant.
 FallingFalling by Abigail George
Falling    Our choices change the future    evolution of the universe. His    body is heaven’s plateau. A cold
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 Worming 21_04Worming 21_04 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Thai students back on the streetsThai students back on the streets by Murray Hunter
Since the banning of Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit from politics, and the dissolution of his Future Forward Party in February 2020, which had widespread youth support, students lost a political platform that was publicly air
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I remember our last dance Before I left for foreign shores,The way you brushed my cheek With your hand and how I Held you gently in my arms.
 Arnold Toynbee: A World Citizens view of challenge and response Arnold Toynbee: A World Citizens view of challenge and response by Rene Wadlow
Our modern Western nationalism has an ecclesiastical tinge, for, while in one aspect it is a reversion to the idolatrous self-worship of the tribe which was the only religion known to Man before the
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 U. Thant (1909-1974) Member of the Human RaceU. Thant (1909-1974) Member of the Human Race by Rene Wadlow
I am always conscious of the fact that I am a member of the human race. This consciousness prompts me to work for the great human synthesis which is the implicit goal of the World Organization I had
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In today\'s world, the problem with renewable energy such as solar and wind energy is that the energy can not be “trapped”. That is, if there are clouds that cover the sun, you have no more power. If there is no wind, you have no mo
 Always Something 21#01Always Something 21#01 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Fatuous Defence: Australia's Guided Missile PlansFatuous Defence: Australia's Guided Missile Plans by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Even in times of pandemic crises, some things never change.  While Australia gurgles and bumbles slowly with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, there are other priorities at st
 CompromiseCompromise by Bohdan Yuri
Next to my surprise did I realize, life is best served in compromise, not the kind that sets to ruins for the sake of one’s ruthless doings, but the kind that binds togethe
 Defeating terrorism: lessons from past mistakesDefeating terrorism: lessons from past mistakes by Joseph Gatt
In the past, pundits and others focused on the relationship between Islam and terrorism. That is, a lot of research focused on what verses of the Quran and what Islamic traditions led terrorists to become terrorists. While
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Earth is mostly oxygen and hydrogen when Mars is mostly Carbon Dioxide. So, if you were to settle on Mars, that would be the equivalent of trying to breathe in a smoke-filled room. Not the cigarette-smoke filled room, but a room where it\'s all
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 Brexit and future of cross-Atlantic relations: Decoupling or recalibrationsBrexit and future of cross-Atlantic relations: Decoupling or recalibrations by Ovi Magazine Guest
Brexit and future of cross-Atlantic relations: Decoupling or recalibrations By Sinisa Ljepojevic On the historic date of March 08t
 AntySaurus Prick 21#04AntySaurus Prick 21#04 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Bob Dylan in New York CityBob Dylan in New York City by The Ovi Team
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Nicolaian event & process in identity evolution I am Nicolai. Here is my story. As much as I am prepared to tell. In Russian my na
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What joins wit to weight is matterIn filigreed ionic fieldsThat seine sensation from the scatter,Covet it in horny shieldsTo integrate, elucidate, eliminate and
 Hugo Grotius: The Law of StatesHugo Grotius: The Law of States by Rene Wadlow
Hugo Grotius (10 April 1583 - 28 August 1645) whose birth anniversary we mark on 10 April played a crucial role in the development of the Law of States, in particular through two books written in Latin Mare Librium
 Tang & Ram 21#03Tang & Ram 21#03 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 George Russell: To see things in the germ, this I call intelligenceGeorge Russell: To see things in the germ, this I call intelligence by Rene Wadlow
 Burma's Military in a Political HoleBurma's Military in a Political Hole by Rene Wadlow
\"An error is not a mistake unless you refuse to correct it\"John F. Kennedy On Wednesday 31 March 2021, the United Nations Security Council me
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Lorie, you want to see me clearlythrough this joy of my naked bodyavoiding the sweat of my emotions,just breathing on my neckrubbing this baseline of my groin-will not fin
 Vienna Process for the Greening of EurasiaVienna Process for the Greening of Eurasia by Ovi Magazine Guest
Vienna Process for the Greening of Eurasia By Chloé Bernadaux On the historic date of March 08th – International Wome
 Ghostin' 21#03Ghostin' 21#03 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 ValueValue by Jan Sand
 Usage Little By Little Usage Little By Little by Saloni Kaul
Those were the tales you liked best as book by bookInvented by your mother SALONI KAULRose right before your eyes, your fancy tookIn measures both magnificent and tall.
 Continuity in Times of Crises: UNIDO partnering the Vienna ProcessContinuity in Times of Crises: UNIDO partnering the Vienna Process by Ovi Magazine Guest
Continuity in Times of Crises: UNIDO partnering the Vienna ProcessBy Uulkan Burkanova On the historic date of March 08th – I
 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.
 Arnold Toynbee: Tribalism with a Difference by Rene Wadlow
 The Future of Australian Universities: Bogans of the PacificThe Future of Australian Universities: Bogans of the Pacific by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
When Nobel Laureates open their mouths in despair and anger, their observations tend to be worth noting.  Immunologist Professor Peter Doherty was willingly doing so last
 Mobius StripMobius Strip by George Cassidy Payne
To forgive is to release. To let go. To be held.To arrive at where we want to end,we grasp for it. Without knowing how to hold our own hand,we cling to it. Where we came from,
 The conman Greeks voted for saviour The conman Greeks voted for saviour by Thanos Kalamidas
A man better known as the manager of a porno-star, after mysteriously funded creates a media mini-empire, he manages to cheat huge amounts of money from
 Jim Clark killedJim Clark killed by The Ovi Team
April 7th 1968; Motor racing world champion Jim Clark was killed in a car crash during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim. Clark, 32, was at the wheel of his Lotus-Cosworth which left the track at 170mph (274km/h), somersaulted through the air an
 Malaysia's GLCs: Development Tools or Corruption Vehicles? Mahathir the architectMalaysia's GLCs: Development Tools or Corruption Vehicles? Mahathir the architect by Murray Hunter
For decades, Malaysia’s government-linked companies have functioned as a major instrument of government policy as well as a gift that goes on giving endlessly, providing slush funds for political parties, boodle for co
 Invisible ManInvisible Man by Nikos Laios
I am invisible,I am one of the Countless men Who live in Anonymous cities
 The Rule of Law in times of crisis in Europe - Needed more than everThe Rule of Law in times of crisis in Europe - Needed more than ever by Ovi Magazine Guest
The Rule of Law in times of crisis in Europe - Needed more than ever By Ivana Lima On the historic date of March 08th – Inte
 Sceptic feathers 20#03Sceptic feathers 20#03 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Conscience: The Inner Voice of the Higher SelfConscience: The Inner Voice of the Higher Self by Rene Wadlow
The United Nations General Assembly has designated 5
 Dupenews:  Family values? Grab them by the Gaetz Dupenews: Family values? Grab them by the Gaetz by Theodore K. Nasos
Disclaimer: This is a satirical news piece, just for fun, read at your own risk!
 Worming 21_03Worming 21_03 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 The Mother of Us All by Karla GottliebThe Mother of Us All by Karla Gottlieb by Dr Elsa Lycias Joel
A book is only the start of a long, certain journey. Any author would like to be reviewed by an unmotivated, impersonal reader; it is with this frame in mind that I review The Mother of Us All by Karla Gottlieb.
 Pear country during EasterPear country during Easter by Abigail George
(for Julian)You’re just a boy and I’m just an invisible girl. You’retenderness, light, angelic.You’re a still life portrait.
 Sharing some Reflections on Easter or the Resurrection of Jesus the ChristSharing some Reflections on Easter or the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Cancelling Art, Dark Mofo and the Offended ClassesCancelling Art, Dark Mofo and the Offended Classes by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Last week, Australians found themselves delighting in another fit of cancel culture, this time in the art world.  Tasmania’s Dar
 Of the North Stream 2 and Trans-Atlantic Esteem, tooOf the North Stream 2 and Trans-Atlantic Esteem, too by Ovi Magazine Guest
Of the North Stream 2 and Trans-Atlantic Esteem, too By Matthias E Leitner On the historic date of March 08th – Internationa
 Track Two Diplomacy and Beauty as a BridgeTrack Two Diplomacy and Beauty as a Bridge by Rene Wadlow
Only the bridge of Beauty will be strong enough for crossing from the bank of darkness to the side of light. Nicolas Roerich (1874 - 1947)
 Easily Reigning Easily Reigning by Saloni Kaul
Thick with invisible wild life’s strength forests teeming,Pulsates immensity’s lush wilderness striate,Like those who etched their wild’s beauty in the Dreaming
 No EU Green Deal without balanced approach to Energy and TransportNo EU Green Deal without balanced approach to Energy and Transport by Ovi Magazine Guest
No EU Green Deal without balanced approach to Energy and Transport by Audrey Beaulieu On the historic date of March 08th – Inter
 Better off? Better off? by Prof. Michael R. Czinkota
Less than a decade ago many economic players pronounced the triumph of global marketing. Governments encouraged market-based decision rules of economic games. Those who invoked benefits of government planning and state monop
 SleepSleep by Jan Sand
The sharp cold corners of the dayDeny the soft foundries where the IUndoes all regulation. Not locationNor chopping minutes’ disciplinesCan marsha
 Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for April 2021Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for April 2021 by Manish Kumar Arora
Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) - You could feel the need to show off a little. You might be a little over eager and putting in more effort than need be. Don\'t rush to be something you aren\'t. People do really
 2nd opinion, quarantined! 21#102nd opinion, quarantined! 21#10 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Increasing Nukes and Trimming the Military: Global Britain's Skewed VisionIncreasing Nukes and Trimming the Military: Global Britain's Skewed Vision by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Campaigners for the abolition of nuclear weapons had every reason to clink glasses with the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in January. 
 Blue Neon SignBlue Neon Sign by Nikos Laios
Why do fat white people Use chopsticks instead Of forks when eating take wayChinese food in their dining rooms?
 View from Latvia: Is the EU Failing us?View from Latvia: Is the EU Failing us? by Ovi Magazine Guest
View from Latvia: Is the EU Failing us? By Eugene Matos de Lara On the historic date of March 08th – International Wom
 Sceptic feathers 20#02Sceptic feathers 20#02 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Oklahoma! On BroadwayOklahoma! On Broadway by The Ovi Team
 Jean Giono and the Energies of the EarthJean Giono and the Energies of the Earth by Rene Wadlow
 Nok FigurineNok Figurine by Shola Balogun
Nok FigurineThe ocean in your eyes,In its depth
 Confused in Afghanistan: The Biden Administration's Latest TrickConfused in Afghanistan: The Biden Administration's Latest Trick by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The Biden administration continues to engage in that favourite activity White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki can only describe as “circling back”.  And much c
 Sunshine On My ShouldersSunshine On My Shoulders by The Ovi Team
 Southern Thailand's Phantom Insurgency - From 'hit and run' to 'hit and hide'Southern Thailand's Phantom Insurgency - From 'hit and run' to 'hit and hide' by Murray Hunter
Life in Thailand’s southernmost border provinces, Narathiwat, Yala, and Patani has taken on a sense of normality over the last 12 months that belies a media-preoccupied insurgency that has largely disappeared.
 Big egos, small egos, alpha males, alpha femalesBig egos, small egos, alpha males, alpha females by Joseph Gatt
Before I delve into commentary, here\'s a fun questionnaire. The “big ego” questionnaire: -Do you feel like you made great accomplishments in life? -Do you feel the constant need to talk
 The US, UK and the EU - Triangle of variable geometryThe US, UK and the EU - Triangle of variable geometry by Ovi Magazine Guest
The US, UK and the EU – Triangle of variable geometry by Prof. J.Scott Younger On the historic date of March 08th
 MemesMemes by Jan Sand
Way back when our prime common forbear lounged in a tide pool of tepid water, this blob of snot became upset by the windy to and fro that whacked it repeatedly and decided to hang onto a good sized pebble to fend off whatever dizziness it was c
 No meal is complete without familyNo meal is complete without family by Abigail George
No meal is complete without family(for the Dutch poet Joop Bersee)Love, how you taught me the bonds of family.And how you sometimes held me close and kissed me.
 The origins of life on EarthThe origins of life on Earth by Joseph Gatt
Some biologists like to claim that there was an “Eve mitochondria” or an “Eve cell” that is a “mother of all cells” or the “first cell to have existed.” I tend to disa
 AntySaurus Prick 21#03AntySaurus Prick 21#03 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 The Dawn of the DINO The Dawn of the DINO by Bohdan Yuri
Yes, believe it!  On the cusp of control, the Democrats have managed to develop a new variant of the political virus: “The DINO” --- Democrats In Name Only
 Yuna:wikko'oYuna:wikko'o by Virginia Maria Romero
Yuna:wikko’oWolf song,a primal chorus that I dance toas the fullness of my heart emptiesinto dreams that come with the sun’s last brea
 Coming to the Playing Field: Biden Puts Australia FirstComing to the Playing Field: Biden Puts Australia First by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It has gotten tongues wagging in the diplomatic corps of Beijing, Washington and distant Canberra.  The opening session of the two-day summit between China and the United
 Summer '21 and Greek tourism Summer '21 and Greek tourism by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Bangladesh: A Short History of Its BirthBangladesh: A Short History of Its Birth by The Ovi Team
It all started more or less a year ago after reading an article Dr. Habib Siddiqui had written about contemporary Bangladesh and while my motivation should have been interest, the truth is that it was embarrassment.
 I write poetryI write poetry by George Cassidy Payne
I write poetryto performa craft The kind I have no space forAnymore
 Viktor Frankl: An Inner Drive to Find a Meaning For LifeViktor Frankl: An Inner Drive to Find a Meaning For Life by Rene Wadlow
 Democracy's Independence under threat in Greece Democracy's Independence under threat in Greece by Thanos Kalamidas
For Greece the 25th of March 2021 marks 200 years of independence; 200 years since the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire that led to the rebirth of a nation after 400 years occupation. It also marks over a year occ
 We Dreamed Ourselves AwakeWe Dreamed Ourselves Awake by David Sparenberg
One day we all woke up.Every one of us really woke up. We dreamed ourselves awake.Nothing moreneeded to be giveneverything alreadywas given between us.
 Notes on "critical race theory"Notes on "critical race theory" by Joseph Gatt
I\'ll start with the conclusion. You don\'t solve ethnic or racial problems by criticizing the system. You solve ethnic and racial problems by winning at the system. That is, over the last 30 years, a lot of academia has be
 Reinvigorating the Spirit of Helsinki for MediterraneanReinvigorating the Spirit of Helsinki for Mediterranean by Ovi Magazine Guest
Vienna Process: Reinvigorating the Spirit of Helsinki for Mediterranean By Emiliano Alessandri On the historic date of March 0
 My grey shadowMy grey shadow by Bohdan Yuri
Next to me is my grey shadowthe one that falls into a shadeand holds a candle when it rains.its borrowed soul is from my ownbut I never told it what to perform.instead it hide
 What COVID-19 can teach us about the environmentWhat COVID-19 can teach us about the environment by Joseph Gatt
I\'ve worked with environmentalists and “green fanatics” as I like to affectionately call them. I love their simplistic logic according to which pollution and carbon emissions and desertification are all caused by greed. And that if
 Biden and the Pot Heads: The Return of the Drug MoralistsBiden and the Pot Heads: The Return of the Drug Moralists by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Promises are very much made to be broken, and the Biden administration is proving to be no exception.  In a moral fit, the Biden White House has gone through the ranks of
 Bullfrog MotelBullfrog Motel by Nikos Laios
I had returned back To the family farm And I lay on the grass Looking up at the falling starsReminiscing my boyhood years;
 Erich Fromm: Meeting the Challenges of the CenturyErich Fromm: Meeting the Challenges of the Century by Rene Wadlow
I believe that the One World which is emerging can come into existence only if a New Man comes into being - a man who has emerged from the archaic ties of blood and soil, and who feels himself to be a citizen of the wor
 Ghostin' 21#01 02Ghostin' 21#01 02 by Thanos Kalamidas
For m
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 International Decade of Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028International Decade of Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028 by Rene Wadlow
 Missing Feeding of the Birds (V3)Missing Feeding of the Birds (V3) by Michael Lee Johnson
Keeping my daily journal diary shortthese sweet bird sounds lost-reviews January through March.Joy a dig deep snow on top of my sorrows.Skinny naked bon
 The crisis of task-based and knowledge-based economiesThe crisis of task-based and knowledge-based economies by Joseph Gatt
A lot of factors cause recessions and economic crises. The usual factors tend to be a mixture of natural disasters and human mismanagement. As I discussed in the previous article, there are roughly two types of economies: k
 EvolutionEvolution by Jan Sand
There was a time, even in the early days of my short life, that humans were considered the apex attainment out of that lazy green slime that luxuriated in the rocking of the gentle waves at the edges of the primordial oceans that covered a good
 The morning sun in the gardenThe morning sun in the garden by Abigail George
‘You have a sadness about you.’Somebody said that to me onceWhen I was young and brave.‘And sadness in one as young asYou is fri
 National and cultural factors around building a life projectNational and cultural factors around building a life project by Joseph Gatt
So you are young or very young and want to build a life project. But you don\'t know where to start. You need to know that there are two types of economies around the world. Some countries are what I call “knowledge-b
 Worming 21_02Worming 21_02 by Thanos Kalamidas
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Breathless promotion on the local radio station. Tickets selling out in a single day. Thousands of teenagers, hours before show time, lining up outside the biggest venue in town. The scene outside the Cleveland Arena on a chilly Friday night in
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The hallmark of any institution is the ability to withstand ironic dysfunction.  The United States under the stewardship of that unintentional comic George W. Bush made Jo
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Stephen R. Covey uses a phrase in his great book “the 7 habits of highly effective people” that you need to “begin with the end in mind.” While
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            He noblest lives and noblest dies
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They dangled Their legs overThe pier unawareOf the billowing Grey skies,orThe cold wind Scudding
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I\'ll attempt to give a somewhat comprehensive anthropological survey of Chinese and Korean students in Western countries like the UK, the USA, Canada or France, and of course Australia and New Zealand. That\'s where you\'ll find the majority o
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The general idea is you want to have a big project for life and several side-projects for life. The project takes shape, evolves, encounters new realities as you enter the future. How does this work? In real lif
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That\'s what you get forspinning around incoherently, blissed out to Roberta Flack nailing Leonard Cohen, drunk off blackberry Kir\'s a
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Disclaimer: This is a satirical news piece, just for fun, read at your own risk! Former President Trump in an interview late Tuesday said that he is hopeful that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, runs
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March 18th; NASA\'s Sun Earth Days team is joining forces with NASA EDGE to explore the violent nature of our Sun at the peak of solar activity and share discoveries from NASA\'s heliophysics and planetary missions during this exciting period.
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Forget the global university rankings of any list.  The global university promotion exercise is filled with snake oil and perfumed refuse, an effort to corrupt the unknowi
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Men, women, children caged in, toeing strict the lineAs setting sun’s emissaries the waters wade;That typical streaming beacon’s the daily signFor start of Summerl
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Having just finished reading Thomas Sowell\'s “intellectuals and society”, the author wonderfully points out how intellectuals can be misled, and can be misleading, including by believing false theories, or myths that are constantly
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On 13 March 2011 in Derra, in the south of Syria, 15 teenage boys were arrested by Syrian security police for having written hostile graffiti against President Bashar Al-Assad on a school wall. The arrests led to non-violent
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We live in colours,Under a blue skyAnd a yellow sunWarm and bright That gives life To the world.
 Building a nation of readersBuilding a nation of readers by Joseph Gatt
Over the last decade or so, people in wealthy and not-so-wealthy nations have asked me “how do you encourage people to read?”So I just had my Eureka moment. The reading cycle goes like this:
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For more AntySaurus Prick HERE!
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March 15 marks the international day against police brutality, repression and criminalization and police forces all around the world have decided to celebrate it by brutally attacking peaceful demonstrators, repressing funda
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The true colors of life are black and white, and not the sparkling candles of impression that reside in the delights of double rainbows.  These carefree hues are kodacrome impo
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Classical economics has it that “skills mismatch in the job market” and “lack of skilled labor” and “brain drain” are the main causes for high unemployment in the third world. But, I had
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On March 15, 1997, the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality in Montreal hel
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Isabella Rodriguez arrived late to work this morning. She stayed up all night to care for her baby daughter who was burning with fever. Still exhausted by the lack of sleep, she waited until her sister dropped by to mind her
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This is the sort of stuff barnacles clinging on the antiquated raft known as British Royalty were waiting for.  One of the royal couples makes a dash for it, shirking and
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Since I like to come up with theories and frameworks about everything, might as well come up with a new theory for personality.
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Awareness building is often a long process. Thus recognition of the ideas of René Dumont has come nearly two decades after his death with the vote on 17 December 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly of the U.N. D
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There\'s what I like to call the “military barracks brain.” Then there\'s the “how can I make my people great” brain. Then there\'s the “free brain.” All three types of brains have their
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Ο ανέμελος εχθρός της δημοκρατίας
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Despite appearances, the most authoritarian, xenophobic and corrupted regime in Europe is not the Hungarian or the Polish but Kyriakos ‘Koulis
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The great Antonio Damasio, whose book “self comes to mind” I\'m about to finish, has it that the brain “organizes and maps information.” To me, that\'s an optimistic outlook on the brain. Indeed, the
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Trinity for Scrutiny: Council of Europe, Human Rights instruments and CitizensBy Nora Wolf Building on the tasteful piece writ
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Happiness can be hard to define. I could define happiness as “the absence of threats” and “enjoying a good social reputation.” These are of course abstract notions, but the absence of threats usually means enjoying physi
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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.
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The time has come for the implementation of a spiritual vision of the world\'s affairs.  The entire planet must elevate itself into the spir
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For more 2nd opinion, quarantined! HERE!
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By now, anybody speaking about vaccine equality and equity of access must surely be coming across as slightly deranged.  In the field of COVID-19, traditional proprietorial instincts remain.  Add to this the disparity in terms of manu
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Is the kind of manwho feels as if he will be apprehendedby the holy ghost at any momentThe kind of ma
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I\'ve discussed depression in the past, and the cures for depression. I\'ve hinted more than once that I was not all for depression medication (sorry, big pharma) unless perhaps depression turns into psychosis, but you want to consult with a go
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On 4 March 2021, at the United Nations, Mark Lowcock, the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, warned that a campaign of destruction is taking place in Ethiopia\'s Tigray Provence, saying that nearly five m
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\"Lay me down\"The child Cries in the streetDies in the street.
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The European Union has been keeping up appearances in encouraging the equitable distribution of vaccines to combat SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19.  Numerous statements speak to the need to back the COVAX scheme, to ensure equity and
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For more Worming, HERE!
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All about Eve(for my parents)    I’ve been living underground    like graffiti, the grunge scene,grav
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The failure of the European governments to defend their citizens from CoViD-19 and its economic side-effects as a Union while badgering with pharmaceutical companies and cosying up with the far-right, shows how deep the prob
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Then, the entity got off the armchair and walked towards Doug. The two men were now standing close to each other, with Doug positioned in front of the window, and Fin leaning against the wall beside it, facing his companion
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For more Berserk Alert! HERE! & HERE!
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Of all visions accessible on this living Earth, no natural sight is more beautiful that a mother and child. If the mother and child are human (no matter of what race), they are beautiful.
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Growing Old (dedicated to Wild Bill & Wild Vic)Summers bloom, gives way to rich hues of autumn         to rough and weathered landsca
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The papers are full of suggestions on what US President Joe Biden should do about his country’s seemingly perennial involvement in Afghanistan.  None are particularl
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You treat me like soiled underwear.I work my way through.I gave up jitterbug dancing, that cha-cha-chá,all my eccentric moves, theatric acting, poetry slams.
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Disclaimer: This is a satirical news piece, just for fun, read at your own risk! Former President Trump on Thursday lashed out at the internet and especially against Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and I
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One of the fundamentals of capitalism is that workers must be dominated by business by seeing to it that the fundamental source of availability of the basic necessities and even luxuries  comes through money and busines
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Her face aged and Weathered with time,Shone with wisdom;She has seen it all,The rise and fall.
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4 March 1892 - 17 September 1938 At a time when civil society voices in Russia are being increasingly restricted, and there are wide-spread arrests of intelle
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Kyriakos ‘Koulis’ Mitsotakis, became Prime minister of Greece after democratic and free elections on July 8th, 2019. Since then democracy and freedom are suffering and Greece has turn into a police state under th
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    (He sleeps the sleep of an addict).     (He sleeps the sleep of an addict).    (He sleeps the sleep of an addict).
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Every power worth its portion of salt in the Levant these days seems to be doing it.  On February 25, President Joe Biden ordered airstrikes against Syria.
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The American Republican Party is known to be a Party full of Conservatives. However, they have now BeCome Pre-servatives of Old Power, Ancient Hatreds and Fears drug and wrangled into the Present in order to hold back the Enlightening Future of
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World Cup Cricket took all Melbourne by storm,You were at MCG to add your miteTo seventy thousand fans that to see teams’ formThronged stee
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Council of Europe fights for your Right to Know, tooBy Eugene Matos de Lara & Audrey Beaulieu “
 Berserk Alert! Berserk Alert! by Tony Zuvela
  For more Berserk Alert! H
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It was a brutal way to go, and it had the paw prints of the highest authorities.  On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian insider turned outsider, was murde
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They say you owed money butwho knows to whomthe sheriff neverbothered to lookNo matter too much chatterin the backgro
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Aries ( 21 March–19 April )- This is a perfect month to promote and position yourself for advancement. Move forward with your eyes wide open. You won\'t want to miss a beat. Focus on bettering yourself and what you have to offer.
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On bridges are stated the limits in tonsof the loads they can bear.But I’ve never yet found one that can bear morethan we do. Although we are not made of roman freestone
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“I will repeat that when humans die Doug, both their material bodies and their spirit are being recycled, they return to their source. Your flesh is being reabsorbed by the Earth which made it, while your soul, if it i
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One of the major tragedies frequently bewailed by historians is the destruction of the library at Alexandria which contained many ancient scrolls and much valuable information ranging from works by ancient Greek phi
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For more Walk & talk, HERE! For more
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February 28th 1928; \"I\'m worried about all the people in New Orleans. Tell them
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Successive Malaysian administrations have hidden the real incidence of poverty in the country for decades. The government narrative asserts that it has reduced poverty from 50 percent in 1970 to almost eliminating it –
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Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) set out a path to the Higher Self with the power of the will.  Roberto Assagioli, whose birth anniversary we mark on 27 February was a close co-worker  of both Sigmund Freud
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I love to hear the voices of childrenthe sweet, melodious voices of children.
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For more 2nd opinion, quarantined! HERE!
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Rudolf Steiner: 25 February 1861- 30 March 1925 Man is not a being who stands still; he is a being in the process of becomin
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The day moves With poetry as
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The Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts to summon up courage.  The Australian government had been left reeling in the wake of Facebook
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There is a good deal of astronomical activity these days to search for life beyond what we know on this planet . At this time there is no positive evidence of extra-terrestrial life apparent. One of the fundamental difficult
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We that gripped hard at what felt like land’s endWondered at you who only saw what wonderland vast meantIn icy sheets all stretching to south pole’s iceland     
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The Tromsø Convention may revers Europe’s democracy deficit:A unique opportunity for European governments to reaffirm and strengthen their commitment to transpa
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For more AntySaurus Prick, HERE! For more
 Morons, Vaccines and Tennis: Booing at the Australian OpenMorons, Vaccines and Tennis: Booing at the Australian Open by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It was a fittingly poor conclusion to a tournament that risked being cancelled, run to ground, or even rendered stillborn.  The tennis world number one, Novak Djokovic, ha
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Color in whisky means nothingIt has no meaningother than pleasure Taste is everything  
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 When the Intent of One Thing BeComes Quite AnotherWhen the Intent of One Thing BeComes Quite Another by Leah Sellers
Texas, for the most part has had it rough. First the Corona Pandemic carelessly and irresponsibly dispersed from Asiatic shores. Secondly the Big, Bad Ice a Snow Set-ins keeping Texans for days on end Locked-in with defectiv
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Who knew what?  In many cases of sexual assault in politics, events take place behind bolted doors, the perpetrator and victim bound by ties of power, seediness and suppre
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It\'s a big mistake to think that just because people in developing countries have access to information online, that they have access to information on economic development. I\'ve taken a look at the African and Asian and
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For more 2nd opinion, quarantined! HERE!
 Fin Elegy - Chapter 5: Jenny. Part 1Fin Elegy - Chapter 5: Jenny. Part 1 by Christos Mouzeviris
Suddenly the room turned dark, as the shadow from the corner where Fin originated, spread slowly like tar, covering every wall. The doors leading to the exit and the bathroom disappeared behind the coal slime, as it crept pr
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The old paradigm, or the paradigm some scholars like to take into account, is one where there are multiple, distinct intelligences. Gardner\'s theory of multiple intelligence has it that human beings have 8 distinct intelli
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February 21st; International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO\'s Gen
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Let’s say a guy gives you three boxes. In one box, there are about a thousand small balls - some are about a millimeter larger than one centimeter in diameter and some are about a millimeter or two smaller in dia
 Uses of productsUses of products by Joseph Gatt
If, from a consumer\'s perspective, you purchase a product. You can use the product (eat it, play with it, wear it, get information from it etc.). Or you can just own the product and leave it on display somewhere. Or you can store the product,
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May all living beings recognise others as part of the same family and so develop kindness towards all. May we contribute to peace in the world. May peace-loving people,
 The LoversThe Lovers by Nikos Laios
The mountainsGazed at the Sea and sighed,Whispering toThe wavesThrough A whistling
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This is a question I get a lot. I\'m a boss and I want to fix my subordinate\'s problem. Or I\'m a parent and I want to fix my children\'s problems. Or I have siblings or friends and I want to take care of their problems. S
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Former Attorney General Tommy Thomas in his recent book, “My Story: Justice in the Wilderness,” suggested that big-time corruption in the Malaysian polity sprang up during the Tun Abdul Razak era – 1970-197
 Wendell L. Willkie: One WorldWendell L. Willkie: One World by Rene Wadlow
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Revolution means overthrowing the government, or at least challenging the government. But you can\'t just overthrow the government. Most revolutions are the fruit of the masses challenging the government in the name of an ideology.
 The importance of agricultureThe importance of agriculture by Joseph Gatt
COVID-19 has dealt a huge blow to agriculture. Because, unfortunately, agriculture is not just fruits and vegetables. Agriculture is also the source of all kinds of oils and additives and is used in some many chemic
 The sacredThe sacred by George Cassidy Payne
is when you knowthat shoveling the drivewayis a Catholic massand eating at Red Lobster is the same as receiving communion, that\'s pray
 Lobbying for Gain: Nick Warner and Australia's Revolving DoorLobbying for Gain: Nick Warner and Australia's Revolving Door by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Governments have an almost crippling trouble appreciating conflicts of interest.  Since tentacle-heavy lobby groups decided to move into the world’s capitals to make
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The 74 members of the Libya Political Dialogue Forum meeting in Geneva, Switzerland with the mediation of the United Nations, on 5 February 2021, announced the creation of a new executive authority for all of Libya. This int
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The problem with the economy in pre-COVID times is that it wasn\'t all that great. There was a web of interdependence among nations that was doing more harm than good. And there was a lot of waste. Waste, in my opinion, was
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It’s looking a touch quixotic, but the News Media Bargaining Code has become Australia’s weapon of choi
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Stop Erosion of Human Rights in Europe By Chloé Bernadaux \"2020 has been a disastrous year for human rights in Europe,\"
 Missions to Mars:  Mapping, Probing and Plundering the Red PlanetMissions to Mars: Mapping, Probing and Plundering the Red Planet by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
In the first month of 2020, Forbes was all excitement about fresh opportunities for plunder and conquest.  Titled “2020: The Year We Will Conquer Mars”, the co
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Classic 70\'s Chick (V2) Classic 70\'s chickscent of these timesgold digger want to be.
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What I forgot to say about the alchemy of love in the previous article, in no particular order. When Cupid strikes
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For more Walk & talk, HERE! For mor
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After a brief spell of silence between them, Fin ushers Doug back in the conversation, by instigating another one of his theoretical lectures. Just before his new argumentation, his form liquefied from the waist down and sli
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You see a man or a woman and you have a “crush.” In scientific language, you get what\'s called an “endorphin rush.” Endorphins are those hormones your brain secretes when you fall in love. V
 Just Suppose...Just Suppose... by Jan Sand
When I was a kid, back in the early 1930’s, there wasn’t a hell of a lot of well conceived good science fiction around. Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs took a stab at it but the only writer that impressed me
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Notes on fashion, in no particular order.-Depending on the country, city, budgets and fashion trends, an individual will purchase around 5 to 50 outfits a year on average, and will own 20 to 100 outfits or more.
 Going Airborne: Coronavirus and Hotel QuarantineGoing Airborne: Coronavirus and Hotel Quarantine by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It has happened again.  This time, a diligent worker, having followed all the protocols given to him, had returned a positive result for COVID-19.
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Wipe your TearsChild, let your eyelids gleamLike a
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For me, you need three things in any economic policy. First thing you need is mastery. Second thing you need is incentive. Third thing you need is a solid ne
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For more 2nd opinion, quarantined! HERE!
 Myanmar: Out of the Fog, Out of the Night, the SLORC Rises AgainMyanmar: Out of the Fog, Out of the Night, the SLORC Rises Again by Rene Wadlow
In the early morning of 1 February, just before the newly-elected Parliament was to hold its first session in the capital Naypyidaw, the military declared a state of emergency and effectively took power. Aung San Suu Kyi, th
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Twinkling Night covered The coast And a coolness Hung in the air,And the street lamps Illuminated the empt
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The way I imagine things goes like this. Our first ancestors were cells that evolved somewhere in an ocean very near to the shores or coasts. That is, our ancestor cells formed near the shores, in the ocean.
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The EU Sputnik Borrell in Moscow:An aftermath, of Diplomacy By: Tomislav Jaki After almost unanimous assessment of the
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The past few weeks, we have seen more tensions rising and pressure mounting from Europe towards Russia, following the arrest of the West\'s revered \"Putin Critic,\" Alexei Navalny. European governments together with EU offi
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somewherein the biofield farmhands announce youbuttery blondeand sweet McIntos
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Last time I discussed a few problems with any economy. This time I\'ll provide a (non-exhaustive) list of some of the problems any economy can encounter. What I have in mind is, after many years traveling around the world,
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Imagine this world. All bank transactions are done via ATM. All retail store transactions are done by consulting online catalogues, and by making online purchases and having the product delivered by drones. If the product doesn\'t fit, you fill
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It was a New Year gimmick that would have warmed advertising executives across the country.  For the first time since it was proclaimed as Australia’s national anthe
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The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables to promote a more holistic approach to the production of fruits and vegetables. Food systems should be more inclusive a
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If you read any economics textbook, you\'ll find that the economy is about supply meeting demand. And you\'ll find that there needs to be equilibrium between supply and demand. I see things slightly differently. To me, the
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For decades, the National Defense Authorization Act has been the lifeblood of the US imperium, guaranteeing a flow of money across the military.  A better term for such a
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Memories are thick of this: the respectful, even reverential German introduction of a comedy sketch; the scratchy string orchestral music that adds a layering of anticipation.
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Fin slowly stands up while holding his head down, walks towards the darkest part of the room and stands where light and shadow meet, separating the room by creating a border between them. Then he slowly turns back towards Do
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In the last 20 years, many people around the world studied foreign languages, mainly English. Mainly because “English is a requirement to get a job and work in a globalized world.” Some learned English rather na
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January 3rd 1888; the refracting telescope at the Lick Observatory, measuring 91 cm in diameter, is used for the first time. It was the largest telescope in the world at the time.
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3rd of January 1496, Leonardo da Vinci tried for the first time unsuccessfully unfortunately to fly with one of the flying machines that had become his passion for long time. So that makes a great chance to remember the unbelievable creations o
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A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.Definition of Health,Preamble of the World H
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I honor youYour fiercenessand devotionTo family and friends Your calling to be a teacherand your love of nature Of God\
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In today\'s and yesterday\'s world, art education, be it painting, sculpture or music, was about looking at the big picture and producing the big picture. Or about “creativity” or creating a new piece. Problem is: teachers never rea
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A year ago, in a very similar New Year’s editorial, I was talking about a difficult year ahead. The
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I felt like an eagle,I soared with my Wings outstretched Flying over the Landscape of my life;
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Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) - You will be able to take your whole life to a new level, for the power of your dreams will be magnified. It\'s a fortunate time, when the world will appreciate you for your uniq
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Voorspoedige nuwe jaarKul \'am wa antum bikhair
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Even
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The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4.  On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of D
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How different people I have encountered define “genius.” -”Genius doesn\'t exist. All men are stupid... but don\'t you dare call me or my loved ones “stupid.” The rest of the world, wel
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The most commonly sung song for English-speakers on New Year\'s Eve, \"Auld Lang Syne\" is an old Scottish song that was first published by the poet Robert Burns in the 1796 edition of the book, Scots Musical Museum. Burns transcribed it (and m
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There are at present disruptive forces and people who are involved with the solidifying mutations of our current society and how they are attempting, somewhat successfully, to undermine the basic forces and institutions whic
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Filling the espionage ranks with legions of the non-belonging comes with its share of risk.  The process is counter-intuitive, putting stock in skill and aptitude above th
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Let\'s say my name is Yossi Gatt and I\'m 18 years old. I was born in 2002. I just graduated high school and got accepted by Harvard University. I go to the stock market and need to raise 160,000 dollars in shares to pay fo
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A flurry of them has been expected, and just prior to Christmas, US President Donald Trump waved his wand of pardon with vigour.  On December 22, the president issued fift
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in handwoven Amish wicker baskets, sealed in glass mason jars with blue and pink
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Let\'s imagine a closed house. Mommy gets paid to cook. Mommy employs daughter 1 who helps her cook and pays daughter 1 wages. Daddy owns the bank and insurance services, his wife and kids pay him money in case disas
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A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.Definition of Health, Preamble of the World
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I\'m not French, not did I ever try to be French. But like DeGaulle, I have for a long time had my own  “certain idea about France.” To me, France is a great place to observe the clash between socia
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Australia has various advantages as an island continent.  It is monumental and only accessible in the most impractical ways. 
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Since COVID-19, teachers and students have been confined home. I think children, adolescents and young adults should be back in schools as soon as possible. I also think COVID is time to rethink the curriculum, so here are my two cents on that.
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Think that electricity becomes heat which then mutates into boiling water in its turn. Whose energy is being transferred onto the matter of the vegetables that become food for you to eat, so that you can sustain yourself and
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Capitalism and patriotism do not share the same stable. When those in the business of accumulating profits suggest a love for flag and country, be wary.  Wars might take p
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Threats and arbitrary arrests of doctors in Belarus for having treated people injured in the country’s demonstrations are facing strong condemnation from the World Medical Association. Protests have been taking place i
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It was a hurried dash and came just before the end of the transition period.  The UK and the European Union have reached an agreement on the torturously long road of Brexi
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Christmas in ParisI.When mother died, she got to think about her father,This man she never knew.All she knew was t
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I am definitely not the right person to talk about the religious influence of Christmas to people. Still I do understand the message and somehow I appla
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A MESSAGE FROM YOUR CHRISTMAS RABBIT A NEW ERA
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I went among the crowds.  I stood in the Valley of Dry Bones.  The voice of conscience cried out of me, “Shall these dry bones rise again?”  I could not answer.
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In my dark heartLies the majesty of my soul,In my dark thoughts
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We in the Western world are accustomed to making friends based on shared interests. I love sports, so I\'ll make friends who also like sports. I love chatting about politics, so I\'ll meet like-minded friends. I love fashion and accessories, so
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The mind changer in Downing Street has struck again.  With UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the helm, changes of direction are compulsive, natural and sudden. The U-Turn
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On a journey to nowhere,I arrived at now.The surrounding skyWithdrew into a hole;Lights turned off,A change in scenery.
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How being the elder son or the younger son or daughter could affect behavior, personality, and life in general. An informal study using a large sample. Growing up as an only child I\'ll focus on
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While President Trump pouts and plots, and President-elect Biden anticipates and appoints, there is an October news clipping from Sonia Perez of the Associated Press that I have not been able to get out of my head. Tucked in a small corner on p
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The number of figures extolling the merits of Britain’s Westminster system and how it supposedly embodies a glorious model of democracy are too numerous to mention. 
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Ever since the written press and newspapers were made available online for free, the press has lost basically its entire revenue source. In the newspaper era, revenue usually involved individual copy sales, plus, advertisin
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For more Worming, HERE!
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9 and 10 December 2020 marked the one month anniversary of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh known as Artsakh by the Armenians. The ceasefire was negotiated by Russia between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The agreement was signed
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Public health is no excuse to keep business and patriotism at bay.  Not a very humanitarian sentiment, but then again, healing the sick and preserving the healthy can beco
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If someone in my current neighborhood came up to me and said: “I\'m going to open a two-story Starbucks-like café with comfortable furniture, Wi-Fi access, and a range of coffee and snack products on the menu, ranging from cappuccino
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For more \'Then, Again\', HERE! For more
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Sixteen is the birthday of hope and optimism. It marks the end of childhood and the beginning of that awkward part before adulthood. Time for dreams and objectives, for rebelling and rise.
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Has it really been a year since I last sat down to pen an editorial in celebration of an Ovi birthday? Wow, where has the time gone? Let’s see…. what has happened in the past 365 days since I last appeared on the
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There are two questions I get asked every now and then: what is Ovi Magazine, and how did you come to write for Ovi Magazine. Ovi Magazine was “born” on December 20, 2004, the work of three expats based in Finla
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OK. AI can defeat the very best at chess of at Chinese checkers. Those are two highly strategic games, where computers are programmed in ways not to attack, but to be very, very defensive. That is, in chess or checkers, com
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Fin resumes his intellection, while Doug moves closer to him, by positioning himself towards the edge of the bed on the right. He was willing to take all this seriously and allow Fin to get his point across. Besides, he migh
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Governments that issue press releases about the abuse of human rights tend to avoid close gazes at the mirror.  Doing so would be telling.
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Ο κοροναϊός φεύγει, ο ανέμ
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In 1983, in a country where drug use had become an epidemic, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad rammed through what was regarded as some of the world’s toughest drug toughest programs. Authorities developed an i
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Another guide to prevent our kids and adults from getting hooked on drugs. Scenario 1: Jane Doe\'s parents are divorced. Jane\'s mother lives in Florida and her father lives in Ohio. Jane is 16 and chose to live wit
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December 18th. On 4 December 2000, the UN General Assembly, taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world, proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day. On 18 December 1990, the General Assembly had adopte
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As the present world order weakens, the mega confrontations have appeared more likely: On its post-Soviet revival quest, Russia becomes increasingly assertive in Euro-MED theatre and beyond. The Sino-American relations are i
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need poems againit may need moreof them here with usin times of survivalunder the living room floor, in our memories, a root cellar of
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Frequently asked questions on how to use social media. Q: I just got a job. Should I add my new colleagues on social media? A: It depends what kind of social media user you are. If you\'ve been
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For more Then, Again, HERE! For more Ovi Cartoons,
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Warring over fish in the twenty-first century might seem an unlikely proposition.  But the deployment of four Royal Navy ships to deter European fishing vessels from encro
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I\'m a member of a great website called “goodreads.com.” It\'s a great website to keep track of your readings, of what you\'ve read, and to retrieve the titles of books that you read that you would otherwise not remember.
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Golden LightBy Ian C Smith You stare obliquely,helmet lustrous through decades,pride etched with sadness.
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December 16th, English novelist Jane Austen is born on this day in 1775, t
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For a year now, we have been waiting for a break-through, a decisive action from the EU in support towards two of its members; Greece and Cyprus. Their territorial integrity has been challenged by the neighboring Turkey, how
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“Never Again.”  These words are used with boring, stage managed frequency by political and company figures who should know better.
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Physicists tend to agree that the universe was born out of a massive explosion that led to the proliferation of chemicals and stars and rocks around the universe. And those chemicals spread around the universe. But then, wh
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The World Medical Association has expressed its profound alarm after amputation sentences on four men were upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court. The four prisoners, convicted of robbery, are to have four fingers on their rig
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With the death on 26 November 2020 of Sadeq Al-Mahdi a major figure of modern Sudanese politics leaves the scene at a time of deep transitions within Sudan. Sadeq was the great grandson of Mehammed Ahmed who in the 1880s pro
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I followed My thoughts As they floatedOut through the Billowing curtains And the half closed Blue door shu
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A few additional frequently asked questions about dating and relationships. Q: I\'m a woman. How do I recognize a womanizer at a date? A: Simple. But counterintuitive. If a guy you meet at a dat
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For a moment there was silence between the two. Then Doug turned towards Fin, with a child’s eyes that has just realised how bold and naughty it was, seeking forgiveness, love, and acceptance by its parents.
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Before the January 4 ruling of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser in the extradition case of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher will continue to endure the ordeal of cold prison facilities while being menaced by a C
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About a century ago, an experiment was designed to figure out how many degrees of separation there were between human beings around the world. That is, on average, how many people would I need to talk to before reaching any
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Η μακελάρισσα ανεμελιά του Αυριανισ
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December 13th 2003; after spending nine months on the run, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is captured on this day in 2003. Saddam\'s downfall began on March 20, 2003, when the United States led an invasion force into Iraq to topple his go
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For the last twenty years at least, there are a lot of wrong-doings to blame the EU leadership, still you can never blame them for lack of cynic pragmatism or strong self preservation even against a member state of the Union
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Leafing – or in this case scrolling through – the commemorative
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Common misconception: rape and sexual assault takes place in the streets or at the workplace. Happens sometimes, but very rare. Below are the most common scenarios for tragic sexual assault and rape cases. For information a
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For more For the Moment, HERE!
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Security think tanks are the leeches of industry.  Attached to their appropriate field, they compile analysis that is supposedly masterful, insightful and even useful.
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If all the pencils and pens in the world disappeared,
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That\'s what high school career counselors say. Then that\'s what college career counselors say. Then HR staff and CEOs say something completely different. The system is a little bit messy in a lot of countries.
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December 11th; International Mountain Day. On the occasion of the 10th anniversa
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Australia-China Relationship Chills Policymakers persist in US-centric orientation to their detriment Since the beginning of 2
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In the 19th century and early 20th century, school was about training good soldiers. In the mid-to-late 20th century, school was about training good factory workers. This century, school should
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PREAMBLEWhereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and
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December 10th 1901; the first Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The ceremony came on the fifth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of
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The sacred tree Stands in the mist And snowAnd has stood Since the   Beginning of Time.
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These are things that might have been done earlier.  During the last, flickering days of the Trump administration, activity is being witnessed across countries which have
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December 9th 1987; in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip, the first riots of the Palestinian intifada, or \"shaking off\" in Arabic, begin one day after an Israeli truck crashed into a station wagon carrying Palestinian workers in the Jabalya refu
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At last we managed to see the end of the US Presidential Election 2020 saga,
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Next to me is my grey shadowthe one that falls into a shadeand holds a candle when it rains.its borrowed soul is from my ownbut I never told it what to perform.instead it hide
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Much complaint can be had of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force
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For more For the Moment, HERE! For more
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With President-elect Biden set to enter the White House next January, a question many people are asking is how best to use President Obama in the next administration? I have a proposal. H
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Sound like a breathing spiral moves both ways Has its all-highs and has its lows. Tight-ribbed spine and bone curled clays, At either end when you’d imagine it woul
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Clay foot diplomacy is all the rage in Canberra, and the Australian government has become a solid practitioner.  Having stuck its neck out across continents and seas to pr
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If one were to get into the head of Australian government MP Andrew Hastie, a security tangle of woe would no doubt await.  Having been a captain with the Special Air Serv
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Fin Elegy Chapter 1: The Visitor. Part 2. As he approached, Doug hastily curled himself in the middle of the bed, being
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There are uncertain times like these where the future is unclear. The truth is, from my perspective, the future is always unclear and uncertain. But many people around the world assume that the future will be as predictable as the past was.
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Without doubt most conversations about Brexit’s day-after are filled with speculation from both sides, however the feeling is that there is a crit
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Will they ever learn?  When former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton announced that they would publicly take a vaccine against COVID-19, National Public Radio seemed impressed.  “Who better to promote a
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Having spent a lot of time teaching, here are some observations I made, before I introduce a new paradigm and submit it for discussion. -The problem with small class sizes. From a teacher\'s perspective, small class sizes (
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A call for physicians, who have died or fallen ill from CoViD-19, to be properly compensated has come from the World Medical Association. In advance of tomorrow’s two-day United Nat
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Malaysia’s Democratic Charade Built-in abuses designed to keep government in power One of the initiatives put in places
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“Making billions from arms exports which fuel the conflict while providing a small fraction of that in aid to Yemen is both immoral and incoherent.”  So
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There are two myths that almost any therapist will be taught in universities and during their certifications. First myth: your patients will be deviants who want to kill their fathers so they can marry their mothers
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Europe’s Cyber ResilienceA False Sense of Security in the Private Sector as a Warning Sign and Means to Assess the Effectiveness
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I have two methods when I write articles. One is reading thick books and trying to find what common wisdom is in there. The second is reading the press and listening to people, and trying to find out what their common wisdom there is.
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The skin touches, the flesh burns;jerks from fearing singes,fragile is its thought.inclination presses on, confirmed,
 Biden's Promise: America is Back(wards)Biden's Promise: America is Back(wards) by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
With President Donald Trump all but conceding to the transition team that will take over after January next year, interest now shifts to President-elect Joe Biden’s choices for cabinet.
 Storm Clouds Over EthiopiaStorm Clouds Over Ethiopia by Rene Wadlow
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A soul Flows like water,It flows over Mountains and valleys,
 The universe as a 4-dimensional pinball gameThe universe as a 4-dimensional pinball game by Joseph Gatt
Parts of the universe explained in simple and simplistic terms. Just for fun, entertainment, and understanding where we\'re from. -If you were like me, you played pinball as a kid, and played pinball back when the only alte
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December 2nd; the International Day for the Abolition of Slaverymarks t
 Why the Cosmic Kite Never Fell: Football and Diego MaradonaWhy the Cosmic Kite Never Fell: Football and Diego Maradona by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
In Argentina, beatification and canonisation can happen to living figures.  Unlike the officialdom of the Catholic Church, the processes take place in accordance with an i
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Short answers to common unsolved linguistics problems. Problem: why is Basque an “isolate language” with no clear connection to any other language? Answer: European languages have th
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Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) - You start this month in fine form - your energy, charisma, effectiveness and sense of timing would be great. You will charge ahead and accomplish you goals. Your determination a
 Trump stole the election from himselfTrump stole the election from himself by George Cassidy Payne
From a political perspective, Donald Trump\'s behavior is utterly nonsensical. But when viewed through the lens of philosophy and psychology (which happens to be my particular academic training), his actions are not all that
 Not Adding Up: Australia, Iran and the Release of Kylie Moore-GilbertNot Adding Up: Australia, Iran and the Release of Kylie Moore-Gilbert by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Australia’s ambassadorial offices and political leaders have a consistent record of ignoring their citizens in tight situations.  David Hicks, Mamdouh Habib and Juli
 Understanding drug useUnderstanding drug use by Joseph Gatt
A very brief, somewhat straightforward guide to understanding drug use for prevention purposes. Marijuana Marijuana users tend to pick up the habit in schools, in universities or later in life.
 The hate that harms The hate that harms by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Fin Elegy - Chapter 1: The Visitor. Part 1Fin Elegy - Chapter 1: The Visitor. Part 1 by Christos Mouzeviris
Fin Elegy Chapter 1: The Visitor. Part 1. His eyes slowly opened as they blinked, still blurry and pained by the slightest of
 Keeping the Empire Running: Britain's Global Military FootprintKeeping the Empire Running: Britain's Global Military Footprint by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
A few nostalgic types still believe that the Union Jack continues to flutter to sighs and reverence over outposts of the world, from the tropics to the desert.  They would
 Understanding emotional blackmailUnderstanding emotional blackmail by Joseph Gatt
Emotional blackmail is often defined as “the threat of withdrawing emotional support if certain lines are crossed.” That wouldn\'t be my definition of emotional blackmail. Because there are relatively few instan
 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian PeopleInternational Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People by The Ovi Team
November 29th. In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B). On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on t
 Trump's planned randomness   Trump's planned randomness by Thanos Kalamidas
In politics and despite to what we see in the surface even from a sociopath like Donald Trump, there is always a plan, a strategy. Things don’t happen randomly even though luck and calamities occasionally have a part t
 Empty Harbour Empty Harbour by Nikos Laios
Death by pestilence,Congealed lungsAnd sallow skin Clinging to bones,Vacant stares And empty streets,Bowls
 Hard questions about France's colonial past (in French)Hard questions about France's colonial past (in French) by Joseph Gatt
Le travail de réconciliation des mémoires entre la France et ses anciennes colonies en Algérie, en Afrique, au Proche Orient, en Asie et ailleurs ne peut, à mon avis, se faire que dans le cadre d\'un travail mémoriel qu
 UEF's 20 international Master's degree programmes start inviting applications on 1 DecemberUEF's 20 international Master's degree programmes start inviting applications on 1 December by Ovi Magazine Guest
The application round for the University of Eastern Finland’s Master\'s degree programmes taught in English opens on Tuesday 1 December 2020 and closes on Wednesday 20 January 2021. Finnish and international applicants
 A Breath of Fresh Air In and Out of the Trumpian Chicken CoopA Breath of Fresh Air In and Out of the Trumpian Chicken Coop by Leah Sellers
“Well, look at you, Cheyenne,” Cheyenne’s Mama said with genuine surprise. “I have never known you to volutarily pick up the hen’s eggs out of the Chicken Coop without my having to threaten a grounding, Little Miss
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As chief conductor of the saint factory, Pope John Paul II was always going to be, in time, canonised.  Almost 500 saints were created under his watch.
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A few additional reflections on startups. Why some succeed and many fail. Notes in no particular order. -The “messy” startup. A grocery store is simple to operate. You purchase fridges and freezers and shelves,
 AntySaurus Prick 20#09AntySaurus Prick 20#09 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more AntySaurus Prick, HERE!
 Skewed Responsibility: Australian War Crimes in AfghanistanSkewed Responsibility: Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry was a
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Common sense “food for thought” on what a resume and cover letter should look like. Notes in no particular order. -First one, big one. After putting my name, address, email etc. on my resume, I would start by a
 Why Malaysia's Monarchy is Set to StayWhy Malaysia's Monarchy is Set to Stay by Murray Hunter
When Malaysia’s Yang di-Pertuan Agong, or king Al-Sultan Abdullah Al-Haj rejected Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s request to declare a state of emergency on October 25, many sections of Malaysia cheered him on.
 That OneThat One by George Cassidy Payne
The one that doesn’twant you to create anythingbecause it wants toprotect what it doesn\'t knowfrom being found out.
 No SDGs without elimination of Violence Against Women and GirlsNo SDGs without elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls by Ovi Magazine Guest
No SDGs without elimination of Violence Against Women and GirlsBy Viola Christian During the 16 Days of Activism against Gende
 Myanmar: Fair Elections But Challenges AheadMyanmar: Fair Elections But Challenges Ahead by Rene Wadlow
The 8 November 2020 elections for the two houses of the Myanmar Parliament were carried out with little violence. The National League for Democracy (NLD) headed by Aung San Suu Kyi won some 80 percent of the open seats. The
 Float AwayFloat Away by Nikos Laios
The light flashed Like jagged forksAgainst the raggedSky,the golden geeseWith wings unfurledStreaked towards
 Suicide signs (how to save a life)Suicide signs (how to save a life) by Joseph Gatt
Maybe your friend or close one is suicidal and you don\'t know it. So here are signs that can help you save a life. Suicide signs are often misunderstood. If your best friend of loved one makes a long, passionate, i
 It is time for Greece to leave NATO, since it fails to secure its interestsIt is time for Greece to leave NATO, since it fails to secure its interests by Christos Mouzeviris
As the EU has postponed to make any decision on Turkey\'s aggression towards two of its members, Greece and Cyprus, until later this year, it is evident that coming into an agreement won\'t be easy. Witnessing how Poland and
 Covid Offices and the Religion of Remote WorkCovid Offices and the Religion of Remote Work by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Masks can prove liberating.  The hidden face affords security.  Obnoxious authority breathes better, hiding in comfort.
 Mapping depression Mapping depression by Joseph Gatt
There are basically two types of depression: there\'s biological depression, and psychological depression. Biological depression has to do with hormonal imbalances in the body and the brain and is difficult to treat
 A month of SundaysA month of Sundays by Abigail George
“I don’t see why you can’t write a book. I’m proud of you.” She caressed his back. \"I’m your Alba remember. You can make words do anything. You charmed the pants off of me.”
 Hologram Daddies and Posthumous MolestationHologram Daddies and Posthumous Molestation by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“I can’t even describe what this meant to me and my sisters, my brother, my mom and closest friends to experience together.”  So
 Does telepathy exist?Does telepathy exist? by Joseph Gatt
A lot of people claim to have predicted the future several times. Some claim to swear to have been thinking about a long-lost friend when that long-lost friend called them out of the blue. Some claim that they had a strange urge or feeling at t
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 When it comes to trustWhen it comes to trust by Thanos Kalamidas
What has happened in USA the last four years and what’s going on this minute with Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat, has changed US democracy for years to come if not for ever especially if radical jurispruden
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One dogma that is likely to persist in US foreign policy during a Biden presidency will be the sanctions regime adopted towards Iran.  Every messianic state craves clearly
 "Backpack ready" economics"Backpack ready" economics by Joseph Gatt
Pre-COVID, the economy around the world centered on this principle: borrow first, pay later. In a “borrow first, pay later” economy, the assumption is that sources of income are “stable” or
 RockyRocky by The Ovi Team
November 21st 1976, Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone as the underdog prize-fighter Rocky Balboa, debuts in New York City. The movie, which opened in theatres across the United States on December 3, 1976, was a huge box-office hit and received
 Universal Children's DayUniversal Children's Day by Rene Wadlow
 Those early yearsThose early years by Bohdan Yuri
I didn’t learn much in those early years,just remembered a few essential things,and my middle years were mostly spentconvalescing through my hidden fears.
 Hollywood and celebrity (and non-celebrity) playersHollywood and celebrity (and non-celebrity) players by Joseph Gatt
Fictional character Barney Stinson is famous for his playbook. A series of 50 hilarious tricks Barney Stinson plays to sleep with women, many of which could get him arrested for “date rape.” But celebrities, and
 Worming 20_03Worming 20_03 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Worming, HERE!
 Nuremberg trials startNuremberg trials start by The Ovi Team
November 20th 1945; the International Military Tribunal for the Prosecution of Major War Criminals of the European Axis begins trying German war criminals at Nuremberg, Germany, on this day in 1945. Following Germany\'s defeat in World War II,
 Australia's Migration Advice Industry in DisarrayAustralia's Migration Advice Industry in Disarray by Murray Hunter
Australia’s Migration Advice Industry in Disarray New regulation causes more problems than it solves Australia’s D
 Petitions, Probes and Rupert MurdochPetitions, Probes and Rupert Murdoch by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Australia has given the world two influential and disruptive exports in the field of media.  One, currently in London’s Belmarsh Prison, is facing the prospect of ex
 Things drug addicts and dealers tell you to get you hookedThings drug addicts and dealers tell you to get you hooked by Joseph Gatt
Some things drug dealers and drug addicts tell kids (and adults) to get them hooked. -”If you do drugs your grades will shoot way up! You\'ll ace every single test! Drugs make you creative and enhance your mem
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On the eve of the resumed meeting of the World Health Assembly next week, the World Medical Association has again called for representatives from Taiwan to be granted observer status.
 Jacques Maritain (18 November 1882 -23 April 1973) World Citizen PhilosopherJacques Maritain (18 November 1882 -23 April 1973) World Citizen Philosopher by Rene Wadlow
Jacques Maritain was a French intellectual who spent the years of World War Two in Princeton in the U.S.A. He was a friend of the anti-Nazi German author Thomas Mann who also lived in Princeton. Both men were among the activ
 Astrolabe Astrolabe by Nikos Laios
I imagine Myself on a ship In the harbour Of AlexandriaCatching the stars With an astrolabe,In the city of Hypatia
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Who am I to teach anyone lessons? Below is just a general overview of how people who base their life on competition behave, versus how people who base their life on strategy behave. Competition-
 Responsibility After TrumpResponsibility After Trump by George Cassidy Payne
If we are being honest with ourselves, the work for all of us has really just begun. For half the country, Trump was the great leader who would take it all on. To the other half, he represented a scapegoat for every problem
 Fur Trades and Pandemics: Coronavirus and Denmark's Great Mink MassacreFur Trades and Pandemics: Coronavirus and Denmark's Great Mink Massacre by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“The worst case scenario is a new pandemic, starting all over again out of Denmark,” came the words of a grave Kåre Mølbak, director of the Danish health authorities, the State Serum Institute.
 Working and competingWorking and competing by Joseph Gatt
Working means you\'re giving something. It\'s usually giving something in exchange for something. It could be a product in exchange for money. It could be a service in exchange for money. It could be more complex sc
 Warning that Patient-Physician Relationship Is Under Threat Warning that Patient-Physician Relationship Is Under Threat by Ovi Magazine Guest
A warning that the age old physician-patient relationship is under threat, has come from the World Medical Association.
 The Athens Polytechnic uprisingThe Athens Polytechnic uprising by The Ovi Team
November 17th 1973; Despite the harsh repressive measures of the military Junta during the seven-year dictatorship of 1967-1973 in Greece - the imprisonments, displacements, mass trials in emergency courts-martial, torture, moc
 Building Stronger Conflict Prevention NetworksBuilding Stronger Conflict Prevention Networks by Rene Wadlow
As we reflect on current armed conflicts on which the Association of World Citizens has proposed measures for conflict resolution : - Nagorno-Karabakh, Yemen, Syria, Ukraine-Donetsk-Lougansk- Russia - we ask ourselves if we
 Sawing the Sacred: Felling the Djab Wurrung Directions TreeSawing the Sacred: Felling the Djab Wurrung Directions Tree by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“Djab Wurrung women are in an abusive relationship with Victoria’s government.”Sissy Eileen Austin,
 Women and scienceWomen and science by Joseph Gatt
The stereotype goes like this: there are very few women in science, technology, math and engineering because women lack the analytical mind that men have. That is, they say, women are better at “describing” when men are better at
 When we get to ParisWhen we get to Paris by Abigail George
 Begging Outrage: British Journalists for AssangeBegging Outrage: British Journalists for Assange by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Even that title strikes an odd note.  It should not.  The Fourth Estate, historically reputed as the chamber of journalists
 The social aspects of tourismThe social aspects of tourism by Joseph Gatt
A brief guidebook for tourism policy.
 Start a fire while fired & other conspiracy theoriesStart a fire while fired & other conspiracy theories by Thanos Kalamidas
 Rolling Heads at the Pentagon: Trump as Sacker-in-ChiefRolling Heads at the Pentagon: Trump as Sacker-in-Chief by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
A sense of redundancy might encourage calm.  The job is done, however well or poorly.  The legacy charted.
 Random reflections on the foreign language classroomRandom reflections on the foreign language classroom by Joseph Gatt
Some observations and thoughts on learning foreign languages inside and outside the classroom. -The experience everyone has. You take 200 hours of Hebrew lessons. Or 400 hours of French lessons. Or 800 hours of Mand
 Liquid BlueLiquid Blue by Nikos Laios
In the depths ofThe liquid blueFloating in Solitude.
 Factionalising Antisemitism: The British Labour Party Suspends Jeremy CorbynFactionalising Antisemitism: The British Labour Party Suspends Jeremy Corbyn by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Whatever stance taken by followers of the British Labour Party on the subject of antisemitism within its ranks, the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn must be seen as an exercise of muscle on the part of Sir Keir Starmer.
 Physicians leaders express concern over human rights violations against Uighur people Physicians leaders express concern over human rights violations against Uighur people by Ovi Magazine Guest
The World Medical Association has called on the international health community to express their concern about human rights violations on the Uighur people, a Muslim ethnic minority being detained in China’s Xinjiang re
 Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson by The Ovi Team
November 13th 1850; on this day Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure
 SI and EQ of kidsSI and EQ of kids by Dr Elsa Lycias Joel
As much as good health is important for life so is social and emotional intelligence and parents seem to understand it best during these times. Many develop a high SI (Social Intelligence)  from getting out and interact
 Nagorno-Karabakh: Starting the Second Month of WarNagorno-Karabakh: Starting the Second Month of War by Rene Wadlow
27 September 2020 marked the start of a renewed armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh among the forces of Azerbaijan, the Armenian-populated Republic of Artsakh, and Armenia. The conflict has provoked a loss of life and the des
 Single-person dependent personality disorderSingle-person dependent personality disorder by Joseph Gatt
Another medical paper. Dependent personality disorder is a well-known and well-studied condition, one where an individual has huge anxiety problems when left alone. The individual\'s anxiety when left alone can incl
 Sorry Tale of Malaysian PM's Survival in PowerSorry Tale of Malaysian PM's Survival in Power by Murray Hunter
Sorry Tale of Malaysian PM’s Survival in PowerContinuing political Instability is a product of the politicians seeking power and perks
 Viral Optimism: The Pfizer-BioNTech VaccineViral Optimism: The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The announcement that Pfizer Inc., along with its collaborative partner BioNTech SE, had come up with a successful vaccine candidate to combat the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
 The "first job" syndromeThe "first job" syndrome by Joseph Gatt
Another medical science paper. New recruits are often misunderstood. Some of them do very well on the job, adapt very quickly, and blend in very quickly. But, there is a fairly common condition,
 Taking for granted ...Be waryTaking for granted ...Be wary by Ovi Magazine Guest
Taking for granted … Be waryBy Honourable Donald J. Johnston The title of these comments is inspired by my personal expe
 Biden's Victory: A Eunuch Presidency BeckonsBiden's Victory: A Eunuch Presidency Beckons by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Whatever was set to happen on November 3, President Donald J. Trump would not lose.  Falling in that establishment firebreak against democracy known as the Electoral Colle
 SustainSustain by Jan Sand
Anyone who has lived a while,Accumulated times that should not have been,Suffers, not from misdirections, not from what was,But from what was not, butNe
 Protocol crisisProtocol crisis by Joseph Gatt
My second medical science paper. My first paper was on a psychiatric condition I called the “culture shock syndrome” which could be revised and updated. This paper is on a psychiatric condition I will call the
 Velimir Khlebnikov: (9 November 1885 - 28 June 1922) The Futurian and World CitizenVelimir Khlebnikov: (9 November 1885 - 28 June 1922) The Futurian and World Citizen by Rene Wadlow
Let Planet Earth be sovereign at last. Planet Earth alone will be our sovereign song Velimir Khlebnikov Velimir Khlebnikov was a
 The People Have SpokenThe People Have Spoken by George Cassidy Payne
He tried hate speech and voter intimidation. He endorsed gerrymandering and photo ID laws. He declared the election illegal before the first votes were counted and said he was uncertain about a peaceful transfer of power. In
 The pseudo-science of reading booksThe pseudo-science of reading books by Joseph Gatt
Friends. Let me tell you why books scare you. Your high school teachers and college professors discussed books at length. Very often, your high school teachers and college professors did not read the books that they
 A Recipe For The WarA Recipe For The War by Ovi Magazine Guest
A Recipe For The War By Zlatko Hadžidedić, Adnan Idrizbegović There is a widespread view that Germany\'s policy
 Progressivism is a Winner in 2020Progressivism is a Winner in 2020 by George Cassidy Payne
“A great democracy has got to be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy.” ― Theodore Roosevelt, 
 The US Presidential Election: The View from OutsideThe US Presidential Election: The View from Outside by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It was now the turn of other states to vent about, and at, the United States.  The 2020 US presidential elections were coming down to a razor sharp wire.
 Notes on extraterrestrial lifeNotes on extraterrestrial life by Joseph Gatt
Notes and speculations on the existence of extraterrestrial life, in no particular order. -The general assumption is that the universe is made up of planets made of rock and stars made of helium (let\'s call it fire
 Koulis goes lockdownKoulis goes lockdown by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Louvre opensLouvre opens by The Ovi Team
November 8th 1793; after more than two centuries as a royal palace, the Louvre is opened as a public museum in Paris by the French revolutionary government. Today, the Louvre\'s collection is one of the richest in the world, with artwork and ar
 Education: Key public and private investment choice for the coming administrationEducation: Key public and private investment choice for the coming administration by Prof. Michael R. Czinkota
The next four years will determine where and how all the accumulated economic resources will be spent. The decisions will affect those suffering from rainy days to come. Targeted spending will sow seeds for innovation, techn
 Chestnut TreeChestnut Tree by Nikos Laios
I sighed Beneath aSpreading Chestnut tree As darkness stalked The night like a black swan Gliding above th
 The virtues of slow, long-term learningThe virtues of slow, long-term learning by Joseph Gatt
The current education system in most countries is about playing the system. Let\'s discuss my middle school and high school friend and call him X. X could not stay single. He had this dating cycle with girls where h
 USSAUSSA by Patrick McWade
For more \'For the Moment\' HERE! For mo
 ASEAN at Crossroads: Nonaligned Movement has no alternativeASEAN at Crossroads: Nonaligned Movement has no alternative by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
As the present world order weakens, the mega confrontations have appeared more likely: On its post-Soviet revival quest, Russia becomes increasingly assertive in Euro-MED theatre and beyond. The Sino-American relations are i
 Trump, Blue Mirages and False PollsTrump, Blue Mirages and False Polls by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The great bard remarks in Henry VI: Part II that all the lawyers ought to be killed.  In entertaining this homicidal formula, William Shakespeare had yet to encounter that
 The evolution of political and economic theoryThe evolution of political and economic theory by Joseph Gatt
Simply put, political and economic theory evolved with technology. First, there was no International Postal Union. So communicating with written mail was a little complicated, as letters often took too much time to
 Europe must abandon its complexes on migration and integration to debate openly on these issuesEurope must abandon its complexes on migration and integration to debate openly on these issues by Christos Mouzeviris
Ever since the killing of the French teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb on October the 16th, France-and potentially Europe has entered another circle of violence and bloodshed. Samuel was targeted by a teenage muslim refu
 Google meets the Sherman ActGoogle meets the Sherman Act by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“Ambition is the subtlest Beast of the Intellectual and Moral Field,” wrote John Adams to his son, John Quincy Adams, in January, 1794. “It is wonderfully adroit in concealing itself from its owner.
 Should lenders or borrowers be blamed for recessions?Should lenders or borrowers be blamed for recessions? by Joseph Gatt
Lending money to someone is a militant act. The idea is if you lend your friend 5 bucks so he can buy lunch, and that he promises that his parents will give him money and that he will pay back tomorrow, that\'s a militant act. You\'re basically
 Mr. ShakenMr. Shaken by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE! For more
 Protests Open New Divisions in Thai SocietyProtests Open New Divisions in Thai Society by Murray Hunter
Protests Open New Divisions in Thai Society Students fight against the tide of history Thailand is currently engulfed by daily
 The US Republic, Trump and the Authoritarian Fear Mongering ClubThe US Republic, Trump and the Authoritarian Fear Mongering Club by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It’s an oxymoron with a long history: American democracy.  In referring to the United States, it does not exist.  Nor
 Notes on academic writingNotes on academic writing by Joseph Gatt
Professors and regular people look at my writing and sometimes go like “that can\'t be academic writing, that\'s too simple!” To many people, academic writing is one of two things: -It\'s either writ
 Azerbaijan and Armenia: Confidence-building Measures NeededAzerbaijan and Armenia: Confidence-building Measures Needed by Rene Wadlow
Despite negotiations for a ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the fighting continues. The conflict becomes increasingly complex as other States become involved, in particular Turkey bu
 The tomorrows of US democracyThe tomorrows of US democracy by Thanos Kalamidas
Four years of Donald Trump have left US democracy deeply wounded. However, never forget that the wounding has started long before with Donald Trump and
 Traits of corrupt organizationsTraits of corrupt organizations by Joseph Gatt
The demand for this paper is for the following people and organizations: “I want to deal with \'clean\' organizations and want to avoid working with corrupt organizations. What signs should I look for?” Corrupti
 Turnedback-ClockTurnedback-Clock by Patrick McWade
For more \'Then, Again\' HERE!
 Europe's East Mediterranean FiascoEurope's East Mediterranean Fiasco by Christos Mouzeviris
In a post on Twitter, Turkey’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu, announced l
 Impunity and Carefree Violence: Australia's Special Forces in AfghanistanImpunity and Carefree Violence: Australia's Special Forces in Afghanistan by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
In 2016, Australian Major General Jeff Sengelman approached the then chief of the Australian army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell
 The subtleties of the economyThe subtleties of the economy by Joseph Gatt
This article will be a commentary on the saying “teach a man how to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime.” -You could give the man a rod and teach him how to fish at a pond. Maybe he\'ll catch 5 or 10 fish a day. That\'s n
 Bird of PrayBird of Pray by Patrick McWade
For more Nuttley HERE!
 No More Imagining Things of the PastNo More Imagining Things of the Past by Abigail George
 Precisions on the brain drainPrecisions on the brain drain by Joseph Gatt
What I call the “knowledge workers” tend to leave any country mainly for two reasons: -It\'s impossible to make ends meet in their home countries, and there are no perspectives of getting a job that will
 Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for November 2020Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for November 2020 by Manish Kumar Arora
Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) - An excellent month to move forward with your plans and ideas. Trust in this divine timing and move ahead.. Do not hesitate or doubt yourself, as this is a favorable time. You wi
 NOSFERATU: a Monologue on the Pathology of the Undead - DraculaNOSFERATU: a Monologue on the Pathology of the Undead - Dracula by David Sparenberg
Pain is a broken mirror.  What?  You don’t believe that suffering is glass?  My eyes have been shattered by tears for many years.  Look!  Is this a human face?  No!  It is a mockery e
 Nimble LeapNimble Leap by Jan Sand
The Jack-be-nimble, with his trick,Leaped above the candlestick,Occupied a time and space
 The Anti-Catholic Origins of HalloweenThe Anti-Catholic Origins of Halloween by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Halloumi party at Koulis Halloumi party at Koulis by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Cultivated Lunacy, Nuclear Deterrence and Banning the NukeCultivated Lunacy, Nuclear Deterrence and Banning the Nuke by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Is international relations a field for cautious minds, marked by permanent setbacks, or terrain where the bold are encouraged to seize the day?  In terms of dealing with t
 The Killer-Bee BanquetThe 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
 Human trafficking: why do prostitutes become prostitutes?Human trafficking: why do prostitutes become prostitutes? by Joseph Gatt
Human trafficking is a serious issue. A dramatic issue. A tragic issue. Prostitutes are often glorified as women (or men) who engage in the world\'s “most enjoyable” activity (sex) in exchange for the wo
 Where is a Will - there is Brazil Where is a Will - there is Brazil by Ovi Magazine Guest
Where is a Will – there is BrazilSociety 2020, despite the Pandemics By Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg
 What's Wrong With Mattel's New Susan B. Anthony Doll?What's Wrong With Mattel's New Susan B. Anthony Doll? by George Cassidy Payne
\"When I was young, if a girl married poverty, she became a drudge; if she married wealth, she became a doll\". -Susan B. Anthony
 At this tableAt this table by Bohdan Yuri
Reservations at eightat our favorite table,you were fashionably late, a less than cherished fable. you ordered the usual wineI, a double blue label.in our most best of times
 The pseudo-science of career planningThe pseudo-science of career planning by Joseph Gatt
A few myths and mistakes when it comes to career planning, in no particular order. Mistake number 1: telling teenagers not to focus on a career goal, and to focus on school instead. You know the
 Threat to Dismantle Turkish Medical Association Strongly CriticisedThreat to Dismantle Turkish Medical Association Strongly Criticised by Ovi Magazine Guest
The Turkish Government’s recent announcement that it intends to dismantle the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) ‘to protect patients and the profession from terrorists’ has been strongly criticised by the W
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Old Buildings and Abandoned ChurchesChipped,rippedOpen like the Guts of a fishSpill
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September 25.  Central Criminal Court, London. 
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September 24.  Central Criminal Court, London. 
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A major principal for the mythical Mario Puzo’s Godfather (Vito Corleone) was that the immediate family (first and second degree relatives) are on
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When you\'re rich, claim you\'re poor. When you\'re poor, claim you\'re rich. When you\'re powerful, claim you\'re weak. When you\'re weak, claim you\'re pow
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September 22.  Central Criminal Court, London. 
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Be wary of anyone insistent on using the word “streamline” in the context of policy and planning.  It suggests a suspicion of sound procedure, due process and
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This is how I became an extreme writer, an extreme personality, an extreme human being. There is an art to love, an exceptional and extraordinary art to love. Some people, like scientists and scholars and intellectuals and p
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 SERIOUSLY a Back to the Future Story for Present TellingSERIOUSLY a Back to the Future Story for Present Telling by David Sparenberg
 How I'd reform higher educationHow I'd reform higher education by Joseph Gatt
Reforming college to meet job market needs, on one leg. -Creating a “project management/business ownership” major. Because a lot of the large companies and smaller companies employ staff in charge of man
 Rio Tinto turns Cultural Vandal: The Destruction of the Juukan Gorge CavesRio Tinto turns Cultural Vandal: The Destruction of the Juukan Gorge Caves by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It was a calamity in cultural terms likened to the destruction of the Buddhist statues of Bamyan and the ancient city of Palmyra.  The explosive eradicati
 AscensionAscension by Osy Mizpah Unuevho
Previously published on Praxis MagOnline Chapbook “Around This Fire 5”Not that speaking out was sin. No sir, I was of imprisoned light, longing for sunset air outside a congealed baptism of old earth. A boy once
 Labor in the 21st centuryLabor in the 21st century by Joseph Gatt
Ramblings on the theme “the economy and society in the 21st century.” In the year 2000, labor around the world has experienced the following shifts:
 It'll Get CoolerIt'll Get Cooler by Patrick McWade
For more Then, Again HERE! For more Ovi C
 Language learning politicsLanguage learning politics by Joseph Gatt
Learning a foreign language isn\'t that hard or complicated. Many have succeeded in learning a foreign language, even when they have low levels of formal education. One example could be all the Kabyle women who moved to Alg
 Assange's Fifth Day at the Old Bailey: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative MeasuresAssange's Fifth Day at the Old Bailey: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative Measures by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Having had a coronavirus scare towards the end of last week, necessitating a brief suspension of proceedings for September 11, the extradition proceedings for Julian Assange resumed with Eric Lewis.
 Physician Leaders Support World Patient Safety Day Physician Leaders Support World Patient Safety Day by Ovi Magazine Guest
The importance of a safe working environment for health
 New Australian Law Endangers Thousands of Migration Experts New Australian Law Endangers Thousands of Migration Experts by Murray Hunter
New Australian Law Endangers Thousands of Migration Experts New regulation may cost registered migration agents their jobs Au
 Fruits of Illegality: The NSA, Bulk Collection and Warrantless SurveillanceFruits of Illegality: The NSA, Bulk Collection and Warrantless Surveillance by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
He has become part of the furniture when it comes to discussions about privacy rights and personal liberties, arguably an odd sort of thing for a man who also dealt in the shadows of intelligence secrets.
 Reputation strugglesReputation struggles by Joseph Gatt
I discussed power struggles the other day that is when individuals compete for power. This time around I\'ll discuss “reputation struggles” which is when individuals compete for reputation.
 Turkey-Greece Mediterranean Tensions: Track II Efforts NeededTurkey-Greece Mediterranean Tensions: Track II Efforts Needed by Rene Wadlow
With Turkish war ships in the Mediterranean and the Greek army on alert, the tensions between Greece and Turkey are growing. On 10 August, 2020, Turkey sent an oil and natural gas exploration ship, the Oruc Reis, into what G
 Assange's Fourth Day at the Old Bailey: COVID in the Courtroom Assange's Fourth Day at the Old Bailey: COVID in the Courtroom by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
As James Lewis QC for the prosecution, representing the US government, revealed, “I’m just saying about my charger.  It’s in court and I’m going to
 Notes to paintersNotes to painters by Joseph Gatt
So you want a career in painting. Here\'s some (life saving?) advice. -Know your customers. -What are your customers like? They are usually art collectors (which is often a rich people\'s pastim
 Vaccine Nationalism, Big Promises and Warped SpeedVaccine Nationalism, Big Promises and Warped Speed by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
From sneering dismissiveness of the coronavirus as nothing more than a common cold to a grand promise to find a vaccine, President Donald Trump is all promises. “We remain on track to deliver a vaccine before the
 Europa, EuropaEuropa, Europa by Nikos Laios
Europa, Europa,How they yearn For you still.Your laced VenetianArchways, raised ridges,Baroque bridges;Athena\'s mount,To the Seven hills;Londinium
 Notes on Islam in FranceNotes on Islam in France by Joseph Gatt
Notes on Islam in France, in no particular order. -French pundits love debating Islam. Except that they seldom invite Muslims to those debates. -Let\'s put things in context. There has been a Mu
 The EU should live up what it stands for: We might be all Hong Kong tomorrowThe EU should live up what it stands for: We might be all Hong Kong tomorrow by Ovi Magazine Guest
The EU should live up what it stands for: We might be all Hong Kong tomorrowBy the Hong Kong Global Research Council On 26 Jun
 A leap of imagination: How I became a writerA leap of imagination: How I became a writer by Kola King
“You should write a book,” Afolabi my youngest teenage son said in something of a dogged manner. “Why?” I retorted.
 Frequent writer complaintsFrequent writer complaints by Joseph Gatt
Another one with advice for writers. Complaint 1: how do I get rid of writer\'s block? Answer: there isn\'t a single way to get rid of writer\'s block and get writing to flow. But there
 Assange's Second Day at the Old Bailey: Torture, Drone Strikes and JournalismAssange's Second Day at the Old Bailey: Torture, Drone Strikes and Journalism by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The highlights of the second day of Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings at the Central Criminal Court in London yielded an interesting bounty.  The first was th
 Koulis lost percentage Koulis lost percentage by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Mitsotakis xenophobia rises from Moria's firesMitsotakis xenophobia rises from Moria's fires by Thanos Kalamidas
The refugee camp in Moria, Lesbos, which burned to the ground, hosted over 13.000 refugees and immigrants. Among them thousands of defenceless women and
 Sinking Transparency at the Old Bailey: The Assange Extradition Hearing ResumesSinking Transparency at the Old Bailey: The Assange Extradition Hearing Resumes by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The fine circus that is British justice resumed at London’s Central Criminal Court on September 7, with the continued extradition proceedings against Julian Assange. 
 Companies, CEOs and bosses to avoidCompanies, CEOs and bosses to avoid by Joseph Gatt
If you\'re a CEO or a manager, here are some “mindsets” that you want to avoid. And you also want your employees to avoid that mindset, if you want to thrive, that is. Obsessed with power: Some employees show up
 At Both EndsAt Both Ends by Jan Sand
Way back when I was a kid the question grownups most asked me was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The only sensible answer, these days, for any kid is “Alive”, since that is becoming more a
 Give Us Leaders Who Have Suffered....Give Us Leaders Who Have Suffered.... by Leah Sellers
Yes, Give us Leaders who have SufferedAnd OverComeThe Darkness Outside and Inside ThemSelvesWith the Light and Hope Energies ofGrace, Understanding, Dis
 Yossi Gatt FAQ IIYossi Gatt FAQ II by Joseph Gatt
Another round of questions I get “asked” frequently. That is I get asked directly or indirectly. How and why do you accept your horrible working conditions? They are not superb worki
 Does Facebook's Zuckerberg have a 'Muslim' problem?Does Facebook's Zuckerberg have a 'Muslim' problem? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, claims to be against the use of his popular social media portal for spreading hatred. He said that there “is
 Where Are the Colors of Time?Where Are the Colors of Time? by Bohdan Yuri
Where Are the Colors of Time?Where are the colors of time,
 Good Riddance: Facebook Threats and News OpportunitiesGood Riddance: Facebook Threats and News Opportunities by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
News and information can only go so far.  Despite the utopian fluffiness about having multiple platforms, the consumers of news want only one thing: the reassurance that t
 Of Privacy, EU and of Human Rights - 75 years After Of Privacy, EU and of Human Rights - 75 years After by Ovi Magazine Guest
Of Privacy, EU and of Human Rights – 75 years After By Nora Wolf Early summer days of 2020 in Vienna sow marking the ann
 The Law of the South China SeizeThe Law of the South China Seize by Rene Wadlow
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying replied on 24 January 2017 to statements of the new US President on US interests in the South China Sea delimitation issues saying “China is firm in safeguard
 Wasting the Elderly: Coronavirus and the Calculus of DeathWasting the Elderly: Coronavirus and the Calculus of Death by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has welled-up because of it.  In March,
 Successful marriage FAQSuccessful marriage FAQ by Joseph Gatt
Frequently asked questions regarding successful (and failed) relationships and marriages. See my previous article. -I\'m in love with my partner but we have completely different personalities. Can things work out?
 Worming 20_01Worming 20_01 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Worming HERE! For more Ovi Carto
 Pandemic Reflexes: Lockdowns and Arrests in Victoria, AustraliaPandemic Reflexes: Lockdowns and Arrests in Victoria, Australia by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Ugly.  Rough.  Police in the Australian state of Victoria muscling their way in.  
 Why your marriage will succeed (or fail)Why your marriage will succeed (or fail) by Joseph Gatt
Not all bad marriages fail. There\'s something called “empty shell” marriages, which are basically two people who stay married despite little or no emotional connection. There are three types of empty shell marr
 Bringing In the Sheep !Bringing In the Sheep ! by Leah Sellers
“Praise the Lord and Halleluiah , Brothers and Sisters !” Pastor Mishanter shouted out to his rapt Congregation. “Please, follow Brother Croak, our riveting Choral Director, i
 The Sentencing of Brenton Tarrant: Jailing the Man, not the Great ReplacementThe Sentencing of Brenton Tarrant: Jailing the Man, not the Great Replacement by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Brenton Tarrant was sentenced last week.  The Australian national who butchered, with relish, 51 individuals in Christchurch at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Cent
 (Semi-fictional) conversation with an anti-Semite(Semi-fictional) conversation with an anti-Semite by Joseph Gatt
To the protestors around the world, peaceful and violent: \"our slogan must not be: burn, baby, burn. Our slogan must be: learn, baby, learn, so we can earn, baby, earn\" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in \"The Radical King\" (a compilation of Dr
 Koulis Galopoulakis' Big BrotherKoulis Galopoulakis' Big Brother by Thanos Kalamidas
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 The Face of British Trade: Tony Abbott Goes to BlightyThe Face of British Trade: Tony Abbott Goes to Blighty by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The question was put by interviewer Kay Burley on Britain’s Sky News network to UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
 Skills mismatch and the 21st centurySkills mismatch and the 21st century by Joseph Gatt
The 21st century is rather different from the 20th century. Let\'s just say that we went from magazines and typewriters to websites and keyboards and from social clubs and churches to chat rooms and Google searches. I was g
 Survivor - School editionSurvivor - School edition by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE! For more
 Rethinking Australia's Defense and SecurityRethinking Australia's Defense and Security by Murray Hunter
Rethinking Australia’s Defense and Security A changing world means Canberra must pivot to Asia Australia has been hit by
 Waiting for the Old Bailey: Julian Assange and Britain's Judicial EstablishmentWaiting for the Old Bailey: Julian Assange and Britain's Judicial Establishment by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
On September 7, Julian Assange will be facing another round of gruelling extradition proceedings, in the Old Bailey, part of a process that has become a form of gradual state-sanctioned torture.
 Different types of for-profit company modelsDifferent types of for-profit company models by Joseph Gatt
If you get a job at a company, the sales model a lot of times is what will determine you growth, or frustrations, within the company. A company is basically an organization that sells a product or a service or both. Furnitu
 All for Global Citizens: President Fischer on 75 years of triumph of antifascismAll for Global Citizens: President Fischer on 75 years of triumph of antifascism by Ovi Magazine Guest
All for Global Citizens: President Fischer on 75 years of triumph of antifascismBy Audrey Beaulieu Early summer days of 2020 i
 Mali: More Instability in an Unstable RegionMali: More Instability in an Unstable Region by Rene Wadlow
The 18 August 2020 coup by Malian military leaders brought an end to the unstable government of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, widely known by his initials IBK. He had come to power on 22 March 2012 in another military coup which h
 Grey Towers Grey Towers by Nikos Laios
The red goldfish Swam in the fishbowl Fluidly like blobsOf ink.
 Catholics Against Nukes: Archbishop Wester's Hiroshima Vigil Catholics Against Nukes: Archbishop Wester's Hiroshima Vigil by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
In what is a turn-up for the books, a senior voice of the Catholic Church made something of an impression this month that did not incite scandal, hot rage, or the commencement of an investigation.
 Features of academic inflation and deflationFeatures of academic inflation and deflation by Joseph Gatt
I\'ll start with the conclusion. The older you get in life, the less meaningful your academic credentials become. That is fancy degrees can help you in your 20s. But if you cheating your way to those degrees (or ben
 Trump's acceptance speech at the RNC epitomized scare tacticsTrump's acceptance speech at the RNC epitomized scare tactics by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
On Thursday night (August 27, 2020) President Donald Trump of the United States delivered his accep
 Take-OutTake-Out by Jan Sand
“I want,”He said,“When IAm deadTo be most neatly kept.
 Free Speech Be Damned: Joshua Krook and the Australian Public ServiceFree Speech Be Damned: Joshua Krook and the Australian Public Service by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
There was very little controversial about it.  A featured blog post i
 Law & OrderLaw & Order by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE!
 Can You Re-Hatch What's Been Un-Hatched ?Can You Re-Hatch What's Been Un-Hatched ? by Leah Sellers
While gathering Eggs inside the Family Chicken Coop, Cheyenne paused to hold one of the Brown Eggs up close to her right eye. Her left eye was squeezed shut. “Mommy, can you Re-Hatch what’s been Un-Hatched ?” 
 Permitted Unlawfulness: The New Zealand Coronavirus LockdownPermitted Unlawfulness: The New Zealand Coronavirus Lockdown by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“Limitation is essential to authority.  A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.”Lord Acton
 Notes on communication theoryNotes on communication theory by Joseph Gatt
Random notes on communication theory, including in business, politics, in times of conflict and for fundraising purposes. -To sum up (if you don\'t want to read the whole article) good communication is about having a decent
 The 5th annual "Route of Truce"The 5th annual "Route of Truce" by Ovi Magazine Guest
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 Education and economic developmentEducation and economic development by Joseph Gatt
For a country to develop economically, you need people in the government and in business to know what they\'re doing, to plan the economy, to create conditions for businesses to thrive.
 Underpaying Casual Staff and Forgetting Education: The Australian University FormulaUnderpaying Casual Staff and Forgetting Education: The Australian University Formula by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Scandalous underpayment has become common fare at Australia’s universities.  An inverse relationship can be identified here: the wealthier the institution, the more
 Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for September 2020Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for September 2020 by Manish Kumar Arora
Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) - A skill you have can be diversified, allowing you to offer a service that will bring in extra cash. When it comes to business, practicality will be essential..In matters of love
 AntySaurus Prick 20#06AntySaurus Prick 20#06 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more AntySaurus Prick, HERE!
 Burying the Hatchet Act: Donald Trump's Unconventional ConventionBurying the Hatchet Act: Donald Trump's Unconventional Convention by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Conventions suggest norms, a set of accepted rules.  Behaviour is agreed upon in advance.  In the case of US political conve
 Power strugglesPower struggles by Joseph Gatt
A lot of people tell me something along the lines of “Yossi, you speak 9 languages and have a few other skills, getting a job must be easy. Any job you apply to you will get. Getting laid must be easy. Any girl you fancy you must get.
 Enforced Disappearances: NGO Efforts to continueEnforced Disappearances: NGO Efforts to continue by Rene Wadlow
30 August is the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The Day highlights the U.N. General Assembly Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, resolution 47/133 of 18 De
 In Denial: Australia, Human Rights and Climate ChangeIn Denial: Australia, Human Rights and Climate Change by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
When the complaint was lodged in May 2019, there was a sense of the audacious abo
 Koulis pyjamas Koulis pyjamas by Thanos Kalamidas
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 HOLES and How to Cure ThemHOLES and How to Cure Them by David Sparenberg
Holes instead of eyes. And those afflicted cannot see. They are blind. Holes instead of ears. And those afflicted cannot hear. They are deaf. Those who have holes instead of eyes, the bli
 The virtues of kindnessThe virtues of kindness by Joseph Gatt
A lot Koreans used to tell me that “kindness is a sign of weakness.” A lot Arabs also tell me that “kindness is a sign of weakness.” I do have my grumpy moments like everyone else. But I\'m not a two
 The Rooster That Wouldn't Crow The Rooster That Wouldn't Crow by Artie Knapp
A story about individuality and a rooster\'s right to fall in love with whomever he chooses. An audio/video production of Artie Knapp’s children-story:
 When will Europe uniformly learn to live with Covid-19? When will Europe uniformly learn to live with Covid-19? by Christos Mouzeviris
Since the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Europe, the continent found itself in yet another uncharted territory and utter chaos. Misinformation, panic, conspiracy theories, scaremongering, confusion, financial demi
 Google's Open Letter: Fighting Australia's News Media Bargaining CodeGoogle's Open Letter: Fighting Australia's News Media Bargaining Code by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Tech giants tend to cast thin veils over threats regarding government regulations.  They are also particularly concerned by those more public spirited ones, the sort suppo
 5 types of racism5 types of racism by Joseph Gatt
I\'ve identified 5 types (roughly) of racism. Let me break those down for you. Religious racism: Or religious bigotry if you want to call
 The third term virusThe third term virus by Kola King
There’s every reason to say democracy has taken firm roots in Africa because most of the countries once ruled by military dictators have embraced democracy. Still, there are pockets of resistance considering the false
 Foiled in the Security Council: The United States, Extending Arms Embargoes and IranFoiled in the Security Council: The United States, Extending Arms Embargoes and Iran by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
There are no official policing authorities as such when it comes to international relations.  Realists imagine a jungle of states, the preyed upon and the predators, a gri
 Mainstream philosophical schools of thoughtMainstream philosophical schools of thought by Joseph Gatt
We all have an outlook on life. We are all guided by certain principles, a certain way of viewing life. We all approach life a certain way. So here are the main
 2nd opinion, quarantined! #092nd opinion, quarantined! #09 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more 2nd opinion, quarantined! HERE!
 Xi Jinping's ugly double face needs to be unmaskedXi Jinping's ugly double face needs to be unmasked by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
The Uighurs (also spelled Uyghurs) who are the indigenous people of Xinjiang (formerly East Turkestan), living in the (annexed) western frontier of China, are a nation by the text-book definition of nation. Because of their
 FormationFormation by Jan Sand
The patterns of the world wash inAcros
 Hymn for a Broken Empire: Republican National Security Officials for BidenHymn for a Broken Empire: Republican National Security Officials for Biden by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
If fodder is needed for the argument that a Deep State is running wild and determined to depose President Donald J. Trump, this will surely help.  In a
 Throwback to a powerful and timely HR message addressed to the citizens of the worldThrowback to a powerful and timely HR message addressed to the citizens of the world by Ovi Magazine Guest
Throwback to a powerful and timely HR message addressed to the citizens of the worldBy Nora Wolf We are on the 1st of July 202
 Singapore's Retirement Dilemma Singapore's Retirement Dilemma by Murray Hunter
Singapore’s Retirement Dilemma Government behind the curve on rapidly-aging society Singapore, which has engaged in soc
 Golden HueGolden Hue by Nikos Laios
There\'s so much cruelty in the world,So much hatred and malice, My heart weeps;We see differences Instead of similarities.
 The fall (and rise) of European cinemaThe fall (and rise) of European cinema by Joseph Gatt
Simple. In the 1970s and early 1980s (and in the 50s and 60s) you had fantastic European producers. Those producers would hire the best screenwriters to write a script. They would hire another fantastic individual to direct the film. And they w
 Have You Put My Mail-in Ballot in the Mail Yet ?Have You Put My Mail-in Ballot in the Mail Yet ? by Leah Sellers
“Has my Ass-istant #1 put my Mail-in Ballot in the Mailyet ?” Trumpty queried. “I don’t know, sir, but I’ll check,” said Ass-istant #2
 What COVID-19 teaches us about foreign currency fluctuationsWhat COVID-19 teaches us about foreign currency fluctuations by Joseph Gatt
I have 100 bucks. I could use 100 bucks for “needs” purposes (to buy stuff). I could hoard 100 bucks and hoard dollars for different reasons (a safety net, savings, or to blackmail people who some day might desperately need foreign
 Koulis the touristKoulis the tourist by Thanos Kalamidas
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 THIS IS for YOUTHIS IS for YOU by David Sparenberg
Wherever on this distressed and yet magnificent Earth you live, this is for you. Right here, right now: Let’s be open and honest before one another. Please. Look at the worl
 My EgoMy Ego by George Cassidy Payne
smells like roastingBull Nose peppers,
 Optimistic, cautious, pessimistic economiesOptimistic, cautious, pessimistic economies by Joseph Gatt
To put things simply. When you\'re optimistic, you spend more money, because you feel that you\'re going to make more money. When you\'re cautious, you limit your spending, budget as much as you can, and only spend on neces
 Religious Liberty: Continuing Efforts by NGOs NeededReligious Liberty: Continuing Efforts by NGOs Needed by Rene Wadlow
 Blight and Revelation: Coronavirus, Austerity and the UKBlight and Revelation: Coronavirus, Austerity and the UK by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Epidemiologist Michael Marmot begins his August 10 piece in The Guardian on a sombre note.
 America's strange notion of "freedom"America's strange notion of "freedom" by Joseph Gatt
I would say the notion of freedom in the US is “strange.” Because the United States is about freedom of speech and freedom of worship and belief. But not freedom of action. Most countries however restrict freedo
 NATO has become "brain-dead", but the EU is risking the same fateNATO has become "brain-dead", but the EU is risking the same fate by Christos Mouzeviris
While Europe is focusing on Covid-19 and the Belarus election result is currently dominating the news, another region of our continent is heating up again. The Eastern  Mediterranean is critically volatile, with Greece
 Open fiercely. Open gently, the wombOpen fiercely. Open gently, the womb by Osy Mizpah Unuevho
Abby asks if it is hard being a soldier. what the poem said in the end was strangely prophetic.     a righteous heart?
 Fundraising tipsFundraising tips by Joseph Gatt
To be honest, I used to dread fundraising, and the word fundraising itself. There\'s a reason for that, and I think many of you share my background. I come from a background where I grew up in foster homes. And when I asked
 The future of Europe depends on its neighborhoodThe future of Europe depends on its neighborhood by Ovi Magazine Guest
The future of Europe depends on its neighborhoodUfM’s Nasser Kamel saysBy Guido Lanfranchi On July 1st, 2020, the
 Macron Lectures Lebanon: The Condescending Politics of AidMacron Lectures Lebanon: The Condescending Politics of Aid by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The explosion in a Beirut portside warehouse
 Difficulties of the translator jobDifficulties of the translator job by Joseph Gatt
A list of difficulties that you could encounter as a translator, in no particular order. -Finding a job. Most companies will hire translators based on ethnicity rather than on the grasp of both (or all three) languages. Tha
 My First FuneralMy First Funeral by Ovi Magazine Guest
My First FuneralBy Ian C. Smith When Harry plunged her into a chasm of grief he also said her brother-in-law, who phoned Harry
 Belarus Protests. Do they have a positive future?Belarus Protests. Do they have a positive future? by Rene Wadlow
The fast-moving political situation in Belarus needs to be watched closely. Non-violent actions for fair elections and freedom of expression have been met by police and military repression. On 9 August 2020, Alexandr Sashenk
 DelosDelos by Nikos Laios
Sunset, Between the shadows And the dying sunlightThe broken bronze fingersHide in the long grass And wild flowers.
 Extreme Moderation in the Spittoon: Kamala Harris for VPExtreme Moderation in the Spittoon: Kamala Harris for VP by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The Vice Presidency has always gotten a degree of bad press in the US political system. Its ineffectuality is sometimes lost on the occupant, though not on John N. Garner, who
 From the Victory Day to Corona DisarrayFrom the Victory Day to Corona Disarray by Ovi Magazine Guest
From the Victory Day to Corona Disarray75 years of Europe’s Collective Security and Human Rights SystemLegacy of antifascism for the common pa
 Social media and fake news Social media and fake news by Kola King
Today, the world is a global village because of the interconnectivity made possible by the internet. At the touch of a button one can connect to the outside world from the remotest location to the biggest cities and metropol
 Don't Stigmatise the Nuke! Opponents of the Nuclear Weapons Ban TreatyDon't Stigmatise the Nuke! Opponents of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It would seem a logical step, at least from an existential perspective: to ban something so utterly horrendous to life; to forbid its use in any circumstances, whatever rationale employed to justify its use. But the nu
 Advice to translatorsAdvice to translators by Joseph Gatt
The kind of advice to translators you won\'t find anywhere else. In no particular order. -I\'m sure some of you have had this problem. You have to translate a text (let\'s say from English to French) and you have no idea wh
 Land MusicLand Music by Patrick McWade
For more Then, Again HERE!
 The Only True Solution for Peace Between Israel and Palestine: Part OneThe Only True Solution for Peace Between Israel and Palestine: Part One by Bohdan Yuri
Now that Jared Kushner’s new Middle East Peace Plan dissolved into just another smoke filled delusion many are now realizing that the two state solution was also a pipe dream from the start.Almost twenty years ago I
 Selective Maritime Rules: The United States, Diego Garcia and International LawSelective Maritime Rules: The United States, Diego Garcia and International Law by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
There are few more righteous sights than the paunchy US Secretary of State savaging the People’s Republic of China with his next volley on Chinese territorial aspirations. 
 How fluent are you in a foreign languageHow fluent are you in a foreign language by Joseph Gatt
In Europe, there are four levels of language fluency, or six in the UK. In East Asia it\'s 6 levels, and Korea has up to level 9. In the US, most institutions recognize 5 levels of fluency. Definitions differ. Here\'s how I
 Remember GandhiRemember Gandhi by David Sparenberg
Remember Gandhi. Practice nonviolence. Adhere to nonviolence.
 On dwelling in the house of the Lord foreverOn dwelling in the house of the Lord forever by Abigail George
I am dove-wing and prayer.  In the family way, I hold atribe of birds in my heart-all  waves of golden-mystery.
 State of Pandemic Disaster: Melbourne Moves to Stage FourState of Pandemic Disaster: Melbourne Moves to Stage Four by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Melbourne. Being in control of a sinking ship is not enviable.  Regulations previously passe
 Koulis Galopoulakis ...French merci! Koulis Galopoulakis ...French merci! by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Jammu and Kashmir: A year of uncertainty, regression of the rule of law, and economic declineJammu and Kashmir: A year of uncertainty, regression of the rule of law, and economic decline by Rene Wadlow
On 5 August 2019, the Central Government of India put an end to article 370 of the Indian Constitution which provided autonomy for Jammu and Kashmir, an autonomy which dated from shortly after Independence.
 Koulis' wayKoulis' way by Thanos Kalamidas
While an army helicopter applied to transport the Greek Prime minister, Kyriakos “Koulis” Mitsotakis from the cosmopolitan island of Antiparos where he was vacating to the Ancient theatre of Epidaurus to watch a
 Supply and demand law fallaciesSupply and demand law fallacies by Joseph Gatt
Classical economic theory has it that there\'s a certain demand for a product. The product is met with supply. And depending on the availability (supply) and the demand of the product, a price will be set. But here are some
 Don't avoid what is easy - diplomacy meets artDon't avoid what is easy - diplomacy meets art by Ovi Magazine Guest
Don’t avoid what is easy – diplomacy meets art By Tiiu Meiner Individuals should and need to feel like they have t
 The Ram Temple Celebration in Modi-fied IndiaThe Ram Temple Celebration in Modi-fied India by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Last week, Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, dressed like a priest-king in a saffron scarf and a silver cro
 Foiled at Toronto: The Tiger Squad's Canadian OutingFoiled at Toronto: The Tiger Squad's Canadian Outing by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Silencing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul was a feat of primeval brutality that sent a shudder through even the most hardened officials.  The House of Saud, a
 BrinkmanshipBrinkmanship by Ovi Magazine Guest
BrinkmanshipBy Ian C Smith We lived on our wits and savings then, a working holiday, her keener on working than ho
 Reply to a Declaration of GrievancesReply to a Declaration of Grievances by Leah Sellers
Yes, your Litany of Grievances are those of most Middle Class, Working Poor and the Poor. Why should We have to Pay for the Hard Luck or Poor Decisions of Others ? Why ? The Rich no longer pay any real Taxes, thanks to the Rich Playboy Presiden
 A Kamala ...question A Kamala ...question by Thanos Kalamidas
Joe Biden did the only - and let’s hope the right - pick for running mate for the simple reason that every other choice would look either motivated from personal insecurities or influenced from in-party pressure. Plus
 How I think the universe worksHow I think the universe works by Joseph Gatt
How I would explain the solar system, the moons, the formation of stars, and the universe as we know it for a 5 year old kid, or to my sisters, or to my grandparents, using simple language. -Why does the Earth and other pla
 Corruption, Privilege and Retribution in MalaysiaCorruption, Privilege and Retribution in Malaysia by Murray Hunter
Corruption, Privilege and Retribution in Malaysia A ruling Malay elite place themselves above the law The politically debilita
 Modernity, post-modernity, meta-modernity in simple EnglishModernity, post-modernity, meta-modernity in simple English by Joseph Gatt
I used to spend summer afternoons in 2006-2007 with a group of students rambling about post-modernity. In my grad school years, I think I heard the term “post-modern” thousands of times, yet, my friends and professors seemed to use
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A sorry state of affairs has descended upon Australian academic institutions like a suffocating cloak.  Vice-Chancellors and their overly remunerated toadies are getting h
 More Berserk Alert! #301More Berserk Alert! #301 by Tony Zuvela
For more Berserk Alert! HERE! & HERE!
 Big Tech Antics: The Data Robber Barons Appear Before CongressBig Tech Antics: The Data Robber Barons Appear Before Congress by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Silicon Valley continues to sprawl in influence, and its modern robber barons bestride the globe with a confidence verging on contempt.  The technology giants that mark th
 Modernist RushModernist Rush by Nikos Laios
The early Sunday morning Skies are sombre and grey, And a strong wind blows over The ocean and flecks Of white foam dance On a br
 Judaism facts and fallaciesJudaism facts and fallacies by Joseph Gatt
Some “fun” facts about Israel, Judaism and a lot of things connected to the Jewish world. Fallacy: all Hebrew speakers are religious Jews. The Hebrew language is spoken by Orthodox Jews.
 Fake VentilatorFake Ventilator by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE!
 Hypothesis: there WAS life on MarsHypothesis: there WAS life on Mars by Joseph Gatt
Mars and Martians in popular culture. Reptile-like humanoids, bipeds with reptile skin. Some have oversized heads (Mars Attacks) while others have triangle-shaped heads and a bent back (E.T.). OK we\'re not sure E.T. was from Mars but still.
 QuietQuiet by Jan Sand
So must I at sunset times and early morning darknessesAttend the swirls of random thoughts that murmur,Whisper, groan, cry and caress the pastAt the graves of distant distress
 Crossing the Creepy Line: Google, Deception and the ACCCCrossing the Creepy Line: Google, Deception and the ACCC by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Belief in Google’s promises is much like believing in virgin births.  For a company so proud of its pursuit of a transparent information environment, it has remained
 Reshuffling dignity Reshuffling dignity by Thanos Kalamidas
Ο Γαλοπουλάκης και το μετ
 With his hand in the small of her backWith his hand in the small of her back by Abigail George
The glories of love, he whispered in her ear. You are all the glories of love when I look into your eyes, when I hold you in my arms, tight around the waist and feel you tremble in my arms. It was true, the girl did not care
 Staying on Message: Australia, the US and the AUSMIN TalksStaying on Message: Australia, the US and the AUSMIN Talks by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The Satrap Chronicles of the US imperium will have, near the top of their various ingratiating themes, such Australian politicians as Senators Linda Reynolds and Marise Payne. 
 The sales playbookThe sales playbook by Joseph Gatt
You\'re a company or an individual. You have a product or a service that you want to sell. Sales are simple. There are basically four “dynamics” when it comes to sales. Sometimes they work, sometimes the
 Mitsotakis corruption reaches for the pensioners' pockets Mitsotakis corruption reaches for the pensioners' pockets by Thanos Kalamidas
A few days before the December 2019, UK elections papers leaked in the press and the parliament with long references to negotiations between the British government and Trump’s administration for the sale of the Nationa
 Crazy HorseCrazy Horse by George Cassidy Payne
(For my mother)You are my Crazy Horse.My warrior chiefand Grandmother Earth. And long before you surrendered, you stood
 Career advice to college studentsCareer advice to college students by Joseph Gatt
Busting a few career-related tips you\'ll hear a lot on college campuses. Myth 1: Start you own business! Look buddy. Your college is worried about the college\'s reputation. So rather than have
 Smoked HamSmoked Ham by Paul Woods
  You can follow Paul Wood\'s work in instagram: In
 Quo Vadis Europa? Quo Vadis Europa? by Christos Mouzeviris
For the past decade Europe has shown an incredible resilience to consecutive waves of crises. After the Eurozone one, came the refugee and the Syria crisis, then Brexit and now we face a global pandemic, which unquestionably
 Death From the Sky: Hiroshima and Normalised AtrocitiesDeath From the Sky: Hiroshima and Normalised Atrocities by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
When US President Harry S. Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by another on Nagasaki a few days later, he was not acting as an agent untethered from history.
 Anti-Semitic stereotypesAnti-Semitic stereotypes by Joseph Gatt
There are mainly three anti-Semitic “schools” in the world. The Islamic school, the Nationalist school and the Communist school. Note that many Muslims are indifferent to the Jews (and there are a few philo-Semites among Muslims). A
 SacrificeSacrifice by Nikos Laios
The long grassBlew in the wind like a waveUnder a blue sky and soldiers Were lying in the grass dead Or half-dead with spent Shell cartridges strewn
 Budget planning for businessesBudget planning for businesses by Joseph Gatt
Random tips for budget planning for companies and business, in no particular order. Raw materials: I\'ve seen a lot of businesses collapse when there was a sudden surge in raw material prices. Raw materials coul
 India and outer space ambitionIndia and outer space ambition by Ovi Magazine Guest
India and outer space ambition: First crewed mission in 2021 and geopolitics interconvertsBy Cristina Semeraro
 You are Full of Oligarchy Malarkey!You are Full of Oligarchy Malarkey! by Leah Sellers
In an all too familiar Nightmare-scape in a Dimension of Time and Place also all too familiarly similar………. “And you are full of Malarkey !” shouted the petulant,
 Pulling out of Germany: Trump Adjusts the Military FurniturePulling out of Germany: Trump Adjusts the Military Furniture by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
One noisy theme in the Donald Trump Disruption Show in an otherwise chaotic assemblage of messages has remained fairly constant: winding back US troop commitments.  The US
 Bar Behaviour 101Bar Behaviour 101 by Ovi Magazine Guest
Bar Behaviour 101By Ian C Smith At fourteen, wearing
 2nd opinion, quarantined! #082nd opinion, quarantined! #08 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more 2nd opinion, quarantined! HERE!
 Coronavirus Criminality: Bolsonaro and the International Criminal CourtCoronavirus Criminality: Bolsonaro and the International Criminal Court by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
This could be the stuff of fiction. But then again, many legal principles began, at some point or rather, in the sludge of speculation before hardening into legal briefs and prosecutorial documents.
 The needleThe needle by Bohdan Yuri
The needlethe needledoesn’t hurtas muchas you lookingat mewith eyesthat never sawwhere I was
 The evolution of social identitiesThe evolution of social identities by Joseph Gatt
Identity before the internet and post-social media. To me, identity is three things: it is your rank within society. It is your tribal/ethnic affiliation. And it is your individual quirks. So ve
 Singapore Electoral Results an Opposition Golden OpportunitySingapore Electoral Results an Opposition Golden Opportunity by Murray Hunter
Two weeks after Singapore’s People’s Action Party won its 15th straight general election on July 10, taking 83 of the parliament’s 93 seats, a closer analysis of the polls has unsettling implications for th
 Julian Assange's Political Indictment: Old Wine in Older BottlesJulian Assange's Political Indictment: Old Wine in Older Bottles by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The book of hours on Julian Assange is now being written.  But the scribes are far from original.  Repeated rituals of admin
 Paying employees and laborPaying employees and labor by Joseph Gatt
Common question: how much should I pay my employees? How much should I get paid? Here\'s a quick answer. -Employees have three features. They have skills. They
 From Culture for Peace to Culture of PeaceFrom Culture for Peace to Culture of Peace by Ovi Magazine Guest
From Culture for Peace to Culture of PeaceBy Anastasiia Pachina A conference whose theme was “From the Victory Day to Co
 BIRDS and VIOLINSBIRDS and VIOLINS by David Sparenberg
BIRDS and VIOLINSwith thanks to Quene in Spain There are some who love the Earth still (too few) and the vast array of natural wonders, who delight to awaken to the m
 Capturing the starsCapturing the stars by Dr. Derrick Lim
With the proliferation of modding cameras for H-alpha sensitivity, I find myself still enjoying the image through an unmodded camera. The subtle reds do give a more realistic feel to the image. For this photo, I stacked 8X6
 Mephistopheles of Wall Street: Goldman Sachs, 1MDB and the Malaysian SettlementMephistopheles of Wall Street: Goldman Sachs, 1MDB and the Malaysian Settlement by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Malaysia’s politicians were crowing.  “We are confident that we are securing more money from Goldman Sachs compared to previous attempts, which were far below
 Educating ...helicopters (Greek)Educating ...helicopters (Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Εδώ Κεραμιδίως, εκεί Τσίμ
 The iceberg Trumpism peaksThe iceberg Trumpism peaks by Thanos Kalamidas
The real effects of Trumpism have little to do with his questionable relationship with Russia, the Ukraine scandal or him and his family unethically financially profiting from his position, however all these are part of US d
 Some common economic questionsSome common economic questions by Joseph Gatt
Some provocative questions (and answers) economists and non-economists have pondered over the years. Why are diamonds so expensive? Isn\'t it just a bunch of J
 Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for August 2020Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for August 2020 by Manish Kumar Arora
Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) - It is definitely your time to shine. You will put your energy behind some idea you’ve put into motion You could be letting go of demanding partnerships or changing the way
 World Humanitarian Day by Rene Wadlow
 The International Criminal Court Upholds UNESCO's Heritage EffortsThe International Criminal Court Upholds UNESCO's Heritage Efforts by Rene Wadlow
On 14 July, 2020, the International Criminal Court began the trial of Addoulaziz Al-Hassan for crimes which took place during the occupation of Timbuktu bu Islamist and Tuareg militias. There had been a first ICC trial on th
 Climate Change Litigation: The Australian Government Gets SuedClimate Change Litigation: The Australian Government Gets Sued by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“It’s time the government told the public about the impact climate change will have on our future and the economy.”Katta O’Donnell, The Guardian, Jul 24, 2020
 A short history of K-pop and the Korean waveA short history of K-pop and the Korean wave by Joseph Gatt
A brief history of K-pop and the Korean wave. Phase one (2005-2010): only the very bestBefore 2005, very few (if any) people outside Korea had watched Korean soap operas, Korean dramas or Korean
 Towards the pan-European RecalibrationTowards the pan-European Recalibration by Ovi Magazine Guest
Towards the pan-European Recalibration(An interview with Dr. Zeno Leoni on a side of Vienna Process Conference)By Chloé Bernadaux
 The forgotten detainees of 9/11 The forgotten detainees of 9/11 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
It has been almost 19 years since the USA, joined by its western allies (esp. the UK, Canada and Australia), launched the so-called global war on terror (GWOT) invading first Afghanistan, soon after 9/11 for Taliban government’s shelterin
 Russia, Bountiful Hoaxes and The New York TimesRussia, Bountiful Hoaxes and The New York Times by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
There is a delicious irony in the Russia Bounty scandal.  The Russians, funding the very entity that was financed, at least in a previous incarnation, by the Central Intel
 Revisions on China: Abandoning the Nixon LegacyRevisions on China: Abandoning the Nixon Legacy by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
There is little doubt about it.  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the puffed-up hawk of the Trump administration, talons at the ready, beak protruding. While the presi
 Blue SkyBlue Sky by Nikos Laios
A single tree Stood in a golden Swaying wheat-fieldShimmering, noble
 Brazil does not give upBrazil does not give up by Ovi Magazine Guest
Brazil does not give upCulture and Creativity, Solidarity and Livesby Edna dos Santos-Duisenberg Paraphrasing Jorge Am
 Hagia Sophia: The Divine Spark in AllHagia Sophia: The Divine Spark in All by Rene Wadlow
There is a certain irony in the return of the Hagia Sophia to being an Islamic mosque which it had been from 1453 to 1934. From 1934 till today, it was considered a museum and was visited by many especially for the fine qual
 Zombie Seizures: The Hacking of TwitterZombie Seizures: The Hacking of Twitter by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
July 15, 2020.  It was a day that will be remembered in the history of social media giant, Twitter. In what is becoming an increasingly quotidian occurrence with such companies, Twitter faced a hack described as “catastrophic”.
 Liberals and conservativesLiberals and conservatives by Joseph Gatt
Communism failed mainly because there was no debate, and there was no communication. That is Communism is a system where the government controls everything from healthcare and education, to housing and business. But, o
 Trump #1Trump #1 by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE!
 Optimism in the Thai Deep South Despite a Spike in Violence and Covid CrisisOptimism in the Thai Deep South Despite a Spike in Violence and Covid Crisis by Murray Hunter
Despite an intensive outbreak of Covid-19 infection clusters within the Thai Deep South, and a sudden spike in violent attacks by separatists, the region continues to display strong economic vibrancy.
 Boulder, ColoradoBoulder, Colorado by George Cassidy Payne
Is the wry grin an old hippy makeswhen hiding a handfulof magic mushrooms. Or the way strangers feel innocentand accomplished at the summit. N
 Are the French racist?Are the French racist? by Joseph Gatt
Title is provocative. The short answer: most French people are not racist. But, a lot of French people are “race conscious” and more so than in most of Europe and North America. I\'ll discuss race issues in Fran
 Total Masking: Victoria's Coronavirus ResponseTotal Masking: Victoria's Coronavirus Response by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Melbourne. The Victorian Premier turned up for his weekend delivery of coronavirus infections, gruffly delivering the news.
 Netanyahu's Annexation DriveNetanyahu's Annexation Drive by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Land seizures, annexations, and conquest.  These are words axiomatic to the state of Israel.  In the main, the state has mai
 ArchAngela and KoulisArchAngela and Koulis by Thanos Kalamidas
Η Αρχαγγέλα και ο Κούλης Γ
 EU authoritarians' stimulus EU authoritarians' stimulus by Thanos Kalamidas
While many talked about the refusal of Holland, Austria, Finland and Sweden to turn the EU stimulus into free money not many noticed a side dis
 Constitutional Umbilical Cords: The Palace Letters and Royal SecrecyConstitutional Umbilical Cords: The Palace Letters and Royal Secrecy by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
On July 14, Jenny Hocking was breathless.  “Forty-five years after they were written,”
 Observation and intuitionObservation and intuition by Joseph Gatt
In the old days, when you wrote your Ph.D. dissertation, a lot of professors used to tell you (something alone the lines of) you can either observe a phenomenon or report it. Or you can use logical arguments to come to a conclusion that support
 A Matter of Citizenship: Shamima Begum, Islamic State and Natural JusticeA Matter of Citizenship: Shamima Begum, Islamic State and Natural Justice by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Rarely do terms such as “Islamic State” and “natural justice” keep company.  Both seem alien, uncomfortable, fundamentally ill-suited.
 Networking and personal brandingNetworking and personal branding by Joseph Gatt
Let me start with the story of a lucky guy. He was a chef, highly skilled at that. He worked at an embassy but dreamed of opening a restaurant. One day, he met a couple of guys who wanted to hire him as a chef at their new
 2nd opinion, quarantined! #072nd opinion, quarantined! #07 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more 2nd opinion, quarantined! HERE!
 Defining the fourth industrial revolutionDefining the fourth industrial revolution by Joseph Gatt
First, you had hunting and gathering. Then you had farming and herding. Then, you had the industrial era that took shape in four stages, which I\'ll describe briefly. -Steam and coal (1760-1890 roughly)The first
 Blue EmbraceBlue Embrace by Nikos Laios
The fish heads Sloshed in the Metal bucket on The swaying deck Splashing drops
 A Shamrock Victory: Apple and Avoiding Tax in IrelandA Shamrock Victory: Apple and Avoiding Tax in Ireland by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The corporate spin machine was working with typical aggression.   “This case was not about how much tax we pay,”
 Enlarge views - Europe is en/large enoughEnlarge views - Europe is en/large enough by Ovi Magazine Guest
Enlarge views – Europe is en/large enoughBy Audrey Beaulieu The first July day of 2020 in Vienna sow marking the anniver
 Vulgar Militarism: Expanding the Australian War MemorialVulgar Militarism: Expanding the Australian War Memorial by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It was a decision both rash and indulgent.  In November 2018, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, after being nudged incessantly by then Australian War Memorial dire
 Myths and realties on North African Jewish musicMyths and realties on North African Jewish music by Joseph Gatt
I meet quite a few music lovers here and there in North Africa. There are quite a few misunderstandings related to the Jews, Jewish musicians and the Jewish musical scene. So let\'s bust those myths. Myth: “Algerian J
 Dupenews: Lindsey Graham says abducted protesters for nannies Dupenews: Lindsey Graham says abducted protesters for nannies by Theodore K. Nasos
Disclaimer: This is a satirical news piece, just for fun, read at your own risk! Senate Judi
 Siberia is Burning !!Siberia is Burning !! by Leah Sellers
Snap, Crackle, Pop ! Siberia is Burning !! Frozen tundra is bubbling and churning beneath melting snows and the drip, drip of Artic Glaciers, while the ever siphoning Ticks of Humanity suck Mot
  Blue Steak on Lygon Street: The Mario Corniola Effect Blue Steak on Lygon Street: The Mario Corniola Effect by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“Is it blue enough?” he growled in affectionate inquiry, referring to the rib eye steak with pepper sauce.  Suitably well, came the reply to Mario Corniola.
 More advice on Algerian touristic policyMore advice on Algerian touristic policy by Joseph Gatt
Notes on boosting tourism in Algeria, in no particular order. -Right now, the way I see it, this seems to be the mentality: you have the Algerian Tourism Office saying something like “we want one million tourists a ye
 The Coronavirus Seal: Victoria's Borders CloseThe Coronavirus Seal: Victoria's Borders Close by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The state of Victoria is being sealed off from the rest of Australia.  On Tuesday, at 11.59pm, the border with New South Wales will be shut with publicised resoluteness.
 Common wealth and income management mistakesCommon wealth and income management mistakes by Joseph Gatt
Bottom line: money and money management is complex. Main mistake a lot of people make: dealing with money as if money management were simple. Mistake number 1: spending all your income on wealth To understand th
 Corruption conspiracies, straight through! (in Greek)Corruption conspiracies, straight through! (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Ιουλιανές συνωμοσίες στρ
 WALL of ISOLATIONWALL of ISOLATION by David Sparenberg
Lah! Trump, with aid of the coronavirus pandemic and hardcore ignorance, has successfully built a wall! It is not the wall he campaigned on, stirring up xenophobia and racial hatred. But he has a wall surrounding these Unite
 The Yeezy Effect: Kanye West Joins the Presidential RaceThe Yeezy Effect: Kanye West Joins the Presidential Race by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“Because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.”Kanye West,
 Spiteful Authority: Malaysia Goes for the JournalistsSpiteful Authority: Malaysia Goes for the Journalists by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Malaysia’s record on letting journalists be is a blotted one.  This month, authorities have been kept busy intimidating the independent news outlet Malaysiakini, wit
 IN ALAHIYIIN ALAHIYI by David Sparenberg
based on a traditional Cherokee love charmIn Alahiyi you make your home, mysterious woman.Now you have come near to hear meIn Alahiyi is your home, light woman.
 The "Starbucks latte" factorThe "Starbucks latte" factor by Joseph Gatt
Currently reading David Bach\'s “the automatic millionaire.” Although it\'s an interesting book, I\'d add my own two cents to the book. What David Bach discusses is how if people avoided their morning Starbucks
 Greek police violently KILLS ...again. (in Greek)Greek police violently KILLS ...again. (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Το άλλοθι του μπάτσου
 The euro-pantheon of authoritarianismThe euro-pantheon of authoritarianism by Thanos Kalamidas
Another victory for another far-right, xenophobe populist leader in Europe and after Viktor Orbán and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the re-elected Polish president, Andrzej Duda, comes to add his
 Doing & LikingDoing & Liking by Saloni Kaul
It’s always sensible to set asideOccasionally wisely the time for you yourselfTo do exactly as you please and decideWithout following the herd, matters
 Random advice to parentsRandom advice to parents by Joseph Gatt
From the bohemian-lifestyle French foster mother I had to the crazy Korean parents who mistake their children for robots that I\'ve met, no one\'s a perfect parent. But there are a few tips that I would give parents that in my experience, could
 The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections and RisingThe Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections and Rising by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the
 Can animals and plants think?Can animals and plants think? by Joseph Gatt
Notes on whether animals and plants can think, in no particular order. -If I were a dog (or bear or goat) observing human beings, I wouldn\'t think they are much different from my species. Human beings also walk around, sit
 Walk & talk 20#19Walk & talk 20#19 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Walk & talk, HERE!
 Notes on "personal branding"Notes on "personal branding" by Joseph Gatt
We all have a “personal brand” or a “social brand” whether we like it or not. Public figures and private individuals have a “personal brand.” I\'ll discuss two things: what you “bra
 Alkaline StateAlkaline State by George Cassidy Payne
There is no magic in poetry. Worms have wounds too.There is only the oxygen of what matters.A natural hormone unleashed to the infi
 Criminalising Journalism: Australia's National Security CrazeCriminalising Journalism: Australia's National Security Craze by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
There has been a lot of noise made in Australia about the need for broader protections when it comes to the fourth estate and the way it covers national security matters. 
 The Hypocrisies of Recognition: The Supreme Court, Native Americans and the McGirt CaseThe Hypocrisies of Recognition: The Supreme Court, Native Americans and the McGirt Case by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The Supreme Court of the United States has barely had time to gather its collective breath this last few days.  Among its decisions, including those dealing with President
 Black InkBlack Ink by Nikos Laios
Black ink,WordsThat soak Into the skin,Into the muscles
 Building a strong careerBuilding a strong career by Joseph Gatt
A few notes on building a strong career, in no particular order. -To build a strong career, you need to understand that there are essentially three hiring methods: scouting, networking and applying.
 Origins of Future discussed - Vienna Process launchedOrigins of Future discussed - Vienna Process launched by Ovi Magazine Guest
Origins of Future discussed – Vienna Process launchedBy Zeno Leoni The first July day of 2020 in Vienna sow marking the
 Singapore's Malay DilemmaSingapore's Malay Dilemma by Murray Hunter
There has always been a feeling among Singapore’s ethnic Malays that they are second-class citizens within their own land. The government’s endless pursuit of building a strong sense of a Singaporean national ide
 Spiked Concerns: The Melbourne Coronavirus LockdownSpiked Concerns: The Melbourne Coronavirus Lockdown by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
It all looked like it was going so well for Australia and Victoria, in particular.  They could point to the mishandling of the Ruby Princess, a cruise ship that docked in
 Descriptive language use in the Maghreb and LebanonDescriptive language use in the Maghreb and Lebanon by Joseph Gatt
A short description of which language to use in the Maghreb and Lebanon. Arabic, Berber, French and English tend to be used interchangeably, so I\'ll give a socio-linguistic description of when languages are used and in what context.
 Birthday party at mayor Koulis palaceBirthday party at mayor Koulis palace by Thanos Kalamidas
Γενέθλια στου δημάρχου Γ
 Kyriakos Mitsotakis demonstrats text book fascismKyriakos Mitsotakis demonstrats text book fascism by Thanos Kalamidas
 Mosques, Museums and Politics: The Fate of Hagia SophiaMosques, Museums and Politics: The Fate of Hagia Sophia by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
When the caustic Evelyn Waugh visited the majestic sixth century creation of Emperor Justinian, one subsequently enlarged, enriched and encrusted by various rulers, he felt underwhelmed.
 Libya Negotiations BlockedLibya Negotiations Blocked by Rene Wadlow
Despite diplo
 Mr. FLOYDMr. FLOYD by David Sparenberg
My maternal grandfather’s family name is Floyd.  His mother was a Cherokee woman and Grandfather Floyd’s cousin was from the Choctaw nation.  The cousin was considered the Robin Hood of the American Great Depression and was im
 Strategic hiringStrategic hiring by Joseph Gatt
Knowledge and power. Knowledge or power. Knowledge? Or power? Most companies look at the following when hiring staff: degrees and diplomas, work experience and skills. Other important be often unstated factors: financial status of applicant
 Walk & talk 2018Walk & talk 2018 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Walk & talk, HERE! For more
 Can NATO membership be separated from EU aspirations?Can NATO membership be separated from EU aspirations? by Christos Mouzeviris
Growing up in Greece, I often came across the widespread slogan from the country\'s Communist Party (KKE); \"EEC and NATO, the same syndicate\". Back then, I was slightly dismissive about it, not wantin
 Defending Australia: The Deputy Sheriff Spending SpreeDefending Australia: The Deputy Sheriff Spending Spree by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
There are few sadder sights in international relations than a leadership in search of devils and hobgoblins.  But such sights tend to make an appearance when specialists i
 Evolution cycles among children in romantic lifeEvolution cycles among children in romantic life by Joseph Gatt
I\'ll discuss how children date in school settings and as young adults, taking three factors into consideration: knowledge factors, power factors and cultural factors. The evolution of the romantic lives of children
 Killing Koalas: The Promise of Extinction Down UnderKilling Koalas: The Promise of Extinction Down Under by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The British conservationist Gerald Durrell
 This Poem is Practising Social DistancingThis Poem is Practising Social Distancing by Neil Leadbeater
The                  heart
 Body chemistryBody chemistry by Joseph Gatt
Let\'s make science fun, simple and useful. Our bodies work with hormones. There are three “big” hormones that we secrete: -Oxytocin: the “love” hormone. That
 Walk & talk 2017Walk & talk 2017 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Walk & talk, HERE!
 The Forgotten Lessons of the 4th of JulyThe Forgotten Lessons of the 4th of July by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
American independence day, July 4, fell this year on Saturday. For the first time, there was no real fanfare of this national holiday but only a subdued observation with some fireworks because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This
 The Second BeatitudeThe Second Beatitude by George Cassidy Payne
My mind is rustlingleaves, sound shadowsand deadening echoes.
 A Trendy Rage: Boycotting Facebook and the Stop Hate for Profit CampaignA Trendy Rage: Boycotting Facebook and the Stop Hate for Profit Campaign by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Rage can be that most trendy of things, and social media rage has become modish. If you dislike something, scream it in a certain number of characters and post it on every network you subscribe to.
 Resetting Higher Education: Returning to the CommunityResetting Higher Education: Returning to the Community by Murray Hunter
Resetting Higher Education: Returning to the Community Time to move on The state restrictions placed on public places in respo
 Sleepy HollowSleepy Hollow by Nikos Laios
I could hear the Harpies screech across The river and the boxcars,Clawed hands warming over Crackling orange flamesFrom a rusted
 Some advice to writersSome advice to writers by Joseph Gatt
Answering frequently asked (or meditated) questions to wannabe authors. I want to write the story of my life. What should I do? There\'s absolute
 Walk & talk 2016Walk & talk 2016 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Walk & talk, HERE!
 There is Such Power in the Ability to ChooseThere is Such Power in the Ability to Choose by Leah Sellers
Native American Snake Dancers seek out their Serpents, and while ceremoniously Dancing and Singing/Chanting amongst the roiling, coiling creatures are often Bitten - Poisoned. As their Bodies, Minds an
 While the Shark Still Swims: Boris Johnson, Super Saturday and Super ResponsibilitiesWhile the Shark Still Swims: Boris Johnson, Super Saturday and Super Responsibilities by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
By most accounts, the response of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the coronavirus pandemic has been abysmal.  When the architect of the response himself catches the vir
 Building a winning businessBuilding a winning business by Joseph Gatt
You can only win at business if business becomes second nature. That is if everything you do is natural, and if you have that “sixth sense” when it comes to knowing whether business is going well or not, and how to fix it.
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Το πονηρό σχέδιο του Κούλη Γαλοπο
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After the promulgation of East Pakistan Razakar Ordinance of June 1, 1971, some Bengalis either volunteered or were recruited to work as a paramilitary force or collaborators for the Pakista
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Blooming undera deep, gold barm
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There a few more spiteful things in political life than a security establishment attempting to punish a leaker or whistleblower for having exposed an impropriety.  Such a
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In an earlier article (2016) I\'d made some predictions:1. By the end of the first year the GOP will ask Trump to resign. He refuses. 2. By the end of the second yea
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Γενίτσαροι κουλής δημοκρατίας
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Καλύτερα να σου βγει το μά
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I filled the bathtub with water and now I just stand there, staring at the motionless transparent liquid while the kids are excited thinking that they are going to have a bubble bath, so they run in their room and come back
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This poem was originally written on request and publicly recited by then Seattle Major, Norm Rice (a Black American) for the reopening of Key Arena and the Founders’ Fountain at the Seattle Center on 28 October 1995.  At that time, what
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9:30am on a cold Sunday morningAnd I’m travelling on a train Up the east coast on my way to Sydney, Listening to Tom Waits’s ‘Blue Valentine’ album, Read
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Be wary what you protest about.  The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club.
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Νυν υπέρ πάντων Κούλης
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“I’ve been saying for the last several years … American policing is at a crossroads.”
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The “lost child” endures as motif and theme, the stalking shadow of much literature, the background to a society’s anxiety.  The child, often deemed inno
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So you have a fashion line. Great! This probably means that you have a name and a reputation (or are trying to build one) and have designers and salesmen working with you. But the literature on fashion consumer trends is va
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There are different interpretations of how the monotheistic God of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and a few other religions that are “spinoffs” of the three Abrahamic religions (the Baha\'i faith, messianic o
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It is the anxiety-inducing nightmare for the studious: A dream where you find yourself in an exam hall, which might, on ordinary days, be a gym or some other facility.  It
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In Germany, there is now an important season highlighting the special value of white asparagus. Anyone who visits Germany between April and June will certainly remember a truly national food specialty: white asparagus togeth
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The global student populace have become so passive it is a surprise to hear any stir of protest that issues forth from a campus.  Generation Z tends to seek passes and cer
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I know I have weird thoughts sometimes. A thought occurred to me, one where I thought: how come all known species only have one or two genders (male and female) but never three, four, five, six, twenty genders? I mean, we h
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Just finished reading Andrew Yang\'s “the war on normal people.” A fun read, lots of interesting points. But I disagree with one of the premises, which is prevalent in some circles, according to which “use of machines and auto
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I saw wild pigs Swim in the Ionian Sea from one island To another,As swallows Flew overhead.
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White privilege means that you can get any job you want just for being White, and that no rules apply to you just because you are White. This does not exist in any country, in any form. Being White or Caucasian does not gua
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A few ideas for those who want to invest/be activists in the environmental field. My advice would be as follows: you need excellent ideas, and a sustainable business model, to get the necessary funds to promote eco-friendly
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In a Nation and a World within all too sadly familiar Multiverse Reality TV Show............ “Hello America, it is I, your Imperial Dictator Trumpty !”
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The mute boyas slender as a willow saplinglooks at the worldwith eyes big and bright bylight intake and color.
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It would be too simple to regard the latest space venture, funded by Elon Musk, as entirely a matter of vast ego and deeply-pocked adventurism. But it would be close.  The
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Finally I watched it happen during a press briefing, a display of Strength and Courage by
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Sawing off the branch you sit on can hardly be the best of policies.  But that all depends on the nature of the branch.  US
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Some people call it “annexation.” But I call it applying Israeli law to Judea and Samaria. Notes in no particular order. -”A Jewish scam.” What people in the Arab world call a “Jewish scam
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Her touch Was like aAn undulating Salt-encrusted Wave, foaming Flowing rivulets Of pleasure.
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Dino, the vegetarian virgin dinosaur and his best friend Anty, a carnivorous nymphomaniac ant, could never be quiet in front of racism and authoritarian Trumpism. Vote him out, BLACK LIVES MATTER
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Mobs are unruly, headless things.  The message is the action.  The platform is often violence.
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We are your horses, Lord Delusions of the field
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World on Autopilot II(The UN Security Council should urgently address Covid-19 – addendum) Further to the points of view
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Hell has, in its raging fires, ringside seats for those who like their spreadsheets.  The seating, already peopled by those from human resources, white collar criminals an
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You are the CEO or the head of the department at a small or big firm. You need to stay informed about what goes on at the company, inside and outside factors. So here are some tips to win at the information game. First, let
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It has been a withering time for the airlines, whose unused planes moulder in a gruelling waiting game of survival.  The receivers are smacking their lips; administration
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Homage to Georges Perec, author of “je me souviens” (I remember). -I\'ve only been a victim of a scam involving money once. It was in 9th grade, and a female
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Κυβέρνηση Μπέου με εξ
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Leaving crises to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s management skills will never disappoint those who favour chaos and the attractions of vague direction.  The double s
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(For four voices and choreographer-dancers; this composition can be arranged to highlight the individual creativity of the performers.) EARTH: I want the Earth to acceptthat I am standi
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The Australian press and a chorus of the country’s politicians painted a misguided, blotched picture: the Scott Morrison government had achieved its goal of convincing members of the World Health Assembly that an
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It promised to be bruising to both dignity and wallet.  However brazen Australian politicians have been drumming up support for an international inquiry into the origins o
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Some tips on how to conceive and grow your business. -You have registered your business. Congratulations! You are providing a service or product, and hope the service or product sells. Here are my tips. -Start b
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If you cannot discover or create something, best steal it.  It has been the operating principle for everything from wealth to technology.
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The women sieveFlour over the table,
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There are a few things I hear a lot of people tell me which are incorrect. So here are the myths busted. Myth: Bill Gates became a billionaire simply by writing a series of zeros and ones. Befor
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Long after the Covid-19 emergency restrictions and lockdowns have been lifted, one of the last industries that will recover is international tourism, which has been decimated by border closures, leaving air transport and air
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Australia matters little when it comes to international muscle.  It is the retainer and pretender of power, a middle-distance runner who runs out of puff on the final stri
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The French school system does not encourage students to do the talking in class. Student apathy usually reigns, and teachers often complain about that student apathy. My elementary school years, my first five schooling year
 Walk & talk 2014Walk & talk 2014 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Walk & talk, HERE!
 SaturnaliaSaturnalia by George Cassidy Payne
I did not believe them.You are so much more than a giant, spinning ballof hydrogen and helium. When they doubted you,I saw you radiating out
 A column and advice on restaurantsA column and advice on restaurants by Joseph Gatt
Every now and then, like yesterday, I do consulting work with restaurants to help them drive sales up. After a long day of observations and advice, here are thoughts I came up with. Two and a half reasons McDonald\'
 I May Have Covid-19 - Part 3I May Have Covid-19 - Part 3 by Leah Sellers
Sorry, Folks, but this part of my Journal is going to be bit a Fussy.   Alright, I found out yesterday that I do not have Covid-19. For that I am Elated and deeply Grateful ! But just to get to th
 The Liabilities of History: The Dangers of Pandemic CompensationThe Liabilities of History: The Dangers of Pandemic Compensation by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Smug assertions of liability in history are often incautious things.  They constitute a fruit salad mix: assertions of the wishful thinkers; hopes of the crazed; the quest
 Book reviews: EinsteinBook reviews: Einstein by Joseph Gatt
Book review of Albert Einstein\'s “the theory of relativity” and “the world as I see it.” First thing that surprises me is, despite Albert Einstein\'s status as a legend, a genius, a pop icon
 And the Wind Cries Jeffrey: Biohacking Humans with DNA, Nanotechnology, IoT and 5GAnd the Wind Cries Jeffrey: Biohacking Humans with DNA, Nanotechnology, IoT and 5G by Ovi Magazine Guest
And the Wind Cries Jeffrey: Biohacking Humans with DNA, Nanotechnology, IoT and 5GWritten by Domagoj Nikolić Disclaimer: The vie
 Two Glimpses into American History from Down UnderTwo Glimpses into American History from Down Under by Warren Reed
Back in April 1980, this writer was stationed at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. Returning from a late-night meeting he turned on the TV to catch up on the news. To his surprise, he’d landed part way through a l
 I AM STANDING in THIS PLACEI AM STANDING in THIS PLACE by David Sparenberg
i am standing nowi am standing in this place
 Obituary: Mory Kante (1950-2020) Obituary: Mory Kante (1950-2020) by Joseph Gatt
Obituary: Mory Kanté (1950-2020) The best one-hit-wonder that ever was, in my opinion. Kora harp on his belly. A trance-like s
 A little man to feel sorry for (in Greek)A little man to feel sorry for (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Ανθρωπάκι
 The world we knew The world we knew by Nikos Laios
I feel as though we have lost some of our innocence in these Coronavirus times, the world that we knew before has gone and disappeared, and some behaviours and cultural values have lost their meaning. A Friday night in a pac
 Learning in light of crisis Learning in light of crisis by Ovi Magazine Guest
Learning in light of crisis By Rattana Lao Bangkok – The global
 Why Thinking Makes it So: Donald Trump's Obamagate FixationWhy Thinking Makes it So: Donald Trump's Obamagate Fixation by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth.  Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and muc
 Open Eyes Laid BackOpen Eyes Laid Back by Michael Lee Johnson
Open eyes, black-eyed peas,laid back busy live
 On fake newsOn fake news by Joseph Gatt
How do newspapers come up with fake news in the first place? I\'ll discuss two things: fake facts, and fake facts slipped into opinion articles. Fake facts Let\'s keep this nice and simple. Here\'s an example I
 2nd opinion, quarantined! #042nd opinion, quarantined! #04 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more 2nd opinion, quarantined!, HERE!
 Contributing to a Safer, Healthier and Prosperous World: OIC and its Rapid Reaction CapacitationContributing to a Safer, Healthier and Prosperous World: OIC and its Rapid Reaction Capacitation by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
Contributing to a Safer, Healthier and Prosperous World: OIC and its Rapid Reaction Capacitation(in times of new type/s of asymmetric challenges)By Amb. Ali Goutali
 Greasing the Revolving Door: Palantir Recruits Down UnderGreasing the Revolving Door: Palantir Recruits Down Under by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
When he announced at the end of April that he would be retiring, t
 A Eurovision entryA Eurovision entry by Joseph Gatt
Like many Israelis, I was disappointed that Eden Alene could not compete in this year\'s Eurovision because of COVID-19. I know Idan Raichel and others will do a fantastic job writing her a song. But if they need inspiratio
 Urgent action demand to combat violence against health personnel Urgent action demand to combat violence against health personnel by Ovi Magazine Guest
Urgent action to combat the rising tide of violence against health personnel in every region of the world has been called for by the World Medical Association. On the opening day of the World Health Assembly today (Monday),
 10 Reasons President Trump Should Wear a Mask10 Reasons President Trump Should Wear a Mask by George Cassidy Payne
1. To symbolically apologize to every woman who he has demeaned, intimidated, forcibly touched, and silenced. 2.To block some of the sound vibrations coming from his mouth, so the world can hear a little less rambli
 Stylistics all on each spree Stylistics all on each spree by Saloni Kaul
Whales throw their tails so high up in the air,Regardless of who\'s whale-watching perform antics;Eagles patrol the skies, circle handsomely as they stareIndifferent to your i
 Tara Reade, the Democrats and Joe Biden's Woman ProblemTara Reade, the Democrats and Joe Biden's Woman Problem by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The Me Too movement was meant to be more than a howl or rage with a trending hash tag.  It was a surge that threatened to pulverise all before it, arming accusers with wea
 Walk & talk 2013Walk & talk 2013 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Walk & talk, HERE!
 The Resolution of Armed Conflicts: Back to Square OneThe Resolution of Armed Conflicts: Back to Square One by Rene Wadlow
The 23 March 2020 appeal of the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a universal cease-fire so that humanity could concentrate its energies on the Covid-19 health crisis was noted and then largely ignored.
 I May Have Covid-19 - Part TwoI May Have Covid-19 - Part Two by Leah Sellers
Good News !  My Fever has Broken. I’m feeling more Energetic and am ready for a short thirty minute, I-so-lated Walk into the Deep Woods ! I have a strong urge to Hug one of my favorite Oak Trees - ha ! Howe
 The evolution of education in South KoreaThe evolution of education in South Korea by Joseph Gatt
Here I\'ll discuss two things, rather briefly. First, I\'ll discuss “historiography” or “historical philosophy” in Korea and will give my two cents on how Korean history could be studied, at least how I study it.
 World Health Organization (WHO) must be sufficiently funded World Health Organization (WHO) must be sufficiently funded by Ovi Magazine Guest
World Health Organization (WHO) must be sufficiently funded By World Medical Association A plea to all governments to continue
 OutlierOutlier by David Sparenberg
They said to me, Die and with my death I should take the sun.  For those who told me death comes to lovers, the sooner the better and the sooner forgotten, chose to plot in shadows and keep their schemes and plans and their workings secret
 About Face: The Great Coronavirus Mask DebateAbout Face: The Great Coronavirus Mask Debate by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
When the novel coronavirus started to get stroppy and make its now global impression, one theme seemed to be common. Facemasks were, at least initially, a conceit, a sort of fashion or extra-medical accessory.
 Startup coachingStartup coaching by Joseph Gatt
Helpful advice to those who are interested in launching a startup, by giving examples of how startups can reach their potential. Little sister one: Hi Yossi. My startup is one where I create plates and cups using wheat resi
 Canadian BorderCanadian Border by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE! For more
 I May Have Covid -19I May Have Covid -19 by Leah Sellers
Yes, that’s right. The dreaded Covid - 19 may have rolled right up my nostrils, down into my throat, and scurried it’s little ‘ole Destructive Path into the rest of my Body. Oops and Egads !! Yes, I w
 Muting Justice: Rescheduling Julian Assange's HearingMuting Justice: Rescheduling Julian Assange's Hearing by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 “When we think of the repression of journalists, we automatically evoke foreign lands.  We rarely, however, evoke or remember our own dissidents.
 Did the Russians play with the elections?Did the Russians play with the elections? by Joseph Gatt
October 1999. I was in 10th grade at a French school in Ankara, Turkey. The times were complicated. On August 17, 1999, a huge earthquake had struck Western Turkey, with a death toll of 40,000, some say a lot more. So there
 Leadership for Thought: Non-Permanent members lead the Security Council through COVID-19Leadership for Thought: Non-Permanent members lead the Security Council through COVID-19 by Ovi Magazine Guest
Leadership for Thought: Non-Permanent members lead the Security Council through COVID-19By Elizabeth Deheza Building up on the
 State of torment in lockdown and COVID-19State of torment in lockdown and COVID-19 by Abigail George
I fall to the stars; vigilante-like and it is if my name is Cal and I am living in East of Eden, and me and Hemingway kiss and Rilke and I are neighbours. The earth swallows me whole like a lake. I lay there completely still
 Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush WhitewashPandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful.  And so are we.  They never stop thinking
 My experience with politicsMy experience with politics by Joseph Gatt
My experience with school politics, from childhood to adult life. First election I took part in was in the 4th grade. I was at the French school in New York City. French classes were divided in three groups per leve
 Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus CausePatriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
When it comes to the politics of medicine and disease, the United States has always attempted to steal the limelight, while adding the now faded colouring of universal human welfare.
 I Live in BetweenI Live in Between by Nikos Laios
I live in between,On the edge of borders;On the edge of suburbia,On the edge of the sea,On the edge of humanity, On the edge of chaos,On the edge of
 Facts and fallacies about skillsFacts and fallacies about skills by Joseph Gatt
Correcting a few mistakes that HR managers make when reviewing resumes. Myth: If someone attends an elite university, he/she must be a genius. Fact: Some of them of course are geniuses.
 Walk & talk 2012Walk & talk 2012 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Walk & talk, HERE!
 Politics of fearmongering in the altar of Hindutva in Modi's India Politics of fearmongering in the altar of Hindutva in Modi's India by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 Reclining moonReclining moon by Amir Khatib
The sun brakes the lights,shyly and seductively vomiting rays.  It regains its breath ... it gasps for the fastest arrival, roses flirt here.  To give everything.
 The Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for ParanoiaThe Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for Paranoia by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Rounding up undocumented workers, migrant and refugees is part of a brutal order of things in Malaysia.  When matters economic are going well, authorities turn the blindes
 Differences Between Lincoln and Trump are StarkDifferences Between Lincoln and Trump are Stark by George Cassidy Payne
While Joseph Biden chimes in from a studio in his basement, President Trump has the biggest bully pulpit in the world, including the ability to stage a town hall in the lustrous shadow of the Lincoln Memorial. An effective d
 Harvard's Fossil Fuels Formula: Engagement before WithdrawalHarvard's Fossil Fuels Formula: Engagement before Withdrawal by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it,” urged the Earl of Chesterfield
 How I'd reform the banking systemHow I'd reform the banking system by Joseph Gatt
A few things I would change about the banking system. Or how I would conceive the banking system. Student loans I remember my first year as a college student. I was surrounded by 600 cla
 2nd opinion, quarantined! #032nd opinion, quarantined! #03 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more 2nd opinion, quarantined!, HERE!
 Petronas: Malaysia's Ailing Financial Lifeline - A cash drawer to fund dark projects slides shutPetronas: Malaysia's Ailing Financial Lifeline - A cash drawer to fund dark projects slides shut by Murray Hunter
The ability of Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas to continue as a major revenue provider to the national budget is quickly waning, raising the specter of reduced spending, which in turn would mean cancellation o
 Pandemic Delays: Postponing the Assange Extradition HearingPandemic Delays: Postponing the Assange Extradition Hearing by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
“Mr Assange will be facing a David and Goliath battle with his hands tied behind his back.”Edward Fitzgerald QC, lawyer for Julian Assange, April 27, 2020
 De-evolution of Europe - Return of the Wir wussten nicht (Third Part)De-evolution of Europe - Return of the Wir wussten nicht (Third Part) by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
Return of the Wir wussten nicht The equation of Communism with Nazism
 Red RoadRed Road by David Sparenberg
path of the Spirit WarriorIf you will but
 Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden's Herd Immunity GoalBrutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden's Herd Immunity Goal by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell.  He has held sway in the face of sceptics and c
 Corruption leads Greek conservative party in the 21st century (in Greek) Corruption leads Greek conservative party in the 21st century (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Γκρούεζα ζεις, την ΝΔ στον 21
 NGO Transformations amid Uncertainty NGO Transformations amid Uncertainty by Rene Wadlow
World wide, the Covid-19 pandemic has caught both go
 Treacherous Accommodations: Australian Universities, Coronavirus and the NTEUTreacherous Accommodations: Australian Universities, Coronavirus and the NTEU by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Conflicting narrativesConflicting narratives by Joseph Gatt
People want praise, not sycophancy. I spent quite a lot of time studying the psychological aspects of wars and conflicts. Be they family conflicts, or conflicts at a larger scale, say conflicts between two nations o
 The post-Corona epilogue of an overheated Sino-American relationship: We have a Winner; Will we have a Game-changer too?The post-Corona epilogue of an overheated Sino-American relationship: We have a Winner; Will we have a Game-changer too? by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
 Pandemic Diplomacy: The Gum on China's ShoePandemic Diplomacy: The Gum on China's Shoe by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Post-COVID-19 lifePost-COVID-19 life by Joseph Gatt
COVID-19 for most of us is a time-out. So I\'ll briefly discuss different ways you can make the most out of this crisis. Example 1: the badminton doubles game I lost. Bad use of a time-o
 An Odd Little Commemoration: ANZAC Mythology during CoronavirusAn Odd Little Commemoration: ANZAC Mythology during Coronavirus by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
War commemorations nurse a dirty secret, though it is one displayed with a peacock flourish.  The victors bring out the celebratory paraphernalia and talk about noble idea
 Berserk Alert! #46Berserk Alert! #46 by Tony Zuvela
For more Berserk Alert! HERE!
 Climbing the Revenue Mountain: Google, Facebook and the Publishers' RightClimbing the Revenue Mountain: Google, Facebook and the Publishers' Right by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 StartupsStartups by Joseph Gatt
Rome was not built in one day. Rome was not conceived in an incubator. A tale of two startup builders Tale 1: John and his disabled brother Andrew are best friends forever. Andrew is paralyzed f
 The GrabberThe Grabber by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE!
 Scuttling New START: Trump's China DistractionScuttling New START: Trump's China Distraction by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Blue MountainBlue Mountain by George Cassidy Payne
Anointed by the elementsyou are my blueeyed mountain jewel, my empty breeze returning togreet the lipsof a valle
 Acing the French philosophy testAcing the French philosophy test by Joseph Gatt
Advice to high school French philosophy test takers. Last time I discussed how I coached French kids in philosophy. This time around I\'ll give advice on how to ace the test. The format of the t
 WMA condemns attacks on health care professionals WMA condemns attacks on health care professionals by Ovi Magazine Guest
 Ineptitude or a Culling?!Ineptitude or a Culling?! by Leah Sellers
\"Maybelle, I am sick to death of this Corona Virus Thingy.” Peggy Joy said sardonically as she chewed on a mouthful of romaine lettuce. “And I am sick to death of getting salads that are nothin’ but gobs of lettuce and a tiny
 Kind Scents OnKind Scents On by Saloni Kaul
There\'s always a glimmer of hope in the darkest times,Always the promised golden dawn after the longest night,There\'s always kind Future packed with dollars and dimes,What i
 Settling Scores: Malcolm Turnbull's Smaller PictureSettling Scores: Malcolm Turnbull's Smaller Picture by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Chestnut TreeChestnut Tree by Nikos Laios
Under the boughs Of a chestnut tree An old man sat cracking Nuts and watching the world Pass by in the solitudeOf a cold autumn
 Obituary: Idir (Hamid Cheriet) 1949-2020Obituary: Idir (Hamid Cheriet) 1949-2020 by Joseph Gatt
The global ethno-pop star that could have been. Immensely popular in his native Kabylie, somewhat popular in his native Algeria. A few fans in his adopted France. The Kabyle music scene is fascinating, because it is one of
 Hostage of the herd (in Greek) Hostage of the herd (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
 EXODUS RevisitedEXODUS Revisited by David Sparenberg
The messenger of God entered the Capitol of the Land of Nihilism and went before Pharaoh, ruler of the land.  There the messenger spoke, saying, “Thus saith the Lord: You are not owner of creation and the Earth is not yours to corrup
 Despots and Disease: Gossiping over Kim Jong-UnDespots and Disease: Gossiping over Kim Jong-Un by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 How I teach philosophyHow I teach philosophy by Joseph Gatt
Philosophy is a big part of the French curriculum. Every senior high school student has to go through 5 to 8 hours of philosophy classes. Most students dread those classes, and some parents send their kids over to me to coach them. So here\'s w
 NoMaskNoMask by Patrick McWade
For more Then, Again, HERE!
 Threatening the Governors: William Barr's Commercial and Civil Liberties BriefThreatening the Governors: William Barr's Commercial and Civil Liberties Brief by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 I begI beg by Bohdan Yuri
I beg my will to show me still the simple strength from within, that I may hold on beyond the end and not fall weak to wanting trends.
 Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for May 2020Manish's Zodiac Signs Predictions for May 2020 by Manish Kumar Arora
Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) - A month of effort, long hours, of contemplating your accomplishments and worldly position, of interfacing with higher-ups, yields now to four weeks of happiness, entertainment, a lighter heart and
 A Buddhist Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic A Buddhist Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic by George Cassidy Payne
 The Pell Acquittal Exposes Australia's Kangaroo Court SystemThe Pell Acquittal Exposes Australia's Kangaroo Court System by Murray Hunter
 Career counselingCareer counseling by Joseph Gatt
I\'m going to answer “mail” I received from people seeking career counseling from me. When I say “mail” it was either mail or people seeking advice for themselves or family members. Details are altered, just for you to g
 Donald Trump's Governor Problem: Debates on Opening Up the EconomyDonald Trump's Governor Problem: Debates on Opening Up the Economy by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 The economy: what happened? The economy: what happened? by Joseph Gatt
Anyone who knows me knows that I have mild OCD. I\'m set in my own ways. I vacuum clean my room with a lamp to make sure there\'s no dust stain left in the corners. I have wet towels for everything. I like to keep a cup of pens and a cup of sha
 Taiwan's exclusion from WHO damaging healthTaiwan's exclusion from WHO damaging health by Ovi Magazine Guest
 Ramadan Reflections in the midst of Covid-19Ramadan Reflections in the midst of Covid-19 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, is currently being observed by Muslims. However, this time, Muslims are either restricted or strongly discouraged from congregating in the
 The Coronavirus Liability Craze: Holding China AccountableThe Coronavirus Liability Craze: Holding China Accountable by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Hybrid war and neocolonialism: rewriting historyHybrid war and neocolonialism: rewriting history by Ovi Magazine Guest
 Walk & talk 201Walk & talk 201 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Walk & talk, HERE!
 The Collapse of Malaysian Private Universities - Covid-19 just the latest problem The Collapse of Malaysian Private Universities - Covid-19 just the latest problem by Murray Hunter
 Wisely On CueWisely On Cue by Saloni Kaul
All kindness comes from instant recognition from afarLike strict geometry is altogether accurateOf this wide world and its people as they drawn are;To accept facts and foibles
 Social media for the government Social media for the government by Joseph Gatt
A brief guide to social media use for government organizations, ministries or state-owned organizations. In the old days, if you were the government, you would write a press release that you would send to press agencies. Th
 COVID-19: Resource Curse in Oil-Exporting CountriesCOVID-19: Resource Curse in Oil-Exporting Countries by Dr Mohd Shahidan Shaari
Countries with abundant natural resources have a head start as they can have comparative advantages. They can export at lower prices and thus the global quantity demanded of their resources will be on the rise. Hence, they can sustain their exp
 Letters to the young poet, VirgilLetters to the young poet, Virgil by Abigail George
Look into my eyes and perhaps then you can see the difference between infatuation and love. Perhaps then you can see my heart. Straight to the marrow of me, the prizewinning flesh of the heart and matter and energy that I am carrying in my vein
 Social media strategiesSocial media strategies by Joseph Gatt
A brief guide to strategies you can use for social media. Most people use a mixture of strategies on social media. Actually, most people have no idea what they\'re doing on social media. So here are four strateg
 Corruption always starts from the head ...in GreekCorruption always starts from the head ...in Greek by Thanos Kalamidas
 Hell is Other People: Pandemic Lifestyles and Domestic ViolenceHell is Other People: Pandemic Lifestyles and Domestic Violence by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Self Portrait as a FrogletSelf Portrait as a Froglet by George Cassidy Payne
first I feedon mother\'s yolkattached am I to her algae soft fingersthen I start the process freshcovered by tiny teeth,my l
 Social media for businessSocial media for business by Joseph Gatt
A guide for using social media if you are a business, however small, however big, however huge. Your customers want to know three things: -Where are you located? -What products do yo
 2nd opinion, quarantined! #022nd opinion, quarantined! #02 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more 2nd opinion, quarantined! HERE!
 I am aliveI am alive by Nikos Laios
Listening to Brahms very loudly,Drinking a deep lusty red wine ,I can hear the rolling waves Of the ocean crashing  On the nearby beach Through my wi
 Worshiping and Defiling Britain's NHSWorshiping and Defiling Britain's NHS by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Little Otter Learns to SwimLittle Otter Learns to Swim by Artie Knapp
 International Data Need to Add UpsInternational Data Need to Add Ups by Prof. Michael R. Czinkota
 Successful business modelsSuccessful business models by Joseph Gatt
I\'ve discussed failed business a lot in the past. But below I\'ll discuss successful businesses, and how they went about their business. The basic idea is this. If you love providing a service, and don\'t really care too m
 The Fire Fauci BrigadeThe Fire Fauci Brigade by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Malaysia's Grandiose Education Ambitions a MessMalaysia's Grandiose Education Ambitions a Mess by Murray Hunter
 The Coronavirus State: New Zealand and Authoritarian RumblingsThe Coronavirus State: New Zealand and Authoritarian Rumblings by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 100000 Being100000 Being by Patrick McWade
For more Then, Again, HERE!
 The post-COVID-19 economyThe post-COVID-19 economy by Joseph Gatt
Common sense predictions about what will happen after COVID-19. Could be wrong, just speculating. Notes in no particular order. -Right now a lot of people are regretting not having saved money. Many are stuck in a situation
 CagesCages by Jan Sand
There is probably no way to puzzle into that dismayI must have felt when pulled to the light of day.Being born, the shocks of light, of sound, necessities to suck in air,When
 Cosmic Gangster Capitalism: Elon Musk Crowds the HeavensCosmic Gangster Capitalism: Elon Musk Crowds the Heavens by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Global health leaders urge G20 to act now of personal protective equipment Global health leaders urge G20 to act now of personal protective equipment by Ovi Magazine Guest
 Cutting the Funding: The WHO, Trump and the Coronavirus WarsCutting the Funding: The WHO, Trump and the Coronavirus Wars by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Give Us Leaders Who have Suffered......Give Us Leaders Who have Suffered...... by Leah Sellers
Yes, Give us Leaders who have SufferedAnd OverComeThe Darkness Outside and Inside ThemSelves
 Optimizing social media useOptimizing social media use by Joseph Gatt
Social media says something about your personality, about your connections, about your skills, about your hobbies, about your outlook on life, about your social identity, about your experience and about the institutions you attended and places
 Covid-1Covid-1 by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE! For more
 THE VISITATION: a Story of Horror & ArchetypeTHE VISITATION: a Story of Horror & Archetype by David Sparenberg
 Lazarus Lazarus by Nikos Laios
Like a dark Lazarus I rose from the depths,
 Advice to psychotherapistsAdvice to psychotherapists by Joseph Gatt
Psychotherapists are usually the ones giving advice. But I\'ll give them advice here, in no particular order. -Unfortunately, as psychotherapists we get a lot of training in psychological theory, mainly in the history of ps
 A poetic crucifixion and Alexis' mistakes in ...GreekA poetic crucifixion and Alexis' mistakes in ...Greek by Thanos Kalamidas
 Corona-bonds: it is make-or-break time for Europe nowCorona-bonds: it is make-or-break time for Europe now by Christos Mouzeviris
Ten days before, nine EU member states issued a joined letter to the EU Council President Charles Michel, calling for the issuance of a joined European debt mechanism, or the “corona-bonds“ as they are named.The
 A few notes to historiansA few notes to historians by Joseph Gatt
A few notes to historians, in no particular order. -First off, a rant. I hear a lot here and there that “historians” or “intellectuals” are really trying to escape their social obligations, namely, escape getting a
 Julian Assange: One Year In BelmarshJulian Assange: One Year In Belmarsh by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Body CondumBody Condum by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE!
 Long Before the Coronavirus, Anthropologist Edward T. Hall Researched the Phenomenon of Social DistancingLong Before the Coronavirus, Anthropologist Edward T. Hall Researched the Phenomenon of Social Distancing by George Cassidy Payne
 The March to Madness of Massacre of Mid-night March 25 - Part IIThe March to Madness of Massacre of Mid-night March 25 - Part II by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 University Bailouts, Funding and CoronavirusUniversity Bailouts, Funding and Coronavirus by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 The March to Madness of Massacre of Mid-night March 25 - Part IThe March to Madness of Massacre of Mid-night March 25 - Part I by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 Julian Assange and Lockdown InjusticeJulian Assange and Lockdown Injustice by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Yossi Gatt FAQYossi Gatt FAQ by Joseph Gatt
Answers to questions I get asked frequently. -Why do you write exclusively in English? I wouldn\'t mind sharing my two cents in French or Spanish or perhaps Korean or Turkish or Hebrew. Wouldn\'t mind writing in Arabic or Kabyle
 2nd opinion, quarantined! #012nd opinion, quarantined! #01 by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Ovi Cartoons, HERE!  
 Asia's Air Transport Industry CollapsesAsia's Air Transport Industry Collapses by Murray Hunter
 Boastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus IncentiveBoastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus Incentive by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 The secret to perfect sexThe secret to perfect sex by Joseph Gatt
The secret to perfect sex is there is no perfect sex. I will discuss how it\'s done in pornography, in real life, and give you a few tips on how to do it better. One of the challenges I set myself was to talk about sex in a
 Taken as a "fan" - not as a voter (in Greek)Taken as a "fan" - not as a voter (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
 The Coronavirus Poker GameThe Coronavirus Poker Game by Leah Sellers
“Hey Maybelle !” “Hey, Peggy Joy !” “Girl, I love your Face Mask !” exclaimed Peggy Joy. “Did you ma
 A Victory for the Fogeys: Bernie Sanders Drops OutA Victory for the Fogeys: Bernie Sanders Drops Out by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 More advice to writersMore advice to writers by Joseph Gatt
A few notes to writers, in no particular order. -Readers will pick up your essay, novel or article if they find the title matches their personal interests and satisfies their curiosity. Two reasons they can be curious: they
 Tested PositiveTested Positive by Patrick McWade
For more For the Moment, HERE!
 EasterEaster by David Sparenberg
 Easter of the ResurrectionEaster of the Resurrection by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Easter bunnies and Easter eggsEaster bunnies and Easter eggs by The Ovi Team
Rabbits have been associated with springtime since ancient times. It is believed that a symbol of the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring Eostre was the hare. It was Eostre\'s sacred animal since it was a symbol of fertility and the rebirth of nature
 Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of WarBanal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Palestinian and Israeli historyPalestinian and Israeli history by Joseph Gatt
History is one of those rare topics I love to read about but would rather not discuss. Not because I\'m uncomfortable with the truth, but because I\'m uncomfortable with the historian mentality. In Korea for example, histor
 Walk & talk 2011Walk & talk 2011 by Thanos Kalamidas
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Hopes elastic as dream and fiction stretchThe canopy to the greatest extentLike kindness generosity have a \'go and fetch\'Capacity that\'s infinite in content;
 Coronavirus Socialism for the WealthyCoronavirus Socialism for the Wealthy by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Covid-19 Likely to Accelerate a Business Environment RevolutionCovid-19 Likely to Accelerate a Business Environment Revolution by Murray Hunter
 Darkness Darkness by Nikos Laios
The darkness Comes to all of us,It’s how we handle The light that counts,How we spend The time we have Left unde
 Jewish Capitalists, Jewish CommunistsJewish Capitalists, Jewish Communists by Joseph Gatt
A lot of my friends tell me that the Jews “invented” capitalism, and “invented” communism, in a “divide and conquer” kind of strategy to better rule the world. Let me bust this myth. I\'l
 World on Autopilot: The UN Security Council should urgently address Covid-19World on Autopilot: The UN Security Council should urgently address Covid-19 by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
 God and the PandemicGod and the Pandemic by George Cassidy Payne
 East Asia's low birth ratesEast Asia's low birth rates by Joseph Gatt
Here\'s an aphorism I came up with. Want a woman to have 12 children? Get her to drop out in the 6th grade. Want her to have 6 children? Get her to drop out in the 9th grade. Want her to have 3 children? Get her to drop out in the last year of
 The Coronavirus' Swan SongThe Coronavirus' Swan Song by Leah Sellers
 Dangerous Gifts: Coronavirus and Trump's Sanctions RegimeDangerous Gifts: Coronavirus and Trump's Sanctions Regime by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 To all those who invest in finance or real estateTo all those who invest in finance or real estate by Joseph Gatt
A conversation between myself and a fictional friend on finance, real estate and investments. Friend: I think I need to invest my money somewhere. Do you think the stock market\'s a good option, or do you think I should inv
 Conscience: The Inner Voice of the Higher SelfConscience: The Inner Voice of the Higher Self by Rene Wadlow
 LovedLoved by Abigail George
 Signing in and Dropping Out: Coronavirus and the Virtual UniversitySigning in and Dropping Out: Coronavirus and the Virtual University by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 Global physician leaders call for urgent action to protect health professionals and carersGlobal physician leaders call for urgent action to protect health professionals and carers by Ovi Magazine Guest
 BLESSING WAY & PRAYER of the INTERIOR FORMS of the EARTHBLESSING WAY & PRAYER of the INTERIOR FORMS of the EARTH by David Sparenberg
 The Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus as a Grand GambleThe Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus as a Grand Gamble by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 What do the Palestinians want?What do the Palestinians want? by Joseph Gatt
I\'ve had chats with Palestinians. Their names are Salaheddine, who works as an Arabic-English-Persian translator. Or Sirine, a 39 year-old woman, who studied engineering, dreams of setting up robots or a startup, but ha