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 World Citizens call for a Thai-Cambodian Peace Zone: From Periodic Flair-ups to Permanent Cooperation. by Rene Wadlow
In a 23 April Appeal to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Rene Wadlow, Senior Vice-President and Representative to the UN, Geneva, Association of World Citizens called for renewed efforts to promote a zone of peace along the Thai-C
 They make a desert and they call it peace by Newropeans-Magazine
Radical analyses of the Irish and European debt crisis can benefit from engagement with some mainstream (or even right-wing) analyses – there is much to be learned there, and sometimes a surprising amount of common ground. However, wher
 LeakiPress by Newropeans-Magazine
In 1938 Wickham Steed wrote in \"The Press\" a wonderful Penguin Special called \'\"The press is the central problem of modern democracy\". Steed describes in this book the press as the main way to \'free peoples\
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 Time to Put a Stop to the Torture Apologists Once and For All by Newropeans-Magazine
In his recently released memoires, the ex-US president George W. Bush candidly admitted that he had given the go-
 Saudi Arabia's betrayal to the Islamic world by Kourosh Ziabari
The corrupt king of Saudi Arabia Malek Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz whose clandestine connections with the families of Osama Bin Laden and George W. Bush have made him a notorious and unpopular figure in the Islamic world has recently made unbelievably
 Belgian elections - the EU fiasco around the corner by Newropeans-Magazine
Two weeks before the country is slated to take over the rotating EU presidency from Spain. Considering that it took Belgium nine months to form a government after the last general election in 2007, Brussels is getting increasingly worr
 Nothin' Could Be Finah by Leah Sellers
Nothin’ could be finah, than to be in CarolinaIn the mornin’Nothin’ could be meanah, than to be in ArgentinaCaught red-handed, and snorin’Nothin could be tougha, than to be Argentina’s
 What's Wrong With That?! by Leah Sellers
A Texas Congressman, Lamar Smith, is wanting to pass a bill creating a national Media Fairness Caucus. He, and some of his (so-called) Conservative cronies have had it with the Free-wheelin’ American Free Press. They want a Group of Chosen F
 Iran's face screwed by Thanos Kalamidas
I have to admit that I never really understood how countries like Iran understand the concept of democracy and how can you have elections when there is only one party allowed to participate. According to them in democracy the difference between op
 Labour expenses by Thanos Kalamidas
Gordon Brown should never have been Prime minister and led the Labour Party, actually he should have never even been a minister or a chancellor. Gordon Brown would be perfect as one of the backbenchers in the parliament, the ones with all the expe
 Obama's True Corruption by Dr. Gerry Coulter
“The emergence of the silent majorities must be located within the entire cycle of historical resistance to the social.  Resistance to work of course, but also resistance to medicine, resistance to schooling, resistance to secur
 Obama is a Politician: I should have known by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
What’s your opinion about politicians? I personally don’t entertain good opinion about them. Why? Well, I have a null hypothesis about them: politicians are liars. They have to prove me wrong before I accept an alternative hypothesi
 The apologetic face and some European thoughts by Thanos Kalamidas
I don’t think there has ever been an American president who came to power with so many hopes and had to make so many hard choices in his first month as Barack Obama. The only good news about the man is that people knew that this would happen
 Prison break a la Grec by Thanos Kalamidas
Over the last few days the whole of Greece has laughed at the latest unbelievable achievement of the Greek government and the security forces. Actually, the Greek police forces have been the target of lot of laughter and tears over the last few mo
 An EU in hysterical crisis by Thanos Kalamidas
The dates for the next Euro-elections are getting closer and all the parties all around Europe are getting ready for the battle but what sort of battle is that when nobody is talking about Europe but only about their internal problems. As usual, t
 But ...seriously by Thanos Kalamidas
What is really going on in Washington? Weeks after all US politicians declared they are united and give their support to the new president of the USA, I have the feeling that the games began and these are real partisan games. The new president has
 Is There A Plumber In The House?! by Leah Sellers
America’s political and social plumbing is clogged. America, and Americans, are groaning and moaning under the stresses and strains of dysfunctional Family (the Nation’s) partisan (Republican and Democratic) leadership.
  Britain and the financial crisis: Exit Brown stage left? by Newropeans-Magazine
Continental watchers of British politics have been surprised by the recent rehabilitation of the British Prime Minister. During the summer recess, the UK media had, after all, been alive with speculation that Gordon Brown woul
 Liberty Is, As Liberty Does by Leah Sellers
This week’s American Inauguration gave a Voice to the Soul-Song of Liberty.A Pragmatic Poetry Man, a Visionary Man of Ideals, Promise and Possibilities is entering the White House. A House primarily built by and maintain
 George W. Bush's legacy by Thanos Kalamidas
Over the last few months all the news agencies, blogs and websites have been building up to the day Barack Obama will move in to the White House and George W. Bush will exit the global scene. And it is not only the media, the analysts, the reporte
 Goodbye President Bush! by Newropeans-Magazine
George W Bush, the 43rd president of the USA, gave his final conference to the White House press corps in which he made a rather robust defence of his eight-year legacy. Defiant at times, reflective and even funny at othe
 Loss Creates Delirium in Post-Election by N. L. Wilbur
 Karamanlis: Go home! by Thanos Kalamidas
The only way for hope to survive is to defend these kids and their right to the dream. This is the only thing I can think about over the last few hours while a funeral is under way in Athens - the funeral of a fifteen year-old boy murdered by an i
 Finnish municipality elections by Thanos Kalamidas
The next two weeks are having a lot of electoral excitement for all of us and I’m not talking only about the US presidential elections but also the elections in Finland. Over the last ten years I have lived in this country I have lived a ser
 Will the ANC Rule South Africa Until Jesus Comes Back? by Newropeans-Magazine
A few weeks ago, Mosiuoa Lekota was one of the most respected members of the South African ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC). He used to be a central figure in the struggle against apartheid, a prisoner on Robb
 India & Israel: A Wrong Alliance 2/4 by Shahul Hameed
HINDU FANATIC MOVEMENTS CLOSE RELATIONS WITH ISRAELDuring the Hindu fanatic movement Barathiya Janatha Party rule, the Pro-Zionist Hindutva intelligentsia took control of the political corridors of power in the Prime Minister’s o
 Mbeki gone, who's next? by Thanos Kalamidas
I suppose the way the South African president Thabo Mbeki is leaving comes as sort of a surprise - not meaning that it was unfair or unexcused. His failure in foreign policy, especially with the Zimbabwe issue, was not the critical point, I think
 Fly, Tzipora, fly! by Gush Shalom
THE POLLS were wrong, as usual. And in a big way. As usual.Instead of winning by a huge margin, as predicted until the very last moment by all the polls, she just squeaked through. Of the 72 thousand or so registered Kadima members, on
 Etats-Unis: L'economie, Moteur de la Campagne Americaine by Europe & Us
Convention démocrate de Denver. Les partisans démocrates ont à cœur de relever une série de défis majeurs pour l’issue de l’élection : rétablir l’unité perdue lors des longues et parfo
 Brown and out? The role of the Press in the British PM's woes by Newropeans-Magazine
Those in mainland Europe who follow the British newspapers find a Labour government in sharp decline. Last year, in October 2007, Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s honeymoon ended abruptly when his media portrayal became sud
 A Knight on a Gray Horse by Gush Shalom
OH DEAR, what has happened to the knight on the white horse?This week, many of Barack Obama's admirers were shocked. Up to now, it had been believed that the huge sums of money flowing into the coffers of his campaign c
 An Ethiopian Politico Barnstorms Minnesota by Doug McGill
When Bulcha Demeksa, an opposition member of the Ethiopian Parliament, feels compelled to denounce the Ethiopian Prime Minister, he doesn’t bother to organize a political rally in Ethiopia or search for journalists eager to publish his rheto
 Obama: Dream Weaver/Catcher/ Dream Maker? by Leah Sellers
Mr. Obama. The American Dream Weaver. The Global Societies Dream Weaver. Dreams worthy of Weaving. Calling Forth a Reverential Remembrance of Our American and Global Past and Present, and the Transmutational Energies needed for a Hopeful and Innov
 What does Morgan Tsvangirai expect? by Thanos Kalamidas
It doesn’t matter how much I try, it doesn’t matter how many times I saw it, the picture of Morgan Tsvangirai shaking hands with Zimbabwe’s caricature dictator Robert Mugabe has something grotesque, something sick about it and I
 Turkey Turns Away From the Future by Europe & Us
Until very recently, Turkey was an emerging economic success story; a role model for Islamic humankind. Today the country is increasingly associated with instability and uncertainty. Tension between the old, secularist elite and the Islamic-roo
 American Politics, Terrorism and Islam: Part 7 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
How Can Terrorism be Defeated? As is well-known among experts, terrorism cannot be fought without understanding its underlying causes (and not symptoms). Unles
 L’avenir de l’Union européenne ne s’inscrit plus dans les traités by Newropeans-Magazine
Le Non des irlandais n’en finit pas de faire pleurer les chaumières oui-ouistes européennes.
 Obama: The Poetry Man? by Leah Sellers
You’re a smart cookie, Mr. Obama. Machiavelli, would probably be impressed with the unexpected and surprising money game you decided to play with your future political funds (no limiting yourself to the taxpayers' public finance advantag
 Impasse by Luis Alves
Os últimos eventos políticos vêm confirmar que o processo de regionalização português não deve esta
 Mugabe must go by Thanos Kalamidas
Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai announced that his party is pulling out from the elections stating that this election will not be fair and free, yet he automatically hands victory to the Africa’s unbelievable Hitler
 Barack Obama's Audacity of Hope by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
“Alongside our famous individualism, there's another ingredient in the American saga, a belief that we are all connected as one people.... It is that fundamental belief—I am my brother's keeper, I
 Environmental hypocrisy by Thanos Kalamidas
I know, you were all expecting a full World Environment Day for Ovi magazine yesterday, but instead you got …Hugo Chavez and my usual cynicism. It’s not that we didn’t want to talk about it - we did and, of course, at least both
 Wings of the American eagle by Leah Sellers
In American life and politics everyone keeps talking about the left wing Liberals and the right wing Conservatives. Mid-wingers flutter somewhere and everywhere in between. In my experience, the Liberals are actually the Conservatives and the Cons
 Caption This! June 2008 by The Ovi Team
It is simple. Look at this photo of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination.
 Being candidate in more than one country? Maybe. by Newropeans-Magazine
The European Parliament, several months ago, adopted an encouraging report on a Commission proposal, which I consider a good first step for a «Europeanization» of the European elections. Let's go a step backwards, before explaining t
 Democracy, Presidential Election and the Lobby: Part 3 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Can the Influence of the Lobby be curbed? Poor Senator Obama! He may identify himself as a friend of Israel, but fact remains that the Lobby does not
 EU's Regional Policy and Kurdish Question by Europe & Us
The Republic of Turkey has a credibility problem regarding solutions to the Kurdish question. Accepting Kurds as interlocutors seems difficult for those ruling elites whether they are old-style Kemalists or new-fa
 Democracy, Presidential Election and the Lobby: Part 2 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Who Goes to the White House? America is now holding its primary elections. With Senator Hillary Clinton's predictable victory in the Pennsylvania
 Democracy, Presidential Election and the Lobby: Part 1 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Is Democracy Becoming a Joke? Democracy is becoming a joke these days. This assertion is not true just for failed and illiberal democracies like Zim
 London, the Mayoral Race and Boris by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
EDITOR'S NOTE: Apologies for forgetting to publish this yesterday. Even though Conservative Boris Johnson is the new mayor of London - ending Ken Livingstone's eight-year reign at City Hall - you may still be interested in Binoy Kampmark
 The left is scared to hell by the left by Europe & Us
Regional elections in Germany always have a national significance, since the heads of the regional governments (Länder) sit in the Bundesrat, the second German legislative chamber. This week-end, on of the smallest German Bundeslän
 The Papal blessing by Thanos Kalamidas
For more Photoville HERE! For more Cartoons,
 Turkish hopes by Thanos Kalamidas
Perhaps all these, often difficult to understand, actions of the Turkish establishment and their army will be proved constructive for Turkey’s future one day. Turkey today, whether they want to admit it or not, is somehow the continuation of
 Descentralizacao para o nivel local e sub -regional by Luis Alves
Além da desconcentração, é inadiável pôr em prática a descentralização aos níveis descritos nos pontos 2 e 3 - processo pol
 Italy: the North rules again by Newropeans-Magazine
Berlusconi is back at Government, as all foreign media already noticed and underlined, with some not-really-hidden sarcasm about that political figure and the country's destiny: but that's not the point.
 Brown and the economy fears by Thanos Kalamidas
The British Prime Minister said a 2.5% fall in March, recorded by the Halifax, should be seen in the context of 10 years of big increases and low interest rates. He added that the government was not a "spectator
 Testosterone in the air by Thanos Kalamidas
It seems that the Finnish government has turned lately really …erotic, if not exotic, and that definitely makes a few faces smile knowing that there’s something different than the usual politics of Finnish life. You could say that Finn
 Whither Democracy in America? Part 3: Myths and Lessons of Athenian Democracy by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
In 1871, Walt Whitman, the great poet of America, wrote, "We have frequently printed the word democracy, yet I cannot too often repeat that it is a word the real gist of which still sleeps, quite unawakened, notwithstanding the resonan
 Portugal e um dos paises mais centralizados da UE by Luis Alves
Portugal é um dos países mais centralizados da União Europeia, tendo 30 anos de uma relativamente jovem democracia parlamentar[55] e de um poder local demo
 Whither democracy in America? Part 2: Is Democracy for sale in America? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
The rise of Constantinian Christian power in American democracy has progressed in stages. As Professor Cornel West of Princeton has demonstrated in his must-read book – Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism - firs
 The X euros generation by Thanos Kalamidas
What happens when a known politician jokes about something really serious and when the bitter truth is behind the joke? But let me start with the facts; Berlusconi, my favourite European clown …sorry politician I wanted to say, while on a
 Whither democracy in America? Part 1 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
America goes to the poll in November of this year to elect its president. While in recent weeks the list of candidates from the two major political parties has narrowed down significantly it is not yet clear as to which party will eventually captu
 Reforma do sistema eleitoral portugues by Luis Alves
Provavelmente, no ano de 2007 a reforma do sistema eleitoral português começará a ser discutida no Parlamento. O PSD pretende a criação de círculos uninominais (onde apenas o candida
 A obrigatoriedade do Referendo a Regionalizacao em Portugal by Luis Alves
Em Portugal, o processo de regionalização foi travado pelo referendo negativo de 8 de Novembro de 1998. Após revisão constitucional em 1997, a formação de regiões administrativa
 Everybody loves Robbie by Thanos Kalamidas
Mugabe hits again by banning all the observers from the elections, especially all the western observers. I’m sorry if once more I’m writing about this notorious dictator of Zimbabwe but, as I have said be
 The enemy within or a ticket to ride by Thanos Kalamidas
Somebody called her monster and she beat him unmercifully in Texas, then he won Wyoming and both went running towards Mississippi. In the meantime, staffers and followers are using names and descriptions, mails and posts to treat the other candida
 Sarkozy: Leave the French alone - Part 2Sarkozy: Leave the French alone - Part 2 by Joseph Gatt
Twisted private life Sarkozy manipulated the media to become France’s most talked about personality. However, as president, and before he became president, he has had
 A survey with many edges (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Πριν από λίγες μέρες έγραψα για τον Τσίπρα με το
 Ave, Putin, democracy te salutant by Thanos Kalamidas
Should we call it, the Putin phenomenon? He is here but he’s not here, he is everywhere! If we lived during the times of the Roman Empire Putin would have adopted Dmitry Medvedev and the new emperor would be called Dmitry Medvedev Putin, jus
 Germany: Regional Elections in Hamburg - The Left is Scared to Hell by the Left by Europe & Us
Regional elections in Germany always have a national significance, since the heads of the regional governments (Länder) sit in the Bundesrat, the second German legislative chamber. This week-end, on of the smallest German Bundeslän
 Sarkozy: Leave French people alone - Part 1Sarkozy: Leave French people alone - Part 1 by Joseph Gatt
The personality cult Ever since Sarkozy became visible on the political scene, he never missed an oppor
 Zimbabweans' Stockholm Syndrome by Thanos Kalamidas
Among others, there is one thing in politics and history I have never understood: why do dictators desperately need elections? I mean why do some countries make such a big fuss about elections, organizing them carefully, advertising them internati
 A Brax out of the Green by Thanos Kalamidas
I met her for the first time in a panel for civil engineers before the elections and she was representing the Finnish Green Party. I didn’t speak Finnish – I still don’t - so the only thing I could do was profile the people on th
  Chile - The health of the Nation by Newropeans-Magazine
Alvaro Vargas Llosa, in the quarterly newsletter of Washington's Independent Institute, recently joined (February 7) the increasing cynicism about Chile's success story with an article that started by saying: "Chile's economy is t
 Nuclear energy in Finland - A heated debate by Ovi Magazine Guest
Nuclear energy in Finland - A heated debateBy Cynthia D\'Cruz In a world faced with clima
 The liberator who became dictator by Thanos Kalamidas
Castro resigned! The last revolutionary under the weight of age and illness had to retire after 49 years in power. It sounds amazing even writing it and I know that the world has changed; I know that ideologies have changed and myths have been unv
 Pakistan - Before and AfterPakistan - Before and After by Abdulhadi Hairan
The upcoming parliamentary elections in Pakistan scheduled for February 18 seems to be first ever bloodiest experience in the history of the nation as not only the nationalist party saw its supporters bathed in pools of blood but the country
 Our Deepest Condolences for Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan by Rohingya Human Rights
We are deeply saddened to learn the tragic incident of assassination of Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan, a leader of the Karen National Union (KNU) which is one of the biggest ethnic groups fighting the Burmese military rulers. Padoh
 Nella politica italiana, tutto sembra cambiare senza che nulla cambi by Newropeans-Magazine
È incredibile come il quadro politico, in Italia, sembri evolvere di giorno in giorno: una serie vorticosa di annunci, contro-annunci, mosse e contromosse.
 Return to basics by Thanos Kalamidas
Over the last few days I’ve read twice about financial problems in the Hillary Clinton front while Barack Obama enriches his funds with more millions of dollars and that's only from the Democrat’s side because on the Republican
 A Voice of Reason Momentarily Silenced by Rene Wadlow
Jose Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, was shot twice in the back by rebel soldiers in an attack on his home in Dili in the early hours of Monday, 11 February 2008. The attack was led by the fugitive rebel commander Alfredo Reinado who was ki
 Peace Nobel Prize Winner Shot in His Stomach by Alexandra Pereira
The shaky democracy of East Timor as an independent country has been hit again by a new threat this Monday, when the Peace Nobel Prize Winner and President Ramos-Horta was shot in his back, hand and stomach while returning from his early morning j
 When I had enough (in Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Όταν πριν από ένα χρόνο περίπου αποφάσιζ
 Burma Heading Towards the Worst by Rohingya Human Rights
Burma's national icon of democracy, peace and liberty, Daw Aung San Suu Kyie has cautioned the people of Burma to prepare for the worst, during a rare meeting with the members of her party, the National League for Democracy on Jan 30.2008,
 Woman or black? Definitely not McCain by Thanos Kalamidas
So it is Thursday, Super Tuesday is behind us and John McCain feels comfortable and victorious, Barack Obama won in most States but Hillary Clinton got most delegates and the candidates’ circus has already moved to the next states of Louisia
 The Siemens Connection by Thanos Kalamidas
Reading the financial news for the last few years I get the strong feeling that fraud and scandals have become the most common issue between big companies and I suppose that’s another sign of globalization. Coming to globalization, putting a
 Super Tuesday: Primaires De Floride - L'eclaircie Avant La Tempete by Europe & Us
A l’issue des résultats de la primaire de Floride sont tombées le même jour deux nouvelles décisives pour la poursuite des élections avec l’abandon de Rudy Giuliani et de John Edwards. Le foisonnement de candid
 The Which Blair Project by Clint Wayne
Look out Europe, Tony Blair is circling unnoticed high above your heads like a vulture soaring on the thermals created by the hot air that constantly rises from Brussels. However, it is not a little insignificant road-kill that has caught his atte
 Turkey: Karamanlis, Al Bashir and Alliances Of Civilizations by Europe & Us
A visit to Turkey for a Greek prime minister must have been the most troublesome. In fact Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis was barely able to make the visit that had been announced in 2005. Or since 1959, when Greece's legendary polit
 The Peace Train by Jack Wellman
On January 30th, 1948, India and the British Empire would be forever changed. That day in New Delhi, India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the spiritual and political leader of the Indian independence movement, was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic. Th
 When they were blind by Thanos Kalamidas
Perhaps it is just me, but every time I read a new report about the former General Secretary of the United Nations Kofi Annan I get really angry. In a latest visit to Kenya, the former General Secretary witnessed “gross and systematic abuses
 Thanks to Human Rights Activists in Bangladesh by Rohingya Human Rights
After the release of my article, "Protection of Rohingya Undocumented Refugees in Bangladesh", I have got huge response from dif
 Kicking a Dead Horse by Jan Sand
There is a very old story of a canny farmer whose life style was to wring every last cent out of all of his operations. He cut down on his own food and maintenance to the bare bone and, for a while, made extreme experiments on his horse to cut dow
 Empire of the clowns returns by Thanos Kalamidas
Frankly I find it difficult following Italian politics most of the time, there is somehow always something that confuses me and the consociations between parties and politicians seem so fragile and changing all the time that totally confuses me. A
 Pakistan is an interesting country!Pakistan is an interesting country! by Abdulhadi Hairan
Here the Hamoodur Rahman Commission clearly named the people who had a role in East Pakistan [that broke the country int
 Gaza: Premier etat independant de l'islamisme arabo-sunnite by Newropeans-Magazine
En Juin 2007, Masha Loyak écrivait: Gaza : Premier état indépendant de l’islamisme arabo-sunnite... la donne au Moyen Orient en est fondamentalement changée... Que va-t-il ressortir de cette nouvelle donne ? C’e
 On the American Elections by Alexandra Pereira
This really is a significant opportunity for the rest of the world to knock on America’s door and try to open the eyes of the majority (or the more conscious part) of their citizens for an obvious reality: they were cheated too. You simply c
 Rudy Giuliani and the hare by Thanos Kalamidas
While all the lights are on, Democrats Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican John McCain declares the old soldier’s heroic comeback, there is somebody missing: the 9-11 mayor Rudy Giuliani! The man has not shown up yet, even though
 Finlandia: Munica­pios e Descentralizcao by Luis Alves
A crise económica portuguesa teve início no ano de 2002. Apesar da ténue recuperação ocorrida a partir de 2004, o crescimento da economia portuguesa tem-se mantido por valores insuficient
 Peace Art 2 by Alexandra Pereira
Alexandra Pereira returns with more political imagery in her 'Peace Art' series.For the f
 Obama or Clinton? Huckabee! by Europe & Us
For many months, the two most asked questions raised in the US presidential elections were "Is America ready for a woman in the White House?“ and "Is America ready for an Afro-American in the White House?“. Somehow, the qu
 A letter to the President of the Cypriot Parliament (Greek) by Mihalis Mihail
Κύριε Χριστόφια, Είμαι ένας Κύ
 Stop the Political Crisis in Burma by Rohingya Human Rights
Appeal to UN Security Council to Take Strong Action to Stop the Political Crisis in BurmaDate: Monday 31, December 2007Dear Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Members of the United Nations,
 Art In Politics - The Nexus between Art and Politics in Four War Movies by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Abstract: By fighting fire with fire, politic
 Chile is in no position to give pension reform advice by Newropeans-Magazine
Since its inception in 1981, over a quarter of a century ago, Chile's private pension fund system (the AFPs), has attracted a lot of international attention, mainly as a "great pioneering success".
 Art in Politics - Politics at 24 frames-per-second by Asa Butcher
As America psyches itself up for another Presidential Election, I will have to familiarise myself with American politics via the Hollywood Handbook once again. Thanks to movies I am able to follow the political system of the USA a little easier
 Art in Politics - Symbiotic or parasitic? by Thanos Kalamidas
When you were young, before getting on this cynical carousel we are all in, I’m sure there were moments you imagined that there are no countries, nothing to kill or die for and that all the people live in peace. I have and sometimes I sti
 Art in Politics Editorial by The Ovi Team
I think a theme like 'art and politics' is one of the most suitable for the thematic Ovi magazine and there are so many angles I’m sure we will not even reach a fraction of them. But, after all, this has never been the role of Ovi
 Grece: mobilisation de la rue contre la reforme du regime des retraites by Newropeans-Magazine
Devant les initiatives de Costas Karamanlis, le Premier ministre grec, qui souhaite réformer rapidement le régime des retraites, la société grecque se mobilise. D’importantes manifestations sont prévues le mercred
 End the Siege on Gaza by The Ovi Team
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, support and uphold the call of a coalition of organizations and individuals in Gaza for an international campai
 Like an insurance salesman by Thanos Kalamidas
Would you ever expect a nation to have a party because an insurance salesman made a deal of 3000 euros a year? I imagine not, I doubt if the insurance company would make a party with an insurance contract like that. They might have if it was a con
 A scary dude by Thanos Kalamidas
I often think that my life in Finland has made me always look at Russia’s side with concern. Finns are like this, they never trusted their gigantic neighbour, always suspicious, always mistrusting them; so after living here for as long I hav
 Europeans from Venus, Americans from beyond the Stars? by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Abstract: The causes of the crisis of legitimacy afflicting the transatlantic alliance cannot be discerned by simply focusing on Machiavellian secul
 Iran and Venezuela don't want US Dollars anymore by Europe & Us
Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinedschad and Venezuelian president Hugo Chavez are not exactly what one would call friends of the United States of America. At the current OPEC conference in Riyad (Saudi-Arabia), the two declared that they are not l
 Andreas, we lost by Thanos Kalamidas
Ανδρέα ...χάσαμε! Με έκπληξη και χωρ
 Another dark day for Pakistan by Thanos Kalamidas
A few months ago I was criticized because in one of my articles I was referring to General Musharraf as one of the worst dictators and I was sure that he has no intention to let Pakistan know democracy; after all, he was the last in a long chain o
 Hillary making history by Thanos Kalamidas
For a long time many said that what is missing for the position of the American president is either a black or a woman, and it seems that their wish is coming true at least to a certain point, since a black man and a woman are the favourite candid
 Bob Geldof: The economics of poverty by Asa Butcher
"I get fascinated by the oxymoron of the economics of poverty, it's a zero sum game, and I get caught up in the meetings and the politics, and then you go back to Africa and you're sitting in a little to
 'Art in Politics' Theme Issue by The Ovi Team
Heed Ovi magazine's call to arms! Well, our call is more to get the hands on the ends of your arms working because we are currently preparing to produce the next
 The EU Constitution: The Cart before the Horse 3/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Were one to glance at the very first article of the EU Constitution one would read these words: Inspired by the will of its citizens and the European States, to build a common future, this Co
 The EU Constitution: The Cart before the Horse 2/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
Alessandro Manzoni, the devout Catholic and the greatest literary figure of the 19th century, had fervently hoped, with Beethoven, that Napoleon would restore those larger trans-national, cos
 The EU Constitution: The Cart before the Horse 1/3 by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
While the signing of the EU Constitution in Rome in 2004 was hailed as a “new beginning” by the Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Galkenende, who then presided over the EU Council, t
 Greek elections (in Greek) 3/3 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Greek elections (in Greek) 2/3 by Thanos Kalamidas
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 Greek elections (in Greek) 1/3 by Thanos Kalamidas
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  L'Europe se fait aussi bien chez soi qu'a Bruxelles by Newropeans-Magazine
A l'heure de la mondialisation galopante les citoyens choisissent de dresser des barrières protectionnistes nationales, voire régionales. C’est tout à fait leur droit et leur choix. Il en va de même dans cette Union
 Who's the property? by Thanos Kalamidas
Why Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki became angry with Hillary and Carl Levin is a big mystery to me; he even went as far to say that the Democratic Senators were acting as if Iraq was their property. I’m going to be a bit cynical, but
 Some anniversary by Thanos Kalamidas
Over the last few days we have often watched on the news how India and Pakistan celebrated their 60th independence anniversary from the British. It seems I don’t really remember how they celebrated their 50th anniversary, but it was really i
 What's the Difference? by Bohdan Yuri
When the Russians invaded and occupied Afghanistan, they set up a government to their liking, and had so-called elections to justify their chosen rulers. Anyone who was against their rule was labeled as a criminal and terrorist. As a result, the
 Reforming a...fence! by Thanos Kalamidas
For the ones of my generation who thought that the Berlin Wall was the last wall to separate people and societies, the Israeli wall was definitely a disappointment and a monument to the fact that people don’t learn. When the US started build
 Whack the dog by Thanos Kalamidas
There is an old story about a servant who was very badly treated by his master. The story says that the master was giving him the hardest jobs, never paid him well or appreciated him and that often when he was returning drunk he was hitting him. T
 A boogie man urgently by Thanos Kalamidas
After reading that Nicolas Sarkozy, the frontrunner in the French presidential elections, wants both the far-right and far-left to run in the April 20th polls, I was wondering if the presidential elections had missed their clown since, in the end,
 Finland's National Elections by Thanos Kalamidas
The time for the National Elections is getting closer in Finland and you cannot help noticing that candidates and parties are gradually getting more aggressive in their campaigns. The two major parties, Keskusta (the Center Party) and SDP (Social-
 So lonely by Thanos Kalamidas
“I’m so lonely!” sings the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s character in the film Team America. However, today they will sing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ and the surprise wil
 Ritva Viljanen ja turvallisuuden monet tasot by Maippi Tapanainen
Ihmiset ympäri maailman joutuvat luopumaan oikeuksistaan, suostumaan kontrolleihin ja viranomaisvalvontaan. USA:n julistaman terrorisminvastaisen sodan ”ystävällisessä tulituksessa” ka
 Restauration : TVA 5.5 % - Sarkozy l'a Promis by Newropeans-Magazine
Lors de la campagne électorale des élections présidentielles françaises de 2002, Jacques CHIRAC avait promis une TVA à 5.5 pour la restauration, avant la fin de son futur
 Segolene Royal: Oops I Did It Again! by Europe & Us
Après Ségolène Royal au Sénégal – jouant à l’institutrice face à quelques journalistes chahuteurs -, Ségolène en Belgique – snobant la presse internationale lors de son passage à
 Kosovo and the Phantom Republics by Rene Wadlow
Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish mediator for the United Nations on Kosovo, withheld his suggestions for the next steps in Kosovo until after the late January elections in Serbia. As the status of Kosovo, still part of Serbia but functioning as a
 Conte: Life and his throne by Amin George Forji
It is often said that those who live by the sword will die by the sword. In fact, President Lansana Conte of Guinea, who seized power in the former West African French colony in 1984 and has ruled his country with an iron fist ever since, is now w
 TCE: Angela Merkel by Europe & Us
(Avec Henri Malosse) Le traité constitutionnel est ratifié maintenant par 18 pays sur 27 : C'est à dire les 2/3 des pays membres. Autant dire une large majorité de la population de l'Union européenne. C'est
 America's first black president? by Amin George Forji
The US Presidential Election is unquestionably the most popular election the world-over. Many leaders and countries traditionally use it as a reference to justify their own democratic culture. This is not just because of its beauty and entertainme
 Hillary is in it to win! by Thanos Kalamidas
In Ovi magazine, sometimes serious, occasionally with a humorous feeling, we have often written that it is about time for the superpower to have a woman president and, with a real twist of luck, Sen. Hillary Clinton has announced her intentions to
 Another presidency by Thanos Kalamidas
Six months ago when the Finnish Prime Minister Mr. Matti Vanhanen was talking about the priorities of the Finnish EU presidency, he emphasized many times that one of the main issues was going to be the European Constitution and in a way he did so
 L'effondrement du mythe de Tsahal face au Hezbollah by Newropeans-Magazine
Le chef d'état-major israélien, le général Dan Haloutz, vient de démissionner à la suite des ratés de la guerre du Liban durant l'été dernier. Il s'agit du plus
 A little man and the bad wolf by Thanos Kalamidas
He is a little man, angry with everybody and sure that he has all the solutions for every problem. He simplifies everything and blames others constantly. He talks about the good old times that he never lived or he tries to forget the youth with a
 Who'll play Saddam? by Asa Butcher
As sequels go, this one has an extremely generous budget that shows no sign of making any money at the Box Office. It could go down as one of the biggest flops since Vietnam: The Movie, yet we are all quietly wondering whether the America
 Crying fire by Thanos Kalamidas
There is no way to win an argument when the other side starts with the idea that you just oppose everything they say without suggesting anything. In this case either your opponent has never heard your argument or never cared to hear. In the case o
 Sarkozy, Royal et (Pauvres de) nous by Europe & Us
229.203 votants. 98,1% de voix recueillies en sa faveur. Comme l’écrit Paul Quinio, journaliste à Libération, Nicolas Sarkozy, au moins au sein du parti qu’il dirige (l’UMP), est bien «Monsieur 100%»,
 Dumbing down by Jan Sand
One of the most revered quotations of the American President Lincoln indicates that the people cannot be fooled indefinitely. It intimates that there is a basic wisdom in the general populace of a nation which will discover, in the long run, an
 Die Grenzen der EU by Newropeans-Magazine
GASTSPRACHE DEUTSCH - Die Grenzen der EU - Das Ende vom Mythos der unendlichen Erweiterung: Türkei und Ukraine: die Staaten ohne Beitrittsperspektive. Die Staaten des Balkans: die letzte Erweiterung der EU für die
 Power of illusion and illusion of power by Jan Sand
Although this pattern repeats itself regularly throughout history, the earliest occurrence of power illusion in my memory was the French Maginot line. It was a line of forts and bunkers and underground passages at the border between France and Ger
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
President Bush's sternly worded warning to Iran and Syria that the United States' new strategy in Iraq could include action against them sent shockwaves across Capitol Hill today, prompting
 A dictator in paradise by Thanos Kalamidas
We live in a world that hangs Saddam Hussein one day and a day later millions watch the most disturbing pictures through the internet, even in places as remote as Fiji, a country so small and so distant. However, life does go on in the small islan
 Chavez and full nationalization by Amin George Forji
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has, prior to his official swearing in ceremony for a third presidential term, announced moves which, if validated by the country's congress, would transform the country into a full socialist state.
 Posa einai ta arthra? by Thanos Kalamidas
Πόσα είναι τα άρθρα; Αγαπητοί συν
 L'Allemagne, une presidence de l'Union pour rien? by Europe & Us
La présidence de l’Union européenne a une apparence, l’Allemagne : ses ambitions sont fortes, mais elle n’a pas les moyens politiques de les réaliser. Elle a une réalité, la France : c’est en eff
 Eviralla on korvat by Matti Ripatti
Tätä jälkiteollista ihmisten yhteiseloa on joskus kutsuttu tarinayhteiskunnaksi, mutta paremmin sitä taitaisi kuvata sana eleyhteiskunta tai näköissivilisaatio. Se, miltä maailma näyttää julkisu
 State of lies by Bohdan Yuri
We have been living in a state of lies ever since Bush assumed the Presidency. Granted all administrations have lied at some level, but the trend in this administration has spread like a cancerous plague, leaving no one safe from the Republican vi
 Following orders by Thanos Kalamidas
It's so sad to see something coming true that was going around in your mind all the time. It is sad to see that they couldn’t even hold themselves for a few months not to mention days. Now we know that their hurry to commit a crime was j
 ANC campaign for Presidency by Amin George Forji
The African National Congress in South Africa, which is probably the biggest and, of course, the most famous party in the continent, is likely heeding what observers think will be the fieriest contest in its 95-year history that is the fight to he
 On ne stoppe pas le train de l'elargissement by Europe & Us
Avant les vacances d’été, la crise avec la Turquie était inévitable
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has said his government could review relations with any country which criticised the execution of ex-leader Saddam Hussein. Mr Maliki said the hanging was a "domestic affair" for the benefit o
 Shift in American politics by Thanos Kalamidas
So, what’s really going on in America? Is this the beginning of the end or a new era all together? When it comes to American politics we are looking at them from Europe, but there is more than an ocean separating us, This not only relates wi
 Du port du voile aux discriminations et violences envers les filletes by Europe & Us
La Commission du statut des femmes de l’Onu débattra en 2007 des discriminations et violences envers les fillettes. Dans la République française, les droits des enfants sont strictement protégé
 Castro's resurrection by Thanos Kalamidas
Somehow I love that, it is like a time machine or better a time flashback! Back in 70s when somebody was getting seriously ill among the leadership of the soviet union the Russian news agencies used to push photos of the person …healthy and
 Life and luck by Jan Sand
War is not an aberration of existence. Peace is an illusion. Every living complex from the individual cell to entire civilizations must, to exist, continually adjust itself to maintain its sustainable dynamic against the multiple assaults of a flu
 Executing punishment by Thanos Kalamidas
Just hours before the end of the year and waiting from every official to wish us a peaceful and healthy new year, reality came to prove that one thing that will be the same next year is brutality. How are they going to justify
 Live Aid to ...Somalia? by Thanos Kalamidas
If you were following the news back in 90s you have heard that one of the biggest humanitarian events of the decade was the Live Aids concert organized by Rock star Bob Geldorf. The impact of the event was so big that branded a whole era of simila
 Robert Mugabe's brutal destiny by Thanos Kalamidas
You don’t need to go far to hear all the horror stories of a terrifying dictatorship. You just have to stop in Johannesburg, the place where most Zimbabwe refugees have fled. Robert Mugabe is Africa’s nightmare and has brought rise to
Alors que les Etats membres du Conseil de sécurité de l’Onu se félicitent encore des sanctions prises à l’encontre de l’Iran en raison de son programme d’enrichissement nucléa
 King Abdullah's message by Thanos Kalamidas
Looking back, the person all sides hated but respected was the only person who could handle the situation for all these years and it was none other than Yasser Arafat. With the non-surprising electoral victory of Hamas, the president of the Palest
 The Somalia carousel by Thanos Kalamidas
Somalia’s President Abdullahi Yusuf accused the Islamist militia and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) for close al-Qaeda links, and that there will be no other peace talks as long these links last and the Islamic movement has terrorist
 Japanese chauvinism by Thanos Kalamidas
I have personal issues with words like ‘patriotism’ not because I don’t believe that it is good to love your country but because the line between patriotism and blind chauvinism is very narrow and you never when you have crossed
 Dictating hypocrisy by Thanos Kalamidas
It is admirable how often dictators and dictatorial regimes use words like ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom of speech’ in their propaganda, and it is also admirable how often their use of these words makes us think twice. One thing
 An expected apology by Thanos Kalamidas
UN General Secretary Mr. Kofi Annan gave his final and goodbye speech at the library of the late US president Harry Truman in Independence, Missouri, talking about the needs of the UN and often pointing at the US and their responsibilities. South
 A death blow to the ICC by Amin George Forji
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet died on December 10th in the Santiago military hospital, where he had been recovering from a heart attack for a week. Priests had administered him with last rites, but doctors believed he was recove
 The grapes of nuclear by Thanos Kalamidas
This is not an article defending Iran’s decision to built a nuclear plan, on the contrary, Iran has no right at all to do anything nuclear and that has nothing to do with the cleric dictatorship that runs the country, which will one day make
 The joy of motherhood by Thanos Kalamidas
A woman’s pregnancy should never become a media case with analysts spending their time writing about it. On the contrary, it should be seen as a positive act against the aging population of Europe and America, furthermore how this woman conc
 A new chapter by Amin George Forji
Even before he embraces the job, the American people, like President Bush, seem to be unanimous in the view that Robert Gates, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the right person to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Sec
 Litvinenko's zombies by Thanos Kalamidas
Let’s start with what we know, which is thanks to the press, rumors or in a few cases the British government, who had to stop rumors for the public’s safety. By the way, the British government has shown irresponsibility to the maximum.
 Schengen Zone expands by Amin George Forji
The Schengen Agreement came into force on June 14th 1985 to end internal border checkpoints and controls. It is no exaggeration to say that it is one of the best initiatives that has come to Europe in this century. The Schenge
 France: Bayrou, la vraie rupture? by Europe & Us
Ca y est. François Bayrou est à son tour «officiellement» candidat, après Ségolène Royal et Nicolas Sarkozy. Son idée générique, dépasser les clivages gauche-droite et plus généralem
 An undergraduate president by Amin George Forji
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) confirmed the application and admission of the country’s incumbent president, Olusegun Obasanjo, into the School of Arts and Social Sciences of the prestigious institution as an undergraduate st
 Nanny's slavery by Thanos Kalamidas
They have said that the Athenian democracy was the perfect democracy, where there was perfect freedom and perfect equality, as everybody had the right in the decisions. What they forgot to mention was that the only ones who had all these rights
 1984 Redux by Jan Sand
In 1949, George Orwell published a distopic novel predicting the misery that governmental control of technology could possibly inflict upon its citizens. It ranks among other dire predictions of possible horror such
 Solidarity to the humanity day by Thanos Kalamidas
Sometimes I find hard to believe that there are some days like International Solidarity Day for the Palestinian People. Thinking about what I have seen over the last few years on the news nearly daily, it is International Solidarity Day for the Pa
 Chad battles determined rebels by Amin George Forji
Chad’s President Idriss Deby, in office since December 2nd 1990, has had to fight insurgency throughout his mandate. It is no wonder that his country is listed in the American bimonthly magazine, Foreign Po
 King Abdullah's warning by Thanos Kalamidas
Jordan's King Abdullah stated that conflicts in Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine could spin out of control. He avoided mentioning Israel, since he has a pro-Palestinian attitude, but it was very cleverly put. If event
 Near the end of his days by Amin George Forji
The former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet took the world by surprise by assuming full “political” responsibility for the misdeeds under his regime. Pinochet’s military junta ruled Chile b
 Cashing terror by Thanos Kalamidas
It is a fact that the Americans and the rest of the world will live with the nightmare of 9-11 for a long time, including all the changes and awareness it brought. It is true that a lot of people will cash in on thei
 Madagascar in total chaos by Amin George Forji
The island republic of Madagascar, off the eastern coast of Africa, has returned to national chaos, after the military announced that it was taking over presidential control, two weeks before the presidential ballot
 The destiny of a family by Thanos Kalamidas
The involvement of the Syrian regime in Lebanon is uncontrollable and it goes as far to kill a minister. Of course, following its usual policy the Syrian regime has already stated that they have nothing to do with th
 Reality - Not so obvious by Satya Prakash
It is often seen that after some incident the outcome is interpreted too quickly based on popular opinions, emotions or propaganda. Reality surfaces much later, and may be quite different to what was perceived. We have two perfect example of this
 Caffeinated: Congratulations suckers! by Giorgos Vrachliotis
Congratulations suckers!You succeeded in making me flee this shithole. In other words, a short intro-duction to the Greek higher education system.The basic idea...... or at least what it
 All about Eva by Asa Butcher
“I claim that there is a political wisdom, which should be used not only for your self but also for others. That is my political banner!” exclaims an enthusiastic Eva Biaudet, Parliamentarian, member of t
 Superpowers and ants by Thanos Kalamidas
USA is a superpower; even Russia could be labeled a superpower. You can add to that France, Germany and the UK, definitely China, maybe India and South Africa, plus a few more countries around the globe. There are many things that make these count
 I have a dream…memorial by Amin George Forji
Political and civil rights activists across America gathered on November 13th in Washington to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who, in his own right, came unceremoniously to the political landscape, break
 Wanted: Former Iranian president by Amin George Forji
The world is gradually, but surely, moving into a new interesting era of redressing past wrongs and injustices. Personalities who have committed grave atrocities, but could not otherwise be prosecuted at the time due
 Holland's grand unveiling by Amin George Forji
In recent years, Europe has generally been uneasy with Muslim veils, yet Holland is stepping forward as the first country in the continent to outlaw them in all public places and semi-public places, such as the stree
 Not 'if' but 'where' by Thanos Kalamidas
So this was it. After all these announcements, mails and blackmails, threats and words, it all came down to if we should talk with Iran and Syria or not. Tony Blair began by talking about it before his visit to the M
 Political make-up by Thanos Kalamidas
In a very American way for European politics, the French Socialist Party members elected Mrs. Segolene Royal to be the presidential candidate for the party at next year's election. Her victory over her Socialist
 Preparing for war? by Asa Butcher
Did you know that a huge nuclear fallout shelter is currently being built in the centre of Helsinki? It is buried deep below the capital's granite and one of the chambers is large enough to hold a five-storey apa
 Tension in the DR Congo by Amin George Forji
Congo's National Electoral Commission announced that incumbent Joseph Kabila was the winner of the October 29th landmark presidential race beating his main challenger and deputy, Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former rebel
 Iran and Israel in Cold War by Amin George Forji
There is no smoke without a fire. Since last week, there have been media speculations that Israel is about to surprise Iran, in the nearest possible future, with military strikes on her precious nuclear facilities that hav
 A religious king! by Thanos Kalamidas
I always wondered what a Pakistani politician would have thought if they heard tomorrow that the Pope became the prime minister of Italy or that the Archbishop of Athens became the ruler of Greece. I bet the first re
 A Gordian knot in Middle East by Thanos Kalamidas
I presume many people watched the recent Hollywood production of Alexander, so here is a myth from Alexander the Great's life: the Gordian knot. Accord
 JudgingJudging by Jan Sand
It has been said that no man is a scoundrel to himself. I doubt this is entirely true as some individuals surely glory in their capable scoundrelhood. Any graffiti violated wall bears witness to this. But perhaps thi
 Gerald R. Ford: He did it! by Amin George Forji
Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the USA (1974–1977), became the longest-living American president on Sunday when he reached 93 years and 121 days. The record was formerly held by President Ronald Reagan,
 A Rehn-shaped banana skin by Thanos Kalamidas
Reaching the end of the Finnish EU presidency, we have to say that Finland did a good job and, in typically Finnish fashion, they did everything very quietly and effectively. We all admitted eight months ago that there were no great expectations f
 Kyrgyzstan nationwide protests by Amin George Forji
Kyrgyzstan has been in political chaos since last Thursday, following angry nationwide protests demanding the resignation of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his government, although the country has long been disgrunt
 Did the Republicans lose? by Thanos Kalamidas
Reading the headlines about the celebrations in the offices of the Democratic Party all around the USA, I was thrilled that they missed something: the Democratic Party didn’t win, George W. Bush lost. The Democrats have
 Mission accomplished by Thanos Kalamidas
Over the past few days since Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death for crimes against humanity, I’ve been waiting for somebody to proclaim, "Mission accomplished!" because nothing else has been accomp
 Another step closer by Amin George Forji
If there was candidate in this year's US mid-term elections whose popularity was put to the test, then it was Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of former president Bill Clinton. She was not only fig
 What did the Finn see? by Thanos Kalamidas
Αγαπητοί συντρεχαλητές στις skate-λεωφό
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #9 by Rob Jenkinson
"Do you want to elect someone who employs PAEDOPHILES as a governor? A vote for Marsh is a vote for PAEDOPHILES!" This is not a real advert for the mid-term elections, but, depressingly, it is not too far from the truth.
 The other side of the looking glassThe other side of the looking glass by Jan Sand
The President of the USA, outfitted with the strongest army in the world with the most advanced military capability, is witnessing this fine piece of equipment being slowly ground to pieces by primitive devices worke
 World's richest prize to African leadersWorld's richest prize to African leaders by Amin George Forji
Africa is a glass half-full and half-empty. It is one of the richest continents, but malpractices, such as mismanagement, fraud, bribery and corruption has rendered it the poorest continent on earth, filling the bott
 Hillary's return to the White HouseHillary's return to the White House by Thanos Kalamidas
The November 7th re-elections in USA look like a magic hat full of surprises, you just don’t know what is going to come out and there is one magic trick you just don’t know how big it will be one it appears from the hat. The surprise e
 Bangladesh rocked by violenceBangladesh rocked by violence by Amin George Forji
In a nationwide address on Channel-i TV, Khaleda Zia announced that this was her farewell speech and, as required by law, named a caretaker committee to oversee the country until new elections are held in January. Th
 Mr. Itälä's EU expansionMr. Itälä's EU expansion by Thanos Kalamidas
In a televised interview, the Finnish Euro-MP, Ville Itälä made a very interesting comment that somehow reflects the skepticism of the last four years in Europe. He said that the EU has been far too forgivi
 Fiji's ethnic divisionsFiji's ethnic divisions by Amin George Forji
Fiji may be heading towards their fourth coup d'etat in just under two decades following recent threats from the country's chief army commander, Frank Bainimarama, to the government of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. The cause of disagreem
 Energy, an apple of discordEnergy, an apple of discord by Amin George Forji
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the leaders of the 25 EU permanent members and representatives of Romania and Bulgaria, the two other potential members in the making, plus delegates of the European Parliament and European Commission on O
 An EU family dinnerAn EU family dinner by Thanos Kalamidas
The informal EU meeting in Lahti, Finland, gave all the populist politicians, anti-European groups and media a good chance to remember the bureaucratic and hydrocephalus EU by bringing out all the old arguments.The feeling in
 Tamil Tigers rampage in Sri LankaTamil Tigers rampage in Sri Lanka by Amin George Forji
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), simply referred to as the Tamil Tigers, are once more in the headlines for the same "traditional" reasons. It's reported that the group on Wednesday successf
 Putin's energyPutin's energy by Thanos Kalamidas
What has already been predicted from the '50s, mainly from mad scientists and science fiction films, is the energy crisis, which is a reality here and now. In another of today's article, Christopher Wilkinson is also wondering "
 ElBaradei and nuclear futureElBaradei and nuclear future by Thanos Kalamidas
Despite North Korea claiming that it is not preparing for a second nuclear weapon test and has definitely become the ninth country with knowledge and ownership of nuclear weapons, the Director General of the Internat
 Halonen's secret oathHalonen's secret oath by Thanos Kalamidas
I have started to believe that there is something going on with politicians in Finland. Everything is well and fine until they give their secret oath. This must work especially with presidents and must be some kind o
 My sad Greek electionsMy sad Greek elections by Thanos Kalamidas
In the parliamentary election you mainly vote for ideas and programmes in municipality elections. You vote about the street you walked when you were a kid, about the school you learned your first letters and occasion
 Local elections with European colourLocal elections with European colour by Ergo te Lina
In the municipality of Vamos (Chania-Crete), the pre-elections speeches and pamphlets were also in English because many of the assembled voters of Vamos emanate from countries inside the European Union and have the right to vote in the elect
 Au secours, Bolkestein revient!Au secours, Bolkestein revient! by Europe & Us
«Vous pouvez toujours amender ce texte, nous n'en tiendrons pas compte!» Telle fut, en substance, la réponse des représentants du Conseil et de la Commission aux député-e-s de la «commission du marché in
 What is democracy? by Amin George Forji
Abraham Lincoln's idea of government of the people, by the people, and for the people is generally considered to sum up the essence of modern democracy. The term 'democracy' itself is a pervasive concept.
 Le Luxembourg vote Sarkozy by Europe & Us
Nicolas Sarkozy a-t-il trouvé la formule qui va permettre de sortir l’Union de l’impasse constitutionnelle ? Ce n’est pas encore sûr, mais il vient de recevoir le soutien du Luxembourg, qui a ratifié par référ
 Latvian President in race for Annan’s Job by Amin George Forji
Vaira Vike-Freiberga of Latvia at a press conference on Saturday announced that she will be running for the post of UN Secretary General, "Upon the invitation of the governments of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, I wish
 Woman Power by Amin George Forji
Forbes Magazine has released its 2006 list of the world’s most powerful women. The results put Germany's first female Cha
 Angela Merkel au secours de Sarkozy? by Europe & Us
Angela Merkel serait-elle prête ou non à accepter le «traité sur le fonctionnement de l’Union» ou «mini traité» proposé par Nicolas Sarkozy ?
 I have the experience by Thanos Kalamidas
In British parliamentary history there is something that most parliaments have gradually adopted. The shadow government, for every office of the British government there is a shadow minister that questions, controls
 A propos du discours de nicolas sarkozy sur l’avenir de l’europe by Europe & Us
Nicolas Sarkozy vient de prononcer, le 8 septembre à Bruxelles, un important discours sur l’avenir de l’Europe. Je me réjouis qu’un candidat de premier rang à l’élection pr
 EU pause Turkey’s dreams by Thanos Kalamidas
It wasn't a surprise for the ones who follow what’s going on inside the EU offices when the president of the EU commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, called for a pause in the EU enlargement after Bulgaria and R
 Power and Purpose by Jan Sand
There is no one more dangerous, more vicious, more unrelenting and more ignorant about the uses and consequences of unchecked power than a sheep in wolf’s clothing. A wolf is well acquainted with its strength a
 Turkey drops controversial charges on Novelist by Amin George Forji
Elif Shafak was charged for insulting Turkish national Identity A court in Istanbul on Thursday surprisingly acquitted one of the country’s best selling novelist, Elif Shafak , 3
 Fining a strike by Thanos Kalamidas
I never understood why some people insist on proving true negative stereotypes. Tell me at least one boss that likes strikes. International powerful companies, like Wal-Mart and Carrefour, have gone all the way to forbid their employees becoming m
 Attempted Coup in Somalia makes rivalries strange bedfellows by Amin George Forji
The fragile marriage between the Somalia Islamist who occupy the Southern part of Somalia including the capital,
 iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
The number of women graduating from Iran's universities is overtaking the number of men, promising a change in the job market and, with it, profound social change. Are we going to see female mullahs? A puppet president wi
 Sweden’s election result – chink in the Scandinavian model? by Satya Prakash
The results of Sweden’s general election, though revolutionary wasn’t much of surprise. In the days leading to election, it was increasingly getting clear that incumbent Social Democrats party will be ousted fr
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #4 by Rob Jenkinson
Before moving over here, I promised myself that I wouldn’t get into any political discussions as I knew I wouldn’t like the opinions of a lot of people here. It’s true, I don’t like the opinions of a lot of people; in fact,
 Iranian Déjà vu by Thanos Kalamidas
Another month, another deadline, and in the end nobody will remember when the first deadline was. Every month the same story, gradually they will have to add a new meaning for the word 'déjà vu' in
 Turkish thin ice by Thanos Kalamidas
In international politics, Turkey seems to continually walk on thin ice and really tests the patience of all her allies. The American invasion of Iraq made things worse when Turkey refused to help, so the Americans h
 Start of the Spanish Civil war by Thanos Kalamidas
The best way to sense what happened during the Spanish Civil War is to read Ernest Hemingway’s novel, For whom the bell tolls. In the book, an American ideologist and expert in explosives finds his way t
 A paedophile party? by Asa Butcher
The idea of a political party advocating underage sex, gambling, drugs, public nudity, the elimination of marriage and legalizing the private use of child pornography should be the product of a twisted comedy sketch
 Mao thirty years after by Thanos Kalamidas
The year 2006, among others internationally, has become important for China. It marks thirty years since the death of Mao Zedong, thirty years without the man that connected his life with the future of this great Asian
 History repeating? by Dimitrios Kontopodis
The previous invasion by the Israeli army into Lebanon was launched on June 6 1982. Although the political situation in Lebanon was very different back then, there are some interesting similarities between the two invasions, and it seems possib
 Tough being American by Dustin A. Lane
It's tough being an American these days. Senator John Edwards (former Vice Presidential candidate) says he voted wrong in authorizing the war in Iraq and that we should pull out. Several other Senat
 Au-dela des mots by Europe & Us
Discussion téléphonique avec John Paul Lepers, blogueur et ancien reporter politique pour Canal Plus. Une question simple : son point de vue sur la présence des blogueurs aux universités d’été. Sur leur couve
 Under his thumb by Thanos Kalamidas
So it happened. After two years pressure and one election, Tony said, I’m stepping down! And everybody cheered! So what? For the last ten years Tony Blair has
 A new Arab society by Ergo te Lina
Ali Ahmad Said Asbar (علي أحمد سعيد إسبر), born 1930, is a Syrian-born poet and essayist who has made his career largely in Lebanon and France. He has writt
 Markets on solid ground by Tony Butcher
The more Europe changes the more the markets stay the same. London suffered a dramatic tragedy on July 7th, when bombers targeted Underground Subway stations with precision timed blasts, which caused over 50 deaths and hundreds of casualties. The
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