Monthly Archives: March 2009

Zimbabwe cabinet nominee is freed

Zimbabwe authorities have freed MDC official Roy Bennett from custody, a day after the country’s Supreme Court ordered his release on bail. Mr. Bennett said Zimbabwe was a country “where the rule of law means nothing”.

A nominee to become deputy agriculture minister in the country’s fledgling power-sharing government, he was arrested on 13 February. He was charged with plotting terrorism, possessing arms for the purposes of banditry, terrorism and sabotage.

When it will come the day Africa’s caricature Hitler Robert Mugabe will go to prison and never ….freed?


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Protest in Pakistan

Police in the Pakistani city of Karachi have used sticks to beat up protesters outside the high court, as lawyers began an anti-government protest march. Organisers intend the four-day march to culminate in a sit-in at the parliament in the capital, Islamabad, on Monday.

The demonstrators want President Asif Ali Zardari to fulfil a pledge to reinstate all judges sacked under former President Pervez Musharraf. The government says the march is aimed at destabilising the country.
Police say they have arrested more than 400 opposition activists in the past few days.

Perhaps the only thing that changes the last decades in Pakistan is the …names!


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The Ovi magazine today

A German lullaby by Thanos Kalamidas
And it did happen again and this time in Germany, with more victims – fifteen, the news say, including the boy that held the gun. The question remains, who put this gun in his hand and who triggered it!

The Chai Wallah Oscar by Asa Butcher
The Ovi readers that eagerly followed my live update on Oscar Night may wonder why it has taken me so long to present my review of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, the film that walked away with the coveted Best Picture at the 81st Academy Awards.

Universal Colours #109
by Amir Khatib
‘Universal Colours’ is the magazine for professional migrant artists and we invite you to download the latest issue as a free PDF today
“preface to sail” by Bohdan Yuri
“Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.” – Sainte- Beuve

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Tibet, hell on Earth!

The Dalai Lama has launched a fierce attack on Chinese rule in his Tibetan homeland, describing its people’s lives as “hell on Earth”. Five decades of Chinese rule had caused “untold suffering”, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said, accusing Beijing of creating a climate of fear. He also repeated his demand for Tibet’s “legitimate and meaningful autonomy”.

The same time a Chinese high official announced that China will never be a …democracy as the westerns understand it! So what type of democracy they are planning? My name is dictatorship but I call myself democracy?


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The Link between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking by Marko Kananen
Trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation is one of the most outrageous human rights violations of today. It is the third most lucrative activity of organized crime, following trafficking of arms and drugs.

The Art of Guanxi, Part III: Relationships in So Many Words by Valerie Sartor
Guanxi vocabulary contains both semantic meaning and moral connotations.

10 Helsinginkatu: Chapter 15 by Thanos Kalamidas
We ended up in the same place again drinking cappuccino and eating cinnamon buns. Lately I have the feeling that we are like a long-time married couple, we have said all the important things so we know what each other thinks without talking about it…

Dino & Anty #36 by Thanos K & Asa B
Dino is a vegetarian virgin dinosaur and his best friend is Anty, a carnivorous nymphomaniac ant.

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