About time and it took a lot of Bridges to build this issue. Funny, when you start talking about Bridges, you find out that there are more and more ways you can apply the word. Architectural bridges, geographical, philosophical, sentimental, cultural, linguistic. Solid and airy. They are all there.
Not that we covered everything in this thematic issue. We barely bridged the gap. But we did try. And ironically in the case of Bridges, that this issue motivates the reader to think and discover more bridges might be the case.
And favouring Bridges, this issue of the Ovi thematic magazine has two sections, one all about Bridges and one with a selection of Ovi articles from the last month.
For this issue we thank the following members of the Ovi family, the names are in the series you will find their contribution in this issue.
Thanos Raftopoulos, Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic, Prof. Emanuel L. Paparella, Edna Nelson, Dr. Ernesto Paolozzi, Murray Hunter, Kittirat Yothangrong, Leah Sellers, Abigail George, MBa, Mirella Ionta, Nikos Laios, Tony Zuvela
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Don’t miss the 25th instalment of the Ovi Symposium, HERE!
“A Philosophical Conversation on the Nature of Art within Modernity and the Envisioning of a New Humanism” between Drs. Abis, Buccolo, Paolozzi, Paparella and Vena.
If you travelled to a small pier at the bottom of Ann Street in Williamstown, a bayside suburb of Melbourne, Australia, you would come across a small letterbox with the words “Sea Shepherd” painted over it. Next to the letterbox is an old shed that has seen much better times with an open gate leading to two ships, the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker moored and being outfitted for a future yet unknown maritime mission.
For a highly controversial direct action marine conservation society, best known for the direct action it has been taking against Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica, security is extremely lax on the pier. In fact tours are offered of the MV Bob Barker every week while it is having a major fit-out.
One thing that will strike anybody making the effort to take the tour is how well organized Sea Shepherd really is. Although the crew has attracted many people of different nations serving on one of the four Sea Shepherd ships, the members appear to be very highly motivated, coordinated, and ready to get into harm’s way for the causes they believe in.
So are these people society’s last real heroes, or degenerative eco terrorists and criminals, as would some authorities have the public believe?
Read the rest of Murray Hunter article Sea Shepherd HERE!
South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa’s president says. Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison. He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital. In a statement on South African national TV, Jacob Zuma said Mr Mandela had “departed” and was at peace.
A superb article essay with Murray Hunter analysing who really rules Singapore.
The story of Singapore is an intriguing one. It’s about how an island at the bottom of the Malay Peninsula developed into a modern city state and into one of the most powerful economies in the Asian region. Singapore has also been one of the real financial powerhouses in the world.
It’s not just a story about power, but one of what was done to survive adversity and events going on around the world that were beyond Singapore’s control. Also within this story is how history, location, and people influenced what exists today. Society reflects some of the hallmarks of utilitarianism and even Confucianism; conservative, yet extremely modern at the same time. Economically Singapore has been enormously successful, yet the quality of life for the ordinary citizen is now a major issue of contention within the country’s citizens today. Singapore’s success today, is actually the challenge it faces tomorrow.
Although the methods by those who came to power have been criticized by many commentators, the leading elite of Singapore have been able to create a unique model of rule and economy that not only maintained survival as a state, but with fabulous economic prosperity as well. The story of who rules Singapore is well worth investigation.
Just check HERE in Ovi magazine.
Check and download the latest Thematic Issue of the Ovi magazine and is all about “Nationalism.”
I must admit that in the beginning except the challenging of the issue I felt a certain enthusiasm seeing in it a good chance to exhibit all the above. Then questions started. So what is nationalism and how you identify nationalism. As oppose to patriotism or as a partner to fascism? Hitler was a nationalist; he actually flagged the word as the essence of his philosophy. But Stalin and Mao were also nationalists in their own very unique and twisted way.
What about Argentina’s Peron. And why the most nationalistic elements of the British populist spectrum admire Margaret Thatcher? Was Yasser Arafat a nationalist or a liberator patriot and then what does that makes the Iranian mullahs and the Afghani Taliban? And the same time the Lapi people, the indigenous that live in a non existent situation between Russia, Finland and Sweden they also talk about the nation and need for national unity. Again the words “nation,” “nationalism” jump here and there always with different meanings and approaches.
Semantics you might say. I absolutely agree. It is about semantics but how far semantics can excuse a holocaust in the name of nationalism? Now we are all more confused since we are talking theoretically about something that has cost millions of lives.
In this thematic issue of the Ovi magazine we are not giving answers about “nationalism.” We simply express opinions. We also start a dialogue with only aim to understand better. That’s why we invite everybody to participate and you can do that in our magazine. You can do it commenting or sending your own opinion/essay/article and we promise to publish it.
Ovi magazine with the 24th thematic issue, welcomes you to a new era and effect. A big thank you to all the contributors of the Ovi magazine for their daily participation to the big or small battles we give, a big thank you to the Ovi friends and a huge thank you to all the Ovi readers from all of us.
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Ovi’s editorial in today’s issue: “I know it is strange to see me writing in a religious day but do please go beyond the religious part and keep the message. The message is simple and it is love. It is compassion, understanding, carrying. But then again this Sunday on my radio show and despite all the Christmas spirit and talking about kids, presents and of course Santa Claus we ended up talking most of the time about what happened in Connecticut, USA last week. And do you know what our biggest worry was? Who’s next! ”