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EARTH AT RISK XV (Ovi Posters)

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11 years standing for democracy

ovi01Today, December 20th, is Ovi’s big day! Birthday. Eleven (11) years! Eleven years full of adventures, good and bad times, but most importantly always here a defender of democracy and free speech.

It is hard to explain how we survived these eleven years without any funding and only principals. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense even to us, especially since most of the magazines that started the same period with us or they had already started when we entered internet, – and we are talking about magazines with funds and serious support – don’t exist anymore. They are not even history, they are forgotten.

Ovi magazine on the other side is still here, following exactly the same principals since day one, working the same way, always low profile without help and strange attachments and always loyal to its readership.

Actually talking with a friend the other day he told me that eleven years with daily presence and involvement to contemporary issues the way we do is too much for any kind of magazine, print – on line or anything else. But …who counts? The only thing that interest us at the moment is planning our next moves and get ready to face new challenges.

And there are challenges. Democracy is in serious trouble all around the world and the economic problems are just the peak of the iceberg. Marine Le Pen is here and I’m afraid she’s not going to go soon. Donald Trump is here and there are plenty around him to replace him if he goes and to be honest I have no idea who is worse. Timo Soini is government in Finland and Nikos Michaloliakos salutes the swastika in Greece. Viktor Orbán of Hungary keeps showing us that Nazism, racism and prejudice is strong and alive and that before I move to Africa or Asia.

On its 11th year Ovi seems more necessary than ever. Now it is time for us to stand, really stand for democracy and culture and I’m afraid the enemy is getting stronger every day.

Your support is important for many reasons and your contribution valuable.

A big thank you is in order for all these people from all around the world that contribute day after day to Ovi magazine with their articles, their drawings, illustrations, fiction, photographs with their believes and thoughts.

A big thank you to everybody who reads Ovi and to this so loyal readership all these years.

Last and not least we thank all these people who support our social media campaigns by sharing our posts and digital posters. The message is clear, democracy – freedom – education – work for all. Thank you all.

book_70This time we thought to celebrate our birthday in a bit different and very Ovi way. So we are publishing a book “The Refugee Tree”, written by four beautiful ladies, Katerina Charisi – Gordana Mudri – Shia Perrou – Natasa Tsitsiridaki, the ladies’ fight club of Ovi, and it is about refugees. Another huge issue that has unveiled the darkest side of the democratic west.

Please download the book here and join these ladies in their passion and fight.

For one more time a big thank you to all of you who are part of the Ovi Team, despite small family arguments, we all have the same aims. A big thank you to the Ovi readership for all the support and please don’t forget, now we need to be united more than any other time and next year is going to be very critical not for Ovi but for democracy all around the world.

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Israeli warning, nuclear Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said Iran‘s nuclear programme must be stopped by “all possible means”.

Speaking during a visit to Washington, he said Tehran must be made to see it would suffer devastating repercussions if it pursued atomic weapons. The US and others have accused Iran of building nuclear arms capability. Tehran says its programme is peaceful.

Mr. Olmert’s US visit comes as he faces pressure at home over corruption allegations, which he denies. “The Iranian threat must be stopped by all possible means,” Mr. Olmert said in his speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – a lobby group.

“The international community has a duty and responsibility to clarify to Iran, through drastic measures, that the repercussions of their continued pursuit of nuclear weapons will be devastating,” he added.

Is it just me or this is a déjà vu? Didn’t they say the same things about Iraq? Where all these led with Iraq is …known, what remains is to see where they are going to lead Iran!

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Ovi Today

Won’t somebody think of the children!? by Asa Butcher
I was a little bemused about International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, especially since this issue should have been included on June 1st’s International Children’s Day, but you can never have enough attention for this issue.

Queen of the Waves by Clint Wayne
This week’s visit by the Queen to bade farewell to the QE2 before she sails off to Dubai and her final resting place hit home as I thought, “Hang-on a minute she was only launched yesterday!”

Murphy’s Law by Valerie Sartor
With her fair skin, rosy cheeks and silky, straw colored hair Ann Murphy embodies a true Irish rose. But don’t be fooled by her delicate beauty: behind those baby blues is a sharp wit that has been honed by decades of hard intellectual work.

URCE urges UN to secure release of Suu Kyi by Rohingya Human Rights
The secretary general of the Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe(URCE), Hamdan Mg Kyaw Naing has urged the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take personal initiative to secure release of Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San

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UN mission to study African wars

The UN Security Council is on a mission to Africa to look at the continent’s wars and see how they might be ended.

The mission is due to have its first discussions with Somalia’s government and its opponents, then go to Sudan and several other countries at war.

It has decided it is too dangerous to hold its Somali talks on Somali soil – they will be held in Djibouti instead. The Security Council is also hoping to broker the first official direct talks between the Somalis.

To study what? Obviously Ban Ki-moon is there to totally fail. When there is a war like the one in Sudan, when there are places like Darfur there is nothing to study but a lot to act!

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Africa’s caricature Hitler, Mugabe and his gangsters’ army

Zimbabwe‘s army chief has told soldiers they must leave the military if they do not vote for incumbent President Robert Mugabe in next month’s run-off poll.

Chief-of-staff Maj Gen Martin Chedondo said soldiers had signed up to protect Mr. Mugabe’s principles of defending the revolution, state media reported. “If you have other thoughts, then you should remove that uniform,” he said.

Gen Chedondo was speaking at a target-shooting competition outside Harare, the Herald newspaper reported. Zimbabwe’s generals have in the past vowed never to support the main opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, if he is elected in the 27 June run-off election.

That’s if you had any questions on how far Mugabe’s junta can go! Africa’s caricature Hitler is using the army now and the list for the candidates for the international courts is getting bigger. Monster torturer and idiotic gangster Martin Chedondo is definitely going to keep company to Robert in the dark cell!

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Ford in Mexico

US giant Ford is to invest $3bn in a new car plant in Mexico, the biggest investment in the country’s manufacturing sector.

The move is a blow to American car workers who had hoped the factory would be built in the United States. Ford has lost more than $15bn over the past two years and says the new facility is crucial to its future. Mexican President Felipe Calderon hailed the announcement as a “turning point” for his country.

The new factory, and other changes to Ford’s Mexican operations, are likely to create an estimated 4,500 jobs in Mexico, where car workers earn substantially less than their American counterparts. Mr. Calderon made the announcement with Ford president Alan Mullaly at the presidential compound in Mexico City on Friday.

“We want Mexico to be an automotive country, one that is competitive and with the most advantages so that the worldwide automotive industry will establish itself here,” Mr. Calderon said. Mr. Mullaly said: “We are convinced the geographic location as well as Mexico’s highly qualified labor force and economic stability make this decision the right one for our business.”

This might take Mexicans away from drugs and violence a phenomenon that increases worryingly!

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