Category Archives: Politics
“i am sure the outcome of the today’s referendum vote is obvious… sad that there is no one good enough to vote to lead this country… like there ever was one? lets see what the future holds cause the present i am not liking…” (Simona Ritter, Facebook)
Totally agreed with my relative’s (daughter of my mother’s cousin) opinion regarding the presidential impeachment referendum (2012) from 29 July 2012. As Wikipedia correctly announced (citing Financial Times): ” The Constitutional Court of Romania postpones a decision regarding the impeachment referendum of suspended President Traian Băsescu until September 12th, time until the reevaluation of the permanent electoral lists must occur”. Until then, we may find what the population is inside Romania’s borders (19 millions, according to controversed 2011 census, or 20 millions, according to estimations?).
To be taken into account that only 75.000 voters from the 3 million Romanians outside borders participated at the impeachment referendum (most “YES” votes to the dismissal came from Spain, Italy, United States, Great Britain).
While our political leaders make shame of our country’s international pride, there is still hope given by the Romanian champions in the Olympic games to restore our self dignity.
Unfortunately, judging by the fact that Syria is, along with Libya, one of the only two Arab countries in which a civil war started, President Assad may share the fate of dictator Gaddafi. Even if the Arab League offered him the chance to resign and flee the country, his stubbornness to keep his presidential seat may cost him his life….. Another dictator, sure to fall…. But who will take his place?
What does tolerance mean, in the modern world? Well, first of all, tolerance means accepting that someone is different than you, and because everyone is unique in this world, it means accepting that everyone else on this planet is different.
If a neighbor hasn’t the same hobbies as you, the same tastes in food or in clothing, the same skin color, the same nationality, the same religion, the same language, the same political orientation, if he is from all this points of view, or any others, different than you, then you have to be tolerant with him.
Tolerance means respecting, accepting and appreciating the rich diversity of our world’s cultures. Human beings are naturally diverse in many ways – tolerance means accepting every reasonable way of being human.
As you can see, the “anti censorship” ribbon is out on every platform along the WordPress blogosphere…. but the censorhip isn’t.
Last Thursday, on 26 January 2012, Romania, along with other 21 European states, signed the ACTA (Anti Counterfeiring Trade Agreement), a law similar to SOPA and PIPA, who may lead to a similar censorhip of the Internet in the European Union.
ACTA isn’t new at all: it had been in debate long before the Stop Online Piracy Act (26 October 2011) or the Proiect IP Act (12 May 2011) and even its predecessor, the COICA – Combating Online Infrigement and Counterfeits Act (20 september 2010): actually, it has been discussed for more than four years, since October 2007. But the strange part is that the negocations had been carried out in secret until being exposed by Wikileaks on 22 May 2008.
There is something beyond my understanding, but not comprehension: why does the population begins to have more thrust in organizations such as Wikileaks or Anonymus instead of the governments or the president? Why do we to lose faith in the leaders of state and international organizations such as the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization or the United Nations?
In a world in which information travels with the speed of sound, the possibilities of communication are extraordinary and the freedom of speech and knowledge is great, liberty is a essential condition. There can be no democracy without it. And if through democracy will laws such as PIPA, SOPA and ACTA be adopted, then anarchy may be preffered above it. In matters as great such as the information travel in the World Wide Network, not a group of people should decide but the whole wide world…
I won’t stop writing about this matter. Because it is fundamental. Because it is about values such as freedom and liberty. Because it is about a matter which concerns the entire world. And because I have hope that there will be a future, and one which may last millions or billions of years from now….
Yesterday, the Internet wasn’t a good place to navigate.
The Network “oceans” were shadowed….
Every time I wanted to learn something, I kept hitting myself by the locked doors of knowledge. Wikipedia had been blacked out….
Every time I wanted to search the definition of a certain word, a black screen appeared in front of me. The Romanian Explicative Dictionary had been blacked out….
So yes, the blackout wasn’t a nice thing.
But how would you feel if this happened to you every day?