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Despre Revolutia din 1989

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Eu nu am de gind sa postez aici fotografii, sau unele comentarii siropoase. Tot ceea ce va rog este sa cititi urmatoarele doua articole despre doi participanti (cu sau fara voie) la acele evenimente:

Despre Mircea Emilian Rusu, aici. Si despre Ioan Jula aici. Astept opinii. Eu prefer sa ramin mut dupa citirea acestor articole. Daca relatarile sint corecte, atunci e grav. In rest, despre ceea ce nu se poate vorbi, vorba lui Wittgenstein, trebuie sa se taca.

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Decembrie 23, 2007 at 8:06 pm

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Rromani Ethnics and American Multiculturalism

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An American journalist was stabbed by two Rromani ethnics in eastern Romanian locality Teisoru, in Vaslui county. Take a look here!

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Decembrie 9, 2007 at 10:24 am

Gender Fundamentalism as Genuine Hate – part I

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Today, after attending a class offered by the Gender Department at CEU, I was talking with a Hungarian colleague (a women, or „female” – to use the appropriate terminology) about the car accident she was involved in two weeks ago. I knew about her accident – but now she was explaining to me, in details, how it happened. At the end of her story, she told me that her car fell into pieces. Being a little curios, I asked her what kind of car she had (my curiosity is explainable, because me and Alina just bought a car few months ago, and we had many discussions with many of our friends – men, as well as women – about what kind of car should we buy).

A Serbian colleague (a PhD „male” student in the Gender Department), who was listening to our discussion, replied quiqly: „Well, of course, that’s all what a male can ask after hearing such a story: ‘what type of car do you have?’…”. I looked into his eyes and I was frightened: believe it or not, I saw HATE.

Well… I am neither a mysoginist, nor a homofobic person. I have some friends in the Gender Department. Moreover, one of the best „female” friends of mine (Alina Vamanu) graduated Gender Department at CEU. But none of these people is so fundamentalist, or BRAINWASHED…

I am still wondering why. I mean… come on, guys, if we see all things around us through some kind of stupid gendered-glasses, nothing good can come out of this…

Written by Andrei Stavilă

Decembrie 4, 2007 at 4:21 pm

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Multiculturalism: an oppressive type of politics

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I would really like to know what the proponents of multiculturalism, communitarianism and identity politics have to say about these three recent cases:

1) The case of the teacher Gillian Gibbons, who was sentenced to jail in Sudan because she allowed her class to call a teddy bear „Muhammad”. BBC tells you her story here

2) The case of the 19-year-old woman sentenced after she was raped. The woman is known only as Qatif Girl, after the region where the crime took place. „She was initially sentenced to 90 lashes for being in the car of a strange man. On appeal, the Arab News reported that the punishment was not reduced but increased to 200 lashes and a six-month prison sentence. (…) The victim’s lawyer was suspended from the case, has had his licence to work confiscated, and faces a disciplinary session” (BBC). See the whole story related by BBC here

3) The case of Aqsa Parvez, a 16-year-old Muslim girl from Brampton, Ontario (Canada). She was killed by her father because she refused to wear the hijab (the head scarf) anymore. More about this case here

As it is well known, multiculturalism puts forth an important challenge for the liberal theory. According to this ideology, the liberal ideal of treating people as equals cannot be reached by treating people in the same way. This is because there are no universal, “culturally blind” laws: every time, “universal laws” are, in fact, the laws of the majority group (or of one country, or culture), which are forcefully imposed on minority groups (or on other countries or cultures). As a consequence, such ideas as “universal human rights”, or even “human nature”, are culturally-framed: they are Western cultural ideas, and to enforce these ideas on individuals belonging to other cultures means simply to oppress them. According to the proponents of multiculturalism, treating individuals equally requires to treat them differently, to let them live according to their own cultural standards.

Well, as the above three cases show, this is simply stupid (I would have wished to say: “crap”). We really need universal rights. And imposing them on other cultures and countries (even by force, when necessary) seems to be the only way to go, if we don’t like to see such cases happening again.

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Decembrie 3, 2007 at 11:01 am

Man shoots wife with Alzheimer’s

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You can read the story (related by CNN) here. Do you remeber Clint Eastwood’s „Million Dollar Baby”? Well… once again, about bioethics and euthanasia…

I only hope police will not arrest that old man. He suffered enough. Probably I would have done the same. What about you?

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Decembrie 3, 2007 at 1:35 am

Russia is Going Down

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UPDATE (04.12.2007). Final results: United Russia (leader: Boris Gryzlov, pro-Putin): 64,1%. Communist Party of Russia (leader: Gennady Zyuganov): 11,6%. Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (ultranationalist, leader: Vladimir Zhirinovsky): 8,2%. A Fair Russia (Mothers/Pensioners/Life) (leader: Sergei Mironov, pro-Putin): 7,8% (Source: BBC)

Observers’ voice: Sunday’s election „was not fair and failed to meet many OSCE and Council of Europe commitments and standards for democratic elections”, the observers said at a news conference in Moscow. The statement said the polls „took place in an atmosphere which seriously limited political competition” and that „there was not a level political playing field”. The OSCE had abandoned its plans to send a big team of observers, accusing Moscow of imposing curbs and delaying visas (source: BBC)

So: 71,9% of Russians voted for Putin, 11,6% voted for the Communists, while 8,2% voted for the far right. In other words, 91,7% of Russian people is sleeping. As we all know, „The sleep of reason creates monsters”… Here’s one of them:

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I am deeply shocked, and I am still wondering (as always) what is happening with Russia. The pools show that tomorrow, in the parliamentary elections, “United Russia” (Putin’s party) will win something like 65% of the votes, the Communist Party 15%, the Liberal Democratic Party 8%, and “A Fair Russia” approximative 6% (note that the last two parties are also pro-Kremlin). The treshold for entering the Russian Parliament is 7%. If we sum up, it seems that almost 94% of Russians vote for a non-democratic party (for the Communist Party, or for one of Vladimir Putin’s parties).

And if you are not frightened by the idea of 86% of the Russian people voting for non-democratic parties (voting, that is, against democracy as such), think that almost all Russian young people really love their President while, at the same time, they openly reject all democratic and liberal values: the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly, the freedom of the press! They also seem not to be bothered by the extended corruption, or by Putin’s practices of arresting opposition’s leaders, or of killing journalists and former intelligence officers. They want Vladimir Putin: their President, their Father, their Czar – indeed, their Hero!

Putin probably became a hero both because of his opposition to almost any idea put forth in the international politics by Western countries, and because of his ability to turn European leaders against each other every time they try to reach a decision. And Russians really like to see Putin in action. He’s like Rambo. And Russians are like that poor boy from the ghetto that didn’t eat anything today, because he kept his money to see Rambo in action. This is all he needs: seeing Rambo killing bastards makes him forget his hunger, makes his frustrations disappear. He will be like Rambo, one day.

So it seems that the only idea Russians have in their minds right now is that Americans and Europeans are bad and they must be slaughtered like pigs. If this is accomplished, then Mother Russia will become a rich country and will rule the world; moreover, there will be no more poor people, corruption will come to an end, the Russian Mafia will suddenly die, milk will flow instead of water in Russian rivers, and the Black Sea will be full of honey. They will fight for this. First, by sending Putin’s puppies in the Parliament. Then, by losing their lives – if their President will ask them to.

As far as I can see, the second Cold War is about to begin. Unfortunately, we don’t have the world leaders powerful and wise enough to stop this. Vladimir Putin is not Mikhail Gorbachev, and George W. Bush is far away from his father. So may God help us.

Written by Andrei Stavilă

Decembrie 1, 2007 at 6:15 pm

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