Happy 4th anniversary!

(This year, at 23 April, National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, organized by the municipality of Izmir, 18 rock bands from Izmir performanced the songs of Barıs Manco in Izmir fairground. Under the name of “Izmir’s children”, all together sang his songs. This one is one of those songs with name of “Tomato, pepper, eggplant.”)

Today is the day we, WD and I left 4 years behind us and stepped the new year in our blogging adventure. We are happy to reach this day! Without all of you this happiness would be lack! And thank you all our earthling friends, for your existence on this planet and your friendships!

PS: I have been living trouble with sinusitis since 3 day. I would like to say many things today, but my eyes getting watery while looking screen. This year my traditional sinus trouble hit me little bit early.:)

 

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To wait Zorbas

I am not talking about the movie Zorba the Greek,

(what a great movie it was!) or not mentioning Nikos Kazantzakis(that was difinitelly great book!) book. Even I am not referring Samuel Beckett’s play “Waiting for Godot” either. I am talking about powerful storm “Zorbas”. Over Mediterranean, this has been effecting and coming from Sicily about 24 hours ago,

and now at Greece and into 24 hours at Turkey’s west coasts.

This is what I mention

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The red eye is Zorbas. It looks like a giant eye, and kind of purple, beaten eye.:)

It is said that this is medicane or powerful storm. But for the people of the all east Aegean sea, this is hurricane! It’s speed can be 100-120 km/h. So the people are reacting this kind of hurricane, maybe the little one. In Greece yesterday,

Medicane “Zorbas” threatens Greece earlier than expected

The medicane which is named “Zorbas”, will form in the Ionian sea and will bring torrential rain and gale force winds to southern Greece, before reaching Attica, the island of Evia and the Cyclades.

The phenomenon is dubbed a ‘Medicane’ as it is a tropical-like storm, not of hurricane strength, but can reach a similar strength to a Category 1 hurricane. It is rare for cyclone type weather to occur in Greece, however this will be the third year in a row that such rare weather occurs.

Greece’s Civil Protection authorities are on high alert awaiting for the Mediterranean Cyclone to strike the country. Fire Service. Police, Coast Guard and other state bodies are on alert to deploy teams to areas most hit by the Medicane. There is a sailing ban for ferries to the Aegean Sea as of Saturday morning (Sept 29th 2018) due to strong winds up to 9-10 Beaufort.

Tomorrow about 12.00 pm it is said that it can reach Izmir, Turkey shore. Like in Greece, as in all coastal cities, Izmir in particular, Turkey was alarmed. Civil defense teams, municipal employees, fire brigades and similar institutions were given a disaster alarm for 48 hours. Some sports matches have been postponed.

In this morning WD and I went out as usual. We needed to buy some things form some stores; we got them. And we witnessed almost everyone talking about Zorbas. In some places we joined the conversations. People were little bit nervous here. Everyone is trying to take precautions in their homes or workplaces. It’s such a fast storm, so it’s a sort of little hurricane that has never been seen in the Aegean Sea, which is an inner sea. Tomorrow I do not know what will happen. Maybe Zorbas won’t stop here and it’il lose his influence by directioning north. I do not know.

The question in WD’s mind is that if Zorbas will come here tomorrow, where WD will make his toilet. We bought some sand for him. He looked at sand and said that it was an insult to him. He said that any storm or even hurricane cannot prevent his life. These are his words, if we cannot go out tomorrow, we will see what will happen. In the meantime, if those who have a hurricane or strong storm experience can give us an idea of ​​what we should do, that would be great. In addition, if the electricity goes down tomorrow due to Zorbas, I may not respond your comments in the same day tomorrow. Because probably at that time we’ll be trying to solve WD’s toilet problem in the dark. 😎

Espionage business

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CIA Director Gina Haspel, yesterday in her statements gave information about the organization’s roadmap. Haspel, the organization again “will concentrate on nation-states,” she said.

According to the Washington Post, the CIA Director said it would be interested in states that are “challenging or threatening the United States,” as it did before September 11th.

With Haspel’s statements, the recent transformation in the CIA has been confirmed. After September 11, it was mentioned that the CIA, who was involved in jihadist organizations in other countries and provided training and equip activities, would focus on the spies against the states again.

According to the news, Haspel did not say the names of the countries they would spy on. She didn’t name specific countries, but the agency has set up new centers to collect intelligence on Iran and North Korea and has been focusing its assets on major powers such as Russia and China, according to intelligence officials.

Haspel also stated that they will work on this issue by argueing that the DPRC would not abandon its nuclear weapons. US President Donald Trump says the DPRC is in compliance with their agreements and is on the road to nuclear disarmament. In her speech, Haspel addressed Iran and argued that Iran “destabilized” the region.

CIA Director said the CIA is closely monitoring China’s efforts to expand its influence in developing nations in Latin America, Africa and South Asia, including by offering loans to poor countries that they cannot repay.

Haspel also said that recruiting and retaining officers with foreign language expertise would be among her priorities, particularly recruits who speak Arabic, Chinese, Farsi and Turkish. And she placed particular emphasis on the agency’s efforts to recruit a more diverse workforce.

When I’ve read this news yesterday, for me the most interesting part was that the CIA would train agents who speak Arabic, Chinese, Farsi and Turkish. And this joke came to my mind.

The CIA trains agents for Russia. Of course they learn Russian fluently. One of them starts his mission in Moscow. In the evening, the CIA agent goes to a bar. He wants vodka from bartender. He also describes the brand of vodka in detail and how he wants it. His Russian is really good. Bartender approaches to the CIA agent.

“Are you sure?” he asks
The CIA agent is surprised and asks
“Why did you ask this question?” to the bartender.
The bartender says “I am guessing you’ll want whiskey.”
The CIA agent says “I like vodka as every Russian”
Bartender asks:
“Are you Russian?”
CIA agent, “Of course I am!” says loudly. The bartender smiles at him:
“I’ve never seen a black Russian; my mistake.”

I am still laughing, haha! I know there are so much things can be said on this news. But thinking this joke and many other jokes about spying, I cannot write more over on this news. 🙂

 

Hot days, very hot days, very very hot summer, being a rock star, betrayal of the best friend, and that SMELL!

It was time to start doing something new in this summer. What should I have done? Summer is long, hot and boring. I had to evaluate this time to make a fresh start in my career. But what? After a long time thinking, so about 3 minutes (it is long for a smart dog like me, anyway), I decided to start my music career. Already I have been always dreaming of being a musician. Especially rock musician! After writing a good lyric and composing good melody, all the lovely lady dogs will run after me during the summer. This is a dog’s dream!

I didn’t ask Migo, because his voice is like a crow. I don’t think he can write lyric either. If you ask him to write the lyrics, he would give you a plain article about all the problems in the world. And he would say to you: “You choose the words from within.” The song he wrote would never be hit.

I imagine myself in “the” awesome moment that all the lovely lady dogs accompany me by waving their tails and hairs while I am on stage at a big concert. So Migo is not a solution for music, even it can be a music problem. Because of this and all reasons (that is, considering Migo’s dangerous situation as being extraterrestrial for our planet) I did not ask help from Migo. Ultimately, a dog’s got to do what a dog’s got to do!

I had to do the composition first, but the composition was already ready. I have transformed a rhythm that I constantly mumbled into a short melody. It was starting “hauuhaauuu” and going on with “hauhauuhav”. It was the beatiful composition! Writing lyric on it was the most difficult.

Day 1

I think of the first line of the song. I know that if I start, the rest will come. Let’s start!
“You and me in the park on the same time”

No, that did not happen; what’s the same time at the park! What a nonsense. Try different begining! I am trusting myself!

“You and me my darling, under the stars”

No way! If it was Migo,he would write like that! Stars, planets, and all sky things are not my business!

“You and me together on the beach tonight”

Very stereotyped! This entry is too bad to be the entry of any hit song! What time is it? I’m hungry. I should call Migo and we go to eat somethings. Lyrics are not being written with empty stomach!

Day 2

The air is getting hot. This heat .. Wait! I found it, the first line of the song.
“It’s so hot, but thinking of you freezes me.”

Hmm, there is something wrong with this sentence. Actually, it must have been the other way around. In real, to think of a lady dog warms me up. I’m being ridiculous. The best thing is to go outside and take a breath and tomorrow make a spectacular entry by being rested. Where is Migo!

Day 3

The weather is hot again. But I have to write the lyrics of this song. If I can make the entry, the rest is already here. What could it be?

“Even if the heat makes me upset, to think of you is like ice cream, darling.”

I’m nonsense again. Every female dog does not like ice cream! By the way, I wanted ice cream. Let’s go out with Migo and get some ice cream. I’ll start again tomorrow.

Day 4

Instead of drooling in this very hot weather, I go to the beach and hang out with some lady dogs.

Day 5, Day 6 … Day 18

Day 19

A new dog came to the neighborhood, its name is Brown Beard. I’ve never seen a dog as annoying as he was! Why all the beautiful lady dogs after him? They are ignoring me… I have to get my popularity back again. Where I’ve been? Yes, yes, I’m on the first line still.

“Some lovers come and go, but I’m always here, darling.”

What the hell! Certainly, this Brown Beard played with my psychology! Am I a loser? Why am I always here? I have to be an inaccessible rock star! I wonder where is Migo? We need to go out. Today I am out of shape.

Day 28

Damn you Brown Beard! As if nice lady dogs aren’t enough for him, now he is trying to take my best friend Black Head from me! I have not had such a terrible summer! The weather is too hot. Where are you Migo, open this air-condition! Or is Migo also hanging out with this new popular dog, Brown Beard? Any lyric can not be written with this psychology! Migoo!

Day 39

We were almost fighting with Brown Beard today! I’m so angry. And, Black Head is not my best friend anymore! Damn him, too! He stabbed me in the back! Maybe I should transfer my anger and pain on the lines. Does not every artist give his/her best works after painful experiences? Yes, it must be my day! Let’s start!

“I can be your best friend, but never let me down, darling!”

What? What did I mean by now? Offf … Not again! Very hot, verrry!

Day 46

There’s sewer smelling in the city today. The smell of shit, it is not a joke, it’s real! It is said that there was a malfunction in the city’s sewage clean-up system and they drained the sewers without purifing to the gulf. Migo was upset today. He’s a bit worse than me due to as an alien he smells like hound. We’re sitting by closed door and windows and opened air condition. I guess this smell won’t be tomorrow. The air conditioner is cooling me off, let me sleep till night, I would start writing the song tomorrow.

Day 55

It’s been nine days, yes last nine days the city smells of sewer! The municipality still couldn’t fix it; because of the smelling of shit, Migo puts a clothespin on his nose, and I have been masked. But my mask doesn’t work. At nights he could not sleep because Migo has to remove the clothespin. Bad days. I couldn’t write my song yet. Summer is over, but I still don’t have a song. If it wasn’t the smell, I definitelly would have written. But this smell blows the whole thing!

Day 57

This song will be written, even if there is smell of poop! Lets start!

“Life is beautiful with you, everything is beatiful with you, even if this city smells sewer!”

Uupps! This did not happen! Start from the begining!

“Speaking of smell, my darling, smell of poop beside every smell…”

Damn it! Start from the begining!

“Darling, I miss you now, even I miss your poop smell.”

Again! This is not going to like that, I won’t be able to write this song before this smell runs out!

Day 63

City is still under the sewer smell, but it looks a little diminished. Maybe it doesn’t smell anymore, and maybe the smell stuck to my nose and it seems to me that it always smells like shit. Wet wipes don’t help. In future, I’m not going to get a smell of anything except poop? And if the lady dogs are the same, or if they forget my smell! But wait a minute, if they forgot my smell, it means that they forgot the smell of that new damned dog, Brown Beard’s smell! My mood lifted, haha! This is an opportunity, I must write the song immediately. If I complete the song at this weekend, I can go on stage next week! Yes! Come Erato, come!

“I loved you in every way of you my darling, even if we poop in the same place!”

…I am exhausted!

Day 73

This time I will continue to write whatever I write. The summer ends but my song will not finish! Yes, this is the last trial! Here is my song lyrics!

This summer was hot, my darling,
I’ve sweltered, I licked ice cream,
and the empty beer boxes.
I’ve never liked the brown!
Every where around me was you and the smell of poop.
But okay, me and you, you and the city,
Betrayer Black Head, damn a friend like you!
Darling, never mind these words,
This song is for both of us!

It’s not bad, actually. It is not so lacking than a rock song. Who am I kidding! Does it make me a rock star? Maybe the songs can’t be written in summer. Maybe maybe maybe. Where is Migo, he can tell me if there is smell still.

Of course, this will not get me down, I’ll try my luck in other areas. I had tried the movie career before. You would remember, my beloved readers, my friends, my brothers and sisters and the Romans! (Romans???) Anyway, I hadn’t stop after that experiment. Maybe writing a movie script or making a song isn’t for me. Maybe I should find something else. The next period will show what it is. And here we are again! Migo’s also probably in here somewhere. I know you all missed me more than Migo, and in this time he promised me that he will not intervene between you and me. 😉 A new hello once again to everyone!

 

Greek director Aris Chatzistefanou wrote on wildfires in Athens: “You can not dictate us when we can criticise you!”

I have read this article about wildfire in Greece 3 days ago in SoL.haber Turkish web page. I had not find it in English at that day. But today I have seen it in English in SoL international. When seeing it in English due to I can share it in my blog I was excited; because this article by Aris Chatzistefanou was one of the good critizes that I have read in this year. In here you will read about how SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government encircled the public with capitalism and makes pressure on them.

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Aris Chatzistefanou, a Greek journalist and director, wrote an article against SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government, its supporters and bourgeois opposition movements that started a witch-hunt for citizens who demanded accountability for the recent wildfires that claimed the lives of 87 people in  Athens, Greece.

Wildfires ravaging through the seaside town of Rafina and the nearby villages of Mati and Nea Makri near the Greek capital torched homes, cars and forests, claiming the lives of at least 87 people while wounding hundreds on July 23, 2018.

Ksenya Kunalaki, one of the editors at right-wing Greek newspaper ‘Kathimeri’, claimed after the wildfire in Athens that the austerity measures implemented by the Greek government could not be blamed for the recent fires alone. Kunalaki argued that there were many factors that contributed to the disaster including unplanned settlements, citizens parking their vehicles on the emergency lanes, and the lack of volunteers to intervene in the wildfires…

Yet, Kunalaki, of course, intentionally ignores the role of Greek capitalist class paving the way for opening forestlands to the settlements through various legal regulations for getting unearned income in collaboration with political powers in Greece for decades.

Greek firefighters had explained in an event organized by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in May 2018 how the SYRIZA-ANEL government cut the Fire Brigade budget, saying that the Greek government had not provided for a single new equipment to the firefighters for the past seven years.

Aris Chatzistefanou, a Greek journalist and director, wrote a piece against SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government, its supporters and bourgeois opposition movements that started a witch-hunt for citizens who demanded accountability the recent wildfires claiming the lives of 87 people in Greece’s Athens. We are sharing Chatzistefanou’s article published on info-war.gr with the readers of soL News Portal…

“You cannot dictate to us when we can and we cannot criticise you!”

The government and bourgeois opposition supporters have recently started a witch-hunt against those criticizing the current and previous governments about the tragedy caused by the wildfires in Attica.

Whoever dares to speak the truth is treated as if they have barricaded the streets to prevent firefighters or to sabotage the fire-fighting aircraft.

This is actually a routine practice implemented by every government in order to conceal their responsibility especially within the first 72 hours of such crises ─ as journalist Christos Avramidis reminded us.

After every terrorist attack in France, mainstream media has labelled everyone drawing attention to the foreign policy followed by Paris over the Middle East or to the bad situation in the outskirts of France, which are the main factors that arm the terrorists, as “traitors” The only thing we are allowed to say: “Our thoughts are with the families of the victims.”

When an armed group terrorized civilians in an American school, you cannot question the right to acquire guns, the liquidation of health and wealth services (especially the ones related to mental health) or any other factors that could explain this issue and prevent the recurrence of such incidents. You can only pray for the victims.

The dreadful difference we observed in the recent wildfires in Greece is that this practice is not only implemented by the government, but also by the main opposition party under the leadership of Kiriakos Michotakis [the leader of the right-wing New Democracy]. According to the leader of the New Democracy, now it is not the time to hold those responsible for this crime accountable; but it is the time for “unity and solidarity”.

So, what is happening? Have the former rivalries among the political parties given way to a “political unity”? If so, why does the media such as the SKAI television supporting the New Democracy continue its atrocious (mostly unjust and vulgar) aggression against the government?

There is a simple explanation of this “paradoxical” issue. This time, the criticism of the Greek citizens is not only about the inadequacy of the state mechanism (the response of every government is the same to this criticism: “We inherited a wreck”), but also about the political preferences of all governments in the years when it comes to the implementation of austerity measures.

People lose their temper when they witness the crocodile tears of Jean-Claude Juncker [President of the European Commission, one of the symbols of austerity policies in Greece] or other European officials; because they are aware that these politicians and officials have imposed the austerity policies that entirely paralyzed the Greek state and cut the budget on fire safety.

When listening to the speech of the Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta blaming atheism for the devastating wildfires, people burst with anger; because they remember that we bribe (literally) the bishops instead of allocating budget for doctors and firefighters.

People are very well aware of how many firefighting aircraft the Greek government can afford to purchase if we were not the only country that allocates the highest military budget among NATO members after the United States, and the only country that increases its defense budget in the middle of an economic crisis, receiving loans from the U.S.

Yet, the main opposition does not have even a word to utter despite the anger of the Greek people; because they also signed the same austerity agreements as the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government have done; they transferred millions of money to the clerics and approved the same budget increases for war.

That is why you cannot tell us when we can criticize you!

We can donate blood for wounded people and carry out food aid, while we can also question your intentions.

On the one hand, we can extol the heroic firefighters and volunteers with all our hearts, while on the other hand we can lay bare the terrible weakness of the state apparatus due to the austerity policies you agreed to implement.

We can also list how many frigates the Greek creditors have forced you to purchase, and how many firefighting aircraft you have sacrificed to be able to get the F-35 war planes from the United States.

NOTE: As we have said before, there is no such thing as ‘‘natural disaster’’. When a natural event occurs in a region where people live, it automatically becomes a political event and this event is responded to by political actions, not by wishes or prayers. SYRIZA was aware of this in the wildfires in 2007, but it seems that it has forgotten this fact in the fires in 2018.

WHO IS ARIS CHATZISTEFANOU?

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Aris Chatzistefanou is a Greek journalist and filmmaker.

Born in Athens, Chatzistefanou started his career as a journalist in 1997 at Radio Skai 100.3, wherein 2005 he began his own show Infowar, a big success on Greek radio. In April 2011, he released Debtocracy, a documentary co-directed by Katerina Kitidi about the Greek debt crisis, which, despite garnering almost a million viewers on YouTube was not well received in the traditional media and caused the cancellation of Infowar and his dismissal.

He has worked for the BBC World Service in London and Istanbul, and contributed short documentaries and articles to The Guardian and other international media outlets.

In 2012, he co-directed with Katerina Kitidi, the documentary Catastroika that focuses on the effects of massive privatization in Greece and several other countries, the documentary features Naomi Klein and others. The film was released by the co-owned Infowar Productions.

Aris Chatzistefanou co-founded the magazine Unfollow in January 2013; in 2014, he directed Fascism Inc., a documentary that shows how the economic elites supported fascism in the 1920s and 1930s, comparing it to the present situation. In 2016 he directed the documentary. This Is Not A Coup focusing on the effects of ECB and Eurozone policies in the European periphery.

Also, some quotes about wildfire in Greece from a writing with title “Wildfires in Greece: A capitalist crime”, in In Defence of Communism web page for reading:

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The SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government has unleashed an outrageous communicative campaign in order to throw the blame for the disaster somewhere else, except from itself. They blame the “weather”, the “climate change”, the supposedly “unprecedented weather conditions”, the “wind”, etc. In an interview to the BBC, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos had the audacity to blame the residents themselves because, as he said, they contributed to disaster by building illegal homes. In a shameless effort to justify the unjustifiable, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras talked about an “asymmetrical phenomenon”.

Behind such communicative tricks of mockery, which deceive and provoke the people, they are trying to hide the actual culprit of the tragedy: the barbaric capitalist system which generates the pursuit of profit. Profit-making is behind arson and land enroachment. A burnt forest consists a splendid opportunity for investment and profitability by capitalists and business groups. Capitalist development imposes- through one or another way- the concentration of land in fewer hands.

In capitalist Greece, fire protection measures and forest fire-fighting infrastructure do not consist a priority. The policy that serves the capitalist profit do not regard fire protection as an important matter. The Greek governments pay up to 4.2 billion euros annually for military expendidures related to NATO, but when it comes to fire protection measures there is no money. You see, fire protection and fire-fighting infrastructure aren’t a profitable sector like the arms industry.

Once again Mr. Tsipras is lying to the Greek people. The wildfires aren’t an “asymmetrical phenomenon”. What consists an asymmetrical phenomenon- which poses a continuous grave threat to the people- is capitalist system itself. This is the system that SYRIZA, New Democracy and the other bourgeois parties are serving.

Enought with lies and hypocrisy! The unspeakable disaster of the last days in the suburbs of Athens is nothing but the mirror of capitalist barbarity.

Besides immedietly after wildfires, Communist Party of Turkey made a statement and called solidarity with Greek people. In here you can read it too. Communist Party of Turkey: We call on all our friends and comrades to stand with the Greek people! 

My related post: Disaster

In Denmark, cultural assimilation to the immigrant children

News was taken from SoL.news

According to the new laws in Denmark, in immigrant neighborhoods, which are defined as ‘ghetto’, some crimes will be double punished, and the children who are living in these low-income areas will be subjected to cultural assimilation under the name of ‘education of values’ by begining from one years old.

While other Danish citizens are not obliged to take any preschool education until the age of 6, the trainings scheduled for at least 25 hours a week are compulsory for children of families living in ghetto from one years old. According to the law, which mainly involves the neighborhoods of Muslim families, the social security payments of families which do not send their children to the trainings of “values” such as Christmas, Easter and Danish are being cut off.

Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen who gave a place for integration of immigrants at his speech at new year warned that ghettos could “reach out their tentacles onto the streets” by spreading violence, and that because of ghettos, “cracks have appeared on the map of Denmark.”

Double punishment for immigrant neighborhoods

That tough approach is embodied in the “ghetto package.” Of 22 proposals presented by the government in early March, most have been agreed upon by a parliamentary majority, and more will be subject to a vote in the fall. One measure under consideration would allow courts to double the punishment for certain crimes if they are committed in one of the 25 neighborhoods classified as ghettos, based on residents’ income, employment status, education levels, number of criminal convictions and “non-Western background.”

Electronic ankle bracelets for immigrant youngs

Some proposals have been rejected as too radical, like one from the far-right Danish People’s Party that would confine “ghetto children” to their homes after 8 p.m. Challenged on how this would be enforced, Martin Henriksen, the chairman of Parliament’s integration committee, suggested in earnest that young people in these areas could be fitted with electronic ankle bracelets.

The proportion of immigrants coming from Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria is 13 percent in Denmark, which has 5 million 700 thousand population. The unemployment rate in the places where Muslim immigrants are majority is estimated to be 40 percent, and it is estimated that more than half of the immigrant population has a very low income.