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Apathy kills

Stunned, surprised and happy – that’s how I would describe myself when I saw the poster in the picture below. You are now wondering what it says because it’s not in English. You can’t understand it but that’s all right because you probably don’t know Bulgarian. Besides, most people in my country don’t seem to get it either so don’t bother too much!

“Apathy kills -(Апатията убива)”. That’s what it is written. These young people are actually protesting against the possibility of shale gas mining in Bulgaria – in the heart of the country actually because that’s where the wheat and the other crops are produced. Any normal government wouldn’t even discuss the possibility of shale gas mining, would it? Or if it does, it’s then normal to protest against it’s attempt to consciously kill the country’s population, right? Besides, shale gas mining is forbidden by the EU as far as I know. Hence, protests should be a matter of course. Why was I surprised then? Well, protests are something rather unusual in Bulgaria and it’s quite an event when somebody actually does raise their voice. Now do you understand the picture’s message better? It is not only against the shale gas mining; it calls the rest of the country to eventually express its anger. I can’t even say the rest of the citizens – a citizen is a person who is actively involved in the country’s public life after all. The Arab Spring was an inspiration for so many countries to fight for better life and freedom and it’s been spreading everywhere. Other countries are protesting because of what the global crisis brought us – poverty, lost jobs, inflation, you name it. Even Bulgaria’s neighbours – the other Balkan countries are having strikes, let alone the ones in Nigeria or the UK or even the Netherlands that I witnessed a couple of months ago.  Let me give you some facts and examples – actions speak louder than words after all.

Fact: Greeks are protesting against the austerity measures.

Fact: In Romania there are strikes even right now against the government’s proposal of healthcare reforms and other general spending cuts.

Fact: Nigerians were protesting against the oil subsidy removal.

Fact: The pension protests in the UK are another recent example of unrest.

I won’t go on and on. If you can think of any other inspiration that could wake up the people please carry on…Seeing this photograph fills me with optimism though – there is still hope after all.


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Posted by on January 18, 2012 in Europe


Facta non verba: or why actions speak louder than words

While Merkozy are putting up walls of words during their lovely dinner for two (also known as a summit) in one of the longest soup operas ever – The EU Crisis, others are busy with actually doing something to make a difference.
Take the Arab Spring, for example. It was more of taking actions rather than chit-chat or always the same gobbledygook published in newspapers or launched on the TV to create the illusion that something might change. Together with the signing of the upcoming treaty Merkozy should well think of introducing new PR tactics too. Instead of moaning and complaining about their situation, the people of so many counties decided they had enough. “If you want to do something you always find a way; if you don’t want to do something you always find an excuse”. I find this Bulgarian saying particularly true, especially in today’s uncertanty. We – who are affected by the credit crunch, we are not the only ones having hard times. There are protests not only in the USA and Europe but also in the Middle East and Africa. Yes, Africa – have a look at Nigeria. Youths are launching various initiatives and it’s not only on facebook. Or maybe many people are unaware of it? Maybe because most of our media is too focused on our politicians who seem to be so preoccupied with blaming each other, trying to introduce new amazing treaties when the old ones need fixing too? Einstein stated that performing the same tasks and expecting different results is the definition of insanity and it seems so true in the EU crisis’s context. It is time for real actions and we are all waiting…
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Europe