May 2014

Bitter Flavour of Poroshenko´s Chocolate
Serbia wants to be neutral
Propaganda of the European Commission in numbers
Skradinski waterfall and mills
"Small town Solaris "for all
Under the pyramids of Pirin
Voting or a secret trading with politicians?
Trans-Carpathian region facing autonomy from Hungarians and Rusins
Why is Julka afraid of Poroshenko?
Pillars of gender equality
Fear of decline and of Russia (Part 1)
The Shanghai story
He plays primarily for the audience
Cuban art in Slovakia (Part 2)
Ice Hockey League of Champions

 
Editorial
Bitter Flavour of Poroshenko´s Chocolate
With amusement as well as with disappointment, I observe as the most of the so-called mainstream media and news agencies in the European Union have united their media commentaries on Ukraine. For example, the issue of Russian gas. Almost everyone knows that Ukraine does not want to and is unable to pay its debts to Russia. Instead of putting pressure on Kiev, they rather create a media and political pressure on Russia, using the gas they blackmail Ukraine and the European Union that Russia uses gas as a weapon against Ukraine. In other words, Russia would be fine only if it sold gas to Ukrane for free or it subsidized this sales ... I mean Russia, which after the collapse of the USSR, has paid all debts and for Ukraine, too.
These agencies and the media blindly copy the views and rethorics of so- called European leaders and the ideological creators of the so-called common European security policy. Armed coup in Ukraine held on 22 Feburary 2014, having been directed by the U.S.A. and the European Union in order to separate Ukraine from Russia eventually, to de- Russianization and make a least western Ukraine more European, is presented as "a national revolution" and demonstration of the desire and will of the Ukrainian nation to integrate into the European Union. But there were also speculations having appeared that this "national revolution" is basically just the U.S. revenge against Russia that the country had provided asylum to Edwardow Snowden, a former employee of the CIA and the system administrator of the National Security Agency (NSA). If it proves that as a revenge, the White House has directly or indirectly financed "the Ukrainian National Guard "and the Ukrainian army in combat against the "Russian terrorists and separatists" in the southeast of Ukraine, it will be another blow to "commonly shared European values, humanism and democracy,"which are so vehemently pursued by the European Union. And of course, even more it causes more doubts concerning the EU credibility and it will discourage its citizens even more. Why should Slovakia be a part of such a EU that is preaching water and drinking wine? " Isn´t it high time Minister Lajčák told the truth and stopped hiding behind phrases that are impossile to prove? It has been a long term fact that Baroness Ashton is an incapable and weak Minister of Foreign Affairs of the EU. But a Slovak career diplomat, who wants to be one of the major candidates for the post of the UN could already have more courage and guts and "push away" from the prescribed notes and finally sing "another aria". For example, whether a coup was in accordance with the Ukrainian Constitution and legislation. Or what he saw and experienced and survived in the Donbas and in eastern Ukraine, where he has not had enough courage to go yet and meet "Russian militia." He should be searching for the truth also because of his attempt to play the role of a kind of coordinator of the eastern policy of the V4 countries to Ukraine, " which he has not drawn any significant attention to. Neither in the USA nor in Brussels and even Slovakia. It is confirmed that American players in Ukraine are Poles, Swedes and Germans, however, Slovaks are not. Fortunately, for the ordinary Slovaks, it was not them who first called millions of ethnic Russians who had been living for centuries in regions of the south and east of Ukraine "terrorists and separatists ". They were particularly Slovak,, mainstream "media and the Slovak diplomacy that somehow had forgotten the fact that these Russians had not recognized the coup and its illegitimate product - Jacenuk´s interim government, and the subsequent political terror spree of the Nazi and anti-Semitic groupings, such as the Right Sector and the political party Svoboda (translated as Freedom). And they have obviously forgotten that since the coup they have not been feeling freely and safely in Ukraine. Also they must not forget the fact that no one from Kiev wants to talk to them and solve their economic, social and cultural requirements. The violent de-Russianization and fanatical Ukrainianization of Ukraine, but ignore the law and the cause of establishing the national republics in Donetsk and Luhansk. People fight there every day, the number of dead children and civilians is increasing. In this context, it is important to note that there is no binding international instrument that would declare and guarantee the current Russian-Ukrainian border, respectively territorial integrity of Ukraine, which was established in the era of the Soviet Union.
Media, politics and citizens have not noticed another interesting detail. Who funded the so-called national revolution in Ukraine? You may not be surprised - especially Oligarch Petro Poroshenko. He was the driving force of the "anti-Russian resistance", "a sponsor" and Maidan´s chef. Having been infuenced by revolution and terrorism, the citizens of Ukraine elected him the fifth president of Ukraine in the early presidential election held on 25May 2014. According to the rhetorics of the national revolution and his private television, he is finally "the national and Ukrainian President." Nevertheless, who is this 48 - year old tycoon, manufacturer of confectionery and chocolate of Roshen brand? Ukrainian rightists, nationalists a patriots reproach him that he has not officially declared his Jewish roots and the original surname of his father - Waltzman. They accuse him of concealing his Jewish history and Judaism of his mother, whose name had been adopted by his father. Wikipedia writes about him that he is the member of the Orthodox Christians. He was not afraid to show the sign of the cross in the polling station. American Forbes, however, recently involved him in the ranked list of the richest and most influential Jews in Ukraine, and his election as a president was welcomed by all the influential Jewish organizations. Better informed Ukrainians suspect him of illegal economic activities just before and after the collapse of the USSR, when starting a business with his father and thus he raised the capital. Politically, his activities can be defined as really diversified. He took part in establishing Yanukovich´s Party of Regions, he sponsored so-called the Orange Revolution in 2004, for a particular time, he was a social democrat, and then served President Kuchma, Yushchenko and Yanukovich against whom he eventually led "the national revolution". He is "labelled" as "a man who cannot be trusted." In the election campaign, he promised that his first journey after being elected a president would lead to the Donbas region, where he would like to bring peace. However, he travelled elsewhere - to France (Normandy) and to Poland, where a new U.S. base is being built and where he was searching for an inspiration." What kind of inspiration? For example, he will support diversification of energy resources to get rid of Ukrainian dependence on Russian gas and theat, he would decentralize Ukraine according to the Polish model. It is confirmed that currently, "ethnically cleanse Ukrainians" from Kiev, the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but anti-Russian Polish-Jewish lobby in the United States do not have a stronger impact on Poroshenko. In Poland, Radoslaw Sikorski will increase Poroshenko´s visibility. Sikorski is a former journalist, a British citizen until 2006, a former Polish defense minister and a current Foreign Minister and his wife Mrs Elizabeth Anne Applebaum who is an influential American journalist of Polish-Jewish origin. On the 21 February 2014, the very same Mr Sikorski signed the agreement of the reconciliation of the political crisis in Ukraine on behalf of the EU, which has so far not come into existence or be respected.
Whatever the truth about the president Poroshenko is, the most important thing is that he did not gain his power " without a mistake or in a purely honest way." First of all, he funded "the national revolution" and the bloody state coup. In order to achieve his goal, he exploited masses of poor and unemployed citizens, police officers and the death of radical protesters. As a result, Ukraine has lost Crimea and deepened the hatred between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians. Then, he financed his election campaign and ignored war against the citizens of the south-east of Ukraine. In which civilized European country in the EU is such a career policy standard and normal? Mr Snowden, should you prefer to stay in the United States.
Robert Matejovic, editor-in-chief
 
National or European Parliament?
In the European elections, the participation of voters reached the level of over 50 percent in only seven Member States of the European Union. Traditionally, the highest one was achieved in Belgium and Luxembourg (90%), where the turnout is mandatory. Then, in Malta (74.81%), Italy (60%), Greece (58.20%), Denmark (56.4%) and Ireland (51.60%). The lowest voters´ turnout was traditionally in Slovakia (13%), which, since the 2004 elections, has taken over the baton from the lowest participation of Great Britain. In these elections, Slovakia was seconded by the Czech Repulic (19.5%), Slovenia (20.9%) and Poland (22.7%). Since 1999, it has already been the fourth consecutive election with the turnout of the European citizens' below 50 percent. The participation, which was above the level of 50 per cent, was last reached in the parliamentary elections of 1994 (56.67%) when there were twelve European members (excluding Sweden, Austria and Finland). Statistics also show that since 1979, when the first election to the European Parliament (61.99% participation) was held, voter turnout has been decreasing continuously! It is proved that even after 35 years of "building a common European home " or deepening of "the European integration", most citizens have not been convinced by the EU about its legitimacy and raison d'être of the European Parliament. And yet it is the only EU body directly elected by the citizens.
Due to the low turnout its legitimacy has been called into question for 20 years despite having been transformed in 2009 by the federalist Lisbon Treaty "into a particular partner for the European Council and the European Commission in particular in the field of legislation and approval of the EU budget". The paradox is that, since competences of the co-decision of the European Parliament were introduced such as the competences to elect the proposed President of the European Commission (the candidate proposed by the Council) and approved by the entire Commission (a sort of executive government of the EU), the confidence of citizens to MEPs and Parliament has significantly decreased. European voters blame and responsibility for errors, policies and bureaucracy of the European Commission and decision- making of the Council of the European Union are asigned particularly to the European Parliament, and not to a particular prime minister and member governments, the European Commission and Commissioner ...
The cardinal problem for European voters is still the answer to the key question: Why should I vote for MPs of the national parliament and MEPs? In other words, if we are nation states and the European Union is a union of nation states, what is the European Parliament for? Which Parliament is of greater importance and significance for the European citizens- the national or the European one?
Let's try to find the answers to this question. What would happen if the European Parliament was abolished, who would miss it? Politicians or citizens? Firms or lobbyists? How many people would lose a well-paid job and how much money would be saved? Certainly large billions euro. What then prevents current "national and European politicians "to open a discussion on the reform of the European institutions? From my point of view, nothing but good will and fair approach to citizens. The European Parliament should feel free to change for example into the 28 - member assembly work - Conference or the Council of Presidents of Parliaments of the EU Member States. Or the Interparliamentary Assembly of selected members of national parliaments. Many European issues and problems could certainly be more flexible, more efficient and cheaper consulted and agreed in such format as the parliament, which has 751 deputies and other institutions and political factions.
The reform could also repeal the discriminatory model - the number of votes of the member state according to the size of the state. Instead, it could introduce a model of one voice and one delegate (representative) for each Member State, which would represent a binding recommendation of the National Parliament resolution on the subject. This would, as common European policy "once again return to the land of national parliaments and would be much clearer and in particular, it would be closer to the citizen. Let us not forget that the current EU is not a federal or confederative state. Nevertheless, national parliaments could block legislative proposals of the European Commission only in "the first round. " However, the final decision is passed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. No consensus, but a vote. And these decisions are no longer simply binding to the national parliaments and national governments regardless of whether they conform or not conform to national and state interests of the nation state.
Robert Matejovič, editor-in-chief
 
Personality
Serbia wants to be neutral
,,I am not sure if we will join the EU or not, but I know that we will be ready for membership. We do not want to stay outside, but it also up to the EU whether it wants Serbia as its member.' says Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia.
 
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Propaganda of the European Commission in numbers
What is the European Union's contribution to Slovakia after ten years? Can the EU funds balance those resources which Slovakia lost after the privatization of state assets in order to be a member of the EU?
 
Photo report
Skradinski waterfall and mills
It is the most powerful and most attractive of waterfalls on the river Krka. It was used as the backdrop locationn during filming the first episode of Winnetou.
 
Investstory
"Small town Solaris "for all
Sandy beaches, an aqua park and restaurant Dalmatian Selo are the best places to go to if are in town.
 
Report
Under the pyramids of Pirin
Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria, is where Spartacus the legendary gladiator and leader of the third uprising of slaves in the Roman Empire once grew up.
 
Justice
Voting or a secret trading with politicians?
Eleting of the new President of the Supreme Court in Sobrance did not happen. ,, It was hard and dirty backstage trade and tthe rise of the new generation, those who ''sort things out''"says Stefan Harabin elections, after receiving ecord support from Supreme Court judges, the Judicial Council and the Association of Slovak Judges.
 
We were interested
Trans-Carpathian region facing autonomy from Hungarians and Rusins
Fidesz and Jobbik calling establishing of autonomy of the Tisza River region.

Survey
Are Slovakians given objective information about the development in Ukrainet? Should the Trans-Carpathian region of Ruthenia be annexed and attached to slovakia?
 
Foreign affairs
Why is Julka afraid of Poroshenko?
The Ukrainian ,,Joan of Arc "and her ochlocrats threaten with their third phase of national revolution. They have been blackmailing the European Union and the U.S. - they want to be offered military assistance to war against Russia.
 
Sonda
Pillars of gender equality
The most devastating attack on human ideology. ,, It's worse than the feared nuclear disaster worse than an unstoppable viral infection, worse than the Great Flood, "underlines Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
 
Reflections
Fear of decline and of Russia (Part 1)
The West in between the Congress of Vienna and the Crimean War. The Russian empire was objected to revolutionary intervention by the West.

History
The Shanghai story
Famous architect and native of Banska Bystrica Ladislav Hudec isappropriated by the Czechs, Hungarians and Germans. His masterful Hotel Park was amongst to the highest high rise building in Asia for thirty years.
 
Culture
He plays primarily for the audience
"Recitation should be a necessary part of the actor's craft as for a musician is to be able to read music," says Dušan Jamrich, actor, speaker and educator.
 
Art
Cuban art in Slovakia (Part 2)
Young and talented painter Alberto Morán Socorro has loved art since childhood and knew exactly what he wants to achieve in life.
 
Sport
Ice Hockey League of Champions
The only Slovakian participant in it is the last ice hockey champion - HC Kosice. According to Alexander Medvedev, “the new new competition will be a dead child without the KHL and Russian clubs."
 

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