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April/May 2016

Are Russia and Putin to be blamed for everything?
New Challenges for Croatia
Roman Theatre in Plovdiv
Eger Medieval Castle
Forest Park in the Valley of Jankovac
End of the American Empire
Turkish game with Qatar
They have supported the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic
Loyal or Double Judicial Standards?
Renewed Pearls of the Carpathians
The Prophetic Dimension of History
Patrons of Science, Technology and Crafts (Part 3)
Fates of Republican Officers
Edita´s Black Eyes
We all live from Proglas
Triangle of Slovak Graphics Legend
Lost Silesian Star

Editorial
Are Russia and Putin to be blamed for everything?

Allegedly, there is Russian propaganda acting in Slovakia. And not only in Slovakia but also in other countries that are the members of an international organization called the European Union. Who says that? Particularly, the pro-American media in Slovakia, ad hoc civic activists and experts on social networks, print and electronic media which refer to information coming from the documents from the Slovak Ministry of Interior. According to this material, Slovakia and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe have become the subject of the influence of the information operation structures of the Russian Federation. They describe the alleged Russian propaganda as a part of the "hybrid threats” destabilizing the organization of the state and its political system, however, they are unable to define their contents. Its aim shall be to disseminate misleading information that could undermine the confidence of the Slovaks in the pro-Western orientation of the country. Russia, specifically the Kremlin, reportedly creates and supports information flows that distribute pro-Russian narrative and question “the value anchoring of Slovakia in the Euro-Atlantic area. "

They responded to this information by some Slovak politicians. For example, pro-American František Šebej, a chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Slovak Parliament and expert on psychology. In its comments, he urges in a revolutionary way that “in order to preserve freedom and democracy we must fight the destructive influence of misinformation and propaganda. " And he scares the Slovak public by an absurd claim that the ultimate goal of Russia is disintegrate the European Union and take as many quarrelling EU Member States under the influence of Russia as possible...

 New fighters have quickly jumped onto this new wave of Russophobia in the information war. They have created a list of dangerous pro-Russian websites and media, respectively, have established a sort of self-appointed evaluation committee of conspirators who usurp the right to evaluate the media and even compile a list of media in which is not recommended to advertise. The unfair fight for money and funding projects allows everything. And the fact that “in their fight for freedom and democracy, " which certainly is not for free, they want to restrict the right of others to freedom of expression and thought, to free, independent and uncensored spread of information. In this context, it is interesting to note that honorary members of that “fighters´ committee are entrepreneurs and shareholders of the companies that own some media in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, where the Russian banks and companies advertised or still advertise... Is it morally and politically honest to fight against a kind of Russian propaganda, and Putin and on the other hand, published a well-paid advertising of Russian companies and banks? Or trade or advertising are no longer involved in the fight for freedom and democracy?

It is already eight years since the European Union began suffocating debt, economic, social and cultural crisis. It has been unable to recover from it. Nevertheless, this crisis has been caused neither by Putin nor Russia, but by the Europeans themselves and by the leaders in the European Union. This organization bears the greatest responsibility for the standard of living of all citizens as its Member States have delegated almost all decision-making powers. Neither Russia nor Putin divided the European Union into the Eurozone and the rest, nor they caused the financial crisis in Greece and the UK referendum on remaining in the EU. Russian bankers are not members of the European banks or the European Central Bank. In the European Union, there is no Russian political party or movement. Not Russia, but Brussels, politicians and the EU governments decided that Russia is no longer a strategic partner for the EU. Russia or Putin are not responsible for immigration crisis that has undermined peace and security in the European Union for several years. Not Russia, but the EU and its so-called Common and Security Policy support the aggressive US foreign policy in North Africa and the Middle East. Not Russia, but especially Italy, Germany, France and Great Britain has dragged the European Union to the conflict in Europe and beyond. Always faithful and in solidarity alongside the US and NATO. And what are the results and consequences like? Devastating and fatal. The standard of living of citizens is decreasing, growing army of poor and needy, there are more than 120 million of them! Unemployment of young generation has already been alarming for several years. The middle class is being phased out and is also dependent on usury lending and consumer loans. The problem is not to borrow but where and how to make money to increase monthly income and repay debts. Expenditure on housing and high quality food continue to rise as well as income tax, expenditure on education, health and social care. Every year, fewer and fewer children are born. The euro is overvalued, it is not covered by gold and productivity, but speculative emissions of banknotes that are put into circulation through the new and constantly increasing number of funds and subsidy mechanisms, subsidies and support schemes. Their only meaning is merely to artificially increase the demand and inflation, not price, and the value of work, the gross domestic product. Everybody knows that we produce more than we can consume. The European Union is not competitive, has no common economic, fiscal or budgetary policy. It has locked itself in and stronger and bigger “devour” the weaker and smaller. The aim is not development, but survival. It no longer matters whether you live in the north or south, west or east of the European Union. In wealthier regions you need more money, in the poorer less. Integration and building so-called common home has stopped and does not continue. The European dream of a united Europe is back almost at the beginning of the integration process. After the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions, the regulated production of the European twenty-eight cannot be exported to the Russian market, so as the prices of food and agricultural products continue to drop. Manufacturers are going bankrupt because they are devastated by the very high margins of retail chains. Due to this long-termed policy, the prosperity of nations and states in the EU has not increased or the peace and security on the old continent has not been secured. Vice versa. The European Union has become a popular target for other “freedom fighters ". Citizens are dissatisfied, grumble about the army of more than 30,000 well-paid officials in Brussels and national governments. They live tougher lives. They have understood that the virtual values ​​and the virtual world will not pay for their breakfast or clothes. Sometimes even two jobs are not enough. If the EU is shaken in its foundations, it is certainly not due to some sort of Russian propaganda, but mainly due to the inability of EU leaders and national governments to stop the stagnation and resolve the crisis. British referendum and exceptions are a response to the existing system of black and white thinking and management in the EU that needs to be changed and reformed. If there is no change, decay is inevitable, because people and the states will face a choice between two alternatives - leave and survive, or remain and be destroyed. Political integration and economic reforms are needed in the whole EU, not just in new or younger member countries and candidates for membership. And we have to deal with the fact that the European Union at present and in its current form is no longer as attractive as it used to be. Neither building of new military bases nor threatening by Russia will help. The Union loses its credibility on the basis of false and bad decisions having been made in the Council of the European Union and the European Commission and the European Parliament, not by Russian propaganda or “pro-Russian media and information channels. " Unfortunately, no one shall bear responsibility for such decisions at European or national levels. In any case, we have to look for culprits at home and in the EU, not in Russia or in the media and on social networks.

These are topics that must be free to speak and write about in the European Union. In Slovakia, too. Threatening by the Russian propaganda and by referring to those who have a different opinion, that their view endangers our freedom and democracy, is ridiculous and embarrassing. If, for example, the EU is about to disintegrate, if the fall of the Western civilization comes, it is not because Russia desires so but because they will not be able to reform, to maintain and offer a new perspective. If some EU member states in order of their economic survival understand that they must cooperate with Russia and with other economic groups of countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America (Eurasian Union, the countries of BRICS and the Commonwealth of Independent States), it is their sovereign right and free choice. Russia and Eastern European countries are also the part of Europe. Like Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Let us not forget that the European Union has not defined Russia as its enemy and neither has Slovakia. Therefore, it is very strange that because of American propaganda and propaganda of NATO, we cut Russia off from Western, Central and South-eastern Europe.

Robert Matejovic, editor in chief

Personality
New Challenges for Croatia
“We have to begin to promote outside the European Union, not just in North America but also in South America, Africa and Asia. China, which is finally becoming a world power, enters the process as well "said Kolinda Grabar - Kitarović, the President of the Republic of Croatia.

 Gallery
Roman Theatre in Plovdiv

Photo report
Eger Medieval Castle
It is a symbol of Hungarian patriotism, heroism, courage, perseverance and love of country – the original Hungarian Empire.

Forest Park in the Valley of Jankovac
It is the pearl of the nature park Papuk and northern Slavonia.

We were interested
End of the American Empire
Foreigners perceive contemporary America as a country which, while capable of attack against phantom enemies, but is full of delusions and chaos, is internally divided and approaching the political paralysis.

Abroad
Turkish game with Qatar
Is Ankara preparing a new conflict in the South Caucasus as a retaliation for the Russian mission in Syria?

Survey
How do you comment the referendum in which the Dutch rejected the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine?

Justice
They have supported the Judicial Council of the Slovak Republic
The Association of Slovak Judges urges the Government and the National Council of the Slovak Republic to approve a code of ethics for the representatives of executive and legislative power.

Opinion
Loyal or Double Judicial Standards?
“The new leadership of the Association of Slovak Judges ignores political persecution and disciplinary prosecution of judges,”says Štefan Harabin, a judge of the Supreme Court.

Report
Renewed Pearls of the Carpathians
Four wooden churches and a cemetery of rabbis, which were preserved and restored in the reconstruction for almost 300,000 Euros, will contribute to the development of the East Carpathians and infrastructure of the Cycling Icon Path.

Reflections
The Prophetic Dimension of History
Formal Christians are tasty attraction for the enemy, who has the most diverse set of spiritual betrays - from open satanism to elaborated imitations of the activity and expression of the Holy Spirit.

Heritage
Patrons of Science, Technology and Crafts (Part 3)
Saint Lawrence of Rome is the patron saint of printers, librarians, archivists, glass artists, chefs, pastry chefs and soldiers.

History
Fates of Republican Officers
In the Soviet Union, where they had emigrated to, they were imprisoned, executed or recruited to the Red Army. Some died in the Gulag, the others returned to Spain and lived in other countries.

The World of Show Business
Edita´s Black Eyes
They have become an idol for writing, composing the music and recording the first Slovak tango in Prague - song Dita which laid the foundations of modern Slovak dance music more than 80 years ago.

Culture
We all live from Proglas
Poetry teaches me patience, precision, performance and especially humility to the word, which is now at risk and loses its power, " says Ida Rapaičová, an actress, pianist and pedagogue.

Art
Triangle of Slovak Graphics Legend
The works of Naďa Rappensbergerová – Jankovičová reflect hope, symbolism, minimalist design and simplicity of administration of large ideas, mystical expressive features, human beings and women´s cats eye´s.

Sport
Lost Silesian Star
The story of Ernst Wilimowski, one of the best goal scorers in the history of football, which reflects the unsettled fate of Polish - German relations. Poles still perceive him as a traitor.

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