The Six O’Clock News: Greece & Eastern Europe

Since I got back from Greece this week, I thought I’d talk about some news stories about the Grecian part of Europe – or mostly, anyway.

Armenian Culture in Turkey: From the Ashes

The Armenian genocide comes up a few times in We Need to Talk About Kevin, which I read while I was away, and this story from The Economist was interesting. Why don’t genocides like this get taught in schools alongside the Holocaust? There’s Rwanda, the DRC conflict, all the shit Saddam Hussein did. Surely they’re just as relevant as the shit Hitler did?

Illegal Workers Arrested at Woking Restaurant

This BBC piece is a teeny tiny story that will help out UKIP, but since I recently found out that some Albanian friends of mine were smuggled out of their country and were illegal immigrants, this made me think. There’s always two sides to a story and all that…

Jamie Oliver Slams ‘Wet Behind the Ears’ British Youth Who Don’t Work as Hard as Europeans

… Especially since British people don’t seem to want to work in restaurants anyway (via The Independent). For the record, the hardest-working people I can think of are Albanian.

Sisa: Cocaine of the Poor – Full Length

I’ve only just discovered Vice, and I’ve not finished watching the video, but this article about Athens’ latest drug problem highlights that fact that while Angela Merkel and her friends are discussing bailouts, and while people are talking about how Greece “should just leave the euro” or whatever, the economic problems over there aren’t just economic – they’re social, and the longer the economic issues last, the harder it will be to fix the social issues. Just a thought for the IMF.

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A Word Or Two on World Press Freedom Day

Today  is World Press Freedom Day.

As Indifferent Ignorance is a member of, if not the press then at least the media, I feel a distinct obligation to point you all towards The Independent‘s Voices In Danger campaign, which aims to publicise stories of journalists who have been persecuted for doing their job. So far this year, 356 journalists, bloggers and citizen journalists have been killed or imprisoned for their work. (Citizen journalism is what I do, but analysing the actual news, not MCR stuff).

Along with most of this site’s regular readers, I live in a society where there has recently been a lot of press coverage about, er, press coverage. Interestingly, there are calls to reduce the UK’s freedom of the press, essentially because some members of said press engaged in decidedly criminal behaviour in order to write and publish their stories… which seems to be the excuse some governments give when they arrest their journalists…

I see a circle forming, but I’m too tired to analyse what it all means, so while I have a sleep/get on with life (I’ll probably pick this up next year, or when more Leveson fallout happens), you can all enjoy this nice map detailing press freedom.

One wonders about the goings-on in Eritrea…

'Voices In Danger' Map, TheIndependent.co.uk

Oh, and you can play guess the country’s press freedom index, with bonus points for spelling and/or correctly identifying the country’s position on the map. It’s all good Pointless practice…

Article Appreciation Post #1

I read a lot (surprise!) and in the last few weekes I’ve come across a handful of articles that I’ve really wanted to Tweet about. As there is now quite a collection, it’s time for a new type of ‘appreciation blog’, methinks…

‘The I’

Well, it made me laugh…

‘You’

Of course, worried lady, your daughter having a stable relationship with a woman instead of a man means she will miss out on life-long love and children. Of course it’s also a characteristic that can be changed with counselling. Too bad ignorance isn’t.

TheGuardian.co.uk

The rest of the article is here. I’m not sure what the author’s getting at entirely (I think he’s pro-reading and possibly pro-God), but it amused me.

‘Kerrang!’

I would like to let it be known that Taking Hayley were rather a decent band, especially after The Dead Betas, whose music was good but lacked the ability to make the crowd move from its neatly formed rows. I would also like to let it be known that Jimmy is – unfortunately – as funny as he thinks he is, and that Lyn-Z was laughing along, when I could see her at least. I have a drawing of Steve, in those cat ears that’s more telling of how excellent the show was than that article.

‘Kerrang!’

Trust me, the front row was ugly. I was in the second.