The State Of The European Union And The Impact Of Television On The Society

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Joel Savage interviews Sergi Vicente, the Director of Barcelona Televisio.

Apartheid bowed to democracy in South Africa, the Berlin wall came tumbling down and the Soviet Union collapsed. Globally things were financially, economically and politically falling apart, when the European Union was formally established on November I, 1993, to share free market and single monetary policy for over more than 300 million citizens.

Many Europeans, including Belgians, argue that things were better and life more comfortable, before the European Union was formed. For example, the past and present turmoil in other European countries, including Greece, reveal the European Union is unstable and steering into stormy waters.

My recent visit to Barcelona, I called on Mr. Sergi Vicente, the director of Barcelona Televisio, to give me his views and opinion on the present state of the European Union and the impact of the television on the society. Below are the excerpts of the interview.

Joel: There are thousands of Europeans, especially Western Europe, who aren’t satisfied over the formation of the European Union, because the pattern of lives changed, as prices of commodities escalated, affecting, the economy and the standard living of Europeans, leaving many unemployed. Let’s take Greece for example. What do you think?

Vicente: I don’t see the unification of the European Union as a failure. There are advantages and disadvantages in everything but in regard to the Union, the best has been achieved. Transparency, Communication, integration and the growth of successful free market, are some of the achievements. Besides, the EU has thrived to develop liberty, justice,  education, prosperity, peace, security, the protection of the environment and health, thus; helping to disseminate basic human values at the global level.

Joel: Lack of employment, is a situation many Europeans are facing today. What’s the employment situation in Spain?

Vicente: As you just said, it’s a crisis many Europeans are facing, yet the problem has led to the creation of new jobs in other fields to reduce the unemployment rate. Unemployment may be long or short term, but things will improve.

Joel: Journalism is rapidly losing its credibility, that’s the way many feel, because a lot of the media hide the truth and facts from the public. What’s your opinion?

Vicente: As a journalist heading an institution, we try our best to give the right information to the general public. This is the reason readers and viewers have favourite newspapers or television stations. Being transparent is one of the tools to build a good reputation. So I don’t see the reason the media should mislead people.

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Mr. Sergi Vicente, Director of Barcelona Televisio.

Joel: Barcelona used to be a city for drug addicts and peddlers. Is there any change?

Vicente: You’ve already seen that there is a dramatic change in the city, since the country is one of the most visited tourists attraction in the world. The mayor, police and other officials had worked hard and still relentlessly working hard to make the city  healthy and  safe for tourists.

Joel: Television is a great source of entertainment and education, yet many believe it’s responsible for crime and immorality which have plagued and crippled our society.

Vicente: I can’t say television is responsible for crime, even though I agree that it has both advantages and disadvantages.Children are protected and cared by adults, thus, it’s the responsibility of parents to control what children watch on the television. Controling children is part of the training and caring for children. Bad friends can also influence children. As a matter of fact, television educates more than influencing children negatively.

Joel: Mr. Vicente, thanks for the interview.

Vicente: You are welcome.

The Harm Is Already Done: The African Continent Is On The Verge Of Total Collapse Without Remedy

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By Joel Savage and Johan Van Dongen

“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” The truth in this axiom can’t be ignored, since African politicians and leaders failed to protect Africans and Africa, after the horrifying events of colonialism and medical crimes in the continent of Africa. Africa is a continent citizens are used as Guinea pigs and rats to test all dangerous drugs manufactured in Europe and United States of America.

Whatever medical crimes during and after colonialism, that took place in Africa, is just the tip of the iceberg, the entire African continent is on the verge of total collapse, which will destroy its economy beyond remedy. Lack of education, expertise, and poverty are some of the causes which have rendered Africa, remote and helpless, to depend on the West and America for miraculous solutions, giving them the free license to continue harming Africa in a ‘friendly’ manner with impunity.

Despite all the raw materials Africa has, the economy, health system and educational institutions, still remain weak and fragile. Years after colonialism, Africa still depends heavily on former colonial masters. Many times I asked, the significance of independence in Africa, when leaders still bring their pans, begging for food and financial aid in advanced countries.

Since African leaders heavily depend on the West and the United States of America, whatever economic or financial crisis Europe and America faces, affects Africa. Aids is a disease killing thousands of Africans each day, yet there are HIV/Aids patients in Europe and America, who are still living after got the disease twenty years ago.

So what kind of medicines are Europeans and United States of America supply to Africa to deal with its HIV/Aids and Ebola patients? One thing African leaders need to realize now is, the more they depend on the West and America, the possibility to face more economic and medical crisis, because the use of Africans as rats to test drugs will continue unabated.

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In the past, America used homosexuals, mentally handicapped and homeless people to test their evil drugs. Ex-president Bill Clinton has apologized; promising history will not be repeated. That means Africa is the only continent easy to penetrate to commit their heinous medical crimes.

If Ebola is not a medical crime, why should Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia experienced it at the same time in West Africa? How long will African leaders sit aside and look while Africa becomes a dumping ground for all unwanted stuff from Europe and American and Africans used to test all dangerous drugs?

On many occasions African leaders participating in conferences and forums in Europe and America, will do everything to avoid being interviewed by an African journalist, because they are scared to face the reality, questions they aren’t prepared to answer, but ignorantly they don’t know that most of the questions from European or American journalists were taken from African journalists they collaborate with.

This is the time for African leaders to hold summit in the interest of the continent and find solutions for its porous and weak economy, because the world’s banking system is on the verge of collapsing. It’s always starts from Greece. Despite the European and U.S. governments’ efforts to bail out Greece and prop up the stock market, the global banking system came tumbling down like the Berlin wall in 1989. Now it’s clear history wants to repeat itself.

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The votes of African citizens bring politicians into power. They should therefore protect, improve the educational and health institutions for the benefit of the citizens, including children. If Africans, African-Americans or Africans in the Diaspora, continue to face abuse of human rights and injustices, then African leaders aren’t special. They are just a laughing stock in the eyes of European and American leaders.

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