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.

Loganaden Ramalingum: My Letter To CNN’s Christiane Amanpour

Dear Christiane Amanpour of CNN, people like you, William Hague, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Barack Obama and all the others in the West, will never understand Russian Patriotism and Russian Spirit. I can feel how you manipulate people in your programs to suit your American and English masters, how you persuade TV viewers to feel a certain way by showing them particular pictures or pieces of documentary films rather than giving hard facts.

That’s because Westerners don’t really know what’s happening on the other side of the world. Dramatic footage of the situation in Donetsk, Lugansk, Slavyansk and Odessa is tailored to enrage people in the west by appealing directly to their emotions. As they are not really aware of what is going on in Eastern Ukraine, they can’t weigh the pros and cons of the situation and are not subsequently given a balanced view. In other words they are misled by CNN, BBC, ABC and so on. This is because the power of the visual image is very strong and more powerful than the written word.

CNN cuts off Russian diplomat’s remarks in favor of Syria rebels

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, behind one of the media many don’t trust, thus; losing its credibility. They strive to shine, but hold the truth, including Aids and Ebola from the public.

School children in the USA and the UK, for example, don’t know that more than half of Europe and Berlin were liberated from German fascism by the Soviet Union in 1945 and Soviet soldiers hoisted the Soviet flag over Reichstag. The so-called allies opened the second front on 6th June 1944 when the Soviet Army was almost near their threshold. Let the Soviets and the Germans kill each other, then we will come and dictate our conditions. The Soviet Union lost 28 million people in the Great Patriotic War 1941-45.

The people of Eastern Ukraine are fighting for freedom and the right to live together with their Russian compatriots. The two Germanies (FRG and GDR) reunited in 1989 and the Germans are happy to be together again. Similarly, the Crimeans are pretty happy to be back home. The West supports the heavily armed forces of the Kiev junta and the banderovsty (Ukrainian fascists) who are murdering unarmed civilians and burned many innocent citizens of Odessa to death in the Trade Union Complex on 2nd May 2014. Those unarmed citizens are called terrorists by the West.

Dear Christiane, you fled Iran because you were afraid for your life. The Bahais fled Iran because they were afraid for their lives too. The people of Eastern Ukraine have no intention of fleeing their motherland. They are fighting those armed forces of fascist Kiev with their bare hands. They will win because Russian Patriotism and Russian Spirit are deeply ingrained in their minds.

I don’t know whether the Iranian government considers you to be an Iranian patriot or a traitor serving your American and English masters or not. But I’d like to tell you one thing: You look very disgusting on CNN.

I’d like to quote two examples to prove to you that you will never be able to shape my opinion and those around me. American Saints (not terrorists) burned so many innocent Vietnamese ( including women and children) to death with napalm during the Vietnam War in the 60’s and 70’s and Syria has been reduced to ruins and many innocent people have been killed and crippled with the help of the USA. American Presidents are audacious enough to end their speeches with “God Bless America!”

The Writer

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Mr. Loganaden Ramalingum

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Death In The Congo: Murdering Patrice Lumumba

Death in the Congo is a gripping account of a murder that became one of the defining events in post colonial African history. It is no less the story of the untimely death of a national dream, a hope-filled vision very different from what the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo became in the second half of the twentieth century.

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When Belgium relinquished colonial control in June 1960, a charismatic thirty-five-year-old African nationalist, Patrice Lumumba, became prime minister of the new republic. Yet stability immediately broke down. A mutinous Congolese Army spread havoc, while Katanga Province in southeast Congo seceded altogether.

Belgium dispatched its military to protect its citizens, and the United Nations soon intervened with its own peacekeeping troops. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, both the Soviet Union and the United States maneuvered to turn the crisis to their Cold War advantage. A coup in September, secretly aided by the UN, toppled Lumumba’s government.

In January 1961, armed men drove Lumumba to a secluded corner of the Katanga bush, stood him up beside a hastily dug grave, and shot him. His rule as Africa’s first democratically elected leader had lasted ten weeks.

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More than fifty years later, the murky circumstances and tragic symbolism of Lumumba’s assassination still trouble many people around the world. Emmanuel Gerard and Bruce Kuklick pursue events through a web of international politics, revealing a tangled history in which many people—black and white, well-meaning and ruthless, African, European, and American—bear responsibility for this crime.

http://www.amazon.com/Death-Congo-Murdering-Patrice-Lumumba/dp/0674725271