Tuesday, January 16

Ovi Bad Boys Radio Show : Jan 14th

Ovi Bad Boys: Sunday Jan 14th

This week the Bad Boys are joined by the editors of Finland's latest English language magazine, Eduardo and Antonio from www.freemagazine.fi

Music has been edited out, but you can enjoy 45mins of chat here:


Fire, Sarkozy, Red Cross & The Famine

Crying fire by Thanos Kalamidas
There is no way to win an argument when the other side starts with the idea that you just oppose everything they say without suggesting anything. In this case either your opponent has never heard your argument or never cared to hear. (Read more)

Sarkozy, Royal et (Pauvres de) nous by Europe & Us
229.203 votants. 98,1% de voix recueillies en sa faveur. Comme l'ecrit Paul Quinio, journaliste a Liberation, Nicolas Sarkozy, au moins au sein du parti qu'il dirige (l'UMP), est bien Monsieur 100%, ou presque. (Read more)

The world's humanitarian organization by The Ovi Team
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. (Read more)

The Famine: Chapter 1 by Bohdan Yuri
Working for the good of the State had become an extension of the Communist credo. Only, the twisted principle had imposed a judgment that whatever was grown on the land also became, legally, the property of that State. Why stop there they reasoned. (Read more)

Sunday, January 14

Fairtrade, Somalia, the lake & School

FAIRTRADE - is it fair? by Asa Butcher
Fairtrade ensures that disadvantaged manufacturers receive a fair price for their product. The decision to start marketing these products in Finland has taken too long, but the campaign feels as though supermarkets are promoting a new high-end lifestyle. (Read more)

Somalia offensive by Amin George Forji
The crisis in Somalia has now taken a new face, with the US military joining to track down suspected al Qaeda operatives. The US military launched military strikes on two villages in the south of the country. (Read more)

"the lake" by Bohdan Yuri
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint." - Oscar Wilde (Read more)

Dumbing down by Jan Sand
School are failing to teach basic logical analysis, how to deal with social situations, how the financial system works and the tricks of advertising, which means that a large number of kids in the USA are obvious red meat for scoundrels. (Read more)

Saturday, January 13

Updates are back! Brussels, EU, Power & iBite

Cheers Brussels! by Clint Wayne
Headquarters of the European Union's institutions and home to the Atomium, what else could Belgium's capital offer to the weekend visitor? (Read more)

Die Grenzen der EU by Newropeans-Magazine
Today we present Ovi magazine's first German language article courtesy of our new partner 'Newropeans-Magazine': "Die Grenzen der EU - Das Ende vom Mythos der unendlichen Erweiterung." (Read more)

Power of illusion and illusion of power by Jan Sand
The French Maginot line: the definitive symbol for false trust in an obsolete defense. (Read more)

iBite by Thanos Kalamidas
iBite is a snappy selection of news from around the world accompanied by a cynical, albeit humourous, comment from Mr T. Kalamidas... (Read more)

Thursday, January 4

If little Ashley was my daughter.

The truth is that reading this: “Parents of a severely disabled girl in the US have revealed that they are keeping her child-sized in order to give her a better life. The nine-year-old, named Ashley, has the mental ability of a three-month-old baby and cannot walk or talk.” It really makes you feel strange especially if you kids of your own.

But then when you try to put your self on her parents place you just …go more numb thinking the logic behind their decision. I suppose I have no idea what I would have done in their place, still and that’s for sure I would never like to be in their place and that’s what mainly stops me of going further to any other thought.

Their decision has brought a lot of controversy all around but despite all the controversy and all the negative feeling it seems that nobody can offer another solution except condemn the parents.
Is obvious that all of us stop in the thought how we would not like it if she was our kid and we can not …just see further than that.

Ovi magazine and the prestigious Grands Prix 2006 awards

Ovi magazine, an online daily magazine based in Finland, came second in Newropeans Magazine's prestigious Grands Prix 2006 awards.

They were nominated as one of the three finalists in its 'Citizenship - Information' section, along with Sit├ęcon and Le courrier des Balkans, the eventual winner.

Newropeans is an independent magazine developed for the exchange of views on the future of a democratic Europe. The awards have been running annually since 2003 and are designed to reward the people or organisations behind the democratisation of the EU. Previous winners include the European Space Agency, EUobserver.com, Cafe Babel, the European Court of Human Rights and Skype.

A registered jury of around 1,000 actors of the European civil society coming from 25 States voted online awarding Ovi magazine almost thirty per cent of the vote.

Read more here… www.ovimagazine.com

Ovi magazine was launched in December 2004 by Thanos Kalamidas, a Greek national, and Asa Butcher, a Brit, who both live in Helsinki with their families. Ovi is a non-profit magazine produced via voluntary contributions from its global team in a variety of different languages. Their aim is to promote positive discussion and the exchange of opinion.

Monday, January 1

Happy New Year with Ovi magazine

New Year’s Day is a day for wishes and expectations. Happy new year, healthy new year, peaceful new year! We are not going to complain and we are not going to remind you of all the bad things happening around us, we just want to wish you warm feelings for the next 52 weeks.

We want to wish to you, your families, your friends, and everybody you love and care about, a very fruitful and joyous year. Let’s hope that 2007 will make that difference we all deserve.

We wish you a creative, happy and healthy New Year and thank you for being with us in our daily efforts. Our resolution is to bring you even more innovative idea through the Ovi project.

Happy New Year!

Thanos & Asa