Sunday, May 17

The Chinese sex revolution

China is building what is billed as its first sex theme park, aimed at improving both the sex education and the sex life of its visitors.

Due to open in Chongqing in October, Love Land will include displays of giant genitalia, naked bodies and an exhibition on the history of sex. The park will also offer sex technique workshops and safe-sex methods. Among the attractions is a giant rotating statue of the lower part of a nearly naked woman.

From the red book to the …red lights!!! The new culture revolution!!!

Kuwait votes for first female MPs

Kuwait has elected its first female MPs following the oil-rich country's third general election in three years.

US-educated Aseel al-Awadhi and Rola Dashti were among winners in the third district, official results declared. The 10 leading candidates from each of Kuwait's five electoral districts are elected to the 50-seat parliament. The emir dissolved the previous parliament in March because it wanted to question his nephew, the prime minister, about alleged corruption.

Amazing that something like that becomes news which apparently proves what a lot been saying for so long, that the situation regarding equality, tolerance and human rights is really bad, unacceptable bad , especially between proud allies and democracy is just a far away dream in a lot of parts of this world.

The Ovi magazine today

Christian Extremists Within the U.S. Military - Myth or Reality? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
When President George W. Bush called his war on terrorism a "crusade", very few Muslims doubted his evil intention. In the face of strong condemnation at home and abroad, he quickly apologized.

10 Helsinginkatu: Chapter 28 by Thanos Kalamidas
While at 'Baker's' I tried to write down some of my thoughts about the whole thing but nothing could come in mind, it was the blood ring there and it was the alcohol abuse, it was Leena who, for a reason I could not understand, wanted me to accept Juha

Insert Brain Here: Drinking Problem by Paul Woods
Paul Woods is a Cartoonist and Illustrator. His series of cartoons is entitled "Insert Brain Here"...

"Remorse" by Pamela Hunt
"Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting." - Robert Frost

Saturday, May 9

Zuma the new SA leader

South Africa is preparing to swear in Jacob Zuma, leader of the African National Congress, as president. Nearly 30 heads of state will join an expected crowd of 30,000 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for the ceremony.

Security is tight with streets around the Union Buildings - the president's office - closed to traffic. Analysts say Mr. Zuma, 67, brings a populist touch to the presidency, ensuring a very different leadership to that of Thabo Mbeki.
Another questionable era starts for South Africa but then again anything after Mbeki will be better!

Pope set for Jordan mosque visit

Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Jordan's largest mosque on the second day of his visit to the Middle East. The pontiff will pray inside the King Hussein Mosque in the capital, Amman, before addressing local Muslim leaders.

He began the day with a visit to Mount Nebo, where the Bible says Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. Analysts say the Pope is keen to mend relations with the Islamic world. Many Muslims took offence to a speech he made in 2006. The Pope's eight-day tour - his first to the region as pontiff - will take him to Israel and the West Bank. As he arrived in Amman on Friday he described himself as a "pilgrim of peace" and stressed his "deep respect" for Islam.

The problem has never been with the Pope’s respect for Islam but with Islam’s respect to the Pope!

Aide resigns over NY plane scare

A senior White House aide has quit over his role in a presidential plane's low-level fly-past that caused panic among New York office workers.

The White House said President Barack Obama had accepted the resignation of military office director Louis Caldera. The photo opportunity fly-past prompted the evacuation of a number of offices. Correspondents say it revived memories of the September 2001 attacks in which hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center towers. The half-hour fly-past by a presidential jet and a fighter plane escort on April 27 did not involve Mr. Obama.

He’s definitely going to fly low from now on!

Ovi today

A Europe in question by Thanos Kalamidas
Only weeks before the European Elections, when European citizens elect their representatives into the common parliament, Europe celebrates Europe Day. This is a day that reminds all Europeans of the fundamental principles of the European Union...

European elections: the no-debate by Newropeans-Magazine
Citizens are called to join discussion forums, debates, rallies, to blog, to chat, to twitter, to shout "can you hear me Europe", even to send your message in the space, to address MEPs, which is I confess the same as to shout or to send your message...

by Euro Reporter
For the Europe day, euro-reporter turns just European with news from all around Europe.

Life Undercover
#7/09 by Thanos K & Asa B
A glimpse into the life of one man who lays in bed talking to God; maybe one day he will get an answer, but we doubt it.

Wednesday, May 6

NATO to begin Georgia exercises

NATO is to start a series of military exercises in Georgia, a day after the government thwarted an attempt by its own soldiers to stage a mutiny.

Soldiers from 18 countries are taking part in the drills at a Georgian army base close to the capital, Tbilisi. But Russia has said the exercises amount to a provocation. They come just nine months after Russia's short war with Georgia and are taking place close to areas where Russian troops are stationed.

Are Georgian’s try to find another change to play their games with Russia again using NATO this time?

Ovi magazine, today

"Boyfriend..." by Pamela Hunt
"The poet sees things as they look. Is this having a faculty the less? or a sense the more?" - Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

Wheels on the bike go round and round 3: Training by Mike Jennett
People who live in Florida have no idea what hills are. Tired and sweaty, after 43 miles of what locals amusingly call the Florida Alps, it became obvious just how much the first two weeks of the tour will hurt.

A Greek president in Helsinki (In Greek) by Thanos Kalamidas
Τελικά ποιός κυβερνάει αυτή τη χώρα; Θυμάται

For the Moment: Swine Flew by Patrick McWade
Patrick McWade shares his cartoon...

Tuesday, May 5

Ovi today

The British Museum: Just do it by Asa Butcher
In the very first issue of Ovi magazine I wrote a letter to Thanos in our now-defunct 2Dear ..." column asking about the situation regarding the Parthenon Marbles, commonly referred to as the Elgin Marbles.

Greece from abroad by Thanos Kalamidas
Some thoughts of a Greek living in Finland on the occasion of the Greek President, Karolos Papoulias', visit to the country of no corruption!

Migration in Greece - An open wound (in Greek) by Dimitra Karantzeni
Κοινωνική καταπίεση. Πολιτική εκμετάλλευση.

Greek Report by Euro Reporter
The Greek President is visiting Finland and Ovi's Euro-reporter visits Greece.

Karolos Papoulias by The Ovi Team
A short biographic information for the President of the Greek Republic Karolos Papoulias

Sunday, May 3

Father opposes Madonna adoption

The man believed to be the father of the Malawian child who pop star Madonna wants to adopt has said that he opposes the move.

James Kambewa told a US TV station that he would be able to look after four year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James, even though he had never met her.

He said that he wanted the little girl to be raised "as a Malawian".
The trash musician, material girl finds the real world!!!

Farmer may have given swine flu to pigs

The farmer "may have exposed swine on the farm to an influenza virus," said Dr. Brian Evans of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

"We have determined that the virus H1N1, found in these pigs, is the virus which is being tracked in the human population," he added.

The Ovi magazine today!

Iran in a state department's deja vu by Thanos Kalamidas
Was what I read in the news a deja vu, or is it just me? According to a US State Department report, Iran remains the most active state sponsor of terrorism in the world.

You Are History: Chapter 10 by Alexander Mikhaylov
Pelagea and Cumulus were sitting in Mama Pro's drawing room. Both lovers kept gloomy silence. Cumulus felt that he must say something but could not think of any appropriate topic and only sighed instead.

PersOnality DisOrders by Thanos Kalamidas
Personal Disorders or schizophrenia in a political correct schizophrenic world!

Italian report
by Euro Reporter
Italy is today's Euro Report destination...

Saturday, May 2

Iran's dictators execute dignity ones more

Human rights groups have protested against the execution on Friday of a young Iranian woman for a murder committed when she was 17 years old.

Amnesty International said it was outraged by Delara Darabi's hanging and that she did not get a fair trial. The head of Iran's judiciary had recently granted a two-month stay of execution but her lawyer says this was disregarded by the prison authorities. Ever since her confession Ms Darabi, an artist, had said she was innocent. She said she had taken the blame to save her boyfriend. Her case received international attention after dramatic paintings and drawings created in her cell were seen around the world.

When it comes to dictatorships especially freak religious dictators, disgust is not enough!

China moves to curb swine virus spread

China says it will quarantine all those who travelled on a flight from Mexico with a man suffering from swine flu, in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. The 25-year-old man flew to Hong Kong via Shanghai on Thursday, and was admitted to hospital.

Beijing said it would put his fellow passengers under week-long observation. It also suspended flights from Mexico. The move came as South Korea confirmed a case of the virus, the second country in North-East Asia to do so.

And I always thought that the …red book can cure everything!

Ovi today

Flu of misinformation and hypocrisy by Thanos Kalamidas
Conspiracy theories are not my thing and I have to admit that I always laughed at most of them. After all, turning to conspiracy theories means that you are having problems accepting logic, ignoring how crazy any theory might sound. Back in the eighties...

Caption This! May 2009 by The Ovi Team
It is simple. Look at this photo of a piglet and write a caption/speech bubble/thought bubble or anything else that captures your imagination.

"Bag Lady" by Pamela Hunt
Poetry, like the moon, does not advertise anything. - William Blissett

Lights! Action! Stickman! #17 by Clint Wayne
Welcome to "Lights! Action! Stickman!" in which scenes from classic, and not so classic, movies are depicted through stick figures for you to guess the film. Enjoy!