Country in search of firefly

America's decission to ellect Trump as their new president created an interesting and intriguing wave of anti-trump supporters around Europe. The situation in Romania is the one I tried to examine and in doing so I managed to outline the two most important ellements that draged down the country since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, corruption and lack of education. The ~elite~ of the country was not capable to withstand the tempations of taking easy and unearned money in exchange for factories they had no desire (and knowledge) to modernize and make competitive. The state, the biggest buyer, began choosing products form outside because the ones signing the contracts for these products got some easy money that way. The other ellement is the educated young and urban people who are most often educated fools mainly because of the way the system devolved.


The Eye of the Heart

The Eye of the Heart refers at a symbolic level to the perception of Divinity. Anyone who is on the winding road towards awakening know that this statement contains many more works than those written. If you, for whatever reason, don't understand the levels of thought in that phrase then maybe this book is exactly what you need. Schuon is a "practitioner" and a "believer" and this makes his work to be something more than a pure academic text, it comes to help in the search of the seeker. From the beginning, this eye of the heart will be explained followed by a segment dedicated to knowledge (that among other segments) composing the first part of the book dedicated to "Metaphysics and Cosmology".


34th Fajr International Film Festival

The 34th Fajr International Film Festival is set to begin today in Tehran, under the supervision of Reza Mirkarimi, renowned Iranian film writer and director. The event will last until the 25th of April. This annual event succeeded to secure for itself, thanks to the success of past editions, an important place in the world cultural map, achieving a leading role in shaping cinematic tradition in the Middle East and south-western Asia.

A total of 15 films, 12 being foreign, will compete for the festival's most sought after awards, Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, and the Special Award. The foreign films are:
1944 (Elmo Nuganen ; Estonia / Finland)
Amama, When a Tree Falls (Asier Altuna ; Spain)
El Clasico (Halkawt Mustafa ; Iraq)
Walking Distance (Alejandro Guzman Alvarez ; Mexico)
Frenzy (Emin Alper ;Turkey)
Dawn (Laila Lakalnina ; Estonia / Poland / Lithuania)
Song of Songs (Eva Neymann ; Ukraine)
Rams (Grimur Hakonarson ; Ireland / Denmark / Norway / Poland)
The Treasure (Corneliu Porumboiu ; Romania / France)
Guarani (Paraguay, Argentina)
Norfolk (Martin Radich ; United Kingdom)
I’m a Teacher (Russia)


Time and money

.: artist : Salvador Dali :. .: title : Persistence of Memory :. .: year : 1931 :. .: style : surealism :. .: observation : the clocks symbolize the relativity of space/time :.
There are work places where you feel like in a complicated relationship. You would like to quite but you insist on waiting for the other one to make the first move, to say: you know what, everything was nice but you should move on. And so, you, trying to mask that joy which the other one tries not to notice reply that you`re sorry and that's it. I don`t know if you`re in this situation, maybe yes, maybe no.


Syrian update

Syrian refugee camp in Yarmouk, photo by Associated Press
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared recently that Turkey and Saudi Arabia tried to enter with their armies into Syria for the past two years. Various militant/terrorist groups operating in that country are known to be supported by the ruling elite in Turkey and Saudi Arabia while the legitimate government is allied with Russia, Iran and China.

Regarding this situation, Michael McFaul, former US ambasador to Russia, posted on twitter that "Putin is winning in Syria" on 12 February. He followed up his first remark with: "Creating facts on the ground beneficial to his Syrian ally". McFaul is in present a professor of political science at Stanford University.