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Monday, January 24, 2005

Genocide

We tend to think of genocide in terms of something that was, a has-been... Nazi Germans killed more than six million Jews during World War II. We all condemn it and say that we must never let it happen again. And yet it has and it happens today as well...

History repeats itself for even the saddest events of humanity. According to Secretary Gen. of the UN Kofi Annan, in his speech to the UN General Assembly on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp:

"The world has, to its shame, failed more than once to prevent or halt genocide - for instance in Cambodia, in Rwanda, and in the former Yugoslavia," Mr Annan said.

He warned "terrible things" were happening now in Sudan's western region of Darfur, and action was needed.

Is genocide just the symptom of a larger problem? As long as poverty, prejudice, racism and religious fundementalism exist we are not guaranteed that we won't witness another genocide in humanity.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

New year, new job

Monday is one of those days... you know like when you start a new school, or start school for that matter, start a new project, meet a new person... Well I am starting a new job... I will be a "satellite links partner" at the public TV/radio station of Cyprus. Although the job will definitely not be as exciting as it sounds, I expect to learn a lot and build on what I see and learn in order to move on up from there. On the downside, I am still on a contract basis, and I will be working shifts.

In the meantime I have become more serious about learning java (yes, finally!) and I will become java "certified" within this year (perhaps by this summer). That's my one and only new year's resolution.

Last night I watched a Robin Williams stand up comedy... almost as good as Chris Rock... They are about as funny, but there is just something about Rock, plus he manages to tie in the stuff he says in the beginning with the end.... Robin Williams was like a procedural program, Chris Rock is object-oriententation with design patterns...

Check this out. I think it is very difficult to comprehend the disaster that has taken place...