Fleeing Morality and Refugees

A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp set in the town of Harmanli, south-east of Sofia on November 12, 2013. Bulgaria's asylum centres are severely overcrowded after the arrival of almost 10,000 refugees this year, half of them Syrian. The influx has fuelled anti-immigrant sentiment in a country already struggling with dire poverty. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOVNIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp set in the town of Harmanli, south-east of Sofia on November 12, 2013. Bulgaria’s asylum centres are severely overcrowded after the arrival of almost 10,000 refugees this year, half of them Syrian. The influx has fuelled anti-immigrant sentiment in a country already struggling with dire poverty. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOVNIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images


I started writing under the wish/need to note down some of my thoughts concerning the facts that we hear, see or live about the people who leave their countries (massively at this point) and become refugees or migrants or whatever-bs-their-namers-call-them-in-order-to-serve-their-own-interests.
Beyond the image, under the isothermic blanket or the tent, deeper than frostbite and hunger, which they meet during their trip, there are HUMANS.

Massiveness seems to distort, to water the understanding of people on what it means one’s forced separation, trip and finally wretched presence, thousands of miles away from home.
Perspective is lost and I admire those who act, react and offer by participating actively. 
Thought produce thoughts and together with human concern and interest in global issues, apart from whys and hows about the course and willful struggle of refugees, I questioned certain countries’ reactions with (apparently but you never know) prominent, Austria. 
Here, today, I want to confess that no matter now many years will pass (as it seems), there will always be something which will surprise me, which will find me unaware and will let me speechless, and which will draw all over my world a giant black question mark: Evil, malice, badness.
Theories and philosophies about human nature, kindness and culture, pale in front of malice. I don’t know if some good person has defined it once and forever.
In my understanding and senses it’s chilling because it lacks reason and I would never comprehend it even if I’d try.
It’s above me. It slips my mind.
Why would someone want to be bad? If he doesn’t want, he won’t; as simple as that.

Less strict persons say that bad souls are a by-product of some misery, lack, trauma, complex or imbecility (which seems probable although not for all cases).
So, the rest of us, normal good people, we are all happy all the time, full, come from ideal environments and upbringings and we are geniuses?
You, bad, may suffer from something else; do you have to become “dirty-soul”?

To return to the global drama which takes place before our eyes (and everywhere in the world but we don’t normally learn about it unless it becomes massive and Media “appropriate”).
Once it happened to you to become “dirty-soul”, is it necessary to also become a politician or a person with influence and/or authority and to use people as if they were rubbish?
Why you, sub-human, don’t try to do the same to others, more powerful than you (individuals or states)?

The conclusion is that some statements and declarations are beyond limits of politics and interests and enter the sphere of raw and overt evil, which might have no clear (or unclear) reason but it always has disastrous results – to a smaller or bigger extent.  

At the same time and in parallel with the obvious, whatever takes place in a political level works destructively upon less resistant minds and more shaky moralities, because it acquits violence (covert or not) from human to human and allows its externalization which might were suppressed or masked because of social conventions.
Well, social conventions and contracts seem to have become toilet papers – the nearest to political correctness term available.
Woe for humanity if the same become sensitivity, empathy, compassion, understanding, kindness and finally logic. 
It is useful to know though, that:

  • Millions of refugees are hosted in countries outside “enlightened” Europe (and West), for years. For “civilized” countries and their Media they appear as nonexistent. The only images which are allowed to reach us are those which serve propaganda.
  • For ages, migrants enter Europe or EU, they are often exploited or marginalized or demonized. However, they live a better life … than death. More rarely, they really live their dream.
  • Suddenly, for Austria, FYROM and other “over-civilized”, migrants stink and likewise do refugees. Nowadays, when there are no lower jobs left and no funds can feed their so-called hospitality and solidarity, they throw them all in the lions’ den.
  • The massive exodus of Syrian citizens is useful for the West because it stripped the country as well as the demonized Assad. No matter how many elections or reforms he makes, the absent population will be the strong card for the Westerns and “opposition”.No, we are not all Charlie or Paris suddenly.
    It is certain though that we are all migrants or refugees under circumstances.
    The only condition needed is an economic crisis, like in Greece for example but not limited, or our violent uprooting. But it’s unlike, isn’t it? Sure..!

Exactly as unlike as it were for the about 5 millions of Syrians just a few years ago.

See also:
Report of UN for the Refugees (UNHCR) June 2015

«INTRODUCTION: Conflict, persecution, generalized violence and violations of human rights continued to cause forced displacement around the world during the first six months of 2015. Fighting across parts of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa have continued into the first half of the year, resulting in millions of individuals being forced to flee either within or outside their country»





My Beloved Old Paris


Following the Paris “series”, I decided to share a few more views of my beloved city. 
The “old” in the title, implies that you will see here photos from a previous visit.
What differentiates them from the recent ones are my photo-skills which improve over time and the fact that they are taken in summer, while the new ones are in autumn.
This may or may not have an impact -let’s see.
So, for your eyes only…




No, not real! Photo exhibition "Les Stars et La Seine" at Pont Solferino
No, not THE real! Photo exhibition “Les Stars et La Seine” at Pont Solferino


Les Stars et La Seine
Les Stars et La Seine


Les Plages de Paris (no swimming allowed)
Les Plages de Paris (No swimming allowed)


One the baby-pyramids of Louvre
One the baby-pyramids of Louvre



Luxembourg Garden in the summer
Luxembourg Garden in the summer


Jardin du Luxembourg


Definitely autumn
One of the parks, definitely in autumn


Freedom of expression
Freedom of expression


Poor république!
Poor République!


Palais de Chaillot and waters
Palais de Chaillot, waters, Jardins du Trocadero 



Musée d'Orsay
Musée d’Orsay




Opéra Garnier
Opéra Garnier



A bientôt!


Photos: ©EliP

Paris and Paris again


Have you ever heard about writer’s block? It’s the condition under which the writer lacks ideas, mood or even discipline in order to sit down and use fingers to write.
Has it ever happened to you?
Good! Well, not so good concerning its damage; I am just happy to find common thing between people.
Now, take writer’s block and wonder: What’s its opposite which produces the same result?
Out of personal experience I can say that total ankylosis in writing procedure is also caused by the … hordes, millions, kilos, kilometers of ideas which are crowding near the tiny exit of the mind and seek to become a script, text etc.
These explained, the daily menu includes visual material created a few months ago during my travel in Paris.
Regular (Greek) readers must have seen photos from my previous “fresh” journey and you have read many of my experiences. In order that the young are informed and the elders recall, you can find them here.

This time though, I will not reveal “chilling” details of the journey and I’ll just say that I felt at home -so to speak and hopefully- me the ex rookie and I’ll also say that later, while showing my photos, I found that my abilities have improved.
Wish you conclude the same!

With the least commenting from me, enjoy a part of the photos -they are too many to include in one posting.
So, admire my beloved (Eiffel Tower) (yes, it’s a boy!) with clouds or sun, from near by or away, in day and at night, with “normal” lights, as the Paris attacks came later.
Find also some photos of the beloved Park Monceau for which you can find encyclopedic  or tourist information here and here respectively.
Imagine circumstances and write stories. They will be wonderful anyway!

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Dancing, but not moving, couple
Dancing, but not moving, couple
Mark Monceau to the delight of our eyes
Mark Monceau to the delight of our eyes
Tower with lights and sky with a fool moon

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Another dansing couple
Another dancing couple

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Here, on October 22, 1797, the French André-Jacques Garnerin,  jumping from a free baloon,  made the first parachuting fall in history
Here, on October 22, 1797, the French André-Jacques Garnerin, jumping from a free balloon, made the first parachuting fall in history


Real mothers (or nannies) with real babies in the park
Real mothers (or nannies) with real babies in the park

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Mother and daughter?
Mother and daughter?
“European Union of Gold” says the sign of the shop which buys and sells gold. Ironic and a little tragic, willingly or not


Photos: ©EliP

Paris Attacks and Some First Thoughts


It was just yesterday when a posting has been shared here about actions which would take place in Paris alongside COP21 (the summit of UN for the climate).
During the night, Paris has become victim of murderers fascists terrorists and human lives have been lost in Europe as well -apart from almost all around the world.
It is extremely early to reach “safe” (what a word!) conclusions but I believe there are a few points worth mentioning.
It is understood that the attacks have created a status which several sources have chosen to name «European 11 September».
This name-giving is an omen by itself.
At the same time, France closed its borders -or intensified border controls, other sources say- and was declared a state of emergency, which are both provided and expected measures under extreme situations.
“French police ban all public demonstrations in Paris region until Thursday”, according to AFP, while the army has been mobilised inside Paris.
Every guest/speaker at TV news shows relate, one way or another, terrorism with refugees.
Unavoidable to repeat here the opinion about the terrorism from which refugees are fleeing (see Fleeing Morality and Refugees), which is induced by “regime change” interests/obsessions of the West/ USA/ NATO and inflicted wars in Middle East and Northern Africa.

The correspondent of a Greek TV channel in France, among others, informed us that President Hollande had already planned measures of border controls for the people who would arrive to participate to marches, ahead of COP21.

Conclusively, a certain type of measures would and shall obstruct or block peaceful protesters.
Therefore, terrorists have led to the same type of measures aimed anyway for civilians.
Therefore, people have been killed and shot, human lives have been lost, persons have died and the result is that restricting civil actions is appropriate means for containing danger.

Attacks both in Ankara, Turkey last October and Paris last night, aimed normal civil functions and activities.
(Turkey has conveniently blamed Curds -as usual- but that’s another form of obsession/perversion.)

What has been attacked in both recent cases is the everyday life, the “normality”, the freedom of ordinary people to have ordinary activities.
Fear destroys everything acting either like tsunami or cancer.

I repeat that it’s very early to anticipate or predict what the near (and far) future is carrying.
Signs give a glimpse.

Incidentally, a few days ago, passing additional control at Paris airport, near an American woman, I commented that “9/11 has destroyed us all” and she responded that it is inconvenient indeed but “it is for our safety”.
For “safety” (but not privacy or dignity) reasons I know now what she carried inside her bag and the next person waiting knows what I carried in mine.

A Greek song repeats the motto “for my own good” while describing the hardship and suffering incurred and imposed for this reason.
For who’s “good” rights and liberties will be limited?
For who’s “good” Muslim European citizens or migrants or refugees are likely to suffer even more discrimination, racism, bigotry, xenophobia and atrocities (as has already happened) by “europeans”? 

We stand by Paris people in any way we can and we keep our minds and hearts clear of fear.