Thursday, November 3, 2011

On avance

Tout va bien. On est encore vivants. C'est tout ce qui nous reste. Mais comment on va faire pour la suite? Où sont les modèles économiques pour sauver la planète maintenant?

La Grèce en chute. Mais non, c'est fini la chute- on a déjà atteint le sol. Florence and the Machine dit
Because falling's not the problem
When I'm falling I'm in peace
It's only when I hit the ground
It causes all the grief.

Pendant que la Grèce tombait, tout le monde profitait de la chute -elle a ouvert un parapluie et en profitait (elle regardait le paysage, chantait). Jusqu'à la collision brutale avec le sol. Mary Poppins n'est finalement qu'un mythe.

Ce qui se passe maintenant consiste en un état pitoyable. La Grèce n'arrive plus à lever la tête -une tête qui est déjà découpée du corps d'ailleurs (résultat de la chute). On accepte l'aide financière et le peuple se révolte. On décide de le consulter via un référendum, et Angela-Nic se rendent furieux. Mais que faire alors? Que ferait-il, Périclès? Que proposeraient-ils, Socrate, Aristote et tous ces hommes idéalisés tout au long de l'histoire? Aucune réponse. Personne n'a de réponses satisfaisantes. La question n'est plus "quelle option est la meilleure" mais plutôt "quelle est la moins mauvaise." Triste, non?

Comme vous l'auriez deviné, je n'ai pas de réponse non plus. J'imagine seulement un monde où on pouvait vivre directement des ressources du pays, sans modèles compliqués et interdépendances détruisantes. Je sais que retourner en arrière n'est pas la réponse et ne doit jamais l'être, mais avancer implique une consultation du passé. On pourrait garder les bons traits des modèles antérieurs. A-t-on pas de ressources naturelles suffisantes pour entretenir les habitants? Je sais que c'est bien plus compliqué que ça, mais pourquoi est-il devenu autant compliqué que ça?

Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof, diraient les allemands, mais on pourrait quand-même pouvoir au moins avoir le droit de monter à notre propre cheval, n'est-ce pas?


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cyprus, creating our own dead-ends

It is indeed very tragic. The worst part of our tragedy is the fact we tend to create it ourselves. On our own. We don't need destiny or third parties. Third factors finalise the tragedy, but we are the ones credited for creating the fertile ground for it. They say that when it rains, it pours. However, in our case, we are the ones holding the rain-bucket and pouring the rain on our country, causing all the 'floods'...

The main relatively recent tragedies were obviously the inter-communal violence in the 60's, and then the coup d'Etat in '74, followed by the Turkish intervention/invasion. Then, more recently, the Helios plane crash a few years ago due to pure negligence. And now the self-immolation we wisely decided to let happen on 11.07.11. Our brains during summers are obviously dysfunctional or a-functional. If we still didn't manage to adapt or get used to the heat of our own country, then we are of significant importance in terms of theories of evolution.

We managed to destroy our key power plant. This results to a continuous obstruction in the basic functioning of a State. The population has the luxury of enjoying electricity during usually all night (20:00 to 8:00) and also for some hours during the day! And this in July, the heart of the summer, the high-season for tourism. Tourists cancel their holidays. Offices (in both private and public sectors) do not have electricity on a permanent basis thus the whole work schedule is every day messed up. The timetable of electricity interruptions is not consistent. Electricity cuts out unexpectedly. It is a chaotic situation. Nowadays, internet needs more than a landline to work; it also needs electricity. So no internet either. It will probably cost billions to recover from this major manifestation of our stupidity. The economy is already largely affected.

And apart from all these, we are being humiliated by the Turkish politicians. As Erdogan rightly stated, "don't consider Turks as your enemies ... Your enemies are within yourselves." Turkey's Prime Minister also reminded how Turkey does not recognise the State whose agreement is necessary for his country to enter the European Union. He also said that Turkey would not accept talks with the EU during the Cyprus EU presidency in 2012 under the term presidency of so called "Greek Cyprus." "There is no Cyprus Republic for us." The pressure for finding a solution as soon as possible is reiterated with Erdogan saying that a possibility of a united Cyprus will slip away if a solution is not agreed by the end of 2011.

States that take the EU presidency on the 6-month rotation basis prepare this for years before they actually exercise the presidency. We are actually trying to find a quick solution some months before the presidency, in order to manage to co-exercise this presidency with the Turkish-Cypriot community of Northern Cyprus. How can any State possibly achieve such a co-exercise of the EU presidency without firstly knowing if such a cooperation is viable and functional on the national level? How can we take such a responsibility without allowing ourselves some time beforehand to function under the radically new conditions? How can the first step of our existence (as the new State we are negotiating for) be the presidency of the mega european creature? Furthermore, a little detail that shows how unorganised we are, our Secretariat for the EU presidency is still headless: Andreas Moleskis, the Head of the Secretariat, after his resignation (he resigned after being accused for ..."questionable recruiting practices"), has still not been replaced. And our Presidency starts in less than one year.

It makes no sense whatsoever to hurry for a solution. Reconciliation and forming a State on new circumstances take time. There are many chapters that so far have not been examined by the leaders of the two communities. We are still basically negotiating on the governance chapter. How can we possibly find a coherent solution and create a whole new Constitution that would be fair, balanced and viable, in a few months time? The situation is way too complicated for this to be possible.

Making twice the same mistake is anything but wise. Making the same serious mistake three times or more goes beyond any level of human stupidity known to science. Doing the same wrong thing over and over again and expecting different results, is actually a definition of stupidity. Therefore, let's try to be responsible for once, and take it step by step. We should not hurry for a solution just because of Turkey's pressure. We are supposed to negotiate with the Turkish-Cypriot community and not Turkey. We need a viable solution for the two communities and not a solution that satisfies the interests of Turkey, Greece, the UK or any other country. Let's use as less stupidity as we can and try to put some solid fundaments for a new solution. A balanced and fair solution is the best for both Cyprus as a whole and the EU. A hurry for a solution and a co-presidency of the EU will do no good no either.