Wherever you look, there are always sad news. I feel blessed to live in such a safe country, where you can tune out the terrible things that happen in the world, because they simply don’t affect you – most of us do it, right?
But three things happened this week, that are so close to my heart, made me so outraged and sad, that I wanted to raise a little more awareness.
Mauritius Oil Spill
Mauritius has a special place in my heart. This is where my husband and I spent our honeymoon, and it’s the most beautiful place I have even been to.
Last week we saw disturbing stories on Instagram and this week it’s reached the world headlines – because it’s THAT catastrophic.
I wasn’t surprised. This is so Putin. What an absolute evil genius.
The guy, who hid his daughters away for decades, is now saying that his own daughter tried the vaccine. The President wouldn’t put his daughter’s health or his reputation on the line, right?
The state channel TV (read: key propaganda tool) – Yes, I endured 4 hours of it – is pouring all sorts of patriotic references – just look how amazing we are, comparing to the Decaying West! Not only Russia has one of the lowest Covid19 mortality cases (or do they?), this is the country that will save the world! And the West is just jealous, and will try to stall us, because they don’t want us to win. This will give us leverage with China!…
Put Russian propaganda tools, are unfortunately, very strong. And this is the easiest, fastest way to run a study – right? On all the patriots? On conscripted soldiers and civil workers?
My husband’s reaction was ‘It’s a marathon, not a race’, but not for Putin.
I just truly hope that this vaccine doesn’t have side effects. Russian people deserve better.
On Sunday the 9th of August Belarus had their presidential election, and the current president Aleksander Lukoshenko (aka the dictator) of Belarus, who has been ruling for 26 years – that’s the longest ruler in Europe, by the way! – simply stole the election.
But then the wives of other opposition candidates joined her campaign, and those ‘Amazonians’ became the true symbol of opposition and resistance.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is practically the Belarusian Katnis Everdeen
Fast forward to the election day – Lukashenko’s won by a landslide, which wasn’t just corrupted – the numbers were taken out of thin air. So people took it to the streets to protest. And Lukashenko, armed with the national guard was ready.
There is this scandalous Russian blogger – Lena Miro – who I love to read once in a while, purely because her style of writing is very different from anyone else – she is straightforward and not afraid to voice her opinion, which I love.
Some people call her a bully, but I don’t particularly care about people getting offended by what she writes – if you don’t enjoy it – don’t read it – simple as! The main reason I read her blog on a regular basis, is because she sheds some light on current affairs in Russia and she writes about things that are interesting for an average Russian.
She’s posted the below photo, that has been making circles around Reddit, and expressed her opinion, that regardless of current culture and legislation, signs like these, especially in English, are unacceptable, as they strengthen the mood of ‘unsafety’ when visiting Russia, not just for gay people, but for everyone, and tourism is important.
As millions of others around the world, I felt bitter this morning when I read the news – Donald Trump is the new USA president.
It was a similar feeling to the 24th of June when Brexit results were announced – when you’re convinced that people know better (at least in your opinion) and then get a huge disappointment when faced with the reality.