September 8th, 2012

Слушам и не вярвам на очите си!
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Freedom ain't easy

Hi, my dear apathetic drones fiery fighters for freedom! Thursday was a big holiday in my country, especially in my town. It commemorated the only time we had the guts to do something that was right - totally on our own, against all odds, and in defiance of everybody else's interests. And then to stand by it and stake everything to defend it. "Unification brings strength" are the words hanging over the entrance of our Parliament to this very day. How very true... (Well, Friday is the birthday of our late dictator from the commie times, but that's quite another story; let's stick to the point).

This reminded me of another, much older story, which went quite the other way. Somewhere around 70 BC a large horde of freed slaves who had escaped from bondage in the Roman republic, managed to reach the foothills of the Alps. They were standing just one step away from their freedom. All they had to do was reach out and grab it.

Nothing stood in front of them, there was no obstacle to making that final step. The Roman legions were left far behind, scattered and defeated. And somewhere there, beyond the mountain, were the various lands of Spartacus' men and women - vast, free, and wild. Their barbaric homelands, the lands of their ancestors, full of memories from their childhood. Lands full of lush forests, dashing rivers, broad fields and endless steppes, without masters and slavers, without chains and cells, without fighting pits and lions, without service - a place where anyone lived as they pleased.

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A holiday, and a question for debate

First of all, today is International Literacy Day.

September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. It was first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. Celebrations take place around the world.

Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.

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