Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Easy to Hate - by Stefan Ikoga

"I hate gypsies also, they are everywhere."
We recently found this very nice journal - Klaxonpress - which is publishing poetry of young Bulgarian authors in two languages, Bulgarian and English. Not just the design, but also the content was fascinating us, especially when we found the following poem by Stefan Ikoga: "Easy to Hate".
If you want to read the whole journal, you can find it here, go for it, we can only recommend it!
Moreover you can follow our Blogger-collegue Stefan Ikoga on http://stefanikoga.blogspot.com/ .

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summarizing the Youth Cause

At the end of August one of our organization’s major projects – The Youth Cause (Младежка Кауза) is coming to an end. That having said it is about time to point out what we have reached, who and how have benefited from this project.

The main activities during the project included building partnerships and networks for youth information and support, capacity building and providing information, trainingcourses for Youth Initiatives and awareness raising. We are proud to say that with the establishment of the Youth Cause platform www.kauza.net, the network of partner NGOs was created including 12 youth NGOs in the active partnership and spreading the capacity building tips to other NGOs currently not officially involved in the network. Twenty young people have participated in the training “The organizing and implementing interactive youth initiatives.”

The platform is open for all the NGOs and youth activists, and is filled with manuals and tips for the effective young NGOs capacity building. One can find information on EVS accreditation, project writing, establishment of NGOs to current youth events in Sofia and Bulgaria. Templates of documents needed to proceed with activities are uploaded to the platform as well. The project has been encouraging and will continue to encourage the youth participation and active citizenship. During the awareness raising campaigns the information about the Youth Cause and importance of active citizenship was provided to more than 300 youngsters in schools, universities and festivals all around the country. The project visited 6 municipalities and has been presented in more than 15 formal education institutions.

Although at the end of its duration, the Youth Cause will not stop functioning.  The useful information uploaded on the platform will remain there and the IOA staff will continue updating the website with events and other important news related to the youth work and youth participation. So if you missed your chance yet, then visit the page and check all the useful videos, documents and manuals to improve your active participation in youth work!

"The Youth Cause - network quality, sustainability, knowledge and authority youth work in Bulgaria" is funded under the program to support NGOs in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014. The whole responsibility for the content of this article goes to the Infinite Opportunities Association and under no circumstances it can be assumed that this article reflects the views of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Operator of the Programme to support NGOs in Bulgaria. This project is implemented with financial support of the "Youth in action" Programme of the European Commission in Bulgaria administered by National Centre "European youth Programmes and Initiatives." Content of the article does not reflect the position of the European Community program "Youth in Action" or NCEYPI.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Make it short... #2

Iris (Hong Kong)  and Carmine (Italy)
Our two new Interns from AIESEC finished their first week, therefore it's time to introduce them to you. They are going to help us in our project  "Green Community", as both of them plan to work in the environmental sector in their future. Five questions, five simple answers:

Hong Kong- 20Bachelor, environmental Management and Technology

Best thing about Bulgaria You have experienced so far?
The antique market in the basement of Temple Sveta Paraskevais so amazing to me, you can find everything there!!

Your personal contribution to the environment?
I don’t use any disposable utensils. I bring my own bags to market.

Any person you would like to have a cup of coffee with?
June Leung – a teacher and an entrepreneurin Hong Kong.

If you could write a slogan on the sky, what would that be?
Hey guys, please appreciate every single moment in life.

What drives you crazy?

Mosquitoes make disgusting noise when I am sleeping.

Napoli, Italy - 24 – Master Degree

Best thing about Bulgaria You have experienced so far?
The Seven Rila Lakes.

Your personal contribution to the environment?
I don’t use my car if I can.

Any person you would like to have a cup of coffee with?
Steve Jobs.

If you could write a slogan on the sky, what would that be?
When life gives you lemon, make lemonade.

What drives you crazy?
The people that throw things on the street.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

How much is too much? Ecology and terror.

In what moment our love and respect to nature becomes more important that non-violence, acceptance and respect for human rights and human life?
We invite you to explore the possible consequences which may result from desire to prove the rightness of green life and unrespect to other people's opinions. Not everything is fair in love and war. Why? Check our pictures to understand. 

How does it start? Where do the roots of the values of eco terrorists come from?

What are the main activities of eco-terrorists's?

Who are they?

Did they have rules?

Here you can watch two videous about Earth Liberation Front. The first one is "If a tree Falls: A story of the Earth Liberation Front" is the official documentary made by filmmaker Marshall Curry, exploring the origins, motives eco-terrorism.

The second movie is another documentary, "Behind the Mask: The Story Of The People Who Risk Everything To Save Animals" is a 2006 documentary film about the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).
This documentary made by Shannon Keith, animal rights lower. She consider the members of the ALF like a people who speak up for the animals, but simultaneously they break the law to do it. "We only can see changes in our society when the law has been broken", - the lower, Mrs. Keith said.

Eco-terrorism has been a topic not only of documentary movies but also of books, TV-shows and musical lyrics. We made Top-5 fiction books about it:
5. "State of fear" by Michael Crichton

4. "The monkey wrench gang" by Edward Abey

3."Green Is the New Red: An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege" by Will Potter

2. "Zodiac" by Neal Stephenson

1. "Lullably" by Chuck Palahniuk

Written by Iuliia Zadorozhnia 
Edited by Indre Lechtimiakyte

Friday, July 25, 2014

Green Consumerism at Work

10 green ticks of buying green from our office

When we are being motivated by impatience, low price, hunger, fashion or sale, without thinking we surrender marketing ploys and tricks and become a part of consumerist society. Is it dangerous? If you surrender to the passion of shopping regularly, the answer is: “Yes, it is”. Consumerism is destructive for the planet and it is harmful for your life. Life of consumerist may be depicted by a qoute from Chuck Palahniuk novel: „Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy s**t we don’t need.” 

In our office we try to be happy, healthy and pro-green by avoiding buying unnecessary products. Sometimes our desire of possession of the product is so strong, that we lend ourselves to passion and buy the product. But we are buying “green”. How we manage doing this without boredom and frustration? You can find the answer while checking our tricks and suggestions how to buy, but buy “right” products:

10. Educate yourself! 

Written by Iuliia Zadorozhnia 
Edited by Indre Lechtimiakyte

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lets Go Green Together!

Has it ever occured to you that becoming more sustainable is kind of hard? You have to stop using car, become vegetarian, buy only organic food and cosmetics... Isn't that the change of the whole life style?? False!!!! In the beginning littkle steps are what matters. We found 16 easy steps to help the planet with minimal efforts.

Designed by Iuliia Zadorozhnia, written by Indre Lechtimiakyte

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Must-read literature about women’s rights: book list with pictures

Despite that fact that in many countries women’s rights are established by law, a lot of people, both man and women, ignore the basic standards of gender equality and (we hope that they just) forget to respect  the women’s rights and freedoms. We don’t even mean the right to vote, to work, to own property, to have education or to have marital or parental rights. We mean deeper issues, like stereotypes about what women should do or what woman’s work is.

If you are bored of reading philosophical tractates of Mary Wollstonecraft, Betty Friedan, Shulamith Firestone, Gloria Steinem and Angela Davis, look carefully through our list –its non-fiction literature with brilliant plots and breathtaking manner of storytelling.

1. ‘’The Second Sex’’ by Simone de Beauvoir

2. “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler

3. "Field Work In Ukrainian Sex" by Oksana Zabuzhko

4. “The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women” by Naomi Wolf 

5. "The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan

6.  ""The Lesbian Body" by Monique Wittig 

7. "The Cleft" by Doris Lessing

8. "A Room of One's Own" by Virginia Woolf

9. "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

compiled & designed by Iuliia Zadorozhnia

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Roma in Bulgaria

Did you know that 90% of Roma are living at the risk of poverty? Or that every fifth Roma in Bulgaria had experienced discrimination based or the ethnicity within last year. Check out more facts about Roma in Bulgaria on our chart.

Monday, July 7, 2014

София прайд парад 2014

На 05 юли се проведе седмото издание на „София прайд парад”.

Въпреки осъждането от страна на Българската православна църква и изявленията на лидера на Атака, парадът беше подкрепен с писмена декларация от 11 дипломати и посланици от дипломатически мисии в София. София прайд 2014 премина през центъра на столицата без инциденти и бе посетен от около 400 души.

 В София има около 80 000 ЛГБТ, които всеки ден са обект на неравностойно третиране. Парадите по целия свят целят да привлекат публичното внимание към иначе скритата и маргинализирана общност на ЛГБТ и по този начин да предизвикат обществен дебат за предразсъдъците и дискриминацията срещу тях.


On the 5th of July the 7th Sofia Pride parade was held. 

Despite the earlier condemnation by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and incidental statements of Ataka leader, the parade was supported in a written statement by 11 diplomats and ambassadors on diplomatic missions in Sofia. Sofia Pride 2014 went through downtown without incidents and was attended by approximately 400 people. 

There are approximately 80 000 LGBT people in Sofia every day experiencing unequal treatment. Pride Parades all over the world are meant to increase visibility of of otherwise hidden and marginalized community of LGBT and thus give rise to a public debate on prejudice and discrimination against them.

Picture: https://www.facebook.com/events/760572383995494/?fref=ts

Friday, June 27, 2014

This weekend to watch in your free time: Football and its hooligans

Insulting, abusing, spitting, throwing stones, bricks and Molotov cocktails on the opposing supporters, abuse of smoke bombs and massive fights:  this is another side of Football.

How football, the most popular sport in the world, has turned from a unifying factor into a cause of discord? Watch those two films about football fans, which are showing the life of football hooligans from the inside and you will maybe understand the reason of their hatred.

Green Street

2005, UK,
Direction: Lexi Alexander
With: Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Elijah Wood and Leo Gregory

The director Lexi Alexander was inspired by memories of her childhood, when she supported the Waldhof Mannheim football team. Co-authored with the former football hooligan Dougie Brimson, she wrote the script and directed the movie about the lifestyle of the supporters of West Ham United Football Club. This film is another attempt to portray the so-called "English disease", hooliganism, in the cinema. The plot is quite simple - journalism student Matt Buckner got dismissed from Harvard for a crime he did not commit. He moves to London to his married sister, where her husband introduces Matt to his younger brother Pete.  Becoming friends with Pete, Matt discovers the world of football fanaticism and learns about the mysteries and intrigues within the football firm”Green Street Elite”. Behind all the sport, alcohol and fights, a story of true friendship, support, loyalty and honor reveals. On the contrary, we see the result of baseless hate and senseless fights.

Why the movie is worth seeing? Firstly because of the script: it is exciting to watch the process of integration of a new member into the most ardent firm, “the Green Street Elite”, and trying to understand how the violence appears in the football environment. Secondly, it is unusual to observe the boyish “Hobbit” face of Elijah Wood in the role of a brutal football hooligan.

The Football Factory

2004, UK
Directed by Nick Love
Starring: Danny Dyer, Dudley Sutton, Frank Harper, Jamie Foreman, Neil Maskell, Roland Manookian, Tamer Hassan

The film is a cult classic for football fans. “The Football factory” is based on a book written by John King - the iconic British writer who writes about football club supporters. This story is not only about football fans, but also about the English middle class society of the 90’s. Through his description of the everyday life of the middle class, we can see the reason of hatred, racism and aggression in the football environment. The movie vividly shows hooligans daily life, how they spend their time in bars or at the stadium, how they manifest themselves after matches. The outstanding acting makes the audience fall in love with the actors, although at the same time the spectators do not justify the actions of the characters. The Events in the film show the confrontation of two soccer fan clubs, Headhunters (Chelsea support) and the Bushwhackers  (Millwall). With this the protagonist Danny Dyer became an idol and a role model for many “true” football hooligans all over the world. The Paradox: during the movie he keeps asking himself: “Is it worth it?”

The tagline of “The football factory” is 'what else you gonna do on a Saturday?' 

We know the answer: Get chips and a drink and watch one of our two movie-recommendations to get in the mood of the football world cup!

If both are not appealing you, here is a list of other remarkable films every football fan should have seen:

‘’Ultrà’’, 1991, directed by Ricky Tognazzi, Italy
‘’Flying Pigs’’, 2010, directed by Anna Kazejak-Dawid, Poland
‘’Gegengerade - 20359 St. Pauli’’, 2011, directed by Tarek Ehlail, Germany
‘’Kicking Off’’, 2013, directed by Anton Bormatov, Russia
‘’Cass’’, 2008, directed by Jon S. Baird, United Kingdom
‘’The Firm’’ (made-for-television drama film), 1989, directed by Alan Clarke, United Kingdom
‘’The Firm’’, 2009, directed by Nick Love, United Kingdom
‘’I.D.’’, 1995, directed by Philip Davis, United Kingdom
‘’Rise of the Footsoldier’’, 2007, directed by Julian Gilbey, United Kingdom
‘’Green Street Hooligans 2’’, 2009, directed by Jesse Johnson, USA
‘’Awaydays’’, 2009, directed by Pat Holden, United Kingdom
‘’Klatka”, 2003, directed by Sylwester Latkowski, Poland
‘’Mean Machine’’, 2001, directed by Barry Skolnick, United Kingdom & United States
‘’L'ultimo ultras’’, 2009, directed by Stefano Calvagna, Italy
‘’The Ice Cream Wars’’, 2012, directed by Paul Tanter, United Kingdom
‘’The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan’’, 2012, directed by Paul Tanter, United Kingdom

written by Iuliia Zadorozhnia
edited by 
Ida Meyenberg