Random thoughts from Warsaw
Of late I am snowed under and consequently blog-less. So I'll give a Top 10 list of what is going on in my head:
- Can't vote against the Lisbon Treaty on June 12th because Irish State does not grant it's citizens voting rights when they are living abroad. Ireland is the only country who has a say in the matter and can scuttle the boat. All other member states' trusted politicians did the job for their citizens with a relatively debate-less ratification.
It's highly likely that the referendum will be passed.
- Glad to be hosting international guests over the next few days. They are coming to Warsaw to protest against Frontex HQ, the EU's border police dog.
Frontex is an EU agency with coordinates the activity, training and operations of the EU's border control. It also coordinates this activity with police, the military and secret services. The Frontex- run RABITs (rapid border intervention teams) carry out military- like exercises with weaponry in preparation for operations against groups of migrants. There is growing likelihood that somebody will be shot dead for trying to cross the border.
So on Friday friends will go to the Frontex office in Warsaw with slogans "No one is Illegal" and "No Borders, No Nations" to confront the migrant hunters with the consequences of their policies and show what it is that this institution is really protecting: misery, poverty, exploitation, racism, imperialism and global capitalism.
- The legendary trade union Solidarnosc are currently holding a postal worker's strike in Poland. More power to them! I hope their postulates are met.
- Currently reading Part I of Isaac Deutscher's biographical trilogy on Leon Trotsky, 'The Prophet Armed: Trotsky, 1879-1921' - an interesting read.
- Also reading 'Anarchism, A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Volume 1: From Anarchy to Anarchism (300CE to 1939)' compiled by Robert Graham. Some fascinating texts, especially the ancient Asian texts included.
- My dance lessons are going well, my guitar practice has stagnated; again! While dancing, I look a bit like this blue-footed booby.
- Studying Polish grammar to help reduce my mistakes and also brushing up on my French, which is quite exciting. I expect to meet lots of Poles in Ireland so I will still be able 'mowic po polsku' this summer:)
- Preparing to hitch home to Ireland soon with my girlfriend. Looking forward to the road trip and hope we don;t end up in a ditch somewhere.
- We are looking for foster parents to take care of our cat Miaou. If you are living in Warsaw and want to take care of a beautiful cat for 2 years let me know.
- And finally, I'm beginning to really love Poland, mainly because it is summer. Strawberry season, evening walks while it is still bright, amazing sunrises that I see every morning when the cat wakes me up (one of his bad points), and end of the school year. I'll be sad to leave in 4 weeks:((