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The Editorial Dear delegates, The organisers are setting the venues ready for the session, the chairs are wrapping up their preparations for guiding their committes , we, the Media Team, are busy with getting the zero-issue sent out to all the participants of the season’s first session of EYP Latvia- KZRS’12. And You, dear delegates, are packing Your suitcases, wondering what is this magical EYP world some people have been blabbering about. You are about to find out for yourselves! We suggest you take a break from your daily routine and get yourself aquainted with this piece of virtual paper that is so eager to fill you in on the essentials for an EYP event. Our journalists, who once were delegates at regionals too, have captured their tips and thoughts most useful to You. Turn the page and you’ll find yourself meeting the officials. Turn the page again and read some moodcreating EYP articles about body language, EYP memories, do’s and dont’s at a session etc. Later on you’ll come across some opinionated articles about the committee topics to inspire you. Last but not least, as the cover page says - this is not JUST a newspaper. You will find out why as soon as you take a closer look at the Zero Issue. As the media team will not be producing just newspapers, we want you, dear delegates, to experience more than just an European Parliament simulation. Embrace the people, the challenges and the emotions that will evoke during KZRS’12- most probably your first, but hopefully and undoubtedly not your last EYP session. Enjoy it to the fullest! Looking forward to meeting You all in Iecava, Anna-Helena Saarso & Daniels Griņevičs The Editors of KZRS’12 Media Team


The Contents INTRO INTRO INTRO L.V. THIS IS A.V. A.C. A.A. THIS IS M.R. THIS IS AFET: CULT I: CULT II: DROI: ECON: LIBE I: LIBE II: THIS IS THIS IS

the chairs team the media team the organisers coffee: friend or enemy? coffee body language delegating and debating the do’s and don’t’s of an eyp session your to-do list first time for everything a safe storage for your fears face of europe’s tomorrow culture: to what extent? safety in numbers

Human Rights in Belarus: To be or not to be? how should we tighten our belts? respect to be respected internet: a tool for crime? topic mindmap a journey recorder


The Chairs Team By Anna Trine Raudsepp Hey, dear participant, who you are coming to a European Youth Parliament session! Are you wondering who are the chairs, responsible for the committees? Who are Kati, Martins, Ira, Nick, Zeynep, Arturs, Edgars, Irma, Joanna, Niks and Ritvars? I will try to enlighten you. A chairperson is the head of the committee. Chair’s responsibility is to guide you through the session. He/She will play teambuilding games with you and challenge the committee into different tasks. Furthermore, during committee work he will assist you through ups and downs. Finally, he will proofread your resolutions and support you in the General Assembly. By the end of the session you will feel like he is your friend. Some of the chairs form the board, whose purpose is to direct and control the General Assembly. The board consists of the president and two vicepresidents. The session president is lovely Kati Pärn and her vice-presidents are Irma Tukāne and Niks Bērziņs.

Kati Pärn (LIBE II) - the President

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Age: 21 From Tallinn, Estonia Studies: International Relations, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich Hobbies: Skiing, travelling, reading, wine Two things I want to do before I die: skydive and establish my own winery. Irma Tukāne (DROI) - the Vice-President Age: 18 From Riga, Latvia Studies: senior year of high school Hobbies: The usual, people and art Two things I want to do before I die: Overcome my fear of heights by jumping of Niagara falls. Secodly I want to participate in Epic Meal Time. And then eat it all up. Niks Bērziņs (ECON) - the Vice-President Age: 18 From Riga, Latvia Studies: Riga Centre Language School Two things I want to do before I die: Speak in a TED conference, be a judge on a wet T-shirt contest


Artūrs Jānis Zemītis (AFET) Age: 19 From Riga, Latvia Studies: University of Latvia Hobbies: Velotrial, playing guitar, bodybuilding.

Joanna Lickiewicz (AFET)

Age: 19 From Białystok, Poland Studies: Project Management at Warsaw University of Economics Ira Garbuz (CULT II) Hobbies: Pissing off Artūrs is my biggest hobby at the moment Age: 19 From Ukraine, Kyiv Studies: International Economics & Management Hobbies: Table tennis, Ritvars Māsāns (DROI) cooking, watching movies, painting, travelling

Zeynep Ekinci (ECON)

Age: 17 From Iecava, Latvia Studies: Bauska State Gymnasium Hobbies: Guitar, debates, EYP

Age: 16 From Istanbul, Turkey Studies/work: Galatasaray High School Hobbies: Reading, coffee, dancing, singing, chilling with friends, eating muffins, cooking

Mārtiņš Zariņš (LIBE I)

Niklāvs Matuševics (LIBE II)

Age: 19 From Riga, Latvia Studies/work: Computer Science at the University of Latvia Hobbies: Massage, shuffling, guided meditation, joke telling, reading psychology/NLP

Age: 19 From Riga, Latvia Studies/work: Law, University of Latvia Hobbies: Guitar, harmonica, books, movies, theatre, surreal things

Edgars Spudiņš (CULT I)

Age: 18 From Ozolnieki, Latvia Studies: high school Hobbies: Singing, volleyball, beatboxing, comedy


The Media Team

By Reinis Tutāns

Wise negotiators, celebrity stalkers, photographers, sometimes annoying, relentlessly writing articles and are seen where some major events take place. Yes, those people are journalists. As Kurzeme Zemgale Regional session is a major event for EYP Latvia, you will encounter them in Iecava as well. Journalists of KZRS’12 will always be visible and active. Perpetuating terrific moments, tracing your each step or being sunk into computers- writing articles. But also they have their leaders – the editors. In KZRS’12 they are Anna-Helena Saarso and Daniels Griņevičs. They are the creators of the papers (issues), giving tasks to their inferiors – journalists. Journalists are regarded to always be cheerful and fun to be around. On the other hand, do not doubt their curiosity; gossiping is the nature of their work. Being as your shadows, journalists will write about you and for you. But first, see some information about each one of them the next page, before they start discovering your secrets during the session!

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Anna-Helena Saarso - the editress

Age: 18 From Tallinn, Estonia Studies: physics at the University of Tartu Hobbies: I love creating jewelry, science, analog photography, travelling and EYP Two things I want to do before I die: I just wanna live...

Daniels Griņevičs - the editor Age: 18 From Riga, Latvia Studies: Law at University of Latvia Hobbies: music, basketball, reading Two things I want to do before I die: drive a Shelby GT500 beside Jeremy Clarkson, have a farewell party with all my friends

Juris Gogulis - the video editor Age: 20 From Olaine, Latvia, born in Dobele Studies: Albert College – Culture Tourism Management Hobbies: Rock climbing addicted, folk dancing and lingua l’italiano Two things I want to do before I die: Conquer the peak of the Everest! Discover/invent new way of travelling.


Alyona Vishnevska (DROI) Age: 18 From Kiev, Ukraine Studies: Lazarski University, International Relations Hobbies: Dancing, volleyball, eating ice-cream

Annika Ader (CULT I)

Age: 20 From Tallinn, Estonia Studies: Sociology at Tallinn University Hobbies: Enjoying pop-culture Alex Coates (CULT II) Age: 18 From Stroud, United Kingdom Studies: American Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University Hobbies: Tennis, football, pub quizzes Anna-Trine Raudsepp (AFET) Age: 19 From Tallinn, Estonia Studies: Law at the University of Tartu Hobbies: EYP, dancing, sports, politics, debating, music, books Reinis Tutāns (LIBE I) Age: 19 From Riga, Latvia Studies: Business Administration at Riga Business School Hobbies: Cycling, basketball, reading, travelling

Laura Vizule (LIBE II)

Māris Rutkis (ECON)

Age: 18 From Riga, Latvia Studies: Riga State 1st Gymnasium Hobbies: Fantasising, writing, playing basketball, taking pictures of my cat

Age: 17 From Smiltene, Latvia Studies: Smiltene Gymnasium Hobbies: Dancing, partying and everything that’s somehow connected to music Ieva Pastare - general journalist Age: 19 From Rēzekne, Latvia Studies/work: RISEBA, audiovisual media art Hobbies: Rolling on the floor and candies


The Organizers

By Ieva Pastare

You probalby won’t even wonder where all the coffee comes from or who makes sure, that your committee has enough post-its or why are you allowed to sleep in the school. All of that is because of the Organisers and their work. Probably you won’t see them around too much. They usually move really fast and are busy as hell making the session happen and taking care of the basic needs of the delegates (you). In addition, sometimes they can be the masters of camouflage. Nevertheless, when you really need them, they will always be there to help. If you take a really good look around, you can always spot one somewhere nearby. Feel free to chat with them about something not connected to the organising, for example, is Selena Gomez still together with Bieber. An opportunity like that to get the orgas’ oppinion on your special matter is highly valuable.

Mārtiņš Žilinskis, the Head-Organizer

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Age: 20 From Jelgava, Latvia Studies Political Science at the University of Latvia Hobbies: Exciting activities such as sleeping, eating and doing nothing Two things I want to do before I die: Create eternal peace on Earth, lie less about the things I want to do before I die

Toms Vilnis, the Head-Organizer

Age: 20. From Riga, Latvia Studies: Law at the University of Latvia Hobbies: Sitting on my apartment’s balcony with a self-rolled cigarette and coffee while trying to convince myself that existential nihilism is wrong Two things I want to do before I die: Live.. Klāvs Galenieks, organizer Age: 20 From Bauska, Latvia Studies: Riga Technical University, Architecture Hobbies: Basketball, sketching, EYP


Reinholds R. Razums Age: 18 From Riga, Latvia Studies: Riga State Gymnasium No.1. 6.Hobbies: I enjoy doing sports, especially tennis, basketball and also skiing in winter.

Elīne Putne

Age: 16 From Olaine, Latvija Studies: Olaine First Highschool Hobbies: Piano, Theatre, Music, Folk dances, Reading Age: 18 From Riga, Latvia Studies: Riga State Gymnasium Nr. 1 Hobbies: architecture, cinema, dancing and baking

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Teiksma Jankava

Anna Marija Leščinska

Age: 17 From Riga, Latvia Studies: Riga Centre Language School Hobbies: swimming, knotting, reading, communicating, learning Age: 16 From Jelgava, Latvia Studies: Ozolnieku secondary school Hobbies: Art, photography, tennis Viktorija Mališeva

Kerija Jančevska

Age:19 From Riga, Latvia Studies: Riga Technical University Hobbies: eating bread and talking about bread Age: 15 From Rīga, Latvia Studies: Riga State Gymnasium Nr. 2 Hobbies: folk dance, traveling, eating, debating

Viktorija Ostrovska

Age: 19 From Rezekne, Latvia Studies: RTU, Heat, Gas and Wather Tehnology Hobbies: singing , shaking hips in public places


Coffee: Friend or Enemy?

By Laura Vizule

As the modern world keeps becoming even more stressful and busy, it always leaves us in lack of time. We, humans, try to replace our sleeping hours with even more time for work. But how could you ever be able to stay awake when you’re so tired, you can’t concentrate anymore, and your eyes just keep closing? Well that’s the right time to call for help– coffee. It all begun when Ethiopian shepherds first noticed the effects of caffeine, when they saw their goats appearing to become frisky and ‘dance’ after eating coffee berries, from which we now receive coffee beans. So, basically, goats discovered coffee.

Coffee is made from roasted seeds of the coffee plant. These beans contain caffeine, which can have a stimulating effect on human’s body- positive and negative. It can increase heart rate and blood pressure, it temporarily wards off drowsiness and restores alertness. But be careful, caffeine is still toxic at sufficiently high doses. Sleepless night are an integral part of every EYP session. Nobody wants to miss even a tiny part of this important experience. Every useful and helpful way of staying awake is important. So, everybody, let’s be thankful to our good friend – Coffee, but at the same time, let’s use it wisely.

Did you know? • The smell of coffee can restore appetite and refresh scent receptors. • Overdosing could be the cause of your sleep disturbances or headackes. • Coffee is no longer thought to be a risk factor for heart diseases. • Originally Africans mixed coffee berries with fat and formed edible „Energy balls” • Coffee was declared illegal 3 times by 3 different cultures, which is understandable, because both, American and French Revolutions were born in coffee houses. • Over 500 billion cups of coffee are drunk each year and over half of those are drunk at breakfast, or it would be better to say ‘for breakfast’. • Coffee can actually be used to fuel a car. • It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Yes, a drug.

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Try to survive a day WITHOUT any coffee. Even at an EYP session, it is not impossible. Just be prepared to hold your eyes open!


Body Language

By Alyona Vishnevska

Have you ever been in a situation when a person tells you something and there is no particular reason why it wouldn’t be true, but you get that feeling that something is wrong? When they are saying “yes”, but you can sense that it is a “no”? Where does this feeling come from? It is the body language that delivers us information which we might not be aware of being shared. What we feel inside is reflected on the outside by that nonverbal communication. Consciously or not, we show others our attitude towards them, the topic discussed and the situation we are in at that moment. As it works the other way around, we also receive hidden messages sent by our opponent that could give us a lot of information if interpreted right.

ly into other person’s eyes, plus his eyebrows were raised a few times. On the other side of the room, Marvel is having his own conversation. He is standing with his arms crossed and his body leans away from the opponent, he is rubbing his nose and neck. They both are saying similar words though, like “Very nice to meet you”, “Oh it is so amazing that you are in my committee”, “Talk to you later on tonight” etc. It may seem that they have similar feelings. When they meet each other afterwards, Marti is quite excited about the person he has just met, Marvel, however, responds that he did not enjoy his conversation that much. As we were able to spot, it is not their words, but their body language that differed. Those were the signs of positive and negative attitude.

To find out about the basics of the body language, let’s take a look at Now you, dear delegates, go ahead Marti and Marvel - two brothers, and investigate on your own. who have just arrived to an EYP session as delegates. We are going to spy a little bit. They both meet new people and start conversations. Marti’s posture is firm, with his shoulders back. He speaks clearly and on a moderate rate, looking direct-

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Delegating and Debating

By Alex Coates

At EYP sessions you will encounter out from the crowd and offer somea range of people, mainly fellow del- thing unique. egates. This is a quick guide to spotting the stereotypes of most of them. Whilst it’s always useful to have a good working relationship with the You don’t get into debating if you chair, it is also essential to have suitdon’t like to argue. However, you can able contact with the other deleoften be too enthusiastic and seem gates. This allows you to have a wide arrogant or impolite to other del- selection of opinions and feedback egates, so be careful. This is a com- upon possible points for your common sign of the ‘loud delegate’. mittee. It also ensures that you have a wide variety of contacts for future Through most of your life a smile can EYP sessions. get you far. In EYP a smile can help you ‘break the ice’ within a group of You may not be the most naturally strangers, but conversation usually talented debater, however, with the needs a purpose. Being social with right research and tools ready to people is an excellent skill to have in use, any one of you can be an excelEYP but you must also have the abil- lent EYPer. If you put in the work, ity to back up your charm with satis- the rewards could be great. factory points. EYP sessions attract all personaliDelegates are often shy or nerv- ties and a variety of talents, howevous when meeting new people in er, the most important thing is that EYP. Don’t be! Just remember that each delegate enjoys their time and the people you’re meeting are in goes home with something of use the same position as you and so are for their next debating opportunity! nervous too. When meeting officials (journos, editors, chairs, even the president) remember that they were in your position before and so will understand everything you are going through.

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You may well be intelligent, but if you don’t speak your mind then noone will ever know your brilliance. Many people will have researched several topics, but you need to stand


The Do’s and Don’t’s of an EYP session By Annika Ader

Do 1)Your researchthe biggest favour you can do for yourself and your committee is to be prepared. 2)Play at least one mafia gamecommittee work is not the only way to stimulate your mind. 3)Get some sleephaving a record on not sleeping is not something to be proud of. It will just make you inefficient in your work. 4)Bring a pillowwhen having a hard floor under you, a soft pillow balances out the uncomfortable. 5)Take a showeryou will sleep and work in a room with other people. Be considerate. 6)Speak english at all timesto benefit fully from the EYP experience, practise your English all the time and do not give up. It will get easier after some time. 7)Eatit is the best way to get energy, and trust me, you will need it a lot.

Don’t 1)Panicyou are not going to a debate or spelling competition. 2)Wear rings during a ninja gamethe only weapon a ninja needs is speed. 3)Make noise near the sleeping roomsrespect those who need more sleep than three hours and the orgas, who have a different schedule of sleep than you. 4)Be latepunctuality is a useful trait to get things done on time and have more fun. 5) Wear a suit 24/7 only Barney Stinson can feel 100% comfortable in a suit 24/7. 6)Question the orgasrules are made for a reason and not to give you a hard time. 7)Overload on caffeineafter the rush of energy you will feel awful and not in mood for any work or play.

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First time for everything

By Māris Rutkis

A regional session is a delegate’s very first step in EYP and, like with anything, there is no shame in not knowing what to expect. All of the officials you will meet in KZRS have been there, and to help guide you along the way - here are some of their own first EYP experiences. Niks Bērziņš, VP (ECON) “When I arrived in my first session I didn’t even know what my topic was or what my committee name means. During committee work, when we had already begun discussing the topic, I turned to Kārlis, a fellow committee member (now head of the jury of KZRS) and asked for the topic overview, which I read as fast as possible until I was finally able to join the discussion.”

Klāvs Galenieks, organizer “My first session was definitely the most impressive EYP adventure of them all. It was something I hadn’t experienced from social, knowledge and language standpoints. It was like an explosion in my brain. In a positive way, of course.”

Ira Garbuz, chair (CULT II) “I was hesitant about going to my first session. Literally in the last evening I decided to pack my stuff, print some info and in the morning travel 300 kilometres to Vinnytsia. It was a Ukrainian national session and, since I was very active during GA, I got selected for Istanbul International Session.”

Edgars Spudiņš, chair (CULT I) “My first session definitely surpassed expectations. I understood that EYP is what I have to do in the future. The feelings were very unusual; the environment was very surreal to me. There was a lot of positivity streaming throughout it.”

Mārtiņš Žilinskis, HO of KZRS’12 “Before going to my first session I was expecting a formal event, where everyone will be ceremonially dressed at all times, sat around a table, discussing issues. When we started playing teambuilding games, though, I was surprised to say the least. At first it all seemed silly and strange, but eventually I had to admit: it was very fun.”

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AFET Face of Europe’s Tomorrow AFET, you have a great issue to deal with. MiddleEast is a very controversial region with its religion, Islam, which is not just a religion. It is represented in their governments and everyday life. Perhaps, we cannot even understand the power of Islam and for this reason the EU’s role in the ongoing conflicts is fragile and uncertain. The EU is known in the world by its values: democracy, human rights, freedom etc. Maybe the EU should stay to these values and not try to solve the conflicts by armed force and violence. This

means that actions made by the EU should be politically thought through and be against massacre and civil murders.

ligion, because Middle-East can never become Europe as it is today. That is just my opinion on the issue.

The EU should fight for the human rights and not for democracy, because democracy cannot be forced upon. It has to come from the inside of the society. People have to want it and if they really do, then the goal can be reached. There can be political or economic sanctions for not respecting the human rights.

You, AFET, may think that what I wrote down here was not worth anything. The committee work will be full of different ideas, opinions and the result may be nothing you expected.

Yet, the EU has to attempt to look at the situation through their re-

Finally, I want to encourage you to think outside of the box, discuss a lot and be open to new concepts. Experience!

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CULT I Culture: to what Extent? The diversity in Europe is emphasized quite a lot. Nevertheless, a union of European countries is still standing after over sixty years, meaning that there is still something that unites them. The history and language of one’s country has a very strong influence on its cultural identity. Although Europe lies on a small continent, the countries vary in language and experience of history, making it a culturally diversified place. But culture does not consist of only traditions.

Values, moral, manners and overall consideration for others are equally important, when talking about culture. Values are an important part of identity. Right now most of European countries share similar values on human rights established by the European Union (EU). EU’s decisions are made based on those values and these decisions influence all of the Member States. Thus, having accepted those values, these countries have something in common that unites them.

From that, a common sense of moral or manners can be built. Do similar values make a strong European culture and if not, what are the aspects we want to add? Culture can consist of various things from holidays to morals. What should the European culture be based on and how extensive can it be- that is a matter of debate and agreement.

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CULT II Safety in Numbers With Europe having only 5 out of the top 20 universities in world, now is the time to ask why. The other 15 from this group come from United States and I think therein lies part of the solution. To find out how to become successful again we have to look at what the Americans are doing so well to attract the best students. Much of the time the best universities have a set reputation for presenting the best quality of teaching and research for their students and staff. This, in turn, gives rise

to the best people wanting to enroll there. Their reputation may be based off specialities such as engineering, languages or simply the history behind the institution. With these, come lots of funding from large companies and corporations who want their name recognisable with such a reputable institute of education.

more pro-active in their search for associate funding and think outside the box.

Europe has a very small amount of these speciality universities of such a high standard, so to raise this standard, they need funds. To acquire these, universities need to be

After all, we all know - money makes the world go round.

Another must is attracting international students. These are the students that bring in the most money which can be put towards the university’s well-being and garnering a reputation needed to become a member of the ‘elite’.

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DROI Human Rights in Belarus: To be or not to be? The violation of human rights in Belarus is a subject that the EU is deeply concerned about. It led to the existent policy of critical engagement with that country. Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, expressed his alarm about the continued abuse of human rights, the rule of law and democratic values in Belarus. He emphasized several issues: the travel ban on some opposition leaders and human rights defenders, laws that expand the powers of the KGB as well as the expulsion of the Swedish ambassador. More than a dozen opposition members and human rights activists are serving long prison sen-

tences as a result of politically motivated charges and unfair trials. These include Ales Bialitski, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights. Dozens of others have been arbitrarily detained for short periods to harass or intimidate them.

nize the rules governing the Human Rights Committee’s procedures. Later on, in an apparent response to growing international criticism, the government pardoned a number of prisoners sentenced in connection with the December 2010 protests.

In June, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Belarus, urging the government to free all political prisoners immediately and unconditionally and to put an immediate end to arbitrary detention of human rights defenders.

Released prisoners later alleged that they were pressured to sign pardon requests, acknowledging their guilt as conditions for their release. Despite that, any semblance of movement towards mutual agreement in the near future is remaining noticeably elusive.

At first, the Committee’s decisions were not considered valid in Belarus, since the Belarusian authorities did not recog-

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ECON How should We tighten our belts? A tough pill has to be swallowed by a large part of the EU in these times of crisis – it’s going to get worse, before it gets better. As a Latvian, I have first-hand experience in the excruciating process that is austerity in economic crisis and the fruit it bears. Between 2007 and 2009 our GDP collapsed by 25% as we suffered the worst recession in the EU. The Latvian government reacted by issuing a painful austerity package - it fired 30% of public sector workers, reduced salaries by

40%, introduced new taxes and raised existing ones. After enduring several years of austerity, our economy was the fastest growing in the EU in the first quarter of 2012. The social effects? An increase in crime due to unemployment and police budget cuts, a decrease in the standards of education, an enormous brain drain and many others. The government chose austerity, the people did not. Rigid austerity is definitely not the universal antidote – it was met

with widespread protests and contempt in Greece. Latvians reacted more subtly by simply emigrating - as much as 10% of the population moved abroad, something not possible for an economy the size of Greece. ECON will have the challenging task of figuring out what kind of austerity measures are most appropriate EUwide and to what extent should they be imposed to tackle the sovereign debt crisis.

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LIBE I Respect to be Respected “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” These words are written by Emma Lazarus, American poet. Though that is not the reason why they are so well known. This catchy line is written on the Statue of Liberty in the USA. I find it related to the topic of LIBE I where tolerance for cultural diversity is the aim. Liberal attitude between cultures, minorities and religions to breathe free in this merciless world is essential. Past must be tak-

en into account as the cultural diversity in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe are strongly connected with historical minorities. We should keep in mind that the remains of Soviet Union and Hitler’s regime still have an effect on society. Meanwhile, migration has become an influential problem in Northern and Western Europe. This factor mixes up the cultures even more. Spain is the most common example, as it is one of them main immigration gates to the whole of Europe.

Human trafficking, cheap labor, economical destruction are the consequences… There is a disturbance in peace and tolerance between cultures. Integration must be prioritized not only by societies but also by governments and European institutions. The solution might be one united European culture? LIBE I, you are the judges on this one…

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LIBE II Internet:

a tool for crime? Everything that’s somehow related to modern technologies will always play a big role in our environment. With our everyday lives developing , connections through the Internet become even more useful and important. We use it for communication, work, extraction of information, entertainment or simply for relaxation. How could we make our online appearance even more pleasant and safe, so we wouldn’t be harmed and our name or identity wouldn’t be used as a cybercrime tool by others? Computers and networks are usually used in cybercrimes for criminal activities. The va-

riety of these activities can depend on the imagination of a person’s mind. Hacking of computers, cyber child abuse, theft of intellectual property or identity, cyber frauds and financial crimes are the basic cases. Practically every person who uses the Internet, has faced cyber bullying or harassment of his or her privacy at least once. However, most people do not report being bothered or upset when going online, and that makes it okay to be harassed. By increasing the daily use of the Internet, the risks increase proportionaly. Nevertheless, more use also brings more opportunities and, no doubt,

more benefits. In other words, use of the Internet brings both risks and opportunities, and the line between them is not easy to draw. First and most important actions to achieve safer Internet environment lie in raising the awareness of people and increasing the effectiveness of the actions taking part in case something similar happens. That is just one woman’s opinion, as they say. You have the freedom and opportunity to speak up, say what is on your mind and make a difference.

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