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paywall platba za individualne clanky, dennikn

Tomáš Bella:
S niečím takýmto experimentovalo už veľa médií a nikomu sa to neosvedčilo, ani na Slovensku ani nikde inde. O dôvodoch by sa dalo dlho rozprávať, ale v princípe je jeden hlavný: médiu sa to neoplatí, pretože žiadne médium nedokáže žiť z čitateľov, ktorí si prečítajú len pár článkov za mesiac. Zdá sa to zvláštne, ale čísla ukazujú, že ľudí, ktorí by zaplatili za 1 článok nie je oveľa viac ako tých, ktorí kúpia mesačné predplatné. A pre nás je, samozrejme, mesačné predplatné lepšie, pretože vytvára čitateľský návyk. Teoreticky môžete povedať, že by ste si vyskúšali len tri články a potom možno kúpili mesačné predplatné, ale v praxi sa takto správa málo ľudí. Na vyskúšanie preto radšej ponúkame napríklad 99-centové predplatné, pri ktorom môžete ale čítať obsah určitú dobu neobmedzene.

Platba za jednotlivé texty by možno mala zmysel, keby celé predplatné stálo 40 eur na mesiac (tiež sa na to tešíme! 🙂, ale pri našej cene pod 5 eur to nie je realistické, prišli by sme o peniaze, následne by sme museli štandardné predplatné zdražovať, atď.

Filip Struhárik:
Ďakujeme, podobné nápady z času na čas odznejú. Tomas asi na tento typ otázok asi odpovedal nespočetne veľakrát. V podstate sa ale týmto smerom neplánujeme uberať. Určite to môže pre niektoré médiá fungovať, náš model spoplatnenia by to ale mnohonásobne skomplikovalo a navyše by to zrejme aj znížilo príjmy redakcie. Ak by to nevyšlo, mohlo by to dokonca ohroziť jej budúcnosť. Navyše, takýto typ predplatného nepomáha budovať návyk na značku, pretože zákazník vie, že každý klik, môže byť spoplatnený, a tak si veľmi dobre rozmyslí, či k nám dnes vôbec príde. To nie je cesta, ktorou by sme sa chceli uberať.

Tomáš Bella:
Takmer všetky platené médiá dávajú niečo zadarmo, v zahraničí sa to naozaj robí častejšie cez metered paywall, kde máte určitý počet textov zadarmo a potom je všetko zavreté.

My dávame zadarmo tiež dosť, ale robíme to inak – po prvé, otvorené sú u nás oveľa dlhšie úvodné časti textov (pokojne si prečítate u nás zadarmo aj celých pár odsekov, čo je v iných novinách dĺžka celého textu), po druhé máme newsletter s odomykanými článkami, po tretie členovia Klubu môžu odomykať texty pre svojich priateľov (čo minimálne v strednej Európe neumožňuje nikto iný, vieme len o 2 médiách na svete, čo to ponúkajú).
Čiže je to len otázka odlišnej stratégie, resp. na Slovensku zvyklosti, keďže tu sa skrátka ujal skôr tento spôsob. Čisla nepustia, keby sme začali dávať úplne každému prvých 5 alebo 10 článkov (tak by sme zasa museli začať zamykať aj texty, ktoré sú dnes zadarmo, zamykali by sme ich od prvého odstavca alebo niekde inde by sme museli ubrať.

Romanian government collapses, prime minister refuses to resign

https://kyberia.sk/id/8357130/

Víťaz posledných rumunských volieb Liviu Dragnea sa zo zákona nemohol stať premiérom, lebo bol odsúdený za pokus o sfalšovanie referenda. Tak si sám vybral členov vlády vrátane bábkového premiéra a začal krajinu ovládať defacto aj tak.

V stredu sa rozhodol, že tú vládu dá odvolať, lebo vraj neplní záväzky, na ktoré on "sľúbil, že bude dohliadať". Tak všetci ministri poslušne podali demisie. Ale nie premiér Grindeanu. Ten vyhlásil, že krajina má najvyšší rast v EÚ, najnižšiu infláciu v EÚ a dodal niečo ako "fuck you, my patríme do EÚ a skutočný dôvod, prečo ma chce Dragnea odstaviť je, že som odmietol začať liezť do zadku Rusom a tlačiť za zrušenie sankcií". Plus vraj natrel kopec ďalších zákulisných vecí.

Takže Rumunsko má teraz superúspornú jednočlennú vládu a nového hrdinu, bývalého lokaja, ktorý sa vzoprel temným silám. Teda niežeby to z neho urobilo tak úplne morálneho človeka, ale ľuďom v Rumunsku to v núdzi stačí aj takto a zase asi pôjdu do ulíc, aby ho bránili.

moar: http://www.politico.eu/article/romanian-government-collapses-prime-minister-refuses-to-resign/

drowning

toto sa treba naucit spozorovat, nikto sa netopi tak, ze krici o pomoc ako vo filmoch
https://streamable.com/81hl0

Filmed at a swimming pool in Helsinki, Finland, shows the young boy splashing about frantically, struggling to stay above water.
He continues to wave his arms in the air, desperately trying to keep himself afloat, as other children and adults swim by.
After several minutes, the boy can no longer keep up the fight.
His body is seen floating in the water as parents with children continue to pass by in the harrowing footage.

Eventually, a woman goes to check on the boy, realises he is not responding and quickly carries him out of the pool.
He was rushed to a nearby children’s hospital and miraculously made a full recovery.
According to court documents, the boy’s mother had left him unattended to enter a spa at the swimming pool.

She had told him to stay in the children’s pool, but the five-year-old had wandered into the adult area and soon found himself out of his depth.
It is believed the boy may have been submerged for four-and-a-half minutes.
Helsinki District Court sentenced the boy’s 44-year-old mother to a suspended four-month prison sentence and ordered her to pay €1,500 (£1,300) in compensation.

https://kyberia.sk/id/8354355

Odpovedáme na výzvu Mariana Kotlebu – Bystrické veci

http://www.bystrickeveci.sk/odpovedame-vyzvu-mariana-kotlebu/

Politici sa radi oháňajú pred voľbami všakovakými sľubmi – čo všetko dobré spravia. Pred minulými župnými voľbami nás pán Kotleba počas predvolebnej diskusie v televízii TA3 vyzval, aby sme po jeho zvolení zhodnotili, či táral, alebo splnil svoje sľuby. Bol to problém, pretože nemal žiadny ucelený program, preto vychádzame len zo sľubov z predvolebnej diskusie.  Vyhľadali sme tie, ktoré dávali zmysel a porovnali sme s dnešnou realitou.

"Nenávidíme ťa Slovensko!" skandovali maďarskí extrémisti pred slovenskou ambasádou

http://hnonline.sk/svet/971639-nenavidime-ta-slovensko-skandovali-madarski-extremisti-pred-slovenskou-ambasadou

Zrušenie Trianonskej mierovej zmluvy požadovalo dnes večer pred sídlom Veľvyslanectva SR na budapeštianskej Ceste Stefánia vyše 500 extrémistov. Protestný pochod pri príležitosti 97. výročia podpísania Trianonskej mierovej zmluvy zorganizovalo už po 16. raz radikálne Mládežnícke hnutie 64 stolíc (HVIM).

Rečníci zhromaždenia z HVIM svoju nevôľu s Trianonom vyjadrili predtým pred budovami veľvyslanectiev Srbska a Rumunska, kde kritizovali prístup k maďarskej menšine v daných krajinách.

Pri slovenskej ambasáde obkolesenej kovovými kordónmi podotkli, že medzištátne vzťahy Maďarska sú v súčasnosti veľmi dobré, že v poslednom čase už nie sú príslušníci maďarskej menšiny terčom útokov, ako v prípade študentky Hedvigy Malinovej. Avšak slovenská vláda rozvíja severné regióny krajiny a južné, kde býva aj maďarská menšina, nechá zaostávať. Ako príklad uviedli budovanie diaľnice na východ Slovenska cez náročný horský terén, namiesto smerom cez rovinatý juh. Za veľký problém označili, že Maďarsko i Slovensko trpia nekvalitným tovarom dovezeným zo zahraničia.

Dav skandoval "Preč s Trianonom!", "Nenávidíme ťa Slovensko!" či "Ria-ria Hungária!"

Zhromaždenie, ktoré zabezpečovalo po celej trase pochodu množstvo policajtov, sa skončilo bez incidentov, jeho účastníci sa rozišli.

Trianonskú mierovú zmluvu, ktorá vymedzila hranice Maďarska a Československa po rozpade Rakúsko-Uhorska po prvej svetovej vojne, podpísali 4. júna 1920 v paláci Veľký Trianon pri Paríži mocnosti Dohody (Británia, USA, Francúzsko a Taliansko) a predstavitelia Maďarska. Hoci Maďarsko podpísalo a ratifikovalo Trianonskú mierovú zmluvu, s novým stavom sa nezmierilo. Trianon sa v Maďarsku dodnes chápe ako krivda spáchaná na maďarskom národe.

Life in Slovakia’s Roma slums: Poverty and segregation | Slovakia | Al Jazeera

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/04/life-slovakia-roma-slums-poverty-segregation-170425090756677.html

Life in Slovakia's Roma slums: Poverty and segregation
Institutional racism, unemployment and poor housing are among the hardships endured by Slovakia's half-a-million Roma.

The Roma slum in Jarovnice, Slovakia, is home to an estimated 5,600 people [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
By
Patrick Strickland

@P_Strickland_

Jarovnice, Slovakia – Slipshod huts and sagging shacks line both sides of the quiet river that bisects the densely populated Roma slum in the centre of Jarovnice, an impoverished village in the Sabinov district of eastern Slovakia.

On a cold morning in March, speeding cars bounce along muddy paths, drivers navigating one pothole after another and dodging children who have nowhere to play but the streets.

A rickety steel bridge connects the two sides of the slum and serves as a meeting place for children returning from school.

Martin Kaleja Januv, a 33-year-old teaching assistant, is one of the few residents of Jarovnice with a paying job. The Roma population's 97 percent unemployment rate renders most locals entirely dependent on welfare, according to the local municipality's estimates.

Of the village's estimated 6,548 residents, more than 5,600 are Roma who live in the slum, which covers less than a square kilometre.

"The worst part is the lack of privacy," says Martin, who lives with his wife, father-in-law and three children in a two-room home on a tiny, grassless lot shared with other homes and shacks. "If I could afford it, I'd live somewhere else. Not just for me, but for my kids."

His family is among the few lucky ones. Built without permits, many homes house between eight and 10 people and lack electricity, water and gas.

"We are trying to save some money to buy something outside the settlement," he says, explaining that he makes around 300 euros (about $327) a month. "But every time we save up a little money, something unexpected happens and we spend it."
Martin Kaleja Januv is one of the few people in the Roma slum in Jarovnice with a paying job. He is trying to save enough money to buy his family a house outside of the slum, but it isn't easy [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Growing up in Jarovnice, he says his childhood was punctuated with racist insults and systemic discrimination. "When I used to travel to school on the bus, they [white Slovaks] would call us smelly. When we go to the store, they watch us like we're going to steal," he says, shaking his head.

Numbering half a million and making up an estimated 10 percent of Slovakia's population, Roma are the second-largest ethnic minority in the country.

According to a November 2014 policy paper by the Institute for Financial Policy, nearly 40 percent of the adult Roma population existed entirely outside the labour market, as compared with 24 percent of non-Roma. Those who can work often do so in the black market. Citing widespread discrimination and low education levels, the paper found that the employment rate of Roma aged 15 to 64 sat at 17 percent.

In Jarovnice, Martin says, life "just keeps getting worse and worse. It's overcrowded, and people really don't have a chance to develop themselves here".

"There is no escape. We can't get jobs … [that pay] enough money to buy something or move somewhere else," he adds. "Everyone says Roma cannot adapt themselves to the country's way of life and abuse the social system and take money. But this money is so little that you can't live from it. Even my salary is small."
Roma children play in the slum in Jarovnice [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

According to the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Roma in Slovakia endure racism in the job market, housing and education fields and are often subjected to forced evictions, vigilante intimidation, disproportionate levels of police brutality and more subtle forms of discrimination.

Jonathan Lee, the centre's communications officer, says no Slovak government since the 1989 fall of communism has "taken seriously Roma's problems" or combated anti-Roma racism.

Although comprehensive statistics are unavailable, he says that there has been a general increase in anti-Roma hate crimes since 2008 and that segregation has continually worsened, alluding to at least eight segregation walls dividing Roma and non-Roma communities in the eastern city of Kosice alone.

And discriminatory rhetoric is as prevalent among liberal and centrist politicians as it is on the far-right, he says, explaining: "Roma are a popular scapegoat for politicians in Bratislava to gain votes while playing to a deeply prejudiced society.

"Within Slovakia more than other countries, hate speech has become so normalised by mainstream politicians that it's hard to differentiate between the far right and others [in respect to Roma]."
History of deprivation

The history of Jarovnice's Roma, who settled in the area hundreds of years ago, is dotted with unfulfilled promises – and poverty and institutional deprivation have more than once had tragic consequences here.

On July 20, 1998, heavy rains pounded the village. Within an hour, the river's water rose drastically. Fifty-two people died and more than 170 homes were destroyed in floods.

For Mayor Florian Gina, who became one of dozens of Roma mayors in Slovakia when he attained office in 2010, the floods were a microcosm of the Roma minority's life. Against a backdrop of persecution and systemic racism, the state has viewed their communities' ills as tangential concerns at best, he believes.
When Roma Florian Gina became mayor seven years ago, some Slovak locals tried to create a separate municipality [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Sitting in his office, the mayor remembers the floods with anger. As poor families raised what little they could to bury their dead, state officials and politicians visited Jarovnice to promise safer housing and a solution to the problems plaguing the slum and others like it. "But," he says, "they did nothing".

READ MORE: Slovakia's government failing to educate, integrate Roma children

After he was elected seven years ago, white Slovak locals, angered by a Roma holding office in their village, circulated a petition to create a separate municipality.

Born and raised in Jarovnice's slum, where he still lives with his family, Florian estimates that the village has one of the most densely populated Roma populations per capita in Europe and suspects that at least 900 unregistered residents live in the slum uncounted.

Getting up from behind his desk, he points to several spots on a map of the village, explaining where Jarovnice's Roma population lives in relation to the 900-person white population surrounding the slum.

Florian guesses that around half of the homes do not have water or electricity owing to their lack of permits. "Our state doesn't care about [Roma] people. The [national] government … doesn't care about simple people living in these regions," he says.

Referring to the 1989 uprising that led to the collapse of the Czechoslovak communist government and the establishment of the Slovak Republic, he says: "It's been 26 years since the revolution, there's been no change and they've solved nothing with the Roma community living here."
The river that flooded in 1998, destroying more than 170 homes in the slum and killing 52 people [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
'We can't afford anything else'

On a hilltop at the end of a cul-de-sac is the slum's church, its doors locked apart from on Sunday mornings or during bible study meetings on Wednesdays. Down the path are homes pieced together with spare wood, scrap metal, cinder blocks and an occasional cardboard panel.

Jan Carny, 58, and his wife Darina stand with some neighbours in front of a burned-out sedan. They smoke cigarette after cigarette and greet each passer-by. There are no pavements so they saunter along muddy paths back to their home. Bursts of pop music occasionally interrupt their conversation as cars pass by. A sullen dog stands on alert for a moment, before losing interest and retreating to the doghouse to which it is chained. Laundry dances in the wind on a line behind it.

Back in their kitchen, Darina opens the door of the oven to let the warmth circulate through the home. Jan takes a seat, lights a cigarette and stirs a mug of instant coffee.

Their home on the river bank has two rooms and a kitchen. They share it with their son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

The couple had three sons and three daughters, but they lost two of the girls during childhood – one to a brain disorder at three months and the other to pneumonia at the age of seven.

Explaining that he has "either 15 or 16 grandkids", Jan says all his surviving children, who are now adults, are unemployed.
Jan Carny lives in the slum with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and two of his "15 or 16 grandkids" [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Due to asthma and other respiratory complications, he no longer works and relies on a 120 euro (around $130) welfare cheque to make it through the month, along with Darina's 300 euro ($327) income from a part-time factory job. After spending an average of 170 euros (about $185) on his medicine, electricity and Darina's transport to work, they have just enough left over for food for the household. "We can't afford anything else," he says.

A painting of the Virgin Mary hangs on the wall behind Jan. Having only completed primary schooling, he has never had many employment opportunities: an odd job nearby or a construction gig elsewhere in the country punctuate long stretches of unemployment.

If he had been a more frequent drinker, Jan reflects, he wouldn't have been able to eventually get this home for his family. "A lot of men here have fridges full of alcohol," he says. "I was only able to build a house and take care of my family because I didn't drink at home. I only drank with white people when we were at work, but never at home."
'Burn the books to stay warm'

Jozef Bugna, the 61-year-old director of the local primary school, has taught physical education for the past 34 years. When he first started, there were still white Slovak pupils at the school. But in 1992, white families campaigned to get their own schools. At the time about a quarter of the 400 pupils were Roma; today there more than 1,000 pupils – and all of them are Roma.

A short man with a thick mustache, he jokes frequently and gesticulates as he speaks. He lost the drive to make a change years ago, he confesses.

The school director estimates that 75 to 85 percent of his pupils come from impoverished families, with many lacking a stable home environment. To be eligible for welfare, pupils must complete nine years of school. Around 110 pupils completed the ninth-grade last year. Of that total, 15 were pregnant by the time the school year finished and only eight or nine went on to secondary school.

"So, we see that students want to learn and improve their situation, but they start losing interest at around 14 and 15," he says. "The number of those who will go on to find jobs – zero."
The director of the local primary school says that between 75 and 85 percent of the children at the school come from impoverished families [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

"The Nobel Prize could be granted to the person who solves the problems here. Many people say they're experts on the problems facing Roma, but I've never met anyone with an answer," the school director adds.

The poverty that limits Roma children's opportunities appears to be a symptom of an even more entrenched disease: racism. There are no Roma teachers at the school and only three Roma teaching assistants.

READ MORE: Thousands of Roma 'made homeless' in France in 2016

In a recent report, the ERRC and Amnesty International found that Roma children are sometimes segregated, bullied by teachers and incorrectly diagnosed as intellectually disabled due to the pervasive anti-Roma racism in Slovakia. The rights groups accused Slovakia of systematically denying Roma pupils their rights and thus trapping them "in a cycle of poverty and marginalisation".

That report stated that "interviews with school teachers revealed very troubling and widespread discriminatory attitudes and low expectations regarding Roma".

Citing the State School Inspectorate, a government-run monitor, it noted that more than a fifth of Roma pupils had been subjected to derogatory language, including anti-Roma slurs, by teachers.

To make matters worse, schools in places such as Jarovnice often prohibit Roma pupils from taking their textbooks home with them, rendering it much more difficult to study outside of the classroom.

According to ETP Slovakia, a nonprofit organisation that works with Roma in the east of the country, many Roma pupils finish their school day and return to homes with little food, no running water and no heat. Others regularly fall ill with hepatitis, tuberculosis and other ailments due to a lack of vaccinations and poor sanitation. Some regularly return to new housing situations as their families are evicted from unlicensed homes and end up in yet more dangerous shantytowns.

"Some of them don't have tables or even anywhere to sit and write their homework, and most of the schools don't allow them to take their schoolbooks home because they burn them to keep warm in the winter," says Michaela Csalova, of ETP Slovakia.
Most schools do not allow Roma children to take their textbooks home with them, in case they are used to make fires during the winter in homes that have no heating [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

She explains that white Slovak communities usually have kindergartens, while the overwhelming majority of Roma communities, which have access to far fewer public resources, do not. By starting their schooling later than other Slovaks and often only able to speak the Romani language, Roma pupils are immediately disadvantaged.

"The teachers say the students cannot be educated, but they are not allowing them to be educated," Michaela adds. "At school, they don't really have an individual approach towards [pupils] and there are no books or anything at home. How can you improve?"
Lunik IX: Poverty and white flight

An hour's drive south of Jarovnice is Kosice, the country's second-largest city. The streets of the city centre are lined with cafes, bars and souvenir shops. Across from luxury hotels are historic cathedrals, Gothic chapels and a subterranean archeological museum.

But a 10-minute drive away, on Kosice's outskirts, is Lunik IX, a Roma slum that is home to between 4,500 and 6,000 people. In the early 1980s, the communist government built several of the housing blocks here for military families. They have since begun to crumble. Their white residents have moved out, but poor Roma remain.
Built to house military families in the early 1980s, these apartment blocks on the outskirts of Kosice are now home to poor Roma families [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Vojtech Horvath, a 43-year-old husband and father of eight, moved to Lunik IX when he was seven years old.

"It was very nice when we first moved here. There were some other Roma people, but I also remember we played with white kids. It wasn't like now – there wasn't so much discrimination or feeling that white people didn't want to interact with us [Roma]," he says, explaining that the conditions worsened over time and describing the community as a "ghetto".

Vojtech walks through the streets of Lunik IX, flicking his cigarette and waving to those he passes. He eventually arrives at a multi-coloured, hexagonal, three-storey apartment building nicknamed "Corn" by its residents. A few teenagers sit on the stairs, huddled around a mobile phone, watching a music video on YouTube.

Vojtech, who is unemployed but volunteers for a city-run vaccination awareness programme, lives with his wife and seven of his eight children in a one-room flat.

Once inside, he moves the furniture to show how they create enough space for them all to sleep. Unfolding part of the sofa into a small bed, he explains that three children sleep there. He moves a small kitchen table in the living room to reveal two teenagers sitting on blankets on the floor. His two youngest children sleep with him and his wife on a bed on a second-floor gallery.

There is water damage on the ceiling and small cracks through which water leaks during heavy rain. 

His oldest daughter lives with her husband and children in a neighbouring building.

Although he mostly relies on welfare to keep his family afloat, he sometimes finds an occasional day job to earn a little extra money.

Sixty euros (about $66) of the 420 euros (about $459) in welfare payments the family receives each month go towards rent. Although the building is owned by the city and he says he always pays his rent, he must also pay his neighbour around 20 euros (about $22) a month to allow him to use a few hours of electricity each day. He sends his children to fetch water from neighbours or a nearby well.
Vojtech Horvath's family live in a one-room flat in Lunik IX [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Despite access to water being enshrined in law as a human right by the United Nations, the European Union and the Council of Europe, Roma in both EU and non-EU states often struggle to obtain running, potable water, according to another recent report by the ERRC. That report – Thirsting for Justice – found that Roma are "often treated differently and discriminated against by local authorities when it comes to the provision of" safe and secure access to water and sanitation.

"Their water sources are often far from home, with the burden to secure water falling disproportionately on women and girls," the report explains. "These sources are frequently not tested to ensure their safety and are exposed to a wide range of contaminants, including dry toilets [pit latrines], insects and wild animals."

To make his welfare payments last the month, Vojtech must crunch numbers and decide which are the most necessary necessities. He spends 100 euros ($109) a month on food – less than 12 euros per person. "When you don't have much money, you know what to buy to make it last," he explains. "Maybe Roma get more money in other countries, but Slovakia is poor."

Hoping to eventually escape the overcrowding and poverty that characterise daily life in Lunik IX, he puts 50 euros (about $55) a month into a savings account as part of ETP Slovakia's housing programme. Once he reaches 2,000 euros ($2,184), the NGO will provide him with a microloan of 9,000 euros ($9,826) to build a home in a small planned community nearby.
Searching for an escape

Vojtech says that he has lost any hope that Slovakia's politicians will do anything to improve life in the slum. "There's never any change, nothing. They [officials] come here before elections and say they'll fix the situation, but nothing happens," he says. "Journalists and politicians say Lunik is a place you can enter and be killed. It's not true. People should come and see that we're normal. There's just no playground for our kids and the living conditions are bad."
Children play in the Roma slum in Lunik IX [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Asked what he hopes for, he replies simply: "I don't have any hopes for myself beyond having a house, but I want a better life for my children. If I have a house, I may go but it will remain with them."

Stories like Vojtech's are common throughout Lunik IX. Kristína Fercakova, a 38-year-old mother of eight who lives in a neighbouring apartment block, has also applied to the ETP programme to obtain a house in a planned community. "We can't always afford electricity," she says. "There is no heating even in the winter, and it's very cold."

Her 20-year-old daughter Zuzana, who recently returned from working in the United Kingdom with little money to show for it, stands in the living room and gently rocks her baby. She explains that many Lunik IX residents leave the country to search for work elsewhere in the EU due to the racism they endure while looking for jobs at home. "When we call about a job opening, they say, 'Yes, it's open'," she notes. "But when you show up and they see you're a [Roma], they just say it's already been filled."

The Ministry of Labour did not reply to Al Jazeera's requests for a comment on allegations of widespread discrimination against Roma in the employment market.

Hundreds of Roma who used to live in a tower at Lunik IX have spent the past three years living in the adjacent field, where a settlement nicknamed Maslickovo has popped up. Evicted by authorities who deemed their apartment complex too dangerous to live in, those who were behind on rent or had outstanding debts were not provided with alternative housing.

On a chilly afternoon, a man sits in front of his shack – made of sheet metal, cardboard and scrap wood – as his dog rests on the damp ground beside a small pile of rubbish that has been set alight to make a fire for coffee. A few dozen metres away, Iveta Fercakova sweeps rubbish from the muddy patch in front of her makeshift doorway.
When residents of one building in Lunik IX were evicted because the premises were deemed too dangerous to live in, those who were in rent arrears were not rehoused. They have spent the past three years living in shacks on an adjacent field [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The mother of six, who thinks she is in her 50s, ended up in Maslickovo after their home was demolished in Lunik IX. "My daughter's [two] children were taken [by authorities] this winter," she says, distraught as she recalls how dozens of children were taken into state custody after social workers visited the impromptu community as temperatures plummeted during the winter months.

Lydia Gall, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, says the housing problems Roma in Slovakia endure are common in several countries in the EU. Because Roma communities in Slovakia and elsewhere are often irregular and lack permits, authorities can evict residents without alternative housing options, creating yet more slums. "They are at the constant mercy of authorities who could show up at any given point and vacate the area," she says.
Far-right intimidation

On the fifth floor of an apartment block, accessed via an unlit stairwell, Zuzana's 43-year-old uncle, Ondrej Fercack, lives with his wife, Svetlana, and their seven children in a two-room flat.

Clean shaven save for a bushy mustache, Ondrej says the hardships of poverty are amplified by racist taunts and intimidation many Roma endure while navigating daily life in the city. Svetlana tends to soup on the stove while her husband sits at the kitchen table and recalls being regularly approached by supporters of the far-right Kotleba – People's Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) during trips to the grocery store.

In March 2016, LSNS shocked the country's mainstream establishment when it gained eight percent of the popular vote and secured 14 seats in the National Council. The party's leader and namesake, Marian Kotleba, has been governor of the Banska Bystrica region since November 2013.
Ondrej Fercack recounts some of the racist taunts he has endured [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

The party embraces neo-fascist rhetoric and idolises Jozef Tiso, the leader of the First Slovak Republic between 1939 and 1945. Tiso, who was also a Catholic priest, turned the country into a Nazi satellite state and cooperated with Hitler's regime by deporting an estimated 70,000 Jews to labour and concentration camps. Historians believe Germans murdered around 60,000 of those evicted from Slovakia.

Today, Kotleba and his party harbour an especially vitriolic hatred for Roma, who Kotleba members regularly refer to as "social parasites" and "extremists", accusing them of being responsible for crime and many of the country's economic woes. The LSNS political platform says that the party "will put a stop to the preferential treatment of all social parasites, including gypsy parasites".

It continues: "Parasites who will refuse to work, will receive nothing for free – no housing or other benefits and allowances."

In October 2016, the Slovak parliament outlawed vigilante patrols by LSNS members that targeted Roma passengers on trains. Donning the party's signature green shirts, the vigilantes would board trains and intimidate Roma, often hurling racist slurs and threats at them.

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"No one can replace the police in this country, and no one should act like it either," Justice Minister Lucia Zitnanska told the local TASR news agency at the time. Nonetheless, LSNS vowed to continue the patrols despite the parliament's decision.

Alena Krempaska, programme director of the Bratislava-based Human Rights Institute, says that the LSNS "tries to portray themselves as having nothing to do with violence", all while holding vigilante patrols on trains and in and around Roma communities.
Alena Krempaska is the programme director of the Bratislava-based Human Rights Institute [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

"They even produce fake stories," about alleged Roma violence, she says, arguing that their anti-Roma rhetoric constitutes incitement to violence. "It's not an accident that we call them a neo-Nazi party. They really come from a neo-Nazi background … They incite a general atmosphere of hatred against Roma people [and other minority groups]."

Folding his hands on the kitchen table, Ondrej blames Prime Minister Robert Fico and the ruling party, Direction – Social Democracy (SMER-SD), for not standing up to anti-Roma racism. "When they [the LSNS] speak about us, they say racist things," he argues. "It creates negative public sentiment against Roma in Slovakia. Our prime minister does nothing about … the fascists."

Fico has used derogatory language when speaking of Roma in the past, referring to them as "gypsies" and accusing them of "abusing" the welfare system in February. At the time of publication, the prime minister's office had not replied to Al Jazeera's request for an interview.

Back in Jarovnice, Martin Kaleja Januv is pessimistic about both his future and that of his children.

He remembers a recent conversation with a white colleague at school. When Martin mentioned anti-Roma discrimination, the colleague dismissed it as fiction. "I told him to live as a Roma for 24 hours and then he'll know what discrimination is," he says. "When someone just treats us normal like humans, it's like being in heaven for me."

V Čirči strčili do vrecka politikov, zatočili s rómskymi čiernymi stavbami

https://www.aktuality.sk/clanok/487995/v-circi-strcili-do-vrecka-politikov-zatocili-s-romskymi-ciernymi-stavbami/

 Starosta obce Čirč s občanmi strčili do vrecka všetkých politikov.

Celú kopu tvorcov jalových vládnych uznesení i autorov rovnako bezzubých, populistických, nič neriešiacich vyhlásení o tom, ako vyriešia bradatý problém nelegálne postavených rómskych chatrčí, strčil do vrecka Michal Didik (42), starosta obce Čirč.

A išlo to aj bez veľkých slov, bez akých sa vo veľkej politike už nepohne na Slovensku ani lístoček na strome. Lenže z dediny na slovensko-poľskej hranici je do Bratislavy dosť ďaleko na to, aby sa tu ľudia nekriticky opičili po poslancoch parlamentu či po ministerských úradníkoch.

V týchto končinách život naučil ľudí, že keď sa vynorí akýsi problém, treba konať a nie donekonečna mudrovať. Tejto osvedčenej pravdy sa drží aj starosta Čirča, ktorý ukázal celému Slovensku, ako na problém, s ktorým si štát nevie rady.
Zľava: Premiér
Bez veľkých slov

Ťažko sa dnes dorátať dedín, v ktorých sa Rómovia usadili na pozemkoch gadžov. No dozaista ich bude viac než šesťsto. Rómovia si z toho, kde si môžu postaviť strechu nad hlavu, nik­dy ťažkú hlavu nerobili, rýchlo pochopili, že štát je na nich prikrátky.

A všetky vlády im to tolerovali, iba občas, aby sa nepovedalo, urobili smiešne bu-bu-bu. Ako sa vraví – s jedlom rastie chuť, a tak každý rok pribúdali na cudzej pôde nové chatrče. Najčastejšie na Spiši, v Šariši, na Zemplíne, Gemeri.

K riešeniu tohto stavu sa pridala aj Európska komisia, ktorá poslala na Slovensko sedem miliónov eur. Ani táto pekná suma však podstatu problému nevyrieši, peniaze pohltia administratívne práce okolo výkupu pozemkov, najmä ich zameranie a geometrické plány. Za pozemky pod chatrčami si už musia Rómovia, tak ako každý iný občan, zaplatiť z vlastnej peňaženky. Až na pár výnimiek prázdnej a ešte k tomu aj deravej.

Starosta Čirča na to išiel po svojom, tak ako mu kázal zdravý gazdovský rozum. Bez peňazí z Bruselu, bez eur zo štátnej kasy. Spoliehal sa sám na seba a na dobrú vôľu majiteľov pozemkov, na ktorých stojí osada s takmer troma stovkami Rómov.

„Bolo mi od začiatku nad slnko jasnejšie, že Rómovia z našej osady si nikdy pozemky pod svojimi príbytkami nekúpia. Táto cesta by bola neschodná, tak som dostal nápad, ktorý sa niektorým zdal nereálny. Na katastrálnom úrade som zistil, komu patrí pôda pod osadou. Aj ma spočiatku ten veľký počet majiteľov zaskočil – hektár zeme bol majetkom až 150 ľudí. Za každým som prišiel s prosbou, aby podaroval svoj pozemok obci. Keď som vysvetlil majiteľom pozemkov pod chatrčami filozofiu a praktickú stránku tohto riešenia, uznali, že inej, schodnejšej a rýchlejšej cesty niet. Na koniec predlhého zoznamu som si nechal troch vlastníkov, o ktorých som predpokladal, že ich ľahko nepresvedčím. Keď však videli, že okrem nich sa už všetci svojich pozemkov vzdali, darovali svoju dedovizeň obci aj oni,“ vysvetlil Životu podstatu nezvyčajného riešenia starosta Michal Didik.
Vysporiadané pozemky

Obísť stopäťdesiat majiteľov pozemkov chcelo od Michala Didika poriadnu dávku trpezlivosti. Keď obci daroval pozemok pod osadou prvý majiteľ, starosta sa nenazdal, že kým podpíše darovaciu zmluvu posledný vlastník, uplynie pol druha roka. Cez týždeň riešil na obecnom alebo iných úradoch aktuálne obecné záležitosti, cez víkendy obchádzal vlastníkov pozemkov.

„Niekde to išlo ako po masle, u iných ako v lete na sánkach. Podstatné však je to, že dnes stojí všetkých 45 chatrčí na obecnom pozemku. Mohli sme ich tak zbaviť puncu čiernej stavby, dostali popisné čísla, Rómovia si už môžu svoje príbytky opravovať, rekonštruovať, na viacerých sú už nové strechy. Na nevysporiadanom pozemku chatrč legalizovať nemožno, nie je možné do osady zaviesť vodovod, kanál, asfaltovú cestu. Možno za pár rokov sa osada v lesnom údolí zmení na nepoznanie,“ prognózuje starosta Čirča. Bodaj by mal pravdu.

Dnes to znie takmer ako sci-fi, no bývali časy, keď boli Rómovia prirodzenou súčasťou spoločnosti. Práve tohto roku je to rovných 600 rokov, čo celá stredná Európa zažila ich obrovskú migračnú vlnu. Ako prezrádzajú historické dokumenty, nebola to žiadna žobrač, vydedenci, ale etnikum, ktoré si hľadalo nové pracovné príležitosti, nový životný priestor.

Ako tiahli zo západu Európou, na ich čele nestáli žiadni otrhaní vajdovia, ale urodzené kniežatá a vojvodovia. Cisár Žigmund Luxemburský dokonca v roku 1433 vydal rómskej skupine ochranný glejt. Prví Rómovia sa na Slovensku usadili v okolí Spišského hradu.

Archívne listiny spísané v 15. storočí prezrádzajú, že Rómovia mali medzi ľuďmi povesť vynikajúcich hudobníkov a kováčov. Ale boli aj takí, ktorí si zarábali na živobytie menej poctivým spôsobom: veštením, čiernou mágiou, odklínaním i krádežami. Práve tí vzbudzovali u obyvateľov miest a dedín nevraživosť, ľudia ich vyháňali zo svojej blízkosti. Tak začali vznikať na okraji miest a dedín prvé rómske osady.
Lacný prenájom

„Dosť často dostávam otázku, prečo pri tomto spôsobe vysporiadania pozemkov pod rómskymi chatrčami nedarovali vlastníci pôdu rovno Rómom, ale obci. Odpoveď je jednoduchá. Keby boli Rómovia vlastníkmi pozemkov, mnohí by o ne rýchlo prišli. Kade-tade si napožičali, narobili si dlhy a exekútori by im boli okamžite na pozemky siahli. A boli by sme opäť tam, kde nechceme. Preto pozemky pod osadou a chatrčami vlastní obec, ktorá ich Rómom prenajíma,“ vysvetľuje starosta.

Lívia Knapíková, pracovníčka Obecného úradu v Čirči, pozná osudy miestnych Rómov ako nikto v dedine. Na stole v kancelárii na prvom poschodí má dokonca kvôli Rómom tlakomer. Ako vraví, nieto dňa, aby niekomu z osady nezmerala tlak. Keď sa jej nepozdáva, nasmeruje „klienta“ k doktorovi v neďalekom Ľubotíne.

V osade žije bezmála 180 detí, väčšinu pozná po mene. Vie, ako sa učia, či sa im chce, alebo nechce do školy, ako sa učia v malotriedke či v špeciálnej základnej škole. Občas sa niektorý žiak dostane aj na strednú školu, no nemá tam dlhého trvania.

„Rómovia platia podľa rozhodnutia poslancov zakotveného vo všeobecne záväznom nariadení ročne za štvorcový meter 25 centov. Za pozemky pod celou osadou dostaneme ročne do obecnej kasy 750 eur. Najmenšie nájomné je 2,50, najväčšie 45 eur, lebo rodina má v prenájme pri obydlí veľký pozemok. Kto nájomné nezaplatí načas, tomu nedoplatok stiahneme pri najbližšej výplate za verejnoprospešné práce. Rómovia už pochopili, že na dlhy žiť nemôžu, platiť treba za prenájom pozemku i odvoz smetí. Majú rovnaké práva ako ostatní občania, a teda musia mať aj rovnaké povinnosti vrátane finančných. Inak poriadok nik­dy nebude,“ povedala pre Život Lívia Knapíková.

Starosta je prísny, no keď treba, pomôže nielen gadžom, ale aj Cigánom. Tak sa hovorí o Michalovi Didikovi v osade. A nič mu neunikne. Tak ako v prípade rómskej rodiny, ktorá si bez stavebného povolenia začala stavať v osade novú chatrč. Vytiahla cez víkend už aj múry zo starých tehál a kvádrov.

Na druhý deň dostala rodina od starostu ultimátum: alebo do 24 hodín sama odstráni čiernu stavbu postavenú na cudzom pozemku, alebo starosta zavolá buldozér a brigádnikov a účet pošle rodine. O 24 hodín čierna stavba zmizla. Odvtedy v osade už nikto načierno stavať neskúšal.

„Platíme teraz za pozemky obecnému úradu, lepšie by však bolo, keby boli ako doteraz zadarmo, ale už si môžeme chatrče vynovovať. My aj dolní susedia sme už aj začali, máme nové pekné farebné strechy z Poľska. Už sa chystajú meniť deravé plechy aj ďalší,“ pochválil sa Životu Ľudovít Miko.

Starosta Čirča prišiel s praktickým riešením. Niekomu sa páči, niekomu nie. Život však ukázal, že aj tadiaľ môže viesť cesta k riešeniu problému, s ktorým si politici nevedia poradiť celé desaťročia.

3 najrozšírenejšie mýty o komunizme v Československu

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"Za komunizmu mali všetci všetko"

1 000 000 – počet hektárov, ktoré boli počas kolektivizácie prevedené zo súkromného do štátneho vlastníctva
1046 – počet rodín, ktoré museli opustiť svoje domy či byt, ktoré následne strana rozdala svojim členom
23 – počet priemerných mesačných platov, ktoré bolo treba na kúpu priemerného automobilu, dnes stačí takýchto platov 11
5:1 – najvýhodnejší konverzný kurz, ktorý počas Menovej reformy v roku 1953 znehodnotil úspory obyvaterov(pri sumách vyšších ako 300 korún v hotovosti bol kurz ešte horš(až 50:1)

"Režim bol mierumilovný"

4680 – počet tankov
4036 – počet diel a raketometov
430 – počet bojových Iietadiel
200 000 – plánovaný počet vojakov v mierovom stave
715 000 – plánovaný počet vojakov vo vojnovom stave

"Režim bol spravodlivý"
205 486 – počet osôb, ktoré boli odsúdené za politické trestné činy
248 – počet osôb, ktoré boli popravené z politických dčwodov
21 440 – počet osôb, ktoré boli poslané do táborov nútených prác
282 – počet osôb, ktoré zahynuli pri pokuse o prechod hraníc

makefile tricks

make, GNUmake

VAR=ABC $(DEF) # lazy variable, expands at use (may differ at different usages)
VAR:=ABC $(DEF) # expands right away

# how to run executable and get its output into variable
EXE1=$(START)/common/tools/GetClVersion.exe
A1:=$(shell $(EXE1))

# how to get content of file into variable
VAR:=`cat xyz` # does not expand right away, remains as 'cat xyz' until use
VAR:=$(shell cat xyz) # calls and expands right away into contents of the file xyz

radical religious attacks

Q: Where's the Christian version of ISIS and every other religion?

A:
— 400 years of Trans Atlantic Slave Trade that maimed, raped, killed, kidnapped, and enslaved 20 million Africans "heathens" to bring them to Christ
— Genocide of Native Americans under the name of Christ as Manifest Destiny
— Genocide of Australian Aborigines that killed 90% of their population in less than a century, again by Christian Europeans
— Salem Witch Trials
— Spanish Inquisition
— Crusades
— The Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda that has maimed, raped, & killed up to 100,000 people according to the

UN, during the past 15 years, which is far more destructive than ISIS, and they've done so to establish

Biblical Law as a self-described Christian organization
— In Central Africa Republic Christian Militias have destroyed every single mosque and the UN reports that Muslims are facing ethnic cleansing, with reports that Christians are cannibalizing Muslims, literally
— In America white supremacists who are self-described Christian are the single largest terror threat to American security, that's according to the FBI and 392 police agencies in a study published last year
— George Bush, a devout Christian, said God told him to invade Iraq, where by some estimates 1 million civilians were killed due to this unjust war
— The KKK still exists
— Nazis still exist
— Aryan nations still exist

So before you question any Muslim about ISIS (which btw is the result of that Iraq bombing and not the result of the Qur'an) please check yourself. Pretty sure it was Jesus who said something about motes and beams and judge not lest ye be judged.