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CDN Summer Camp 2009

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I have to admit it; it was nuts. Thirty-five hours on a fucking bus. It was nuts. And that was only the way there. It took us another 34 hours to get back to Istanbul. Nuts, I say.

Being dropped kilometers before the Georgian border whilst you had bought your ticket to Batumi. A Laz taxi driver who told the story of the Iron Curtain and his people’s separation by it. Children begging for their life at the Batumi bus station. The matroeska between Batumi and Tiblisi breaking down.

Stressful to say the least. But then there they were. Ten days in Georgia. First and Executive Committee Meeting and then the CDNEE summer camp.

The CDNEE summer camp as such is every year a great experience. Only the pretext of having so many countries assembled and being able to experience so many personalities is already a big hurray. But considering it was a summer camp with the big topic of ‘Green Values’ it was worth a Mexican wave. Seven days long we discussed in workshops on gender, non-violence, democracy, anti-militarism, human rights, etc..As if we couldn’t get enough from discussing we would also continue during the evening and nights sitting under the stars in the middle of nowhere and drinking some cheap Ukrainian vodka mixed with sprite. Emotional discussions. Rational discussions. Content wise discussions. Pragmatical discussions. We had them all. Even discusssions on whether or not playing a killing game was ‘responsible’. And it was great. F*cking great even.

I might have to forget how sick iIl was during 8 out of 10 days, how i couldn’t keep in food, how the toilet bowl was my best friend or how i got easily annoyed by the differences between EU and non EU countries. But still it was great.

And then the busride back to Istanbul. After that I’m quite sure I will never ever set a foot again in a long distance bus. NO way. No No Never. F*ck no. From the women with magical expanding powers to the unfriendly and sexist bus driver till the bloody aircirculationthingy that didn’t work and no sleep for 34 hours, I’ve had it with buses.

CDN seminar – Ethnical Minorities

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After a fabulous weekend with young greens from all over Europe I set course for Belgrade together with Teo to the CDN (cdnee.org) seminar on ethnical minorities and conflict prevention. The journey was hard but more of that later. I went there to give a workshop on critical whiteness. It was the first time since my experience in Strasbourg that I would talk very publicly and open about minorities.

As such it was quite the experience. The very feasable influence coming from the Balkan or rather the Ex-Yugoslav reality is as such a matter on its own. The experience was even better do to the amount of participants who were open and willing to discuss difficulties, problems and solutions when talking about minorities.

Therefor it was an eye-opening seminar. Not only contentwise, but also aknowledging that Rakija is evil.

Prepatory Meeting FYEG and CDN Study Session Budapest

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Once upon a time, on a nice weekend during the everlasting winter, 6 young greens came together in Budapest. They all traveled from far and beyond. From that tiny Atlantic island, from the Balkan, from the lowest country in the west… they all came. And their sole purpose was to prepare a study session on Time Managment and Youth Participation.

It became a wonderfull meeting during the coldest time of year where opinions, workingmethods, flipcharts, aims and objectives and participantsfiles kept flying around. The proccess they had to go through was exhausting but fruitfull. When we were all back home on tuesday we could only look forward to a study session that would be the greatest of them all. The best of them all. Yes, we can.