Fuck the system

Yes. Fuck the system. And modern society.
Dec 3, 2016 | 3min read

We all have a friend who tells us to

  • get out of our comfort zone
  • follow our passion
  • start our own business

He will always try to find a way to talk about it as somehow it’s his favorite subject. Right?

I have to admit, I even said it to some friends many times. But then it hit me. Society used to pressure us to go through master studies and not only bachelor. To get a serious job in a big corporation, to build a career, etc. It’s now pressuring us with those three words: comfort zone, passion and business.

Do you feel pressured just by reading those three words? I hope not. But please, just take a break for a second and don’t let the 21st century’s trend pressure you!

I’m serious. What about living your life as you want first? Don’t you think we have something else to do than care about this? Don’t get me wrong, you should care about it but only when you are ready. Your life, your family, your friends and you matter first.

I, myself, went out of my comfort zone, followed my passion and tried to start a new business. But only when I was in good conditions and ready to do so.

I got fired from my job after working there for 4 years, so in France you get unemployment money for a year or so. That’s the moment I decided to change my professional career from engineering to organizing festivals. So how did I get out of my comfort zones?

  1.  by taking a different kind of job where I had no experience whatsoever. Not even a diploma in cultural management.
  2.  by accepting a salary five times less than my previous one.
  3. by moving to Budapest, a city where I do not speak the language.

I must emphasize that the only thing that took me out of my comfort zone is taking a different job. As I had unemployment money, reducing my salary drastically wasn’t a problem. And I had already lived in Finland, a country where I did not speak the language. So moving to Hungary was definitely not an issue. And that’s what I mean by being ready. If you’re someone who can’t change countries from one day to another, don’t start by moving out to the other side of the planet. You can always start with small tasks or challenges that affect you on a small scale, until you’re ready and confident to go bigger. My advice start with cold showers.

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Then, you could say I followed my passion. I was always into music festivals and concerts. Also thanks to my dad into contemporary dance and cinema. But if you ask me today if I followed my passion, the answer is no. I was just in the right conditions to do something I was passionate about and excited for. And already after my second year working for the festival I felt that I wouldn’t be doing this forever. It’s important to do something that motivates you and give a meaning to your life. But if you haven’t found it yet, it’s not a problem at all. Keep your life as it is as life is not only about work but about balance. You always have to work on it to keep this balance the same way you work on relationships. With sacrifices, personal improvements,etc. My advice start researching what your next job could be.

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And the same moment I have started working for this festival I wanted to start a business. I tried for a year, didn’t work. Had a great co-founder but who didn’t have much time to give. I had 6 months where I managed to work full time on it. Then I had to work part time on it because the festival was taking more of my time. When I think about it now? It was the worst timing to start a business in Paris when I was just starting a new job in Budapest. Why did I do it ? I have two great entrepreneurs friends that inspire me. But I want to believe that society pressured me in a way if I’m not starting a business, I’m not in the trend. And you know what, who fucking cares? I learned a lot from this one year journey and I liked the feeling of starting and creating something new. I might do it again or I might have another “normal” job in a company. But if you don’t start a business, trust me it’s ok.

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So the next time someone talks to you about comfort zone, passion and business, listen to him carefully because he might be the one who needs your help.

Trump is an opportunity for a better world

The United States of America, this great country fighting for freedom and democracy abroad is in decline for many years now.
Nov 27, 2016 | 6min read

“The United States of America, this great country fighting for freedom and democracy abroad is in decline for many years now. I think it’s time they take care of themselves, their own people and country. Forget about us. Forget about Europe. Forget about Russia. Forget about the Middle East. Be selfish for once and listen to your citizens. I say it again, Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be the next President of the United States of America. Neither should Donald Trump. But please, do not vote for Hillary only to vote against Donald. That’s the worse thing you can do for democracy and politics. But at the end, we all know who is the next President of the United States, and I think she will do a terrible job.”

This was the last paragraph of my first blogpost before the presidential elections https://ziadhakim.com/2016/10/29/hillary-clinton-shouldnt-be-the-next-president-of-the-united-states-of-america/. I have to be honest with you. When I woke up on November 9th and read Donald Trump was the next President-elect, I was happy and relieved. Mainly because Hillary Clinton wasn’t elected. Because it would have meant more supremacy, more hegemony and more proxy wars in the Middle East. In other terms, more chaos. However, my first prediction was wrong. I’ll try to work on that. Promise.

Clinton for peace, Trump for chaos

As I was on holidays with my family, it was hard for me to follow the news of this “historical” elections. But wait, why historical? It’s not the first time a Republican wins an election. Is it because Trump was the candidate who had the least chance to win or because media were supporting Clinton and needed a new shocking headline? I personally think it’s the latter. Some media still in shock posted articles explaining how Clinton could still be elected. I still read articles about it today. And you know what? Shame on them. Those elections show how biased are the media and how their propaganda works. Brainwashing people and dividing them. All the media, even in Europe, were supporting Clinton and denigrating Trump as hell. So anybody who doesn’t follow politics will think the devil has become the next president of the USA. And the reactions of the world on the next day are a proof of that. Blaming the Americans on what they have done and how the world will suffer from it. Clinton for peace, Trump for chaos. Bullshit. Dear reader, one thing to learn from those elections is that media are corrupted. Media chose the information they want you to read and believe. Moreover, the 21st century became the century of disinformation. It is hard to follow up but all I’m asking is some openness and to question the information you read. My rule is to never stick to one source and definitely not trust the mainstream media.

How far away are we from this ideal today?

I consider Facebook the worse place to get information. Yet I only had time to scroll down my news feed, read some friends’ posts and skim some articles. And you know what? I was shocked. Shocked to read the hatred in the words of those who wanted Clinton as President. The same people who were against Trump for his racism and violence were the most racist and violent the next day. This is when I felt sad. Sad for us. Sad for humanity. This election shows the real problem we have in our society and how divided we are. I’m not a populist and definitely not a extreme right partisan. But I accept the outcome of the elections. I accept some people want protectionism, closed borders and put the illegal citizens out. Then, instead of blaming and whining, I dig deeper, do some research and try to understand. We live in a open world. Everybody wants democracy, freedom, open borders. Right? But let’s be realistic for a second. How far away are we from this ideal world today? Is it just because Donald Trump is the President-elect of the USA that our dream is broken? No! Trump is a proof we’re still dreaming and a lot still has to be done to get to this point. And first thing that comes to my mind is stopping wars. Dear reader, did you know President Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, bombed seven countries in eight years? Just saying. And Hillary would have made this worse. Definitely not Donald.

Protectionism and isolationism. But why?

Let’s talk a bit about Trump’s statements. He wants to put America’s interest at first. Reduce the debts. He wants other countries to help the USA too. He wants to discuss NATO. Renegotiate the TPP deal. When we hear this people thinks protectionism and isolationism. But why? How is it wrong to put the country’s interest and its people before anything else? We can all be generous but deep inside we are all selfish too. Take Germany and Europe. Europe was built on Germany’s economy and development. You can’t deny Germany’s own interest before taking care of the rest. Germany has the lowest rate of unemployment, the best economy and a moderate cost of living. France, UK, Italy and Spain the complete opposite. Look at this terrible refugee crisis Europe is going through. Unfortunately, this is the most valid point of how selfish one could be. Yes we are all humans, yet we close our eyes to great problem our society is going through. Trump’s idea is simple. Control the borders. Make the economy great again by revitalizing the industry and employment. Deal with illegal immigrants in the country. I don’t see anything wrong with these measures. Many Europeans countries should do the same!

North America and The Others (NATO)

Now, I would like to talk about NATO as it concerns Europe, where I live. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, or how I put it North America and The Others. NATO made sense after the Second World War where central and Eastern Europe were completely destroyed. America allowed Europe to recover and rebuild. But what’s the reason for NATO today? First of all, some of NATO’s members are illegitimate in my opinion. Why?  Because a promise was made between George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would never expand into Eastern Europe and never get near Russia. So the latest countries who have joined in 2004 such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Romania, and if we go back to 1999 with Hungary and Poland shouldn’t be part of this “alliance”. And now Trump is telling Europe, this is not my problem anymore. And I agree. Just to give you an idea, USA’s defense budget is around 600 billion dollars. Russia’s budget is around 60 billion dollars. France and UK is 50 billion dollars. What a gap! Then we wonder how NATO missile defense system is at Russia’s door step. Only because the USA are still thinking Russia wants to invade Europe. Grow up people. Russia doesn’t care at all. Russia is only reacting to the mess the USA have created in Europe and the Middle East. Even worse Russia still has to suffer from the media propaganda as the aggressor! Latest propaganda? In France, on Sunday 20th November Francois Fillon has won the first round of the presidential primaries. He has said many times we need to work with Russia. And bam. Go ahead and read the French news attacking him for his close relations with Vladimir Putin. It’s sad. Very sad. The saddest part is Europe is not even taking into account this golden opportunity they have! Europe has been the puppet of the USA for too long. The USA want to break up with us but Europe doesn’t want to. Let go of them and let us as European rebuild Europe as we want. It’s also the golden opportunity for big nations like France, Spain, Italy to get back in the game. Even Eastern European countries like Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary. Any country in Europe is capable. But it means we have to go through some protectionism and isolationism. We cannot build a strong Europe if all the members are weak. Now is time for sacrifices and reflexions to come back stronger.

In conclusion, the United States of America used to be a superpower but have now become a normal nation. Deal with it. Donald Trump characterises uncertainty. I admit it. But give him the benefit of the doubt. He could do great things for Americans citizens. And for the world. Or he could be worse than Clinton, Obama and Bush. I don’t know. Nobody knows. Only time can tell. But in the meantime, I beg you, stop judging every person who supports Trump and try to understand him or her. If you’re not too busy in your day to day life, sit with him or her and talk it over. This would be your small contribution of making the world a better place.

Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be the next President of the United States of America

Yes I said it. Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be the next President of the United States of America. Are you shocked? I hope not.
Oct 29, 2016 | 5min read

Yes I said it. Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be the next President of the United States of America. Are you shocked? I hope not. Actually, Hillary Clinton is much worse than Donald Trump. Are you shocked? Still not, good. If you are, then I just want to clarify they are both bad candidates to be the next President of the United States of America. But in the last weeks all I have read were posts denigrating Trump as a human being for his past statements. I was wondering when people will realise we’re not talking about politics anymore. Is it the Presidential Debate or a TV reality show?

Because you’d be in jail

So in the last weeks there has been three Presidential Debates. We heard the candidates talking (actually whining) about economy, employment, justice, foreign affairs, energy, borders, etc. Let me start with the second presidential debate where this happened (2min listening):

And boom! Here it is. He said it.

“Because you’d be in jail.”

Epic moment. The highlight of the debate. Then, what happened? Media coverage. Go ahead and google Trump Clinton jail. You’ll find all the major newspapers covering this story. The most common headline is “Trump threatens to jail Clinton if he wins the election”. How it threatens democracy. How you cannot imprison your opponents but instead work with them. Dear reader, could you please just pause for one second and watch again the video? Trump’s reaction was definitely harsh, I admit it. However, you have to put back the story in context. Clinton has been subpoenaed by the FBI for destroying 30,000 emails from the private server she was using while being Secretary of State. It’s a serious criminal act. And yet, the media do what they do best, twisting the story so we don’t talk about the real problem. The woman has destroyed, on purpose, 30,000 emails. She is not even scared about it because her response has been the same.

“It was a mistake.”

Life goes on and big media continue their propaganda against Trump. How is it wrong to look into Clinton’s case the same way we look into the case of any person who commits a felony?

And if you read today’s news (Oct 29, 2016) you should already know the FBI reopened Clinton’s case. I’m not developing more on this topic, I leave it to your conscience.

Before the second presidential debate some tapes reappeared on the net. I’m guessing you figured out what I’m talking about, but those tapes are ruining Donald’s popularity. And again, all media coverage on Trump and his statements on women, his relationship to the Clinton family, etc. Digging back in the past, all the way back to 1996, 20 years ago! If this doesn’t show you how bad the media are trying to cover up Hillary’s latest controversial unprofessional manners, I don’t know what will. The worse thing in my opinion of those last minute tapes leak was to purposely destroy the second debate. And unfortunately, it did. The level of the debate and the conversation was pretty low and trashy.

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Let’s get back to my dearest Hillary Clinton who has been in politics for the last 30 years. Achieving what? Honestly, not much. I’m not going back to 1996 as all the media are doing with Donald Trump but to 2008, not so long ago. In mid-november 2008, Barack Obama became President of the United States of America. He appointed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. 7 months later Barack Obama was giving his “A New Beginning” speech to Muslim World in Cairo. Al Salamou Alaykom (in arabic : السلام عليكم) were the first words he said. He also stated some verses of the Quran (1min listening):

Do you know why we consider Americans the best negotiators ? Because they are experts at fooling their own people and audience. Then fast forward to december 2010 and the so-called arab spring revolution. Are you following me? One country after another hit by popular uprising: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain and Syria. Funny way to bring peace and a new beginning to the Muslim World! I won’t be covering all the countries but one in particular, Libya. In september 2012, the U.S diplomatic mission in Benghazi was attacked, resulting in the deaths of the U.S Ambassador and three other Americans. Back then, Clinton covered up the truth as she is used to do. Now, we have evidence she was informed early on that the incident was premeditated and yet, she continues to lie to the American people.

How did we get on to Putin?

Let’s wrap it up with the third and final presidential debate where this happened while talking about borders control (3min listening):

Trump is so right here.

“That was a great pivot of the fact that she wants open borders. How did we get on to Putin?”

And here is for me the greatest threat Clinton is to the United States of America and the world. A future President who is not willing to cooperate with Russia and Putin at any stakes. Worse than that, a future President who’d rather continue their proxy wars in the Middle East, support islamist rebels and fight against Russia. You can have your own opinion on Putin. I don’t care. But, you must consider Russia as a big and powerful nation reacting to all the mess the United States of America created in the region. The same way invading Iraq got out of control from the Bush administration, ISIS is getting out of control from the Obama administration. Europe is the puppet of the United States of America, yet ISIS hits France and Belgium. Another reason for the United States of America (and Europe) to cooperate with Russia and put an end to this madness created in the first place by them. Clinton is definitely not willing to do so and will do everything in her power to fight Russia.

Last but not least, the United States of America, this great country fighting for freedom and democracy abroad is in decline for many years now. I think it’s time they take care of themselves, their own people and country. Forget about us. Forget about Europe. Forget about Russia. Forget about the Middle East. Be selfish for once and listen to your citizens. I say it again, Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be the next President of the United States of America. Neither should Donald Trump. But please, do not vote for Hillary only to vote against Donald. That’s the worse thing you can do for democracy and politics. But at the end, we all know who is the next President of the United States, and I think she will do a terrible job.