Yesterday a reader from Slovenia named Janez Gorenc happened on my old posts and left a comment on the earlier one. The thread is so old that most readers will miss what he had to say, so I’m reproducing his comment below. I’ve edited it slightly for punctuation and clarity:
Just a few clarifications. First, the ethnic origin of Slav is from the word slovo, meaning “word”. Therefore we related to ourselves as to the ones who can speak, whereas the Germans, who were our neighbours a good 1500 years ago were nemci, mutes. There are other explanations as well, like the one about slaves, but most linguists find the one I gave first the most plausible.
Second, the post “Slovenian Journalists Speak Out Against EU Censorship” is wrong. The 571 signatures on the letter to the EU commission were about our government, which was ostensibly imposing censorship on our media. The journalists who had signed the letter never provided a single piece of evidence to support their claim but it was their little private war against the incumbent prime minister, who is (alas!) centre-right wing.
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As for the mosque, Ljubljana — or Slovenia for that matter — still has none. Unfortunately, the current major of Ljubljana, a half-Serbian himself, is pushing hard for its construction, as if he believes it will be some sort of badge of honour for Ljubljana. However, there have been complications so the project isn’t getting anywhere far.
And when one problem is solved, another springs up. Someone will just have to stand up and tell the truth — most people here don’t want a mosque, they don’t want any Islamic group setting their demands like we can see in Italy or even Austria.
When some Iranian athletes a few years ago wanted a cow butchered halal-fashion, the whole of Slovenia jumped to its feet. And on top of that our public television aired “Not Without My Daughter” that very evening. So PC isn’t a malady many Slovenians are ailing from.
I must say that there are times when I think we are rather backward and too xenophobic. But I more and more see that it is a trait necessary today if one wants to survive.
Wonderful blog, this. Keep up the good work.