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Feministiki protovoulia

Posted  February 8, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani Feministiki protovoulia. A number of women’s groups participate in this blog. They are serious and active in a number of worthy causes, with a focus on violence against women. The blog itself suffers from a lack of copy editing, however. In their most recent post they ask for a reply from Syriza […]

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Here’s to your health

Posted  April 14, 2015  by  DW

I recently found myself obliged to spend some time in a public hospital. Aside from the obvious benefits to my health, it was a most revealing experience. Ihave no complaints about my treatment. The rather negative opinion I had formed previously about this particular hospital, based largely on the impression of utter chaos and lack […]

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When politics invaded the civil service

Posted  April 25, 2012  by  PR

By Fotini Kalliri, Kathimerini, Athens Every so often experts talk about the systemic nature of the crisis in the Greek civil service, offering different opinions as to why the state mechanism is in such a shambles and cannot contribute in any positive way to the country’s economy and growth. One thing that they all agree […]

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Center right, center left

Posted  December 23, 2012  by  Politis

The title of a recent analysis in Politico – “The disappearing independent” – struck this reader as personal. I looked down at my hands, at my feet; checked in the mirror to see that my nose, ears, and eyebrows were still there; I even dug out my blood pressure gizmo to make sure my heart […]

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The crisis hits the media

Posted  February 20, 2013  by  Politis

From today’s NPR. “Three years of spiraling economic crisis in Greece have devastated every sector of the economy. The Greek media are among the hardest hit. Many newspapers and TV outlets have closed or are on the verge, and some 4,000 journalists have lost their jobs. Many people believe the country’s news media have failed […]

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How simple it is to know who’s who

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  DW

Fact checkers and vote counters are legion in the US. Here is site that prides itself for being up on the latest in IT developments. No hiding behind the anonymity of an electronic vote. At issue in this instance is an amendment to cut off funding the the recently divulged NSA spying program. Now, who […]

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The injustice of the Greek justice system

Posted  April 2, 2013  by  Politis

Politis asked EU law expert Anna Maria Konsta for her comments on a recently published review of the Greek justice system compared to other EU member states. Here are her remarks. “Even if these data date back to 2010, they are still indicative of the inefficiency of the Greek judicial system. In Greece, it takes […]

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Everything in order to not tell the truth

Posted  January 22, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Pantelis Boukalas All those stereotypical expressions that recur in our speech probably once carried some actual meaning before losing it somewhere along the way. The value of these expressions was mostly undermined by overuse, which was in turn prompted by two apparently contradictory desires that in fact complement each other. On the one hand, […]

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Giving up the ghost

Posted  July 26, 2015  by  DW

It was a metaphor that was not uncommon in earlier moments of the crisis, that of Greece as a patient on life support. The notion of a sick man of Europe has a long pedigree after all. It has come back with a vengeance now, most recently in the form of a commentary by Maria […]

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Human rights watchdog says racist violence in Greece ‘a real threat to democracy’

Posted  February 1, 2013  by  Politis

From today’s Kathimerini English edition: “Europe’s top human rights watchdog on Friday urged Greek authorities to take action against the burgeoning wave of attacks against migrants in the country describing racist violence ‘a real threat to democracy.’ ‘Impunity for the rising number of racist crimes in Greece has to end,’ Council of Europe Commissioner for […]

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Center right, center left: How’d we do?

Posted  February 5, 2013  by  Politis

How’d we do? Not especially well if we give credence to the methodology of the recently published Pew Charitable Trusts’ Election Performance Index. Scores of near-systemic flaws were reported throughout the US in 2008 and again in 2010, giving rise to doubts about the integrity of the voting process across the country. Even states which […]

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Macropolis

Posted  November 6, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani Now on to the Macropolis site. I just read a couple of texts there. It is a pretty good effort to show an ecumenical picture (καθολική εικόνα) of Greece’s political, economical, and social life in the context of the crisis, and not only. It shows they have a few serious experts writing […]

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Sins of our fathers

Posted  March 27, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner On days like this past Sunday (March 25) we celebrate the heroic exploits of our forebears. We characteristically posit that knowledge of such exploits constitutes one of the cornerstones of modern citizenship. What a contrast with our own elders, one might muse. Indeed, like many before it, our age is prone to […]

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Of technical competence

Posted  February 27, 2013  by  Politis

What do politicians do when they are not politicians? Or better yet, what did they do before they became politicians? Two scholars, Mark Hallerberg and Joachim Wehner, asked more or less these questions. They were particularly interested in the circumstances when an electorate would choose technocrats to lead a government. Their findings? “Our analysis of data […]

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Democracy in Europe

Posted  June 4, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By John Lloyd The rich are always with us, and we’ll have more of them soon. A report last week from Boston Consulting Group shows that the global millionaire population is some 13.8 million. That is twice the size of Switzerland, which is, incidentally, where many of them have parked much of their wealth. More […]

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Saying of the day: 2/13/13

Posted  February 13, 2013  by  Politis

“We may do different jobs and wear different uniforms and hold different views than the person beside us. But… we all share the same proud title. We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or our legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe. It captures […]

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Why has there been no revolution?

Posted  November 14, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner I have asked myself this question over and over. So have many of my acquaintances, from what I can gather. Indeed, I began this line of inquiry barely a year into Greece’s sovereign debt crisis. American that I am, I asked the question from the point of view of the tax payer […]

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Criminal matters

Posted  October 30, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner There has been a lot of talk recently, both in Greece and in the US, about criminal behavior at the highest levels of political life. In the US, one party has allegedly sought to blackmail and extort the government in the recent standoff over the shut down of the federal government. Here […]

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Citizenship for All Children

Posted  February 28, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Christina Flora Immigrant children living in Greece made their case for citizenship on Feb. 27 at a news conference held at the offices of the Journalists’ Union of the Athens Daily Newspapers, under the title Citizenship for All Children. “We claim citizenship for all children. They are our children, children who live at the […]

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Are we all gypsies?

Posted  October 30, 2013  by  Politis

Politis invited regular contributors Krysta Kalachani and Maria Patsarika for their reaction to a recent commentary by Andreas Zamboukas in capital.gr entitled “The identity of being a gypsy,” in reference to the spate of media attention to the blond gypsy girl found by Greek authorities in a gypsy encampment in central Greece and erroneously believed […]

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