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The Sprit of Eidomeni

Posted  March 27, 2016  by  Politis

The makeshift migrant camp in Eidomeni has been in the news regularly since the end of 2015. Reports today claimed the camp was finally being evacuated by Greek authorities. This would not be the first time. Last November a group of fifteen Dukakis Center interns, from Greece, the US, and several Balkan countries, organized a […]

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The world is watching

Posted  October 7, 2016  by  Politis

By Lydia Richards I am a study abroad student and a Dukakis Center intern at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) from the US, where I attend the University of Northern Iowa and major in flute performance. At ACT, I am taking several International Relations classes. As someone who has not spent a great deal […]

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Exclusive interview with blogger Kostas Kallergis

Posted  April 22, 2013  by  Politis

Freelance journalist and blogger Kostas Kallergis recently visited the Dukakis Center where he spoke about fighting corruption in politics. In his prepared remarks he underlined that there are two main methods of fighting corruption: 1) the Judicial system, as it has laws as weapons; and 2) the media, which inflicts punishment through publication. Kallergis also […]

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Light on the Cypriot horizon

Posted  March 27, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Javier Solana Once again, Europe has peered into the abyss. But the tentative agreement between Cyprus and the troika (the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank) probably means that the worst has been avoided. Big losses for large depositors in Cypriot banks will now be imposed, and the country’s […]

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Politis forum: journalists or losers?

Posted  February 8, 2014  by  Politis

Politis has invited Krysta Kalachani and guest contributor Sakis Ioannides, of Parallaxi, to comment on Παναγιώτης Μένεγος, “Δημοσιογράφος, ο μεγάλος χαμένος (και) της κρίσης,” popaganda.gr, January 28, 2014. SI Let me summarize “Journalist, the crisis’ big loser,” an article by Panagiotis Menegos, one of the staff writers at popaganda.gr (a multimedia electronic magazine). Menegos wrote […]

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Why do I stay?

Posted  January 12, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner I was interviewed on local TV some weeks back about possible ways out of the economic crisis that has gripped Greek society. Before closing out the interview the journalist asked me why, as a foreigner, I stay in Greece. I fumbled a little for an answer, having been caught off guard. Why […]

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Digital actions for vigilante justice

Posted  May 11, 2013  by  Politis

Bit and pieces below from an essay by Nicco Mele in Salon on Anonymous and the threats of hacking to contemporary security. “Anonymous, untraceable private networks—the kind that can be built by technology like FabFi or Tor—are called ‘darknets,’ literally networks that exist in the shadows of the Internet. They are increasingly easy to build, […]

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World Press Freedom Day

Posted  May 15, 2013  by  Politis

“Living in silence is not living, in any corner of the planet. Living and remaining silent about how the corrupt, crime and impunity continue to take ahold of my country is also to die. Without freedom of expression, justice and democracy are not possible.” — Anabel Hernández, Mexican investigative journalist living under 24 hour police […]

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Is this the moment for national service?

Posted  June 30, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner Michael Gerson had some interesting thoughts about an offhand remark made recently by retired US General Stanley McChrystal on service to the nation. McChrystal had expressed concern that only 1 percent of Americans serve in the armed forces, resulting in an unequal distribution of burdens and an unequal development of citizens. “Once […]

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Who — and where — are we?

Posted  April 3, 2013  by  DW
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What is the gagging law (UK)?

Posted  September 6, 2013  by  Politis

There has been a lot of talk in the UK about the so-called “Gagging Law” and its implications for democracy in Britain. Here the folks of 38 Degrees explain what all the fuss is about.

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Defining public service in a post-democratic age

Posted  September 20, 2016  by  Politis

By Jacey McCowan University of Texas at San Antonio American College of Thessaloniki From the Editor: Jacey McCowan spent the Spring 2015 semester as a study abroad student at ACT and an intern at the Dukakis Center, where she took part in the ongoing research project «Public Service in the 21st Century.» The following is […]

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Greece’s state broadcaster and the politics of eternal discontent

Posted  June 12, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Kostas A. Lavdas The news is plain and simple. The Greek government has shut down the public broadcaster ERT, calling it a “haven of waste.” While all 2,500 employees would be sacked, the government says they would be paid compensation and would be able to apply for work when the corporation relaunches as a […]

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Civic engagement in the digital age — a Pew report

Posted  May 12, 2013  by  Politis

Social networking sites have grown more important in recent years as a venue for political involvement, learning, and debate. Overall, 39% of all American adults took part in some sort of political activity on a social networking site during the 2012 campaign. This means that more Americans are now politically active on social networking sites […]

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The youth factor

Posted  November 19, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Jiya Pinder Stability — economic, political and social — is a state that most countries strive for, any of the three aspects can offset or compromise the next, making national stability difficult to achieve for any government. In democratic societies and in societies in transition, “youth” play an essential role in maintaining stability. As […]

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Greek islands for sale

Posted  March 4, 2013  by  Politis

Excerpts from an article by Helena Smith in today’s Guardian about the projected sale of a privately owned chain of islands in the Greek Ionian Sea. “The suitor is one of the world’s wealthiest men; the location happens to be the eurozone’s poorest country. But in an unlikely coming together of economic circumstances, the emir […]

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A dark vein of intolerance

Posted  January 13, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Ginger Gibson While continuing to identify as a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday criticized the GOP for a series of racist attacks against President Barack Obama. “There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “What do I mean by […]

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A Farewell Lecture

Posted  September 6, 2016  by  Politis

Note from the Editors. Alan Henrikson is the newest Member of the Honorary Advisory Board at the Dukakis Center. We reprint his farewell lecture, delivered recently at the Fletcher School, as a token of our rewspect for his long and distinguished career. Fletcher: A Great Place to Teach—and to Learn by Alan Henrikson Dear Friends, […]

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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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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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