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Citizen? No more

Posted  February 8, 2013  by  Politis

The Canadian paper Globe & Mail has published a searching editorial on the circumstances under which citizenship might be revoked. The case at hand involves the question of what punishment to mete out to Canadians who commit acts of terror or acts of war against Canada — or, by extension, to any Canadian person having […]

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Open Government, E-Government, and Government 2.0

Posted  January 8, 2014  by  Politis

The MPA program at the University of North Carolina has a really useful “Citizen’s Guide to Open Government, E-Government, and Government 2.0.”  They conclude that Open Government is here for the long haul. “Engaged citizens want clear, credible information from the government about how it’s carrying on its business. They don’t want to thumb through […]

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Lustration and the Arab spring

Posted  May 8, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner The Dukakis Center hosted well-known Greek blogger Kostas Kallergis in April for a talk on lustration as a means of dealing with corruption in Greek politics. Hearkening back to attempts in various countries in Eastern and Southeastern Europe in the 1990s to deal with their former communist past, Kallergis concluded that the […]

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Greeks not trying hard enough

Posted  April 5, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Livingston Merchant I just read the article entitled “The Greeks aren’t even trying,” in a blog named Testosterone Pit by Wolf Richter. I work as a professor of history and international affairs at Raparin University in Ranya, Kurdistan. It is a very small city in northern Iraq near the Iranian border, with no post […]

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The ultimate American decline story?

Posted  May 22, 2013  by  Politis

Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford posted this article on the Moyers and Complany blog. It depicts one of the most extreme visions of 21st-century American decline in print. Politis reposts excerpts of the article below. “The streets are so much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks […]

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College is over, guys

Posted  August 1, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Paschos Mandravelis Most people look back on their college years with nostalgia. Those were carefree and uncomplicated days, but three times a year, the sensation of nonchalance was brutally interrupted. In late May, early September and mid-January, the backgammon board, students’ favorite pastime, would slam shut. Traffic at students hangouts would halt. Students would […]

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Now comes the hard part

Posted  July 15, 2015  by  DW

It was in the wee hours between November 4-5, 2008. The news was filtering in that Barack Obama had defeated John McCain in the US Presidential election. If you were a Republican, and had experienced George W. Bush’s historic reelection in 2004, you were crestfallen. Congressional Republicans had just been routed again to make matters […]

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Second chance?

Posted  February 24, 2013  by  M P

By Maria Patsarika Is there a second chance for democracy, as Nikos Marantzidis claimed in Protagon last week? For one to be able to identify a positive orientation for populism in politics is a fresh, however risky, perspective on democratic renewal. When this is accompanied by concrete suggestions, however, the argument becomes even more robust […]

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America’s very own Golden Dawn

Posted  October 30, 2013  by  pdcadmin

America’s Very Own Golden Dawn By Francesca Kareivis As I am enrolled in several political science classes in my study abroad program, the issue of Golden Dawn has been brought up in discussion quite a bit. Many students and professors have referred to them as neo-Nazis and fascists.  I decided to do some research of […]

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Preserving the historical memory of Thessaloniki

Posted  February 25, 2014  by  Politis
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The broken shackles of social media

Posted  November 5, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Jiya Pinder Some weeks ago, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras made the decision to shut down the state broadcaster, The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. The decision has sparked the discussion of social media role and origins in Greece. Rachel Donadio, the author of “Greeks Question Media, and New Voices Pipe Up” in the New York […]

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The mandate, and other democratic myths

Posted  February 17, 2015  by  DW

This past weekend the digital site of the French newspaper Le Monde ran an interesting story entitled, in translation,  “The Greece that did not vote for Syriza.” I cannot say the piece was faultless, but Eliza Perrigueur, the author, did good research and presented an interesting view of the Greek elections for a francophone audience. […]

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Gender biography and citizenship

Posted  April 9, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Maria Kyriakidou On  March 5, 2012 the Dukakis Center co-hosted a workshop on women’s biographies, life stories and autobiographies. The workshop consisted of panels regarding the research methodology on gender and biography, specific historical examples from a European and South-East European context as well as presentations on local history, with a brief historical account […]

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What’s that? New York is not Greek?

Posted  June 6, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani Here is a lovely little article full of irony and mockery. Just the way to start my day. The staff at To Kolouri dare to mock members of Golden Dawn in New York City, pointing out that they have committed suicide after they realized that New York is not Greek and that […]

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Suddenly, elections that haven’t much mattered may have a real impact

Posted  May 31, 2013  by  Politis

Catchy title in today’s euronews: “Could youth vote stir up next European elections?” Excerpts from Anders Melin’s article below. “A survey released by the European Commission last week showed 65 percent of eligible voters below the age of 30 plan to vote next year, with a particular rise among first-time voters. That represents a sharp […]

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Saying of the day: 4/17/13

Posted  April 17, 2013  by  Politis

  “When the civilian bystanders to the attack ran toward the first blast to give aid to the victims, without a second thought for their own safety, the primary desire of the terrorists — to paralyze a populace with fear — was already thwarted. ” — Dennis Lehane

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Citizen discontent in Bulgaria

Posted  March 13, 2013  by  pdcadmin

Mass protests of Bulgarians forced the last government to resign. A new caretaker government now has to prepare early parliamentary elections on May 12. But many Bulgarians have lost faith in politics altogether. Unrelated as the cases may be, self-immolations have become a mark of the ongoing mass protests in Bulgaria: on Wednesday (13.03.2013), a […]

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Lack of trust in the EU

Posted  April 24, 2013  by  Politis
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Circle dancing with the Greeks

Posted  April 19, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner I first drafted this note over a year ago. If anything, the tendency I described, and its implications for the future of Greece and the EU, are all the greater. A worldly Greek acquaintance likes to tell the following anecdote. Foreign investors of a bygone era come to Greece, only to lose […]

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Exclusion from the future

Posted  June 7, 2012  by  PR

By Paschos Mandravelis* Ultimately, youth unemployment is not just a Greek phenomenon, nor is it limited to Europe. It is a global threat to stability and to our societies’ ability to reproduce. Worse than the fact that 13 percent of people aged between 15 and 24 worldwide are out of work is that 6 million […]

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