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Pictures at an exhibition

“Would you vote for me? Exhibition of photographs State Museum of Contemporary Art — Warehouse B1, Port of Thessaloniki June 5-21 The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service was launched...
 
 
 

Saying of the day: 6/28/13

    “If history tells us anything, the fight against NSA secrecy is a winnable.” — Gregory Ferenstein, TechCrunch
 
 
 

Freeman movement: government and/or sovereignty

If you have a little time, this clip will explain why there should be no government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RLHsH7XAkc
 

 
 

From Delacroix to Dorian Grey

By David Wisner If I were a photographer, I would take portraits of individual sitters. I would try to capture one’s eternal youthfulness, and yet simultaneously project the whole of one’s temporal experience. As I ...
 
 
 

Independence day, for whom?

Politis found this note on Facebook today. Apparently citizens were discouraged from attending today’s Independence Day parade in downtown Athens. “When the public cannot be trusted to celebrate their country’...
 
 
 

There are demonstrations and then there are demonstrations

By David Wisner I have been watching the anti-gay marriage demonstrations in France for some time now (live blog here). Were one perfectly objective, one would appreciate the degree to which a grass roots mobilization of civil ...
 

 
 

Tribalism and postpartisanship: competing visions of the state of nature?

By David Wisner These are interesting times for the analysis of European politics, from a hung Parliament in the UK, to the rise and fall of the Pirate Party in Germany, to the triumph of M5S in Italy, to the surge of Golden Da...
 
 
 

Four things we learned on May 6

By David Wisner The crisis in Greece is political. Very few of the reforms the governments of George Papandreou and Lucas Papademos pledged to undertake in exchange for loans from the Troika have materialized. The evaluation of...
 
 
 

A Self-Help Revolution?

By David Wisner Last week I was invited to attend a seminar organized by a well-known network marketing company. I do not collaborate personally with this company, but I know of it and have been curious to observe how their cor...
 

 
 

Right to know

By David Wisner Several months ago one of my Greek undergraduate students wanted to do a bit of research on the incidence of ministerial amendments to Greek legislation. We asked a renowned specialist, who informed us that gove...
 
 
 

Ageing, but with grace?

The editors of Kathimerini write in today’s online English edition that “The prime minister knows better than anyone else how difficult the job ahead is, and how many problems he has to deal with… he is makin...
 
 
 

Strategic agility in Greek human resource management

By Konstantinos Bouas and Petros Katsimardos Introduction Human Resource Management policy is probably the most important challenge for Greek public administration, given the severe on-going crisis and the need to sharply reduc...
 

 
 

We don’t get to choose these things

By David Wisner Armchair expert on the Greek sovereign debt crisis that I have portrayed myself to be, you can imagine my relative despondency having read Pavlos Eleftheriadis’ article on Greece’s oligarchs in a rec...
 
 
 

Sins of our fathers

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. ...
 
 
 

Why has there been no revolution?

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 t...
 

 
 

Thessaloniki then and now

By David Wisner In light of the 2013 edition of the Thessaloniki naked bike ride scheduled for this Saturday, the folks at the blog “Diary of a cyclist” have assembled a collection of photos of central points in the...
 
 
 

Citizen conductors

By David Wisner The latest initiative from the group Improv Everywhere in New York: citizen conductors! What a great idea! Here is the description from their website: “For our latest mission, we put a Carnegie Hall orches...
 
 
 

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia

Last year I published a Kindle e-book on the Greek sovereign debt crisis. I wanted to understand, and explain to non-Greek readers, why Greeks behaved as they had during the crisis, and why they might have acted other than an A...
 

 
 

Illiberal and un-European

By David Wisner A few months ago I filed my Greek tax return, as I have every year since 1995; just recently I payed the first installment of my remaining income tax obligation for 2012. This year, like last, I had to submit al...
 
 
 

Female, Aboriginal, Educated, and Idle No More

A great story published in today’s Globe and Mail focuses on the driving forces behind Canada’s Idle No More movement. They call themselves an “indigenous rights revolution” aiming at honoring and fulfil...
 

 
 


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