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The evolution of political discourse

Politis is keen to understand how we talk about citizenship and politics. Our friends over at The Week have come up with this essential lexicography of early 21st-century Washington-speak. snollygoster — A politician who will...
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Erroneous Press Reports on U.S. Consulate General, Thessaloniki

Athens (April 8, 2013)  — Erroneous press reports have appeared overnight suggesting that the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki is closing. As the Consulate announced on February 15, certain U.S. citizen consular se...
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Women and politics: new rules

Joan Walsh, commenting in Salon on Hillary Clinton’s Senate hearing today notes that “Clinton stood up to the raging bulls with grace and fire of her own… After [which] she was lectured and hectored by guys wh...
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Can Facebook remake government?

Excerpts below from an article in TechCrunch last about about the prospect of Facebook and other social media to remake government around the world. Is there hope? Mark Zuckerberg has a grand vision that Facebook will help citi...
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Initiative for Democracy in Greece

A group of Hellenes in London have announced their intention to circulate the following petition and then submit it to the current Greek government, with a view toward raising awareness regarding what they call a rise of fascis...
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Surprise -This is a Great Time for Public Service!

By Michael S. Dukakis September 13, 1999 Editor’s note. We present here Michael Dukakis’ inaugural address at the Michael S. Dukakis Chair for Public Policy and Service to close out this phase in the life of Politis...
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Nerdy citizenry

By Politis Are geeks the model citizens of the 21st century? Bill Moyers and Co. think so, with compelling evidence. “… we see hackers getting involved in so many different domains of politics… there are some ...
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The Human Library

The Human Library does not consist of actual books but of people who are willing to share their stories and experiences with others, in order to fight prejudice and promote diversity. Human Library Greece was initiated in Octob...
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Virtual book launch at the Dukakis Center

The Dukakis Center will host a virtual launch of “Still at Aulis: Essays on Crisis and Revolution in Greece and the Eurozone,” a Kindle e-book by David Wisner, Executive Director of the Center, on Thursday, March 6,...
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Democratic futures: mobilizing voices and remixing youth participation

“There has been a longstanding narrative of youth political apathy and disengagement from democratic life. However, this perception is now giving way to a richer account, one that seeks to illuminate the dynamic ways in w...
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To serve our country’s democracy

By Michael Ertel NB Michael Ertel is Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County, Florida, where he has served since 2005. He spoke at two Dukakis Center events during the 2016 election period. Politis reproduces these remarks w...
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Saying of the day: 6/20/13

    “J’ai mal à la Grèce.” Angélique Kourounis
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Environmental activism

The Greek office of the World Wildlife Fund is circulating the following open letter with regard to pending legislation regarding potential private development along Greece’s Aegean seacoast. …/… Αγαπητ...
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A public service announcement on uninsured vehicles

Is your vehicle currently insured? A penalty of 250 euros will apply for any uninsured vehicle the next few days, as soon as the cross check will be made by the Greek Ministry of Finance, since yesterday, was published the rele...
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2014: Voting as European citizens

Excerpts below from an article in yesterday’s New York Times by Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Felix Marquardt, founders of Europeans Now. “The time is ripe for a transnational, transgenerational, transpartisan, grass-root...
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Saying of the day: 2/7/13

  “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” — Aristotle  
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A Farewell Lecture

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 lon...
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Women in public life — today!

Three stories in today’s Guardian show all the contradictions in looking at the roles women play in contemporary public life around the world. First, Yvonne Roberts laments the small number of women in public life in the ...
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Paideia meets demos

TechCrunch has announced its pick of Coursera as the 2012 Crunchies’ Best Overall Startup. Their rationale: “because more than anything else our country is heading into a period where higher education and job training i...
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Citizen election monitoring in Kenya

Politis is interested in citizen activism round the world, not only in Greece. We report here about an interesting article in Deutsche Welle on a grass roots initiative aiming to monitor the upcoming election in Kenya, using a ...
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