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Barriers to healthcare access for Roma women in Thessaloniki

Posted  February 17, 2016  by  Politis

As part of the Social Science 399-Service Learning class during the Fall 2015 semester at the American College of Thessaloniki, study abroad student Megan Yuan, a Public Health major from Rutgers University, undertook primary research among one of the most marginalized and disenfranchised demographics: Roma women. Through the Service Learning class, co-taught by Ruth Sutton […]

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2014: Voting as European citizens

Posted  September 3, 2013  by  Politis

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-roots and crowd-funded movement to take European integration to the next level. And before forming a party, we should look to Europe’s success stories to determine what […]

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Is this what revolution looks like now?

Posted  June 29, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Francis Fukuyama Over the past decade, Turkey and Brazil have been widely celebrated as star economic performers—emerging markets with increasing influence on the international stage. Yet, over the past three months, both countries have been paralyzed by massive demonstrations expressing deep discontent with their governments’ performance. What is going on here, and will more […]

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Art, Aesthetics, and Power

Posted  May 18, 2013  by  Politis

A very interesting yconference organized at the American College of Thessaloniki by Dr. Maria Kyriakidou. Wednesday, May 22, 11-6. The event is open to the general public. For further information contact Maria Kyriakidou at markyria@act.edu.

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Riding in the buff to save the world

Posted  May 29, 2013  by  Politis

The World Naked Bike Ride will take place again in Thessaloniki on June 7  for the sixth consecutive year. Organizers are calling citizens to say STOP to indecent exposure of humans and to the pollution of the planet. The World Naked Bike Ride is a worldwide movement that supports the use of the bicycle as […]

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A coin has two sides: the new Greek society emerging from the crisis

Posted  May 15, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Evangelos Kontos Experiencing these difficult days in Greek society first hand makes any person regardless of their political views, economic status, education, feel uncertain for the future, for the days to come. This uncertainty can transform to fear instantly and fear brings always his best friend with him, panic. A society in panic is […]

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Entrepreneurship in Greece: the state of play

Posted  October 17, 2013  by  Politis

Excerpts from an article in the Harvard Business Review by Michael G. Jacobides of the London Business School. “On the economic front, the government is trying its best to play up Greece’s ‘success story’: its return to stability, the achievement of a primary surplus, and the increasing interest of global investors such as John Paulson. […]

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Greeks are (not) stingy!

Posted  December 12, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Diego Salas. I go to the restaurant next to the Hotel and the owner gives me a salad without me asking for it…oops, suddenly why not a glass of ouzo.  Assisting people is very important in order to progress and maybe that’s why Greece is where it is if we stick to a report […]

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In search of a Greek social contract

Posted  February 24, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner I’ve been thinking a lot about the American Declaration of Independence. Let me explain by way of an anecdote. Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s long-time business associate, is blind in one eye, owing to complications in a cataract operation. As Alice Schroeder tells the story, Munger never blamed the doctor, instead accepting responsibility […]

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Peter Economides on the Cypriot miracle

Posted  March 24, 2013  by  Politis

Peter Economides has a post in praise of Cypriots on his blog. “There is no such thing as a financial crisis. It’s the result of a social crisis, a values crisis, a confidence crisis, a how we feel about ourselves crisis. And I am starting to feel that the current European crisis is a crisis […]

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Honest Abe

Posted  November 4, 2013  by  DW

“Honesty is a virtue.” Not only in the realm of the proverbial, but also according to classical ethical theory. How often do we ascribe this virtue to contemporary politicians? Do we celebrate our national heroes, our great statesmen and women, for their dedication to the truth? I saw the film “Lincoln” some months ago and […]

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It’s our right: I think I’ll vote

Posted  May 3, 2012  by  pdcadmin

In this week’s installment of “It’s our right,” college student Iliana Sansi, who is eligible to vote for the first time in her life, deliberates whether she wants to exercise this right on May 6. The last three weeks we’ve been witnessing confusion all over Greece that mostly deals  with the coming elections on this Sunday. Political […]

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The same language

Posted  November 27, 2015  by  DW

By Alexia Apostolina A cloudy morning in November we woke up, dressed as warm as we could with a smile on our faces, bags with pullovers, raincoats and everything else we wanted to give to those people. Heroes.  In the bus everyone seemed unsure, wondering about what we would come across in Eidomeni. Many feelings, many […]

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315 charts on poverty and inequality

Posted  May 15, 2013  by  Politis

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development has just released data on poverty and inequality for all OECD mamber states in the form of some 315 charts, including one interactive chart on income distribution and poverty.  

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Double standard on immigration?

Posted  July 17, 2013  by  Politis

By Alyssa Olivo Coming from the United States, immigration isn’t a new issue for me. The US is filled with plenty of people from other countries. Grab five people off the street in New York and ask them where they’re from, you’ll probably get five different answers. The real issue is illegal immigration. Some come […]

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Saying of the day: 2/22/13

Posted  February 22, 2013  by  Politis

  “It is my heartfelt conviction that in Germany more Europe does not mean a German Europe. For us, more Europe means a European Germany.” — Joachim Gauck

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Lazy Greeks? Civil society making its mark

Posted  May 28, 2013  by  Politis

Who’s doing what and where to  get Greece out of this mess, courtesy of  the Omikron Project.

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Seeds of revolution

Posted  February 22, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner Anger and despair. The words do not do justice to the display of emotion I had just beheld. A lady in the flower of her years, seated in an auditorium, had just broken down into bitter tears of recrimination and fury as she absorbed some of the implications of the brilliant lecture […]

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She faces the music

Posted  May 12, 2013  by  M P

By Maria Patsarika “She faces the music” – I can’t think of a better way to express my own thoughts about Kiki Dimoula, a great (the greatest?) poet of our times, and the uproar that her apparently xenophobic public comments caused. My inital reaction was surprise and disappointment in her. Greek intellectuals appear perplexed, lacking […]

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Imagine: a way out of the crisis

Posted  February 8, 2014  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani I found this speech pretty optimistic as well as inspiring, and feel that it is worth reposting in Politis even if it has been available on YouTube since last December. It relates imagination (and fairy tales) with scientific progress, posits imagination as a way to get through all kinds of crises, and […]

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