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What to do about getting the story out and getting the people organized

Posted  April 10, 2013  by  Politis

By  Maria Kalogeroudi Two speakers with a common concern: acting against racial prejudice. The one, a journalist, the other, a community organizer. Meet Damian Mac Con Uladh. Damian is an activist journalist who used to work for Athens News. He explained what an activist journalist is: a journalist for whom the boundaries between personal and […]

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Iron ladies

Posted  April 11, 2013  by  Politis
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Around the town: 4/11/13

Posted  April 13, 2013  by  laura

This weekly feature offers a glimpse of what is happening in and around Thessaloniki. Compiled by Laura Strieth. Thu 11th April- Geneva Jacuzzi- An LA-based songwriter, musician and visual artist who is known for her unique style of synth driven pop recordings, theatrical stage personas and retrostyle video art. Her videos and live performances portray […]

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Sharks in the Aegean?

Posted  April 13, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Livingston T. Merchant For one who loves Greece, at least the way it was five years, or even better, before it entered the candy shop of the Euro zone, there is nothing at all in the news to cause optimism about the future. The country is being systematically destroyed by very clever people who […]

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Global occupy

Posted  April 13, 2013  by  Politis

By Politis David Graeber offers an insightful excerpt from his book The Democracy Project in today’s Salon on media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street. Why, he asks, did the US mainstream media “eventually began treating the occupation as a major news story.” His answer has both a peculiarly US and also a potentially profound […]

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The power of habit

Posted  April 15, 2013  by  M P

By Maria Patsarika Scenario 1 A couple of weeks ago I read that Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary in the UK, claimed that he could live on £53 per week, after a benefits claimant told the BBC that he makes ends meet with the same amount, excluding housing costs. Ιn light of […]

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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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Love and death

Posted  May 8, 2013  by  Politis

Photographer Taslima Akhter on a photograph she took at a collapsed factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “I have been asked many questions about the photograph of the couple embracing in the aftermath of the collapse. I have tried desperately, but have yet to find any clues about them. I don’t know who they are or what […]

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Ikea Swedish meatballs withdrawn from Greek shelves

Posted  February 26, 2013  by  Politis

From the pages of today’s Greek Reporter: “Swedish furniture retailing giant IKEA decided to withdraw its meatballs from its restaurants in Greece after the Czech State Veterinary Administration reported finding horsemeat in the same food product. According to CBC News, Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone out to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, […]

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Digital Politics in 2012: coming to Europe soon?

Posted  March 2, 2013  by  Politis

Findings from a recently published report by the Pew Research Center on digital politics in the 2012 US general election. Should we look for signs that this is the future face of European electoral politics too? 1. Digital Politics:Pew Research findings on technology and campaign 2012 Aaron Smith Research Associate Pew Research Center @pewinternet, #SMWdigitalpolitics […]

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Revolt of the clowns (the real ones)

Posted  March 2, 2013  by  Politis

Der Spiegel has a story according to which professional clowns in Germany are up in arms regarding a comment made by the leader of the German opposition, Social Democrat Peer Steinbrück, comparing Italian political figures Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo to clowns. “A circus clown is no fool who can be placed on the same […]

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Citizen election monitoring in Kenya

Posted  March 2, 2013  by  Politis

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 platform developed by a company called Ushahidi. Ushahidi calls itself a “non-profit tech company that changes the […]

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Initiative for Democracy in Greece

Posted  March 4, 2013  by  Politis

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 fascism and racism and the erosion of democracy and civil rights in Greece. At the time of publication […]

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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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Greece: an emerging market?

Posted  March 4, 2013  by  Politis

Is Greece an emerging market? Strange as it may seem, an American firm named Russell Investments believes so. Is this good news? In an analysis by Mat Lystra and Ryan Naranjo entitled Greece: Reemerged, explains in detail the reclassification. But lest one think that this is good news for the Greek economy, the inverse is […]

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Things are not so bad… except in Greece (canned laughter)

Posted  March 5, 2013  by  Politis

A lead editorial by Gideon Rachman in today’s Financial Times tends to dismiss the gloomy scenarios shooting out of Europe in the aftermath of the Italian general election last week. Are we headed toward a reprise of the European 1930s, when political extremism on both right and left was a prelude to war of one sort […]

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Wanted: Laugh Doctor

Posted  March 6, 2013  by  Politis

Ζητούνται Γελιολόγοι στην Ελλάδα του σήμερα, όχι άλλοι Γελωτοποιοί…  By Fotinie Efstratiadou Τις προάλλες, η οχτάχρονη κόρη μου ντύθηκε αστυνομικίνα στο καρναβαλίστικο πάρτι του σχολείου. «Μαμά, εσύ τι θα ντυθείς;» με ρώτησε. Σκέφτηκα… «Γιατρός», της είπα.   Μου φάνηκε εύκολο.  Θα απευθυνόμουν στους γνωστούς μας στο φαρμακείο για τα απαραίτητα.  Πράγματι, οι συνεργάτες ήταν πρόθυμοι και […]

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Around the town: 7/3/13

Posted  March 7, 2013  by  laura

This weekly feature offers a glimpse of what is happening in and around Thessaloniki. Compiled by Laura Strieth. Thu 7th Mar- A Social History of Yoga- Mr. Nikos Dimitriadis invites everyone to join his ‘Religions of the World’ class at ACT as they learn about the history of Yoga.  During the session, Ms. Spyridoula Bakoyianni […]

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German Pension Info For Greeks

Posted  March 7, 2013  by  Politis

A public service announcement from our friends at Greek Reporter. “Insured workers who have worked in Germany will be able to contact the Goethe-Institut of Thessaloniki from April 16 to 19 to find answers to questions concerning them about their pensions. The information will be be given by the Deutsche Rentenversicherung, the German Pension Insurance […]

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