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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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Saying of the day: 6/9/13

Posted  June 9, 2013  by  Politis

    “When police attack peaceful protesters, when protesters attack property, everyone loses.” — Livy Merchant

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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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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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Greek Reporter exposes fake Greek products abroad

Posted  January 27, 2013  by  Politis

Saddening news from today’s Greek Reporter. “Shady businessmen and companies produce thousands of fake Greek products in China, the UK and the US causing tremendous financial losses to Greek exporters and domestic economy, reported the Panhellenic Exporters Association Jan. 24, adding that ‘disturbing phenomena of malicious trademark registration of well-known Greek companies have been recorded […]

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Gaming the election?

Posted  March 29, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner Researchers Robert Epstein and Ronald E. Robertson have prepared a paper in which they argue that an Internet search engine, not Google necessarily but  “a future Google,” might be able to manipulate search results in such a way as to impact the outcome of an election. “In a controlled experiment,” they write, […]

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You can lie, but you cannot hide: the Freedom of Information Act Machine

Posted  July 22, 2013  by  Politis

Politis likes this: a machine, “open and free to anyone,” which uncovers the most deviously hidden government secrets. More from Billy Gallagher at TechCrunch: “The Freedom of Information Act Machine, an open online platform that automates Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, launched on Kickstarter two days ago and has already surpassed its funding goal. At […]

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Yes? No? Vote, and stay engaged

Posted  July 3, 2015  by  DW

We have an expression in the US. “Vote early and often.” Lest you think I am encouraging you to commit voter fraud, I actually have something else in mind. If you vote when young you are likely to continue to want to vote whenever you have the opportunity. Make it a habit. Just look at […]

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Your Country Needs You

Posted  November 13, 2013  by  Politis

Ahead of the Thessaloniki European Youth Capital 2014 year, the British Embassy in Athens is organising a debate at Thessaloniki Municipal Council Hall on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 at 4.30, open to the public. Four young speakers from UK and Greece, Natalie Robinson – UK Young Ambassador, Sophie Rodgers – UK Young Ambassador, Ioannis Konstantinidis […]

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Should we look to ancient Athens?

Posted  April 21, 2016  by  Politis

By Claudia Chwalisz Editor’s note: Originally published on policy-network.net as “An Athenian solution to democratic discontent,” February 19, 2015. Reposted by permission of the author. New forms of contact democracy and innovative forums that allow political and economic institutions to deliberate with citizens are important steps in the long-term battle to renew representative democracy for the […]

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There are demonstrations and then there are demonstrations

Posted  May 26, 2013  by  DW

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 society was seeking to make its point. Granted, there are extremes to this movement, as there are in […]

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Nowhere to hide

Posted  December 23, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner Politis has pointed this phenomenon up before. Newsworthy Grecians can no longer hide behind the figurative distance between Athens and the rest of the world, or the relative inaccessibility of the Greek language outside Greece. Two examples since the beginning of December suffice. Stephen Grey, who spoke at the Dukakis Center on […]

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One click off

Posted  June 4, 2012  by  pdcadmin

By Kathryn Lukey-Cout​socostas* Globalization has us readily accepting goods from other lands into our homes. But can countries absorb imported citizens just as easily? Whenever I join the crowd to criticize a line-jumper in a queue in Greece, someone inevitably tries to muzzle me with the classic insider-outsider putdown: “You’re not Greek.” Apparently, only locals […]

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How Long Until Junta?

Posted  January 30, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Bill Frezza. It is often said that to get a glimpse of our future we should study the lessons of the past. Or we can observe the fate of those marching a few steps ahead of us down a road we seem determined to travel. Take Greece. Long hailed as the birthplace of democracy, […]

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Mirrors of democracy: “Black mirror,” S01E01

Posted  March 30, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Maria Mavrommati The first episode of British Channel 4′s mini-series Black Mirror (2011) explores the nature of modern democracy in the most colorful ways. The dominance of image (with “image” meaning both a visual representation of something and a popular conception of someone), television language and conventional understanding of the essence of truth and […]

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No justification for violence and discrimination

Posted  April 7, 2014  by  pdcadmin

By Ioanna Konstantinou Having lived the Indian reality from within, I have come to know that discrimination is based on numerous and often interrelated aspects such as religion, caste, ethnicity, disability, social status and gender. Discrimination against women is systemic and gender-based violence is pervasive and perpetrated with impunity. The fact that Indian women face […]

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Send an SMS to your Congressman

Posted  April 3, 2013  by  Politis

We all know the expression, “Send a letter to your Congressman.” A company in India has just launched a Short Message Service (SMS)-based grievances redress mechanism in India, essentially to do just that. There is no indication yet how frequently citizens will use the service, or how well the system will function.

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