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Save the homeland of Aristotle…

Posted  March 12, 2013  by  laura

By Laura Strieth A group called NoMines N. has posted the following petition regarding a project to mine for gold in the vicinity of Ierissos, on the third foot of the Halkidiki region. The campaign “calls for citizens all over the world to raise their voice in condemnation against the development of mining activities and […]

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How frequently do we use opengov services?

Posted  April 3, 2013  by  Politis

A nice chart below on the top online tasks carried out by frequent users in the UK. Note the lag in opengov service use relative to such tasks as reading the news, making purchases online, or engaging in some form of entertainment.

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Stitching up the laws

Posted  April 10, 2014  by  KK

By Krysta So a boy of African descent living in Greece has sought and been granted asylum in Belgium. I don’t think that there is anything new in this article that we have not yet discussed a million times regarding Greece’s very frustrating and problematic status on questions of human rights, discrimination, and as part […]

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The evolution of political discourse

Posted  March 27, 2013  by  Politis

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 go to any lengths to win public office, regardless of party affiliation or platform. dummymander — A gerrymandered district drawn […]

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The long and the short of the Cyprus deal

Posted  March 29, 2013  by  Politis

The Economist has published this excellent assessment of the aftermath of the Cyprus deal last weekend. More might be said of the political fall out, which will surely be felt more intensely as the economic situation in Cyprus deteriorates. “The euro zone bail-out agreed for Cyprus means that the worst possible outcomes have been avoided: […]

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Go to jail, do not pass Go

Posted  February 26, 2013  by  KK
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Destination: bankruptcy (and not just moral)

Posted  March 27, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Nikos Chrysoloras It is now official: Cyprus will pay a heavy toll for turning its economy into an offshore financial haven and allowing its banking sector to hyperinflate. But if the purpose of the dramatic eurozone all-nighters was not just to punish and make an example of the island, but to solve the issue, […]

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Wanted: the right kind of Greeks

Posted  March 23, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner A contestant in a British reality show called “The Apprentice” has indicated in an interview that there are certain types of children she will not allow her own kids to play with. For one, they need to have the right sort of name. “At the risk of sounding snobbish, I also favour […]

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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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Announcing CTY Greece

Posted  May 16, 2013  by  Politis

Helping strengthen civil society in Greece.

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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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Politicized Greek porn?

Posted  February 5, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Kostas Kallergis In an attempt to identify with the widespread anger in Greek society, targeted mainly against corrupt politicians, the country’s biggest porn production company has produced its latest gem, a politicized porn movie (!?!?!) where terrorists rape Ministers’ wives. The movie’s title is “Impact” (the rhyming Greek headline translates into something like “The […]

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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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Could this work in Greece?

Posted  March 17, 2013  by  Politis

The Project on Government Oversight seeks to “provoke accountability” in the workings of the US Federal Government. About POGO Founded in 1981, POGO originally worked to expose outrageously overpriced military spending on items such as a $7,600 coffee maker and a $436 hammer. In 1990, after many successes reforming military spending, including a Pentagon spending […]

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Dumb ways to die

Posted  June 23, 2013  by  DW

An award-winning public service message from Metro Trains, Melbourne, Australia.

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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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Who is to blame?

Posted  January 8, 2013  by  DW

Two very symptomatic editorials featured in the Sunday news, both tending to focus blame for Greece’s woes on specific elements in Greek society. In the first, an editorial in the New York Times by Kostas Vaxevanis, the editor who published a version of the so-called Lagrarde list with names of Greek citizens having large deposits […]

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