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Lessons from a shipwreck to a shipwrecked country

Posted  April 25, 2014  by  M P

  By Maria Patsarika This is not an easy piece to write. The tragic April 2014 ferry accident in South Korea, better deserves a an expression of humble, silent sympathy with the mourning families. Watching the story unravel on the news these days, however, one image kept coming back: inside the gymnasium, where the relatives […]

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New Media emerging

Posted  April 22, 2012  by  KK

By Krystallia Kalachani It is late afternoon, June 2011, the temperature in Athens is high. I am still at work giving a last look at my social media accounts before I leave for home, there is calling for a gathering in Syntagma Square, central Athens, in front of the Greek Parliament. I would be there […]

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Around the town: 21/2/13

Posted  February 21, 2013  by  laura

This weekly feature offers a glimpse of what is happening in and around Thessaloniki. Compiled by Laura Strieth. Now-March 10th– Places of Memory- Fields of Vision- An exhibition which showcases painting, prints, photographs, videos and installations that intertwine and focus on Thessaloniki’s present and past, the imagining of its past life and its dynamic projection […]

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OneRun Boston

Posted  May 26, 2013  by  Politis

Thousands of runners who never finished the Boston Marathon last month, along with bombing victims and spectators, gathered in the rain on May 25 to run the OneRun, a one-mile road race that spanned the last mile of the Boston Marathon. The race started at Kenmore and ending at the finish line in Copley Square. […]

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American politicians love their job

Posted  March 12, 2013  by  Politis

According to a poll published in Roll Call, 95% of members of the US House of Representatives say they get a sense of personal accomplishment from their work as legislators. 89% claim that they are performing an important public service. The sample was small, however: 194 House members were selected randomly, but only 25 responded. […]

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Saying of the day: 2/3/13

Posted  February 3, 2013  by  Politis

  “You should love responsibility. You should say, I and I alone am charged with saving the earth. If it is not saved, I am at fault.” — Nikos Kazantzakis

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And what about the political corruption?

Posted  March 12, 2013  by  M P

By Maria Patsarika I read an article by Thanasis Skokos in Protagon yesterday about corruption. Actually, it is one of the many articles out there discussing the extent to which politicians who have misused power and public funds are now confronting justice and people’s outrage. Laying responsibilities on the financial side of things is a […]

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Are we moving leftward?

Posted  January 9, 2013  by  Politis

The Republican Main Street Partnership, a Washington-based group that has promoted moderate GOP lawmakers and policies, will remove the word “Republican” from its title and welcome center-right Democrats in 2013, Yahoo News has learned. The organization’s board of directors voted Tuesday morning to scrap party identification from its title and be known simply as “The […]

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Things I could not believe about Greece until I got here

Posted  November 18, 2013  by  pdcadmin

It is said that people have many reasons for being amazed by Greece. Here are mine!   How long people stay at restaurants and cafes. At most places in America you receive your meal and the waiter stands by the table waiting for you to finish. As soon as you complete your meal you are […]

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Around the town: 4/25/13

Posted  April 25, 2013  by  laura

This weekly feature offers a glimpse of what is happening in and around Thessaloniki. Compiled by Laura Strieth. Thu 25th April– PillBOX open market ‘Spring Bouquet’- The PillBOX market features the latest trends in handicrafts, accessories, clothes, ornaments, cosmetics, collectable vinyl and many more cool items at low prices. This bazaar-market will take place in […]

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Coming to grips with children trying to earn money on the streets

Posted  July 11, 2013  by  Politis

By Alyssa Olivo Even though I’m used to seeing homeless people begging on the streets of New York City, I’ve been surprised at the amount of children trying to earn money on the streets in Greece. I can count on both hands the amount of times I’ve had a child come up to me, play […]

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Sinking in our own shit

Posted  July 18, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner Here is something I had been thinking a lot about before it happened. We all want action to be taken to avert or resolve a crisis. We all want to believe that we can contribute our small part in the effort to clean up the mess we ourselves may be partly responsible […]

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Blockupy

Posted  May 31, 2013  by  KK

Newsworthy, I think… “Our main goal is to show that the regime that is governing Europe through this crisis is neither democratically legitimate nor acting in any responsible way for the people. It’s really working for profit. One of it’s symbolic places is the ECB – the place that has economic and financial reign over […]

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Gloomy news about our citizenship values

Posted  March 20, 2013  by  MK

By Maria Patsarika A lot of gloominess in Asteris Houliaras’ note in Protagon this morning. The piece purports to offer analysis of a table representing “Attitudes to being rich.” The empirical evidence supports the feeling of gloom: Greeks have one of the lowest “mutual trust” indicators among western societies and active citizenship ratio in relation […]

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Center. Period.

Posted  April 4, 2013  by  Politis

A soon-to-be-released book by Charles Wheelen called The Centrist Manifesto is described thus on the web site of amazon.com. “A vision—and detailed road map to power—for a new party that will champion America’s rational center. From debt ceiling standoffs to single-digit Congress approval ratings, America’s political system has never been more polarized—or paralyzed—than it is […]

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Around the town: 28/2/13

Posted  February 28, 2013  by  laura

NOW till Monday 1st Apr – The Greek Monsters – The Beetroot Design Group and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art present a three-dimensional sculptures exhibition featuring the Minotaur, the Cyclops, the Stymphalian birds and the rest of the bizarre creatures that haunted heroes’ deeds in ancient Greek mythology. The exhibition consists of installations, sculptures, […]

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After the storm

Posted  April 22, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani In business transactions, as in all transactions that one desires to be fruitful, productive and of mutual benefit all interested parties are supposed to establish a ground of mutual trust first. Mutual trust must be accepted as a prerequisite, because otherwise transactions, social relations, relations between citizens and governments, and among people […]

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Ready to govern?

Posted  February 27, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner I read Guy Dinmore’s characterization in today’s Financial Times of the members of the M5S party of Beppo Grillo elected to one or the other of the houses in the Italian Parliament with a sense of wonderment. “How coherent a unit his parliamentarians will prove to be remains an open question, notes Tommaso […]

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