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Saying of the day: 6/19/13

Posted  June 19, 2013  by  Politis

    “We didn’t decide that Greece was in trouble; Greece was in trouble…” — Jean-Claude Juncker

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More on those pesky 16 year-old Scottish voters

Posted  June 9, 2013  by  DW

The British think tank Demos has put this short video out arguing the merits of allowing 16 and 17 year-old citizens the right to vote in Scotland.

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With partners like these…

Posted  June 10, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner I read in Simon Johnson’s column in Bloomberg last week (later picked up by Kathimerini English edition) an interesting critique of the performance of the EU in the unfolding of Greece’s sovereign debt crisis. One of Johnson’s main points is as follows. “Greece came to the IMF in 2010 later than it […]

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In praise of subjecthood (of the right sort)

Posted  June 10, 2013  by  Politis

Living in Europe today is akin to being a subject in some latter day Holy Roman Empire, that “political commonwealth under which the Germans lived for many hundreds of years.” So says Brendan Simms of Cambridge University in today’s New York Times. While the Empire lasted nearly a thousand years, however, the comparison is not […]

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The enemies of public broadcasting

Posted  June 11, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner As luck would have it, I happened to log on to Facebook today just around the time that two transplanted Athenian acquaintances commented on news reports announcing the imminent closure and restructuring of the Greek public broadcasting service ERT. The one, a retired diplomat who hobnobs with foreign investors and rails day […]

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Coffee or tea with your news?

Posted  June 11, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Kostas Kallergis The Greek government spokesman announced some minutes ago, all of a sudden, that the Greek Radio & Television will stop broadcasting as of tonight, midnight. In a pretentiously sturdy press conference he explained the reasons why the government came to this crazy decision. Simos Kedikoglou gave the public a long list of […]

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The importance of being earnest

Posted  June 11, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani “But two stories this week reminded me that media freedom is not just an issue beyond our borders, but also something we must defend here in the EU.” A small but interesting text from Vice President of the EU Commision Neelie Kroes, writing about Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, who was tried once […]

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Saying of the day: 6/12/13

Posted  June 12, 2013  by  Politis

  “Culture is like marmalade. The closer you get to the bottom of the jar the more you try to spread what’s left.” — Anonymous (Paris, 1968)

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Greece’s state broadcaster and the politics of eternal discontent

Posted  June 12, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Kostas A. Lavdas The news is plain and simple. The Greek government has shut down the public broadcaster ERT, calling it a “haven of waste.” While all 2,500 employees would be sacked, the government says they would be paid compensation and would be able to apply for work when the corporation relaunches as a […]

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How geeks are taking over government

Posted  June 14, 2013  by  Politis

A very matter-of-fact clip in today’s Guardian on how open source technology is helping the British civil servants keep up with their work load — through the creation of “compelling digital services for government.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iahpVvPkCf4

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Citizens who want to guard their privacy

Posted  June 14, 2013  by  Politis

Tips from an article in today’s New Scientist on how to resist the efforts of governments to encroach on their privacy. “… for citizens who want to guard their privacy, there are a number of options. Apps like Silent Circle and RedPhone can already encrypt your calls and send them over a data connection or […]

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ERT: Burning down the house

Posted  June 14, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani Maria Houkli has a point in her editorial on the closure of ERT in glimatikotika.gr Friday morning. But there can also be strong criticism to what she says. In my view the way that the government decided to close down ERT sends messages drawn from other political systems: the public or state […]

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Saying of the day: 6/17/13

Posted  June 17, 2013  by  Politis

“People should appreciate who gets to run for office when you have a [public financing election] system [like the one in New York City]. Librarians run for office, ex-teachers run for office — not just people who have a rolodex of prospective donors. It’s good for the candidates and the voters alike.” Dan Cantor (Executive […]

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Radiobubble: when citizen journalism rocks!

Posted  June 17, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani Radiobubble is asking for help from abroad (spreading the word and with donations) in order to keep up their good work and be able to continue to communicate news and information from Greece in 8 foreign languages. The have mounted a campaign on Facebook here. They have also come up with a […]

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Up a creek…

Posted  June 17, 2013  by  DW

What is the expression again, “up a creek without a paddle?”

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Happy birthday, coalition

Posted  June 18, 2013  by  Politis

By Nick Malkoutzis It is one year to the day since Greece held its second general election in two months and third in three years. What better way to celebrate the occasion than trying to relive the uncertainty and tension we experienced during the summer of 2012? The leaders of Greece’s three coalition parties go […]

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Saying of the day: 6/28/13

Posted  June 28, 2013  by  DW

    “If history tells us anything, the fight against NSA secrecy is a winnable.” — Gregory Ferenstein, TechCrunch

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On friendly politicians and false equality

Posted  October 11, 2013  by  M P

By Maria Patsarika The latest article in Kathimerini English edition by Takis Theodoropoulos makes a very good point: “The [second person] singular is the form of the collapse, which is often falsely equated with democratic equality” (free translation). Let us not be so naive as to fall for the casual manners and elusive straightforwardness that […]

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Extreme citizen action

Posted  August 1, 2013  by  Politis

Below the text of a petition to save the public toilets of the British city of Bath. One woman has pledged to occupy one of the toilets all day as a means of protest. Nearly 100 people have signed. …/… Dear Councillor Dixon, Please do not close our public toilets in Bath.  Many people rely […]

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