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Yiannis Boutaris on TEDx

Posted  October 3, 2013  by  Politis
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When push becomes shove: getting citizens to act in their own best interest

Posted  August 1, 2013  by  DW

It was originally called the “Behavioural Insights Team,” a team of British policy analysts who employed psychological research to persuade citizens in the most subtle of ways to pay their taxes on time, get off unemployment, or insulate their attic. Now Canada has created a “nudge unit,” whose mission is to “nudge citizens into acting […]

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Freeman movement: government and/or sovereignty

Posted  September 3, 2013  by  DW

If you have a little time, this clip will explain why there should be no government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RLHsH7XAkc

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Golden Dawn: before and after?

Posted  October 3, 2013  by  Politis

Excerpts below from an article by Clark Boyd of Public Radio International’s The World on possible consequences of the recent arrest of members of Golden Dawn. The author cites Politis’ good friend Brady Kiesling, former political affairs officer at the US Embassy in Athens. …/… “[I]n the wake of the arrest of a number of […]

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2014: Voting as European citizens

Posted  September 3, 2013  by  Politis

Excerpts below from an article in yesterday’s New York Times by Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Felix Marquardt, founders of Europeans Now. “The time is ripe for a transnational, transgenerational, transpartisan, grass-roots and crowd-funded movement to take European integration to the next level. And before forming a party, we should look to Europe’s success stories to determine what […]

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In praise of “person-centered” politics

Posted  September 30, 2013  by  Politis

Krysta Kalahani and Maria Patsarika, two of Politis’ regular contributors, enjoyed an exchange on Facebook this past weekend on the merits of “person-centered” municipal politics, inspired by a recent report, excerpted below, in the Thessaloniki daily Aggelioforos. We share an excerpt below. Krysta: I am coming to this article hot off a fcbk conversation with […]

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@openkorinthos

Posted  September 4, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani Very good site! It seems that it will be fully working in a few days, it is very new. Really interesting though. They are trying to bring Corinth’s citizens together, to spot problems in the area and find solutions, or find opportunities worth pursuing, among their goals is to act as mediators […]

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None of the above

Posted  September 27, 2013  by  Politis

Voters in democracies often express their dissatisfaction for the candidates, the parties, and, indeed, the political system itself by abstaining from voting on election day. (American voters may also vote for so-called “write-in” candidates whose name does not appear on the ballot.) In India, voters will henceforth have yet another alternative through which to express […]

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Catalan Way Toward Independence

Posted  September 5, 2013  by  Politis

A recent press release on the Catalan New Agency describes an interesting form of citizen activism. “This coming 11th of September – which is Catalonia’s National Day – pro-independence supporters have organised the so-called ‘Catalan Way Towards Independence’ that calls for the independence from Spain. The gigantic human chain will cross Catalonia from North to […]

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Can Facebook remake government?

Posted  September 5, 2013  by  Politis

Excerpts below from an article in TechCrunch last about about the prospect of Facebook and other social media to remake government around the world. Is there hope? Mark Zuckerberg has a grand vision that Facebook will help citizens in developing countries decide their own governments. It’s a lofty and partially attainable goal. While Egypt probably […]

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What is the gagging law (UK)?

Posted  September 6, 2013  by  Politis

There has been a lot of talk in the UK about the so-called “Gagging Law” and its implications for democracy in Britain. Here the folks of 38 Degrees explain what all the fuss is about.

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The YouTube citizen

Posted  September 8, 2013  by  Politis

Google and YouTube claim they can help teachers turn teenagers into better citizens. Watch the clip below to find out how.

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Thessabike is here!

Posted  September 9, 2013  by  M P

By Maria Patsarika Beware Boris with your Barclays bikes; beware Copenhagen and Amsterdam: Thessbike is here! This was missing from our city, no doubt. A bike-renting service is now available in Thessaloniki at various hotspots downtown. For Thessabike to partake some of its predecessors’ success, however, cyclists need accessibility, safety and peaceful co-existence with pedestrians […]

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Vote for Angie!

Posted  September 9, 2013  by  Politis

  Fears in Germany that conservative voters may abstain from voting in the coming German national election. Their response: erotic dancers. Would the picture of this semi-nude performer inspire you to vote?

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Saying of the day: 8/1/13

Posted  July 31, 2013  by  Politis

  “Greece – like Detroit but without hockey.” — Anonymous

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Open data: what it is, what it is not

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  Politis

  This clip, courtesy of The Guardian, provides a nice overview of the state of thinking about open data, which advocates argue will revolutionize political practice in positive fashion in the months and years to come. See for yourself whether you agree.  

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How simple it is to know who’s who

Posted  July 29, 2013  by  DW

Fact checkers and vote counters are legion in the US. Here is site that prides itself for being up on the latest in IT developments. No hiding behind the anonymity of an electronic vote. At issue in this instance is an amendment to cut off funding the the recently divulged NSA spying program. Now, who […]

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Is this what revolution looks like now?

Posted  June 29, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Francis Fukuyama Over the past decade, Turkey and Brazil have been widely celebrated as star economic performers—emerging markets with increasing influence on the international stage. Yet, over the past three months, both countries have been paralyzed by massive demonstrations expressing deep discontent with their governments’ performance. What is going on here, and will more […]

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Is this the moment for national service?

Posted  June 30, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner Michael Gerson had some interesting thoughts about an offhand remark made recently by retired US General Stanley McChrystal on service to the nation. McChrystal had expressed concern that only 1 percent of Americans serve in the armed forces, resulting in an unequal distribution of burdens and an unequal development of citizens. “Once […]

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Making sense of the suicides

Posted  July 4, 2013  by  Politis

By Alyssa Olivo As a New Yorker and visitor of Greece, my view on the crisis differs from natives. Our newspapers tell stories about riots in the streets and articles talk about austerity endlessly but the main question and concern is what’s going to happen to the euro. It’s rare I do not hear or […]

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