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German ‘hypocrisy’ over Greek military spending has critics up in arms

Posted  April 25, 2012  by  PR

By Helena Smith, The Guardian, Athens A few months before submarines became the talk of Athens, Yiannis Panagopoulos, who heads the Greek trade union confederation (GSEE), found himself sitting opposite Angela Merkel at a private meeting the German chancellor had called of European trade unionists in Berlin. When it came to his turn to address […]

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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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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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Whose child?

Posted  January 7, 2013  by  Politis

An excerpt here of a very strange story from today’s Washington Post, which offers a real challenge to notions of citizenship within the same country. “The Supreme Court decided Friday to take on a case after considering a petition from adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who would like to regain custody of 3-year-old Veronica, returned to […]

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Obviating political responsibility: violence and the left in Greece

Posted  July 8, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Kostas A. Lavdas ‘Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand With a grip that kills it.’ Rabindranath Tagore Hardly a day goes by without an analysis appearing in the international media on the rise of the extreme right in Greece. And rightly so. At the same time however the Greek left’s contribution […]

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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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Toward a new American center?

Posted  January 22, 2013  by  Politis

David Brooks writes in his New York Times column today that President Obama made a strong case for a “pragmatic and patriotic progressivism” in his second inaugural address yesterday. Where does leave the thoughtful independent, that purveyor of the center right and the center left? “During his first term, Obama was inhibited by his desire […]

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Pictures at an exhibition

Posted  June 9, 2014  by  DW

“Would you vote for me? Exhibition of photographs State Museum of Contemporary Art — Warehouse B1, Port of Thessaloniki June 5-21 The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service was launched in 1999 to provide a forum for young people to explore the meaning and scope of public service in the contemporary […]

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The Sacrifice of Iphigenia

Posted  August 19, 2015  by  DW

Last year I published a Kindle e-book on the Greek sovereign debt crisis. I wanted to understand, and explain to non-Greek readers, why Greeks behaved as they had during the crisis, and why they might have acted other than an American readership might have anticipated. I framed the story I told as a contemporary version […]

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The Crisis of the EU and the future of Greece

Posted  December 9, 2012  by  DW

By David Wisner Lecture given at Hamilton College, New York, September 2012 The title of my talk is: «The Crisis of the EU and the Future of Greece». It might well have been the inverse: «The Crisis in Greece and the Future of the EU».  Semantics aside, the core problem I will address is whether […]

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Imagine: a way out of the crisis

Posted  February 8, 2014  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani I found this speech pretty optimistic as well as inspiring, and feel that it is worth reposting in Politis even if it has been available on YouTube since last December. It relates imagination (and fairy tales) with scientific progress, posits imagination as a way to get through all kinds of crises, and […]

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The new global populism

Posted  April 5, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By John Judis ‘Something is happening and you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?’ Bob Dylan sang. Mr. Jones was the typical suburban ‘square,’ and the ‘something’ that was happening was the sudden explosion of the new left and the counter-culture during the Sixties. Something extraordinary is happening now in European and […]

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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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World Press Freedom Day

Posted  May 15, 2013  by  Politis

“Living in silence is not living, in any corner of the planet. Living and remaining silent about how the corrupt, crime and impunity continue to take ahold of my country is also to die. Without freedom of expression, justice and democracy are not possible.” — Anabel Hernández, Mexican investigative journalist living under 24 hour police […]

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Global mafia

Posted  May 25, 2013  by  Politis

Chris Hedges posted a desperate warning in his column in Truthdigs earlier this week: rise up or die. His focus is the conspiritorial, near-criminal triumph of corporatism in the US, but the symptoms and peril he decribes are global in scale. You cannot get more stark than this. Here is his conclusion to that post: […]

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Democratic futures: mobilizing voices and remixing youth participation

Posted  February 6, 2013  by  Politis

“There has been a longstanding narrative of youth political apathy and disengagement from democratic life. However, this perception is now giving way to a richer account, one that seeks to illuminate the dynamic ways in which young people are redefining expressions of ‘citizenship,’ ‘political engagement,’ and ‘democracy.’ As the currents of social, political, financial, and […]

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Panhellenia (sounds like quadrophenia)

Posted  May 17, 2013  by  Politis

By Maria Kallogeroudi Panhellenic exams tomorrow eh…. ahhh!! I remember… I remember myself… it was just a few years ago these days, I’d sit every day for hours and sip on coffee… BECAUSE I NEVER HAD TO TAKE THESE EXAMS YEAH YEAH OHH YEAH YEAH YEAH

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Editor’s Choice: Event of the week

Posted  June 1, 2012  by  laura

Parallaxi, a free-press magazine inThessaloniki who began the well known “ThessalonikiAllios” are organizing the 2nd annual effort to clean up the city ofThessaloniki. Thessaloniki Allios willbe reviving an area of Thessaloniki that has been left abandoned for a longtime, the coastline from Aretsous until Macedonia Airport. One mission will be to clean up the coastbehind […]

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Independence day, for whom?

Posted  March 25, 2014  by  DW

Politis found this note on Facebook today. Apparently citizens were discouraged from attending today’s Independence Day parade in downtown Athens. “When the public cannot be trusted to celebrate their country’s independence, what independence is it, exactly, that they have to celebrate?”

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Pedro Olalla: a crisis of citizenship

Posted  January 24, 2013  by  Politis

Pedro Olalla, Spanish author and Philhellene, was Popi Tsapanidou’s final guest on Thursday’s Tora, discussing his experience living in Athens and his attempts to understand the crisis wracking Greek society. He also introduced his new book, Ελλάδος Ελάσσων Ιστορία, published in 2012 by Papazisi, and offered his thoughts on how his native Spain represents what […]

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