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Buying the presidency? A new twist

Posted  March 25, 2013  by  Politis

Ralph Nader has suggested that the 2016 US presidential election may be dominated by self-financing independent third party candidates. “Here’s what I think is going to happen… We will have the usual Green Party and libertarian parties in 2016. But there are some mega-billionaires who are seriously considering running third party… Mayor Bloomberg almost did […]

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Only in Thessaloniki…

Posted  December 17, 2013  by  pdcadmin

  By Diego Salas Things about Greece, Thessaloniki 1. Things I that I never thought I would encounter People in general have at least a basic level of English. Taxis are incredibly cheap. People treat you like a brother though you’ve met them only once. Ouzo as a casual Greek beverage. Greeks take hours to […]

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Afghanistan on the Aegean?

Posted  June 25, 2013  by  pdcadmin

By Alexis Papahelas It won’t be long before the relationship between Greece and the troika starts resembling that of the United States with Afghanistan. The efficient Americans entered that historical and complex country and tried to set up a modern state, an open economy etc. Not long after they started to realize that they were […]

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Around the town: 3/28/13

Posted  March 29, 2013  by  laura

This weekly feature offers a glimpse of what is happening in and around Thessaloniki. Compiled by Laura Strieth. Fri 29th March- Hugo Race- A prolific and visionary performer, Hugo Race, will be performing music from his latest album, Fatalists. Drawing inspiration from all his travels, he has created a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, soul, […]

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Understanding children’s participation

Posted  April 24, 2016  by  Politis

By Maria Patsariki* A couple of days ago, and on the occasion of the Dukakis Center International Conference ‘Civic engagement and the practices of democracy’, a not so surprising theme was brought forward: young people are not interested in, and do not want to do, politics. The quotes were disheartening showing not only a lack […]

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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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You can lie, but you cannot hide: the Freedom of Information Act Machine

Posted  July 22, 2013  by  Politis

Politis likes this: a machine, “open and free to anyone,” which uncovers the most deviously hidden government secrets. More from Billy Gallagher at TechCrunch: “The Freedom of Information Act Machine, an open online platform that automates Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, launched on Kickstarter two days ago and has already surpassed its funding goal. At […]

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Politis forum: journalists or losers?

Posted  February 8, 2014  by  Politis

Politis has invited Krysta Kalachani and guest contributor Sakis Ioannides, of Parallaxi, to comment on Παναγιώτης Μένεγος, “Δημοσιογράφος, ο μεγάλος χαμένος (και) της κρίσης,” popaganda.gr, January 28, 2014. SI Let me summarize “Journalist, the crisis’ big loser,” an article by Panagiotis Menegos, one of the staff writers at popaganda.gr (a multimedia electronic magazine). Menegos wrote […]

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Iron ladies

Posted  April 11, 2013  by  Politis
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Why has there been no revolution?

Posted  November 14, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner I have asked myself this question over and over. So have many of my acquaintances, from what I can gather. Indeed, I began this line of inquiry barely a year into Greece’s sovereign debt crisis. American that I am, I asked the question from the point of view of the tax payer […]

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Politis Forum: To Vote or Not To Vote

Posted  November 9, 2016  by  Politis

The Editors of Politis asked members of the current blogging team to consider arguments in favor of not voting. We post the contributions of Northeastern University freshman Katharine Welch and Dukakis Center Director David Wisner below. This ends the current cycle of posts dedicated to the 2016 US general election. “Hearing the arguments,” by Katie […]

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We can’t help it!

Posted  January 31, 2013  by  DW

By David Wisner I often tell my politics students that people have a natural predisposition to act and think politically. What we do with this is the great challenge of contemporary citizenship and civic education. Two recent articles in the mainstream media challenge our thinking about different dimensions of homo politicus. Some people seem to […]

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I, Citizen

Posted  February 14, 2014  by  DW

By David Wisner I was invited not too long ago to discuss my views on citizenship on a local television program. What is different about citizens in Greece and in the US, was more or less the line of inquiry. I answered in somewhat broken Greek, and for fear that my thinking is not easily […]

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When politics invaded the civil service

Posted  April 25, 2012  by  PR

By Fotini Kalliri, Kathimerini, Athens Every so often experts talk about the systemic nature of the crisis in the Greek civil service, offering different opinions as to why the state mechanism is in such a shambles and cannot contribute in any positive way to the country’s economy and growth. One thing that they all agree […]

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Who were the aganaktismenoi?

Posted  February 21, 2013  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani Who were the aganaktismenoi, the Greek indignados? They were mostly people who were not supporting strongly any ideology or party. They might have been coming from all parties and all ideologies, meaning that they could have voted for one party or another in the past, but the gatherings in Syntagma Square during the […]

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Juergen Habermas on the future of the EU

Posted  April 27, 2013  by  Politis

German philosopher Juergen Habermas spoke at the Catholic University of Leuven last week to an audience that included students and Herman Van Rompuy, current President of the European Council. Habermas entitled his lecture “Democracy, Solidarity and the European Crisis.” What Europe needs, he said, “is solidarity and a cooperative approach that results from a shared […]

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The power of habit

Posted  April 15, 2013  by  M P

By Maria Patsarika Scenario 1 A couple of weeks ago I read that Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary in the UK, claimed that he could live on £53 per week, after a benefits claimant told the BBC that he makes ends meet with the same amount, excluding housing costs. Ιn light of […]

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Civic engagement in the digital age — a Pew report

Posted  May 12, 2013  by  Politis

Social networking sites have grown more important in recent years as a venue for political involvement, learning, and debate. Overall, 39% of all American adults took part in some sort of political activity on a social networking site during the 2012 campaign. This means that more Americans are now politically active on social networking sites […]

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Sequestration: it’s the law of the land

Posted  March 2, 2013  by  Politis

SEQUESTRATION ORDER FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013 PURSUANT TO SECTION 251A OF THE BALANCED BUDGET AND EMERGENCY DEFICIT CONTROL ACT, AS AMENDED By the authority vested in me as President by the laws of the United States of America, and in accordance with section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended […]

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The rally that did not happen

Posted  May 15, 2012  by  KK

By Krysta Kalachani Athens, May 13, 2012. Nothing about Athens and the rally. No news in the hashtags and no photos, and I thought that when I went there it was late, but I guess people were very few really. Yup! I can imagine, I myself was on the track again with the motorbike… Believe […]

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