Tag: Greece

Varoufakis side of the story

It was a pleasure and an honour to host John Allen for a seminar series in Mexico. During two weeks in the spring of 2016, we found time to discuss many issues beyond science or academic slavery in British universities: in a typical Sanborns café in Coyoacan we also discussed the upcoming referendum that would recommend on whether the United Kingdom (UK) should severe ties with the European Union (EU). Sharing internationalist values, but also valuing sovereignity, democracy, social justice, education, the call was not obvious. John had recently read a Guardian article by Yanis Varoufakis and was keen to hear my views on him. So I tried to summarize the turbulent first half of 2015…

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Little Muriom and the kind sea | Stavros Koutrakis

I translate a short story by the Samian γεωργός (home-scale grower of plants and animals), painter, sculptor, musician and author Stavros Koutrakis (who ‘d rather I don’t list all these qualifications, so please add “amateur” before them). The original was published in 2004 and I posted it here a few days ago, with the author’s permission, moved by the flee of refugees from the Middle East, the deaths of so many innocent in the Aegean sea. Then, earlier today, Paris was rattled in the name of Allah, allegedly to revenge the imperialist crimes in Syria. The military-political-economic aggression of the West and the regressive organizations in the Middle East and elsewhere that murder to “terrorize” are two sides of the same coin. Humanity should trash this coin decisively. 

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Έστιν ουν τραγωδία

Έστιν ουν τραγωδία___________________It is a tragedy

τα πανιά που δεν άλλαξες Θησέα,_that you didn’t change the sail Theseus,

αφού το Μινόταυρο νίκησες__________ since you have won the Minotaur

χάρη στη γενναιότητά σου____________thanks to your bravery

και χάρη της Αριάδνης._______________ and thanks to Ariadne.

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Αλέξης Τσίπρας: τα σύμβολα, οι ελπίδες, η πολιτική, η αριστερά

Σύμβολα
Ο νέος πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας
την πρώτη μέρα άφησε ένα λουλούδι
στο σκοπευτήριο της Καισαριανής
τιμή στους εκτελεσμένους Κομμουνιστές.
Ο ραδιοφωνικός σταθμός το Κόκκινο
παίζει κάθε μέρα σιγανοσφύριγμα
τη μελωδία της τρίτης διεθνούς.
“Στο nein των Γερμανών
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πολιτικοποιημένη μυγοσκοτώστρα

Είναι σωστό και λογικό
μερικά δικά μου προβλήματα
αδιάφορη να σε αφήνουν.

Κι ούτε σε ποίμα σύνηθες είναι να γράφονται
τέτοιου είδους σκέψεις
που εδώ ακολουθούν.

Μα, ελπίζω το γνωρίζεις ήδη,
στους συνηθισμένους δε συγκαταλέχθηκα ποτέ.

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Επίσημη έναρξη της προεκλογικής περιόδου

Αναγνώστρια, αναγνώστη, καλή χρονιά!

Σκέψεις μου μετατρέπονται σε ερωτήματα και αποτελούν ιδία κριτήρια ψήφου: τι θέλουμε να παράγουμε σε κάθε τόπο και συνολικά ως χώρα και για πιο σκοπό. Σε ποια κατεύθυνση και πάνω σε ποιους ανθρώπους, ποια τεχνολογία, ποιες πρώτες ύλες βασίζουμε την οικονομία της χώρας. Με ποιο τρόπο είναι καλύτερα να πέρνουμε – και όταν χρειάζεται να αναθεωρούμε – τις σχετικές αποφάσεις.

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Ideological reflections from Greek politics in the 2014 Elections for the European Parliament

In a post written in the Greek language, I asked readers what they would be voting in the upcoming elections, trying to summarise the 43 choices of parties or coalitions between parties that are participating from my country. Greece is often referred to as the birthplace of democracy and – if the number of parties is any indicator – seems to be in an intense period of soul-searching. No doubt the economic crisis is being reflected here. I pointed out that job insecurity or enhanced mobility (two expressions of a similar process) is now infecting the political world. It is important to note the irony of a workforce being continuously moved around despite – in so many areas of the economy – the jobs it serves remaining still.

With the above as a brief introduction, I present here two tables for a wider audience who may wish to ‘read’ into the Greek participation in the process. The first one – in English – is the summary of my analysis. Therefore there is a subjective component in grouping together the 43 parties into 13 categories that may be more recognisable – based on their ideology, which trascends our culture. I think my message on twitter with the results from local elections shows such categorisation is useful – see

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