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ΑΥΤΟΠΡΟΣΩΠΩΣ Θωμάς Καραμουσλής (Thomas Karamouslis) 01-01-15. On Chios. Two weeks ago, a group of several hundred refugees, most of them Syrian, fled a crowded detention camp on Chios, where violence had broken out between Afghans and Syrians.

On Chios

‘I woke up with a rock coming through my window,’ a young Syrian man told me. ‘They were shouting “Syri! Syri!” They hit people with sticks. An old man has cuts all over his head. Last Thursday, a crowd of angry locals gathered around the port. Running battles on the streets near the port began at around 9 p.m. By 11 p.m. close to a hundred people had surrounded the port, lighting fires, rattling the railings and shouting. Fireworks and burning debris were thrown into the refugee encampment. By 2 a.m., nine Syrian men and one Moroccan had been arrested for resisting arrest, disobeying police orders and incitement. They were given suspended sentences of four months and thirty days. Confessions of an Erratic Marxist - Berfrois. Europe's left has seen how capitalism can bite back.

For most of the 20th century, the word "reform" was commonly associated with securing state protections against the chaotic effects of capitalist market competition.

Europe's left has seen how capitalism can bite back

Today, it is most commonly used to refer to the undoing of those protections. This is not merely a matter of the appropriation of the term by those in the EU and international lending agencies who are using it as code for demands that Greece, for instance, make further cuts in public sector jobs and services. It is also the way the word has become increasingly used by the parties of the centre left.

Thus, the newly elected leader of Italy's Democratic party (the successor to what was western Europe's largest communist party), Matteo Renzi, has called for the government to be even more determined in implementing its economic reform package. The package involves reducing public expenditure and changing regulations to make labour markets more flexible and attract foreign investment. An angel kidnapped by Gypsies? In the absence of all the facts, age-old libels are being replayed.

Could not load plugins: File not found Link to video: Greek Roma couple say Maria was adopted She is, we have been told repeatedly, the girl Greece is calling "the blonde angel".

An angel kidnapped by Gypsies? In the absence of all the facts, age-old libels are being replayed

She is certainly blonde – and she is a young child who deserves concern as all children do, particularly those facing poverty or discrimination. Whether or not she is angelic is a matter of stereotype rather than personality. Greece and suicide: A hard subject for a sermon. Greece's people show the politicians how to fight Golden Dawn.

For many Greeks, Orthodox Easter is a chance to see friends and family, to eat good food or to worship. But for the neo-Nazis in Golden Dawn, who only recently made the switch from "Hellenic" paganism to a professed love for Christianity, it has been an opportunity for propaganda. Last Thursday, the party made headlines with its attempt to stage a "Greeks-only" food distribution in Athens's Syntagma square. The next day, when Athenians were driving back to home towns and villages, Golden Dawn members held open motorway toll booths – which have become a symbolic point of resistance against the rising cost of living in the wake of austerity – so cars could pass for free.

Parthenon marbles. Eurozone crisis live: Fresh speculation over Greece's future. Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the eurozone debt crisis, and other key events in the world economy.

Eurozone crisis live: Fresh speculation over Greece's future

Tension is building ahead of this week's European Union summit. Greece shocked at EU peace prize amid economic 'war' There are prizes and prizes.

Greece shocked at EU peace prize amid economic 'war'

And on Friday night there was no doubt in the minds of most Greeks that the biggest of them all, the Nobel peace prize, had gone to the wrong recipient. In the country on the frontline of the worst crisis to hit the continent since the second world war, news that the EU had been given the award for its efforts to promote peace and democracy was greeted with bewilderment and disbelief. Three days after tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Athens over a visit by Angela Merkel – some dressed in Nazi regalia — many wondered whether the decision was a joke. Or even a Norwegian ruse to get the increasingly divided, debt-choked nation to bow to Germany's demands for austerity.

Chinese Company Sets New Rhythm in Port of Piraeus. By Nikolia Apostolou Privatizing the Port of Piraeus: The International Herald Tribune’s chief business reporter, Liz Alderman, profiles a Greek port where Chinese management is struggling to recast labor relations.

Chinese Company Sets New Rhythm in Port of Piraeus

The cargo volume here is three times the level it was two years ago, before the captain, Fu Cheng Qiu, was put in charge by his employer, Cosco, a global shipping giant owned by the Chinese government. In a 2010 deal that put 500 million euros ($647 million) into the coffers of Greece’s cash-starved government, Cosco leased half of the port of Piraeus and quickly converted a business that had languished as a Greek state-run enterprise into a hotbed of productivity. Golden Dawn’s Popularity Rising Rapidly in Greece. Voices from Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) Aletheia Photos - Blog - New Documentary: Athens; Social Meltdown. Posted by Ross Domoney Athens: Social Meltdown from Ross Domoney on Vimeo.

Aletheia Photos - Blog - New Documentary: Athens; Social Meltdown

Dr Dimitris Dalakoglou explains the social meltdown that took place in Greece between May 2010 & June 2012 which is ongoing. This film contains videos and photos shot on the streets, often containing violence, and paints a portrait of widespread economic hardship endured by a city's inhabitants. This film is part of an ongoing research project, which looks at the rapid structural changes which Greece is undergoing. Produced & Directed by Ross DomoneyInterview: Dimitris DalakoglouFilmed, Photographed & Edited by Ross Domoney.

One small step for womankind in an all-male Greek state. View of the holy Mount Athos monastery and coastline, Greece. Photograph: Alamy I'm in Thessaloniki, Greece's second city, which nestles on the coast next to Halkidiki's three peninsulas, snaking into the Aegean sea like tentacles. The peninsulas are an understandable tourist spot in Northern Greece, with their expansive beaches, street cafes and pine forests. Athens in Flames - In Focus. Over the weekend, more than 45 buildings across Athens were set ablaze by violent protesters.

Athens in Flames - In Focus

The fires began as the Greek Parliament passed a strict package of austerity measures, in an effort to meet demands by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The measures, which were prerequisites for a $170 billion bailout, included steep public-sector job cuts and a 20 percent reduction in the minimum wage. More than 80,000 Greeks reportedly demonstrated in the streets of Athens -- among them, a small, violent group that hurled firebombs at riot police and set dozens of fires. More than 120 police and protesters were injured. The next step for the new austerity measures is implementation, and that may face strong opposition as well. Richard Clogg · In Athens · LRB 5 July 2012. From Greece: Declaration for the Defense of Society and Democracy.

[The following statement was issued by a group of Greek academics regarding the ongoing crises in Greece.]

From Greece: Declaration for the Defense of Society and Democracy

Greek society is suffering both from the crisis and the responses to it, which have reached a dead-end. Major social and political institutions that were created with enormous struggles and sacrifices in post-War Greece—social security, the public health care system, public education, public transport, the natural and urban environment, the right to live a safe existence, and various elemental goods and services that underwrite the very existence of an already curtailed and devalued Greek state—are all being utterly dismantled so that Greek society is now dying of asphyxiation.

Struggling Greeks losing belief in the state. 17 February 2012Last updated at 08:49 ET Watch Paul's Newsnight report from Greece in full The breeze block homes that cling to the sides of the cliffs above Piraeus harbour are painted typical Greek colours: cream and pink.

Struggling Greeks losing belief in the state

The bare twigs poking out of hanging baskets and trellises stand ready to sprout, as soon as some warmth arrives. Greece’s Youth in Crisis. With austerity measures in place and unemployment at astronomic highs, Greece’s disaffected youth is feeling rather affected. Will theirs be a lost generation? Sotiris Pastras gave up a career as a champion swimmer to pursue something more practical: a job in the media. But since the 25-year-old Greek student enrolled in a media studies course in Athens last year, about 350,000 people have lost their jobs, taking the country’s unemployment rate to a frightening 18.4 percent.

Greece now has fewer people in work than those who are either unemployed or retired. Amid Economic Strife, Greeks Look to Farming Past. The Way Greeks Live Now. The Only Leader Who Understood Greece's Real Problem is Resigning - Max Fisher - International. Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou seemed to grasp what others in Europe are missing: finances are only a symptom of Greece's broken society Reuters. Greece: The history behind the collapse - Georges Prévélakis. Historically positioning themselves between an unruly, oriental population and the western powers, since 1981 Greek elites have siphoned off EU funds into a bloated public sector favouring corruption, patronage and social climbing.

James Meek · Diary: In Athens · LRB 1 December 2011. Is Greece a Failed State? - By Nick Malkoutzis. Two years ago, Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou compared his country's travails to "a new Odyssey. " Since then, about half a million Greeks have lost their jobs, tens of thousands of businesses have closed, the economy has shrunk by more than a tenth, Athens has witnessed several riots, and Papandreou's government has collapsed. John Markakis · Taking to the Streets: Greek Democracy · LRB 22 March 2012. When in Greece by Alexios Arvanitis. Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space ATHENS – Italian President Mario Monti, US President Barack Obama, and other leaders have declared, “We are not Greece,” in order to explain why their countries are not on the brink of financial collapse.

A few months earlier, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou announced, “We are not India,” to explain why Greece will not become a country of cheap labor. These types of remarks are based on stereotypes, which can be useful despite their often discriminatory bias. In fact, stereotypes can help us to make sense of the world and take swift decisions, but they can also lead to errors in judgment. Something's Rotten in Athens - By Timothy Fadek.

Greece’s Choice: Bargaining versus pleading (a piece to appear in the Huffington Post) The Earthquake in Greece - By Louis Klarevas. A Land Without a Rudder - By Joanna Kakissis. ATHENS – The only thing that's clear after the contentious and chaotic Greek parliamentary elections, which appear to be headed for a revote in June, is that Greeks are willing to go to extremes to find an alternative to the country's current malaise. Most Greek media have long vilified the Coalition of the Radical Left, known as Syriza, as crazed ideologues who incite riots. How a Radical Greek Rescue Plan Fell Short. What the Greek election tells us about Europe. Greece is infamous for its earthquakes and the political earthquake caused by yesterday’s elections will have far reaching consequences. Europe’s far-right parties now have mainstream political influence.

Greece: a police state made by the EU. Slavoj Žižek · Save us from the saviours · LRB 28 May 2012. How Greece Squandered Its Freedom. Greece, the Euro, and Behavioral Economics. Greekonomics. Interview with Greek Writer Nikos Dimou on Crisis. "Greece’s Catharsis?" by Yannos Papantoniou. Greek election result: an assessment. Greek populist parties and the disoriented mainstream. Greece: A Vote for the Euro!—or Maybe Not … The Alabama syndrome.