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Reforming police in Greece

This article describes police reforms being enacted by the new Syriza government in Greece, as well as obstacles and challenges being faced. The agenda of more democratic and less militaristic policing is popular but resistance by entrenched political and economic interests is a continuing threat.

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Wherever I lay my mat

I’m away from home for a while, travelling in Greece with my husband for his work and my pleasure. I packed up my yoga mat and my travel zafu and hoped that I was all ready to take my practice on the road. 306 more words

Home Practice

Coffee, Tea and Philosophy

Yesterday evening my philosophy class took on a different setting. We took a van to a neighborhood outside of center of Athens, a neighborhood home to what is believed to be Plato’s Academy. 68 more words

The Nation: Turning the European Debt Myth Upside Down

“Industrious” Germany and “lazy” Greece: when ants gamble, grasshoppers pay

While lots of empathy has been expended on the plight of people in Greece and Spain, most of us did not fully dismiss the narrative of PIGS’ profligacy and laziness versus the industrious and disciplined core EU. 434 more words

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Η Ελλάδα εκπροσωπείται από την Μαρία Έλενα Κυριάκου και το τραγούδι One last breath

Η Ελλάδα στέλνει για πολλοστή φορά ερμηνευτή με καταγωγή από άλλη χώρα για να την εκπροσωπήσει. Φέτος στέλνει την Κυπραία Μαρία Έλενα Κυριάκου με την μπαλάντα One last breath. Πρόκειται για μια αδιάφορη μπαλάντα, η οποία χάνει ακόμη πιο πολλούς πόντους στο τελευταίο λεπτό που θυμίζει πολύ έντονα την μπαλάντα της περσινής νικήτριας. Στη Eurovision ποτέ δεν πηγαίνουν καλά τραγούδια που μιμούνται ή θυμίζουν είτε συνθετικά είτε ενορχηστρωτικά παρελθοντικές συμμετοχές. Αν καταφέρει να περάσει Τελικό -πράγμα αμφίβολο, αλλά, όχι ακατόρθωτο- οι πιο πιθανές θέσεις κατάταξης στον Τελικό θα είναι οι θέσεις 14-24.

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UPDATE: Greece selection to Eurovision 2015 is...

Tonight Greece selected their representative for Vienna at Eurovision 2015 and the winner was Maria-Eleni Kyriakou and “One Last Breath” which was the only ballad in the Final Five.   85 more words

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2015 Greek Finalists for Eurovision

Here are the five finalist to represent Greece in Austria. Which one is your favorite and which song do you think will win?

After listening to all five songs, my personal rankings are, coincidentally, the way the songs are presented in the video. 16 more words

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