The Screen New Deal

SOURCE: Avgi (Greek) A few months ago the Green New Deal was the new central and highly urgent demand on the political agenda, with the consequences of climate change expanding in tension and environmental costs. MODUS OPERANDI… …a column on the way things are operating Dora Kotsaka A few months ago the Green New Deal was the new central and highly urgent demand on the political agenda, with the consequences of climate change expanding in tension and environmental costs. It had concentrated very broad political alliances, it had been documented scientifically and elaborated in public relations terms to a level where as a demand it was considered “politically mature”. A great amount of public funding is required for a Green New Deal and for that reason it is a political gamble that meets with intense reactions – particularly in countries like the USA where a broad section of the population is sceptical of the very existence of climate change. The state coffers are limited in their capacity and the all-powerful corporate and other lobbies throw all their resources into the arena for the sake of diverting the flow of public monies towards reinforcement of their own vested interests. After the … Continue reading

Behavioral Re-Education Camps — School District Produces Video of What a Return to School Looks Like

SOURCE: The debate about opening schools in the fall is heating up, and sadly, it has already become a partisan issue. Liberals have taken the stance that it is not safe to re-open schools, while blasting conservatives who seem to really want schools to reopen. Whatever side you’re on in this conversation, if schools do re-open, kids will be subjected to an insane regimen of new distancing and safety measures. In fact, it won’t look like school much at all, but more like a behavioral re-education camp. Fullerton School District near Anaheim California recently produced a promotional video for parents, demonstrating what the ‘new normal’ will look like for school kids. And while this is, of course, just one school district, still images from the production offer a fair glimpse of what it would take to reopen schools during a pandemic. FULL ARTICLE … Continue reading

Το κουσούρι του τοπικισμού για το 1821- η περίπτωση της Αίγινας

του Γιωργου Κυριακού “Τι έχουμε να πούμε σχετικά με το επόμενο άρθρο του Αιγινίτη Γιώργου Κυριάκου; Στο παρελθόν υποστήριζα τις αξιώσεις της Αίγινας για αναγνώριση, ειδικά ως τόπος της ορκωμοσίας του Καποδίστρια στις 26 Ιανουαρίου 1828 και δημιουργίας του νέου Ελληνικού κράτους. Η ημερομηνία της 26ης Ιανουαρίου τυχαίνει να συμπίπτει με την ημερομηνία της επίμαχης εθνικής εορτής της Αυστραλίας και σαν κάποιος που γεννήθηκε στην Αυστραλία εντυπωσιάστηκα από αυτή τη σύμπτωση. Στην πραγματικότητα αποτέλεσε επίσης την έμπνευση για μια εκδήλωση στην Αθήνα στις 26 Ιανουαρίου 2019 προς τιμή του Julian Assange. Αλλά η άποψη του Γιώργου Κυριάκου, την οποία υποστηρίζει ο ιστορικός Παναγιώτης Πασπαλιάρης (όντως Ναυπλιώτης αλλά και ιστορικός με σεβασμό προς τις πραγματικότητες), έχει κερδίσει την αλληλεγγυή μου, ιδιαίτερα δεδομένης της κοινής υποστήριξής της από ανθρώπους με πολύ διαφορετική πολιτική τοποθέτηση όπως ο Κυριάκου και ο Πασπαλιάρης.” Γ.Χ. Στις 11 Μαΐου κατόπιν τηλεδιάσκεψης του Δημοτικού Συμβουλίου «προτάθηκαν τα μέλη που θα συγκροτήσουν την Συντονιστική Επιτροπή του Δήμου Αίγινας, για την συμμετοχή της Αίγινας στον εορτασμό των διακοσίων χρόνων από την Ελληνική Επανάσταση του 1821»(1). Η απόφαση ήταν ομόφωνη και η οποία ενέκρινε και τα μέλη της επιτροπής. Ήδη όμως από τον Ιανουάριο είχε τεθεί «το ζήτημα του συντονισμού των … Continue reading

The blight of localism over 1821 – the case of Aegina

by George Kyriakou What do we say to the following article by George Kyriakou in Aegina? (my translation) In the past I have supported Aegina’s claims to recognition, specifically as the site of the swearing-in of Capodistrias on 26th January 1828 and the creation of the modern Greek state. The date of 26th January corresponds to the date of Australia’s controversial national day and as someone born in Australia I was impressed by this coincidence. In fact it was even the inspiration for a function in Athens on 26th January 2019 in honour of Julian Assange. But George Kyriakou’s perspective, which is supported by the historian Panagiotis Paspaliaris (admittedly a Naupliot but also a person with a respect for historical fact) has won my consent, particularly given its joint support from people with such different politics as Kyriakou and Paspaliaris. W.H. On 11th May 2020 at an online meeting of Aegina’s Municipal Council an announcement was issued nominating the membership of the Municipality of Aegina’s Co-ordinating Committee for participating in the celebration of the bicentenary of Greece’s 1821 Revolution. (1). The decision was unanimous and approved by the members of the Committee. But as early as January “the question of … Continue reading

Dr. Katrin Korb on COVID-19

German Medical Doctor Katrin Korb – Speech /Transcript May 2020 Dear fellow citizens, I’m thankful for being able to stand here today. My name is Katrin Korb, I have 3 children and I’m a doctor here in Oldenburg. I’m standing here because I fell the responsibility for the health of my parents, my children and myself. I stand here because I am furious about the attempts to get more control over the people, by attacking them with fear. I am not sure what happens exactly, though I’m sure it has to do with money and power. Firstly, I recognize this principle. It’s the principle of our health-care system! A system which unfortunately is guilty of spreading fear in order to earn money. This fear is on both our sides, my side as a doctor, but also my patients. There are guidelines I have to follow, guidelines for various health problems. But who is writing these guidelines? I will give you an example: There is a European guideline for heart diseases. There are 25 different authors who draft these guidelines, 19 of which are funded by the pharmaceutical industry. They call it an ‘advisory fee’. The guidelines state that I must … Continue reading