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14.04.2021

Initiative Against Authoritarianism in Greece

Initiative Against Authoritarianism in Greece

We are migrants from Greece. We are those who were forced to leave our country or cannot return, because of the financial crisis brought upon us by the memoranda agreements. The political developments in Greece and the intensifying state and police authoritarianism, brutality and oppression fill us with rage. The… »

30.03.2021

We support two European Citizens’ Initiatives: Basic Income and No Profit on Pandemic

We support two European Citizens’ Initiatives: Basic Income and No Profit on Pandemic

The European Commission has several technocratic ways of consulting with EU citizens. It also has several ways, again technocratically, to apply pressure to have certain issues (which citizens believe are not being adequately acted upon) discussed and on which a position should be taken. In a second context, during this… »

25.03.2021

Women who Build the Future: Alexia Tsouni

Women who Build the Future: Alexia Tsouni

Started on March 8, International Women’s Day, Pressenza is publishing a series of video interviews entitled “Women who build the future, Towards a nonviolent culture ”. In this interview Marianella Kloka speaks with Alexia Tsouni from Greece. Alexia is an activist in the field of disarmament, feminism and… »

17.03.2021

International arms transfers level off after years of sharp growth; Middle Eastern arms imports grow most, says SIPRI

International arms transfers level off after years of sharp growth; Middle Eastern arms imports grow most, says SIPRI

International transfers of major arms stayed at the same level between 2011–15 and 2016–20. Substantial increases in transfers by three of the top five arms exporters—the USA, France and Germany—were largely offset by declining Russian and Chinese arms exports. Middle Eastern arms imports grew by 25 per cent… »

14.03.2021

The Athens Bar Association condemns the instances of police violence – demands speedy accountability

The Athens Bar Association condemns the instances of police violence – demands speedy accountability

The Athens Bar Association expresses its strong disgust for the instances of exceeding the legal boundaries of police violence against citizens, among them lawyers, that we witnessed in the center of Athens (on 6 March 2021) and in Nea Smyrni (on 7 March 2021). The above events, which were connected… »

11.03.2021

Vaccines: European Citizens’ Initiative for lifting patents reaches first 100.000 threshold

Vaccines: European Citizens’ Initiative for lifting patents reaches first 100.000 threshold

The European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Right to Cure’, a coalition of over 200 European civil society organizations from 14 European countries, reached a first threshold of 100.000 signatures today. The aim of the initiative is to push a legislative proposal to urge the European Commission to make  vaccine producers like… »

05.03.2021

Bregman – Harari on Today’s Challenges

Bregman – Harari on Today’s Challenges

These are two of the brightest minds of our time in life. Both historians, with a particularly optimistic but also subversive perspective, have written books that became best-sellers overnight and are translated into many languages. The Dutch Rutger Bregman and the Israeli Yuval Noah Harari were guests of the Victor… »

04.02.2021

Thousands of Students Demonstrate Against the Education Bill

Thousands of Students Demonstrate Against the Education Bill

Text/photos: Chrysoula Patsou There was a strong presence, thousands of students in more than ten cities in Greece in response to the tremendous changes which are coming to universities and to secondary education – with a change in the rules of admission, a drastic reduction of admissions, and university police… »

23.01.2021

URBANA: The Public Spaces of Athens from a Gender Perspective

URBANA: The Public Spaces of Athens from a Gender Perspective

     “Together, although far apart, we decided to analyze the neighbourhoods we found ourselves in during the new quarantine from the perspective of gender and inclusion, using the tools and  methods of feminist urban planning we became familiar with during the workshops.” The programme, “The Public Spaces of Athens… »

11.01.2021

Assange Remains in Prison in Spite of the Decision Not to Extradite Him

Assange Remains in Prison in Spite of the Decision Not to Extradite Him

The decision not to release Julian Assange from prison on bail or on house arrest was taken today by the British court, on the grounds that he is a flight risk and that he should stay in prison until the USA had the possibility to appeal the decision not to extradite him… »

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