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25.05.2021

Dimitris Papadimoulis: World’s Poorest Unvaccinated Can Pose Global Reinfection Threat

Dimitris Papadimoulis: World’s Poorest Unvaccinated Can Pose Global Reinfection Threat

In the context of a series of interviews for Pressenza agency with MEPs from the European parties who vote in the European Parliament for the abolition of patents for vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics related to the pandemic, we discuss with Dimitris Papirodimoulis, member of the Euro-left group [GUE / NGL]… »

14.05.2021

Freedom of the Press 2021: Greece in 70th Place in the World

Freedom of the Press 2021: Greece in 70th Place in the World

The  World Press Freedom Index 2021  published by Reporters without Borders (RSF) shows that journalism, “the basic vaccine against misinformation”, is being blocked completely or in part in 73% of the 180 countries which the organization monitors. This year’s Index, which annually assesses the state of press… »

07.05.2021

Designing pharmaceuticals for people – not for profit [video]

Designing pharmaceuticals for people – not for profit [video]

The production of medicines and vaccines as well as the massive public investments in underlying research is largely left in the hands of a profit-seeking private sector, despite the vital importance of public health, Why do covid-19 vaccines belong to private pharmaceutical companies, and not the people? Els Torreele, a… »

23.04.2021

The WWF addresses (Greek) Members of Parliament concerning the National Recovery Plan

The WWF addresses (Greek) Members of Parliament concerning the National Recovery Plan

By means of a detailed presentation to the parliamentarians, the environmental organization WWF Hellas raises a number of serious issues concerning the National Recovery & Resilience Plan which are important to be raised during the relevant discussion. On the process, WWF Greece points out a serious lack of transparency and… »

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… »

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