17 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #8: Shahzad Luqman zindabad!

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Dispatch from Athens #8: Shahzad Luqman zindabad! A joyful gathering in Athens. Warm and funny. Also insightful and serious about the political developments we had met to discuss and organise around. A few hours raced by. Then the awful, heartbreaking news. It was two years ago today that two supporters of the fascist, criminal conspiracy […]

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17 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #7: The strategic question is posed

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Nearly 600 Finance Ministry cleaners who lost their jobs when made redundant, have led a sustained protest for reinstatement. The almost 16 month campaign has included a tent city directly outside the ministry office in central Athens, and has been maintained 24 hours a day since last May.

The strategic question is posed, whether the Left asks it or not On the eve of the last campaigning weekend before the historic Greek general election you would be forgiven for thinking that the public mood must be febrile to the point of convulsion. A friend from Beirut PMed me to ask, “It must be […]

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14 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #6: Know them by their infomercials

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By their infomercials, ye shall know them There is state funding of political parties in Greece, with public funds apportioned according to the share of vote at the previous general election. There are also, as in the US, political adverts on commercial television. That’s in addition to the legal requirement on channels to carry the […]

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13 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #5: Bread, education, freedom…and roses

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Bread, education, freedom…and roses too The impotence of the old political order in Athens found perfect expression this week in an eccentric intervention by the centre-left mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kaminis. The decline of other social democratic figures more firmly associated with the parties of disrepute has made him a fairly prominent figure. So was […]

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11 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #3: Fear meets a movement of hope

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Headline of To Vima: ‘The chance for the Left’

When fear meets a movement of hope The Sunday papers still matter in Greece. More so, in fact, than before the crisis. A vicious circle of declining readerships, falling advertising revenue and disinvestment in journalism has left the daily papers as poorly produced and read as they are paginated. The once world-class Eleftherotypia has bitten […]

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10 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #2: The Right cornered, but fighting

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Greece’s national-chauvinist prime minister Antonis Samaras

The Right: cornered, but fighting for its life There are a lot of significant elections in Europe this year — including Britain’s general election in May. Tomorrow’s “Republican march” of national unity in Paris has morphed into a display of “European solidarity” — or, spelling it out more accurately, of solidarity between European political leaders facing angry […]

09 Jan

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Dispatch from Athens #1: Rules of the game

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Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras

Athens 2015 – the party is not over Greece has been the European country hardest hit by the global crisis unleashed following the financial crash of 2008. It is also the Eurozone state upon which the most devastating austerity measures have been imposed by the troika of the European Union, the European Central Bank and […]

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09 Jan

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Left Flank exclusive: Daily reports on Greece’s election

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In a imaginative venture of practical solidarity Philosophy Football are funding Left Flank’s KEVIN OVENDEN to go to Greece and report on Syriza’s campaign exclusively for us in Australia — alongside other radical media outlets in the USA and Great Britain. Here Kevin explains the significance of the 25.01.2014 General Election. For the first time in more […]

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02 Jan

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Understanding Podemos (3/3): ‘Commonsense’ policy

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Anti-eviction activists occupy Madrid bank branch in early 2013

This is the third part of Left Flank’s series exploring the rise of Podemos. [i] The first part looked at how the new organisations drew on the inspiration and power of the 15-M (“Indignados”) movement. The second part critically examined the Podemos leadership’s deployment of radical populist strategy. In the third part Luke Stobart examines […]