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Free speech takes a beating in Greece

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Against a backdrop of heavy austerity measures in Greece, free speech and the right to protest are being both challenged and undermined. The policies are the result of agreements between the government and the so-called troika, made up of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund…

Tough Times For Greek Journalists

Press freedom has collapsed in Greece along with its economy – the country is now ranked lower than Kuwait. Apostolis Fotiadis spoke with reporters in Athens who have been harassed and threatened Working in Greece should be every dirt-digging journalist’s…

Threats to democracy in Greece

The crisis in Greece is posing serious threats to democracy and human rights (Report, 15 March). We are particularly concerned about the rise of fascism and racism. The government continues to tolerate the violence and hate speech of the neo-Nazi…

Syrians Find No Refuge in Greece

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LESVOS, Greece—On this Aegean island’s shores, Syria’s refugee crisis is crashing up against Greece’s migrant-policy mess. Mohamed Simo, a 28-year-old Web designer from Aleppo, Syria, wanted to avoid the limbo of refugee camps of Turkey and Jordan, so he paid…

SYRIZA – London: Public talk by Alexis Tsipras

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Comrades and friends, Europe is on edge. Two worlds collide.On one side stand the productive forces of democracy, the people fighting to create a society of justice, equality and freedom.  On the other side, a neoliberal biopolitical project unfolds. Its…

Officials Turn Blind Eye to Abuse of Asylum Seekers

This is the first of a two-part series on European funding enabling anti-migration operations in Greece.                                                                                                                                          ATHENS, Mar 16 2013 (IPS) – Faraj Alhamauun, a Syrian national now residing in Istanbul, was detained while crossing Greece, in the hopes of…