Thursday 02nd July 2020
x-pressed | an open journal

Articles translated by Anna Papoutsi

“Democracy” in the time of… austerity

eles
“Democracy” in the time of… austerity

I have spent many hours arguing to friends and comrades why I do not believe that we are governed by a “junta”, because these comparisons do more harm than good; because the situation is disappointing but it is not a “junta”. The truth is that lately I am less and less willing to do that. [...]

November 4, 2012 Author: Stratis Mpournazos

Lives out in the streets

eselpt-pt
Lives out in the streets

They live under bridges, in abandoned cars, in passageways, in building entrances; they are part of the image of Athens that depresses us, angers us, infuriates us. Giorgos and Leon –talking to www.in.gr– consider themselves slightly more privileged than the other homeless, as they are put up in the guesthouse “Klimaka”. They are ordinary people, [...]

October 30, 2012 Author: Kiki Margarity

Plebs in London

eles
Plebs in London

Andrew Mitchell was, until September the 4th, a member of the government, the most classist cabinet Britain has seen since the beginning of the 90s. The Minister for International Development passed by bike in front of the police guards of the Ministry, to whose polite request for an ID, he yelled amiss and multiple times [...]

October 28, 2012 Author: Thodoris Rakopoulos

Defending the right to publish

esel
Defending the right to publish

I had just finished the below article when I found out about the arrest warrant against Kostas Vaxevanis, the publisher of Hot Doc magazine. This move is so offensive to the freedom of the press that the only thing I would change is the characterisations. In lay terms, I would start the slam about the [...]

October 27, 2012 Author: Yannis Boyopoulos

Merkel in Athens

elesfr
Merkel in Athens

In spite of the prohibitions and the Draconian security measures (7,000 police officers in service and “prohibition of gatherings of more than 3 people” in a large part of the centre until 22:00 o’clock) announced for the day of Merkel’s visit to Athens, tens of thousands of people managed to finally get to the, inaccessible [...]

October 9, 2012 Author: Yannis Christodoulou

Stop the criminalisation of squatting

eles
Stop the criminalisation of squatting

The reactions go on in the UK against the recent legislation that is sanctioning squatting. The British government, loyal to the authoritarian path embarked upon after the riots of August 2011 and continued with the pretext of the Olympic Games security, is now targeting the homeless. Until now squatting was regarded as a purely civil [...]

September 25, 2012 Author: Dimitris Givisis

Greece’s 2012 election and the democratic dead-end

eselplpt-pt
Greece’s 2012 election and the democratic dead-end

The 24th of July 2012 signaled 38 years from the fall of the military dictatorship in Greece. Many refer to this date as the anniversary of “the restoration of democracy”. The election of last June, however, offers many reasons to doubt the quality of today’s democracy. [...]

August 3, 2012 Author: Sofia Tipaldou