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99 Δεκέμβριος 31, 2004

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A Greek translation of G.Papandreou’s interview to OpenDemocracy.net can be found in this week’s edition of the “To Pontiki” newspaper.

98 Δεκέμβριος 31, 2004

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Ok, lets get serious for a moment; the tsunami death toll has reached the completely insane number of 125.000 and is still rising. There are many things that can be commented about the way this tragedy has been handled by the western world (and Greeks in particular). Others from the Greek point of view have done it already here, here, here, here and here. Personally I’m completely stunned by the whole story. The only thing I can say to any Greeks visiting this site is that they can help by donating money to UNICEF. Also for anyone interested the latest news about relief efforts can be found here.

97 Δεκέμβριος 30, 2004

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On a completely different note, the Benaki Museum is currently exhibiting a stunning collection of etchings from the Rembrandthuis Museum. If you are a bit arty-farty like me and enjoy this sort of thing, please don’t miss it. I must also mention that Benaki Museum is, in my opinion at least, the best museum in Greece and also has one of the most well organized conservation departments. In a parallel universe life (where I am a conservator) I would choose to work there.

96 Δεκέμβριος 29, 2004

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Fortune magazine talks about blogs used as powerful business PR tools. It also expains why MSN Spaces sucks.

95 Δεκέμβριος 26, 2004

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I asked Mr. N.Dimou about a year ago if the “Epikaira” section of his site was a Weblog. He had then answered that in his opinion it wasn’t and that his heavy time schedule would prevent him from following the format of a true weblog with frequent articles and a comments section. Off course “Epikaira” is in fact a weblog, this is something that others have noticed as well, and as a result mr. Dimou is considered a honorary member of the Greek weblogging community with several of us including his blog in our Blogroll section and occasionally commenting on his articles in our blogs. Today after mentioning this again to him he seems to have finally acknowledged it. So welcome mr. N.Dimou to the Greek Weblogging community.

94 Δεκέμβριος 26, 2004

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After the dungheap that was Oliver stone’s Alexander comes Yimou’s stunningly refreshing “House of flying daggers”. Great love story, wonderful images, unbelievable marshal arts scenes, beautiful music. Who gives a ^%$^ about Hollywood anymore 

93 Δεκέμβριος 23, 2004

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Just returned from Oliver Stone’s “Alexander the Great”. Didn’t like it. No, it wasn’t his portrayal as a bisexual that bothered me, the ancient world’s ideas about sexuality were very different from the ones we have now. It wasn’t the battles or the costumes, actually they where quite good. It wasn’t the omission of extremely important parts of history like the Gedrosian desert trail and the burning of Persepolis, I was willing to tolerate that. What I could not possibly tolerate was the performances and script. Soldiers with dreadful Irish and Scottish accents, who on earth would cast Angelina Jolie as Olympias and Val Kilmer as Philip II, and the script….it just makes you want to see them all dead!! How can I relate to the characters when they are talking such utter bollocks!!! The film might be historically accurate but the dialogs where like a cheap soap opera. I must admit I don’t share some of my fellow Greeks enthusiasm for Alexander. Despite his vision he was a bloody conqueror who killed thousands and destroyed the cultural heritage of civilizations that where in some aspects far more sophisticated than ours. I did not expect to go in the movie theatre and come out with a completly different opinion about him but I at least expected to see a descent movie of a similar quality as Gladiator, in stead I just saw the complete failure of Oliver Stone as a director.

92 Δεκέμβριος 20, 2004

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I found (via Istologion) this resent G. Papandreou interview and I couldn’t help having an underline feeling of anger and disappointment while I was reading it. It was not so much the “inaccuracies” and “omissions”, the guy is a politician after all. What disturbed me most was the terrifying lack on any real substance. Someone would argue again that it is in the nature of politicians to talk in general terms but here we have something very different. This reads more like some sort of a bad 1st year political science student essay about the “new emerging forms of democracy in the 21st century” or some similar crappy subject than the interview of the leader of Greece’s (ex)-Socialist Party.

“New dynamics”, “direct democracy”, “multiple identities”, “freedom”, and “empowerment” wrapped up all together to express feel good generalities about giving power to “the people”. Like some sort of cluetrain version of politics where everything seems revolutionary and cool but is devoid of any real social or political context. The whole thing seems to move in the same direction as Ito’s Emerging Democracy (without the internet or the blogs). It forms a worldview where people will be magically empowered and form some sort of freethinking community (meta-volk?) that will reshape the world. There won’t be any need for taking action, going to demonstrations and protests, fighting back. Notice how there is very little or even no mention of “struggle”, “fight”, “action”, “rights” or any other words with similar meaning in the interview, words so characteristic to true left politics. It is a new completely neutered version of the left, it sounds revolutionary and full of change but in reality it is completely harmless, promoting the avoidance of any conflict with the reactionary forces controlling our world. In fact it seems that neo-liberalism and libertarianism are now considered misunderstood economic and political theories from which the left must learn and adapt to. The people should sweetly blend and succumb to the current world situation without questioning or fighting its twisted nature but instead should magically “improve” it through “democratic” processes never explained. This interview contains the epitome of what G.P stands for, which is essentially the striping of politics of any kind of true mining.

This is much more dangerous than the “wooden speech” of the old stile politicians. It is not clear how many people are “buying” it, but the true left must find a good way to fight back or this is going to be the future face of politics and it is not a pretty one.

91 Δεκέμβριος 17, 2004

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From BeatBushBlog1984 is today” here is a Jacob Weisberg’s (writer of “Bushisms”) analysis of Dubya’s “Stupidity”. Mr Weisberg claims that Bush “chose” to be a stupid, ignorant bigot although he had every opportunity to become smart and knowledgeable. His most disturbing characteristic though is not his stupidity but the fact that he revels in it! He is actually proud of his ignorance, and unfortunately he is not the only one. The majority of his voters, the infamous “Red Staters” feel the same way. Personally I find this very scary because how can you reason with someone who is proud of the fact that he can’t reason? There are darker days ahead of us.