“They learn to live with loss, but never give up”

The work of Doctors Without Borders is internationally acknowledged for the remedying impact it brings to hundreds of thousands of people who suffer due to natural disasters or armed conflict. However, the stories behind the organisation's volunteers have received less attention than they appear to deserve. People who volunteer to join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières... Continue Reading →

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Erdogan “gambles” in Iraq

No more than a few weeks passed after the downing of the Russian Su-24 at the Turkish-Syrian border and the Turks have shifted their attention east.  Ankara's move to send a notable military force of 400 men of the 3rd Siirt Brigade, along with 25 M60A3 tanks and artillery to the Bashiqa camp - a... Continue Reading →

Lisbon’s impasse

Portugal is the second country after Greece to see the emergence of a so called "government of the Left", made up of anti-bailout forces, challenging the austerity recipe dictated by the EU and the other creditors. For several weeks following the national elections of October 4th, Lisbon had been in political turmoil, that was more or... Continue Reading →

Questing for hope

One would think that the refugees' predicament ends when they finally manage to reach the Greek shores safe and sound. Wrong. As Vassilis Tsartsanis explains - one of the locals helping and witnessing the situation in northern Greece - the refugees often experience the cruel behaviour of other countries' authorities or even become victims of criminal... Continue Reading →

Broken promises break resistance

When the Executive Board of the IMF decided in May 2010 to participate in the Greek bailout programme, there were major misgivings. Many members of the Board feared that the programme would boil down to a great bank bailout which would do nothing to help Greece. These concerns were allayed in part by false promises... Continue Reading →

One village, a single resident

Ms Smaragda Papastylianou is the sole resident of the historic Byzantine-era village Anavatos, in Chios island, known also as the "Mystras of the Aegean". I met her during a trip there, hearing the locals speaking about the 72 year-old "guardian angel" of Anavatos. I found her enjoying her coffee at a cosy little tavern; I introduced... Continue Reading →

“You know nothing”…

Interview with independent MEP, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan. "You know nothing", was the phrase Mr Flanagan used to lambaste a German MEP, Mr Reul, when the latter attempted to praise Ireland's progress with regard to its reform programme, during a May 21st plenary session at the European Parliament. The Irish politician has always spoken bluntly about... Continue Reading →

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