Inspired by the work of W. Eugene Smith’s work, artist Andrew Levitas presents a multifaceted project to tell the story of Minamata, a Japanese village suffering from the effects of widespread mercury poisoning caused by industrial pollution.
It may seem like a bad omen, or it could just be a coincidence: the shadow of the “Ukrainian issue,” which is expected to loom large over 2022, brings to mind memories of Greece’s adventures in January 1919 when the government of then-prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos made the reckless decision to send troops to Ukraine to fight the Bolsheviks, essentially aligning the country with western (more specifically, French) policy.
The Piraeus Bank employees’ association has been providing its members and their families with molecular (PCR) tests since September – when their retail price was 60-70 euros – at a price of 25 euros each, reaching 15,000 people.
Pedion tou Areos park to the south, the Tourkovounia hills to the east, Galatsi and Alepotrypa Hill to the north and Patission Street to the west: These form the boundaries of Kypseli, a neighborhood that was part of the countryside until Athens became the capital of Greece in 1834.
The silence cast by Monday’s snow echoed the sudden halt of the first lockdown. Nothing is more natural than snow in the winter, but this sudden interruption comes on top of a long list of other anomalies in recent years.
Last there for the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in November, I walked past Eleftherias (Freedom) Square and saw it closed off with metal barriers. I was shocked when I realized where I was.
There are two takeaways from the election of a new leader at Movement for Change. The first is that PASOK – the center-left coalition’s biggest party – is back, and the reason is not nostalgia. If that were the case, the party founder’s son would have sailed to victory.
An ambitious project to connect Greece and the Middle East, and possibly East Asia, with the installation of a large data transmission cable was discussed during Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit last week to Saudi Arabia.
As the Elliniko development on Athens’ southern coast gets on the road toward its implementation and more and more details come to light, the magnitude of this colossal endeavor is starting to become apparent.
It is true that a gloom has descended on the holiday season again this winter, with a large part of the population continuing to be wary and mindful of the virus’ effects, particularly as it seems inevitable that the Omicron variant will take over by mid-January.
Mark Mazower has systematically studied modern Greek history, hence a discussion with him amid celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution promises to be very interesting on many levels.