Impressions and Reflections from Athens

Less than a week ago, I looked on as people in Athens’ Syntagma Square danced and proudly waved Greek flags in jubilation after voting no to Europe-imposed austerity. Polls confirmed that their side prevailed overwhelmingly nationwide in the historic referendum on whether Greeks should accept the most recent memorandum proposed by the European leadership. A … Continue reading Impressions and Reflections from Athens

26th and Cali and beyond: A look at Chicago violence and the young people caught in its midst

I spent two days last week at a historic Chicago location where many people hope they never will have to go. Fortunes are decided at this place, and its neighboring building is a stark reminder to many who come here of one possible outcome of these determinations. That place is the Cook County Courthouse on … Continue reading 26th and Cali and beyond: A look at Chicago violence and the young people caught in its midst

IMIA AUTHOR: TURKEY STILL “UNPREDICTABLE AND DANGEROUS”

From my post on the Hellenic American Leadership Council Blog: Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Imia crisis, a showdown between Greece and Turkey over a couple small islets in the Aegean that brought the two countries to the brink of war.  Though armed conflict was ultimately averted, the crisis set the tone for … Continue reading IMIA AUTHOR: TURKEY STILL “UNPREDICTABLE AND DANGEROUS”

Don’t Shoot Hermes: A Conversation with a Greek Journalist

"Violence is not something that concerns only journalists; it exists on a more general level." In part one of this series focusing on the state of media freedom in Greece, I speak with Mathaios Papoikonomou-Sideris,  an international news editor at newsbeast.gr, a Greek news web site. I met Mathaios in France through a mutual friend, … Continue reading Don’t Shoot Hermes: A Conversation with a Greek Journalist

Don’t Shoot Hermes – A series on the state of media freedom in Greece

In light of recent attacks targeting Greek journalists and from speaking to journalists in Greece about the state of media freedom within the country, I will be starting a series of posts addressing the issue of media freedom in Greece. I find it terribly ironic that a country that takes pride in its creating democracy … Continue reading Don’t Shoot Hermes – A series on the state of media freedom in Greece

Turks and Kurds: How to Curtail Ongoing Violence?

The Kurds have been in the news recently, with peace negotiations between Abdullah Ocalan, the Kurdistan Worker's Party's (PKK) jailed leader, and the Turkish government supposedly in the works. Following a very public funeral with thousands of guests for the three Kurdish activists who were shot in Paris, people on both sides are pointing suspicious … Continue reading Turks and Kurds: How to Curtail Ongoing Violence?