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SARCHA launches an open call for DEMOS
An ideas only competition open to architects and non architects alike to
imaging/design/describe the connection of the Athens Town Hall
with the adjacent Kotzia square in ways that
bring forth the transformative power of city inhabitants and enhance their involvement in city matters and self- government.
Experiment with the potential of reassembling the city ‘in common’
Draft your proposal in just one A3 form and e-mail it at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday June 24, 2013DEADLINE
See details at www.demos.sarcha.gr
All submissions will be presented and discussed in a three hours event in London in the context of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA2013) at the end of June. http://www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/
Please forward this call to those that might be interested to participate
Last week another installment of the cruel theatre of the absurd, also known as the ‘Greek Rescue’ (and more recently re-released as ‘Greece’s success story’), was delivered silently: Not for the first time, the bankrupt Greek state borrowed from one arm of the Eurozone to give to another, with massive interest to boot. To be precise, the Greek government borrowed €4.2 billion from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in order to repay the… European Central Bank (ECB) €5.6 billion, leaving the ECB with a profit of €2 billion plus from this hideous transaction.
Written on the Guardian website today, by the philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek. Discussing how the worst is yet to come for the everyday Cypriot, and how the agreed payback to the EU will not be possible. Pointing out what is becoming more obvious to those effected by the bank bailouts, that the banking system is not working and needs a whole new/old approach for it to be able to deal with the banking crises.
“This is why the solution is not just more regulation to prevent money laundering and so on, but a radical change in the entire banking system – to say the unsayable, some kind of socialisation of the banks. The lesson of the worldwide crashes after 2008 is clear: the whole network of financial funds and transactions, from individual deposits and retirement funds to the functioning of all kinds of derivatives, will have to be somehow put under social control, streamlined and regulated. This may sound utopian, but the true utopia is the notion that we can somehow survive with only cosmetic changes.” Slavoj Žižek
Beginning this coming Sunday 12th May, and lasting all of next week, the 6th Subversive Festival will be held in Zagreb. This year's general theme is: THE UTOPIA OF DEMOCRACY. Speakers will include Tariq Ali, Oliver Stone, Susan George, Franco Bifo, Alexis Tsipras, Jean Luc Melenchon, Eric O. Wright. Slavoj Zizek and... yours truly. It promises to be an exciting week - during which I shall be involved directly in three events:
Hope you have a great day today and don’t forget, just 10 days to go to the London Radical Bookfair – do spread the word. There’s a now hopefully complete line-up of stall holders and guest speakers to be found here: http://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/stalls-guest-speakers/
The International Migration Institute (IMI) are currently seeking to recruit an enthusiastic Research Officer to work on a major research project on “The determinants of international migration: A theoretical and empirical assessment of policy, origin and destination effects” (DEMIG). The deadline for applications is 12 noon UK time on Wednesday 15 May 2013.
The full details of the position and how to apply can be found on the IMI vacancies page or directly through the University of Oxford recruitment site.
Please pass this on to your contact lists and anybody you feel might be interested in applying for this position.
Personal website: www.heindehaas.com
Infowar – Greece | Thursday, April 18, 2013 published at Eurotopics.net
In the Greek town of Nea Manolada, three foremen shot at illegally employed migrant strawberry pickers when they demanded their wages for the last six months. More than 30 workers – most of them Bangladeshis – were wounded in the shooting. The leftist news portal Infowar.gr writes that modern slavery is an open secret in Greece, from which all society benefits: “Everyone knew what has been going on in Nea Manolada since the mid 90s. Because Manolada stands not only for the crisis, but also for the ‘strong Greece’ of the stock market, the Olympic Games and the government model of Kostas Simitis and Kostas Karamanlis. The migrant slavery represented what was possibly the strongest force of the bubble-economy that hid for years behind the ‘strong euro’. … Everyone knew about it, from the prime minister right down to the graveyard shift at the local police station. Entire villages woke up in the morning to send slaves from Bangladesh and Pakistan to work in their fields.”
The Crash of 2008 has infused our societies with enormous scepticism on the role of the authorities, both government and Central Banks. It is quite natural that many dream of a currency that politicians, bankers and central bankers cannot manipulate; a currency of the people by the people for the people. Bitcoin has emerged as the great white hope of something of the sort.
Greek Banksters in Action: On the latest twist in the story of mafia-style terror spreading through the Greek polityPosted: April 19, 2013
Last November I posted a piece entitled A Small Victory for Press Freedom in Greece’s Struggle against Cleptocracy. That story concerned the courageous decision of Kostas Vaxevanis, one of Greece’s few, valiant investigative reporters, to publish the so-called Lagarde List; the list of Swiss bank account holders that Greece’s political class did its utmost to keep hidden, to pretend that either it never existed or that it had been ‘misplaced’.