Posted: April 15, 2013 Filed under: Politics, Society | Tags: Douzinas, Legal Philosophy, Resistance
The Political Science and Sociology MA Programme in collaboration with Nissos Publications and Alexandria Publications co-organise the
Event “The Political and Legal Philosophy of Resistance” on Monday 15th of April 2013
School of Law, Sina 3, Amphitheatre 1, Level 1, 19.00
inspired by Prof Costas Douzinas‘ Oeuvre ( Professor of Philosophy of Law, School of Law, Birkbeck College, London)
and Prof Costas Douzinas Books in particular:
Philosophy and Resistance in the Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe. (2011, Alexandria Publications)
Radical Politics and Legal Philosophy (2012, Nissos Publications)
Athina Athanasiou, Panteion University
Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck College, London
Nikos Konstantopoulos, ex President of Synaspismos
Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, Lawyer
Konstantinos Tsoukalas, Emeritus Professor, University of Athens
Anastasia Christodoulopoulou, Lawyer
Costas Chrysogonos, Aristotle University Thessaloniki
Moderator, Gerasimos Kouzelis, Athens University
Posted: November 25, 2012 Filed under: EU, Politics | Tags: Crisis, Resistance, Southern Europe
Event Date: 22 November 2012
Clore Management Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Torrington Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX
Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities present:
The Southern Europe Crisis and Resistances
Academics from Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain will discuss the economic, political and humanitarian crisis austerity has created in South Europe. But PIGS can fly. The widespread protests of 2011 have started again in Spain, Portugal and Italy while in Greece the new austerity has brought the government close to collapse. Is austerity or resistance the future of Europe?
Luis Trindade – Chair (Birkbeck).
Andrea Fumagalli (University of Pavia, Italy)
Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Coimbra University, Birkbeck Leverhulme Fellow)
Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck)
Juan Carlos Monedero (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Maria Margaronis (journalist for The Nation & The Guardian)
Posted: March 24, 2012 Filed under: Politics | Tags: austerity, Coalition, Resistance, solidarity
Originally posted at CoalitionResistance.org.uk March 23, 2012 by Tansy Hoskins
Tansy Hoskins reports on her experiences on the trade union solidarity delegation to Greece organised by the Coalition of Resistance and the People’s Charter.
Greek pensioners protest for translation of their placards visit Craig Wherlock’s Flickr page
Athens is a city of lit fuses. Graffiti covers buildings, pavements and statues like an angry rash. Burnt out and boarded up buildings are dotted around the city. Tension is palpable as people await the next demonstration, the next riot and the elections in April.
However, the crisis in Greece has gone beyond something that an election or a riot can resolve. It runs deeper than the question of who should sit in parliament, of how the debt should be paid off, or if it should be repaid at all. The crisis is now about the very fabric of society, of who should have control and for whose benefit society is run.
The 45,000 homeless people in Athens – many of whom spent a frozen winter sleeping in caves – are testimony to the total failure of capitalism to provide a decent standard of living. The loss of healthcare and unaffordable food prices means people are literally struggling to stay alive.
At the same time Athens still has its luxury shops, hotels and restaurants. There are multi-national corporations feasting on whatever the parliament decides to add to its corrupt garage sale of national assets. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 8, 2011 Filed under: Activism, EU | Tags: Resistance
By Dafni Sfetsa – Greek Left Review*
One could not quite figure out where to start regarding previous week’s events. Rapid political developments occured leading to the so-called ‘national salvation’ government also described as a ‘coalition of the memorandum defenders’ or even a ‘democratic deviation’, pick and choose. What’s for sure is that a new historical period started when the two leaders of the so-called major parties that have been governing Greece for the last 37 years (!) signed the Agreement on Government Cooperation together with Greek President of Democracy.
How relieved must Greek citizens now feel? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 27, 2011 Filed under: EU, Politics, Society | Tags: IMF, Resistance
The usurious conditions of the Greek bailout reveals Brussels’ colonial mindset – but Athens is showing citizens can resist
- Costas Douzinas and Petros Papaconstantinou
Parliament and the people … Protesters in Athens’ Syntagma Square, June 2011. Photograph: News Pictures/Rex Features
After months of attacks on the supposedly feckless Greeks, the western media, intellectuals such Amartya Sen and Jürgen Habermas and theUnited Nations have finally woken up to the fact that the catastrophic austerity imposed on Greece is unsustainable. It was about time. This is an unprecedented and morally odious type of collective punishment imposed on a majority of Greeks, who did not see a penny from the profligacy of their rulers and who live close to the poverty line.
The partial acknowledgment of the injustice and unworkability of the austerity measures came only after popular resistance and the peaceful revolt of the indignant scored its first major victory for the anti-austerity and pro-democracy campaign. Syntagma has placed a clear sell-by date on George Papandreou and the elites that ruled Greece for 37 years. The vote of confidence for the reshuffled government bought a limited amount of time, deferring its inevitable collapse. Offering to resign on Wednesday morning and, when his offer was turned down, offering the de facto leadership of the party and government to Evangelos Venizelos, his bitter party enemy, in the evening, Papandreou is a “dead man walking”. While most commentators believe the virtually bankrupt country must default and negotiate a substantial reduction of debt, the government keeps insisting that it will repay every last penny.
Syntagma has become Tahrir Square in slow motion. It is a peaceful, democratic revolt that was easier to start because the fear of brutal repression is smaller, but will be harder to complete as it faces the enormous might of the European Union and global finance capital. Now that the indignant have changed the rules of the political game, it is perhaps time to revisit some basic facts that have been seriously misrepresented. Read the rest of this entry »