The bureaucratization of urban space and the need to reclaim our cities

By Yavor Tarinski

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City life, from its beginning, was all about uniting people that were not bonded by blood or clan ties. The only thing that connected them was the urban space they created and the ways of life it leads to. Continue reading “The bureaucratization of urban space and the need to reclaim our cities”

Political Organizing in the 21st Century

By Yavor Tarinski

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« Concern with the problem of organization has meaning only for people convinced that they can and must struggle together (hence, by organizing) and who do not, from the very beginning, assume their own defeat is inevitable. »

Cornelius Castoriadis Continue reading “Political Organizing in the 21st Century”

Greek authorities use COVID-19 lockdown to crack down on self-managed Vio.Me factory

By Yavor Tarinski

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While the Greek people are placed under quarantine due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Greek authorities continue their agenda against the social movements in the country. The state has found the perfect timing to conduct its new attack on the self-managed Vio.Me. factory in Thessaloniki: early this morning, accompanied by two squads of riot police, employees of the state-owned electric company have cut off the power to the factory. Continue reading “Greek authorities use COVID-19 lockdown to crack down on self-managed Vio.Me factory”

The anti-NGO discourse in Greece and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

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These days in Greece an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory has successfully infiltrated the public discourse. Officials of the right-wing New Democracy government, as well as by journalists of major media outlets, express suspicion regarding the role of NGOs in the movement of refugees.

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The Interconnectedness of Ecology and Democracy: Towards a strategy “from below”

By Yavor Tarinski

The Interconnectedness of Ecology and Democracy: Towards a strategy “from below”

[I]t is one thing to establish international treatises, national laws, and environmental ministries and agencies; it is quite another to effect the concrete changes in attitudes, practices and institutions necessary to resolve the ecological crisis.

-Dimitrios Roussopoulos[1] Continue reading “The Interconnectedness of Ecology and Democracy: Towards a strategy “from below””

Narrow Anti-Imperialism as Ideological Cover for Authoritarianism

By Yavor Tarinski

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It is absolutely necessary to rebuild an intellectual and political foundation for criticism and seeking change in the world, but metropolitan anti-imperialism is totally unfit for this job. It has absorbed subordinating imperialistic tendencies, and it is fraught with eurocentrism and void of any true democratic content.

-Yassin al-Haj Saleh[1]

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SYRIZA’s “long march through the institutions” comes to an end?

By Yavor Tarinski

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On July 7th the SYRIZA party (Coalition of the Radical Left) lost the Greek national elections to the conservative New Democracy with a bitter 8% difference, allowing the latter to form a self-reliance government (something which had not happen since the beginning of the crisis in 2008). Continue reading “SYRIZA’s “long march through the institutions” comes to an end?”