News and Notes

One family’s experience with the Greek depression.

Greek entries in the Berlin film festival focus on the cultural, psychological, and interpersonal effects of the crisis.

On migration, detention, the broken Greek asylum system and one man’s life within this environment. In the last 12 months, Mohamed Lamhoud lived through a mass racist attack in Patras, was swept up during the Xenios Zeus raids and held in detention for 3 months in Corinth, took part in a hunger strike in the detention center, and finally managed to lodge an asylum application.

NPR reviews the media landscape in Greece. Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs, numerous publications have shut down, and the media now lack credibility. In the main, though (as this story notes), most newspapers are owned and operated by Greece’s oligarchs (construction moguls, financial elites, etc.), who maintain close relationships with the political class. As a result, critical journalism is rare–anything investigative, e.g.–and most publications offer little more than propaganda rather than analysis.  This has been done to date to secure state favors–construction contracts, preferential treatment, etc. But new online initiatives look to shake up this moribund framework and inject better journalism into Greece’s public dialogue. One example is The Press Project (in Greek), which seeks to offer analysis and social commentary from an independent perspective.

Wondering what’s Greece’s exiled monarchs are up to? Take a look.

Only 3.6 million out of 11 are working in Greece. Of these, some 1.6 are in the private sector (down from 2.5 in 2010), though only 600,000 of them now receive regular, full time pay. The rest have seen their hours cut, or get paid months late.

On the responses of Nea Demokratia and PASOK to Golden Dawn’s parliamentary presence and tactics.

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