Author Archives: Dallas DeForest

Peak Varoufakis?

I had the chance to read the New Yorker’s profile of Yanis Varoufakis yesterday on a plane ride back from Minnesota. Well, what to say? It didn’t necessarily tell me anything new – I’ve followed the crisis closely, esp. these last … Continue reading

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Markos Vamvakaris, Μη με Πεισματωνεις

There’s more than enough depressing news available – seemingly everywhere – about Greece right now. There’s no need for me to add to the pile. So (if anyone still reads this thing), please enjoy this rebetika instrumental. Markos Vamvakaris, Mh … Continue reading

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The Agony of Greece

In six charts (at the Economist). Explains a lot, doesn’t it? It’s remarkable that so many Greeks still describe the Euro as a “good thing,” despite the EU’s continued insistence upon failed policies. Then again, I’m sure lots of Greeks … Continue reading

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Iraq Reopens the Baghdad Museum

The Iraqi National Museum was reopened today, 12 years after it was looted in the wake of the U.S. invasion. Today’s opening came as a response to ISIS’s destruction of antiquities in the Mosul Museum, many of which were priceless Assyrian … Continue reading

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What Greece Needs

An article in the NYT today focuses on Greece’s microeconomic needs, rather than the macro needs that are more often stressed in the media. The author points to three central factors: regulation, fear, and size. The first refers to the notorious … Continue reading

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Μες’ το Βαθυ Σκοταδι – Ροζα Εσκεναζυ

Good tune…..

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Syria’s Monuments Men

The civil war in Syria has unleashed looting on an epic scale there, and the rise of ISIS has only made the situation worse (and extended it to northern Iraq). After oil, looted antiquities are now the largest source of … Continue reading

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