Author Archives: Dallas DeForest

ΠΕΦΤΟΥΝ ΤΗΣ ΒΡΟΧΗΣ ΟΙ ΣΤΑΛΕΣ, 1947, Βασίλης Τσιτσάνης

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Greece’s Newest Political Party

Meet Popular Unity, Greece’s newest political party, which consists (at present) of 25 former Syriza MPs. P. Lafazanis is the leader of the party, and they will run on an anti-bailout platform over the next month (i.e., the old Syriza … Continue reading

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Alexis Tsipras – Master of (Calling) Elections

Well, that was fun. So, Tsipras has resigned and Greece is heading toward elections in September. As the graphic above illustrates, the third memorandum split Syriza. The far-left faction, aptly named Left Platform, remains opposed and is in the process … Continue reading

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An Old Chrysafakis Tune

Here’s a great old Chrysafakis tune (1932), Οι δυο Σερετες (Two Quibblers). The song is an exchange between a man named Yiannis and another, Vangelis. The recording was made at the workshop of Dimitris Rapakousios. In the original, Dalgas and … Continue reading

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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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