Author Archives: Dallas DeForest

Rebetika, Athens to California

Here’s a great old tune–Πέντε Χρόνια Δικασμένος (5 Years Imprisoned) by Vangelis Papazoglou (it’s also known as Genti Koule, after the infamous prison, or Η Φωνη του Αργιλε). This was recorded at the workshop of Dimitris Rapakousios and features Pavlos, … Continue reading

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Στον Πειραιά Συννέφιασε

Mitsakis, 1960. This is a very nice version from Melbourne, where rebetika is alive and well. Καλή Πρωτομαγιά! Στον Πειραιά συννέφιασε και στην Αθήνα βρέχει άλλος αγάπη έχασε κι άλλος αγάπη έχει Ανάβω το τσιγάρο μου και η βροχή το … Continue reading

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Refugees at the City Plaza Hotel

“Tucked away down a side street in the Greek capital, the previously deserted hotel was occupied by left-wing Greek activists and turned into a squat for nearly 400 refugees and migrants – half of them children – in late April. … Continue reading

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After Spring

On Thursday, my wife and I had the opportunity to see a screening of “After Spring,” a documentary about the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. The camp itself was opened in 2012 and has grown significantly since that time. Currently, … Continue reading

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The Collapse of the Greek Healthcare System

“Patients who should live are dying.” Perhaps there is no better way to summarize the effects of 7 years of unrelenting austerity than the above quote. The numbers: “Since 2009, per capita spending on public health has been cut by … Continue reading

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The inimitable luthier, Panayiotis Kafetzopoulos, now has a Facebook page, where he is posting photos and videos of his unique and beautiful instruments. I encourage you to take a look–these are really exceptional instruments. Here’s a preview, featuring a basobouzouki … Continue reading

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Trump Takes Power

A few hours ago a reprehensible man became the 45th President of the United States. This man openly mocked a disabled reporter; he claimed that John McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured in Vietnam; he … Continue reading

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