In a nutshell: the 4 main challenges Syriza faces following European & local election results

This is the first time a left-wing party claims victory in elections in Greece. Now the challenge for Syriza is to come across as a competent political force ready to hold a wider lead over its rivals. That said and based on its overall performance it needs to :

1) Narrow the political divide between the rural & urban areas by working more on local campaigning
2) Embrace a more effective communications strategy (a well known weakness), come across as more proactive instead of reactive, more aggressive instead of defensive when needed.
3) Attract voters who identify themselves with the centre of the political spectrum who back the likes of Democratic Left or The River. This topic has repeatedly sparked heated debate since any attempt for a rightward shift turns off the radicals among its electoral base who at the worst could switch to Antarsya or other left-wing parties.
4) Capitalise on Rena Dourou’s key win on the race for Attica governor, a region with the largest population posing a test for Syriza to show that it can bring results.  

Alleged anarchists give a warning message that vice activities will not be tolerated in Exarchia

March 22: it was an ordinary Saturday night in Exarchia district of Athens. People were sipping their coffee unwary, when an alleged black-clad group with arms stormed the busy main square around 22:00 shouting threats against “anyone who dares to carry on attacks on anarchists, lefties or their social centers“. It is confirmed as an act in response to the “troublecausers” who have infiltrated the area. Rumours suggesting the arms carried were identified as AK-47 and that the group abducted 1-2 (?) people remain unconfirmed.
Today, alleged anarchists uploaded a text on indymedia site claiming credit for the incident, condemning any sort of aggressive attitude against local residents and grassroots groups, adding that Exarchia -an area with a long history as a hub of radical political activism- will not be further subjected to any kind of gangs’ activities. It is also explained that they appeared as many, intimidating and armed not only for their personal safety on their way back but beacause “sadly -for those concerned- it appears the only way for them to get the message“.
In 2013 two shooting cases in Exarchia received mainstream publicity. A fatal one, on November 24 that was treated by police as an incident of “clearing accounts” and another -nonfatal- on February 23, where a 19 year old man from Albania was transferred to the hospital suffering ankle injury. Some locals have expressed concerns that such violent incidents are linked with turf-wars among gangs that have also become part of a broader plan to degrade the area.

Embros Theatre: when art meets politics in turbulent times

Written for The Occupied Times

It was November 2011 when the lights were turned on again at the Embros Theatre, a historical building in the Psirri district of Athens that remained abandoned for 5 years as the Ministry of Culture let it fall into disrepair. In an attempt to bring it back to life, a group of theatre artists and theorists known as the “Mavili Collective” coordinated a 12-day series of talks, discussions and performances that were open to the public. Scholars and artists from various disciplines were invited together to challenge the dominant market-led consensus and embrace an alternative model of collective management, introducing new forms of creative work.

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3 reasons to donate to radiobubble

Dear reader!

You may already know I am a member of radiobubble community focusing my efforts on the News section. Radiobubble has launched a crowdfunding campaign, to raise money that would help sustain all its activities. I won’t be going through on how brilliant we are or what a great cause this is for you to support. There are hundreds of amazing projects and you can check for yourself what we are doing here. I’d like to answer in a straightforward manner the (fair) question raised in the back of your mind: what’s in it for me?” 

1. Radiobubble reports news on twitter from below, this means from you! 

The #rbnews was introduced in 2011 and became the 2nd most popular hashtag in Greece for 2012 thanks to an increasing network of users and supporters. To make sure what is spread is also true, a bunch of volunteers is doing fact-checking on a daily basis, encouraging people to view a feed of verified tweets on the website. Rumors such as “protester fatally injured during the demo” can easily sperad online like wildfire, if not managed properly. Radiobubble invites you to become part of a larger community and give your input on the daily news reporting in a coordinated manner.

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If that was not the case, we’d pitch for a lucrative sponsor and face the risk of having our content compromised. This is one of the main factors why mainstream media have lost credibility, are constantly in the rush to get ahead of the rivals…in the name of “page views” but at the expense of accuracy.

It makes sense then why your contribution is a great factor in keeping our work independent. Thus when you go through our research projects, you know they are not distorted serving “controversial”  interests. You have also access to under-reported news as we are free from the immense pressure of censorship “from above”.

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Social media and blogs have undoubtedly shaped political debate, mainstream journalism and society. Radiobubble community is part of this process. It brings the ignored stories into wider media attention thus making an impact on the dynamics “above”. Stories such as the grassroots movement against gold mining operations in Skouries, the police brutality on antifascists & immigrants, the revolutionaries of Taksim Square and Gezi Park to name a few. Become part of it!

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Head of OLME announces a 24h strike for the 1st day of university entrance exams

Following the board members meeting, head of OLME Nikos Papachristos, spoke to the media saying:

The board members of OLME call for a 24-hour strike on Friday 17th May, the first day of national exams and propose to ELME regional unions a 5-day strike from 20th until 24th of May, in protest over the transfer of 4,000 permanent teachers & layoffs of 10,000 supply colleagues. We denote the Ministry of Education still has the option to do what needs to be done, to withdraw the presidential decree for the mandatory transferring of teachers, that would give us the chance to make one step back so that thousands of students manage to avoid the hassle. It was the ministry’s disgraceful attitude that sparked the decision for strike action, by bringing on board this plan and at this time in an irreconcilable manner. All labor union movements back this decision except PAME

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Message from the 3 anarchists arrested for bank robberies

   Just a few words behind bars, held hostage at a detention facility, to demonstrate our aims & intentions so as to clear the air on the latest developments.
   As anarchists we consider the choice of bank robbing to be a conscious choice to resist. The purpose of our action was not to build financial wealth for us. The attack against the “pantheons of capitalism” falls into our broader revolutionary activity.
   As for the torturing we got by the oppressive police forces, we don’t want that to become a reference point of victimization. We didn’t expect anything less from the foes of freedom. We shouldn’t forget how many people have been battered in police departments and their cells. Let these traces of torture become another trigger for rage to turn into action.
  Opposed to the established representatives of justice, our stance will be irreconcilable and uncompromising.

Government twists Syriza MP statement smearing him as an advocate of terrorism

Syriza MP Vangelis Diamantopoulos is expected to file a lawsuit against those responsible for twisting his words around on a statement he made last Wednesday during a public event in Kastoria. Government’s spokesman Simos Kedikoglou accused the MP for putting “The Mall” on spot four days before the blast, calling people “to take up arms” and released a video from the MP’s press conference as an evidence.

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