Philosopher, Journalist, Writer.
Found myself in the words of C.P. Cavafy
"And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean"
Lebanon: Another victim of the Shock Doctrine.
"Lebanon: A Nation in Crisis" Lebanon, a country known for its rich history and cultural diversity, has been grappling with a severe crisis that has shaken its very core. From economic collapse to political turmoil, Lebanon's story is one of resilience, but also a stark warning of the consequences of neglecting a nation's welfare.
From Antwerp to Rotterdam: A Story of drug smuggling
Organized crime on the rise For several years, organized crime has been on the rise in the European markets. Already known for their illegal activities, such as prostitution. A new form of organised mafia has begun moving into more complex criminal circuits. Of course, it's the drug business that has pushed them up the crime ladder. Moreover, the cocaine supply chain has been considered by Europol as one of the most active illegal trafficking chains in the world. This is due to their presence at the two most important ports in Europe. So where does the success and expansion of this Albanian-speaking mafia come from?
The Tomb of Amphipolis: A mystery waiting to be solved.
Excavations outside the ancient Greek city of Amphipolis began already in the 1960s however initially the archaeologists found only what appeared to be some kind of perimeter wall and a few Archaic tombs from the Greek Bronze Age. It was not until 2012 that another team of archaeologists found what appeared to be an Ancient Greek Macedonian Tomb on a hill, close to where other excavations have been carried out in the past, and not far away from the legendary statue of the Lion. The tomb then started to be excavated in 2014. In this article, I will give a detailed review of what finds that has been made up until today and what they might imply.
Do not forget the women who rebelled
What's happening Iran has a long history of protests. Election fraud, economic problems, and civil freedoms have all led disputes to flare up throughout time. The heartbreaking Persian lyrics of Shervin Hajipour's song "Baraye," or "Because of," however, depict an exceptional revolution led by women and supported by men that addresses a wide range of complaints. It has come to be known as the revolution's hymn and has touched so many people globally that it caused Hajipour to be released following his detention.
Kosovo: from Sjenica to Meja, a century of hate.
I assume that many of you would be confused by the two words in the title of the article some of you might mistake them for human names or some others might have guessed correctly that these are places and towns in Kosovo. They are places that unfortunately, apart from a few inhabitants, also have a grime history of conflict loss and genocide.
Catch Me If You Can (Greek Edition)
Many of you might have seen the movie, Catch Me If You Can, a 2002 American biographical crime comedy-drama directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The screenplay by Jeff Nathanson is based on the "autobiography" of Frank Abagnale, who claims that before his 19th birthday, he successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. The movie version is based on Abagnale's book of the same name published in 1980. If I did not know that the story was based on this book, I would be pretty sure that Spielberg might have been influenced by a similar story of George Koskotas, our story's protagonist that unfortunately his story has not been dramatized yet.
The myth of self-made billionaires.
It is no secret that the public loves to hear stories regarding self-made billionaires. You can find stories like that everywhere, from the news, tv shows, movies, books, and even political panels, and some of these stories go way back in history, into the most troubled era of the 20th century. The narrative of these stories is that these self-made billionaires are people who, unlike the aristocrats and monarchs, did not simply inherit their wealth from their family’s privilege, but they created their “own” wealth starting from zero. This myth though can be misleading, hiding historical truths, as well as financial facts for these so-called self-made people. At the heart of every favourable depiction of a billionaire is the myth of a success story with just sheer hard work and grit.
6500 reasons to boycott the Qatar World Cup.
Since Qatar was awarded the right to host the World Cup by FIFA, ten years ago, more than 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka have perished building pharaonic stadiums in the desert. Some people say that history repeats itself, but I never imagined returning to the same work conditions from ancient Egypt to modern-day Qatar. Back then the workers were slaves, nowadays, they are called contract workers, but since no working conditions apply to them the term slaves, could easily apply to them.
The toxic wave.
Through a few scrolls in the most popular social media and content-creating platforms, we will see countless videos from people that I could easily categorize as a movement of extreme social conservatism and anti-progressive thinking. Their ideas happen to be so oppressive and extremist that sometimes can be compared with ultra-Islamic views of women being always escorted by a man while being outside, for their "own" safety, as well as, on how respectful a woman should be, compared with how man partners she had in her timeline.
A mosaic among the ruins of conflict and war.
Syria has revealed the discovery of a magnificent 1,300 square-foot Roman mosaic, the nation's first significant archaeological find since the ongoing civil conflict started there in 2011. The artefacts were discovered in Rastan, a city that up until 2018 was governed by rebel organisations.
Patriarchy “A timeless sickness”
On a lonely night in Helsinki, I found myself on my sofa watching Ridley Scott's new movie "The Last Duel". I was expecting a decent movie to spend my sleepless night and I end up watching a remarkable film, depicting the timeless patriarchal violence of our society. I am not going to "spoil" the movie, on the contrary, I will argue you to see it, or even better read the book, from which the movie was inspired, by Eric Lager. It is about the story of Lady Marguerite, a victim of rape by a deluded man, with the inability of understanding the concept of rape. Due to his "habit" of enforcing violence against other women in the past. In a time, in which a patriarchal society rushes to justify violence against women.
Winds of change in Iran.
The 22-year-old's death in Tehran, as a result of wearing her headscarf incorrectly in accordance with the state hijab laws, quickly became a striking symbol of resistance. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, women in Iran have been required to wear headscarves, and the morality police are tasked with upholding this along with other regulations.