With a small backpack and without a plan,I have been living all around Europe.For my Philosophical studies,for work and mostly fun, I have been living the chapters of my life,in Thessaloniki, Dublin,Sheffield,Copenhagen,Helsinki and London.
Do not forget the women who rebelled
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.
Understanding Trickle-Down Economics
Trickle-down economics is a common political debate, associated with supply-side economics. According to the premise behind trickle-down economics and its practices, tax cuts/breaks and benefits for corporations and the wealthy will trickle down and eventually benefit everyone. Meaning everyone from the so-called wealthy 1% to the lowest class. In the generalization of the lowest cast, I believe, lays the biggest mistake of this theory. When a theory, such as trickle-down economics says that everyone benefits from tax breaks and benefits that are directly created for the profit of the wealthy corporations and their shareholders, with the premise that this influx of capital will eventually benefit all the classes of society in the sense that capital moves in every aspect. Either by creating jobs or providing investment in infrastructures.
Investing in Yemen
According to the UNDP report conducted in 2019, Yemen has been experiencing some dreadful consequences from the ongoing civil conflict, with 11.7 million people becoming impoverished as a direct result of the war. With a significant number of them, around 600 000, being children under the age of 5.
The obstacle that gives headaches to Brussels.
A case which, constitutes one of the most recent examples of political and democratic crisis in the EU member states and has been causing a significant headache in Brussels, is the case of Poland and the veto issued by Hungary. The EU was always standing for two main ideas, the protection of human rights and the separation of powers, not only as European ideals but also as mandatory criteria for the member states to join the Union.