The Nation

on Dec 31, 2014 - 12:33 PM ET

Greece is on the world’s front page again. The headlines bristle with words like “crisis,” “instability” and “fear.” After Parliament refused to endorse the ruling New Democracy party’s candidate for president, elections have been called for January 25; the left party, Syriza, has led in the polls for months. This time the fear of “contagion” is not so much financial as political. The markets have priced in the...

on Dec 5, 2014 - 12:10 PM ET
hunger strike

The images dissolve, match and mismatch, across continents and time zones, St. Louis, New York, Athens: police violence, protests, blazing cars; men in suits; sleeping bags laid out on rainy streets at night. We are experts now at fragments. Here and there a glitch in the matrix forces a connection.

Two hunger strikes are happening in Athens this week. One is in plain view, in Syntagma Square, where Syrian refugees—perhaps 500 at the protest’s peak...

on May 9, 2014 - 14:02 PM ET
Migrant deaths

Sea, you’ve drowned the girl’s husband
And she’s young, and black doesn’t suit her
Sea and salt water, I can’t forget you
Sea, little sea, you are my only joy.
Song from the Dodecanese Islands.

Foreign Affairs, Immigration
on Nov 7, 2013 - 11:41 AM ET
Greek riot police

“Even words lose their meanings,” says the disembodied voice. It’s speaking to fill the space before the silence, to be present. “Are these your orders? Yes, those are my things….Somewhere here we close, dear listeners. The voice of Greek radio falls silent. Good luck to everyone. We’ll find each other, we’ll meet again. These microphones are shutting down. Deep soul.”

Early this morning riot police...

Media, Politics, World
on Sep 30, 2013 - 13:03 PM ET

(Reuters/John Kolesidis)

All this weekend Greeks were glued to images of Nikolaos...

on Sep 19, 2013 - 09:53 AM ET

(Reuters/John Kolesidis)

The images play on in an interminable loop: the helmeted riot police, the young men poised to run, the burning rubbish skips and skittering Molotovs, the tear-gas smoke and glint of metal against the night. Athens in flames again. A...