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Many in Greece today debate the effectiveness or otherwise of grandiose political decisions to save the nation but when it comes to expected participation of the ordinary citizen they tend to shy away. Very few underline the need for a fundamental change of attitude of the individual. They avoid delving because they know how difficult… » read more

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Efforts of the political establishment with tentacles in media recently aiming at defusing social tension has intensified as they feel anger and despair of society approaching a dangerous explosion point. Important politicians and journalists have been recruited to challenge messages emanating from independent individuals, Greek and foreign, called adroitly Cassandras that is prophets of doom.… » read more

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October 2009, when Government was elected seems so far away; seven months lost is a very long time. And now years of hell ahead. There exist a number of distinguished individuals from various walks of life including the political establishment that have missed no opportunity to declare that our country is effectively in a state… » read more

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Is the tap opening?

Back in October 2008 in an article about the World economy I wondered “with all these gigantic losses to the taxpayer, investors, banks and other financial institutions employees, who are the ones that gain? We are talking about large amounts of wealth and their frightening negotiating power on future arrangements of the financial and perhaps… » read more

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Keeping Society in Limbo

Keeping society in limbo K. P. Vlahodimos, 12 October 2008 Somebody has finally to explain the underlying issues of this financial crisis and ensuing clouds of severe recession for the benefit of non-economist specialists. People have had enough of jargon and cloudy lofty statements keeping society in limbo. I am writing this note as an… » read more

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Food crisis?

Back in the nineties, in my capacity as director general of a global federation of industry directly involved in the production of food, I had suggested in an article with title “Hungry for an Answer” published by Farm Chemicals International (Edition of Summer 1999): “How far will desperately hungry people go to feed their children?… » read more

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