Showing posts with label Autocracy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Autocracy. Show all posts

Friday, February 23, 2018

Greece Approves Bribery Investigation Involving Political Elite

By Niki Kitsantonis

Feb. 22, 2018
ATHENS — After 20 hours of acrimonious debate, Greek lawmakers on Thursday approved the formation of a parliamentary committee to investigate accusations linking 10 high-profile politicians to bribery by a Swiss drug manufacturer.

The investigation, which will follow separate and secret votes for each of the 10 politicians, was backed both by members of the coalition government and by some in the opposition. It will examine whether the politicians took kickbacks from the pharmaceutical company Novartis, or were aware of illicit payments.

The list of people to be investigated is dominated by the Greek political elite: It includes two former prime ministers, Antonis Samaras and Panagiotis Pikramenos; the current central bank governor, Yannis Stournaras; and the European Union commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Xi Jinping Unveils China’s New Leaders but No Clear Successor


The New York Times

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping thrust China into a new era of strongman politics on Wednesday, unveiling a leadership team without a likely successor among the six officials who will help him rule for the next half decade.

In a nationally televised ceremony, Mr. Xi introduced the new members of China’s highest council of power, the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee, on the red carpet of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. In addition to Mr. Xi and China’s premier, Li Keqiang, the committee included five new members, all men in their 60s.

“Over the past five years, we’ve done a lot. Some work has been finished, some we must continue with,” Mr. Xi, 64, said after briefly introducing the committee members, who stood stiffly in line. “A new era needs a new look, and even more needs new accomplishments,” he added.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Greece’s Syriza Defiant After Judges Annul Key Policy

Country’s supreme administrative court rules government acted unconstitutionally by licensing TV broadcasters itself

The Wall Street Journal

Updated Oct. 27, 2016 4:27 a.m. ET

ATHENS—Greece’s ruling Syriza party vowed on Thursday to continue fighting for its radical agenda after judges struck down its plan to revamp Greece’s media sector, the culmination of a weekslong power struggle that produced allegations of blackmail and “fascist” methods.

Greece’s supreme administrative court, the Council of State, ruled late Wednesday that the government, led by the left-wing Syriza party, acted unconstitutionally by licensing TV broadcasters itself, a power that the constitution reserves for an independent media regulator.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Greece’s Rotten Oligarchy

Published: January 6, 2013
The New York Times
Unfortunately, the bicycle of Greek democracy has long been broken. After the military junta collapsed in 1974, Greece created only a hybrid, diluted form of democracy. You can vote, belong to a party and protest. In essence, however, a small clique exercises all meaningful political power.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sima Qian: China's 'grand historian'

By Carrie Gracie
BBC News, Beijing
Speaking truth to power has always been a high-risk strategy in China. Its rulers tend to prefer flattery, and writers who forget this do so at their peril. China's "grand historian" - 2,000 years ago - was one of many who have paid a terrible price.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Is democracy an economic liability?

Jul 6th 2011, 17:01 by R.A. | WASHINGTON
The Economist
OVER at Democracy in America, a colleague embarks on an interesting discussion highlighting the similarities between the institutional roots of economic troubles in Europe and America. Then, alas, he goes astray:
I actually think the issue goes beyond the increasing unwillingness of Chinese authorities to even pretend to listen to Western complaints about human rights. Unless you buy the Nouriel Roubini argument, and I don't, China is going to be the world's largest economy within ten or 15 years, bigger than America or the euro-zone. And, in case anyone has failed to notice, it's a Communist country.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Υπήρξε ελληνικό έθνος πριν από την επανάσταση;

Γιώργο ς Κοντογιώργης,

"Το έθνος ως ανθρωποκεντρικό φαινόμενο αποτελεί πολιτισμικό γεγονός, το οποίο στο μέτρο που μορφοποιείται σε ταυτότητα, ενσαρκώνει την ελευθερία. Η πολιτική έκφραση του έθνους εμφανίζεται διαφοροποιημένη, εναρμονίζεται δηλαδή στις διαστάσεις της ελευθερίας που αντιστοιχούν στην κλίμακα και ιδίως στην εκάστοτε φάση του συνόλου ανθρωποκεντρικού κοσμοσυστήματος. Επομένως, το έθνος δεν είναι επινόηση του (νεότερου) κράτους και, σαφώς, δεν αποτελεί νεότερο δημιούργημα, αφού απαντάται στον ελληνικό (ανθρωποκεντρικό) κοσμοσυστημικό χώρο. Το νέο έγκειται απλώς στην στέγασή του στο ένα και μοναδικό κράτος, λόγω της μετάλλαξης στο μεταξύ του ανθρωποκεντρικού κοσμοσυστήματος από τη μικρή στη μεγάλη κλίμακα."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Γ. Κοντογιώργης, Το αυταρχικό φαινόμενο. "4η Αυγούστου" "21η Απριλίου". Ερμηνευτικές προσεγγίσεις, Εκδ.Παπαζήση, Αθήνα, 2003
(Απόσπασμα από το ανωτέρω έργο του Γ.Κ.σελ. 17-44)

Το αυταρχικό φαινόμενο ως μεταβατικό γεγονός και ως παρέκβαση

Ήδη από τον Αριστοτέλη και την εν γένει ελληνική γραμματεία της κλασικής εποχής, το αυταρχικό καθεστώς ταξινομήθηκε στις παρεκβάσεις των πολιτευμάτων, προκειμένου να υποδηλωθεί η ασυμβατότητά του με την καθεστηκυία ‘πολιτειακή’ τάξη. Η άποψη αυτή, εισάγει, εντούτοις, ένα αξιολογικό κριτήριο, το οποίο στην πραγματικότητα ενοχοποιεί το κοινωνικό πρόταγμα, στο μέτρο που αυτό υιοθετεί μια ριζοσπαστική εκδοχή του ζητήματος της ιδιοκτησίας και, κατ’επέκταση, της κοινωνικής ισότητας. Είναι προφανές ότι η παράκαμψη της πολιτειακής τάξης, προβάλει όχι ως αυτοτελές πρόβλημα, αλλ’ ως απόρροια του συνολικού διακυβεύματος, του γεγονότος δηλαδή ότι η ‘κοινωνική επανάσταση’ διέρχεται αναπόφευκτα από μια ανάλογη και, συνακόλουθα, μη συμβατική ‘διαχείριση’ της πολιτικής.