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In older-type, agricultural societies, autumn is the season when people reap the rewards of their hard work in tilling the land. In our postmodern, neoliberal societies, autumn is becoming synonymous with huge union protests, as economic growth stalls and austerity measures are starting to bite. A case in point is Romania, where two of the… » read more

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After the 1956 upheavals in Hungary, a joint KGB-Hungarian Communist Party plan was put into effect, aimed at making communism more palatable for the population. The plan consisted in allowing small farmers, tradespeople and unrepentant bourgeois elements to start their own small businesses. Hungarian communist-style consumerism was subsequently fueled with loans obtained abroad and the… » read more

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“Erdogan Buries Ataturk”

This is the title used by Istanbul-based “Zaman” to announce Mr. Erdogan’s victory in the constitutional referendum which took place on September 12. At first glance, the headline appears an exaggeration. In truth, the Turkish premier’s success does herald the demise of Kemalism and its legacy. The governing AKP party won the referendum by a… » read more

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Postcard from Northern Greece

I have ended my working summer season back where I had started from, in Macedonia (northern Greece), with a three-week stint at the 5-star Mediterranean Village, 2 km away from Paralia Katerini. Inaugurated two years ago, the resort is located right on the beach and could accommodate around 200 tourists in bungalow-type suites, some sporting… » read more

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