Showing posts with label Kathimerini. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kathimerini. Show all posts

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Greek Bagehot

It's good to note that this year's Knight Bagehot Fellows, a group of 10 mid-career journalists selected for a paid year at Columbia Business School that results in a master's in journalism, include an Athens scribe.
Only 10 people get the honor each year, and this year's Bagehots include:
Katerina Sokou, 37, head of international financial news for Kathimerini, the Athens, Greece, daily newspaper, where she has led coverage of the international response to the financial crisis since 2008. She has become a source of information on the Greek crisis for the BBC, The Times, and countless foreign journalists via Twitter. She graduated from University of Warwick in the United Kingdom in 1998, and started as a trainee at the Greek newspaper To Vima, where she spent ten years. She has a history degree from the University of Ioannina, Greece.
With the situation in Greece pretty dire, it's great that a hardworking journalist from there gets the Bagehot. She may be the first Greek citizen Bagehot. I am pretty sure I was among the first persons of Greek descent to complete the fellowship.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Greece already faces competition from cheaper, newer Mediterranean tourist destinations, so pity the citizens of Crete who are fed up with ill-mannered Euro trash visitors. So a 26-year-old Cretan woman goes to a bar, and exits a martyr after she doused a Sambuca drink on a British tourist and set his shirt on fire. He got second degree burns, she got a lawyer and claims she acted after the younger man groped her and made lewd comments. A plumber, he denies the charges: sexual assault, molestation and using insulting language. Pipe man returned home, but a trial is supposed to take place next week, according to theKathimerini article in English. Beware of Greeks bearing drinks.

Friday, April 3, 2009


President Obama meets with officials in Turkey this weekend, and apparently the Greek prime minister snagged a tete-a-tete while Obama's enroute. (Turkey's English daily,Today's Zaman, should have stories.) News about student violence in Greece gets ever-more absurd each day; Kathimerini quotes a professor who says the main Athens university is "under occupation" by angry students who this week smashed a computer lab with metal pipes and egged the rector. After the 1974 junta, when police killed students there, by law, cops can't enter the campus unless university authorities call them in. And no one seems to want that confrontation. Meanwhile, Turkey is paving roads in Afghanistan, according to President Abdullah Gul's editorial this week in the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Greek Tragedy

Four days of Athenian riots defy logic, and one has to ask how could the fabric of the nation sink so low that the death of one 15-year-old at the hands of one cop result not only in $50 million Euros in damage to more than 400 businesses, but lead to international reverberations and claims that Greece is "on the brink of financial ruin," according to an editorial in the conservative newspaper Kathimerini. The piece said Greece is a nation in shambles with "a police force in disarray, mediocre universities that serve as hotbeds of rage instead of knowledge and a shattered health care system. It is also on the brink of financial ruin." An article in the Daily Telegraph notes that a student uprising in 1973 helped bring an end to the country's military dictatorship a year later. The New York Times coverage of the riots has been pretty thorough. One video shocked me: an Athens woman who said she was ashamed to be Greek. Confirmation came when I ran into a Greek friend, Niko, who lives across the street, who said, "You are lucky to be American and Greek." Those are unprecedented proclamations I can't ever remember hearing; proud natives have a penchant for professing the superiority of "Ellada" on many counts, from the inherited intellect of the ancients to the beautiful terrain and ease of life. But all that comes with a price; EU membership clearly hasn't been a panacea for a nation of only 10 million. Everyone needs to cool off -- and someone needs to come up with some jobs for Europe. Two things are abundantly clear to me: that the anarchists, students, rioters -- choose your moniker -- were very ready to pounce. And two: I was lucky to see Athens and Thessaloniki in October -- apparently festering and surely expensive, but peaceful.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Greek Islanders

Some Greek islanders who live to age 90 are the subject of an AARP longevity study.
I can tell them why Greeks live long: a rebellious spirit, and lots of yogurt. It helps that they eat plenty of seasonal veggies and walk a lot.
On the Isle of Hydra, which I visited for an exorbitant sum two weeks ago, residents this week blocked the arrival of boats. Their gripe: the loss of mega ferries that once dumped many more tourists in the tiny, gorgeous port. According to today's Kathimerini newspaper (in English), "residents on Hydra, in the Saronic Gulf, blocked the island’s main harbor for a second day ... locals gathered at the port Thursday and prevented a high-speed ferry from docking." A little moonshine -- raki -- probably gets those yiayiades and papoudes ready for their morning protests. "Nothing in excess" as Solon and others have said.