George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

February 2014

Eating to death and bad arguments against paying for NHS treatment; or, how injustice shapes our behaviour

Surely you must know the adverse effects of bad diet and no exercise. Why should the taxpayer pay for what is, ultimately, the exercise of your freedom of choice? This is the question that Jeremy Paxman asked the former NHS chief Sir David Nicholson, when Nicholson went to Newsnight to describe his transition from being the head of the NHS to becoming yet another NHS patient with diabetes.

Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves

I became really fond of Haruki Murakami’s work. I finished Norwegian Wood a couple of weeks ago and I am now halfway through Kafka on the Shore, where I came across this lovely quote. Enjoy.
Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who’s in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It’s like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven’t seen in a long time. it’s just a natural feeling.

Multiculturalism in Cyprus: watching the Third Motherland, a documentary about the Maronite community

Costas Constantinou and Giorgos Skordis created a documentary back in 2001, called The Third Motherland. It contains a series of informal interviews at the village of Kormakitis. The interviews show the internal exclusion that Maronites have experienced. As Constantinou himself says: “the film reveals the dilemmas of identification and belonging and accounts for opposing feelings and beliefs within and beyond the community”. It is “a film about cultural loss, co-option, denial of rights and everyday social problems, but also of ethnic pride, cultural revival, communal joy and resistance”.

Ορθά απεργεί η ΑΗΚ;

Σήμερα απεργεί η ΑΗΚ  ενάντια της επικείμενης ιδιωτικοποίησης της. Ορθά απεργεί η ΑΗΚ κατά την άποψη μου, αλλά όχι για τους λόγους που η συντεχνία ισχυρίζεται, η οποία συντεχνία έχει προ πολλού χάσει το επικοινωνιακό παιχνίδι. Σε προηγούμενο κείμενο μίλησα για τις ιδιωτικοποιήσεις στην Αγγλία. Σήμερα θα εξηγήσω γιατί η ΑΗΚ χρειάζεται να επιχειρηματολογήσει κατά της ιδιωτικοποίησης της με γνώμονα το συμφέρον της κοινωνίας παρά το συμφέρον των εργαζομένων της.

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