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

April 2014

Clean the Fridge

A video is being shared between my Greek-speaking Cypriot friends, showing an old woman who is, supposedly, the last person to leave Varosha during the Turkish invasion of 1974. Whilst watching the video I remembered a story that my late grandfather told me. His family and him were forced out of their home during the first phase of the Turkish invasion in 1974. Between the first and second phase, granddad got the chance to return to his village to get some clothes and other necessities for the family. He filled a bag with clothes, cleaned the fridge(!), locked the house door and returned back to Nicosia, without taking with him jewellery and other valuables. He was sure that it was a matter of days before they returned home. This return is long overdue and the division is as banal as it...

Live Opera HD Streaming: it feels like eavesdropping and I would do it again

Last night we watched a live HD streaming of Puccini’s La Bohème from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. We watched it at Warwick Arts Centre. I didn’t enjoy the opera very much; it turns out that I am not a big Puccini fun. That is not to say that the performers and the three different stage sets were not amazing; I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed an overall spectacle that was as close to perfection as the one last night.

Έχουμε όλοι ευθύνη για τα θύματα της εθνικής φρουράς. Όσο είμαστε αδρανείς, ο αριθμός τους θα αυξάνεται

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Την Πέμπτη ένας ακόμα δεκαοκτάχρονος ακρωτηριάστηκε μετά από έκρηξη χειροβομβίδας σε άσκηση της Εθνικής Φρουράς. Η υπηρεσία δηλαδή που είναι υπεύθυνη για την προστασία των πολιτών, απέτυχε για ακόμα μια φορά να προστατέψει τους ίδιους τους στρατιώτες της. Δυστυχώς δεν υπάρχει πρόσφορο έδαφος για να μιλήσουμε για την κατάργηση της ΕΦ. Ήρθε όμως η ώρα να συζητήσουμε για τις προσωπικές μας ευθύνες, να διερωτηθούμε με ποιο τρόπο συμβάλλουμε στη διαιώνιση του οργανισμού που συστηματικά σκοτώνει νεαρούς συμπολίτες μας εν καιρό ειρήνης.

How Ebola turned into an epidemic. Smaller states, public health and pharmaceuticals

There is an outbreak of Ebola virus in Guinea. Ebola is found in isolated communities and it is so lethal that it kills 90% of those infected by it. Ebola virus was firstly identified in 1976, in the small village of Yambuku in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For nearly forty years since then the international community has failed to dedicate considerable resources towards finding a cure, permitting the spread of the virus to the level of an “unprecedented epidemic“. This is what happens when public health is left to the hands of private pharmaceuticals.

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