George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life
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June 2014

Not very British #BritishValues: how Cameron silences minorities

In his article on Mail on Sunday, the British Prime Minister explains that values such as freedom, tolerance, social responsibility and the rule of law are virtues distinctively British that should be taught in schools. Cameron is factually, conceptually, historically and empirically wrong. These values he describes — tolerance, freedom, social responsibility, the rule of law — are desirable and worth upholding, but they are not ‘British’. They are global values that feature at the core documents of the biggest intergovernmental organisations like the Charter of the United Nations and the Lisbon Treaty. At best, they could be described as ‘Western Values’; an equally misguided conclusion since it assumes that non-Western countries endorse slavery, which is the opposite of freedom. Cameron...

I still feel guilty for my indifference towards football

I have absolutely no interest in the World Cup. Until yesterday I didn’t even know which country was hosting it. My relationship with football is rather peculiar. When I was young I used to attend all the games of my local football club, OMONOIA Nicosia. Football in Cyprus is politicised and OMONOIA reflects my political views — it is supported by left wing working class people and it emerged as a reaction to the ethnic nationalism of APOEL, the other big football club in Cyprus. I never liked football though. I grew up in a politically active household where both mum and dad claimed to be socialists, with football being at the centre of their social relations. Naturally, I tried to like football. I remember going to OMONOIA games with my walkman listening to music and trying to find the...

Mr Cameron: when you bully the EU you threaten one of the most productive groups in the British economy

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, does not want Jean-Claude Juncker, the EPP Candidate, to become the next president of the European commission. I’m the last person to support an EPP candidate, but I’m also pissed off at David Cameron for threatening me all the time. My partner and I are European citizens, studying and working in the UK, paying taxes and national security contributions, who feel threatened every time Cameron tries to bully the EU. The two of us are a classic example of educated, specialised and mobile young people; far from being a burden to the economy, we actually add value to the workforce of the United Kingdom. Why does the British government make us feel unsafe? On the national front, Cameron and the Tories lost the European election. They came third after...

Σύντομη απάντηση στο άρθρο Ομοφυλοφιλία και Ορθόδοξη Πνευματική

Διόρθωση: Η Μητρόπολη Λεμεσού εξέδωσε ανακοίνωση που ενημερώνει ότι το άρθρο που αποδίδεται στον Μητροπολίτη Λεμεσού δεν είναι γραμμένο από τον ίδιο.  Διορθώνω λοιπόν το κείμενο. Ευχαριστώ τον Αλέξανδρο Λόρδο για την υπόδειξη. O Μητροπολίτης Λεμεσού δημοσίευσε [Δημοσιεύτηκε] ένα άρθρο με τίτλο Ομοφυλοφιλία και Ορθόδοξη Πνευματική όπου [ο συγγραφέας] προσπαθεί να δώσει μια θεωρητική εξήγηση για την ομοφοβία της Χριστιανικής Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας της Κύπρου. Οι στόχοι του κειμένου είναι δυο. Από τη μια εξηγά ότι η εκκλησία δεν απορρίπτει τους ομοφυλόφιλους και άρα ούτε οι ακόλουθοι της πρέπει να το κάνουν, καταδικάζοντας εν μέρει τις ακρότητες που είδαμε στο Φεστιβάλ Περηφάνιας (Gay Pride) που οργάνωσε με τεράστια επιτυχία η ACCEPT, όπου μερίδα Χριστιανών και ΕΛΑΜιτών έβριζαν τους...

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