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

2018

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Let’s face it, 2018 was not a good year for Cyprus. We found ourselves living in a country where extreme poverty and homelessness became acceptable, a mere fact of life. Children sleeping rough, women forced to exchange sex for shelter, and malnourished fathers who skip meals to buy formula milk for their newborns. All real cases of incredibly resilient people whom we failed in 2018. People who are led down by the state and by us. Not only did we refuse help, we also remained neutral bystanders during the ideological assault against them, whilst accepting the normalization of extreme poverty and homelessness. Very few, exceptional people, managed to salvage our collective dignity by extending a helping hand to our fellow humans in need. These outstanding people are volunteers and staff attached to non-governmental organizations, religious institutions and other formal and informal associations. They are the ones who constantly go the extra mile, often to the detriment of themselves and their families, to provide shelter, clothing, social and psychological support, legal assistance, help to access basic rights such as healthcare and education, and oftentimes just being there to listen to people and treat them with respect. Considering the structural gaps in place, it is no surprise that NGOs and associations are stretched thin. They are in need of support, both in terms of helping hands and also of material and cash assistance. If there’s anything worth adding to your list of new year’s resolutions is providing regular support to these organizations.

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George Iordanou

I'm mostly interested in politics and philosophy, which makes up for the majority of this blog. As this is an archive of what I have written over the years, it also provides a glimpse into my personal life. I'm currently working in the humanitarian sector. In my past life I was in academia where I completed a Ph.D. in political theory with focus on multicultural citizenship. I'm one of the few people lucky enough to be given the opportunity to actually practice their research interests. Needless to say, whatever I write here is strictly my personal opinion and does not represent anyone else.

You can also find me on twitter @iordanou.

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