June 6, 2016
Charles C. McCurdy is a writer in Glenside In a Greek seaport town just south of Athens, a row of tents zigzags down the sidewalk outside a terminal building that once served as a tourist way-station. Many have blue tarps draped over them to keep out the rain. A young girl with bangs holds what looks like a Tastykake and stares out of the open flap of a low gray tent. I pull my mobile phone out of my pocket, wave, and take her picture. It's mid-March, and I'm in Athens for a week of meetings.
April 11, 2016
By Theodore Arapis Not all walls divide. Consider what's happening in response to the Greek financial crisis. Since the advent of the crisis, poverty and inequality have spread like a viral infection. According to Eurostat, a provider of statistical information to the European Union, one out of three Greeks risks living in poverty. This statistic is higher than in most EU countries, with the exception of Bulgaria and Romania, where the risk of falling under the poverty line reaches 40 percent.
March 13, 2016
Answer: Greece. The peninsula is surrounded by the Adriatic, Ionian, Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Seas.
November 10, 2015 |
Philadelphia's King of Cheese used to stock only one Greek feta in his South Philadelphia realm: a pungent and creamy creation of mountain shepherds. A briny curd called Dodoni. That's because Claudio Specialty Foods, like others in the know, considered it the good stuff. A white wonder straight from Greece, where the crumbly cheese made an ancient cameo in Homer's Odyssey and has reigned ever since. In a global sea of feta impostors, Dodoni was a sheep's-milk standout demanded by natives.
October 19, 2015 |
ATHENS, Greece - I am a paper guy, always have been. I read this newspaper in its paper version, the dead-tree form you can hold in your hand, fold, use to swat flies, clean glass, and line birdcages. I work for the other newspaper in town. I am a paper guy. Similarly, I've always liked, and used, paper maps. I know how to perfectly fold them. Not bragging, just saying. I love their look, their feel, their smell. Still - it's a new age, the machines have arisen. There are new ways.
July 10, 2015 |
The photo is shocking. A 77-year-old Greek retiree sits sobbing on the ground outside a bank with his passbook and identity card thrown on the ground. He had queued for hours at four failing banks but was unable to withdraw his pension of $178. Not surprisingly, the photo of Giorgios Chatzifotiadis went viral. But the image illustrates much more than the suffering of ordinary Greeks. This pensioner's despair symbolizes the limits of a decades-old effort to meld European nations into one community based on shared democratic values.
June 24, 2015
ATHENS, Greece - After a long, but too short, holiday in Greece, I came home changed, and not just by Grecian Formula. I enjoyed a period of introspection and reflection in a nation that gave the world democracy, philosophy, the Olympics, Aristotle, Plato, tzatziki and baklava. After sitting at the Parthenon for hours, then cruising the myth-laden Greek Islands for days, I realized that so much of what I am is rooted here. So I use this forum to announce - move over George Stephanopoulos and Jennifer Aniston - I identify as Greek and wish to be regarded as Greek.
June 19, 2015 |
VILLANOVA incoming freshman Jalen Brunson, considered one of the top lead-guard prospects in the country, has made the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball Under-19 team that will play in the FIBA World Championships in Crete, Greece, from June 27 to July 5. Brunson was part of the U-18 team that qualified for this competition by winning the FIBA Americas title last summer. In the first game, he broke Stephon Marbury's 20-year-old USA Basketball record with 13 assists against Uruguay.
February 4, 2015 |
Money may not buy you love, but lack of money is so rough on the psyche that it's life-threatening. A new study led by a University of Pennsylvania professor found that economic turmoil in Greece correlated with an increase in suicides for both men and women. Researchers from Penn, Greece, and Scotland analyzed month-by-month data on 11,505 suicides from 1983 through 2012. Charles Branas, a Penn epidemiologist, said previous studies had found more suicides during rough economic periods.
February 2, 2015 |
Most Americans born after World War II take peace and democracy in Western Europe for granted. Enfolded in the European Union, France and Germany became allies and Spain absorbed democratic values. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, former communist countries joined the fold and embraced parliamentary norms. But we forget all too easily that the 70 years since 1945 are an anomaly for Europe, whose previous 150 years of history were marked by war, ideological strife, and revolution.