Marianella Kloka

Marianella Kloka

Marianella Kloka is a 47 year old woman, living in Athens, Greece. She has been a member of the Humanist Movement since 1990 and is a founding member of World without Wars and Violence in Greece. Currently she works as an advocacy officer for the NGO, PRAKSIS.

16.09.2015

With a few days before the Greek elections: inspiration needed

With a few days before the Greek elections: inspiration needed

Maybe these are the calmest elections we have had in a long time. I sat down to watch the debates between the political leaders and I have just one thing to say: there is a total lack of inspiration. This situation has nothing to do with what we have experienced… »

06.09.2015

Boysan Yakar: “for us the Pride event is a co-organization, we try to leave everything aside”

Boysan Yakar: “for us the Pride event is a co-organization, we try to leave everything aside”

I just heard the news of the death of Boysan Yakar and Zelis Deniz in a car accident from a friend with ties to Turkey, as do I. It was confirmed by this article on the Turkish LGBT rights website and by all the friends who have been… »

30.08.2015

Voting doesn’t make us feel tired!

Voting doesn’t make us feel tired!

The Popular Unity party handed the mandate to try to form a government back to the President of the Greek Republic, and a transitional government was formed by the President of the Court of Cassation, Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou and her new cabinet is obliged to lead the country to snap democratic elections… »

23.08.2015

Greece: New left-wing party gets three days to try to form a government

Greece: New left-wing party gets three days to try to form a government

Following Tsipras’ resignation, the President of the Greek Republic has ordered the opposition to investigate the possibility of forming a government. The New Democracy Party seems to be ending the 3 days they were given without any effect. Tomorrow the baton will pass to a newly formed party called People’s… »

21.08.2015

Tsipras resigns “reclaiming” popular sovereignty

Tsipras resigns “reclaiming” popular sovereignty

A few hours ago the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, handed his resignation to the President of Greece. Just before doing so he gave a 15 minute message to the population that was also broadcast by many press agencies around the world. In accordance with the relevant articles of the… »

17.07.2015

Toxic bonds of mass destruction vs tools for a non-violent revolution

Toxic bonds of mass destruction vs tools for a non-violent revolution

The bet (Greek translation below) Two things have puzzled me in recent years but also in recent days. Firstly, why is no one talking clearly about a possible Grexit? We keep on hearing about the catastrophe that Grexit will lead us to but we hear nothing about the substance of… »

16.07.2015

Reflections from Greece: Hope flew away*

Reflections from Greece: Hope flew away*

(Greek translation below) It is 8.30 in the evening and it is still very hot. Syntagma square keeps receiving people. Many vendors are already there with their stalls selling souvlaki, beers and soft drinks, as they do in festivals. It seems that it’s going to be a long night tonight;… »

13.07.2015

Reflections from Greece: In 72 hours

Reflections from Greece: In 72 hours

Even if you take my head, I am going to fly anyway!* (Greek translation below) I really can’t say how many expectations we charged this referendum with. And why shouldn’t we have? It was the first time in 41 years that a politician gave us the opportunity to talk about… »

11.07.2015

Ultimatum – Referendum – Compromissum?

Ultimatum – Referendum – Compromissum?

(Greek translation below) After the great debate in the European Parliament – the heart of democracy which needs a triplex[1] as a friend of mine wrote – there came the proposals of the Greek government, targeting a deal with the Institutions. I study carefully trying to find something… »

06.07.2015

Towards the #Greferendum: Orange is the colour of inspiration

Towards the #Greferendum: Orange is the colour of inspiration

In dramatic and unexpected scenes last night, Greece gave a resounding OXI (NO) to the austerity measures imposed by the country’s credtors.  Here our correspondent Marianella Kloka gives her reflections on what has been an astouding night, and what it means for the people of Europe. (The Greek translation can… »

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