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14.10.2018

Paul Grüninger, the Swiss police officer whose reputation was restored after being condemned for saving hundreds of refugees’ lives

Paul Grüninger, the Swiss police officer whose reputation was restored after being condemned for saving hundreds of refugees’ lives

The recent arrest of Mimmo Lucano, the mayor of Riace, for “aiding illegal immigration” offers us another example of the ancient dilemma that pits law against justice. A dilemma at the heart of the Greek tragedy Antigone, it has emerged countless times throughout history when individuals have had to choose… »

13.10.2018

Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants

Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants

Inspired by Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners in the 1980s, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSMigrants) is a queer group that stands in solidarity with other communities facing state violence and media attacks. In the current political climate, migrants bear the brunt of far-right violence, face demonisation in… »

22.06.2018

Independent unions found new global union federation

Independent unions found new global union federation

By labournet.tv In May 2018 the “International Confederation of Labour” was founded in Italy to unite independent unions and worker organisations across frontiers. We interviewed delegates at the congress to hear about their union activities at home and what they hope will come out of the new… »

12.10.2017

Open the islands – No more dead from cold

Open the islands – No more dead from cold

Solidarity groups and organizations call for urgent action as winter is coming for refugees in Greece. Over 40 solidarity groups and organizations are calling for urgent action from the Greek local and national authorities to prevent more refugees from dying in the cold as winter sets in once again. They… »

05.09.2017

Solidarity rather than ‘Lord of the flies’ is the default reaction

Solidarity rather than ‘Lord of the flies’ is the default reaction

Paranoia-mongers and arms manufacturers surely love the post-apocalyptic films and TV series about people and towns fighting one another with deadly weapons in order to gain or defend their resources. Whether the scene is set in the present or a distant future, after a nuclear war, an invasion by zombies… »

27.02.2017

Helping those in danger, a constant in history

Helping those in danger, a constant in history

In all the most dramatic and violent moments in human history, there always was someone who made the brave choice of listening to their conscience and helping those who were persecuted and threatened. This meant challenging cruel laws and military occupations and exposing oneself to the possibility of retaliations. Yet… »

19.12.2016

trommons.org: “access to information is a human right”

trommons.org: “access to information is a human right”

For the last couple of weeks, Pressenza has been collaborating with The Rosetta Foundation, an Irish NGO which created an open translation platform, Trommons. The Foundation aims to provide equal access to information by translating non-commercial projects into a wide variety of languages. This is a collective interview with… »

15.05.2016

Athens City Plaza Hotel Squat: will solidarity prevail?

Athens City Plaza Hotel Squat: will solidarity prevail?

It was a hotel closed by the Greek authorities and the company management was declared bankrupt. The winding up of the business is still pending in order to pay back both salaries owed to the employees and rent owed to the property owner. A group of people thought something seemingly… »

09.04.2016

Refugee Crisis 2016: mass deportations and resettlement efforts by social organizations

Refugee Crisis 2016: mass deportations and resettlement efforts by social organizations

On their own initiative, social organisations both inside and outside Greece are attempting to overcome the confusion and the violations of international treaties caused by the joint statement of 28 EU leaders with Turkey on the 18th of March 2016. This complicated joint statement emerged in a moment when more… »

09.03.2016

Refugee crisis 2016: 410 people drowned or missing in the Aegean

Refugee crisis 2016: 410 people drowned or missing in the Aegean

The UNHCR have published figures for the first two months of 2016, giving details of some 138,280 people who came by sea to Greece and Italy, 36% of whom are children while 410 deaths or missing people in the Aegean Sea are also reported. During this same period Frontex started… »

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