#rbnews international show 20 July 2013 – Health in the time of the crisis

This week on #rbnews international, radiobubble contributor @Jaquoutopie and I discussed the Greek health system in the time of the crisis: the chronic issues, the cutbacks, and their impact on the population. Deep down, we wondered if the Greek health system is still serving its purpose of providing care but also protection for patients.

You can listen to the podcast below.

Part 1: News bulletin (download)

Part 2: Health in the time of the crisis (download)

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#rbnews international show 08 June 2013: Freedom of the press in Greece (or lack thereof)

This week, on the occasion of the upcoming appeals trial of Kostas Vaxevanis, the journalist who was arrested and tried once already in November 2012 for publishing the Lagarde list in his magazine HOT DOC, the #rbnews international show focused on the issue of freedom of the press in Greece. We were able to interview Kostas Vaxevanis himself, but also Dimitris Trimis, chairman of the Athens Daily Newspaper Editors’ Union, Marios Lolos,  chairman of the Greek Photojournalists’ Union, and his colleague Tatiana Bolari, and Angélique Kourounis, a correspondent for various French-speaking media in Athens, who also acts as the local representative of Reporters Without Borders. This show is part of a series prepared by the radiobubblenews team, which will carry on across the coming week and will seek to discuss the various impediments to the realization of this essential democratic liberty.

You can listen to the podcast, as usual, after the jump.

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#rbnews international show 25 May 2013: The Human Library against racism

Today on #rbnews international, we continued our series on fascism and anti-fascism in Greece with an interview with Zoe. Zoe is a member of the Human Library project in Greece, an anti-racist initiative in which books are people who have been victims of racism and readers are people who are trying to challenge their own prejudices against the “other”.You can contact the Human Library on Twitter, Facebook (their second page is here), by e-mail (humanlibrarygr (at) gmail.com or info (at) humanlibrary.gr) or through their website.And you can listen to the podcast, as usual, after the jump.

#rbnews international show 18 May 2013: The letter, spirit and (lack of) enforcement of laws against racism in Greece

In this week’s edition of the #rbnews international show, we continued our series about fascism and antifascism in Greece with an interview with @Chiguire79. @Chiguire79 is a lawyer and friend of radiobubble, and he explained to us the existing legal framework against racism and its shortcomings but also what we can expect from the new proposed bill against racism, which was finally brought to parliament yesterday.

You can read more about the proposed bill here. You can also find the rest of the shows in this series under the tag fascism and antifascism series.

And of course, you can listen to the podcast after the jump.

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#rbnews international show 11 May 2013: Greece and the 2012 elections, one year on.

In this week’s edition of the #rbnews international show, @tsimitakis and @IrateGreek interviewed Michalis Spourdalakis, professor of political science at the University of Athens and Chairman of the Hellenic Political Science Society. We took stock of the political situation of Greece on the anniversary of the elections of 6 May 2012, which was a political earthquake in which Greece’s traditional bipartisan system collapsed, leading to the rise of alternative political forces, SYRIZA on the left and, most worryingly, Golden Dawn on the far-right.
You can listen to the podcast, as usual, after the jump.

#rbnews international show 29 December 2012 – The year in review

On #rbnews international on 29 December, we reviewed the key events of 2012 with (almost) the whole international team in the studio and contributions from radiobubble’s citizen journalists, listeners and friends.
Special thanks to @doltsevito, @catalternative, @harrisxan, @sotomi, @ypopto_mousi, @serk01, @ailatank, @pexlibanis, @antigoldgreece, @galaxyarchis, @zoemavroudi, @Polyfimos@ManinaF, @mpatman, @Krotkie and @Jaquoutopie for their input. And special thanks to all those – named and unnamed – who contributed lies on Christmas Eve.
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#rbnews international show 01 December 2012 – Skouries special

On the #rbnews international show on 01 December 2012, our guest was @ypopto_mousi. We dicussed at length the issue of gold mining in northern Greece and in particular the Skouries forest in Halkidiki.

In tribute to the struggle of the people of Halkidiki, who are threatened by a massive environmental disaster should the mining project materialize, the music we chose to play this week is taken from a compilation of traditional songs produced by the Cultural Association of Ierissos in the 1960s.

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Walid’s story

Damian Mac Con Uladh (@damomac) investigated the case of Walid, a 29-year-old Egyptian immigrant who was kidnapped and tortured by his employer, a Greek baker, on the island of Salamina last week-end, in what must be one of the most freakish racist crimes committed in Greece. Here is the section of this week’s #rbnews international show where he summarized what he found out.

#rbnews international weekly show – 10 November 2012

On the #rbnews international show on 10 November 2012, our guest was Damian Mac Con Uladh, journalist with the Athens News and the Irish Times. We discussed the international media coverage of Greece in the past two weeks, the challenges facing democracy in Greece and the case the freakish racist attack on Walid, a 29-year-old Egyptian man who was kidnapped and tortured by his employer on the island of Salamina near Piraeus.
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#rbnews international show – 27 October 2012

Our guest on the #rbnews international weekly show today was Aris Chatzistefanou (@xstefanou), of Debtocracy and Catastroika fame. We discussed Golden Dawn, its links with the Greek police force, the many failures of Greek media to handle these issues and the publication of the Lagarde list” in Hot Doc magazine. The weekly news section is a little longer than usual, as there were many things to report this week.
You can listen to the podcast after the jump.