RUINS: CHRONICLE OF AN HIV WITCH-HUNT

“Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt” is a documentary about the criminalization of HIV. Directed by Zoe Mavroudi, it tells the story of a group of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Greek Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their mug shots and personal data were published in the media, in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections.

“Ruins” premieres in the Benaki Museum – Peiraios Street Annex, Athens, on Sunday September 15th, 7pm, and the Aula Maxima, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, on Tuesday September 17th, 7pm. Both screenings will be followed by a discussion with the film director. Screenings are open to the public and entrance is free. After a round of public screenings in Greece and abroad, “Ruins” will become available online.

Visit the “Ruins” website for more information and related material.

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THE LITERALITY OF NAZISM

It is not that a neonazi Far-Right is rising as a force external to the Democratic system. It is that the Democratic system has incorporated it into its core and is being consciously nazified by reproducing its agenda…

Burning nazi flags to protest Angela Merkel’s visit to Athens was, to say the least, in bad taste. Though she has been called by columnists in the international Media “the most dangerous German politician since Adolph Hitler”, though the German brand of nationalist neoliberalism may be wrecking any hopes for the European project which might have remained, Ms Merkel is no nazi. I know, I’ve seen the nazis. In Greece.

It is nightmarish, but there it is: we speak about neonazis in Greece and we are being absolutely literal.

Interestingly, though, what brings about this literality is not Golden Dawn’s 7% in the summer elections, not even recent opinion polls that show the popularity of this neonazi party rising by the day, but rather the Democratic system itself through the wanton nazification of its institutions.

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