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The Last Temptation

The Last Temptation

In an article entitled “The Last Temptation”, I try to explain why the IMF has rejected calls to re-enter the Greek bailout program, until two conditions have been met.

The Dreyfus Affair and the Georgiou Affair

The Dreyfus Affair and the Georgiou Affair

In a blog post on this website dated January 15, 2016 and titled “A Shocking Summary Statistic” I had noted that the prosecution of former Greek chief statistician Andreas Georgiou is an indication of the moral bankruptcy of the contemporary Greek ruling class— politicians, economists, civil servants, parliamentarians and the judiciary– in other words, of the members of the Greek “elite” that betrayed the ethical standards of their respective professions or public sector positions.

The Athens Tram

The Athens Tram

In an article that appears on huffingtonpost.com on May 9, 2016, I draw a parallel between the Greek economy and the Athens tram and argue that few people have realized that six years ago the Greek economy was placed on rails from which it is nearly impossible to deviate.

International Economy

Miscellaneous

My Teacher, Janet Yellen

My Teacher, Janet Yellen

Much has been written recently about the current Chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, who after a highly successful career at the helm of the Central Bank, will be replaced in February by president Trump’s new pick, Jerome Powell, a current Fed governor.

Why Some Stay Silent

Why Some Stay Silent

In a Letter to the Editor published in the Washington Post on October 15, I argue that the analysis of the Harvey Weinstein scandal would be incomplete without an analysis of the social class that shrugged off the sexual harassment allegations against Donald Trump and voted for him in the 2016 US presidential elections.The same article appeared online on October 13 under the title “There Is a Culture That Accepts Men’s Abuse of Power”.

The Attack

The Attack

Officials and private citizens around the world have condemned the attack of May 25th against Lucas Papademos, former Prime Minister of Greece, as an offense against democratic principles, an act of cowardice, and an intolerable act of terrorism.

President-elect Trump

President-elect Trump

On August 5, 2016 I sent to the NYT the following Letter to the Editor for possible publication: "The analysis of your August 5 editorial titled 'The Perils of Writing-Off Mr. Trump' was spot-on, but your conclusion missed an essential element: Mrs. Clinton should refocus her campaign from jobs, inclusiveness, equality and other lofty policies to a few monikers that best describe her opponent. Some appropriate examples might be "Charlatan Trump", "Bungler Don", and "Swindler T."

Tchaikovsky was gay, too

Tchaikovsky was gay, too

In the November 5, 2016 issue of The Economist I wrote a Letter to the Editor that refers to a story from the Cold War with protagonist the celebrated American pianist Van Cliburn.