Joanna Kakissis

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Working Without Pay A Reality For Much Of Greece's Labor Force

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Nikos Aivatzidis hasn't been paid since 2012 because his employer is in a dispute with the debt-ridden government. But he's afraid that if he stops working, he'll lose decades' worth of severance pay.


'Invisible' Same-Sex Couples Push For Civil Unions In Greece

Friday, February 28, 2014

The LGBT community says Greece is a macho country where being gay means being anti-Greek. Greece currently holds the EU presidency, and activists are using that to spotlight their struggle.


Once Again, Irish Youth Are Leaving For A Better Life Overseas

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sharon O'Flaherty is riding the bus to Limerick, a no-frills city in western Ireland. She's going to see her dying grandmother this Christmas. She hasn't been home in two years.

"I was working for a company for five and a half years," she says. "I got made redundant, and couldn't ...


'They Want To Fit In': An Uphill Struggle For Greece's Roma

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The boys are nervous. A big parade at the local Greek public school is coming up, and they can't afford the uniform: navy pants and a white shirt.

But the boys, all Roma from an impoverished camp near the city of Corinth, are desperate to attend.

"They want to be ...


American's Death Still A Greek Mystery, 65 Years Later

Sunday, October 27, 2013

George Polk may have been born to make history. He was descended from the American president who led the conquest of Texas and much of the Southwest. But for George Polk, Texas was too small, says his brother William.

In the 1930s, "Texas was a little backwater at the time, ...


'Little Maria' A Symbol Of The Many Missing Kids In Europe

Saturday, October 26, 2013

For the last week, a blond girl named Maria became the poster child for missing children in Europe. Police took her from a Roma camp in Northern Greece during a raid while they searched for guns and drugs.

She was hiding under a dirty blanket, they said. Greek media ...


'We Are Next': Greek Jews Fear Rise Of Far-Right Party

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

No one has ever doubted Mois Yussuroum's patriotism. As part of the Greek resistance during World War II, he fought Benito Mussolini's fascist army and then the Nazis.

"The other resistance fighters didn't know I was Jewish," he says, since he used the name "Yiorgos Gazis" in case he was ...


Citing Dignity, Greek Workers Take Over Factory

Friday, July 26, 2013

The financial crisis in Greece has devastated the country's manufacturing sector, which has lost more than 30 percent of its jobs in the past three years. But at one factory in an industrial center in the north, workers have taken matters into their own hands.

Inside the cavernous factory on ...


Mastering A Sea Monster: From Greece, A Lesson In Grilling Octopus

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Greeks have been eating octopus since ancient times, and it's still on the menu of the country's many psarotavernes, or fish taverns.

On the islands, where the catch is often fresh, octopus is grilled over charcoal, seasoned with fresh lemon and served with ouzo. Friends and families often ...


The Battered Old Car That Drove My Father's American Dream

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sometime in 1975, in the first few months after my family moved from Athens, Greece, to Rapid City, S.D., my father bought a junky, gigantic gold Oldsmobile that cost $200.

My sister and I called the car Old Goldie, a name meant to evoke a tough old broad with a ...


'Now What?': Greeks Confront Shutting Of Public Broadcaster

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Greek government has abruptly shut down the country's public broadcasting network and fired all of its staff.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras wants to show the country's creditors, including the European Union and International Monetary Fund, that he's downsizing the public sector, which has been criticized for corruption and bloat. ...


Greece Has A PR Problem. Can It Be Fixed?

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Greece used to be a place with a positive global image: gorgeous islands, friendly people, great food and stunning history.

Then came the financial meltdown. Three years ago, when Greece became the first eurozone country to receive a multibillion-dollar bailout, many international media organizations portrayed Greeks as corrupt tax-evaders who ...


Qatar Covers Nude Statues, Greeks Take Them Back

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The ancient statues depict young men, naked and muscled, in their physical prime. The two sculptures were supposed to celebrate the purity and kinetic beauty of ancient sport in a traveling exhibit, "The Olympics — Past and Present."

But when the Greek exhibit reached the conservative Muslim emirate ...


Don't Call It 'Turkish' Coffee, Unless, Of Course, It Is

Saturday, April 27, 2013

When I was in Istanbul in March, I stopped by a tiny cafe called Mandabatmaz, near Taksim Square. Ten Bulgarian tourists were inside, waiting for demitasses of rich, strong coffee "so thick even a water buffalo wouldn't sink in it," according to a translation of the cafe's name.

I ...


Young Greeks Find 'The Math Just Doesn't Work' Amid Crisis

Sunday, April 07, 2013

The latest statistics show Greece and Spain with the highest unemployment rates in the eurozone, both at more than 26 percent. For young Greeks, the numbers are much worse: Nearly 60 percent of people under 25 are out of work, a figure that is expected to rise.

These aren't just ...


In Seaside Cypriot Town, Russians Of Modest Means Cry Foul

Monday, April 01, 2013

Borscht and vareniki are on the menu at Taras Bulba, a restaurant named after Nikolai Gogol's Ukrainian folk hero. It's one of many Russian-owned businesses in Limassol, Cyprus.

Approximately 30,000 Russians live in this city — about a quarter of the population. There are Russian hair salons, supermarkets, schools and ...