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Politis - Cyprus | 18/01/2016

Charlie Hebdo's new Alan cartoon goes too far

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has triggered a fierce debate on the social networks with a cartoon on the New Year's Eve attacks in Cologne that depicts an older version of the dead refugee boy Alan as a molester. The magazine has really gone too far now, the liberal daily Politis criticises: "Unfortunately the cartoonists have lost all sense of proportion. Their black humour has turned into meanness and become personal. Imagine how Alan's father will feel if he sees this cartoon. You can't 'exploit' a picture of a drowned boy and hope that the readers will see the sense behind this. … Satire should not and cannot be censored. But a certain internal balance is necessary. You have to set your own limits to prevent satire from getting nasty or turning into a crude joke."

Politis - Cyprus | 15/06/2015

Creditors want to topple Athens' leftist gov't

A deep rift divides the people of Greece from the powerful in Brussels, the liberal daily Politis observes: "The Greeks want a Europe that shows solidarity, not one that acts against it. A Europe that doesn't try to recoup its loans from the pockets of the poor through a rise in VAT and 300-euro pensions. ... What's more, the Greek government should try to get out of this tug of war that is increasingly sapping its strength. It's clear that the demands of the neoliberal power centre in Brussels are of a political, not an economic nature. Their goal is to humiliate this leftist government before the eyes of the Greeks. ... And the inexperienced Greek government should understand that it's not dealing with partners but with foes."

Politis - Cyprus | 11/11/2013

Germany a worse tax haven than Cyprus

Germany is making it exceedingly easy for tax dodgers to hide their money and capital returns from the governments of their home countries, according to the Financial Secrecy Index published by the Tax Justice Network last week. With its place in the top ten, Germany has lost its reputation as a spearhead in the fight against tax evasion, the liberal daily Politis writes: "No doubt all the Cypriots who saw the troika positively are now sad. The very same troika that supposedly came with the goal of improving our situation and showing us how to fight corruption. ... Now this index is here and the nice picture of the holy German empire that fights corruption and tax evasion has been destroyed. ... How is this possible? Germany ranked eighth on the Financial Secrecy Index! And Cyprus at place 41 - behind even Belgium and the Netherlands!"

Politis - Cyprus | 11/03/2013

For Christos Chalikiopoulos Chávez was more democratic than the Europeans

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who died last week, was always criticised by Western politicians for his authoritarian style of government. But columnist Christos Chalikiopoulos writes in the liberal daily Politis that Chávez was more democratic than Europe's politicians: "Chávez didn't privatise his country's mineral resources and he didn't destroy its public health care or education system. … He didn't pass any cucumber directives. He didn't turn the citizens into greedy consumers and jobless beggars. … He didn't play deadly games with bonds and yields. He didn't put together a troika to plunder the countries of the South with harsh austerity measures and pitiful wages and make their economies entirely dependent. … Chávez was far more democratic than the Europe of pillages - and that of mercenary troops and air strikes. He didn't invade Iraq or Libya on the pretext of protecting civilians and democratising the country. He didn't send the soldiers of his country to Afghanistan to bomb wedding ceremonies and watch over opium production. Chávez was far more democratic than the Europe of genetically engineered social democracy."

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