Nothing New under the Balkan Sun, Part II: Exchange Rates

This post was supposed to be about taxes – specifically, about the recurring role of international actors in Greek tax collection. Continuing with the previous post’s theme of “unnerving century-plus continuity in Balkan politics,” I had planned to observe that, if…

Nothing New under the Balkan Sun, Part I: Meat Safety

Astute readers will  no doubt be aware that this is not the first post to include the word ‘meat’ in its title. Last summer, after observing some questionable food service practices at a restaurant in Tirana (E. coli everywhere!), I…

Leftist Critiques of Capitalism & the Total Collapse of Marxist Alternatives

Leftist critiques of neo-liberalism, capitalism, and the current economic configuration of liberal democracy in general (to be sure these are broad categories but I’m not certain the people making these critiques are always terribly specific) are remarkably Anglo/Euro-centric. That is, the scope…