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About Iannis Carras
Iannis Carras is an economic and social historian of the 18th century Balkan and Russian worlds. He is active in Greek NGOs and has been a parliamentary candidate in the Athens region for the Greek Green Party.
Articles by Iannis Carras
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Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.
Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.
En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.
Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?
No to TTIP
And then they began to speak with tongues. And the multitude came together, and were confounded, because every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying how is it that we hear every man in our own tongue?
Technologically engendered instant translation will transform conversation, and hence our understanding of one another. A chip in the ear, and we will comprehend on the cheap, reducing transaction costs to collective decision making… a road map for open democracy within and between societies.
And what will have been overcome? Babel? Perhaps even human nature itself?
Wikipedia / Confusion of Tongues
On the eve of the election of a new Patriarch, Iannis Carras reviews a new book about the role of the Russian Orthodox Church during the transition from communism. John and Carol Garrard cast fresh light on the late Patriach Aleksii's diplomatic skills, which his successor sorely needs to match.