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Phoebe Greenwood is a freelance journalist and writer based in Athens, Greece. She was formerly an editor and correspondent at Guardian News & Media.
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Chris van Tulleken

14 Dec 2023  |  www.perspectivemedia.com
Chris van Tulleken discusses his book 'Ultra-Processed People', which resonated with the public due to its insights into nutrition and the food industry. As an infectious diseases specialist, he links child infections to aggressive marketing of baby food. Van Tulleken advocates for real food choices and addresses the role of poverty in obesity. He suggests ending financial ties between food policy influencers and companies profiting from diet-related diseases. He recommends Bee Wilson, Rob Percival, and Dolly Theis for a government task force on food and praises the charity TastEd for integrating food knowledge into education. He is skeptical about 'wonder' weight-loss drugs like Wegovy and emphasizes the dangers of industrialized food. Van Tulleken denies any telepathic abilities with his twin brother Xand and names Carlos Monteiro as his nutrition hero. His favorite restaurant is Sweet Thursday in Dalston, and he humorously recounts serving 'micro-turkeys' for Christmas.

It was hell but the owner said, you have to work: dying from heat in Greece

06 Oct 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
The article highlights the severe impact of extreme heat on workers in Greece, particularly those in the tourism industry, amid the hottest summer in 50 years. It discusses the challenges faced by individuals like Andreas Mallis, a boat-tour operator, and Ihab, a souvlaki chef, who must work in unbearable conditions to sustain their livelihoods. The Greek government's response, under the right-wing New Democracy party, is criticized for its inefficiency and failure to protect workers, exacerbating the economic and health crises. The article underscores the broader implications of climate change and the urgent need for effective policies to mitigate its effects.

Dying from heat in Greece

04 Aug 2023  |  the Guardian
Greece is experiencing the hottest summer in 50 years, with temperatures reaching up to 48C, leading to wildfires and heat-related illnesses. Tourists and workers on Greek islands are suffering from the extreme heat, with some succumbing to heatstroke. The tourism industry, a vital part of Greece's economy, is at risk as workers, such as boat-tour operator Andreas Mallis, struggle to maintain their livelihoods amidst the harsh conditions. The government's emergency measures and the labor laws are criticized as insufficient, with reports of workers being forced to continue in unbearable conditions. The New Democracy party, despite public outrage over its handling of the crisis, was re-elected, raising concerns about the state's efficiency in addressing the climate crisis and its impact on the economy.

Road trip with Apollo

13 Jun 2023  |  www.perspectivemedia.com
Phoebe Greenwood recounts a road trip through Greece with the ashes of her therapist, Sara, a Jungian who valued myth. They visit Nafplio, the first capital of free Greeks, and other significant historical sites. Greenwood reflects on Greek myths, particularly the story of Clytemnestra, and draws parallels with modern issues like the MeToo movement. She contemplates forgiveness and the symbolic nature of murder in myths, ultimately scattering some of Sara's ashes in a remote cove and saving the last for a well in Athens where Apollo divined the future.

Living off grid

13 May 2023  |  www.perspectivemedia.com
Living off-grid in rural Portugal presents unique challenges and rewards, as recounted by former BBC foreign correspondent Alastair Leithead. The narrative highlights the importance of a reliable vehicle, community support, and self-sufficiency in managing essentials like water, power, and internet. The author reflects on the resilience required to live disconnected from conventional services and the sense of belonging within a diverse community of fellow outsiders. The story underscores the blend of personal growth and practical knowledge gained from this lifestyle, set against the backdrop of Portugal's rich history and natural beauty.

Critical journalists in Serbia face rising violence and harassment

01 Apr 2023  |  euronews
The article discusses the challenges faced by journalists in Serbia, focusing on the harassment and violence against them, particularly those who are critical of the government. It highlights the case of Serbian journalist Slobodan Georgiev, who has been labeled a traitor and a spy after reporting on government corruption. The article also covers the experiences of other journalists and media outlets like BIRN, Nova S, Vreme, and KRIK, which have faced similar issues. The Serbian government, led by President Aleksander Vučić, is criticized for its role in suppressing media freedom, with the World Press Freedom Index noting Serbia as 'partly free'. Despite the challenges, journalists like Brankica Stanković continue to work towards maintaining independent media in the country. The article also touches on Serbia's desire to join the EU, which requires a free and independent media as a condition for accession.

My therapist told me she was dying

10 Dec 2022  |  www.theguardian.com
The article narrates the personal experience of the author with their therapist, Sara Dryburgh, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Despite the grim prognosis, Sara continued her therapy sessions, refusing additional payment, and focused on teaching the author how to live without her and how to face death with dignity. Sara's approach to therapy was unconventional, blending Jungian existentialism with her own unique philosophies, and she remained a source of strength and inspiration for the author. The author details their journey of personal growth, the impact of Sara's guidance, and the final days of Sara's life, highlighting her resilience, humor, and the concept of 'good augit' - finding the good in every experience. Sara's death leaves a profound impact on the author, who learns to embrace life's challenges with a new perspective, influenced by Sara's teachings.

The unexpected joy of saying no

06 Oct 2022  |  Perspective Magazine
The author reflects on their personal experiences after moving to Athens, Greece, from London. They discuss the unique 'energy' of the city, which initially attracted them due to aspects like the appearance of men, lower rents, and food, but now appreciate it for its intrinsic vibe. The article highlights the cultural aspect of saying 'no' in Athens, which is not seen as rude but as a form of asserting community over capital. This cultural trait was exemplified during the 2015 economic crisis when Greeks preferred to reject EU help rather than compromise on their way of life. The author notes that adapting to this culture is essential for anyone wishing to stay in Athens.

On September 1, new license plate regulations come into effect in northern Kosovo which some fear could trigger a war in the Balkans. Others feel however that the tensions of 30 days ago are the precursor to negotiation not conflict.

In the final part of the investigation into the killing of Joe Campbell, we look at the frustrations of the family as they have sought justice and the fears that the planned legislation by Boris Johnson's government could deny them again.

In 1977, Joe Campbell, a Catholic officer in the RUC, was murdered. The third part of our investigation looks at his family's search for his killer and why there are many who believe the British government is implicated.

In the second part of a major investigation into the murder of Joe Campbell, this is the story of the hunt for Joe Campbell's killer and the failures of the police which have denied his family justice for 45 years.

Joe Campbell, a Catholic in the RUC, was murdered in 1977. For 45 years, his family have looked for justice. This weekend, in a major four-part investigation, we explore the circumstances of his death and who killed him.

How Britain lost its marbles: what a tussle for restitution in the art world tells us about modern England

From fridges to cash handouts, Serbia’s re-elected President is following the populist handbook, and locals are beginning to lose hope

Presentation of Four Rare Breast Cancer Cases in a District General Hospital Over Six Months

01 May 2022  |  European Journal of Surgical Oncology
A poster highlights four histopathologically rare breast cancer cases presented at a district general hospital over a six-month period. The cases include a neuroendocrine tumour, a small cell carcinoma, a solitary fibrous tumour, and a metaplastic carcinoma, with incidences ranging from less than 1% to less than 5% of breast cancers. The report discusses case management, staging, and treatment options, emphasizing the rarity and specific characteristics of each cancer type.

Serbia ‘sliding towards autocracy’ as president secures second term

21 Apr 2022  |  www.theguardian.com
Serbia's President Aleksandar Vučić, recently re-elected, is accused by democracy watchdogs and activists of leading the country towards autocracy. The election campaign was tainted with allegations of bribery, intimidation, and gerrymandering. Despite winning 60% of the presidential vote, the parliamentary and Belgrade city elections' outcomes are contested due to reported irregularities. Vučić faces a dilemma between EU membership aspirations and traditional ties with Russia, especially after the war in Ukraine. The EU expects Serbia to condemn Russia's actions and join sanctions, which analysts believe Vučić will do if the war persists. Civil society in Serbia is under pressure, with reports of attacks on activists and a lack of media freedom. The European Commission's 2021 report highlighted concerns about Serbia's democratic backsliding, including assaults on opposition and activists, corruption, and state control over institutions.

WE EXPOSE THE TRUE FACE OF AUSTRALIA: it’s holding Djokovic hostage until we agree to the “Rio Tinto” mine!

22 Jan 2022  |  The Currency
The Serbian tabloid magazine Republika published a sensational headline accusing Australia of holding tennis player Novak Djokovic hostage over a mining deal with Rio Tinto. This claim diverges from the mainstream media's narrative, which reports that Djokovic was detained in Melbourne due to his unvaccinated status against Covid-19, despite having a medical exemption to enter the country for the Australian Open. The article also mentions protests at the Australian embassy in Serbia, where demonstrators threw tennis balls at the building.

The Case of Julian Assange and the Threat to Press Freedom

01 Jul 2021  |  The Spectator World
The article discusses the case of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher, focusing on his potential extradition to the US and the implications for press freedom. Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur for Torture, initially dismissed Assange's case but later became involved after assessing the severity of Assange's situation. Assange faces 17 counts under the Espionage Act for publishing classified documents, which exposed US war crimes. Despite the gravity of the situation and the support from major rights organizations, there is silence from many media and political groups. Assange's legal team, including Gareth Peirce and Jen Robinson, argue that his continued imprisonment is politically motivated. The article also touches on the Obama administration's stance on Assange, the Trump administration's indictment, and the lack of action from the Biden administration. It concludes with the dire outcomes Assange faces: either freedom or death, and the dangerous precedent his case could set for journalism worldwide.

Will the right save Julian Assange?

01 Jun 2021  |  spectator.com.au
In late 2018, Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur for Torture, was initially reluctant to intervene on behalf of Julian Assange after being contacted by Assange's lawyers. Melzer had dismissed Assange as 'the rapist hacker guy' but reconsidered after being warned that Assange's extradition to the US, where he faces charges under the Espionage Act, could be imminent.

Will green technology kill Chile's deserts? – video

18 Feb 2020  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the environmental and social implications of lithium mining in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The Atacama is not only the driest desert in the world but also potentially the oldest, and it is a key location for lithium, which is crucial for rechargeable batteries in green technologies. Indigenous leaders and scientists are concerned that the Chilean government's plans to exploit this resource to support the global demand for green energy will have detrimental effects on the desert's ecosystem. The issue has escalated to the point of inciting violent protests, with a strong local movement pushing for a halt to the mining activities to preserve the desert.

Voices from the Border: A Journey Along the UK's Brexit Frontline

09 Dec 2019  |  www.theguardian.com
Journalists Phoebe Greenwood and Ekaterina Ochagavia have traveled along the UK border to gauge the sentiments of the residents ahead of the general election, which has been largely influenced by the ongoing Brexit crisis. The border has been a significant point of contention in the Brexit debate, and the article explores the perspectives of those who live there, delving into their concerns and expectations regarding the election and its potential impact on the border situation.

Lord of the Rain: one man's fight against climate catastrophe – video

04 Jul 2019  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the plight of Doyte, a resident of South Omo in Ethiopia, who is known as the Lord of the Rain. Doyte's traditional role is to summon the rains, but for the past five years, the region has been experiencing a severe drought due to the climate crisis. Despite Ethiopia's booming economy, which is supported by green power and climate-resilient policies, the government has been unable to mitigate the environmental devastation caused by the changing climate. The situation highlights the challenges faced by remote areas in dealing with the effects of global climate change.

The Greek Economist's New Battle: DiEM25 and the Fight for Democracy

10 May 2019  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the return of a Greek economist who is leading a new political movement called DiEM25. With support from celebrities like Pamela Anderson and notable figures, the movement aims to combat ultra-right populism and revitalize democracy in the EU. The movement's efforts are particularly significant as the European parliamentary elections draw near. The journalist, Phoebe Greenwood, explores whether this radical agenda is gaining traction and if people are paying attention to the movement's message.

The Greek Economist's New Battle: DiEM25 and the Fight for Democracy

10 May 2019  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the return of a Greek economist who is leading a new political movement called DiEM25. With support from celebrities like Pamela Anderson and notable figures, the movement aims to combat ultra-right populism and revitalize democracy in the EU. The movement's efforts are particularly significant as the European parliamentary elections draw near. The journalist, Phoebe Greenwood, explores whether this radical agenda is gaining traction and if people are paying attention to the movement's message.

Ireland’s Hidden Homelessness Epidemic

20 Dec 2018  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the personal story of Nuala and her daughter Laura, who were evicted from their home in Dublin after their landlord was forced to sell the property. Despite being on the council house waiting list for over six years, they are still far from getting a house and have become part of Ireland's growing homeless population. The journalist, Phoebe Greenwood, investigates the broader issue of hidden homelessness in Ireland, highlighting the struggles of nearly 10,000 people and 1,700 families who are currently without a home.

Kazakhstan's Green Energy Ambitions

14 Nov 2018  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses Kazakhstan's ambitious plan to transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to one focused on green energy, as envisioned by its president for life, Nursultan Nazarbayev. Despite the country's wealth in oil, gas, and coal, Nazarbayev has set a goal for a dramatic shift towards renewable energy sources. The journalist, Phoebe Greenwood, explores the feasibility of this vision by traveling to the Kazakh capital, Astana, and the Aral Sea region, which faces significant challenges such as rural poverty, infrastructure issues, and environmental crises.

Roddy Doyle depicts Ireland's homeless crisis in new film Rosie

11 Oct 2018  |  the Guardian
Roddy Doyle's new film 'Rosie' portrays a working-class family's struggle with homelessness in Ireland, reflecting the country's housing crisis. The film coincides with a surge in homelessness, with families being pushed out of the private rental market. Local authorities provide emergency accommodation, but the system is strained, and the government's response is criticized as inadequate. Activists have been evicted from protests, and a recent budget failed to address the need for public housing. The film aims to humanize the crisis beyond statistics and has sparked discussions on the government's role in the housing market.

Is this Russian director a criminal or a critic of the state?

27 Oct 2017  |  www.vice.com
Kirill Serebrennikov, a prominent Russian director, has been under house arrest since August, accused of embezzling state funds. His supporters, including Ksenia Sobchak, argue that the charges are politically motivated to silence his criticism of the state and church. Detractors like Nikita Milkhalkov see it as a straightforward case of theft. The case has sparked significant debate, highlighting tensions between Russia's liberal intelligentsia and conservative establishment.

Anger and mistrust in Gaza as Hamas hunts for Israel 'collaborators'

19 Jul 2017  |  www.theguardian.com
The article discusses the execution of Abdullah al-Nashar, a former presidential guard for Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, by Hamas for allegedly aiding Israel in the assassination of Hamas military chief Mazen Fuqha. Nashar and two others were executed without legal representation or human rights groups' access. The article explores the tension between Hamas and Israel, with Israel denying involvement in the assassination and Hamas running campaigns against collaborators. It also touches on the control Israel has over Gaza's borders and how NGOs like Gisha and Physicians for Human Rights help Palestinians navigate permit applications, while noting that Israel uses these opportunities to recruit informants. The article includes perspectives from Nashar's family, who believe his confession was coerced, and from Reuven Berko, a retired Israeli colonel, on the recruitment of collaborators.

Greece's youth are leaving cities as the country struggles with record unemployment

20 Mar 2017  |  www.vice.com
Greece is facing a severe economic crisis, with a 50 percent unemployment rate among the youth and 30 percent among highly educated 25- to-34-year-olds. Maria Terilidou, a tri-lingual with three degrees, is employed at a call center and lives with her parents, considering herself fortunate. The crisis has led to over 140,000 recent graduates emigrating since 2010. The Greek government is negotiating for more bailout loans in Brussels and is seeking support for a €3 billion scheme to create 450,000 temporary jobs.

Israel's plan to build more West Bank settlements will complicate the peace process

14 Feb 2017  |  www.vice.com
Israel's plan to build new settlements in the West Bank is a pressing issue for America's Israel policy. Despite U.S. President Donald Trump's request for a slowdown, Prime Minister Netanyahu's administration has announced the creation of 6,000 new settler units and legalized thousands of outposts since Trump's inauguration. This expansion is likely to affect the already stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

UN accused of failing as north-east Nigeria at risk of famine

14 Jul 2016  |  www.theguardian.com
The UN and Nigerian authorities are under scrutiny for their inadequate response to a severe food crisis in northern Nigeria, which is on the brink of becoming the worst famine in decades. The crisis, exacerbated by Boko Haram's insurgency and the military's tight control over the region, has left 4.4 million people severely food insecure. Despite the urgent need for aid, the UN has secured only a fraction of the necessary funds. Médecins Sans Frontières has criticized the UN for its insufficient action, while the Nigerian military denies the severity of the situation. The crisis is most acute outside Maiduguri, where aid access is limited and starvation deaths are occurring. The former chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency accuses the government of neglect and concealing the crisis, while the current chairman admits the situation exceeds Nigeria's capacity to respond.

Tackling antisemitism in Manchester

22 Feb 2016  |  theguardian.com
In response to a rise in antisemitic attacks in the UK, coinciding with Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza and a broader wave of antisemitism across Europe, Phoebe Greenwood reports from Prestwich, Manchester, which hosts the second largest Jewish community in the UK. The report explores the community's increasing feelings of unsafety and discusses potential causes and solutions for the rise in antisemitism.

Swedish asylum policy fuels support for far-right nationalist party

24 Nov 2015  |  the Guardian
In Sweden, growing frustration with a liberal asylum policy is driving support towards the Sweden Democrats (SD), a far-right nationalist party with neo-Nazi origins. An opinion poll showed a significant rise in SD's popularity following the Paris attacks. The party, now the third-largest in Sweden, advocates for reduced immigration and opposes multiculturalism. The government's recent introduction of border checks is seen by SD as insufficient. The party's distancing from extremist elements and its stance on immigration have led to increased political legitimacy, despite concerns from anti-fascist groups and a rise in anti-immigrant violence, including arson attacks on asylum centers and a racially motivated school attack in Trollhättan.

Generation Bataclan: young Parisians after the Isis terror attacks – video

20 Nov 2015  |  theguardian.com
One week after Isis terrorists attacked a rock concert, a football match, and bars in Paris, targeting the city's youth, Phoebe Greenwood speaks with young Parisians who are in shock and feel like they are at war. The attacks occurred on Friday 13 November and have deeply affected the multicultural neighbourhoods, particularly the patrons of the Bataclan music venue.

Is this the third intifada?

18 Oct 2015  |  theguardian.com
Violence has escalated across Israel and the Palestinian territories, with eight Israelis killed in Palestinian attacks and 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire, including 17 labeled as attackers. The Guardian's Phoebe Greenwood reports from the West Bank to explore the reasons behind the unrest and the involvement of Palestinian women.

Greek no vote: 'The fightback for a Europe of dignity starts here'

06 Jul 2015  |  theguardian.com
Syriza supporters gathered in Athens' Syntagma square to celebrate a historic referendum outcome. The 'no' vote, referred to as 'oxi', was seen as a moment of Greek unity and defiance against perceived intimidation, despite causing jitters on the financial markets.

Boris Johnson: mayor, MP ... prime minister?

08 May 2015  |  theguardian.com
Boris Johnson has returned to Westminster as the MP for Uxbridge and is considered a strong contender to succeed David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party and potentially as prime minister, with Cameron indicating he will not stand for a third term.

Election night 2015 – as it happened

07 May 2015  |  www.theguardian.com
The Ulster Unionist candidate Tom Elliott has won the Fermanagh/South Tyrone seat in the UK elections, defeating Sinn Féin's Michelle Gildernew. This marks the first loss of a Westminster seat for Sinn Féin since 1992, a significant shift in a region where they have been the dominant political force.

Natalie Bennett debunks myths about Green policy

27 Mar 2015  |  the Guardian
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party, in an interview with Phoebe Greenwood, addresses misconceptions about her party's policies as reported by tabloid media. She clarifies that the Green Party does not support moving the Queen to a council house but does advocate for legalizing brothels and encouraging football clubs to be owned by cooperatives. Bennett refutes the claim of having 'no limits on migration to the UK' and the necessity for the BBC to air educational programs during prime-time.

The leader interviews: Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrats - video

20 Mar 2015  |  the Guardian
Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, reflects on his time as deputy prime minister and the challenges of coalition government with the Conservatives in an interview with the Guardian's Phoebe Greenwood. He acknowledges the difficulties his party faced following the reversal on tuition fees and discusses the party's recovery process.

Nick Clegg on Theresa May, Michael Gove and David Cameron – video

20 Mar 2015  |  the Guardian
Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, discusses his working relationship with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and describes his strained relationships with Tory cabinet members Michael Gove and Theresa May.

Nick Clegg on being anti-establishment – video

20 Mar 2015  |  theguardian.com
Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, asserts his anti-establishment stance in an interview with Phoebe Greenwood, despite having been in government for five years. He criticizes Westminster and prime minister's questions as 'a joke' and distinguishes his position from populism, which he associates with the SNP and Ukip.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon: I can't rule out a second independence referendum - video

06 Mar 2015  |  www.theguardian.com
Shortly after Scotland's decision to stay in the UK, Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, does not dismiss the idea of a second independence referendum. She suggests that such a referendum could be contingent on the UK leaving the EU under a Conservative-led government.

Jewish man 'shouting Allahu akbar' shot dead at Jerusalem's Western Wall

21 Jun 2013  |  telegraph.co.uk
A 46-year-old Israeli man, known in Jerusalem's Old City and reported to have worked at a local soup kitchen, was shot dead by a security guard at the Western Wall after shouting 'Allahu akbar' and appearing to reach into his pocket. The guard believed the man was a Palestinian attempting a terror attack. The incident is under investigation by the Israeli police, with spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld stating that such events are rare at the Western Wall. The site was closed for several hours for forensic examination. Regular worshippers described the man as homeless with a history of erratic behavior. The Western Wall is a significant Jewish religious site, located below the Al Aqsa mosque, a Muslim holy site, highlighting the area's centrality to the Middle East conflict.

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