An Essay in Photographs, 2015–2016.

2020 was an absolute rigmarole of heartache, tragedy, and an odd chaotic comedy of all things bizarre for me. Life had turned into a mean artifice wherein things that were taken for granted suddenly became precious. Lockdowns in Istanbul, Royal Leamington Spa, and Athens imposed an isolated and almost loveless existence — vague and uncertain. Luckily, I found people and friends in each of those cities to form some sort of solidarity with in the struggle against the pandemic. …

The Effects of Russian Insecurity


In 1947 the legendary diplomat George F. Kennan sent his “Long Telegram” from his desk as charge d’affaires at the United States embassy at Moscow to the State Department in Washington DC. Perhaps the most significant document outlining the future relationship between the United States and the then Soviet Union. It describes amongst many important political items, the origins of the historically Russian disposition to the world beyond its frontiers and specifically the West. Today, in a post-Cold War era, Russia is still acting in much the same way that Kennan described in his report:

“At bottom of Kremlin’s neurotic…

For the Left to be a viable and strong political option in this new chaotic decade, it must move to the centre-ground.

The decade in Europe started with what seemed to be the death of the Left and the enthronement of neoliberal economics enforced by the “European Troika” (Commission, ECB, and IMF) and dogmatic figures like the stern German minister of finance Wolfgang Schäuble. …

A future after Covid-19 is a daunting thought. How might we be able to return to normality is an even more daunting question, as the Ithaca that we seek to harbour in again is no longer there. Writing on the 8th of April, what will come to be known as the early days of this history, leaves a lot liable to change. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved into intensive care two nights ago. He suffers under the heavy burden of leading the country and fighting through the debilitating effects of this new Coronavirus, which has claimed the lives…

Odysseas Digbassanis

History and Politics undergraduate at the University of Warwick. Originally from Greece. I’ve lived in Madrid, Ankara, New York, and Athens.

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