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In rural Greece, quiet resilience in the face of economic calamity

Spyros Tsakiris / The associated press  Pensioner Panagiotis Theodoropoulos smokes a cigarette in a restaurant in the village of Karitaina on Thursday. Residents in that rural village are split on the value of membership in the eurozone, as many think the austerity measures imposed by the EU are unfair.

Spyros Tsakiris / The associated press
Pensioner Panagiotis Theodoropoulos smokes a cigarette in a restaurant in the village of Karitaina on Thursday. Residents in that rural village are split on the value of membership in the eurozone, as many think the austerity measures imposed by the EU are unfair.

KARITAINA, GREECE—Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch. If Greece’s financial crisis deepens, as many believe it must, he can feed his children and grandchildren with the bounty of the land in this proud village high in the mountains of the Arcadia Peloponnese. “I have my lettuce, my onions, I have my hens, my birds, I will manage,” he said. He can no longer access his full pension payment, though, because of government controls imposed six days ago…

 

Indonesian President to focus on urban resilience

The President of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo, plans to launch a National Disaster Risk Reduction Movement in October this year that will include a focus on urban areas of the vast country which is exposed to a wide range of natural and man-made hazards. The news was announced at the close of three days of high-level training for 30 officials in urban resilience provided by the National Authority for Disaster Management (BNPB) as part of its commitment to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction…

 

Skyline: Cincinnati’s skyline an image of resilience

To me, it’s a landscape of visages representing the values that built this city: Patience, perseverance, loyalty and labor. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Cincinnati’s tallest two buildings — Carew Tower and Great American Tower at Queen City Square — were built during times of economic calamity. John J. Emery had a plan for Carew Tower that the 1929 stock market crash could not alter. It was the same with John F. Barrett, whose Western & Southern Financial Group broke ground on the 41-story tower in May 2008, at the height of the Great Recession…

 

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