Matina Stevis-Gridneff

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Oh. My. Word. @TedLasso is on Twitter. This is the content we need.
Seems danger has ebbed for now after mass mobilisation of @pyrosvestiki in particular with firefighting aircraft. Fingers crossed no rekindling overnight or as wind picks up. Important that residents were notified early to evacuate.
Another summer glued to the screen and making frantic calls trying to find out if our family home in the north of Athens has survived a raging blaze. The good news is that our tenants have evacuated as have all our neighbors -people are safe.
Appalling to see the French anti-vax campaign appropriate the yellow star. These are people trying to present as victims, but with a sick obsession with the Holocaust and Jews. My latest, on what these "comparisons" are really about @PostOpinions…
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Read this. Great story & brilliant photos up front @nytimes today.…
Flight to island full. At this point it’s been 12 hours since we left home. It was all a bit of a challenge for me, in hyper-protective mode due to kids + year of reclusiveness. Wondering if anxiety will lessen soon (ever?). But looking at the Aegean now, at last. So, worth it.
At gate Covid certificates checked for some, not all passengers. First bus to take passengers to aircraft was packed (poorly done by airline) while the second had a dozen passengers or so. Would have been better to simply split numbers in half between 2 buses, obviously.
Domestic flight delayed (not uncommon), poor comms by airline created stress. That’s when u saw people’s anxiety with crowding at gate boil over. Lots of shouting (also not uncommon). Was busy tending to toddler meltdown w/ newborn in papoose, would otherwise have had my own.
Flight was packed but smooth. Children cooperated. Arrival in Athens a little messy (confusion over splitting passengers staying in Athens vs connecting to domestic flights). Documents checked for all. Airport busy enough but not hectic.
Being organized pays. We had a breeze through @BrusselsAirport. My 1st crowd in a while (I’ve been pregnant on top of the pandemic, avoided groups). Much anxiety around others’ sloppy mask wearing/lack of personal space awareness. Mitigation: focus on own behavior & preparedness.
Holidays in the 2nd year of Covid, with children. A thread of random thoughts & emotions: Air travel ease contingent on Covid documents being in order & meticulous attention to other requirements eg for Greece a passenger form filled out the day before travel at the latest.
Remarkable match up at the Olympics taekwondo: Kimia Alizadeh who became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal in 2016 is now fighting as a refugee is drawn against Iran’s Nahid Kiyani.
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Very much appreciate this generous and glowing review of ‘Bring Back Our Girls,’ by @texasinafrica for @washingtonpost. If you haven’t seen the African Politics Summer reading list, please do!…
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Helpful tool by Brussels Airport that suggests arrival time at the airport taking into account how busy it is.…
Brussels folks. Seeking insights from this week into @BrusselsAirport traffic & queues. Traveling tomorrow with a newborn & a toddler, five suitcases & one bike box. Longer than two hours in advance needed? 😱✈️🏖
"The same week my uncle died, my grandmother was put on a ventilator…Every time I get a call from home, I’m afraid this might be the call to say she’s gone." @LarryMadowo shares his family’s heartbreak as #Africa gets left behind in the race to beat #COVID19. @CNNAfrica | @CNN
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What a feat for the boy from Sepolia, the Bucks have their fans, plus a whole nation, celebrating their victory @Giannis_An34 💙🏆�…3GYZ
Together with peers the NYT ask the US govt to grant humanitarian protection to our brave Afghan colleagues who have worked tirelessly alongside intl correspondents, taking huge personal risks, to inform the world about the war over the past two decades.…
Among the many journalists on the target list for hacking were my colleague @azamsahmed and me. Government abuse of technology like this is a huge threat to press freedom.…
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Carine Kanimba, the daughter of imprisoned Rwandan activist Paul Rusesabagina, has been the victim of a surveillance campaign as per a forensic analysis of her mobile phone that found evidence of multiple attacks using NSO Group spyware…
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Reminded today as I finish off a draft of the best writing advice I've received as a journalist (I think/probably from @EllenBarryNYT) –– if you're struggling to write, do more reporting. It works!
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and his top finance official, Rishi Sunak, will go into self-isolation on Sunday following contact with a cabinet minister who tested positive for the coronavirus.
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"A Special Sadness" As death toll from Western Europe floods mounts, @StevenErlanger finds an epicenter of grief in the German town of Sinzig, where 12 disabled care home residents drowned before help could reach them.…
Seven years today since the downing of MH17 over Ukraine. One of the grimmest stories I’ve had to cover. Remembering the lives of those lost, whose loved ones still seek justice.…
Ethiopian government also accuses Saudi Arabia to use the deportation of its nationals as a foreign policy tool, to oppose its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project…
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Wow not sure what to do with this in the “Keynes” subsection of my brain.…
Belgium warns against travel as flood death toll hits 14
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In broader Louise area, this property agent is collecting donations all day too. Maybe you’re off on holiday, you can donate food/other goods you won’t be needing in months to come. 👇�LT
This morning the local hairdresser knocked on all doors on our street suggesting donations for Liege & other parts of Belgium devastated by floods. Now 10.30am, we’ve put bags of clothes together & a restaurant on the street is getting boxes of food out.…
Historically high mid-summer rainfall inundates northwestern Europe, dozens dead in Germany & Belgium. Developing story here led by ⁦⁦…
One @WFP convoy of 50 trucks with food + other critical aid entered Mekelle, #Tigray this week after days traversing roadblocks. This represents only 1% of the food that is needed for the month. Ethiopians will starve unless more convoys are allowed, & much faster.
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EXCLUSIVE Twitter sees jump in govt demands to remove content of reporters, news outlets: "India submitted most of the removal requests, followed by Turkey, Pakistan and Russia."…
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In the first 24 hours after #Greece Prime Minister Mitsotakis announced that vaccination will become mandatory for certain workers, about 45.000 Greeks booked an appointment for the coming days to get the shot.…
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PSA: Brussels airport has this very useful link with up-to-date travel and document requirements per destination. Worth checking before you travel as it's quite busy & with various document/pcr/PLF/vax requirements, it can be very stressful.…
PM Mitsotakis announces mandatory vaccination measures. Summary: ▪️ Health care workers will face suspension without vaccination. ▪️ Indoor commercial areas (incl. bars, cinemas) allowed for the vaccinated only thru end August. #Greece #COVID19
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Back from three weeks in Ethiopia, mostly in Tigray, where there was a communications blackout which meant I couldn't post updates from the ground. Story in today's paper, but here are some images and thoughts on what I saw.
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Sign of the times: Watch out for flash flooding in NYC subways. via ⁦…
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Senegal to build COVID-19 vaccine plant in bid to expand African access…
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The imprisonment of Jacob Zuma, South Africa's former president, could have serious implications for a factional battle in the nation's once vaunted liberation party, the African National Congress. "We call upon our members to remain calm," the party said.
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Sorry to use the word extraordinary again but it really is. And for what it’s worth, the Beeb should *kill* to get Jess.…
🧐 more like the country that fully exercised its EU opt-out versus the one that’s only gone…L
Happy 10th, Junubin friends.  I'm sorry that your own govt won't even let you celebrate #SouthSudanat10. Here, I gave some #SouthSudan reflections to @atwoodr and @NazModirzadeh on @CrisisGroup's HYF! podcast. Some more reflections below. #THREAD…
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Ten years today since the world’s youngest nation gained independence. If you only read one book as an introduction to South Sudan, its history & path to statehood, make it @petermartell’s First Raise A Flag.…
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