November 27, 2014

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Soros: The EU is a “Failed” Experiment In “International Governance”

Steven MacMillan (NEO) -  Is the Western elite’s brainchild – the European Union – disintegrating? Due to persistent economic problems, the rise of “popular resentment” across the continent, the political fallout after the illegal coup in Ukraine and the subsequent unpopular economic war on Russia, the EU is on the verge of crumbling. In an interview with France 24, the hedge fund manager, billionaire and founder of the Open Society Foundation, George Soros, reveals that the European Union has failed to achieve the desires of the elite and many within Europe now see “Russia as a role model”:
    “We have to recognise that the [European] Union itself, which is a noble, well-intended experiment in international governance, has failed, and has not delivered what it promised, and there is such a degree of disappointment that even Russia can offer an alternative.” (3.21 into the interview)
Soros then asserts that many in Europe – including the UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, Front National President Marine Le Pen in France, as well as “a lot of people in Germany” – find the idea of “closer cooperation with Russia rather attractive”.

Europe has been in crisis for years now and the outcome of this latest flare up with Russia could determine the future of the EU itself. In an article featured in The New York Review this month titled: Wake Up, Europe, Soros notes that since the financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent austerity policies imposed by the nefarious troika, “popular resentment” and support for anti-European parties has risen:
    “The European Union in general and the eurozone in particular lost their way after the financial crisis of 2008.The fiscal rules that currently prevail in Europe have aroused a lot of popular resentment. Anti-Europe parties captured nearly 30 percent of the seats in the latest elections for the European Parliament but they had no realistic alternative to the EU to point to until recently. Now Russia is presenting an alternative that poses a fundamental challenge to the values and principles on which the European Union was originally founded…. It is also high time for the European Union to take a critical look at itself… The bureaucracy of the EU no longer has a monopoly of power and it has little to be proud of.”
The elite have become increasingly fearful of popular uprisings across the West which they seek to “co-opt and channel”, as Paul Joseph Watson reported for Infowars in September. As anger continues to mount in the West at the ineptitude and immorality of government, the elite will attempt to “co-opt” organic movements and even create artificial political movements to guide and neutralize “popular passions”.

The EU: An extension of the Anglo-American Elite

The EU is the brainchild of an international elite who have been in the process of building an empire for over a century, with the EU serving as “a bold experiment in international governance and the rule of law, aimed at replacing nationalism and the use of force”. The EU is an experiment in replacing national countries with a union which is to be amalgamated with emerging sovereignty-usurping unions across the planet, including the North American Union and a possible Middle Eastern Union, into a global empire. The executive body of the EU – the European Commission – is a corporate partner of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA), the parallel British government which strives for global conquest.

√Čtienne Davignon, a former European Commissioner and an influential architect of European integration, revealed that the annual Anglo-American conference – the Bilderberg group – “helped create the Euro in the 1990’s.” Soros himself is hugely entrenched within the shadow world empire, as he heads up the European Council on Foreign Relations in addition to being heavily involved with the Council on Foreign Relations in the U.S.

Blowback from Economic Warfare on Russia

Europe has been the home of protests by irate farmers who have been hit hardest by the nonsensical political decision to impose sanctions on Russia following the illegal Western coup in Kiev. In response to Western sanctions, Russia imposed a ban on food imports in August from countries backing the sanctionsresulting in lower food prices in Europe as produce floods the market yet demand has dropped from a major importer in the East. This ban would never have been applied if the West did not overthrow the government in Kiev, and then further antagonise Moscow by implementing sanctions on the country. The loss of trade due to lower food exports is set to cost the EU an estimated $6.6 billion a year, yet the social blowback from the agricultural sector in an already sensitive and potentially volatile continent could be unquantifiable.

France has been gripped by numerous protests over the past few months as living standards continue to fall and the prohibition of exporting certain foods to Russia takes effect. Farmers in Brittany torched tax officesin addition to dumping cauliflower, artichokes and manure outside government offices during a protest in mid September, due to frustration with government policies. An estimated 36,000 people participated in a nation-wide protest in France earlier this month where they again dumped manure and rotten vegetablesoutside local government buildings, partly due to being unable to export food to Russia.

Spain has also seen protests by the farming sector over Russian sanctions, as agricultural unions dumped surplus potatoes outside the French multinational retailer Carrefour in Granada. The unions were protesting against the price Carrefour pays for their crops as well as the European Commission’s Emergency Fund not covering the loss potato farmers are experiencing due to reduced food exports. The fund purchases surplus stock from certain products produced to compensate farmers unable to export food to Russia, but it does not cover superfluous potato stocks.

Dissent and opposition to the policies of the EU is much broader than just the blowback from imposing sanctions on Russia however, as “it could be argued that the majority of citizens are opposed to the current conditions” on the continent. Austerity has decimated Southern Europe and anti-austerity rallies have become a fixture of life for many Europeans. In October, Naples witnessed thousands of people taking to the streets outside a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting held in Italy, where protestors demanded an end to austerity and high unemployment.

Unemployment and contempt towards the political class has soared across the European continent since the financial crisis of 2008, and this could trigger a revolution in Europe in the coming years. There is no question that the elite will do everything in their power to prop up the EU and attempt to “co-opt” any movement challenging the established order, but this may prove ineffective at containing the imminent uprising…

The author, Steven MacMillan, is an independent writer, researcher, geopolitical analyst and editor of  The Analyst Report, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.




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BECOME ACTIVE: US & EU Must Reject Geopolitics & Collaborate With the BRICS

In today’s nuclear age, the consequence of a geopolitical policy of confrontation with Russia and China can only be the thermonuclear extinction of the human race. Therefore, every effort must be made to cooperate to solve the multiple crises facing humanity.

The BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) have united to pursue a policy of economic development not just for their individual countries, but for the benefit of the people of all nations. To that end, they have created a New Development Bank to invest billions in necessary development projects.

China recently initiated the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), joined by over 20 Asian nations as founding members, and has set up a Silk Road Development Fund.

At the APEC conference in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping invited President Obama to join the efforts of China and other Asian nations, including Russia, in the development of the New Silk Road.

These initiatives are not geopolitical in nature. Contrary to the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) advocated by Obama, which excludes Russia and China, the BRICS-related initiatives including the Chinese proposed Free Trade Area of the Asian Pacific (FTAAP), are inclusive. They are based on the concept expressed by the late Pope Paul VI that the “new name of peace is development.” Thus, in Australia at the recent G-20 meeting, both Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Modi spoke of the twin goals of achieving global peace and ending poverty through economic development.

There is no problem in the world that cannot be solved by such an approach, and conversely, no problem that will be solved without it.

Such cooperation between the U.S., Russia, China and India, among other nations, is necessary to defeat the Ebola pandemic in Africa.

The terrorist threat represented by ISIS and Al-Qaeda is aimed equally at Russia, China, and India, as well as the U.S. and Europe. It can only be defeated through a new security architecture based on cooperation.

The policy of conducting “color revolutions” under the pretext of democracy, represents a policy of war, even if that term is not used, because its aim is to topple governments with the aid of foreign money. It has to stop. The campaign to impose sanctions on Russia for its opposition to such “color revolutions” and to a Nazi coup in Ukraine, is only exacerbating the global crisis. An approach based on mutual cooperation to achieve the common ends of mankind throughout Eurasia and beyond, would instead create the basis for global peace.

While the U.S. has abandoned the Kennedy space program, the Chinese are committed to a lunar program focused on the exploitation of helium-3 for the purpose of generating unlimited fusion energy. With collaboration between the U.S., Europe, Russia, China and India, among other nations, man could finally realize Johannes Kepler’s vision of mastery of the laws of the solar system for the benefit of man

Only such an approach would restore the United States and Europe to their original purpose as expressed in the European Renaissance and the American Revolution, a purpose which the U.S. and Europe have increasingly abandoned, and the rest of the world has now adopted and is now urging them to readopt.

We therefore call upon the U.S. and Europe to abandon the suicidal geopolitical policies of the past which led to the two previous World Wars and are leading to a third, and to build a future for all humanity by readopting the principle of the Treaty of Westphalia, by basing foreign policy on the principle of the “benefit of the other,” which ended the Thirty Years War in Europe, and on John Quincy Adams’ concept of a “community of principle among sovereign nation states.”

That is the only course coherent with the true nature of man as the only creative species. Any other course is based on a concept of man as an animal, and leads to human extinction. As patriots of our own nations, and as citizens of the world, we call on our fellow citizens and the leaders of our nations to have the courage to break the current cycle of escalating bestiality, by accepting the generous offer to collaborate with the BRICS.

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ANALYSIS - Bears & Byzantium: How The West Misreads Russian Grand Strategy

Common complaints within Intelligence Studies about the examination of foreign intelligence communities, especially those not residing in the west, run the gamut from being too historically driven to being completely ahistorical and thus nothing more than a simple organizational review of facts and details to being too often inevitably compared against a standard framework that uses either the United States or the United Kingdom as the backdrop. While these analyses are all important, they have failed to look at how the competing conceptualizations of culture within the discipline engender entirely different approaches and therefore radically different conclusions about how we view and evaluate said communities. Below is a ‘case glance’ of the phenomenon utilizing the Russian Federation. Perhaps most interesting and fairly unexpected is how in terms of security affairs American understanding about Russia seems to be hurt more analytically by grand strategic culture and is often never analyzed from a perspective that emphasizes contemporary reality, purpose-based objectives and actual organizational functionality.

Dr. Matthew Crosston (NEO) -  Despite every effort by officials within the Russian Federation since the end of the Cold War to decry a new foreign policy strategy and to instigate new relations based on ideas of multipolarity and balanced global power, most American analyses of Russia cannot seem to get past characterizing every Russian maneuver and interest in a grand strategic cultural way. When this is done Russia is inevitably seen as aspiring to new ‘great power’ status or attempting to reconstitute Soviet glory or is subconsciously beholden to an autocratic instinct that dates even further back, either to the czars or even back to Byzantium.

This type of cognitive closure is detrimental to American intelligence and diplomacy because it is purposefully limiting the potential frames of engagement between the two sides. In many ways the United States, both in terms of its scholarship and diplomatic efforts, has blindly created self-fulfilling prophecies when it comes to the Russian Federation because of a repeated inability to see past its own reliance on grand strategic culture as the chief defining point for understanding Russians.

This is what led outstanding scholars like Samuel Huntington as early as 1993 to make statements like, ‘if, as the Russians stop behaving like Marxists, they reject liberal democracy and begin behaving like Russians but not like Westerners, the relations between Russia and the West could again become distant and conflictual.’

It is in the same vein that scholars seem to think the modern-day has no real relevance on understanding Russian foreign policy and intelligence/national security prioritization. This incredulous overreliance on ancient culture, where scholars and practitioners alike believe the roots of all Russian decisions in 2014 require an understanding of the Russian soul from 500, even 1000, years before, leads American analysts down a rabbit hole of quasi-mysticism and vague truisms.

This is why so many Russian intelligence officials scoff at American analysis, whether it is from the ivory tower or Foggy Bottom.
     “Of the organization of the Soviet and subsequent Russian state we can draw no specific indication of Byzantine bureaucratic organization, but in spirit the way the Soviets organized their government for security purposes is still quite Russian… What is being argued here is that the way the Byzantines managed their security and intelligence was a function of the political culture of the state, the same political culture that was inherited later by the Kievan and then Russian state, and which has served the Soviet and subsequent post-Soviet Russian state.”
The above is not being singled out for it is truly an exemplar of the kind of analysis that passes for grand strategic culture when examining Russia. Not only are the arguments non-scientific, they are ultimately spurious: these analyses are not trying to ascertain the true motivations of contemporary Russian intelligence decisions.

Rather they are trying to make sure Russia stays within the frame that already exists. This is cognitive closure at its worst: where the question ‘why do they do what they do?’ transforms instead into ‘what kind of Russia do we want and how do we make sure it becomes that and that alone?’

Grand strategic cultural thinking on Russian intelligence reveals relatively little about modern Russian thinking for American analysts, but it reveals a wealth of information on American thinking for Russian analysts.

An emphasis on grand strategic culture will actually make for better reading, as you will inevitably be taken down a road of the most interesting and intense historical and cultural impacts, possibly going back thousands of years.

Organizational cultural conditions will instead leave you diving into budget concerns, internal turf wars over specific issue-areas, and the changing dynamics of micro-subjects that might not even make the paper, let alone a history text. But those conditions are the things that reveal the most about the contemporary prioritizing of intelligence communities, much more so than fascinating turns down history lane.

More importantly, there seems to be a disconnect in our discipline where the more important security/intelligence countries are dominated by grand strategic cultural analyses. Perhaps that is a reason we seem to make so little headway in better understanding those impactful intelligence communities like Russia.

The author, Dr. Matthew Crosston, is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Security and Intelligence Studies program at Bellevue University, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”



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OPINION - Church and state in Greece - A new concordat?

In the churches of this country's second city, some of which date from the Byzantine era, there was a decent turnout of worshippers recently for one of the most enigmatic and mystical rites of the Greek church calendar: a service commemorating the moment when the Virgin Mary, as a young girl, is said to have gone to live in the Jerusalem Temple and prepared to become a new kind of "temple" herself by carrying a divine child in her womb.

The liturgical poetry was reassuringly familiar, but there is nervousness in the chilly autumn air.

Apart from the personal hardship that many church-goers are facing because of a lingering economic crisis, they face a new uncertainty in the coming months—the possible advent of a leftist government which is committed to separating church and state in what has hitherto been one of the most "theocratic" countries in Europe.

If, as seems very possible, the current legislature fails to muster the necessary votes to elevate a new state president early next year, there will be early parliamentary elections, and the leftist Syriza party—led by a veteran of the communist youth movement, Alexis Tsipras—could well top the poll.

At full stretch, severing the connection between church and state would presumably mean:

  • i) stripping the Orthodox church of its constitutionally guaranteed role as the "prevailing religion" in Greece;
  • ii) ending the arrangement where priests and many other people who work for the church are on the state pay-roll;
  • iii) tidying up and in some cases sequestering the church's vast and ill-defined property portfolio;
  • iv) putting a stop to the prayers and confessional instruction which are part of the daily diet for almost all pupils at state schools;
  • v) ending all tax exemptions for religious institutions. 

Certainly there are plenty of secular leftists in Greece who would love to do all that.

At a time when Greece's old left-right fissures are widening again, there is lots of anti-clerical feeling among socialists who suspect the church leadership of colluding with the political right or even far-right. But in reality, say people close to the world of church-state relations, the old ties are loosening already and this process might not accelerate all that much under a hard-leftist government.

Already, under a conservative-led government, the rate at which priests are being ordained, and hence joining the state pay-roll, has slowed to a trickle—not for any ideological reason but because of internationally-mandated budget cuts. And the old practice of inculcating school-children with Orthodox Christian doctrine is giving way to something more like "religious studies" as classrooms fill up with migrants from places ranging from Albania to China.

And for several reasons, a Syriza-led government would probably hold back from a head-on confrontation with the church. One is that the church has played a big role in providing food, medicine and other basics to victims of the economic crisis who would otherwise be desperate; Syriza might not like that state of affairs, but it can't be changed overnight.

Another is that changing any part of the Greek constitution is a burdensome procedure—it can't be done in the lifetime of a single parliament—and stripping out all the provisions which privilege the church and various monasteries would take an enormous amount of political energy and time. Yet another is that Greece has a small but modestly flourishing tradition of "religious leftism"—people who combine religious faith with radical political ideas—and that is one of the many impulses that Syriza seeks to harness.

A new biography has just appeared of one of Greece's better-known champions of the political left. A turbulent cleric called Father George Pirounakis who opposed the right-wing dictatorship of 1967-1974, supported student uprisings against the junta, and later demanded that bishops who had succoured the tyrants should be held to account.

During the 1980s, he was temporarily suspended from ecclesiastical life because he agreed to help an initiative by a Socialist government that would have stripped the church of some of its land. By the end of his life in 1988, he was disappointed by the fact that church and state leadership had settled their differences by striking a cosy political bargain that left the property holdings intact. Such bargains have been struck many times in the past, and the chances are that there will be plenty more.

http://philotimo-leventia.blogspot.gr


No Deal Reached Between Greece & Troika In Paris Over Bailout Exit

Greece and its EU/IMF lenders failed to resolve differences over next year΄s budget at talks in Paris, a Greek official said on Wednesday, raising doubts about whether Athens can meet a deadline to wrap up its bailout program.

The two sides have been haggling over a projected budget shortfall next year, which has held up an overall deal on the final bailout review. Athens needs to strike that deal by a Dec. 8 deadline to ensure it makes good on a pledge to quit its 240 billion euro ($300 billion) bailout by the end of the year.

The official said to Reuters that there had been no discussion of extending the bailout beyond the end of the year, but also added that no date had been set for the return of EU/IMF inspectors to Athens.

The inspectors failed to return to Athens as expected earlier this month and in a surprise move, the two sides held talks in Paris this week that ended on Wednesday.
     "The number one issue is the fiscal gap for 2015," the Greek finance ministry official told reporters after the talks ended.
The lenders say Athens faces a shortfall of over 2 billion euros next year unless it waters down a generous state arrears payback plan for austerity-hit Greeks or takes other measures.

Athens says it faces no such shortfall and last week submitted its plans for a near-balanced budget to parliament without approval from the inspectors.

Greece΄s government has staked its survival on abandoning the bailout. It is hoping an early exit from the reviled program will help it win enough support to scrape through a presidential vote in February and avoid early elections.

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Video appeal to the Greek public for testimonies

Sarah Luzia Hassel-Reusing (who has filed the charge Az. OTP – CR 345/12) requests to spread this video (in German, English, and Greek language) with the appeal for testimonies as far as possible and to embed it on on one's blog or website, so that the people are reached extensively. Thank you.

Introduction to the appeal to the Greek population for testimonies

My name is Volker Reusing. At the 21.11.2012, my wife Sarah Luzia Hassel-Reusing has filed a charge against unknown at the International Criminal Court at The Hague for the suspicion of a crime against humanity because of large-scale and systematical damaging of the health by the austerity measures at Greece (file number OTP – CR 345/12). Since the evidence and the possible perpretators to be considered from different groups, regarding the drafting, the decision, and the implementation of the conditions as well as regarding the orientation of the legal instru-ments for that to a strictness as it is applied at Greece (preamble EFSF Framework Treaty) and as applied by the IMF (conclu-sions of the Ecofin Committee of the 09.05.2010, file numer SN 2564/1/10), are spread over many countries, only the International Criminal Court can deal with this case in view of its international dimension.

It is no fate and not natural disaster, if the health of people is damaged, because one deprives them of medically needed means, even though cost reductions could also be done in other areas. It is a crime, namely a crime against humanity according to art. 7 par. 1 lit. k Roman Statute, if one intentionously, knowing that one does it, systematically or large-scale damages the health of a civil population. It is already a sufficient degree of intention for this crime, if one imposes conditions, which damage the health, or goes on imposing them, even though one knows, that they cause or will cause such a damage, even if one has not the aim to damge the health, but accepts that to reach other aims like, for example, the rights or the interests of creditors.

It had to be known to those people, who are responsible for the drafting, the decision, and the implementation of the austerity measures, that the UN Social Pact, which is ratified also by Greece, contains a human right to the, for the respective human being, highest attainable standard of health (art. 12) and a basical prohibition of retrogression (art. 2). It also had to be known to them, that, according to the General Comment no. 14 to the UN Social Pact, resulting from that, before cuts regarding the human rights of that treaty first all available means have to be used, and that particularly the health has to be the last area regarding austerity measures. Even if the situation in the state budget and in the social insurance may have been so grave, that it may have be solveable only with significant cuts into the property of the creditors, tax increases, and also social cuts, there had nevertheless enough to be left for all inhabitants of Greece for their medical supply, for enough healthy food, and for housing.

According to an estimation by the Greek Minister of Health, His Exellency, Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, 700,- million € per year would suffice, to help the inhabitants of Greece, who have no health insurance, whose number he estimates as between 1.9 and 2.4 million people.

Instead, one spends up to 50.- billion € alone for the financial stability of the Greek financial sector.

In order to achieve, that the ICC can start a procedure and find out the guilty persons, it is not enough, to prove the system and the large-scale at an abstract level, but it also needs enough testimonies by people, who have been damaged, or as far as they already have died, by their relatives.

Regarding a massacre against unarmed demonstrators at the 28.09.2009 at Guinea, 150 victims, and regarding presumed war crimes in the years 2003 to 2008 at Iraq, 85 of sampled 400 cases, have been enough for the ICC to presume a large scale.

At Greece, for many more than 150 people, necessary medicaments and medical treatments, or food and housing are not affordable any more, because of the austerity measures.

Since at an abstract level, the system and the large-scale have already been explained comprehensively, we believe, that already some more than 85 testimonies of concrete inhabitants of Greece, whose health has been damaged by the austerity measures, will be enough to move the ICC to start a procedure and to find out the guilty persons.

We are glad and express our thanks, that the former Greek ambassor Mr. Leonidas Chrysynthopoulos supports us as our contact at Greece for the collection of testimonies and for their translation into English.

In the following, I now read out the appeal by Sarah Luzia Hasel-Reusing to the Greek population for testimonies:

References:

  • -on the estimated 700.- million € see article „Health Insurance a Victim of Austerity in Greece“ by Greek Reporter of the 24.04.2014
  • -on the example Guinea see article „Spart sich die Welt ihr Weltgericht?“ by the taz of the 15.11.2012
  • -on the example Iraq see article „Systematische Folterung von Inhaftierten“ by the taz of the 13.01.2014

Addresses:
Sarah Luzia Hassel-Reusing
Thorner Str. 7
42283 Wuppertal (Germany)
+49/202/2502621
human rights activist (has filed the charge of the 21.11.2012, file number OTP-CR 345/12)I

Mr. Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos
chrysanthopoulos@gmail.com
(our contact in Greece of coordination and translation of testimonies)

International Criminal Court
Information and Evidence Unit
Office of the Prosecutor
Post Office Box 19519
2500 CM The Hague
The Netherlands
or sent by facsimile to +31 70 515 8555



November 26, 2014

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NEW SCANDAL: ANEL Claims MPs Were Offered Bribes to Vote For New President (VIDEOS)

The leader of the Independent Greeks party (ANEL), Panos Kammenos, on Tuesday night claimed that members from the conservative New Democracy party attempted to bribe an MP from his party in the framework of securing her vote for upcoming election of a new President of the Hellenic Republic.

In a television interview Kammenos noted that three months ago a member of the New Democracy approached one of his MPs and offered her three million Euros in order to secure their vote.

(According to a report on ProtoThema -and the Kontra News Video BELOW- the MP's name is George Soukouri).

It should be reminded that the Greek Parliament is getting ready to vote for a new President of the Republic in March 2015 and the governing coalition is struggling to mass the required 180 votes that are needed in order to do so, or they will be forced to hold snap elections.

The MP, Stavroula Xoulidou, confirmed the information on a televised news show on Tuesday night. She told BlueSky Tv that she received a phone call from a member of the governing party and was offered a bribe that would have solved her economic problems "for life".

Unlike Kammenos, who was very specific about the sum, Xoulidou said that she was offered a bribe in the area of two to three million euros.

She then revealed that ANEL MP Panagiotis Melas had already accepted such a bribe. She said she uncovered this information via an email that was given to her by the ND member who offered her the bribe.

Upon hearing the news, Mr. Melas telephoned the news show and challenged Xoulidou to name the so-called MP so that he could sue him immediately for spreading malicious lies, and if she refused to do so then he would issue a lawsuit against her for involving his name.

He didn't have a chance to, following the news, and with the intent of not permitting a climate of mudslinging to hover over the Greek political scene, Supreme Court Prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani re-opened a previous case that apparently involves the attempted bribery of politicians.

It should be recalled that in October the main opposition party SYRIZA had cited news reports which hinted that the New Democracy party was collecting bribes for MPs to secure 180 MPs to ultimately elect a President of the Republic from the current Parliament. The move prompted Koutzamani to order an urgent preliminary investigation into these serious allegations and to establish whether or not the crime of MP bribery had been committed. As we all know, the probe proved fruitless since there wasn't sufficient evidence to back up SYRIZA's claims, and rather turned out to be an attempted mud-slinging tactic by the main opposition to discredit the government.  (Read relevant article by clicking HERE)




References in Greek

Dexiextrem
http://dexiextrem.blogspot.gr/2014/11/blog-post_9118.html

ProtoThema
http://www.protothema.gr/politics/article/429723/kammenos-autos-prosefere-3-ekat-stin-xoulidou-gia-na-psifisei-gia-ptd/


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OPINION - Are Plans By Greek Officials To Purchase Israeli Drones A Moral Dilemma?

The Greek police is apparently eager to acquire unmanned aircraft from Israel in the framework of monitoring its borders as well as enhancing its policing efforts throughout the country says reporter Apostolis Fotiadis at PressProject, but there is a moral question involved as the technology under consideration has, most likely, been tested in combat situations in Gaza and elsewhere.

By Apostolis Fotiadis - The acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones, by the Greek police will top the agenda during Wednesday’s visit to Israel by Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias.

According to a report in the Sunday To Vima newspaper, the government is mulling over the details of the ‘Kikilia's plan’ to create a network of drones, without however clarifying the details and how far the plan has developed. The new equipment will be employed to monitor the borders and to keep an eye on targets - either related to terrorism or high-level crime - within the country.

However, the antiquated way which anti-terrorism decrees are interpreted - in Greece and in many other European countries - raises questions as to who and how many targets will be monitored by these aircraft once they are deployed. Almost certainly they will delivered within 2015.

The purchase of the drones has been dubbed the ‘Kikilia's plan’ because he happens to be the minister now. But the idea for the purchase of drones by the Greek police predates his arrival at the ministry and was hatched many years before at a demonstration of drones organised by Frontex in Aktio on October 17- 21, 2011.

Indeed there was a fuss when it was later revealed in the press that the European organisation had paid for the expenses of the companies that took part in the presentation (Israel Aerospace Industries, Lockheed Martin, FAST Protect AG, L-3 Communications, FLIR Systems, SCOTTY Group Austria, Diamond Airborne Sensing, Inmarsat, Thales, AeroVision, AeroVironment, Altus, BlueBird) to transport and present their equipment to Greek as well as officials of other European police forces, meaning potential buyers.

Frontex had said at the time that the companies had received between  €10,000 to €198,000 to participate in the demonstration. Senior Frontex officials saw no wrongdoing in the promotion of these products since it is covered under the push to promote research and development in the domain of security. The European Commission held a similar position on the matter .

Two Israeli companies participated at Aktio with their own aircraft. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) with the Heron model and a partnership between Israeli ‘BlueBird’ and Greek ‘Altus LSA’ presenting  ‘Spylite’.

This appeared to be the first time that Greek authorities expressed interest in the supply of drones, according to Kathimerini newspaper . The paper’s report said the presentation took place in February 2012 (instead of October which is the actual date). This was possibly because IAI delayed to upload the press release referring to its participation at the presentation. The paper said ‘the idea to purchase unmanned aircraft was hatched in the period when ‘The Indignados’ were gathering at Syntagma Square’ - in other words, a few months before the demonstration.

While in this report by Kathimerini last July, it appeared that the Greek police was interested in IAI’s  Heron model - a large aircraft that takes off and lands on a runway, the  model (not named) reported in To Vima ‘has a length of 1 to 4 metres, a flight radius  ranging from 30 to 300 km, a velocity of more than 40 km/hour and a surveillance capacity of over 1klm’ which can be transported with station bases and special launchers for taking off.

These specifications are very similar (though not identical) to those of Spylite model of Bluebird and with another two mini-UAV Bluebird models.

The To Vima report also came with a photo of an ‘airborne target’ model that takes off from a launcher - which Altus LSA participates in its production.

The airborne target-several photos of which are posted on the company’s site - is used in tests for terrestrial and airborne anti-aircraft systems but it is not an ‘unmanned aircraft’.

According to EU documents, the ALTUS LSA also appears as a partner of Greek police in a plan to deploy unmanned aircraft. On April 28 and 29 this year, a meeting was held in Athens, during Greece’s presidency, of the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services (ENLETS). The minutes at the  meeting stated clearly that “members of ENLETS were presented with the ‘pilot programme of unmanned aircraft for the monitoring of borders’ by the Greek police and Altus-LSA”.

Until now, there has been no official briefing or media reports about the existence of this programme  which has been described as  classified. The purchase of drones from an Israeli company by the Greek government carries with it the risk of acquiring equipment which uses technology that has been tested in repeated operations in Gaza.

The two versions presented to Greek police officials present this risk. It has been proven that an upgraded Heron model, Heron TP - Eitan  which has been designed as a bomber, took part in operations in the region. Similarly, all the mini-UAV of Bluebird are equipped with ‘combat proven’ technology,  according to the company. According to  the researcher David Cronin , this is the term used by companies to indicate that their equipment has been used by the Israeli army in monitoring and bombing operations.

The UN, Amnesty International and a host of other organisations have either accused or warned Israel that operations in Gaza could constitute war crimes. The moral issue does not concern just the Greek government but European authorities as well.

The completion of the project, which will cost dozens of millions of euros, will be co-funded by the new European Security Fund which has earmarked €1.4 bln for similar programmes. The monitoring of the EU’s borders is a strategic target of the Union and it is  being promoted in cooperation with member states.

The author, Apostolis Fotiadis, is a journalist and an independent researcher. His first book on the Militarization of European Immigration policy will be published soon.

PressProject



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Authorities In Greece Investigate Suspected ISIS Gun Supply Routes

Greek police are investigating reports according to which criminal rings are transporting weapons from Albania to Jihadists involved in Islamic State activities in Syria via Greece.

According to Greek press reports, the probe was launched following the arrest of eight members of a suspected gun-running racket near Durres, on the Albanian coast, last Friday. The reports that followed also by the Albanian media indicating that Greece is on the smuggling route for the Syria-bound arms also forced Greek authorities to respond.

According to the reports, a raid was conducted by Albanian police last week in the town of Shijak which resulted in the arrest of eight suspects, aged between 18 and 44. During the arrests officials seized a large cache of weapons comprising of six Kalashnikov assault rifles, a Skorpion sub machine gun, six pistols, five hand grenades, two rifles and some 12,000 rounds of ammunition.

In a statement following the raid, a spokesman for the Albanian police said that the suspects are believed to be members of an international gun-running racket smuggling arms to Jihadists in Syria.

The apparent Greek connection was mentioned in Albanian media reports, which cited local police officials, and maintained that some of the arms were smuggled through Greece.

The same reports also noted that one of the alleged members of the racket, has been identified as Clirim X., a 39-year old who was convicted in Greece for armed robbery several years ago.

The report on Greece's STAR channel said that Albanian authorities are now searching for four more suspects, including two officials from Albania's Interior Ministry

More on this story in Greek on STAR TV


Catholic Bishop Refuses to Confirm Son of Priest Killer Mafia Boss

The Catholic Church in Italy has taken a stand against the mafia after a bishop refused to confirm a boy whose mob boss father had murdered a priest. Cardinal Paolo Romeo, the Archbishop of Palermo, refused to give the sacrament to the 17-year-old boy who was due to be confirmed along with other 49 youths.

It is believed that the boy is to receive the sacrament, but in private. "This does not mean that children must pay for their fathers' mistakes," Romeo said, and condemned the outrage sparked following his refusal to confirm the boy as "opportunistic". The boy's father, Giuseppe Graviano, was sentenced to life in prison after he had killed several people, including Father Pino Puglisi in 1993.

Puglisi's corpse was buried inside the cathedral where Graviano's son was due to receive the confirmation. Graviano, together with his brother Filippo, became members of the Commissione, or the Sicilian Mafia Commission, after they substituted mafioso Giuseppe Lucchese, who was in prison. The two brothers were among the mafia bosses behind the homicide of anti-mafia judges Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone.

The Commission is made of mob bosses who preside over matters concerning members of Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. Romeo's decision stirred up debate with some arguing that the Church's behaviour was inconsistent, as the niece of another mafia boss, Matteo Messina Denaro, was allowed to get married in the Palatine Chapel in Palermo. However, the Catholic Church said they were not aware of the link between the woman and Denaro.

According to Father Francesco Michele Stabile, who headed the commission that promoted the beatification of father Puglisi, Romeo's decision was necessary as the church had to send "a warning sign" to the Gravianos and society. He explained that the ruling of the Curia - formed by officials who assist in the decisions concerning the Catholic Church - was not "a discriminatory act against the boy.

We did not deny him the confirmation, but we won't allow the ceremony to be carried out in the place that holds the corpse of Father Pino, a symbol of resistance against mafia."

OCC247


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Putin Looks Into Initiating UN Action on Protecting Christians in the M.East

Russia is currently considering the possibility of initiating a draft decision of the UN Human Rights Council on the protection of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. Russian experts are now working on this document.

In addition, at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel on December 4-5, the Russian side will be calling for a thorough analysis of the processes leading to "Christianophobia" in the Middle East and the broader region. The scale of the problems demands the coordination of international efforts to protect Christians in the Middle East. Further initiatives, new measures and relevant discussions aimed at finding durable solutions in this regard are strongly needed. Of course, we believe that Europe, including the UK, should make its contribution to these efforts, taking into account the Christian roots of the European civilization, which are now often forgotten for the sake of political correctness.

Today the Middle East is at the very top of the international agenda. The wave of conflicts in the Arab world affects the interests not only of the region but also of the world's leading players and can have far-reaching consequences, including in the context of intercultural and inter-religious relations. The fate of the region's religious minorities is of the greatest concern. The mass exodus of Christians, who have been an integral part of the Middle Eastern mosaic for centuries, is particularly troubling.

The war in Syria between government forces and numerous extremist and terrorist groups is continuing. In fact, this country has been turned into a hotbed of international terrorism. Extremists, gathered from around the world, are causing chaos, destroying the cultural and demographic lifestyle that has been formed for centuries, creating an atmosphere of intolerance. The extremists in Syria aim at a genocide of ethno-religious minorities -- Christians, Alawites, Kurds.

You may know that ISIL (the Islamic State) has levied head tax on all Christians staying in the respective territories. Moreover, Christians are prohibited from building new and repairing old churches and monasteries. They cannot place crosses on their temples, organize services outside their cult buildings, ring bells or organize sacred processions, or distribute religious attributes or literature. Women are obliged to wear traditional Muslim clothes and cover their heads.

This is only the official policy. In reality, Christians have suffered torture, the shelling of residential areas, schools and other civilian targets, and hostage-taking. Such a situation brings the modern Syrian society, which has always been characterized by the peaceful and respectful co-existence of different ethnic and confessional groups, back to medieval times. All that is absolutely contrary to the true values of Islam as one of the major world religions.

Read more at RT


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Germany's Fraport-Slentel consortium preferred bidder for 14 regional airports

German airport operator Fraport AG along with Greek energy group Copelouzos was named the preferred bidder to lease and operate 14 regional airports, the country's privatisation agency said on Tuesday.

Fraport and Slentel, a unit of Copelouzos group, offered 1.23 billion euros to bid for the operation of airport terminals at some of Greece's most popular tourist islands such as Rhodes, Corfu, Mykonos and Santorini.

The consortium also offered 22.9 million euros as a guaranteed annual payable lease, which will be adjusted annually for inflation.

The amount offered by the consortium was much higher than both the independent evaluation and the next best offer.

Argentina's holding company CASA (Corporation America) with Greek engineering firm Metka, and France's Vinci Airports SAS with Greek contractor AKTOR were the other two bidders whose financial offers were unsealed on Tuesday.

ANA-MPA


Greek mass media on strike ahead of Thursday nationwide strike

Greece's mass media is on strike from 6:00 on Wednesday morning until 6:00 on Thursday morning, ahead of a 24-hour nationwide strike called for Thursday by Greece's public- and private-sector union organisations against austerity policies and the measures to be passed in the 2015 draft budget.

The Athens journalists' union ESIEA called a three-hour work stoppage from 11:00 to 14:00 on Thursday and a rally outside ESIEA's building at noon.

Protests rallies have also been organised by the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), the largest umbrella trade union group representing private-sector workers, and the civil servants' union federation ADEDY, starting at 11:00 at Klafthmonos Square in central Athens.

A rally in Omonia is being organised by the PAME trade union faction affiliated to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), with gathering spots planned in Kannigos Square, Karaiskaki Square, Vathis Square, Kotzia Square and Haftia.

Staff in public transport services are to join the strike with work stoppages at the start and end of their shifts, though services will keep running during the middle of the day to allow workers to participation in strike rallies.

Trains of all kinds, including the Proastiakos suburban railway serving the airport, will not be running throughout Thursday, while some services on the day before and day after will be cancelled.

The Athens electric railway and metro system will not be running from the start of the shift until 10:00 in the morning and from 16:00 in the afternoon until the end of the shift. Tram workers will hold work stoppages from the start of their shift until 9:00 in the morning and from 17:00 in the afternoon until the end of the day.

Buses and trolleys will be running between 9:00 in the morning until 21:00 at night.

There will also be a disruption to airline traffic on Thursday as a result of air-traffic controllers joining the strike action.

The Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (HCCE) representing Greece's traders and small businesses also announced its intention to join the strike.

The national seamen's union federation PNO announced that it will join the 24-hour general strike last Wednesday. Seamen on all categories of ships will strike from 00:01 until midnight on November 27, meaning that all ships will remain in port and not sail on that day.

Finally the main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) party called for mass participation in the strike under the slogan "it is either us or them". At the same time it accused the government that while a short while ago it was talking about the country's exit from the memorandum in an effort to deceive the Greek people, now it prepares for new tough measures.

(Combined Reports)


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SHAMEFUL - ISIS Destroys Convent in Mosul

On Monday, jihadi militants of the Islamic State, who control the city of Mosul, used explosives to severely damage the convent of the Chaldean Sisters of the Sacred Heart - one of 45 Christian institutions they have captured since June. Previously they were living in the building.

Chaldean sources report that the explosion took place in two phases. The first attempt was unsuccessful, but then the jihadists used more powerful explosives, causing massive damage to the convent, with the intent to eliminate the cross that stands on the place of worship.

Before beginning the destruction, IS warned local inhabitants. Sources suggest the monastery was abandoned because it may have been considered an imminent target of air raids by the US-led anti-Caliphate coalition.

So far the adjacent monastery of St George, belonging to the order of St.Anthony Sant'Ormisda of the Chaldeans has not been damaged.

The convent of the Chaldean Sisters of the Sacred Heart, known as the Convent of Victory was built thanks to a donation of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi President executed on December 30, 2006.

Since taking over Mosul on June 10, Aina News report that ISIS has destroyed, occupied, converted to mosques, converted to ISIS headquarters or shuttered all 45 Christian institutions in Mosul.

Watch video by clicking HERE http://www.ankawa.org/vshare/view/6136/alnaser/

indcatholicnews.com


Greek police finally arrest Piraeus gunman

After launching a nation-wide manhunt, Greek officials finally tracked down and arrested an Albanian national in the area of Goudi on Wednesday (an Athens suburb) who is the main suspect in a shooting rampage that left more than 15 people injured in a Piraeus nightclub last weekend.

The suspect, Arber Bako, entered a bar with a Kalashnikov and then opened fire indiscriminately at patrons. Many people were injured as a result, but luckily they are now out of danger.

Authorities had launched manhunt after identifying the man in CCTV footage.

A report on ProtoThema said that during the time of arrest, forces from EKAM and the counter-terrorism unit of the Hellenic Police, threw a flash grenade into the apartment where he was located in order to disorient his senses and then rushed in and arrested him.

The suspect is currently being held at the Police Directorate of Attica, and another search is underway to locate two other Albanian nationals who were allegedly sheltering him.


Champions League - Atletico Madrid vs. Olympiakos Tonight

Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid have a simple mission on Wednesday and that is to make Olympiakos pay so that they can secure a place in the knockout round. On the other hand, a win by the Reds tonight in Spain, which is highly very likely, would be a first on Spanish soil.

Since their 3-2 loss to Piraeus' Olympiakos, Spain's Atletico has not conceded a goal in group play and has taken maximum points over the last three games.

If the Greek team, which is tied with Juventus in second place on six points, wins tonight it can seal its qualification for the knockout stage.

It should be reminded that Juventus is in Sweden trying to stay afloat and will also look to secure all three points with victory over Malmo.

November 25, 2014

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Frangoulis Frangos: "The first stage of autonomy in Thrace has begun" VIDEO

When HellasFrappe began speaking about the possibility of a Balkanization of Thrace, many were quick to charge us of spreading conspiracies. Unfortunately our fears are now being vindicated. Over the past three years we have called on the Greek Diaspora to assemble and to lend us their ears because the future of our nation is at play. Some of our fellow countrymen answered our call, but the majority of our compatriots still remain indifferent till the present day.

We want to call out to this group and say that the time to unite our forces is NOW not tomorrow, but today.

Why?

Well, during a speech in Komotini a couple of days ago, Frangoulis Frangos (former Chief of Staff and ex-Minister of Defence), said that the first stage of autonomy in Thrace has begun. HellasFrappe was not surprised with his statement because we have been covering the story extensively for the past three years.

Frangoulis said that the attack for the Balkanization of Thrace has been launched by Turkey and it is being played out as we speak through a branch of the Ziraat Bank, which he noted openly operates in the area of Komotini. According to him, the Turkish bank grants loans to Muslim Greeks at very low rates, with the intention that they purchase as much land as they can in the area as opposed to the Greeks who live there and who can only obtain land via high interest loans - that is if they can even be accepted for a loan.
     "The Ziraat Bank gives loans at 3% interest to Muslims to buy Greek land, while Greek banks issues loans at an interest rate of 14%. The result? The purchase of land is 10 to 1 against natural Christians," notes the former Chief of General Staff.
In his expert opinion Ankara has inspired the Muslims in this area to adopt the Turkish culture, and aside from that obtain more than 50% of the land here so that they can later purposely claim this land -in the name of Turkey- and demand a possible autonomization of Thrace.

Frangoulis Frangos did not fail to slam Greece's political elite for all their failed policies in this area and noted that all they cared about was to manipulate the voting power of the minorities in this region so that their parties could excel in the Greek parliament, but they remained silent -and indifferent- to the geopolitical games that were being played out by Ankara here. But that is not all, he also criticized them of never adopting any measures to protect the Greek minorities in Turkey and for never demanding the application of the principle of reciprocity in relation to the Muslim minority in Thrace.

He said that unless the Greek state acts now, most of the land in Thrace will soon be owned by Muslims (or more than 50%). Once this is achieved, he said, then expect Ankara to go on to phase two of its plan and initiate the minority there to play the autonomization game.

In such a framework, he called on the political elite to alter its strategy in this area and adopt a different set of policies so that they can prevent the devious plans of Ankara which aim to dismantle and slice up the Greek state.
     "The main reason why the country is in a state of economic, political and social collapse is because of the absence of a national strategic plan, (especially in) this region," said the former Minister of Defense.
He added that:
     "The biggest problem is that politicians refuse to accept the proposals of experts and diplomats who have rich experience and knowledge (of the situation).
He is spot on. Our political elite may not like when we note it, but they are susceptible to bribery, and manipulation. There were very few politicians that refused the path of easy money, and as we all know they were either discredited and/or their political careers never progressed.

Some political parties are totally open about it. For instance, some members of SYRIZA generally side with Ankara's positions against Greece -especially in the region of Thrace- and this probably explains why their MPs are always favored in this area during national elections. The same holds true for PASOK. Up until a couple of years ago PASOK was a dominating force in this region and always batted an eye to the systematic soft power politics that Ankara was applying here via its consulate in Komotini.

Commenting on these actions, Frangoulis Frangos said that the Turkish Consulate in Komotini works with a network of agents and every year spends millions to promote Turkey to locals in the form of grants (with the intention of course of "Turkefying" more peoples including the Roma and the Pomaks).

So what are some of these goals:

In a previous report (link at bottom) we noted that even though Turkey claims that it has minorities in more than fifteen countries, only two have been included in its geopolitical plans. These designs have specific aims and are directly related to the exploration and exploitation of energy sources. These plans gave way to the development of a national strategy that includes a series of respective policies and these minorities are part of this design, as well as are meant to serve as valuable tools to Ankara so that it can achieve its overall geopolitical objectives.

Turkey was able to achieve at least one of these objectives, when it brutally invaded and occupied northern Cyprus in the 70s, with the decisive support of England, etc. The second minority to which Turkey has shown an incomprehensible "love" and "devotion" to in the last fifty years is the Muslim minority in Thrace. The Muslim minority in this area of Greece was excluded from the population exchange in 1923 between both countries. This decision was taken so that the Greeks on the islands of Imvros and Tenedos can remain on their land. It is also the birthplace of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos.

Over the past fifty years, Turkey has given incredible power to its Consulate in Komotini. In return, the Consulate has acted as a state within a state -with the incomprehensible tolerance of Greek authorities- and it has successfully managed to create a powerful and well-supported network that literally Turkifies Pomaks and Roma peoples. At the same time it also creates the right conditions that could even one day allow Turkey one day to claim all of -or part of- the energy reserves in the Northern Aegean (especially the Babouris deposit, etc.) depending of course on the developments and/or the reaction of Greece.

Ankara also aims to use the Muslim minority here so that it can have the last word in the eastern area of this region (or around the Nestos River). Most importantly of course, the overall aim is to achieve a continuous and sharp line in the center of the Aegean which would begin in the area of Thrace. (The reason we note this is because the same tactics that are being used in Thrace, are also being applied to quite a few islands in the Dodecanese region.)

If this ever happens then Turkey will claim everything that is located east of that line, and everything that would be west of that line would not necessarily belong to Greece.

In a separate report from Epikaira magazine several years ago we noted the energy wealth in the north, as well as how George Papandreou paved the road for an energy coup by the West here as well. (Now you can understand what Turkey's initial interest is in the area). In that report (link below) we noted that there was also a strong US interest in the Muslim minority in Thrace in this area. In a special report the magazine exposed the involvement of the US Consulate in Thessaloniki in the area of Thrace and how its ultimate goal was to manipulate the Greek Muslim minority here so that it can serve American interests in the wider region. (And we all know that the West has never sided with Greece, but has always sided with Ankara).

That report said that there was a keen interest by US officials on the issues of education in this area, and it even went as far as claiming that they exert pressure on teachers there who dare to teach the Greek language (especially to children in the Dereios area for instance, such as Hara Nikolopoulou (read her story in links below).

The same report also revealed reports from Greek intelligence officials who noted that US officials combed the area of Thrace and met regularly with representatives from extremist groups and other personalities from the Muslim minority there. But their interest did not end there. Apparently the same article in Epikaira said that they attempted to “control” the activities of the Muslim community in Athens as well. According to the article, the Americans aimed at controlling the minority in Athens so that they can later present an issue of a violation of human and religious rights against Greece on their behalf.

Frappers, Thrace is an anchor point of Hellenism in a wider geographical area and the issues presented in this article are but a small piece of a puzzle that is currently at play against the interests of our nation. Any loss of Greek land here, or anywhere across our country, would be devastating for Greece's future (historically, economically, etc.) If you have remained silent in the past, then join HellasFrappe in this fight and help us spread the word. Speak to your friends, family and especially to your Diaspora leaders about this issue. Also, if you are in the US and Canada speak to your MPs about this as well. Urge everyone to take action TODAY not tomorrow. Warn all concerned that if they continue to remain indifferent -and inactive- on this subject then you will alter your vote and issue it elsewhere in the next elections. You are not as powerless as they want you to think. In this geopolitical game, you still have the power to influence who can better represent your organizations, your associations, your Senate and your government. We can still turn things around if we spread awareness of this issue and especially if we remain united.


In order to gain a better understanding of this issue we commend that you also read:

SYRIZA Snubs Roma Candidate Because She Dared To Declare She Was Greek & Not Turkish
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2014/04/syriza-snubs-roma-candidate-because-she.html

Turkish Terror Against the Greek Muslims In Thrace
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2013/08/nooooo-really-turkish-terror-against.html

Turkish Consulate in Komotini Thinks It Rules In Thrace (MUST WATCH VIDEO)
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2013/01/turkish-consulate-in-komotini-thinks-it.html

SPECIAL REPORT - PATRIOTS Finally Claim First Victory Against Turkish Propaganda in Thrace
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2013/01/special-report-patriots-finally-claim.html

Geo-Strategic Games By Turkey In Thrace And The Goal To Divide The Aegean
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2012/10/geo-strategic-games-by-turkey-in-thrace.html

Young Pomak Girl Exposes Turkish Fascism In Thrace (VIDEO)
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2012/07/young-pomak-girl-exposes-turkish.html

SPECIAL REPORT - Classified documents reveal US energy coup & Papandreou's retreat on FYROM (Thrace)
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2011/10/special-report-classified-documents.html

Yes Virginia: Modern Heroes Do Exist: The Story of Hara Nikopoulou
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2011/02/yes-virginia-modern-heros-do-exist.html



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OPINION - End the uncertainty

Parts of this article were first published in the Tuesday edition of the To Vima newspaper. We obviously agreed with the author so we decided to edit the article and republish it on HellasFrappe.

The two-day meeting between the Greek government and the troika is perhaps the last opportunity to bridge the differences between both parties so that our creditors can finally finish the so-called review.

For yet another time, the negotiations between Athens and the Troika are turning into a marathon race that exacerbates the financial environment while at the same time also increases political uncertainty.

The troika’s obsession with the budget gap, despite having repeatedly made wrong estimations in the past, has decisively contributed towards the deterioration of the climate and prolongation of the negotiations, with the deadlines being suffocating for all involved.

This dogmatic obsession increases the government’s mistakes and delays, giving the troika’s technocrats, as well as their political supervisors, the argument to carry on applying even more pressure.

It is more than obvious that after six long years of recession, following incredible sacrifices by the people of Greece, neither the economy, nor the society itself can endure any more new measures.

We cannot risk wasting the first glimpse of exiting the long-term recession due to the extended political uncertainty caused by fruitless negotiations.

The government ought to implement reforms that will not result in a new financial burdens for tax payers, in order to disallow our creditors any excuses. The government must also clearly explain to the Greek people what problems exist, while aiming for the greater possible support in the negotiations with the troika.

Our European partners ought to finally understand that they cannot demand more and more from a country that, despite the problems, has achieved the greatest fiscal consolidation in modern history.

Nor can they use Greece to send messages of compliance to the dominant logic of strict austerity, to other financially problematic countries.

(Enough is enough!)

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Plans For Athens projects To Be Re-Submitted to EU

The files for the regeneration projects of two areas of Athens will be submitted anew to the European Commission and they will be approved in six months from today, sources in the Infrastructure ministry said on Sunday.

According to a report in Sunday’s To Vima, the European Commission rejected the inclusion of the pedestrianisation of Panepistimiou Avenue, a main street in central Athens, and the addition of an extra tram line, as well as the creation of a metropolitan park and a flood control project in the Bay of Faliro (Faliro Delta) in southern Athens from the next batch of EU funds towards Greece for the period 2014-2020, saying they’re "decorative" and "unnecessary".

The private Onassis Foundation, which prepared a complete architectural proposal for the Panepistimiou Avenue project, known as Rethink Athens, expressed its dismay at the Commission's decision and urged the Greek government to find a solution.
     "Why are some people rushing to exclude the projects?" minitry sources said, according to semi-official news agency ANA-MPA, adding they will be re-submitted and approved "in six months from now."  
The same sources said the Commission may have said these projects are not a priority but that does not mean they will be excluded from EU funding. The European body simply expressed its opinion that the new metro line (4) and the completion of other road networks should be funded first, the sources said.

Source: ANA-MPA


Ship Carrying 700 migrants Spotted off Crete

credit -  in.gr
The Hellenic Coast Guard mobilized on Monday after discovering a freighter under Kiribati flag, the BARIS, which was sailing about thirty nautical miles off the southeast coast of Crete.

According to press reports, the 77-meter motor ship is carrying more than 700 illegal immigrants, and appears to have suffered some sort of mechanical failure. Currently the freighter ship is in international waters but close enough to be handled by Greek authorities.

This is probably why four nearby merchant ships and the HYDRA Navy vessel headed to the area on Monday in what some reports note was to assist in the rescue operation.

Even though it was reported that there is no danger of the freighter sinking, the strong north-northwesterly winds in the area are apparently making the rescue operation very difficult.

The reports in Athens claim that the ship may have left from an African country, but its intended destination was not Greece but rather Italy.

Article in Greek - in.gr


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