August 22, 2014

60% of State Workers Cannot Even Type Text On Computer, Or Send Email!


The majority of Greece's state workers are not even capable of writing something on the computer, let alone operate one, nor are they able to send a simple e-mail says a report in the Ta Nea newspaper.

The report adds that not only are they incompetent on how to use a computer but they have no concept as to what Internet is nor its potential.

According to Ta Nea, 64% do not use email and solely rely on the traditional way of distribution of handwritten documents.

And what is worse, only one in four workers have a good command of the English language, 5.3% speak and write French and only 3.3% German.

Asked to comment on the figures presented by the paper, Minister for Administrative Reform Kyriakos Mitsotakis confessed that the profile of public employees does not meet modern expectations. He added that the government should now focus on developing their skills and making this category of workers more efficient on their jobs.

That is easy for him to say, but from what we learn, and in accordance with official figures, the number of civil servants in Greece is estimated to be more than 583,338. Greek society will grow old and grey by the time this category of workers learns how to use a computer, send an email, speak in English and/or properly provide services.



Greek Orthodox Priest Helps Prison Inmates Buy Their Freedom


A soft-spoken 83-year-old Greek Orthodox Priest has dedicated his life to an unusual quest: buying prison inmates their freedom. Gervasios Raptopoulos has taken advantage of a quirk in the Greek justice system which enables people jailed for minor offenses to walk free by paying off a fine.

The rule only applies to people convicted of offences that carry a maximum five-year sentence and is calculated at five euros per day, on average. People serving time for crimes such as petty fraud, bodily harm, weapons possession, illegal logging, resisting arrest and minor drugs offences fall into this category. However finding sufficient funds to buy a way out is typically only a luxury the rich can afford.

Raptopoulos has helped more than 15,000 convicts secure their freedom over nearly four decades, according to records kept by his charity. His funds come from private donations but the on-going Greek financial crisis is putting a strain on the coffers. "Where people would offer 100 euros ($135), they now give 50 ($67).

But that doesn't stop us," he said. Father Gervasios holds up a letter, in Arabic, copies of which are handed out to all prisoners his charity frees, in their own language, explaining why they receive the help in the northern port city of Thessaloniki.

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ANALYSIS - John McCain: Conductor of the "Arab Spring" & The Caliph


Everyone has noticed the contradiction of those who recently characterized the Islamic Emirate as "freedom fighters" in Syria and who are indignant today faced with its abuses in Iraq. But if that speech is incoherent in itself, it makes perfect sense in the strategic plan: the same individuals were to be presented as allies yesterday and must be as enemies today, even if they are still on orders from the West. In the article below, Thierry Meyssan  from the Voltaire Network reveals US policy through the particular case of Senator John McCain, who is suspected of being the conductor of the "Arab Spring" and longtime partner of Caliph Ibrahim. The question now remains, are US President Barack Obama and John McCain political opponents as they claim, or are they actually working together on the imperialist strategy of their country? (Article and photos from Voltaire Network)

Thierry Meyssan (Voltaire Network) - John McCain is known as the leader of the Republicans and unhappy 2008 US presidential candidate. This is, we will see, only the real part of his biography, which serves as a cover to conduct covert actions on behalf of his government.

When I was in Libya during the "Western"attack, I was able to view a report of the foreign intelligence services. It stated that, on February 4, 2011 in Cairo, NATO organized a meeting to launch the "Arab Spring" in Libya and Syria. According to this document, the meeting was chaired by John McCain. The report detailed the list of Libyan participants, whose delegation was led by the No. 2 man of the government of the day, Mahmoud Jibril, who abruptly switched sides at the entrance of the meeting to become the opposition leader in exile. I remember that, among the French delegates present, the report quoted Bernard-Henry Lévy, although officially he had never exercised functions within the French government. Many other personalities attended the symposium, including a large delegation of Syrians living abroad.

Emerging from the meeting, the mysterious Syrian Revolution 2011 Facebook account called for demonstrations outside the People’s Council (National Assembly) in Damascus on February 11. Although this Facebook account at the time claimed to have more than 40,000 followers, only a dozen people responded to its call before the flashes of photographers and hundreds of police. The demonstration dispersed peacefully and clashes only began more than a month later in Deraa. [1]

On February 16, 2011, a demonstration underway in Benghazi, in memory of members of the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya [2] massacred in 1996 in the Abu Selim prison, degenerated into shooting. The next day, a second event, this time in memory of those who died by attacking the Danish consulate during the Muhammad cartoons affair, also degenerated into shooting. At the same time, members of the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya ,coming from Egypt and coordinated by unidentified, hooded individuals, simultaneously attacked four military bases in four different cities. After three days of fighting and atrocities, the rebels launched the uprising of Cyrenaica against Tripolitania [3]; a terrorist attack that the western press falsely presented as a "democratic revolution" against "the regime" of Muammar el-Qaddafi.

On February 22nd, John McCain was in Lebanon. He met members of the Future Movement (the party of Saad Hariri) whom he charged to oversee the transfer of arms to Syria around the MP Okab Sakr [4]. Then, leaving Beirut, he inspected the Syrian border and the selected villages including Ersal, which were used as a basis to back mercenaries in the war to come.

The meetings chaired by John McCain were clearly the trigger point for a long-prepared Washington plan; the plan that would have the UK and France attack Libya and Syria simultaneously, following the doctrine of "leadership from behind" and the annex of the Treaty of Lancaster House of November 2010. [5]

The Illegal Trip to Syria, April 2013

In May 2013, Senator John McCain made his way illegally to near Idleb in Syria via Turkey to meet with leaders of the "armed opposition". His trip was not made public until his return to Washington. [6]

This movement was organized by the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which, contrary to its title, is a Zionist Organization led by a Palestinian employee of AIPAC [7]

IMAGE - John McCain in Syria. In the foreground at right is the director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force. In the doorway, center, Mohammad Nour.
The affair made a great noise and the families of the abducted pilgrims lodged a complaint before the Lebanese judiciary against Senator McCain for complicity in kidnapping. Ultimately, an agreement was reached and the pilgrims were released.

Let’s suppose that Senator McCain had told the truth and that he was abused by Mohammad Nour. The object of his illegal trip to Syria was to meet the chiefs of staff of the Free Syrian Army. According to him, the organization was composed "exclusively of Syrians" fighting for "their freedom" against the "Alouite dictatorship” (sic). The tour organizers published this photograph to attest to the meeting.

IMAGE - John McCain and the heads of the Free Syrian Army. In the left foreground, Ibrahim al-Badri, with which the Senator is talking. Next, Brigadier General Salim Idris (with glasses).
If we can see Brigadier General Idriss Salem, head of the Free Syrian Army, one can also see Ibrahim al-Badri (foreground on the left) with whom the senator is talking. Back from the surprise trip, John McCain claimed that all those responsible for the Free Syrian Army were "moderates who can be trusted" (sic).

However, since October 4, 2011, Ibrahim al-Badri (also known as Abu Du’a) was on the list of the five terrorists most wanted by the United States (Rewards for Justice). A premium of up to $ 10 million was offered to anyone who would assist in his capture. [9] The next day, October 5, 2011, Ibrahim al-Badri was included in the list of the Sanctions Committee of the UN as a member of Al Qaeda. [10]

In addition, a month before receiving Senator McCain, Ibrahim al-Badri, known under his nom de guerre as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, created the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ÉIIL) – all the while still belonging to the staff of the very "moderate" Free Syrian Army. He claimed as his own the attack on the Taj and Abu Ghraib prisons in Iraq, from which he helped between 500 and 1,000 jihadists escape who then joined his organization. This attack was coordinated with other almost simultaneous operations in eight other countries. Each time, the escapees joined the jihadist organizations fighting in Syria. This case is so strange that Interpol issued a note and requested the assistance of the 190 member countries. [11]

For my part, I have always said that there was no difference on the ground between the Free Syrian Army, Al-Nosra Front, the Islamic Emirate etc ... All these organizations are composed of the same individuals who continuously change flag. When they pose as the Free Syrian Army, they fly the flag of French colonization and speak only of overthrowing the "dog Bashar." When they say they belong to Al-Nosra Front, they carry the flag of al Qaeda and declare their intention to spread Islam in the world. Finally when they say they are the Islamic Emirate, they brandish the flag of the Caliphate and announce that they will clean the area of all infidels. But whatever the label, they proceed to the same abuses: rape, torture, beheadings, crucifixions.

Yet neither Senator McCain nor his companions of the Syrian Emergency Task Force provided the information in their possession on Ibrahim al-Badri to the State Department, nor have they asked for the reward. Nor have they informed the anti-terrorism Committee of the UN.

In no country in the world, regardless of their political system, would one accept that the opposition leader be in direct contact, and publicly friendly, with a very dangerous wanted terrorist.

Who Then is Senator McCain?

But John McCain is not just the leader of the political opposition to President Obama, he is also one of his senior officials!

He is in fact President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), the republican branch of NED / CIA [12], since January 1993. This so-called "NGO" was officially established by President Ronald Reagan to extend certain activities of the CIA, in connection with the British, Canadian and Australian secret services. Contrary to its claims, it is indeed an inter-governmental agency. Its budget is approved by Congress in a budget line dependent of the Secretary of State.

It is also because it is a joint agency of the Anglo-Saxon secret services that several states in the world prohibit it from any activity on their territory.

Accused of plotting the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak for the Muslim Brotherhood, the two employees of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Cairo, John Tomlaszewski (second right) and Sam LaHood (son of US-Lebanese, Ray LaHood, a democratic government Transportation Secretary) (second left) took refuge at the embassy of the United States. Here they are along with Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham at the preparatory meeting of the "Arab Spring" in Libya and Syria. They would be released by Brother Mohamed Morsi when he became President.
The list of interventions by John McCain on behalf of the State Department is impressive. He participated in all the color revolutions of the last twenty years.

To take only a few examples, ever in the name of "democracy", he prepared the failed coup against constitutional president Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, [13] the overthrow of constitutionally elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti [14], the attempt to overthrow the constitutional President Mwai Kibaki in Kenya [15] and, more recently, the ousting of the constitutional president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.

In any state in the world, when a citizen takes initiative to topple the regime of another State, he may be appreciated if successful and the new regime proves an ally, but he will be severely condemned when his initiatives have negative consequences for his own country. Now, Senator McCain never was harassed because of his anti-democratic actions in states where it has failed and who have turned against Washington. In Venezuela, for example. That is because, for the United States, John McCain is not a traitor, but an agent.

And an agent that has the best coverage imaginable: he is the official opponent of Barack Obama. As such, he can travel anywhere in the world (he is the most traveled US senator) and meet whoever he wants without fear. If his interlocutors approve Washington policy, he promised them to continue it, if they fight it, he hands over the responsibility to President Obama.

John McCain is known to have been a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five years, where he was tortured. He was involved in a program designed not to extract information but to instill speech. This was to transform his personality in order that he make statements against his own country. This program, studied based on the Korean experience for the Rand Corporation by Professor Albert D. Biderman, served as the basis for research at Guantánamo and elsewhere by Dr. Martin Seligman [16]. Applied under George W. Bush to more than 80,000 prisoners, it has transformed many of them into real fighters serving Washington. John McCain, who had cracked in Vietnam, therefore understands. He knows how to unscrupulously manipulate jihadists.

What is the US strategy with the jihadists in the Levant?

In 1990, the United States decided to destroy its former Iraqi ally. Having suggested to President Saddam Hussein that they would consider the attack of Kuwait as an Iraqi internal affair, they used this attack as an excuse to mobilize a broad coalition against Iraq. However, because of the opposition of the USSR, they did not overthrow the regime, but were content to administer a no-fly zone.

In 2003, France’s opposition was not enough to offset the influence of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. The United States attacked the country again and this time overthrew President Hussein. Of course, John McCain was a major contributor to the Committee. After handing to a private company the care of plundering the country for a year [17], they tried to partition Iraq into three separate states, but had to give it up due to the resistance of the population. They tried again in 2007, around the Biden-Brownback resolution, but again failed. [18] Hence the current strategy that attempts to achieve this by means of a non-state actor: the Islamic Emirate.

The operation was planned well in advance, even before the meeting between John McCain and Ibrahim al-Badri. For example, internal correspondence from the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, published by my friends James and Joanne Moriarty [19], shows that 5,000 jihadis were trained at the expense of Qatar in NATO’s Libya in 2012, and 2,5 million dollars was paid at the same time to the future Caliph.

In January of 2014, the Congress of the United States held a secret meeting at which it voted, in violation of international law, to approve funding for the Al-Nosra Front (Al-Qaeda) and the Islamic emirate in Iraq and the Levant until September 2014. [20] Although it is unclear precisely what was really agreed to during this meeting revealed by the British Reuters news agency [21], and no media US media dared bypass censorship, it is highly probable that the law includes a section on arming and training jihadists.

Proud of this US funding, Saudi Arabia has claimed on its public television channel, Al-Arabiya, that the Islamic Emirate was headed by Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal, brother of Prince Saud al Faisal (Foreign Minister) and Prince Turki al-Faisal (Saudi ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom) [22].

The Islamic Emirate represents a new step in the world of mercenaries. Unlike jihadi groups who fought in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Chechnya around Osama bin Laden, it does not constitute a residual force but actually an army in itself. Unlike previous groups in Iraq, Libya and Syria, around Prince Bandar bin Sultan, they have sophisticated communication services at their disposal for recruitment and civilian officials trained in large western schools capable of instantly taking over the administration of a territory.

Brand new Ukrainian weapons were purchased by Saudi Arabia and conveyed by the Turkish secret services who gave them to the Islamic Emirate. Final details were coordinated with the Barzani family at a meeting of jihadist groups in Amman on 1 June 2014. [23] The joint attack on Iraq by the Islamic Emirate and the Kurdistan Regional Government began four days later. The Islamic Emirate seized the Sunni part of the country, while the Kurdistan Regional Government increased its territory by over 40%. Fleeing the atrocities of jihadists, religious minorities left the Sunni area, paving the way for the three-way partition of the country.

Violating the Iraqi-US Defense agreement, the Pentagon did not intervene and allowed the Islamic Emirate to continue its conquest and massacres. A month later, while the Kurdish Peshmerga Regional Government had retreated without a fight, and when the emotions of world public opinion became too strong, President Obama gave the order to bomb some positions of the Islamic Emirate. However, according to General William Mayville, director of operations at the headquarters, "These bombings are unlikely to affect the overall capacity of the Islamic Emirate and its activities in other areas of Iraq or Syria ". [24] Obviously, they are not meant to destroy the jihadist army, but only to ensure that each player does not overlap the territory that has been assigned. Moreover, for the moment, they are symbolic and have destroyed only a handful of vehicles. It was ultimately the intervention of the Kurds of the Turkish and Syrian Kurdish PKK which halted the progress of the Islamic Emirate and opened a corridor to allow civilians to escape the massacre.

Much disinformation is circulating about the Islamic Emirate and its caliph. The Gulf Daily News newspaper claimed that Edward Snowden had made revelations about it. [25] However, after verification, the former US spy published nothing about it. Gulf Daily News is published in Bahrain, a state occupied by Saudi troops. The article aims to clear only Saudi Arabia and Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal of their responsibilities.

The Islamic Emirate is comparable to the mercenary armies of the European sixteenth century. They were conducting religious wars on behalf of the lords who paid them, sometimes in one camp, sometimes in another. Caliph Ibrahim is a modern condottiere. Although he is under the orders of Prince Abdul Rahman (Member of Sudeiris clan), it would not be surprising if he continued his epic in Saudi Arabia (after a brief detour in Lebanon or Kuwait) and determine the Royal succession favoring the Sudeiris clan over Prince Mithab (son, not brother of King Abdullah).

Ibrahim al-Badri, also known as Abu Du’a, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, mercenary of Prince Abdul Rahman al-Faisal, funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States. He can commit all the horrors that are forbidden to states by the Geneva Conventions.
John McCain and the Caliph

In the latest issue of its magazine, the Islamic Emirate devoted two pages to denounce Senator John McCain as "the enemy" and "double-crosser", recalling his support for the US invasion of Iraq. Lest this accusation remain unknown in the United States, Senator immediately issued a statement calling the Emirate the "most dangerous Islamist terrorist group in the world" [26].

This controversy is there only to distract the gallery. One would like to believe it ... if it were’t for this photograph from May 2013.

Notes:

  • [1] We relayed press reports assuring that the demonstration in Deraa was a protest after the arrest and torture of students who tagged hostile slogans about the Republic. However, many colleagues have attempted to establish the identity of these students and meet their families. None was able to do so, the only witnesses who spoke did so for the British press, but anonymously, thus unverifiably. We are now convinced that this event never existed. The study of Syrian contemporary documents shows that the event was really about an increase in civil servants’ salaries and pensions. It obtained satisfaction from the government. At that point, no newspaper had mentioned these students, this story having been invented by Al-Jazeera two weeks later.
  • [2] The members of the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya, that is to say, al-Qaeda in Libya, tried to assassinate Muammar el-Qaddafi on behalf of the British MI6. The case was revealed by an officer of British counter-espionage, David Shyler. See "David Shayler:" I left the British secret service when the MI6 decided to fund Osama bin Laden" ", Voltaire Network, 18 November 2005.
  • [3] Report of the Fact Finding Mission on the current crisis in Libya, June 2011.
  • [4] “Lebanese MP directing arms traffic to Syria”, Translation Pete Kimberley, Voltaire Network, 13 December 2012.
  • [5] In this regard, reference is made to my six-part series “10 years of resistance, the war of the United States against Syria.”
  • [6] “McCain enters Syria illegally”, Voltaire Network, 30 May 2013.
  • [7] « La Syrian Emergency Task Force, faux-nez sioniste » ("The Syrian Emergency Task Force, Zionist sock puppet "), Réseau Voltaire, 7 juin 2013.
  • [8] “John McCain meets with kidnappers in Syria”, Voltaire Network, 1 June 2013.
  • [9] "Wanted for Terrorism," Rewards for Justice Program, Department of State.
  • [10] The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) October 15, 1999 is also known as the "Committee for sanctions against Al-Qaida." Record registration Ibrahim al-Badri (this time with the nom de guerre of al-Samarrai).
  • [11] “Simultaneous jail-break of jihadists in 9 countries”, Translation Alizée Ville, Voltaire Network, 7 August 2013.
  • [12] « La NED, vitrine légale de la CIA » ("The NED, legal storefront of the CIA"), par Thierry Meyssan, Оdnako (Russie), Réseau Voltaire, 6 octobre 2010.
  • [13] « Opération manquée au Venezuela » ("Operation failed in Venezuela"), par Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 18 mai 2002.
  • [14] « La CIA déstabilise Haïti » ("The CIA destabilizes Haiti"), Réseau Voltaire, 14 janvier 2004. “Coup d’Etat in Haiti”, by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 5 March 2004.
  • [15] « L’expérience politique africaine de Barack Obama » (" Barack Obama’s African Political experience "), par Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 9 mars 2013.
  • [16] “The secret behind Guantánamo ”, by Thierry Meyssan, Оdnako (Russia), Voltaire Network, 20 May 2010.
  • [17] “Who Rules Iraq? ”, by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 13 May 2004.
  • [18] « La balkanisation de l’Irak » ("The Balkanization of Iraq"), par Manlio Dinucci, Traduction Marie-Ange Patrizio, Il Manifesto (Italie), Réseau Voltaire, 17 juin 2014.
  • [19] "Official Document of the Qatar Embassy: Tripoli Confirms Sending 1800 Islamic Extremists in Trained in Libya to Fight in Syria," The Truth Libyan War, September 20, 2013.
  • [20] « Les États-Unis, premiers financiers mondiaux du terrorisme » ("The United States, the world’s leading financier of terrorism"), par Thierry Meyssan, Al-Watan (Syrie), Réseau Voltaire, 3 février 2014.
  • [21] "Congress Approves Secret US weapons flow to ’moderate’ Syrian rebels" by Mark Hosenball, Reuters, January 27, 2014.
  • [22] “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant led by Prince Abdul Rahman”, Translation Alizée Ville, Voltaire Network, 4 February 2014.
  • [23] “PKK revelations on ISIL attack and creation of "Kurdistan"”, Voltaire Network, 8 July 2014.
  • [24] "U.S. Air Strikes Are Having a Limited Effect on ISIL " by Ben Watson, Defense One, August 11, 2014.
  • [25] "’Baghdadi’ Mossad trained, ’"Gulf Daily News, July 15, 2014.
  • [26] “Statement by senator John McCain on being targeted by terrorist group ISIL as "the ennemy" and "the crusader"”, Office of John McCain, 28 July 2014.



August 21, 2014

SHOCK - "Imminent" danger of Jihadists infiltrating Greece, Claims Immigrants Union


Speaking to Real FM radio, a lawyer of a local Greek immigrants' union said on Thursday that Greece could be in danger of being infiltrated by Jihadists because of its close proximity to the Middle East.

More precisely, Ahmed Rashid, the lawyer of Greece's Kurdish Immigrants Union said that "because of Greece's geographic location, the danger is visible and imminent."

His comments, according to RealNews, follow a report in the Greek newspaper KontraNews which claims that British secret services (MI6) together with the Greek intelligence agency (KYP) have been placed on alert since there is a "secret jihadist network operating in Greece".

Asked about Kurds living in Greece, Rashid noted that they are not religious fanatics, stressing that they only "assimilate in the societies in which they immigrate".

Commenting on the matter a little later on, Athens deputy mayor George Apostolopoulos said that authorities can only estimate on the likelihood of such an occurrence, but nonetheless it is a subject that authorities should be concerned about.
     "These are just estimations and we cannot say something conclusively. But an international problem based on religious fanaticism could find its way into our country."
He said that the center of Athens is in a better position than it was 3-4 years ago, in terms of the number of illegal immigrants, but the flow of immigrant's to the city continues till today.
    "Also the city has dozens of unlicensed mosques where such activities might develop," he said adding there are about 100-120 illegal mosques operating in the city. 
The news did not come as a surprise to us here at HellasFrappe because we have been following the reports on Radical Islam Monitor in Southeast Europe which is published by geopolitical analyst Ioannis Michelatos who has been warning the Greek government -and the people of Greece- about such an event for quite a few years now.

On Thursday December 19, 2013 in an article titled "Southeast Europe 2014: Emerging Security Threats" Ioannis Michaletos stresses that:
     "More traditional forms of illegal immigration into Greece and other Balkan transit routes will continue to rise (om 2014) as Syria’s humanitarian worsens. Already more than 1 million Syrian citizens are in transit through Turkey to the EU, moving across the Balkans. Border controls are not able to withstand such pressure which comes both via land routes and sea routes. At the same time and in conjunction with the previous threat, an unknown number of jihadists from the Middle East enter the Balkans “hidden” within the refugee caravans. - Read more by clicking HERE
In a separate article that was published on Friday, August 5, 2011 and titled "Islam in Greece: Country outlook" Ioannis Michaletos says that since late 2008, there have been three major cases that show the tendency of creating a rising network of a quasi-radical Islamic element in the Greek society.
     "The first was in the December 2008 riots (34), were a large number of the people arrested were Pakistanis and Afghanis, some of them claiming to the authorities that were paid in order to participate in the violent demonstrations (35).
    "The second development was the May 2009 so-called “Koran demonstrations” (36), when a multicultural group of various Islamic communities in Athens took to the street allegedly claiming that the Police desecrated the Koran during a routine search in the pockets of a Syria street contraband vendor (37).
    "Bus stops, 5 shops, one bank and 57 cars, where smashed in and the city centre’s main squares and streets were turned into battle zones for hours. 46 immigrants were arrested, 7 immigrants and 7 police officers were wounded during the clashes (38).
    "It was later revealed that this particular individual was lying to the authorities and the press and was involved in various illegal actions including armed robberies (39).
    "A third phase was the mass prayer of thousands of Muslims in the centre of Athens in October 2010, without attaining the necessary state permission for that (40). Amongst the organizers they were individuals associated with the Muslim Brotherhood and an Imam was brought by Egypt to commemorate the ending of the Ramadan.
    "Small-scale riots started the next few days when they were again false allegations for Koran desecration by the Greek police in the centre of the city (41). It was again proved to be false, but it is more than obvious that a “street mechanism” is being established in the country that facilitates the mobilization of a few hundred “angry Muslims”, and the spread of these kind of news to the media through the use of Greek intermediates along with the umbrella of NGO’s that operate by spending considerable amounts of capital (42).  Read more on this by clicking HERE

BUSTED - ISIS: Region-wide Genocide Portended in 2007 Now Fully Realized


Image: ISIS' path into Iraq begins in NATO territory, north of Syria's borders in Turkey. This is where the majority of terrorists fighting for US-backed regime change in Syria have been admittedly harbored, armed, and financed by the US, British, Saudis, Qataris, and others for years. 
(Tony Cartalucci - LD) - American journalist James Wright Foley was allegedly brutally murdered on video by terrorists of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS). The development would at first appear to portray a terrorist organization openly declaring itself an enemy of the West, but in reality, it is the latest attempt by the West itself to cover up the true genesis of the current region-wide catastrophe of its own creation now unfolding in the Middle East.

As early as 2007, the stage was being set for the regional genocide now unfolding from Syria and Lebanon along the Mediterranean to northern Iraq. The "sudden" appearance of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, otherwise known as ISIS, betrays years of its rise and the central part it played in Western-backed violence seeking to overthrow the government of Syria starting in 2011 amid the cover of the so-called "Arab Spring."

While the "Free Syrian Army" brand was created and used to obfuscate the hardcore, sectarian extremism that pervaded mercenary forces raised against Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had warned starting in 2011 that it was neither a pro-democratic uprising, nor a moderate, secular rebellion - but rather hordes of foreign-backed terrorists with ties to Al Qaeda.

The US State Department itself would admit that Al Qaeda's Syrian franchise, Jabhat al-Nusra (an offshoot of ISIS), was among the most prominent armed militant groups fighting the Syrian government, beginning in 2011 onward. The US State Department's official press statement titled, "Terrorist Designations of the al-Nusrah Front as an Alias for al-Qa'ida in Iraq," stated explicitly that:
    Since November 2011, al-Nusrah Front has claimed nearly 600 attacks – ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations – in major city centers including Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah, Dara, Homs, Idlib, and Dayr al-Zawr. During these attacks numerous innocent Syrians have been killed.
It was clear that the nationwide, extensive operations of al-Nusra were more than an apparition - instead they constituted the true nature of the armed conflict ravaging Syria - an armed enterprise that was clearly state-sponsored and the realization of long-laid plans by the West to reorder the region through chaos.

Rise of ISIS Portended in 2007

But even before 2011, analysts and journalists warned of an impending regional sectarian war being intentionally engineered by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and other regional partners. The goal was to undermine and overthrow the government of Iran by first using covert violence to eliminate its arc of influence from Baghdad to Damascus, and of course in Lebanon.

Image: The war in Syria was always against foreign-backed sectarian extremists - just as was warned by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2011. The reason why despite hundreds of millions of dollars in cash, weapons, and equipment flowing to "moderates," Al Qaeda has still managed to become the most prominent militant group now on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border, is because there were never any "moderates" to begin with. 
Veteran journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Seymour Hersh warned in a prophetic 2007 New Yorker article titled, "The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?" that (emphasis added):
    To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
Also in Hersh's 2007 article, was mentioned ongoing support by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel to the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood for the purpose of creating the networks necessary to execute the coming violence that would be unleashed in 2011. He reported (emphasis added):
    There is evidence that the Administration’s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood. The Syrian National Salvation Front is a coalition of opposition groups whose principal members are a faction led by Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian Vice-President who defected in 2005, and the Brotherhood. A former high-ranking C.I.A. officer told me, “The Americans have provided both political and financial support. The Saudis are taking the lead with financial support, but there is American involvement.” He said that Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, was getting money from Saudi Arabia, with the knowledge of the White House. (In 2005, a delegation of the Front’s members met with officials from the National Security Council, according to press reports.) A former White House official told me that the Saudis had provided members of the Front with travel documents.
Both the "Arab Spring" cover, and the networks of armed extremists were being built simultaneously in 2007, and unleashed in earnest in 2011 amid a regional political conflagration.
Image: Just as was predicted, the West's premeditated plan to arm and back sectarian extremists would cause regional genocide. Also predicted was that these targeted minorities would seek Hezbollah, Syrian, and Iranian protection. 
Hersh would also touch upon the coming sectarian nature of the West's designs, noting that even former CIA officers knew it would be precisely the Iranian arc of influence that would end up protecting religious minorities from the legions of terror the West was preparing to unleash. Hersh reported:
    Robert Baer, a former longtime C.I.A. agent in Lebanon, has been a severe critic of Hezbollah and has warned of its links to Iranian-sponsored terrorism. But now, he told me, “we’ve got Sunni Arabs preparing for cataclysmic conflict, and we will need somebody to protect the Christians in Lebanon. It used to be the French and the United States who would do it, and now it’s going to be Nasrallah and the Shiites.  
It would be difficult for anyone today to read Hersh's 2007 report and interpret as anything less than a verbatim outline of what the West had planned and now, since 2011, fully executed. It would also be difficult to claim that the regional presence of ISIS is not the full realization of the conflict Hersh warned the world of in 2007.

ISIS' Multinational Military Force the Product of Years of Western State-Sponsorship 

It is confirmed that since 2011, the United States, Turkey, France, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have been heavily arming terrorists along both Syria's border with Turkey in the north and with Jordan in the south. While official speeches from behind podiums have expressed a reluctance to assist militants fighting in Syria, the presence of the militants are entirely a product of foreign backing.

Image: ISIS began its invasion into Iraqi territory from NATO-member Turkey, through Syria and riding in Toyota Hilux trucks - identical to those provided to "moderates" by the US State Department as part of multi-million dollar "non-lethal" aid packages. ISIS did not take these trucks from "moderates," the moderates never existed to begin with. From the beginning, it was the West's plan to raise a mercenary army of sectarian extremists operating under the banner of Al Qaeda.
In the Telegraph's 2013 article titled, "US and Europe in 'major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb'," it is reported:
    ...3,000 tons of weapons dating back to the former Yugoslavia have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan since November.
     The story confirmed the origins of ex-Yugoslav weapons seen in growing numbers in rebel hands in online videos, as described last month by The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, but suggests far bigger quantities than previously suspected.
    The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria's neighbours. But the report added that as well as from Croatia, weapons came "from several other European countries including Britain", without specifying if they were British-supplied or British-procured arms.
    British military advisers however are known to be operating in countries bordering Syria alongside French and Americans, offering training to rebel leaders and former Syrian army officers. The Americans are also believed to be providing training on securing chemical weapons sites inside Syria.
Additionally, The New York Times in its article, "Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid," admits that:
    With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.
    The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.
The US State Department had also announced it was sending hundreds of millions of dollars more in aid, equipment and even armored vehicles to militants operating in Syria, along with demands of its allies to "match" the funding to reach a goal of over a billion dollars. The NYT would report in their article, "Kerry Says U.S. Will Double Aid to Rebels in Syria," that:
    With the pledge of fresh aid, the total amount of nonlethal assistance from the United States to the coalition and civic groups inside the country is $250 million. During the meeting here, Mr. Kerry urged other nations to step up their assistance, with the objective of providing $1 billion in international aid.
The US has also admitted that it was officially arming and equipping terrorists inside of Syria. The Washington Post's article, "U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels," reported:
    The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.
More recently, scores of Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks were delivered to terrorists along the Turkish-Syrian border, which would later be seen among ISIS convoys invading northern Iraq. In a PRI report titled, "This one Toyota pickup truck is at the top of the shopping list for the Free Syrian Army — and the Taliban," it stated:
    Recently, when the US State Department resumed sending non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels, the delivery list included 43 Toyota trucks.
    Hiluxes were on the Free Syrian Army's wish list. Oubai Shahbander, a Washington-based advisor to the Syrian National Coalition, is a fan of the truck.
It is clear that ISIS did not materialize from sand dunes in Iraq's northern region, nor are they procuring immense armories of weaponry by picking Kalashnikovs from date trees. They are the visible materialization of years of material support openly reported by the Western media allegedly sent to "moderate rebels" who do not exist. If they did exist, there has been no plausible explanation to account for how ISIS has managed to procure more weapons, cash, fighters, and influence throughout the region than "moderates" receiving backing from the combined resources of the US, Europe, Turkey, the Saudis, Qataris, and Jordanians.

Image: American journalist James Wright Foley was allegedly beheadedby ISIS terrorists. Before his execution, a masked terrorists with a British accent threatened the US, the same US that in fact has created, armed, funded, directed, and to this day perpetuates ISIS' activities across the region. The depraved propaganda ploy is designed to create plausible deniability for the West, creating the illusion that ISIS and the US are enemies, not allies. 
Maintaining Plausible Deniability 

The logical conclusion to be drawn by those observing the last 3 years of immense funding, weapon deliveries, political, diplomatic, and even military training for terrorists fighting in Syria and now in Iraq, is that there were never any "moderates" to begin with. It was, as veteran journalist Seymour Hersh had warned in 2007, always sectarian extremists ideologically aligned with Al Qaeda that the West had planned to utilize against its enemies in the Middle East.

To deflect the general public from ever arriving at this obvious conclusion, a myriad of public relations ploys have been designed to portray ISIS not as the armed fist of Western hegemony in the Middle East, but a villain not only beyond its control, but posing as a direct threat to the West itself. Token bombing in northern Iraq and the arming of Kurds served dual purposes. The bombings made it appear that the US was fighting, not backing ISIS, while arming the Kurds helped further Balkanize Iraq as part of the classic hegemonic stratagem of "divide and conquer."

More recently, in what is obvious propaganda, American journalist James Wright Foley was allegedly abducted, then murdered on video by ISIS terrorists. Throughout the video, before the alleged execution, a man's voice, apparently the masked individual about to carry out the execution, speaks with a British accent, condemning the United States, threatening US President Barack Obama, and promising retaliation against the West.

Regardless of the veracity of the events portrayed in the video, the fact that it was created in the first place indicates a need by the West and those directly handling, arming, and funding ISIS' activities both in Syria and in Iraq, to create "distance" between the West and the ISIS mercenaries executing their foreign policy in their long-planned regional sectarian bloodbath. Videos like those featuring Foley, splashed sensationally across the front pages of Western websites and newspapers when US casualties in wars gone bad are otherwise buried, indicate a concerted propaganda campaign aimed at manipulating public perception, not honest, responsible reportage.

The predictable reaction of Americans is to recoil at ISIS' barbarism, despite similar barbarism being carried out for years in Syria and Iraq by Western-backed terrorists. With the apparent death of Foley, the US has created in the minds of many, plausible deniability regarding its well-documented role in the premeditated creation and continued perpetuation of ISIS. For Western special interests willing to lie to invade and occupy Iraq at the cost of over a million lives, including thousands of Americans, what would one more murdered American mean in an attempt to continue advancing its destructive, misanthropic agenda?

It should be remembered that Western designs in the Middle East are but one stage of a greater agenda. The reordering of the Middle East with immense standing armies of terrorists answering to Western dictates, will be used to move against Russia in the Caucasus region, and against China within and along the boundaries of Xinjiang province.

*Article and photos from Land Destroyer
http://landdestroyer.blogspot.gr/2014/08/isis-region-wide-genocide-portended-in.html




GOOD - ND MPs Not To Vote For Anti-Racism Bill If Genocide Of Christians in East Is Not Included!


While being interviewed on Step 99.5 FM, and while being pressured to reveal whether or not he will vote on the widely-discussed (and controversial) anti-racism bill which is currently being promoted by the coalition government New Democracy MP Maximus Charakopoulos stated that the vote is based on common sense and those who have a conscious.

Charakopoulos who is one of 38 Conservative MPs sent a letter to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to include the persecution and genocides of the Christian populations of Asia Minor in the new bill. The MPs (all Costa Karamanlis supporters) demanded that there be a specific reference to the genocide of Black Sea and Asia Minor Greeks, as well as Armenians and Assyrians.

It should be reminded that the Greek Parliament has already recognized these slaughters as genocide since 1994, therefore the exclusion of these provisions are against the law.

(But then again when did our leaders respect the law?)


Denying the occurrence of the genocide of all these Christians in the East is a crime by itself, but the Greek left (together with some foreign forces) have continued to push for this bill without these specific provisions.
     "If you believe that the denial of the Holocaust incites violence then you should be also hold the same belief for those who deny the Genocide of Christians in the East. "
He added that if the the Genocide of Christians in the East is not respected, recognized and penalized like the denial of the Holocaust is then for him it "is a matter of conscience" and he openly admitted that he will "not vote" in favor of this bill.

(Thank the heavens for specific MPs from the Karamanlis block who continue not to follow a "politically correct" ideology, that is more Venizelos-Simitis orientated, but rather continue to follow a common sense ideology!)

The anti-racism bill was first submitted to Parliament in November but objections from the former cabinet secretary Panayiotis Baltakos forced the coalition government to withdraw the would-be legislation. Following even more pressure from the socialists and the Left, the bill was then resubmitted to Parliament but did not move beyond the committee stages.

It should be noted that this bill has once again been introduced, in a revised form, and is currently being tabled in a bid to bring Greece’s anti-racism legislation, which has stood since 1979, up to date.

((In other words Greece has an anti-racism bill, but without the fines and with the recognition of these genocides! This upsets Ankara, and various Soros foundations who have worked feverishly via specific Leftist MPs -example Repoussi- to remove these tragedies from Greek life and/or history.  Greece's progressive and leftist forces know very well that this bill is sufficient enough, but they don't care and are only determined to force the government to pass a newer version of this bill -without the inclusion of the genocide of these christian minorities in the East- because they want to impress and win over the votes of the various non-Christian minorities across Greece).

The draft law includes provisions that mean parties or associations that promote racism are going to be cut off from state funding of any sort for one to six months. The Minister of Justice is also apparently going to have the right to slap hefty fines of 10,000-100,000 Euros against anyone who does not respect this law.

Also, anyone engaging in racist acts could be jailed anywhere from three months to three years and suffer fines of 5,000 to 20,000 Euros. If their actions lead to another crime being committed, this is then going to carry a minimum six-month prison sentences.

In simple terms, jail sentences will be given to anyone who praises and/or denies “the significance of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, the Holocaust and Nazism” in a manner that could incite racial hate or violence. If, for instance, the perpetrator is a government MP or a leading public official then the jail sentence is going to be even harsher, or between three and five years.

Reference in Greek - Pontos-News
http://www.pontos-news.gr/permalink/23127.html

To find out more on this story, then please also read:

HERE WE GO AGAIN - Gov't To Bring Anti-racism bill To Parliament
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.com/2014/04/here-we-go-again-govt-to-bring-anti.html

Anti-Racism Bill From Golden Dawn - To Fight Discrimination Against Greeks!
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.com/2013/06/anti-racism-bill-from-golden-dawn-to.html

Kraounakis Slams Repousi - "Why Are You Attacking Our Roots B**otch" (VIDEO)
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.com/2013/10/kraounakis-slams-repousi-why-are-you.html

HALLELUJAH - State Scraps Anti-Racist Bill - Says It's Unconstitutional
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.com/2013/05/hallelujah-state-scraps-anti-racist.html

SYRIZA, PASOK & DIMAR In Favor Of "Anti-Racism" Bill - Or Else... Turkey: In Full Support!
http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.com/2013/05/syriza-pasok-dimar-in-favor-of-anti.html


Orthodoxy Slowly Dying in Southeast Asia


Two Metropolises of Hong Kong in Far East and Singapore in South Asia are on the verge of a padlock!  One day after the celebration of Assumption throughout the country and wherever the Greek heart beats in churches, as Orthodox churches of Southeast Asia, people of these areas still ask for help.

What's going on?

After about ten years of service and creativity in 23 areas of the world both Metropolises, in Hong Kong and in Singapore, are a crucial step before the padlock, which will ruin the great work of two major pockets of Orthodoxy in this corner of the planet. "Help us to survive" is the first message that reads whoever visits the page of Metropolis of Hong Kong, which belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. With dozens of unpaid clergy, the institutions can't feed the needy of God, as orphans and charitable programs are closed one after the other. The situation is dramatic.

This trend is worrying, if you count the fact that both were established in the place where there were old Greek and other Orthodox communities. Until recently, the donations could sustain 15 schools, 10 hospitals, five orphanages and boarding schools. They distributed food and medicine to needy, trained people on how to cultivate the land and gave scholarships to needy students. These children would have this chance otherwise. And we wonder why nobody supports the important work of this charity? Is it the lack of money due to the economic crisis? Where are Greek shipowners to support this effort? Where is their sensitivity? Or are limited to various "gala" and cosmic events with sushi and champagne?

"The risk for reduction of the Orthodox Church relates to the countries Pakistan, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Philippines. We appeal to all the missionary societies and all Orthodox Cathedrals in Greece, Australia and US to support the two Cathedrals in East Asia" we read in the call of the people of these two cities. We mention that in Pakistan there is a small Orthodox Community in Lahore.

Already for four years, they organize workshops for illiterate women and technical education programs for disadvantaged children. Since 2005 the charity The Orthodox Mission in Pakistan was founded and is officially recognized by the state of Pakistan.

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OPINION - Ukraine Crisis Continues - West Still Hasn't Produced Evidence on Malaysian flight 17


Having served Washington’s propaganda purposes, the downed Malaysian airliner and the alleged Russian armored column that entered Ukraine and was allegedly destroyed have dropped out of the news even though both stories remain completely and totally unresolved, says Dr. Paul Craig Roberts in his latest article (Source HERE).

Roberts, who was Assistant Secretary for the United States Treasury for Economic Policy as well as associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, notes that Washington’s stooge government in Ukraine has not released the records of communications between Ukrainian air traffic control and Malaysian flight 17, and Washington has not released the photos from its satellite which was directly overhead at the time of the airliner’s demise.
    "We can safely and conclusively conclude from this purposeful withholding of evidence that the evidence does not support Washington’s and Kiev’s propaganda.
    "We can also safely and conclusively conclude that the Western media’s sudden disinterest in the unresolved story and failure to demand the evidence kept secret by Washington and Kiev is in keeping with the Western media’s role as a Ministry of Propaganda.
In other words, Roberts says that Washington and its presstitutes are protecting the lie that the US and its "media vassals" successfully spread around the world and have used as the basis for further sanctions that escalate the conflict with Russia.
     "Washington could not possibly make it clearer that Washington intends to escalate, not defuse, the conflict that Washington alone orchestrated.
     "Ditto for the alleged Russian armored column. The Russian government has labeled the story a fantasy, which it clearly is, but nevertheless Washington and its media vassals have left the story in place.
He claims that since English is the world language and as the European press follows the lead of the American presstitutes, the propaganda war is stacked against Russia (and China).
     "Russian and Chinese are not world languages. Indeed, these languages are difficult for others to learn and are not well known outside the countries themselves. The Western media follows Washington’s lead, not Moscow’s or Beijing’s.
     "As facts are not relevant to the outcome, Moscow and Beijing are in a losing situation in the propaganda war.
     "The same holds for diplomacy. Washington does not engage in diplomacy. The exceptional country uses bribes, threats, and coercion. The Russian government’s diplomatic efforts come to naught. As Russian President Putin has complained, “Washington doesn’t listen, the West doesn’t hear us.”
     "And yet the Russian government continues to try to deal with the Ukrainian situation with facts and diplomacy.
This approach, adds Roberts, is proving to be very costly to the residents of the former Russian territories in eastern and southern Ukraine.
     "These people are being killed by air and artillery strikes against their homes and infrastructure. Large numbers of these people have been displaced by the Ukrainian attacks and are refugees in Russia. The Western media does not report the violence that Washington’s stooge government in Kiev is inflicting on these people. The Western media speaks only with Washington’s voice: “It is all Russia’s fault.”
He believes that the crisis would have been prevented if the Russian government had accepted the provinces request to be reunited with Russia as in the case of Crimea. However, the Russian government decided to avoid any decision that Washington could misrepresent as “invasion and annexation,” thinking that Europe would see Russia’s unprovocative behavior as reassuring and resist Washington’s pressure to enter into conflict with Russia.
     "In my opinion the Russian government over-estimated the power of diplomacy in the West. Washington is interested in fomenting crises, not in resolving them.
     "In the 23 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, many Russians have been of the opinion that Washington, not the Soviet government, was the party to be trusted in the Cold War. What the Russian government has learned recently is that Washington cannot be trusted and that the Soviet government’s suspicions of the West were very well founded.
     "Kiev’s military assault on eastern and southern Ukraine is not going to stop because Europeans finally see the light and object. Europeans not only stood aside for 13 years while Washington bombed civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, and organized outside forces to attack Syrians, while isolating Iran for military attack, but also actively participated in the attacks. Europe has stood aside while Israel has massacred Palestinians on numerous occasions.
For Russia to rely on Europe’s moral conscience, says Roberts, is to rely on something that does not exist.
     "The continued slaughter and destruction of the Russian populations in eastern and southern Ukraine will eventually demoralize the Russian people and undermine their support of Putin’s government for failing to halt it. The Russian government’s acceptance of the slaughter makes Russia look weak and encourages more aggression against Russia.
     "If the Russian government intends to resolve its problems in Ukraine and to forestall Washington’s ability to further erode Russia’s political and economic relationships with Europe with more sanctions, the Russian government will have to turn to more forceful measures.
He then proposes two alternatives:
     "In Ukraine the Russian government has two alternatives. One is to announce that the ongoing slaughter and the unresponsiveness of Kiev and its Western backers to Russia’s efforts to end the killing with a diplomatic settlement has caused Russia to reconsider the provinces’ requests to be reunited with Russia and that any further attacks on these territories will be regarded as attacks on Russia and be met with a devastating military response.
     "The other alternative is for Putin to meet privately with Washington’s stooge and convey to the corrupt oligarch that enough is enough and that if the attacks continue Russia will accept the requests for reunification and protect the provinces. Putin would explain to Washington’s stooge that if he wants to retain the former Russian territories as part of Ukraine, he will have to work out satisfactory arrangements with the provinces. In other words, Putin would deliver an ultimatum, one that required an immediate answer so that the stooge couldn’t run to Washington and Washington would not have time to create a new propaganda.
Roberts, who was also a columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate, says that Karl Marx regarded morality as a rationale for class interests. As each class created a morality to justify its interests, there was no basis for good will between people. With reform impossible, violence becomes the only effective method of change.
     "Washington has its own version of Marx’s doctrine. As the exceptional country, history has chosen the US to prevail over other countries’ interests. Prevailing rules out diplomacy which requires compromise. Therefore, Washington, like Marx, relies on violence.
     "The Russian government cannot rely on diplomacy and good will if the West is relying on violence.
     "Perhaps a solution could be found by President Putin meeting separately with Merkel and Hollande and explaining that Russia cannot indefinitely accept sanctions based on lies and propaganda without taking more determined steps than Russian sanctions against European agricultural products. Putin could make it clear that if Europe continues to accommodate Washington’s assault on Russia, the flow of energy could be restricted or be turned off.
     "Additionally, President Putin might explain to the European leaders that the dynamics of Washington’s campaign to demonize Russia can escape control and result in war that would devastate Europe. Putin could tell Europeans that by disassociating from Washington’s foreign policy and adopting foreign policies that serve their own interests instead of Washington’s, Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains of vassalage.
He says that Putin can use this meeting to explain to Brussels that Moscow is prepared to guarantee its security.
     "Putin could explain to Europeans that Russia is prepared to guarantee Europe’s security and, therefore, that Europe does not need Washington’s guarantee against a nonexistent Russian threat.
     "If this very reasonable and diplomatic approach to Europe fails, then Russia and China know that they must prepare for war."
About the Author - . He has had many university appointments. His Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost. Visit his website at PaulCraigRoberts.org


August 20, 2014

A Tribute To Mike - Annual Memorial


Today marks the first anniversary of the death of my beloved Mike. He died on August 20th, 2013 at 08.40 am after suffering with a severe case of pancreatic cancer.

In my first tribute to Mike, which was written on the morning of his passing, I shared my experiences with friends and colleagues and was deeply touched that my words had a profound effect on others dealing with the death of their own loved ones.

His father, brother and I miss him terribly but want to continue to honor his outgoing spirit and compassion for humanity by encouraging you all to read this article. No, it will not talk about Mike, or how great he was (because this is clearly noted in the About Us section of this blog), but aims to help all of those who have (are) suffered (ing) some type of loss.

Over the past year, Mike's death has not only been had a profound spiritual journey for me, but also directly affected this blog. There were days when I couldn't be productive, and the blog suffered. Traffic declined, donations were (are) at ZERO and the blog began to become too much for me to maintain.

You see, man never gets over the loss of a loved one and although every one grieves in their own way, and at their own time, my grief evolved into a deep depression. Oh I posted my articles as usual, but there were days that I could not even flick on the computer.

And this is because on the morning when he passed, my heart, spirit and zest for life went with him. I felt as if I had completely lost my present and any potential future. The nights became sleepless and lonely, the days became meaningless and colorless and the weeks that followed were empty and had no purpose.

I had no motivation or incentive to do the slightest things and all I wanted to do was be alone, sleep and ask God why.


You see, with his passing, I was abruptly thrust in to a different, unfamiliar world.

In the first few days and weeks all I felt was numbness and was in complete denial. About two months down the road the anger and the yearning of his presence set in and I was not a pleasant person to be around with. Following this I was in emotional despair and withdrew myself from everyone and everything. In fact I travelled to Canada to be with my family during this stage but these emotions were so intense and the sadness was so great that I even shut them out and went off on my own.

That stage has made its circle now, and now I am at the point of reorganizing my life. I know that the next phase will be letting go, but as I said earlier grief does not have a time limit and does not follow any rules. So letting go, will only come when I will fall in love again.

Besides, I still miss his physical presence and I am just learning to connect with him spiritually.

Everything I learned all these months and practiced was in my face as I experienced the roller coaster ride of raw grief following my his tragic death. I found writing my thoughts and feelings in this blog helped me to deal with the reality and emotions of death which at times overwhelmed me. Continuing to want to save the world -as we had both set out to do- gave me a purpose. It also allowed Mike's presence to be preserved.

The depression was more diabolical. You see, grief is something everyone will encounter in his or her life. As with all of us that have been through it, people in my life spoke up with what I “needed to do.” No one though had any solid answers. And this is where it gets funny. When you are grieving that is all you want. Answers!

All of the advice that was given to me by good friends and even some of HellasFrappe's fans had a place in my finding my way forward, but it was not enough.

This is because I concentrated more on the memories. Thoughts of the past held me spellbound, because they were all I had left. I kept asking myself, how do I breath without him, how do I take that next step without him? I didn't want to go on and literally believed that it was easier to just lay down and die.

The biggest heartache of all was the "not knowing" where Mike went to. Is there a heaven? Is there a God? Is there an afterlife? The unknown became, and has become, my worse enemy.

All this forced me to shut down emotionally and destroyed many important relationships in my life because I chose to stop feeling.


The worse part of my depression was that I didn't even notice that my own health declined.

Aside from the physical symptoms, the blog also suffered. I was not able to write, HellasFrappe's finances worsened and traffic fell by more than 50 percent. During those months, the only thing that preoccupied my mind was why him? Why did he have to die? If only I had gotten there sooner. If only someone did something differently. If only this, if only that.

No, I was not going mad, but in a stage of deep, deep grief. When pain rules, grief brings bitterness, resentment and often isolation and it affects everything. Your health is affected, finances and your relationships with everyone are also affected. It is actually exhausting and draining because it uses up all of your reserves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. You cannot concentrate, you cannot work and being around people feels like running up a mountain.


I was fortunate though, Mary was there, patient with so much unconditional love for me and she refused to see me give up. Being the stubborn woman she is, she did not want to see me wither and fade away. She advised me to stop suppressing my feelings and encouraged me to cry and let my tears flow openly. This frightened others and made them feel uncomfortable around me, but it was warmly welcomed by Mary.

She told me that tears were a necessity, and crying was and is unavoidable. During those moments, I allowed the grief to pour out. Yelling and screaming at the universe -and at everyone- became one of my favorite pastimes.

It was a whirlpool of sadness that threatened to suck me under its waves to a depth of despondency where I could have never resurfaced again, but Mary was patient, and knew when to hold out her hand and help me back up to the surface.

She was a God send.

Her unconditional love for me allowed each emotional storm to pass and I came out a survivor.

She, and several other important people in my life, accepted my baby steps theory, and in no time I began to feel better and began to get stronger.

I just kept telling myself, I will not allow myself to get trapped further and further in this dark world. I need to heal. And slowly I did.

I finally convinced myself that although I will carry this loss forever, how I choose to carry it will determine my own quality of life.

Today, I don't question if I can do this, if I can go on, for I am going on and didn't even notice. The depression is a thing of the past.

HellasFrappe helped, keeping myself busy helped, getting back on track health wise also helped, but do not let this fool you, I do not go without him. Mike is and will always be in my heart every moment, and every breath of the way.

I am simply at a higher level of seeing what I did not see prior to (and after) his passing. In this higher emotional state I see the world differently and feel differently about everyone and everything.

How did I get to this level?

Well it came all at once.

I simply shifted my perspective in taking care of myself (physically, financially, spiritually) and in no time the clouds began to disappear.

This is what Mike would have wanted for me.

It took me a long time to realize this, but he sent me a loud message at his one year memorial.


During the service, a white pigeon came and sat on the headstone of his grave just as the priest was getting ready to end the liturgy. The bird stared directly at me and would not move. Mike's father and brother attempted to scare it away, but it refused to move.

This unprecedented experience had a profound effect on me both emotionally and spiritually. At that moment I was in a daze over my need to reorganize my life and move forward and my grief for Mike.

I felt as though the presence of the bird was Mike's way of telling me it is time to go forward.

This made me erupt like a volcano. I wept hysterically. I went into a frenzy and thrust my hands in the air asking why.

And throughout this whole hysteria the bird would not budge, it continued to stare at me directly.

It was almost like Mike had descended and was telling not to be afraid of being happy once again.

All this time, this was my biggest fear. I was finally okay with the reorganizing my life step, and the moving forward step but I continued to feel that if I allowed myself to once again be happy then I would be betraying his memory. Somehow the bird -or Mike's spirit- made me realize that I would never betray what I feel for him because it is too strong, too unique and too powerful.

His presence was just the validation to finally move forward.


This was my journey into the land of grief, and these are lessons we can all learn from; the stories that just feel larger than all of us. I wanted this story to be told, because I know that there are many out there who will identify with every word I said.

I hope that by sharing this personal experience I can preserve Mike's life story and valuable memories for his friends and family. And at the same time be a comfort to anyone who has ever suffered loss.

After all, Mike's life has a story that can contribute to a larger population because he committed his last few years in informing the Greek Diaspora about the crisis, was a victim of it because of his cancer, but never stopped motivating me into bringing this all together in this blog.

I feel so privileged to have known him and to have loved him. I am also content in knowing that I have preserved his memory and given a voice to someone whom none of you knew.

I am also grateful to Mary Pehlavanian for not allowing me to lose myself after his loss. My Frappers, my family and my other friends also helped, but Mary bit the bullets and for this I will forever be grateful.

I may be closing the chapter titled Mike in my life but this is only to allow me to go on. Aside from filling every void in my heart, I learned many things from my 8+ years with him about love, understanding, compassion, and forgiveness. Because of this, -no matter the circumstance- I will continue to honor him every August 20th until my very last breath.

Rest in peace agapi mou... You will never be forgotten, I will make sure of that.

Thank you all for sharing this with me
Much Love
Marina Spanos

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August 19, 2014

Tsatoumas Awarded Silver in Long Jump at European Games


Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Monday congratulated Louis Tsatoumas who was awarded a silver medal in the long jump at the European Championships which are being held in Zurich, Switzerland. The Greek champion reached 8.15m in his first attempt just behind British Greg Rutherford, who reached 8.29m.

He won his first major senior medal in 2007 at the European Indoor Athletics Championships, where he claimed the silver medal behind an Italian record-breaking Andrew Howe. On June 2nd, 2007 in Kalamata Tsatoumas jumped 8.66 metres, achieving a personal best and a Greek record for the event. The performance was the best in the world since Iván Pedroso leaped 8.70 m to win the gold medal at the 1995 World Championships. Tsatoumas ranks as the eighth best long jumper in history and holds the European record in the event at low altitude.

According to Wikipedia, at the 2008 Olympics he had the longest qualifying jump with 8.27m, but after three consecutive fouls in the final he finished in last place. He was the bronze medallist at both the 2009 Mediterranean Games and 2009 European Team Championships.

He represented Greece at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, reaching the final round, but finished only eleventh overall. At the 2010 European Athletics Championships he was sixth.

Earlier in 2014 Tsatoumas set a Greek indoor record of 8.23m to win the national indoor title.

Moscow May Consider More Measures If West Continues With Sanctions


(RIA Novosti) – Moscow will consider additional protective measures if the West continues its destructive sanction policy, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

"Different variants are being developed. We have said several times that Russia is not a fan of speaking in terms of sanctions and has not been an initiator. But if our partners continue their non-constructive and even destructive practices, then additional measures will be developed," Peskov said.

The first round of sanctions against Russia was implemented by the United States and the European Union back in March as a response to Crimea’s reunification with Russia following a referendum. As the Ukrainian crisis escalated, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and Japan gave in to US pressure and drew up their own sanctions.

In response to Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on economic measures to protect the country’s security. The decree went into effect on August 7 and banned the imports of agricultural and food products from the countries that had imposed sanctions on Russia for one year. The list of banned products includes meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, dairy products, fruits and vegetables.

Moscow said earlier it was ready to review the terms of its import restrictions if its Western partners showed a commitment to dialogue.


PROVOCATION - German Media Purposely Published Falsifications To Negatively Stereotype Greeks


A yearlong study from the University of Erfurt shows that the Greek economic crisis unearthed many negative stereotypes in the German media, which in return aimed to sway public sympathy away from Greece and its people. The study was conducted by six students, under the guidance of Dr. Kai Hafez.

According to the results,(featured by Deutsche Welle), the German media was not only prejudice in its portrayal of Greeks, but it also used image-characterizations such as “debt-struck Greeks”, “lazy Greeks”, “tax evaders”, and other similar descriptions to sway public opinion so that it does not sympathize with the austerity that was slapped on the Greek people. This is not alarming to citizens in Greece, because everyone more or less knows how the mainstream media works, but it is insulting nonetheless.

Greek citizens also know that there were many other nations across Europe that also echoed the same type of criticism, and quite shockingly so did the Greek Diaspora in North America and Australia.

The worse part was that these image-characterizations weren’t only used by tabloid newspapers such as BILD, but were also noted by other more prominent newspapers and publications, adds the study.

It even notes that BILD not only published false information, it also purposely aimed to influence public opinion (to turn its back on Greece and its people). Those who didn't take BILD seriously were not affected at first, but soonafter these stereotypes had a domino effect throughout the German press.

We are certain that most Frappers remember the insulting front covers of FOCUS magazine.

Basically, the study proved what we here at HellasFrappe have been saying all along. Citizens, in this case Germans, were purposely brainwashed into believing that Greeks, regardless of their age or educational level, are rightfully paying the price for living beyond their means.

Dr. Hafez believes that the German media is to blame for the misconceptions held by Germans and their opinion that wrong financial handling is reflective of Greek people’s nature.



Battling Against the Convert To Islam or Die Caliphate in Iraq


All over the world, millions of innocent people are facing persecution, imprisonment, and even death because of their religious beliefs.

In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, according to the State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. And the trend in 2014 is only getting worse.

But perhaps nowhere has intolerance, ruthlessness, and evil combined to destroy people of faith more than it has in Iraq, where the Islamic State is engaged in a systemic effort to wipe out the Christian presence there, along with all other religious minorities. The Islamic State, an extreme Sunni militant group that emerged from al-Qaeda, has rampaged across Iraq, ridding towns of Christians and other religious minorities, just as it did in parts of Syria over the last year, persecuting that country's Christians. It has used brutal tactics such as beheadings, rapes, forced conversions, and forced marriages of any non-Sunnis in its path.

The United States intervened militarily to assist 40,000 Iraqi Yazidis -- a religion that fuses Christianity, Islam, and ancient Zoroastrianism -- who were literally stuck on a mountaintop. Until U.S. and Kurdish military operations helped clear a path to safety, their options were to stay and die of thirst, or relocate and be massacred by the Islamic State militants waiting at the base of the mountain.

The U.S. government took the correct action in halting the genocidal campaign of the Islamic State by using our military to perform limited air strikes against their positions that were threatening Mount Sinjar and by conducting humanitarian airdrops to the Yazidis who were facing death from lack of water. Although the Obama administration has indicated that the mission has been accomplished on Mount Sinjar, there are reports that thousands of Yazidis still remain in peril on the mountain, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of refugees who need of humanitarian assistance in the Kurdish region of Iraq.

Although the Mount Sinjar crisis further revealed to the world the sheer brutality of the Islamic State, for months these terrorists have been occupying and destroying churches across Iraq, pulling down crosses, destroying religious documents and holy sites, and forcing Christians to convert or face death. They have seized bridges, dams, and other infrastructure that Christian towns and communities rely on for survival. Christians have been the primary target in Iraq, raising the stakes and the need for U.S. leadership. Christians have inhabited Iraq and Syria for 2,000 years; but if the Islamic State has its way with its "convert or die" tactics, not a single Christian will be left.

But it is important not to lose sight of the fact that it is not just the fate of Christians and other religious minorities at stake in Iraq and Syria. Allowing the Islamic State and its jihadist leaders to maintain their newly established caliphate in the heart of the Middle East is a national-security threat to the United States and to our allies in the region.

We need to be doing much more to address this challenge, including air strikes against Islamic State targets and increased lethal assistance to the Kurds and Iraq's central government. The Kurds in particular are hosting more than a million refugees from other parts of Iraq and Syria who have fled their villages as the jihadists have advanced. They are short on funds and resources because of ongoing disputes with the government in Baghdad, and we need to be more responsive to their requests for direct financial and military aid.

In Iraq and around the world, protecting religious freedom must be a top priority of our foreign-policy agenda. One need look no further than the situation we face in Iraq and Syria today to realize that, if left unchecked, the same forces that breed anti-religious extremism will eventually affect our security here at home.

Marco Rubio represents Florida in the U.S. Senate and is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Select Intelligence Committee.

AINA


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