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June 30, 2013

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PASOK Angry At ND's Voridi For Daring To Criticize Andreas Papandreou (VIDEOS)


The PASOK party is steaming through its ears following the statements made by conservative parliamentary spokesman Makis Voridis, who while addressing the New Democracy's 9th Congress at the weekend noted that "the choices of PASOK,(and specifically of its founder) Andreas Papandreou (lead to) the destruction of Greece."

The statements ignited ill feelings between MPs of the bipartisan government and from what it looks like it is not going to ease up. In fact MPs on both sides began to lash out at one another, and Evangelos (the Large) Venizelos even telephoned Antonis Samaras to complain!

Voridis said:
     "The crisis in Greece has a given name and surname. The choices of PASOK (and) Andreas Papandreou (which were taken at a specific time for Greece) are responsible for the destruction of this country."
Voridis' statements caused barrage of announcements from PASOK, which in return unleashed harsh attacks against the parliamentary spokesman in defence of the late Andreas Papandreou.

Makis Voridis is not retracting any of his statements, and as noted on Sunday morning on MEGA channel. In his opinion, the formation of the bipartisan government does not in any way mean that the conservative New Democracy party will ever back down from its ideological identity!

Editor's Note - Why lash out at Voridis? All he did was say the truth! Besides, Venizelos hates the Papandreou clan, as does his mentor Costas Simitis. They did everything in their power to bring down the Papandreou dynasty. In fact we believe that in private they probably slam the Papandreou clan every chance they get, and only pretend to defend the name because they know they are scoring low with voters and need the support of Papandreou-holics (meaning supporters of the Papandreou clan who moved over to SYRIZA). Why are they so upset? For the past four years we have been listening to their rhetoric about Costas Karamanlis. PASOK slammed Karamanlis every chance it got. They accused him of playing Playstation 2, being overweight, being an alcoholic, being incompetent to govern the country, etc. They couldn't accuse him of anything else because they knew very well that the hundreds of thousands of PASOK supporters who work in the public sector were hired during Andreas Papandreou's terms in government! But... whoever dares to even speak the truth in this country is only in for a clash with this psuedo Leftist party. PASOK forgets that for four years Karamanlis was a punching bag by both Venizelos and Papandreou. Thankfully Karamanlis has today been vindicated for all his political and economic choices, the Papandreou clan on the other hand is still tangled up in very controversial scandals and from what we learn they are actually loathed by the people! 


Source in Greek - on-news



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UNTHINKABLE - Agia Sophia In Trapezounta Converted to Mosque For Muslim Prayer!

According to the Radikal newspaper, the Greek Orthodox Church of Agia Sophia in Trabzon (or Trapezounta) was converted into a Mosque and a massive Muslim prayer was held. The Church of Agia Sophia (Greek: meaning "Holy Wisdom"), now the Saint Sophia Museum, is a former Chalcedonian (Greek Orthodox) church located in the city of Trabzon in the north-eastern part of Turkey. It dates back to the thirteenth century when Trabzon was the capital of the Empire of Trebizond. It is located near the seashore and two miles west of the medieval town's limits. It is one of a few dozen Byzantine sites still existent in the area.


Some 52 later, the Church was once again the scene of a massive prayer, but not of the Christian sort. Believers of Muslim faith flooded the Church and covered the icons and the Byzantine art with carpets and curtains and held a massive prayer.

Quoting the local Vakif Direction of Trabzon, who owns the estate where the Orthodox Church is today, Wikipedia reveals that this Greek Church will eventually be permanently converted into a mosque, so it is safe to say that the recent prayer was a "warning" of many things to come.

In fact Wikipedia claims that the reconstruction works have already been started. The mufti of the Turkish province Trabzon, note that “the works for opening this mosque in the city to practice prayers again are going on,” and while that is happening the Church will function as Mosque and “during the prayer the mural paintings will be covered by curtains".

Fortunately not all citizens in Turkey feel the same way. In fact many Turkish local scholars and activists are protesting against this event and they have already started a petition campaign against its transformation.

Looks like they are too late.

(Editor's Note - Imagine what would happen in Greece if local citizens began converting Mosques into Churches... One hint: It would get very, very ugly.)

(Sources - Newsit - Wikipedia)






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OPINION - Turkey’s Zero-Sum Friends

The reaction of EU states to the Taksim protests proves again that while Turkey is for NATO an invaluable bridgehead into the Middle East, NATO allies have little to offer in return, writes Ramzy Baroud in the Palestine Chronicle.

The distance between Cairo’s Tahrir Square and Costantinopole’s Taksim Square is large. There can be no roadmap sufficient to using popular experience of the first in order to explicate the circumstances of the second.

Many have tried to insist on the similarities between the two since it is fashionable these days to link newsworthy events, however worlds apart. Following the popular revolt that gripped Egypt in early 2011, dubbed with the ever-inclusive title “the Arab Spring”, intellectual jugglers began envisaging “springs” popping up all over the region and beyond. In recent weeks, when protesters took to the streets of several Turkish cities, comparisons ensued once again.

Intellectual opportunism, however, is not a distinct phenomenon but a reflection of a wider Western conception of political opportunism. Once the “Arab Spring” was recognised as an opportunity of sorts, the US, Britain and France were quick to capitalise on it, either to politically reshape the Middle East region or to ensure that the outcome of the revolutionary fervour was to their liking.

While Arab dictators brutalised mostly peaceful protesters, wars, in the full sense of the word, didn’t actualise until the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) countries began meddling. In Libya, they guided an uprising with a limited armed component to a full-fledged war that resulted in the death, wounding and disappearance of thousands. The war in Libya changed the very demographic landscape of parts of the country. Entire communities have been ethnically cleansed. Benghazi, whose fate British Prime Minister David Cameron seemed particularly worried about, is now savaged by numerous militias vying for influence. Following recent clashes in the city, the interim head of the Libyan army, Salem Konidi, warned on state television on 15 June of a “bloodbath”. But this time, such a warning barely registered on NATO’s radar.

While selective “humanitarian intervention” is a well-known Western political style, the recent protests in Turkey demonstrate that Western countries’ appetite to exploit any country’s misfortunes to its advantage is insatiable. The Turkish government, however, has itself to blame for providing such an opportunity in the first place.

When confronted with the Middle East high-stakes political game resulting from the violent upheaval in the last two years or so, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, hesitant at first, adopted a political style that was consistent with NATO’s, of which Turkey is a member. For nearly a decade, Turkey had angled for a different role in the Arab and Muslim worlds, a choice that was compelled by the European Union’s refusal to grant Turkey a membership. Germany and France led the crusade against Turkey’s determined efforts to join the growing union.

As the bloodletting reached Syria, the so-called Arab Spring posed a threat to Turkey’s own southern regions and thus forced a hurried Turkish policy realignment, back to the very Western camp that precluded Turkey for so long.

It was a peculiar position in which Turkey placed itself, posing as a champion of “awakened” Arabs, yet operating with the traditional NATO paradigm, itself grounded in interventionist agendas. The inconsistencies of Turkish policies are palpable and growing: as it settled its dispute with Israel over the latter’s murder of nine Turkish activists on their way to Gaza in May 2010, it was hosting top Hamas leaders for high level talks. It is facilitating the work of Syrian opposition that are operating both politically and militarily from Turkish territories, while warning against any plots to destabilise Turkey. At the same time it is paying little heed to the sovereignty of northern Iraq, as it chased after its own armed opposition in the war-torn Arab country for years.

Turkish behaviour was ignored, justified or sanctioned by Western powers as long as Ankara did so in tandem with the existing NATO policies. European countries, however, become particularly charged if Turkey steps over its boundaries, as was the case during the Turkish-Israeli dispute. And it appears that no matter how hard Turkish leaders try to impress, they will always fall short of fulfilling Europe’s selective definition of democracy, human rights and other useful concepts.

NATO’s hypocrisy, even among its own members, is too obvious. Compare, for example, European responses to the police crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement protests starting 17 September 2011 and the massive campaign of arrests, beatings and humiliation of protesters. It turned out that both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security monitored the movement jointly through their terrorism task forces. This is what Naomi Wolf revealed in The Guardian newspaper on 29 December 2012.

Where was the outcry by the US’s European allies over such unwarranted practices including the most recent scandal of the US National Security Agency (NSA) spying on millions of people using social media and Internet technology in the name of trying to catch terrorists? Such practices have become so routine that they rarely compel outrage or serious calls for accountability, aside from such inane concerns as Bloomberg Business Week headlines: “Spying for the NSA is Bad for US Business.”

While Arab nations are the most affected parties by the wars and upheavals that have destabilised the region, destroyed Syria and threaten the future of entire generations, they seem to stand as cheerleaders on the sidelines as David Cameron, Fran├žois Hollande of France and Barack Obama, among others, illustrate the path by which Syria’s future is determined, in ways consistent with their interests, and of course, that of Israel’s “security”.

But the response of some EU leaders to the anti-government protests in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir in recent weeks was most sobering. Even Prime Minister Erdogan’s best efforts are simply not enough to sway Europe from capitalising on Turkey’s misfortunes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel quickly took a stance to block “moves to open a new chapter in Ankara’s EU membership talks”, reported Reuters 20 June, supposedly because of her concern regarding the Turkish police crackdown on protesters. Of course, the chancellor is often forgiving when extreme violence is applied by Israel against Palestinians, since no political capital can be attained from such unwise moves.

Meanwhile, Western powers will continue to play a most detrimental role in the Middle East, engendering and exploiting further chaos with the help of various regional powers, in the most brazen of ways in order to serve their interests. Not even Turkey, despite proving an irreplaceable asset in NATO’s political and military drive, is invulnerable.

Perhaps, Europe’s double face will compel a rethink among Turkey’s political circles as they calculate their next move. Will Turkey end its role as an outlet for NATO’s policies in the Middle East? This is a question that Turkey must address before they too are engulfed by endless turmoil and inundated by Western intervention, the results of which are always lethal. Always.

The writer of the article is also the Editor of PalestineChronicle.com.
Published from - geopolitics-gr.blogspot.gr

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US Bugged EU offices, Computer Networks

Secret documents provided by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden show the United States has spied on various European Union institutions and offices. German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), bugged offices and spied on EU internal computer networks in Washington, New York and Brussels.

The NSA appears to have accessed not only EU telephone conversations, but also computer documents and emails, Der Spiegel said, citing its report from confidential documents Snowden had provided to the magazine.

Federal prosecutors in the U.S. have charged Snowden with espionage for exposing secret U.S. spying programs run by the NSA.

The latest exposure of alleged U.S. spying programs, if true, would have a “severe impact” on relations between the EU and the United States, Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament said.

“On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to these allegations,” he said in an email.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told Der Spiegel: “If these reports are true, it’s disgusting.”

“The United States would be better off monitoring its secret services rather than its allies. We must get a guarantee from the very highest level now that this stops immediately.”

Earlier this month, The EU warned the United States that its massive surveillance of Internet traffic has “grave adverse consequences” to the privacy rights of European citizens.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on June 10, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding demanded answers regarding the U.S. spying programs disclosed by Snowden earlier this month.

PressTV


X-Files - The Hidden World Found in Symbols (VIDEO)

(ALT Headlines via Activist Post) - In order to fully grasp and understand society, control, agendas, it helps to understand symbols and why they are prevalent. Symbols are a part of our daily lives but for most people they often go unseen. During our lives, at some point or another, every human being experiences an “a-ha” moment. That millisecond of conscious thought, in time and space, when someone realizes that the world is nothing like they thought it was.

From that moment on, they start seeing the world in a whole new way. It is almost as if the proverbial rose-colored glasses simply fell to the ground and got stepped on, breaking the chains that bound this person to a certain set of beliefs which dictated how they saw the world.

If you spend some time in the big city watching the hundreds of people mindlessly strolling along, you will realize that the majority of individuals tend to look downward towards the ground. This obviously has implications on how they see and interact with the world. However, every once in a while, some break free and have looked up to the moon, the stars and a bigger reality around them and nothing can be the same again.

Even the most seemingly innocent symbols have meaning hidden in them. Those in branding and marketing, the mad men of Madison Avenue, as well as those in power have an astute understanding of symbolism while most of the population is still looking downward muddling through life.

Most choose not to, or have not opened their eyes to the knowledge or understanding of what’s around them and how the manipulations by the few control the many. Symbols are one of the vehicles in which hidden messages and archetypes have a way of subtly influencing society.

“Occult” Simply Means “Hidden”

The word occult has a negative connotation in most people’s perception of it, however it literally can be defined as “hidden.” Many occult messages are found in symbols discovered all throughout history whether it’s the famous illuminati symbol of the all seeing eye, old Egyptian symbols, as well as many religious symbols which can be found throughout architecture all over Europe in the Western world. Many times there are hidden meanings in symbols, which are only known by a few, while the masses are taught an entirely different re-presentation of a certain symbol.
  • What is the true meaning of the capstone of a pyramid?
  • What is the all Seeing Eye?
  • Why are gargoyles prevalent in old world architecture?
  • Does the cross have multiple meanings?
  • Why are secret societies into the occult?
  • Are there hidden powers in symbols?
In the early part of this 21st century books such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code introduced symbols to the mainstream population, and a whole new generation of people started researching secret societies, special human bloodlines, secret agendas and other topics found within the book.

The above questions can be understood through the work of Jordan Maxwell a long time scholar of the occult and the esoteric. Since 1959 Jordan has done extensive lectures on this topic as well as appearing on over 600 radio shows.

Below is a must watch lecture on the hidden meaning of symbols for those who want to be able to go beyond and further than what was started for many with Dan Brown’s book. As Jordan humbly states:
     “I am simply an ordinary man pursuing extraordinary knowledge”.
This lecture is filled with over two hours of information in symbols and it is a good starting point on your pursuit of extraordinary hidden knowledge.




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Russia, Ecuador, Venezuela & Cuba to Meet & Discuss Snowden Asylum Case in Moscow

Ewan Robertson (VenezualaAnalysis via NSNBC),- Diplomats from Russia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Cuba will meet in Moscow on Monday to discuss the situation of U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The ex-NSA contractor has requested asylum in Ecuador to avoid what he fears would result in judicial persecution if he is extradited to the United States.

Snowden released information to the Washington Post and UK Guardian from June 6th revealing the existence of a U.S. government intelligence program Prism, which uses data from internet companies to collect information on people’s communication across the globe. He is now wanted by U.S. federal prosecutors on three charges related to espionage: theft of government property, unauthorised communication of national defence information, and willful communication of classified intelligence to an unauthorised person.

On Saturday Snowden spent his fifth day in Moscow, presumably in Shemeretievo airport, where he fled from Hong Kong in order to escape an extradition request.

On Monday diplomats from Russia and the three leftist Latin American countries are scheduled to meet with human rights activists in the Russian Public Chambers, a consultative body linked to the Kremlin, ”to give a social evaluation of the situation,” a Public Chambers spokesperson said. Observers consider the possibility of Ecuador offering Snowden asylum to have increased after the Ecuadorian government renounced trade preferences with the U.S. as a sign that it “doesn’t accept pressure or threats from anyone”.

Last Friday night, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro also appeared to further open the door to Snowden, stating that if an asylum request was made, Venezuela would be willing to offer the whistleblower protection.
     “No one has requested us asylum for him [Snowden], but if he wants, Venezuela is willing to protect this brave young man in a humanitarian way, so that humanity knows the truth,” Maduro said at an event in the presidential palace.
The Venezuelan president will also be in Moscow next Monday to attend a meeting of the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries.

U.S. pursues Normalisation of Venezuela Relations

Meanwhile, the United States has reported it has a “strong interest” in normalising relations with Venezuela, making the exchange of ambassadors for the first time since 2010 a priority. According to a State Department spokesperson, a meeting was held between State Department secretary for Latin America, Roberta Jacoson, and the diplomat charged with Venezuelan affairs in Washington, Calixto Ortega, on Tuesday.

The spokesperson said that the meeting was held “to continue our high level dialogue with the aim of exploring options of how to improve ties between the U.S. and Venezuela”.
     “We have a strong interest in continuing to work together on affairs of mutual interest, to protect and secure our national interest,” the spokesperson added.
The move comes after Venezuelan foreign minister Elias Jaua and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met at the side on an OAS summit earlier this month, where they agreed to finds ways to build “a more constructive and positive relationship”. Jacobson and Ortega also agreed to meet “regularly” to continue dialogue between the two governments.


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Schengen Accord Tested - Greece's Porous Border Draws Europe's Ire

Greece, at the center of Europe's two-year-old debt crisis, is facing intensifying criticism from other European governments over the way it polices its land border with Turkey—presenting Europe's passport-free Schengen area with what could be its most serious test since it began functioning in 1995.

A majority of the illegal immigrants—most from the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan—enter into the European Union through Greece, whose northern, mountainous region of Evros is the bloc's most porous external border.

Syrians walk near the northeastern Greek town of Orestiada after passing over the Greek-Turkish border. Most don't stay in Greece with its weak economy but try to travel to other countries within the EU. Under Schengen rules, once in Greece, travelers shouldn't need to show a passport to enter any of the other 25 states in the Schengen area.

Greece has been frequently criticized by the European Commission, the United Nations and nongovernment groups for not complying with international law on asylum policy and for mistreating people reaching its borders seeking protection for political, humanitarian or other grounds.

A group of seven EU countries including France and Germany recently said that further action was needed to reduce the inflows of migrants "in particular at the Greek-Turkish border."  They suggested, among other things, a stronger presence for the EU border-management agency, Frontex.

With thousands of immigrants detected crossing that border every month, European officials say Greece's cash-strapped government doesn't have the money, personnel or administrative capacity to police the border.

Now, three governments are considering taking further action—effectively suspending Greece from Schengen by reintroducing passport controls for travelers arriving from the country. According to two people familiar with EU-level talks on the subject, Germany, Finland and Austria are considering this step.

Read more at http://smarkos.blogspot.gr/
(Associated Press via Smarkos.Blogspot.Com)


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