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Friday, October 4, 2013

Lecture to look at the ancient Olympics, Greek nudity

Lecture to look at the ancient Olympics, Greek nudityPenn State NewsUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The ancient Olympics and Greek nudity will be the subject of a lecture by Andrew Stewart, professor of ancient Mediterranean art and the Nicolas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.


The Twilight of Golden Dawn

Developments in the judicial inquiry into Golden Dawn were evolving rapidly when, early Saturday morning, in a crackdown that dominated worldwide news, the Greek police arrested the general-secretary of the country's neo-facist party along with many key accomplices. Nikos Michaloliakos was hauled before the courts in tandem with his parliamentary spokesman and second in command, Christos Pappas, facing charges of murder and assault in the recent death of left-wing hip-hop musician and activist, Pavlos Fyssas. Resulting investigations into the respective homes of its leaders along with clandestine recorded conversations among its members by Greece's Secret Service, EYP, have exposed Golden Dawn as an organization with a strict military structure that persecutes immigrants and glorifies Hitler, all under the guise of helping the weak and elderly. Depicting its members as common thugs, Greek Deputy Public Prosecutor, Charalambos Vourliotis, denounced Golden Dawn as a criminal organization that is a threat to Greece's public institutions and the country's constitution. Aside from charges of murder, extortion, arson and blackmail, Mr. Vourliotis stunned the Greek public by revealing details of the group's "Centaur Program" that aimed to recruit minors as young as 14 years old into youth hit squads. In a shocking nine-page report, Vourliotis outlines how Golden Dawn adhered to a hierarchial "Fuhrerprinzip" structure with "Fuhrer" Michaloliakos' political authority above and beyond any written law. A rigid chain of command was in place whereby Michaloliakos would transfer orders through Pappas and his other officials, Elias Kassidaris, John Hare, Elias Panayiotaros and Christos Michas. How, one would ask, was this extremist fringe group able to become such a force on the Greek political scene, rising from 0.3 percent of the popular vote in the country's 2009 elections, to over 400,000 or 7 percent of the total and capture 18 parliamentary seats a mere three years later? Golden Dawn was created sometime around 1980 by its leader and disciple of former Greek military dictator Georgios Papadopoulos, Nikos Michaloliakos. The group's early endeavors centered around the publication of a radical magazine, Chrysi Avgi, that praised the ancient Gods of Olympus and proclaimed the superiority of the Greek race. In the early 1990s, Golden Dawn would seize upon the turmoil surrounding the use of the name Macedonia, a region of Northern Greece, by a Former Yugoslav Republic (FYROM) to plan xenophobic protests and violent attacks against foreigners and become a true political movement. The massive wave of immigrants, many of them illegal, that would soon follow and the impossibility of the Greek State to integrate such numbers and to police crime-riddled immigrant neighborhoods would serve to strengthen the hand of the organization. It would come to be known that Greek police officers often co-operated with Golden Dawn, sending Greek citizens in need of protection their way. The party would assist the elderly when withdrawing money from bank machines, investigate break-ins and thefts from locals' homes and help Greeks collect delinquent rents from immigrants. A deepening financial crisis that would drag on for years, bringing unemployment to dizzying levels and wiping out a quarter of the Greek economy, along with the portrayal of Greece as a land of lazy, tax-evading criminals in the international media would play right into Golden Dawn's racist hands, enabling it to become the third most popular party in the country. The brutal assassination of Pavlos Fyssas, however, appears to have spurred a dormant Greek State into action. Responding to the outcry of a horrified electorate, the government has taken bold, unprecedented action against a political party, all under the threat of being accused of persecuting political opponents. Notwithstanding the seriousness of the charges, some of the accused lawmakers were released until they face their day in court. Regardless, there can be no denying that this is the beginning of the end for Golden Dawn, the overt bullying and illegal activity of its executives testament to the fact that it could not handle its constitutional presence and was doomed, as all fascist organizations, to implode.


US and EC Pressed for Golden Dawn MPs’ Arrests

Former Minister of Justice Antonis Roupakiotis sees political considerations behind the arrests of the Golden Dawn leadership. Talking to the TV network SKAI, the former Justice Minister supported that the persecution of Golden Dawn MP’s was dictated by the USA and the European Commission. According to Roupakiotis, the arrests linked both with Antonis Samaras’ visit […]


Golden Dawn’s “Offer of Violence”

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Hundreds of dead fish surface in northern Greece reservoir

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Second case of rabies prompts authorities to take action

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Business consultant and former Columbia University professor gets NERIT top job

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Samaras heading to Israel amid joint military exercise

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to meet with several ministers on Saturday ahead of a trip to Israel on Monday. Samaras will travel to Jerusalem to take part in a high-level Greek-Israeli ministerial council. During his visit, Samaras will also hold tal... ...


Cold snap raises concerns of smog from heating fuels

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Golden Dawn has links with Germany

by  NEOnline

Greece's neo-nazi Golden Dawn party has links to right-wing groups in Germany according to Berlin's interior ministry. One of them is the National Party, NPD, which appears to have similar ties with groups in a number of European countries. 

"There are individual contacts between the Golden Dawn and NPD», the German Interior Ministry said in reply to a parliamentary question from the Left Party (Die Linke) filed last March. According to the document, the NPD's most important contacts are with like-minded groups and figures in the Netherlands, Spain ,Czech Republic, Ukraine and Hungary.

The Interior Ministry also stated that it has no confirmed evidence that the Greek party has set foot in Germany. However, it has information on individual Golden Dawn contacts, not only with the NPD but with other right-wing collectives including the neo-Nazi network «Freie Netzwerk Sud». According to the federal government , "the strengthening of right-wing parties is not a phenomenon confined to Greece ."

Golden Dawn's leader, deputy leader and an MP were imprisoned this week. They are accused of running a criminal gang. Another three of the parties MP's have been released pending trial, one of them on bail. The other two have been barred from leaving the country. 

The arrests took place after a self-confessed Golden Dawn supporter killed Palvos Fyssas, an anti-Nazi activist and rapper in mid-September. Tens of Golden Dawn members have been questioned  on a number of criminal cases and some are still wanted by the police.


23 Ierissos’ Case Suspects Testify

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Greece Supports Arrested Greenpeace Activists

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Greece mulls treatment of Golden Dawn leaders

Despite being held in pre-trial custody, a parliamentarian and member of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party wants to take part in official debates and votes. Most Greeks call the party a criminal organization.


Will the arrest of Golden Dawn's leaders rebound on Greek democracy?

Will the arrest of Golden Dawn's leaders rebound on Greek democracy?The EconomistTHE arrest of both leaders of an elected party is unprecedented for a member of the European Union. On September 28th the Greek government began a crackdown on Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi party, which has 18 MPs in Greece's 300-strong parliament.


Golden Dawn case opens up Pandora's box in Greek politics

Golden Dawn case opens up Pandora's box in Greek politicsEurActivThe handling of the case against Greek far-right party the Golden Dawn has divided the coalition government and triggered a war of words between the centre-right New Democracy and the left-wing opposition party Syriza. EurActiv Greece reports. The ...


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Another week ends with a strong finish at the local bourse

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Struggling Greece Asks Greek-Americans Help

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Greece will not be lectured over neo-Nazis

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Rio de Janeiro is improving. The city is as beautiful as ever, but now it is also safer and has become a magnet for investments. Rio will host the World Cup next year and the Olympic Games in 2016, and the infrastructure that we are building is improving mobility, housing and the entire urban landscape. Despite some faltering, Brazil is doing well economically and Rio is also benefitting from that, so on the surface there are reasons to be optimistic. Despite this positive outlook, we are also experiencing a crisis of trust. Thousands of people have taken the streets to demand answers from the political establishment, who have been scratching their heads as to why this negative sentiment has suddenly erupted. After all, there is no shortage of jobs and our economy is doing just fine. But the voices on the streets are justified. What we currently experience in Brazil is undeniable political turmoil, and there is small consolation in the knowledge that protests are inherently democratic. Democracy is loud by definition, and yet those rallies indicate a wider phenomenon -- they are happening in squares around the world -- discontent is the common, if varied theme. Because these protests are aimed at politicians and the political landscape, they can only be explained through a political lens -- as such, they indicate a crisis of representative democracy. If we are to understand this crisis, we must head back some 2,800 years and step into the Greek city-states, the Polis. In the Polis, citizens engaged personally in heated debate over political issues. Those debates took place at the Agora, a square located at the center of the Polis. That was the birth of direct democracy, the form of government by which citizens' opinions forged rules and legislature. As cities grew, direct democracy became less and less feasible. The Roman Empire transformed the Greek Agoras into forums, where assemblies of elected officials would gather and vote on policy initiatives. Later, the English Parliament added the concept of social contract, which further legitimized representative democracy by concluding that individuals willingly submit to the decision of the majority in exchange for the protection of their rights. Subsequently, the principles of equality, the universal vote, and popular sovereignty matured in line with representative democracy. Yet, throughout the centuries, the political model has remained the same as in ancient times. It was this form of democracy that defined, with minor variations, the present-day political structure of the majority of the world's nations. Elected representatives are so embedded in the basic notion of what constitutes a democratic nation, that it has become indistinguishable from any other form of democratic governance. On the international stage, representative democracies and their heads of state came to wield immense power. That international governance system crystallized after World War II, when heads of states assumed significant influence over policies relating to economics, war, energy, aid and human rights. That was the pinnacle of nation states. Two recent phenomena are prompting a significant change to what people perceive as democracy. First, the rising power of the cities. The world has become mostly urbanized and according to UN Habitat, 70 percent of us will be living in cities by 2050. Most of the world's most pressing issues belong to cities: health, education, mobility and even matters that apparently pertained to nations, such as climate change and employment. The political analyst Benjamin Barber points out that globalization has diluted country boundaries and that the old institutional order of nation states has become "dysfunctional". Designed in the past, it is failing to address 21st century challenges. As a response, we observe the rise of new forms of international governance, such as the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of the Mayors of the world's largest cities that promotes effective policies on urban sustainable development and reduction of carbon emissions. In 2012 at the Rio+20 UN Summit, C40 Mayors committed to cutting carbon emissions by 1.3 gigatons in 2030, the equivalent to the emissions of Canada and Mexico combined, while national governments remain entangled in complex multilateral negotiations. The second phenomenon is the ubiquity of the digital revolution. Technology has shrunk the world and squeezed distances. It has made it possible for people to connect and communicate on an unprecedented scale. Debates among citizens are now more agile and much more varied than they were in the Greek agora. The difference is that those heated urban debates now take place online across multimedia platforms with data, words, pictures and video streaming. The digital revolution has deepened the crisis within representative democracy. But as it forces its demise, it might also dictate its future. Traditional representative democracy within nations is no longer enough. People want more participation and collaboration with their government. They demand to be closer to institutions and authorities. The Polis is back and the Internet is the new Agora. How do we deal with this revolution and merge the two phenomena? There are no easy answers. First, we must listen. In essence, people yearn to connect with institutions, more than merely participating in the electoral process. Legitimacy has to be renewed everyday in real-time and not once every four years. Formal consultation must develop into constant collaboration. There are some attempts in many parts of the world. Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration, Chicago has adopted the "City Hall in Your Community" initiative that aims to increase transparency and ask its citizens to propose agendas and priorities. Mayor Bloomberg of New York City has promoted Hackathons to engage the tech community and leading design thinkers to solve urban problems. I myself have used the Google Hangout platform to debate with prominent critics of my administration online. There are many other innovative and participative solutions employing technology to amplify democracy. And there is much more do be done. What we are witnessing is the birth of something I call Polisdigitocracy. This is a form of government that counts participation and transparency as its cornerstones and uses technology as its guide. The digital revolution is allowing democracy to recall its foundations and evolution is modernizing and reinforcing our fundamental values. And we are only at the beginning of that journey.


Greece could re-ignite investors' interest in emerging Europe

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Greece’s Thracian panhandle extended on to another map that was in the boot of the car, and the tower of a cement ... are probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, though the staff at a small welcome centre seemed far more interested in highlighting ...


Journalists’ Federations Support Greek Journalists Covering Golden Dawn Case

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have condemned the intimidation of journalists in Greece covering the Golden Dawn revelations and give their full support to Greek colleagues who are continuing to cover the case despite the threat of violence. According to IFJ/EFJ affiliate, the Journalists Union of the […]


Cash-strapped Greece looks to Greek Americans for support

Washington PostCash-strapped Greece looks to Greek Americans for supportWashington PostOn a typically humid summer day, Greek ambassador Christos Panagopoulos welcomed his guests for a salon performance of Opera Camerata of Washington at the Fairfax Embassy Row hotel. “I would have loved to host you at my residence across the ...


Beyond The Horizon Of The Universe

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Ireland will need EU support when bailout ends this year, says IMF

International Monetary Fund report warns that poor state of Irish banks is holding back recovery

A slowing economy, sky-high debts and a weak banking sector mean Ireland will need support from the European Union when its current bailout ends later this year, the International Monetary Fund said in a report on Friday.

In a clear call for Brussels to accede to Irish demands for a credit line next year, the IMF warned that Dublin's recovery would be hampered without cheaper funding for its ailing banks.

The report will deal a blow to the Irish government, which is under pressure domestically to maintain business and consumer confidence in the face of significant economic headwinds. In particular, export growth, which has underpinned the economy's recovery, has fallen in 2013.

The IMF said that while exports had picked up moderately in recent months, the recovery would not stop Ireland's debts hitting 123% of GDP by the end of the year. Making matters worse, the poor state of the country's banks is holding back the domestic economy.

"Irish banks face weak profitability that hinders their capacity to revive lending. European support to lower banks' market funding costs could help sustain domestic demand recovery in the medium term, protecting debt sustainability and financial market confidence," it said.

The IMF has conducted 11 reports on Ireland's economic recovery since it joined a three-way bailout of the country with the EU and the European Central Bank in 2010.

Ireland would be the first bailed-out eurozone country to wean itself off emergency aid if it exits the €85bn scheme on schedule at the end of this year.

The IMF said Dublin was on track to meet its obligations under the deal, but "near-term prospects are weaker and significant fiscal, financial sector and unemployment challenges remain".

Ireland was forced to seek help after a property crash left its banks massively under-capitalised and the state's finances collapsed.

Since then it has stuck rigorously to the recipe of austerity laid out in the programme by its "troika" of lenders.

The EU is desperate for Ireland to exit the rescue smoothly to show the tough-love approach can succeed, given the struggles of fellow bailout recipients Greece and Portugal and deep-rooted public dissatisfaction across the region.

Ireland has met nearly all its funding needs through next year by issuing debt periodically over the last 12 months, having issued a 10-year bond in March for the first time since being locked out of markets in late 2010.

Yet banks continue to shun calls from households and businesses for easier credit conditions while struggling with low profits and a ratio of bad loans that has reached 26%.

Unemployment also remains a huge problem. A fall in the jobless rate from 15% to 13.7% since early 2012 has eased the social security burden but 58% of those without work are considered long-term unemployed, "posing a risk to Ireland's growth potential", said the IMF.

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