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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Greece native Candace Kendall up for Miss USA crown

Greece native Candace Kendall up for Miss USA crownRochester Democrat and ChronicleThe Miss USA Pageant finals are live from Baton Rouge, La., at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC — and a Greece native will be representing New York. Candace Kendall, also known as Candace Kuykendall, graduated from Greece Arcadia High School and St. John ...and more »


Janet Landfried of Redlands begins visit to Greece

Janet Landfried of Redlands begins visit to GreeceRedlands Daily FactsSo here I was, in Athens to visit Greece and see for myself the wonders of that ancient land. It was southern Europe that gave rise to Western civilization and democracy and where innovations in Western art, culture and science took hold. Every history ...


Greek herbed spinach pie

Christian Science MonitorGreek herbed spinach pieChristian Science MonitorThis can be served in big slabs for a meal or cut into smaller pieces for a side dish (try it with a chicken roasted with Greek seasoning and lemon); you can even slice it into small pieces to serve as an appetizer. RECOMMENDED: Take our fruit and ...


Berlin: Founding of Centre for Modern Greece

Greek ReporterBerlin: Founding of Centre for Modern GreeceGreek ReporterIn der Philologischen Bibliothek der Freien Universität Berlin informieren... The Freie University in Berlin, Germany founded the Centre for Modern Greece on Friday June 6, which aims to the strengthening and dissemination of Greek studies, as well as ...


FIFA steps in to help Greece get to World Cup base

ARACAJU, Brazil — FIFA had to step in to help Greece’s national team get to its World Cup base in Brazil a day later than expected after a flight cancellation in the United States. Greece was due to leave Newark for Recife just after midnight Friday ...


Cyprus Expected to Return to International Markets

The Cypriot Finance Minister, Harris Georgiades claimed on Saturday that Cyprus is to return to the international markets at the end of June, 18 months earlier than it was initially expected. “This is a very positive development for us. It’s a clear sign of trust towards our economy. Our liquidity will increase and we will be able to pull ourselves up,” said Georgiades, adding that its lenders, the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund have already approved this move. On May 30, the Cypriot government decided to lift the last of domestic capital controls imposed right after the Eurogroup haircut, while on May 15, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBDR) agreed to help Cyprus.  Moreover, last month Cyprus’s 10-year bonds were trading at an interest rate below the 7.0 % threshold, the lowest since June 2011. In combination with the positive troika evaluation of Cyprus’s adjustment program, the Finance Ministry has decided to attempt the island’s return to international markets. Cyprus was excluded from the international market in May 2011 because of its oversized banks’ exposure to the Greek economy, and the inability to close fiscal gaps. The government asked for an international bailout almost two years later after receiving  a 2.5 billion euro loan from Russia. It was given a €10 billion bailout in March 2013 with an adjustment period of three years.


Most Popular Greek Souvenirs

The summer has come and tourists flock en masse to Athens to become better acquainted with Greek tradition and also to bring something home that will remind them of their trip to Greece. But what kind of souvenirs do tourists prefer? Research by the Greek newspaper “To Vima,” showed that apart from the traditional tourist shops that are all over the picturesque Plaka, selling tsarouhia (traditional shoes of Evzones), shirts and key chains that read “I LOVE GREECE,” there are also shops with traditional weavings, which however, are more expensive. What is surprising is that many tourists still buy the dolls “Phoebus” and “Athena” and the mascots of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. According to the owners of tourist shops, tourists prefer the busts of ancient Greek philosophers, metal replicas of ancient Greek gods, olive wreaths, while armors and helmets have become very popular after the release of the movie “300.” Tourists reveal that what matters is the quality-price ratio. It is also important to find something beautiful that will remind them of their visit to Greece. Last year, curator Anna Polydorou organized for the first time the exhibition “It’s all, oh so souvenir to me” which was attended by Greek architects, fashion designers, photographers and product designers. The exhibition brought a new air in the field of souvenirs. Lately Greek souvenirs have also been available in Greek online stores that ship worldwide.


Crisis or Not, Greeks Unwilling to Work the Fields

Despite the fact that Greeks are suffering from the crisis and unemployment, they are  quite selective when it comes to the professions they choose. According to a recent article by the Athens Macedonian News Agency, producers in northern Greece claim that they can’t find Greeks or foreigners to join their labor force. As they said: “The Greeks are not willing to work in the fields,” while foreigners, despite their willingness, are very expensive after the latest regulations regarding their entry, stay, and work in our country. “Greeks can’t stand working in the fields because it is hard work. The truth is that Greeks are spoiled,” said a producer from the region of Pella, northern Greece. Although the average daily wage reaches 25 euros with producers providing food and residence to the workers, due to the absence of legal labor force they are forced to employ workers without a work permit. The producers also complain that the police imposes high fines to those who employ illegal immigrants. These fines stand at 10,500 euros for each worker without a work permit. According to the Greek law a producer will have to pay 180 euros for the visa of each foreign worker, as well as about 500 euros for 2 months of insurance.


Fiskardo: Quaint Kefalonian Village

A tranquil and cheerfully colorful waterfront village of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea, Fiskardo is a meeting point for seafarers. Filled with famous Greek restaurants like Tassia’s right along the water, the port of Fiskardo attracts tiny sailboats and luxurious yachts alike. Here, you will see the neat juxtaposition of small boats mooring next to […]

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14 Reasons You’re Tired All the Time

Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing sapping your energy. Little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you both mentally and physically, which can make getting through your day a chore. Here, experts reveal common bad habits that can make you feel tired, plus simple lifestyle tweaks that will put the pep back…


Greek theatre raises Dh100,000 for homeless in Greece

Dubai: The more than 5,000 hours of volunteer work have paid off for 31 Greek expatriates in Dubai as they can now send money to help homeless people affected by the recession back home. Six Greek amateur actors from Dubai supported by 25 production staff ...


Greek Paralympic Athlete Giorgos Sifakis Dies

Greek Paralympic athlete Giorgos Sifakis, who was injured during the course of his training, died on Sunday. The 40-year-old athlete was being treated at the Iraklio hospital in Crete with head injuries. The athlete was training for a race on a stretch of highway outside Iraklio on the southern Aegean island on May 16 when he was hit by on oncoming car, suffering multiple injuries. The athlete was confined to a wheelchair 17 years ago after a motorcycle accident resulted in partial paralysis.


Tsipras Says Greek Debt Unsustainable

Greece's major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras, disputing claims the country is on the road to recovery, said the debt can't be sustained.

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38 Nutrition Experts Reveal Their Favorite Things To Eat For Breakfast

Mom always said breakfast was the most important meal of the day — and the research agrees. Study after study shows that breakfast boosts brainpower and helps to control cravings later in the day.

To see what a healthy breakfast looks like, we asked dozens of nutrition experts what they ate for breakfast and why. There are clear favorites — oatmeal and Greek yogurt — but everyone puts their unique spin on these traditional morning foods.

Hopefully these responses will inspire you.

Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

Breakfast: Eggs with avocado and salsa in a soft corn tortilla, or oatmeal with nuts and fruit.

Why it's good: The avocado not only adds creaminess, says Moore, but the fat increases the absorption of certain antioxidants, like lycopene, from the salsa. Salsa is also an original way to sneak in a serving of vegetables. Oatmeal contains a type of fiber known as beta-glucan, which has been shown to help maintain healthy cholesterol and glucose levels, says Moore.

Toby Smithson, RDN, LDN, CDE, author of "Diabetes Meal Planning and Nutrition for Dummies"

Breakfast: 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal; 5 ounces plain Greek yogurt with sugar substitute, cinnamon, and three to six chopped whole almonds; freshly brewed tea.

Why it's good: Smithson uses Greek yogurt for an extra boost of protein and prefers to add no-calorie flavorings like cinnamon. Nuts help maintain Smithson's blood-glucose levels, which is important for managing her Type 1 diabetes.

Vandana Sheth, RD, CDE

Breakfast: Nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with berries and a small handful of a whole-grain, high-fiber cereal; or steel-cut oatmeal cooked in soy milk with chia seeds, walnuts, cinnamon, and honey; or sautéed vegetables (onion, garlic, jalapeno, tomato, and spinach) topped with cubed tofu or shredded mozzarella cheese along with a slice of whole-grain toast.

Why it's good: Sheth chooses a parfait when she's in a hurry and needs something quick to go. She enjoys sautéed vegetables on relaxing weekend mornings and hot oatmeal on winter days.

Kim Larson, RDN, CD, CSSD, owner of

Breakfast: Steel-cut oats made with skim milk and topped with sliced almonds, fresh blueberries, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a splash of fat-free half-and-half; a small glass of orange juice or tomato juice; coffee.

Why it's good: Larson says this hearty dish fuels her through a spin class and a core workout after.

Marjorie Nolan Cohn, MS, RD, CDN, ACSM-HFS, author of "The Belly Fat Fix"

Breakfast: 1/2 cup oats cooked with water; 6 ounces plain fat-free Greek yogurt mixed into the cooked oatmeal; 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds or 1/2 tablespoon almond butter; a Granny Smith apple sliced and dipped into the oatmeal with a generous amount of cinnamon mixed in.

Why it's good: The most important thing about this breakfast, says Cohn, is that it's filling and supports her active lifestyle. "I've been eating it for more than 2 years now," she says, "and it's still not old!"

Judy Caplan, MS, RD, author of the "GoBeFull" series

Breakfast: Sweet potato with butter, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper; hot chocolate with raw cacao, almond milk, sweetened with maple syrup.

Why it's good: Caplan likes this wintertime grub because it's warm and filling but also loaded with vitamin A and other nutrients.

Ruth Frechman, MA, RDN, CPT, author of "The Food Is My Friend Diet"

Breakfast: Oatmeal with unsalted peanuts and a heavy sprinkling of cinnamon for flavor.

Why it's good: Frechman finds this meal economical because she buys her oats in bulk. The peanuts add a crunchy quality to the smooth texture of the oatmeal. She can easily add variety by tossing in oat bran or substituting prune juice for water.

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, FAND, author of "Nutrition & You"

Breakfast: A blended smoothie of plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon cocoa, and 1/2 cup frozen strawberries.

Why it's good: The protein in the yogurt gives you staying power in the morning, says Blake. The cocoa provides delicious, heart-healthy flavanols, and the strawberries provide fiber and sweetness. You can top it with a whole-grain cereal for an added crunch.

Ilene Smith, MS, RD

Breakfast: One whole-wheat English muffin with natural peanut butter and half a banana.

Why it's good: "It's filling and keeps me satiated until lunch," says Smith, "and it's delicious!"

Anne Danahy, MS, RD, LDN,

Breakfast: Steel-cut and old-fashioned oats cooked with 1% milk, mixed with fruit, walnuts, and a scoop of plain Greek yogurt.

Why it's good: This meal hits all the food groups. The walnuts provide healthy fat; the fruit is a great source of fiber; the milk and Greek yogurt provide protein; and the oats are a whole grain. "It holds me for at least four hours," says Danahy.

Sharon Salomon, MS, RD

Breakfast: A smoothie made with almond milk, powdered peanut butter, Fox's UBet chocolate syrup, frozen bananas, and frozen strawberries, cherries, or mango.

Why it's good: Salomon uses almond milk because she's casein-intolerant. The powdered peanut butter provides protein but is fat-free. "I love that it's so cold and frosty," says Solmon, "almost like soft-serve ice cream."

Colleen Gill, MS, RD, CSO

Breakfast: A cup of oatmeal with some walnuts broken up on top; a cup of tea.

Why it's good: The extra protein and fat from the walnuts help to keep Gill full for longer than eating cereal alone.

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, author of "Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guide"

Breakfast: 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal, 1/4 cup Grape-Nuts, 1/4 cup granola, 3 chopped dates, and a handful of slivered almonds with a splash milk.

Why it's good: It's tasty and combines a mixture of healthy foods.

Maria A. Bella, MS, RD, CDN, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Acid Reflux Diet"

Breakfast: Gnu foods Fiberlove bar; Fage o% Greek yogurt.

Why it's good: The Gnu bar is packed with 12 grams of fiber and is only 130 calories. It comes in a variety of flavors, like peanut butter chocolate chip and banana walnut. The yogurt provides protein and calcium.

Georgia Kostas, MPH, RDN, LD, author of "The Cooper Clinic Solution to the Diet Revolution: Step Up to the Plate!"

Breakfast: Steel-cut oatmeal with dried cranberries and walnuts, or a blueberry-and-strawberry smoothie made with plain nonfat Greek yogurt and 2% cheese melted on whole-grain toast or a corn tortilla.

Why it's good: Whether they are dried, fresh, or frozen, berries are important sources of fiber, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants, says Kostas.

Peggy Korody, RD, CLT

Breakfast: A homemade smoothie made with yogurt or nut butter, almond milk, frozen fruit, such as a banana, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, or mango, and vegetables, such as kale, spinach, and cucumber.

Why it's good: Korody likes to hit the gym in the morning and doesn't want to exercise on a full stomach. She fuels up by drinking half of her smoothie before her fitness routine and finishes the rest post-workout.

Joshh Rager, RDN

Breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal mixed with 2 egg whites, 3/4 milk, and a handful of frozen berries. Microwave it for 45 seconds, give it a stir, then microwave it for another 45 seconds.

Why it's good: You can't even taste the egg whites, says Rager, but they add protein to a high-fiber dish.

Sara Cowlan, MS, RD, CDN

Breakfast: Two eggs on toast and fruit.

Why it's good: Eggs are high in protein and they're versatile. To avoid getting bored, Cowlan prepares her eggs in different ways and pairs the dish with different kinds of fruit.

Jan Patenaude, RD, CLT, director of medical nutrition at Oxford Biomedical Technologies

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with lots of vegetables, such as onion, garlic, pepper, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, and jalapeno and herbs, like basil, parsley, oregano, and chives, sprinkled on top with cheese; a sautéed white or sweet potato on the side.

Why it's good: An egg scramble is a great way to use up whatever vegetables you have on hand in a snap.

Nicole V. Brown, MS, RDN, LD, HFS, nutrition director at the National Center for Weight and Wellness

Breakfast: 1 cup Trader Joe's Maple and Brown Sugar Shredded Wheat with 1 cup fat-free milk; Earl Grey tea with a splash of the fat-free milk.

Why it's good: The cereal provides 5 grams of fiber and doesn't have any sodium, says Brown. It's also quick and inexpensive.

Sandy Nissenberg, MS, RD

Breakfast: Plain Greek yogurt and oatmeal with nuts, fruit, or granola.

Why it's good: It's easy to bring to work, says Nissenberg, and fills her up.

Sophia Kamveris, MS, RD, LD

Breakfast: Cage-free egg whites with avocado and low-fat shredded cheese and a dash of turmeric; a slice of artisan whole-grain bread; organic coffee.

Why it's good: Turmeric adds a peppery flavor to eggs, and Kamveris says she uses the orange spice for its anti-inflammatory properties. Freshly brewed coffee gives her a jump-start for the day ahead.

Karen Ansel, MS, RDN

Breakfast: Rolled oats and low-fat milk, ground flaxseed, and strawberries.

Why it's good: This is the ultimate power breakfast, says Ansel, thanks to its combination of fiber from the oats, flaxseed, and berries, plus protein and calcium from the milk.

Joy Dubost, RD, CSSD

Breakfast: One-minute oatmeal made with skim milk, topped with blueberries, chopped bananas, and slivers of almonds; or high-fiber cereal with skim milk, topped with blueberries, in addition to a cup of low-fat Greek yogurt; coffee.

Why it's good: Cereal is easy if you don't have time to make oatmeal.

Barbara Ann Hughes, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA

Breakfast: French toast made with whole-grain bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, eggs, and skim milk served with chopped fresh, frozen, or canned fruit; or an egg omelet with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, low-fat cheese, red, yellow, and green peppers, herbs, and skim milk.

Why it's good: During the winter, Hughes likes to warm up with a hot breakfast, like eggs or French toast, rather than cold cereal and milk.

Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD, author of "Flavor Without FODMAPs Cookbook"

Breakfast: 1/3 cup of quick-cooking oatmeal, a pinch of brown sugar, a tablespoon each of raisins and slivered almonds; black coffee.

Why it's good: Catsos enjoys this dish because it's easy to prepare, and filling. She pours boiling hot water over the oats, almonds, and raisins, then pops it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Victoria Shanta Retelny, RDN, author of "The Essential Guide to Healthy Healing Foods"

Breakfast: Chunky peanut butter or almond butter smeared on a whole-grain English muffin with sliced strawberries or bananas; skim latte sprinkled with cinnamon.

Why it's good: The crunchy peanut butter and fruit make this breakfast the perfect combination of savory and sweet.

Karen Giles-Smith, MS, RDN, owner of At Ease With Eating

Breakfast: Oatmeal made with milk, mixed with a tablespoon of flax meal, and topped with dried cherries and chopped walnuts; coffee with a little whole milk and caramel mixed in.

Why it's good: "I love it because it tastes so wonderful, is nutrient-rich, and tides me over until lunchtime."

Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD, author of "MyPlate for Moms"

Breakfast: A fried egg, cheese, and avocado sandwich on a whole-wheat English muffin.

Why it's good: This savory sandwich includes healthy fats, dairy, and protein.

Jessica Candell, RDN, CDE

Breakfast: Sweet-potato hash with bell peppers, onions, egg substitute, and whole-wheat toast.

Why it's good: Sweet potatoes aren't just a Thanksgiving food; this root vegetable is rich in fiber, vitamin E, and potassium.

Robert Anding, MS, RD, LD, CDE, CSSD, director of sports nutrition at Texas Children's Hospital

Breakfast: Trader Joes's frozen steel-cut oats with walnuts, raisins, and 2 tablespoons freshly ground peanut butter.

Why it's good: If you have a sweet tooth, this healthy breakfast bowl "tastes like a peanut butter and oatmeal cookie," says Anding.

Krista Ulatowski, MPH, RD

Breakfast: Whole-grain breakfast cereal (containing less than 5 grams of sugar per serving) with unsweetened almond milk, berries, and apple chunks or banana slices.

Why it's good: Cereal is a hassle-free breakfast that doesn't require any cooking time.

Stephanie Song, MS, RD, CDN

Breakfast: Fruit with hot cereal, such as oat bran, with skim milk, or a small homemade bran muffin.

Why it's good: Song makes her own muffins so that she can control the portion size and what goes in them. The premade food is great to grab and go.

JoAnne Lichten 'Dr. Jo,' PhD, RD

Breakfast: Freshly ground peanut butter on a toasted whole-wheat English muffin, a glass of soy milk, and a clementine or other fruit.

Why it's good: Lichten lives in Florida but still loves to eat a warm breakfast. The peanut butter helps her to reach her goal of consuming 20 to 30 grams of protein daily, while adding a nice crunch.

Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN

Breakfast: A smoothie of vegetables, fruit, and low-fat yogurt. Some examples include spinach, kiwi, and low-fat lime yogurt or ginger, beet, cabbage, apple, and low-fat berry yogurt.

Why it's good: The combinations are endless, says Mills, who puts everything in a blender with a small amount of water. Plus, it's a refreshingly sweet way to get a couple servings of the recommended 2.5 cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit and, 3 cups of dairy we need every day, she says.

Michaela Ballmann, MS, RD, CLT, founder of Wholify

Breakfast: A serving of fruit (usually seasonal from the farmers market, but sometimes blended with kale, Swiss chard, and unsweetened almond milk into a green smoothie) with raw, cubed Organic Super-Firm Tofu sprinkled with kala namak black salt.

Why it's good: Tofu is a good alternative source of protein and fat for vegans who don't eat eggs. "The salt," says Ballmann, "makes the tofu taste like eggs, which is nice for vegans who are used to eating eggs and miss the flavor."

Lindsay Livingston, RD, founder of The Lean Green Bean

Breakfast: 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup fruit, microwaved for 2 minutes and topped with 1 tablespoon nut butter and a handful of pumpkin seeds.

Why it's good: The nut butter and seed provide extra protein that keep Livingston full all morning long.

Joey Gochnour, BS, BS, MEd, RDN, LD, NASM-CPT

Breakfast: 1 cup old fashioned oats, 1/4 cup soya granules, 1/3 cup dry milk, 1 serving of frozen mixed berries, cinnamon, curry, salt, cocoa powder, paprika, 1-1.5 handfuls of pumpkin kernels, 1 medium carrot

Why it's good: This meal packs a generous amount of protein — 35 to 45 grams — which is important for vegetarians likes Gochnour.  

Ginger Cochran, MS, RDN, HFS-ACSM

Breakfast: A hard boiled egg and whole grain toast with raw almond butter and cinnamon.

Why it's good: Hard boiled eggs are easy to prepare ahead of time. "The cinnamon on the toast also adds a nice little sweetness without using sugar," says Cochran.

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Plan To Help Young Professionals

With youth joblessness above 60 percent, the Greek government is mulling a plan to suspend social security contributions for three years for free-lance professionals.

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DIMAR Chief Kouvelis Quits – Again

For the second time this month, the beleaguered head of the disintegrating Democratic Left (DIMAR) party Fotis Kouvelis has put forth his resignation.

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Golden Dawn’s Politics Of Hate Show

  Emboldened by its showing in European Parliament and local elections where it performed strongly despite the jailing and arrest of its hierarchy, the ultra-extremist Golden Dawn party has shown the face of Nazism. In a piece in The Guardian, the British newspaper’s long-time Athens correspondent, Helena Smith, wrote that the party’s evil face has become more visible. “It has been a bad week for democracy in Athens. All around this great Greek city, the politics of hate now lurk,” she wrote. Visiting a cafe she likes in the main Syntagma Square, she wrote of two well-educated middle-aged men who were Golden Dawn supporters, indicating they supported the party because it opposes the corruption that helped create a crushing economic crisis and opposes immigrants. “The only way to teach our filthy politicians is to bring in Golden Dawn,” one man said.  “These gentlemen are patriots, proud Greek nationalists, and they know how to deal with the scum, the foreigners who never pay taxes, who steal our jobs, who have taken over our streets,” he added. She said the second dismissed government claims the party is a criminal gang, for which its leaders face charges. He was a government worker, he said, and he believed – as does Golden Dawn – that there is a vast Jewish conspiracy to rule the world through banking and economics and keep Greece in subservience. “Let’s not forget all the faggots and the Jews, the wankers who control the banks, the foreigners who are behind them, who came in and f–ked Greece,” he insisted. “The criminals who have governed us, who have robbed us of our future, of our dreams, need a big thwack.” That came as Golden Dawn’s leader, the jailed Nikos Michaloliakos, was allowed out to address Parliament as lawmakers debated whether to lift immunity against him over more charges he’s facing. He was unrepentant and defiant. With Golden Dawn tightening its hold on third place after dipping last year following the murder of a anti-fascist hip-hop artist for which a party member was arrested, it has become more bold after the recent elections which showed Greece’s once-dominant center-lift disintegrating after continuing to back austerity measures that have impoverished many Greeks. “Thanks to a softening of image that has attracted ever-growing numbers of the middle class – the extremists drove home the message that they were not only on the rebound but here to stay. And as they ran roughshod through the house of democracy, hurling abuse at other MPs in an unprecedented display of violence and vulgarity, there was no mistaking what Golden Dawn is: a party of neo-Nazi creed determined to overturn the democratic order,” she added. While Michaloliakos testified and taunted Parliament’s leaders, some 600 of the party’s zealots were outside, screaming and ranting. wearing their black-shirted uniforms and holding the Swastika-like ancient Greek meander as their flag. They sang a Nazi song, with Greek lyrics. “That day democracy felt a bit weak,” Pavlos Tzimas, a political commentator who has watched the party’s rise from its fringe group beginnings in the early 1980s told her. “After all the revelations [about criminal activity], after all the prosecutions against its MPs, it still has the nerve to act in such a way, in scenes of hate that, frankly, I cannot recall ever being seen inside the Parliament,” he sighed. He added: “Golden Dawn is not a passing phase, it will not disappear with the end of the crisis, it feels untouchable, it fears nothing, and what we saw this week is its real face. It is not like other extremist parties in Europe. It is a true neo-Nazi force whose aim is to use democracy to destroy democracy.”


Chyrosostomos Now Favors Euro, Unity

After favoring Cyprus leaving the Eurozone and opposing unification talks with Turkish-Cypriots, Archbishop Chrysostomos II has had a change of heart.

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Greece: The team and the stars

FirstpostGreece: The team and the starsFirstpostAthens, Greece: With few famous players, Greece will rely heavily on a handful of team members who had a decisive role in qualifying for the World Cup. The captain and team motivator is 37-year-old Giorgos Karagounis, one of the few surviving members ...


Historic Cafés in Athens Completely Gone

Almost all historic cafés in Athens are now sadly gone. These places were more than just mere cafés; they were meeting places for artists, politicians and authors for several years. The majority of these buildings are now demolished. The customers who once frequented these cafes however, live through the artists and writers whose works were created in these establishments and go hand in hand with Greek culture. The following places are worth mentioning: Black Cat Café is located at the crossroad of Aslkipios and Acadimias streets and stands next to famous Greek poet’s, Kostis Palamas, house. New publications and plenty of political events began here and the café attracted police  attention when the political organization “Socialistic Part of Athens” started meeting up there. Its regular customer list includes the Greek poets Lambros Porfyras, Kostas Varnalis,Napoleon Lapathiotis and Telos Agras. Another historical establishment is the Loumidis attic Café on Stadiou Street. Its tables shaped a pi and the left side was reserved for actors and journalists while authors used to gather in the back. Famous Greek poets and composers such as Odysseas Elytis, Manos Hatzidakis, Miltos Saxtouris, Mihalis Katsaros and Mikis Theodorakis often visited the place. Right across the street was Rosikon Café, once very busy, but now remains closed, waiting for a new tenant. From the beginning of the century, Panepistimiou street was filled with numerous cafés, restaurants and patisseries like Panellinion, Inomena Voustasia and Ideal. On the way to Syntagma square, one will certainly notice Zonar’s Café, one of the most luxurious cafés in Athens. Changing location from Kriezotou Street, it is now housed at the Military Pension Fund building and is run by Karolos Zonaras, a Greek from the Greek-American diaspora. The café was famous for its candies and Greek politicians Evangelos Averoff, Georgios Rallis as well as the journalist Freddie Germanos were frequently seen there. Patisserie Floka used to lie next to “Zonar’s.” It was a family business, run by two brothers from Thessaloniki, and opened its doors for the first time in 1940. Odysseas Elytis and Nikos Gatsos always had a table in the attic reserved especially for them. Giorgos Seferis, the then Prime Minister and his wife were also regular customers at Floka. A shopping mall is now built where Floka once was. Few steps from Floka was the Brazilian Café, famous for its high-quality coffee where espresso was introduced to all coffee fans of Athens. Its literary atmosphere inspired Kostas Tahtsis to write a poem, entitled “Brazilian Symphony,” which was later illustrated by Giannis Tsarouhis. Great artists and politicians also used to visit Apotsou Café-ouzerie and Café Zharatou. Rumors have it, that Andreas Papandreou used to praise the latter, saying that freedom rules there better than it does in the Greek Parliament. Café Zaharatou changed location in 1880, in the opposite corner from its original location, later to be demolished in 1960. All the above mentioned traditional cafés began to lose their glory shortly after 1955, which was the time when new cafés, like Byzantion Café and Deksamenis Café, popped up. They were famous for the poems written in them or even about them by famous Athenian poets. Today, a statue of Odysseas Elytis is placed in the same area with his favorite café at Deksamenis square.


With Turkey Invading Greek Air Space, Greek Fighters On Alert

Greek defense officials have put the country's Air Force on standby status as Turkish jets keep invading Greek air space over the Aegean Sea, stepping up the game of taunting incursions. Turkish aircraft carried out 1,017 violations in the first five months of 2014 compared to 636 encroachments the previous year, according to data from Greece’s National Defense General Staff (GEETHA).

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Hide Your Spoons, Kleptocracy Promotes Extremism

On the heels of the European Parliament elections, Greece and many of its European “partners” find themselves faced with a rising tide of Euroscepticism.

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Golden Dawn Shows Nazi Face

After winning three seats in the European Parliament elections, the ultra-extremist Golden Dawn party has broken out the symbols of Nazism it has denied.

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Eco-Friendly Trains in Athens Metro

The Greek company Attiko Metro S.A after completing  all required tests and certifications, has delivered seventeen new trains to Greece’s Urban Rail Transport S.A. (STASY S.A.), which will be soon put into service in the Metro network. These seventeen new Metro trains are going to serve the Metro network, especially the new lines covering the areas of Elliniko, Anthoupoli and Agia Marina, as well as the future Metro extension to Piraeus, Greece. According to a press release by the Attiko Metro S.A, particular emphasis was placed on the energy performance of the new trains, while the criterion was the minimization of energy consumption. The 3rd generation trains of the Athens Metro will be exceptionally friendly to the environment. Moreover, the A/C system as well as other necessary technical features have been incorporated in the new trains, rendering them capable to become compatible with the future technological improvement as foreseen to be implemented in the Athens Metro Lines 2 and 3. In pursuing its construction activities, Attiko Metro is currently developing the Metro Line 3 extension to Piraeus, consisting of 7.6 km of tunnel and six stations, as well as the Tramway extension from Peace and Friendship Stadium (SEF) to the center of Piraeus, consisting of 5.4km of single track and twelve stops.


Greece warned over treatment of Western Thrace Turks

Greece continues to violate European Court of Human Rights resolutions concerning the Turkish minority in Western Thrace, the European Court of Human Rights said. The Council of Europe warned Greece on Thursday to comply with the rulings of the European ...


St. Spryidon offers Greek food and friendship to all

St. Spryidon offers Greek food and friendship to allWorcester TelegramWhile "Philoxenia" (which is Greek for "friendship to strangers") is the inherent philosophy behind the festival, it's the abundance of a wide assortment food that seems to pack them in year after year. And this is quite evident just by looking at the ...


Greece Open to Selling All its Major Ports

Wall Street JournalGreece Open to Selling All its Major PortsWall Street JournalBloomberg News. ATHENS—Greece's conservative-led government is open to selling-off all of the country's major ports as part of its sweeping privatization program, something that it hopes will attracts billions of euros in new investments and create ...and more »


Bank of Greece : NPL lessons from Europe

Countries under economic adjustment programmes have adopted various methods to tackle the problem of delinquent loans and give over-indebted households and businesses the chance to pay off debt. The Bank of Greece for example has announced a series of ...


Greek festival ends tonight

The two-day festival features Greek dancing, church tours and a variety of Greek food. "We started this festival in the hopes of promoting and educating people on the Greek culture," said Effie Kaufman, one of the organizers. Money raised helps provide for ...


Greek Fest offers taste of Greek culture this weekend

Siouxland MattersGreek Fest offers taste of Greek culture this weekendWSBT-TVBill Giannakakis, one of the festival's organizers, showed WSBT what's cooking for visitors: some lamb, Greek chicken, spanakopita (spinach pie), shish kebobs, and of course, baklava and loukoumathes (honey puffs) for dessert. The festival also offers ...4th Annual Greek Fest Kicks OffSiouxland Mattersall 5 news articles »


Greek Aires and 1821 War Relief

Many Greek-Americans still speak of the Greek War Relief programs of World War II. One often hears how famous Hollywood stars of the day such as Jack Benny, Judy Garland, and Bob Hope served as radio hosts on special Greek War Relief marathon programs. Throughout the war years, newsreels were shown in movie theaters all […]

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This Week in Greek History: Alexander Takes the Throne in 1917

One of the most unusual eras in Greek monarchical history took place 97 years ago this week. King Constantine I and his oldest son, Crown Prince George, were pushed into exile by the Entente of France, Great Britain, and Russia, and supporters of Eleftherios Venizelos, thus leaving the throne to his son Alexander. As the […]

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Clarksburg celebrates culture with 13th Annual Greek Food Festival

Clarksburg celebrates culture with 13th Annual Greek Food FestivalWest Virginia MetroNewsThe smell of Greek food and the sounds of traditional Greek music filled the air around the Summit Park area of Clarksburg Friday and Saturday for the 13th Annual St. Spyridon Greek Food Festival. “It's a way of generating revenue, sharing the Greek ...


SS songs and antisemitism: the week Golden Dawn turned openly Nazi

Supporters of the far-right party gave Hitler salutes and sang the Horst Wessel song outside parliament last week. Helena Smith reports from Athens on how Golden Dawn has taken on a sinister new tone

It has been a bad week for democracy in Athens. All around this great Greek city, the politics of hate now lurk. On Friday I got a taste of it in the tiny Italian-style cafe I frequent off Syntagma Square.

It arrived in the form of two middle-aged men, both supporters of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn and, by their own account, the holders of university degrees, well-travelled and well-informed. Over espressos, they began to engage in an animated discussion about all that is wrong with Greece.

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