Athens the pilot of the Olympic
Once construction begins, governments fail to budget properly, and once the games are over, the cost of maintaining infrastructure outweighs its actual benefit to society.This is perhaps nowhere better epitomised than in Greece after the 2004 Olympics where the Athens Olympic Park symbolises the misplaced extravagance, desolation, and despair
Today's civilization Index for each country in modern societies, is probably shown on the concept-content- &performance of Public events. Watch ( left) what Greece did on the Olympic Games Celebration in 2004, and How Athens celebrated New Years' Eve 2014. The contrast makes the viewer think for this years' event, which was supposed to inspire the Nation's hope and joy for the coming year, as a bad version of Les Miserables. The truth hurts more. There is such a misery all around, there was such a misery on these moments around the place of the fiesta, that no artist dared or had the courage to express any thing more joyfull than this ( right) .Some steps away from the 2014 fireworks the new-poor middleclass homeless were sleeping on the streets, waiting for the states' mercy to allow them, at least, in 2014, to stay alive.. For 2014, hope for Greeks is not allowed.
German soldiers and working children in Kavala, during the great famine in Greece, 1941 Unknown photographer,
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A historic rendes-vous with tha past on March 2,
But a century ago“Two years ago there was hesitation, but now it is said openly even in official military journals that Russia is arming itself for a war against Germany,” the Kölnische Zeitung (Cologne Gazette) warned its readers in a hair-raising article, “Russia and Germany,” published on March 2, 1914. The inflammatory article sparked alarm across Europe, fueling fears in Russia, France, and Britain that the German government was preparing its public for war. More.. by Mental floss
German President Joachim Gauck dismissed Greek demands for Nazi-era war crimes and looting
compensation in visit to Greece on Thursday, instead offering a fund to “remind Germans of their past”,
Let's slice Greek Health like salami...
Health Minister to Paul Thomsen:
“Tell me Paul, do you know about salami? Because if you do, then you know that if you eat it whole you could choke and die. But, if you slice it and eat a slice at a time you enjoy it.” , meaning the Communication Process by which a wise politician should proceed to reforms announcing them to the "mass" step by step! More, by Times Of Change, TOC,March 6,2014
Cancer patiens, uninsured, left in their luck, because ... why worry? It is not urgent, according to Health Minister. The health minister has told a major US newspaper that he doesn't consider "illnesses like cancer" to be "urgent, unless you are in the final stages",in an article of Washington Post, published on Saturday 23, that showed how uninsured cancer patients are left to pay for their own life-saving treatment as a result of losing their social security coverage due to long-term unemployment.
Tuberculosis patients,and multi-resistant tubreculosis patients, HIV positive patients Heart and kidney patients, and all the kinds of other patients,suffering from diseases, contagious and chronic, are stuck together in this warehouse of souls . The "kolastirio", in greek language is what they call the “hellhole” , -the greek prisons' hospital in Korydallos area, where this government;s juridical justice throws its prisoners-, is now raising flag, screaming for the human righs that do not in this country anymore More by moodhacker Greek2m The Hellhole of Juridical Justice in the Medieval today's Greece , February 25, 2013
or, obviously, the needy's rations on a "Soviet-type New Greece?"
Governmental politician, Foteini Pipili, well known as a 30-year journalist,
described the phenomenon as a
traditional feast! There is no misery in the eyes of Greece's governors, more..
A new study in the most recent issue of Lancet points to the first indications of a rise in mortality in Greece linked to the crisis "Mortality and the economic crisis in Greece." (Lancet 2014; 383: 691)
In 2012, there were 116,670 deaths in Greece, the highest number since 1949. The 2008—12 rise in the number of deaths is attributed to the increase in the number of deaths in the oldest individuals, with 12·5% and 24·3% increases in people aged 80—84 years and older ,Tthis trend is probably related to barriers to access health care and not only
Check all the scientific research and heartbreaking News on the Lives' cost of Greeks that European austerity brought in this country, by visiting our new Page for the Nation's Genocite
IMF Christine Lagarde admitted "wrong approach" to Greek crisis
... She admitted there have been miscalculations and a wrong approach, but this was partly due to the fact that "numbers were largely in excess of what had been represented", by the TOC Times of Change
What is really going on in Greece? Is the economic crisis over..... as stated publicly by Antonis Samaras or was this statement made only for the ceremony of the commencement of the Presidency of the EU in order to appease the European Commission, cajole the Greek people and fool the international community? more by Pravda
The jobless rate in Greece reached a record high of 28% in November, and for those under the age of twenty five, 61.4%,
according to newly released government figures.The BBC's Mark Lowen in Athens says the bleak unemployment numbers are in contrast to a message that the government has been trying to push: that Greece has turned a corner..More by BBC News, Feb13
Greece is the orange colour on this index, and for 2014 holds the nr.99 in the World press freedom index 2014 of the Reporters Without Borders research.
Greece slunked, as officialy announced by the report. "This is the case in Greece, which has plunged more than 50 places in the press freedom index in the space of just five years. This is a dizzying fall for the world’s oldest democracy.... jOIN our new Page , Greece show me Democracy and learn about The shame on the Birthland of Democracy
Sailing Greece idyllic but expensive The Greek Marinas Association (GMA) has reported a number of departures of foreign-owned yachts due to the new charges imposed since the start of the year on recreational vessels.The increased taxes, a grab for the government's share of the income generated by foreign yachts cruising Greece, threatened to make visiting Greece an expensive affair. The new regulations received much attention from cruising sailors and international organizations, associations and unions active in the maritime tourism domain More by Balcanscomv
Tourism in Greece, a second consecutive record
“Forecasts show 2014 will be another record year,” said Andreas Andreadis, president of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises. As many as 18.5 million tourists will visit Greece this year, compared with 17.9 million in 2013, “Almost all traditional and new markets are showing positive, encouraging signs.” More, Balkans com
In Athens, the Last Man Painting Mr. Dimitriou, 78, has never met a Hollywood star, but he has painted thousands of them. Nearly every week since the age of 15, he has immortalized legends of the screen in dreamlike friezes of love, anger, pride or temptation — Today, he is the last living movie billboard painter in Greece, and one of only a handful in Europe,,,More, by the NYT,Feb.26
Hilton in Crete After Athens and Kos, a third Hilton hotel is about to open in Greece, this time in Crete, by Dolphin Capital Investors (DCI) as the group appears poised to kick off a series of multifaceted investments worth a total of more than 1 billion euros in five destinations across the country between 2014 and 2016. More, ANSA med,Feb24
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Unfortunately the national devastating financial crisis of the recent years has damaged Health services, and continues to threaten Public Health Safety seriously for anyone, Greek or the foreigner, who is not aware of the potential risks. The explosion of illicit immigration weakens the public immunity, which, though, has been kept strong up to now, despite the chaos that local and international citizens have to face in the need of viziting a National Hospital.
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Financial Times, January 9, 2014
" , , Indeed, Mr Stournaras said he bucked pressure from Christine Lagarde, IMF managing director, and Poul Thomsen, the IMF’s Greece mission chief, to ask other eurozone leaders – including German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble – to accept “haircut” losses on their bailout loans.
“Poul and Lagarde said I had to [stand] by their side,” he recalled. “I said: ‘OK, but if I come by your side, it is what would really help Greece, but it’s something which is totally out of the question.’ Schäuble told me: ‘Yannis, forget it.’ So it cannot be done, so what can I do?”"
The Greek government, the main beneficiary of the IMF’s change of heart, was unwilling to forge an alliance with the IMF, disinclined to imagine the very possibility of siding with the Washington organisation against the mighty Mr Schäuble, as shown by an extract from an article by Peter Spiegel and Kerin Hope from Financial Times. More, on Yanis Varoufakisthoughts for the post-2008 world
The number of deaths due to the H1N1 pandemic flu virus continues to rise in Greece and has already reached the 70 vicitims according to the Greek Center for Disease Control (KEELPNO)
Are Greeks and the greek households prepared on this moment to avoid further infections, or is the Health System capable to intercept further deaths ?Overall prognostics say no .Here are the facts... More Cynicism or Politics? Greeks dying from Pandemic Flu this year . Here are the facts, by moodhacker,March 6
warns against a new Cold War... upon his return from a trip to Kiev declared that a new Cold War must be avoided at all costs, and that international law and treaties must be implemented in Ukraine. Amid fierce opposition attacks, Venizelos defended his decision to meet with far right members of the interim government. The interim president, government and prime minister have been selected by the pre-existing parliament,” Venizelos told on news conference.. More by Crashonline, March4
He was Greek. A King .
And the Red Carpet Ritual was rolled out by his Loving Wife for his Victorious Welcome after Trojan war.
Then she killed him.
The carpet may have been purple rather than red, although there are conflicting views on the archaeologists' studies .She plays the loving, waiting wife who attempts to persuade Agamemnon to step on a red tapestry to walk into “his” palace as a true returning conqueror". For the religious Principles of Ancient Greece, though, the carpet ritual could indicate to the Gods the scale arrogance , and indignity , the "hybris" that the human could provoke the Gods' anger. More on Culture Page
Canada’s Eldorado Gold Corp (TSX:ELD) (NYSE:EGO) said it now expects to begin construction at Perama in late 2014, as opposed to the previously announced July deadline.
When referring to its larger Skouries project, also in northern Greece, Eldorado Gold said it is set to continue “in full development mode” this year.
Local activists said they are concerned for residents' livelihoods as the region where the Canadian miner is planning to open two new mines largely depends on income from tourism, fishing, farming and beekeeping
Apollo rose from the sea
Lost for centuries, a rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo has mysteriously resurfaced in the Gaza Strip, only to be seized by police and vanish almost immediately from view.
Word of the remarkable find has caught the imagination of the world of
archaeology, but the police cannot say when the life-sized bronze might re-emerge or where it might be put on display.Archaeologists have not been able to get their hands on the Apollo – to their great frustration.. More , by Guardian
Travellers, check your Insurance , and watch your steps while in Greece, warns UK In Greece,continuing economic turmoil means “there is likelihood for protests, especially in Athens”, advises specialist travel insurer Columbus Direct. “Tourists are advised to stay away from such demonstrations — travel insurance generally excludes claims caused by civil unrest.” In the past couple of years, insurers note reports of Greek hospitals refusing the European Health Insurance Card, which provides state healthcare at a reduced rate or free of charge in EU countries.More, by London Evening Standard, February 2014
Four Turkish nationals jailed in Athens, while Turkey has become a principal financial hub for terrorists , according to the recent FDD report . The four Turkish were jalied pending trial on terrorism and weapons-related charges after they were arrested during raids on an Athens apartment that netted automatic weapons and several kilograms (pounds) of explosives. Turkey has become a principal financial hub for terrorists under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government has helped Iran skirt sanctions, supported jihadi groups in Syria, and provided financial backing to Hamas, according to a new report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), More, By mignatiou, Feb22.2014. For the Athens terrorists arrest, Coutrt.US, feb14
The oldest refugee in the world , 107 , alive in Athens
“I was not sure I would see the morning last night,” Sabria Khalaf, a 107-year-old refugee from Syria told the Globalist's reporter in Athens in January. She is the oldest refugee in the world. Her story is a crossroad between tragedies of war and sectarianism, and a world overwhelmed by the increasing population of refugees fleeing unending conflicts, More, by the Globalist, Feb11
Greek islands on top of the dream
Agoda.com, one of Asia's leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), today announced the results of their Global Honeymoon Survey, which shows the Maldives is the top dream honeymoon, by the Greek islands coming on second place. Research was conducted in January and February 2014, among more than 15,000 Agoda.com customers who were asked to pick their dream honeymoon location from among 20 destinations.
A Wine tour of Greece ,17 - 24 Oct 2014 A ‘land-based’ Greek wine tour and the revised itinerary takes in Naoussa and other great wine regions in Northern Greece, before proceeding to the Peloponnese on a route that takes the visitor through stunning countryside, past famous archaeological sites and to stay in beautiful out of the way towns.
For a Crisis' wayout, Greeks do it Their way, indeed
Struggling to keep his business afloat under the weight of unpaid invoices and constant demands for bribes, the owner, Savvas Mavromatis, decided to give their proposal a shot. He started selling his products directly to consumers for cash at fixed prices through a nonprofit collective, instead of to shops and traders as he had always done. “We are in the middle of a terrible crisis and are just looking for solutions,We don’t have a magic wand. We are not communists and we are not capitalists, but we are trying to help people survive.More by the NYT