boat, holding through the ages the original greek tradition, replaced, this year, surprisingly, the Bavarian Christmas Tree .
But Christmas tradition itself , was somehow introduced in Greece since ancient times, before Jesus Christ , connecting the New Birth of Life each year, to the 21 of December , the longest night of the year, after which, the Day , starts growing minute per minute again, bringing Hope and Sun
Greeks, cut spending for Christmas, like Germany does!
Unsurprisingly given its economic woes, consumers in Greece are cutting back the most on Christmas spending, reducing their expenditure by 12.8%. But, Greeks still spend significantly more than Germans on Christmas (€451 vs €399.) In fact, only four countries spend less than Germany on Christmas: Portugal, Ukraine, the Netherlands and Poland. More on NewStatesman, DEC 17
Conditions at Greek prisons, from overcrowded, filthy cells to restricted access to toilets, led the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday to rule that Greece was responsible for "inhuman and degrading conditions" at some facilities.The judges considered two cases, one brought by a prisoner and the other by an illegal immigrant. Greece was fined a total of 16,500 euros in damages for the two cases and another 2,500 euros in costs and expenses.But how extensive or emergency is the Sanitary Health in Greek Prisons, where any citizen could find himself today, even for less than 2000-3000 Euros? How many are going to die there due to communicable diseases? And what does a Europe to protect the citizens from the trird- world conditions? More on Global Post
Unemployed Greeks Reconnect as Underground Electricians Defy Law There were 257,002 disconnections because of nonpayment of bills in the first nine months of the year , Bloomberg, Go to the comments of this story , you will be surprised by how much the world DOES NOT know about Greece, December 8, 2013
..this Christmas, while the Greek State cuts the light and electricity in patients' homes, demanding cash, even from disabled and those whose the pension is cut....by the State itself . Deaths of the people being burned in flame due to cut electricity have risen to seven Go to full sotry , December 6, 2013
unknown cheap and uncontrolled
The new law imposed to the greek patient's luck by the government switches the pharmaceutical therapies to a "risky pool" of multiple unknown generics imported in Greece, also from the third world, and transforms drug safety in the country to a russian roulette for the survival of the citizen, 24/7...!
The President of Pharmaceutical companies reveals in numbers how cynical the European decision making has become, truly, for today's Greeks' real life ...NEW ! UPDATED FULL STORY ON DRUGS, GENERICS AND "THE PARTIES" IN GREECE moodhacker, Novemeber 30, Greek to me !
By the fitrst-ever Global Age Watch Index for the wellbeing of older people around the world Greece is already of the worst countries on globe, and the worst in Europe, to grow old, even though Greece IS a Blue Zone,providing longevity to lots of nonagerians... Meet the oxymoron, go to full story, by moodhacker October 2013
By Denmark being the cleanest country in the world and Spain the worst in corruption,
Anti-corruption organisation Transparency International's (TI) annual survey showed Greece to have made improvement against corruption, even though , Greece remains the most-corrupt country in Europe, according to the TI barometer of surveys from major international sources such as the World Bank and the Economist Intelligence unit. " Feedom of the media was a major factor preventing corruption in northern European states. The press in Italy, Greece and Spain does not have the freedom enjoyed by those in northern European"., said TI Western Europe co-ordinator Valentina Rigamonti.
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He told the court that he had published the list in order "to expose the system of corruption that is oppressing the country and which is on that list". " In what was an irrational case with an absurd prosecution, Kostas Vaxevanis has been acquitted for a second time. He did his duty and got away with it. Let this be a lesson for those who want to do their duty" said his lawer Harris Ikonomopoulos more on enet
how Police finally made our national tv shut off
"Greece's ERT TV station
symbolises what is happening to the country", is the Guardian's article, adding that "The closure of the state broadcaster by the coalition government is symptomatic of the brutal austerity being inflicted".... November 12 Guardian, more
Tstipras: "You sent the
Police nightime to National TV, you plan to do the same at the homes of the Greeks!"
A motion of censure for Samaras' government at the Greek Parliament shakened more the greek politics and left the government with one seat of it's MP's less.
NEW, DECEMBER 20, Schocking Polls by the American and the British Embassy , give 13,5% and 18% to Samaras party, by 23,5% and also 27% to SYRIZA, and 17%-18% to Golden Dawn. THE TWO
POLES FIASKO THEORY, finally alerts greek mind ....
Greece Coalition Majority At Knife-Edge After Tax Bill Vote, FOREX TV, Market News International December 23
"What sort of policy is this when you put a knife on homeowners' throats?" New Democracy lawmaker and former public order minister, Vyron Polydoras, asked the MPs and voted against
the controversial tax bill which includes higher property taxes and speedy auctions of houses if the owners owe money to banks or the state, A fatal disgrace to democracy, he said.
The leader of Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, said that the Greek PM was trying to polarize the political climate in order to present himself as the “guarantor of Democracy” in the debt-ridden country. Close advisors of the Greek PM are supporters of the “Two Poles Theory”, attempting to equate the criminal activity of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn with the main opposition of Syriza (EurActiv, Oct.4/2013)
Journalist found guilty of insulting 'proud national socialist' by calling him a 'neonazi' The court on the Aegean island of Mytilini has handed down a six month suspended sentence more on enet , Nov 28
a dawn to confuse:
What is gold and what is trash where is the truth? FULL STORY moodhacker, Greek to me , Sept28
It is the Humn to Liberty, written by Dionýsios Solomós in 1823, after Greece's liberation from the 4- centuries- long Turkish domination. Not even, yet, 2 centuries old, and the Hymn to Freedom ,Greek National Anthem, lost its' copyright. By accident, says the international market full story by Greek to me , November 21, 2013
A diplomatic scandal noone told the Greeks about
land at exactly 9:05 am and ch anted the Turkish National Anthem. The anthem was sung to honor the greatly respected figure at his time of death, although the article in Milliyet stated, it happened in protest against the Greek authorities who were thought to purposely delay the train. The exact happenings remain unclear.\MORE, Greek Reporter and more, November 12 2013
By Polio risk looming over Europe,
world's Health Safety
in a more than tragic Armagedon scenario, go to full story moodhacker, Greek to me !
Syrian polio outbreak could spread to Europe,
Europe is surprisingly vulnerable, and Greece at most.. The Greek CDC is setting on the alert all the possible resources a Public Health system on a crisis-hit country like Greece might need, for a world demanding
Response on such an Emergency.
Gay friendly Greek and Cypriot prestigious hotels will be represented and promoted to the International LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans Gender) travel market at this year's World Travel Market (WTM) in London (4-7 November).
Greece is included in the top 10 most desired gay destinations globally for 2013, according to a report released by Out Now Business Class, the world's leading LGBT business networking membership association. Athens also made its appearance in the same report as a favored "gay city destination" in the top 10 cities of Europe.
Greece like a Paradise
"whatever you do ...flourishes", says Yiannis Boutaris, mayor of Thessaloniki and owner of a successful Greek wine industy since years
The Sani company has undertaken an important environmental initiative – studying and protecting the birdlife of the Sani wetlands. The scientific research results till now demonstrate the high biodiversity found in the area, and its great value and importanceRed List of Threatened Species of Greece, or 31% ,four are characterised as critically endangered: the glossy ibis, graylag goose, corn bunting and the montagu’s harrier. bittern, purple heron, black stork, greater spotted eagle, Mediterranean gull, whiskered tern and the black tern more on European Birdwatch Day
It was when NASA pictured up from the holly top of Meteora Greece, the Perseids shower phenomenon on it's most visible and intense "dance" of the last years. NASA CHOSE THIS PICTURE to show to the World as the picture of the year, reminding to Greeks the Mythology tradition according to which, under the Perseids Shower, Wishes "are heard, and may come true..." It was Greece's greatest praying and fasting period around the year, the 15th of August, and Virgin Mary, the Protector, was asked to save Greece and the Greeks' lives Go to Full story
the Greeks of the World
A glorious concert, dedicated to the special Greeks who raised their work abroad, was held at the Herodium theatre in Athens, as a special tribute to all the Greeks that made Greece shine in "the ears and eyes" of the wolrd, distributing their voice, poems, songs, and music..Theo Angelopoulos , Odysseas Elytis , Constantine Cavafy , Nikos Kazantzakis , Michael Cacoyannis , Maria Callas , James Kampanelis , Melina Mercouri , Yannis Ritsos , Giorgos Seferis , Dionysios Solomos, Vassilis Vassilikos , Kostas Gavras , Nana Mouskouri, Vangelis and Mikis Theodorakiswere a among the ones that were honored on 28 SeptemberThe ancient theater sang to "the cosmos" again, filled with composers, poets, singers and actors ,on an event to the Greeks Abroad, the Greeks of the Mother Greece, so that diaspora could meet homeland through art and culture
" Travelers continue to march toward more authentic, personalized experiential travel. There is more interest in shopping, in historically themed travel and in river cruising, which allows for that intimate interaction with some of these very small European cities. That level of authenticity is something that we have seen growing.
The Joy of Sex (Greek and Roman style) People who worked as doctors in Ancient Greece suggested sex as a way to combat diseases such as: depression, dyspepsia, icterus, lower back pain, weak vision and more...( Sexual Peculiarities of the Ancient Greeks ) . What was their pleasure? What's ours? How some of the inhabitants of these two different and diverse worlds used sex to think about who they were and wanted to be? (Huffington Post )
Keep an eye on your laptop
A golden advise to travelers,
"Some foreign governments -- as well as some foreign businesses, which work extremely closely with their own governments -- will use mobile technologies to keep you under constant surveillance. “They’ll hot mic your cell phone, and they’ll track your movements.” said John Mullen, emphasizing that unlike the U.S. Government, many foreign governments -- declining to name them -- have identified as part of their national economic strategy a concerted effort to steal whatever intellectual property they can lay their hands onTo that end, these assertive governments “will manipulate your relationships and your friendships” to achieve their goals, he advised.
John Mullen, a longtime senior operations officer with the CIA, caught the attention of his audience at the SINET Innovation Summit in New York City, on August 6
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Greece doesn't know how many immigrants are in the country.
How many came, how many left
Where from, or where to.
President Obama: Al Qaeda and other extremist groups "have metastasized" into regional organizations
"We will continue to evaluate information about these and all of our posts and to take appropriate steps to best protect the safety of our personnel, American citizens traveling overseas and visitors to our facilities,"State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement in late July when all U.S. diplomatic posts had closed late in July in a sweeping response to fears of a possible al Qaeda attack will reopen Sunday, the State Department said.
go to today's CNN article
THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY: The U.S.
Government remains deeply concerned about the heightened threat of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. Like other countries that are members of the Schengen Agreement for free cross-border movement, Greece's open borders with other members of the Schengen zone allow for the possibility of terrorist groups entering/exiting the country with anonymity. As the first entry point into Schengen from points south and east, Greece's long coastline and many islands increase the possibility that foreign-based terrorists might try to enter Europe through its borders
Celebrate your senses and map your pleasure
Wake up cheerful and get to live with the lust of a real Greek centenerian
Discover how to lift your Health and Happiness in the splash of every single summer moment.
Navigate your footsteps by the wisdom of this very blessed piece of earth...
National expectations for the well pronounced, but not realised, greecovery through the popularity of the greek natural Beauty of the islands , -by Santorini coming on top of them-,were seen in the mid of August to be sinking in the " Dark Seabed" of the picturisque island, on the peak of the tourist Season, while Santorini was hosting in numbers the most of it's global and local visitors, who had landed there carrying the most of their dreamful expectations, and who, in most cases, had paid it much . Click for the full story .
TUI pro the boost of Greek Tourism
On his recent visit to Athens Peter Long, CEO of TUI Travel PLC, stated that by next year TUI Tour Operators will increase the number of visitors to Greece by 300,000, in this way bringing the total number to more than two million tourists
more on Greek Reporter
All that happens in Aegean
Look what an inflatable boat, sailing open from Chios island ,simply brought out .
An unbelievable unravel of Aegean Matters, and more
go to Fishing the Terror! full article
A senior German Spy, a "most wanted" Turkish Terrorist, a boat, some Greeks, more immigrants, and two Greek islands Two anti-tank missiles, four hand grenades, two pistols, ammunition and explosive devices ...
Sailing on Aegean, from Chios to Lesvos and back, an international terrorists' boat by final destination still unknown
Terror in the letters!
A bomb made of gunpowder stuffed inside a large envelope was addressed to appeals court prosecutor on late August while he was out of Athens for vacation.The reciever thought the envelope, whose return address was the Greek chapter of an international NGO, looked suspicious and he threw it to the ground. The envelope burst into flames.Earlier in this summer also, in July 2013, a letter bomb was intercepted at the Association of Prosecuting Magistrates . FULL STORY by AP, Wash. Post
Though the Transportation Security Administration has long been concerned about liquid explosives being used in potential devices -- as it was during the failed Christmas Day bombing in 2009 -- the new tactic allows terrorists to dip ordinary clothing into the liquid to make the clothes themselves into explosives once dry."It's ingenious," one of the officials said.
Another senior official said that the tactic would not be detected by current security measures.The officials said the new technique is believed to have been developed by the Yemen-based al Qaeda affiliate al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), home to notorious alleged bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri. Al-Asiri is suspected of being the mastermind behind several devious explosive devices including the underwear bomb and surgically implanted body bombs.
Where is our boy's heart? A "Vampire", unbelievable tragedy,
international diplomacy could not have imagined.....
According to the Philladephia News Network "officials in the heavily indebted country of Greece may have harvested his heart for sale in Europe's notorious underground organ market."
A representative of the Greek Embassy in Washington told The Associated Press that the heart of the Marine had been removed and retained for toxicological analyses, "a practice that is not common," according to doctors referred to by the U.S. media. The representative of the Embassy had not provided more information as to how the "wrong heart" had reached the family. Its fate remains unknown.
More updated details on the San Diego video GREEK VERSION OF THE STORY
“There is no evidence of people in Greece or anywhere else in Europe deliberately infecting themselves” , reports the NYT that Martin C. Donoghoe,said a spokesman for the health organization. It was an editing error, the group said. It apologized..
The International Court of Human Rights convicted Greece because the Greek judicial system accepted as legal the dismissal of an ill employee carrying the HIV virus.
According to the decision, the dismissal consitutes discrimination and impinges upon the employee’s private and family life who is looking at a compensation. The court in Strasbourg pointed out that the Greek judicial system acted on the faulty perception that there was a danger of transmitting the disease. full story
Greek Autumn 2013: More poor and more touristic than ever!
Greece received a welcome boost to its beleaguered economy this October as the country welcomed more autumn tourists than ever before, more by Daily Mail
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American hotel giant Marriott to pull out of Athens
American hotel giant Marriott International will pull out of Athens after a 30-year run, a local representative for the hotel said on Friday.
On its website, the Athens Ledra Marriott said: "Please be advised that as of December, 31st 2013 the hotel will no longer operate as a Marriott."
The luxury hotel is situated on the central Syngrou avenue, close to the Greek capital's city centre.More on global post
A meteorite, isn't it? or not?
The residents of Keffalonia said that they saw bright streaks across the sky from West to East, Wednesday night, November 27, followed by an intense noise and mentioned also that the glow illuminated the homes of areas in Kefalonia.
They talked about a huge burning ball that was moving with tremendous speed and fell in the sea.
Geology Professor, Dr. Eythimios Lekkas says he belives it was a meteorite. Read more
WORLDWIDE CAUTION ON Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays
Septrember 25, 2013 visit the Worldwide Caution Page by the Travel State gov
The Novel Viruses may be travelling with you
MERS, also H7N9 from the East, serious Emerging threats, Greece
on the CROSSROAD
Malaria, locally acquired, in Evros and Karditsa this year
Only 3 autochthonous cases in 2013, Infection Risk from now on very low
Three autochthonous cases of malaria were reported by Greece during September-November 2013. Local control measures have been implemented in accordance with national guidelines
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The future of business class
American discount airline, announced at the Global Business Travel Association conference last week that it would introduce lie-flat seats and even "private suites" in its "premium" class in the second quarter of 2014. The seats will be available on San Francisco-New York and Los Angeles-New York flights full story by the Economist
Inflight wi-fi ready to use
Calls are routed through the plane's Wi-Fi system and then routed to the smartphone's service provider. The great part about this technology is that it doesn't require us to install anything new to an aircraft and we can bundle it with or without connectivity," Nov8 2013, more
More arrivals boost Greek tourism
Foreign arrivals in financially struggling Greece increased 12.3% in the first half of 2013, official data show. Significant is the increase in arrivals from the U.S., Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, France and Asia., Travel Weekly
Joanna Lumley travels across northern Greece, from West Ionian island of Corfu to the turbulent eastern border that shares with Turkey and Bulgaria, across a land shaped by generations of invading empires, and discovers traditions and cultures fused by the countries' occupators and shaped through the unique greek flavor of land and greek mind...
(ANSAmed) - ATHENS OCTOBER9Dogus Group, one of Turkey's largest conglomerates, sees the Aegean Sea as an international hub to attract high-income tourists and has proposed for Greece and Turkey to form a cooperation in that direction. Speaking at the Mediterranean Luxury Travel Summit held recently in Athens, the chairman of the investment giant, Ferit Sahenk, said Greek and Turkish businessmen should "change their mindset and work together"..
Top international sex trafficker arrested in Kavala smuggling by huge network
A native of the Dominican Republic, who are accused of involvement in the international network of trafficking of women from the Dominican Republic.
more by greek reporter
Traffickers transport victims through
Greece for forced labor and sex trafficking in Italy and other EU countries. Small numbers of Greek citizens are identified as victims of trafficking within the country. Restaurants, nightclubs, yacht rental companies, and other small businesses serve as money laundering fronts for small cells of criminal trafficking networks.Full 2013 report Greece
Greeks and foreigners from the unfiltered status of threatening Emerging Infectious Communicable Diseases in Greece. Health Minsiter Adonis Georgiadis resets the Health Order of HIV and others diseases' testing
on prostitutes and illiegal immigrants on the streets, under the pressure of AIDS, tuberculosis, and other transmitable infections in Greece of Poverty, that hosts the tourists of the Global Health Village "The decision to issue a specific health regulation was deemed incumbent in order to both secure interventions concerning emerging and re-emerging diseases at a global level, as well as enhance the response to local events of public health significance in high risk populations." was his recent statement, while the Greek CDC works since more than 7 years constantly to combat the re-emergence of Communcative Diseaeses which enter the country... and stay.
go to the full background story on Greece remains unfiltered from Communicative Infectious Diseases
Greece a travelers' trend, for the authentic and the cultural
American express marketier:
"We are seeing strong positive indicators with almost 70% of Americans planning summer travel. That's up 10 points from last year. We are seeing a strong desire for the Caribbean: Jamaica, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. Europe and Greece are coming back very strong based on recent air-purchasing data from American Express call centers and owned offices. Greece is up significantly with double-digit increases
speculation is growing that a third installment is in the pipeline - and it could be filmed in Greece.
Lead actress and producer Sarah Jessica Parker has sparked rumours that she is scouting for film locations after she spent most of August sailing round the Greek islands on a luxury yacht. Her visit was followed by the SATC production team
"Here's something you don't see everyday, comments the US weekly magazine online on August 23.." Sarah Jessica Parker's beach body. Long known for her love of high fashion, the Sex and the City actress and designer, 48, has rarely been photographed in a swimsuit. But during a recent yacht vacation near Kefalonia, Greece, the mother of three showed off a glimpse of her still-toned physique and cleavage in a simple blue one-piece. Read more: on US magazine
Rapes and sexual assaults
of Britons abroad, by ten percent increase, led to the Foreign.Office's Warning mid July to the British Travellers' for traveler's insuranse coverage, awareness and extra precautions
for the three countries coming on top of Sex.Assaults and Rapes on tourists : Spain, Turkey and Greece -
countries with resorts popular among Britons in search of nightlife.
Click to telegraph.co.uk for the full story
go to full story , and watch on the official White House video Greek Prime Minister's arm, hanging
in the air,on air(!)
We cannot simply look to austerity as a strategy,"
Obama said to Antonis Samaraswho stepped in the White House on the 15th month of his government carrying with, a country damaged by it's own wings -as never again in modern history-, Greece, and feeling grateful for the American -Greek frienship.
Even "beyond" the protocol,
driven by the effusive impulse of Mediterraneans, and overwhelmed by the Oval Office hospitality, Mr Samaras seemed, instictively to attempt to "hug" the President ,
on these, exactly, very tiny 1 and 1/2 seconds, when ALL the photo- camera flashes lighted up.
Did Samaras really try to "embrace" the US leader?Semantics, or an accident? Is this proper? go to full story and watch the video and the slideshow
Mercel's Boot on Greece's Neck
Apparently frustrated she spends a lot of her time defending why she’s so tough on Greece – insisting on harsh austerity measures in return for her country’s backing of international bailout loans – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Greece should never have been allowed to join the Eurozone in the first place Full story on the foto above, by Wall Street Journal: Mercel "interacting" by a big knife, on a typical souvlaki shop, which she chose not to be Greek, but Turkish. In Berlin....
A dramatic experience of a traveller on Bloomberg, as a Comment
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