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Turkish FM Davutoglu: No unilateral moves towards Greece

Turkish press recent reports about Ankara’s removing  Greece from its “threat list” and lifting the casus belli  were a surprise to those, who know how Turkish diplomacy functions. First, Ankara’s diplomacy is determinately based on reciprocity and secondly it does not change without a  green light from the army. Consensus is …

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Tsoclis: Famous Greek Painter supports rape via State TV

Social outcry has been  caused by the challenging statements of  world-famous Greek artist Costas Tsoclis on rape, rapists and their victims. Tsoclis supported the rape of women on the grounds that it is an “indication of vitality and expression of passion”.  In an interview to State Television NET, Tsoclis says: “I do not …

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The never ending SIEMENS Scandal – Part II: Karakostas, Alogoskoufis

I am convinced this can happen to everyone! You deal with half a million German marks and you don’t remember the names of the persons involved!This happened to Pantelis Karacostas, a civil engineer and businessman, who testified last week in front of a parliamentary committee investigating the Siemens scandal. Pantelis Karacostass …

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The never ending SIEMENS Scandal – Part I:Mantelis

He tries hard to control his face mimic. He speaks to the press after appearing in front of  the judges investigating the SIEMENS bribery scandal. He is verging on tears. (video 0:12″) A minute later, emotions overwhelm him (video 1′:12″). ” I pay the price for saying the true” says Tasos Mantelis, …

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Greece bans Smoke but not Smog

You are a smoker. A moderate or a heavy smoker. You puff your cigarettes everywhere. At work. In  bar. At a coffee shop. In hotel lobby. In the restaurant. Your favorite series was “Mad Men” because it showed the early 60’s when smoking wasn’t a crime but it added to the prestige …

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Fur Farms raided in Greece: 50.000 Mink escape

More than 50.000 mink have been set loose from two fur farms in Kastoria, Northern Greece, last week. Unidentified perpetrators stormed the fur farm Friday and Saturday, opened the cages and let the animals run away. Fur farm workers, firefighters and even members of environmental organisations went after the run away …

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“Royal” Wedding in Spetses: Photos and a EUR 300.000 fine!

  I couldn’t  resist! I have to post some pictures of the ‘royal’ wedding in Spetses…. I couldn’t resist because some blog – fans asked me to do so. So, I do… Correct! The pictures are from the wedding of Nikolaos and Tatiana Blatnik, an event planner. I must admit, I don’t …

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Israel Offers Natural Gas to Greece?

Many wondered about the real agenda of the sudden “love, friendship & cooperation” outbreak between  Greece and Israel, call me ‘diplomatic rapprochement”. Was it due to deterioration of  Ankara’s relations to Tel Aviv? Was it due to discovery of natural gas resources offshore Israel? Was it due to swifting of …

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Greek F-16 Collision: 2nd Pilot dies;Collision-Scenarios; Equipment

Captain Iosif -Sifis Anastasakis, 35,  severely injured during the two Greek F-16 collision  three days ago, passed away Sunday morning. The pilot of the double-seater F-16  that collided off  the island of Crete, had suffered multiple fractures in the pelvis, lesions in the brain and lung burrowing. According to doctors …

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How about Dinghy Sailing Courses in Athens? (VIDEOS)

What is important before entering a sailing course? The trainer? The type of boat? The language? Your fitness? The proper information? Your co-sailors? All and everything I can tell you!. My first dinghy sailing course with a Hobie Cat was in German. The second with a Laser in Greek… I am going to …

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Turkish FM wants to put an End to Dog Fights over the Aegean

Turkish Foreign MinisterAhmet  offers Greece that both countries put an end to fighter jets “dog fights” over the Aegean Sea.  The proposal comes one day after the tragic collission of two Greek F-16 southwest of  the island of Crete. A collision that left one pilot dead, one fighting for his …

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Tourists Stranded in Greece? EUR 100 Compensation are waving

Need 100 euros? You are a (foreign ?) touriststranded in Greece? You can’t depart due to natural disaster like volcanic ash? You are still here, though you were planned to leave yesterday? Are you still in Greece because air traffic controllers strike or your airplane has not a drop of gasoline? …

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Anastacia Cancels Concert in Northern Cyprus?

The date of the concert at Cratos Marina in Northern Cyprus disappeared from Anastacia’s official website.   I have not seen any official statement form her side but I assume the gig has been cancelled. Anyway, Greek and Cypriot fans got angry and they started to fill web groups, including the …

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Two Greek F-16 Fighter Jets Collide; 1 Dead (Video F-16)

Two Greek military F-16 fighter jets collided in mid-air collision off the southwestern coast of Crete island in southern Greece Thursday at 2 pm, Greek media report. The F-16 planes — one a single-seater and one a double-seater — had been part of a formation of four planes on a …

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Action: Water for Strays in Athens-Only a Phone Call Away!

Aristos is one of  the dozens of strays living in Greece’s capital Athens. He spends the hot summer days and nights  wandering through the streets, trying to find shadow, food and precious water. Aristos had a difficult day today.  He was exhausted and was lying thirsty in a small footpath on water …

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“Royal” Wedding: Fairy Tales and Feather Tails

“An ex son of a former father….” ops! sorry! I start again! “An almost-prince and son of a former king got married at the island of  Spetses, yesterday. The almost-prince is tall (princes have to be tall, OK?) and dark haired. His almost-princess is tall too and blond (princesses have …

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USA: Peace Solutions for East Mediterranean Sea?

A solution here (Palestinians-Israel) and a solution there (Cyprus) … Washington seems determined to  settle disputes and conflicts and bring  political stability in Eastern Mediterranean Sea.  US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is pressing for a Cyprus deal , writes Kathimerini newspaper. Clinton is sending a message to a conference …

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Turkey: Greece is no longer a Foe!

Turkey is revising  the major priorities of its national security policy and is changing the National Security Policy document. The security doctrine, also known as the Turkey’s Secret Constitution and “Red Book“, that  determines “internal” and “external” threats, has guided Ankara’s foreign policy for several decades. Under the revisions neighbours like Greece, …

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Full Operation Restored After Black-Out in Greek Airports

Full operation has been restored in major Greek airports, after a communications blackout grounded dozens of airplanes and stranded hundreds of travellers for more than two hours. The blackout occurred at 8 am Sunday morning due to a failure of the radio system software. Flights were able to land normally …

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PC Mouse Under Heat Wave Attack! Extreme Photos!

That’s the problem every PC user and Internet freak might face. The weather is hot,  your fingers sweat and there it goes… your index finger sticks to the PC mouse or  – worst – it slips away. This phenomenon makes it difficult to move the mouse and the cursor where …

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