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Turkish Imvros: Vandals damage 78 Greek-Orthodox graves.

“Unknown” perpetrators vandalized 78 Greek-Orthodox graves in the cemetery on the Turkish Island of Imvros. It is  the first time in 20 years that such an unprecedented damage and to this extend occurs in the area. The vandalism occurred Friday, October 29, the day Turkey celebrates the anniversary of the Proclamation of …

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Strauss-Khan: Angry at IMF-officials renting expensive in Athens?

Is IMF-Chief Strauss-Khan really angry at IMF-officials in Greece renting an ultra-super expensive flat with a view in Athens?  OMG! I hope good ol’ boy Dominique did not read my article!   Greek Mega TV’s Washington correspondent reported that Strauss-Khan called his Athens IMF’s boys and girls and asked them to empty …

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Times-they are a changing: Summer Time Ends

Do not forget to change the time of your clocks tonight as the European Summer Time ends! Clocks will go back one hour  at 4 a.m. Sunday morning.  I bet you are familiar with the trick: clock shows 4 o’clock but it is 3 o’clock! What a Miracle…. If you set back your clocks …

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Turkey: Casus Belli against Greece remains in the Red Book

Greece could be a friendly country if only there were not these stupid problems…! This is more or less the message that Ankara tries to convey to Athens and the European Union through the revision of  the National Security Policy Document. Greece keeps the status of  “external threat to Turkey” and thecasus …

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Something is boiling in Greece….

No, it’s not the soup that boils on the stove neither the water in the teapot. It is the people’s anger that boils! Anger and fear that things will get worse.  It’s the anger triggered by the politicization of the upcoming local elections, on November 7. It’s the anger of  Greeks against the …

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You can bury the Greek Soldiers in Albania, can’t you?

Crammed into storages and churches of Northern Epirus,  in Albania, remain the bones of hundreds of Greek soldiers killed during the Greek-Italian war of 1940 – 1941.  Despite the agreement signed in 2008 between Greece  and  Albania, to create a second military cemetery on Albanian soil. The original request of the …

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“Get up, my Soul” Savvopoulos -Bellou (Greek Music Video)

In fact, I am fed up to write about how desperate the Greek people are. We need a sign of Hope, but it’s not there. We need inspiration. And we might get it from the past. There is this song by Dionyssis Savvopoulos, who composed the music and wrote the …

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Axis Occupation vs. IMF Occupation

Politicians’ messages on the anniversary of 28th October 1940 were always meant to appeal to the sentiments of the Greeks. Unity, Solidarity, Heroism, National Pride, Commitment, Sacred Cause, Freedom Defense were always the key words of the tearful messages. And so they are this year.  Of course, this year our politicians …

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What a Shame! Cigarettes prices to increase for pure profit!

Cigarettes prices to go up? Oh, I thought prices would go down 30% as Minister for Development & Competitiveness Michalis Chryssohoidis had proclaimed two weeks ago…  And Finance Minister Giorgos Papakonstantinou proclaimed there will be no tax increases.  Do not come up with arguments like “Smoking is bad for your Health!” Then the …

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Sofia Vempo, October 28/1940 & Me (Greek music videos)

When I was young, I hated her. I always associated her with the dictatorship, the Colonel’s Junta. Then I grew up during those times. I wasn’t perfectly wrong about her but for sure I was mistaken as well. Her name was Sofia Vempo (1910-1978).  At school they used to play …

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Greek Trains October-Strike Cancelled !

Trains will go as usual starting tomorrow Thursday, October 28.  OSE-workers have cancelled their strike. Also the metro from /to airport will work as usual.

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Mikis Theodorakis: PM blackmails Greeks – Announces Citizens’ Movement

World famous Greek Composer Mikis Theodorakis accused Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou of “blackmailing the people”. Speaking at an event, Theodorakis attacked the government in general and Greek PM in personal.  “Giorgos Papandreou blackmailed the Greeks, saying that if people will not vote his candidates,  he will lead the country to …

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Greece Most Corrupt Country within EU, says Transparency International

Greece is perceived as EU’s most corrupt state, falling behind usual suspects Bulgaria and Romania and scoring the same as China, an annual corruption index published by Transparency International shows. Out of 178 countries surveyed, Greece ranked 78, together with a handful of other states: China, Colombia, Lesotho, Peru, Serbia …

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Greece bribes: The Siemens Omerta

Omerta is an Italian word defined as “code of silence”. It has been very popular in Southern Italy and Greek Crete. Now it looks as if some Germans, preferably Siemens managers, have southern European roots. Then they apply theOmerta as far as SIEMENS slush funds and Greek politicians’ bribes are concerned. Take the …

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Will Greece Default? Give me a break…

Will Greece  Default? If yes… when?  Or will Greece not Default? The Hamletian question seems to distress not only Greek citizens but -and mainly- financial experts and economic gurus around the globe. Gurus, experts or interests’ representatives, call them what you want, they have heavily started to argue again on the …

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Where have all the trains gone… (Music Video)

So some stupid reason I find no positive or “light” news to write about…. My inspiration and humor have gone bathing.  People I talk with are angry and depressed. As there are no trains most of this week, I though a song about trains would be an appropriate light posting. Dimitris …

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Greek PM Papandreou: We are still in a state of emergency

“We are still in a state of emergency”. In a dramatic tone Greek Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou spoke about the current economic situation while fore-wording the interview he gave to Greek journalists; an interview broadcasted by all major Greek television channels, 13 days before the upcoming local elections.   Economy Defending …

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PUMA: Hit by Fraud at Greek Joint Venture

That’s a nice story reported by Reuters news agency! Sporting goods maker Puma suspects its Greek joint venture partner Glou of an economic  swindle!  German sporting goods maker Puma  said it would bring criminal charges against its partners in a Greek joint venture after discovering a swindle that could cost it …

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Kaiti Homata passed away (Greek Music Videos)

A grand dame of the Greek music scene set sail to meet the angels. Kaiti Homata, 64, lost the battle against cancer. Kaiti  Homata was one of the main representatives of  Greek music  style “New Wave”  in the 1960’s and in the Greek Soft Pop in the 1970’s. She had sang more than …

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Greece: Early Elections if Papandreou fails in Local Polls?

I heard about the early elections scenarios two days ago. By a friend of a mine, a journalist, who is close to governing party PASOK. Yesterday, another friend, from main opposiotion center-right Nea Dimokratia spoke about them. I thought they were just the usual Greek media rumors aiming to stir …

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