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Strikes paralyze life in Athens as anger grows over austerity measures

It’s difficult to start posting with positive news this morning. There is traffic chaos on the streets of Athens and people’s nerves are blank as today’s strikes  hinder the flow of everyday life. The country faces an unprecedented unrest that will reach its peak tomorrow, Dec 15, with the general strike ( I …

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My Christmas Tree is on strike!

Talking about strikes…my brand new Christmas Tree decided to go on strike! Correct! It is a Greek Christmas Tree! It refused to accept baubles or any other kind of ornaments. It let me decorate it with just three lights rows and one Scandinavian reindeer. I hope it’s just a stoppage and not …

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Don’t miss the Geminid meteor shower tonight! Dec 13-14

December’s Geminid meteor shower is happening tonight! The best viewing should be from late night December 13 till dawn December 14.  The radiant point rises in the east in mid-evening, it’s highest between 02:00 -03:00 a.m. Apparently you can watch the wonderful meteor shower in Greece too! Start looking to …

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US-Economist Nouriel Roubini’s Greek Delight

Renowned US based economist Nouriel Roubini might have shocked the Greeks when he advised a controlled bankruptcy or else “a debt restructuring” last week.  He himself though, he seems to have enjoyed his short paid vacation in Athens where he came upon an invitation to speak to a congress of  the local leading business …

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Greece: No flights on Dec 15, 2010

It was obvious that Greek Air Traffic Controllers will join the General Strike on Wednesday, December 15, 2010. No controllers, no flights!  The strike will start Wednesday at 01:00 a.m. and will conclude at midnight the same day. Their strike scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2010 has been cancelled after …

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Sun in Athens, Floods in Samos, Strikes everywhere…

I had originally decided not to post any negative news over this weekend. This decision of mine turns to be a rather difficult task as Greeks in general and Athenians in particular will face the “hell on earth” in terms of public transport: workers will either go on 24-hours strikes …

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First time for everything

When people are frustrated  and angry and feel injustice taboos can easily fall. Such an incident occurred Thursday in London, when the car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla was attacked by angry students protesting tuition fees hikes.  Demonstrators hurled glass bottles, litter bins and white paint at the Royal Rolls …

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Strike Freaks in Greece: Watch for Dec 12-19, 2010 (3upd)

Checking my website analytics I came to one conclusion! There are so many strike freaks interested in when there is a strike in Greece. The country provides excellent food for thought and satisfies the lowest and most primitive instincts of  freaks like people who want to go to work, move around, travel from …

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Greek cruise liner in dramatic Antarctica distress (video)

What is a Greek doing in the Antarctica? Good question! Cruiser Clelia II ran into weather trouble and rough sea down there in Antarctica, lost an engine, had its windows shattered and happy cruise passengers puke breakfast, lunch and dinner, all three in one row, re-painting the luxury cabins walls. …

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Greece’s social security IKA exhausts patients’ patience

We always knew that the Health Services of IKA in Greece are not equivalent to those in  other European countries. But now, these services  getting worse. In fact, they are  falling apart.  Did a patient need an appointment with a doctor at Greece’s largest Social Security Organisation with over  six million members,  he/she had …

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One in two Greeks believe the country will go bankrupt

I know it, we know it. We hear it when we speak with friends, relatives, neighbors and colleagues… The economic situation sucks! No, not the country’s. It is our personal economy that sucks. Our decreasing income and what is left in our wallets at the end of the month. We see …

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Greek winemakers to fill lawsuit in Germany over Macedonia PDO

A local cooperative of winemakers in northern Greece on Wednesday announced that it will file a lawsuit in Germany against distributors and super market retailers offering wines from the neighbouring former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) under the indication “Macedonia”.      The president of the Association of Winemakers & Viticulturalists …

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Athens Protests: What’s in the mind of the Riot Dog? (picts, video)

I had been watching the pictures of yesterday’s riots in Athens and there he was again! The Riot Dog! The dog that became international media’s darling last May. Yes! He was there again yesterday, jumping around on the very front line between the angry protesters and the heavy armed riot police.         A …

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Greek banks on 3h work stoppage, Dec 8

Talking about strikes…. The banks will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 8, 2010  from 12:00 to 15:00 as Bank Employees’ Trade Union (OTOE) will go over to a work stoppage. OTOE is seeking to end attacks on collective bargaining and employees’ rights. After Piraeus Bank sabbatical years plans  and Agricultural Bank’s …

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Athens Strike: The return of garbage mountains

Athens municipality workers responsible for the collection of garbage and trash have started a new so-called “warning” 48h strike today. Better decorate your apartment, balcony and yard with nice Christmas trash bags than taking your rotten garbage to the streets. Workers seek a solution to the problem of 1,000 temporary …

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Athens downtown under siege by police and protesters (pictures)

Riots are still continuing in Athens downtown with five thousand deployed policemen and hundreds of protesters. Main avenues like Panepistimiou are closed to traffic as protesters set barricades and throw flares. Earlier they set a kiosk on fire.      Two passers by have been reportedly injured. A man injured on the …

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Alexis Grigoropoulos: What happened on December 6, 2008? (shoocking video)

That fatal Saturday night, Alexis Grigoropoulos, aged 15, hangs out with some friends in Exarchia, a district in downtown Athens. Exarchia has been infamous for hosting far-leftists and anarchists groups, that often clash with the police in recent years. Tension between police and youth groups has been high. Short before 9 …

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