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Crete: US military buildup in Souda Bay

A US military buildup is taking place at the Souda Bay on the Greek island of Crete as Muammar Gaddafi keeps bombing his own people and there is no sign of a peaceful solution. US Navy amphibious assault ships USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce are expected to arrive at Souda …

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Poll: 8 out of 10 Greeks ‘pessimist’ about the Economy

Eight out of ten Greeks declare, they are “pessimist” as far as the course of economy in general and their own economic situation in particular. In a poll conducted by the Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry with the title “Economy Barometer” 1,000 Greeks through out the country were asked between …

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Greeks protest outside ex Prime Minister’s Residence (video)

Some hundreds people gather Thursday afternoon in Athens downtown to protest outside the  residence of former prime minister Costas Simitis. Anagnostopoulou street in noble district of Kolonaki  was clogged by masses of old and young who shouted their frustration about the austerity measures. Lifting umbrellas and walking sticks they shouted slogan like …

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(Upd) Horses starving in Hell Farm on Crete

UPDATES: there are some unofficial updates on the horses. Apparently 7 of them, those in worst condition,  are in a safe environment now and their health conditions is being monitoring by rescue vets. Hopefully there will be some official reporting on the issue soon – Thanks for your interest on …

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Serious Equipment Shortages in Greek Police

The tragic killing of two policemen by criminals disclosed a series of equipment shortcomings and lack in funding for the DIAS patrol units on motorcycles. Hellenic Police (EL.AS) pinned the Finance Ministry for poor funding as in a statement revealed that 352 motorcycles are in disuse and that there are deficiencies even in …

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Prof. Rogoff: Greece Debt Restructure Inescapable

I have been trying for quite some time to find out why I smoke more in the morning than the rest of the day. Now, I think, I know. Because of the crap and self-repeating news I read in the morning… In fact, I’m fed up with the pressure some …

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US Ass. Sec. Gordon denied military operation against Libya pending – US Fleet piles up

 US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Gorden denied that a military operation against Libya was pending. Gordon, currently in Greece, noted that extra US naval assets were ordered to the Mediterranean Sea in order to deal whatever contingencies arise.  “We’re simply preparing for what may be …

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My Prefect Greek Cheese-Spinach Pies for Lazy!

I think it’s high time to post a food recipe – some blog visitor has even complained that “he will have to eat my Christmas stuff until Eastern” if I don’t add new recipes…. I think his complain reached me four weeks ago lol. On the occasion of possible Carnival …

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A Purrrfect Patriot: Cat stands upright for Greek National Anthem (video)

A male cat, soaked with ultimate patriotic spirit, stands upright to his back legs and stays still upon listening to the Greek National Anthem! I even suspected that at a point, he tried to salute military in order to display outmost respect. If that’s not Purrrrrfect…. Video uploaded in YouTube by stratios1   OK, that’s …

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Greek Cyber-Crime dept prevented 19 suicides in Jan, Feb 2011

The Cyber or Electronic  Crime Department of  Greek police in Attica prefecture succeeded in preventing 19 suicides attempts that occurred in January and February, the specialized police unit announced. According to the statement the suicide intentions were indicated through the internet, in social media pages or chat rooms and forums.   …

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Maria Callas Exhibition in New York, March 02-30

 A wonderful exhibition dedicated to world’s most illuminated opera diva Maria Callas will start tomorrow, March 2 in New York City. A collection of 22 stage costumes, 30 pieces of jewelry and 30 rare photographs will be featured at the Italian Cultural Institute of NYC until March 30, 2011. The …

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National Bank-Alpha Bank: Prosecutor probes into possible stocks manipulation

A Greek high rank prosecutor ordered a preliminary investigation into the trading of stocks of the National Bank of Greece and the Alpha Bank. Greece’s  Capital Market Commission also ordered an investigation into the same affair, focusing on the period between February 8 and 21, beginning with National Bank’s first approach to …

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Greece riots: New Shocking Video – Police overruns protester, policeman on fire

You all remember the shocking pictures of a policeman on fire, during the riots at the general strike protests in Athens. Now a video taken on February 23, 2011 and uploaded in CNN “ireporter section” and later on YouTube shows what preceded the hurling of a petrol bomb agianst the policeman. …

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Greece: Default or Not Default? Drachma or Euro? Dye or Cut?

The dilemmas on Greece’s debt future seem endless: Default or Not Default? Drachma or Euro? Haircut or Extensions? With terminologies borrowed  from a hairdresser parlor around the corner and a bankers’ desk on the 245th skyscraper floor, the whole world is keep talking about Greece’s fiscal course: Survive or Fall. Economists and media are …

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Huffington Post:”What Greece needs now is a new hero” – Oh My!

There is a long, much too long internet article on Huffington Post, advising Greece to find a “new hero”!? In a rather superficial and irrational,  if not ‘naive’ and kind of  popularized psycho-spiritual approach, Vanessa Andris, first generation Greek-American, seems to ignore the real Greece’s  problems of systemic fiscal mismanagement. What …

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Athens:Blue Buses work stoppages cancelled, Mar 2-4

Blue Buses labor union has cancelled the work stoppages planned for March 2 and 4, 2011. At the moment there is  some confusion about the continuation of  Athens public transport protests. Therefore I will make a new post when things are cleared. Most likely the blue buses will do have …

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Evacuees from Libya: Some went missing-Greece fears they might stay illegally

There seem to be problems with the evacuation of foreigners from Libya via the port of Heraklion on the island of Crete as Greece is fearing that evacuees from South East Asia may join the army of illegal immigrants in the country. Already 15 Shri Lankans went ‘missing’ after arriving …

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Shares Trading of NBG and Alpha Bank under screening

The shares of National Bank of Greece and Alpha Bank are under the microscope of Greece’s  Capital Markets Commission, news portal Zougla.gr  reported. The screening refers to the trading of the shares in the period of time between January 18, when the administration of NBG approached the management of Alpha for the first time, …

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Greek Debt Repayment Extension: Ahahaha….

We need a good laugh from time to time. Here is a caricature by famous Greek cartoonist KYR. His sharp pen minimizes in a few words the whole debate about the repayment extension of infamous Greek Debt. First Woman: What did the deceased died from?  Second Woman: From Extension

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