Friday, 28 February 2014

Ukraine Nazis - Another Country Falls To The Axis

Ukraine's Nazi Uprising

The Ukrainian government's anti-terror police have been disbanded today.
This gives a clue to the real reason this coup was encouraged now, not last year or next year;

In mid-January the Ukraine parliament adopted legislation with a view to curbing the neo-Nazi groups in the protest movement.  The law also sets procedures pertaining to the registration of foreign non-governmental subversive organizations (NGOs) and the categorization of NGOs “financed from abroad” and involved in political activity in Ukraine as “foreign agents” (Reuters, January 16, 2014)

But the law, which ran to more than 100 pages, was directed mainly at preparing the ground for action to end the Nazi-agitated street protests that have been taking place in the capital Kiev and some other cities since November.

On the 19th of February, following the several days of violence, the government instigated an Anti-terrorist Operation.

Alexander Yakimenko, head of Ukraine’s security agency intimated that the riots were being led by radical Neo-Nazi groups involved in “seizing buildings of local authorities, Interior Ministry, Security Service, prosecutor’s offices, military units, ammunition depots. Courthouses are being burnt, vandals are destroying private homes, killing civilians. Only during the last day 1,500 firearms and 100,000 cartridges have been stolen by criminals. website of the SBU
“What is happening today is a conscious use of violence by way of arson, murder, hostage-taking and intimidation … for the sake of pursuing criminal goals… All of that with the use of firearms. These are not just signs of terrorism but concrete terrorist acts.  By their actions, radical and extremist groups bear a real threat to lives of millions of Ukrainians,”,” Alexander Yakimenko, , Ukraine’s security agency chief (SBU), website of the SBU,also quoted in the Los Angeles Times,February 19, 2014),

So the opposition groups appear to have got in there first and overthrown the government, in order to prevent being broken up and imprisoned - and hence they have disbanded the the elite counter-terror force.
In his formal remarks at Munich and a week earlier at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assailed Western governments for supporting neo-Nazi terrorist organizations in their zeal to place Ukraine under European Union and Troika control to tighten the NATO noose around Russia.

If anything, Lavrov understated the case.

Ever since President Viktor Yanukovych announced that Ukraine was withdrawing its plans to sign the European Union's Association Agreement on Nov. 21, 2013, Western-backed organizations made up of remnants of the wartime and immediate postwar Nazi collaborationist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B) and their successors have launched a campaign of provocations aimed at not only at bringing down the government of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, but at overthrowing the democratically elected President Yanukovych.

The Greek Foreign Minister mr Venizelos (nee Turkoglou according to the US Embassy) characterizes as inadequate the report of the task of the Legal Council of the State. This report is about the German debts to Greece (Hellas) and specifically the forced Occupation Loan and the World War I & II Reparations. Questions are raised by the strange delays in moving the case forward.

As it is known, the issue was reopened by Mr. D. Avramopoulos, who as foreign minister, moved methodically to claim the debt under the rules of international law.

The assumption, however, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Mr Venizelos (nee Turkoglou according to the US Embassysuddenly paused all progress. 

While within  short time there was very important progress by the actions and initiatives of Mr. Avramopoulos, Mr. Venizelos not only does not show a similar mobility, but instead follows a delaying tactic in the subject.

A year ago, the Legal Council of State had been entrusted to the drafting finding on the issue of German reparations. It is unknown when the final report was delivered, but was regarded as a closely guarded secret.

There is information that the report was delivered months ago to Mr Venizelos, who however, has not -since now- shown any intention in proceeding to the next stage of the German reparations claim. 

However, pressure was enforced by members of all parties, without exception the New Democracy parliamentarians, about the fate, the content and the findings of the Legal Council of State.

The President of PASOK, to avoid giving clear answers, claimed that the content of the report is secret.

But when rumors started spreading about the impending question tabling in parliament from all the Parliamentary Group of SYRIZA, led by Mr.Tsipras himself, Mr. Venizelos was alarmed and decided to change tactic. Of course, this is not by choosing to take the next step of claiming parliamentary allowances, but to delay the process further. How?

By claiming the findings prepared by the Legal Council of the State as inadequate, which Mr Venizelos remitted to the plenary of the SLC. 

Speaking last night in the House Mr. Venizelos spoke of deficiencies of the findings, noting characteristically that "the findings are not what I would recommend  the Hellenic Republic to follow."

In fact, Mr. Venizelos does not want to annoy Berlin with such an issue, and especially in the pre-election period. His ambition is to take back the issue as far as possible.

Besides this, the issue of German reparations is a ' red flag ' for the Germans and especially to Mr. Schäuble. For the record, the only one who replied to the German Finance Minister was Mr. Avramopoulos, who paid for this reply with his dismissal from the Foreign Ministry.  



Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Cloony-Murray: Britain should hand the treasures back to Greece

George Clooney and Bill Murray, stars of The Monuments Men, have waded into the long-running row over the Elgin Marbles by saying Britain should hand the treasures back to Greece.
The classical sculptures were taken from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century. They were acquired by parliament in 1816 and currently reside in the British Museum.
David Cameron has opposed calls for their return, but some of Hollywood’s big names have urged him to reconsider.
Clooney and Murray offered their opinions at a London press conference for their new film, The Monuments Men, in which they play members of an Allied team tasked with retrieving artworks looted by the Nazis.
Asked about the Elgin Marbles, Murray said: "They’ve had a very nice stay here, certainly. London’s gotten crowded. There's plenty of room back there in Greece.
"England can take the lead on this kind of thing - letting art go back where it came from."
He added in deadpan style: "The Greeks are nothing but generous. They would loan it back once in a while."
The subject first came up for Clooney at a Berlin Film Festival press conference over the weekend, when a Greek reporter pressed him on the subject. His comments were seized upon by those who believe the treasures were stolen and should be returned to their original home.

American actor George Clooney has defended his comments from just over a week ago advocating the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece despite criticism from London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Johnson accused the actor of pursuing a “Hitlerian agenda” for what he termed “London’s cultural treasures” as the Nazis had also intended to remove the marbles from the British Museum if they occupied Britain.
"I’m a great fan of the Mayor, and I’m sure my right honorable friend had no real intention of comparing me to Hitler,» Clooney said in a statement.
"I’d chalk it up to a little too much hyperbole washed down with a few whiskeys. I've found myself in the same spot a time or two so I hold no ill will,” the actor, who has been promoting his new file “The Monuments’ Men,” said of Johnson’s op-ed in the Daily Telegraph.
"When it comes to real facts, not imagined history, you need only to look at the UNESCO rulings that have been agreed to by all parties.
"An occupying nation can't sell off the national heritage of the country it occupies,” added Clooney.
"More relevant is the fact that the Parthenon Marbles were chipped away from the Parthenon by the occupying Turks and sold. It was a single monument broken into bits. It would be as if the statue of David's head were sold to England. His arm to the Vatican. And his torso to the Met.
"There are many pieces in nearly every country that this conversation should take place. The best place to start would be at the most obvious object. When polled the British people are overwhelmingly in favor of their return.
"The rest of the world follows suit. If you want to deal in facts. Those are the facts. But maybe it's just easier to compare me to Hitler."

Monday, 10 February 2014

Furious Citizens burned tolls in Athens

The unprecedented and unreasonable increases in tolls brought violent reaction.

Residents of the surrounding areas went to the Malakasa tolls and after they pulled the employees from the cabins, set them on fire to protest for the increase in the price of transit.

The incident took place yesterday just before 8 pm and according to reports people who had responded to the call of the Municipality of Oropos to protest against the increase in tolls arrived and set the fire .

All this happened in the wake of unreasonable increases in the price of the toll that reached 100% in many cases, thus increasing the cost of moving of the already impoverished Greeks.

The increase is not due to improved benefits and services or to launch new road projects . It is known that these measures are designed to serve specific interests of contractors and big tv stations owners as we are in the middle of an election period.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Hugh Jackman declares "I'm Greek"

Australia's leading man has Greek roots

He's sexy, he can act, dance and sing - and he can thank his Greek background for these numerous talents. Oscar nominated Australian actor Hugh Jackman has told Star TV journalist Elgka Ntaifa he's Greek.
"It is true that I have Greek roots," said the actor, on a media junket promoting the upcoming instalment of the Wolverine movie franchise.
"Two generations ago the name of my family was Bellas, and I feel that I am a Greek by blood."
It was less than five years ago when Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness and their two children were in Mykonos, invited to a private party by American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.
The Jackman clan then went for a mini excursion to Delos by boat and a trip to Matogianni for dinner.
In the interview with Star TV, Jackman said he was ready and willing to take up any acting opportunities there may be in Greek film.
"If there is a Greek filmmaker interested in a brunette Aussie, then let me know," said the Hollywood actor, who owes a part of his career in compatriot Russell Crowe.
It was Crowe's suggested for Jackman to play the Marvel Comic immortal hero Wolverine after he rejected the role himself.
"They suggest the role of Wolverine to him but rejected him and suggested me. And for that, I will forever be grateful," said Jackman. The two shared the silver screen together in the Oscar award winning musical Les Miserables.

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Top Officials Held Private Meeting on Greece Bailout. Athens Struggles to Meet Some Bailout Conditions.


Updated Jan. 31, 2014 3:40 p.m. ET

BRUSSELS —Top officials peeled away from colleagues after a gathering of euro-zone finance ministers in Brussels on Monday evening for a private meeting to discuss mounting concerns over Greece’s bailout.
Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras, who was briefing the press in a building across the street at the time, wasn’t invited.
High-level officials from the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank, as well as senior euro-zone officials and the German and French finance ministers were present.
The meeting reflects anxiety that Greece could yet disturb the relative calm in euro-zone financial markets. But the issue is unlikely to come to a head until May when Greece needs to repay some €11 billion ($14.85 billion) of maturing government bonds.
The private meeting, confirmed by several people with direct knowledge of the talks, comes as Athens struggles to meet some of the conditions set by its official creditors for further payouts from bailout funds.
The Greek government has been praised by its peers for reining in spending and implementing some reforms. Economic data suggest the country is on the brink of a slow recovery after six years of recession.
The Monday meeting was held to discuss how to press Athens to forge ahead with unpopular reforms to its labor and product markets, and how to scramble together extra cash to cover a shortfall in the country’s financing for the second half of the year that is estimated at €5 billion to €6 billion.
The meeting was inconclusive, people familiar with the situation said. Talks with the Greek authorities continue, though representatives of the three institutions known as the troika have put on hold their plans to travel to Athens. A spokeswoman for the IMF said that she expected the troika mission to return to Athens soon.
Concerns are growing because €11 billion of Greek government bonds mature in May. The IMF hasn’t disbursed any aid to Greece since July and is €3.8 billion behind in scheduled aid payments. The IMF insists on having a clear view of the country’s finances 12 months ahead, and this condition hasn’t been met.
European officials said the IMF would accept an explicit promise from the euro area to cover this gap somehow, and wouldn’t demand money on the table. The IMF didn’t comment.
The political situation in Greece is fragile. Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, locked in a weak coalition government with a mere three-seat majority in Parliament, is falling behind in the polls. Leftist opposition party, Syriza, looks set to win local and European Parliament elections in May.
The victory could destabilize the government and lead to snap elections, although Mr. Samaras has vowed he doesn’t want that.
Creditors, and in particular Germany, prefer to give Mr. Samaras some leeway, people familiar with the situation say.
“Although many reforms remain outstanding, the Germans recognize Samaras is their best hope. The conversation in Greece will get much more difficult with a Syriza-led government,” said Mujtaba Rahman, head of Europe at Eurasia Group.