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  • On the Spiritual Battlefront with Ukraine’s Military Chaplains

    04/29/2016 5:57:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/27/16 | Jaroslawa Kisyk
    Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, head of the Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, on the physical trials and spiritual challenges of ministering to Ukrainian soldiersIn mid-February 2016, Fr. Lubomyr Yavorskyy, Deputy Head of Chaplaincy Services of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, visited numerous parishes and venues in Toronto and parts of southern Ontario at the invitation of Bishop Stephen Chmilar, Eparch of Toronto, and of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). Bishop Chmilar and the UCC had jointly organized a fundraising campaign called “Save Lives” in order to assist Ukrainian soldiers with their extensive humanitarian...
  • Pope Francis Abandons Christian Syrian Refugees, Takes Only Muslims To Vatican Instead

    04/24/2016 10:36:52 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | April 23, 2016 | Geoffrey Grider
    POPE FRANCIS ABANDONS CHRISTIAN SYRIAN REFUGEES, TAKES ONLY MUSLIMS TO VATICAN INSTEAD Spokesman Massimiliano Signifredi called the incident 'regrettable' - adding: 'The problem here is the three Syrians arrived after the March 20 deadline. They arrived just after the agreement between the European Union and Turkey. Mr Signifredi said: 'Our staff went to Lesbos and spoke with the people who were selected. But everything was decided by the Vatican. CHRISTIAN BROTHER AND SISTER REFUGEES FROM SYRIA SAY THEY HAVE BEEN ‘LET DOWN’ BY POPE FRANCIS AFTER HE LEFT THEM BEHIND IN A LESBOS REFUGEE CAMP DESPITE PROMISES THEY WOULD BE...
  • Free trade has won: adapt or die is the only option left to us

    04/18/2016 2:19:34 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 16 April 2016 | Miriam González
    The Tata Steel sale has revived the battle between protectionists and free traders, a debate that became particularly acute in the run-up to the creation of the World Trade Organisation in 1995, which marked the success of “free traders” all around the world. In the protectionist camp, there is now a wide range of political parties from the extreme left to the extreme right: from Syriza to Ukip, from the Front National to Podemos. The common element for all these parties is that they dream of returning to a time when “we were in control”; when we could easily open...
  • Pope Francis Takes 12 Syrian Refugees Back From Greek Island

    04/16/2016 11:55:32 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/16/2015 | F. BRINLEY BRUTON
    Three Syrian refugee families flew to the Vatican with Pope Francis on Saturday following the pontiff's brief but provocative visit to a Greek island at the center of the European migrant crisis. "The Pope has desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees, accompanying on his plane to Rome three families of refugees from Syria, 12 people in all, including six children," the Vatican said in a statement after the pope's plane took off from Lesbos, Greece. His trip to Lesbos was aimed at thanking the Greek people for welcoming refugees and to meet with migrants as the European...
  • Pope Francis takes Syrian migrants to Vatican

    04/16/2016 5:34:56 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/16/2016 | BBC
    Pope Francis has taken 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican after visiting a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. The three families boarded the papal jet as the pontiff departed following his trip......
  • Why are "refugees" with hajibs on Lesbos are taking selfies with the Pope?

    04/16/2016 1:33:07 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 74 replies
    CNN
    Up late, and watching CNN and the Pope has landed on the Greek island of Lesbos, and the "refugees" have smartphones taking pictures and selfies with the Pope.
  • EXCLUSIVE - 'Welcome to the NEW Lesbos': Now Sicily is flooded with 2,000 migrants EVERY DAY...

    04/14/2016 9:37:11 AM PDT · by Gritty · 26 replies
    Daily Mail.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Jake Wallis Simons
    Thousands of migrants are pouring into Sicily by sea every day, sparking fears that the ancient Mediterranean isle has become ‘the new Lesbos’. Arrivals to the island have increased by 90 per cent in the first three months of the year. In the last three days alone, more than 6,000 migrants have arrived... ...nearly 20,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea since January, compared to just 10,000 during the same period in 2015. Almost 90 per cent landed in Sicily. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, called the crisis a 'never-ending story'... Last night, the migrants were rescued just...
  • Another liberal tax evader wants you to pay more taxes

    04/14/2016 9:57:49 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-14-16 | DrJohn
    Bono understands your plight. He knows you pay a lot in taxes. He wants you to pay more: Tuesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, U2 frontman and anti-poverty activist Bono called for the U.S. to send more assistance to Europe to shore up the European Union as it buckles under the Third World migrant crisis, even though Americans are struggling to bear their own tax burdens. “I know the American taxpayer is really hurting at the moment and the same in Europe,” Bono said. “But I think between Europe and America there is a consensus building that, you know, the corruption...
  • BORDER RIOT PICTURES: Minister Calls ‘Allahu Akhbar’ Migrants ‘Jihadis Of Tomorrow’

    04/11/2016 7:21:03 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2016/04/11/ | Oliver JJ Lane and Nick Hallett
    Macedonian police fired tear gas as migrants screamed “Allah hu Akbar” and tried to break through the border fence from Greece in a series of clashes that left over 200 people injured on Sunday. The illegals attempted to overwhelm police by charging in large numbers, tearing down the chain-link fence and throwing rocks and tear-gas bombs at Macedonian police. The incident happened at the Idomeni border crossing, which is fast becoming infamous as a flashpoint for violence as thousands of stranded migrants try to break through the border into Macedonia to continue their journey to northern Europe. Now the Greek...
  • Soros: European Union In Mortal Danger

    04/12/2016 10:24:53 AM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Apr 2016
    Billionaire financier George Soros has warned that the European Union is in mortal danger of collapse if it doesn’t agree a massive cash injection to fix the refugee crisis. In an essay written for the New York Review of Books, Soros also claimed that a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Greece. “The asylum seekers are desperate. Legitimate refugees must be offered a reasonable chance to reach their destinations in Europe,” the investor wrote in the publication.
  • Macedonian Police Use Tear Gas as Migrants Attempt Border Storm

    04/10/2016 9:57:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04/10/2016
    Migrants have clashed with Macedonian police after trying to scale the fence separating Greece from Macedonia in the border town of Idomeni. Macedonian police used tear gas and stun grenades in an attempt to keep the migrants at bay and they responded by throwing rocks at the police. Greek police were standing by, not interfering. ... The clashes began soon after some 500 of the more than 11,000 migrants stranded at a camp on the Greek side of the border responded to rumors the border was about to open by gathering close to the fence. A delegation of five migrants...
  • Chaos On Macedonian Border As Migrants Storm Fence

    04/10/2016 12:58:28 PM PDT · by dennisw · 44 replies
    breitbart. ^ | 10 Apr 2016455 | by OLIVER JJ LANE
    Heavily armed Macedonian police deployed tear-gas launchers, rubber bullets and stun grenades at the border with Greece this morning as an organised migrant invasion attempted to force the fence. Thousands of anonymous leaflets written in Arabic had been in circulation at the 11,000-man Idomeni migrant camp, calling on the inhabitants to rise up together this afternoon and to charge down the fence stopping them from moving north into continental Europe. A rumour had also been circulating that the border was to be opened by Macedonian authorities at 9am this morning. Declaring “Today we either break the border fence or die”,...
  • Shocker: Report Says Brussels Bomber Spent Time in Greek Refugee Camp

    04/08/2016 7:50:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 8, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: CNN has reported that the two men supported of doing the attack in the Brussels airport have been captured alive in Brussels. One of the men, Mohamed Abrini, is thought to be the guy in the white coat and the blue hat that we've seen in that tape from the day of the attack. One of these guys arrested had come to Europe via Greece -- the Ellis Island of Europe now -- and stayed in a refugee camp. Did you hear that? He stayed in a refugee camp, and we had this big ceremony yesterday where...
  • WATCH: Moment angry migrant STEALS woman's baby and threatens to throw her at police

    THIS is the sickening moment an angry migrant STEALS a baby from a woman and threatens to throw her at Greek police as tempers continue to flare along Europe's borders. The desperate man took the tiny baby off a young mother and began to shake her violently as he confronted Greek police. He then threatened to use the newborn child as a weapon as clashes between migrants and Greek border police turned violent.
  • So the Greece deportations are going ‘smoothly’? Take a closer look

    04/05/2016 1:03:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 04 April 2015 | Apostolis Fotiadis
    Today had been declared the first day that migrants and refugees would be deported from Greece within the framework of the EU-Turkey deal, and European authorities seemed determined not to miss the date. So as of Sunday, Greek police, along with the EU border agency Frontex, organised a large-scale operation to ensure the smooth handling of today’s returns from the islands of Chios and Lesbos. The operation was initially deemed a success, with reports being limited to the boats and their occupants, which offered some digestible photo ops. There is plenty of evidence, though, that suggests that it has been...
  • Migrants sent back from Greece arrive in Turkey under EU deal

    04/04/2016 10:22:49 AM PDT · by fella · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4 April 2016 | Dasha Afanasieva and Karolina Tagaris
    * Three passenger boats return migrants from Lesbos, Chios * Desperate migrants continue to cross despite deal * Turkey says will send non-Syrians to home countries * First Syrian refugees arrive in Germany from Turkey under deal * Rights groups question legality of the agreement (Adds Erdogan; migrants bussed to removal centre)
  • IMF weighing exit from Greek bailout

    04/03/2016 2:38:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02 April 2016 | Peter Spiegel
    The International Monetary Fund is considering forcing Germany’s leadership to quickly grant wide-ranging debt relief for Greece or allow the Fund to exit Athens’ bailout programme after six years, according to a transcript of an internal IMF teleconference published by WikiLeaks. The teleconference, between the head of the IMF’s European operations and its top Greek bailout monitor, is the clearest sign to date that the Fund wants to leave Greece’s €86 billion ($97 billion) rescue to the European Union alone and wash its hands of a programme that has led to a torrent of criticism. During the call, which occurred...
  • Greece on brink of chaos as refugees riot over forced return to Turkey

    04/03/2016 2:33:45 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 02 April 2016 | Helena Smith
    The Greek government is bracing itself for violence ahead of the European Union implementing a landmark deal that, from Monday, will see Syrian refugees and migrants being deported back to Turkey en masse. Rioting and rebellion by thousands of entrapped refugees across Greece has triggered mounting fears in Athens over the practicality of enforcing an agreement already marred by growing concerns over its legality. Islands have become flashpoints, with as many as 800 people breaking out of a detention centre on Chios on Friday. Some 750 migrants are set to be sent back between Monday and Wednesday from the island...
  • Farmer on tractor ploughs refugee camp in Greece

    04/02/2016 10:45:15 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    Rt.com ^ | April 2, 2016
    On Thursday, Greek farmer Lazarus Oulis ploughed the area in Idomeni, where hundreds of refugees have set up their tents. The farmer started ploughing between the tents with his tractor, destroying some of them. The police managed to stop Oulis, who said that he is going to organize a protest with other farmers against the Greek government on Saturday morning.
  • Greek farmer smashes through Syrian migrants' tents with his TRACTOR after they set up camp on [tr]

    04/01/2016 6:09:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2016 | Corey Charlton
    A Greek farmer enraged at refugees tenting on his land has been filmed ploughing through their campsite with his tractor. Claiming he needed to prepare the land for his cows, farmer Lazaros Oulis turned the field in Idomeni, Greece into soft soil while dozens of migrants stood by watching. Footage of the incident showed him driving through litter and narrowly dodging tents before he was stopped by local police.
  • Archaeologists To Study Shackled Skeletons From Ancient Greece To Understand Rise Of Athens

    03/28/2016 8:12:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2016 | Kristina Killgrove
    Not even four miles south of Athens lies Phaleron — a site unknown to most tourists. A port of Athens in classical times, Phaleron also boasts one of the largest cemeteries ever excavated in Greece, containing more than 1,500 skeletons. Dating to the 8th-5th centuries BC, Phaleron is significant for our understanding of the rise of the Greek city-state. And, in particular, for understanding the violence and subjugation that went with it. Two mass burials at Phaleron include people who were tossed face-down into a pit, their hands shackled behind their backs. To learn more about these deviant burials and...
  • Idomeni: Two refugees set themselves on fire out of protest for Borders Closure (Greece)

    03/22/2016 5:37:04 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Keep Talking Greece ^ | 3-22-16 | keeptalkinggreece
    Two men poured gasoline on their clothes and set them on fire on Tuesday morning at the Idomei refugees camp. Other refugees who were standing by managed to extinguished the fire and save their lives. But both men suffered injuries and were transferred to hospitals in Kilkis and Thessaloniki, reports the Athens news Agency. With their action, the two refugees reportedly wanted to protest the appalling conditions at Idomeni camp and the closure of the borders.
  • EU Finance Ministers Debate New-Look Euro: Weigh Mixed-Bad Economic Outlook

    05/13/2005 8:27:42 AM PDT · by demlosers · 4 replies · 263+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Friday May 13, 2005 | Robert Wielaard
    EU Finance Ministers Debate New-Look Euro Coins; Weigh Mixed-Bad Economic Outlook LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- EU finance ministers, opening a two-day meeting Friday, sought to make sense of a mixed bag of economic data from the euro zone, with Germany posting its strongest growth in four years but Italy sliding into recession. "This is a very serious problem," Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker said upon arriving at the meeting he was leading. EU Finance Commissioner Joaquin Solbes said "growth in Germany was good news [1% 1Q GDP], but Italy is bad news." And Gerrit Zalm, the Dutch finance minister whose...
  • Goths vs. Greeks: Epic Ancient Battle Revealed in Newfound Text [3rd c AD, Thermopylae]

    03/20/2016 5:08:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    LiveScience (via CachedView.com) ^ | March 18, 2016 | Owen Jarus
    Fragments of an ancient Greek text telling of an invasion of Greece by the Goths during the third century A.D. have been discovered in the Austrian National Library. The text includes a battle fought at the pass of Thermopylae. Researchers used spectral imaging to enhance the fragments, making it possible to read them. The analysis suggests the fragments were copied in the 11th century A.D. and are from a text that was written in the third-century A.D. by an Athens writer named Dexippus. During Dexippus' life, Greece (part of the Roman Empire) and Rome struggled to repel a series of...
  • Michael Dukakis: Donald Trump is 'nuts' (Another left-handed endorsement)

    03/19/2016 6:49:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 18, 2016 | Eugene Scott
    Former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis called Donald Trump "nuts" Friday over his views on immigration, adding that he believes Bernie Sanders should stay in the Democratic primary fight. "I think he's nuts," the 1988 Democratic nominee told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "He's the grandson of German immigrants. He ought to be ashamed of himself." "I'm very proud of my background," said Dukakis, whose parents immigrated from Greece. "This is the guy who's the grandson of somebody who came over from Germany. And I don't know what he's talking about for one thing. It's preposterous." The former Massachusetts governor -- whose...
  • Greek Gods And Those Who Doubted Them

    11/14/2005 1:54:01 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 902+ views
    Redlands Daily Facts ^ | 11-14-2005 | Gregory Elder
    Greek gods and those who doubted them Gregory Elder For the Daily Facts It was a bad day in the year 406 B.C. Euripides, an elderly playwright, was wandering around the palace, skulking in his gloom. For decades he had dedicated himself to the theater and written and directed more than 90 plays, performed before thousands of people. Yet for all his pains, he had won prizes for only three of his dramas, a minuscule number compared to his rivals Sophocles and Aeschylus. More than once, he had been held up to public ridicule by the tart-tongued comedian Aristophanes. In...
  • Herzog to Biden: Jews will continue to be murdered if we don't separate from the Palestinians

    03/11/2016 11:21:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    If Israel does not take steps to separate from the Palestinians, Jews will continue to be killed in terror attacks and the two-state solution will be in danger, opposition leader Isaac Herzog told US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday. Biden met with Herzog before concluding his three-day trip to Israel in a conversation that focused on the current wave of terror and on Biden's impressions on the Palestinian issue based on his talks with leaders during his visit. The US vice president's trip saw him meet both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas separately. Biden...
  • CALLED TURKS “BARBARIANS” THE GREEK MEP WAS KICKED OUT OF THE MEETING

    03/10/2016 7:28:48 PM PST · by annalex · 17 replies
    rushincrash ^ | MARCH 9, 2016 | Sinadinos, MEP
    Greek MEP from the far-right party “Golden dawn” Eleftherios of Sinadinos kicked out of the plenary meeting for racist comments. About it reports on Wednesday, March 9, iefimerida.gr. The cause of the incident was the speech policy on the question of refugees. In particular, he stated: “As written by Ottoman scholars, the Turks are barbarians, they are dirty, they are like dogs barking when the enemy retreats”. “Here there is an attempt to cross the red line that racism has become acceptable. I won’t,” said European Parliament President Martin Schulz. Then, citing article 165 of the European Union’s gross...
  • Grexit back on the agenda again as Greek economy unravels

    03/07/2016 3:39:14 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 06 March 2016 | Helena Smith
    After three emergency bailouts and the biggest debt restructuring in history, talk has again turned to the country dropping out of the currency union ___ European finance ministers will once again deliberate over how to treat Greece’s ongoing debt crisis this week despite the country desperately grappling with refugees pouring across its borders. A meeting on Monday of finance ministers from the eurozone will determine whether creditors are to be given the green light to complete a long-delayed review of Greek economic recovery plans. The review has been held up by disagreement among lenders over how much more Athens needs...
  • Macedonia Imposes New Restrictions on Flow of Refugees

    03/06/2016 8:25:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 6 March 2016
    Greek police officials say Macedonian authorities have imposed further restrictions on refugees trying to cross the border, saying only those from cities they consider to be at war can enter. The officials said the restrictions imposed Sunday means that people from Aleppo in Syria, for example, can enter Macedonia from Greece, but those from the Syrian capital of Damascus or the Iraqi capital of Baghdad cannot.
  • Inscription Spurs Debate Over Mysterious Greek Tomb [Amphipolis]

    03/05/2016 2:34:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Discovery News ^ | March 2, 2016 | Rossella Lorenzi
    An incomplete inscription might reopen the debate about the identity of the owner of a tomb from the Alexander the Great era, according to new research into blocks from the circular retaining wall of the mysterious mound. The tomb was unsealed in northern Greece 18 months ago. Dated to between 325 B.C. -- two years before Alexander the Great's death -- and 300 B.C., the tomb is located in Amphipolis, east of Thessaloniki, and is billed as the largest of its kind in the Greek world, measuring more than 1,600 feet in circumference. According to study author Andrew Chugg, a...
  • EU mulls 'large-scale' migrant deportation scheme

    03/03/2016 1:46:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2016 3:31 PM EST | Nicholas Paphitis and Derek Gatopoulos
    Turkey is under growing pressure to consider a major escalation in migrant deportations from Greece, a top European Union official said Thursday, amid preparations for a highly anticipated summit of EU and Turkish leaders next week. European Council President Donald Tusk ended a six-nation tour of migration crisis countries in Turkey, where 850,000 migrants and refugees left last year for Greek islands. [...] Tusk was careful to single out illegal economic migrants for possible deportation, not asylum-seekers. And he wasn't clear who would actually carry out the expulsions: Greece itself, EU border agency Frontex or even other organizations like NATO....
  • Netanyahu Speech Moved American Public Opinion on Iran Deal

    03/02/2016 5:21:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2016 | Frank Howard
    There was a lot of whining inside the beltway last March about whether then-House Speaker John Boehner broke diplomatic protocol by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without informing the White House. This was during the critical period a few months before the Senate weighed in on President Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement. The results are in: the Prime Minister’s speech will stand the test of time, while partisan hand-wringing will have nothing to do with the outcome of Iran’s nuclear development. Let’s review the record though to see how the political people in charge behave when something...
  • EU Leaders rip chunks out of each other on worst day of migrant chaos

    03/02/2016 5:44:59 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 43 replies
    UK Express ^ | 3/22016
    As tear gas rained down on rioting migrants in Greece and France bickering countries squabbled over who should take the blame for the spiralling crisis which shows no sign of slowing. Once again the cavernous divisions between different EU countries were laid bare for all to see, with Angela Merkel angrily defending Germany's role in the chaos amid sniping from other member states. In a day of unprecedented migrant violence thousands of refugees smashed down a border fence between Macedonia and Greece whilst inhabitants of the Calais Jungle camp set fires and hurled rocks at police as they attempted to...
  • Egypt migrant departures stir new concern in Europe

    02/29/2016 7:17:37 AM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 28 February 2016 | Francesco Guarascio
    The European Union fears Mediterranean migrant smuggling gangs are reviving a route from Egypt, officials told Reuters, putting thousands of people to sea in recent months as they face problems in Libya and Turkey. "It's an increasing issue," an EU official said of increased activity after a quiet year among smugglers around Alexandria that has raised particular concerns in Europe about Islamist militants from Sinai using the route to reach Greece or Italy. Departures from Egypt were a tiny part of the million people who arrived in Europe by sea last year; more than 80 percent came from Turkey to...
  • Hundreds of migrants use home-made BATTERING RAM to break down fence on Macedonian border [tr]

    02/29/2016 6:26:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 29, 2016 | Jennifer Newton
    Hundreds of migrants attempted to break through a fence on the Greece-Macedonia border by charging it with a home-made battering ram. Authorities fired tear gas and stun guns as thousands of refugees congregated at the border to cross into the Balkan country in a bid to make their way across Europe. It comes as Macedonia as well as EU members Slovenia and Croatia and Serbia imposed a daily limit of allowing just 580 migrants into the country per day.
  • Chaos as migration system 'close to collapse' (Europe)

    02/27/2016 11:21:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Local - Austria's News in English ^ | February 26, 2016 | Staff and AFP
    Greece furiously recalled its ambassador from Austria and Brussels warned the bloc's migration system could collapse within ten days as Europe's refugee crisis neared breaking point on Thursday. Further chaos loomed as a French court approved the partial evacuation of the "Jungle" migrant camp near the port of Calais on the coast, a move that Belgium fears will send Britain-bound migrants coming its way. Attempts by EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels to agree a unified response to the biggest migration crisis in the bloc's history frayed over the fact that many states are increasingly taking matters into their own...
  • EU Shifts Closer Toward Blocking Migrant Trail in Greece

    02/26/2016 8:46:57 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 25 February 2016 | Valentina Pop
    European officials acknowledge moves to ringfence Greece could spur humanitarian crisis there ___ Senior European officials are embracing the so-far taboo idea of cutting off the migrant trail in Greece, a step that they acknowledge could create a humanitarian crisis in the country. This so-called Plan B, floated until now only by Europe’s populist leaders, is a sign of rapidly waning confidence in other European Union policies to deal with the migration crisis—in particular in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s game plan of relying mainly on Turkey to stem the human tide. Greece in recent days has tried to fight back...
  • US and Europe Should Recognize Iranian Elections as a Sham

    02/20/2016 12:57:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2016 | Donya Jam
    On February 26, the ayatollahs have scheduled two "elections" in Iran: one for the parliament and one for the Assembly of Experts, a body that is supposed to monitor the supreme leader and choose a replacement when the time comes. Some in the West tout this as the potential start of a new era of moderation. After all it is the first election since the conclusion of nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers. But the nuclear deal cannot be the only criteria by which the West determines the prospects for moderation in Iran. Equally or more important is...
  • No Balkan fence on my watch, Merkel tells eastern Europe

    02/17/2016 11:03:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 Feb 2016 16:17 GMT+01:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday criticized an eastern European proposal to close the Balkans refugee route and vowed to push for a plan with Turkey to reduce the influx, at an EU summit. Merkel, under heavy pressure at home to reduce arrivals, supports a plan under which transit country Turkey would seal its borders and then fly refugees to Europe where they would be settled under an EU quota system. However, most countries in the European Union have shown little enthusiasm for the idea, and the so-called Visegrad Four - Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary - have openly...
  • Merkel isolated as allies slam door on refugees.

    02/14/2016 9:20:00 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 28 replies
    The Local DE ^ | 3/14/16
    Merkel is battling for a deal that will see refugees more evenly spread around the European Union after Germany welcomed 1.1 million asylum seekers last year. But instead, eastern European countries are planning new razor wire fences, and even Paris -- traditionally Berlin's closest EU ally -- has shown little enthusiasm for Merkel's welcome policy. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Saturday that the mood in France was "not favourable" to Merkel's call for a permanent quota system. "Europe cannot take in all the migrants from Syria, Iraq or Africa," Valls told German media. "It has to regain control over...
  • Turkish warplanes violate Greek airspace 22 times within 24 hours

    02/17/2016 9:20:46 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 18 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 16, 2016 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    Turkish fighter jets repeatedly intruded Greek airspace within a short time frame, Athens said. Though no live rounds were exchanged, Greek warplanes were deployed to intercept the Turkish jets leading to a tense aerial encounter.
  • Op-Ed: Ten rules for crushing BDS terrorists

    02/16/2016 12:05:02 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/2/16 | Jack Englehard
    First let’s understand what we ‘re talking about. We are talking about thugs who learned their tactics from the Brown Shirts... Back then they spoke mostly German. Today they speak mostly Arabic even if it’s in English. The target? The Jews. Anybody else? Nobody else. Think Kristallnacht (the infamous Night of Breaking Glass) – except on a daily basis, not just one night – and focused on every business imaginable, and the campuses. Nearly every college and university in the United States has them, and has them ready to “break glass” and riot against anything Jewish or Israeli. Mostly a...
  • Ancient Greek silver mine unearthed

    02/15/2016 8:37:16 AM PST · by JimSEA · 9 replies
    Mining.com ^ | 2/15/2016 | Andrew Topf
    Archeologists working in Thorikos, Greece, have found a pristine silver mine that has lain untouched for over 5,000 years. Thorikos on southern Attica – the peninsula that juts into the Aegean Sea – was a site for ancient lead and silver mining. In a post on Sunday, New Historian says the mining complex, discovered by French scientists from the University of Lorraine and the UMR National Center for Scientific Research 5608 of Toulouse, has infrastructure unlike any seen from the time period of around 3,200 BC. "The Greek mine is exceptional not only for its scope but for its layout...
  • Some 5,000 years ago, silver mining on the shores of the Aegean Sea

    02/11/2016 12:14:54 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | February 10, 2016 | Ghent University
    Underground, the morphology and the organization of the mining infrastructure allow to distinguish several phases of activity. The archaeological data gathered and observed during the latest phase of the 2015 campaign: pottery, stone hammers made of a volcano-sedimentary rock quarry, point towards a high dating for the earliest phase of mining activities in the area (Late Neolithic / Early Helladic: around 3200 BC). If future research confirms this hypothesis, the chronological framework of mining in the region of Attica and the Aegean world would be profoundly modified. The Classical phase is by far the most perceptible; omnipresent, it is remarkable...
  • How Vladimir Putin lost Ukraine

    02/10/2016 11:49:46 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    NEW STATESMAN ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Elizabeth Pond
    Putin’s war cost Russia its centuries-long shared identity with its neighbour. Now, Kyiv risks betraying the spirit of the Maidan revolution. When the Russian inquest finally comes, the answer will be clear. It was President Vladimir Putin who lost Ukraine – after a millennium of shared east Slav identity. When the Ukrainian inquest into who lost the ­Euromaidan’s “Revolution of Dignity” finally comes, the answer, on the present evidence, will also be clear. It was an elite core of politicians and oligarchs who first worked a miracle in fighting Russia’s military Goliath to a stalemate – only to revert to...
  • Athens Given Deadline as EU Looks to Send More Refugees Back to Greece

    02/10/2016 2:35:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/10 | Jennifer Rankin
    EU authorities want to reintroduce Greece to ‘Dublin system’, which lets governments send asylum seekers back to the first country they arrived inEuropean Union authorities have given Athens one month to improve conditions for asylum seekers in the hope of eventually sending more refugees back to Greece. The plan to overhaul Greece’s migration and asylum system is part of the EU’s effort to get to grips with the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war, amid apocalyptic warnings that the union is falling apart. The European commission issued Athens with a list of instructions on Wednesday to bring Greece...
  • The Latest: Greece: Stop migrants in Turkish waters

    02/08/2016 9:48:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    thepiercecountytribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | ap
    Greece's defense minister says he wants an agreement with neighboring Turkey that would allow the European Union's Frontex border agency to stop and turn back - within Turkish waters - boats carrying migrants to the Greek islands. Panos Kammenos said Monday that he has already made the proposal to his EU colleagues, who "showed great interest," and will raise the matter with NATO officials. He said Greek authorities are in a position to locate smugglers boats as they leave the nearby Turkish coast and alert Frontex, and the Turkish coast guard. Kammenos said this would "stop the great migratory flow...
  • Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website

    02/08/2016 12:34:25 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST | Michele Kambas in Athens, Orhan Coskun in Ankara and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels
    Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:27am IST Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants - Greek website BRUSSELS Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened in November to flood Europe with migrants if European Union leaders did not offer him a better deal to help manage the Middle East refugee crisis, a Greek news website said on Monday. Publishing what it said were minutes of a tense meeting last November, the euro2day.gr financial news website revealed deep mutual irritation and distrust in talks between Erdogan and the EU's two top officials, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk. The EU officials were trying to...
  • In Tehran, Tsipras says he hopes Greece will be Iran-EU bridge

    02/08/2016 10:18:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2016, 3:49 pm | (Times of Israel Staff and Agencies)
    Greece aims to play the role of an economic force to strengthen ties between the European Union and Iran, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday after he arrived in Tehran for an official visit. "Greece will become an energy, economic and trade bridge between Iran and European Union," Tsipras said, according to a translation by the Mega television channel. He further called Iran "a key player for stability and peace in the Middle East, and a significant economic partner." Tsipras's comments come after Iran's nuclear deal with world powers came into force, allowing the United States and the European...