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  • Helen Of Troy Existed?

    10/18/2005 11:08:43 AM PDT · by blam · 108 replies · 2,602+ views
    The Discovery Channel ^ | 10-18-2005 | Jennifer Viegas
    Helen of Troy Existed? By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery NewsWas a Queen of Sparta Helen of Troy? Oct. 17, 2005— Helen of Troy, described in the epic poem The Iliad, was based on a real woman, according to a new book that weaves history, archaeology and myth to recreate the famous ancient Greek beauty's life. According to the new theory proposed by Bettany Hughes, Helen's mythological character was inspired by a wealthy Bronze Age leader from the southern mainland of Greece. Hughes, a former Oxford University scholar who has conducted research in the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor, was unavailable for...
  • Islamic State Terrorists Caught Crossing Into Europe Posing As Refugees

    09/01/2015 2:56:32 PM PDT · by Mariner · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 1st, 2015 | by Liam Deacon
    Five men have been arrested as they attempted to cross the Bulgarian-Macedonian border with decapitation videos and Islamic State propaganda on their phones. The terrorist suspects had been posing as refugees. Bulgarian authorities near the Gyueshevo border checkpoint detained the five men, aged between 20 and 24, late on Wednesday, Bulgarian broadcaster NOVA TV reported. The men were stopped by a border guard, who they attempted to bribe with a “wad of dollars.” However, they were searched and Islamic State propaganda, specific Jihadists prayers and decapitation videos were found on their phones. In a move that suggests how seriously authorities...
  • Bronze Age Greek city found underwater

    08/31/2015 11:34:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Spero Forum ^ | August 27, 2015 | Martin Barillas
    Along the shore near the site, archaeologists have found more than 6,000 objects, including fragments of the red ceramics that are characteristic of the area. Beck called the area an “archaeologist’s paradise.” Beck points out that other civilizations were extant at the time, such as Egypt and the nascent civilizations at the islands of Crete and Santorini. The researchers expect that future research at Lambayanna will shed new light on a dense network of coastal settlements stretched throughout the Aegean Sea. Of the structures found by the researchers, Beck said “There must have been a brick superstructure above a stone...
  • Archaeologists making exciting discoveries in Laconia

    08/28/2015 5:10:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Unattributed
    Ongoing excavations at a site in the southern Peloponnese are offering rare insight into the ancient past of Laconia, about which very little physical evidence exists, the state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency cited the Culture Ministry as saying on Tuesday. Covering an expanse of 3.5 hectares, the site on Aghios Vassilios Hill near the village of Xirokambi on the Sparta plain has been under excavation since 2009 and is believed to contain valuable evidence that will shed light on life in the area during the 17th to 16th centuries BC, the announcement said. A palace complex found on the site and...
  • Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close

    08/28/2015 11:09:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Law of Unintended Consequences: New EU Tax Laws Force Thousands of Businesses to Close in Just Six Months { Full title ]. New European Union tax rules introduced in January have already driven thousands of small companies out of business, with thousands more set to follow as awareness of the change in the VAT law grows. Research has shown that incompetence on the part of collecting agencies has further added misery to the situation. After an eight-year consultation which excluded the voices of micro-businesses, the EU introduced new rules on VAT returns at the beginning of this year, which required...
  • The walls Europe is building to keep people out

    08/28/2015 10:19:20 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | By Adam Taylor
    After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, for a while it seemed like border fences and barriers were a thing of the past in Europe. Many on the continent hoped for a new era of integration and receptivity. It didn't happen. Instead, a variety of pressures have led Europe to adopt wall-building projects that would make Donald Trump proud. Right now, in Hungary, for example, the government is rushing to complete a 109-mile-long barbed wire border fence along its southern frontier with Serbia – a project made bitterly ironic by Hungary's 1989 decision to cut its border fence with Austria...
  • Vanity-1973 Book Predicted Downfall of West Through Immigration

    The Camp of the Saints (Le Camp des Saints) is a 1973 French apocalyptic novel by Jean Raspail. The novel depicts a hypothetical setting whereby Third World mass immigration to France and the West leads to the destruction of Western civilization. Almost forty years after publication the book returned to the bestseller list in 2011. Granted the countries of orgin might be a little different but it is quite prescient for something written over 40 years ago.
  • U.S. and UK Politics Are Mirror Images

    08/27/2015 9:54:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Cal Thomas
    LONDON -- It's remarkable how often British and American politics resemble each other; often only the accents differ. Following a disastrous defeat at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron's Tories, the Labour Party appears ready to elect as its next leader one Jeremy Corbyn, a hardcore leftist, self-described socialist and member of Parliament, who recently compared ISIS to the U.S. military and has called the terrorist group Hamas a "friend." Corbyn also wants to renationalize some British industries and increase taxes on "the rich," who are already paying more than half their earnings in income taxes, as well as...
  • Ancient Greek palace unearthed near Sparta dates back to 17th century BC

    08/27/2015 1:46:45 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 26th 2015 | Agent France-Presse
    Archaeologists discover palace with archaic inscriptions built during the Mycenaean period 'Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean age, the culture ministry said Tuesday. The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC, had around 10 rooms and was discovered near Sparta in southern Greece. At the site, archaeologists found objects of worship, clay figurines, a cup adorned with a bull’s head, swords and fragments of murals.'
  • Greece Moves Refugees to Mainland, Crush Builds on Border

    08/23/2015 11:31:13 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    Marine Link ^ | August 22, 2015 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Greece ferried hundreds of refugees to its mainland on Friday to relieve the pressure on outlying islands that have been overwhelmed by thousands of people arriving by boat to flee Syria's civil war. At the same time, crowds of migrants massed on the Greek border with Macedonia, preparing to travel north across a continent that is struggling to cope with the influx of desperate people escaping from conflict and poverty.
  • Refugees tear through police lines at Macedonian border

    08/22/2015 9:44:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 22, 2105 | By Fatos Bytyci
    GEVGELIJA, Macedonia (Reuters) - Thousands of migrants stormed across Macedonia's border on Saturday, overwhelming security forces who threw stun grenades and lashed out with batons before apparently abandoning a bid to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe. Some had spent days in the open with little or no food or water after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and sealed its borders to migrants, many of them refugees from war in Syria and other conflicts in the Middle East. But by nightfall on Saturday, thousands had crossed the frontier, milling around the border town of...
  • Macedonian police fire tear gas to drive back migrants and refugees on border

    08/21/2015 3:11:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/21/15
    Riot police in Macedonia fired tear gas on Friday to disperse thousands of migrants and refugees trying to enter the Balkan country from Greece, a Reuters reporter on the border said. Several thousand people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, many Syrian refugees, spent a cold night in no-man's land after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and effectively sealed its southern frontier to migrants and refugees. Riot police behind barbed wire fired tear gas to drive back an angry crowd demanding passage into Macedonia and north to Hungary and the European Union's borderless Schengen zone. Greece...
  • Russian ruble hits 75 to the euro as slide worsens

    08/21/2015 1:00:14 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 22 replies
    AFP ^ | 20 Aug 15 | Unknown
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's battered ruble fell Thursday on the back of weaker oil prices to more than 75 to the euro for the first time in over six months, deepening its recent decline. The ruble also tumbled against the dollar to near 67.44, its weakest against the greenback since February. Russia's currency has fallen more than 20 percent against the dollar in the past two months, sparking fears of more instability after a period of relative recovery. Russia's economy has slumped into recession amid lower oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
  • We can't take Muslim migrants as we don't have mosques: Slovakia

    08/20/2015 11:38:06 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Thursday, August 20, 2015 | Staff writer
    Caption -- A Syrian refugee family spend the day in the Aegean port city of Izmir, western Turkey, August 10, 2015. (Reuters) Slovakia will take in 200 Christian Syrian migrants instead of Muslims because of a lack of infrastructure -- including a shortage of mosques in the small Eastern European state -- its interior ministry told the BBC on Wednesday. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33986738 Under a European Union relocation scheme to share the burden of thousands of Syrian migrants fleeing the civil war back home, member states will take in 40,000 new arrivals from Italy, Turkey and Greece. But Ivan Metik, an interior...
  • SURPRISE: Here comes another Greek election ... [Greece's Prime Minister to Resign]

    08/20/2015 9:16:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/20/2015 | Myles Udland
    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is reportedly resigning, and Greece will hold snap elections on September 20. According to Reuters, which cites a Greek government official, Tsipras will hand in his resignation on Thursday. Reuters added that Greece was likely to hold snap elections on September 20, less than a year after Tsipras and Greece's left-wing Syriza party were voted into power in late January. Tsipras is set to make an address later on Thursday. The Greek newspaper Kathimerini had earlier reported that elections would most likely be announced on Thursday. This latest round of elections come as Syriza has...
  • Boot Camp Not Benefits

    08/20/2015 7:19:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Since his party's impressive election victory in May, Prime Minister David Cameron is moving quickly to fulfill his campaign promise to ensure welfare benefits are no longer a way of life for many of his fellow citizens. Instead of open-ended benefits for the unemployed, the government, beginning in April 2017, will require young people between 18 and 21 who don't have jobs, but are collecting welfare, to attend three-week "boot camps" to prepare them for work in a rapidly improving economy. If they refuse, they will be denied benefits if they are unemployed for six months....
  • German Parliament Overwhelmingly Approves Greek Bailout

    08/19/2015 4:53:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/19/2015 | Associated Press
    BERLIN — Germany's parliament overwhelmingly approved a third bailout for Greece on Wednesday, removing a key hurdle to providing new loans to the country and keeping it from defaulting on its debts in as little as 24 hours. The vote's result also seemed to dispel any speculation that Chancellor Angela Merkel would have difficulty getting her conservative bloc to sign on. Lawmakers voted 454-113 in favor, with 18 abstentions. The approval is among the last due from parliaments across Europe, with the Dutch scheduled to vote later Wednesday, after which Greece is expected to get the first installment of its...
  • The Greek Tragedy: A Salutary Lesson to Americans

    08/18/2015 1:11:23 AM PDT · by bob_denard
    The New American ^ | Saturday, 15 August 2015 | Written by Charles Scaliger
    Greece’s third bailout in five years appears to be a done deal. After months of bitter wrangling with creditors and European Union authorities, the Greek government is being thrown yet another financial lifeline weeks after defaulting on a payment owed to the IMF. Greece’s new ruling party, the hardline left wing Syriza Party, led by brash Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, swept to power at the beginning of the year, promising not to accept any further “austerities” (tax hikes, spending cuts, reductions in benefits, and the sale of state-owned assets) from international creditors. But in the end, after seeing their...
  • Greek Deposits Become Eligible For Bail-In On January 1, 2016

    08/17/2015 8:15:08 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 6 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 8/17/15 | Tyler Derdun
    The catalyst was Friday's pronouncement by Jeroen Dijsselbloem who said depositors will be shielded from any losses resulting from the restructuring of the nation’s financial system, but that senior bondholders would certainly be impaired and probably wiped out. In other words, once again the superpriority of various classes has been flipped on its head with general unsecured liabilities ending up senior to, well, senior bank claims.
  • Migrants brawl on Greek island as refugee ship lies empty

    08/16/2015 8:39:55 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    Marine Link ^ | August 16, 2015 | Joseph R. Fonseca
    Outside the island's main police station, about 50 migrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran threw stones and exchanged blows as tempers boiled over in the intense mid-summer heat. Riot police stood by without intervening. The migrants have little chance of getting aboard the ship, the Eleftherios Venizelos, as priority is being given to Syrians, who are treated as refugees as they are fleeing their country's civil war and have greater rights under international law than economic migrants. All have crossed the narrow stretch of water from Turkey in small boats and dinghies as they try to find a better life...
  • Russia pledges to veto any anti-Iran sanctions resolution (so much for 'snapback')

    08/15/2015 3:43:27 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    PressTV ^ | Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:31AM
    Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has pledged to block any future attempts by the UN to hit Iran with fresh sanctions. "When Resolution 1929, the last series of sanctions resolutions, was adopted… we made it clear behind closed doors to our US and EU colleagues that Russia will not let another sanctions resolution against Iran be passed," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Friday. Resolution 1929 was approved by the Security Council in June 2010, banning the supply of conventional weapons to Iran. It resulted in the suspension of Russia’s contract...
  • Talking to Yanis Varofakis, The Greek Bailout problems (in English)

    08/14/2015 3:43:35 PM PDT · by spokeshave · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | Mar 16, 2015 | Harald Schumann
    Discussion on the Greek bailout and implications for the EEC
  • Euro ministers set to launch Greek bailout, wooing IMF on debt

    08/14/2015 10:48:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-14-2015 | ROBERT-JAN BARTUNEK AND TOM KÖRKEMEIER
    Finance ministers from the euro zone were meeting in Brussels on Friday expecting to give their final blessing to lending Greece up to 85.5 billion euros after parliament in Athens agreed to stiff conditions overnight. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, long the most powerful skeptic on the merits of giving Greece a third bailout to keep it in the EU's common currency area, voiced optimism as the meeting began that it would end with an accord that will give Athens the funds needed to meet a loan repayment next week. However, some issues still need to be ironed out following...
  • Greece parliament approves 85-billion euro bailout deal

    08/14/2015 4:20:33 AM PDT · by John W · 11 replies
    dw.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | dw
    A divided Hellenic parliament has approved a third bailout for the country in five years, amid protests in Athens. The tense vote has lead to divisions within the ruling Syriza party, with snap elections on the horizon. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was handed a pyrrhic victory early Friday after opposition legislators approved a 85-billion-euro ($94.8 billion) bailout to keep the country financially afloat. A clear majority of 222 MPs approved the 400-page text containing the bailout conditions - there were over 64 who voted against and 11 abstentions. However, only 118 of the 162 members of Tsipras' governing coalition...
  • Putin does a self-goal by destroying EU-origin food

    08/13/2015 6:16:42 AM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 1 replies
    Strafor ^ | 08/13/2015 | George Friedman
    Russia's standard of living is being tested by Moscow's attempt to prove a point to the West. Despite the rampant criticism, the Russian government is standing behind its move to limit illegal food imports
  • Senior German: European Nations Rejecting Mass Immigration ‘Will Destroy Europe’

    08/11/2015 3:25:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/11/15 | Oliver Lane
    Germany is again agitating for other European countries to take what they believe to be their ‘fair’ share of refugees coming to the continent with a stark warning that failing to do so could see the collapse of the EU.Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel made the remarks on Monday, reiterating the frequently made claim that some nations take a heavier than necessary burden, and others have an unarguable responsibility to get involved. Conveniently ignoring the fact that right-wing nation Hungary takes the highest number of migrants per capita in Europe, Gabriel said: “Germany, Sweden, and Austria take on most of the...
  • Athens in 'intense' talks to avoid another loan default

    08/08/2015 7:35:49 PM PDT · by John W · 6 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | August 8, 2015 | AFP
    Brussels (AFP) - Greece and its creditors were involved in "intense talks" over the weekend to agree on a new bailout before the debt-ridden country must repay 3.4 billion euros ($3.7 billion) to the European Central Bank on August 20. European officials said sticking points still remain despite the progress being made, with a "generally positive reception... towards Greek readiness to vote on reforms this week. "It is ambitious but feasible to come to an agreement in the coming days, preferably by 20 August," an EU diplomat said Saturday.
  • Tourists and Refugees Cross Paths in the Mediterranean

    08/08/2015 6:58:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 07 August 2015
    It's quiet on the beach. Vacationers are still sleeping in their hotels, and the only sound to be heard is of a few dogs barking. Dawn is breaking over Kos. Rasib Ali drags his body out of the water with the last of his strength. His arms and legs are shaking, his lips are blue and his wet jeans and shirt cling to his body. The Greek island of Kos is only a few nautical miles from the Turkish coast. Ali, an 18-year-old migrant from Pakistan, left Turkey in a rubber boat the night before. He traveled alone, unable to...
  • EU told Greece on track for possible bailout deal next week

    08/08/2015 6:55:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05 August 2015 | Yiannis Kourtoglou
    Greece is on track to complete a draft deal with international creditors on a third bailout by next Tuesday with a possible first disbursement by Aug. 20, a source familiar with a conference call of senior EU finance officials on Friday said. Talks are proceeding smoothly and may be completed over the weekend, the source said. If a draft memorandum of understanding and an updated debt sustainability analysis are ready as planned on Tuesday, the Greek government and parliament would be expected to approve them by Thursday. Euro zone finance ministers could then meet or hold a teleconference on Friday...
  • Ancient Greek City Uncovered in Russia [Temple of Demeter]

    05/23/2011 9:09:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 1+ views
    EU Greek Reporter ^ | May 8, 2011 | Tania Mourtzila
    What is considered to be a unique discovery has been made in Taman, South Russia, at the Black Sea. The ruins of an ancient Greek city, dated around the 6th century BC, came to light. Archeologists are stunned both by the number of the findingsand the condition they were found in. The excavations are proceeding with extreme caution, in order to avoid damaging the city's ancient fortress. According to historians, it is assumed that the ruins are the temple of Dimitra, the ancient goddess of fertility and agriculture, while they were able to determine the very spot of the altar....
  • Greek Debt Crisis Adds to a Spike in Burglaries and Robberies

    07/31/2015 6:39:30 PM PDT · by familyop · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JULY 31, 2015 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    One evening three weeks ago in Kifissia, an affluent garden suburb of Athens, a retired financial adviser and his wife decided to take in one of the delights of summer here, an outdoor movie. They pulled tight the shutters, set the alarm, locked the house and strolled off. Halfway through the movie the alarm company called, and they rushed home to find the alarm immersed in a bucket of water, the shutters jimmied and a safe emptied of jewelry. The speed and sophistication of the crime were astonishing, the financial adviser’s wife said, still feeling vulnerable and not willing to...
  • Turkey Revealed to be Cooperating with ISIS

    07/28/2015 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 7/28/2015, 10:05 PM | Ari Yashar
    Damning evidence was found when US special forces killed Islamic State (ISIS) leader Abu Sayyaf in May, revealing that NATO member Turkey has in fact been collaborating with the brutal jihadists. The British Guardian reported on Sunday that when Abu Sayyaf’s compound was raided in eastern Syria, it was discovered that Turkey is the main buyer of smuggled ISIS oil which was managed by Abu Sayyaf to economically prop up the terror group. The report quoted a senior Western official, who told the Observer that the findings at the compound showed direct deals between Turkish officials and ISIS leaders is...
  • Syria's embattled president vows to win bloody civil war

    07/27/2015 10:05:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    AP | July 26, 2015 | Bassem Mroue
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  • Greece rocked by reports of secret plan to raid banks for drachma return

    07/27/2015 9:38:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 July 2015
    Greece rocked by reports of secret plan to raid banks for drachma return Opposition demands answers after covert proposals attributed to Yanis Varoufakis and fellow ex-minister highlight deep split in Syriza party Staff and agencies Sunday 26 July 2015 19.39 BST Some members of Greece’s leftist-led government wanted to raid central bank reserves and hack taxpayer accounts to prepare a return to the drachma, according to reports that highlighted the chaos in the ruling Syriza party. It is not clear how seriously the government considered the plans, attributed to former energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Lafazanis...
  • Lesson Learned: Poland, Czech Republic Won't Join "Burning" Euro

    07/27/2015 10:30:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/27/2015 | Tyler Durden
    With the turmoil in Greece proving once and for all that in the absence of a fiscal union, the EMU simply cannot function or if it does, it will be subject to episodic crises stemming from endemic differences of opinion on fiscal policy, outsiders could be forgiven for looking upon the currency experiment as an abject failure. Indeed, the struggle to secure a bridge loan for Athens last week underscored the degree to which non-euro countries are reluctant to put their taxpayers on the hook for problems which they believe are the result of an ill-fated attempt to unite fundamentally...
  • Calls made for England to boycott 2018 World Cup as campaigners slam Russia's racism record

    07/26/2015 6:31:57 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 5 replies
    The Mail On Sunday ^ | 26 July 2015 | By Andrew Warshaw
    Leading anti-discrimination campaigners issued a stinging attack on Russia’s racism record on Saturday night and said England should boycott the 2018 World Cup if they qualify unless the situation improves. Brazilian striker Hulk, Russian football’s record signing, was pulled out of yesterday’s draw ceremony for what organisers said were ‘purely sporting reasons’ in order to play for Zenit St Petersburg. But just days earlier, Hulk said racism happens at ‘almost every game’ in the Russian league and was a genuine threat to the World Cup. Meanwhile, Ghanaian officials condemned the ‘vile racist abuse’ meted out to former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel...
  • Berlin conservatives say ‘no’ to gay marriage

    07/24/2015 7:13:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Jul 2015 17:14 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Members of the Berlin faction of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) voted against gay marriage in a poll on Friday, denting hopes the Chancellor’s staunch opposition could be swayed. The Berlin faction of the CDU announced on Friday that 45 percent of its members voted against gay marriage while 35 percent voted in support in a survey, newspaper Tagesspiegel reported. […] The recent passage of same-sex marriage in Ireland and a US Supreme Court decision in favour of gay marriage has put more pressure on Merkel and her conservative Union (CDU and Christian Social Union parties), who...
  • Barack Obama says Britain must stay in EU [and that's an ORDER!!]

    07/23/2015 7:13:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/23/15 | Barney Henderson
    “(The EU) is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after World War Two that has made the world safer and more prosperous. “We want to make sure that the United Kingdom continues to have that influence,” Mr Obama told the BBC, reinforcing the importance Washington places on the UK remaining in the EU. He has previously acknowledged the need to try and “fix what is broken” with the EU before breaking the relationship. Mr Obama said David Cameron was an outstanding partner and praised the Government for committing earlier this month to Nato's defence spending pledge of two per...
  • Experts question claim that Alexander the Great's half-brother is buried at Vergina

    09/12/2010 5:48:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | September 8, 2010 | Hannah Johnson, U of Bristol
    The tomb was discovered during the excavation of a large mound -- the Great Tumulus -- at Vergina in 1977. Along with many treasures including ceremonial military equipment, bronze utensils, silver tableware, and gold wreaths, the tomb contained two sets of skeletal remains. Those of a man were found in a gold casket in the main chamber and those of a woman in a smaller gold casket in the second chamber. Both individuals had been cremated and evidence of a wooden funerary house containing a pyre was also found near the tomb. Dr Jonathan Musgrave of the University of Bristol's...
  • Greek tomb find excites experts

    02/12/2006 3:02:35 PM PST · by fanfan · 23 replies · 294+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, 12 February 2006 | BBC
    Alexander the Great was ruler of Macedonia The tomb is thought to be from the time of Alexander the Great,Archaeologists in Greece say they are examining the largest underground tomb ever found in the country. They said a farmer had stumbled across the tomb carved into the rock near the ancient city of Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great. Archaeologists believe it dates to the period after Alexander's death, which was marked by mass power struggles. The tomb was probably used by a noble family about 2,300 years ago - some of whose names are still visible. Archaeologists said...
  • Alexander the Great-Era Treasure Found in Israeli Cave

    03/10/2015 6:20:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Mar 9, 2015 07:00 PM ET | by Rossella Lorenzi
    A rare cache of jewelry and silver coins, minted during the reign of Alexander the Great, has been discovered in a stalactite filled cave in northern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced on Monday. The 2,300-year-old treasure was found by three members of the Israeli Caving Club who wriggled through a narrow passage at the entrance of the stalactite cave and wandered inside for several hours. Stashed inside a niche, one of the spelunkers, Hen Zakai, spotted two ancient silver coins. On one side of the coins was an image of Alexander the Great, while the other side portrayed...
  • Alexander the Great's "Crown," Shield Discovered?

    04/25/2008 7:11:55 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 225+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 4-23-2008 | Sara Goudarzi
    Alexander the Great's "Crown," Shield Discovered?Sara Goudarzi for National Geographic NewsApril 23, 2008 An ancient Greek tomb thought to have held the body of Alexander the Great's father is actually that of Alexander's half brother, researchers say. This may mean that some of the artifacts found in the tomb—including a helmet, shield, and silver "crown"—originally belonged to Alexander the Great himself. Alexander's half brother is thought to have claimed these royal trappings after Alexander's death. The tomb was one of three royal Macedonian burials excavated in 1977 by archaeologists working in the northern Greek village of Vergina (see map of...
  • Absent Strong Action, Medicare Goes the Way of Greece

    07/23/2015 6:57:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/23/2015 | Joseph Antos
    Greece owes $320 billion to its creditors and cannot repay the loans. Like Greece, Medicare is also accumulating an unaffordable mountain of debt. And both Greece and Medicare are more likely to default on their debts than to adopt the highly unpopular reforms needed to pay them off. Wednesday's news from the Medicare Trustees may not seem that dire. The headline is comforting, but misleading. Medicare's Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund-also known as Part A-will run short of money, but not until 2030. Starting that year, Part A benefits can be paid out only to the extent that money comes...
  • Kopacz: Poland will not pay a penny for Greece

    07/22/2015 11:33:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Radio Poland ^ | July 21, 2015
    Reiterating what she said a week earlier after an initial solution to the Greek crisis had been found, Kopacz noted that any financial assistance for Greece would have to come exclusively from the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism. On Monday Greece received an approximately EUR 7 billion bridging loan to repay its debts to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and its current installment to the European Central Bank (ECB). The new aid programme for Greece is in the region of EUR 82-86 billion. “If it turns out that Greece is insolvent and will have to be given this loan, then the...
  • Shocking pictures of the appalling conditions thousands of migrants are forced to endure..Greek [tr]

    07/22/2015 8:20:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2015 | Tim MacFarlan
    Thousands of desperate migrants are camping out on roundabouts amid squalid camps overflowing with rubbish on the Greek holiday islands of Lesbos and Kos. Around 5,000 people have arrived in Lesbos in the past few days and many are forced to sleep outside amid broken glass and piles of rubble without access to water, shelter, toilets or medical care. Shocking images taken at the official Moria camp near the main town of Mitlini show filthy and overflowing latrines strewn with discarded plastic bottles and tents perched next to piles of rubbish.
  • Banks Union appeals to Greeks to return their money to banks

    07/21/2015 3:16:14 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/ ^ | 7-20-15 | Keep Talking greece
    President of Greek Banks Association Louka Katseli appealed at the citiznes to return their money to the banks. “Banks are absolutely trustworthy,” Katseli told Mega TV “as guaranteed by the ECB and the Bank Association, but they would have been even more powerful if 40 billion euros had not been withdrawn in the last months. Katseli, a former PASOK Minister, appealed to citizens to return their deposits to the banks “now that the banks are open” after a three-week holiday and capital controls. “Let’s all help our economy,” Katseli urged Greeks and added “If you take your money out of...
  • Europe Is Partying Like It's 1939

    07/21/2015 12:18:03 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 21 July 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    When traveling through Europe accompanied by a copy of Martin Gilbert’s magisterial one-volume biography, “Churchill: A Life,” you cannot ignore the parallels between today and the 1930s. With the enemies of freedom prowling along on the periphery of civilization and the economy wobbling, the West once again finds itself at an existential crossroads. This time, there is no Winston Churchill to set us upon the road toward victory. Europe is different from when I first lived there in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was not as superficially wealthy then, although this time I rarely wandered far from where...
  • No, Puerto Rico Is Not Our Greece

    07/21/2015 5:08:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    RCM ^ | 07/21/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    We're told that Puerto Rico is our Greece, and sometimes it seems so. The U.S. territory (its residents have been American citizens since 1917) has a heap of economic problems. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla recently told the New York Times that its $72 billion debt is "not payable." To buttress the point, he commissioned a study of the island's economy by Anne Krueger, a highly respected economist who was a top official of the International Monetary Fund. Her report makes for grim reading. Since 2005, Puerto Rico's economy has shrunk by about 10 percent. Its population is also declining, from...
  • America’s government debt bomb [But No, we're not the next Greece]

    07/20/2015 4:54:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 07/20/2015 | Stephen Moore
    I’m asked every day if America is the next Greece or Detroit or Puerto Rico — and the answer is an unequivocal no. The U.S. economy — especially the private sector — is structurally very healthy. That wasn’t the case on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008 when American companies and households were leveraged up to their eyebrows. What’s different today from eight years ago is that now it’s the government that’s in the fiscal intensive care unit while companies and households have rebooted. The stunning improvement in business and family balance sheets is arguably the most...
  • Germany is feasting on the rest of Europe

    07/19/2015 3:08:56 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 19, 2015 | Corey Stern
    The situation in Athens seems to have calmed down, but former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke thinks Europe has an even bigger issue to worry about: Germany. In a blog post on Friday, Bernanke wrote that the failure of the eurozone as a whole is very much related to the "highly asymmetric outcomes" among member nations. In other words, Bernanke is attributing Europe's woes to the fact that countries like Germany are benefiting at the expense of the monetary union's weaker members, like Greece, Spain, and Italy. Bernanke points to unemployment rates as a clear sign of the disparity in...