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  • The Deadly Left Wing Media

    02/05/2016 10:56:15 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 15 replies
    Trumpet ^ | March/April 2004 | GERALD FLURRY
    The most trusted and powerful broadcasting organization in this world is the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In the 1930s, it had a shameful history with Winston Churchill. Mr. Churchill was doing everything possible to warn and SAVE his country and the world from Adolf Hitler. Britain almost lost World War II. The world came dangerously close to being slaughtered and enslaved by Nazi Germany. A Churchill biographer, Henry Pelling, wrote that the BBC had kept him off the air on controversial questions in the 1930s. Those controversial questions included his strongest warnings about the dangers of Nazi Germany! The BBC...
  • Thousands of [Greek] firms flee to Bulgaria

    02/03/2016 1:09:42 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | 02 February 2016
    According to the president of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen and Merchants (GSEVEE), some 6,000 Greek enterprises have emigrated to Bulgaria in the last couple of years alone. At the same time, the GSEVEE chief says, Greeks are behind about 60,000 new tax registrations and bank accounts in the neighboring country. Giorgos Kavathas on Tuesday cited the above figures from an ongoing survey by GSEVEE, adding that the interventions planned for the social security system can only be expected to lead to more Greek firms emigrating. The survey will be presented in the next few days, he noted. He...
  • Greek military to oversee response to refugee crisis

    02/03/2016 1:28:56 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | 03 February 2016
    Defense Minister Panos Kammenos on Tuesday heralded the creation of a central body to oversee and improve Greece’s response to the migration and refugee crisis and ensure the country safeguards its position in the Schengen passport-free area, noting that the new body will be led by a senior military official. Greece’s military is to have the oversight of the “Central Coordinating Body for the Management of Migration” until the Migration Ministry and the Hellenic Police gain the necessary know-how and experience to tackle the problem independently, Kammenos indicated at Tuesday’s press conference. The center, which is to be operational by...
  • “This is war against the Church” - Greek hierarchs on decision cremation in Greece

    01/21/2016 1:22:40 PM PST · by NRx · 26 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-21-2016
    Athens, January 21, 2016 Hierarchs of the Church of Greece have commented on the decision of local authorities to open a crematorium in the city of Patras, reports AgionOros. Bishop Chrysanthos stressed that "the war against the Church is now being waged openly. Cremation and other manifestations of the new morality (for example, "free cohabitation", civil partnerships and so on) have nothing to do with the Orthodox tradition of Greece". *** Metropolitan Justin of Kalamaria, commenting on the decision to open the crematorium, said: "Many claim that the Church should care for people's souls only and leave the body alone....
  • Italian academics call for boycott of Israeli universities

    01/30/2016 7:17:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 01.29.16, 23:33 | Itamar Eichner
    The academic boycott against Israel continues to broaden, with a new petition signed by 168 academics and researchers in Italy calling to suspend all agreements with Israeli universities as well as the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology in Haifa. The petition comes three months after 343 British academics signed another petition calling for an academic boycott of Israeli universities on the grounds that they participate in violations of international law and support the occupation. [...] Among the boycott measures proposed by the petition are the cessation of all collaboration with the Technion and other Israeli universities, including academic and cultural...
  • Brussels shuts borders and calls for refugee camp for 300,000 to be built in Greece

    01/27/2016 1:56:28 PM PST · by Lorianne · 43 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 25 January 2016 | Gianluca Mezzofiore, James Slack, John Stevens, Daniel Martiny
    Belgium has called for vast refugee camps holding up to 300,000 refugees to be built in Greece in a desperate attempt to stem the flow of migrants from Syria and other nations outside Europe. At an emergency summit of European leaders yesterday, Belgian migration minister Theo Francken raised the spectre of setting up 'closed facilities' in Greece to be operated by the EU. He said that the Greeks 'now need to bear the consequences' of being too weak to guard their own borders and called for Athens to face an EU 'sanction mechanism' under which the rising number of refugees...
  • european men are demasculinized, many act like women (fantastic video)

    01/26/2016 4:22:05 PM PST · by Marie · 51 replies
    YouTube Video ^ | Jan 25, 2016 | World News
    Wow. Feminists are getting a good, hard shake and it looks like there's some brains still in there. I love how the interviewer keeps saying, "But it shouldn't *be* this way! Shouldn't we just not have rape?" The other lady totally gets it.
  • Feminist Says Migrant Rape Is 'Islamic Terrorism'

    01/25/2016 1:09:52 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | January 16
    After the New Years migrant sex attacks, a leading German feminist has said the politically correct "bubble has burst" and Germans should speak out against Islamism. She claimed Cologne police have been covering up Muslim rape for 20 years, and said that sexual violence was now being used as a weapon of war in Germany. By in large, the feminist reaction to the migrant sex attacks has been to either play down the problem or deflect attention on to a non-existent "western rape culture". As Breitbart London reported shortly after the attacks, a local feminist group in Cologne held a...
  • Greece threatened with expulsion from Schengen over migration crisis

    01/25/2016 7:28:01 PM PST · by Mariner · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25th, 2016 | By Gabriela Baczynska and Tom Körkemeier
    European Union interior ministers urged Greece on Monday to do more to control the influx of migrants, some threatening to have it excluded from the continent's prized passport-free travel zone as the crisis increasingly divides bloc members. Greece was the main gateway to Europe for more than a million refugees and migrants who reached the EU last year. It has been criticized for a failure to control the flow of arrivals, which has shown little sign of easing over the winter. Some member states said Athens must deliver on obligations to alleviate the crisis, which has put the passport-free Schengen...
  • George Soros says the EU is ‘on the verge of collapse’

    01/21/2016 11:39:05 AM PST · by RummyChick · 39 replies
    Mr Top Step ^ | 1/21 | Mr Top Step
    Billionaire prophet of doom George Soros said the European Union is on the “verge of collapse” as it faces five or six crises at once. “The Greek crisis taught the European authorities the art of muddling through one crisis after another. This practice is popularly known as kicking the can down the road, although it would be more accurate to describe it as kicking a ball uphill so that it keeps rolling back down,” Soros said in an interview with The New York Review of Books.
  • Soros No Longer Views Russia as Enemy in Attempt to ‘Save EU From Collapse'

    01/23/2016 8:53:55 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 36 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | January 22, 2016 | Sputnik News
    American business magnate and investor George Soros no longer views Russia as an enemy of the EU and is now openly calling on Brussels to cooperate with Moscow, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) wrote. According to him, the European Union may soon collapse due to the refugee crisis and the lack of leadership. In order to survive, European leaders need a "new Marshall Plan" in which Russia should play a key role, the investor stressed. Soros has always been a supporter of the idea of the EU's existence, but now he sees that the EU is "falling apart". In...
  • EU leaders consider two-year suspension of Schengen rules

    01/23/2016 10:20:12 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 Jan 2016 | Matthew Holehouse, and Ben Riley Smith
    The Schengen system of free movement could be suspended for two years under emergency measures to be discussed by European ministers on Monday, as the French Prime Minister warned the crisis could bring down the entire European Union. Manuel Valls said that the “very idea of Europe” will be torn apart until the flows of migrants expected to surge in spring are turned away. On Monday, interior ministers from the EU will meet in Amsterdam to discuss emergency measures to allow states to reintroduce national border controls for two years. The powers are allowed under the Schengen rules, but would...
  • EU faces existential crisis as democracy becomes contagious - Nigel Farage

    01/20/2016 1:46:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    You Tube ^ | 20 January 2016 | Nigel Farage
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  • EU in "panic" as migrant crisis threatens borders

    01/24/2016 12:39:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 24, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Some of the richest people in the world gathered in Davos, Switzerland yet again this week for the World Economic Forum, but the topics under discussion quickly veered away from the normal program as representatives of many nations grappled with the Syrian refugee crisis. We shouldn’t be terribly surprised, since you can’t mention Europe these days without the subject of the mayhem being caused by the flood of migrants coming up. As you might expect, there were two distinctly different camps engaged in the debate, with some referring to the new Syrian and Iraqi settlers as an economic opportunity, while...
  • Squeezed bank dealers quit European government bond markets

    01/24/2016 9:17:21 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 January 2016 | John Geddie
    rise in the number of banks giving up primary dealer roles in European government bond markets threatens to further reduce liquidity and eventually make it more expensive for some countries to borrow money. Increased regulation and lower margins have seen five banks exit various countries in the last three months. Others look set to follow, further eroding the infrastructure through which governments raise debt. While these problems are for now masked by the European Central Bank buying 60 billion euros ($65.5 billion)of debt every month to try to stimulate the euro zone economy, countries may feel the effects more sharply...
  • Ancient Tomb Found On Greek Island

    03/05/2008 7:15:50 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 310+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 3-5-2008 | NICHOLAS PAPHITIS
    Ancient tomb found on Greek island By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Associated Press WriterA partly demolished, 3,000-year-old tomb recently discovered on the western Greek island of Lefkada is seen in this undated hand out photo released by Greek Culture Ministry on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Archaeologists said the beehive-shaped tomb, which contained several human skeletons and grave offerings, was the first major Mycenaean-era monument to be found on the island.ATHENS, Greece --Road construction on the western Greek island of Lefkada has uncovered and partially destroyed an important tomb with artifacts dating back more than 3,000 years, officials said on Wednesday. The find...
  • Neanderthals were ancient mariners

    03/02/2012 10:22:47 AM PST · by presidio9 · 14 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 29 February 2012 | Michael Marshall
    IT LOOKS like Neanderthals may have beaten modern humans to the seas. Growing evidence suggests our extinct cousins criss-crossed the Mediterranean in boats from 100,000 years ago - though not everyone is convinced they weren't just good swimmers. Neanderthals lived around the Mediterranean from 300,000 years ago. Their distinctive "Mousterian" stone tools are found on the Greek mainland and, intriguingly, have also been found on the Greek islands of Lefkada, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. That could be explained in two ways: either the islands weren't islands at the time, or our distant cousins crossed the water somehow. Now, George Ferentinos of...
  • Neanderthals were ancient mariners

    03/02/2012 7:31:23 AM PST · by Renfield · 55 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 2-29-2012 | Michael Marshall
    IT LOOKS like Neanderthals may have beaten modern humans to the seas. Growing evidence suggests our extinct cousins criss-crossed the Mediterranean in boats from 100,000 years ago - though not everyone is convinced they weren't just good swimmers. Neanderthals lived around the Mediterranean from 300,000 years ago. Their distinctive "Mousterian" stone tools are found on the Greek mainland and, intriguingly, have also been found on the Greek islands of Lefkada, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. That could be explained in two ways: either the islands weren't islands at the time, or our distant cousins crossed the water somehow....
  • Outrage in Israel over EU's resolution

    01/18/2016 2:35:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/16 | Nitzan Keidar
    Officials in Israel expressed outrage on Monday evening after the European Union (EU) passed a resolution stipulating that agreements with Israel will no longer apply to any areas over the 1949 Armistice borders. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely responded to the decision and said, "The Europeans continue to act unilaterally with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict". "This resolution achieves the opposite from what they sought to achieve. These types of declarations only push actual dialogue further away and give a boost to the Palestinians to continue their efforts to condemn Israel in the international arena and to continue the relentless...
  • Brazil is the New Greece

    01/18/2016 3:47:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/18/2016
    Brazil is the new Greece, and 90% of government spending cannot be cut by law: At 70% of GDP, public debt is worryingly large for a middle-income country and rising fast. Because of high interest rates, the cost of servicing it is a crushing 7% of GDP. The Central Bank cannot easily use monetary policy to fight inflation, currently 10.5%, as higher rates risk destabilising the public finances even more by adding to the interest bill. Brazil therefore has little choice but to raise taxes and cut spending. Too often, at the popular level, there is a confusion between "austerity...
  • Puerto Rico Is Greece, & These 5 States Are Next To Go

    01/17/2016 10:47:05 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 41 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3 Jan, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    As Wilbur Ross so eloquently noted, for Puerto Rico "it's the end of the beginning... and the beginning of the end," as he explained "Puerto Rico is the US version of Greece." However, as JPMorgan explains, for some states the pain is really just beginning as Municipal bond risk will only become more important over time, as assets of some severely underfunded plans are gradually depleted. But, as JPMorgan details, Muni risk is on the rise for US states, but broad generalizations do not apply (in other words, these five states are 'screwed')... The direct indebtedness of US states (excluding...
  • Greece Now Operating With Two Currencies

    01/17/2016 12:19:49 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Friday, January 15, 2016 | Yanis Varoufakis
    Greece today (and Cyprus before it) offers a case study of how capital controls bifurcate a currency and distort business incentives... Once euro deposits are imprisoned within a national banking system, the currency essentially splits in two: Bank euros (BE) and paper, or free, euros (FE). Suddenly, an informal exchange rate between the two currencies emerges. Consider a Greek depositor keen to convert a large sum of BE into FE (say, to pay for medical expenses abroad, or to repay a company debt to a non-Greek entity). Assuming such depositors find FE holders willing to purchase their BE, a substantial...
  • The Larger Motive Behind the Groping Jihad

    01/09/2016 11:29:40 AM PST · by Petrosius · 52 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | January 8, 2016 | Baron Bodissey
    Before I get into the substance of tonight's essay, I'd like to offer my deep gratitude to Nash Montana, who became a translation dynamo during the aftermath of events in Cologne and other cities. She translated three or four videos per day, and often an equal or greater number of articles. Thanks to her (and Vlad) the English-speaking world was able to get a well-rounded account of what was happening in Germany and Austria. Just over a week ago the culture-enrichers of Cologne went out for a wild night on the town. It was Silvester night, what we call New...
  • Coming Apart [EU]

    01/07/2016 1:05:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 28 December 2015 | Dominic Green
    We are witnessing the decline and fall of the European Union as we know it: the beginning of the end for the last of the twentieth century's grand political experiments. The speed of the decline and the extent of the fall are not certain; Brussels still has plenty of options. But it is clear that the EU, having ceased its geographical and institutional expansion, is entering a period of contraction, and quite possibly disintegration. The lines of fracture are clear, and so are the indicators that the stresses will only intensify. Divisions between the rich north and the poorer south,...
  • Saudi Arabia Plans 'Thatcherite Revolution'

    01/07/2016 11:35:14 AM PST · by EBH · 14 replies
    Saudi Arabia is mulling the sale of shares in Aramco, believed to be the world's most valuable company, as part of plans to repair its finances and open up its economy. The announcement was made by the country's deputy crown prince as Saudi's secretive, state-owned oil firm grapples with the effects of oil prices nearing 12-year lows . Mohammed bin Salman told The Economist: "That is something that is being reviewed, and we believe a decision will be made over the next few months." The Saudi economy has taken a battering from the oil price decline and the finance ministry...
  • First Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebration in Izmir [Turkey] Since 1922

    01/06/2016 6:21:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Greek Europe Reporter ^ | 1/5/16 | Ioanna Zikakou
    For the first time since the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922, a Greek Orthodox Epiphany celebration is set to take place in Izmir on January 6, 2016. The Greek Orthodox community has received permission from the Turkish authorities to perform the Diving for the Holy Cross ceremony on the local pier. "For the first year we will be performing the Blessing of the Waters at the port of Izmir. Officially, this is the first year. We had also done it around 10 years ago, but not officially. This time we have received a license from the Turkish government, the Ministry...
  • Just What the Middle East Needs: Turkey’s Getting an Aircraft Carrier

    01/05/2016 11:35:14 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01.05.16 | Thomas Seibert
    ISTANBUL — Turkey is getting ready to widen the reach of its military considerably by building a multipurpose aircraft carrier with “trans-continental” capabilities. The 225-meter ship dubbed the Anadolu (or Anatolia), set to enter service in 2021, is designed to take fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, tanks, troops, and landing vessels to areas around the Mediterranean and as far as the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans, officials say. While some analysts say Turkey needs a carrier like this, some regard the project as an expensive expression of prestige and grandeur that far exceeds the country’s limits. The move is a sign...
  • Palestine - European Union Drowns In Sea Of Inconsistencies

    01/04/2016 5:35:08 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/16 | David Singer
    European Union continues to backtrack on these internationally- binding commitments to the Jewish people made by the overwhelming majority of EU members 94 years ago The European Union (EU) has concluded an unhappy 2015 with the introduction of racist and discriminatory labelling laws for Jewish goods and products originating from Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and East Jerusalem. EU members Hungary, Greece and the Czech Republic have rejected these laws which have also been condemned in a bipartisan resolution presented to the US Congress. The EU’s Ambassador to Israel - Lars Faaborg-Andersen - has attempted to justify these labelling laws...
  • 'The assassin is still out there': Charlie Hebdo has a provocative cover 1 year after

    01/04/2016 12:15:30 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1-4-2015 | Guy Jackson and Charlotte Plaintive, AFP
    French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will mark a year since the jihadist attack on its offices with a cover featuring a bloodied, gun-toting, bearded God figure, under the headline: "One year on: The assassin still at large". The cover has also been translated as "The assassin is still out there." One million copies of the special edition will go on sale in France Wednesday, on the eve of the first anniversary of the killing of 12 people at the magazine's Paris offices by brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi. Eight Charlie Hebdo staff were among the victims of the January 7,...
  • “Today is a black day for the history of Greece, but it will get worse.”

    01/04/2016 6:40:59 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-04-2016 | Anastasia Rakhlina
    On December 23 it became known that the law on "free cohabitation" of sodomites had been adopted by majority vote at the plenary meeting of the Greek Parliament. The European Court of Human Rights pressured them to bring Greek legislation into conformity with European law. Athanasius Zoitakis. Athanasius, please, tell us how the legalization of same-sex "unions" has become possible in such a country as Orthodox Greece where there is no separation of the Church and state?! It was quite natural to expect it, though until the last day we hoped that would not happen. The fact is that for...
  • Puerto Rico Is Greece, and These 5 States Are Next To Go

    01/03/2016 6:22:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/03/2016 | Tyler Durden
    <p>As Wilbur Ross so eloquently noted, for Puerto Rico "it's the end of the beginning... and the beginning of the end," as he explained "Puerto Rico is the US version of Greece." However, as JPMorgan explains, for some states the pain is really just beginning as Municipal bond risk will only become more important over time, as assets of some severely underfunded plans are gradually depleted.</p>
  • Orthodox Metropolitan of Messinia: Homosexuals are God’s Creation; Church Doesn’t Reject People

    12/30/2015 11:35:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | December 29, 2015 | Gregory Pappas
    A dissenting voice from the Church of Greece has emerged amongst the harsh criticism leveled against the government's passing of a law that grants some rights to same-sex partnerships in Greece. Chrysostomos, the Metropolitan of Messinia, whose diocese covers southern Greece, said in an interview with a local news site TharrosNews.gr, that homosexuals, like all humans, are a creation of God and they deserve the same respect and honor-- and not violence and rejection. Chrysostomos' statements came after another bishop of the Church, from nearby Kalavryta, Metropolitan Ambrosios issued a caustic call to his faithful to spit on and beat...
  • No-Go Zones: German Police Admit To Losing Control Of Immigrant ‘Problem Neighbourhoods’

    12/30/2015 11:45:41 AM PST · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Oliver Lane
    The development of so-called "problem neighbourhoods" or "lawless neighbourhoods" in Germany over the course of 2015 has made law enforcement impossible in some areas, according to police reports. The latest admission of the developing problem of no-go zones in Europe comes from state police in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), a west German state that borders Belgium and the Netherlands. Here, an inquiry by a Conservative Democratic Union (CDU) politician into the state of policing has elicited an embarrassing admission of failure by local police to keep the situation under control. In Germany, state police are responsible for local law enforcement, but...
  • Greek and Danish archaeologists excavate the ancient Greek harbour town Lechaion

    12/28/2015 7:49:58 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    University of Copenhagen ^ | 23 December 2015 | Faculty of Humanities
    In Greece, underwater excavations of Lechaion, ancient Corinth's partially submerged harbour town, reveal the infrastructure of more than a thousand years of flourishing maritime trade. Researchers from the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports and the University of Copenhagen are using cutting-edge methods to uncover the configuration and scale of the harbour. Corinth ranked among the most economically and militarily powerful, and enduring, cities of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods. The city had an exceptional geographical advantage in the North East corner of the Peloponnese and controlled the Isthmus that facilitated land travel between Northern and Southern Greece, and...
  • Ilias Kasidiaris: You Won’t Turn Greece into a Ghetto of Illegal Immigrants

    12/26/2015 7:23:56 PM PST · by Salman · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 13, 2015 | Ilias Kasidiaris (speaking in paliament)
    Follow the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHF_2sfs6bk Video of outburst in Greek parliament, with English subtitles.
  • Café For Stray Dogs: Greek Coffee House Lets Sleeping Dogs Lie Inside During Winter

    12/22/2015 12:36:49 PM PST · by windcliff · 11 replies
    YahooNews.com ^ | 12-22-15 | unknown
    A cafe in Greece is letting stray dogs sleep inside the premises at night to take shelter from the winter cold. The Hott Spott cafe on the island of Lesbos has opened its doors to the animals who have nowhere else to sleep. An image of dogs sleeping inside the cafe was posted on Facebook earlier this month and has almost 1,500 likes. It was posted by Eustratios Papanis, assistant professor of sociology at the University of the Aegean. He wrote: This picture was taken at a coffee shop in the island of Lesvos, North Aegean Sea, Greece. The country...
  • Terrorist link to Greece after Austrian arrests

    12/19/2015 5:40:59 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Dec 2015 | AFP
    Two suicide bombers who died in the Paris attacks and two men held in Austria for suspected links to the operation were all processed as migrants on a Greek island on the same day, a source close to the probe told AFP. wo suspects in the November 13 attacks were arrested over the weekend at a refugee centre in the western city of Salzburg after a tip-off from French police, said a separate source in Austria. The Austrian source said the men were Algerian and Pakistani. Fingerprint analysis has shown the suspects were processed among migrants arriving on the Greek...
  • Authority of new EU force to supercede that of member states

    12/15/2015 11:04:40 AM PST · by csvset · 26 replies
    France24 ^ | 15 december 2015 | AFP
    The European Commission unveiled plans for a new external border and coastguard force that will be able to intervene even without the host country's consent on Tuesday, saying it had to restore EU security threatened by the migration crisis. The new agency will have a rapid reaction force of 1,500 guards and a "right to intervene" in European Union nations that are either overwhelmed by a migration influx or are deemed to be failing to secure their frontiers. With 1 million mainly Syrian refugees and migrants set to arrive in Europe by the end of this year, the record movement...
  • Turkish Prime Minister: Greek Cyprus May Be Willing to Give Up Veto on EU Talks with Turkey

    12/13/2015 9:44:33 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-13-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    While "Syrian" refugees are flooding Europe -- in large part due to Turkey's policy aimed at letting them pass freely through the country and into Europe -- and Turkey is embroiled in an escalating crisis with Russia, the European Union seems to be willing to take Turkish accession talks further than ever before. According to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, there are now "strong signals" that Greek Cyprus is willing to remove its veto on five negotiation chapters Ankara wants opened in order accelerate Turkey’s formal entry into the European Union; Turkey has been an associate member since 1963. "There...
  • Power and Pathos in Sculpture: Ancient bronzes come to life at the National Gallery of Art in DC

    12/12/2015 9:50:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | December 11, 2015 | Robin Ngo
    In 1964, Italian fishermen off the coast of the Adriatic Sea pulled out of international waters a nearly complete, life-size ancient bronze statue of an athlete. Standing with his weight on his right leg, the nude athlete reaches with his right arm toward the wreath on his head. Victorious in his competition, he will take off his crown and dedicate it to the gods. "The round face, with wide-set eyes, small nose, motionless cheeks, and petite, pointed chin appears somewhat vacuous," writes Jens M. Daehner of the Victorious Athlete. "The face subtly conveys a state of exhaustion, a situational realism...
  • Rewarding Turkish blackmail is a dangerous game - UKIP Leader Nigel Farage (Video)

    12/02/2015 12:11:13 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    Youtube video of EU parliament speech ^ | Published on Dec 2, 2015
    Click link for video regarding the provisional EU decision to give Turkey 3 billion Euros to 'stemming the migrant flow', ease their visa restrictions, and fast track Turkey's EU membership.
  • Greece debt crisis: Athens narrowly passes 2016 austerity budget

    12/06/2015 7:56:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    IB Times UK ^ | December 6, 2015 | Karthick Arvinth
    ..includes more spending cuts and tax rises... required to unlock further funds from a third bailout deal worth 86bn... The budget was approved by 153 to 145 votes following a heated debate, with the opposition contesting that it was "socially unfair". The centre-right New Democracy party's interim leader Yiannis Plakiotakis described the budget as "anti-growth". "They are getting ready to turn the pensions into tips," he was quoted as saying by German broadcaster DW. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, whose coalition majority shrank last month after two lawmakers rebelled against austerity, described the budget's passage as a "difficult exercise". "Behind the...
  • Greek-Turkish Twitter dogfight started in error: official

    12/06/2015 6:40:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, November 30, 2015 | Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas and Karolina Tagaris; Writing by Paul Taylor
    Greece and Turkey fought a brief dogfight on Twitter over Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane due to an error by an aide in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office, a Greek official said on Monday. It began in the middle of a summit between Turkey and the European Union on Sunday, when a message appeared on Tsipras' Twitter account saying: "To Prime Minister Davutoglu: Fortunately our pilots are not as mercurial as yours against the Russians." A second tweet issued in Tsipras' name referred to near-miss aerial incidents between Greek and Turkish planes over the Aegean Sea, saying: "What...
  • French far-right eyes big gains in high-stakes election(NATIONAL FRONT-LE PEN)

    12/04/2015 2:09:56 AM PST · by Nextrush · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/3/2015 | Ingrid Melander
    France's far-right National Front is set to score huge gains in regional elections on Sunday, redrawing the political landscape of the euro zone's second-biggest economy as it gears up for the next presidential election in 2017. The anti-immigration, anti-Europe party, boosted by fears over the refugee crisis and the Nov.13 Islamic State attacks that killed 130 in Paris, is seen leading in the first round on Dec. 6 in six out of 13 regions, a survey by Ipsos pollsters showed on Thursday. The party, known by its initials FN, has become increasingly popular since Marine Le Pen took over the...
  • Meanwhile On The "Apocalyptic" Northern Greek Border...

    12/04/2015 11:08:53 AM PST · by amorphous · 2 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4 Dec 2015 | Tyler Durden
    In a somewhat depressing show of the farce that is Europe's immigration policy, local media reports "apocalyptic scenes" on the northern Greek border where "economic migrants" who are not entitled to leave Greece's provisional camps are fighting with 'refugees' who are entitled to leave, and head into other European nations. Petrol bombs and stones flew through the air, fists, kicks and wrestling on the ground as migrants hindered refugees from entering Macedonia (FYROM). People have injured, trampled and faint, among them many babies as some migrants tried to pass together with the refugees and were apparently hindered with stun grenades...
  • FYROM [Macedonia] border tension peaks as fence erected

    11/30/2015 2:15:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | 28 November 2015
    Tensions peaked at Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the weekend after the FYROM army started building a border fence to keep out would-be migrants. FYROM border guards were photographed by foreign news agencies as they erected a 2.5-meter-high fence along the Greek border on Saturday. A FYROM army source quoted by Agence France-Presse said the crossing from Greece to FYROM would remain open and that the fence was aimed at ensuring migrants did not try to slip across at other spots. FYROM authorities had indicated in recent weeks that they might build a fence to...
  • Europe Will Pay Turkey €3 Billion To Halt Refugee Exodus

    11/29/2015 9:41:47 AM PST · by amorphous · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 29 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    In the aftermath of last week's dramatic events which have seen Turkey make a unilateral breach of NATO's unwritten rules of engagement by taking down a Russian jet, coupled with an assault on civil right and expression of speech when two journalists were arrested for exposing Turkish arms smuggling to Syria, culminating with the assassination of a prominent enemy of the state on live TV, one would expect that the "democratic, humanistic" western countries would at least issue a harsh condemnation of Erdogan's behavior. That won't happen: instead, the European Union will pay Turkey $3.2 billion to help it stop...
  • Migrants are at it again; throwing stones on policemen on the Macedonian-Greek border!

    11/28/2015 12:19:36 PM PST · by SteveSCH · 23 replies
    Here's some footage from today's clashes between the Macedonian police and the supposed "Syrian" migrants.
  • The $400 billion ripoff that could destroy the Greek bailout

    11/28/2015 4:51:14 PM PST · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | 24 November 2014 | Nasos Koukakis
    As if Greece didn't have enough economic market woes, last week foreign investment funds managed to take control of four of the country's largest banks — Alpha Bank, Eurobank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank — through $6.42 billion worth of capital increases and a complex set of legal manipulations. As a result, bank shares sold like penny stocks, diluting state ownership in these important institutions that have assets totaling $358 billion. The country's stake in the National Bank of Greece dropped to 24 percent from 57 percent, and in Eurobank it fell to 2.4 percent from 35 percent,...
  • Turkish Cypriots dream of Europe (Turkey,Cyprus and the Truth)

    12/08/2002 6:34:50 PM PST · by pkpjamestown · 11 replies · 11+ views
    Le Monde ^ | September 1998 | NIELS KADRITZKE
    "The reason for the intervention was that Greece cannot be allowed to te this part of the Mediterranean": this is how Ankara explains its response to the 1974 Cyprus coup in which Archbishop Makarios was overthrown (1). The strategic issue came well before any concern for the fate of the Turkish Cypriots, as they soon realised. "Until 1974, we were needed. Once the Turkish intervention was over, we had served our purpose", wrote Turkish Cypriot politician zker zgur six months ago (2). Mr zgur is well placed to testify to the powerlessness of native Cypriots in the face of the...