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  • US election 2012: Obama won my support – but it won’t happen again

    09/01/2012 2:13:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 31, 2012 | Daniel Hannan, UK Member of the European Parliament
    American pollsters will tell you that the presidential candidate who is in the lead going into the party conventions usually wins. Four polls last week showed a tiny lead for Barack Obama, two for Mitt Romney and one was level; all seven were well within the margin of error. Another rule is that the Gallup poll taken 100 days before the poll foretells the winner. Only once in the past 60 years – the Bush-Dukakis race of 1988 – did that predictor fail. So, what did Gallup show on the date in question? A dead heat, with both candidates on...
  • Turkey Lobbies Museums Around World to Return Artifacts

    08/31/2012 7:11:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Friday, August 31, 2012 | Dorian Jones
    Turkey is following an increasingly aggressive policy of getting top museums around the world to return its heritage. Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Gunay says that in the last decade, more than 4,000 artifacts had been brought back to Turkey from world museums and collections... Gunay says when you visit the world's big museums in the US, England, France, Germany, you see that most of the precious artifacts came from Turkey, Italy, Egypt and Greece. Some of these, he says, were looted, and he is fighting to get back historical artifacts that went to the big museums of the...
  • The Greek Crisis: Palaeoanthropology and Archaeology

    08/31/2012 6:42:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Heritage Daily.com ^ | August 29, 2012 | Charles t. g. Clarke
    Greece has been in the grip of a financial crisis for the last few years now and Greek heritage sites are hit the worst. There is however, an unseen, less well known crisis and it involves Greek palaeoanthropology -- the study of hominin evolution. It is not so much a crisis as a metaphorical drought of artefacts and fossil evidence, which remains the best way to understand human evolution in Greece. An understanding of tectonic activity and the ever changing relationship between the Aegean Sea and mainland Greece are crucial to understanding why so little Lower Palaeolithic Hominin material has...
  • Germany Making Big Euros Off Greek, Eurozone Crisis

    08/27/2012 7:09:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | August 21, 2012 | A. Papapostolou
    When Greece makes a $3.98 billion loan payment this month to the European Central Bank, one of its international lenders in bailouts, Germany -- which is putting up much of the rescue monies -- will reap the biggest profit, eFXnews reported. FT Deutschland noted that by 2026, when Greece is expected to finish paying off $325 billion in two bailout packages, that Germany could realize $15.8 in gains. In the meantime, Germany has already made significant gains from the very low interest rate it paid to finance its debt as shown in the calculations of economist Jens Boysen-Hogrefe of Germany's...
  • EU: Merkel says Greece will stay in the eurozone but traders fret over more delays

    08/24/2012 9:39:45 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/24/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    Angela Merkel pledged to keep Greece in the eurozone - but her comments failed to convince traders who bet on yet more dangerous procrastination in Berlin and Brussels. After talks with prime minister Antonis Samaras in Berlin, the German Chancellor said she was “deeply convinced” that the new Greek government was “doing everything to solve the problems.” Mr Samaras insisted that Greece “wants time not money.” But Ms Merkel refused to even address Greece’s plea, signalling a continuation of the deadlock at the heart of the debt crisis. The sense of vacuum rather than solution was compounded by revelations that...
  • In crisis, Greece rounds up immigrants

    08/24/2012 3:16:23 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 22 August 2012 | Costas Kantouris
    Border police jeeps hurtle along hot, dusty tracks past potato fields on their way to the river that marks the Greek-Turkish border. Sirens blaring, the convoys have been repelling wave after wave of migrants. Greece's remote Evros region has turned into Europe's main battleground against illegal immigration; more than two-thirds of people making the clandestine journey into the European Union pass through here from neighboring Turkey. Greece launched an aggressive campaign this month to try to seal its 200-kilometer (130-mile) northeastern border, as it faces a debilitating financial crisis that has caused a swell in joblessness and a surge in...
  • Greeks confront crime wave amid austerity

    08/24/2012 12:49:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 August 2012 | Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Greece's faltering economy has put many people out of work and cut support for illegal immigrants. Now Greeks are facing a rise in crime their police seem unable to stop. It probably never occurred to Niki Yanakopoulou that she might be in danger as she let herself into her central Athens apartment building in the middle of the day. The 75-year-old had just been to the bank and police say the man who followed her home most likely chose her at random, hoping she would be carrying her pension. He entered the building behind her and hit her on the...
  • Greece Really Is Going To Start Selling Islands

    08/23/2012 8:49:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/23/2012 | Susan Daly
    THE PRIME MINISTER of Greece has made a surprise announcement to Le Monde newspaper: that his country is ready to put some of its uninhabited islands up for sale. According to the French publication today, PM Antonis Samaris makes the admission in a lengthy interview – a synopsis of it can be viewed on Le Monde’s website. In the introduction, the reporter Alain Salles notes that Greece hopes to accelerate the privatisation (of some State assets) and is ready to give up uninhabited islands (underlined in red): It’s part of Samaras’s plan to try and pull Greece back from the...
  • "Padlock" in 1,250 companies in Thessaloniki since the beginning of the year (Greece)

    08/22/2012 5:29:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Protothema ^ | 8-22-12 | unattributed
    One thousand two hundred and fifty companies of Thessaloniki put "padlock" from the beginning of the year until the end of August, according to a statement of the Crafts Chamber of VETH city. Individual companies seem to be the most "weak link", and 998 of them have ceased to operate in the specified period of 2012. The picture shows the craft community is a continuation of 2011, when during the same period (January 1 to August 22) removed from the register of companies VETH 1269. (mangled thru google translator)
  • In crisis, Greece rounds up immigrants

    08/22/2012 7:10:50 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/22/2012 | AP
    NEA VYSSA, Greece (AP) -- Border police jeeps hurtle along hot, dusty tracks past potato fields on their way to the river that marks the Greek-Turkish border. Sirens blaring, the convoys have been repelling wave after wave of migrants. ... In Athens, the operation is being bolstered by mass roundups of suspected illegal immigrants. They are seen lined up on the streets of the capital every day, many in handcuffs, waiting to be put in detention until they can be deported. In the first week of the crackdown in early August, police said they apprehended nearly 7,000 people for identification...
  • 'Whale ribs, meteorites and chairs' [ Robert Ballard off Cyprus ]

    08/20/2012 6:07:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Cyprus Mail ^ | August 19, 2012 | unattributed
    Famed explorer Robert Ballard's expedition over the Eratosthenes Seamount is currently collecting images during sweeps of the area using the latest technology to explore the sea floor some 70 miles off the island. After two days of exploring, the team's underwater robots, operating at 800 to 1,000 metres, yesterday reached the summit of the Eratosthenes, going over terrain from a previous sweep and then turned west to head to unexplored territory to the west. On Friday night they came across what appeared to be fossilised rib bones commentators suggested might have come from a whale, perhaps even 40,000 years old......
  • EU: Debt crisis drags eurozone economy down 0.2pc

    08/14/2012 5:51:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/14/2012 | Louise Armitstead
    The eurozone was shown to be on the edge of a double-dip recession today, as even the powerhouse economies faltered in the face of the three-year-old debt crisis. The combined economies of the 17-members contracted by 0.2pc in the three months from April to June, according to Eurostat, following zero growth in the first quarter. News of the contraction came amid further speculation that Greece will push for a two-year extension of its latest austerity programme. Germany managed 0.3pc growth, thanks to strong investment and domestic consumption, and the Netherlands posted an up-tick in production of 0.2pc. But the growth...
  • More Turk Bias Against Greeks, Armenians

    08/13/2012 8:44:48 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 6 replies
    commentarymagazine.com ^ | 12AUG12 | Michael Rubin
    The White House continues to talk about Turkey not only as a regional ally but also as a model for reform in the Middle East. It has been several years, however, since Turkish reforms contributed to democracy. The latest case in point is Turkish real estate reform. The Turkish government has announced new regulations. Here is the rub: While the government has removed onerous rules and regulations that made navigating Turkish real estate a nightmare, the government has in effect legislated its traditional hatreds. Armenians, for example, need not apply. They are by law unable to own housing or businesses...
  • France declares war on illegal migrants

    08/10/2012 5:12:10 AM PDT · by NCjim · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 9, 2012 | Peter Allen
    French police were yesterday breaking up gipsy camps and deporting illegal immigrants found in them. Dozens of officers in riot gear descended on a settlement near Lille shortly after dawn to oversee the evacuation of some 200 Roma living in mobile homes. One hundred people were evicted from a site in Lyon, with similar round-ups happening in other major cities including Marseille. Caravans and huts were destroyed in the Belleville area of central Paris on Wednesday, making another 100 people homeless. ‘Many of those evicted will be flown home to Romania,’ said an interior ministry source, who insisted the deportations...
  • 5 Graphs That Show How Crazy It Is to Compare California to Greece

    08/10/2012 6:50:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 08/10/2012 | Jordan Weissman
    At a campaign stop yesterday in Iowa, Mitt Romney tossed out a laugh line that seemed to neatly sum up the core of conservative fears about our future as a country. "Entrepreneurs and business people around the world and here at home think that at some point America is going to become like Greece or like Spain or Italy," he said, before adding, "or like California -- just kidding about that one, in some ways." Every good joke is supposed to have a little kernel of truth to it. And we all know that, in their most feverish nightmares, conservatives...
  • Greek firms hit by slow cash flow

    08/05/2012 4:50:30 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Saturday August 4, 2012 (17:53) | By Leonidas Stergiou
    Thousands of Greek businesses are facing the specter of bankruptcy, unable to service bank loans and liabilities to suppliers with increasingly meager turnover and profits. According to Hellastat, which processed the balance sheets of 52,000 enterprises between 2002 and 2011, about 50 percent of operating profits today go to pay banks and suppliers, compared to about 30 percent before 2008. In a sample of 15,000 firms of all sizes and activities, aggregate sales fell 4.66 billion euros in 2011. Within four years, businesses lost 25 percent of turnover and 50 percent of profits. Exempting very large businesses and organizations, the...
  • Pakistani 'admits to' brutal attack on Greek teen

    08/05/2012 4:45:43 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Sunday August 5, 2012 (20:59)
    A 21-year-old Pakistani national who has allegedly admitted to a brutal assault on a 15-year-old girl on Paros last month faced a prosecutor on the Aegean island on Sunday. The Pakistani admitted to attacking the girl after a second test of his DNA matched a sample taken from the victim, a police spokesman said. The 21-year-old allegedly told police that he had seen the girl sitting on rocks on the Chrysi Akti beach and had tried to steal her cellphone. When she resisted he beat her head against the rocks until she passed out, Skai understands. According to state television...
  • Modern Ruins of Euro-Socialism's Rot: 8 Years Later, Athens Olympic Venues in Decay

    08/04/2012 1:56:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    AP ^ | August 3, 2012 | ELENA BECATOROS
    8 Years Later, Athens Olympic Venues in Decay There's still one group that loves the training pool for athletes at the former Olympic village in Athens' northern fringe. Frogs. They appear to delight in sitting on debris that floats on the half-filled pool's murky waters. The athletes village itself has fared somewhat better, turned into housing for workers. Eight years after the 2004 Athens Games, many of the Olympic venues Greece built at great expense remain abandoned or rarely used. They are the focus of great public anger as the country struggles through a fifth year of recession and nearly...
  • A Russian-Saudi-Turkish-Chinese alliance to contain the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama?

    08/01/2012 9:47:00 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 7/31/'12 | David P. Goldman
    I suggested during our conference call yesterday that the only friend the Muslim Brotherhood has in high places is Barack Obama. I didn't mean that facetiously. Turkey's application to join the SIno-Russian Shanghai Cooperation Organization following Prime Minister Erdogan's July 19 pilgrimage to Russia is a diplomatic humiliation for the United States, and of the first order. Just when Washington is demanding that Russia withdraw support for the Assad regime in Syria, and when Turkey is the linch-pin for American logistics in support of the Syrian opposition, Erdogan has proposed in effect to joint the Russian-Chinese club (without being compelled...
  • 51% of Germans Believe Germany Better Off Outside Eurozone, 71% Favor Greece Leaving

    07/31/2012 12:13:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    A recent poll says 51 percent of Germans now believe Germany would be better off without the euro. The Emnid poll for the Bild am Sonntag mass circulation weekly showed 51pc of Germans believed Europe's top economy would be better outside the 17-country eurozone. Twenty-nine percent said it would be worse off, AFP reports. The survey also showed that 71pc of Germans wanted Greece to leave the euro if it did not live up to its austerity promises. Economy Minister Philipp Roesler told Bild am Sonntag there were "considerable doubts whether Greece is living up to its reform promises." Implications...