Merkel channels Tsipras

Alexis Tsipras and Angela Merkel

Source: Zarpa.gr

January 22, 2013: Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras translated remarks during Q & A at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC:

The day after a country like Greece leaves the Euro, the very next country that will seek to leave the eurozone would be our friends and allies, Germany. We know this very well and they know it as well.

December 19, 2013: German chancellor Angela Merkel translated remarks during EU Summit talks in Brussels:

We discussed whether Greece should leave the eurozone and how if that happened we would all have to abandon it at a later date.

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“Kiss-in” protest by same sex couples held during religious ceremony in Greece

picture of "kiss in" protest on January 6 in Piraeus, Greece

Source: news247.gr

Per today’s English language edition of Greek newspaper Kathimerini:

Epiphany, a public holiday in Greece, was marked by a traditional religious ceremony at Piraeus, where gay couples protested against the port city’s ultra-conservative bishop, Seraphim.

Accoridng to Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper, several gay couples kissed as Seraphim conducted the blessing of the waters, throwing a crucifix into the sea. They also handed out leaflets reading: “Love is not a sin”.

Seraphim is known for his homophobic and anti-Semetic statements. He recently opposed plans to extend legislation allowing unmarried couples to have their partnership legally recognized to same-sex couples.

He said that any other relationship, barring that between a male and a female, “is a unnatural aberration not even observed in animals.”

Protesters have set up the twitter hashtag #PoustiRiot, a play on the name of Russian group “Pussy Riot” and the Greek slur for gay people “Pousti”. Links to some of Bishop Serapheim’s incendiary comments can also be found in both Greek and English at http://poustiriot.blogspot.com.

Is Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei reading Dan Dare?

γραφικό με τον Dan Dare και το λογότυπο της Συνωμοσίας Πηρύνων της Φωτιάς | Dan Dare graphic with logo of the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei logo

This is a translation of a post I originally published in Greek on December 31, 2013.

On July 12 2013, the Hellenic Police announced that -among other items- they had confiscated “books with anarchist content” (press release in Greek) during a raid for the arrest of two people suspected to be members of the “Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei (SPF)” group.

However, maybe the authorities should be on the lookout for a different type of literature in their investigations.

According to published manifestos that have been attributed to the group, “Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei (SPF)” have conducted operations with two different names in 2013. First, there was the “Phoenix Project” (Σχέδιο “Φοίνικας” in Greek), followed a few weeks ago by the “Green Nemesis Project” (Σχέδιο “Πράσινη Νέμεσις” in Greek).

I’m not in a position to know if this is simply a coincidence, but very close variants of the above names have been used elsewhere in the past. Specifically, in the British science fiction comic book series Dan Dare. Below are the group’s published posters with the two above project names as well as Dan Dare artwork with the “Phoenix Mission” and “Green Nemesis” storylines: Continue reading

Top 10 2013

Τα 10 πιο δημοφιλή δημοσιεύματα μου στα Ελληνικά το 2013 σε σειρά επισκεψιμότητας

Μιλτιάδης Βαρβιτσιώτης: Παραποίηση εικόνας και “εξέλιξη” της είδησης
Γιώργος Μουρούτης: Βιογραφικό + μια ερώτηση περί φανταρικού
Μεταλλεία Χαλκιδικής: Ραγδαία αύξηση Ρωσικών Facebook Likes
Greek Lagarde List | Λίστα Λαγκάρντ
Τι σνιφάρει ο Κασιδιάρης;
Οι 7 χειρότεροι Έλληνες πολιτικοί στο twitter
Γενόσημα: το δίκιο του Άδωνη και η παραπληροφόρηση του ΙΣΑ
SAP: Μικρά τα έσοδα, “ειδική περίπτωση” η Ελλάδα + ερωτήσεις
Ιωάννης Κωτούλας: Σβησμένα και αλλαγμένα σχόλια και αναρτήσεις
AirFastTickets: Κακή διαφήμιση, κάκιστη απάντηση

My top 10 most popular posts in English from 2013 ranked in order of most visited

NTUA shuts down Athens Indymedia, cites government pressure
Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis details alleged plot to murder him
Greek Lagarde List | Λίστα Λαγκάρντ
Orthodox church interference with book event on historicity of Jesus
Three terrible tropes about Greece (and why they need to stop)
Golden Dawn leader compares Bucks Greek NBA draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo to chimpanzee
A Greek paradox: leveraging Sharia to promote religious freedom
Samaras adviser’s epic homophobic rant
Free Inquiry op-ed: Greece Grapples with Blasphemy
Inaccurate AP story about NBA draft pick favors Greek PM

Three terrible tropes about Greece (and why they need to stop)

This is an article I wrote that was originally published on November 24 at The Press Project–International Edition.

Pigs in a farm in Cyprus. Credit: Dimitris Bounias

Pigs in a farm in Cyprus. Credit: Dimitris Bounias

With the advent of the European sovereign debt crisis, several tropes about Greece and Greeks have become all too common. Here are three of them and why they need to stop. Continue reading

SYRIZA: The generic opposition party

This is an article I wrote that was originally published on November 27 at The Press Project–International Edition.

red pill with SYRIZA logo

Guided by an apparent desire to oppose the ruling coalition at all costs, Greece΄s main opposition party is attempting to block legislation that would bring down generic drug prices by utilizing alarmist anti-science rhetoric. Continue reading

Yiannos Papantoniou: Pot, meet kettle

I originally posted this on my Storify account on November 7.

Per EnetEnglish.gr:

Fraud squad launches investigation after wife of former Pasok minister Yiannos Papantoniou appeared on the infamous Lagarde List which identified around 2,000 Greeks with deposits at a Geneva branch of HSBC. Stavroula Kourakou was found to have allegedly deposited about €1.3m

Former defence and finance minister Yiannos Papantoniou and his wife, Stavroula Kourakou, could be forced to face trial on charges of alleged tax evasion of €3m between 2000 and 2010

This is the same Yiannos Papantoniou who in 2010 said that “Greece lacks a built-in culture of stability and discipline” in an appearance on Al Jazeera English as the Greek sovereign debt crisis was unfolding.

The complete Greek “Lagarde List” which includes Papantoniou’s wife Stavroula Kourakou can be found here.