Last week, Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel announced he was marrying his partner Gauthier Destenay.
Yesterday, Greek MP Nikos Nikolopoulos tweeted the below in response to the announcement. Mr. Nikolopoulos was elected in 2012 under the ruling New Democracy party ticket where he had spent his entire political career up to that point until he resigned from his cabinet appointment shortly thereafter.
Two of the most often cited health statistics about the period of the Greek economic crisis are below:
- Infant mortality rate increased by 43.1% from 2008 (2.65) – 2010 (3.80)
- Rate of stillbirth increased by 22.2% from 2008 (3.31) – 2011 (4.05)
Since it appears that there is a bit of confusion as to where these numbers originate, I looked into it. The primary source is the Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT.) and the figures are accurate. Below is a chart with all of the available data from EL.STAT. on the infant mortality and stillbirth rates in Greece and includes data from 1932 to 2012.
Good news: the infant mortality rate has gone down for the past two years and was 2.92 in 2012, making it the second lowest in recorded history (2008 being the lowest).
Bad news: the 2012 stillbirth rate of 4.44 is 34.1% higher than it was in 2008 (its lowest recorded point), indicating that the reversal of the preceding decades long decline in the stillbirth rate is not yet over.
Many thanks to Dr. Kentikelenis for pointing me in the right direction. Continue reading
Philippos Loizos, the 29 year old administrator of the “Elder Pastitsios” facebook page today received a 10 month suspended sentence for the charge of “insulting religion”, according to reports in Greek media. The same reports state that he will be appealing the decision and will not serve any time in prison. As of right now, the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gerontas.pastitsios/ is not online.
I had previously written in detail about the “Elder Pastitsios” case here.
Report in English: EnetEnglish.gr
Reports in Greek: tvxs.gr, koutipandoras.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.
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.
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