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Greece, the Home of Medicine, will play host to the European Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress, holding in Athens from May 14th to 15th, 2018, as the country is beginning to take a stand as a major key player in the medical travel industry, the Medical Tourism …
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Every next day that garbage remains exposed under the sun the risks of sepsis and more are multiplied, official Public Hygiene Guidelines released by the Greek CDC, (hcdcp), remind, while the situation in Greece had never been so risky before, since five days plus, overflowing household rubbish remain in the Greek cities’ streets , with temperatures expected to reach the 40 Celsius within the next days , and the garbage are not expected to leave within the whole coming week
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On the Alert have been set the National Safety and Intelligence Authorities in Greece for the rumored presence of Turkish MIT agents in the Aegean Islands and in West. Thrace
Following the revelations of a Turkish exile journalist about the plans of the Turkish secret services ordered by President Erdogan to step up covert operations throughout Greece…
Deep in a vault in the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) lie #TheGreekFiles, a legal opinion about the ECB’s actions towards Greece in 2015 that could send shockwaves across Europe.
As a European taxpayer, you paid for these documents. But the ECB’s boss, ex-Goldman Sachs head Mario Draghi, says you can’t see them.
So former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and MEP Fabio de Masi, together with a broad alliance of politicians and academics (below), have announced they will file a mass freedom of information request to the ECB to uncover #TheGreekFiles once and for all.
If Mario says no, they’ll take the campaign to the next level, and consider all options – including legal action – to make this vital information public.
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By Prof Marcello Ferrada de Noli,
Chair, Swedish Doctors for Human Rights – SWEDHR
Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven, and with him the Swedish banker Marcus Wallenberg (CEO of Investor, the main holding company of the Wallenbergs), are travelling to Saudi Arabia for an official visit. The meetings with the Saudis, as announced by the Swedish Radio, shall aim to “increase the exchange” between the two countries.  Wallenberg’s Investor owns Saab Group, the main Swedish defence and aerospace company manufacturing a variety of weapons. At the same time, the Chairman of the Defense Committee in the Swedish Parliament, Mr Allan Widman, is now demanding that Sweden should send arms to US-backed Pershmerga, integrating the US & Saudi-led coalition in Iraq. 
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By a fully updated report on the worrying rise of violence and crime in Greece , Greece’s Opposition party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, blamed Greek PM Alexis Tsipras in Parliament for his government “showing tolerance to crime and sympathizing the terrorists, while letting the streets with reduced presence of police, allowing criminals to merge with new terrorist groups, who reportedly maintain cells in downtown Athens, and leaving the citizens unprotected due to the leftist government’s “obsessions on security” , speaking during a Parliamentary Query session on Friday February 17th
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Hope is on the way , was Alexis Tsipras’ slogan that brought him to power in January 2015
While two years later, Greek PM saw “light in the end of the tunnel”, as he said on his New Years Eve message,- exactly as his predecessor Antonis Samaras did, precisely two Januaries earlier ,before his fall,- Greeks showed to be more pessimistic than ever about the country’ s economic prospects and their own finances in the coming year, according to survey conducted on last days of last year
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Greek Finance Minister officially declared the country’s “adherence”, “compliance” and “faithfulness” to Greece’s creditors by his apology letter sent to promise that Tsipras’ government will never give any relief to the poorest of the country without the creditors permission.
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ISIS and other Islamist terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad. These terrorists and their regional and worldwide networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth, a mission we will carry out with all freedom-loving partners.
In one short statement,
1) He identified “Islamist terrorists” by name, directly associating them with ISIS.
2) He specified that their victims have often been Christians, here during the Christmas season, and at other times, in their places of worship.
3) He declared war on these terrorists, asking “all freedom-loving partners” to join him in the battle, thereby opening the door to so-called moderate Islamic nations to join us in the battle.
4) He used the term “global jihad,” again with specific reference to Islamic terror.
The significance of this can hardly be exaggerated.
The UK Mirror reminded that “Europe was warned that ISIS planned terror attacks at Christmas markets 25 days before the Berlin atrocity.”
“The attack came after intelligence agencies warned in November that terrorists are planning a wave of Christmas attacks throughout Europe, targeting shopping areas and crowded market-places to maximise casualties. The main groups plotting Yuletide blood-letting are Islamic State and al-Qaeda and UK intelligence agencies and counter-terror police are on high-alert.”
ISIS has now claimed responsibility for the Berlin massacre, which means that we have:
1) Islamic terrorists stating that they will launch Christmas attacks against Christians in Europe;
2) a terror attack taking place against Christians at a Christmas market in Germany; and
3) ISIS taking responsibility for that attack.
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The UK is to send a team of experts to Greece to help root out economic migrants from the flow of refugees coming into Europe, allowing them to be sent back quicker, as it has been revealed ahead of the EU summit .
The British officials will take part in the pilot fast-tracking deportation for those not thought to be refugees, …
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Greek police and the UNHCR is investigating possible ties to terrorist groups in Syria of the man who was arrested abusing a chid in the camp of Chios, which he claimed was his own child after the release in social media of a shocking video footage of the Syrian tormenting the young boy in the showers at the Souda refugee camp…
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Investigation held by the Greek authorities in cooperation with secret services of Italy, Norway, Germany and other EU countries provided details for jihadists recruitments in Greece over the Internet, empowered also by the presence of ISIS chief terrorists in Athens
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The European Parliament Vice President, an MEP of Alexis Tsipras’ governing party in Greece D. Papadimoulis, characterized
“Severe negative development for the whole planet,”
the election of Donald Trump, in a statement to Athens News Agency soon after the US Elections result was wolrdwide officially announced…
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The third consecutive resignation within seven months has sent, reportedly, the Secretary General for Migration Policy Mr. Vasilis Papadopoulos, denounces the situation in the Greek islands “with the ever growing concentration of migrant and refugee population”, following the example of the previous Secretary General Odysseas Voudouris who resigned nearly two months ago …..
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There were voices saying that Europe should build fences and walls, said the Greek PM in his statements…
No one told the residents of the North Aegean islands, nor the rest of the Greeks, not even the refugees and migrants that apply for asylum, that they are strictly obliged to stay in this island because the agreement restricts any movement of the incomers further than the natural boundaries of the island set by the sea
But how many are the refugees in Lesvos ? How many the migrants? Are they segregated ?
Not at all as it seems
In a meeting held on Thursday September 22 by the EKEPY, the National Operation Center of Health for the response refugees accommodation in Lesvos after the fires, governmental authorities announced that the fires in the hotspot of Lesvos were set up…. Go to greek2m.org article
“Turks landed on Pserimos island!”, a rumor based on a deposition of a local resident that he saw some “shadows” moving on the island…
AIDS is the biggest killer of young women in southern Africa, where many are sexually abused. The CEO of a nonprofit ,Jeda Rosenberg, is trying to tip the balance to women with an unlikely tool: a vaginal ring.
Most important, Rosenberg says, it’s secretive.
“No one knows you have it. And it doesn’t interfere with the sexual experience,” Rosenberg says. “It can help a woman control her body and her health without necessarily challenging the man.”
Rosenberg has been working on the ring for more than a decade. She finally has evidence that it works.
At the International AIDS Conference this week in Durban, she and her colleagues announced results from a big clinical study of 2,600 women. The ring was up to 70 percent effective at stopping HIV when women wore it regularly.
Rosenberg is now trying to get the World Health Organization to approve the ring. She hopes to have it available for all women by 2018.
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With U.S. forces (and nuclear weapons*) housed at Incirlik Air Base, the relationship between Ankara and Washington is critical — and delicate.
The Turkish officers who have already sought political asylum in Greece were not indicted with attempt to disrupt the country’s international relations, something that as one of the suspects’ lawyers said, would offer to some to consider the need for their extradition to Turkey imperative.
The charge could not stand because they did not come to raise a problem to the country.
It is in fact a situation that has stressed Greece’s diplomacy response with major diconfort, since Greece, by Alexis Tsipras government is the country that has raised, more than any other country, the issue of the human rights of Political Asylum Request….
The identity of the Turkish passengers of the helicopter is not yet known, and it is worth notifying that all the seven militants have “dismantled” their grades of their uniforms, so as to not let being obvious their rank on the Turkish army
WARSAW, Poland July 9 – President Barack Obama met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw on Saturday, the White House said.
“The president commended Greece’s cooperation with Turkey to reduce irregular migration and encouraged longer-term U.S.-Greece defense cooperation,” a White House official said, Reuters wrote .
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According to a large recent comparative study on 15 European countries Athens is proved to be more fatal than the majority of the rest of European cities under heat wave temperatures, becomes more fatal as the mercury goes up, per 1°C increase, and even more dangerous and fatal per day of the heat prolonged period, and even more harmful as the ozone and air pollution prises rise
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“I am glad to have the opportunity to visit again in Athos, which is rightly called the Garden of the Virgin Mary,” Russian President said at the Mount Athos’ administrative center of Karyes, and stressed that “every man who walks on this earth of prayer, brings particular feelings.”
“The Holy Mountain is a unique defender of Orthodoxy,” Vladimir Putin said, praising the Mount Athos’ role in the strengthening of Christianity.
“We look forward to the establishment of relations with the Holy Mountain” concluded expressing his pleasure for that ” each year more and more visiting pilgrims from Russia.”
The Russian head of state head privately to the St. Panteleimon monastery, after the official welcome ceremony at Karyes, where he was welcomed by the Religious leaders and the Greek President , and lighted a candle and kissed the holy icon at Protaton church .
At St Panteleimon monastery, which is inhabited by Russian monks, President Putin was met by the 102-year-old abbot Jeremiah and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Abbot Jeremiah is the older among all monks in the Athos society. Those who have met him say that he might become a Saint due to his special spiritual value. Greek media reported that he is the “spiritual father” (pnevmatikos) of President Putin
Putin has arrived at the monastic center of Holy Mount Athos on his second and last day of his visit to Greece on Saturday afternoon. He visited Mount Athos’ administrative center of Karyes, and the Protaton church which is under the ownership of the Holy Kinot, Athos’ high governing council.
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos welcomed Vladimir Putin alongside local religious dignitaries, followed by a short service at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Putin then addressed members of the Holy Kinot stressing the importance of strengthening relations between Russia and Mount Athos , for the religious strength that this would provide to the Russian people
Russia and Greece celebrate 2016 as a cross-cultural year, marking the millennial anniversary since the first Russian settlement on the Holy Mount Athos.
Mount Athos is a peninsula in northeastern Greece with 20 monasteries – 17 Greek, one Russian named after St. Panteleimon, one Bulgarian and one Serbian. The 20 monasteries rule Athos through their representatives that make up the Holy Kinot.
Vladimir Putin arrived in Greece for his two-day visit on Friday. During his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras,
the Greek leader said that strengthening ties between Moscow and Athens is the “strategic choice” of the Greek nation.
The Russian leader, during his speeches in Athens on Friday, but also on Mount Athos on Saturday,
repeatedly underscored that Russia and Greece have common civilization values and Orthodox culture.
Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill had already arrived since Friday on Mount Athos to join Vladimir Putin during his visit today.
It is not the first time Putin is visiting Athos. Actually,during his visit to Greece in September 2005, he was the first Russian leader to visit the holy place.
Jointly with Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, Vladimir Putin visited the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens and attended the opening of the exhibition of the Ascension icon painted by Andrei Rublev in 1408, which is part of the State Tretyakov Gallery’s collection.
The first collection of the museum, which was officially opened in 1914, was put together by the councillor to Queen Olga of the Hellenes (before marriage Grand Duchess Olga Romanova), founder of the Christian Archaeological Society George Lambakis.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:
Mr Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great honour for me to attend the opening of this unique exhibition of the Ascension icon, a masterpiece from the collection of Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery. This is a work by a great icon-painter, monk Andrei Rublev.
Andrei Rublev took his inspiration from the cultural and religious heritage of Byzantium, whose spiritual successor Greece is. Having mastered various elements and techniques of Byzantine artists, Rublev was able to add to and enrich them. Mr Prime Minister highlighted the Russian style of this icon.
For a long time, the name of Andrei Rublev was known only to specialists. It was only in the 20th century that his art gained broader recognition. Only five of his works, five icons, have survived. The Ascension is one of them. It exudes a sense of harmony and a balance of form that are inherent to the artist. The icon was painted in the early 15th century during the restoration of the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir.
I would also like to highlight that the exhibition is held as part of the cross-cultural years of Russia and Greece, whose launches the President of Greece and I declared in Moscow in January. I am sure that many more memorable events will be held in the course of this extensive project.
“Vladimir Putin is the president of a country where the constitution proclaims the separation of church and state. At the same time, he is a religious person, taking into account his planned visit to Mount Athos, one of the most important orthodox holy places,” the article read.
Vladimir Putin’s cooperation with Tsipras may break the anti-Russian unanimity within the European Union. Greek Prime Mnister Alexis Tsipras, since he assumed his post has repeatedly criticized Western sanctions against Russia.
The Russian president and Patriarch Kirill have a common mission during their visit to Greece, the article noted.
Ahead of the visit, Vladimir Putin wrote an article that was published by the Greek newspaper Kathimerini , where the Russian leader underlined that
throughout different epochs religion and patriotism have helped the Russian and Greek peoples preserve their identity .
He added that Russia is indispensable for Europe.
“An alliance between state and church is becoming more and more visible in Russia,” the article read.
Recently, the Russian Orthodox Church proposed to establish a new monetary organization controlled by all countries.
According to Le Figaro, thus the Church criticized global dollar and euro dominance.
Aleksandr Dugin, the chief ideologist of the Kremlin-backed “Eurasian” doctrine has been denied entry into the European Union after arriving at the Greek airport of Thessaloniki.
Dugin is not on the EU sanctions list, but he was put last year on the US black list because of his affiliation with an ultranationalist group that Washington says has “actively recruited individuals with military and combat experience to fight on behalf of Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.”
On May 17, Greek border guards refused to let Dugin enter the country after he arrived in Thessaloniki.
Dugin said he was stopped from entering the EU at the request of Hungarian authorities. He told the conservative, religious-themed TV channel Tsargrad, where he serves as editor in chief, that he had been “deported” from Greece.
Dugin has been courting both left-wing and extreme right-wing political groups in Hungary, Greece, and Romania, where he is popular among ultra-nationalists. He said he had wanted to visit Mount Athos in anticipation of Vladimir Putin’s planned visit together with the Russian patriarch Kirill.
Dugin said his “deportation” was “weird”, given that he had traveled freely in the EU in recent months.
Beginning of May, a group of Russian journalists were denied entry in Estonia, where the authorities annulled their Schengen visas.
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For the people in the tourist resort of Tavronitis, Douglas Barr was a retired rugby player and former pub owner, who relocated to Crete in 2007, in order to spend the later years of his life under the Greek sun. Burly and outgoing, the 56-year-old was in good terms with the members of the Brit expat community of the small town, always up for fun and games. Now this community is waking up to face the dark truth. Behind the friendly neighbour facade, was hiding a violent monster, a gun-obsessed rapist who locked and tortured children in the basement of his villa, the Mirror describes
It all unravelled when Barr was arrested in January last year following a dispute over a car crash he was involved in with a neighbour. After drunk-driving into the parked car of Florist Danai Dagunakis, 28, the man responded to her complains by threatening her with a gun. One of the witnesses recognised her assailant and decided to step up and confront him.
This led to another confession, made by another victim to one of Barr’s neighbours, who alerted the British consulate. Both testimonies were heard during the trial that ensued, describing how Barr locked the children in his dark basement lair, tortured them, shaved their heads and eybrows and repeatedly abused them.
“The psychological and physical violence against these children paints a picture of a villain which not even Charles Dickens could have imagined”, said the attorney presenting the case in court, who described Barr as “the definition of barbarity”.
It is understood the abuse stretched back a number of years. The allegations sparked an international investigation, which involved council officials in Leeds, where Barr and his wife Julie had previously lived, raising no concerns about his behaviour. However, according to the Leeds Council officials, an anonymous letter had been sent in August 2014, accusing Barr of the horrific actions; it was then passed to the Greek authorities for further investigation. The two countries have been co-investigating the case since.
Adding insult to injury, it was revealed In court that Barr – who had never played for the Leeds Rhinos, as he had claimed – was living off welfare, funding his lifestyle courtesy of British taxpayers. It was estimated that he could have been receiving up to £4,500 ($8,740) a month in benefits.
He was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in jail. He will serve in one of the toughest prisons in Greece, among fellow sex offenders, people traffickers and drug dealers. As a result of the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, prisons face severe cuts and the Grevena jail has become infamous in recent years for chronic overcrowding, food shortages and brutal prisoner beatings.
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The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which monitors jihadi communications traffic, has reported finding an article published by Al-Wafa that says Hungary is a possible target of Islamic State terrorist. The article says:
“Today It Is Brussels and [Its] Airport, and tomorrow it might be Portugal and Hungary”.
The Hungary Times online reported that nearly two-thirds of Hungarians (65%) consider it possible that Hungary can be the target of a terrorist attack. This is based on the findings of a new public opinion poll conducted by the Hungarian think tank NézőpontIntézet.
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Yes, you could have met this while walking in Greece, just in front of your eyes, or upon your head. A Goat Hanging in the Air, By Its Horns, From The Power Line
And actually, that was the surreal sight that greeted a group of guys near the village of Sykourio in central Greece last Wednesday.
The men activated an “emergency rescue operation” and saved the goat which was dangling from its horns dozens of feet above a steep hill.
They pushed a ladder into a nearby tree. One of the men who climbed up, tied a rope to the goat’s leg and threw it over to his friend standing further up the hillside. The rescuer dragged the goat back to firmer ground.
The goat appeared to be unharmed, leaving everyone speechless about how did it make it to get trapped on the power line in the first place.
And it is not the first time .
Look at this unique photo taken in Central Greece, a couple decades ago.
Watch Men Rescue Goat Hanging By Its Horns From Power Line by the footage posted online
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With increasing border restrictions across the Balkans, the UNHCR agency has early warned for the escalation of the situation into a humanitarian crisis similar to that on the Greek islands last autumn, and especially Lesvos .
Solving Europe’s refugees and migrants’ situation and preventing a new crisis in Greece (which has meanwhile occured, thoug, just in a few hours, as soon as borders closed, after the 7th of March), requires a number of clear actions, Adrian Edwards,UNHCR spokesperson told a press briefing in Geneva.
Among the most urgent of these actions when it comes to Greece is the need for
“The authorities are trying to respond now to prevent a further deterioration of conditions throughout Greece.
But, more resources and better coordination are critical for averting wider suffering and chaos,” Edwards stressed.
UNHCR is continuing to support the response operation and has set up field offices in eight locations and deployed additional staff including mobile emergency teams who quickly move to wherever the changing situation demands.
UNHCR is urging the Greek authorities with the support of the European Asylum Support Office and EU Member States to strongly reinforce its capacity to register and process asylum seekers through the national asylum procedure, as well as through the European relocation scheme.
In the overall management of the situation will also help, the UNHR has said,
UNHCR will convene an important conference on this topic in Geneva on 30 March and hopes for concrete offers in this regard.
All the above measures serve to reduce demand for people smuggling, onward movements, and dangerous boat journeys. They thus save lives.
UNHCR spokesman underlined.
” It should concern everyone that despite commitments to relocate 66,400 refugees from Greece, states have so far only pledged 1,539 spaces, and only 325 actual relocations have occurred,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards underlined.
The FIDH Worldwide Movement for Human Rights strongly condemned by an official Organization Press Release, the EU States’ and Governments’ decesion of March 7, along with the Trurkish Government, and called on the EU and its member States to stop trying to push migrants away at all costs, stop bartering migrants as goods, but create instead legal and safe channels including through increasing their unconditional resettlement capacities.
With the help of NATO, the EU will ‘return all new irregular migrants’ crossing the Aegean Sea to Turkey. Given that migrants reaching Europe are mostly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis in need of international protection, FIDH is worried that these people will not have access to a fair and effective asylum process
According to the plan, the EU would resettle a Syrian from Turkey for every Syrian returned to Turkey
The mere idea that the EU could condition resettlement of Syrians on Turkish willingness to readmit other Syrians is repulsive., codemns FIDH President, Karim Lahidji
‘The announced ‘migrant swap’ shows once again the EU complete lack of consideration for migrants’ dignity and rights. Do we have to remind the EU and Turkish leaders that they are not bartering goods but dealing with human beings, some of them in urgent need of protection? The mere idea that the EU could condition resettlement of Syrians on Turkish willingness to readmit other Syrians is repulsive.’
According to EU Heads of State and Government, for this plan to be ‘legal’, Europe must grant a ‘safe country’ status to Turkey.
‘Under no circumstances can Turkey be considered a ‘safe country’ for migrants. The EU’s decision to turn a blind eye to the deteriorating human rights situation and the lack of an adequate asylum system does not mean it is a safe country. Refugees may be at risk of deportation, in violation of the principle of non-refoulement. This decision only sadly shows that in order to outsource its responsibilities, the EU is caving in to Turkish blackmail using migrants as bargaining chips.’’
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