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Χρίστος Κοτσωνής

Βιογραφικό σημείωμα

Ο Χρίστος Κοτσωνής γεννήθηκε στο Πραστείο της Έξω Μάνης το 1958.

Είναι δημοσιογράφος και εκδότης του περιοδικού Όριον που γεννήθηκε (και κρατιέται κυριολεκτικά με αίμα), «από την αγάπη για κάθε τι Ελληνικό».

Επειδή, χωρίς να υποτιμά διόλου τις σπουδές, πιστεύει ότι τα σχολεία και τα Πανεπιστήμια μοιράζουν πτυχία και όχι μυαλά, δεν αναφέρεται στα «χαρτιά του». Απλώς περιορίζεται να δηλώσει «Παρατηρητής των Καιρών του, Αταξινόμητος και λάτρης της Ελευθερίας του Ταϋγέτου», μα πάνω απ’ όλα Έλληνας.

-Δεν συμμετείχε με κανέναν τρόπο στη λεηλασία της Ελλάδας, στην καταστροφή των μνημείων και του περιβάλλοντός της.

-Λατρεύει την Ελληνική Γλώσσα, το Ελληνικό Πνεύμα, τον Ελληνικό Πολιτισμό, τη Φύση, τη Μουσική, την Ιστορία, τη Θάλασσα, τον Έρωτα στη φυσιολογική του μορφή, τη φωτογραφία, το διάβασμα, τη συγγραφή και περισσότερο το Ελληνικό Φως.

-Θεωρεί τη μεγαλύτερη συμφορά των Ελλήνων, που ήλθε κατόπιν αφρόνων ενεργειών και προδοσίας, τη Μικρασιατική Καταστροφή!

-Ανησυχεί έντονα για τα τελευταία γεγονότα στην Ελλάδα που βρίσκεται, όχι σε κρίση αλλά σε Παρακμή που ξεκίνησε από τη Μεταπολίτευση και κορυφώνεται σήμερα

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Powerhouse Ploutarhos Giannis Ploutarhos, the golden child of Greek laika music, graced the Melbourne stage with class and finesse

Giannis Ploutarhos soaks up the adoration of Melbourne fans.

If anyone had any doubts as to how loved and revered Giannis Ploutarhos is, those doubts were put to rest with the incredible reception he received during his Melbourne concert last Saturday night.

The audience at the Westgate Entertainment Complex treated him like a much-loved son who had returned home, wanting to touch his hand, kiss him and take photographs.

The genuinely committed star was all too happy to oblige, and over the course of the night, fans were going up to the stage for seconds and thirds.

One adoring audience member went so far as to wipe his brow with her serviette and then keep it.

The love fest continued through the night, culminating in his visit to each and every table in the venue.

The crowd was so thick – ten people deep – like an unmovable wall, it’s amazing that he didn’t give up.

But he persevered, welcoming every photo, handshake, hug and kiss – his commitment was unwavering.

They should give him a medal for enduring it without once rolling his eyes or looking like he’d had enough.

But back to the music.

Ploutarhos’ repertoire is incredible.

It’s easy to roll off his hits – File, To Kalitero Paidi, To Gramma – but impossible to remember all of them.

Only when the hits kept coming, a tidal wave of recognizable top selling tracks – Ti Stavro Kouvalao, Ipirhan Orki, Fovame Pos, Se Kseperasa – do you realize what a lengthy and consistent career he has had, a legend of the Greek music scene with tremendous staying power.

In fact, while many singers end up repeating their best hits in the same concert, he in fact had cut major hits short – including File – just to squeeze them all in, not to disappoint.

His biggest hits are romantic ballads, and with his charming brown eyes pulling in the crowd, there was a lot of swaying and singing to be done.

Backed by an excellent 12-piece band, his second and final concert in Melbourne was a huge success.

He is truly a professional, maintaining a consistent level of energy and a solid connection with his audience.

As if his sweet nature and generosity of spirit wasn’t evident enough, the Vice President of the Agapi Care Foundation – a Greek Australian charity for which he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars – recited a poem that she personally wrote for Ploutarhos.

At first the crowd was unsure as to why the concert was being interrupted, but it ended up being a heartfelt moment with a moved Ploutarhos putting his hand on his heart in appreciation of her moving words.

It’s safe to say there was a lot of love in the room that night.

Australian Hellenic Council gives voice to wider Hellenic issues

Source: NeosKosmos

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L-R: Michael Christodoulides, Sophocles Kitharidis, Peter Doukas, and Eleni Efthymiou, members of AHC.

The Australian Hellenic Council has held its Annual National Conference to discuss issues relevant to Hellenes in Australia

The Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) has held its Annual National Conference to discuss issues relevant to Hellenes in Australia and the wider diaspora, such as Greek migration to Australia.

Delegates from all over Australia attended the conference last week, as well as Acting Ambassador of Greece to Australia, Mr Loukas Tsokos and the High Commissioner of Cyprus, Mr Yianni Yiacovou.

Both diplomats spoke to the delegates and passed on their messages of congratulations for hosting the unified event.

Ambassador Tsokos and High Commissioner Yiacovou provided an analysis on Hellenic national issues as well as current events in Greece and Cyprus.

National representatives from the largest Greek Australian Federations, Greek Orthodox Communities and organisations from across Australia participated, as well as young Greek Australians Peter Doukas, Sophocles Kitharidis, Lex Georgiou, Michael Christodoulides and Eleni Efthymiou, representing peak Hellenic organisations who took the lead in presenting issues to our Federal Parliamentarians.

The youthful leadership was evident when presenting Australian Hellenic issues to assist our MPs in acknowledging that these issues hold particular relevance to the wider Australian Hellenic community and to Australian society as a whole.

The issue of Greek migration to Australia was discussed with a number of MPs including the Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon. Chris Bowen.

Other key issues of concern including the “Macedonian” issue, the Cyprus question, the Christian Genocide of Anatolia and the violation of civil and human rights of the Greek minority in Northern Epirus, were also raised.

The National Charter for the AHC was unanimously ratified by the delegates. This will provide the AHC with the ability to operate with greater efficiency and with more resources providing the Hellenic-Australian community with a more effective and cohesive voice.

It was further agreed that the National Presidium will consist of the National President, Mr Evan Kakulas (also the State Coordinator for WA), the State Coordinator for NSW, Mr John Petropoulos, and the State Coordinator for Victoria, Mr Peter Jasonides.

The AHC is the peak umbrella body representing the Australian Greek community nationwide.

Australia should learn EU lessons: Abbott

Source: Breaking National News

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott says former Future Fund head David Murray’s warning that Australia risks a European-style economic downturn if debt is not addressed is a “timely reminder”.

Mr Murray said on Wednesday Australia’s dependence on the rest of the world for trade and capital financing made it “easily possible” to follow the path of countries like Greece, which face problems repaying their sovereign debt problems.

“I think that’s a timely warning from David Murray,” Mr Abbott told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

“The lesson of Europe is that countries can go very quickly from a strong position to a parlous position if things aren’t well managed.”

The federal government had “completely mishandled the mining sector” by loading it with extra costs, such as the mining tax and carbon tax.

“This is a government which just assumes that rivers of gold will keep on flowing into this country,” Mr Abbott said.

“Well, I’m afraid you can never make that kind of assumption.”

Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury said earlier on Thursday that while it was important to balance the national budget, the comparison between Greece and Australia was “frankly reckless and irresponsible”.

“(It’s) like telling Black Caviar if she didn’t watch out, next year she’d be giving kids pony rides at the St Marys Spring Festival,” he told Sky News.

“This is the sort of thing that you hear if you listen to Alan Jones on 2GB.”

Greece’s economy has been contracting for the past six years but Australia has had 21 years of ongoing growth, Mr Bradbury said.

Liberal frontbencher Bruce Billson said Mr Murray’s comments showed the government’s economic management strategy was unsustainable.

“This government is not only spending all the money that’s coming in, they’re borrowing $100 million a day,” he said.

Greek police send crime victims to neo-Nazi ‘protectors’

Source: The Guardian

Far-right Golden Dawn party filling vacuum for those neglected by state after MPs elected to fight ‘immigrant scum’

Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party is increasingly assuming the role of law enforcement officers on the streets of the bankrupt country, with mounting evidence that Athenians are being openly directed by police to seek help from the neo-Nazi group, analysts, activists and lawyers say.

In return, a growing number of Greek crime victims have come to see the party, whose symbol bears an uncanny resemblance to the swastika, as a “protector”.

One victim of crime, an eloquent US-trained civil servant, told the Guardian of her family’s shock at being referred to the party when her mother recently called the police following an incident involving Albanian immigrants in their downtown apartment block.

“They immediately said if it’s an issue with immigrants go to Golden Dawn,” said the 38-year-old, who fearing for her job and safety, spoke only on condition of anonymity. “We don’t condone Golden Dawn but there is an acute social problem that has come with the breakdown of feeling of security among lower and middle class people in the urban centre,” she said. “If the police and official mechanism can’t deliver and there is no recourse to justice, then you have to turn to other maverick solutions.”

Other Greeks with similar experiences said the far-rightists, catapulted into parliament on a ticket of tackling “immigrant scum” were simply doing the job of a defunct state that had left a growing number feeling overwhelmed by a “sense of powerlessness”. “Nature hates vacuums and Golden Dawn is just filling a vacuum that no other party is addressing,” one woman lamented. “It gives ‘little people’ a sense that they can survive, that they are safe in their own homes.”

Far from being tamed, parliamentary legitimacy appears only to have emboldened the extremists. In recent weeks racially-motivated attacks have proliferated. Immigrants have spoken of their fear of roaming the streets at night following a spate of attacks by black-clad men on motorbikes. Street vendors from Africa and Asia have also been targeted.

“For a lot of people in poorer neighbourhoods we are liberators,” crowed Yiannis Lagos, one of 18 MPs from the stridently patriot “popular nationalist movement” to enter the 300-seat house in June. “The state does nothing,” he told a TV chat show, adding that Golden Dawn was the only party that was helping Greeks, hit by record levels of poverty and unemployment, on the ground. Through an expansive social outreach programme, which also includes providing services to the elderly in crime-ridden areas, the group regularly distributes food and clothes parcels to the needy.

But the hand-outs come at a price: allegiance to Golden Dawn. “A friend who was being seriously harassed by her husband and was referred to the party by the police very soon found herself giving it clothes and food in return,” said a Greek teacher, who, citing the worsening environment enveloping the country, again spoke only on condition of anonymity. “She’s a liberal and certainly no racist and is disgusted by what she has had to do.”
The strategy, however, appears to be paying off. On the back of widespread anger over biting austerity measures that have also hit the poorest hardest, the popularity of the far-rightists has grown dramatically with polls indicating a surge in support for the party.

One survey last week showed a near doubling in the number of people voicing “positive opinions” about Golden Dawn, up from 12% in May to 22%. The popularity of Nikos Michaloliakos, the party’s rabble-rousing leader had shot up by 8 points, much more than any other party leader.

Paschos Mandravelis, a prominent political analyst, attributed the rise in part to the symbiotic relationship between the police and Golden Dawn. “Greeks haven’t turned extremist overnight. A lot of the party’s backing comes from the police, young recruits who are a-political and know nothing about the Nazis or Hitler,” he said. “For them, Golden Dawn supporters are their only allies on the frontline when there are clashes between riot police and leftists.”

Riding the wave, the party has taken steps to set up branches among diaspora Greek communities abroad, opening an office in New York last week. Others are expected to open in Australia and Canada. Cadres say they are seeing particular momentum in support from women.

With Greeks becoming ever more radicalised, the conservative-led government has also clamped down on illegal immigration, detaining thousands in camps and increasing patrols along the country’s land and sea frontier with Turkey.

But in an environment of ever increasing hate speech and mounting tensions, the party’s heavy-handedness is also causing divisions. A threat by Golden Dawn to conduct raids against vendors attending an annual fair in the town of Arta this weekend has caused uproar.

“They say they have received complaints about immigrant vendors from shop owners here but that is simply untrue,” said socialist mayor Yiannis Papalexis. “Extra police have been sent down from Athens and if they come they will be met by leftists who have said they will beat them up with clubs. I worry for the stability of my country.”

Seated in her office beneath the Acropolis, Anna Diamantopoulou, a former EU commissioner, shakes her head in disbelief. Despair, she says, has brought Greece to a dangerous place.

“I never imagined that something like Golden Dawn would happen here, that Greeks could vote for such people,” she sighed. “This policy they have of giving food only to the Greeks and blood only to the Greeks. The whole package is terrifying. This is a party based on hate of ‘the other’. Now ‘the other’ is immigrants, but who will ‘the other’ be tomorrow?”

Turkey asks UN Security Council to act after Syria attack

Source: Reuters

Turkey on Wednesday asked the U.N. Security Council to take the “necessary action” to stop Syrian aggression and ensure that Syria respect its territorial sovereignty after a mortar bomb fired from Syria killed five Turkish civilians.

“This is an act of aggression by Syria against Turkey,” Turkish U.N. Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan said in a letter to the president of the 15-nation Security Council, Guatemalan Ambassador Gert Rosenthal.

“It constitutes a flagrant violation of international law as well as a breach of international peace and security,” said the letter, which was obtained by Reuters.

West Australian strongman aims to be the best

Source: The West Australian

Daniel Macri, said to be WA’s strongest man, was just getting warmed up yesterday when he pulled a 10-tonne truck behind him in preparation for the Perth final of Australia’s strongest man competition this weekend.

In the heavyweight division on Saturday, another 10 tonnes will be added when a trailer is hooked on to the truck.

Macri, 23, a 170kg, 186cm man-mountain, has to haul it 20m.

He will be pitted against three men in five other events, including the yoke carry, where competitors carry a 425kg frame for 25m.

In the log press, they have to lift a 310kg metal log above their heads as many times as they can in one minute. They will carry two metal suitcases, each weighing 140kg, for 50m in the farmer’s walk.

Despite tearing a muscle at the end of last year, Macri, of Alfred Cove, is favourite to win. If he does, he will head to the national final in NSW next month. Macri came fourth last year.

He said his interest in the sport was sparked when he watched the World’s Strongest Man competition on TV when he was 14.

Macri encouraged others to get into the sport.

“I just love the feeling of beating my personal best and striving to do things that no one else can do,” he said.

The event starts at 10am at Muscle Worx in Currambine.

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Η Χρυσή Αυγή και στην Νέα Υόρκη;

Source: GoodRead

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Η Χρυσή Αυγή εμφανίστηκε και στο χώρο της Ομογένειας της Νέας Υόρκης, προκαλώντας αντιδράσεις, εντός και εκτός της ελληνοαμερικανικής κοινότητας.
Oμογενειακοί φορείς, όπως η ΑΧΕΠΑ, με ανακοινώσεις τους καταδικάζουν την ιδεολογία και τις ενέργειες των μελών της Χρυσής Αυγής.

Επίσης, στελέχη αμερικανοεβραϊκών οργανώσεων εκφράζουν την ανησυχία τους, υποστηρίζοντας ότι πρόκειται για «επικίνδυνο φαινόμενο».
Η εφημερίδα Νιου Γιορκ Τάιμς, σε δημοσίευμά της την περασμένη Δευτέρα, ανέφερε ότι η «ακροδεξιά οργάνωση», όπως επισήμανε, άνοιξε πρόσφατα γραφείο στη Νέα Υόρκη, ανακοινώνοντας την παρουσία της μέσω Διαδικτύου.

Σύμφωνα πάντως με τα μέχρι τώρα δεδομένα, η Χρυσή Αυγή δεν λειτουργεί δικό της γραφείο στην Αστόρια. Μια φωτογραφία που δημοσιεύτηκε σε διάφορα έντυπα και ιστοσελίδες με μέλη της Χρυσής Αυγής έχει παρθεί από τα γραφεία της Ομοσπονδίας Ελληνικών Σωματείων Νέας Υόρκης, στην Αστόρια.

Σε ανακοίνωσή της η Ομοσπονδία υποστηρίζει ότι δεν έχει «καμία συνεργασία» με την Χρυσή Αυγή και ότι το οίκημά της, το Σταθάκειο Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο στην Αστόρια, «δεν χρησιμοποιείται» από τη Χρυσή Αυγή.

Τέλος, η Αριστερή Κίνηση Νέας Υόρκης με ανακοίνωσή της εκφράζει την “έντονη αποδοκιμασία” των μελών της για την εγκατάσταση συνδέσμου και την έναρξη δραστηριοτήτων της Χρυσής Αυγής στην Αστόρια της Νέας Υόρκης και σε άλλες περιοχές της Βόρειας Αμερικής, σημειώνοντας επίσης ότι “η Χρυσή Αυγή λυμαίνεται την ανέχεια και την απόγνωση μεγάλου μέρους της ελληνικής κοινωνίας, με απώτερο σκοπό τη συλλογή ψήφων και οπαδών”.

Can you hear the roar of the V8s from your house? It all starts at 8am today

Source: WesternAdvocate

Eveything old is new Save

CRAIG Lowndes and Team Vodafone are the final team to unveil their retro Bathurst livery, with the Triple Eight Commodore wearing a similar paint scheme to Peter Brock’s all-conquering 1979 Holden Dealer Team Torana.

The Commodore was delivered to the track in style, taken by helicopter to the top of Mount Panorama and placed near Brock Skyline, where Lowndes and Bev Brock jumped in and drove to the pits to be greeted by a large crowd of fans.

While Lowndes doesn’t expect to repeat Brock’s effort of winning by six laps and setting the lap record on the final lap, he does hope that it brings him luck.

“It’s a great honour for me. I grew up watching from the couch, seeing this livery go round the Mountain and hoping to come and compete. Now I hope I can do it justice,” Lowndes said.

“Vodafone have been fantastic to allow us to sticker the car the same way it was in the late 1970s when Peter drove here, and to have Bev here beside me is fantastic.

“We were talking as we drove down Skyline through the Dipper and Bev said she was reminded how harsh the cars were and how difficult they were.

“For me it’s going to be a very difficult and very emotional weekend, the same way it was in 2006. This brings it all back up again.”

Bev Brock said she was delighted to see one of Peter’s liveries being re-done and said there was no-one more fitting that Lowndes to be sporting it.

“It’s mind-blowing,” she said. “You don’t expect this sort of thing. Here you are on the 40th anniversary of Peter’s first victory and to have Craig in this car out there, running all day and hopefully finishing first – Peter would be so unbelievably proud,” she said.

Brock said that if Peter was around to give Lowndes advice, it would be to enjoy the race and soak up the atmosphere, rather than just focusing on the win.

“He would say to Craig, this is the greatest race track in the universe, it was never just on Earth, it had to be the universe, and you are the flagbearer for the motorsport fraternity so go out there and focus on lap after lap,” she said. “Don’t get ahead of yourself and who knows, you might cross the finish line first.

“Peter did say that some of his greatest races were the ones he didn’t win, the ones where he had the greatest challenges. We tend to focus on the winner but we know that everyone out there has driven an amazing race to end up making it. To Peter it was the pinnacle of his year and he would be so honoured to see this.”

Lowndes is playing down any suggestions that he and co-driver Warren Luff are the favourites for Sunday’s race but form is on their side, with the pair producing a near flawless effort to win the Sandown 500 last month.

“It will be a tough week of motor racing”,” Lowndes said. “The 500 proved that. The fast cars will come to the front but there’s 1000 kilometres, 161 laps. It’s going to be one hell of a day. Jamie [Whincup] and PD [Paul Dumbrell] are pretty pumped, Warren and I are delighted obviously. It’s the best possible week of lead-up, coming out of the 500 the way we did,” Lowndes said.

“There’s no doubt that Jamie and PD will be fast. FPR and Stone Brothers will also be there. This is one of the races that everyone lifts for. It’s no surprise the number of people who are here. We went through town and the atmosphere was unbelieveable. There’s not doubt that everyone has come here with their best race car and best preparation to give it their best shot.

Team Vodafone have put plenty of effort in, with Lowndes and Warren Luff wearing race suits similar in design to those that Brock and Jim Richards wore.

Those race suits will be auctioned after the race, along with panels of the car, to raise funds for the Peter Brock Foundation.

Stephanopoulos has history of calling presidential debates for Democrats

Source: FoxNews

Ideally, journalists who cover presidential debates should be fair, objective truth-seekers, but tonight’s showdown between President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney may have the deck stacked in favor of the sitting president — at least when it comes to ABC News’ coverage.

ABC News anchor and chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos will be one of the journalists analyzing Wednesday’s debate for his network, and the former communications director for Bill Clinton has never been shy about his leftist leanings.

According to analysis from the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters blog, Stephanopoulos declared victory for the Democratic candidate in eight out of the past nine general election presidential debates — including Al Gore’s infamous eye-rolling-and-deep-sighing performance in his 2000 debate with George Bush, disagreeing with the majority of pundits who ceded victory to the soon-to-be president.

“Gore dominated,” Stephanopoulos declared after the debate. “It was even the way that he would interrupt Jim Lehrer and say, ‘Listen, I want one more word.’ He looked like he was dominating, and then again, the issues that the time was spent on, prescription drugs, education, Social Security, even the RU-486 and abortion issue, all of those favor Gore.”

Just last Sunday, during an appearance on “Good Morning America,” Stephanopoulos argued that Romney is under “huge, huge” pressure. “He is behind right now. He is behind nationally, he’s behind in all of the battleground states. This is the last big audience that Mitt Romney is going to have with about four and a half weeks left to go.”

Should a journalist who is covering the presidential debates — one who is ostensibly supposed to be neutral — be offering such a negative opinion of one of the candidate’s chances in what could be a game-changing night?
Former New York Times executive editor Max Frankel criticized Stephanopoulos’ ascension from politics to punditry.

“The overnight transformation of George Stephanopoulos from partisan pitchman to television journalist highlights a disturbing phenomenon: the progressive collapse of the walls that traditionally separated news from propaganda,” warned Frankel way back in 1997. “Self-respecting news organizations used to pride themselves on the sturdy barriers they maintained to guard against all kinds of partisan contamination.”

For the past 15 years, there are numerous examples of Stephanopoulos championing Democrats with his purportedly “objective” analysis.
“(Obama) comes in at a significant disadvantage on commander in chief,” Stephanopoulos said after the 2008 debates between Obama and John McCain, a former prisoner of war.

“People wonder whether he has this experience to be president, to handle national security, and I think on answer after answer after answer, he showed confidence, he showed toughness and he showed he belonged on that stage. … Bottom line, the winner is Barack Obama.”

Stephanopoulos even gave the edge in 2004 to John Kerry, who went on to lose the election to George Bush. “I think the most important thing that Senator Kerry did stylistically last night is he showed strength in his demeanor,” Stephanopoulos opined post-debate.

“I guarantee you that if you didn’t speak English, you walked in and watched the debate last night without the sound on, you would believe that John Kerry was the incumbent, was the president.”

Just last week, Stephanopoulos posted a video on his blog in response to one of his Twitter followers who asked if the momentum of the presidential race could change with the debates.

“(Here’s) the predicament that Mitt Romney faces right now,” explained Stephanopoulos. “You go back to the last 19 elections, in 18 of them the person who was ahead at this point, late September, 40 days out, has won the race,” adding that the former Massachusetts governor’s “back is certainly up against the wall right now.”
So, who will win the debate tonight? If you ask Stephanopoulos, history says the odds are 88 percent that he’ll say Obama.

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