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Ο Χρίστος Κοτσωνής

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Με Θέμα

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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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