Ξάνθη: Γιαγιά 100 χρονών αποκαλύπτει το μυστικό της!

 Ξάνθη: Γιαγιά 100 χρονών αποκαλύπτει το μυστικό της! (vid)

«Στιγμές, στιγμές είναι η ζωή και όποιος πολλές κερδίσει, ευτυχισμένος στη ζωή τραβάει προς τη Δύση»

Στην ηρεμία του πνεύματος και τη ψυχική και πνευματική υγεία κρύβει το μυστικό της μακροζωίας της η τρισχαριτωμένη κα. Αθηνά Κεμενέ, που πριν από μερικές ημέρες συμπλήρωσε αισίως έναν αιώνα ζωής.

Γεννημένη στην Αθήνα στις 29 Νοεμβρίου του 1912 η κ. Αθηνά κόρη μεγαλοεργολάβου, κουβαλάει στις πλάτες της ένα πολύπαθο ταξίδι ζωής γεμάτο συγκινήσεις, στιγμές χαράς και λύπης, διανθισμένο με κακουχίες και εμπειρίες που σαν απόσταγμα μνήμης μεταλαμπαδεύει ως πνευματική της κληρονομία στις επόμενες γενιές.

Η κ. Αθηνά, γνωστή και ως Μινέρβα ή Ντεκού, έχασε τον άντρα της πολύ νωρίς και έμεινε μόνη με την τετράχρονη κόρη της, δίνοντας τη δική της μάχη με τη ζωή. Γνώρισε τον έρωτα στα χρόνια της κατοχής ενώ αναπολώντας στιγμές από τότε περιγράφει με αφοπλιστική γλαφυρότητα τον τρόμο και τον φόβο που διακατείχε τόσο την ίδια όσο και το σύνολο του ελληνικού πληθυσμού.

Αναμνήσεις μιας ζωής… σε κάδρα φωτογραφιών!

Χαρακτηριστικά, αναφέρει στην κάμερα του ThrakiToday.com πως στην προσπάθεια της να βγει έξω τη νύχτα και ενώ οι Γερμανοί κατακτητές είχαν επιβάλει την απαγόρευση της κυκλοφορίας είχε μεταμφιεστεί σε ηλικιωμένη ανήμπορη γυναίκα για να γλιτώσει από τις δυσμενείς επιπτώσεις της παράβασης του απαγορευτικού.

Το μεγαλύτερο κομμάτι της ζωής της το αφιέρωσε στη ραπτική, τεχνική που ανέπτυξε με ιδιαίτερη αφοσίωση και μεράκι και από την οποία κατάφερε να θρέψει και να μεγαλώσει την κόρη της, ενώ έζησε και για ένα μεγάλο χρονικό διάστημα στο εξωτερικό. «Έβλεπα τα τρένα να περνάνε και σκεφτόμουν πότε θα έρθει η δική μου η σειρά να πάρω το τρένο για την πατρίδα» σημειώνει η ίδια αναπολώντας τις στιγμές της ξενιτιάς με «τη νοσταλγία για την πατρίδα» να την φέρνει πάλι πίσω στην Ελλάδα, όπου ζει σήμερα ευτυχισμένη με την οικογένεια της.

Η κα. Αθηνά με την κόρη

της Μαίρη και τη.. δισέγγονη της!

Σήμερα η κα. Αθηνά ζει στη Διομήδεια Ξάνθης, και όπως εξηγεί η ίδια «όπου γης και πατρίς». Ο θεσμός της οικογένειας παραμένει για την ίδια πηγή ζωής, απολαμβάνοντας τη συντροφιά της κόρης της, της εγγονής και της δισέγγονης της.

Η φινέτσα μιας άλλης εποχής παραμένει ακόμη χαραγμένη στην αύρα της, ενώ πίσω από το ρυτιδιασμένο της πρόσωπο διακρίνει κανείς με περισσή ευκολία μια παιδική αθωότητα που σε κάνει να ξεχνάς πως απέναντι σου έχεις έναν άνθρωπο που μόλις έγινε… 100 χρονών!

 

Η εξομολόγηση της Άννας Βίσση: «Την ώρα της πτώσης σκέφτηκα τον πατέρα μου, το ατύχημα του φίλου μου»

Η εξομολόγηση της Άννας Βίσση: «Την ώρα της πτώσης σκέφτηκα τον πατέρα μου, το ατύχημα του φίλου μου»

Η Άννα Βίσση μίλησε για το ατύχημά της!

«Έχω δυο πλευρά σπασμένα. Έχω μάθει να ζω μ΄αυτό. Πονάω λίγο όταν αλλάζει ο καιρός, αλλά είμαι σκληρή στον πόνο. Περισσότερο με φόβισε μην έχω πάθει κάτι πιο σοβαρό. Ήταν πολύ απότομο. Τρόμαξα, τρόμαξε και ο κόσμος. Στεναχωρήθηκα που πήγε πίσω η πρεμιέρα και για τους ανθρώπους που δουλεύουν εκεί και έχασαν τη δουλειά τους για μερικές εβδομάδες» είπε χαρακτηριστικά η τραγουδίστρια στους δημοσιογράφους!

Η Άννα δεν κρατά κακία στον άνθρωπο που έκανε το λάθος:«Ήταν ανθρώπινο το λάθος. Θεωρώ ότι θα έπρεπε να το έχω προσέξει περισσότερο, και να σιγουρευτεί πως έχω κατέβει τα σκαλιά και μετά να πατήσει το κουμπί. Αλλά μες την ατυχία μου ήμουν πολύ τυχερή που δεν έπαθα κάτι χειρότερο».

Από το μυαλό της τη στιγμή της πτώσης πέρασαν τα αγαπημένα της πρόσωπα: «Εκείνη την ώρα σκέφτηκα τον πατέρα μου, το ατύχημα του φίλου μου, και ήταν η γιορτή του πατέρα μου. Όταν κινδυνεύει η ζωή μας, σκέφτεσαι τους ανθρώπους που αγαπάς και τους αγγέλους που σε προστατεύουν».

Όταν είδε πώς είναι καλά αμέσως τηλεφώνησε στην κόρη της Σοφία.

Όσο για την προσωπική της ζωή είπε: «Προσωπικά είμαι καλά. Είμαι μόνη μου». Και δεν δίστασε να πει: «Έχω συγχωρέσει απιστία και ήταν μια καλή άσκηση στη ζωή μου. Μου πήρε χρόνο βέβαια, κι εκεί κατάλαβα πόσο αγαπούσα το συγκεκριμένο άτομο».

Ενώ  αποκάλυψε πώς έχει απιστήσει: «Έχω απιστήσει, αλλά δεν με έχουν πιάσει. Γενικά δεν είμαι άπιστη. Δεν μετάνιωσα. Του άξιζε!»

 

The world’s most awesome new skyscrapers

Source: News

Top 10 best new skscrapers:

– 8 Spruce Street, New York City, 265.1 metres, 76 storeys
– Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, 412 metres, 80 storeys
– Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, 217.5 – 305.3 metres, 56 -79 storeys
– KK100, Shenzhen, 441.8 metres, 100 storeys
– Victoria Tower, Stockholm is 117.6 metres, 34 storeys
– Great American Tower, Cincinnati, 202.69-metres, 41 storeys
– F&F Tower, Panama City, 242.9 metres, 52 storeys
– Northeast Asia Trade Tower, Incheon, 308 metres, 68 storeys
– Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore, 120 – 178 metres, 21-41 storeys
– Tianjin Global Financial Centre, Tianjin, 336.9 metres, 72 storeys

Eight Spruce Street

The Eight Spruce Street tower has been named the world’s best new skyscraper. Picture: Supplied

Eight Spruce Street

The shape of the Eight Spruce Street building keeps varying. Picture: Jim Henderson

THE top 10 most amazing new skyscrapers in the world have been revealed.

Eight Spruce Street in New York has been named the world’s greatest tower to be completed last year in the Emporis Skyscraper Award – known as “the Oscars of architecture”. There were 220 buildings in the running.

Judges said the 76-storey Eight Spruce Street tower “stands out even in Manhattan’s already remarkable skyline”.

The shape of the 265-metre building changes with the angle you view it at due to its composition – it’s made of 10,500 stainless steel pipes in different shapes.

Coming in at second place was the 412-metre high Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait. It was praised for its design which protects the building from the searing desert sun.

The judges also praised its deep sculpted, angled window on the south wall, giving sweeping views across the city.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Towers took out third place. The huge complex is made up of three residential towers, one office tower and a hotel tower.

Abu Dhabi

The Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi. Picture: Kate Schneider

Meanwhile. The KK100 in Shenzhen, China, shared fourth spot with the Victoria Tower in Stockholm and Great American Tower in Cincinnati – a $308 million inspired by a photograph of a tiara worn by Diana, Princess of Wales.

Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore

Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore. Picture: Stankn/Wiki

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The world’s strangest skyscrapers

The Elephant, Thailand

This building in Bangkok is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. The three towers depict the country’s national animal and you can also see an eye and a tusk. The building is used as housing, offices and a language school.

The Wooden Skyscraper, Russia

The architect and owner of this wooden home was in prison when his construction business collapsed. Now, all he has left is the 13-storey building which he kept adding to despite the pleas of town authorities. Creepy or not? Monstrosity or quirky home? You decide.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

The fourth tallest hotel in the world towers over Dubai on its own artificial island. The luxury hotel is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.

The Hundertwasser House, Austria

This apartment house in Vienna was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an artist renowned for using irregular forms in his building design. The apartments feature undulating floors, a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms with limbs extending from the windows.

The Robot, Thailand

This building in Bangkok has a playfulness about it we like a lot – it even looks a bit like loveable robot Wall-E. It was designed for the Bank of Asia to represent the computerisation of banking and apparently the architect used his son’s toy robot as inspiration.

The Gherkin, England

The building in the City of London may greatly resemble a giant phallus, but it also sold for a record 600 million pounds sterling ($945.6m) in a deal thought to be the most ever paid for an office building in Britain. The 41-storey block has prime position in the city’s financial district.

Fuji Television, Japan

The headquaters of this private nationwide TV station in Japan is one of the countries most futuristic-looking buildings. Visitors can enjoy the city sights from the building’s observatory deck housed in the sphere-shaped part of the building.

The CCTV building, China

The striking structure in Beijing, China, was completed in 2008 before the city hosted the Olympic Games. The 44-storey building serves as a HQ for China Central Television.

The Burj Khalifa, Dubai

The building is now the world’s tallest skyscraper at 829.84m. It opened in January 2010 and the total cost was about $1.48 billion.

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

The spectacular hotel opened in 2011 and features a 150m walkway, an infinity pool and botanical gardens in the dreamy-sounding skypark. The tallest of three 55-storey towers is nearly 200m high, and inside there are many restaurants and a casino.

The Umeda Sky building, Japan

The building in Osaka was first conceived in 1988 and features in the computer game Simcity 3000. The two towers are connected by a “floating garden observatory” and there is also an underground replica of an early 20th century Osaka market.

The Lloyd’s building, England

The London office hub is also known as the “inside outside building”. It was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986. Like the Pompidou Centre in Paris, its staircases, water pipes and electrical power conduits are all on the outside which makes for an interesting concept in the heart of the City.

The Torre Velasca, Italy

It became a symbol of the modern city after it was built in the 1950s surrounded by ancient buildings. The top third of the building represents a medieval watch tower and its features also resemble aspects of the city’s Gothic architecture.

The Lippo Centre, Hong Kong

The Lippo Centre is a pair of twin office buildings. The configuration looks a lot like a game of jenga with bits sticking out like it could all topple over. The buildings were finished in 1988.

Γιώργος Τσαλίκης: «Ποτέ δεν ήταν μόνιμος νταλκάς στο κεφάλι μου το sex!»

Γιώργος Τσαλίκης: «Ποτέ δεν ήταν μόνιμος νταλκάς στο κεφάλι μου το sex!»

Ο Γιώργος Τσαλίκης σε συνέντευξή του μίλησε μεταξύ άλλων για την σύζυγο του Δώρα και τον γάμο τους.

«Πρέπει ν’ ανανεώνεις τη σχέση, να κάνεις βήματα. Απαιτείται προσπάθεια. Προσωπικά δεν επαναπαύομαι και δεν θεωρώ κανέναν και τίποτα δεδομένο» είπε χαρακτηριστικά ο τραγουδιστής στο περιοδικό «ΕΓΩ Weekly»!

Προσθέτει πως «η ίδια η ζωή ανανέωσε τη σχέση μας. Τα παιδιά μας, οι καθημερινές προκλήσεις, οι περίοδοι που έπρεπε να ισορροπήσουμε τα πράγματα. Δεν βαλτώσαμε. Δεν περάσαμε ποτέ μια ίδια περίοδο στη ζωή μας».

Και τονίζει πώς «δεν φτάσαμε ποτέ στα όρια να πούμε ότι περάσαμε κρίση ή ένα χοντρό καυγά. Είμαστε πάρα πολύ αγαπημένο ζευγάρι».

Η Δώρα είναι όπως λέει: «η γυναίκα της ζωής μου!»

Υπήρξε ποτέ υπερσεξουαλικός στη ζωή του;

«Όχι δεν υπήρξα. Ίσως λίγο στην εφηβεία μου, αλλά ποτέ δεν ήταν μόνιμος νταλκάς στο κεφάλι μου το σεξ. Είχα διεξόδους. Δεν είχα βαλτώσει ποτέ, να είμαι κλειδωμένος σε ένα δωμάτιο και να βλέπω τσόντες. Δεν έχω περάσει τέτοιες φάσεις».

Άννα Βίσση – Αντώνης Κανάκης: Τα μυστικά τους ραντεβού!

Βίσση – Κανάκης: Τα μυστικά τους ραντεβού!

Η Άννα Βίσση και ο Αντώνης Κανάκης εδώ και αρκετό καιρό κάνουν πολύ στενή παρέα.

Όσες φορές η τραγουδίστρια συναντά τον παρουσιαστή δείχνει ιδιαίτερα χαρούμενη ενώ σύμφωνα με δημοσίευμα του περιοδικού Ciao, οι δυο τους συναντιούνται όλο και περισσότερο στη συμπρωτεύουσα και επιλέγουν απόμερα μαγαζιά ώστε να μην γίνονται στόχος των φωτορεπόρτερ.

Πολλοί είναι αυτοί που κάνουν λόγο για κάτι παραπάνω από φιλία ενώ κάποια άλλοι υποστηρίζουν πως οι δυο τους είναι απλά φίλοι. Αξίζει βέβαια να αναφερθεί πως οι δυο τους ανταλλάσσουν μηνύματα ενώ όποτε τους δίνεται η ευκαιρία συναντιούνται.

Ο χρόνος λοιπόν θα δείξει τι τελικά συμβαίνει ανάμεσα τους!

The world’s media has gone into a panic about Greek fascists Golden Dawn

Source: Redpepper.org.uk

Dawn of a new danger

The world’s media has gone into a panic about Greek fascists Golden Dawn. Here, Yiorgos Vassalos examines their neo-Nazi politics and the reasons for their support

Members of the neo‑Nazi Golden Dawn march through the streets in their blackshirts. Photo: Alexandros Michailidis. Below, Hitler on the cover of Golden Dawn magazine

Golden Dawn is not exactly subtle in its Nazi allegiances. This is a group that in 1989, four years after it was founded, decided to put Hitler on the cover of its magazine (pictured right). Even as late as 2007 the publication led on a big picture of Rudolf Hess.

In 2005 the magazine ran an article headlined ‘May 1945-May 2005: We have nothing to celebrate’. It read, ‘[The real] winner is the young fighter of the Hitlerjugend, who fell fighting in destroyed Berlin. The soldier of the Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS, against the forces of nature and the forces of the enemy.’

Yet somehow Golden Dawn continues to deny that it is a neo‑Nazi organisation. ‘Let everyone know that they should not speak of neo-Nazism,’ says Ilias Kasidiaris, the Golden Dawn MP best known for punching left-wing MPs on a TV chat show. ‘For us, this is hubris and criminal defamation. We are Greek nationalists.’ This is a man who, in an article written for Hitler’s birthday just last year, wrote that the Nazi leader was ‘a great social reformer and an organiser of a model state’.

While the veil might seem transparent, and the international media hasn’t been slow to build up the threat from Golden Dawn, 425,000 people in Greece still voted for this neo-Nazi party. How did that happen?

To answer this question, we need to look back at where Golden Dawn came from, the base of its support and how it has built a following during Greece’s crisis. Only then can we look beyond the horror story to see who is really threatening democracy in Greece – and how we can stop them.

The long shadow of the colonels

Golden Dawn was founded in 1985 – but its roots stretch back much further, to the fascist dictatorship of General Metaxas that ruled Greece from 1936 to 1941, and more directly to the colonels’ junta of 1967 to 1974.

The personal political history of Golden Dawn’s founder and leader Nikos Michaloliakos shows the links. At the age of 16 he joined the ‘4th of August Party’ – named after the 4 August 1936 coup that brought General Metaxas to power. Then in 1984 he became the head of the youth organisation of fascist party EPEN, a group openly nostalgic for the colonels’ regime. Michaloliakos was put into the position on the order of the chief of the deposed colonels himself, Georgios Papadopoulos.

Since 1980, Michaloliakos had been publishing a magazine called Golden Dawn. When EPEN failed to make the electoral breakthrough that had been predicted in 1985, he decided to split and turn Golden Dawn into a new party.

He was helped by the fact that large parts of the state were left unchanged despite the fall of the dictatorship in 1974. The extreme right remained strong in the police and the security forces in particular.

Today Golden Dawn’s ties with the police and the secret state are becoming more and more obvious, as anti-fascists and migrants are constantly harassed and physically attacked but the neo-Nazis remain uninvestigated and unpunished.

This September, for instance, supposed ‘indignant residents’ backed by Golden Dawn completely destroyed two shops belonging to migrants and a Tanzanian community centre. The police pressured the migrants not to identify those who had been involved in the attack. When one insisted on doing so, he was arrested – while his attacker was set free. Ioanna Kurtovik, a lawyer who went there to support the migrants and was attacked, reports that Golden Dawn members and police officers could be seen chatting all over the police station.

More recently, arrested anti-fascists reported police bluntly telling them: ‘We will send your names and photos to Golden Dawn and they will come after you.’

The battle of the nurseries

Over the last few years there have been two factors that have helped Golden Dawn’s rise. The first was Italy and Spain’s crackdowns on migrants, in particular Italy signing a treaty with Libya’s then-dictator Gaddafi to close the ‘Libyan corridor’. This has meant that nine out of ten ‘irregular’ migrants trying to make their way to Europe now come through Greece.

Then, in 2009, Greece became the epicentre of the global economic crisis, and the Eurozone debt crisis in particular. Greece’s two traditional governing parties, New Democracy and the social democrats of Pasok, both turned to scapegoating migrants to try to divert anger away from the austerity measures that the EU, finance and employers demanded.

New Democracy leader and current prime minister Antonis Samaras claimed that migrants were ‘taking the places of Greeks’ in council-run nurseries. He was exploiting the fact that publicly funded nursery places are limited by income to the very poorest. Migrants are often the poorest of the poor, meaning they get places that used to go to low-paid workers. Much like the issue of housing in Britain, this has become explosive.

Once Samaras had opened the door, Golden Dawn ran through it and went much further. The party pledged to go into the nurseries and violently throw out migrant children.

With stunts like this the neo-Nazis try to pose as an ‘anti‑capitalist’ force that is on the side of the middle and working classes against ‘corrupt’, ‘traitor’ politicians. Their answer to austerity is an awful form of ‘direct action’ that claims to win more resources for struggling Greeks by taking away migrants. For example, Golden Dawn often barges into businesses and threatens employers, telling them they must fire their migrant workforce and hire Greeks instead.

But in truth this does not threaten the bosses’ system – in fact it helps it. The businesses are more than happy to hire Greeks at the same wage they were paying the migrants, not least because doing so undermines collective labour agreements along the way – which the trade union movement is struggling to defend. And Golden Dawn, for its part, doesn’t limit its attacks to migrants – it has also attacked left wing activists, as well as journalists, gay people and all the other long-established targets of fascists.

A question of democracy

So who is voting for Golden Dawn? Are there really 425,000 Nazis in Greece?

According to pollster Christophoros Vernardakis, Golden Dawn’s primary audience is the traditional lower middle class: small business owners, shopkeepers, lower middle class unemployed people, and of course the police.

As well as making political capital out of immigration, Golden Dawn has also been able to tap into the general ‘anti-political’ mood. Nikos Michaloliakos frequently declares at rallies that ‘democracy hasn’t worked’. In today’s Greece, with the austerity-pushing troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF undermining democracy at every turn, and those who claim to speak in the name of democracy daily demonstrating their disdain for the people, that’s a message that appeals to many.

Meanwhile the media whitewashes the Nazis, reporting on the marriage of this Golden Dawn MP or the love affair of the other one. They are legitimising Golden Dawn’s anti-democratic views through day to day banality.

But none of this means that it is too late to stop Golden Dawn. This is a country, after all, that will have seen at least four days of general strikes this autumn alone. And the marches during these strikes, and the local committees organising people’s everyday struggles against austerity, are places where Golden Dawn never goes.

Indeed there is a constant struggle taking place over public space. In many places, people have mobilised to stop Golden Dawn’s marches and anti-migrant raids.

But the labour movement and the left in Greece is in a battle against time. Progressives need to hurry up in not just bringing down the government but agreeing an alternative programme to the anti-democracy of the troika: more public services, more rights, more power to working people. All over Europe and the world, we need to put an end to austerity and privatisation – before more racist gangs like Golden Dawn get in our way.

The magazine Golden Dawn was first published by Nikos Michaloliakos, the party’s General Secretary, in 1980. Long before that however, the views of the publisher were hardly unknown.

In 1973, at the age of 16, Michaloliakos became a member of the August 4 political party, named after the August 4th 1936 coup that established the dictatorship of General Ioannis Metaxas August 4 had been founded in 1969 by the neonazi ‘theorist’ Konstantinos Plevris, known for literary feats such as Jews: The Whole Truth.

In 1976, Nikos Michaloliakos was arrested for assaulting journalists who were covering the funeral of Evangelos Mallios – a notorious torturer of the Colonels’ junta – assassinated by terrorist group November 17. Michaloliakos was also arrested in 1978 and sentenced to a year in prison for being a member of an extremist far-right group and for possession of explosives.

In 1984, Michaloliakos became leader of the youth organization of EPEN (National Political Union), another fascist party – this one openly nostalgic of the dictators that governed Greece between 1967 and 1974. Michaloliakos himself has expressed his pride in the fact that he was appointed to this position on the order of the leader of the Colonels himself, Giorgos Papadopoulos, who by then had been sentenced to life in prison. The “National Popular Movement Golden Dawn” (later, “Popular Association Golden Dawn”) was founded in 1985 but its exploits intensified after 1993 when it began organising protests over the issue of Macedonia, aka the “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.

Michaloliakos bears the title of General Secretary, though members refer to him as the “leader”. In December 2005, the “leader” announced that Golden Dawn would cease operating autonomously and would form part of the nationalist Patriotic Alliance party, which he founded. It was a first effort at blurring the organization’s neonazi character. It didn’t work. In March 2007, Golden Dawn withdrew its support, and Patriotic Alliance faded out of the picture. Golden Dawn’s sixth political convention took place in the same month. An unprecedented rise In the Athens municipal elections in 2010, Michaloliakos was elected in the municipal council.

If there was ever doubt as to whether his organisation had abandoned its neonazi views, they quickly disappeared: at the end of a council session, the Golden Dawn leader gave everyone the Nazi salute. Despite this, the Greek mainstream media are not eager to delve into Michaloliakos’s murky past, even when a document surfaces in which the leader of Golden Dawn appears to have been on the clandestine payroll of KYP (State Service of Intelligence, later EYP, “National”, the Greek Intelligence Service) in 1981. According to the document, his monthly salary was 120.000 drachmas. Michaloliakos has denied this and has claimed the document to be a fake. Golden Dawn appeared in national polling in November 2011 at 1 per cent nationwide.

The following Spring, according to political scientist Efthymis Papavlassopoulos, there comes a crucial moment: Illegal immigration is focused on by the [Greek] media, which presents it as the first and foremost threat that Greece is faced with. In the beginning of 2012, Golden Dawn begins to be presented by the media as a counterpoint to SYRIZA, the left coalition party, which at the time is also rising in popularity. Golden Dawn seizes the opportunity and steps up its rhetoric, condemning the government’s pro-austerity policies. But, in contrast to SYRIZA, it also has a vehemently racist anti-immigrant side to its rhetoric.

The government responds by stepping up its anti-immigrant police action, even opening concentration camps for illegal immigrants. But Golden Dawn still offers up the more “authentic” version: it speaks of Greece as a place for those with “Greek blood”. In the following months it will give out food to the poor, but only if they can prove their “Greekness”, and it will set up a blood bank, with “Greek blood only”. In the national elections of June 2012, Golden Dawn gets an unprecedented 6.92 per cent of the vote, and secures 18 seats in the 300-seat Greek Parliament. Golden Dawn poses as “anti-systemic”, but its party program does not bear this out. The party is certainly not anti-capitalist. Its rhetoric is vague, full of attacks on “thieves”, “banks”, and “corrupt politicians”, and exclamations about Greece’s “huge strategic depth”, through which the country can acquire “inexhaustible power and international influence”.

The party’s proposal for economic recovery is drilling for oil. About the only concrete thing in the party program is what to do with immigration, a subject where proposals take on a ghastly specificity: Golden Dawn proposes to reinstall the anti-personnel land mine fields on the Greek borders – a criminal weapon, banned by the Ottawa Treaty, which Greece has of course signed. ‘Olympian greatness’ Browsing through Golden Dawn magazine, it is difficult to keep a straight face. In its pages, one finds gems such as: “Is the great god Pan dead? The racial soul answers: NO”… The text is signed by the “leader” Michaloliakos himself, who also asserts that “the renaissance of Hellenism means a return to the Models of the Olympian Gods, with which our ancestors achieved greatness”. There other great finds also, such as the story of Rudolf Hess’ Greek ancestry or the story of the resurrected Hitler roaming around Berlin for 40 days.

But nostalgia for Hitler and nazism is not all in the sphere of naive metaphysics. There are titles such as: “May 1945 – May 2005. We have nothing to celebrate”. On the contrary, one reads, in a text bemoaning the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, the “[real] winner is the young fighter of the Hitlerjugend, who fell fighting in destroyed Berlin. The soldier of the Wermacht and the Waffen SS, against the forces of nature and the forces of the enemy”. International ties Golden Dawn has paraded its neonazi beliefs in other ways. In May 2005, for instance, it joined the German neonazi party NPD in Berlin in a ceremony paying respect to Hitler, on the anniversary of the defeat of nazism. And in 2010, Nikos Michaloliakos addressed the audience in a gathering of the Italian neofascist party Forza Nuova.

It is curious, of course, how a Greek political party that claims to be “patriotic” can at the same time be nostalgic of Hitler and mingle with Italian neofascists, given that in Greece, Italy’s defeat by the Greek Army in the Albanian front – as well as fierce resistance to the nazis throughout the occupation – remain a major source of national pride. Coupled with the aforementioned views on the Olympian gods, such beliefs might tempt one to dismiss these people as buffoons and turn away laughing; but our laughter would be cut short. ‘We the strong will crush you like worms’ “We want to create”, Nikos Michaloliakos has said, “a fighting guard that will punish traitors at the crucial time”. And Yiorgos Mastoras, a member of Golden Dawn, has put it in even clearer terms: “It is time for you to understand that the streets now belong completely to us, without a hint of retreat.

You can change your mind and walk on our path, on the road of Nature, Power, and Human History. Do it, or else vanish from our sight, because we, the strong, will crush you like worms”. They mean every word. In 1998 Antonis Androutsopoulos, known by the nickname “Periandros” was second in command of Golden Dawn. In June that year, a student -Dimitris Kousouris was set upon with wooden clubs by Androutsopoulos and nine other GD members. The attack took place after Golden Dawn took exception to a demonstration by trades union members and students outside the Athens Courthouse.

The case, which went to trial, found Androutsopoulos and his accomplices guilty of attempted murder. The place of Antonis Androutsopoulos as Michaloliakos’s right-hand man was filled by Ilias Kasidiaris, who serves as the party’s spokesman and has been an MP since June. Kasidiaris achieved worldwide notoriety when he attacked two other members of Parliament – throwing a glass of water on SYRIZA MP Rena Dourou and striking Liana Kanneli (a KKE MP) in the face, while on a panel discussion on live TV. He was not arrested. In what has become a trademark misinformation act by Golden Dawn, Kasidiaris stated in a speech in the Greek Parliament on September 20: “Let everyone know that they should not speak of neonazism. For us, this is hubris. And criminal defamation”. Facts prove him less than truthful. Recently he wrote an article in Golden Dawn’s newspaper, on the occasion of the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s birthday. Hitler, he wrote, was “a great social reformer and an organizer of a model state”.

The Greek media’s culpability Despite Golden Dawn’s recent electoral success, not that many people read its paper. A great many on the other hand, read the mainstream newspapers, particularly the “yellower” ones and watch the gossipy TV shows. These media’s attitude towards Golden Dawn’s number-two is, to say the least, peculiar. He has become the new “golden boy” of lifestyle shows and populist tabloids, which go on about whether women find him “sexy”: the fact that he still lives with his parents “because they are a close family”; whether he is romantically involved with a triple-jumper (who was disqualified in the Olympics due to a racist joke she made on twitter), whether or not he has paid 800 euros to get rid of his body hair or has used botox on his face, and why he abandoned tango – his first love before politics.

It will suffice to say that this type of “laundering” through media banality does a lot more to blur the public’s perception of Golden Dawn’s criminal actions, than strenuous denials of neonazi beliefs in Parliament. 425,000 people voting for a neonazi party, in a country that suffered greatly under Nazi occupation and boasted some of the fiercest resistance in the world, is shocking. Shocking, however, doesn’t mean incomprehensible. The reasons can be found in the deepening debt crisis and recession, while interesting analyses point to the structural characteristics of traditional Greek society and contemporary popular culture – that in combination explain in part why such a portion of the public seems enthralled with Golden Dawn.

The most important historical parallel to be drawn, though, is that Golden Dawn’s intentions, the same as those of their original source of inspiration, are plain for all to see. “They do not understand”, said Nikos Michaloliakos in a speech in 2011, “that when we become strong, we will be merciless. If need be, we soil our hands. If need be, we are not democrats.” On this, if on nothing else, Golden Dawn should be taken at its word.

This article is an edited version of Augustine Zenakos’ report ‘Golden Dawn 1980-2012, The Neo-Nazis Road to Parliament’, published in the online blog ‘Reports from the edge of borderline democracy’ www.borderlinereports.net

Hume Council calls time on grog-linked violence

Source: Macedonrangesweekly

Migrant women speak up on employment discrimination

The women of the forum, including Professor Santina Bertone (third from left), Cr. Helen Patsikathe.

HUME Council will introduce a liquor licensing policy aimed at minimising the adverse impact of alcohol on the community.

At their meeting last Monday, the councillors voted to support the document, the first in the council’s history.

Under the plan, council officers will have more power to reject planning applications if a venue is seen as inappropriate in an area or if it is deemed to have an adverse impact on amenity.

Cr Jack Medcraft said this was only the start of what was needed to clamp down on alcohol issues in Hume.

“There are many assaults and a number of people are in hospital or have been killed by drunks who’ve come out of venues and taken someone out.

“The other areas we are really concerned about is the deaths and injuries caused by drink-driving, and it’s a real concern.

“We need to have a proactive approach with the police and services that maintain the regulations. It’s a major problem that some people think will go away, but it won’t.”

Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou said the policy was well overdue and she hoped it would help put a stop to increasing incidents of violence against women.

“We all understand the harm caused by alcohol and I think the alcohol [abuse] among our community is rife and it’s a factor in the health of our community.”

Cr Drew Jessop said he hoped that with the policy Hume would no longer be at the top of several lists that highlighted alcohol problems.

“We see Hume compared to a number of councils, but I particularly want to compare interface areas like Hume, Whittlesea, Melton and Wyndham.

“In virtually everyone of them, Hume Council is either top or second in density wise [number of] outlets, ambulance attendances, alcohol-related [hospital] admittances, assaults, serious road injuries and alcohol-related deaths.”

The document will be on exhibition until February 28 for public comment.

A culturally diverse group of approximately 200 women of different ages met for the annual Women’s Power Forum to discuss their battles with finding work.

The discussions varied from their settlement experiences to the problems faced entering a foreign workforce and being financially independent. Many shared their views on the belief that often their “foreign” name on their CV would act as a barrier, despite having all the right qualifications.

Discrimination is still something that many younger migrant women feel, and speaker Cr Kris Pavlidis sympathised with them. “In my view the systemic barriers that many migrants and particularly women encounter, are not a new phenomenon.

“We continue to have small reminders, of significant impact, that the ‘dominant Anglo host society syndrome’ is alive within our successful multicultural Melbourne, when a second generation Greek, Australian born and educated person is referred to as a ‘migrant woman’ because her name is Kris Pavlidis,” she said.

The forum centred on a panel of ethnically diverse women elected into local government, and was hosted by Hume City Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou. It is an initiative of the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition. Women still receive 70 cents to every dollar a man earns.

 

Adelaide’s Greek community prepares for another festival on the 8-9 December 2012

Source: Gocsa.org.au

George St Greek Festival

Head down to the George Street Greek Festival and enjoy a great weekend out with quality entertainment and Greek culture at its best.

Maria Stavropoulou performing both days along with International Act Lefteris Poulis (violinist) known as Skantzakas and Kosmos Band palying the best Greek songs all weekend. Plenty of Greek and multicultural dance groups, kids entertainment and as always Greek food and sweets.

When: Saturday 8 Dec, 2pm to 12am and Sunday 9 Dec, 12pm to 9pm

Where: George Street, Thebarton – Free Entry

 

The life, films and influence of Melina Mercouri (1920-1994) will be explored at a presentation next week by Dr Andrew Horton

I was born Greek

I was born Greek

Melina Mercouri

A presentation about the life, times and influence of Melina Mercouri will be held by Dr Andrew Horton, of the Film Program at the University of Oklahoma, at the Greek Orthodox Community Club on Sunday 9 December.

An internationally renowned award winning screenwriter and the author of twenty three books on film, screenwriting and cultural studies, his films include Brad Pitt’s first feature, The Dark Side of the Sun and the much awarded Something in Between (l983, Yugoslavia, directed by Srdjan Karanovic).

He has given screenwriting workshops around the world including Norway, Germany, England, the Czech Republic, Greece, New Zealand, Switzerland and throughout the United States and we are fortunate enough to have him speak at the Greek Orthodox Community Club.

Dr Horton lived and worked in Greece for over eight years during the Junta period in the ’60s, and was personally associated with Melina and her filmmaking husband Jules Dassin.

His presentation will share Melina’s influence as a person, as an actress, as a Greek activist against the Junta, and finally as the Minister for Culture in the latter part of her life, assisting the cultural growth of Greece in theatre, film, and the other arts.

The presentation will be accompanied by excerpts of some of her most famous films including Stella (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), Topkapi (1964) and A Dream of Passion (1978).

Dr Horton is currently working on a script based on the life of Melina Mercouri I Was Born Greek! Perhaps we can all agree, Greece today needs another Melina or someone like her to help “make a difference in hard times” said Assoc.

Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Sydney University Modern Greek Department. This rare opportunity to see Dr Horton speak about one of Greece’s most influential women will take place Sunday 9 December, 5:30 pm at the Greek Orthodox Community Club, 206-210 Lakemba Street, Lakemba.

 

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