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Hijacking Democracy in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   An article by Secretary General of Information Panp-leivadas-1os Livadas titled “Hijacking Democracy” appears in Huffingtonpost.com (16.12.2008), where he addresses the recent incidents of violence that occurred in parallel with demonstrations in Athens and other cities in Greece, and what lies behind the unrest.

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10 classic Greek Island tales

a_view_of_cephaloni_195748h(From TIME on LINE, By Steve Keenan, 14/2/2008)
1. The perfect Greek island
– Oh, that old one again. Well, actually Skopelos is the business says Matt Rudd. “If you do want to break the fabulous monotony of beach life, you can walk up into the forests, have a snoop around a hilltop chapel, spot birds – I don’t know. Some people even come to Skopelos on walking holidays. Weirdos.” 
2. Three go wild on Paxos – “If olive trees were cathedrals, the Paxos trees would be Notre Dame – elaborate, vast, gnarled, ancient and heavily buttressed. They sprawl, fantastically,” enthuses Stanley Stewart in a tribute to the smallest Ionian island. 
3. Simple values in the Greek Cyclades – The lesser known islands of Kimolos and Kythnos are as unspoilt as you’re going to get in Greece, says Nigel Summerley – “short of visiting uninhabited islands that are home only to rocks and temporarily visiting goats put out to graze.” 
4. Back to the Greek islands – in style – Illustrator David Smith, an old Greek hand, returns again to the islands, this time Lefkada and Meganissi in the Ionian Islands – and this time in style. “The backpack has long since gone. The waist band is expanding the back is stiffening. Fastening ones shoelaces now counts as exercise.”  
5. Chic and boutique in Ithaca – The island is packed with trendy bars and boutique hotels, says Annabelle Thorpe. “Downtown Vathy. It’s not a phrase I expected to hear on Ithaca. But perhaps our hotel should have given me some clue that there is more to the island than pastoral bliss.” 
6. The tough little Greek islands – The Little Cyclades are no places for softies – but they are one of the greatest travel treats left in Europe for the adventurous holidaymaker, says Nigel Summerley. “Before leaving Amorgos, we accepted its greatest challenge: walking eight miles along its central range of mountaintops.”
7. Insider’s guide to Cephalonia – Resident Mary Gold is your guide to the largest of the Ionian Islands. “We looked at 13 destinations before building a villa here and we’ve never regretted it. Cephalonia was slow to bite the tourism apple and as a result, the islanders learnt a lot from other people’s mistakes.”
8. Trailblazing Crete – Away from the crowded resorts, Stuart Wavell finds a wilder side to go walking. “Dozens of wooden hives, painted in dual colours, were a reminder of the honey that was once exported from Candy, as the island was known to the Venetians. The music of bees and the wind’s sighs turn paths into soundtracks.” 
9. Zakynthos, where the turtles rule – Midnight flights, hyper children – it’s worth it for the beauty of the island and the protection of its wildlife, says Emma Haughton. “Within minutes a small head breaks the water for a moment before submerging again, leaving me almost light-headed with excitement.”
10. Greek island hopping – Dana Facaros, author of the Cadogan Guide to the Greek Islands, selects three routes to take in the Ionian Islands, the Dodacenese and Cyclades.

Greek PM: Growth Secured

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Attending the extraordinary summit of Euro zone leaders yesterday in Paris, called by EU’s French presidency, Karamanlis hailed the EU leaders’ decision to give full support over a coordinated response to the economic slowdown. Speaking to the press, Karamanlis reaffirmed Greece’s immediate response to the financial turmoil which managed to “exhibit reflexes that were much better than many other countries around the world.” Moreover, Karamanlis appeared reassuring, noting that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) continues to foresee growth in Greece at 2%, when zero growth is projected for the rest of the Euro zone countries. At the World Bank Group and IMF’s annual meeting, Finance Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis is expected to address the organisation’s plenary session. Alogoskoufis has already met during the weekend with World Bank officials as well as senior executives of international financial institutions. Athens News Agency: FinMin in Washington & PM satisfied with Eurozone summit European Commission: Economic & Monetary Union & Stability and Growth Pact; International Monetary Fund: IMF Welcomes Euro Zone Plan to Combat Crisis & World Economic Outlook, (October 2008); Ministry of Economy and Finance: The Greek Economy at a Glance (October 2008); Greek News Agenda: Bank of Greece: Banking System Safe

Koncert Saviny Janatu w Warszawie

Podczas tegorocznego warszawskiego Festiwalu Skrzyżowanie Kultur odbędzie się koncert Saviny Janatu (do posłuchania: klip1,klip2) niezwykłej greckiej pieśniarki, łączącej muzykę różnych stron świata z free jazzem, poezją śpiewaną, piosenką aktorką, muzyką teatralną i sztuką wolnej improwizacji.
W jej repertuarze znajdziemy pieśni Grecji, południowej Italii, Sardynii, Hiszpanii, Tunezji, Libanu, Armenii czy Karaibów. W repertuarze greckim znana jest np. ze znakomitych wykonań utworów Manosa Chadzidakisa.
Wielokrotnie nagradzana za granicą, w Polsce do tej pory nieznana.

Savina Janatu i towarzysząca jej znana orkiestra Primavera en Salonico wystąpi 15 września o godzinie 19-ej w festiwalowym Namiocie pod Pałacem Kultury, od strony ulicy Świętokrzyskiej.

Ze względu na duże zainteresowanie i szybko rozchodzące się bilety (w cenie 10 zł), wszyscy zainteresowani powinni kontaktować się z Biurem Festiwalu w najbliższych dniach.

Szczegółowe informacje na stronie internetowej http://www.festival.warszawa.pl/

Strona internetowa Saviny Janatu  http://www.savinayannatou.com/eng/index.php 

 

The New Acropolis Muzeum: A Guided Tour

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The Guardian’s Kevin Rushby
gets a sneak preview of the £100 million museum in 
Guardian’s Kevin Rushby  that aims to reunite the Parthenon marbles.
View the video at
New Acropolis Museum: a guided tour
(25.07.2008 )

Ecofilms Festival in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The Ecofilms international films and visual arts festival (www.ecofilms.gr) takes place from June 24 to 29 on the island of Rhodes. 52 Greek films and 80 international works are participating this year. The annual event attracts films from around the world, mainly on environmental subjects, ranging from climate change, to the threat of desertification and the energy crisis to water resource management. Ecofilms takes “eco” in its ancient Greek meaning, to include human relationships, as well as the inner human world.