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Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to Washington Meets Obama

Obama---Kaskarelis1(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic Vassilis Kaskarelis presented on July 20 his credentials to the President of the United States Barack Obama.  In his remarks, Ambassador Kaskarelis stressed that the two countries have often found themselves fighting shoulder-to-shoulder and waging concerted efforts for the common causeand, expressed his conviction that there exists ample room for further cementing our friendship and our strategic partnership.  US President Barack Obama said he was looking forward to working closely with the new ambassador to deepen the already close relations between the countries, and remarked that “Greece and the United States share a long history of friendship based on common values, common goals, and mutual commitment to democracy and freedom.”  The US President laid particular emphasis on Greece’s Chairmanship of the OSCE, remarking that “as a fellow member of the OSCE, we are grateful for Greece’s able leadership as OSCE 2009 Chairman-in Office.”  Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Bilateral Greece-USA

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Reading Greece

united-states1(1)(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   James Edward Miller, 2009, The United States and the Making of Modern Greece (1950-1974), North Carolina University Press “Focusing on one of the most dramatic and controversial periods in modern Greek history (1949- 1974), James Edward Miller provides the first study […] to shed light on the role the United States played in Greece between the termination of its civil war in 1949 and Turkey’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus”. James Edward Miller is adjunct professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and chair of Western European Studies at the Foreign Service Institute. Foundation of the Hellenic World: Modern Greece (1945-2000) FOR MORE

Bilderberg meets in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The 57th conference of the Bilderberg Club is tbilderbergaking place in Athens (May 14-16). Heads of State, top level politicians, military officers, as well as businessmen from all over the world come together to discuss politics and economy. The same meeting was held again in Athens in 1993.  The guest list comprises more than one hundred members with influence in key sectors. The history of the which has been dubbed “the shadow world government” traces back to 1954.   It was set up as a loose, informal, invitation-only conference promoting cooperation between Europe and the United States. The Club was named after the hotel, where the first meeting took place.

Greek President at the European Academy of Marketing

ceb3ceb9cf89cf81ceb3cebf-aylonitis(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Marketing professor at Athens University of Economics and Business, Giorgos Avlonitis was elected president of the European Academy of Marketing for the biennium 2008-2010. The European Academy of Marketing is considered a prestigious academic network for marketing research and teaching. The institute counts more than 1,000 members and is highly active in the United States, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Oceania, and Israel. George Avlonitis is  Professor of Marketing at the Department of Marketing and Communication, and past president of the Greek Marketing Academy.  

The Flame of Hope for the 2009 was lit in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    The Flame of Hope for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games was lit on November 12, at a ceremony in Zappeion Hall, Athens. In keeping with the Olympic tradition, the torch was lit by the sun’s rays before embarking on a three-month journey around the world to Idaho, USA, the site of the next World Games (www.2009worldgames.org). Almost 3,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from more than 100 countries will participate in Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held from February 7 to 13, 2009.  After Athens the first stop for the torch will be in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It will then continue around the world, making stops in Poland, Costa Rica, South Africa, India, China and three cities in the United States – Miami, New York and Los Angeles. On January 27, 2009 the flame will reach Idaho, USA, to begin the Torch Relay‘s final leg through many cities in Idaho before arriving at the Opening Ceremony for the World Winter Games on February 7. The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Athens, Greece.  Special Olympics Hellas: www.specialolympicshellas.gr (in Greek)

The Greek Language, Ancient & Modern

 (GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The Greek Language is one of the earliest attested Indo-European languages, spoken today by approximately 12 million people in Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Italy, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Egypt, Jordan and in emigrant communities around the world, including Australia, United States, Canada, Germany and elsewhere. Continue reading

2nd Ambassador’s Forum in Greece

» US Ambassador outlines US foreign policy

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Within the framework of the Foreign Ministry’s of Greece. 2nd Ambassadors’ Forum – an initiative aimed at promoting discussion and dialogue on foreig,n policy issues – U.S. Ambassador to Athens Daniel Speckhard spoke on American foreign policy. Main issues addressed included national security, global economy, environmental problems, energy security and Greek-American relations. According to Speckhard, Greece plays a very important role in the Balkans and the United States look forward to a closer cooperation with Athens in this region. As regards the FYROM name issue, he said that his country is encouraging both sides to find a mutually acceptable solution. Speckhard also made a favourable reference to the presence of the Greek delegation, under Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, in the recent Annapolis Conference on the Middle East issue. Continue reading