THE GREEK MEDIA: AN ONGOING DRAMA
George N. Tzogopoulos
(Political and Media Analyst, Author of the Books: US Foreign Policy in the European Media: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism (I.B.TAURIS, 2012) and The Greek Crisis in the Media (Ashgate, 2013).
A lot of research has already been conducted on the media landscape in South-East Europe. Within this context the case of Greece has been naturally examined. In the most recent example Freedom House has published a report which is not particularly honouring for the county. The main conclusion drawn is that Greece has declined from ‘free’ to ‘partly free’. There are two specific reasons which explain this relegation. The first is the increasingly hostile legal, political and economic environment for the press. And the second is the closure of media outlets as a consequence of the continuing financial crisis often influencing accurate reporting about the country’s political and economic situation.
IS GREECE IN SHOCK?
Naomi Klein tells EnetEnglish how her bestseller The Shock Doctrine relates to Greece
(Author, The Shock Doctrine)
According to bestselling author Naomi Klein, the systemic use of shock and fear by the power elites to undermine vulnerable communities is very much evident in post-bailout Greece. From the rise of racism to the sell-off of the country's oil and natural gas resources – much of what will shape Greece's immediate future are, she argues, predictable consequences of the politics of austerity.... Read more: English version & Greek version
LAGARGE LIST JOURNALIST WARNS OF CRITICAL DANGERS TO GREEK DEMOCRACY
The Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, who published the Greek section of the Lagarde list (names and details of Greeks with secret Swiss bank accounts – many of whom are politicians and leading business people) was recently awarded the prestigious Freedom of Expression award from Index on Censorship.
Below, we present his acceptance speech in London in which he warns of the dangers to democracy in Greece.
Note that Vaxevanis was also honoured with the first International Journalism Award, ‘Julio Anguita Parado’, “for his courageous and independent struggle against the corruption at the heart of Europe.” They singled out his work and courage in speaking out, and fighting censorship and injustice within the framework of both personal and professional vulnerability in a period of serious economic and social tensions in Greece and Europe. Last year Vaxevanis was acquitted of charges of violating the privacy of the account holders but the government, unsatisfied with the verdict, is going to re-try him on the same charges as there is no double jeopardy law in Greece........ Read more
USE OF CYPRUS BASES: LONG OVERDUE UK FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
(Director of International Security Forum, Cyprus)
The current financial crisis vexing Cyprus makes the history aware and sharp-eyed observer ponder over the recent course of the small Mediterranean state's financial and political troubles, more often than not the two being inextricably intertwined. To put it in plain words, the birth of the Republic of Cyprus was imperfect by design, hence the new state was mutilated, incapacitated by birth. It has been described as the stillborn Republic. Burdened by a cumbersome constitution designed to serve the interests of the principal minority - the Turkish - and the neo-colonial overlord rather than the interests of the Greek overwhelming majority, the young state already in 1963-64 was deprived of its means of subsistence... Read more
GREECE IS BEING DESTROYED BY “RESPECTABLE” FANATICS
The EU, which boasts that solidarity is its founding principle, is forcing Greece into destitution and chaos
Greek democracy is being destroyed. Not by soldiers marching with insane slogans on their lips about the inevitable triumph of the German master race, international proletariat or global jihad, but by moderate men and women who think themselves immune to ideological frenzy.Greece's enemies are novel, but no less frightening for that: extremists from the centre ground; the respectable running riot…. Read more
COMBATING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, TERRORISM, AND ORGANIZED CRIME IN GREECE AND ITALY
John M. Nomikos
Copyright: International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence (IJIC)
During the 1990s the immigration problem in Greece began having explosive dimensions due to not only political and economic developments in southeastern Europe, but also to continuing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. Italy also was affected by this episode – the first “mass migration” – that was solved through bilateral agreements. In order to have access to the Journal... Read more
AMBASSADOR LEONIDAS CHRYSANTHOPOULOS ON THE GREEK ECONOMIC CRISIS: COULD THIS GREEK TRAGEDY LEAD TO CIVIL WAR?
By Barbara Van Haute
(A recent resident of Almonte and has a background in political analysis. She has done graduate work in Political Science and International Relations at Carleton and is currently a Research Fellow for the Centre for Security and Defence Studies at the University of Manitoba. Barbara has also worked with the Conference Board of Canada and various national Aboriginal organizations)
Editorial Note: Of all the nations experiencing traumatic economic difficulties during the course of the current Great Recession, Greece has suffered the most adverse consequences. The country’s five year economic problems have been longer and deeper than that of any developed country. In fact, Greece has gone through a catastrophic depression otherwise unknown in the West.... Read more
TOWARDS A MODERN EDUCATION OF THE MUSLIM MINORITY IN THRACE
Dr. Polly Thanailaki
(Dr. Polly Thanailaki holds a Ph.D. in Modern History from Democritus University of Thrace, Hellas and was a visiting- scholar at Harvard University, USA. She is the Coordinator of the working-group for Gender Equity of the Institute of Geopolitical Studies “National Regeneration” (IGMEA) based in Athens, Greece).
Prof. Philippos Tsalides
(Professor of Electronics at Democritus University of Thrace and he is the President of the Executive Board of the Institute of Geopolitical Studies “National Regeneration” (IGMEA) based in Athens, Greece).
Thrace has always been the field of religious propagandas and a contested area on the part of its neighbors in history, because the aforementioned region had- and still has- a profound strategic value, as it is situated in a significant geopolitical spot in the Balkans being the portal between East and West. Since the Treaty of Lausanne (1923), the population of the Muslim minority in Thrace has increased, contrasted to the Hellenic Orthodox minority in Turkey, which is collapsing as the community is now far too small to sustain itself demographically.
THE MEDIA AND TERRORISM: THE CASE OF GREECE
(RIEAS Media Analyst)
The mass media use the power of communication to influence the public opinion in order to affect political and social affairs. The terrorist use the attacks to attract the public attention. The correlating element between these two actors is the attraction of the public attention..... Read more