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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)

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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

 

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).

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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.

Georgios Protopapas
(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  

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Ως εκπρόσωποι των 3.500.000 Μακεδόνων σε όλο τον κόσμο  (Έλληνες που κατάγονται από τη Μακεδονία, βόρεια περιοχή της Ελλάδας), σας γράφουμε για να εκφράσουμε τη βαθιά μας απογοήτευση με τις απόψεις σας κατά τη διάρκεια της συνέντευξής σας με την Ivona Televska της εφημερίδας Večer της ΠΓΔΜ στις 20 Οκτωβρίου 2012...  Read more

Professor Anis H. Bajrektarevic of the University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria gave a printed interview to the Greek weekly newspaper “Ependytis” for the Greek financial crisis and the role of Germany and European Union.

RIEAS publishes the interview of Prof. Bajrektarevic exclusively in English language.

 

By George Protopapas
(RIEAS Media Analyst & Journalist)

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Do you think that Germany accepts as only means to deal with the financial crisis the tight fiscal policy? Are there any alternatives possible? 
The current so-called financial crisis and the weak euro that came along is actually a big time for German exporters. They are many losers in Europe right now, but we should not miss from our sight who are the winners......  Read more

Σημαντική υστέρηση της Ελλάδας στην έρευνα και την καινοτομία

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Σημαντική υστέρηση στον τομέα της έρευνας και της καινοτομίας, παρουσιάζει η Ελλάδα σε σχέση με τις υπόλοιπες χώρες-μέλη του ΟΟΣΑ, σύμφωνα με τη νέα έκθεση του Οργανισμού «OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2012», στην οποία επισημαίνεται ότι η οικονομική κρίση οδηγεί σε περαιτέρω συρρίκνωση τόσο των δημοσίων όσο και των ιδιωτικών επενδύσεων για έρευνα και ανάπτυξη στην χώρα μας. Read more (Full Report)

 

Harris Ikonomopoulos
(President, British-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce)

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Following the Greek State’s reconciliation agreement with Siemens AG and OECD’s recent anticorruption compliance report, Harris Ikonomopoulos, the Greek President of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, by letters to the Chairman of the Central Association of Greek Chambers and presidents of professional, local and bilateral chambers of commerce in Greece calls for a joint anticorruption initiative from professional associations of the Greek private sector. 

Η ΕΛΛΑΔΑ ΣΕ ΚΑΘΕΣΤΩΣ ΕΠΙΤΗΡΗΣΗΣ ΛΟΓΩ ΔΙΑΦΘΟΡΑΣ

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Η Ελλάδα τίθεται (με βάση το άρθρο 32 του Κανονισμού της Επιτροπής) σε καθεστώς αυστηρής επιτήρησης μέχρι το τέλος του έτους, διάστημα κατά το οποίο οι ελληνικές αρχές θα πρέπει υποβάλλουν έκθεση, σχετικά με την ενδεχόμενη πρόοδο που θα έχουν παρουσιάσει στον τομέα πάταξης της διαφθοράς.  Read more (Full Report)

Petros Makris-Kourkoulos
(RIEAS Research Associate and Energy Security Analyst)

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It was quite obvious and more than expected. Burgas, the fourth-largest city in Bulgaria and an important industrial, transport and tourist center in the Black Sea, became the place of an outrageous terrorist incident when five Israeli tourists were killed by unidentified suicide bomber, whose roots are suspected to come from Hezbollah or Al Qaeda Islamist groups. It was the second attempt against Israeli targets the last month but the first was successfully deterred in Cypriot ground by the Cypriot Intelligence Service when a supposed member of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah was trying to strike on Israeli citizens. The incident gives a chance for further reflections on co-existence between Islam and the European Security Model. .......  Read more

 

Effi Lambropoulou
(Professor, Criminology, Department of Sociology,
Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences, Athens, Greece)

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Greece’s debt crisis, shrinking economy, surging unemployment and the continuous waves of illegal immigrants have transformed Athens, once considered one of Europe’s safest capitals, into a city with a growing public sense of insecurity.  Today, a part of the city centre of Athens is actually being divided into 'sectors of influence' by several criminally-involved immigrant groups,  while two out of seven Athenian communities are largely controlled by organised crime. Previously bourgeois quarters have been gradually 'colonised' by 'legal'-illegal immigrant groups with the support of certain locals and in particular real estate 'gangs' and proprietors, bookkeepers, civil engineers and lawyers. For years now, with the inertia of Greek governments, national and local, concerning immigration, this deteriorating situation has occurred relatively quickly........    Read more

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