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Η περηφάνια δε ζυγίζεται...

Η περηφάνια δε ζυγίζεται... | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Ανάγκασαν την Έφες να μαζεύει τη μπάλα από το καλάθι. "Κένταγαν" στην επίθεση, με έναν Παπαπέτρου συγκλονιστικό, τους Λαφαγιέτ- Μάντζαρη να τα κάνουν όλα και τον Πρίντεζη να "ξεκαθαρίζει" ότι τρίτη σερί ήττα  δεν υπάρχει για την ομάδα του. Ο κόσμος ανέλαβε να παίξει άμυνα. Αυτοί οι οχτώ χιλιάδες, που μάλλον τόσοι χρειάζονται, γιατί αυτοί αποδεικνύεται ότι το γουστάρουν και έχουν μάθει να "παίζουν" σε κάθε φάση. Τι μείγμα αποδείχθηκε «μολότοφ» για την τουρκική ομάδα! Δέκατη φορά ο Ολυμπιακός στα προημιτελικά της Ευρωλίγκας, οι Αγγελόπουλοι «μπαίνουν μέσα» οικονομικά, αλλά έχουν φτιάξει μια ομάδα που ο κόσμος της γνωρίζει καλά, ότι κερδίσει- χάσει, θα ‘χει δώσει την ψυχή της. Άρα όταν περάσει το Πάσχα, μην αγχώνεστε για το αποτέλεσμα. Ο περήφανος δεν είναι πάντα ο νικητής, είναι αυτός που κι όταν "πεθάνει", θα το ‘χει κάνει με το δικό του τρόπο…
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Η Κρητικιά καπετάνισσα που οργώνει τις θάλασσες

Η Κρητικιά καπετάνισσα που οργώνει τις θάλασσες | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
H Κρήτη συνήθως υπερηφανεύεται για τα παληκάρια της. Ωστόσο, αυτός ο τόπος δεν ξεχωρίζει μόνο για τις μπαλωθιές του. Μικρόσωμη, λεπτοκαμωμένη και με κουρασμένο πρόσωπο από τη θάλασσα. Τίποτα στην εμφάνισή της δεν μαρτυρά το επάγγελμα που κάνει.
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Η Στέλλα Φραντζεσκάκη από τα Νέα Ρούματα Χανίων, ένας οικισμός σε υψόμετρο 320 μέτρων, είναι μία από τις ελάχιστες πλοιάρχους, ίσως και η μοναδική σε φορτηγό πλοίο. Οι πρώτες γυναίκες που αναφέρονται ως πλοίαρχοι στη σύγχρονη ναυτική ιστορία είναι η Αννα Σαρίδου και η Νίκη Σκέντζου, ενώ σημειώνεται ότι ένα από τα μεγαλύτερα καράβια του Ιδρύματος Ωνάση, το «Ολύμπικ Σερένιτι» 100.000 τόνων, το κυβερνούσε γυναίκα, η Αθανασία Μπουμπουράκη. Στα 1978 η Πολιτεία προχώρησε στην ίδρυση και της πρώτης δημόσιας σχολής πλοιάρχων γυναικών, της ΑΔΣΕΝ πλοιάρχων Πειραιά, με έδρα της τον χώρο του ΚΕΣΕΝ στου Ρέντη. - See more at: http://bit.ly/1xjxNCA

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Διάβασα, αυτό το ανυπόγραφο και ηλίθια ανερμάτιστο άρθρο. Φυσικά γραμμένο εκ του πονηρού...

Σύμπτωση που επαναλαμβάνεται δεν είναι σύμπτωση και το επιβατικό κοινό νιώθει εύλογα έντονη ανασφάλεια μετά τα συνεχή κρούσματα στις πτήσεις της Aegean.   Μέσα σε περίπου μισό χρόνο, επιβάτες βίωσαν τον τρόμο εντός ενός αεροσκάφους της εταιρείας ΤΡΕΙΣ φορές και γεννάται αβίαστα το ερώτημα: "τι συμβαίνει επιτέλους με την Aegean;" Η αρχή έγινε το περασμένο καλοκαίρι όταν οι επιβάτες της πτήσης της Aegean προς Μύκονο πανικοβλήθηκαν όταν το αεροσκάφος τους έπεσε πάνω σε άλλο αεροπλάνο μέσα στο...
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Είμαστε σίγουρα λαός ηλιθίων...Πριν λίγο διάβαζα άρθρο που κατηγορούσε την εταιρεία Aegean για τις συχνές έντονες αναταράξεις, που πρόσφατα σε πτήση της οδήγησαν και σε 2 ελαφρείς τραυματισμούς...
Κάποιος να τους πει πως τις αναταράξεις δεν τις προκαλούν οι αεροπορικές εταιρείες, ούτε μπορούν να τις προβλέψουν και να τις αποφύγουν πάντα...

Μάλλον φταίει το πολύ ψέκασμα και για τις αναταράξεις και για τους πανηλίθιους που έχουμε μπλέξει...

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#Obama Discusses #Greece in Meeting With #E.U. Council President

#Obama Discusses #Greece in Meeting With #E.U. Council President | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
“We’ll have a chance to discuss the situation in Greece and what more can be done to bolster European growth, which obviously has been lagging over the course of the last seven, eight years, and ends up having an impact on the world economy and the U.S. economy,” President Obama said.
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President Obama said he believes the transatlantic unity is as strong as ever and that has been evident in the Ukraine issue and the sanctions against Russia. He added that Europe and the United States must work together to aid the Ukrainian economy.

In regards to global economy and growth, the U.S. president stressed the importance of the transatlantic trade agreement. He also said that the two men will discuss the situation in Greece and the efforts to boost the European economy.

- See more at: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2015/03/10/obama-discusses-greece-in-meeting-with-european-council-president/#sthash.nOH5qfew.dpuf

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NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet

NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000 kilometers) from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday.
Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California received a signal from the spacecraft at 5:36 a.m. PST (8:36 a.m. EST) that Dawn was healthy and thrusting with its ion engine, the indicator Dawn had entered orbit as planned.
"Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres was known as a planet, then an asteroid and later a dwarf planet," said Marc Rayman, Dawn chief engineer and mission director at JPL. "Now, after a journey of 3.1 billion miles (4.9 billion kilometers) and 7.5 years, Dawn calls Ceres, home."
In addition to being the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet, Dawn also has the distinction of being the first mission to orbit two extraterrestrial targets. From 2011 to 2012, the spacecraft explored the giant asteroid Vesta, delivering new insights and thousands of images from that distant world. Ceres and Vesta are the two most massive residents of our solar system’s main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
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Δύο χιλιάδες χρυσά νομίσματα έκρυβε ο βυθός της Μεσογείου

Δύο χιλιάδες χρυσά νομίσματα έκρυβε ο βυθός της Μεσογείου | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Oπως μεταδίδει το BBC, αρχικά οι δύτες θεώρησαν ότι τα νομίσματα είναι ψεύτικα. Εν συνεχεία, και προς μεγάλη τους έκπληξη, διαπίστωσαν ότι είναι αληθινά. Αμέσως ενημερώθηκε η υπηρεσία αρχαιοτήτων και στην έρευνα που ακολούθησε ήρθαν στην επιφάνεια περίπου 2.000 νομίσματα.

Πρόκειται για θησαυρό «ανεκτίμητης αξίας» ανέφερε η υπηρεσία, σημειώνοντας πως πρόκειται για νομίσματα από την εποχή του Χαλιφάτου των Φατιμιδών, του οποίου η κυριαρχία (909 μ.Χ. ώς 1171 μ.Χ.) εκτεινόταν από την Ερυθρά Θάλασσα μέχρι τις ακτές του Μαρόκο.

Προς το παρόν οι αρχαιολόγοι δεν μπορούν να πουν με βεβαιότητα εάν ο θησαυρός προέρχεται από κάποιο ναυάγιο. Φως στην προέλευση των νομισμάτων αναμένεται να δώσουν οι ενάλιες έρευνες, όπως δήλωσε ο επικεφαλής της υπηρεσίας εναλίων αρχαιοτήτων Κόμπι Σαρβίτ.

«Ενδεχομένως να πρόκειται για ναυάγιο πλοίου που μετέφερε προς την Αίγυπτο, έδρα του Χαλιφάτου, νομίσματα από την πληρωμή φόρων» ανέφερε ο Σαρβίτ.
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Best places to travel in 2015 - Europe's Best Destinations #Athens, #Greece

Best places to travel in 2015 - Europe's Best Destinations #Athens, #Greece | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
From Bordeaux to Riga, travellers have selected the best places to visit in Europe. Discover now the best destinations to travel this year !
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Athens is considered the cradle of western civilization. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments - a rare historical palimpsest, evident everywhere in the city.

 

The contemporary urban scenery of the sprawling city reflects its exciting history, its multi-cultural modern personality as well as the infrastructure and facilities. In other words, Athens is a must destination that combines modern urban innovation with history, culture and natural beauty throughout the year.

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5 Simple Ways to Make Your Social Media Goals Stick

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Social Media Goals Stick | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Map your success! Here are 5 simple ways to make your social media goals stick including a FREE social media goal setting worksheet.
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του Αθανάσιου Γραμμένου @Athanasios Gram The Greek political orthodoxy

του Αθανάσιου Γραμμένου @Athanasios Gram The Greek political orthodoxy | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Regarding contemporary Greek politics and the first signs of the new Administration, one can trace both symbolism and essence, but not in the way described by Erasmus. The political oath, taken by PM Tsipras was a message that the people in this country are equal no matter what they believe about God, what is their sexual orientation or what is their color. Moreover, it says that the relations between Church and State must be reconsidered to agree on a mutually beneficiary set of reforms. By the way, the model of the Greek Orthodox Church does not differ from the common paradigm in the vast majority of the European States. Let’s not forget that the Queen of UK is also the leader of the Church, and the Americans portray their religious beliefs on the dollar.
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New Greek Leader Softens Rhetoric On Debt Talks With Europe

New Greek Leader Softens Rhetoric On Debt Talks With Europe | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Britain's Treasury chief warned that the standoff between Greece and the eurozone over the country's bailout is endangering the global economy, urging the new government in Athens to act responsibly.

George Osborne characterized his talks with Greece's new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Monday as "constructive," but cautioned that now was the time to "choose competence over chaos." He urged the eurozone countries to come up with a better plan for jobs and growth in Greece.

"It's clear that the standoff between Greece and the eurozone is fast becoming the biggest risk to the global economy, and it's a rising threat to our economy at home," Osborne said.

Greece's radical left Syriza party won parliamentary elections last week, alarming investors and eurozone governments. Party leader and new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said he wants to end years of budget austerity that eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund had required in exchange for 240 billion-euro ($270 billion) in rescue loans. He also wants to renegotiate payment of the bailout debt.

Greece's finance minister will meet with investors and fund managers in London on Monday as he continues his tour of European capitals to drum up support for his government's demands.

Though Britain is not part of the euro, Varoufakis sought to build rapport with Osborne with face-to-face talks. Downing Street described Britain's position is one of continuity — and that Greece should honor the terms of its bailout.
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World Freedom Index 2015

World Freedom Index 2015 | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Belarus shows the lowest levels of freedom in Europe
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An independent organisation called Freedom House published its annual Freedom in the World report . 

According to the methodology of Freedom House each country is being evaluated on a scale from 1 to 7, where 1 stands for the highest result and 7 for the lowest. The factors taken into consideration are political rights and civil liberties.

Europe in general shows very positive results: the majority of the countries are free. Ukraine, Moldova, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia and Turkey are evaluated as "partially free".

At the same time Belarus was recognized as "worst of the worst" as far as freedom is concerned, along with China, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Somalia and several other African and Asian countries.

How is it possible that Europe shows such dramatic contrasts?

What are the key factors that should be improved in order to reach a higher level of freedom?

Belarus is an issue for debates for 20 years, still practically nothing has changed there. Is the European Union helpless in improving the situation in Belarus?


You can have a precise look at the statistics and interactive maps at World Freedom Index 2015, find more details about the research and compare the countries indexes.

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Euro chief storms out of first meeting with Greek radicals | The Times

Euro chief storms out of first meeting with Greek radicals | The Times | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Tensions between Greece’s new left-wing government and the European creditors backing the country’s bailout spilled into the open yesterday when the first meeting between the two sides ended with the Dutch minister representing the lenders storming off.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the eurogroup of finance ministers, was so annoyed by remarks made by Greece’s new finance minister during their first hour-long meeting and the subsequent joint press conference that he walked out on his host.
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GREEK NEWS AGENDA: Bloomberg Innovation Index: Greece ranks 29th

GREEK NEWS AGENDA: Bloomberg Innovation Index: Greece ranks 29th | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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According to Bloomberg’s 2015 ranking of the world's 50 most innovative countries, Greece is in the 29th  place, among more than 200 countries evaluated. Bloomberg ranked countries based on their overall ability to innovate. It identified the top 50 in terms of: (i) R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP; (ii) manufacturing value-added per capita; (iii) high-tech companies domestically domiciled; (iv) education levels of a country’s workforce; (v) personnel engaged in R&D, and (vi) the number of patents granted. Postsecondary education in particular is measured in four different ways. Greece ranks first in one post-secondary education sub-category, which measures the percentage of college-age population. However, as the index stresses, excellence is multi-factored and success is a combination of many prerequisites. South Korea tops this year's overall ranking, while the U.S. places 6th, and China 22nd.
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παρατηρώντας τις φάλαινες στην Δυτική Ιρλανδία ...

παρατηρώντας τις φάλαινες στην Δυτική Ιρλανδία ... | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it

«η Ιρλανδία, είναι παγκόσμιο πρότυπο για τον οικο-τουρισμό, ευλογημένη από την θέση της και το κλίμα, ανέπτυξε πρακτικές και προϊόντα για τον οικοτουρισμό, που αξίζει να αντιγράψουν και να εφαρμόσουν όλες οι χώρες στον Κόσμο.»

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When I saw the first roll of dark skin emerge from the water, I knew we weren’t alone. I was on a boat with Whale Watch West Cork less than a kilometre off the coast of Baltimore, a village on Ireland’s southwest coast, and the captain, Nic Slocum, had just spotted a menacing shadow creeping up from the depths below. He switched off the engine. A moment later, the 10 Spanish, British and German travellers on deck started to shriek: next to our drifting tugboat was a 7.5m-long, bullet-headed minke whale, capable of knocking us sideways.

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MEPs challenge Council on phone fees

MEPs challenge Council on phone fees | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
European Parliament looks to reinstate deadline for abolition of roaming charges.
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Members of the European Parliament are preparing for a scrap with the member states over legislation to regulate the telecoms markets, incensed that the Council of Ministers will not support the abolition of roaming charges for communications made abroad.

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διαβάζω στην #ISKRA : μονόδρομος η ανυπακοή και η ρήξη (άρχισαν τα όργανα)

διαβάζω στην #ISKRA : μονόδρομος η ανυπακοή και η ρήξη (άρχισαν τα όργανα) | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
ΜΟΝΟΔΡΟΜΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ Η ΑΝΥΠΑΚΟΗ ΚΑΙ Η ΡΗΞΗ
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ΑΠΑΙΤΟΥΝ ΕΔΩ ΚΑΙ ΤΩΡΑ ΥΠΟΤΑΓΗ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΟΕΙΔΟΠΟΙΟΥΝ : ΚΑΜΙΑ ΕΚΤΑΜΙΕΥΣΗ ΧΩΡΙΣ «ΜΕΤΑΡΡΥΘΜΙΣΕΙΣ» - ΑΠΟΡΡΥΘΜΙΣΕΙΣ

ΜΟΝΟΔΡΟΜΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ Η ΑΝΥΠΑΚΟΗ ΚΑΙ Η ΡΗΞΗ

Όπως αποδείχθηκε και στην αποψινή συνεδρίαση του Eurogroup, οι δανειστές της χώρας όχι μόνο δεν υποχωρούν αλλά αντίθετα εντείνουν τις πιέσεις και τους εκβιασμούς, προκειμένου να υποκύψει η κυβέρνηση και να εφαρμόσει μέχρι κεραίας το νεο-μνημονιακό πακέτο απορρυθμίσεων.

Παράλληλα, απαιτούν σε κάθε περίπτωση να μην ακυρωθούν οι «μεταρρυθμίσεις» - απορρυθμίσειςπου προώθησαν και εφάρμοσαν οι προηγούμενες μνημονιακές κυβέρνησης των ΝΔ, ΠΑΣΟΚ και λοιπών προθύμων.

Την ίδια ώρα, οι «νεοαποικοκράτες» των Βρυξελλών και ο ίδιος ο Σόιμπλε, αναφερόμενοι  στο πρώτο νομοσχέδιο που κατατέθηκε στη Βουλή και αφορά την αντιμετώπιση της ανθρωπιστικής κρίσης, προειδοποιούν ότι δεν θα δεχθούν «μονομερείς ενέργειες», δηλαδή μέτρα που θα ανακουφίζουν τον ελληνικό λαό, αξιώνοντας ανάλογες διαβεβαιώσεις από την ελληνική πλευρά.

Εντύπωση προκάλεσαν οι δηλώσεις Βαρουφάκη μετά το eurogroup, οι οποίες, με την επιφύλαξη ότι απεδόθησαν σωστά, κάνουν λόγο για αποφυγή από την Ελλάδα μονομερών ενεργειών.

Στην αποψινή συνεδρίαση, οι δανειστές της χώρας ξεκαθάρισαν ότι καμία εκταμίευση δεν θα γίνει για την Ελλάδα χωρίς συμφωνία επί του συνολικού πακέτου των μεταρρυθμίσεων και χωρίς έναρξη της εφαρμογής του, εντείνοντας τις πιέσεις που απειλούν με οικονομικό στραγγαλισμό τη χώρα.

Σε αυτό το πλαίσιο εντάσσεται και ένα σχέδιο χρονοδιαγράμματος που ήρθε στη δημοσιότητα, το οποίο είναι ασφυκτικό και προβλέπει την απόλυτη συμμόρφωση με τις δεσμεύσεις των προηγούμενων μνημονιακών κυβερνήσεων και έχει στόχο να εγκλωβίσει την ελληνική κυβέρνηση και να την οδηγήσει στην πλήρη συνθηκολόγηση.

ΘΑΝΑΣΗΣ ΜΠΡΟΥΣΚΟΣ

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οι Έλληνες πρώτοι στην κατανάλωση ελαιολάδου παγκόσμια με 14,9 λίτρα (άτομο/ετήσια)

οι Έλληνες πρώτοι στην κατανάλωση ελαιολάδου παγκόσμια με 14,9 λίτρα (άτομο/ετήσια) | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Italy and Spain are neck and neck for the top spot in total olive oil consumption, according to a report today by the International Olive Council.
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But before accusing Europeans of pitching to the world what they themselves seem to be turning away from, consider that the average Italian still consumes more than 8.4 liters of olive oil each year. In Spain, per capita consumption is holding at 9.5 liters per year, and Greeks, despite the crisis, still drench their foods in 14.9 liters of olive oil on average, according to the IOC figures.

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καμια σύνδεση αυγών και χοληστερίνης ...είναι πλέον αποδεδειγμένο !

καμια σύνδεση αυγών και χοληστερίνης ...είναι πλέον αποδεδειγμένο ! | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
For decades, the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines have warned Americans off eggs and other cholesterol-rich foods on the theory that dietary cholesterol increases one’s risk for heart disease. But last week, Americans woke up to a new egg paradigm. According to the nutrition experts on the government’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, cholesterol is no longer a “nutrient of concern.” In fact, if they have their way, the government’s new dietary guidelines won’t include any prohibition against cholesterol at all. Why the reversal? Ira discusses the latest science on cholesterol and fat with the Harvard School of Public Health’s Walter Willett and the Cleveland Clinic’s Steven Nissen.
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καμια σύνδεση αυγών και χοληστερίνης ...είναι πλέον αποδεδειγμένο ! 

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#Greek #archaeologists find remains of embracing couple in #Neolithic #tomb

#Greek #archaeologists find remains of embracing couple in #Neolithic #tomb | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
The remains of a man and woman locked in an embrace, which were found at an archaeological site near the Diros Caves in the Peloponnese, constitute a “stunning discovery” dating to around 3,800 BC, the head of the dig has told Kathimerini.

“It is possibly the oldest grave to have ever been found,” according to Giorgos Papathanassopoulos, who has led excavation work at the Diros site since the 1970s. “It is the most stunning discovery,” he added, noting that the fact the couple were buried together indicated the importance given to the institution of family after death in ancient times.

The remains, which were unearthed last year and in 2013, were analyzed using radiocarbon dating. The results of the analysis, which were made public last week, showed that the bones belonged to a man and a woman, both aged between 20 and 25.

Archaeologists were also studying the remains of another couple whose remains were found in an adjacent grave to the one containing the embracing pair. The second couple are believed to be older and were found buried in a more “conventional” fashion, Papathanassopoulos said.

The fact that an ossuary and several ceramic urns, beads and other offerings were found in the grave points to “an organized society,” he said.
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The Final Countdown: Will Greece Ruin Euro? / Sputnik International

The Final Countdown: Will Greece Ruin Euro? / Sputnik International | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Because of Brussels' blustering, the Euro is in a perilous position. Marine Le Pen, PEGIDA, Golden Dawn don't even have to recruit any more as Merkel and Draghi provide all the marketing they need. The future of Europe lies directly in the hands of one man, Alexis Tsipras.
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Because of Brussels' blustering, the Euro is in a perilous position. Marine Le Pen, PEGIDA, Golden Dawn don't even have to recruit any more as Merkel and Draghi provide all the marketing they need. The future of Europe lies directly in the hands of one man, Alexis Tsipras.

 

Boisterous “What Ever It Takes” Mario Draghi and Merkel are trying to 'parent' Greece before its contagion rips all of Europe apart. The children of Athens have grown up though, after nearly seven years of austerity, massive unemployment, and a return of nationalism. Now, they are muddling their way into adolescence. Syriza's rejection of the status quo and its demands for a “Grexit” are its first real protestations, a youthful rebellion.

Unfortunately for the Troika, they know their threats are baseless. Greece's departure would signal an end to the EU as we know it today. Italy and Spain would not be far behind in raising similar demands seeing how their Southern neighbors were able to negotiate for a preferable debt deal.



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Munich Security Conference exposes divisions over Ukraine.

Munich Security Conference exposes divisions over Ukraine. | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Saturday's session of the annual Munich Security Conference began with a speech by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who took the podium just hours after returning from Moscow, where she and French President Francois Hollande presented a new peace initiative to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In her first direct comments since Friday's more than four hours of talks, the chancellor did not appear overly optimistic that the German-French initiative would bring an end to the fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine.
"After the talks yesterday in Moscow that the French president and I had, it is uncertain if it will succeed," Merkel said.
"But it is in my view and the French president's view definitely worth trying. We owe it to the people affected in Ukraine, at the very least," the chancellor said.
Addressing the conference a little later, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov seemed slightly more optimistic.
"These talks will continue as you know; we believe there is every possibility that we will reach a result and agree the recommendations that will allow the sides to really untie this knot of a conflict," Russia's top diplomat said.
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However, he also took the opportunity to lay the blame for the 10-month-old conflict squarely on the West.

"The United States and the European Union have taken steps to escalate the Ukraine crisis at every turn," Lavrov said.

He also denounced "growing appeals in the West to ... pump Ukraine full with lethal weapons and to involve it in NATO."

Discord over supplying weapons

This followed an earlier statement made to a group of reporters by the military commander of NATO, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, who said the Western alliance should not rule out the idea of providing weapons to Ukraine.

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Ο Αντώνης Σαμαράς δεν σηκώθηκε να χαιρετήσει τον Τσίπρα

Ο Αντώνης Σαμαράς δεν σηκώθηκε να χαιρετήσει τον Τσίπρα | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Νέο ατόπημα μετά τη μη παράδοση παραλαβή στο Μέγαρο Μαξίμου… Το στιγμιότυπο κατεγράφη λίγο πριν από την έναρξη της τελετής όταν ο Αλέξης Τσίπρας κατέβηκε από το πρωθυπουργικό έδρανο και κατέβηκε στην Ολομέλεια για να χαιρετήσει τους βουλευτές που κάθονταν στην πρώτη σειρά των εδράνων.
Κι ενώ ο ένας μετά τον άλλον οι βουλευτές σηκώθηκαν από τη θέση τους για να χαιρετήσουν τον Πρωθυπουργό, μεταξύ αυτών και ο γ.γ του ΚΚΕ Δημήτρης Κουτσούμπας ο μόνος που δεν σηκώθηκε από τη θέση του ήταν ο Πρόεδρος της Νέας Δημοκρατίας, Αντώνης Σαμαράς ο οποίος έμεινε στη θέση του και απλώς άπλωσε αδιάφορα το χέρι του προς τον Αλεξη Τσίπρα.
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Για τις κινήσεις της νέας κυβέρνησης: Μια αρνητική και μια θετική εξέλιξη

Για τις κινήσεις της νέας κυβέρνησης: Μια αρνητική και μια θετική εξέλιξη | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Η Φιλελεύθερη Συμμαχία παρακολουθεί με ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον τις κινήσεις της νέας κυβέρνησης. Τα επικοινωνιακά τρικ δεν μας απασχολούν, ελπίζουμε δε ότι τα λάθη και οι υπερβολές στον τομέα αυτό δεν θα έχουν ανεπανόρθωτες επιπτώσεις. Από την εβδομάδα που πέρασε θα θέλαμε να επισημάνουμε μια αρνητική και μια θετική εξέλιξη.


Η αρνητική εξέλιξη αφορά στην απαράδεκτη υποστήριξη των ρωσικών θέσεων στο θέμα της Ουκρανίας. Με τη στάση της η κυβέρνηση υποστήριξε εμπράκτως την επέμβαση της Ρωσίας, η κυβέρνηση της οποίας καταπατά συστηματικά τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα των Ρώσων πολιτών, σε μια γειτονική χώρα με την επίφαση της προστασίας ρωσόφωνων πληθυσμών. Σε τι ακριβώς διαφέρει η ρωσική εισβολή στην Ουκρανία από την τουρκική εισβολή στην Κύπρο;

Η θετική εξέλιξη αφορά στις ξεκάθαρες κυβερνητικές δηλώσεις ότι δεν θα προβεί σε μονομερείς ενέργειες, αλλά και τη διατύπωση ξεκάθαρα φιλελεύθερων θέσεων όπως:

ισοσκελισμένοι προϋπολογισμοί και πρωτογενή πλεονάσματα στο διηνεκές,
ριζοσπαστικές διαρθρωτικές μεταρρυθμίσεις,
μεταρρυθμίσεις για την αντιμετώπιση των πελατειακών σχέσεων και
προσπάθεια προσέλκυσης ξένων επενδύσεων.
Είμαστε βέβαιοι ότι κατά τις επόμενες εβδομάδες θα υπάρξουν συνεχείς εξελίξεις. Ευχόμαστε η κυβέρνηση να διορθώσει τα λάθη της και να συνεχίσει να υποστηρίζει τις φιλελεύθερες θέσεις της. Και κυρίως να καταφέρει να τις εφαρμόσει στην πράξη.
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Greece has suffered too much — we must give our new leader a chance | The Times

Greece has suffered too much — we must give our new leader a chance | The Times | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
King Constantine has returned from exile and sees hope in anti-austerity politics
Deep in the Greek countryside, past snowy Mount Olympus and along olive groves shrouded in mist, lives a king who has finally returned after 47 years of weary exile to find his country once more in turmoil.
His Royal Highness King Constantine II, King Con to his friends and Tino to his queen, now lives in a rented beach villa. “It’s always flooding, we have mud all over the basement,” he says.
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όχι δεν είναι τρολιά ... 3 άρθρα σε 2 ήμερες ...αλήθεια τι παίζει; 

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Grexit Part III: TheEUropean Perspective

Grexit Part III: TheEUropean Perspective | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Who is responsible for the crisis?
Joseph Stiglitz, professor at the University of Columbia, is of the opinion that ‘EU’s malaise is self-inflicted’ and that is owed ‘to an unprecedented succession of bad economic decisions, beginning with the creation of the euro’. This is an opinion that, in light of recent events, has been embraced by more and more Europeans.
Who is responsible for the management of this situation?
Taking into account the deep implications that the situation of Greece has on the European Union as a whole, I am inclined to say that the EU is the one responsible for its development. I do not think that the EU can afford to mismanage yet another (European) crisis, as it is related to a state that has been a member of the EU for more than three decades and is the bedrock of Western civilisation. The sensibility of the situation and the multiple layers on which it unwinds (political, economic, cultural, social) are signs that this will not be an easy task for the EU. Good management will have to involve communication, diplomacy and effective actions. Obstacles have already appeared as Greece has objected to the Statement of the Heads of State or Government published on the 27th of January with regard to the killings that took place in Ukraine in the city of Mariupol on the 24th of January. Greece has accused the EU of circulating the statement ‘without the proper procedures being followed in order to obtain the consent of Member States and specifically Greece’s consent’.
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Ligia Corduneanu explores the reasons behind the downfall of the Greek economy in the third and final edition of the question of Grexit which seems to be on everyone's mind ever since the far left political party Syriza, was elected in Greece last Sunday. How will Europe react and what implications will the new power in Greece have on managing the crisis still remains to be seen.


Syriza has won the elections. Now what?

Germany called a Grexit from the Eurozone as being manageable at the beginning of January, and from an economic point of view, maybe it will be. Some reasons are given: the setting of a bail-out mechanism, the better shape of the European banks and enhanced ability of foreign investors to better distinguish among the members of the Eurozone. Furthermore, it is believed that European officials will not let their guard down as they fear that such an approach will support the rise of anti-austerity movements in other countries that have struggled during the euro crisis .However, a deal is strongly believed to be taking place.

But what if Greece will want to leave the Eurozone at some point? Mike Dolan, in an article for Reuters, has analysed the conditions in which such an exit is possible, from the treaties’ point of view. He states that ‘there is no legal provision or framework in EU treaties for a country to leave the euro’ and that an alternative route would be to leave the Union altogether. With 75% of Greeks not wanting to leave the Eurozone or the EU, it seems to not be the case of such a scenario just yet, but opinions can change.

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