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Greek Ex-Minister Is Convicted in Bribery Case

Greek Ex-Minister Is Convicted in Bribery Case | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos was found guilty along with 16 other defendants who colluded with him to set up offshore companies to to launder money.
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After a five-month trial - the highest-profile against a Greek politician in more than two decades - judges convicted Mr. Tsochatzopoulos, 74, along with 16 other people, including his wife, daughter and several business partners. All were found to have colluded with the former minister to launder the bribe money using a network of offshore companies and property purchases. Sentencing was expected later in the day or on Tuesday, according to court sources.

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Meet the Fantastically Bejeweled Skeletons of Catholicism’s Forgotten Martyrs

Meet the Fantastically Bejeweled Skeletons of Catholicism’s Forgotten Martyrs | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
In his new book, art historian and author Paul Koudounaris elucidates the macabre splendor and tragic history of Europe’s catacomb saints
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After examining around 250 of these skeletons, Koudounaris concluded, “They’re the finest pieces of art ever created in human bone.” Though today many of the heavenly bodies suffer from pests burrowing through their bones and dust gathering on their faded silk robes, in Koudounaris’ photos they shine once more, provoking thoughts of the people they once were, the hands that once adorned them and the worshipers who once fell at their feet. But ultimately, they are works of art. “Whoever they may have been as people, whatever purpose they served rightly or wrongly as items, they are incredible achievements,” he says. “My main objective in writing the book is to present and re-contextualize these things as outstanding works of art.”

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UEFA Champions League 2014 - Anderlecht-Olympiacos Report – UEFA.com

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Europe's football website, uefa.com, is the official site of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, and the governing body of football in Europe.
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In the 56th minute Mitroglou calmly notched his second. Having been played onside by Nuytinck, the Greek international latched on to Delvin N'Dinga's header and gave Kaminski no chance. The powerful forward's assured finishing display continued in the 72nd minute as he curled a beauty into the top corner after a swift counterattack, led by substitute David Fuster, to ensure the Piraeus side got their campaign off the ground.

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Champions League - Mitroglou hat-trick gives Olympiacos win at Anderlecht

Champions League - Mitroglou hat-trick gives Olympiacos win at Anderlecht | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
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The Greece striker's precision and a fine performance from keeper Roberto gave the Greek side their first points in Group C.

Anderlecht, with no points and lying fourth in the domestic league, were left to rue their misfiring front line after the Greek champions made the most of limited chances in both halves.

After several Anderlecht forays, Argentine Javier Saviola exploited disarray in the home defence in the 17th minute to find Mitroglou, who poked the ball past Anderlecht's keeper.

Anderlecht, beaten 2-0 by Benfica two weeks ago, dominated possession and were awarded a penalty when Andreas Samaris wrapped his arm around Sacha Kljestan at a corner.

However, Roberto dived to his right to save Aleksandar Mitrovic's spot kick in the 24th minute.

Mitroglou nipped past a stumbling Bram Nuytinck to take a looping header in the 56th minute and completed his hat-trick in style with a long right-footed shot in the 72nd minute to knock the energy out of the Belgian champions.

"It was Mitroglou's night but I have to sing the praises of all the players," Olympiacos coach Michel said.

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Smartest Aliens May Live Around Red Dwarf Stars : DNews

Smartest Aliens May Live Around Red Dwarf Stars : DNews | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
As sun-like stars age, they will force the habitable zone outward, cooking previously life-giving orbits, like Earth's -- ancient red dwarf stars, however, remain stable for much longer, perhaps nurturing vastly more intelligent life.
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Kepler reports on a planet’s orbit size, radius, and apparent size. We know next to nothing about the physical characteristics of these worlds including tectonic and magnetic activity, atmosphere composition, axial tilt, and other conditions affecting climate.

But two reliable metrics are pinpointing the location of the planet in the star’s habitable zone and the star’s age. Unfortunately, stellar ages are not that well know for candidate habitable planets.

Based on their assessment, the researchers say that the planet Gliese 581g is the “most habitable exoplanet found to date.” It’s located smack dab in the middle of a red dwarf’s habitable zone. the world’s temperatures will be moderate for another 5 billion years longer than the span of Earth’s habitability window.

The planet may be as small as Earth and therefore have similar gravity, and surface topography. At only 20 light-years away it would be a logical destination for the first interstellar reconnaissance probes. So far, the planet has been the target of (unsuccessful) SETI searches.

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Elavador de Sta. Justa - Lisbon - Portugal

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Elavador de Sta. Justa - Lisboa - Portugal, originally uploaded by Lídia Ramalho. 

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The Santa Justa Lift, also called Carmo Lift (Elevador do Carmo, [elɨvɐˈdoɾ du ˈkaɾmu]), is a lift in the city of Lisbon situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa. It connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square.)
Neogothic structure of the Santa Justa Lift. The bridge leads to the Carmo Square.
The Santa Justa Lift was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, an engineer born in Porto to French parents, and apprentice of Gustave Eiffel[citation needed]. Construction began in 1900 and was finished in 1902; originally powered by steam, it was converted to electrical operation in 1907.
The iron lift is 45 metres tall and is decorated in neogothic style, with a different pattern on each storey. The top storey is reached by helicoidal staircases and has a terrace that offers views of Lisbon Castle, the Rossio Square and the Baixa neighbourhood. There are two lift cages, each with a wooden interior and accommodation for a maximum of 20 passengers.
The lift has become a tourist attraction in Lisbon as, among the urban lifts in Lisbon, Santa Justa is the only vertical one. Others, including Elevador da Glória and Elevador da Lavra, are more like funiculars that help climb the slopes of Lisbon.

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Mount Etna, Sicily - Italy

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Mount Etna Eruption, originally uploaded by P•A•U•L | Photography.

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Mount Etna (Αἴτνη (Aítnē) in Classical Greek, Aetna in Latin, also known as Muncibeddu (beautiful mountain) in Sicilian and Mongibello in Italian (from the Latin mons and the Arabic gibel, both meaning mountain) is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. Its Arabic name was Jebel Utlamat (the Mountain of Fire). According to Adrian Room’s book Placenames of the World, the name Etna is said to have originated from a Phoenician word attuna meaning “furnace.” He dismisses the theory that Etna is from a Greek source meaning “I burn.” It is the largest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 metres (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21 m (69 ft) lower now than it was in 1981. It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km⊃2; (460 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius. Only Mount Teide in Tenerife surpasses it in the whole of the European region (though geographically Tenerife is an island of Africa). In Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus, the god of the sky.
Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south. Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations.

 

 

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Greek govt cracks down on neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, arrests leader

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Greek police have arrested the leader, several MPs and dozens of members of ultra-right Golden Dawn party on charges of leading a “criminal organization.” The party promised to respond with mass rallies of its supporters.
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Greek police issued arrest warrants for Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos, party spokesman and MP Ilias Kassidiairis, two other prominent members, at least five other party MPs, as well as number of ordinary party members. 

“The Secretary General and one lawmaker of the Golden Dawn Party were arrested a short while ago after arrest warrants were issued,” Greek police informed journalists.

Police have detained about 30 members of the ultra-right party, which won 18 seats in the Greek parliament in the June 2012 elections, having received close to 7 percent of the popular vote.

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Ten things you ignored about caffeine

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Being a powerful source of energy and concentration for many people around the world, caffeine hasn' t revealed all of its secrets. However, even if it is related to insomnia and tension in many cases, caffeine can be really beneficial.
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Ten of its secrets:

1. “Decaffeination” doesn’ t mean “without caffeine”, it’s just the removal of most caffeine.

2. Caffeine starts to be “active” in around 30 minutes and sometimes even earlier.

3. Caffeine does not affect everyone the same way. Every human reacts differently.

4. Energy drinks contain less caffeine than coffee.

5. Dark, roasted coffee has less caffeine than the lightly roasted.

6. Caffeine can be found in more than 60 plants.

7. Caffeine is not found in coffees at the same percentage.

8. The average American consumes around 200 mg of caffeine daily.

9. The country with the highest consumption of caffeine is Finland.

10. Caffeine can also be found in chocolates or drugs.

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Oktoberfest '13: Images to yodel about

Oktoberfest '13: Images to yodel about | Politically Incorrect | Scoop.it
Top shots from the world's biggest celebration of beer and leather shorts.
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... although there's silly and there's silly ...

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Massive storm churned up water from Saturn's depths, finds Nasa's Cassini (Wired UK)

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Nasa's space probe Cassini has detected for the first time the presence of water ice in Saturn's atmosphere, thanks to a massive 2010/11 storm on the planet
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From across the vast expanse of our solar system, gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus appear serene.

Their gaseous surfaces are unscarred by the meteor impacts that have gouged their rocky brethren in the inner solar system and the deep hues of browns, reds and blues misleadingly suggest a sense of calm.

In 2010 and 2011, Saturn once again gave us a demonstration of how far from the truth this portrayal is -- a giant storm 15,000 kilometres in width and 300,000 kilometres long churned up the northern hemisphere.

Nasa's space probe Cassini had an unprecedented front row seat on the action, and detected for the first time the presence of water ice in Saturn's atmosphere, according to a paper published in the September issue of Icarus.

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Two Generations of Windblown Sediments on Mars

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Two Generations of Windblown Sediments on Mars

This colorful scene is situated in the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system.

Targeting the bright rimmed bedrock knobs, the image also captures the interaction of two distinct types of windblown sediments. Surrounding the bedrock knobs is a network of pale reddish ridges with a complex interlinked morphology. These pale ridges resemble the simpler “transverse aeolian ridges” (called TARs) that are common in the equatorial regions of Mars.

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Eight women verified born in 1800s are still alive

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Did you know that eight people in the world born in the 1898 & 1899 are still alive and they are all females? Four of them live in the United States and the rest in Japan, Mexico, Italy and England.
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GRE/BRA - Olympiacos win Intercontinental Cup opener

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SAO PAULO (FIBA Americas League/Euroleague) - Olympiacos knocked off Pinheiros/Sky in the opening game of the Intercontinental Cup on Friday night in Brazil, 81-70.
In a battle between the two-time
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ΠΡΩΤΑΘΛΗΤΗΣ ΚΟΣΜΟΥ ο ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΟΣ!

2ος αγώνας Διηπειρωτικού...
Πινιέιρος-Ολυμπιακός: (69-86)

Τα δεκάλεπτα: 21-22, 33-40, 50-64, 69-86.

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Poly-Sump ::  Central Macedonia

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Poly-SUMP, Polycentric Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, aims to develop a sustainable mobility planning methodology in polycentric regions – areas characterised by several centres, where services and goods, and therefore transport needs, are scattered in different towns.

Planning mobility in these areas is complex, as several municipalities, sometimes even from different countries, and many stakeholders are involved. Poly-SUMP offers a methodology for poly-centric regions to overcome barriers and to build a constructive dialogue among all involved actors in order to reach a common vision of sustainable mobility. 

 The six participating regions in Europe, represented by Regione Marche (Italy),Central Alentejo (Portugal), Central Macedonia (Greece), the Heart of Slovenia (Slovenia), Rhine Alp  (Austria) and Parkstad Limburg (the Netherlands), test concrete planning processes towards the adoption of mobility plans, and check the transferability of the approach to six other regions in Europe.

 

Poly-SUMP offers you the ideal platform where to learn what its regions have achieved, and how you can replicate the results in your own context.

Take a look  at the Methodology section and discover how you can benefit from the project. Learn more about the participating regions, under the Regions.Discover the findings of past events and know where upcoming workshops are.Be informed in real time about key achievements of the project by subscribing to our mailing list.
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Result: Mitroglou hat-trick gives Olympiacos win

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A hat-trick from Kostas Mitroglou gives Olympiacos a 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League.
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Kostas Mitroglou scored a hat-trick for Olympiacos as they beat Anderlecht 3-0 in the Champions League this evening.

The home side were the first team to create a chance when Aleksandar Mitrovic was played through on goal, but defender Dimitris Siovas did well to get back and make an excellent tackle having been beaten the first time.

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Animal Sex: How Kangaroos Do It

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Unlike many other animals, kangaroos have sex for a long time — up to 50 minutes. And the female has three vaginas, two of which are inseminated by the male's double-headed penis.
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Grafted ovaries lead to successful pregnancy

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Healthy baby born after ovarian tissue removed, stimulated and reinserted.

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A previously infertile woman has given birth to a healthy baby after undergoing a procedure that involved removing her ovaries and stimulating them in the lab to produce eggs. The fertility treatment, dubbed in vitro activation, could offer hope to millions of women who have problems with ovulation.

In vitro activation addresses a condition called primary ovarian insufficiency, or premature ovarian failure, whereby egg-containing ovarian follicles do not grow in the way that they are supposed to. Few, if any, eggs ever reach maturity. As many as 1% of women of reproductive age are infertile because of the condition, and egg donation is the currently the only option available to help these women to become pregnant.

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Photo by Razi Gaskari), originally uploaded by awaydotcom.

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Grand Teton National Park is a United States National Park located in northwestern Wyoming, south of Yellowstone National Park. The park is named after the Grand Teton, which, at 13,770 feet (4,197 m), is the tallest mountain in the Teton Range.
The name “Tetons” originally was intended to describe several hills near the town of Arco, Idaho. They were named by a French trapper who thought that they resembled the female body. Many years later the name was mistakenly applied to the mountains of present day Grand Teton National Park due to the poor map-making and map-reading standards of the time.
Grand Teton National Park was established on February 26, 1929. The park covers 484 square miles (1,250 km2) of land and water.
There are nearly 200 miles (320 km) of trails for hikers to enjoy in Grand Teton National Park.
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Mont St. Michel, France

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Mont St. Michel, originally uploaded by no.zomi.

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Mont-Saint-Michel is a 1-ha (3-acre) rocky islet topped by a famous Gothic abbey, 1.6 km (1 mi) off the coast of Normandy in northwest France in the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel in the English Channel. The island, located 5 km (3 mi) from the shore during the Middle Ages, is now surrounded by water only two times a month. Its one cobblestone street climbs in three spirals from a great granite base to the towering Benedictine abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, an architectural masterpiece built in the 13th century, replacing the original abbey, which was founded in 708 by Saint Aubert, bishop of Avranches, but destroyed by King Philip II of France in 1203.

Its fortifications enabled the islet to withstand repeated English assaults during the Hundred Years’ War. The abbey served as a prison during Napoleon I’s reign. Restored after 1863, and connected to the mainland by a causeway (completed 1875), the abbey is preserved as a national historical monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of France’s great tourist attractions. The abbey is celebrated in Henry Adam’s classic study of medieval Christianity, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres (1913).

On the other side of the English Channel, off the coast of Cornwall, in England, is Saint Michael’s Mount, the site of a priory (later a castle) that belonged to the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey in the Middle Ages.

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Golden Dawn leader charged with heading a criminal gang

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Nikos Michaloliakos appears in court after he is arrested along with key members of his Greek neo-fascist party
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The leader of Greece's Golden Dawn party, widely viewed as Europe's most violent political force, appeared in court on Saturday night on charges of heading a criminal gang after police mounted an unprecedented crackdown on the neo-fascist party, arresting Nikos Michaloliakos and other key members of his organisation.

After a police operation in which anti-terrorism officers stormed the homes of Golden Dawn politicians across Athens, Michaloliakos and five of his MPs were seized. Fifteen other senior party activists, including a female police officer, were taken into custody accused of fomenting violence as members of a criminal organisation. Reading from a nine-page charge sheet, a public prosecutor accused the far-rightists of murder, extortion and money laundering.

The crackdown was hailed as "a historic day for Greece and Europe" by the public order minister, Nikos Dendias, who oversaw the operation, known only to three security officials before it was launched a little after dawn. "Golden Dawn tried to test the endurance of democracy," he said in a televised address, insisting that the inquiry into the party's illegal activities would continue apace. "Today it got an answer from state justice."

Earlier in the day, following emergency talks with the prime minister, Antonis Samaras, the justice minister, Charlambos Athanasiou, promised "just justice" for those who had been arrested. "Justice has moved with decisiveness and transparency," Athanasiou told reporters gathered outside the prime minister's city centre office. "I want to say for all those who have been arrested, if they are sent to trial there will be just justice."

By nightfall, authorities said 25 counter-terrorism units were still trying to track down the party's deputy leader, Christos Pappas, who is accused in a strict hierarchy of command of jointly running a gang that, masked as a political organisation, had spawned terror on the streets of Greece. At least 11 others were also being sought, police officials said, citing "incontrovertible evidence" from intercepted telephone calls.

Michaloliakos was arrested in his Athens home at 7am. Greek media quoted the politician as telling police: "What you are doing is not right. The truth will shine," as he was taken into custody in handcuffs. Hundreds of Golden Dawn supporters gathered outside Athens's police headquarters spurred on by a text message reportedly sent by the party to "support our moral and just struggle against the corrupt system".

Michaloliakos and his chief lieutenant, the party's spokesman, Ilias Kasidiaris, were inside the building as the supporters massed. Only on Friday, Kasidiaris, who became infamous when he assaulted two female leftwing MPs on live TV last year, had openly joked that "we are here to hand ourselves in", as the party launched a lawsuit against Pasok, the junior leftwing party in Samaras's fragile coalition. Police officials said a number of weapons had been discovered in the crackdown. Three unlicensed guns allegedly found in Michaloliakos's home were to undergo ballistics tests, and tens of thousands of euros was also apparently found, the media reported.

Greece's third biggest party, Golden Dawn, has seen its popularity soar on the back of desperation. The organisation is accused of making violence its calling card, and human rights groups hold it responsible for hundreds of attacks on dark-skinned immigrants in the three years since the debt-stricken country plunged into crisis.

Since being elected to parliament with 18 MPS and 7% of the vote for the first time in June last year, the party has been linked to a wave of violence directed mostly against migrants, gay people and leftists on Greece's increasingly fractious political scene. The fatal stabbing this month of Pavlos Fyssas, a hip-hop star popular among anti-fascists, prompted widespread outrage and galvanised the governing coalition into taking action.

Amid revelations that Golden Dawn had set up hit squads with the help of commandos in the special forces and openly colluded with the police, the authorities launched a far-reaching inquiry into the group's activities.

Two senior police officers resigned and several officers were suspended after allegations of links with the party. More than a dozen Golden Dawn members, including the 45-year-old man who confessed to murdering Fyssas, were rounded up. Not since the collapse of military rule have MPs been arrested en masse. "This is without precedent in Greek political life," said a lecturer in constitutional law, Kostas Chrysogonos. "Authorities are acting within the law, but I also think it would have been constitutionally more correct if they had asked parliament to lift their [MPs'] political immunity first."

Even if the politicians are imprisoned pending trial, they will still retain their standing as MPs, experts said.

As he was hauled under armed guard from police headquarters to the court, Kasidiaris shouted: "Long live Greece. Nothing will bend us, nothing will frighten us." Previously he had told a TV show that "they can arrest us, they can put us in prison, but we will still be MPs. We are not going to go back even one step."

Samaras's shaky coalition has been applauded for its tough stance, with opinion polls showing a drop in support for Golden Dawn and a slight rise for his conservative New Democracy party, but there are fears the crackdown could ultimately damage the government.

The opposition leader, Alexis Tsipras, of the radical left Syriza party, said last week the party should be confronted "within the law, not outside it".

Before the crackdown Golden Dawn was polling at around 15%, prompting it to boast it had "more than a million" supporters in Greece. Michaloliakos warned last week that he might withdraw his 18 MPs from parliament, a move that threatened to unleash political instability in a country dependent on international rescue funds to survive.

The politician had also said that "mudslinging and slander" against his party would "open the gates of hell".

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Greece Arrests Senior Members of Far-Right Party

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Nikos Michaloliakos, the Golden Dawn party's leader, was escorted on Saturday by police officers outside the Athens police headquarters..
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On Saturday, Nikos Michaloliakos, Golden Dawn’s leader and a member of Parliament, was charged with forming a criminal organization. With a defiant expression on his face, Mr. Michaloliakos raised his cuffed hands as he was escorted by police officers. Another arrested lawmaker, Ilias P. Kasidiaris, shouted as he was led away: “Nothing will bend us! Long live Greece!” Other arrests followed.

The police had not yet released details of the criminal charges, but they include murder, attempted murder and blackmail, according to a court official. The party has denied any role in the killing, and the police had not said what evidence they have linking the arrested party members to specific crimes.

Since 2012, when it gained seats in Parliament, Golden Dawn has engaged in a campaign of intimidation against immigrants. In April, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner described it as “a neo-Nazi and violent political party” and urged that it be banned under international human rights treaties, but the arrest of elected lawmakers is a rare step for any European democracy.

The move may curb Golden Dawn’s influence, at least for now, especially in Parliament, where the party holds 18 seats after elections last year during a volatile moment when Greece was on the precipice of exiting the euro zone.

Nonetheless, the disenchantment stoked by the economic crisis that helped propel Golden Dawn’s rise is unlikely to fade anytime soon.

“As the country is mired in its worst economic crisis in modern history, support for extremist and antiestablishment parties is likely to remain high in the coming years, regardless of the future of Golden Dawn as a political party,” the geopolitical intelligence, economic and political firm Stratfor said in an analysis.

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Greece files charges against Golden Dawn party leader, 4 members

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Far-right Greek politicians arrested.
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The leader of Greece's extreme right wing Golden Dawn party and four party lawmakers were charged Saturday with forming and participating in a criminal gang.

Nikos Michaloliakos and the other four -- all members of parliament -- left the Athens prosecutor's office in handcuffs, escorted by counterterrorism officers in bullet proof vests and balaclavas.

It is the first time since the restoration of democracy in 1974, following a seven-year junta, that a party leader and members of parliament have been arrested.

Michaloliakos' arrests and those of the lawmakers -- Elias Kassidiaris, Elias Panagiotaros, Ioannis Lagos and Nikos Mihos -- are part of a crackdown following a controversial stabbing death.

At least 10 more people have been arrested, including Golden Dawn party members, police said. More than 30 warrants were issued as police operations were launched across Greece Saturday.

One more Golden Dawn lawmaker is still being sought, police said.

Pavlos Fyssas, a popular anti-fascist figure and well-known hip-hop artist with the stage name Killah P, was the victim of the knife attack that was allegedly committed by a Golden Dawn supporter.

Clashes broke out in a working-class Athens suburb this month, as Fyssas' death inflamed already growing concerns about the rising influence of Golden Dawn. The ultranationalist, anti-immigration party has been linked by critics to street violence and neo-Nazism.

The violence came despite police raids of Golden Dawn offices and the arrest of a 45-year-old party supporter who police say admitted killing Pavlos Fyssas.

Kassidiaris denied his party's involvement in Fyssas' death, calling it a "heinous crime."

The singer's death has nevertheless led to renewed calls to ban Golden Dawn

The Greek constitution does not allow for political parties to be banned, however, and the arrested lawmakers will retain their parliamentary seats unless they are convicted of a crime.

Golden Dawn holds 18 of Parliament's 300 seats.

Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos, whose socialist Pasok party is part of the governing coalition, said Golden Dawn "must be dealt with as a criminal organization."

In 2012, the party rode a wave of dissatisfaction among some Greeks over internationally imposed austerity measures amid the country's deep financial crisis, winning 7% of the vote and gaining seats in parliament for the first time.

Recent polls had seen support rise as high as 12%. However, since Fyssas' killing last week, opinion polls suggest that Golden Dawn's popularity has dropped.

A poll carried out from September 19 to 21 by Rass, for the Eleftheros Typos newspaper, indicated that support for Golden Dawn had fallen to 5.8%, down from 8.3% on September 15.

Back in 2009, before the financial crisis and ensuing austerity measures hit Greeks hard, the party polled only 0.3%

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"Κόκκινα φανάρια (Το καλντερίμι)" - Πόλυ Πάνου (1963)

Μουσική : Σταύρος Ξαρχάκος Στίχοι : Αλέκος Γαλανός Α' Εκτέλεση : Πόλυ Πάνου "Του λιμανιού το καλντερίμι όσοι δε ζήσαν να που δεν ξέρουν τι 'ναι πόνος και καη...
Demetrios Georgalas's insight:

"Του λιμανιού το καλντερίμι όσοι δε ζήσαν
να που δεν ξέρουν τι 'ναι πόνος και καημός,
πώς κλαίει ο άνθρωπος που τα όνειρά του τώρα σβήσαν,
πόσο πικρός του κόσμου ο κατατρεγμός.

Πνιχτές ανάσες και βρισιές,
βαμμένα χείλια παγωμένα στις γωνιές.
Κι είναι θάνατος αργός
του πεζοδρόμιου ο νόμος ο σκληρός.

Πληρωμένες αγκαλιές,
ιστορίες τραγικές
γράφονται μέσ' στις κρύες φτωχογειτονιές.
Το τραγούδι σπαραγμός,
η ζωή κατατρεγμός,
το καλντερίμι ένας ατέλειωτος καημός.

Του λιμανιού το καλντερίμι όσοι δε ζήσαν,
να που δεν ξέρουν τι 'ναι πόνος και καημός.
Πώς κλαίει ο άνθρωπος που τα όνειρά του τώρα σβήσαν,
πόσο πικρός του κόσμου ο κατατρεγμός.

Σβήσαν τα φώτα στα στενά,
του λιμανιού τα καλντερίμια σκοτεινά
και σταμάτησε η ζωή
το ψέμα το φτασιδωμένο της να ζει."

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In Singapore Grand Prix, It's All Vettel

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There was no question about who was No. 1 in the Formula One race in Singapore on Sunday. Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won by 32.6 seconds.
Demetrios Georgalas's insight:

The German driver was the entire focus of a race that was otherwise largely uneventful, even lethargic — except for a great start by Fernando Alonso, who finished second in his Ferrari after starting seventh, and Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third in his Lotus after starting 13th.

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