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December 17, 2014

Greek Presidential Election Begins Within A Polarized Climate

UPDATE 21:00: - The Greek Parliament failed to elect a new President of the Republic in the first vote. Stavros Dimas, the sole candidate, put forward by the governing conservative/socialist coalition, received only 160 votes, far from the two-thirds majority (200 in the 300-member Parliament) required by the Greek Constittution. About 135 MPs voted "present" and there were 5 absences. The next voting round which also requires two-thirds of the vote is scheduled to take place on Tuesday December 23rd.

The moment of truth for Greek lawmakers is finally here. The first vote in the critical Presidential election is scheduled to begin at 7pm on Wednesday night in the Greek Parliament. The voting process is going to act as a test for the coalition government of Antonis Samaras since it could indicate how the next two votes may turn out and certainly it is expected to be carried out within a profoundly polarized climate.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' office on Wednesday issued the following statement ahead of the first voting for the election of a President of the Republic:
     "Tonight, the first voting for the election of a President of the Republic will be carried out. During that voting procedure, positive votes are not considered a vote in favour of the government; but a decision to defend the Constitution and respect the institution of the President of the Republic, as well as an avoidance of a political adventure that could be fatal for the country's European course."
Referring to the first round of the presidential elections, SYRIZA spokesman Panos Skourletis on Wednesday said:
     "I believe that during the voting procedure it will be confirmed that we are far away from the 180 deputies and there will be no signs that these votes will be gathered in the next rounds. I estimate that the government will not find the 180 votes even if the candidate changes."
Over the last few days, the coalition government has attempted to deescalate its clash with the opposition, but some are fearing that this was to no avail. Even though the government appears confident in securing the required 180 MP votes for the third vote on December 29th, recent developments are suggesting otherwise.

In the first vote, Stavros Dimas (the government-sponsored Presidential candidate) is expected to receive around 163-165 votes. Apart from the 155 votes from the New Democracy and PASOK MPs, the coalition government is expecting support from independent MPs Spyros Lykoudis, Grigoris Psarianos, Christos Aidonis, Katerina Markou, Panagiotis Melas and George Davris.

Reports are claiming that there is still a significant amount of MPs that are undecided about whether or not to vote for Dimas.

Meanwhile, New Democracy MPs such as Panos Panagiotopoulos and Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos argue that the Presidential election process would be greatly facilitated if an agreement is made for general elections in the next few months, as they claim to have come to an agreement on the public debt and constitutional reform.

Golden Dawn is also expected to take part in the vote. In fact a Greek prosecutor on Tuesday granted seven detained extreme-right Golden Dawn party members permission to attend and vote in the three rounds of the presidential election. It is going to be the first time that GD will participate in a parliamentary process, apart from their appearance last week in a debate concerning the lifting of their parliamentary immunity so that they could be prosecuted.

Party leader and MP Nikos Michaloliakos, as well as Christos Pappas, Giannis Lagos, George Germenis, Panayiotis Iliopoulos, Nikos Kouzilos and party spokesman Elias Kassidiaris are going to be escorted from the Korydallos Prison to Parliament for all three days of the voting.

(Combined Reports)


Kammenos says Greeks of Jewish faith do not pay taxes - Jewish community enraged!

During an interview with Greek Antenna television channel on Monday, the leader of the Independent Greeks party (ANEL) Panos Kammenos claimed that people of Jewish faith in Greece do not pay any taxes. As expected the statement enraged the Greek Jewish community.

Jewish communal leaders immediately reacted and called on Kammenos to officially apologize for his "serious anti-Semitic" statement.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece said it categorically refutes the accusation, noting that Jewish institutions in the country had the same tax regulations as Christian ones.
     "It is a disgrace that a leader of a party in Parliament does not know that Greek Jews are equal citizens and subject to the all the rights and obligations of every citizen," the statement read.
     "Our representative bodies, which are public legal entities, are governed by the exact same tax obligations as the Church of Greece and without receiving any subsidy from the Greek state," the statement added.
Commenting on an article by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras published in a Greek daily, in which he called on ANEL’s MPs to vote in favour of the presidential candidate, Stavros Dimas, Kammenos said this is impossible because Samaras’ government has voted laws that are "against the Orthodox Church."
     "We see that Orthodoxy, which Mr Samaras cites in his article, his government took most of the decisions that are against the Church of Greece; cremation, civil partnerships for homosexuals, taxation just for the Orthodox religion. Buddhists, Jews, Muslims are not taxed, the Orthodox Church is taxed and in fact is at risk of losing its monastery assets," Kammenos said.
Source: ANT1 TV, Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece,


Investigation Into Concession Of Elliniko Development Project

The controversial concession of the former airport site at Elliniko (in Southern Athens) to the Lamda Development joint venture is under apparently under investigation, as numerous allegations have suggested that TAIPED officers may be guilty of misconduct.

A recent report in To Vima claims that so far the prosecutor has summoned SYRIZA MP Sofia Sakorafa and local government official Nikos Galanos to testify on the matter, with more scheduled to be called in the weeks ahead. The Deputy Governor of the District of Attica Christos Kapatais told To Vima that “for us this concession does not exist”.

It should be reminded that a few months ago the Technical Chamber of Greece published a study, according to which the true value of the Elliniko site was “at least” 2.5 billion euros, however it was acquired by the joint venture for just 914 million euros, which will be paid off in 15 years.

The prosecutor, says the relevant report, is expected to focus his examination on the liability of public officials.

Galanos had previously filed a complaint, arguing that a series of omissions and actions in the tender may have nullified the competition, resulting in huge losses for the State.

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Turkish gov't arrests media chiefs in latest assault on free speech

Ekrem Dumannli, the chief editor of Zaman, Turkey’s biggest selling newspaper, cried "we are not scared" after he and other journalists were detained by police over terrorism allegations. The following article is an analysis of the recent arrests of many media agents in Turkey from the Erdogan government who it claims work on behalf of his rival Gulen. The article is from James Smart at the PressProject. To get a better understanding of the rift between Gulen and Erdogan HellasFrappe suggests that you also read the background to this story by clicking HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

By James Smart (Press-Project) - It must have been quite a memorable Sunday afternoon for the locals. Four Turkish police officers briskly walked through the security gates at the offices of Zaman - Turkey's biggest selling newspaper, situated in the working-class suburb of Şirinevler, with a helicopter flying overhead and water cannon vehicles behind.

Surrounding them were 3-4000 protesters - some loyal Zaman readers, others there to defend the free press, who themselves had been tipped off and were also in present in large numbers.
     "Free media cannot be silenced" the crowd chanted as the police walked through the door, not stopping until shortly later when they came back out escorting the newspaper's Chief Editor Ekrem Dumanlı, having failed to breach the crowd at 7.15 that morning. Let those who have committed a crime be scared," Mr Dumanli said as he was ushered away with the police. 'we are not scared'.
     “The detentions have been ordered in order to take their testimonies on charges of founding and directing an armed terror organization, being a member of this organization, and engaging in forgery and slander,” said a statement released by the Istanbul Chief Prosecuters office later that day.
But the protesters believe this is merely another purge on the ever-shrinking media that is prepared to criticise the government.

Dumanli wasn't the only target. Around thirty-one people were detained, mostly other media chiefs, a TV scriptwriter, a TV show director, and a handful of former police chiefs who are suspected if having links to Hizmet, an organisation in confrontation with the AKP government.

Briefly, Hizmet is a popular and somewhat secretive movement founded by Fetullah Gulen, an elderly preacher in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. Gulen preaches a brand of Islam that many Turks find agreeable, emphasising use of modern technology, moderation, interfaith dialogue, and promoting Turkishness.

The foundation operates schools and universities in over 140 countries and has other investments in health clinics, finance and media - including publications such as Zaman.

For ten years, Gulen's movement colluded with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's AKP government, proving particularly useful on the campaign trail. Gulen and Erdogan shared the same enemies and it seems that Gulenists in the police and judiciary may have assisted the AKP government by finding ways of putting political foes behind bars.

While the current government used to be happy enough to see their political enemies framed, they are now charging Gulenists in the police and judiciary with fabricating evidence. To understand the reason for this reversal, we need to explore the fading relationship between Gulen and Erdoğan.

From mid-2010, relations deteriorated between the Hizmet movement and the AKP to the extent that the AKP closed down part of the Hizmet operation in Turkey, and continues to work on this.

On their part, Gulenists were able to use their positions in the police and intelligence services to uncover and publicise a series of recordings that showed Erdoğan, his son, and his cabinet knee-deep in corruption. Four ministers were forced to resign, but the government emerged somewhat discredited but largely unscathed. Since then, Gulen has been accused of running a parallel state.
     "I want my dear nation to know that we are not just faced with a simple network, but one which is a pawn of national and international evil forces," said Erdoğan on Friday.
     "We have gone into their lairs, and we will go into them again.”
     “Whoever is beside them and behind them, we will bring down this network and bring it to account".
So, the tables have turned, and Gulenists are now the terrorists.

Is this a simple case then of a feud spiralling out of control?

Ozgur Kuçuk is a journalist for Zaman newspapers. "make no mistake" he says. "these arrests are nothing to do with animosity between Gulen and Erdogan per se. Erdoğan goes after anybody who criticises him publically. He goes after journalists who criticise him, and has them sent to jail".

With an estimated forty journalists currently languishing behind bars, Turkey is the world's biggest jailer of journalists. According to Reporters without Borders, Turkey lies 154th out of 180 countries in terms of press freedom. To avoid jail, most media outlets self-censor, disciplining and firing media workers who are critical of the government.

To avoid these pitfalls, some Turks post anonymously using blogs and fake twitter accounts. Turkey's most celebrated media outlaw is probably 'Fuat Avni', who claims to have close connections to Erdogan's inner circle, and regularly tweets warnings about operations against the public. This account tipped off the public about this Sunday's arrests, with a list of all those due to be arrested, and even the police officers responsible with each arrest, which were originally due to take place with an element of surprise on Friday.

Fuat initially tweeted that around 140 journalists were to be detained, with 400 citizens to be arrested in total. By Sunday, this had been revised. "Operations against mainstream and liberal journalists will not take place - for now".

The timing of these arrests are interesting. A new law was put in place only on Friday making it easier to arrest and detain citizens. And it is almost exactly a year to the day when police - presumably Gulenists - went after Erdoğan and his cabinet with audio evidence of corruption. Then, as now, reaction was fierce and relentless, with prosecutors, police and journalists moved or fired by the thousands.

Furthermore, last December the government had been easily able to placate much of the public by claiming they had been victim of a 'montage' - claiming that the recordings had been faked, as part of a campaign of dirty tricks. And this government is no stranger to dirty tricks.

During the Gezi Park protests in the summer of 2013, undercover police acting as agent provocateurs quite clearly threw a series of molotov cocktails at police water cannons, which in turn fired unusually inaccurate water cannon back near the provocateurs.

It was only because the campaign was conducted in such an amateurish manner that it was clearly not the actions of real protesters but of a police force needing an excuse to continue their heavy-handed campaign. Özgur Kuçuk thinks that further stunts may continue.
     "I predict" continues Kuçuk, "undercover intelligence officers will try to gain access to journalists, to pose as Gulenists and elicit responses that will act as evidence against them in court".
Ostensible, the Hizmet movement is being accused of fabricating evidence to put their rivals in jail. However, Erdoğan's attitude towards the media over the past few years leads many to suspect that this is another excuse to keep a critical media ever more silent.
     "Once again, President Erdoğan has shown he will embrace extreme measures to silence dissident voices. He believes in a compliant press, not a free press," said CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists) spokesperson Simon Rowe on Sunday.
Criticism of the government's position continues to come under fire from all corners. The lira slumped today as nervous investors pulled out their money.

Emma Sinclair-Webb, a senior Turkey researcher at Human Rights Watch, echoes Rowe's concerns.“The detention of journalists and editors in the context of this latest wider operation of arrests looks like another attempt to crack down on critical media,” she said.

The EU also chimed in: "The police raids and arrests of a number of journalists and media representatives in Turkey today are incompatible with the freedom of media, which is a core principle of democracy," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in a joint statement.

Anybody who observes Erdoğan though, knows he can always be relied on to fight fire with fire.
      "The EU should mind its own business and keep its own opinions to itself," he declared. 
Turkey's President cares little for what outsiders have to say, at least publically. He may occasionally back down, but very quietly. Openly, he battles hard and nonstop. His supporters enjoy this streetfighter image, and tend to believe his various accusations of foreign plots. The opposition remain weak, largely because there isn't much historical evidence that they would behave any better if they were in power. Meanwhile the economy is weakening but on a visible level the country continues to modernise on many levels. Erdoğan still seems invincible.

He continues "We gave a promise to Ekrem (Dumanlı) - taking away editors will change nothing. We will print this paper even better. You can detain as many people as you want. Nothing will change here".

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ISIS’ Bloody Footprints Lead From NATO Territory - Says Germany's Deutsche Welle

It was reported recently that Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions in supplies,  flowing into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS). According to an exclusive and revealing report from geopolitical expert Tony Cartalucci at NEO,  Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in this since it has allowed its territory to be used as a transit route for several years now with the aim of Syria's total destruction and destabilization. 

Tony Cartalucci (NEO) -  Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in the destabilization and destruction of neighboring Syria. Since 2011, Turkey has allowed its territory to be used as a transit and staging point for sectarian terrorists flowing from around the world and into Syria in what could be described as a defacto NATO invasion by proxy.

In 2011, after the Libyan conflict drew to an end in favor of NATO, terrorists it had armed and provided air cover for in North Africa were promptly shipped to Turkey where they then slipped into Syria to engage the Syrian government and its military. Since then, an untold number of terrorists have used not only Turkey as a staging ground, but also Lebanon and Jordan.

In addition to literal terrorists being harbored in NATO territory, security agencies of NATO members including the US and UK, have been active along the Turkish-Syrian border arming, funding. and equipping what they call “moderate rebels.” These moderate rebels have recently been revealed as affiliates of or organized directly organized beneath both Al Qaeda and ISIS.

DW’s report does not implicate merely Turkey in aiding and abetting ISIS, but exposes the fact that ISIS’ supply lines lead from within NATO itself – in other words, ISIS is a creation, perpetuation, and agent of NATO.

Contrary to Western propaganda, Al Qaeda was intentionally organized and directed by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel to engage in a regional confrontation aimed at Iran and its powerful arc of influence. Exposed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 article,  “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” it was stated explicitly that (emphasis added):
    To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda. 
Clearly, ISIS is the verbatim fulfillment of Hersh’s 2007 warning.

And while some may question what took place between 2007 and the current disposition of ISIS today, those documenting the ongoing conflict in Syria starting in 2011 have noted substantial and continued state sponsorship of militants fighting in the Syrian conflict, many of which are now confirmed to be operating under the banner of ISIS.

Headlines over the past 3-4 years including, “C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition,” “First Syria rebels armed and trained by CIA ‘on way to battlefield’,” “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.,” and “Official says CIA-funded weapons have begun to reach Syrian rebels; rebels deny receipt,” reveal ongoing Western support, bridging the gap between the conspiracy exposed by Hersh in 2007 and the current torrent of supplies flowing to ISIS via NATO territory.

It is clear that the ISIS threat was NATO all along, the culmination of a conspiracy spanning at least two US Presidential administrations, and resulting in a regional conflict marked by some of the most horrific barbarism documented in modern history.

With NATO feeding the ISIS threat directly, no serious attempt to destroy ISIS in either Syria or Iraq can be attempted without first cutting its supply lines leading from NATO territory. Clearly the United States, NATO, or regional partners like Israel, Qatar, or Saudi Arabia have any intention of doing so. As indicated by DW’s report, Kurds operating on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border are attempting to seal off the flow of supplies leading from NATO territory.

The Syrian Arab Army, the Iranian forces supporting anti-ISIS fighters in Syrian territory, and the allies of both countries must insist that strict resolutions are passed to secure the border and stem the flow of ISIS’ lifeline. A clearly worded resolution, if voted down by the likes of the US and its NATO accomplices, will expose further the true nature ISIS and the misanthropic agenda of the West it is a manifestation of.

If the West capitulates and the resolution is passed, further steps toward arming and aiding the Syrian and Iranian governments and their various allies in the securing of the Turkish-Syrian border can be made. From there, the proxy war engineered and executed by the West which has engulfed the region for years, may finally be brought to an end.

The author, Tony Cartalucci, is a Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


GAP CLOSING - New Poll shows SYRIZA 3.2 points ahead of New Democracy

The gap between the ruling New Democracy party and the radical left main opposition party SYRIZA is narrowing. In a recent poll conducted between the 11th and 14th of December 2014 by VCITIZENS, and which is published in Wednesday’s edition of the Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper, SYRIZA is only leading ND by a 3.2-point lead. At a first glance, the Golden Dawn party will hold its forces, while ANEL and DIMAR are not going to enter Parliament. PASOK, on the other, is at an all time low and it is still uncertain whether they will be able to generate the votes needed to make it into Parliament. The good news: Neither will George Papandreou's unnamed party (which some have said will be similar to that of the Democratic party in the US).

When participants were asked which party they intend to vote for in the next national elections, the responses were as follows:

  • SYRIZA – 23.3%
  • New Democracy – 20.1%
  • Golden Dawn – 6.1%
  • KKE – 4.9%
  • The River – 4.2%
  • PASOK – 3.1%
  • Independent Greeks (ANEL) – 2.4%
  • Democratic Left (DIMAR) – 1%
  • Other party – 4.1%
  • Abstain/blank – 15.6%
  • Undecided/No answer – 15.2%

The “other party” category in greater detail shows the following:

  • ANTARSYA – 0.7%
  • Green Ecologists/Pirate Party 0.6%
  • George Papandreou’s unnamed party – 0.5%
  • EPAM – 0.5%
  • George Lykoudis’ party – 0.4%
  • Greek Hunter Party – 0.2%
  • Centrist Union – 0.2%
  • Unspecified other party – 1%

New Budget Flights To Greek Destinations By NIKI Ryanair & easyJet

As of April, 2015 the low-cost Austrian airline Niki will begin making daily flights to Athens. The flights will depart from Vienna at 11:30 and arrive in Athens at 14:35, while the return flight will leave at 15:25 and arrive at 16:45 local time and be conducted by an Airbus A320 on every day of the week except Saturday.

At the same time, more easyJet has added more destinations to its flight schedule for 2015. According to reports, the airliner is going to operate two flights from Fiumicino airport in Rome to the islands of Zakynthos (Zante) and Kos and one flight from Geneva to the island of Santorini as of June 28th until August 15th. This will raise the number of new easyJet flights to Greece to 10.

Meanwhile, Ryanair, said it added flights from Athens to the island of Santorini and to Bratislava and Budapest. The two new daily flights are set to begin in April, while three flights a week will be conducted to Bratislava and four flights a week to Budapest from Greece's capital. The company announced that it is also going to raise the number of flights to Chania from two to three a day and to Paphos from one to two, offering a total of 12 destinations to and from Athens, with an anticipated 2.2 million passengers.

December 16, 2014

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Rising trends in Greek Organized Crime - MUST READ

The following report is a brief overview of the rising trends in Greek organized crime with regional implications, which was released by geopolitical expert Ioannis Michaletos on his RIMSE news site. According to him, the emergence of imported radical, fringe and niche groups, most notably motorcycle clubs dealing with protections rackets, cocaine distribution and sex trafficking, as well as the amalgamation of Middle Eastern groups specialized in human smuggling-illegal immigration are two of the leading trends in Greek organized crime at the present moment.

by Ioannis Michaletos

  1. Emergence of imported radical, fringe and niche groups, most notably motorcycle clubs dealing with protections rackets, cocaine distribution and sex trafficking. Transnational links in development as far as Canada and USA.
  2. Amalgamation of Middle Eastern groups specialized in human smuggling-illegal immigration
  3. Convergence of political radicals and domestic terrorists with existing organized criminal groups-joint operations especially in the sector of armed robberies
  4. Expansion of cyber, electronic and telecommunication organized illicit schemes and of regional nature of collaboration
  5. Use of Greece and in particular ports, not only as a transit zone for contraband commodities such as tobacco and counterfeits but also as hubs of actions (Turkish groups, Albanian, Chinese) and assumingly as headquarters in EU level (Georgians)
  6. Gradual spread of organized criminal structures also in the countryside and afar from major urban centers
  7. Loan sharking and usurer structures expanding, coupled with elaborate money laundering schemes
  8. Convergence of Greek and Albanian organized crime structures, especially in the field of hired contract killers from the latter
  9. Stronger collaboration in an extensive reach of organized illegal activities between Greek and Turkish networks. Predominance in illegal immigration, tobacco smuggling, counterfeit products and narcotics

Countermeasures in term of state structure
The Greek state is coming in terms with a significant increase of organized crime in the country, which appears to be of international nature and linked to powerful local and foreign elements, encompassing an extensive spectrum of illegal activities.

The following are the key state security structures that combat the phenomena as described above


Organized Crime Police security sub-directory:

  • 1st unit: Intelligence and strategy unit that collects and analyzes relevant information and conducts the operations.
  • 2nd unit: Corroboration and categorization unit that verifies information and coordinates activities
  • 3rd unit: Specialized sex trafficking unit that combats the whole range of that illicit sector, including minors protection
  • 4th unit: Witness protection unit

Presently the aforementioned sub-directory will be transformed into an all-encompassing "Service for the combat of organized, financial and electronic crime", equipped with new resources and personnel, as well as, financing.

  • - National intelligence service: Collecting and disseminating intelligence of organized crime activities in close collaboration with the Police and Coast Guard through dedicated unit.
  • - Coast Guard: State security directory and anti-narcotics units dealing with organized crime, specialized in the maritime sector


  • - Anti-terrorist directory of Police, dealing with domestic and international terrorism but with multiple cases where blurred lines with organized criminal networks exist.
  • - Directory for state security of Police, dealing with threats against the state order, but with multiple cases where state structures are affected by organized criminal activities
  • - Directory of Internal affairs of Police, dealing with corruption in the state, consequently reaching cases dealing with organized crime activities


Greeks: Unhappiest Citizens in EU, Claims New Survey

According to a recent survey from the Greek statistics authority ELSTAT -on income and living conditions-, the citizens of Greece appear to be the most disappointed group in all of the EU.

ELSTAT results:

  • 31.7% (56.4% of the impoverished population) claim to be completely unsatisfied or very little satisfying about the financial situation
  • 45% (50.6% of unemployed) do not trust the political system
  • Almost 1 in 2 believe that the financial situation will get worse in the next 12 months
  • 7.8% of those near the poverty line have felt disappointed, somber or depressed in the past month
  • More than 7 out of 10 do not consider the quality of life in the country to be good
  • 82% of the general population is feeling huge pressure
  • 63% of Greeks believe unemployment to be the country’s major problem.

It should be noted that a recent OECD survey also noted that Greek citizens were the most unhappy group in 36 OECD countries.

ELSTAT's latest survey on Living Conditions in Greece can be viewed HERE.

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ANALYSIS - Who Created "Man Haron Monis" Behind "Sydney Siege" Circus?

The suspect amid the "Sydney Siege," has long been on the radar of Australian law enforcement and was even interviewed by Australia's ABC network in 2001 as part of an ongoing anti-Iranian propaganda campaign. Despite this, he was at the center of a hostage crisis requesting the flag of the "Islamic State" terrorist organization be delivered to him while claiming association with other ISIS "brothers. The following EYE-OPENER report was released by Tony Cartalucci on LD and sheds quite a bit of light on the fiasco in Australia.

(Tony Cartalucci - LD) As predicted, the suspect amid the "Sydney Siege," has long been on the radar of Australian law enforcement, as well as a frequent visitor to Australia's court system.

Before that, however, he came to Australia as a political refugee, an opponent of what he called the "Iranian regime," and was even interviewed by Australia's ABC network in 2001 as part of an ongoing anti-Iranian propaganda campaign.

It has been revealed that long-time agitator, alias "Man Haron Monis," also known as "Manteghi Boroujerdi," was the suspect amid the so-called "Sydney Siege" hostage crisis. Monis/Boroujerdi claims to be a Shia'a religious leader and is often seen in press photos dressed as one.

Despite this, he was at the center of a hostage crisis requesting the flag of the "Islamic State" terrorist organization be delivered to him while claiming association with other ISIS "brothers."

Neither Islamic nor a state, ISIS is led by US, Israeli, and Saudi-backed Wahabi terrorists, promoting a perversion of Sunni Islam - the bane to both genuine Sunnis and Shia'a worldwide and against which both the nations of Syria and Iran are fighting.

Monis/Boroujerdi rose to infamy amid two notable incidents - one being his involvement in the stabbing death and burning of his ex-wife - the other being his controversial campaign of sending hate-letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers killed during the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. The latter was used extensively to stir up division across the pro and anti-war political divide.

The Australian in a September 2013 article titled, "'Cleric' Man Haron Monis punished for offensive letters written to families of dead Diggers," reported that:
    A SELF-styled Muslim cleric has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service for penning "grossly offensive" letters to families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
    Man Haron Monis, also known as Sheik Haron, was also placed on a two-year good behaviour bond.
    So too was his co-accused and partner, 34-year-old Amirah Droudis, who pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting him.
In December of 2013, the Australian Daily Telegraph would report in an article titled, "'Hate' sheik Man Horan Monis and girlfriend Amirzh Droudis granted bail on murder charges," that:
    Monis is charged as an accessory before and after the fact to the murder of Noleen Hayson Pal, 30, who was stabbed 18 times and set alight outside a western Sydney unit in April.
Monis/Boroujerdi's Origins Story 

But before Monis/Boroujerdi's recent run-ins with the law and his role as chief "Muslim boogeyman" in Australia, he was "Manteghi Boroujerdi," a "victim" of the "Iranian regime" who was in love with Western society.

Australia's ABC in its "Religion Report" dated January 31, 2001, introduced Monis/Boroujerdi as follows:
    ...while in Sydney we talk to Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi, an Iranian cleric espousing a liberal brand of Islam - dangerously liberal, as his views have led to his wife and two daughters being held hostage in Iran.
The interview itself is used as yet another vehicle to carry along Western propaganda long-aimed at Iran. It claims Monis/Boroujerdi's family is in grave danger and that Monis/Boroujerdi himself would be executed should he ever return to Iran. It quotes Monis/Boroujerdi several times including claims he was formally associated with Iranian intelligence:
    In Iran, mostly I have been involved with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
And was in contact with the UN regarding security issues in Iran:
    ...more than four years I have not seen my family, and the Iranian regime doesn't let them come out. In fact I can say they are hostage; as a hostage the Iranian regime wants to make me silent, because I have some secret information about government, and about their terrorist operations in the war. I sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and somebody on behalf of Mr Kofi Anan sent the answer, and they want to do something. I have hope and always I pray and ask God to solve my problem.
At one point during the interview Monis/Boroujerdi professes his love of Australia, Canada, the US, and UK claiming:
    ...we can say Australia, Canada, England, USA, so many western countries, they are religious societies. They don't say 'We are religious', but in fact the spirit of religion, we can see the spirit of religion in these societies. And some other countries in the Middle East, in Asia, they say 'We are Islamic' they have a name of Islamic, but in fact they are not religious societies and religious governments. Whenever I walk in the street, whenever I go out in Australia, I feel I am in a real religious society. I don't want to say it is perfect, we don't have a perfect society on the earth, but when we compare, if we compare Australia with Iran and other countries in the Middle East, we can say it is heaven.
However, later in 2008, Monis/Boroujerdi's activities drew the attention of real Shia'a religious leaders in Australia who asked Australian security agents to investigate him. In an Australian article titled, "Call to probe mystery Shia cleric," it was reported that:
    FEDERAL agents have been urged by the nation's senior Shia leader, Kamal Mousselmani, to investigate an Iranian man purporting to be a prominent Islamic cleric.
    Sheik Mousselmani told The Australian yesterday the mystery cleric - who has been identified as Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi on his website after appearing under the name Sheik Haron - was not a genuine Shia spiritual leader.
    He said there were no ayatollahs - supreme Shia scholars - in Australia and none of his fellow spiritual leaders knew who Ayatollah Boroujerdi or Sheik Haron was.
    "We don't know him and we have got nothing to do with him," Sheik Mousselmani said. "The federal police should investigate who he is. It should be their responsibility."
But it was the Australian media itself who introduced him publicly as an "Ayatollah" and the Australian government that vetted him and allegedly granted him political asylum. He was allegedly in contact with the UN and was used to stir up anti-Iranian sentiment in Australia. It is then highly suspicious that now both the Australian media and the Australian government appear to have no knowledge of who he is or where he came from.

For someone used as part of the West's anti-Iranian propaganda campaign, and who was granted political asylum into Australia, but who is now supposedly unknown to those who invited him in and used him, there is clearly more to the story of Monis/Boroujerdi - a story that may then offer insight into his latest performance. Perhaps most ironic of all is the fact that the "Iranian regime" he was used to demonize apparently did not kill his wife - instead, he himself is suspected of doing so.

Whatever the case is, Monis/Boroujerdi is certainly no "loan wolf terrorist." He, at best, is yet another Frankenstein of the establishment run amok after an abortive attempt to cultivate and use him to advance Western foreign and domestic policy. At worse, he is directly involved in an intelligence operation to further inflame division in Australian society and promote the long stalled war in Syria aimed at regime change there, before heading to Iran - the scorn of Monis/Boroujerdi.

An omnipresent all-invasive surveillance state that is constantly "blindsided" by terror attacks carried out by criminals and characters possessing extensive criminal records and who are well-acquainted with that state's law enforcement, media, and even government, is testament to the fact that such surveillance hasn't been and never was intended to serve the public's best interests nor to keep them safe - but rather another system of control and manipulation to allow true dangers to human civilization to endure with impunity.

Samaras asks MPs to vote in favour of a new President

In an article to the "Real News" newspaper, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras sent a message to all MPs to set aside the "clouds of political uncertainty and instability" by voting in favour of a new President of the Republic during the imminent three consecutive votes scheduled to take place in Parliament by the end of the month.

Failure of the Parliament to elect a new President would, according to the Greek Constitution, automatically lead to general elections, for the formation of a new Parliament which would then vote another three times for a new President.

Samaras blamed the main opposition SYRIZA party for its stance and the rhetoric for it is causing fear in the markets.
     "There is uneasiness and it's justified, SYRIZA is causing it" wrote Samaras, who added that "Democracy has the weapons to neutralize this climate of fear".
The Premier sees Greece exiting the crisis and ready to forge an agreement with Greece's bailout creditors regarding the day after the country's financing program will end.


Syrian refugees removed from Syntagma square

Police authorities on Monday moved the Syrian refugees who were holding a sit-in protest at Syntagma square in down town Athens.

According to a report from the state news agency, the police operation took place at around 03.00. Syrian refugees were taken away by buses to the Attica Foreign Nationals Department, while many police forces remained at the scene.

Last week several refugees, mainly women and children, were taken to a social housing infrastructure belonging to the Municipality of Athens, while city mayor George Kaminis called on other mayors of the Attica region to help resolve the issue.


NEXT KNOCKOUT ROUND - Olympiakos drawn with Dnipro in Round of 32

The gods definately smiled on Olympiakos at the Europa League draw which was held on Monday. According to reports Olympiakos FC is expected to face Ukrainian runner-ups Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the two-leg knockout phase of 32. The first match is scheduled to take place on February 19th, 2015 in Kiev, where Dnipro has been forced to relocate due to the ongoing military operations in that country, with the second match scheduled for February 26th in Piraeus.
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Stournaras, the Presidential Elections & Possibility of National Elections

A day ahead of the first vote in the Presidential election and the political climate is becoming more and more fierce. So much so that it has created an environment of swift destabilization, claims a report in the To Vima news.

The report says that there was more than enough tension on Monday when the political world resembled that of a battle scene and was escalated even more by the comments from the Governor of the Bank of Greece (I.Stournaras) which the report notes caused more harm than good.

Apparently his reference to liquidity problems raised quite a bit of concern and the clarifications he later provided failed to convince anyone; on the contrary the questions multiplied.

Now everyone is desperate to find out what is going to happen, how they can protect their own interests and what is best to do.

Most analysts stress that Greece is secure, that the two-month bailout extension would ensure that the economy would carry on as normal and there are some that estimate that even claim that there won't be any problems once the Presidential elections will be completed.

On the other, there are others that predict that if any problems arose, they would take place after December 29th and only if general elections are called.

Stournaras’ comments clipped everyone’s wings.

The truth is that Stournaras’ position does not allow any acrobatics or balances. He has an institutional obligation to warn everyone. Just like he has the obligation to ensure the stability of the system; the banking sector in particular.

If he finds that liquidity is being restricted due to the increasing interest rates and that the funding options of the economy are quickly being restricted – the Greek economy has been outside of the markets for some time now, aside from a break last spring – then he is obligated to warn the country's leadership and all political forces about it.

If, on the other, he finds undesirable moves from account holders, then he is obligated to issue a warning and take the necessary measures to protect and cover the economy.

The previous experience from 2012 however, points to less talk and more action.

The present political climate is not really helping, and it is feared that the three voting rounds in the Presidential election will be carried out under circumstances of great upheaval and concern.

If the three voting rounds prove fruitless, then the election campaign that will follow is going to surely be unprecedented.

The truth is that the election campaign can turn out to be totally detrimental to the economy and the climate of trust. In such a case it is likely that we are going to have elections with a broken economy, and obviously the repercussions of all these actions will have their effect (as always) on the country and its people.

Oroginal Article in Greek - To Vima

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Greece΄s upcoming big court cases now in the hands of justice

2015 is set to become a legal milestone as scores of cases that monopolised the news are one step away from the courtroom. Antonia Xynou at PressProject presents eight cases which are expected to be tried in 2015, including those concerning Golden dawn, the Siemens scandal, the Lagarde list and the scandals of the banking and energy sectors.

The trial of Golden Dawn
A political party or a criminal organisation? The trial is set to take place in 20015. The case file is in the possession of the Appeals Council, which will decide who of the 85 accused will testify before the three-member court of appeal for felonies. The appeals prosecutor, Isidoros Doyiakos, has requested that 70 of the 85 go on trial, which includes all of Golden Dawn’s MPs. The felonies they are being charged with include, running and participating in a criminal organisation, manslaughter, attempted murder, gun possession and others.
(Read the background on this story from HellasFrappe by clicking  HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE)

The Lagarde List
A judicial court has ruled that former Finance Minister George Papakonstantinou will stand trial for breach of trust and tampering with the so-called "Lagarde list" of about 2,000 Greeks with money concealed overseas. The list was given to the Greek  government by France in 2010. The trial is expected to take place in 2015. It also likely that the trial of the former head of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE), Yiannis Diotis will also take place for failing to investigate whether the 2,062 Greeks with accounts at a Geneva branch of HSBC were guilty of tax evasion. He has been charged with breach of trust and removing an official document. Both men have denied any wrongdoing and were released after answering a prosecutor’s questions.
(Read the background on this story from HellasFrappe by clicking HERE)

The Siemens scandal
The prosecutor who is handling the case is expected to decide whether to issue indictments against those accused, including government officials, for allegedly receiving bribes from the German electronics and engineering giant to secure lucrative deals with the country’s national telecoms company, OTE. However, because of the large case file, his decision may be delayed. Among those accused of bribing government officials are 70 OTE employees and their relatives, stockbrokers, party officials, bankers and senior ranking executives. Charges include: bribery and money laundering
(Read the background on this story from HellasFrappe by clicking HERE and HERE and HERE)

The Vatopedi Monastery trial
The trial date for Ephraim, the former abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos, along with another 13 suspects over a controversial land swap between the Greek government and the monastery will depend on the supreme court. The trial is expected to take place in 2015
(Read the background on this story from HellasFrappe by clicking HERE)

Energa and Hellas Power
The trial starts on January 16. 19, out of the 25 people charged will stand trial for embezzlement, smuggling and money laundering. The two companies are accused of receiving the notorious surcharge tax on households on behalf of the state power corporation (DEH) but never handing it over to the Greek state.
(Read the background on this story from HellasFrappe by clicking HERE and HERE)

Proton Bank trial
The trial date is set for March 23, involving 34 accused for their part in the running of a criminal organization, money laundering, fraud and breach of faith in connection with a series of alleged embezzlements at the bank. Among those accused are high ranking executives of the defunct bank and of companies belonging to the Lavrentiadis group. The case has been dubbed as ‘one of the biggest banking scandals’ in the country’s post-dictatorship era costing the state around €900 million
(Read the background on this story from HellasFrappe by clicking HERE and HERE and HERE All three articles posted on these links will put the pieces of the puzzle together nicely for you.)

Post Bank and FB Bank
Two cases involving the granting of unsecured loans to various entrepreneurs.Τrials are expected to be held in 2015. The case of Post Bank involves €300 million and implicates Former Post Bank President and CEO Angelos Philippides, who is accused of approving huge unsecured loans for businesses and friends. Philippides was released on bail. Another former CEO, Kleon Papadopoulos, and the president of DEMCO and owner of Greek television station ALPHA, Dimitris Kontominas, are also accused. The case of First Business Bank (FB Bank) involves unsecured loans worth roughly €20 million. Greek shipping magnate Viktor Restis will stand trial along with two former associates. Restis was the major shareholder and had served as a non-executive chairman.
(Read the background on this story from HellasFrappe by clicking HERE)


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China & the Balkans - A geopolitical Battle in its Beginning Phases

Filip Kovacevic (Boiling Frogs Post) - The presence of China in the Balkans is not new. During the years of the Cold War, China closely cooperated first with Albania and then with Yugoslavia. In fact, Albania was one of the key initiators of the UN resolution 2758 which led to the UN recognition of the People’s Republic of China in 1971.[1]

Towards the end of the 1970s, the relations between Albania and China deteriorated, largely due to the opinion of the supreme Albanian Communist leader Enver Hoxha that the Chinese leadership began taking the revisionist path regarding the classics of Marxism-Leninism.[2]

As the later developments showed, Hoxha’s assessment was right on the mark. It is not surprising therefore that, after the death of Mao Zedong, the Communist party of China began cultivating friendly relations with the openly revisionist and non-aligned Yugoslavia.

During the wars that followed the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, China generally took a neutral standpoint and supported the decisions made by the UN Security Council concerning the situation on the ground. This attitude changed during the NATO attack on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (the rump Yugoslav federation, consisting only of Serbia and Montenegro).

At that time, during one of the NATO raids on the Yugoslav capital Belgrade in early May 1999, NATO bombs hit and severely damaged the Chinese Embassy. Three people were killed and twenty injured, including Chinese diplomats.[3] NATO officials blamed outdated maps and other technical details, but the Chinese government was not convinced. Large-scale protest demonstrations took place all over China in condemnation of what was seen as an unprovoked aggression by NATO.[4]

It appears that this brutal infringement by NATO on the sovereign space of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade made the Chinese government re-consider its Balkan policy. Instead of more or less pronounced indifference which prevailed for a decade, it decided to accept the challenge of its Atlantic geopolitical adversary and get involved in the region more closely.

In fact, since 2000, the Chinese trade grew on average 30 percent annually not only with the Balkan countries, but also with their neighbors in Central and Eastern Europe.[5] In April 2012, the Chinese relations with this part of the world were raised on a higher level by the organization of the so-called “16+1″ summit in Warsaw.

The “16″ stood for the sixteen countries of the Central and Eastern Europe (11 EU members and 5 EU candidates) and “1″ for China. There was even the talk of setting up a formal Secretariat and hence becoming an international organization with a legal status.

The first summit in Warsaw focused on the economic side of the relationship and especially on the possibility of Chinese large-scale investments.[6] Having just gone through a deep economic crisis, the Eastern and Central European countries were looking for ways to jump-start their economies and China was basking in the newly found but deserved role of the global player. No wonder that this summit attracted a lot of attention from the European Commission and their transatlantic US allies.

Some observers claimed that yet another rift was being created in the European Union between the so-called  “old Europe” (the EU founding members) and the “New Europe” (the former Communist countries). These two “halves” of the EU had already gone through a spate of animosity over the involvement in the Iraq war in 2003.[7]

However, most experts have been uncertain as to whether there is any cause for concern by the EU Commissioners in Brussels and the officials of the US-NATO Empire.

On the level of personalities, last year’s summit in Bucharest involved a new figure on the Chinese side. In between the two summits, Li Keqiang replaced Wen Jiabao, who many consider the ideologue of the Chinese Central-Eastern European-Balkan pivot,  in the post of the prime minister. But the Chinese political line remained unchanged.

The Bucharest summit participants adopted certain formal guidelines, concerning increased cooperation in the fields of infrastructure development, science, technology, tourism, etc.[8] The key element in all of this constitute, of course, the credit lines of Chinese banks.

As far as the concrete things go, the prime minister of Hungary, the perpetual EU “rebel”, Viktor Orban got a Chinese commitment to invest more than $2 billion dollars in the Budapest-Belgrade rail line and the host nation Romania was offered up to $8 billion dollars in investments.[9] This is much more than the EU could offer these countries in recent years and I think that it is likely to lead to more problems in the EU internal functioning in the future.

However, no doubt due to the historical as well as recent political ties, Yugoslavia’s legal successor state Serbia, a non-member of the EU, was singled out by the Chinese for a particularly important bridge building project on the Danube. The construction of a 1.5 kilometer long bridge started in 2011 and, though it took longer than expected, the bridge will be officially opened during this year’s “16+1″ summit in Belgrade on December 16 and 17.[10] This is the biggest infrastructure project completed by a Chinese state company (in this case, China Road and Bridge Corporation) in the Balkans so far. Both the Chinese and Serbian officials are announcing “many more” projects to come and this is definitely in line with the Chinese Balkan strategy.[11]

This trend can be seen in the neighboring Montenegro as well. In October 2014, the government of Montenegro signed an agreement with the Chinese Exim Bank on a $1 billion loan for the construction of a stretch of a highway through Montenegro to be built by the already mentioned China Road and Bridge Corporation.[12] This decision, however, encountered strong dissent from the opposition parties which claimed that the loan would enormously increase the already high public debt and that the government entered into a corrupt construction scheme in order to further enrich its business cronies.[13] Many even questioned the necessity of constructing the highway at all.

However, it is not for those reasons (no matter what they say publicly) that the global economic levers of the US-NATO Empire, the IMF and the World Bank, oppose not only this particular highway project, but also other Chinese investment projects in the Balkans and the Central and Eastern Europe. They know well that what is taking place here is truly a battle for geopolitical influence and power. The US-NATO Empire has lost the aura of invincibility it had during the last two decades and the emerging multi-polarity of the world is getting its Balkan reflection as well.

This geopolitical battle is still in its beginning phases, but I expect it to intensify in the coming years, especially as China and Russia (which is a traditional ally of many Balkan countries) come to cooperate more closely not only in the economic, but also in the political and the military sphere, and as the daily functioning of the EU institutions begins to show more and more tear & wear under the pressure from the warmongering circles in Washington and London.

The author, Filip Kovacevic, is a contributor on Boiling Frogs Post. Kovacevic is an analyst, a geopolitical author, university professor and the chairman of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro. He received his BA and PhD in political science in the US and was a visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University in Russia for two years. He is the author of seven books, dozens of academic articles. He has been invited to lecture throughout the EU, Balkans, ex-USSR and the US. He currently resides in San Francisco, and can be contacted at


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December 14, 2014


Did Samaras order a judge to jail Golden Dawn members?

A recent report in To Vima claims that the government has no evidence that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ phone was (or has been) monitored, but it does not deny the recent allegations made by Golden Dawn spokesman Elias Kassidiaris that the Greek PM ordered a judge to "nail" several Golden Dawn members in a recorded conversation. The following report is an analysis of the article on the To Vima's news site by the PressProject.

Government officials have told To Vima news site (link in Greek BELOW)  there was no evidence suggesting the PM’s phone calls were being monitored, but stopped short of denying the allegation he ordered a judge to "f...k" Golden Dawn members in a recorded conversation.

Elias Kassidiaris, the spokesman of Greece’s far-right party released a five second audio recording to parliament last Wednesday of a man (which he claims was Samaras) ordering a senior judiciary to make sure three senior Golden Dawn members are jailed.

The officials, who did not deny the conversation took place, said the electronic log files of Greek police and the intelligence service (EYP) show no sign Samaras’ cell phone was monitored.
     “There was an issue of possible leaks from high ranking EYP and police officials regarding the investigation into Golden Dawns’ activities. But not to the point of monitoring the PM’s or ministers’ phones,” officials told To Vima, adding that it was highly likely that a wiretapping device was planted in a room or an eavesdropping device was used, like the ones used by embassies and even some businessmen, to monitor areas.
The officials said a key clue would be to find who the other man in the conversation was.
     “It’s simple and logical. What, however, makes an impression is that the people who publicised it avoid revealing who the person Samaras called was.”
     “Either someone planted a wiretapping device in his phone or a speakerphone was on and someone recorded the conversation,” officials said, saying that Golden Dawn must explain how the conversation was recorded.
Kassidiaris is currently in prison along with other senior party members awaiting trial for allegedly running a criminal organisation.

References in Greek

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SHOCK - Body parts of Greek man found in Piraeus port - He was beheaded & dismembered!

A heinous crime was committed in Piraeus last Thursday, but was totally ignored by the mainstream media. According to local reports, butchers murdered a 35 year-old Greek man by first beheading him, and then by dismembering his whole body. The young victim's body parts were found floating in the harbor of Piraeus.

The discovery of his dismembered body was filmed in a video and posted on the news site and there are some reports that are already claiming that this unprecedented crime was conducted by radical Islamists. The footage, which is only for 18+ audiences, not only confirms the story, but also shows the victim's body parts floating in the harbor.

The 35 year-old victim is apparently from Heraklion Crete. Authorities discovered his headless and mutilated body at the port of Piraeus, (on the side where various ships leave for Crete).

According to defecenent the coroner, Mr. Bogioka, who, after getting over the initial shock and dismay of the brutal murder, said that the perpetrators had dismembered the victim's legs and genitals and then beheaded him. In other words, the victim was tortured mercilessly, and was alive while he was being dismembered.

Defencenet also noted that the murder itself resembles executions which are most commonly conducted by extreme Islamist organizations such as ISIS and therefore suspects that the victim fell prey to such groups here in Athens. The same report notes that this is not as far-fetched as it sounds since a large share of the heroin drug trafficking in Athens at the moment is being conducted by Afghanistan and Pakistani nationals.

HellasFrappe refused to publish the photographs and/or video because it was all too graphic, but if you want to view the footage or the photos then simply click on the reference link below or visit Youtube at this link:

Reference in Greek -

December 12, 2014


Gunmen Open Fire Against Israeli Embassy in Athens - BREAKING

credit defencenet
Unknown gunmen fired at the Israeli embassy in Athens early on Friday morning, press reports said. The incident occurred at 03.15  in the area of Psyxhico (an Athens suburb), according to one report on the news site defencenet.

The report says that unknown gunmen sped by the Embassy from Stokos Street and opened fire at the Embassy with Kalashnikov rifles. No injuries were reported, but the site claims that there are slight damages to the building because of the shooting.

Greek authorities rushed to the scene and sealed off the area. The news site claims that authorities have found 15 shells from a Kalashnikov rifle, but an ongoing investigation is underway to identify the perpetrators.

The Hellenic Police feared that there would be hit and escalation of events following the recent protests in Athens by radical leftist anarchists in Exarchia for Alexandros Grigoropoulos as well as a bomb attack at a bank in Halandri.

The incident is very similar to that against the German Ambassador in Halandri *over a year ago) which was made by the "Popular Fighters' terrorist organization (Λαϊκοί Αγωνιστές). In that attack four masked gunmen used two Kalashnikov rifles and fired almost 60 rounds of ammunition.

The same terrorist organization is also believed to be responsible for the the attack against the offices of the New Democracy party on Syggrou Avenue, and the failed rocket attack against a car dealership in Varibobi.

HellasFrappe will be following the announcements in the Greek press for any developments, please check back later on today for more updates.

Reference in Greek - defencenet

December 11, 2014

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Supreme Court’s Judicial Council Refers Papakonstantinou to Special Court

Former Minister of Finance George Papakonstantinou was referred to the Special Court on Thursday by the Supreme Court’s Judicial Council, on charges of distorting documents and attempted infidelity.

The Judicial Council cleared Papakonstantinou of the breach of conduct charges and at the same time also cleared three of his family members of instigation charges, in relation to accounts contained in the controversial Lagarde List which the former Minister is accused of tampering.

The 'Lagarde list' is an electronic file that was sent to the Greek finance ministry by French authorities several years ago, containing the names of Greeks with sizable deposits in the Geneva-based branch of HSBC. It was received when Papakonstantinou was finance minister, under the (very controversial) George Papandreou government.

When the list was sent to Greece, it suddenly disappeared and only resurfaced after several months, without any action to follow up the information it contained.

The USB stick was eventually given to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras by none other than Evangelos Venizelos -who apparently succeeded Papakonstantinou as finance minister-.

The deception was actually revealed after French authorities provided a second copy of the list to Greek authorities and Venizelos was forced to materialize the USB stick. Further investigation showed that the copies in the hands of Greek authorities had been tampered with and some names removed, including depositors that were first cousins with Papakonstantinou.

As such, the public prosecutor that was assigned to the case proposed that Papakonstantinou be indicted on charges of breach of faith, violation of duty and doctoring a document. At the same time he also proposed that his cousin Helen Papakonstantinou, her husband Simeon Sikiaridis and Andreas Rossonis also face the same fate.

The proposal was made several months ago to the Judicial Council, which then convened so as to deliver the relevant Ordinance.

The ordinance that was issued today is irrevocable (ie not subject to any appeal) and is scheduled to be indulged within a ten day period of its release to Papakostadinou as well as to the President of the Greek Parliament.

Now that the ordinance refers Papakonstadinou to trial, the Head of the Greek Parliament has to hold a draw, which will choose the members of the Supreme Court and the State Council that are to rule the case. Basically he has to draw 13 names, and six more alternate names so that the formation of the Special Court (council of judges) is achieved.

The members of the Supreme Court are expected to number seven and six more of the CoE, while the highest ranking member of the Supreme Court is going to exercise presidential duties.

As such, the President of the Special Court, after receiving the list with the names that were drawn in Parliament, must  set a court date within 60 days, along with the place of the official court meeting and the list of witnesses.

Papakonstantinou, who has the right to be represented with up to three lawyers, also has the right not to appear in court. Nonetheless the case will still stand trial whether or not he is there, as was the case with Andreas Papandreou in the Koskotas scandal trial in April of 1991.

It should be noted that Papakonstantinou is not protected by the statue of limitations, which dictates that offenses allegedly committed by ex-ministers expire if two parliaments have sat since the offense.

Let us not forget that the case also accused the former head of the Financial Crime squad Yiannis Diotis and Yiannis Kapeleris of foul play.

Diotis, who was given a copy of the Lagarde list on a memory stick by Papakonstantinou, is alleged to have modified it and faces charges of stealing an official document, while Diotis’s predecessor Kapeleris, who Papakonstantinou gave a sample of 20 names from the list to investigate, faces charges of breach of faith.

Papakonstantinou has kept low after being released on bail, but is still required to appear before police authorities every 15 days. He has denied all charges and claims that he is being made a scapegoat for the inaction of others (meaning Venizelos) and his later departure from government.

The indictment of Papakonstantinou, who undoubtedly has enormous responsibilities in this scandalous case, simply reminds us of how corrupt and distraught the whole political system in Greece actually is.

HellasFrappe also firmly believes that this very same "system" has manipulated the financial crisis so as to acquit people like George Papandreou, and EU puppet Evangelos Venizelos. However, as with every crime there is never a perfect crime, so once you do the crime sooner or later you will have to pay the time.

In any case, George Papakonstantino will be the first politician after the late Andreas Papandreou, Menio Koutsogiorga, Dimitri Tsovola, Panagiotis Roumeliotis and George Petsos who will face a Special Court.

Let us hope he begins talking....

*Editor's Note - The PASOK party and three decades of proven scandals... No the truth is not a technological breakdown in the "system" it is simply the the road to hell. - The song below is dedicated exclusively to the once mighty PASOK party that once again proved to us how rotten -and corrupt to the core- it really is.-)

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