Inside Bannon’s Plan to Hijack Europe for the Far-Right

Bannon is moving to Europe to set up The Movement, a populist foundation to rival George Soros and spark a right-wing revolt across the continent. SOURCE LONDON—Steve Bannon plans to go toe-to-toe with George Soros and spark a right-wing revolution in Europe. Trump’s former White House chief advisor told The Daily Beast that he is setting up a foundation in Europe called The Movement which he hopes will lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent starting with the European Parliament elections next spring. The non-profit will be a central source of polling, advice on messaging, data targeting, and think-tank research for a ragtag band of right-wingers who are surging all over Europe, in many cases without professional political structures or significant budgets. Bannon’s ambition is for his organization ultimately to rival the impact of Soros’s Open Society, which has given away $32 billion to largely liberal causes since it was established in 1984. Over the past year, Bannon has held talks with right-wing groups across the continent from Nigel Farage and members of Marine Le Pen’s Front National (recently renamed Rassemblement National) in the West, to Hungary’s Viktor Orban and the Polish populists in the East. He envisions a … Continue reading

Function of honour and tribute at monument in Tourlos to the executed political prisoners

For the second consecutive year on 1st May a function of commemoration and tribute was organized by the local SYRIZA group of Aegina and held in the naval base at Tourlos, honouring the political prisoners executed during the German occupation and the subsequent civil war. Participating in the function were the Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity Theano Fotiou, the SYRIZA Europarliamentarian Stelios Kouloglou, the SYRIZA national parliamentarians for Piraeus 1st District and for the Islands Thodoros Dritsas and Eleni Stamataki and the SYRIZA parliamentarian for Athens 2nd District Christoforos Papadopoulos. On behalf of the SYRIZA chapter in Aegina the municipal councilor Antonis Delis explained the reasons why the function is being held. A text on the history of the day was read by the medical doctor Mr. Giorgos Bogris In the course of the function a number of the participants laid wreaths and flowers on the monument. The co-ordinators of the local group Mr. Panagiotis Patsakios laid a wreath and flowers were presented by Mesdames Fotiou and Stamatakis, Messrs Dritsas, Kouloglou and Papadopoulos, the mayor of Aegina Dimitrios Mourtzis and the granddaughter of “Captain Moria” Georgakopoulos. The function was also attended by the president of the social organization of the … Continue reading

Epirus Threatened with Environmental Devastation

‌In periods of economic crisis such as the one that Greece is going through today, the environment is considered to be less important, because there are more pressing needs for liquidity. When money is missing, governments look for it anywhere – at any cost: funds that are destined for environmental protection programs end up elsewhere. Environmental  protection mechanisms slacken. Untapped mineral resources suddenly look like the chicken with golden eggs and the …applied macroeconomic policy begins to leave deeper footprints in the environment. It is indeed inconceivable to discuss hydrocarbon mining in places like Epirus and the Ionian, and indeed in valuable areas such as the North Pindos National Park, with its wonderful landscapes and the natural wealth they possess. The developmental program of these areas should rely on these natural advantages and not endanger them! When the planet is in fossil fuel dependency or and there is a problematic of addressing anthropogenic climate change, Greece’s choice to turn to hydrocarbons is politically short-sighted and undermines any attempt to change its course towards clean energy and real sustainable growth. Nikos Vakolidis Ioannina Hellenic American Democratic Association 23rd April 2018 1. We cannot burn the stuff we already got: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/07/much-worlds-fossil-fuel-reserve-must-stay-buried-prevent-climate-change-study-says 2. European … Continue reading

Παράρτημα Νήσων Αργοσαρωνικού του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας

Η Ντίνα Χατζίνα και ο Νεκτάριος Παύλου, για το Παράρτημα Νήσων Αργοσαρωνικού, του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας. (πηγή: Aegina Portal) Η κυρία Ντίνα Χατζίνα και ο κύριος Νεκτάριος Παύλου, προσκεκλημένοι σήμερα στο ραδιόφωνο του Aegina Portal, μίλησαν για το Παράρτημα Νήσων Αργοσαρωνικού του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας, το οποίο σήμερα το απόγευμα στις 7, στο Λαογραφικό Μουσείο, θα πραγματοποιήσει την πρώτη του εκδήλωση. Το Ελληνικό Ινστιτούτο Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας (Ε.Ι.Π.Δ) είναι μια ελληνική επιστημονική αστική μη κερδοσκοπική εταιρεία, η οποία ιδρύθηκε στην Αθήνα την 25η Μαρτίου 2017 και αποτελεί τον πρώτο και μοναδικό φορέα Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας στην Ελλάδα. Η δράση του ινστιτούτου αναπτύσσεται σε συνεργασία με ιδιωτικούς και δημόσιους κυβερνητικούς φορείς, ακαδημαϊκά ιδρύματα και επιστημονικά ινστιτούτα στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό. Διαθέτει παραρτήματα σε διαφορετικές πόλεις της Ελλάδας και του εξωτερικού που αναπτύσσουν αυτόνομες και ποικίλες πολιτιστικές δραστηριότητες, με γνώμονα όμως τις γενικότερες ανάγκες και κατευθύνσεις του Ινστιτούτου, όπως αυτές προκύπτουν απ’ την κεντρική διοίκηση του οργανισμού στην Αθήνα. Η κυρία Ντίνα Χατζίνα, διευθύντρια του παραρτήματος, και ο κύριος Νεκτάριος Παύλου, υπεύθυνος δημοσίων σχέσεων, μίλησαν για τους τομείς λειτουργίας και τους στόχους αυτής της πρωτοβουλίας. Ομιλητές, σε αυτή την πρώτη εκδήλωση στην Αίγινα θα είναι ο Πέτρος Δ. Καψάσκης, Ιδρυτής και … Continue reading