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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 Municipality of Aegina KEDA Mrs. Kaiti Salpea, the Deputy Mayor Panagiotis Marmarinos, the councilor Nektarios Leousis, and numerous citizens.

Address by the Mayor of Aegina Dimitrios Mourtzis

I am with you to express my emotion, to condemn those who wish to stigmatize a different ideology, those who since seventy-one years ago when the last execution took place here unfortunately have not realized that in this country we are who we are, we are Greeks, we are Hellenes, we are Greece, without dividing lines, with different viewpoints, with the ideology of mutual respect, an ideology that is the greatest ideal we have within us, within our conscience, and it is not possible for anyone to take this ideology away from us. My hope is that the actions that took place here will never again occur in our country. This day that we are here I wanted all the groupings of the parliament to be here. Whatever mistakes there were, the policies behind them are to be condemned and we should show by our presence that something has changed in this Greece that is struggling to move beyond these narrow confines that have been imposed on us.

I came here as mayor, with great emotion but also as a Hellene, to say that my presence here is necessary, irrespective of whether I represent, in an honorary capacity, this region. I come here as Dimitrios Mourtzis, to present, along with the condemnation of this behaviour, the message that we must at long last stop what has been plaguing us for so many years. The last execution took place here seventy-one years ago. Seventy-one years passed, unexploited. I address my friends the ministers that I see facing me, my friends of the Greek parliament, all the members of the municipal council, all the people who came here to declare their concern.

Statements by Theano Fotiou, Thodoris Dritsas and Eleni Stamataki on the commemorative function at Tourlos

Statements on the function at the monument in Tourlos to the political prisoners executed during the German occupation and the subsequent civil war were made to Aegina Portal after the end of the ceremony by the Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity Theano Fotiou and the SYRIZA parliamentarians for Piraeus 1st District and the Islands Thodoris Dritsas and Eleni Stamataki.

Theano Fotiou: “It is the first time for me that I am celebrating May Day in this way, honouring the executed activists of the National Resistance, and indeed in Aegina. Truly for me the whole function was serious. It was an opportunity for reflection on exactly what happened. On the one hand let us not forget, on the other let us learn and never ever allow fascism to raise its head again.

Thodoris Dritsas: “For a second time this year we see this marvellous initiative by the SYRIZA local organization in Aegina to commemorate the activists held in the Aegina prison and then executed at Tourlos in the period between 1940 and 1944 and subsequently 1947 to 1949. Justice, progress, peace, vindication of the struggles of these people gave their lives for the highest ideals. The participation of local government, the mayor and many other representatives of Aegina society is very promising and paves the way for this initiative to be embraced by all the social and political forces of Aegina. It is a worthwhile objective within the prospect of peace, progress and vindication of the struggles of the Greek people.”

Eleni Stamataki: “For us today is not a day of celebration. It is a day of commemoration and tribute. We remember and honour those who struggled, throughout the world, for equal rights and equal conquests and this is why we are here, on this sacred site where eighteen activists of the National Resistance were executed, surreptitiously and illegally. They are the ones we honour today.

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 Shale Oil and Gas via Hydraulic Fracturing: http://www.euromines.org/files/what-we-do/energy-climate-change/european-shale-gas-and-oil-ems-position-paper-sept-9-final.pdf
https://www.nbcnews.com/business/energy/many-oil-gas-wells-untested-environmental-damage-report-says-n103376

3. Shale Oil/Gas in Greece: http://www.dimokratianews.gr/content/15468/σχιστολιθικό-πετρέλαιο-και-αέριο-στην-ελλάδα

4. Energean:
Energean Board of Directors
https://www.energean.com/about-us/our-team/board-of-directors/
In Israel
https://www.energean.com/operations/israel/israel/
Greece and Israel
https://www.energean.com/media/2522/energean-oil-gas-fid-announcement-22-mar-2018_final.pdf

5. Repsol

J. Robin West
https://www.repsol.com/en/shareholders-and-investors/corporate-governance/board-of-directors/j-robinson-west/index.cshtml
Greenwashing
http://www.climategreenwash.org/repsol.html

6. Energean and Repsol together in Greece

https://www.energean.com/about-us/partners/exploring-wgreece-with-repsol/
https://energypress.gr/news/h-repsol-exagorazei-apo-tin-energean-60-se-ioannina-kai-aitoloakarnania

7. Genie Oil and Gas/Hydraulic fracturing – Golan Heights, Dick Cheney/Rupert Murdoch

Strategic Advisory Board:
https://genieoilgas.com/about-us/strategic-advisory-board/ (strategic advisory board)
Unconventional Resources:
https://genieoilgas.com (look under unconventional resources and ‘in situ”)
In Israel:
http://afekoil.co.il/?lang=en

8. WWF and Greenpeace Greece initial press release and asking for annulments of leases for seismic testing for hyrdocarbons in Epirus

https://www.wwf.gr/crisis-watch/crisis-watch/biodiversity-natural-resources/biodiversity/hydrocarbon-frenzy-in-greece
http://epirusgate.blogspot.gr/2018/04/wwf-greenpeace.html
http://www.wwf.gr/news/2055-eksoryksi-ydrogonanthrakon-stin-ipeiro

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)

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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 Πρόεδρος του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας, ο κ Μιχάλης Διακαντώνης, Γενικός Διευθυντής του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας, ο Γιώργος Καλόφωνος, Ιστορικός, η Λιλή Μαυροκεφάλου, Συγγραφέας, Εκπαιδευτικός, ο Γιώργος Πίττας, Γαστρονόμος, Συγγραφέας, η Δέσποινα Σδράλη, Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια στο Τμήμα Οικιακής Οικονομίας και Οικολογίας του Χαροκοπείου Πανεπιστημίου, η Βίλμα Σινάνογλου, Οικονομολόγος και Συγγραφέας, ο Γιώργος Τσεμπερόπουλος, Οικονομολόγος, Σκηνοθέτης, Παραγωγός και Σεναριογράφος.

Η παρουσίαση του Παραρτήματος των Νησιών του Αργοσαρωνικού, του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας στο Λαογραφικό Μουσείο

(πηγή: Aegina Portal)

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Στην αίθουσα του Λαογραφικού Μουσείου Αίγινας πραγματοποιήθηκε το απόγευμα του Σαββάτου η επίσημη πρώτη για το Παράρτημα Νήσων Αργοσαρωνικού του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας. Η εκδήλωση περιελάμβανε ομιλίες από τους: Πέτρο Δ. Καψάσκη, Ιδρυτή και Πρόεδρο του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Πολιτιστικής Διπλωματίας, Μιχάλη Διακαντώνη, Γενικό Διευθυντή του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Πολιτιστική Διπλωματία, Γιώργος Καλόφωνος, Ιστορικός, Λιλή Μαυροκεφάλου, Συγγραφέας, Εκπαιδευτικός, Γιώργος Πίττας, Γαστρονόμος, Συγγραφέας, Δέσποινα Σδράλη, Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια στο Τμήμα Οικιακής Οικονομίας και Οικολογίας του Χαροκοπείου Πανεπιστημίου, Βίλμα Σινάνογλου, Οικονομολόγος και Συγγραφέας, Γιώργος Τσεμπερόπουλος, Οικονομολόγος, Σκηνοθέτης, Παραγωγός και Σεναριογράφος.

Την εκδήλωση προλόγισε η η διευθύντρια του παραρτήματος κυρία Ντίνα Χατζίνα και συντόνισε η δημοσιογράφος Μαριλένα Γιαννούλη. Μετά την ολοκλήρωση των ομιλιών ακολούθησε μουσικό διάλειμμα με τους Γιάννη Βρυζάκη (ερμηνεία ) και Γρηγόρη Αϊβαζόπουλο (πιάνο).