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Monday, 9 December 2013

Hundreds Mark Anniversary of Fatal Police Shooting in Athens

00 Greek protestors. Athens. 09.12.13


Editor’s Note:

All the usual suspects in the Western media “blame Greece” for its present predicament. No one mentions the crook politicians from ND and PASOK who’re getting off scot free. No one mentions the Greek oligarchs with billions in offshore accounts. The amount of theft by politicians and tax evasion by the Affluent Effluent was overwhelming, even by the lofty standards set by the US Congress (the world champs of corruption, bar none, for decades, with no challenger yet in sight). Of course, the rich partied… the ordinary folk foot the bill… that’s the way of it in crapitalism. It’s soulless and corrosive godless greed of the worst possible sort… often, winked at by clergy, sadly enough. The support of “Free Enterprise” by the Lukianovtsy and the Potapov circle isn’t godpleasing… God DOES see and He DOES judge. The mill of Divine Justice grinds slowly, but it grinds exceedingly fine, indeed.

“They killed little Sara. This is what the Troika means”. If you support Austerity for the Little Folks, the Tea Party, or Free Market Crapitalism, you spit on the Lord Christ… no two ways about it. “They all had faces… they all had names. No one is forgotten… nothing is forgotten”… remember Sara every time you hear a rightie gasbag bloviate… close your heart to pity, close your ears, and oppose them with all your might. Such slimers don’t deserve the time of day…



On Friday, police clashed with demonstrators in central Athens as thousands attended rallies to mark the fifth anniversary of a fatal police shooting of a teenager… a killing that triggered major riots in Greek cities for three weeks. Police sources said that the clashes on Friday injured four cops; they arrested 17 people for causing public disturbances, and detained a further 184 people for questioning. Several hundred youths hurled rocks and petrol bombs at police, burned two cars, and set fire to piles of garbage, after about 5,000 protesters held two separate marches. Police used tear gas, pepper spray, and stun grenades against the rioters. Alexis Grigoropoulos, 15, died on the night of 6 December 2008, when a policeman fired his gun following an argument in the centre of the capital. Within hours of the boy’s death, thousands of youths took to the streets across the country. The riots that ensued were Greece’s worst in decades, seeing buildings and shops on major streets burned and looted in the capital. The riots occurred a year before Greece plunged into financial crisis, and protesters at anniversary events opposed the government and the “troika” of bailout inspectors from the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF. Police remained on alert in several cities across Greece, including Athens, where they expect more protests Friday night.

In Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, demonstrations coincided with the funeral service for a 13-year-old Serbian girl… known only by her first name, Sara… found dead over the weekend. That happened after her unemployed mother tried to use a barbecue grill to heat their home, after they had their electric service disconnected. A medical examiner said that the girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protesters gathered outside the church where the service was held, and chanted, “They killed little Sara. This is what the Troika means”.

6 December 2013

Elena Becatoros

Florent Bajrami

Associated Press




Sunday, 25 November 2012

Archbishop Ieronymos Liapis Sez: “Greeks aren’t Cheats”


On Monday, the Church of Greece indicated that the debt-wracked nation was being stereotyped, whilst urging greater solidarity among the states of the European Union. Archbishop Ieornymos Liapis, the First Hierarch of the Church of Greece, said during a meeting of world Church leaders in Athens, “Greeks aren’t cheats or lazy”. Ieronymos also condemned a recent attack on the German Consul in Thessaloniki, but went on to voice scepticism about Berlin’s role in the Eurozone debt crisis, saying, “My question is simple… is this a fight for a European Germany or for a German Europe?”

19 November 2012



Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Church Takes Stand Against the Far Right

Nazis in Greece

Carlos Latuff



The Church of Greece appears to be taking a more formal stand against far-right extremism, with a growing number of clerics, as well as the Greek Orthodox Church in Germany and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, expressing concern about the rise of racially-motivated violence in Greece. The metropolitan bishops of Thessaloniki, Fthiotida, Corinth, Messinia, and Nafpaktos, among others, reiterated calls Monday by Archbishop Ieronymos Liapis for clerics expressing support in any form for far-right groups to be ostracised by their peers.

30 October 2012



Editor’s Note:

In like manner, American Orthodox should expose and ostracise all clerics who support the anti-Christian madness of the current Republican Party. Its outright Mammon worship, its advocacy of warmongering in foreign parts, its nomination of a godless anti-Christian cultist as its presidential candidate, and its opposition to social welfare and universal healthcare access (both of which are supported by HH) make it an American equivalent of Golden Dawn. If you support Golden Dawn in Greece or the Republican Party in the USA, you’re a godless theomachist dancing around a Golden Calf (although both groups loudly proclaim their belief in “religion”). The Church shouldn’t be silent about this.

Being for the illegalisation of abortion doesn’t make one moral… indeed, the Nazis thought that a good idea (for “Aryans”, that is). That’s why the Church should distance itself from the so-called “Pro-Life” movement in the USA… it’s nothing but a bunch of Radical Right bozos with an evil ideology centred on greed, war, and selfishness.

However, I don’t think that the Church here is going to do the right thing. Too many Republicans are wealthy and “respectable”… and the lower form of clergy worships those two attributes. Don’t hold your breath waiting for them to preach Christ’s Truth…



Saturday, 27 October 2012

Bulgaria Marks St Dimitar Day, “Beginning of Winter”

Great Martyr St Dmitri of Thessaloniki (St Dimitar)


The Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks St Dimitar Day, believed to herald the beginning of winter, on Friday 26 October. According to Christian legend, St Dimitar is the “master of frost and snow”, rides a red horse, and the year’s first snowflakes fall from his white beard. As a forerunner of winter, in popular belief, St Dimitar is associated with the netherworld… the world of the dead and of the forefathers. The so-called Dimitrovska Zadushnitsa (All Souls’ Day) is on the Saturday preceding St Dimitar Day.

The church holiday honours the Holy Martyr St Dimitar. Legend has it that he was born in the town of Thessaloniki. After the death of his father, he became a chief of the town, accepted the Christian religion, he started teaching the residents of Thessaloniki that they shouldn’t believe and pray to idols, but that they should embrace Jesus Christ instead. Emperor Maximian ordered Dimitar thrown into a dungeon. Even locked in prison, St Dimitar continued spreading his faith among the people; because of that, he was murdered, speared in the ribs. After some time, during the digging of a ditch, workmen discovered St Dimitar’s holy remains, which radiated healing fragrant “myrrh”.

In church hymnography, St Dimitar is glorified as a martyr, keeper of kings, a man who hated war and loved peace, and a haven for those seeking help. These last images of Saint Dimitar find their own place in our folk rituals. On St Dimitar Day, people with the names Dimitar, Dimitrina, Mitko, or Dimo traditionally host great parties, where, joined by their friends, they celebrate their Name Day.

26 October 2012


Sofia News Agency



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