vendredi 17 septembre 2010

Grèce : le Premier ministre George A. Papandreou admet publiquement que son pays est parasitaire

"Ladies and Gentlemen,

We must just liberate ourselves from one small phrase – ‘it is impossible’. This is what bureaucracy and influence-peddling have built on. A whole plexus of highly complex laws have been built around this phrase deriving the citizen of any power to act. A whole world of corruption and illegality has been constructed around these words. We have become a nation of ‘it can’t be done’ in which dreams and hopes of a whole generation have been shattered.

We are now seeing a brain-drain of our young people emigrating abroad again. They are leaving our country embittered. This was a phenomenon we had not seen since the ‘60’s.

We must face up to those individuals peddling power wanting to be the middle men in our lives and shattering our visions. We must cast aside a parasitic Greece and move on with a productive Greece."

Source : http://www.papandreou.gr/papandreou/content/DocumentPrint.aspx?d=6&rd=7739474&f=1721&rf=-1853366823&m=13061&rm=2266839&l=1&p=1

Saluons ce grand moment de franchise.

vendredi 10 septembre 2010

Chypre, 1963 : le bain de sang de la "Semaine noire"

Sophie Chautard, L'indispensable des conflits du XXe siècle, Levallois-Perret, Jeunes Editions, 2006, p. 33 :

"L'EOKA reprend ses activités terroristes et les violences atteignent une telle intensité (la « semaine noire » en décembre 1963 fait 134 morts, dont 108 Turcs, et 20 000 déplacés) que les Nations unies décident d'envoyer une force d'interposition de 2 500 casques bleus, l'UNFICYP, qui est déployée sur l'île en mars 1964."

Salonique, 1912 : les exactions de l'armée grecque contre les populations non-orthodoxes

Raymond H. Kévorkian, Le génocide des Arméniens, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2006, p. 173 :

"Les chefs de l'Ittihad tout particulièrement vivent ces événements [la Première Guerre balkanique] comme un drame national et personnel, comme un échec complet de leurs projets grandioses. Beaucoup se sont spontanément engagés dans l'armée, Mehmed Talât le premier, tandis que les autres, comme Ahmed Cemal, assument leur devoir d'officier. Le Dr Nâzim a même subi l'humiliation de se voir arrêter par les Grecs au quartier général historique du Comité Union et Progrès, lors de la prise de Salonique, en octobre 1912, en compagnie du député albanais de Serez, Derviş bey, qui dirigeait un des groupes de fedaï les plus actifs du Comité. Encore ces derniers, expédiés sous bonne escorte en Grèce, échappent-ils au spectacle des pillages des populations musulmanes et juives, aux meurtres et aux viols auxquels s'adonnent les soldats grecs devant des témoins scandalisés."

dimanche 5 septembre 2010

Déficit de laïcité en Grèce

"Impressionnante, est l’homogénéité religieuse du peuple grec : le nombre des fidèles de l’Eglise orthodoxe de Grèce coïncide presque avec le total de la population. En effet, sur 1000 habitants, 974 sont chrétiens et 967 sont de rite orthodoxe. Si à ce fait l’on ajoute le souvenir du rôle historique capital joué par l’Eglise Orthodoxe, en particulier au Moyen-Age et dans les temps modernes, dans la perpétuation de l’Hellénisme, on comprendra aisément pourquoi les Constitutions helléniques ont toujours attribué une place privilégiée à cette Eglise et ont reconnu - comme le reconnaît encore la Constitution actuellement en vigueur - son enseignement comme celui de la religion prépondérante. (...)

Le statut qui règle les rapports entre l’Etat grec et l’Eglise est sui generis. Il n’y a ni union ni séparation totale de l’Eglise et de l’Etat. L’Etat veille à la protection et à la marche de l’Eglise chrétienne orthodoxe qui est, administrativement et économiquement, une personne morale de droit public. Dans l’enseignement, à tous les niveaux, jusqu’au seuil des établissements supérieurs, le cours de religion est enseigné sur la base de la foi orthodoxe. (...)

La Constitution en vigueur décrète que :

La religion dominante en Grèce est celle de l’Eglise Orthodoxe Orientale du Christ qui reconnaît pour «Chef Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ» et qui est indissolublement unie, quant au dogme, à la Grande Eglise de Constantinople et à toute autre Eglise Chrétienne homodoxe. Ce qui signifie que l’Eglise de Grèce est liée de façon infrangible aux antiques Patriarcats «doyens» de Constantinople, Alexandrie, Antioche et Jérusalem."
 
Source : http://www.amb-grece.fr/grece/religion.htm

samedi 4 septembre 2010

Viols de touristes à Chypre et en Grèce

Brutal rape of British tourist shocks macho Cypriots


President condemns island sex crimes as woman is left disabled for life

Helena Smith in Nicosia

The Observer, Sunday 29 September 2002 04.16 BST

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The plight of a young Lancashire woman who faces permanent disability after being ruthlessly beaten and raped in Cyprus has shattered the sleepy calm of the island and stirred fierce debate over police handling of sex crimes.

Leading politicians, including President Glafcos Clerides, condemned the savage attack last week and, more unusually, offered support to the 22-year-old Briton now lying in a hospital bed in the coastal town of Larnaca.

MPs said the vicious sexual assault highlighted the need for a special police force to protect tourists. Resorts such as Ayia Napa, where the 'anything goes' atmosphere makes women particularly vulnerable to assault, should be immediately patrolled. Ten British women have been raped on the island this year.

The office manager from Blackburn was abducted as she waited for a friend outside a disco in the resort much favoured by young British clubbers. Her identity was then revealed in the local press, adding to her distress and angering women MPs on the island.

A Greek Cypriot diver from a nearby village, Zenon Mastrou, aged 26, has admitted attacking the woman in a remote spot outside Ayia Napa. He has been remanded in custody while an inquiry is held this week.

'As a Cypriot citizen and public official, I am totally ashamed of what has happened,' said Health Minister Frixos Savvides, visibly shaken.

The island's police spokesman, Stelios Neophytou, said: 'All of Cyprus is disgusted and outraged by what has happened to this poor girl. Only a beast could have done such a thing.'

The British tourist was found, partly clothed, bruised and battered in a field. She had been sexually assaulted and beaten with a sharp wooden implement, and had lain there for hours before local residents were alerted by her groans the next day. 'It was very vicious. It is the first time I have encountered anything as severe as this in the all the years I have had this job,' said a state pathologist, Eleni Antoniou. Doctors, who have since conducted extensive surgery, say it was only a matter of luck that she did not die from internal wounds. 'This woman has suffered severe psychological trauma and irreparable physical damage,' said the regional deputy police chief, Costas Melanides.

The diver confessed after his father led him to a police station last week. Police are waiting for the results of forensic tests. The victim insists three men were involved.

Mastrou is expected to take part in a police ID line-up, possibly in the hospital, when the Briton feels well enough. She has been in a state of severe shock since the attack.

Clerides instructed his government to cover all costs for her distressed parents who have flown out to be by her bedside. The octogenarian ex-RAF fighter pilot intervened after a female MP, Androula Vassiliou, the wife of a former President, visited the victim. 'I just wanted to show her that we cared and if she, or her family, needed anything we were there,' said Vassiliou, who sat and wept with the woman.

'As a woman I would feel outraged by this in any society. For the older generation here it has been especially shocking, because we can remember the days when women could go out without chaperones and Cyprus was totally safe.'

Foreign Minister Yiannakis Cassoulides said he hoped 'the perpetrators of this heinous crime are punished totally. Our law enforcers, I am certain, will make sure that nobody is spared.'

But the brutal attack has also sparked a strong debate among the island's female population over the behaviour of their menfolk in general.

In radio shows many have complained about the overbearing machismo of Greek Cypriot men towards women. In popular resorts, the alcohol-fuelled female tourists are frequently viewed as easy game. Those who do report rape are often laughed out of police stations by officers who feel that sex is what they came for anyway. Although many Greek Cypriot police officers have attended courses financed by the British Government on rape counselling, their experience is not always translated into empathy.
Source : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/sep/29/cyprus.helenasmith

Rape alert campaign on Greek beaches


Helena Smith in Athens

The Guardian, Monday 14 July 2008

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An anti-rape campaign has been launched by the Foreign Office in resorts in Greece following alarm at the numbers of attacks on female British tourists. More rapes and sexual assaults are reported by British nationals in Greece than in any other tourist destination, according to research by the FCO.

British consular officials around Greece were made aware of 39 cases of rape last year, compared with 17 in 1998. Greece is visited by 3 million UK citizens annually and many of the attacks on British female visitors are carried out by fellow Britons.

This year's campaign, timed to coincide with the start of the tourist season, has involved thousands of posters, postcards, beer mats and leaflets being distributed at island retreats popular with Britons.

Steve Jewitt-Fleet, head of consular communications at the FCO, said: "We're not saying it's an issue with the local population, but for whatever reason there are more [rapes and sexual assaults] in Greece. We're working very closely with local mayors and local law enforcement agencies. They [the Greeks] are keen to help us solve an obvious problem."

On Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos and Zakinthos, youngsters have been recruited to hand out leaflets and postcards on beaches. While the leaflets carry medical advice, the latter warn of the perils of "excessive drinking or taking drugs" and urge holidaymakers to "be aware that rape drugs can also work in non-alcoholic drinks, such as coffee and tea".

The initiative has also involved 6,000 plastic "spikeys" - anti-rape drug stoppers for drinks bottles - being shipped to the country.

This year, Greek police officers were sent to the UK for training in investigating sex offences and victim care.
Source : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/sep/29/cyprus.helenasmith