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  • Greek police use tear gas, stun grenades to quell anti-Obama protesters in Athens

    11/18/2016 2:52:55 PM PST · by Hugin · 14 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 11/16/16 | AP
    ATHENS, Greece – Greek riot police used tear gas and stun grenades Tuesday in Athens to disperse about 3,000 left-wing marchers protesting a visit by President Barack Obama after they tried to enter an area off-limits to demonstrators.
  • Obama leaves Athens without a lasting message

    11/16/2016 7:32:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.16.2016 | Max Hofmann
    In his second term, the outgoing US president has grown fond of fundamental considerations. Now, at press conferences, his responses are long and philosophical. His speech in Athens, perhaps the last he will make as US president on European soil, fit the pattern perfectly. All in all, it was about democracy and his steadfast belief in the democratic political order. The problem is that its present form is doomed to failure, as some of its most important traits, achievements and outgrowths are now attacking their own foundations. Almost like a schoolteacher, Barack Obama explained to his audience why free press...
  • GREECE ERUPTS IN VIOLENCE: Riots in the streets of Athens over Obama's visit

    11/15/2016 1:53:51 PM PST · by ColdOne · 69 replies ^ | 11/15/16 | Patrick Christys
    Mr Obama's visit to Athens, Greece, was supposed to be a grand farewell, but descended into chaos when angry rioters took to the street to demand he leave. Youths riding motorbikes, carrying wooden clubs and launching petrol bombs tried to break a police cordon and confront Mr Obama directly. Hooded left wing protestors took to the streets shouting "Yankees go home" and "we don't need protectors" – a reference to Mr Obama's announcement that he thought Greece should be allowed off the hook when it comes to its spiralling national debt.
  • Underwater Remains of Ancient Naval Base Found

    06/15/2016 7:15:08 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 11 replies
    Seeker ^ | 16 Jun, 2016 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Danish and Greek archaeologists have discovered the remains of one of the largest building complexes of the ancient world -- a naval base that 2,500 years ago housed Athens's enormous fleet. Featuring massive harbor fortifications and sheds designed to hold hundreds of war ships called triremes, the base played a key role in the most decisive naval battle of antiquity. The remains lay hidden under the water of the Mounichia fishing and yachting harbor in the Piraeus. University of Copenhagen archaeologist Bjørn Lovén, who led the expedition as part of the Zea Harbor Project, identified and excavated six ship-sheds that...
  • Monumental Ancient Naval Bases Discovered in Athens' Piraeus Harbor

    06/13/2016 11:01:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Haaretz ^ | June 08, 2016 | Philippe Bohstrom
    After the Battle of Marathon ten years earlier, in 490 BCE, the Athenian statesman Themistocles outlined a military defensive program against the Persian invaders that was based entirely on sea power. As Plato put it, "Themistocles robbed his fellow-citizens of spear and shield, and degraded the people of Athens to the rowing-pad and the oar." Construction work in Piraeus had already begun in 493 BCE (also on Themistocles advice).  Now, recent underwater excavations conducted by ZHP Project, which combines land and underwater archaeology of the ancient Zea and Mounichia harbors in Piraeus, have uncovered naval bases and huge fortifications that...
  • Archaeologists To Study Shackled Skeletons From Ancient Greece To Understand Rise Of Athens

    03/28/2016 8:12:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2016 | Kristina Killgrove
    Not even four miles south of Athens lies Phaleron — a site unknown to most tourists. A port of Athens in classical times, Phaleron also boasts one of the largest cemeteries ever excavated in Greece, containing more than 1,500 skeletons. Dating to the 8th-5th centuries BC, Phaleron is significant for our understanding of the rise of the Greek city-state. And, in particular, for understanding the violence and subjugation that went with it. Two mass burials at Phaleron include people who were tossed face-down into a pit, their hands shackled behind their backs. To learn more about these deviant burials and...
  • History’s First Rainbow Political Execution

    01/25/2015 11:00:13 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    If MSNBC Says Something Alone in the Forest, Is It Still Stupid? ^ | c. 430 – 354 BC | Ξενοφῶν (Xenophon)
    Socrates Â… took occasion of the presence of a whole company and of Euthydemus to remark that Critias appeared to be suffering from a swinish affection, or else why this desire to rub himself against Euthydemus like a herd of piglings scraping against stones. The hatred of Critias to Socrates doubtless dates from this incident. He treasured it up against him, and afterwards, when he was one of the Thirty [Tyrants] Â… he framed the law against teaching the art of words merely from a desire to vilify Socrates. He was at a loss to know how else to...
  • In Greek tragedy, entrepreneurs triumph

    01/06/2015 5:27:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washingtont Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | Polyxeni Athanasoulia and Nikolia Apostolou
    ATHENS, Greece — In these disastrous economic times, opening a store on tony Voukourestiou Street next to global luxury brands such as Dior and Prada is a goal many Greek fashion designers can only dream about. But despite the crippling financial crisis that has been plaguing Greece for the past six years, 35-year-old Penny Vomva opened a storefront for her designer clothing and accessories company, RIEN, on the boutique-lined thoroughfare last month. Ms. Vomva is delighted, but she also is concerned about the shifting fortunes of the Greek economy. “My line of handmade leather bags costs 180 euros to 450...
  • Turks Want to See a Mosque in Athens Before Reopening a Seminary in Istanbul

    11/30/2014 9:27:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/29/14
    Vatican's chief ecumenical officer speaks about implications of this weekend's papal visitPope Francis and Ecumencial Patriarch Bartholomew will sign a joint declaration Sunday, confirming the growing relationship between the long-separated Churches of Rome and Constantinople. The Pope's visit comes just six months after he and Bartholomew met in Jerusalem and singed a Joint Declaration about their commitment to the search for Christian unity. Accompanying Pope Francis on the journey to Turkey is the head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, who said in a Vatican Radio interview this week that first of all ithe papal...
  • Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens

    12/11/2014 8:26:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2014 11:13 PM EST
    Greek authorities are investigating a pre-dawn, drive-by gunfire attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens, which caused no injuries or damage. […] There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. …
  • Deep Frieze Meaning: What is the Parthenon telling us?

    09/02/2014 11:54:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/8/2014 | A. E. STALLINGS
    The Parthenon represents, for many, a golden age in human achievement: the 5th-century b.c. Greek flowering of democracy, sciences, and the arts. But what if its chief ornament, the Parthenon frieze, turned out to be not an embodiment of reason and proportion—of stillness at the heart of motion, quiet piety, and enlightened civic responsibility—but (or, rather, also) something darker, more primitive: a representation of the critical moment in an ancient story of a king at war, a human sacrifice, and a goddess’s demand for virgin blood? That’s the argument at the heart of The Parthenon Engima. The plot involves not...
  • The new ruins of Athens: Rusting and decaying 10 years on, how Greece's Olympics turned into a

    08/14/2014 5:47:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2014 | Sophie Jane Evans
    Built as part of a £7billion project, they played host to millions of spectators, athletes and officials during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. But now, ten years on, the state-of-the-art sports venues in the Olympics' spiritual home of Athens lie empty, completely unused and decaying. The Games, which cost almost twice their projected budget and used permanent instead of collapsible venues, were deemed a success at the time. However, Greece was shortly hit by the global financial crisis and, with no real post-games plan, the prestigious venues were abandoned.
  • What The Abandoned Venues From The Athens Olympics Look Like 10 Years Later

    08/08/2014 9:22:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/08/2014 | Tony Manfred
    Ten years later, the 2004 Athens Olympics is a cautionary tale. Greece spent an estimated $11 billion on the Games, Reuters reports. They built all the expensive, highly specific buildings you need to host the Olympics — a village, a media center, an Olympic stadium, a canoe/kayak slalom center, etc. — and went 97% over budget in the process. When the athletes went home at the end of August 2004, organizers learned a cruel lesson — Athens has absolutely no use for a canoe/kayak slalom center. Many of these stadiums have become white elephants. The Olympic Village is empty, and...
  • Wine cup used by Pericles found in grave north of Athens

    07/31/2014 5:12:42 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 34 replies ^ | Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 (14:14)
    The cup was likely used in a wine symposium when Pericles was in his twenties, and the six men who drank from it scrawled their names as a memento, experts say. A cup believed to have been used by Classical Greek statesman Pericles has been found in a pauper's grave in north Athens, according to local reports Wednesday. The ceramic wine cup, smashed in 12 pieces, was found during building construction in the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia, Ta Nea daily said. After piecing it together, archaeologists were astounded to find the name "Pericles" scratched under one of its handles,...
  • The Battle of Athens (Tennessee) A Case Study in Grassroots Restoration of the Rule of Law

    06/18/2014 2:09:43 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 51 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 5/3/12 | Mark Alexander
    As a direct descendent of Tennessee Patriots who were veterans of every major conflict in defense of American Liberty from the American Revolution forward, I stand in reverence of my home state’s distinguished list of Patriot sons and daughters. From 19th-century notables like Andrew Jackson*, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Nathan Bedford Forrest** and Sam Davis, to a long list of 20th-century Patriots headed by Alvin York, warriors from the “Volunteer State” have distinguished themselves in battle with honor and courage. Even our state’s nickname was earned in recognition of the valiant service of volunteer soldiers during the War of 1812,...
  • Car bomb detonated outside Bank of Greece in Athens

    04/10/2014 3:38:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AFP/Telegraph ^ | 4/10/2014
    A booby-trapped car exploded outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens on Thursday, though no one was injured in the blast, police said, as Greece was set to return to the debt markets after a four-year absence. The car which was parked on the pavement facing the central bank building blew up around 0255 GMT. The building is close to the office of Greece's international lenders. Police said the car, a Nissan, had been stolen and was fitted with 165 pounds of explosives. Internet news website Zougla and the Efymerida ton Syndakton newspaper had been informed of the planned...
  • Seavey/Perry: Rise of a Podcast

    03/20/2014 7:45:49 AM PDT · by OddLane
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 20, 2014 | Gerard Perry and Todd Seavey
    In which we discuss Zack Snyder’s latest, liberal interpretation of the second Persian invasion of Greece, the pre-Islamic cultural history of Persia, Dear Reader, Michael Malice’s unauthorized autobiography of Kim Jong-il, the fickle nature of social media, and, naturally, comic books! Enjoy.
  • Atheist to drop nativity scene lawsuit

    12/11/2012 8:25:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    fox ^ | 12.06.12 | Melissa Cutler
    DALLAS - A San Antonio man says he plans to drop his lawsuit against the city of Athens for putting up a nativity scene in front of the Henderson County courthouse as a Christmas decoration. But he isn't giving up his fight. In short, atheist Patrick Green said it's no longer a fair fight because Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has offered to step in and assist the city or the county. Greene's original suit claims the city is helping fund the display, which is a violation of both state and federal law. But he doesn't believe his suit will...
  • Texas Town Braces for Battle With Atheists Over Nativity Scene

    12/14/2011 1:54:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 14, 2011 | Maggie Kirkman
    Driving through the tiny rural town of Athens, Texas, and you’d be hard pressed to find something that might catch national attention -- or so it was until about a week ago. An hour and a half outside of Dallas, the Athens town square is dominated by the county courthouse, and this time of year, Christmas decorations are on each corner. But it is the nativity scene across the street from the Taco Bell that has caused controversy. It started with a simple letter. As Jefferson County commissioner Joe Hall tells it, he received the shock of his life when...
  • Wisconsin-based non-profit calls for Athens (Texas) nativity scene to come down

    12/08/2011 8:50:41 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 46 replies
    WFAA Texas News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Craig Civale
    ATHENS, Texas - The signs of Christmas are everywhere in downtown Athens. Lights, trees, and Santa and his reindeer line the streets. But it's the nativity scene on the lawn at the county courthouse that has caused concern. "I just don't understand it, to be honest with you," said Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders. "I'm just confused about it." Sanders says residents haven't complained. The issues were brought up by the Freedom From Religion foundation, a Wisconsin non-profit group who sent a letter to the county this week, calling the display unconstitutional and demanding it come down. "I'm an old...
  • Themistocles decree -- 480 B.C.

    12/25/2013 4:36:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Ancient Greek Battles ^ | unknown | unattributed
    Gods.Resolved by the Boule and the People.Themistocles son of Neocles of Phrearrhioi made the motion. The city shall be entrusted to Athena, Athens' protectress, and to the other gods, all of them, for protection and defense against the Barbarian on behalf of the country. The Athenians in their entirety and the aliens who live in Athens shall place their children and their women in Troezen, [to be entrusted to Theseus ?] the founder of the land. The elderly and movable property shall for safety be deposited at Salamis. The treasurers and the priestesses are to remain on the Acropolis and...
  • Piraeus port sale to China put on the fast track

    08/31/2013 9:44:39 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies ^ | Saturday August 31, 2013 (16:18) | ILIAS BELLOS
    The government is set on expediting the privatization of the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP), following an agreement in principle with China’s Ocean Shipping Co (COSCO) for a 224-million-euro expansion of container terminal facilities last week. “We wish to deepen our strategic relationship with China,” Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told Kathimerini in an interview. He said the government had opted to sell the majority of shares in the facility and a timetable for the tender will be announced soon. Well informed sources, close to COSCO subsidiary Piraeus Container Terminal which has operated two piers at the port since 2009, have...
  • Athens [Greece] mayor attacked and hospitalized

    07/07/2013 5:34:51 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies ^ | Sunday Jul 7, 2013 (23:45)
    Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis was hospitalized on Sunday night after an attack by unknown men, said to be local authority employees, outside the extraordinary conference of the Central Association of Greek Municipalities (KEDE). Kaminis sustained injuries after exiting the building where the conference took place, while outside it there was a rally against the government's mobility scheme for the broader public sector that also concerns local authorities. On his way out he was followed by a number of men, according to reports, who abused him, punched him and inflicted damage on his car. Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou and Interior Minister...
  • From Bond girl to bows:...Eva Green in 300: Rise of An Empire and, yes, Xerxes makes a comeback

    06/13/2013 1:58:26 PM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 13, 2013 | Kimberly Dadds
    Zack Snyder's been a busy man - not only is he currently promoting his new Superman movie Man Of Steel but on the day of the premiere he also released a teaser trailer for his next comic book movie - 300. The director took to the blue carpet in London's Leicester Square on Wednesday night alongside Henry Cavill. But while the hype builds over the Henry Cavill film, he's already looking to the next as he gears up for the 2014 release of follow up movie 300: Rise Of An Empire, which he returned to albeit as a producer and...
  • Unlocking Mysteries of the Parthenon

    05/25/2013 12:38:52 PM PDT · by wildbill · 17 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | Feb. 2009 | Evan Hadingham
    During the past 2,500 years, the Parthenon—the apotheosis of ancient Greek architecture—has been rocked by earthquakes, set on fire, shattered by exploding gunpowder, looted for its stunning sculptures and defaced by misguided preservation efforts. Amazingly, the ancient Athenians built the Parthenon in just eight or nine years. Repairing it is taking a bit longer.
  • The Battle Of Athens Or How Common Citizens Removed A Corrupt Government From Their County.

    05/20/2013 5:53:15 PM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies
    Wake Up America ^ | May 20, 2013
    The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946. The citizens, including some World War II veterans, accused the local officials of political corruption and voter intimidation. Here is what happened: Following World War II in 1946, violence erupted when returning American soldiers discovered their Tennessee county had been taken over by political corruption. Their plan to take it back involved bullets—lots of bullets—and dynamite. Why Athens in McMinn County, Tennessee became a battleground was due to Paul Cantrell,...
  • 'Greeks only' soup kitchen sparks protests in Athens

    05/02/2013 5:33:46 PM PDT · by NYTexan · 30 replies
    APTN ~ UK Telegraph ^ | 02 May 2013
    Members of Greek extremist political party Golden Dawn try to open a 'Greeks only' soup kitchen in Athens, as anti-immigrant feeling bubbles against a backdrop of increasing poverty. Mayor Giorgos Kaminis had banned such events in the city's central square and vowed not to allow the "soup kitchen of hate" to take place
  • The Greek food brawl: Hundreds fight each other for free vegetables on the streets of Athens

    02/06/2013 7:11:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/6/13 | Sara Malm
    Hundreds of people were fighting eachother on the streets of Athens during a food giveaway, prompting an outcry over the growing desperation created by economic crisis. Farmers protesting against government cuts gave away 50 tonnes of free vegetables and fruit in the Greek capital earlier today, causing chaos in the streets as impoverished and hungry people elbowed their way to the stalls. Startling images of Greeks struggling to seize bags of tomatoes and leeks thrown from a truck outside the Agriculture Ministry have sparked further debate about poverty in the debt-ridden nation. ‘These images make me angry.
  • Chilling Video: Thousands of Neo-Nazis March Through Athens

    02/04/2013 9:41:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 80 replies
    inn ^ | 2/4/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Tens of thousands of neo-Nazis rallied in Athens in support of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party, in the movement's largest demonstration of support since its rise to power in last June’s general election. Men dressed in military uniforms, holding torches, donning swastikas and chanting anti-immigrant slogans, marched through central Athens in what was reportedly a memorial event paying tribute to the party’s “fallen soldiers,” The International Business Times reported. "This is a day of remembrance. It's a day to remember that Golden Dawn is here to stay. And so long as it does, there will be hope for the country,"...
  • The Battle of Athens: Restoring the Rule of Law (Must see video)

    01/23/2013 4:09:40 AM PST · by listenhillary · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/1/13 | Unknown
    Why we can't give up our guns. This brings back memories of the Gore recount in Florida where the vote counters tried to do their business behind closed doors and the patriots that put a stop to it.
  • Athenian 'Snake Goddess' Gets New Identity

    01/17/2013 8:11:31 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    A mysterious "snake goddess" painted on terracotta and discovered in Athens may actually be Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest. Once linked to the worship of the dead, the goddess is flanked by two snakes on a slab of terracotta about the size of a piece of notebook paper. She has her hands up above her head, which has given her the nickname "the touchdown goddess"... This unusual piece of art was found amid a jumble of gravel and other terracotta fragments in 1932 in what was once the Athenian agora, or public square. The catch, however, is that...
  • Greco Strikes a Match

    09/29/2012 12:02:24 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 29, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The mob boss from the south of Europe encounters an unexpected demonstration as he makes his rounds in Athens one September morning... Greco was feeling sorry for himself. As his career decline approached four years of sheer misery, he was beginning to wish he had become a fisherman, hotel clerk, tour guide, archaeologist… heck, anything would be better than running the rackets in times like these. How do you shake people down when the people don’t have anything left to be shaken out of them? Wednesday, September 26 was a particularly bad day for Greco, as he wandered through Athens...
  • Abandoned Venues From The 2004 Athens Olympics [Photos] (What's left of a once glorious city)

    08/21/2012 10:49:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/21/2012 | Tony Manfred
    Eight years after Greece spent ~$15 billion to stage the 2004 Summer Olympics, some of those once-gleaming venues are crumbling. The economy is a part of it, but so is the fact that many of these venues were built only for sports with little local interest (like softball), and now have no use. A number of Greek officials admitted to the AFP that there was a lack of planning, and no one considered what they would be used for after the Games. Despite all that, many of the venues from the 2004 Games are still going strong. The Olympic Stadium,...
  • Modern Ruins of Euro-Socialism's Rot: 8 Years Later, Athens Olympic Venues in Decay

    08/04/2012 1:56:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    AP ^ | August 3, 2012 | ELENA BECATOROS
    8 Years Later, Athens Olympic Venues in Decay There's still one group that loves the training pool for athletes at the former Olympic village in Athens' northern fringe. Frogs. They appear to delight in sitting on debris that floats on the half-filled pool's murky waters. The athletes village itself has fared somewhat better, turned into housing for workers. Eight years after the 2004 Athens Games, many of the Olympic venues Greece built at great expense remain abandoned or rarely used. They are the focus of great public anger as the country struggles through a fifth year of recession and nearly...
  • Microsoft's Athens Office Firebombed

    06/29/2012 5:56:31 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 11:46 AM ET
    Gunmen driving a van packed with gas canisters firebombed the Athens headquarters of Microsoft on Wednesday. Fire gutted the ground floor of the blue four-story HQ of the U.S. software giant, blackening its walls with flames, on the eve of yet another European summit seeking a solution to a regional debt crisis first unleashed by Greece. At least two attackers were involved in the sophisticated assault at 4.45 a.m. in Maroussi, a northern suburb of the sprawling Greek capital, police said. Brandishing pistols and an automatic rifle, they kept security guards at bay and set fire to the van carrying...
  • Athens, Calif. How two freeloaders — Greece and the Golden State — are dragging down a union

    05/21/2012 6:18:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/21/2012 | Kyle Smith
    LONDON — This island off the course of northwest Europe is turning out to be an excellent viewing platform for three blockbuster shows this summer: Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary Jubilee, the London Olympics and the implosion of Europe. The group of countries using the euro as a joint currency is “a burning building with no exits,” says Britain’s foreign minister William Hague. The Europeans with flames lapping around their ankles are the Greeks, but the whole continent is about to feel the burn. Yoking most of Europe together with a single currency has proved as unstable as Napoleon or Hitler...
  • Christians raise $400 to help ailing atheist who railed against their nativity

    03/23/2012 7:21:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 03/23/2012
    When Patrick Greene learned that a county five hours north of his San Antonio home had placed a nativity on the courthouse square, he vowed to file suit if they did it again, the Malakoff News reported. An atheist, Greene did not believe the religious symbol of Christmas had any place on government property. Then, as quickly as he blew into Henderson County, he withdrew. He would not lead a rally, he told reporters there, because he believed he suffered from a detached retina and was going blind. He had to leave his job as a taxi driver, he elaborated,...
  • Voter Fraud : The Battle Of Athens,Tennessee 1946

    03/19/2012 2:23:07 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Mar. 19, 2012 | swampsniper
    This, no doubt, has been posted before, but for those who haven't seen it here it is again.Odds are it wasn't discussed in your high school history class, unless you're older than dirt.
  • The Battle of Athens was Waterloo for Crooked Politicians

    03/08/2012 9:31:52 AM PST · by Baynative · 15 replies
    Roots web blog ^ | 3/25/90 (original) | Fred Brown (original)
    HOW MUCH WILL PEOPLE TAKE BEFORE THEY RISE UP? This is an excerpt that brings some good reasons to stop and think about what we are going to face in our next election - It is taken from a longer original article in the Knoxville Tennessee Sentinel I can't find.
  • Athens buildings burn as lawmakers weigh austerity

    02/12/2012 12:53:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/12/12 | Harry Papachristou and Yannis Behrakis - Reuters
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Historic cinemas, cafes and shops went up in flames in central Athens on Sunday as black-masked protesters fought Greek police outside parliament, while inside lawmakers looked set to defy the public rage by endorsing a new EU/IMF austerity deal. As parliament prepared to vote on a new 130 billion euro bailout to save Greece from a messy bankruptcy, a Reuters photographer saw the buildings engulfed in flames and huge plumes of smoke rose in the night sky. The air over Syntagma Square outside parliament was thick with tear gas as riot police fought running battles with youths...
  • Ancient lines of defence

    12/27/2011 8:35:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Athens News ^ | Sunday, December 25, 2011 | John Leonard
    Rhamnous and Sounion became especially important in the late 5th century BC, when the Spartans followed the advice of the traitorous Athenian Alcibiades and seized the strategic hill of Dekeleia, north of Athens, in 412BC. Having thus cut off the city's major food supply, the Spartans forced the Athenians to seek alternative routes for their vital shipments of Evia grain and other foodstuffs. Rhamnous' twin harbours replaced the more northerly port of Oropos and served as a naval base from which Athenian warships could safeguard the newly crucial shipping lanes that extended around Cape Sounion to Piraeus... Visible at Rhamnous...
  • Thousands attend rally for nativity scene

    12/19/2011 8:52:27 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | 18 Dec 2011 | unattributed
    ATHENS, Texas, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A crowd of more than 5,000 people gathered in Athens, Texas, in support of a nativity scene on display at the Henderson County Courthouse. "We are seeing unfold before our very eyes, the beginning of persecution of Christianity in our nation," First Baptist Church Malakoff Pastor Nathan Lorick said at the rally Saturday. "It seems it is no longer acceptable to express and exhibit the doctrines of our faith in the nation that was founded upon those same doctrines. That is why thousands are here today." The rally came after Freedom From Religion Foundation...
  • Press Should Occupy History Books Before Protest Coverage

    11/04/2011 8:40:07 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/4/2011 | Chris Stirewalt
    The California-as-Greece meme picked up steam this week when Oakland turned into the poor man’s Athens – clashes with police, protesters shutting down the city’s port (one of Oakland’s few remaining economic engines) and calls for a general strike. And there is a genuine danger for California, which has come upon some very hard times. The state is utterly broke and likely past its ability to increase revenue through tax increases. Wealthy individuals and businesses are fleeing the state for spots in Texas and across the West. New taxes would only worsen the trend. California Democrats were able to resist...
  • The Battle for Civilization: The Battle of Marathon, 2,500 years ago last week, isn’t just...

    09/21/2011 2:57:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 21, 2011 | Jim Lacey
    The Battle for CivilizationThe Battle of Marathon, 2,500 years ago last week, isn't just ancient history. Before dawn on Sept. 12, 490 b.c., 10,000 mostly Athenian hoplites formed for an assault on the Persian force assembled before them on the Marathon Plain, nearly 25 miles from Athens. At the sound of a single trumpet, the advance began. Eight men deep on the flanks and four deep in the center, the phalanx of bristling spear points and blazing shields began its slow, inexorable march toward the enemy. Picking up the pace, first to a fast walk and then to a trot,...
  • The Battle of Marathon: 2,500th Anniversary

    08/14/2011 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 25 replies
    Sky and Telescope Website ^ | Donald Olson, Marilynn Olson, and Russell Doescher
    The Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon, and all the other marathon races held worldwide trace their origin to this battle in ancient Greece and the well-known story of a messenger who ran about 26 miles from the battlefield back to Athens and died when he arrived. The ancient calendars and uncertain records have made it difficult to date these events precisely. But the ancient sources describe the lunar phase near the time of the battle, and we can calculate when the Battle of Marathon occurred using these astronomical clues.
  • Greco Comes Back for More (reflections on the latest EU bailout of Greece)

    07/23/2011 9:04:24 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 23, 2011 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Nervously – he was always nervous, these days – Greco approached the doorman at mob headquarters in Brussels. He hoped the old man wouldn’t recognize him. A year earlier, when Greco asked for his first loan from the biggest sharks in Europe (Madame Angela and Slick Nicky), the doorman at mob headquarters had tried his best to advise Greco against it. “There’s a secret backer in their big deals, these days,” the doorman had warned him. “You really don’t want to do this, young man.” But Greco went and did it anyway. He went into mob headquarters, played the part...
  • U.S. Has Gone Hog-Wild Like Athens Of Old

    03/26/2009 5:58:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,274+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 26, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In the last three months, we've been reduced to something like the ancient Athenian mob — with opportunistic politicians sometimes inciting, sometimes catering to an already angry public. The Greek comic playwright Aristophanes once described how screaming politicians — posing as men of the people — would sway Athenian citizens by offering them all sort of perks and goodies that the government had no idea how to pay for. The historian Thucydides offers even more frightening accounts of bloodthirsty voters after they were aroused by demagogues ("leaders or drivers of the people"). One day in a bloodthirsty rage, voters demanded...
  • The Battle of Athens(TN,1946)

    01/23/2011 12:10:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 63 replies · 7+ views ^ | 1985 | Lones Seiber
    The GIs came home to find that a political machine had taken over their Tennessee county. What they did about it astounded the nation. In McMinn County, Tennessee, in the early 1940s, the question was not if you farmed, but where you farmed. Athens, the county seat, lay between Knoxville and Chattanooga along U.S. Highway 11, which wound its way through eastern Tennessee. This was the meeting place for farmers from all the surrounding communities. Traveling along narrow roads planted with signs urging them to “See Rock City” and “Get Right with God,” they would gather on Saturdays beneath the...
  • The Original Birth of Freedom - What we owe the audacious Athenians

    12/27/2010 9:03:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 1+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2010 | André Glucksmann
    Over the centuries, there have appeared two great conceptions of freedom. The first vision, which one can call “epic freedom,” is freedom as Hegel or Marx understood it, the freedom of messianists and of revolutionaries. The meaning of freedom, on this view, is the progressive emancipation of man: step by step, battle by battle, mankind is supposed to break with its alienations and become the creator and absolute master of its fate. Epic freedom is the assumption of a cosmic mastery, more and more aware of itself. Crises become mere historical stages on the way to the final achievement of...
  • Mob in Athens abuses Muslims as they celebrate Eid

    11/16/2010 2:22:44 PM PST · by kingattax · 48 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11-16-10 | Yannis Behrakis
    Dozens of far-right activists and local residents threw eggs and taunted hundreds of Muslim immigrants as they gathered to pray in a central square for Eid al-Adha surrounded by a protective cordon of riot police. Greece, which has become the main immigrant gateway to the European Union, has a growing Muslim community and tensions between locals and incomers have run high in some Athens areas such as Attiki square, the scene of Tuesday's incident.