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Glezos: Don't even think of giving away the name "Macedonia"

Another prominent figure of the Greek left attacks SYRIZA over its apparent willingness to compromise on the Macedonia name.




Following Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis’ endorsement of protests over the Macedonia name issue, another prominent left-winger has come out against use of the name by the regime in Skopje.
Manolis Glezos, one of two Greek students who famously tore down the swastika from the Acropolis during the Nazi occupation, has called upon the Greek government not to give in to pressure nor sign an agreement with FYROM that includes the word Macedonia.
In an article published by Greek newspaper Kathimerini, Glezos warns politicians in Skopje to forget the term.

“Once more, the Greek nation is being driven to critical and historical decisions via a framework of threats. Threats from NATO and its owners, the USA.
It is being driven into decisions which have already being taken, if we seriously take into account the statements and the approach of Mathew Nimetz.
For them, it is another triumph to force a government which declares itself to be leftist, to accept and to follow these decisions in order to facilitate the expansion of an evil military coalition such as NATO.
A country that has handed over everything to its lenders, even its national independence, has little room to react.
Its only weapon which has remained is a broad front of the people who will unite and rise up, alongside all the forces that express such sentiments, apart from those who are nostalgic of Hitler.
The handling of this issue was mistaken. Instead of the immediate coordination of a meeting of political leaders, comprised of a broad range of personalities, we had secret diplomacy and leaks.
Instead of a broader cooperation, a government and an opposition tried to gain partisan benefits, placing their interests above Macedonia, above what they themselves characterize, repeating this at every opportunity, national interest.
Instead of unity, division. Instead of a “broad national front,” a frenzy of hatred.
I have often lived through, alongside our people, a “pan-national uprising.” The saga of 1940, the German invasion, the Battle of Crete, the major events of the occupation, our liberation, the 1960’s decade, the aftermath of the fall of the Junta and what came after, events which resulted in both victories and bitter defeats.
This is not occurring today, and there is an explanation. The majority of people see the (political) party machines as caring only for the party and personal interest.
It is evident to a large section of the citizens that the passion for power outweighs the interests the country and its peoples.
Government and opposition are in conflict, ignoring Macedonia. They don’t understand that they are signing checks that can’t be honored.
Unfortunately, the forces of the left are divided and are unable at this stage to intervene, to show who is responsible for this new crisis regarding the name of our neighbors. They are still searching for the rhetoric which will unite the people.
The participation of the people in both rallies was great, but it is not enough. The forces that organized these rallies concealed those who are truly responsible and attempted to direct the justified anger of the people towards directions which serve the organizers’ interests and not towards a direction that will help deliver a solution that will be acceptable to the people of this nation.
How can the people trust them when they have an unmistakable instinct? There is an immediate need for the aims of the movement to be clarified so the people can adopt it and condemn those forces that are dragging the government into a disastrous solution.
We should not be those who simply provide cover to the expansion of NATO, acceding to its demands.
If we don’t achieve this, developments will be rapid and harmful to our country.
We must be clear towards our neighbors. All peoples are characterized by:
1) Their language
2) Their morals and common traditions
3) Their religion
4) Their desire to achieve national independence
5) The desire by the whole nation, not just a few
A people can enact self-determination. However, they lose any connection with their own history when they engage in hetero-determination. Therefore, do not even think about using the word Macedonia in any form, and instead use an identifier which is based on your history, your language, your morals and traditions, your desire for a peaceful coexistence with all of your neighbors, that which expresses the entirety of your nation and not just a section of it.”

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Archons of Greek Orthodox Church issue toothless letter about abortion law

The good news is the Archons did say some good things in reaction to the New York abortion law. But there was no consequence.

Seraphim Hanisch



In relation to our previously published piece about Governor Andrew Cuomo signing abortion into the New York State Constitution, we noted that at the time of the article’s writing, no entities within the Orthodox Church in any jurisdiction issued any kind of statement condemning this law. Of all fourteen universally acknowledged Local Churches, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church was particularly of note, since their Archons awarded a humanitarian award known as the Athenogoras Award to extremely liberal, pro-abortion politicians, Andrew Cuomo being one of these.

Well, the Archons did issue a statement yesterday:

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Condemns New York’s New Abortion Law

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, strongly condemns the State of New York’s new Reproductive Health Act that was passed on January 22, 2019. This new law allows abortions up to the moment of birth and gives people who are not doctors the right to perform abortions.

The Order also deplores the celebratory atmosphere surrounding the new law, as One World Trade Center was lit pink to commemorate the passage of the law, as if it represented a great advance for the rights of women. The rights of no human being are ever advanced at the expense of another. The State of New York will not truly have respect for the rights of women until it once again restores legal protections for every human being, from his or her first moment of existence until natural death.

Hailed as progress, New York’s Reproductive Health Act is not actually an advance, but a regression, a return to a time of barbarism when the weak were at the mercy of the strong and had no protection from legal structures or governing authorities.

The Order implores New York’s legislators to reconsider this dangerous new law and reinstitute protections for all human life, no matter how weak and vulnerable. Only when such protections exist can any society truly prosper.

Rev. Alexander Karloutsos
Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Spiritual Advisor of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle

Is this enough?

It does not seem to be so. Governor Cuomo and his award, along with pro-abortion Roman Catholic Vice President Joe Biden, also received this award at the same time Governor Cuomo did.

What did not happen in this letter was that neither politician was named, nor were the four (out of five) Greek Orthodox politicians in the New York State Assembly that voted FOR this law.

Neither did the Archons move to rescind the Athenagoras Awards they gave to Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Biden. This move appears to be still far too politically calculated, and keeping with the tragic, curious and distressing behavior of the leadership within the Ecumenical Patriarchate. is a popular blog site whose editor, George Michalopulos, is undoubtedly one of the giants among those Greek Orthodox who seriously uphold at the notion that the Church ought never compromise herself. Yet, he was very happy with the letter that is shown above because for him it represented a “180-degree turnabout” in terms of the history of the Archons’ behavior, which he noted elsewhere as smacking of “the feeling that their primary job is to raise money for Istanbul.”

He neglected to mention the lack of mention of the Awards, but perhaps understandably, his surprise at any sort of traditional statement by this group was leading to exuberance where perhaps it is not deserved.

The Greek Orthodox Church seems to have an overall alignment with very liberal figures, and it is unclear as to why. But this tendency of people that are considered good and faithful Greek Orthodox churchgoers to align with liberal politics in the United States is very different than the sharply conservative tendencies of Russian Orthodox churchgoers, or Greeks or Romanians in the US.

The other rather liberal church is the US is the Orthodox Church in America, but this group does tend to involve itself in social causes in the US – especially abortion – in a very conservative, if rather feeble, manner. They do make their presence known at the annual March for Life and this is of great value.

We wish to name all the Greek Orthodox elected New York assembly members here, with their votes regarding the state abortion measure:

Michael Gianaris             (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.
Andrew Gounardes         (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.
Nicole Malliotakis           (R)                            – No. (and she is a woman!!)
Aravella Simotas             (D)                            – Yes.
James Skoufis                  (D) (co-sponsor)   – Yes.

This measure enshrined abortion at any point in a woman’s pregnancy as a constitutional right. The law stipulates several following procedures are now “rights:”

  • The law allows non-physicians to perform abortions.
  • The law allows abortion through the third trimester.
  • and the law repeals protections for babies that survive abortions (this means that if the baby gets delivered alive, it will still be killed.)

This is a barbaric law, and a resounding victory for people aligned with some very dark ideas about life and death. It is a tragedy, and while the Archons’ letter condemning it is at least a token statement, it really wants a full-throated response from the Christian world.

In fact, even Muslims and religious Jewish people ought to be outraged as well. All the Abrahamic religions understand that only God is the author of life. In this viewpoint, people do not themselves create life. We only cooperate with God to bring it into existence, by his blessing.

But we can cause death, and this power is influenced by forces that are not interested in God, traditional values, family, children or anything of the sort.

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Greek MPs pass Prespes deal with 153 votes in 300-seat House

Opinion polls indicate that most Greeks oppose the settlement, a fact which may not bode well for Tsipras in an election year.

The Duran



Via Ekathimerini

Greece’s parliament on Friday ratified a landmark accord that changes the name of neighbouring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), ending a decades-old dispute and opening the way for the ex-Yugoslav republic to join the European Union and NATO.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who hammered out the deal with his FYROM counterpart last year, secured the parliamentary majority needed to get the accord approved with support from independent and opposition lawmakers.

“Today we are writing a new page for the Balkans. The hatred of nationalism and conflict is giving way to friendship, peace, and cooperation,” Tsipras wrote on his social media account.

FYROM has already ratified the deal, brokered last year, and its prime minister promptly sent a tweet hailing the Greek parliament’s vote.

The settlement seeks to end a 28-year old row between Athens and Skopje over the use of the term “Macedonia” by renaming the tiny Balkan state “Republic of North Macedonia” to differentiate it from Greece’s northern province of Macedonia.

Greece’s European Union allies welcomed the ratification.

“They had imagination, they took the risk, they were ready to sacrifice their own interests for the greater good,” European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted. “Mission impossible accomplished.”

Opinion polls indicate that most Greeks oppose the settlement, a fact which may not bode well for Tsipras in an election year. A general election is due by October, and his party is trailing the opposition New Democracy by up to 12 points.

The debate in the Greek parliament was heated, with voting almost interrupted on Friday when an MP for the right-wing Golden Dawn Party, asked to cast his vote, responded: “No to treason!”

Several MPs in favour of of the accord reported attempts to intimidate them.

Many Greeks fear the agreement could lead to territorial claims against Greece and say it constitutes an appropriation of their country’s ancient cultural heritage. Macedonia was the birthplace of Alexander the Great.

Protests against the deal have at times turned violent this week, and on Thursday evening police fired teargas to disperse crowds outside parliament. Smaller groups of people braved heavy rain on Friday to demonstrate outside the parliament.

New Democracy slammed the agreement.

“This deal should never have been signed or brought to parliament for ratification,” party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told parliament. “It is a national defeat … a national blunder that is an affont to the truth and history of our country.”

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