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Dear Alexis: We've lost our country!

As SYRIZA establishes “space agencies” and touts its investigation into the “Novartis scandal,” Greece’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are endangered. An open letter to Alexis Tsipras.

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Dear “patriot” Alexis,
“If today there is something our homeland needs from all of us, from every last Greek, it is a modern, decisive, unshakable patriotism.”
You uttered these words a few days ago. Of course, quotations can’t be added to verbal speech, otherwise I am sure you would have added them to those last three words.
I have been impressed by your “determination” for three years now, like for instance when you so eloquently said in just four words “go back Mrs. Merkel”! I have been impressed by how “tenacious” you are (but only when you have the Greek people in opposition to you). I have been impressed by how “patriotic” you have been when you make reference to an “all-purpose name for Macedonia,” as if you are referring to flour.
This is no accident of course, when considering that the head of strategic planning in the prime minister’s office is a man who has said “[having a] career is like cholera.” I do not know if this is the same person who authored the despicable press release which was signed, “Basement tenants.” In case you weren’t aware, such press releases result in the ridicule of our country and its image internationally.
How much respect can someone have for a neighboring country whose prime minister is self-trolled through the press releases issued by his own office? Of course, one can say that this is the least of your problems. The “feats” of our country — the embarrassments, that is — have become known outside our borders. A colleague of mine at the office where I work in Germany was telling me that he would like to visit “Exarsia” as a tourist, because he has heard that it is a “must” to go there. He was telling me that he heard that if someone gets into a car accident in Exarchia Square and calls the police, they will be told to take the car, go further down, and to call back once again. Entire regions of Athens are “no-go” zones, while at night police stations are transformed into fortresses and the surrounding streets are closed off, in order to protect the officers themselves.
 
You know Alexis, it really is not a good look for you when your own party’s newspaper publishes the headline “The Right Against the Western World” on the same day that the Novartis prosecutions began. An article which chastises the right for “favoring Russian policy” (!!) does not prepare us for good things to come, but instead, it lays the groundwork to impress the leader of the United States, the same leader for whom you once said “I hope we will not face this evil.” The current president of the United States who has not launched invaded or declared war against Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan, unlike his Nobel Prize-winning predecessor.
I do not know if you heard the news, Alexis, but we are losing our country, while you are attempting to imprison half of the opposition parties for scandals and while you are trying to recreate the achievements of Antonis Samaras in the case of Golden Dawn and the achievements of Constantine Mitsotakis against PASOK in 1989, both of which occurred with your party’s assistance.
For a month, Turkish vessels have closed off an area around the islet of Imia, not allowing a single Greek boat to enter the area. This served as the prelude for the attack on a Greek coast guard vessel which followed. As things stand right now, this incident does not signify the end but rather the beginning of further great travails for Greece, and there is no better time than now for our country’s enemies. We concede islands, relinquish names, abandon maritime waters, while the fire sale of our public assets is nearly complete. Our public wealth is in foreign hands, while our private wealth in the hands of the banks to later be auctioned off. Just as our wealth has shrunk, so has the time for our territory and sovereignty to shrink as well.
A country that does not have enough money to pay to upgrade or to maintain its military equipment is doomed to destruction. This is the fate of every bankrupt country historically. Sooner or later, it collapses. And the most tragic thing of all is that in all these cases, there have always been useful idiots that have led their country to destruction. I do not mean you, of course, Alexis. You and your staff there at the Maximou Mansion are people with remarkable wisdom, highly fluent speakers of English, and great diplomats, just like the excellent mayor who talks about renaming the airport, who surely is not revealing secret, under-the-table deals, but is merely speaking for himself…
This is the country which proceeds barefoot and ragged, soon to be stripped of military and defense equipment while at the same time it is launching a national space agency! What a joke! The head of this agency, the one with the Arab-owned satellites, is the government minister who traveled along with the lawyer Mr. Artemiou, the one who specializes in offshore accounts, to distant Venezuela prior to the elections, surely not to purchase peppers and beans from the supermarket.
In closing this letter, Alexis, I will ask for a personal favor. Tell that government minister of yours, the one who coordinates your government’s supposed body of work, to round up that revocable political appointee of yours, the one from Commonview, and tell him to stop threatening me over the internet for exposing his reappointment, as I have already informed the Electronic Crimes Unit of the Greek police.
Of course, you will say that you represent the governing political party, the all-powerful state, while I am a simple citizen. How could I possibly fight back? You have “European Institutes” in Florence to count how many television stations can broadcast in a banana republic, and the police acting in the role of a journalist, circulating edited videos to hide the true size of the protests. You release a news story and within a short time it is parroted in the media and on the internet, regardless of how truthful or objective it actually is. What can I, a solitary citizen, do alone?
Do you know something Alexis? I’m not alone. We are many, and while we may be impoverished, humiliated, or desperate, we are all thinking people. If you do not hear our voice, if we swallow our anger, if we do not appear to be in sorrow and if our pain is muted, that does not mean that they do not exist. And if what I am doing today is done by every citizen who does not wish to see injustice growing all around him, by the citizen who on a daily basis experiences mockery and lies, the citizen who feels desperate and afraid and as a stranger in his own country, then you will not have a platform to stand on and in the next election you will return to where you started, to the 2 percent and 3 percent share you had when you were struggling to enter parliament.
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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.

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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.

Monomachos.com 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.

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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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