Η Ανακοίνωση της Ελληνικής Διασποράς για τη Διάσκεψη για την Κύπρο


Diaspora speaks on Conference on Cyprus

On the eve of the Conference on Cyprus, we feel compelled to express our views on the Cyprus negotiations on behalf of the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), the Federation of Cypriot American Organizations (FCAO), the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), the American Hellenic Council (AHC), the Hellenic Federation of New Jersey, and the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH). Our community has worked with successive U.S. Administrations on behalf of a workable and lasting solution on Cyprus. In 2004, when we warned that the flawed Annan Plan was headed in the wrong direction, some officials defamed us as “rejectionists”, “hard liners”, or as “not having a bottom line.” Yet history proved us right and the officials predicting a landslide victory in 2004 wrong. At this key moment in Cyprus’ history, we have decided that it is time for us to speak out, warn against false steps, and describe an agreement that we may be able to support.

We have not only advocated for an end to the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, but for a Συνέχεια

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Afghanistan to open embassy in Greece


KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan will open an embassy in Greece within a few months to help deal with the tens of thousands of Afghan illegal migrants there, an official said Sunday.

Greece is the main entry point into Europe for migrants from across the Middle East and North Africa, Συνέχεια

Greece: Top prosecutor probes Turkey-arson claim


Greece’s top prosecutor on Tuesday ordered an emergency inquiry into a Turkish newspaper report that Turkish government-funded agents set forest fires in Greece in the mid-1990s.

The Birgun newspaper quoted former Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz as making the allegations. But Yilmaz said he had been misquoted and that the allegations were untrue.

Greece’s Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes launched an emergency inquiry, ordering Συνέχεια

Δοκιμή «σε πείσμα» των τουρκικών απειλών


Παρά τις πιέσεις της άγκυρας ενόψει της έναρξης της γεώτρησης στο Οικόπεδο 12 της κυπριακής ΑΟΖ, η πρώτη δοκιμή θα πραγματοποιηθεί τη Δευτέρα .

«Προ των πυλών» η πρώτη δοκιμαστική γεώτρηση,  στο οικόπεδο 12 «Αφροδίτη» στην Αποκλειστική Οικονομική Ζώνη της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας.

Παρά τις τουρκικές απειλές, η δοκιμή θα πραγματοποιηθεί τη Δευτέρα 19 Σεπτεμβρίου.

Με την έναρξη της γεώτρησης η Λευκωσία πρόκειται να κάνει ακόμα μια κίνηση. σύμφωνα με την εφημερίδα «Φιλελεύθερος», θα προχωρήσει στον δεύτερο γύρο αδειοδοτήσεων για άλλα οικόπεδα της κυπριακής ΑΟΖ.

Πάνω από τα κοιτάσματα φυσικού αερίου, τα οποία θα ερευνήσει, βρίσκεται η πλατφόρμα «Όμηρος» της αμερικανικής εταιρείας Noble Energy (Noble Homer Ferrington).

Το Σάββατο θα πραγματοποιηθεί η πρώτη δοκιμαστική πτήση του ελικοπτέρου από το λιμάνι Λεμεσού προς την πλατφόρμα της Noble Energy , που έχει εγκατασταθεί στο οικόπεδο 12.

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Turkey postpones pursuit of Greek debt in good will gesture


Ankara has postponed the pursuit of a Greek debt of around $300 million arising from a natural gas purchase from Turkey, as Turkey ruled out the suggestion that payment of the debt may be in the form of real estate as inappropriate. Συνέχεια

Geopolitics & Daily News: Interview with Dr. Walid Phares.


1. Might Greek-Israeli ties, as some think, be a marriage of convenience until Israel-Turkey relations improve?

Greek Israeli ties could evolve in view of several developments, including the deterioration of Turkish-Israeli relations. The Eastern Mediterranean has seen strategic developments which may give Israel and Greece reasons to enhance their strategic relationship, as a way to reposition the various equations of balance of power in the region. Under the AKP Government in Ankara, Turkey has practically severed its military alliance with Israel, and at the same time signed a strategic cooperation treaty with Syria even though it criticized Assad since the uprising started few months ago. The AKP Government is reaching out to Hamas, even though indirectly, and is enhancing its outreach to the Iranian regime.

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Turkey press freedom under fire … video.


Istanbul, Turkey (CNN)

 — The four-year investigation into an alleged plot to overthrow Turkey’s government just keeps getting bigger. But as police arrest more and more journalists accused of aiding the coup plot, press freedoms groups are expressing alarm.

With more than 50 reporters currently behind bars in Turkey, activists argue freedom of expression is under fire in a country that is often promoted as a model Muslim democracy for the turbulent Middle East.

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