Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Big fat Greek surprises January 30, 2013 by Kevin Dayhoff

Big fat Greek surprises January 30, 2013 by Kevin Dayhoff

Kevin E. Dayhoff

In spite of the profoundly dulled senses that come as a result of a day of international travel, Greece takes hold of you the very moment you arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.

The airport, just about 20 kilometers above the sprawling megalopolis of Athens, opened on March 29, 2001, and it is named for a freedom fighter, revolutionary, statesman and charismatic leader from the early 1900s, who died in 1936...

I had the honor of visiting a monument in his honor near his hometown in Therisos gorge near Chania in Crete on January 7, and his gravesite memorial in Akrotiri, which is also near Chania, the next day.

This was my first trip to Greece… I traveled to Greece with a group of McDaniel College students and faculty members. It was more of an academic experience as opposed to a vacation, if you will.

Nevertheless, this article and several more that I researched and pre-wrote while in Greece should not be considered reporting – or the profile of a country – but rather a collection of thoughts and vignettes that lie more in the tradition of a travelogue.

After a few days in Greece, one is struck with a number of surprising observations; nothing profound – some amusing and some mundane. However, there were quite a few things about Greece that I did not expect…


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December 12, 2012 The Ghost of Berlusconi Rises Again Kevin E. Dayhoff
While Greece wraps up a six-month effort to secure a new bailout payment, and Washington continues to fail to understand the seriousness of its fiscal responsibilities, the world’s financial markets wobbled earlier in the week when it saw the ghost of Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.




Athens, Greece, January 12 – Demonstrators once again took to the streets in central Athens Saturday afternoon, in another of a long series of strikes, demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience that have rocked Greece since a worldwide economic downturn officially got underway in December 2007.

It was four years ago – in 2009 – that Greece kicked-off the year by announcing its budget deficit would be 12.9% of GDP, more than four times the European Union's 3% limit. Greece was first admitted into the EU in 1981, and in 2001 it joined the Eurozone…


Various recent news accounts indicate that unemployment approaches 25 percent in Greece. Pensions have been reduced and salaries slashed anywhere from 30 to 60 percent.

Meanwhile last Saturday began with signs posted in the Metro that read: “Notice to Passengers. On Saturday 12/1/13, stations, Penepistimio, Syntagma, will remain closed from 10:00 for safety reason…”

Since 2010, Syntagma Square has served as a barometer for rising civil discontent over Greece’s ever-worsening economic crisis. In the past it has been the most popular locale for mass protests and tent-city like occupations, some of which have turned unexpectedly violent in which police have responded en masse with batons, shields and tear gas...

On Saturday, I witnessed more than 5,000 or 6,000 demonstrators marching past the National Archaeological Museum, in a dense, well-organized and loud processional that chanted a Greek chorus of anti-government slogans in a carefully choreographed cat-and-mouse theatrical routine with a full accompaniment of motorcycle police and a phalanx of paramilitary shock riot-police.

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