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Can Obama Spur a Reform Within Islam?

President Barack Obama’s Oval Office address in the wake of the San Bernardino attack was almost universally panned. And rightly so. Telling the American people…

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The #Lifejacket Graveyard, #Lesvos by @SusanSarandon

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LESBOS, GREECE — This is the ‘Mountain of Misery’ or the ‘Lifejacket Graveyard’ in the north of the Greek island of Lesbos. Whatever you choose to call it, this massive reminder of the resilience of the human spirit stretches to the horizon.

This year eight hundred thousand people have found their way to Greece in hopes of a better life. If they make the treacherous crossing safely, many more obstacles lie ahead. Those from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq will be fast tracked and can make it through the Macedonian border where depending on their wealth, they may ultimately find their way into Europe. The others from Eritrea, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Mali, Gambia, Morocco and Iran will be stopped at the border because they are not officially refugees.

They will then be stuck, not able to move forward, not wanting to go back.

Today, there are rumors they will be deported.

Tonight I spent time with a family from Iran. I gave them dry socks, blankets, soup, and a tent. I could not give them hope.

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RYOT and The Huffington Post are teaming to up present “The Crossing,” an immersive reporting series hosted by Susan Sarandon chronicling the refugee crisis as it unfolds in Greece.

 

Watch our Snapchat (@HuffPost) and The World Post‘s Instagram feed (@TheWorldPost) for coverage this week, and check back for upcoming virtual reality and 360 films about the people making the perilous journey from the Middle East toward safety.

 

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@SusanSarandon Welcoming Refugees To Greece  in #Lesvos 

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“I have come to hear their stories and learn.”

Popular Hollywood actress and activist Susan Sarandon arrived on Lesvos on Thursday to witness first-hand the arrival of refugees on the island, wrote US. EMBASSY ATHENS post on fb

The actress, who spoke with volunteers and members of non-governmental organizations operating on the island, explained: “As mother of three children I completely understand what means to be a mother with children running away from war and the squalor, to reach the coast and to be forced to make this journey only because you must survive. Let’s hope that very soon the countries that do not participate in the effort to save all these people will do so.”

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International community must see what is happening in this corner of the world, @SusanSarandon in #Lesvos 

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“I have come to hear their stories and learn.”

Sarandon is from early Friday at the east coast of Lesvos near the airport and remained at the spot where boats with migrants arrive on the island. She particularly assists the children, helps them to change their soaked clothes, socks and shoes.

Popular Hollywood actress and activist Susan Sarandon arrived on Lesvos on Thursday to witness first-hand the arrival of refugees on the island,

A five-year-old Iranian Semihan and her two younger siblings captured Sarandon’s heart when the little girl broke into tears while she hold her in her arms

“Have courage, you’ll make it” she told the young girl’s parents when they got on board UN’s bus that would take them to the Identification Center at Moria.

 

“The international community must see what is happening in this corner of the world. It must realize the size of the problem and understand it” Susan Sarandon told the ANA-MPA

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The actress, who spoke with volunteers and members of non-governmental organizations operating on the island, explained: “As mother of three children I completely understand what means to be a mother with children running away from war and the squalor, to reach the coast and to be forced to make this journey only because you must survive. Let’s hope that very soon the countries that do not participate in the effort to save all these people will do so.” the US EMBASSY ATHENS fb post wrote

According to information of the greek press Susan Sarando will spend Christmas  next to the needy of the world, on the shores fo Lesvos . She will remain on Lesvos to continue to assist the volunteers and the non-governmental organisations in the reception of the migrants and refugees. the ANA-MPE wrote

Earlier version of this story published on Thursday December 17, by moodhackerblog

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the Power and Pathos of Greek Bronze

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Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World is the first major international exhibition that brought together more than 50 ancient bronzes from the Mediterranean region and beyond ranging from the 4th century B.C. to the 1st century A.D.

It has been on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, from July 28 through November 1, 2015.

“The representation of the human figure is central to the art of almost all ancient cultures, but nowhere did it have greater importance, or more influence on later art history, than in Greece,” said Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum.

“It was in the Hellenistic period that sculptors pushed to the limit the dramatic effects of billowing drapery, tousled hair, and the astonishingly detailed renderings of veins, wrinkles, tendons, and musculature, making the sculpture of their time the most life-like and emotionally charged ever made, and still one of the highpoints of European art history.

Large-scale bronze sculptures are among the rarest survivors of antiquity; their valuable metal was typically melted and reused. Rows of empty pedestals still seen at many ancient sites are a stark testimony to the bygone ubiquity of bronze statuary in the Hellenistic era. Ironically, many bronzes known today still exist because they were once lost at sea, only to be recovered centuries later.

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He “never feared the Cyclops”, from Vrisa of Lesvos to the top of Harvard

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From Vrisa, Lesvos to the “top” of Harvard

Three of his innovative methods do rank the 74 year old Ophtalmology Professor from Vrisa among the top 100 opthalmologists worldwide, and the Harvard Unversity in Massachussets has given his name to the specialised Chair of Studies while hunging his portrait in the auditorium of the Clinic Eye and Ear Massachusetts and while his bust graces the Harvard Campus courtyard .

Evangelos Gragoudas is recently awarded by the Champalimaud Vision Award 2014 which is considered scientifically close to a Nobel Prize on Vision and Ophtalmology research , and is a proud Lesvian abroad, who as he says, saw with the eyes of Literature and Philosophy the world when he was studying at the High school of Polychnitos, and that’s how, he says, he did it to “save the world” in his own way.

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Hailing from Vrisa, a small, picturesque village of 1,000 inhabitants in the south of Lesvos, the leading Greek scientist excels the last 46 years in America, where he teaches ophthalmology, but also … Cavafy.

The Alexandrian poet, Cavafy, has a prominent place in his office at Harvard, where there is a large photo of the lyrics from “Ithaca”:

“the Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,the angry Poseidon do not fear, such ones in your way you will never find “.

In the age of 74 years, Evangelos Gragoudas is still working feverishly, operating surgeries three times a week on complicated ophthalmological cases while training new scientists. Due to his immense love for Greece, he always greets with joy and pride young doctors from home, while the «Gragoudas Chair» of Harvard is funded with 3.5 million Dollars.

On Friday, December 4, 2015, Evangelos Gragoudas received an honorary doctorate of the Department of Medicine, by Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki where he spoke with tears to the press for the love for his country.

“All of us who live for years abroad, and have learned to another way of progress and and evaluation, we are saddened when we realize that our homeland , our country, Greece, is moving back or stays stagnant.”

“Even now, we must change our culture, by trying to adapt the structures of the system to the new circumstances. The crisis in the economy should make us wiser, more mature and more fair. “

On the age of 15 years Evangelos Gragoudas, while still studying in the high school Polichnitos, he had read all the books of the small library of his village.

On his 20’s,being a medical student at the University of Athens Medical School, he translated with a classmate notes from foreign scientifical loterature and together they distributed to their fellow students an ophthalmology manual, which was a pleasant surprise for their professors.

In 1969 he left Greece for Boston and and soon he won a scholarship to Harvard Medical School, where he studied and afterwards taught for many years “It was like living in a dream. I always had in mind the verse of Ithaca … … …” hope the voyage to be a long one …” I really wanted to traverse distant streets literally and figuratively, I realize now ” he says.

The 74 year old professor comes 2-3 times a year in Greece, in his residence he reserves in Athens, but also in his hometown’s one in Vrisa of Lesvos.

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“I miss Greece. It is the most beautiful country in the world, because it is always sunny, surrounded by the sea, people are joyous and welcoming, has a rich history. It is a place to live, ” he says, but he thinks long enough before answering the question if you he would like to return back from the States .

“Having read quite a lot of philosophy, actually since my young age, I have overcome my fears. I know I am temporary, I know what I want, I know every moment what to do … but I have no answer still. We will see….”

 

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