This is the spinning technique, perfectly applied on the modern Europe-Greece war

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The battle of numbers, the quarrel of words, the conflict of the images and the hassle of values: these are the four ingredients of the contemporary  Eurozone-Greece war stories that aim to transform the economic and financial compromises won by Syriza in Brussels to a political defeat.

Following a televised debate in 1984 in which Ronald Reagan had been dominated by rival Walter Mondale, Reagan’s adviser, Lee Atwater, said:

“Now we go out and we’ll rotate more” (spin this afterward).

This suite was the “debate about the debate” that has now become as important in the presidential campaigns as the debate itself, which finally allowed Reagan, through intense campaign of “spinning”, to be finally recognized winner.

This is such a spinning campaign that we are witnessing since the agreement of February 20, 2015 between the Eurogroup and the new Greek goernment, says the article of  “Greece against Europe: war stories” chapter of the article Christian Salmon, ex Director of the Le Monde  ..

Find the article here 

It’s a lean life ,Greeks, but a life with Pride…. Alexis , by a tear, on his first smashing appearance in Palriament presenting the govt. Plan

               Alexis tear

Alexis let a tear appear on his face on his Premiere in the Greek Parliament as a Prime Minster, presenting his Government Plan. A plan for the Pride, as he said.

One could “tag” Alexis Tsipras Left Government Plan as a

“Glasnoste, … and Emergency Response combination” A strategy plan to respond to a community- in- crisis prioritising on the needs of the more vulnerable ones first, and escalating these priorities according to the Urgent societies. A Plan, finally, that is a Crisis & Emergency Response Plan.

and on the same moment, a Plan designed to transform the deficiencies and malpractises of the state to an “open- source- fair” community aimed to apply, finally  in this country, the so violated social justice.

That’s the new reality for Greece’s next day, just described, in steps by Alexis Tsipras ,who was more confident today than ever.

“We will not Sell our Greece” Alexis said, while presenting a what he called an Emergency Relief Program for the austerity hit part of the population- (that is extensive in numbers-,) and on the same time a strict approach to the privileged and the rich of nowadays people in Greece, which are called to pay definitely more, more equitable, and more transparently, for now and yesterday.

Auctions of the first residence of any household are not allowed, since now, said the Prime Minister, providing the immediate relief to some million Greeks, which are going sleep today, (after years, some of them) happily eased.This is definitely a smile on the face of the hurted Greeks, and they are many, on this time speaking

Alexis obviously soothed the hearts of the Greeks today, but he was empathetic on a maximum level, with a clear heart to the Greeks, and Greece, and a clear glance in his eyes. Concluding his speech, he could not hold some few tears.

Proudly describing every part of his program, the Prime Minister emphasized the built up of a solidarity response in the community, form Politicians to the people and from the people-to-people  interaction chain  

A slap on the face of oligarchs, of the media owners also, of the National Intelligence Agency employees. It is clearly a Radical program, and a Soothing one as well .

“We make our dream come true. A reality”,were among his first words.

“We have a realistic Program, we have a Strategic for negotiations, we have no obligations but just one: bringing back the dignity to the Greek people’s everyday life. We keep high our Pride.”

Two weeks after storming to power, Alexis announced to the Greek MPs , but primarily to the Greek people, a No to oligarchy, and No to a spoiled life. 

“Let’s start from the Politicians”, the Prime Minister said.

“Members of the Parliament, no longer have a driver and a car. They can afford their car..”

. It’s a left government, indeed .

Alexis Tsipras’ government plan has for step A the immediate easing priorities for the humanitarian crisis .

“But we have a duty to our History , said Alexis Tsipras, to demand then post-war Germany’s reparations burden, for our Greece’s Pride.”

20 minutes ago , this was the Athens AFP report

Athens (AFP) – New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Sunday Athens did not want an extension of its bailout but insisted on the need for a “bridge programme” which would buy the country time to negotiate a new deal.

“The new government is not justified in asking for an extension of the bailout. The Greek people gave us a mandate to cancel the disastrous austerity programme,” he said in a key policy speech to parliament.

“We want a new deal, a bridge programme which would give us the fiscal space that a sincere negotiation requires,” he said.

The PM, speaking just days before an extraordinary meeting of eurozone ministers in Brussels, said the government would “respect eurozone rules but would “not condemn the Greek economy to an eternal recession.”

He stressed “the government’s unshakeable decision to honour all our pre-election promises,” saying it was “a matter of honour, credibility, and respect for democracy.”

Speaking to fears the new government’s stand against austerity could see Greece exit the eurozone, Tsipras said the country intended to honour its debts.

“Greece wants to service its debt. If our peers want so too, they are invited to come to the table of dialogue so we can discuss how to make it viable,” he said.

As a symbol of the new government’s shift away from austerity, the 40-year old said he would re-open ERT public television, which was closed in 2013 by the previous government in a bid to save money.

ERT would be re-opened to “repair a crime against Greek people and democracy,” he said.

This is Greek to me ! , stay with us . More on the Government’s offical Action Plan comming next.

Stay with us ,

Shame on you, MTV, say the Greek-Americans

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“Growing up Greek ” is a gross misrepresentation of what it means to Grow up Greek.  What makes us Greek is PRIDE. Pride for our faith, family and each other.  This show lessens us to look like Jersey Shore!  We have worked hard to not have that stereotype.  We are an ethnicity strong in family and Orthodoxy, says Hellas.Frappe.blogspot . This show is NOT who we are and we are embarrassed.

Watch sneak peek by clicking HERE

“Growing Up Greek” is being accused by many expatriates as showing a shallow, over popularized and defamatory side of the Greek American Community.

MTV’s reality show Growing Up Greek has garnered the attention of the Greeks in the US before it has even gone live! The “extreme” character and the parallels with the controversial – but popular – Jersey Shore, have led to an electronic signature collection for the cancellation of the project! On their part, supporters believe that it shows a side of Greek-American Diaspora and advise the public to see it,

     “Please do not do it. I saw the trailer and it’s a shame. It does not represent us!”.

The social media dialogue with hundreds of people involved is be unstoppable … and in some cases … beyond curteous.

Expatriates who commented on the trailer have expressed intense dissatisfaction with the content, believing the Greek American community is being discredited posted Hellas.frappe.blogspot

Please click here to be directed to the petition:



“MTV, apparently not satisfied with turning Italian-Americans into a national joke, is now launching a stereotype-laden “reality show” about Greek-Americans called “Growing Up Greek.”

The show is so far only a single episode, but it’s likely the secret nascence of an entire series IMHO.

“Growing Up Greek” is set in the very-Greek Florida city of Tarpon Springs. Here’s MTV’s description of the place, and show:

“[A]n idyllic and picturesque all-Greek town, where everyone is either dating, related, or brawling each other. Family means everything here; even the overbearing parents and grandparents can get outrageous and festive.”

Those funny Greeks! They’re in-bred, violent, and their parents and grandparents are overbearing bullies (presumably because they’re in-bred and violent too.)

And, according to the promo video for the series. when those loud, obnoxious Greeks aren’t setting cheese on fire, they’re breaking plates and throwing money around while dancing (something I have never seen an actual Greek ever do, other than the money thing that might happen at a weddding as a donation for the bride and groom). Oh the hilarity!

All that’s missing is some jokes about anal sex, and our last names sounding like a disease. (Aravosis? I thought you said halitosis!)

From the promo, we see that the show even has a Snooki-like charachter who, just like Snooki, is overweight and dresses in really-tight, Jersey-Shore style “I can’t believe she’s wearing that” clothes. (Snooki is a character from MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore,” that regularly presented Italian-Americans as under-educated, oversexed, inebriated buffoons.), wrote the


AHEPA strongly reacted , by releasing its message on December 4: “The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association is deeply concerned with the production of MTV’s latest show…”

A message from the
AHEPA Headquarters

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Contact: AHEPA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 232-6300

 AHEPA Statement on MTV’s “Growing Up Greek” Show 


WASHINGTON, DC – National President Phillip T. Frangos has issued the following statement on the MTV’s show “Growing Up Greek,” which premiered this week:
“The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association is deeply concerned with the production of MTV’s latest show, ‘Growing Up Greek,’ which is an unfortunate reinvention of its ‘Jersey Shore’ series.

“‘Growing Up Greek’ is a gross misrepresentation of the experience of growing up in a Greek American family and within the Greek American community. The show is problematic because it portrays characters as being representative of the Greek American community based upon negative stereotyping. If anything, the characters are more suited for an episode of The Jerry Springer Show than portraying what it is truly like to grow up Greek. In the spirit of ‘Jersey Shore,’ MTV is aiming to exploit raucous and unruly behavior for a ratings boost and the merchandizing potential that comes with it.

“The show also performs a tremendous disservice to the city in which it is set, the storied location of Tarpon Springs’ ‘Greektown.’ In July, the ‘Greektown’ district earned a special recognition as the first place in Florida listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property thanks in large part to the hard work ethic of Greek immigrants on the sponge docks dating back to the early 1900s. Sadly, this distinction has been lost on the producers who have chosen irresponsibility to tarnish Tarpon Springs’ rich, cultural history with this distorted portrayal of its contemporary Greek American community.

“Therefore, we call on MTV to cancel the show, and we strongly urge its sponsors to withdraw their support of it. We applaud the online petition that is being circulated and encourage the community to support it as more than 5,000 individuals have already done so. However, the most effective action one can take is to simply not watch the show and to not patronize the show’s sponsors.”

Frangos added:

“Throughout the span of its history, AHEPA has served as a vital vehicle for the progressive development and emergence of American citizens of Greek heritage into every facet of society: government, business, education, and the arts. This fulfillment illustrates the promise of the American Dream and symbolizes the hard work ethic of our immigrant forbearers who labored to achieve that dream with the principles of Hellenism rooted deep in their hearts. This is the reality of the Greek American experience.

“As American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, we are proud of the contributions the ancient Greeks gifted to Western Civilization. As Americans, we share many of the values put forth by them: civic responsibility, philanthropy, education, family and individual excellence, and the ideals of democracy. This is the essence of our heritage. This is what it means to ‘grow up Greek.'”

Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, to protect individuals from the evils of bigotry and discrimination, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.
For more information about AHEPA, please visit or contact AHEPA Headquarters, 202-232-6300.

Meet the Real Meaning of Spartatholon, following the four top runners’ Road to Sparta Documentary

the famous Pheidippides tattoo,earned by Mark Woolley; a gnarly mountaineer who has finished three times the Spartathlon

the famous Pheidippides tattoo

Four runners, one goal Sparta!

THE ROAD TO SPARTA is a short film about four individuals, including the great Dean Karnazes, running the 2014 Spartathlon, a 246 kilometre ultra-marathon between Athens and Sparta.

It will not, however, be a straightforward sports documentary; it is more of an artumentary where sport meets history meets music, a film of brain, brawn and beauty.

Through Dean Karnazes, THE ROAD TO SPARTA will look at the history of the race which dates back to 490BC and the ancient Greek runner Pheidippides while the Greek band Old House Playground will be composing an original score for the film.

“I have been a sports journalist since 1988. During that time I have covered plenty of major events, none bigger than the Olympic Games which took me to Greece in 2004. I was meant to be there for three months: I stayed for five years.
During that time, I discovered the Spartathlon and rediscovered my love for elite sport in its purest sense.
There is no financial reward for winning or competing in the Spartathlon. The runners are motivated instead by the desire to push themselves beyond the safe parameters that most of us tend to build around ourselves.
Some will see them as completely mad; they see themselves as explorers, seeking to find what lies beyond their own perceived physical and mental limitations.

I want to examine those men and women, by watching them through the race and interviewing them before, during and after the race, to see how their minds and bodies react to the intense pressure of attempting to complete the course within the 36-hour time limit.”,  says the producer of the documentary, find more here

Greek Olympic legend Ioannis Melissanidis, now an actor, has also thrown his weight behind the film. He will be the voice of Herodotus.

THE ROAD TO SPARTA is being made as a stand alone film, duration 30 minutes. It is aimed at the Festival market and we are already looking at the Thessaloniki Film Festival as well as the Greek film festivals in New York and Los Angeles. We are also looking at potential television sales.

An entirely independent film, Spender and his director of photography, Roddy Gibson, have worked out a budget of €15,000 to complete the film from the shooting to the editing to making sure that the band get into a decent studio to make the soundtrack.

We are so proud of this initiative! Greek to me !

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