Birdwatching in Greece, new guide


This video says about itself:

Lesvos Birds spring 2012 The Wetlands

Wildlife filmed on the Greek island of Lesvos between April 21st to May 5th 2012.

Tsiknias River, Lotzaria, the Kalloni Saltpans and the Alykes wetlands all feature,
and birds include…

Black & White Storks, Squacco & Purple Herons, Great White & Little Egrets

Glossy Ibis, Little Bittern, Baillon’s & Little Crake, Wood, Marsh & Curlew Sandpipers

Little & Temminck’s Stint,

Ruff & Black-winged Stilt, Spotted Redshank, Black-headed & Citrine Wagtail & Bee-eater, White-winged Black & Gull-billed Terns, Garganey & Ruddy Shelduck.

From BirdLife:

New birdwatching guide shows best birding sites in Greece

By Rebecca Langer, Thu, 10/04/2014 – 11:51

HOS, BirdLife in Greece, has just released a new guide designed for birdwatchers, photographers and naturalists to provide all information needed to see some of the most important birds of Greece. The climate and geographical location of Greece, in south-eastern Europe and at the crossroads of three continents, has enriched the country with a diverse birdlife. The country comprises a meeting point and bottleneck for birds’ passage from Europe, Asia and Africa, and is the only place in Europe where you can see some of the birds coming from other continents. So far, 449 species of birds have been recorded in Greece, a number expected to increase, as more people become involved in birdwatching.

The new guide includes 33 of the most interesting birdwatching sites, covering all aspects of the exceptional habitat diversity found in the country; from alpine grasslands to river deltas and from maquis scrub to dense pristine woodland. Priority has been given to sites that hold populations of Mediterranean or rare and endangered species. The sites have been grouped in seven different regions, depending on their geographical location.

Each site comes with a detailed text and map with birding hotspots. It also includes information on how to get to each site, the best time of year to visit, other fauna and flora present as well as a list of the highlight bird species. Useful contacts are also provided.

The aim of this guide is to help birdwatchers add new species to their bird lists, as well as provide tourists with alternative activities that will allow them to enjoy Greek nature in a way that respects the incredible diversity that can be found throughout the country.

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Greek government-Golden Dawn nazis secret contacts revealed


This video from Greece, with English subtitles, is called Baltakos Gate. It records secret talks between Greek government representative Panagiotis Baltakos and leading Golden Dawn nazi politician Ilias Kasidiaris.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 5 April 2014 Greek government – Golden Dawn contact man revealed!

THE Secretary of the Greek government, Panagiotis Baltakos, a close aide for decades of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, has been revealed as the go-between Samaras and the fascist party of Golden Dawn.

The number two of the fascist party, Ilias Kasidiaris, speaking in the Vouli (Greek parliament) last Wednesday morning against the prosecution and imprisonment of Golden Dawn parliamentary deputies, revealed that early this year he met up with Baltakos and demanded to know why the Golden Dawn deputies were not protected by the government.

Kasidiaris passed on to the media a high quality video of his discussion with Baltakos.

Two hours later Baltakos resigned, admitting the authenticity of the video as well as another meeting with the fascist deputy Kasidiaris.

As Baltakos drafted his resignation, his son, Dimitrios-Yeorghios Baltakos, an officer of the notorious strike-breaking Special Forces of the Greek Coast Guard, attacked and assaulted three Golden Dawn deputies inside their parliamentary office in the Vouli, along with police officers seconded to his father.

The Mercantile Marine Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, ordered an investigation into Baltakos’ son and suspended him from active service.

Two weeks ago Panagiotis Baltakos, well known for his sympathies for Golden Dawn and his close ties with Greek Orthodox Church bishops, stated in a radio interview: ‘Of course I am an anti-communist, I was born one and I will die one.’

Baltakos insisted that a law should be passed by the Vouli which would make refugees liable to prosecution and immediate expulsion if a complaint against Greek Coast Guards or Greek state officials proves to be false.

In the video, Baltakos states that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was absolutely furious last December when he was informed that half of the arrested Golden Dawn deputies, including Kasidiaris, were freed.

The reason for Samaras’ anger was due to the fact that the previous day he had delivered a speech at the Jewish American congress in New York where he stated that all Golden Dawn deputies involved in illegalities had been arrested; next day Samaras found out that half of Golden Dawn deputies were freed without being charged with any offence.

According to Baltakos, Samaras then telephoned the Greek Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias and the Justice Minister Kharalambos Athanasiou and shouted at them for not imprisoning all Golden Dawn’s arrested deputies.

The Golden Dawn leader, ten deputies and 15 members of the fascist party, were arrested following the murder of rap singer Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn gang in an Athens suburb on 18 September 2013.

The Golden Dawn leader and deputies have been accused of accessory to murder and for setting up a criminal gang.

It has been revealed that Golden Dawn was financed by ship-owners, night-club owners and by several bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church.

In the video, Baltakos states that the High Court investigator had no evidence against those Golden Dawn deputies that were freed.

Baltakos names both the Ministers N Dendias and Kh Athanasiou as the ones who telephoned the Greek High Court Director of Public Prosecutions, Efterpi Koutzamani, to pressure her to charge and imprison the Golden Dawn deputies.

Then Kasidiaris and Baltakos have the following dialogue as heard in the video.

Kasidiaris: ‘I had information that (High Court Director of Public Prosecutions) Koutzamani was a staunch right-winger.

Baltakos crosses himself.

Kasidaris: ‘A God-fearing woman?’

Baltakos: ‘Yes.’

Kasidiaris: ‘Then how come she did all these shameful things with Vourliotis (High Court’s investigator) concocting the investigation’s findings?’

Baltakos: ‘She was convinced by them (Ministers Dendias and Athanasiou) that they (Golden Dawn deputies) are paganists, idol-worshippers, Nazis and against Christianity.’

In separate, very brief statements last Wednesday, both Ministers N Dendias and Kh Athanasiou rejected Baltakos’ claims as ‘untrue’.

In the video, the Golden Dawnd eputy says to Baltakos: ‘Go to the Public Prosecutor and state those who set up this whole conspiracy (against Golden Dawn), that Athanasiou ordered Goutzamani, that Samaras had ordered Athanasiou and all of them must be tried; if you are a just man you must do this.’

To which Baltakos responds: ‘If I do this, a half-hour judiciary investigation would take place, which will then would be filed into the archives.’

Then Kasidiaris asks: ‘What Samaras says of all this? Is he aware of what is going on?’

Baltakos answers: ‘No, at the beginning he didn’t… now that he saw the opinion polls…he thought, as the high bourgeois he is, that what with all these terrible things (against Golden Dawn), “they would get just 2%” he said to me; but I said to him “I say they will get 20%”.’

In the video, Kasidiaris asks Baltakos: ‘who told Samaras to do all this?’

Baltakos replies that Samaras is afraid that Golden Dawn takes away voters from his party, and that leads to Opposition party SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) coming top in the opinion polls.

To this, Kasidiaris says: ‘And just because we take votes off him he is putting us in prison?’

Baltakos: ‘The ass-hole, unbelievable, unbelievable.’

Late on Wednesday, the office of the High Court Director of Public Prosecutions, that is Efterpi Koutzamani herself, charged Kasidiaris with ‘illegal tapping and use of video material.’

The Greek Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK leader Evagelos Venizelos stated that ‘all pockets adjacent ideologically or practically to the extreme right must be dealt a blow’.

The leader of the small right-wing party Independent Greeks, Panos Kammenos, called for the resignation of the Samaras government, while the DIMAR (Democratic Left) party deputy Yiannis Panousis called for an immediate general election.

But SYRIZA parliamentary leaders called for just a parliamentary debate on the issue.

Thus revealed and exposed stands capitalist Greek democracy and the collaboration of the highest state officials and the Prime Minister with the fascist party Golden Dawn.

See also here.

Left opposition party Syriza has overtaken main coalition party New Democracy in opinion polls following the resignation of Cabinet Secretary Panayiotis Baltakos over his claim the PM influenced a criminal probe into the fascist Golden Dawn group: here.

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Racism in Greek police, Amnesty says


This video is called Is Greece turning into Nazi Germany?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Amnesty International slams Greek police for culture of abuse and far-right hate crime leniency

Saturday 5th April 2014

Racism watchdog praises fascist Golden Dawn crackdown but says police hate crimes are on the increase

Amnesty International said on Thursday that it had found a culture of impunity and abuse within the Greek police.

It also criticised the police for inadequately responding to hate crimes and attacks by far-right groups on migrants and protesters.

Another group created to monitor hate crimes also criticised the police in a separate report.

The Racist Violence Reporting Network concluded that hate crimes by Greek police increased last year, despite a “significant decrease” in such attacks following a judicial crackdown on the fascist Golden Dawn party.

“Under no circumstances should one get the impression that Greece has adequately dealt with the problem of racist violence,” the network said.

Amnesty called on the government to fix “a range of failures undermining public confidence and generating a host of human rights violations.”

It said it had documented allegations of torture or ill-treatment during arrest and detention.

Albanian inmate tortured to death in Greek prison: here.

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Greek Golden Dawn nazi doctor convicted


This video is called Dr. Josef Mengele, the angel of death 1/6.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Greek court convicts doctor who posted ‘Jews not Welcome’ sign

Costas Kastaniotis, a neurologist from Thessaloniki, received a 16-month suspended jail sentence for inciting racial hatred.

By JTA

Mar. 9, 2014 | 7:08 PM

A Greek doctor who posted a “Jews Not Welcome” sign outside his office was convicted and given a 16-month suspended jail sentence for inciting racial hatred.

Costas Kastaniotis, 57, a neurologist from Thessaloniki, also was convicted of illegally possessing weapons on Friday in a court in the northern Greece city. He was fined $3,500.

Kastaniotis has appealed the sentence.

The doctor has denied posting the sign, which was written in German. However, police discovered pamphlets in his office linking him to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which is known for its Nazi swastika-like flag and Holocaust-denying leadership.

Police also found three daggers and 12 knives at his home, as well as pills without prescriptions. Two of the daggers were engraved with Nazi symbols.

The Jewish community of Thessaloniki was an important center of Sephardic Jewry for 450 years following the expulsion from Spain. It had a pre-World War II Jewish population of 55,000; now about 1,000 Jews live there.

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