July 29, 2014

Conspiracy or Truth - Putin Issues Feared “Dead Hand” Order As Global War Nears


A grim report issued by The Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), which is the main component of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF), states that President Putin earlier on Tuesday issued a feared “Dead Hand” order not used since September 26th, 1983 when the nuclear early warning system of the Soviet Union twice reported the launch of American Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) from bases in the United States.

The issuance of the 1983 “Dead Hand” order, this report says, was in response to a five-day North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command post exercise called Able Archer 83 that Soviet military officials feared was a “ruse to war”.

A “Dead Hand” order is a Cold-War-era nuclear-control system developed by the Soviet Union and remains in use today and is controlled from the massive and highly secretive underground military city at Mount Yamantau located in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

“Dead Hand” is an example of fail-deadly deterrence as it can automatically trigger the launch of the Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) if a nuclear strike is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity and overpressure sensors. By most accounts, it is normally switched off and is supposed to be activated during dangerous crises only; however, it is said to remain fully functional and able to serve its purpose whenever needed, such as today.

To Putin’s ordering the “Dead Hand” protocols today, this report continues, is in “direct response” to US President Obama’s plan to send US military forces into Ukraine, a hostile war move Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov warned last month would lead to an immediate Russian response by his stating:
     “We cannot see such a build-up of the alliance's [NATO’s] military power near the border with Russia as anything else but a demonstration of hostile intentions. It would be hard to see additional deployment of substantial NATO military forces in central-eastern Europe, even if on a rotational basis, as anything else but a direct violation of provisions of the 1997 Founding Act on relations between Russia and NATO. We will be forced to undertake all necessary political and military measures to reliably safeguard our security.”
Critical to note about Putin’s issuing a “Dead Hand” order today was that nearly immediately after it had been issued, Vladislav Surkov, one of the most powerful men in the Kremlin, and the Russian leaders top aide, in essence, confirmed its existence when during a private interview with the Financial Times News Service on the sham US $50 billion ruling against Russia in a European arbitration proceeding (called The Fine That Rang Out Across The World) relating to the Yukos case stated why the Kremlin wasn’t responding by simply stating:
     “There is a war coming in Europe.  Do you really think this matters.”
While the barrage of trade sanctions Washington and its allies have imposed on Russia is in fact an act of economic warfare, and which they had likewise imposed on Japan in 1941 that led Tokyo to attack the Western powers, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has nevertheless stated that Russia will not respond in kind by stating:
     “We cannot ignore it. But to fall into hysterics and respond to a blow with a blow is not worthy of a major country.”
And with the US War Party’s desire to punish Putin for pushing back against American interventionism in Syria, Iran, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East, which has left these nations devastated… in just 800 words, even the American old-guard Cold War warrior Pat Buchanan exposes the sheer juvenile delinquency embodied in Washington’s current Ukrainian fiasco.

He accomplishes this by reminding us of the sober restraint that governed the actions of American Presidents from FDR to Eisenhower, Reagan and Bush I with respect to Eastern Europe during far more perilous times and by stating of today’s events:
     “What has Putin done to rival the forced famine in Ukraine that starved to death millions, the slaughter of the Hungarian rebels or the Warsaw Pact’s crushing of Czechoslovakia?
      In Ukraine, Putin responded to a US-backed coup, which ousted a democratically elected political ally of Russia, with a bloodless seizure of the pro-Russian Crimea where Moscow has berthed its Black Sea fleet since the 18th century. This is routine Big Power geopolitics.
     And though Putin put an army on Ukraine’s border, he did not order it to invade or occupy Luhansk or Donetsk. Does this really look like a drive to reassemble either the Russian Empire of the Romanovs or the Soviet Empire of Stalin that reached to the Elbe?     As for the downing of the Malaysian airliner, Putin did not order that. Sen. John Cornyn says US intelligence has not yet provided any “smoking gun” that ties the missile-firing to Russia.”
And with a source from one of the Ukrainian defense departments now stating that a “system mix up” during a Ukrainian air defense units’ rocket launch exercise could be the cause of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in southeast Ukraine, the Obama regime backed Ukrainian military continues to wage war in this area in their bid to cover up the evidence to such an extent that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called on them to halt hostilities.

Not to be forgotten, it should be further noted, is that with nearly 500,000 Russian-speaking refugees having poured over Russia’s borders fleeing from the Ukraine Civil War, the 13,000 troops of NATO's Response Force (NRF) would pose no obstacle to Russia’s 845,000 active-duty troops. In fact, by one estimate, Russia’s military could take over the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in an afternoon as sizeable portions of their populations are ethnic Russians to begin with.

As to the US military's 1.4 million active duty troops and 850,000 reservists, it can't just throw all of them at Russia — somebody has to maintain those 900 bases around the world in 130 nations, as well as defend the US homeland… a situation perhaps best summed up by Frederick the Great, the renowned Prussian warrior-king, who once warned:
     “He who tries to defend everything, defends nothing.
So to Putin’s issuance of this “Dead Hand” order today, since 1999, Russia has believed it could win a nuclear war against the United States… and with Obama believing he too can win a nuclear war against Russia… sadly the world may see, very soon, who is right.

Note: Other Conspiracy or Truth articles explaining the Crisis In Ukraine, Russian-EU relations, the revival of the Cold War, the mystery surrounding the Malaysian plane disappearance, the geopolitical events that are unfolding in the East Med as well as in Europe as well as all the threats that were made from the Saudis to the Russians, etc -and how all these stories more or less tie into one another-  include Bloodstained CIA Hands All Over Malaysian Plane Destruction Reports Russia /     Germany Races To Stop US-Backed July Terror Attack /       Power Plays by Rothschilds, Rockellers leave Putin on the defensive /    Obama Order To Execute 175 Saudi Arabian Homosexuals /   Putin Responds After Obama Orders Atomic Bombs To Europe /  : Moscow Astounded As Top Mob Boss Becomes Ukraine Leader,  / Putin Orders Feared Alpha Troops To Ukraine, Declares “Red War”/  US Refuses To Take Back 13 Dead CIA Spies Killed In Ukraine/    Armageddon Warned Near As Russia Orders “All-Out War” On Petrodollar/,    Ukraine “Rape-Murder” Squads Approved By Obama Horrifies Russia/,    US Spy Drone Shot Down Over Northern Fleet Base Alarms Russia/   Furious Putin Orders “Project Double Eagle” To Destroy US, EU Economies/,    Malaysia Flight 370 Pilot Confirmed As CIA “Asset” As Plane Exploded Over Indian Ocean/,    Russia “Puzzled” Over Malaysia Airlines “Capture” By US Navy/,    Obama In Shock After US Oil Giant Sides With Putin; Declares “No Ukraine War”/ ,   Was Ukraine’s Gold Reserves Secretely Confiscated by the New York Federal Reserve?/,    Putin In “Fury” After Saudis Brand Obama Regime Terrorist Organization/,    ,Putin Orders Massive War Moves To Protect Iraq After Saudi Threats/,   Putin Orders Largest Air Defense Drill In History As War Fears Accelerate/,    Putin Orders Russian Troops And Ministries To Atomic Shelters Over NATO Threat Of War/,    800,000 Ukrainian Refugees Flood Into Russia As Nazi Forces Continue Eastern March,/    Putin Sends Feared Shock Troops, Division Into Ukraine, Warns Obama Is “Unstable”/,    Putin Orders Military Alert To Defend Ukraine Against Western-Backed Fascists/,    Ukrainian Mob Call To “Kill All Jews” Horrifies Russia,/    Russian Threat Of War Over Ukraine Stuns Obama,/    US In “Shock And Turmoil” After Snowden Info Lets Russia Tap Top Obama Officials


BUSTED - Sister Of George Papandreou Owes State Almost Half a Billion In Taxes!

Sophia, the sister of George Papandreou, the former prime minister of Greece, and daughter of the late prime minister and founder of the PASOK party Andreas Papandreou lashed out against allegations by the Athens-based ProtoThema newspaper about her unwillingness to pay overdue taxes on her property in Kastri (a rich northern Greek suburb).

Sophia, who some say is residing in Montreal, Canada, issued a statement saying that arrangements had been made to settle all of these outstanding debts to the state.

How many debts?

According to the article in ProtoThema the family -or in this case Sophia who is handling the finances- forgot to pay dues to the Greek tax office from 2009 onwards.

(Remember that in October, 2009 her brother got elected as prime minister! How convenient...)

The money owed to the Greek state says ProtoThema mounts to more than 500,000 Euros in total, 300,000 Euros of which are overdue.

In her statement, Sophia Papandreou said that "there are past due taxes to the state," but added that "a part of these has been under arrangement since last year, and the installments are being paid regularly."

She said that another part of the taxes due "arose in tandem but is moving towards being arranged, in order to be paid."

The outstanding dues will be settled in full after the completion of a property sale, for which she will be coming to Greece shortly, she added.

Proto Thema, on the other, claims that the amount owed is from income and properties. It also claimed that Papandreou "appears irresponsible in paying her taxes" and that "tax authorities are auctioning off Kastri," her residence north of Athens.

The home housed three generations of Greek prime ministers, but according to the paper it is now burdened almost half a billion Euros worth of tax debt!

Sources told ProtoThema that the money owed by Sophia Papandreou comes from unpaid tax payments, especially on the Kastri mansion and the luxury maisonettes that were conveniently constructed on the property.

One of these ultra luxury maisonettes is currently being rented out to the former Prince Nicholas, son of the former king of Greece.

The paper also claims that between 2012 and 2013, Sophia Papandreou had given assurances that taxes worth 700,000 Euros, concerning mainly her property would be paid. Of the aforementioned amount, notes the article in ProtoThema, some 200,000 Euros have been paid, however there are still hefty back payments due.

Revenue officers are in the opinion that the Kastri mansion should have already been confiscated by the state or at the very least the rent from these properties should have been given to the state. And this is because every other citizen in Greece who delay tax payments for more than four months face legal action. In fact, a memorandum sent to tax offices stated that those who have overdue funds worth 50,000 euros or more are considered suspect for money laundering. Imagine owing the state more than 300,000 Euros!

Quite interestingly, the 5.5 acres owned by former prime minister George Papandreou’s sister at Kastri, is where the Galini mansion is also located.

The mansion that was inherited by her grandfather George Papandreou, (yet another prime minister), was characterized a historical monument in 1999. As such, it received a 50 percent slash in tax payments according to article 23 of Law 2459/97.

In 2007, Ms. Papandreou-Meneiko successfully appealed to the State Council to revoke this classification so that she could commercially exploit the property thus ending the tax break.

Her claims that Galini mansion – home to three separate Greek prime ministers – had no architectural interest came in direct contrast to a letter she had sent to former socialist PASOK environment minister Costas Laliotis in 2000 asking for funds to maintain the mansion after it was damaged by the Parnitha earthquake in 1999.
     “I believe, Mr. Minister, that the area where George A. Papandreou and Andreas G. Papandreou lived and worked deserves to be conserved in its present state in order to honor their memory and work,” she wrote.
(Lol... These people are incredible. At first they save money on taxes and get the state to pay for its restoration, -meaning you and me- and now they de-classify the property so that they can exploit it by erecting a complex of maisonettes so that they can make money from renting and selling them! ELEOS).

In fact two large constructions, each with four different luxury homes from 140 to 300 square meters were created following the declassification, complete with swimming pools, jacuzzis and all the comforts of luxury living.

Editor's Note - And then some of our readers wonder why we detest the Papandreou family and have a dire need to see them rot in jail. Go Figure!

Reference in Greek
ProtoThema - http://www.protothema.gr/politics/article/398280/i-eforia-vgazei-to-kastri-sto-sfuri/
Newspile - http://www.newspile.gr/61312/2014-07/500-000-eurw-xrwsta-stin-eforia-i-sofia-papandreou-gia-to-kastri-twn-triwn-prwthupourgwn.html
Exofitsio - http://exofitsio.blogspot.gr/2014/07/blog-post_137.html

Turkish Deputy PM: Women should not laugh in public! (What?)

Bulent Arinc, Turkish politician, ANKARA. With...
Bulent Arinc, (credit: Wikipedia)
Instead of going forward, some people are forcing enture nations to go backwards. While speaking about what he claims is “moral corruption” in Turkey, this country's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc said recently that women should not be permitted to laugh out loud in public! Arınc described his ideal of the chaste man or woman, noting that they should both have a sense of shame and honor. Here are his statements, according to the Hurriyet Daily News
     “Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. [She] will have chasteness. Man will have it, too. He will not be a womanizer. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. [The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,” Arınç said, adding that people had abandoned their values today.
He said that Turkish citizens need to discover the Quran once again, adding that there had been a regression on moral grounds.

Editor's Note: Oh my... Too much chugging on the Hookah, or water pipe, can seriously damage brain cells. HellasFrappe hopes that he kicks the habbit.. before its too late!

Iraqi Christians Brave The Heat to Demand Help From The UN

Iraqi Christian refugees braved temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit to demand that the United Nations intervene to protect them from persecution by Islamist militants. Sahar Mansour, a Chaldean Catholic who fled Mosul, Iraq, in June, told Catholic News Service by email that she saw some of the demonstrators faint in the heat as they marched from their refugee camp in Ankawa to the U.N. base in Irbil.
     "We were holding banners in Arabic, English, Chaldean and French against the violence that happened in Mosul and (questioning) why the world was in silence against our problems," she said.
     "There were (a) few Muslim leaders with us sharing our concerns," said Mansour, a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Mosul.
     "The weather was so hot that some people were fainting, but we encouraged each other to convey our voice and pass the message to the U.N."
Many wore T-shirts or held up banners emblazoned with the Arabic symbol for "N", which was painted on the houses of Christians in Mosul to designate them as "Nasara," or Nazarenes, a derogatory Arabic term for Christians, before they were ordered to leave the city, convert to Islam, or face death.

About 500 people joined the July 24 protest. Most were refugees who had fled Mosul, the biblical city of Ninevah, 55 miles west of Irbil, before it fell to Islamic State fighters who invaded in June and July.

They were joined by other Christian refugees who had fled the militants from neighboring Syria, and by a small number of Muslims, including imams.

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil and by Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Nicodemus Daoud Matti Sharaf of Mosul led the demonstration.

At the U.N. base, they asked that the Iraqi federal government accept the legal responsibility for the humanitarian relief and compensation for all innocent civilians harmed by the fall of Mosul. The bishops also requested that the international community, as well as Iraqi armed forces, take action to protect the Christians of Iraq, Mansour said.

Read more - AINA

Teaser Trailer for #TheHobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Finally Released! (VIDEO)

It's finally here. The epic conclusion to a trilogy that has captured our minds and hearts is going to make its way to the big screen on December 17th, 2014. The teaser trailer for #TheHobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was just released to the public and posted on facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/TheHobbitMovie)

The third part brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.


Source - YouTube

BUSTED - German Newspaper Says Ukrainian Pilot Shot Down Malaysian MH 017 - Pilot Confesses!

HellasFrappe was preparing to release this story on Tuesday morning but the Slog was a bit quicker in doing so. We trust John Ward and decided to include his article with the information that we had already began gathering. There are quite a few stories already circulating in the Greek press about it, including one that was featured on the military NEWS site defencenet (Click HERE).

The article in defencenet claims that a Ukrainian pilot, who is reportedly one of the two pilots flying Su-25s (machine gun fighters) that apparently flew next to the fatal Malaysian plane admitted that he is responsible for shooting down -in cold blood- the aircraft. The announcement, which was made through the German Wahrheit fuer Deutschland newspaper has certainly raised a few eyebrows to all concerned. This, claims the article in defencent, could just be the fighter plane that was shown -by means of satellite images- by the Russian General Staff when they presented reporters with compelling evidence over its fatal flight last week.

The news certainly brakes the (parrot -y-) line of the  mainstream media which was quick to point the finger at Russia without any solid evidence.

Reading various reports throughout the morning, HellasFrappe also checked out the photos that were presented by the authors below and although we are not experts it is clear that the cockpit was shelled with dozens of bullets (probably from some sort of machine gun). Speaking about the bullet holes, defencent, says the angle of the holes is such that it clearly indicates that they could not have been caused from fragments of a land-surface missile.

Defencent also alleges that OSCE experts, who are presently examining (or have examined) the wreckage, also unearthed their own evidence that could possibly confirm the confession that was made by the Ukrainian pilot.

One OSCE observer, Michael Bochurkiv. said that it is obvious, even for someone who is not an expert, that the holes on the plane could have only been caused by a machine gun.

After conducting our own research we also discovered the article by Peter Haisenko which the Slog based his story on. In his article this former pilot -more or less- claims that there is no doubt in his mind, that a fighter plane shelled the cockpit of Malaysian MH 017.

But first we want you to read the Slog's story and then we will provide you with the link and the transcript of Peter Haisenko's original article (translated in English) so you too can view the pictures as well as the information and judge for yourself!

This is the Slog's post today

By John Ward (The Slog) - This is what a German pilot-cum-air technology expert Peter Haisenko (Click HERE) has just published on the subject of the MH17 disaster (my emphases):
     ‘The misfortune of the Malaysian MH 017 is known to all. The flight recorder is in England and is being evaluated. What can come of this? May be more than you want to accept….if you look at the image of Cockpit-Fragments, this picture is certainly shocking.
     Entry And Exit holes from bullets in the area of the Cockpit. This is not speculation, but analysis of clear facts: the cockpit shows clear evidence of bullet holes. You can see the entry holes and some exit points. The edges of the bullet holes are bent inwards, these are much smaller and round in shape. A 30mm calibre. The exit holes are less well formed and the edges are torn outwards.
     Furthermore it is visible that the exit holes have torn the double aluminium skin and bent them outwards. That is to say, splinters from inside the cockpit blew through the outside of the cabin. The open rivets have also been bent outwards….There is only one conclusion one can make, and that is that this: the aircraft was not hit by a missile. The damage to the aircraft is exclusively in the cockpit area….
Russia has published radar data that a Ukrainian SU 25 was close to MH 017. this corresponds with Spanish air traffic control that two Ukrainian fighter aircraft were in direct contact with MH 017. Examine the weaponry of the SU 25: it is fitted out with a 30mm cannon Type GSch-302 /AO-17A, with 250 rounds of splintering exploding bullets on a belt – shrapnel rounds. The cockpit of MH 017 was hit from TWO sides, as there are entry and exit holes on the same side….’

Very compelling stuff, is it not?

Now read this (also German) article by defence expert Bernd Biederman (Click HERE), who offers equally sound reasons why the shooting down could NOT have been from a surface to air missile:
     ‘the shooting down of the Malaysian Boeing on July 17 in the Eastern Ukraine “could not have been hit by a surface to air defense missile”.
This is the assessment of retired Colonel Bernd Biedermann in an article for the daily newspaper published in Berlin “new Germany” (Thursday edition).

Had splinters from a surface to air missile hit the plane, it would have immediately caught fire, argues the NVA anti-aircraft missile specialist.

His reasoning is because of the “enormous frictional heat that the splinters generate on penetrating the fuselage.

A single splinter contains the same kinetic energy as a 40-ton freight car hitting the buffers at 60 kilometers per hour.”

In the case of the Malaysian Boeing, scattered fires had broken out after the impact with the ground, because hot debris from the aircraft had come in contact with combustible materials.

Biedermann is familiar with Soviet and Russian air defense technology, he led units in the duty officer system in East Germany and taught at the Military Academy in the field of anti-aircraft missile troops.’

Articles are beginning to appear across the Web to the effect that Angela Merkel is disturbed by (and growing tired of) the incessant US propaganda being emitted in favour of its energy agenda…. and so we must perhaps in turn view these articles in the light of her alleged new agenda concerning the creation of an alternative bloc to that of America. (More on this here in the near future).

But spin or not, these analyses make sense.

The US State Dept has now shifted its position from ‘Russian atrocity’ to ‘tragic accident’.

The above opinions suggest that neither are true: they suggest strongly that the Ukrainian air force took out MH17.

Editor's note - Now that you have read this startling information we also suggest that you read the original article that was posted by Peter Haisenko and which is causing quite a stir in media circles today. Please note that the pics, and article below were taken from Peter Haisenko's site.
It does not want a light in the darkness to the misfortune of the Malaysian MH come 017. The flight recorders are in England and are evaluated. What can come of it? Maybe more than you would assume. Especially the voice recorder will be interesting when you look at the picture of a cockpit fragment. As an expert in aviation I looked at the pictures of the wreckage made, are circulating on the Internet.
First, I was amazed at how few photos can be found from the wreckage with Google. All are in low resolution, except one: The fragment of the cockpit below the window on the master page. This image, however, is shocking. In Washington, you can hear voices now speaking regarding MH 017 from a "potentially tragic error / accident". Given that image does not surprise me that.
I recommend to click on the little picture on the right. You can download this photo as PDF in good resolution. This is necessary, because only then is to understand what I am describing here. I'm not talking about speculation, but of clear facts: The cockpit shows traces of shelling. You can see the entry and exit holes. The edge of a portion of the holes is after! inside! bent. These are the smaller holes, round and clean, about 30 millimeters caliber. The edge of the other, the larger and slightly frayed exit holes is after! outside! bent. Moreover, it is evident that at these outlet holes partially the outer layer of the double aluminum is bent or weggefetzt - outwardly! Furthermore, minor cuts can be seen, all bent outward, which indicate that splinters the outer skin from the inside of the cockpit ago by beat. The open rivets are bent outward.
In sifting through the available images of a fall on: All wreckage of the sections behind the cockpit are largely intact, except for the fact that it is a whole order fragments. Only the cockpit part is desolate destroyed. This suggests an already close: This aircraft was not hit by a rocket in the middle. The destruction is limited to the cockpit area. Now you have to know that this part is made of special reinforced material. Finally, the nose of the aircraft must be able to resist the impact of a large bird at high speed fairly harmless. You can see in the photo, that in this area significantly stronger aluminum alloys has been installed as the remainder of the outer skin. One remembers the crash of Pan Am over Lockerbie. The only largely undamaged part was a large cockpit segment. Here undoubtedly an explosion took place inside the aircraft.
So what can be happening? Russia has published radar recordings, the 25 show at least a Ukrainian SU in close proximity of MH 017. This corresponds with the statement of the lost Spanish controller that has seen two Ukrainian fighter aircraft in the immediate vicinity of the MH 017. Consider the armament of the SU 25: It is equipped with a double-barreled 30-mm gun, type GSh-302 / AO-17A, fight record: 250 rounds anti-tank fire or splinter-explosive projectiles, in a defined order a Gliederzerfallgurt are attached. The cockpit of the MH 017 has been fired from two sides: the entry and exit holes on the same page.
Now just imagine what happens when a series of armored fire and splinter-explosive projectiles hitting the cockpit, which are after all designed so that they can destroy a tank. The tanks fire shells are partially escape across the cockpit from the other side slightly deformed again. Finally, their clout is designed for a solid armor. However, the splinter-explosive projectiles will explode inside the cockpit, so they are designed. With the rapid fire sequence of GSh-302 cannon, there is therefore in a very short time a rapid succession of explosions within the cockpit area, each of which is sufficient to destroy a tank.
Because the interior of a commercial aircraft is a hermetically sealed chamber, the pressure inside the aircraft in a split second will rise to extreme levels by these explosions. But the aircraft is not equipped. It will burst like a balloon. This declaration results in a coherent picture. The largely intact fragments of the rear sections are broken at the points that are based on the construction breakup most likely under extreme pressure. The image of the widely scattered debris field and the brutally damaged cockpit segment fit to do so. Furthermore, a wing segment shows traces of a grazing shot, which directly leads to extension to the cockpit. Interestingly, I found that both the high-resolution photo of the cockpit as the segment are also now been removed from the grazing shot on the wing from Google Images. One can find virtually no more pictures of the wreckage, except smoking ruins.
If you follow the voices from Washington who speak of a "potentially tragic error / accident", all that remains is the question of what might have been "mistake" committed here. I am not now be issued in the realm of speculation, but enter the following to be considered: The MH 017 is interchangeable with that of the Russian President in her painting. Both are wearing the colors of the Russian tricolor. The machine with Putin on board was at the same time near the MH 017 when you "close" with aviator eyes considered: about 200 to 300 kilometers. To this end, we will still accept the testimony of Ms. Tymoshenko, she wanted to shoot Putin prefers a Kalashnikov. But that is pure speculation. The shelling of the cockpit of the MH not 017.



The Slog

Peter Haisenko

July 28, 2014

Papakonstantinou To Be Sent To Special Court - MIRACLES CAN HAPPEN !

Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court Vasilis Pliotas on Monday decided that George Papakonstantinou, former Finance Minister (under the George Papandreou government), be tried before Greece's Special Court in connection with the controversial Lagarde list scandal. News reports in Athens claim that the judge made the relevant proposals to the competent Judicial Council of the Hellenic Supreme Court and is now simply waiting for their final decision. The council of senior judges only has to confirm the charges and arrange for a trial by a special court.

The 'Lagarde list' was an electronic file sent to the Greek finance ministry by French authorities, containing the names of Greeks with sizeable deposits in the Geneva-based branch of HSBC, which was received when Papakonstantinou was finance minister. This list disappeared and only resurfaced after several months, without any action to follow up the information it contained. Specifically, the USB stick was eventually given to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras by none other than Evangelos Venizelos -who apparently succeeded Papakonstantinou as finance minister many months later-. The deception was actually revealed after French authorities provided a second copy of the list and Venizelos had no choice but to materalize the USB stick. Further investigation showed that the copies in the hands of Greek authorities had been tampered with and some names removed, including depositors that were first cousins with Papakonstantinou.

As such, the public prosecutor proposes that Papakonstantinou be indicted on charges of breach of faith, violation of duty and doctoring a document. At the same time he also proposes that his cousin Helen Papakonstantinou, her husband Simeon Sikiaridis and Andreas Rossonis also face the same fate.

The proposal was made to the Judicial Council, which is now to convene so as to deliver the relevant Ordinance.

The expected ordinance to be issued is irrevocable (ie not subject to any appeal) and is scheduled to be indulged within a ten day period of its release to Papakostadinou as well as to the President of the Greek Parliament.

If the ordinance refers Papakonstadinou to trial, then the Head of the Greek Parliament has to hold a draw, which will choose the members of the Supreme Court and the State Council that are to rule the case. Basically he has to draw 13 names, and six more alternate names so that the formation of the Special Court (council of judges) is achieved.

The members of the Supreme Court are expected to number seven and six more of the CoE, while the highest ranking member of the Supreme Court is going to exercise presidential duties.

As such, the President of the Special Court, after receiving the list with the names that were drawn in Parliament, must  set a court date within 60 days, along with the place of the official court meeting and the list of witnesses.

Papakonstantinou, who has the right to be represented with up to three lawyers, also has the right not to appear in court. Nonetheless the case will still stand trial whether or not he is there, as was the case with Andreas Papandreou in the Koskotas scandal trial in April of 1991.

It should be noted that Papakonstantinou is not protected by the statue of limitations, which dictates that offenses allegedly committed by ex-ministers expire if two parliaments have sat since the offense.

Pliotas is convinced that Papakonstantinou deleted the names of his relatives and purposely never ordered a tax audit against them.

It should be recalled that the case also accused the former head of the Financial Crime squad Yiannis Diotis and Yiannis Kapeleris. Both men were recently given an extension until September 9th, to prepare their defence in connection with the case.

Diotis, who was given a copy of the Lagarde list on a memory stick by Papakonstantinou, is alleged to have modified it and faces charges of stealing an official document, while Diotis’s predecessor Kapeleris, who Papakonstantinou gave a sample of 20 names from the list to investigate, faces charges of breach of faith.

Papakonstantinou has been released on bail, but is still required to appear before police authorities every 15 days. He has denied all charges and claims he is being made a scapegoat for the inaction of others (meaning Venizelos) and his later departure from government.

The indictment of Papakonstantinou, who undoubtedly has enormous responsibilities in this scandalous case, simply reminds us of how corrupt and distraught the whole political system in Greece actually is. HellasFrappe also firmly believes that this very same "system" has manipulated the financial crisis so as to acquit people like George Papandreou, and EU puppet Evangelos Venizelos, but as with every crime... there is never a perfect crime, once you do the crime sooner or later you will have to pay the time.

Let us not forget, that both these men have great responsibilities in this case as well. The only difference between them and Papakonstantinou is that their friends hold more prominent positions, and have successfully spun a tight and protective web around them making them almost untouchable. The very same "system", or the friends of Papandreou and Venizelos, may have also used Antonis Samaras as a crutch to save their precious boys.

Who knows.

In any case, George Papakonstantino will be the first politician after the late Andreas Papandreou, Menio Koutsogiorga, Dimitri Tsovola, Panagiotis Roumeliotis and George Petsos who will face a Special Court.

Let us hope he begins talking....

*Editor's Note - The PASOK party and three decades of proven scandals... No the truth is not a technological breakdown in the "system" it is simply the the road to hell. (The song below is dedicated exclusively to the once mighty PASOK party that once again proved to us how rotten -and corrupt to the core- it really is.)

References in Greek

OPINION - The Propaganda & Politics of Malaysian Airlines flight 17

Eric Draitser (New Eastern Outlook) - The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 (MH17) is a tragedy that will be remembered for years to come. However, the way in which the West has distorted the facts about what happened is no mere accident. Rather, it is a clear attempt by Washington and its allies and proxies to capitalize on the incident, using it as a weapon in their continued belligerent and aggressive policies toward Russia.

Recent days have seen a deluge of propaganda from both the US Government and the western media (especially US media) which, despite being short on facts, has attempted to place the blame for MH17 squarely on Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin. While this certainly is no surprise given the public demonization campaign of Russia throughout the conflict in Ukraine, it undoubtedly crosses the line from laughable to utterly irresponsible and dangerous. Given the already icy relations between the two countries, it seems that Washington has as part of its strategy the inflammation of tensions.

But why? What does the US political establishment, which includes both major parties, hope to gain from this tragedy? Or, perhaps more specifically, how does the United States plan to capitalize on the incident? The propaganda, spin, and outright lies from Western media cannot be understood in a vacuum. Rather, they must be recognized as part and parcel of the larger political agenda of the West both in Ukraine, and Eastern Europe as a whole.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Western Media

Although the investigation into the crash has only just begun, that has not stopped Washington from attempting to shape the narrative into an indictment of Russia, accusing Moscow of being behind the attacks. Headlines such as White House Blames Russia For MH17 Crash, Saying There’s No Believable Alternative (Huffington Post) and Congress: MH17 Crash Is ‘Ac of Terror,’ and Putin May Be To Blame (The Daily Beast), both of which interestingly come from “liberal” media outlets, have become routine in recent days. The not so subtle, indeed overt, implication of such headlines is that Russia is responsible for the downing of MH17, despite there being no evidence to that effect.

Essentially, the US political establishment, and its corporate media appendage, attempted to make a flimsy case into a politically expedient narrative that would bolster the US-NATO agenda in Ukraine, while simultaneously legitimizing the belligerent, anti-Russian rhetoric and policies that the White House and Congress have been pursuing. Moreover, Washington has attempted to use the incident to deflect attention from the brutal war crimes and other embarrassing aspects of the US-backed Kiev regime’s horrific war against the people of eastern Ukraine.

The specific lies, omissions, and distortions propagated by Washington and its dutiful media servants must be recalled in order to debunk them, but perhaps more importantly, to demonstrate the clear and unmistakable way in which they have been used to cobble together a false narrative that, despite being an admitted fabrication, will be made permanent in the minds of many Americans.

The Kiev regime has proclaimed repeatedly that Russia was behind the attack, offering “evidence” of “Russian participation.” The first piece of “evidence” were the tape recordings that purportedly provided proof that anti-Kiev rebels and, by implication, Russian agents working with them, had admitted to downing MH17. However, a careful analysis by renowned digital sound analyst Nikolai Popov and his team of experts concluded that that the recordings were not authentic, that is to say, they were cobbled together using various recordings from before the disaster occurred. As Popov noted, “This audio recording is not an integral file and is made up of several fragments.”

While Popov’s team’s findings should not be taken as gospel, they do call into question the authenticity of the supposed “evidence.” In fact, it is quite likely that the recordings were constructed from actual conversations by anti-Kiev rebels discussing the downing of a Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet days before the MH17 incident. Of course, the findings should not be seen as definitive, but as yet, they constitute the only sound analysis done of the recordings. It seems more than convenient that neither the US nor any of its partners have carried such an analysis, and have instead chosen to proclaim the recordings’ authenticity based purely on faith that Kiev is telling the truth. Naturally, this is a dangerous assumption considering the established pattern of lying by Kiev to further its war against the citizens of the East.

Indeed, the regime in Kiev has lied its way throughout the last week with almost every statement and piece of “evidence” it has provided. Yet another example can be found in the video the government released which purportedly showed a Russian Buk missile battery with at least one missile missing moving in the direction of Russia from rebel-held territory. Unfortunately for Kiev, the videos have been examined by many familiar with the region and exposed as distortions insofar as they actually show the Buk systems in Kiev-controlled territory, not rebel areas as Poroshenko & Co. have alleged. And so, with this information, it raises the question not only of Kiev’s lies regarding Russian involvement, but also the far more sinister likelihood that it was, in fact, Kiev’s military forces, whether under orders or simply through irresponsibility and negligence, that actually downed MH17.

Additionally, one must examine the claims made and repeated ad nauseam by Kiev that it had no military aircraft in the skies when MH17 was shot down. From July 17 (the day of the incident) until July 21 (the day Russia’s Ministry of Defense presented its intelligence), the Kiev regime continually denied allegations that its military aircraft were in the vicinity of MH17. However, once Russia’s MoD provided the international press with evidence refuting that claim and showing that not only were Ukrainian jets in the vicinity, but they were within firing range, magically that talking point ceased to be repeated. In other words, every aspect of the Kiev regime’s narrative has been thoroughly discredited.

And so, by July 23rd, the media headlines which had, until that point, simply been reiterating the claims made by Kiev and using “US assessments” (whatever that’s worth), began to finally admit that there is absolutely no evidence directly tying Russia to the incident. So, the US State Department, along with nearly all major media, were exposed as part of a comprehensive propaganda matrix designed to further US foreign policy aims, rather than report information accurately and objectively. More to the point, just two days earlier, the US State Department made the claim that it had the intelligence to “prove” Russian involvement but, when pressed by Associated Press journalist Matt Lee, refused to provide any hard evidence, be it intelligence or reconnaissance imagery, to support their claims.

So once again Secretary of State John Kerry, and the entire State Department, have been made to look foolish in their rush to accuse Russia of wrongdoing, as was the case with the Secretary of State regurgitating the discredited claim of anti-semitic leaflets being handed out by anti-Kiev rebel forces. The US media, like the State Department, obviously have egg on their face, as can be demonstrated quite clearly by the NY Post headlines of July 22nd and July 23rd. On July 22nd, the Post printed on its cover the headline “Dear Vlad – ‘Thank you…for murdering my loved and only child’”, followed less than twenty four hours later with the headline “US: No direct link to Russia found in MH17 attack.” This sort of shameful propaganda, designed to enflame anti-Russian sentiments, rather than report facts, is standard fare for US media and the corporate interests it serves.

Washington’s Political Agenda

The attempts by the US and its allies and proxies to blame Russia for the downing of MH17 expose a transparently cynical foreign policy in Ukraine, and Eastern Europe more broadly, that seeks to dominate and intimidate Russia politically, economically, and militarily. Naturally, this strategy is doomed to fail as the Russia of 2014 is certainly not the Russia of 1994. The MH17 episode is a case in point, showing just how the Washington and Kiev have tried to capitalize on every opportunity to achieve strategic goals by demonizing Russia.

A close look at some of the statements from the State Department in recent days illustrates clearly the way in which the Obama administration tried to leverage the disaster in order to buttress the failing war against the anti-Kiev rebels in eastern Ukraine. US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf indicated in a briefing with reporters that the US asked Russia to demand that the anti-Kiev rebels “leave the region” in which the crash occurred so that an investigation could take place. In other words, Washington seeks to use the MH17 investigation as a backdoor option for Kiev to regain territory that it has been unable to conquer militarily; an undoubtedly, and quite despicably, cynical ploy by the US.

But of course, the US is now trying to use the fact that Russia was not involved in the attack “directly” as a way for Washington to drive a wedge between Moscow and the anti-Kiev rebels. By stating that Russia is not “directly” responsible, Washington is attempting to put Putin in a corner by giving him the opportunity to exonerate himself and Russia by abandoning the anti-Kiev forces, letting them hang to save his skin. Once again, it seems that the Obama administration is grossly underestimating Putin’s resolve on the issue of Ukraine. It is quite clear that the Kremlin is never going to allow a hostile regime that is publicly on the record as seeking NATO participation/observer status and is outwardly hostile to Russia and ethnic Russians to dominate the whole country and create problems in the future.

Indeed, this issue of Putin’s resolve is central to understanding why Russia has been so assertive in Ukraine since the crisis began. As Putin explained on July 22nd:
    We shall provide an adequate and well-measured response to NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders, and we shall take note of [the West] setting up a global missile defense architecture and building up its arsenals of precision-guided weapons…No matter what our Western counterparts tell us, we can see what’s going on. As it stands, NATO is blatantly building up its forces in Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea areas. Its operational and combat training activities are gaining in scale…The so-called competitive struggle at the international arena will imply the use of tools in both economic and political fields. This will include the potential of security services, modern information and communication technologies, and connections of dependent, puppet NGOs – the so-called soft power…apparently, some countries regard it as democracy.
Such frank tough talk from Putin is a good indication of why the US regards him and Russia as the primary obstacle to its goal of maintaining and extending US hegemony. Despite the US missile plans for Eastern Europe, the continued imposition of punitive sanctions on key individuals and entities in Russia, the expansion of NATO and its attempt to absorb former Soviet republics into its sphere of influence, and a host of other issues, Russia stands firm and undeterred. Whatever one may think about Putin and his government, it’s quite clear that they are not going to succumb to the usual arm-twisting, threats, blackmail, subversion or destabilization that the US employs to get its way. Perhaps this, at least in part, explains why Putin is more popular in his country than any other leader in the world.

The downing of MH17 is a shocking tragedy. The dead should be mourned alongside the innocent eastern Ukrainians who have also paid with their lives for the regime change operation that the US sponsored in Ukraine. However, beyond the sorrow and despair engendered by MH17, the world should focus its attention on the political maneuvers that the US has employed to capitalize on the tragedy and, in so doing, moving forward with its agenda of destabilization and aggression against Russia. Washington’s belligerent policy is nothing new. However, the stakes have never been higher than they are today.

The author of the above article, Eric Draitser, is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City, he is the founder of StopImperialism.org and OP-ed columnist for RT, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Ancient Astronomy Lab Discovered in Northern Peru!

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The archaeological complex of Licurnique, located four hours from Olmos district in Peru’s northern region of Lambayeque, reveals evidence of an astronomical laboratory from the formative stage.

According to excavators, astronomical functions were engraved on rocks that have successfully stood the test of time.
The said archaeological site dates back to 3,500 or 4,000 years ago, and it is worth exploring without a doubt.

In it, archaeologists found a petroglyph that consists of a stone altar, an expression of religious superposition. It details and provides an understanding of Licurnique’s inhabitants.

Furthermore, astronomical observatories were engraved on a flat-surface rock, which were used to track stars and therefore to forecast rain fall for crops and human consumption.

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In addition, explorers Juan Martinez and Manuel Curo agree that this complex combines ancient, Hispanic and Andean influences, event though it is unusual to find a blending of these three cultures’ customs, art and believes.

The astronomical laboratory was located near a river, whose vestiges are still visible but need to be preserved.

It should be noted that Licurnique is one of the 24 archaeological sites to be preserved under an inter-institutional agreement between Olmos district and the Naylamp-Lambayeque Executive Unit.


ANALYSIS - How the UK Profits from the Attack on Gaza (VIDEO)

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By Ian Dunt (Global Research) - Palestinian boy sits on the rubble of a destroyed building following an Israeli air strike earlier today. Air strikes killed at least seven people in Gaza, including five members of the same family, an emergency services spokesman said.

The video (BELOW) emerged last week. It appears to show a man searching for his family amid the rubble of Gaza, apparently during a ceasefire. He is shot by a sniper. For a while he lies there, moving awkwardly. Then he is shot again.

The component parts of the sniper rifle may have been made in the UK.

After Israel’s 2009 incursion into Gaza – Operation Cast Lead – the Commons committee on strategic export controls found British arms exports “almost certainly” were used in the attack, in direct contravention of the UK’s policy that arms exports should not be used in the occupied territories.

The military equipment sold to Israel includes parts for sniper rifles and small-arms ammunition, ground-based radar, military aircraft engines and navigation equipment, military communications and unmanned drones. Britain also supplied components for cockpit displays in US F-16 combat aircraft sold to Israel, engine assemblies for their US Apache helicopters, armoured personnel carriers and components for the guns and radar in Israeli Sa’ar-class corvettes.

Then-foreign secretary David Miliband told the Commons all future arms-related applications would be assessed “taking into account the recent conflict”. After all, it is against Department for Business rules for an export licence to be granted where there is a clear risk they might be used to “provoke or prolong conflict within a country” or “be used aggressively against another country”. Either criteria, depending on how you choose to look at it, could be applied to the Gaza crisis.

Britain even revoked a handful of licenses, all related to parts for an Israeli navy gunboat known as the Saar 4.5 Class Corvette, which was likely used to shell Gaza.

‘Israel and the Palestinian territories’ is the biggest recipient of approved export licences from the Foreign Office’s list of 27 countries of human rights concerns. They are worth £7.8 billion to the UK, towering over China’s £1.5 billion or Saudi Arabia’s £1.8 billion. Of that £7.8 billion, just £5,539 goes to the Occupied Territories.

The number seems massive, especially given Britain is responsible for just one per cent of Israel’s military imports (most come from the US). The vast majority of the figure is irrelevant. It’s made up of a single licence approval for “equipment employing cryptography and software for equipment employing cryptography” – phone masts, basically. Put that to one side and you have what experts believe to be about £10 million in military contracts.

Here is what the money goes on, according to the Commons committee:
    “All-wheel drive vehicles with ballistic protection; body armour, components for body armour, military helmets, components for pistols, components for body armour, components for all-wheel drive vehicles with ballistic protection, components for assault rifles, components for pistols, components for equipment employing cryptography, components for military communications equipment, cryptographic software, equipment employing cryptography, software for equipment employing cryptography, software for the use of equipment employing cryptography, general military vehicle components, military support vehicles, small arms ammunition, weapon sights, military communications equipment and components for small arms ammunition.”
But Britain’s military relationship with Israel is not one-sided. It is based on cooperation, on British firms working with Israeli firms, in an entanglement which precludes a critical political response to the savage attack on Gaza.

Take the Watchkeeper combat drone, built in the UK by UAV Tactical Systems, which was set up by Israeli company Elbit Systems and French company Thales. Elbit’s 51% stake tells you where the balance of power is. UAV Engines, which builds the rotary engine, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit.

In 2007, the Ministry of Defence ordered 54 Watchkeepers at a cost of £800 million. They came in late, of course, but the Watchkeeper system will be in service until 2040.

That sort of contract is typical. At the Farnborough International Air Show, which ended a couple of days ago, Elbit was marketing its wares as ‘battle tested’.

Israeli company Rafael and the Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) were also present. Rafael announced it was in negotiations to add to its 15-year deal with the Ministry of Defence so it could supply its fighter jets with new targeting pod systems.

Several British firms provide Israel with spare parts for the F16 and Apache fighter jets and naval ships. These were the machines used to kill hundreds of civilians in Lebanon. Human rights groups estimate that they have killed 223 Palestinians during the current offensive in Gaza, 46 of them children, 26 of them women and 14 of them elderly.

David Cameron urged a “proportionate” response from the Israelis, but he placed the blame overwhelmingly on Hamas. As a father his heart bled when he saw images of children being killed on beaches with Israeli munitions, he said. But “this can be most quickly brought to an end” by Hamas ceasing to fire rockets.

There were gasps in the Commons from the Labour benches. “These attacks are not just disproportionate,” Peter Hain said. “In any other conflict they’d be described as war crimes.”

That is precisely what they are, as any reasoned, impartial observer would conclude. But even if Cameron were such an observer he would be hamstrung by a military-industrial network which entangles British and American firms and state military departments in decades-long, multi-million pound contracts.

These military deals do not exist in isolation. They discourage any attempt by the British government to condemn Israel’s operation with the sort of language which it deserves. Britain profits from Israel’s horrible little wars. And Israel can conduct its horrible little wars because Britain’s desire for profit trumps its commitment to human rights.

Is Germany Getting Set To Kill Canada (US)-EU Trade Agreement (s)?

An article in Breitbart London claims that in the end, Germany is going to side with Russia, no only because of legal and/or political issues (such as the Snowden ‘scandal’), but mostly because they have historically leaned pro-Russian despite the last 70 years of strong relations with the West.

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, says the article, is heavily Russian influenced as she grew up in the Soviet controlled eastern portion of Germany and voluntarily participated in the DDR — and held leadership positions. Merkel, explains the article, was groomed to be pro-Russian.

But she was not alone. Her predecessor, Gerhardt Schröder, strengthened business ties between nations during his tenure in politics, plus he now works for Gazprom, a state-owned (KGB/FSB) Russian gas company — and knows exactly who and what entity he works for.

This is why the web site believes that the espionage ‘scandal’ was only an excuse — because, in its opinion, all Germany wants to do is Kick out NATO and the Western powers and rule the European continent on its own.

NATO being shown the door is only one crisis away and a Russian invasion of Ukraine could prove that. NATO, the protectorate of Europe against Soviet aggression, is unprepared to fend off a Russian attack and will sit idly by while anger stirs against its intentional complacency. That would surely be the nail in the coffin for the West and a boost for Berlin’s Fourth Reich to take the military lead, as it’s slowly pushing for now.
    Germany is to scupper a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada because the clauses giving legal protection to investors would give them too much power, according to a report in a leading Germany newspaper.
    The Canada deal is considered a template for the United States-EU free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is still under negotiation. If Germany rejects the Canada agreement, then the American deal looks likely to fail, too.
    A senior European Commission official in Brussels told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung: “The free trade treaty with Canada is a test for the agreement with the United States.” If the one with Canada is rejected, “then the one with the United States is also dead.”
Read Article in Detail: Germany to Kill Canada-EU Trade Agreement, May Axe US-EU Deal Too (Breitbart London)

1 in 2 Self-Employed in Greece Not Able To Pay Insurance Contributions

A report in the Monday edition of Ta Nea reveals that self-employed insurance fund OAEE is struggling with a serious deficit and what is worse it is now feared of collapsing since one in every two self employed Greek taxpayers are unable to pay their contributions. This inability to pay also carries many repercussions, adds the article, since these people now have no medical coverage whatsoever.

The report, adds the article, points out that the trouble insurance fund is going to have a deficit of about 720 million Euros in 2014 and that it is owed a whopping 7.4 billion Euros in unpaid contributions. As such, reveals the article in Ta Nea, the Insurance Contribution Collection Center is expected to send out invoices to OAEE’s 92.000 debtors, who on average owe between 5.000 and 15.000 Euros.

The president of the social policy employee federation POPOKP Thanasis Kapotas notes in the article that after paying out 265 million Euros in pensions in September, it is unclear how the fund will pay future pensions.

Meanwhile, rumors circulating from insurance fund officers claim that OAEE’s dire financial condition is indicative of the overall situation and fear that the worse is yet to come.

Not good news at all.

Tom Hanks Joins Fellow Greeks In Race To Swim Paros - Antiparos Passage (VIDEO)

Hollywood star Tom Hanks is well loved in Greece, not only because of his exceptional talent, and his phenomenal international fame, but mostly because he absolutely loves this country and its people. His wife, Rita Wilson, is of Greek-Pomak origin, and this is probably how the couple decided to purchase a summer home on the island of Antiparos several years ago.

As such, Tom and Rita have been enjoying the Greek sun for well over a decade. So much so, that they often wonder about town in a very relaxed fashion and not only mingle with the locals, but with anyone who comes into contact with them.

This summer he decided to participate in a local event and swim the channel between Paros and Antiparos with many locals and tourists.

The event was organized by the Municipality of Antiparos and apparently tens of hundreds of swimmers took part. All participants, Hanks included, showed off their swimming skills between the narrow sea passage that lies between the neighboring islands of Paros and Antiparos.

We don't know who won the race, but HellasFrappe feels humbled in the thought that Mr. Hanks, (and other rumoured Antiparos residents such as Madonna), have found a sanctuary on a majestic Greek island where they can actually hang up their shoes and feel totally safe and relaxed without worrying about the world paparazzi judging their every move.

Photos, story and video from: Psts.gr

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