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The death of Alexis Grigoropoulos: CIA destabilization over Russian gas pipelines?

Almost a decade later, the case of Alexis Grigoropoulos presents more questions than answers. How is the Grigoropoulos case related to Operation Pythia, the destructive fires of 2007 and repeated scandals leading to the downfall of the Karamanlis government, oil and gas pipeline deals with the Russians, and the economic crisis which followed?

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Background

This is the decade of the 2000s, when deals were being cut between Italy, Greece, France and Russia over delivering Russian oil and gas from the South. The United States, busy spending billions on its unipolar wars, was proceeding full steam ahead in destabilizing the weak link in the chain, which was none other than Greece.

During this decade, Greece suffered fires of unimaginable magnitude, phone tapping scandals, and even attempts at murdering an elected prime minister by what has become known since then as a CIA destabilization plan. The decade ended with violent disturbances over the fatal shooting of a 15-year old schoolboy, Alexis Grigoropoulos, while the new decade kicked off with constant weather modification issues that recently resulted with dozens of deaths in flash floods in an area known as Mandra on the outskirts of Athens.

Russian Documentary

There was an extensive documentary that was aired some time ago on the Russia 24 news channel which made reference to the “Pythia” plan, which encompassed the ex-prime minister Konstantinos Karamanlis over the South Stream gas pipeline and the fomenting of destabilization in Greece.

Russia 24 referred to the “insurrection” of December 2008 after the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos and mentioned that from 2009 the FSB uncovered discussions with the CIA agents which referred to removing the Greek prime minister from his position.

During that period, a close friend of Karamanlis’ by the name of Christos Zahopoulos, who had been appointed to a prominent position in the ministry of culture allegedly attempted suicide, falling off a five-story building after it was revealed he maintained an office affair and he felt guilty explaining the situation to his wife! A reaction which had previously been unheard of in Greece, mind you. But this was simply a warning.

In the summer of 2007, Greece was burnt to smithereens via two massive fires in the Peloponnese region and in the Parnitha mountain range north of Athens, while in December of 2008 riots ensued for one month. The aura created at the time was that the government had lost control, with demands allegedly for martial law. The government’s mandate was until 2011, but eventually they went for early elections in 2009. In other words, the government was brought down and one of the first measures taken by the incoming government of George Papandreou was the cancellation of the Russian gas contracts.

What happened with Alexis Grigoropoulos?

As the story goes, allegedly the police were passing by in a car in the “radical” Exarchia neighborhood of Athens, and Alexis and his friends threw rocks at it. Police got out and shot at them, killing Alexis. The video that has been produced is grainy, taken in the night, and no one can make heads or tails of it. Whilst Alexis was a resident of the well-to-do northern suburbs of Athens, he was buried in the south of Athens, in a left-wing area. His coffin was a closed casket – again unusual. The mainstream media circulated he was an “anarchist” at the ripe old age of 15. The pictures they circulated sometimes were from a real victim of disturbances, Mihalis Kaltezas.

On the night of Alexis’ murder and within an hour or so of its occurrence, there were disturbances in a number of cities which continued for a number of days. They reached a crescendo of burning local businesses and migrants were employed to loot them. Foreign participants flew over from the UK, for instance, to take part. Social media went almost global over the event.

December 2008 is widely regarded as the time Twitter “took off” as a social medium in Greece. And since that time, the Greek “twittersphere” has been a stronghold of “antifa” and self-styled “leftists,” and to a lesser extent, a “liberal” and pro-technocracy contingent. The thread connecting these two elements is their absolute love for the EU and globalism, the incredibly coordinated manner in which they seem to have responded to events such as the Grigoropoulos shooting in 2008, and the almost simultaneous disappearance or sudden inactivity of many such prominent Twitter accounts soon after SYRIZA’s electoral victory in January 2015.

For example, soon after the large-scale fires of 2007, Greece’s first-ever protests purportedly organized via SMS text messaging and by bloggers “spontaneously” appeared in Athens and other large cities. Organizers of these demonstrations were later said to have participated in the December 2008 disturbances, in addition to involvement with such groups as the Athens Indymedia Center, which also played a key role during the December 2008 riots. Also in 2007, an alleged police beating of a UK-born photographer during a demonstration in Thessaloniki went “viral,” in one of the earliest such instances in Greece. The individual in question is later said to have participated in the December 2008 disturbances. Could all of this have been a coordinated prelude to what was to follow in Greece?

What actually happened?

It is beyond reasonable doubt that Grigoropoulos wasn’t an “anarchist” and never had any political involvement. According to the same mainstream media reports his family, soon after his death, said that he was friends with police and hated violence, while Grigoropoulos’ friends stated that if he was alive he would have condemned all the subsequent events in his name. But most of these reports disappeared as per the account which follows.

A special policeman by the name of Epameinondas Korkoneas is said to have shot Grigoropoulos dead at almost point blank range for unexplained reasons or reasons to do with allegedly throwing a bottle of beer at a police car. As if one bottle threatened the police enough to warrant a shooting? Subsequently the state invented a character who was allegedly friends with Alexis by the name of Nikos Romanos, who then became a hardcore “anarchist” constantly in and out of prison.

Romanos recounted a totally different story than the one circulated at the time, but hey, the mainstream media control the narrative and make it up as they go along, as they have done with so many other events the world over pertaining to “terrorism.” Romanos is the son of George Nazioutsik, who owns a 55-acre wedding venue and museum on the outskirts of Athens in total opulence. What actual issues of oppression did a rich boy in Greece face in 2009? None. This is Greece we are talking about, where the rich youth can spend months in the summer in nightclubs on the islands and in the winter can travel to northern Europe. This isn’t pre-revolutionary Russia with the absolutism of the Tsars and Narodnya Volya where Lenin’s brothers were killed in terrorist actions.

Therefore, speculating as to what actually happened as we won’t know for certain until government files are made public, we arrive at three possible scenarios. One scenario involves special forces bumping off Grigoropoulos to spark a riot, a hybrid war of destabilization against the Karamanlis regime as part of the “Pythia” plan. In a second scenario, he died of other causes (such as drugs), while in a third scenario, Grigoropoulos was exported to the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” the good ol’ US of A and was used as a … “victim” of a “police shootout.”

The plan was so well organized that rocks from the beach areas were present in demonstrations, brought into Athens by trucks so the young protestors could have a large supply of objects to throw at the police. It’s as if the state was fighting the state and the protestors were pawns in the middle. The volume of shops attacked was vast, and videos surfaced of migrants looting small Greek-owned businesses. This was the period when protests had already started in central Athens against the presence of swarms of illegal migrants who lived in public squares, literally turning them into public latrines.

The funeral of Alexis in Athens

Despite being a resident of the wealthy northern suburbs of Athens, Alexis was buried in the south of Athens, in a working-class district and specifically in the Neos Kosmos-Palaio Faliro graveyards. Thousands of youth arrived and the police deliberately targeted them. They tear gassed a funeral cortege so as to create more mayhem. It’s as if the state was saying: we will bump your children off and then attack the mourners as if this were occupied Palestine.

The actual funeral was with a closed casket and if one reviews the videos of the era, one sees the paid presstitutes arguing that Karamanlis enjoyed no popular support, that there was a social explosion (at least 4 years prior to unemployment officially reaching 30 percent) due to the fraud of Vatopedi (priests selling off land in the monastic region of Agion Oros), etc. Something doesn’t add up.

Court Case 8 Years Later and counting…

Two policemen were charged for the murder, Korkoneas and Vasilis Saraliotis: Korkoneas for the actual shooting, and Skaraliotis for indirectly supporting him. Zoe Konstantopoulou, the former president of Greece’s Parliament in the first SYRIZA government, has become the lawyer for Alexis’ mother, Ms. Tsalikian. The irony of the situation is that in 2017, she stated in court, under oath, that the murder of her son was part of this aforementioned “Pythia” plan, essentially stating that the policeman who murdered her son was a U.S. agent. She also stated that her son was only in Exarchia to celebrate Romanos’ birthday. In a video interview recorded in 2010, Alexis’ mother stated that her son was killed for no reason.

Now, taking into account this event happened in 2008, we are dealing with a “court case” that has been ongoing for nearly a decade. This begs the question, is it a court case or just a continuation of the propaganda regarding this whole issue and the characters involved are there to continue this event? We have two sets of explanations by Alexis’ mother with regards to the causes of her son’s death, separated by almost a decade. Since 2008, the issue of the CIA destabilization plans have gone mainstream as a number of media have published various accounts regarding this topic, and so as to not appear to be left out of the loop the storyline changes.

Who is Alexis’ mother, Jina Tsalikian?

Just as Grigoropoulos’ alleged friend Romanos is the son of someone who is wealthy by Greek standards, Alexis’ mother owned a gold jewelry store in Athens’ premier shopping street, known as Voukourestiou. Jina was married to a banker, so she is known in high society. Not long ago after divorcing, she married a ship owner. It is alleged she had a close personal relationship with Dora Bakogianni, the daughter of Greece’s former prime minister and close friend of the Bush family, Konstantinos Mitsotakis. The Mitsotakis clan were well-known CIA supporters from the mid-1960s. This family has been pivotal at all turning points in Greece’s latter-day history, from bringing down a Papandreou government in the mid-1960’s, to the issues surrounding the “restoration” of “democracy” in the mid-1970s after the colonels’ coup and subsequent dictatorship, and in the issues surrounding the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s. What we can see is that the security services of Greece serve different foreign powers depending on the situation. As for Tsalikian, it was also reported she was compensated to the tune of 800,000 euro following the murder of her son.

Looking back at this period, one can see the establishment ended up playing a double role. They undermined the government to such an extent that it was forced to resign and declare early elections in 2009 instead of the scheduled elections in 2011. This comes in stark contrast to today’s situation, where the SYRIZA-led government are doing everything in their power to postpone elections and stay in power for as long as possible. At the same time, the establishment trained the paramilitary police, both in official uniform and plain clothes, for the events that were to rock Greece in the next decade. Indeed, one of the first measures of the newly elected Papandreou government was to block the gas pipeline agreement with Russia. Nothing, it appears, goes to waste in the CIA Disneyland that is Greece. The question that now concerns us is this: do we have a shift in U.S. foreign policy and will Russia be allowed to sell gas and oil to the Southern European states as they do with the northern countries, or will CIA destabilization continue?

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‘Hell on Earth’: MSF doctor tells RT of rape, violence, inhumane conditions in Lesbos refugee camp

One toilet for over 70 people, rape, and mental health issues – a doctor from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and an aid worker told RT about the dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece.

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One toilet for over 70 people, rape, and mental health issues – a doctor from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and an aid worker told RT about the dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece.

The overcrowded camp on the island of Lesbos, built to accommodate 3,100, houses around 9,000 people. “It’s a kind of hell on Earth in Europe,” Dr. Alessandro Barberio, an MSF clinical psychiatrist, said, adding that people in the camp suffer from lack of water and medical care. “It is impossible to stay there,” he said.

According to Barberio, asylum seekers are subjected to violence “during night and day.””There is also sexual violence”which leads to “mental health issues,” he said, adding that all categories of people at the camp may be subjected to it. “There is rape against men, women and children,” and the victims of sexual violence in the camp often have nightmares and hallucinations, Barberio told RT.

Asylum seekers in Moria “are in constant fear of violence,” and these fears are not groundless, the psychiatrist said. “Such cases [of violence] take place every week.”

There is “one toilet for 72 people, one shower for 84 people. The sanitation is bad. People are suffering from bad conditions,” Michael Raeber, an aid worker at the camp, told RT. They suffer from mental health problems because they are kept for a long time in the camp, according to Raeber.

“There is no perspective, they don’t know how their case will go on, when they will ever be able to leave the island.” The camp is a “place where there is no rule of law,” with rampant violence and drug addiction among the inhabitants, Raeber said.

In its latest report, MSF, which has been working near Moria since late 2017, criticized the unprecedented health crisis in the camp – one of the biggest in Greece. About a third of the camp population consists of children, and many of them have harmed themselves, and have thought about or attempted suicide, according to the group.

Barberio was behind an MSF open letter on the state of emergency in Moria, released on Monday, in which he writes that he has never “witnessed such overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions.”

Calling the camp an “island prison,” he insisted that many of his patients in the camp are unable to perform basic everyday functions, “such as sleeping, eating well, maintaining personal hygiene, and communicating.”

A number of human rights groups have strongly criticized the conditions at the camp and Greece’s “containment policy”regarding asylum seekers.

Christina Kalogirou, the regional governor of the North Aegean, which includes Lesbos, has repeatedly threatened to shut down the facility unless the government improves the conditions. On Tuesday, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said that Greece will move 2,000 asylum seekers out of the severely overcrowded camp and send them to the mainland by the end of September.

Greece, like other EU states, is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since WWII. According to International Organization for Migration estimates, 22,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Greece since the start of this year alone.

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Greece: “Humanitarian Aid” Organization’s People-Smuggling

Greek NGO evidently received 2,000 euros from each illegal immigrant it helped to enter Greece.

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  • Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) describes itself as a “Greek nonprofit organization that provides emergency response and humanitarian aid in times of crisis….” It has reportedly abetted the illegal entry into Greece of 70,000 immigrants since 2015, providing the “nonprofit” with half a billion euros per year.
  • ECRI evidently received 2,000 euros from each illegal immigrant it helped to enter Greece. In addition, its members created a business for “integrating refugees” into Greek society, granting it 5,000 euros per immigrant per year from various government programs (in education, housing and nutrition).
  • With the government of Greece seemingly at a loss as to how to handle its refugee crisis and safeguard the security of its citizens, it is particularly dismaying to discover that the major NGO whose mandate is to provide humanitarian aid to immigrants is instead profiting from smuggling them.

Migrants arrive at a beach on the Greek island of Kos after crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey in a rubber dinghy, on August 15, 2015. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

On August 28, thirty members of the Greek NGO Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) were arrested for their involvement in a people-smuggling network that has been operating on the island of Lesbos since 2015. According to a statement released by Greek police, as a result of the investigation that led to the arrests, “The activities of an organised criminal network that systematically facilitated the illegal entry of foreigners were fully exposed.”

Among the activities uncovered were forgery, espionage and the illegal monitoring of both the Greek coastguard and the EU border agency, Frontex, for the purpose of gleaning confidential information about Turkish refugee flows. The investigation also led to the discovery of an additional six Greeks and 24 foreign nationals implicated in the case.

ERCI describes itself as:

“[A] Greek nonprofit organization that provides emergency response and humanitarian aid in times of crisis. ERCI’s philosophy is to identify the gaps of humanitarian aid and step in to assist in the most efficient and impactful manner. Currently ERCI has 4 active programs working with refugees in Greece in the areas of Search and Rescue, Medical, Education and Refugee Camp Coordination.”

In spite of its stated mission and non-profit profile, however, ECRI — according to Greek authorities, has earned considerable sums of money from its serving as a conduit for illegal activities. ECRI evidently received 2,000 euros from each illegal immigrant it helped to enter Greece. In addition, its members created a business for “integrating refugees” into Greek society, granting it 5,000 euros per immigrant per year from various government programs (in education, housing and nutrition). ERCI has reportedly abetted the illegal entry into Greece of 70,000 immigrants since 2015, providing the “non-profit” with half a billion euros per year.

This revelation, however, does not begin to cover the extent of the illegal activities surrounding the entry of migrants into Greece. In 2017, for instance, Greek authorities arrested 1,399 people-smugglers, some under the cover of “humanitarian” operations; and during the first four months of 2018, authorities arrested 25,594 illegal immigrants.

More worrisome than the literally steep price paid to people-smugglers by the immigrants themselves — or that doled out by the Greek government in the form of integration subsidies — is the toll the situation is taking on Greek society as a whole.

According to Greek police statistics, there were 75,707 robberies and burglaries reported in 2017. Of these cases only 15,048 were solved, and 4,207 were committed by aliens. In addition, the police estimate that more than 40% of serious crimes were committed by illegal immigrants. (Legal and illegal immigrants in Greece make up 10-15% of the total population.)

In 2016, Greek prisons reportedly contained 4,246 Greeks and 5,221 foreigners convicted of serious crimes: 336 for homicide; 101 for attempted homicide; 77 for rape; and 635 for robbery. In addition, thousands of cases are still pending trial.

In a recent heart-wrenching case on August 15, a 25-year-old college student from Athens — on a visit home from his studies at a university in Scotland — was murdered by three illegal immigrants while he was out touring the city with a female friend from Portugal.

The three perpetrators, two Pakistanis and an Iraqi ranging in age from 17 to 28, told police that they first attacked the young woman, stealing money, credit cards, a passport and a cell phone from her purse, but when they realized that her phone was “old,” they went for the young man’s phone, threatening him with a knife. When he tried to fend them off, they said in their confession, they shoved him and he fell off a cliff to his death. After the interrogation, it transpired that the three killers were wanted for 10 additional robberies in the area.

In an angry letter to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, members of parliament and the mayor of Athens, the mother of the victim accused Tsipras of “criminal negligence” and “complicity” in her son’s murder.

“Instead of welcoming and providing “land and water” to every criminal and dangerous individual with savage instincts,” she wrote, “should the state not think first of the safety of its own citizens, whose blood it drinks daily [economically]? [Should the state] abandon [its citizens] to ravenous gangs, for whom the worth of a human life has less meaning than the value of a cell phone or a gold chain?”

Although those were the words of a grieving mother, they are sentiments widely felt and expressed throughout Greece, where such incidents are increasingly common.

On August 29, two weeks after that murder, six immigrants in northern Greece verbally assaulted a 52-year-old man on the street, apparently for no reason. When he ignored them and kept walking, one of them stabbed him in the shoulder blade with a 24-cm (9.4-inch) knife, landing him in the hospital.

Two days earlier, on August 27, approximately 100 immigrants, protesting the living conditions in their camp in Malakasa, blocked the National Highway for more than three hours. Drivers stuck on the road said that some of the protestors went on a rampage, bashing cars with blocks of wood. To make matters worse, police on the scene said that they had not received instructions from the Ministry of Citizen Protection to clear the highway or protect the victims. Gatestone was told upon further queries, that there was no official statement from the police or the ministry, just the drivers’ statements.

With the government of Greece seemingly at a loss as to how to handle its migrant crisis and safeguard the security of its citizens, it is particularly dismaying to discover that the major NGO whose mandate is to provide humanitarian aid to immigrants is instead profiting from smuggling them. The recent arrest of ERCI members underscores the need to scrutinize all such organizations.

Maria Polizoidou, a reporter, broadcast journalist, and consultant on international and foreign affairs, is based in Greece. She has a post-graduate degree in “Geopolitics and Security Issues in the Islamic complex of Turkey and Middle East” from the University of Athens.

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Turkey’s Latest Power Grab: A Naval Base In Cyprus?

“If Greek-Turkish tensions escalate, the possibility of another ill-timed military provocation could escalate with them… Moreover, such a conflict might open up an even greater opportunity for Russian interference.” — Lawrence A. Franklin.

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  • The possibility of a Turkish naval base on Cyprus does not bode well for the chances of a Cyprus reunification deal, particularly after the breakdown of the July 2017 peace talks, which were suspended when “Turkey had refused to relinquish its intervention rights on Cyprus or the presence of troops on the island.” Turkey has 30,000 soldiers stationed on Cyprus, the northern part of which it has illegally occupied since 1974.

Turkey’s Naval Forces Command has “submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating that Turkey should establish a naval base in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” according to Turkey’s strongly pro-Erdogan daily, Yeni Safak, which recently endorsed the proposal for the base in an article entitled, “Why Turkey should establish a naval base in Northern Cyprus.”

“The base will enable the protection of Northern Cyprus’ sovereignty as well as facilitate and fortify Turkey’s rights and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean, preventing the occupation of sea energy fields, and strengthening Turkey’s hand in the Cyprus peace process talks.”

Having a naval base in northern Cyprus would also strengthen the self-proclaimed “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” which is recognized only by Turkey. Cyprus is strategically important: a naval base there would give Turkey easier access to the Eastern Mediterranean’s international trade routes and greater control over the vast undersea energy resources around Cyprus. In the past, Turkey has blocked foreign vessels from drilling for these resources; in June, Turkey began its own exploration of the island’s waters for gas and oil.

This is not the first time that Turkey has set its sights on the area’s resources. In 2014, Ankara dispatched surveillance vessels and warships to Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to search for hydrocarbons. This incident took place just before the leaders of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt deepened their an energy-cooperation, “freezing Turkey out.” As soon as the accord was signed, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades blasted “Turkey’s provocative actions,” saying that they “do not just compromise the peace talks [between Greek and Turkish Cypriots]… [but] also affect security in the eastern Mediterranean region.”

At the time, UN-brokered reunification negotiations, which had been renewed after a long hiatus, ended unsuccessfully yet again, as a result of Turkey’s search for hydrocarbons in the EEZ. According to a November 2014 report in the Guardian:

“Turkey’s decision to dispatch a research vessel into disputed waters last month not only resulted in talks being broken off but has exacerbated the row over drilling rights.”

The possibility of a Turkish naval base does not bode well for the chances of a Cyprus reunification deal, particularly after the breakdown of the July 2017 peace talks between Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. The talks were suspended when “Turkey had refused to relinquish its intervention rights on Cyprus or the presence of troops on the island.” Turkey has 30,000 soldiers stationed on Cyprus, the northern part of which it has illegally occupied since 1974.

Another factor that may be contributing to the Turkish Navy’s desire for a base in Cyprus is Israel. Aside from Ankara’s extremely rocky relations with Jerusalem, Israel and Cyprus have been working to forge an agreement to join their electricity grids and construct a pipeline to link their gas fields to mainland Europe. Although they are in a dispute over development rights of one of these gas fields, Aphrodite, they are invested in reaching a solution that will not damage their increasingly friendly relations.

Erdogan’s considerations should concern NATO, of which Turkey, surprisingly, is still a member, and the rest of the West. As Lawrence A. Franklin recently wrote for Gatestone:

“If Greek-Turkish tensions escalate, the possibility of another ill-timed military provocation could escalate with them. The ability of NATO to respond to other conflicts in the area could be affected, as well as NATO air and naval assets based in both countries. Moreover, such a conflict might open up an even greater opportunity for Russian interference.”

Debalina Ghoshal, an independent consultant specializing in nuclear and missile issues, is based in India.

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