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Ancient Greece's restored Tower of Winds keeps its secrets
25 August 2016 - It is said to be the world's first weather station, to date back more than 2,000 years, and to have been used by merchants to tell the time -- even in darkness. The Tower of the Winds, still standing on a slope on Athens's ancient Acropolis hill despite attempts by Lord Elgin to move it to Britain, has been restored and re-opened to the public for the first time in nearly 200 years. It is credited to the architect and astronomer Andronikos of Cyrrhus, but all these years later no one knows exactly how it worked. (more)

From wooden glasses to honey, some Greeks start innovative new businesses
12 July 2016 - From the island of Syros, handmade wooden spectacle frames are proving a hit with hipsters in Europe and beyond. Gold-infused organic honey from the rolling hills of Evoia in the east is finding favor with upmarket clients in the United States, London, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates. Last year Stayia Farm sold 60,000 jars of organic honey. Production has already exceeded 70,000 jars for the first half of 2016. (more)

Sun-powered phone charger gives migrants in Greece free electricity
16 June 2016 - For refugees and migrants stuck in Greece, a smartphone is a lifeline -- as long as its battery lasts. But access to electricity can be hard to find in overcrowded camps, nor is it always free in cafes where young and old crowd together over a socket. A team of students from Edinburgh University is hoping to change that, having designed a mobile phone charging station powered only by the sun -- something Greece has plenty of. (more)

Economic crisis proves no tragedy for Greek theater
9 August 2015 - On a stiflingly hot summer night, the ancient Greek amphitheatre of Epidaurus is packed to capacity for a performance of a 2,400-year-old play by Aristophanes -- testimony to Greeks' enduring love of theater despite years of grinding economic crisis. (more)

Tourists are flocking to Greece
6 August 2015 - Greece, despite all its economic and political strife, is heaving with foreign tourists. Tourism accounts for around a fifth of Greek economic output -- perhaps more now that the economy is shrinking again. The economy ministry estimates that arrivals this year will exceed last year's record of nearly 21 million. Anecdotal evidence would also appear to suggest boom time. (more)

Museum shows there's more to Greek music than bouzoukis
16 February 2015 - Tucked away in a corner of Athens' historic Plaka district is a small museum showing that there is more to Greek music than 'Zorba's Dance' and 'Never on Sunday'. The Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, or MELMOKE, contains barely any bouzoukis, the quintessential Greek instrument that often accompanies the smashing of plates in overseas Greek restaurants. (more)

Greece emerged from its 'Great Depression' at start of year
14 November 2014 - Greece emerged from a crippling six-year recession as early as the start of the year and has been growing ever since, data showed on Friday. (more)

Greek economy surprises by emerging from recession in first quarter
14 November 2014 - Greece's economy emerged as early as the first quarter of this year from its worst recession since World War Two, expanding for the first time in nearly five years and confirming predictions the country has left the worst of its economic crisis behind. Seasonally adjusted data published on 14 November showed Greece posted three consecutive quarters of growth this year, though faster expansion rates will be needed to create jobs and bring down the jobless rate. (more)

Greek retail sales rise for third month in a row
31 October 2014 - Greek retail sales by volume rose 7.4 per cent in August compared to the same month last year, statistics service ELSTAT said on Friday. Sales volumes rose for the third month in a row, pointing to a boost in consumer spending in the third quarter. (more)

Greek Premier eyes growth for first time in eight years
6 September 2014 - Greece's economy is expected to expand in the third quarter for the first time in eight years, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said Saturday. In a speech in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Samaras hailed what he said was an 'unprecedented success' in getting the heavily indebted country out of its deepest ever financial crisis. The Greek Premier hailed what he said was a success in reforming health, social security, and education by cutting excessive spending and combatting fraud. (more)


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Greece: Bringing the knowledge of Maharishi Ayur-Veda to the source of Western medicine
28 January 2013 - After giving presentations in India and Nepal, Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, went on to Greece, concluding the first stage of his Total Health World Tour. Dr Schneider, who is Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management in the USA, was invited to return to the University of Athens as a visiting professor in a postgraduate programme on stress management. He spoke on how Maharishi Ayurveda health care and Transcendental Meditation are very effective in reducing stress and improving health. (more)

Groundbreaking new book illuminates unity of ancient Greek and Vedic knowledge
1 October 2012 - In an acclaimed series of public lectures in Greece earlier this year, Dr Ken Chandler, a distinguished scholar of both ancient Greek philosophy and Maharishi Vedic Science, discussed principal themes of his new book, Veda and Greece--that the knowledge the pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle were offering was fundamental, eternal wisdom of the ages and that it was parallel to the teaching of the Veda and Vedic literature. (more)

Distinguished scholar sheds new light on Greece's ancient heritage of wisdom
28 September 2012 - A speaking tour by Dr Ken Chandler in Greece this year stirred great interest in the subject of his new book, Veda and Greece: Foundations of Knowledge in the Experience of Higher States of Consciousness. Dr Chandler, adjunct professor of philosophy at Maharishi University of Management, gave well-attended public lectures in Athens and Thessaloniki and also appeared on national television. (more)

New perspectives on ancient heritage of Greece
26 September 2012 - During the visit of Dr Bevan Morris to Greece earlier this year, Dr Ken Chandler arrived from the United States to promote his new book, Veda and Greece: Foundations of Knowledge in the Experience of Higher States of Consciousness. Dr Morris is president of Maharishi University of Management, and Dr Chandler is an adjunct professor of philosophy at MUM. Describing the profound significance of Dr Chandler's visit and his research, Dr Morris also gave his reflections on visiting Delphi. (more)

Greece: Dr Bevan Morris visits land planned for Peace Palace
24 September 2012 - Following his 14-country tour of Africa earlier this year, Dr Bevan Morris, president of Maharishi University of Management, went on to visit several countries around the Mediterranean, including Greece. Near Athens he visited land where local architects and developers, together with Maharishi Vastu experts, will design a Maharishi Peace Palace. The Peace Palace will be a great centre of coherence for Greece, he said, offering courses in Transcendental Meditation and many other programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for development of consciousness, good health, success, and invincible peace and progress for the nation. (more)

Greece: Graduate students learn firsthand about Transcendental Meditation and stress management
3 July 2012 - Twenty-three women students at a medical university in Athens, Greece, recently learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. As part of a master's degree programme on 'Stress Management and the Promotion of Health', they also learned about the extensive body of scientific research showing Transcendental Meditation to be a highly effective stress-reducing approach. (more)

Greece: Academic community inspired by potential for reduced stress, improved brain functioning
11 July 2011 - In the last several years university professors and students in Athens have been inspired by lectures given by three eminent professors from Maharishi University of Management in the United States--world-renowned quantum physicist Dr John Hagelin, Dr Robert Schneider, dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health, and Dr Fred Travis, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition. After hearing about research showing reduced stress, better health, and development of total brain functioning through the Transcendental Meditation Programme, many have learned the technique. (more)

Greece: Maharishi Peace Palace planned
11 July 2011 - In Greece, plans are developing to build a Maharishi Peace Palace in the eastern part of the country, which will offer courses in Transcendental Meditation and its advance techniques, and programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to promote good health, reduced stress, and other benefits. Plans also include building a Maharishi Tower of Invincibility in the area, with two adjacent universities offering Consciousness-Based Education, one for women and one for men. (more)

Greece: Transcendental Meditation courses promote reduced stress, improved brain function, better health
11 July 2011 - The Transcendental Meditation Programme in Greece serves the country's 11 million people through offering programmes developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- to promote reduced stress and better health; improved brain functioning, academic achievement, and business success; decreased crime and increased social coherence and harmony; among many other benefits. (more)

International expert brings Consciousness-Based Education to Greece
11 July 2011 - Dr Ashley Deans, an international expert in research and application of Consciousness-Based Education, visited Greece in May as part of a ten-country tour of Europe. As Global Ambassador for Consciousness-Based Education, Dr Deans has traveled to many countries around the world, addressing educators, government leaders, and students. He is also executive director of the award-winning Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. (more)


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Greek island overwhelmed by stranded migrants, despair
7 September 2015 - It was supposed to be the first step on their journey to Western Europe. But now thousands of migrants are mired in despair, anger, and frustration on a scenic Greek island. After perilous sea voyages from neighboring Turkey, they have been stranded here for days, some for nearly two weeks, running out of money and desperate to get to mainland Greece and continue their route. The island of some 100,000 residents has been transformed by the sudden new population of some 20,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan -- and the strain is pushing everyone to the limit. (more)

Greeks hit by closed banks, warnings from eurozone
29 June 2015 - Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. Following a breakdown in talks between Greece and its creditors, the country is in the midst of the one of the most acute financial crises seen anywhere in the world in years. It's running out of time to get the money it needs to stave off bankruptcy. (more)

Greek court ruling on migrant shootings causes outrage
31 July 2014 - A Greek court acquitted two men accused over the shooting of migrant farm workers who were demanding unpaid wages and gave two foremen suspended sentences in a ruling that prompted outrage from unions and rights groups on Thursday. Twenty eight migrants, mostly Bangladeshi, were wounded when foremen at a strawberry farm opened fire on about 200 immigrant workers who were protesting for back pay in the southwestern town of Manolada in April last year. 'This shameful ruling stops people who are in a similar situation from fighting for their rights; stops victims of human trafficking from fighting for dignity, freedom and their lives,' said lawyer Moses Karabeidis, who represented 35 migrant workers, including the wounded. The court in the southern city of Patras on Wednesday acquitted the farm owner and a supervisor and handed down prison terms of seven and 14 years for two foremen on charges of causing grievous bodily harm. The sentences will be suspended pending an appeal hearing, court sources said. The ruling in favour of the owner and supervisor cannot be appealed. Anti-immigrant sentiment has surged in recent years in Greece, where a six-year recession has wiped out a quarter of the economy and left one in four jobless. (more)

Greeks fear more violence after Golden Dawn members shot
2 November 2013 - A brazen drive-by shooting that killed two young members of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party has shocked Greeks and prompted soul-searching about whether the crisis-hit country is slipping into a 'cycle of violence'. Greece's anti-terrorism force is investigating whether Friday's rush hour shooting outside the party's offices in Athens was retaliation for a fatal stabbing of an anti-fascism rapper by a Golden Dawn supporter in September, police said. Greece is in the sixth year of a recession that has fuelled anger against its foreign lenders and the political class, blamed by Greeks for bringing the country close to bankruptcy. Golden Dawn, which rejects the neo-Nazi label but uses a swastika-like emblem and its leader has denied the Holocaust, stormed into parliament last year on an anti-immigrant agenda. Small-scale bomb attacks against police, politicians and businessmen are frequent in Greece, which has a history of leftist violence. A prominent fatal shooting like Friday's attack was last seen in 2010, when a Greek journalist was shot dead outside his home. 'Yesterday's killing marked a continuation of political uncertainty and instability in the country,' said George Tzogopoulos, analyst at the Athens-based ELIAMEP think-tank. (more)

Greeks 40 per cent poorer than in 2008
22 October 2013 - Greeks are on average almost 40 per cent poorer than they were in 2008, data indicated, laying bare the impact of a brutal recession and austerity measures the government may be forced to extend into next year. Gross disposable incomes fell 29.5 per cent between the second quarters of 2008 and 2013, statistics service ELSTAT said on Tuesday. Adding in cumulative consumer price inflation over the same period takes the decline close to 40 per cent. Propped up by international aid since 2010, Greece is at loggerheads with its lenders from the European Union and International Monetary Fund over the size of its 2014 budget deficit. The discrepancy has prompted talk that Athens -- which has ruled out across-the-board cuts in wages or pensions -- might have to adopt new austerity measures. (more)

Anti-fascist protests across Greece turn violent
18 September 2013 - Violent clashes broke out in several Greek cities Wednesday after a 34-year-old musician described as an anti-fascist activist was stabbed by a man who said he belonged to the far-right Golden Dawn party. The death of Pavlos Fyssas drew condemnation from across Greece's political spectrum and from abroad. While the extremist Golden Dawn has been blamed for numerous violent attacks in the past, the overnight stabbing is the most serious violence so far directly attributed to a member. Golden Dawn, whose senior members have expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler although they deny being neo-Nazi, won nearly 7 per cent of the vote in 2012 general elections. Recent opinion polls show its support has since risen to around 12 per cent. Party members and supporters, often clearly identifiable in black T-shirts and combat pants, have been suspected of beatings and stabbings across the country, usually of dark-skinned migrants. In January, two men identified as party sympathisers were arrested for the fatal stabbing of a Pakistani migrant worker. The rights group Amnesty International called on authorities to prevent any further incidents. 'Politically motivated violence of this kind is unacceptable anywhere, and history has shown the grim consequences if it goes unchecked,' said Jezerca Tigani, Amnesty's deputy Europe and Central Asia program director. 'The Greek authorities must send a clear message that attacks like this will not be tolerated.' (more)

Greek unemployment rises to 27.9 per cent overall, but nearly 60 per cent of youth unemployed
12 September 2013 - Unemployment continues to rise in recession-hit Greece, with the overall rate reaching 27.9 per cent in June. Even worse, 58.8 per cent of people under age 25 are out of work, according to new figures announced Thursday. The Greek Statistical Authority reported that the jobless rate had risen from 24.6 per cent the previous year. In June 2008, before the global financial crisis had kicked off and Greece entered recession, the rate stood at 7.3 per cent. The jobless total stood at just over 1.4 million. In addition, around 3.33 million people in Greece are considered inactive, just shy of the 3.63 million in work. Years of emergency taxes, pay cuts, and other austerity measures implemented as a condition of international bailout loans have hammered Greece's private sector. (more)

Greece approves scheme to fire thousands of public workers
17 July 2013 - Greece's shaky coalition government scraped through a vote on Wednesday on a bill to sack public sector workers as thousands chanting anti-austerity slogans protested outside parliament. After midnight on Wednesday, 153 lawmakers out of the 293 present voted in favour of the bill, whose passage was required to unlock nearly 7 billion euros ($9.2 billion) in aid from European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders. The bill includes deeply divisive plans for a transfer and layoff scheme for 25,000 public workers -- mainly teachers and municipal police -- that had triggered a week of almost daily marches, rallies, and strikes in protest. 'After 12 years on the job, they fire us in one night,' Patra Hatziharalampous, a 52-year-old school guard in uniform said between sobs. 'If they have any guts, they should say no to the bailout and take some of the bill's articles back.' (more)

Greece hit by general strike over state job cuts
16 July 2013 - Unions opposing austerity measures in Greece staged their fourth general strike this year on Tuesday, as the government prepared to start axing public sector jobs. The 24-hour walkout disrupted flights, public transport, state hospitals, and other services. The public sector has so far been spared from the job cuts that have hit the rest of the Greek economy -- and pushed unemployment up to 27 per cent -- since the country got its first international bailout in 2010. However, the government has been forced to launch the cuts - 15,000 firings by the end of 2014 and 12,500 transfers this year - so it can continue receiving rescue loans from the IMF and the other countries using the euro. (more)

Nearly two-thirds of Greek youths are unemployed
10 May 2013 - Greek youth unemployment shot to a record 64 per cent in February, underscoring the dire state of the recession-hit economy despite signs of improving business sentiment. Repeated doses of austerity under international bailouts have almost tripled Greece's jobless rate since its debt crisis began in 2009, weighing on an economy in its sixth year of recession. Overall unemployment has risen to an all-time high of 27 per cent, data showed on Thursday, while joblessness in the 15-to-24 age group jumped to 64.2 per cent in February from 59.3 per cent in January. Greek unemployment is more than twice the average rate in the euro zone, which reached 12.1 per cent in March. (more)

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