Friday, September 26, 2008

Mac's Foreign Policy Man on FYRO-Macedonia

As part of my promise to continue to search for the candidates position on what most deem Greek-related matters, I stumbled upon this piece originally posted on Hellenic News of America. If it is true, it not only brings McCain's foreign policy stance in to question, but also the notion that he is somehow a maverick candidate who despises DC's corrupt systems. I say this because Scheunemann's antics are a bit reminiscent of Tom Delay's inner circle around the time of the 2000 election.

Obviously this type of information is important to those that think it is important to know where America's next President stands on issues related to Greece, in addition to their stance on vital domestic issues.

I'd especially like to highlight that up until recently, I thought that the debate over the naming of FYROM was irrelevant; this changed when I saw propaganda masquerading as school textbooks that show FYROM's borders extending to the Aegean, including Thessaloniki. Under this olive tree, call yourself what you want, but don't go using that name to redraw maps or incite people to defend the concept that map defines.

We are all aware of the letters sent by FYROM Prime Minister Gruevski to Greek PM Karamanlis, to the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso,to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and many other world leaders regarding an artificial "Macedonian" ethnic minority in Greece. Following the veto to it's anticipated membership at the NATO Summit in Bucharest, FYROM's political leadership is in the process of transferring its dispute with Athens to the USA, with the objective of changing the breadth and the depth of the negotiations, which are currently being held under the auspices of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Matthew Nimetz, and of 'isolating' Greece as a country which severely violates human rights.The coordination of these activities, as well as the confrontation of the 'Greek Lobby' has been assigned to ORION Strategies, a company founded by Randy Scheunemann.Randy Scheunemann is the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to John McCain and coordinator of the opposition to the 'Greek Lobby' and of the promotion of FYROM's propaganda, through ORION Strategies.

His relationship with the Republican Party's presidential candidate is an especially close one and they frequently travel together.

As a down payment, his company received US $300,000 from the organization United Macedonian Diaspora.

The aim of ORION Strategies is to establish a propaganda machine incorporating US government officials, operatives, diplomats and analysts.Randy Scheunemann was also instrumental in convincing President Bush to attack Iraq. And he almost succeeded in getting American troops involved in the Russia-Georgia conflict.

John McCain's current Senior Foreign Policy Advisor, Randy Scheunemann, is being paid by FYROM to lobby against Greece. He is coordinating Gruevski's letter writing campaign raising issues of an artificial "Macedonian" ethnic minority in Greece. Imagine what would happen if McCain becomes president.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Celebrating Greek Fashion Sense!

On a lighter note, xronia polla to Ms. Xanthipi Joannides, fashion director at GLAMOUR magazine.

While it is easy to remember when to celebrate the "name" days of Maria, Eleni, Kosta and Niko, there's also a wealth of beautiful names that fall under the radar but deserved to be cheered. Even more cheer-worthy? Her effortless style and chic without trying too hard!

Na sas xairomaste Kiria Joannidi!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Greek Texting Campaign Against Hunger

Stop by any Greek cafe, in Greece or abroad, and you're sure to see a collection of cell phones, keys and unfortunate habits (cigarettes) alongside a freddo or frappe. This week, Greeks have the chance to put those cell phones to good use.

ActionAid today launched a campaign in Greece to raise money to fight hunger, which affects children across the globe more frequently than we can imagine. You can help raise money for this worthwhile cause by texting AA (for ActionAid) to 19454. The campaign is supported by Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone.

Spread the word!

Facebook group already includes more than 1,000 members.

Thanks to Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis for alerting us to this effort.


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