04 August 2004

I still don't get it - you wanted to world to be looking at you like this?


Robbers disguised as Olympic security personnel and policemen duped Athens bank customers and staff into handing over £265,000.

Don’t try this at home kids - go to Greece.

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I ask again - why was hosting a good idea?


Thousands of hotel workers in the Greek capital Athens are staging a one-day strike calling for a big pay rise just days before the Olympic Games.

They say they are ready to take further action unless their salaries are doubled ahead of this month’s games.

Oh, that’ll help with the budget problems.

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But they lost the war! Oh wait, that doesn't work...


“Expulsion is the method which, in so far as we have been able to see, will be the most satisfactory and lasting. There will be no mixture of populations to cause endless trouble,” declared British prime minister Winston Churchill. “A clean sweep will be made.”

This clean sweep, or the forced removal of millions of ethnic Germans from the liberated countries of eastern Europe in the immediate aftermath of war, was meant to spell the end of strife.

The creation of the state of Israel is often treated as a historically unique event with attendant ethnic cleansing. This requires ignoring not only the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Arabia in the same place at the same time, but also the millions moved about like counters on a map in Europe. When the EUlite claim that it was wrong in Europe and offer repatriation to the expelled and their descendants, maybe they will be able to talk about the situation in the Middle East with some degree of moral stature.

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It's a good kind of pain


The cost of staging the Olympic Games is pushing Greece’s budget deficit well above European Union limits, according to the Greek deputy finance minister.

Petros Doukas said Greece’s budget deficit was “heading towards 4%, maybe a bit over”.

Beyond being amazed that the cost of the Olympic Games could have a noticeable effect on a national budget (doesn’t the USA make individual cities pay for it? Is LA richer than Greece?), one wonders why hosting the games is considered a good thing.

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