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Weekly newspaper published by The International Herald Tribune & Kathimerini SA • No 104 • Friday, June 18, 2010 • €2.50
Back in the saddle Rock veterans
Top-selling American supergroup Aerosmith brings four decades’ worth of material to Athens for just one show. Page 25
Free for the taking No-cost treats
Check out our diverse selection of things to do in Athens and other parts of the country without having to spend a cent. Pages 20-21
Dusted off It’s playtime
“Toy Story” returns for Part 3 with a strong script and the voices of a stellar cast. Page 27
Hospitals back from the brink
A tentative deal was struck between the government and state hospital suppliers this week to put an end to an impasse that had led to a grave shortage of provisions. Before the agreement was reached, several major hospitals were so short of some supplies that they could not carry out basic services. Page 7
Weaknesses in fire protection
Gov’t proclaims readiness despite warnings of dwindling resources to combat forest blazes
As Greece enters the firefighting season, there are fears that the financial restrictions resulting from the economic crisis mean authorities will be poorly prepared and underequipped to tackle blazes this summer.
The head of the firefighters’ union sets out for Athens Plus the serious shortages in staff and equipment that could prevent the service from being able to tackle major blazes like the one that ravaged northeastern Attica last summer. On their part, environmentalists highlight the absence of a legal framework and the necessary coordination to protect forests from developers and landgrabbers. Pages 2, 4-5
Greece’s Vassilis Torosidis celebrates scoring the winning goal in the national side’s encounter against Nigeria at the World Cup in South Africa on Thursday. Greece’s 2-1 victory was its first ever in the World Cup finals and came just five days after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea, which led to the team and coach Otto Rehhagel being heavily criticized. Prior to Thursday’s match Greece had played a total of four matches in the World Cup finals, three of them in the USA in 1994, and had lost all of them without scoring a goal. The win means that the national team has a chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament. Rehhagel’s men face Group B leaders Argentina on Tuesday knowing that a win or even a draw could be enough to see them through. Page 12
Greece hit with new downgrade
Greece was dealt a fresh blow this week when rating agency Moody’s downgraded its debt rating by four notches from A3 to Ba1, or junk status, raising doubts about the government’s ability to reduce the country’s debt and deficit. However, the downgrade was labeled as irrational by the president of the Eurogroup, Jean-Claude Juncker. Page 8
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American dream Eminent Greeks
From US Senator Olympia Snowe to author George Pelecanos and popular actress Melina Kanakaredes, today’s leading Greek Americans are the subject of a new publication featuring their biographies along with portraits by young photographer Maria Yanna. Page 15
Soccer diet TV dinners
To keep energy levels up during the World Cup, combine tasty finger food with an ice-cold glass of domestic beer. Page 26
Pavlos Matesis’s coruscating story set in Greece during the occupation and after the war is recounted by an unforgettable narrator. Page 16
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Collective Blitz Theater meets film in ‘Cinemascope,’ a captivating show by an experimental ensemble Page 22
International Education in Greece Views from the institutions ACS – American Community Schools of Athens
Leadership & Journalism at ACS Athens Peace and coexistence in the Middle East through the eyes of students
territories, talked to local students about their lives, their view of the conflict, their hopes and expectations for the future, and collected more than 15 hours’ worth of video material and 1,500 photographs for the creation of a follow-up documentary/journal. The new production will be ready during the 2010-11 school year, as part of the new Leadership & Journalism program of ACS Athens. Some of the places the ACS Athens group visited included: Al Quds University in East Jerusalem, the Old City of Jerusalem, the Holocaust History Memorial – Yad VaShem, Qurtuba School in Hebron, the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour, a Lutheran School in Talitha Kumi and a Jewish Orthodox School in West Jerusalem. The group also had the chance to tour many of the cultural and religious monuments in Jerusalem and experience the multi-cultural and multi-religious mosaic of modern Israel, while they visited the city of Jericho, the so-called most ancient city of the world, and the Dead Sea, a lake lying at the lowest point on earth (1,300 meters below sea level). ents Circle - Families Forum” - an organization of over 500 bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families sharing a common sentiment: “If we, who have lost our dear ones, do not seek revenge and hatred but reconciliation - so can anyone.” Lately Mr. Frankenthal has created the Arik Institute for Reconciliation Tolerance & Peace, named after his son. During all meetings, ACS Athens students admitted gaining tremendous insight and perspective on one of the most contested, researched and debated issues of human history. Walking through the narrow corridors of the old city of Jerusalem, visiting ancient proto-Christian and Byzantine churches, and local Jewish monuments like the Tomb of King David, the group took advantage of this rare opportunity that their voluntary school program offered as creativity met critical thinking and the thirst for learning. For more information, pictures and to view the documentary (www.vimeo.com/9064384), you may visit ACS Athens website at www.acs.gr.
CS Athens students traveled for six days to Israel and Palestine on May 23-27, motivated by the overwhelming response of the community to a mini-documentary on the Israeli/Palestinian struggle produced on 2009 in cooperation with Newscoop, a media organization based in the US. Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, president of ACS Athens, and Mr John Papadakis, director of Communications, Technology & Enrollment and a student advisor for the project, accompanied four students, two of which had participated in the production of the documentary. Eleventh-graders Zacharo Gialamas, Thornbern Alexander Klingert, Ilyana Kotinis and Anastasi Sharp visited schools and universities in the Israeli and Palestinian
A group photo of our students together with the students they visited at the Orthodox Jewish School in West Jerusalem.
Students met with Dr. Gershon Baskin and Mr. Hanna Siniora (co-directors of the IsraeliPalestinian Center for Research and Information IPCRI) – discussing the perspectives for negotiations and the peace process as it stands now and the importance of Jerusalem in the negotiations. IPCRI is a joint institution of Israelis and Palestinians dedicated to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of “two-states for two peoples” solution. Dr. Baskin – who contributes weekly political op-eds to the Jerusalem Post – holds an MA and a Ph.D.
Our students together with elementary and high school students from Al Qurtuba Palestinian school in Hebron.
in International Affairs and has long been active in the peace Israeli-Arab peace process. Mr. Siniora, a distinguished writer and publisher, is Chairman of East Jerusalem Development Corporation and a Member of the Palestinian National Council (PNC). Students had a rare opportunity to meet with Mr. Yitzhak Frankenthal, an orthodox Jewish businessman, who has focused his energies on public activities aiming to foster reconciliation, tolerance and peace, after his son was kidnapped and killed by Hamas in 1994. Mr. Frankenthal established the “Par-
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