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Best & Worst of the Week: Nominees

Friday, June 1, 2012  |   |  Tags: , , ,

From our Regional Director -East Coast Maria Pardalis..

Continuing HALC’s “Best & Worst” of the week series, here are the nominees for this week. Every Friday, HALC’s Facebook community votes on who should win each category. The results are announced on our Facebook page every Monday. The nominees are:


1.  Nobel Laureates who have stood up for Greece

Twenty-one Nobel Laureates have signed an open letter that was published in Science magazine under the headline Support for Greece”. These internationally renowned leaders drafted a petition asking that scientists and science policy leaders take Greece’s technological issues seriously:

The prominent scientists refer to the austerity measures imposed on Greece by the IMF and the EU during the past two years, which have had no positive result. The only impact of these measures, according to the scientists, is the fact that “technology, research and education were seriously damaged,” which are regarded as of crucial importance for the country’s exit from the crisis.

 “To regain its forward momentum, keep alive its competitive institutions, and implement its huge reform agenda, Greece needs our help. We are confident that Greece, which has contributed enormously to European culture, can do what is called for to create a brighter future.”

For proudly supporting Greece and calling on European leaders to take action, the Noble Laureates are this week’s first Best of the Week nominee.

2.  Spyros Gianniotis 

Half-British and half-Greek Spyros Gianniotis was the first person to carry the Olympic torch as it began its journey from Greece to London.  Gianniotis is currently the world’s best open water swimmer and is proud to represent Greece in the London Olympics despite the treacherous training conditions he was faced with and the country’s economic status.

Gianniotis says that his goals are “to make my country proud, to make me proud, and my family, and everybody that believes in me — to feel that good can come out of Greece.”

For vowing to bring the Olympic joy back to Greece, Spyros Gianniotis is a Best of the Week nominee.

3.  European Parliament Chief Martin Schulz 

Martin Schulz criticized Turkey for threatening to freeze ties with the EU when Cyprus takes over the six-month rotating presidency on July 1:

 “I criticise this. This is not possible,” said Schulz while in Ankara for an official visit. “I take note that a candidate state says to us we will not negotiate during the presidency of a member state of the European Union.” 

For publicly criticizing Turkey over their Cyprus boycott, Martin Schulz is a Best of the Week nominee.

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1.  Victor Davis Hanson

NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson, who is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, seems to believe Europe’s current economic crises have to do with culture.  His recent NRO publication “Culture Still Matters” is nothing more than an excessively vain rant as to why economists don’t understand the crisis.  Hanson believes the European economy is as such due to the southern Mediterranean nations being too wrapped up in self-indulgence, cynicism, and tribalism:

 “…over the years I have developed an unscientific and haphazard — but often accurate — politically incorrect method of guessing whether a nation is likely to be perennially insolvent and wracked by corruption…culture explains far more — a seemingly taboo topic when economists nonchalantly suggest that contemporary export-minded Germans simply need to spend and relax like laid-back southern Mediterraneans, and that the latter borrowers should save and produce like workaholic Germans to even the playing field of the European Union.”

For wrapping up his disdain for Southern Europeans in a holier-than-thou NRO piece, Victor Davis Hanson is this week’s first Worst of the Week Nominee.

2. IMF Chief Christine Langarde

Christine Lagarde scolded and condemned Greece for tax evasion during a lengthy interview with UK’s The Guardian, but doesn’t pay taxes herself. Lagarde provoked a furious backlash after blaming Greece’s economic plight on citizens ‘who are trying to escape tax all the time’.

“Do you know what? As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time. All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax.”

When the Guardian asked about Greece’ poor children who can’t be held responsible, Lagarde responded with, “Well, hey, parents are responsible, right? So parents have to pay their tax.”

For chastising and embarrassing Greeks for tax evasion and for being a hypocrite, Christine Lagarde is a Worst of the Week nominee.

 3.  The Turkish Army

Since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the fate of more than a thousand Greek-Cypriots remains unknown.   The Turkish Army is refusing to cooperate with the Council of Europe (COE) and will not release their archives, which contain vital information on the identity of the missing, burial site locations and those taken alive.

“…on July 20, two Greek Cypriots were killed by Turkish officers in a well, while in another incident, Turkish soldiers were ordered to bury dead Greek Cypriot soldiers and civilians in a mass grave. In the village of Elia, five Greek Cypriots were arrested during a search of the village. They have never been released. ”

For refusing to work with the Committee of Missing Persons and share their reports on the identity of Greek Cypriots killed in the 1974 Invasion, Turkey is a Worst of the Week nominee.

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