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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:
BEST OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
1. The Greek National Football Team
The Greek National Football Team kicked off the UEFA Euro 2012 today in Warsaw where they took on Poland. As Greece suffers through its sovereign debt crisis and austerity, football appears to be a bright spot in an otherwise dark time for Greek society. The national football team has brought joy to thousands and a glimmer of hope that they may see a repeat of Greece’s 2004 win.
“We will play with passion and determination,” Santos said. ”I’m very proud to be here. No one feels more Greek at this moment than me. And everything in my being is for Greece’s success.”
For proudly representing Greece in the EURO 2012 and for bringing positive press to the crisis hit country, the Greek National Football team is this week’s first Best of the Week nominee.
2. Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) showcases new films from Greek filmmakers across the globe. This inspiring organization is in its sixth celebratory year and has assumed an active role in promoting modern Greek culture. LAGFF’s results have been impressive and include recognition from prominent film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and Venice.
‘LAGFF has dedicated the 2012 fest to giving a voice to the numerous stories that have been inspired because of and, in most cases, despite the crisis in Greece. In fact our official theme this year is “Defeating the Crisis Through the Viewfinder.”’
For continuing to showcase cinematic works from Greek filmmakers worldwide and bringing Greek film to life, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival organization is a Best of the Week nominee.
3. Greek American Leaders
The 28th Annual Cyprus and Hellenic Leadership Conference took place in Washington, DC from June 6 to 8. More than 100 Greek-American leaders from across the country and Hellenes from around the world attended the conference and came together as one to voice their concerns on the Cyprus problem and issues concerning Hellenism. Hosted by The International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) and the Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, the conference gave Greek-Americans the opportunity to meet with high-level administration officials in charge of US policy toward Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. Their presence was immediately noticed throughout DC and Capitol Hill, where they met with over 40 members of congress and key senators.
“The first objective is to continue to educate congressmen, senators and members of the administration in regards of the continued illegal occupation and colonization of Cyprus. The most dynamic event is the discovery of the hydrocarbons in the area between Cyprus and Israel and the recent alliances and agreements that have been announced between the two countries,” said PSEKA’s President Philip Christopher.
For continuing to fight for Cyprus and Hellenism at their annual conference in DC, Greek American leaders are a Best of the Week nominee.
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WORST OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
1. Golden Dawn Spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris
Ilias Kasidiaris, spokesman of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party, violently attacked two female members of Greek parliament on live TV. Kasidiaris also assaulted others off air in the Antenna TV studio and threatened to “take care” of those attempting to get near him soon after the attack. Greek prosecutors have issued a warrant for the neo-Nazi’s arrest.
“This attack is an attack against every democratic citizen,” caretaker government spokesman Dimitris Tsiodras said, according to Athens News.
For violently attacking two female politicians and contributing to a negative image of Greek politics worldwide, Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris is easily this week’s first Worst of the Week Nominee.
2. Masked Mob in Greece
Gil Shefler, a journalist for the Jerusalem Post, was brutally attacked and beaten by a group of masked vigilantes while taking pictures of a mob attacking migrants near Athens’ National Archaelogical Museum.
“This country is going through a hard time and its citizens have my empathy, but authorities need to know incidents like these do not inspire confidence,” Shefler said. “Clearly, there is a problem when mob violence can take place in broad daylight in the center of the capital.”
For attacking an innocent reporter and obstructing freedom of the press, the masked vigilantes are a Worst of the Week nominee.
3. AIG’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Benmosche
According to the CEO of AIG, the world’s largest insurance company, Greece should raise the age of retirement to 70 or 80 years old.
The average life expectancy in Greece is 81.3 years, but Benmoshe doesn’t see a problem with this since he “foresees” an increase in life expectancies.
“Retirement ages will have to move to 70, 80 years old,” Benmosche, who turned 68 last week, said during a weekend interview at his seaside villa in Dubrovnik, Croatia. “That would make pensions, medical services more affordable. They will keep people working longer and will take that burden off of the youth.”
For his callous proposal to have Greeks work even longer and harder than they already do, AIG’s Benmosche is a Worst of the Week nominee.
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