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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 New York Times Editorial Board
“ Right now, Greece and other weakened nations need an aid plan that will help them grow as they reduce their debt burdens. If Europe’s leaders don’t figure that out soon, the consequences could be disastrous — for their countries and the rest of the world.”
For fearlessly supporting Greece, The New York Times Editorial Board is this week’s first Best of the Week nominee.
2. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas has implemented sweeping reforms and has quickly turned the treasurer’s office into a model of efficiency. Pappas successfully manages the second largest property tax collection in the United States. The Southtown Star has more:
“Rather than tighten their belts and give property owners a break during a terrible recession and plunging property values, too many of our local governments kept raising their levy to try to maintain the spending status quo.”
For demonstrating Greeks can be effective and efficient elected leaders, Maria Pappas is a Best of the Week nominee.
3. Henry Porter
“The Greeks gave us the Olympics. Let them have their marbles.”
British columnist Henry Porter boldly expressed his view in The Guardian, that the stolen Parthenon marbles that reside in the British Museum be returned to their rightful owner Greece. As Porter explains, Elgin’s behavior would be unacceptable today and now that the London Olympics are near, it is time for their rightful return.
“…the Parthenon marbles are different because they were the height of man’s achievement in the fifth century BC, and for about 2,000 years after that. They represent the core of Greek civilisation, and they are the beating heart of modern Greek identity. “
For bringing attention to this important issue of Greek history and cultural identity, Henry Porter is a Best of the Week nominee.
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WORST OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
1. Tycoons of Greece
While most Greeks are struggling to survive, Greek tycoons have continued to ignore the increasingly grim economy, choosing instead to live like kings and escape taxation. The wealthy elite group of Greeks could offer a partial solution to the crisis by investing, making philanthropic contributions or even just paying their taxes:
“Many economists say the oligarchs are a big part of Greece’s economic problem, because they have capitalized on the insular, quasi-monopolistic approach to business that is one reason their nation has long lagged the far more competitive economies of many other euro zone nations. “
For hoarding their riches, not paying taxes and contributing to the economic crisis, Greece’s tycoons are this week’s first Worst of the Week Nominee.
2. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
Ahmet Davutoglu received the “Macedonia Friendship Award” in Chicago on Saturday at an event hosted by “Slavomacedonians”. Davutoglu said Turkey will continue to recognize “Macedonia” with its constitutional name and even went as far as to say that he, “not only supports the Macedonians but feels Macedonian”:
Davutoğlu said at a joint news conference with his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Poposki, that Turkey hopes to overcome, what he called, “artificial barriers” to NATO membership for the Balkan country. He added that Turkey considers the membership of both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia in NATO as necessary for enduring stability in the region.
3. Golden Dawn
Members of the extreme rightwing Golden Dawn clashed with police during a peaceful anti-immigrant protest in the northern town of Patras. The protest turned violent when an angry mob comprised of Golden Dawn members started to rally outside a factory where hundreds of illegal immigrants stay:
The extreme rightwing Golden Dawn party organised a separate protest in the city on Tuesday. Earlier, its website had issued appeals for members to “reclaim Patras” and “to take the law into their own hands”.The party’s local MP was attacked after giving an interview to local television. Michalis Arvanitis was beaten with fists and sticks and has his clothes torn by anti-authoritarian elements as he left the Super B station.A journalist, Apostolos Vouldis, tried unsuccessfully to protect the MP, telling his attackers that he was unprotected.
For rioting against immigrants and beating up a local politician, Golden Dawn is once again a Worst of the Week nominee.
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