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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 1 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 AUGUST 2015 27 OPINION OPINION ANDREAS C CHRYSAFIS Drop the dead horse EU My thoughts of the day are marred with perplexity on how some people can wake up in the morning scheming to destroy others. Greece has been attacked by a pack of Eurogroup's economic assassins and it's heading for total destruction if not averted. Led by none other than demonic Wolfgang Schäuble, with his watchdog Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Christine Lagarde they are determined to put into action their well-guarded plan on how to colonise LETTERS Regarding the new memorandum and bailout agreement for Greece Greece's parliament (Vouli) has just approved the measures required for an €86 billion eurozone-wide bailout deal. The legislation includes tax rises, an increase in the retirement age to a compulsory 67 years by 2022 and the jointly managed sale of an estimated €50 billion of government held assets. The eurozone finance ministers will confer on Thursday and Germany and other EU members must also ratify. The deal would allow Greece's banks to reopen and process payments and the other steps required to kickstart normal commerce and life for the people. This will be the third bailout of Greece by EU entities (86 per cent) and the International Monetary Fund (14 per cent) totalling €302 billion since May 2010. Greece's debt had risen in 2010 to an unserviceable 175 per cent GDP compared to the EU average of 100 per cent GDP. Other EU countries such as Portugal, Ireland and Spain have also required EU support . International researchers have detailed a 200-year history of sovereign failures, many of which required largescale write-down of debt. In the aftermath of World War 2, European countries commonly had debts of 200 per cent GDP, of which half were written off within years, and Germany, Japan and other nations received discounted war reparations and strong investment, tariff and other assistance. In comparison, Greece re- covered from 1950-1970 after the 1940s traumas of world war, occupation, civil war and 10 per cent mortality of her population with an economic growth rate second only to Japan's. Greece has many serious shortcomings in its revenues in addition to poor national and provincial governance and corruption. Greece's flaws may be rectified by following world-best structure and practices and plan to change from the euro. The euro makes Greece uncompetitive and inflexible economically. I think Greece must take this opportunity to reform its whole taxation system and collection, dispose government assets with proper controls, introduce inbound tourism levies and adopt common upselling tourism techniques to elevate her presently low levels of 'expenditure per tourist stay' to the world's highest and increase tourism from 18 per cent to 25 per cent GDP. Greece must learn from the world's best similar non-EU economies such as Israel and Turkey. I believe Greece's economy can revive by receiving the same debt relief as did Germany and others, and her enterprising people being provided assistance by the worldwide diaspora and applying the best of other countries. Con Berbatis PhD-MSc, Perth Horrie the dog There are a great number of inaccuracies in Perry's retelling of the original book Horrie the Wog Dog by Ion Idriess, published in 1945. The original book was not based on any diaries that sank to the bottom of the sea when the Costa Rica sank. The original book was based on a manuscript written by Jim Moody and submitted to Walter Cousins of Angus and Robertson in June 1943. The diary idea was a marketing tool by Angus and Robertson to give the original book a more authentic feel. For a comparison of the three written works, go to Idriess. com.au All personal papers, including letters from Hewitt (officer in charge of Moody) casting doubt on the exploits of Horrie as exaggerated, have been given to the Australian War Memorial. This is material Moody kept his whole life. There was none from Edward Bennetts. Bennetts nations through debtaucracy and cleptocracy. Once in place, it would certainly satisfy their elite masters such as the Rothschilds Group and other economic piranhas lurking in the shadows. If successful, it would become a blueprint against all other countries - just like the bailin did for Cyprus that the Anastasiades government failed to oppose. Never before in history has such a cunning plot been concocted by a demonic German mastermind to subjugate nations. It does not matter if 10,000 Greeks committed suicide in the past five years, unable to cope with the misery EU austerity has brought in Greece. The previous spineless Greek governments that have signed those Mnimonios to save banks should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity; that also applies to the Cyprus government. They should all be ashamed for their failure to defend the rights of their people. But after the five months of geo-economic charade and sabotage to any agreement by the master of deviousness Wolfgang Schäuble, he has finally introduced to the world his secret blueprint on how to subjugate entire counties, starting with Greece; Cyprus was the bailin test case and Greece has now become their next test case of something worse. Like hawks, Greece's eurozone creditors are demanding (just before an agreement is close to being signed) that Athens transfer €50 billion of state assets into a fund to be managed by outsid- ers in Brussels. This external agency would administer the sale of Greek assets in Greece. The proceeds of the sale would then pay the lenders. The matter of trust that is now also on the table was introduced by none other than Germany's finance minister, Schäuble. This is totally unacceptable in international law, not to mention dignity, decency and national pride; no bankers can determine the fate of entire nations. What the Eurogroup is doing its pure vindictiveness and complete de- struction of national sovereignty. The sooner Greece and Cyprus get out of the EU so much the better and they should do what Russia, Iceland and Hungary did; introduce plans on how to repay the International Misery Fund (IMF) bailout and ask them to vacate Athens and Nicosia. In fact, kick them out! If not, the misery will continue for generations to come and no government has the legitimacy to ruin people's lives. Email your letter to: email@example.com was never mentioned and Jim Moody even had difficulty recalling the names of his rebel mates in draft notes for the original book by Idriess. The only connection between them was they once belonged to the same battalion, but so did 1,000 others. It would seem that everyone wants to be part of the story. The connection to Cudgewa was Moody's childhood friend Myra Dryring (later Myra Hutten) of the Courthouse Hotel Corowa, who in August 1945 laments the fact that Horrie is dead. The photos of puppies were never claimed by Moody to be Horrie's. He claimed they were pure breed West Highland Whites. Treat Perry's book as a work of fiction, not fact. No one can verify Moody's story, certainly his close relatives and extended family all know the story as Horrie was destroyed. Moody also was not discharged for a bad back, he was discharged on mental health grounds and a very poor service record including Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you think GST should rise so state governments can offer improved services to the community? 30 % YES 70 % NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you think the current uncertainty in Greece will have a long term effect on its tourism industry? Vote online now. Go to neoskosmos.com Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Rural Press Printing, Ballarat. 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He was a violent husband whose divorce from his second wife was written up in the Truth newspaper in July 1958, where a Supreme Court Judge described him as a cruel and brutal man clearly mentally deranged at times. In an era where family vi- olence is on the front page every day, this is not a man you would have any sympathy for. He wrote the Horrie story for financial gain, seeking to make money from a book; in doing so he exposed Horrie to the authorities and the rest is history. Horrie spent nearly three years with Jim's father Henry living a quiet life well-loved. Sadly, there have been other authors who also seek to exploit the story for their own financial gain in the same vein as Jim did without any regard for the truth or the consequences and impact on those associated with Moody. My interest in this - Jim Moody was my father. He was no hero and he was never capable of accepting the consequences of his own actions in a great many things he did during his life. 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