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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 08 December 2018
NEWS 10 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 DECEMBER 2018 The celebrity activist tweeted her support for ‘Progressive International’, on top of comments criticising the European crisis and ‘structural violence of the French - and global - elites’ Yanis Varoufakis has at least one supporter for the 'Progressive International', a global alliance he set in motion, through his 'Democracy in Europe Movement 2025' (DiEM25), in collaboration with the Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders. The initiative was announced in Rome in October, with aspirations to promote a "progressive, ecological, feminist, humanist, rational program" for not only Europe, but for the entire world as according to Mr Varoufakis the rise of right wing ideologies "that sprang out of the cesspool of financialised capitalism" needs to be counter-balanced. "I'd like to learn more about The Progressive International which was just launched in Vermont by @Diem_25 and The Sanders Institute," the model-actress-turned-activist tweeted on Wednesday, causing ripples of excite- ment over the leftist cohorts in both sides of the Atlantic. The Canadian-American star's Progressive International tweet was followed by another, just linking to the alliance's website. 'Pinned' on top of her twitter page, it is now the first thing her fans come across. Anderson also expressed her wish to meet Senator Sanders, who has become a symbol of the social democracy in the US, after his failed bid for the US Presidency. Having the support of a grass-roots movement which has only grown stronger since Donald Trump's ascend to the Presidency, Sanders is strongly urged to run again in 2020, given that poll analysts have said that he would have probably won in 2016, if he had the support of the Democrats. However, there is another election sooner, that Anderson feels is more important. Pamela Anderson has ‘pinned’ the Progressive International website to the top of her Twitter feed. "On my radar - The European elections ahead, which will be a major battleground for a clear vision - and hope - to be put forward by Progressives," she tweeted. Varoufakis' DiEM25 will take part in the election, with candidates in many European countries. The Former Greek Minister of Finance himself is running in Germany, in a gesture widely symbolic of his anti-austerity stance. His movement should count LA museum disputes Italian court ruling over return of Greek Bronze The 2,000-year-old statue is held at the Getty Museum since 1977, when it was purchased for $4 million Italy's relationship with J. Paul Getty museum has gone sour following the museum's appeal of a ruling by the country's Supreme Court, ordering the return of a prized ancient Greek artwork. Titled "Statue of a Victorious Youth, 300-100 B.C.", the lifesized Greek bronze - one of the few of its kind to have survived - was recovered by Italian fishermen off the Adriatic coast in 1964. Thirteen years later, after changing hands several times, it was purchased by Getty for $4 million, where it has been held since. The museum on the outskirts of Los Angeles, known for its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, has returned 40 ancient artefacts to Italy since 2007, under an agreement that allowed for long-term loans of other pieces. But the contested masterpiece - nicknamed the "Getty Bronze" - was left out of the deal and in 2010 a court order to be seized and returned to Italy, amidst the country's campaign for repatriation of looted art, marked the beginning of a legal battle. According to ANSA news agency, the Court of Cassation rejected the museum's appeal of the ruling earlier this week. But the Getty issued a statement saying the would "continue to defend our legal right to the statue", maintaining that Italy has no legal or factual claim supporting the return of the statue. "Accidental discovery by Italian citizens does not make the statute an Italian object," the Getty said, citing a 1968 Cassation ruling which found no evidence of the statue belonging to Italy. "Found outside the territory of any modern state, and immersed in the sea for two millennia, the Bronze has only a fleeting and incidental connection with Italy," the statement concluded. Italian authorities however argue that previous trials lacked substantial evidence on the statue's origin, which prosecutors have recently been able to recover. The life-sized Greek bronze titled “Statue of a Victorious Youth, 300-100 B.C.” was found in the sea by Italian fishermen in 1964 and purchased by the Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 1977, where it has been held since. PHOTO: AP/NICK UT. "The sculptor was Greek, but the statue was culturally and administratively Italian when it sank," said Silvia Cecchi, the case prosecutor for a 10-year period. While the artist of the bronze is unknown, some credit Lysippos, Alexander the Great's personal sculptor. It remains unclear whether Getty will pursue an appeal to a European court or whether the Italian government intends to try to repatriate the artefact. on Anderson's support, given that she now resides in France. In fact, the former Baywatch star made news this week, with another thread of tweets, where she weighed in on the 'Gilets Jaunes' violent demonstrations that shook France. "I despise violence … but what is the violence of all these people and burned luxurious cars, compared to the structural violence of the French – and global – elites?" Ander- son tweeted on Monday, following up with her insights on the political situation in France and Italy. "What is happening in France these days is a European problem, in the same way that the anti-immigrant measures and slide towards a new form of fascism in Italy is a European problem," she tweeted. "The solution is not more Macron or more Salvini, they actually need each other and reinforce each other, the solution can only be a Pan-European awakening across borders and nationalities, which would be able to tackle the deep economic, social and ecological crisis of Europe today." All this might seem strange to anyone who has not caught up with the former Playmate's longtime activism. For the past 20 years, she has been running the Pamela Anderson Foundation, a charity connecting resources to advo- cate for Human, Animal and Environmental Rights. Earlier in November, she sent an open letter to Australia's PM, Scott Morrison, following his reaction to her plea for Australia to take back whistle-blower Julian Assange, putting an end to his detention. "You trivialised and laughed about the suffering of an Australian and his family. You followed it with smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion," she wrote. "Rather than making lewd suggestions about me, perhaps you should instead think about what you are going to say to millions of Australians when one of their own is marched in an orange jumpsuit to Guantanamo Bay — for publishing the truth. We all deserve better from our leaders, especially in the current environment." DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Pamela Anderson endorses Varoufakis’ initiative Corfu gets best European Film Location Award for 2018 The stunning Ionian island of Corfu (Kerkyra) has won the European Film Location Award 2018, which was organised by the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN) and Cineuropa. Following the filming of the popular British TV series The Durrells broadcast by ITV and PBS, a drama based on the autobiographical books of explorer and writer Gerald Durrell, Corfu was nominated by the Hellenic Film Commission of the Greek Film Center. "Corfu is among the most beautiful and popular islands of Greece. Due to its strong historical connection with Europe, this was among the first Greek islands to open to tourism," Cineuropa commented upon the announcement. "Located on the northwestern side of the country in the Ionian Sea, Corfu island has a cosmopolitan feeling combined with a special traditional character. Apart from the wonderful beaches, the highlight of the island is the Old Town with the characteristic Venetian style. The Old Town of Corfu island is one of the UNESCO protected Greek monuments." Aside from the Old Town, villages the likes of Kontokali, Kouloura, Agios Stefanos, Erimitis, Gastouri, Halikounas, Kouramades and Sinarades that also feature in the TV series, got honorary mentions. It is worth mentioning that the Greek island took on majestic cosmopolitan locations such as Lake Keretsa in Italy, Tenerife National Park in Spain and Innsbruck in Austria and still managed to come out on top.
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