WBEZ | Greece http://www.wbez.org/tags/greece Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Greek austerity update, 'Only God Forgives' reviewed and a world music festival http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-19/greek-austerity-update-only-god-forgives-reviewed-and-world-music <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP57034231517.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get an update on Greek austerity measures. Milos Stehlik reviews the French-Danish film &#39;Only God Forgives.&#39; Nari Safavi helps listeners plan a weekend full of international flair.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101763523&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-only-god-forgives-reviewed-and-internati.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-only-god-forgives-reviewed-and-internati" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Greek austerity update, 'Only God Forgives' reviewed and a world music festival" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-19/greek-austerity-update-only-god-forgives-reviewed-and-world-music 'Fox hole' opens passage to Neolithic past, possibly Hades http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/fox-hole-opens-passage-neolithic-past-possibly-hades-103199 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cave-crop.jpg" title="Alepotrypa Cave was home to a Neolithic community more than 5,000 years ago. The first archaeologist to dig inside unearthed hundreds of burials and hypothesized that the cave was believed to be Hades, or the underworld in Greek mythology. (Photo Courtesy of Bill Parkinson)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F63885878&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A Field Museum curator is digging around a cave in Southern Greece that&rsquo;s been compared to the mythical underworld, Hades. &nbsp;That cave might help explain why people choose to migrate to big cities or high tail it to the suburbs.</p><p>And it has a surprising Chicago tie.&nbsp;</p><p>William Parkinson is the associate curator of Eurasian anthropology at the Field Museum. He is on a research team, called The Diros Project, made up of two Greek and two American archaeologists (both Chicago natives).</p><p>They are excavating Alepotrypa Cave, which is nearly four football fields long. The researchers compare the most striking room in the cave to a Cathedral.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a very awesome place, in the literal sense of the word,&rdquo; Parkinson said. &ldquo;I can only think that, several thousand years ago, when it was lit by torches, not by electric lamps like it is now, it would have been all that more striking.&rdquo;</p><p>They have unearthed tools and pottery that remain from a Neolithic (Stone Age) community between 5,000 and 8,000 years ago. Under the dripping stalactites, skeletons dating as far back as 8,000 years rest under layers of sediment.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the closest thing we have to something like a Neolithic Pompeii in the Mediterranean,&rdquo; Parkinson said.</p><p>Alepotrypa was not resettled by later civilizations, so the authenticity is extraordinary, Parkinson said.</p><p>The settlers used the cave as a shelter, a cemetery and a sacred worship place. The population expanded outside of the cave and bloomed into an early urban center.</p><p>The pottery and &ldquo;ancient people&rsquo;s garbage&rdquo; the settlers left behind are the strongest evidence of a densely populated village, Parkinson said. A two-by-two meter unit revealed more than 30 pounds of pottery. The archaeologists unearthed materials and pottery styles from different regions, which indicate economic activity and a mingling of cultures.</p><p>&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re in an area where there is more trade more interaction, there&rsquo;s more variety in not just in food, but in life and the people you meet,&rdquo; Parkinson said. &nbsp;People may have gravitated toward Alepotrypa just for the sake of &ldquo;wanting to live together.&rdquo;</p><p>But Parkinson said all life in Alepotrypa abruptly ended, around 5,000 years ago, when the cave&rsquo;s population was most dense and dynamic. The cave entrance collapsed, possibly due to an earthquake. The cave&rsquo;s occupants were buried alive.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s sealed,&rdquo; Parkinson said. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s not opened again until the 1950s.&rdquo;</p><p>After the collapse, settlers outside the cave fled the peninsula. Even today, the area surrounding the cave is scarcely populated.</p><p>&ldquo;The area is geographically marginal, you have to want to get there,&rdquo; Parkinson said.</p><p>Greeks have gravitated toward financial opportunities in big cities, like Athens.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cave-2.jpg" style="float: right;" title="Paul Kondraros shared photos of his family in Diros, a village in Southern Greece. He said his uncle discovered Alepotrypa Cave when he was hunting with his dog. (Cassidy Herrington/WBEZ)" />Some, like 74-year-old Paul Kondraros, moved to Chicago. In 1953, Kondraros left Diros, the closest village to Alepotrypa and his hometown, &ldquo;to make more money&rdquo; as an electrical engineer.</div><p>Kondraros has a startling connection to Alepotrypa. He claims his uncle discovered the cave and is responsible for the name, which means &ldquo;fox hole&rdquo; in Greek. &nbsp;</p><p>Kondraros said his uncle was out hunting with his dog in the late 1950s, when the dog took off in pursuit of a fox and darted into a small hole.</p><p>&ldquo;After two hours or so, the dog never came out,&rdquo; Kondraros said. He said his uncle widened the hole and ventured inside. That hole, he said, was the opening to Alepotrypa Cave. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Anastasia Papathanasiou, a Diros Project archaeologist who works for the Greek Ministry of Culture, said the story &ldquo;might be true,&rdquo; but adds that there are several different tales of discovery circulating in the village.</p><p>An even greater legend, from Greek mythology, might be linked to Alepotrypa.</p><p>The first archaeologist to dig inside Alepotrypa was 90-year-old Greek Archaeologist Giorgos Papathanassopoulos, in 1970. He&rsquo;s spent 40 years studying the relics of the cave&rsquo;s Neolithic people and describes feeling a sense of awe when he imagines what their lives might have been like.</p><p>&ldquo;To this day, the richness and variety of the findings never cease to amaze me,&rdquo; Papathanassopoulos said in an e-mail. &ldquo;There is abundant scientific work for at least three more generations.&rdquo;</p><p>His initial findings included kilos of painted funeral vases and the remnants of blazing funeral rituals, Papathanassopoulos said. During the ceremonies, people intentionally broke pottery and set the cave walls on fire.</p><p>These rituals &ldquo;combined with the impressive, enormous hall,&rdquo; lead Papathanassopolos to an intriguing theory. He posited that the Neolithic people believed the cave was Hades.</p><p>&ldquo;You can easily see why Giorgos would make that hypothesis,&rdquo;Diros Colleague Michael Galaty said. &ldquo;The cave really does recall the underworld, Hades and the River Styx.&rdquo;</p><p>Colleague Anastasia Papathanasiou said she&rsquo;s hesitant to endorse her colleague&rsquo;s theory because &ldquo;it&rsquo;s just a scenario&rdquo; that obviously cannot be proven.</p><p>&ldquo;It might be, it might not be,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>She and the other team members have their sights set on big sociological questions: What was it about this cave that attracted people from all over the region? And why did they leave?</p><p>The reason for the exodus might help us understand why modern people migrate, The Field&rsquo;s Parkinson said. The source that brought people to the region was cut off, and the settlers outside the cave fled. Parkinson said they also may have abandoned the village due to the stresses of urban life like crime and disease.</p><p>&ldquo;People had never lived in groups this big before, and then they decide &lsquo;This isn&rsquo;t working,&rsquo;&rdquo; Parkinson said. &ldquo;Rather than dealing with the social stresses of having to live with your neighbor or on top of your neighbor, people just choose to establish settlements elsewhere.&rdquo;</p><p>Kind of like Chicagoans fleeing for the suburbs, Parkinson said.</p><p>The diversity of urban life could have been what made Alepotrypa so attractive to Neolithic settlers, much like downtown Chicago in recent decades.</p><p>&ldquo;Now it&rsquo;s bustling, there are restaurants, we&rsquo;re seeing more people living downtown,&rdquo; Parkinson said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s exactly those similar kinds of processes that were going on several thousand years ago.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/lifestyle/fox-hole-opens-passage-neolithic-past-possibly-hades-103199 Greek elections a 'vote' for the euro http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/greek-elections-vote-euro-100173 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP12061517399.jpg" title="An elderly supporter of New Democracy party waves a Greek flag in front of a smoke from flairs during an election rally at Syntagma square in Athens, June 15, 2012. (AP/Petros Karadjias) " /></div><p>Europe is still in big trouble despite Greek election results that lessen the likelihood of an imminent disaster. Victory by the conservative New Democracy, a party supporting Greece&#39;s bailout deal, opens the way for negotiations with international creditors on giving the country more time and room to fix its broken finances.</p><p>Additionally, European officials are signaling a willingness to talk and avoid a disastrous aid cutoff that could force Greece out of the euro. Greek election victor Antonis Samaras said he will continue efforts to build a broad coalition government,&nbsp;despite a refusal from the second-placed Syriza radical left party to join in.</p><p>The conservative New Democracy leader said he will seek to engage as many parties as possible in the power-sharing effort.</p><p>Samaras spoke after talks Monday with Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras. He said he would persist in his efforts because debt-crippled Greece is in &quot;immediate&quot; need of being governed. New Democracy came first in national elections Sunday, but without enough seats in Parliament to govern alone.</p><p><strong>Monday on <em>Worldview </em></strong></p><p>Endy Zemenides, executive director of <a href="http://hellenicleaders.com/" target="_blank">Hellenic-American Leadership Council </a>explains why the Greek public voted to stick it out with the common currency.</p></p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/greek-elections-vote-euro-100173 Craig Wright: Don't just blame the Greeks for their debt crisis http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/craig-wright-dont-just-blame-greeks-their-debt-crisis-99687 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Greek%20Debt%20%28ap.Thanassis%20Stavrakis%29.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 209px; " title="A woman passes in front of chart with the stock prices at the Greek Stock Exchange in Athens, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)" />There&#39;s a big debt crisis going on in Greece right now, one that so few people really understand that <em>This American Life</em> even teamed up with <em>Planet Money<a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/455/continental-breakup"> </a></em><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/455/continental-breakup">for a whole episode to explain it</a>.</p><p>But you can skip that hour (sorry <em>TAL</em>!) because screenwriter and playwright Craig Wright&nbsp;has a shorter explanation of what&#39;s happened in Europe. And, he&#39;s aiming for German Chancellor Angela Merkel: &quot;It&#39;s not that you can&#39;t blame the Greeks. But don&#39;t you have to acknowledge, Angela, the forces that you fed into their current insufficiencies, especially since they have so much to do with you?&quot; Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>So I wanted to talk today about the Greek debt crisis. When I looked at the news this week </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> and I don&#39;t look at the news that often, so this is really big </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> I noticed that the Germans had decided that the best way to deal with the current economic paranoia in Europe was to throw the Greeks out of the European Union.</em></p><p><em>Which many of you probably don&#39;t know, and so I looked it up: In <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/greece/index.html">a summary on the </a></em><a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/greece/index.html">New York Times</a><em><a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/greece/index.html"> website</a> provided by Peter Poulos, the genesis of the Greek debt crisis was that they sort of binged on debt for the past decade and then in 2009 it all fell apart. And then the EU constructed two giant bailouts, when then created a bunch of internal unrest inside of Greece which then took the government down, so now the people of Greece no longer want to do the bailouts that the EU arranged, and so the Germans decided that the best thing to do was to kick them out.</em></p><p><em>This whole summary of the situation was written, I think, by Peter Poulos. It&#39;s not credited to him, but its sitting next to a picture of him next to a slideshow link where you can see all the cool vintage stuff hes bought in Athens while he&#39;s been stationed there.</em></p><p><em>Now you have to really appreciate </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> or hate </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> the irony or lack thereof of the </em>New York Times<em>, to put his sort-of shopping spree link next to his account of a giant economic global disaster. That being said, no one appreciates an amphora more than me so...Opa!</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/craig-wright-dont-just-blame-greeks-their-debt-crisis-99687 How the NATO peoples helped settle Chicago, Part 2 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-05/how-nato-peoples-helped-settle-chicago-part-2-99028 <p><p>Today we continue the capsule stories of how people from the 28 NATO countries helped build Chicago. The final part will be posted tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Albania</strong>—Chicago has never had a large Albanian population, and no real Albanian neighborhoods. The most prominent local person of Albanian ancestry was probably comedian John Belushi, who grew up in Wheaton.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ZZ-Albania-St.%20Nicholas.JPG" title="St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church--2701 N. Narragansett Ave."></div><p><strong>Croatia</strong>—Because Croatia didn’t become independent until 1991, Chicago’s Croatians were commonly classified as “Yugoslavians.” Most of the local community life was centered around a few parishes, such as St. Jerome’s in Armour Square. Mayor Michael Bilandic and Alderman Ed Vrdolyak are the city’s most famous Croatians.</p><p><strong>Denmark</strong>—Most of the Chicago’s earliest Danish immigrants settled along the axis of Milwaukee Avenue, close to other Scandinavians. By 1910 there were nearly 20,000 Danes in the city, the majority of them located near North Avenue in Humboldt Park. From there the newer generations moved northwest and gradually dispersed.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ZZ-Denmark-Danish%20Home.jpg" title="The Danish Home--5656 N. Newcastle Ave."></div><p><strong>Greece</strong>—Greeks began arriving in the city as early as 1840. By the turn of the 20<sup>th</sup> Century, a thriving community called the Delta was established around the area of Harrison and Halsted. Unlike most other ethnic groups, a large percentage of Greek immigrants remained in America only long enough to make their fortune, then returned to their native land. But enough of them stayed to make Chicago’s Greek settlement one of the country’s biggest.</p><p>Today over 100,000 people of Greek descent live in metro Chicago. During the 1960s, the new University of Illinois campus displaced many residents, and the Greek community dispersed to such areas as Lincoln Square. However, a remnant of the city’s historic Greektown remains on the Near West Side, along Halsted just north of the university. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Iceland</strong>—In all the years I’ve been in Chicago, I’ve only known one person of Icelandic descent. It was the early 1970s, and she lived near Diversey and Central—which you might say made Cragin the city’s Icelandic neighborhood. If there are any more Icelanders out there, let me know.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ZZ-Norway-Rockne%20%28LofC%29.jpg" style="float: right; height: 339px; width: 250px;" title="A Norwegian immigrant to Chicago: Knute Rockne (Library of Congress)"></div><p><strong>Norway</strong>—Norwegians were among the earliest immigrants to put down roots in Chicago. They lived along Milwaukee Avenue, mainly in Logan Square. By 1900 there were over 40,000 Norwegians in Chicago, including future football legend Knute Rockne. Though the community is no longer concentrated in one area, a Norwegian Constitution Day Parade is staged annually in Park Ridge.</p><p><strong>Poland</strong>—Chicago’s first wave of Polish immigrants started arriving in the 1850s. They settled on the near Northwest Side. St. Stanislaus Kostka parish was founded in 1864, and as more people came, other churches were built. Business, cultural, and political organizations sprang up. The area near Milwaukee and Division became known as Polish Downtown.</p><p>During the 20<sup>th</sup> century, Poles began moving up Milwaukee Avenue toward Niles. Meanwhile, Polish enclaves developed in Back of the Yards, South Chicago, Hegewisch, and other areas. The Poles became the city’s largest ethnic group, and Chicago was said to be "the second biggest Polish city in the world."</p><p>Today the Chicago area counts about 1.5 million people of Polish ancestry. The community has dispersed, though many Poles still live along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor. The Polish Museum of America is located near the onetime Polish Downtown.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ZZ-Poland-family%20group%2C%201907.jpg" title="Polish family group, 1907. (Author's collection)"></div><p><strong>Portugal</strong>—Portugal sent an official delegation to the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Yet as late as 1940 there were only 47 Portuguese residents in all of Cook County. The current metro population is said to be about 3,000.</p><p><strong>Spain</strong>—Though Chicago’s Hispanic community is large, the number of ethnic Spaniards has always been very small. The latest estimate puts the number of Spaniards in the Chicago metro area at about 500.</p></p> Wed, 16 May 2012 07:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-05/how-nato-peoples-helped-settle-chicago-part-2-99028 Weekend Passport: Immigration theater, Greek masks http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport/weekend-passport-immigration-theater-greek-masks-99049 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/419604_10150666961318259_182300968258_9063843_56184008_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Friday's <em>Weekend Passport</em> takes you to Mexico, Greece and into the work of a Holocaust survivor who reflects her life experience in her paintings.</p><p>First, to Mexico where <a href="http://teatroluna.org/season/living-large-in-a-mini-kind-of-way/" target="_blank">Teatro Luna presents</a><em><a href="http://teatroluna.org/season/living-large-in-a-mini-kind-of-way/" target="_blank"> Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way</a></em>,&nbsp; by playwright Diane Rodriguez. "Diane’s play asks some specific questions to illustrate different aspects of the&nbsp;immigration drama," says Alexandra Media, Executive Director of Teatro Luna. Based on a true story, <em>Living Large</em> asks us, "What would you do if you didn't have a social security number, and how far would you go for those nine precious digits that could change your life?" You can catch&nbsp;<em>Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way </em>at the <a href="http://teatroluna.org/" target="_blank">Teatro Luna Theater</a> located at 3914 North Clark Street. Shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.</p><p>Next, explore kids get a chance to learn about Greek culture with the <a href="http://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Children's Museum's</a> series <em><a href="http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/passport-world-greece-3/" target="_blank">Passport to the World: World Music May</a></em>.&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/" target="_blank">National Hellenic Museum</a> teams up with the Children's Museum where kids get a chance&nbsp; make ancient Greek shields and cyclops masks and learn&nbsp; Greek dance with the <a href="http://ellasdance.com/" target="_blank">Ellas Dancers of Chicago</a>. There will also be special performances by&nbsp;<a href="http://neoleahellenicdancers.com/Home.php" target="_blank">Neolena Hellenic Dancers</a>. At the end of the day kids will battle off against each other with their new Greek gear (WARNING: This event may get too cute). A wide spread of Greek treats are available as well so the kids won't go hungry. <em>Passport to the World: World Music May</em> is hosted by the Chicago Children's Museum, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Navy Pier.</p><p>Then: What do you get when you combine <span id="internal-source-marker_0.15610435207320672">a Venezuelan, a Mexican, two Americans and two French guys</span>? The psychedelic music collective <a href="http://chichalibre.com/" target="_blank">Chicha Libre</a> - duh! They call themselves "musical cannibals" and it's apparent why when you hear their unique blend of musical influences. They perform Saturday at the the <a href="http://www.oldtownschool.org/" target="_blank">Old Town School of Folk Music</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Finally, Vera Klement is an established painter with a lot to say. Her Russian-Jewish family escaped to Poland when she was a young girl; they later fled to the U.S. to escape the Holocaust. Her latest exhibit opens on Friday at the Zolla Lieberman Gallery. The opening runs from 5 to 8 p.m.</p><p>Enjoy your globetrotting right here in Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 10:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/weekend-passport/weekend-passport-immigration-theater-greek-masks-99049 Worldview 5.7.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/worldview-5712-98880 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP110316116026.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Greece went to the polls over the weekend. The outcome may cause difficulties in forming a coalition government. <em>Worldview</em> gets analysis from Endy Zemenides, executive director of the <a href="http://hellenicleaders.com">Hellenic-American Leadership Council</a>.<strong> </strong></p><p>Then, the Uzbek government forced civil servants to take part of their salaries in Serbian chickens. Surprisingly, this is the latest example in a long history of poultry politics. On <em>Worldview's</em> <em>Food Mondays</em> segment, <em>Atlantic</em> contributor <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/joshua-foust/" target="_blank">Joshua Foust</a> weighs in about chickens in government and why Russians still call drumsticks “Bush’s legs,” in honor of George H.W.<strong><em> </em></strong>Bush.</p><p>Lastly, <em>Worldview</em> discusses nuclear power, from Fukushima to the Midwest, with <a href="http://beyondnuclear.squarespace.com/storage/Kevin_Kamps_bio.pdf" target="_blank">Kevin Kamps</a> of Beyond Nuclear.</p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 16:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/worldview-5712-98880 Greeks vote against austerity measures http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/segment/greeks-vote-against-austerity-measures-98882 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP120502037670(2).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Europe saw a political shake up this weekend when voters went to the polls in France, Serbia and Greece. Greek voters gave a majority to the center-right New Democracy party.&nbsp; But with only about 19 percent of the vote, they did not win enough seats to take control of parliament. They&rsquo;ve now got three days to try and form a coalition.</p><p>The two parties that were part of the previous coalition government suffered a big loss as voters cast their ballots against austerity measures.&nbsp; The vote split among at least seven parties, unseating socialists and conservatives that have dominated Greek politics. Voters delivered a clear message, they want a change. We&rsquo;ll got some analysis from Endy Zemenides executive director of <a href="http://hellenicleaders.com" target="_blank">Hellenic-American Leadership Council</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 15:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/segment/greeks-vote-against-austerity-measures-98882 2.20.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-20 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-february/2012-02-20/ap050206045333.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>EU finance ministers are expected to agree to a second bailout today. In exchange, Greece must agree to a set of severe austerity measures. <em>Worldview </em>discusses what this could mean for Greece and the global economy with Northwestern profesor Stephen Nelson and sociologist Costas Panayotakis. Also, over the weekend the Iranian government halted oil exports to Britain and France. Tensions are increasing within the international community over Iran’s alleged development of nuclear weapons. <em>Worldview </em>talks with Ahmad Sadri, professor of Islamic Studies at Lake Forest College, to make sense of the new developments.</p></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-20 As Greece struggles, new museum showcases Hellenic culture from ancient Athens to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/greece-struggles-new-museum-showcases-hellenic-culture-ancient-athens-ch <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/New_National_Hellenic_Museum_during_the_day.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The National Hellenic Museum opens its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday. The museum, located on Halsted Street in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood, showcases everything from antiquities to the contemporary Greek-American experience.</p><p>The opening comes at a time when Greece has dominated international headlines for catalyzing the European debt crisis. Attorney Endy Zemenides is the executive director of the <a href="http://www.hellenicleaders.com/" target="_blank">Hellenic American Leadership Council </a>and the legal counsel for the <a href="http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/" target="_blank">The National Hellenic Museum</a>. He explains what the museum means for the Greek-American community at a time of instability for Greece.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 18:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/greece-struggles-new-museum-showcases-hellenic-culture-ancient-athens-ch