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Elaine Green is Business Editor of the Athens News. Her Citylife column on the blog is a lighter look at life away from her usual business beat.
Now that September is upon us, the roads are beginning to clog up with traffic and fumes. August was blissful in the city centre – empty roads, clean air (prior to the fires at least) and best of all, polite taxi drivers. Was it the empty streets that suddenly turned that most rude of beasts, the Greek taxi driver into charming and entertaining chauffeurs?
From wikipedia, an F-16 Fighting Falcon performs during the 2009 Paris Air Show.
Three of the 30 warplanes Greece ordered from the US arrived on Monday. Greece received ten planes earlier this year and will receive 17 more in the coming months.
Greece also holds the option of purchasing ten more planes bringing the possible total cost to about 2.2 billion euros.
A Greek anarchist poster calling for Solidarity with Iliopoulos
Thodoros Iliopoulos’s hunger strike didn’t make it to a 50th day. He was released from “temporary” custody soon after we posted our last update on August 27.
Ekathimerini reported on Friday that he was in “extremely fragile but stable condition.” The Greek version of Ekathimerini included that Iliopoulos was freed by the Council of Misdemeanors and that he will have to visit a police station twice a month. He also cannot leave the country.
Athens News reporters spent two days (August 24-25) observing the damage wrought by the Attica Fires. In this 2:30 minute video we’ve summed up the scene after the conflagration and honed in on a community of Iraqi-Kurds trying to find a way forward.
For more coverage, pick up a copy of Athens News.
Controlled burns are a fairly routine sight for those Americans like me who have lived in California’s fire-prone areas. Firefighters set these fires in the winter to clear dry brush that can turn a forest into a tinderbox during the summer.
They are also currently forbidden in Greece.
The European Fire Paradox Project adds in another technique, called “tactical fire” which Greece has not embraced just yet either, according to an article from the BBC.
Tactical fire uses a new fire to extinguish an existing one.
This image of Thodoris Iliopoulis from his "personal archive" has been making the rounds on the internet.
Thodoris Iliopoulos’ hunger strike has led to violence. Just not in Greece.
On Tuesday, a Serbian anarchist group fire-bombed the Greek Embassy in Belgrade. They demanded Ilipoulos’ freedom in an e-mail to the media.