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Wrong Side of the Tracks


One cannot but praise journalists for their professionalism. By means of a few words they can inform the reader about the basics of their reporting. The basics: The heading of their article that summarizes its content, the place where the reported events took place, and their own name, as a hint about the quality of the article.   

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Heading: mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Place: mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Name of journalist: LIZ ALDERMAN 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>NIKAIA 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Following the "universal" practice of all civilized peoples, the Greeks of Athens embraced the morality of the "right side" and the "wrong side" of the railroad tracks. My parental house was on the "right side". At that time most of the houses of Athens consisted of only the ground floor and were situated on the "right side". What I could see on the "wrong side", an oblong part of the plain, was really beautiful. Most of that part of Athens was covered with vegetable farms with a scatter of cowsheds. The green carpet of the vegetable farms was quite impressive. On the left edge of the oblong green area there was a cluster of communities, covering about 1/5 of the "wrong side" area, where the poor and the very poor of Athens lived. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>In September 1940, Metaxas, the then pro-Nazi dictator of Greece [imposed by the British (!) on the Greeks], changed the name of the community from Kokkinia to "Nikaia" [pronounced "nikea", accent on "i" and "e" as in "end"]. A few weeks later, in October 28 of 1940, Greece was attacked by the Italian Fascists of Mussolini. The Greeks resisted and the Fascists failed to conquer Greece. So, the Nazis took over. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>By 1941, when the Nazis attacked and occupied Greece, Kokkinia had become a bastion of the Greek Left. So, the Greek Left found a ready-made name for their community: Kokkinia, the "reddish place". As a matter of fact it was called the "Little Moscow". As expected, Kokkinia became anathema to the Greek Rightists and later the Nazis. My estimate is that Metaxas, that brutal but pious Christian dictator, chose the name Nikaia for Kokkinia, because he thought that that way he will put an end to the "advertising" of their Leftism by the inhabitants of Kokkinia, through the name of their community.  

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Mandra (or "manthra" in refined classical Greek) is a wall built to enclose a space or property. At that time a mandra was built with locally available stone and the mortar consisted simply of the local soil mixed with water. It was usually about 6 feet high and 1.5 feet thick. The mandra at Kokkinia in 1944, enclosed the property of a …  British factory, "Oriental Carpet", built in 1929. Obviously the destitute Greek refugees provided really cheap labor. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>The, mostly young, men executed at the "mandra at Kokkinia" were 74. The total number of Greeks killed that day, at Kokkinia by the German Nazis and their Greek collaborators, is estimated at 350. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Many centuries ago in a culture quite faraway from Greece, a word, similar to "mandra", the word "mantra", meant "sacred counsel".  Today the "mandra" at Kokinnia belongs to the sacred part of the Greek history. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>What the Nazis left behind, besides their hate, were their Nazi collaborators. Those monsters who, according to witnesses from all over Greece, were even more brutal than their Nazi "employers". Those monsters were not only never punished, but immediately found new and more 'civilized" employers; the "Great" Winston Churchill, the "lowly haberdasher" Harry Truman, and the "likable" Ike. They were turned by their new "employers" into instruments of controlling the Greek people. As a matter of fact, many of them were metamorphosed into the new Greek elites infiltrating the Greek justice system, the police, the banking system, etc, as crypto-Nazis. This has been going on for 69 years after the Nazis left Greece in 1944. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>At the "thugs" level of the Greek Nazi-collaborators, one might call them the "blue-collar" variety, it is possible to estimate more accurately the behavior of their offspring. A "blue-collar" Nazi-thug, in general, raises his child as a Nazi-thug. The physical attributes of a thug, the cultural background, etc of the parental Nazi-thug pass to the offspring. Of course, for the members of the "white-collar" variety of Nazi-thugs the same canon holds, but in a more selective way. For, at that level, there are more possibilities for the offspring to choose a way out of the Nazi manure. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Kokkinia in 2013 [sixty-nine years later] 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Therefore, the employers of the Nazis today, as their predecessors, the Nazis of Hitler, focused their intervention especially on Kokkinia and established there their most active Nazi cell. Here are the latest two events in Kokkinia, already mentioned in this ZNet space in my article, "The Age of Tele-man", of October 19, 2013:

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>1. – "Nazis: A few days ago (on September 12, 2013) the Nazis attacked a team of 15 people who were pasting posters for a Festival of the Communist Youth of Greece [at "Perama"]. The group of Nazis, about 40 or 50 of them, bearing all kinds of clubs and crowbars, wounded 9 of the 15. The wooden clubs were "improved" with protruding nails. On the basis of the head-wounds with stitches shown on the TV-news and the testimony of wounded people, my estimate is that the Nazis were instructed not to hit people with the nails on the head but on body muscles, as there were cases with wounds that the nails penetrated up to 2 inches in the flesh. The people that plan the Nazi provocations have their own schedule." 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>[Note added today: "Perama" is a community adjacent to "Kokkinia" with the same kind of population as "Kokkinia", only poorer.]

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Commenting on the Greek hip-hop scene the closest friend of Pavlos Fyssas says: "Listen to his songs and you will come to know him." 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>I, as a Greek, consider the mother and the father of Pavlos Fyssas to be a rare kind of people with immense dignity and self-control. Pavlos was not only their physical child but their moral statement to the world through his upbringing. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>To the young Greeks: Do not "allow them to steal [your] dreams".

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”> Confidants 

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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Finally we have seen the light about Chrysanthos Lizaridis. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>After 1980 he studied in the London School of Economics, in the City University of New York, etc. His political credo after all that highfalutin education: What Thatcher and the "Great Communicator" [a.k.a. Ronnie Reagan] were saying was full of meaning, much more than what most of the Leftists utter. Today Lazaridis is one of the ultra rightist "confidants" of Samaras, the man on the saddle of the Greek government, also Known as Prime Minister of Greece. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Finally, his arguments, on TV, to prove that the equation "Nazis equals SYRIZA [the Greek Left]" is a mathematical identity, were not very bright, considering his labors in assorted universities. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>To their credit these confidants are not crypto-Rightists, they are overt ones, and witting, to use a specialized term. mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Gypsies 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Nazis: 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”> There is this Greek psychiatrist who is a Nazi and who helped his fellow Nazis to get a license to carry a gun, or helped to postpone repeatedly the trial of a Nazi lady, for reasons of health, who had attacked an immigrant with a knife.

 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>-  European Left 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>This is October 24, 2013. Four days from now there is going to be the annual military parade to commemorate the October 28, 1940 attack of the Italian Fascists against Greece. The Greek government in an effort to economize, will not spend money on fuel for fighter jets to take part in the festivities. So, very rich private Greek "philanthropists" will donate the money for the fuel. Meanwhile, … one third of the Greeks go hungry. The "philanthropists" and the Rightist government of Greece, following the "universal" values of the owners of the planet, ascribe to the motto: "Patriotism, Religion, Family". Which is another expression of the Nazi KKK [Kinder, Kirche, Kueche; Kids, Church, Kitchen].