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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-05

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  • [01] Tribute to Amalia Fleming
  • [02] KKE rejects PM's proposals

  • [01] Tribute to Amalia Fleming

    The Hellenic Association of University Women (SEE) hosted an event in honor of <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Lady <font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">Amalia Fleming on the occasion of the association's 85th anniversary and International Women's Day. Amalia Fleming (1909-1986) was described by the speakers addressing the event<font size="3" face="Times New Roman">, held on Wednesday night<font size="3" face="Times New Roman">, as a "beacon of inspiration, a model of a woman that became an example of a human being with principles". Former parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis underlined that her personality was unique perfectly combining her various roles of a woman, scientist, politician. Amalia Koutsouri-Vourekas, Lady Fleming, was a doctor, activist and politician, born in Constantinople (Istanbul<font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> today<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">) in 1909. She moved to Greece and during WWII joined the National Resistance for which she was jailed by the Italians. In 1946, she received a scholarship to study in London where she met Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin. They married in 1953 but her husband died less than two years later. She returned to Greece in 1963. Amalia Fleming was arrested by the Greek junta and was released from prison in 1971 due to health problems. She was stripped of her Greek citizenship and <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">forced in<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">to exile. Lady Fleming returned to Greece after the fall of the junta in 1974, joined PASOK and was elected to the Greek Parliament in 1977, 1981 and 1985. She was active in several human rights organisations, notably Amnesty International, Democratic Concern and Human Rights Union.

    Amalia Fleming initiated and funded the establishment of the Greek Foundation for Basic Biological Research "Alexander Fleming" (1965) which was later transformed <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">into the Biomedical Sciences Research Center "Alexander Fleming", a governmental, non-profit institution which is actively involved in research areas covering immunology, molecular biology, genetics and molecular oncology.

    [02] KKE rejects PM's proposals

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Thursday received Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga at his Maximos Mansion office, part of the Greek premier's ongoing high-level contacts with top opposition political leaders in the wake of an extraordinary EU summit on the global economic crisis last week.

    After the meeting, Papariga said the prime minister referred to specific points he supports and gave her a relevant text, which according to Papariga, does not meet with KKE's approval.

    Answering press questions on the possibility of early elections, Papariga stressed that KKE does not refer only to elections but also to popular struggles.

    She also added that her party does not fear an election, which is a major opportunity to dent the "negative power correlation and to punish both poles of bipartisanism," as she said.

    The KKE leader also said that her party will not back an "anti-social policy" and measures against the working class.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist party of Greece leader Aleka Papariga

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