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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-03-21

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] SYRIZA: Decision on Cyprus 'catastrophic'
  • [02] 'Antikythera Wreck' exhibition

  • [01] SYRIZA: Decision on Cyprus 'catastrophic'

    AMNA--Main opposition SYRIZA on Thursday launched a dual attack against the EU and the Greek government over the recent decisions taken on Cyprus' economic problem and the consequences they cause, at the same time defending the policy it has adopted since the June 2012 general elections in Greece that "there is no one-way path".

    In an informational note assessing the developments since the Eurogroup decision on Cyprus and up until Wednesday night, a time span rife with developments, as SYRIZA called it, the main opposition party charged that the Eurogroup decision on Cyprus was a "catastrophic decision that is part of the strategy of the dominant forces in Europe, under German hegemony", aiming at the following two results: First, for generalization of the catastrophic austerity throughout the entire eurozone and conversion of the European countries into special economic zones with hunger salaries and absolutely insecure labor relations and, second, for a 'neo-colonialisation' of the economically weak countries, particularly the European south, in order to snatch their wealth-producing resources, namely natural gas in the case of Cyprus.amna

    SYRIZA opined that this is an" especially dangerous decision that opened up Aeolus' wind bags" for the stability of the credit system not only in Cyprus and Greece but in the entire eurozone, and especially in the countries facing intense economic problems. "It is a bomb placed at the foundations of the eurozone itself, and this is why this move (in any of its versions) must first of all be cancelled, while bold measures must be taken to limit the damage that has already been caused before it becomes irreversible.

    [02] 'Antikythera Wreck' exhibition

    AMNA--An exhibition entitled "The wreck of Antikythera - The ship, the treasures, the Mechanism", currently on show at the Archaeological Museum in Athens, will close on April 28 after a year-long run.

    The exhibition, which opened on April 5 last year, is the first time that all the findings from the Antikythera wreck, dated between 60-50 BC, are displayed together, while some of the items had never been displayed before.

    Sometime before Easter 1900, Elias Stadiatis, a Greek sponge diver, discovered the wreck of an ancient cargo ship off Antikythera Island at a depth of 42 m (138 ft). Sponge divers retrieved several statues and other artifacts from the site. The Mechanism itself was discovered on May 17, 1901, when archaeologist Valerios Stais noticed that a piece of rock recovered from the site had a gear wheel embedded in it. Examination revealed that the "rock" was in fact a heavily encrusted and corroded mechanism that had survived the shipwreck in three main parts and dozens of smaller fragments. The device itself was surprisingly thin, about 33 cm (13 in) high, 17 cm (6.7 in) wide, and 9 cm (3.5 in) thick, made of bronze and originally mounted in a wooden frame. It was inscribed with a text of over 2,000 characters, many of which have only just recently been deciphered.

    The Antikythera Mechanism is believed to be an ancient mechanical calculator (also described as a "mechanical computer") designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was discovered in the Antikythera wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, between Kythera and Crete, and has been dated to about 150-100 BC. Technological artifacts of similar complexity appeared a thousand years later.


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