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Dec 6, 2010

Greek police clash with protesters, fire teargas

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek police clashed with youths hurling petrol bombs in Athens on Monday during protests to mark the anniversary of the 2008 police killing of a teenager that triggered the country’s worst riots in decades.

Thousands of students and leftists marched through the Greek capital in protests the authorities had feared would turn violent amid rising public discontent as Greece battles a debt crisis with stringent austerity measures.

Nov 16, 2010
via FaithWorld

Mob in Athens abuses Muslims as they celebrate Eid


(Photo: Muslim immigrants pray during Eid al-Adha celebrations in front of Athens university November 16, 2010/Yannis Behrakis)

Dozens of far-right activists and local residents threw eggs and taunted hundreds of Muslim immigrants as they gathered to pray in a central square for Eid al-Adha surrounded by a protective cordon of riot police.

Greece, which has become the main immigrant gateway to the European Union, has a growing Muslim community and tensions between locals and incomers have run high in some Athens areas such as Attiki square, the scene of Tuesday’s incident.

Sep 22, 2010

Greece opens up road freight, clashes in Athens

ATHENS, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Greek lawmakers opened up road
freight to competition on Wednesday, prompting angry truck
drivers to briefly block the two main roads to the capital and
clash with police in front of parliament.

Road freight is one of the most closed professions in Greece
– along with pharmacists, architects and lawyers — with no new
licenses issued for decades. Opening up these professions is a
key requirement of an EU/IMF bailout deal.

Jun 29, 2010

Greek police, marchers clash; strike turnout down

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek riot police fired teargas at protesters chanting “Burn parliament” in Athens on Tuesday just hours before lawmakers were to begin debating a sweeping pension reform to help tackle the country’s huge debt crisis.

About 10,000 people took part in marches across Athens during a nationwide strike — well down from the 50,000 in the biggest demonstration against austerity measures needed to secure a 110 billion euro ($134.2 billion) bailout from the European Union and the IMF.

Jun 4, 2010
via Photographers' Blog

Embedded in Taliban territory


One of the most challenging and exciting parts of my job is working with some of the toughest and best-trained men in the most dangerous and challenging spot in the world. Last January, Reuters photographers received a group email asking for volunteers for an embed in Afghanistan “during the two most dangerous months of the year, May and June”. I did not think much before responding. I was on my way back to my home base in Greece after a two-year assignment in Israel.

By mid-March I was back in the gym to be fit for the embed. After a series of emails with the U.S. military in Afghanistan and a bit of paperwork, I received the approval for a three-week embed with the 2-508 Infantry Parachute regiment, (the Red Devils) part of the 82nd airborne, based in Arghandab valley near Kandahar. I was very happy and relieved to get the go ahead. I arrived at Kandahar airfield (KAF) on April 30. After a two day wait at the airbase, and a few rocket attacks, I got the green light to fly on an Australian Chinook chopper to my base in the valley — a region considered the most dangerous on earth at that time. To whoever is a fan of extreme games, I suggest a flight with that “bird.”

Dec 7, 2009
via AxisMundi Jerusalem

Photo highlights from the Holy Land

This image shot by Gaza-based Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem of a martial arts class is among the latest “Photo highlights from the Holy land”

Click below to view a multimedia presentation by Jerusalem-based Senior Photo Editor Sharon Perry showcasing some of the best Reuters images from Israel and the Palestinian Territories in November 2009.

Nov 6, 2009
via AxisMundi Jerusalem

Education for the blind

Blind Palestinian children attend special schools in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza.

Sep 6, 2009
via AxisMundi Jerusalem

Photo highlights from the Holy Land


This image shot by Jerusalem based Reuters photographer Ronen Zvulun of storks flying over the Judean Desert is among the latest “Photo highlights from the Holy Land”.Click below to view a multimedia presentation by Sharon Perry showcasing some of the best Reuters images from Israel and the Palestinian Territories during the week of August 24-31, 2009.

Aug 24, 2009
via AxisMundi Jerusalem

Dead Sea Wonder


The Dead Sea is among 14 finalists in a global internet vote next year to choose the 7 wonders of the natural world, organisers said on Tuesday August 25, 2009.The famously salty lake at the lowest point in the world is in the running for a place alongside spectacular natural phenomena such as the Amazon River, the Galapagos Islands, the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.The Dead Sea is shared by Israel, Jordan and the occupied West Bank. It was almost eliminated from the contest ( earlier this year when Middle East politics blocked their required cooperation.But a last-minute compromise allowed the candidacy to proceed to the next stage. Final results are due in 2011, by which time the organisers expect one billion people will have voted online.Click below for a multi-media ’essay’ on the Dead Sea.

Aug 20, 2009
via AxisMundi Jerusalem

Photo Tales from the Holyland


Click below to view a multimedia presentation showcasing some of the best Reuters images from Israel and the Palestinian Territories during the week of August 2-9, 2009.

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      "I have been a photojournalist with Reuters for the last 20 years during which I have covered conflicts around the globe, major sporting events and a lot more besides. I am currently Chief Photographer in Greece. Follow me on twitter @yannisBehrakis"
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