Wednesday, December 13, 2006

News from diaspora: Ethnic Greeks in decision-making centres

13 Dec 2006 11:27:00 (ERT)

From the “heart” of the United States in Washington, to the most distant Australian state, the ethnic Greeks hold important positions and play significant roles, particularly behind the scenes of decision-making centres.
Many senators, parliamentary deputies, state governors, senior party officials all over the world are originally from Greece and play a leading role in their “second” country. This phenomenon is most pronounced in the US and Australia, as a similar situation does not exist in Europe – although some European countries do boast large Greek communities.

Every morning when US President George W. Bush enters the White House’s Oval Office, two officials – John Negreponte and Frances Fragos-Townsend – are his eyes and ears in the United States and the rest of the world. The former is the chief of the National Intelligence Service and the latter is Homeland Security Adviser.

The “Greek Lobby” coordinator, Andrew Manatos, believes that Greek-American officials are able to influence decisions that concern Greece and Cyprus. However, the reality appears to contradict this, as nothing at all has changed in America’s bad policies in relation to Greece and Cyprus.

Andrew Natsios – until recently the head of USAID – also enjoys a close personal relationship with President Bush. Although he recently resigned in order to take up a professorship at Georgetown University, he has undertaken to provide humanitarian aid to Sudan at the president’s request.

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