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We bring people together to help the oppressed.

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CYA is a study abroad program offering a wide range of study opportunities with an emphasis on Greece and the Mediterranean region.

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Modeled on Vietnam Vets Against the War, LEAP brings unquestionable credibility and first hand experience to its critique of our drug policies to wide audiences. Find out why Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow said, "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a singular organization whose credibility and experience provide ...See More one of the strongest voices against the War on Drugs anywhere in the world." Show Less

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Religion
EME endeavors to enable worshipping communities to transform their local environments through education and community / business development projects, especially in the Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa Mission Statement EME Purposes To: • Enable local churches, ministries and other partners, primarily in the Mediterranean Region. • Empower partnerships with necessary provisions—e.g. personnel, finance, ...See More training and other essentials—to better advance their efforts. • Support the development of educational programs within the framework of partnerships— e.g. kindergartens, primary schools, K-12 schools and adult education—and the implementation of community building projects, including Business as/for Mission. Show Less
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Environment
Greeceâ's efforts to foster economic prosperity and greater economic integration with the European Union in recent years has often come at the expense of the environment.1 As the country has sought to cater to the needs of tourism, industrialization, and intensive agriculture, the environment has suffered the resulting smog and pollution.2 The most significant sources of pollution include emissions from transportation and power stations, exploitation of water resources, degradation of coastlines, and the loss of biodiversity in terrestrial and marine ecosystems.3 The most frequently cited problems include the problem of air pollution in the populous city of Athens, rapid urbanization of major cities, and marine litter.3-4

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1 http://www.chem.uoa.gr/scinews/Reports/Rep_Env_problems2000-10.htm
2-3 Ibid.
4 http://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/signals-2014/close-up/litter-in-our-seas
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Greece News

Bloomberg 
Greece is edging closer to a repeat of the 2015 drama that pushed Europe's most indebted state to the edge of economic collapse, as the government in Athens and its creditors disagree over reforms to the pension system and the labor and energy markets. See more..
Kathimerini 
A visit this week to Trikala and meetings there with government and business leaders has reinforced my optimism about Greece's future and this country's rich endowment of human and natural resources. Trikala has the distinction of being the first ... See more..
SkySports 
Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for Belgium's World Cup Qualifier against Greece on Saturday after injuring his groin in training. Roberto Martinez's side are already without Chelsea star Eden Hazard and defender Thomas Meunier for the key Group H clash ... See more..
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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 
A North Greece firefighter received minor injuries after falling through a hole in the floor while battling a fire at a vacant home on Ironwood Drive. The firefighter was taken to Unity Hospital and treated. Read or Share this story: http://on.rocne.ws ... See more..
Bleacher Report 
Belgium clash with Greece in UEFA Group H qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, as the top-two teams in the standings battle at the King Baudouin ... See more..
Vanguard 
The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Tor Uja, has advocated for enhanced partnership with Greece in the area of visa procurement, pilgrimage participation and economic cooperation. Uja made the call in a statement ... See more..
The Mercury News 
Our globetrotting readers have been traveling around the world, visiting Hawaii, Greece and more. Now they're sharing images and travel tips in one of our most beloved reader features, Wish You Were Here. HAWAII: Menlo Park residents Mary ... See more..
Financial Times 
The picturesque lake-town of Ioannina in north-west Greece is far removed from Aleppo. Yet Tareq Nanai says it shares many visual similarities with his cream-coloured home city such as “the buildings, the roads, the squares”, although there is one key ... See more..
Tornos News International Edition (press release) 
According to the study, tax evasion in Greece is estimated to reach 6 to 9 percent of Greece's current GDP, which translates into 11 to 16 billion euros on an annual basis. The figure is considered as huge, given that the Greek state annual spends 28 ... See more..
The Sun 
An all-inclusive Greece holiday with room upgrade or a Christmas market cruise, take your pick with today's best travel deals. Whatever you're after, we have you covered for your 2017 break with up to 50% off! Promotion. by The Sun Travel. 23rd March ... See more..
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Geography

Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey
Area

Total 131,957 sq km
Land 130,647 sq km
Water 1,310 sq km

Climate

temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers ;
Natural Resources

lignite, petroleum, iron ore, bauxite, lead, zinc, nickel, magnesite, marble, salt, hydropower potential ;
Natural Hazards

severe earthquakes

volcanism: Santorini (elev. 367 m) has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; although there have been very few eruptions in recent centuries, Methana and Nisyros in the Aegean are classified as historically active Santorini (elev. 367 m) has been deemed a "Decade Volcano" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations; although there have been very few eruptions in recent centuries, Methana and Nisyros in the Aegean are classified as historically active ;
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution; water pollution ;

Demographics

Nationality
Greek
Population
10,772,967 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Greece has a capitalist economy with a public sector accounting for about 40% of GDP and with per capita GDP about two-thirds that of the leading euro-zone economies. Tourism provides 15% of GDP. Immigrants make up nearly one-fifth of the work force, mainly in agricultural and unskilled jobs. Greece is a major beneficiary of EU aid, equal to about 3.3% of annual GDP. The Greek economy grew by nearly 4% per year between 2003 and 2007, due partly to infrastructural spending related to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and in part to an increased availability of credit, which has sustained ...See More record levels of consumer spending. But the economy went into recession in 2009 as a result of the world financial crisis, tightening credit conditions, and Athens' failure to address a growing budget deficit. The economy contracted by 2.3% in 2009, 3.5% in 2010, 6.9% in 2011, and 6.0% in 2012. Greece violated the EU's Growth and Stability Pact budget deficit criterion of no more than 3% of GDP from 2001 to 2006, but finally met that criterion in 2007-08, before exceeding it again in 2009, with the deficit reaching 15% of GDP. Austerity measures reduced the deficit to about 8% in 2012. Deteriorating public finances, inaccurate and misreported statistics, and consistent underperformance on reforms prompted major credit rating agencies to downgrade Greece's international debt rating in late 2009, and has led the country into a financial crisis. Under intense pressure from the EU and international market participants, the government adopted a medium-term austerity program that includes cutting government spending, decreasing tax evasion, overhauling the health-care and pension systems, and reforming the labor and product markets. Athens, however, faces long-term challenges to push through unpopular reforms in the face of widespread unrest from the country's powerful labor unions and the general public. In April 2010 a leading credit agency assigned Greek debt its lowest possible credit rating; in May 2010, the International Monetary Fund and Euro-Zone governments provided Greece emergency short- and medium-term loans worth $147 billion so that the country could make debt repayments to creditors. In exchange for the largest bailout ever assembled, the government announced combined spending cuts and tax increases totaling $40 billion over three years, on top of the tough austerity measures already taken. Greece, however, struggled to meet 2010 targets set by the EU and the IMF, especially after Eurostat - the EU's statistical office - revised upward Greece's deficit and debt numbers for 2009 and 2010. European leaders and the IMF agreed in October 2011 to provide Athens a second bailout package of $169 billion. The second deal however, calls for Greece's creditors to write down a significant portion of their Greek government bond holdings. In exchange for the second loan Greece has promised to introduce an additional $7.8 billion in austerity measures during 2013-15. However, these massive austerity cuts are lengthening Greece's economic recession and depressing tax revenues. Greece's lenders are calling on Athens to step up efforts to increase tax collection, privatize public enterprises, and rein in health spending, and are planning to give Greece more time to shore up its economy and finances. Many investors doubt that Greece can sustain fiscal efforts in the face of a bleak economic outlook, public discontent, and political instability. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$281.4 billion (2012 est.); $300.6 billion (2011 est.); $323.6 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

10.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 6.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 7.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

wheat, corn, barley, sugar beets, olives, tomatoes, wine, tobacco, potatoes; beef, dairy products
Industries

tourism, food and tobacco processing, textiles, chemicals, metal products; mining, petroleum