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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

The Independent 
migrants-1.jpg Habib, 22, from Algeria sits in an abandoned railway wagon used as a shelter by stranded migrants. Habib arrived at the Greek island of Rhodes three months ago and he reached the mainland after hiding in a truck on a passenger ferry to ... See more..
Reuters 
BERLIN German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted in a newspaper interview on Sunday saying that Greece has made strong progress toward introducing reforms that could lead to the imminent release of further financial support. "If the Greek ... See more..
The Guardian 
Serifos, Greece: great interiors, even better outdoors. For beauty, Serifos is up there with the Cyclades' more famous islands – but it surpasses them for easygoing charm, which is why Athenians come here. That and the stylish places to stay. The view ... See more..
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Tornos News International Edition (press release) 
82% of Americans planning holidays in Europe prefer Mediterranean destinations, and Greece ranks as the third most desirable destinations in the Mediterranean with a 9% share. This is one of the conclusions reached by the Long-Haul Travel Barometer of ... See more..
Daily Mail 
In his new memoir Yanis Varoufakis claims German counterpart Wolfgang Schauble admitted to him that he would not have endorsed an EU-ordered austerity ... See more..
Kathimerini 
Every visit to Cyprus is like a punch to the gut to me, because it reminds me of what Greece could be like if it was free of its hang-ups. Take education, for example. With the consensus of the left, Cyprus established private universities, some of ... See more..
The Sun 
Greece started competing in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976 and have featured 36 times since. The Mediterranean nation has won the competition once in 2005 with the song My Number One, performed by Helena Paparizou. Since the introduction of ... See more..
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 
Jessica A. Wade was a standout student from the start. It wasn't only her academic excellence that set her apart from her grade school classmates. “I wanted to be an architect since I was 7 years old," Wade says. "I always built things as a kid and was ... See more..
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 
First it was open. Then, three months later, it was closed. And now, about a year after that, the Maines Food & Party Warehouse store in the Lowes Plaza in Greece is poised to open once again. Signs in the window say "Coming Soon," workers are busy ... See more..
Spectrum News 
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Police say a Greece man is in critical, but stable condition after crashing his motorcycle on Rochester's east side. Rochester police say the 24-year-old was on Park Avenue when he crashed into the back of a vehicle around 9:30 p.m. ... 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