Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Urgent Need to Re-Think Outside the "Omega-3 Pufas" Box



The title of this post is the title of a new opinion paper that has just been published in
Journal of Aquaculture and Research Development.

The full article is also available here.

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Introduction
Today, there is a growing controversy on the association of intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and the onset of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in humans. Some studies suggest that the consumption of oily fish leads to increased levels of omega-3 PUFAs and thereafter a favourable cardiovascular prognosis. These views have been supported by epidemiological data evaluated by metaanalyses and they have been linked to higher levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Clinically, men who consume oily fish at least once a week had a 50 percent lower incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) and sudden cardiac death (SCD). Mechanistically, though, we still do not know how omega-3 PUFAs work. Their postulated mechanism in preventing atherosclerosis could be through lowering the levels of triacylglycerol, preventing arrhythmias, decreasing platelet aggregation, or lowering blood pressure [1].
On the other hand, the association of omega-3 PUFAs and CVDs has been revised recently by evaluating all randomised trials on the supplementation of omega-3 PUFAs to adults. In a recent review the results of 20 studies on 68,680 patients were evaluated and omega-3 PUFAs were not found to be statistically significantly associated with CVDs in various patient populations [2]. There is still considerable doubt today if lowering blood cholesterol is a true prerequisite in order to protect ourselves from CVDs. In fact, cholesterol can be correlated with CVDs but without being a causal factor for it. Therefore, people with high levels of High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) face no higher risk for CVDs as the ratio (and not only the absolute levels!) of LDL to HDL is also important in disease prognosis [3,4].
With all the above in mind, it is rather surprising to see that most of the studies in aquaculture are still not addressing the nutritional value of the final produce from the consumer point of view. People eat fish because they have been told that “fish is good for you” and this is, still, valid and true. On top of that, aquaculture fish is even better since all raw ingredients and fish are constantly scrutinised under strict quality assurance procedures following all relevant requirements (for example, those of ISO22000, ISO9001, IFS, BRC, etc). The final product is thus fully monitored in terms of safety and quality but also in terms of sensory properties.
However, is it properly evaluated for its nutritional value against CVDs? If not, future research into the identification of fish lipids with specific cardioprotective activities could bring added value to aquaculture and be a viable marketing tool in promoting (functional) aquafeeds and fish [5]. The commercial future can be bright if the functional properties of fish are emphasised on the label, after having carried out relevant bioassays. In doing so, it is rather vital to assess the full lipidomic spectrum for cardioprotective activities and not only the levels of omega-3 PUFAs. Fish does contain polar lipids with strong anti-atherogenic properties and these molecules can be further exploited, both academically and commercially [6].
References





The pressure of the Senate to IMF and EU

can the guinea pig hit back its creditors?


3 days ago members of the US Congress have written a letter to IMF of paramount political gravity!

The letter is straightforward. It identifies with clarity the causes of the suffering that millions of Greeks have experienced under memorandum and troika (i.e. EU Commision, ECB and IMF).

"Greece has already reduced its national public sector work force by 19 percent and carried out many of the reforms demanded by the IMF and its creditors. It has gone through an enormous fiscal adjustment, achieving the largest cyclically adjusted primary budget surplus in the euro area last year; and a very large current account adjustment (with a 36 percent reduction in imports). At the same time, as even the IMF has acknowledged in its own research, the austerity imposed by Greece's creditors over the past five years turned out to be far more devastating to the economy than they had predicted."

The letter can be perceived as an attempt to push IMF to make a complete U-turn on its fiscal policies imposed to Greece over the past 5 years.

EU leaders (you know these Democrats who wish Tsipras off a.s.a.p.) probably are not very happy today reading this letter and the IMF's proposal on greek debt.

That's why they have supported with enormous aggression the "yes" vote at tomorrow's greek referendum.

Power games...with Greece in the operation theater once again...

Shall we say NO to more experiments on the body of our country?

Shall we find the guts to say NO to using Greece as a guinea pig?

Shall we dare to declare independence of thought against the regime of EU failed politicians?

I hope so.

Yannis Zabetakis
Ass. Professor of Food Chemistry
Univ. of Athens

  

Friday, 3 July 2015

το Κυριακάτικο ραντεβού μας στο Real FM 97.8 Αθήνα και 107.1 Θεσ/νίκη



Την Κυριακή 5 Ιούλη 2015 το πρωί,

εκεί λίγο πριν τις 8 μαζί με τον πρωινό μας καφέ θα συνεχίσουμε την κουβέντα μας με τον Πολυλογά της παρέας μας (aka Γιώργο Ψάλτη) στον αέρα του Real FM για το ποια τρόφιμα μπορούμε να τρώμε για να μας φτιάξουν την διάθεση.

Είτε με ΝΑΙ είτε με ΟΧΙ, έχει ανηφόρα μπροστά και είναι μεγάλη και έτσι ας κάνουμε διατροφικές επιλογές με στόχο να μας φτιάχνουν το κέφι!

1. Σοκολάτα Υγείας (τουλάχιστον 70% κακάο)
2. Φρούτα, Λαχανικά  και Δημητριακά - Πολύπλοκοι υδατάνθρακες (όχι ζάχαρη)
3. Ψάρι
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Κλείνω μουσικά και ετοιμάζομαι για την Κάλπη! Χωρίς φόβο! Κοιτώντας τα παιδιά μου στα μάτια!

Γιάννης Ζαμπετάκης

Thursday, 2 July 2015

χωρίς φόβο την Κυριακή!



Την Κυριακή θα πάω να ψηφίσω...
με μεγάλη ανησυχία για το μέλλον της οικογένειάς μου, των παιδιών μου, των φοιτητών μου, των φίλων μου, των δασκάλων μου αλλά και όλων εκείνων που απαρτίζουν αυτό που ο καθένας μας αποκαλεί ΠΑΤΡΙΔΑ.

Θα ψηφίσω χωρίς φόβο όμως...

Τι να φοβηθώ άραγε μετά από 5 χρόνια σκληρής και μονομερής λιτότητας;

Μετά από 5 χρόνια λεηλασίας των εισοδημάτων μας (κι εμείς είμαστε οι τυχεροί που έχουμε ακόμα δουλειά) και 5 χρόνια ΓΕΝΟΚΤΟΝΙΑΣ μιας γενιάς που είναι σήμερα άνεργη, χωρίς όνειρα και καταδικασμένη να μείνει στο πατρικό μέχρι άγνωστο πότε... 

Ναι, ξέρω θα μου πείτε ότι ο Τσίπρας τα γάμησε όλα σε 5 μήνες...και κοίτα σήμερα, Γιάννη το χάλι μας...

Απλά, δεν είναι έτσι...

Η συνταγή των μνημονίων είναι απλά ένας αργός θάνατος για όλους μας!

200.000 επιστήμονες έφυγαν από την Ελλάδα, 10.000 συνάνθρωποί μας έχουν αυτοκτονήσει...
και σε αυτά θα πούμε ΝΑΙ την Κυριακή;

Με όσα ψύγματα αξιοπρέπειας μου έχουν απομείνει απέναντι στα παιδιά μου (τα βιολογικά και τα πνευματικά, στο ΕΚΠΑ), θα πάω στην κάλπη και θα ψηφίσω αυτό!

Κάθε άλλη επιλογή (ΝΑΙ ή αποχή) είναι σαν να καταριόμαστε το μέλλον των παιδιών μας…

Γιάννης Ζαμπετάκης
ΕΚΠΑ



 

Το νόημα της Κυριακάτικης ψήφου...



την Κυριακή δεν ψηφίζουμε μόνο ένα ναι ή ένα όχι...αλλά ψηφίζουμε και για αυτούς τους πρώην πρυτάνεις - νυν βουλευτές ΝΔ...

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

a gang against People

this is a comment I left on the Guardian 

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Dear Editor, I would like to congradulate the Guardian team for your stance on Greek crisis. It would be helpful for your readers to present few bullet points on the DEVASTATING effect that the bailout programme had to people in Greece.

Unemployment,

brain drain,

suicides,

loss of income,

number of homeless.

In the latest news, it was emerged yesterday that the cancer unit at the children's hospital in Athens (Paidon) has now only doctor to run it...

If this is the effect of bailout, then why Junker (remember LUXLEAKS) and Dijsselbloem (with his "amended" cv http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/dutch-finance-minister-amends-cork-university-degree-error-29195279.html) want Greeks to continue a programme that leads nowhere but to the slow death of all of us?

If this the definition of EU democracy, then I am sorry but I am going to opt out.

Unless, people in EU understand at last that these 2 guys are part of a gang that operates without democracy and transparency and sth needs to be changed...

The dilemna is simple for all people in Europe! Eurogroup, Commision and all these fancifully named committees do NOT serve the people but the oligarchs...  

Why do we accept it?

Yannis Zabetakis

Monday, 29 June 2015

Paul Krugman: "I would vote no"



from Paul Krugman's blog on NYT.

OK, this is real: Greek banks closed, capital controls imposed. Grexit isn’t a hard stretch from here — the much feared mother of all bank runs has already happened, which means that the cost-benefit analysis starting from here is much more favorable to euro exit than it ever was before.
Clearly, though, some decisions now have to wait on the referendum.
I would vote no, for two reasons.

[ to read the rest of Paul's analysis, click here ]

Greece Debt Crisis: Banks close amid uncertainty

as a matter of fact, Greeks are forced to leave Greece to find a job abroad, so WE ARE THE REFUGEES OF EUROPE


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Listen

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With banks closed across the country and under 24 hours left to re-pay 1.6 billion Euros in debt, Greece is in financial crisis.
And while its European neighbours have offered a way to pay, it would mean more painful austerity measures for Greece — including tax hikes and pension cuts that have already led to so much pain across Greek society for the past five years.
The alternative is what's dubbed "Grexit" — leaving the Eurozone — with unclear, but no doubt severe consequences.

Yannis Zabetakis is a professor of food chemistry at the University of Athens. He's one of the lucky ones with a job in a country whose youth unemployment rate is over 50%. But that doesn't mean life is easy. We reached him in Athens.

Considering the high stakes, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has surprised some people by his refusal to give in to the cash-for-reforms deal being proposed by the Eurozone and the IMF. But American economist James Galbraith, who has been informally advising Greece's Finance Minister, doesn't think the government should give in. He spoke to our colleagues at As It Happens earlier this month.
The [IMF] predicted that if the program was acccepted, there would be a 5% reduction in Greek GDP and income and that it would be quickly recovered. In fact, there has been a 25% reduction and no recovery. And so the Greek position has been that these policies have to change and that failure has to be recognized and adjusted to. And the reality is that the creditors are still demanding the same policies.
     - James Galbraith, American economist
Eric Reguly agrees. He's the European Bureau Chief for the Globe and Mail, and he says that imposing further austerity measures in exchange for more loans is tantamount to a Ponzi scheme. He spoke to us in Athens.

This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and Gord Westmacott.


RELATED LINKS

Interview with James Galbraith - As It Happens

Greece shutters banks, 'financial earthquake' bloodies markets - Eric Reguly, The Globe and Mail

Greek debt crisis: Is Grexit inevitable? - BBC

οι Γερμανοί Πανεπιστημιακοί Δάσκαλοι έχουν και θάρρος γνώμης αλλά και γνώμη!

Ιδού ένα εξαιρετικό κείμενο Συναδέλφων Πανεπιστημιακών σχετικά με το νόημα του δημοψηφίσματος την Κυριακή 5 Ιούλη.

Αναρωτιέμαι όμως (βλακωδώς και μαζοχιστικώς βεβαίως) : οι Έλληνες Πανεπιστημιακοί έχουν γνώμη και ...θάρρος γνώμης;


Sunday, 28 June 2015

Greek citizen on his country's debt crisis



The EU bailout program 'doesn't lead anywhere. It has created unemployment, it has created recession and it's a downward spiral'

on CBC a couple of hours ago... here is the interview.

Yannis Zabetakis



Thursday, 25 June 2015

on political blindness



Can't understand...how on earth we got so many blind politicians and bureuacrats in EU, in goverments all around the world and so on?

Today, we have heard that the annual income of Lagarde of IMF is about $550,000 and the IMF's employees can retire at 50 y. old with full pension at 62 y. old.

People in EU are fool to work with 67 y. old?

It looks like all these blind politicians can NOT understand the problem in Greece, in PIGS, in Europe, which is recession and overtaxation.

But, yet more taxes are going to be imposed...till all we run dry.
Dry of money, dry of optimism, dry of creativity.

Since when capitalism wants to have miserable employees?

Y.Z.


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

MRSA in the food chain


The news are rather alarming.

A Guardian investigation has revealed the presence of a strain of the potentially fatal, antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA in pork chops, bacon, and gammon sold in leading British supermarkets. Of 100 items tested nine were found to contain the bug. Eight were imported from Denmark.

Separate tests, carried out on behalf of a campaign group, the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, have also identified three strains of MRSA in British pork mince and sausages. The evidence that the human health risk of factory-farmed pork can no longer be brushed off as theoretical or hysteric. It’s on our plates, right here and now.

MRSA is the antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus Aureus strain that has caused deaths in hospitalised patients.

This is the 1st time that has been found in food, outside hospitals.

Of all of our livestock, pigs and chickens are the most drugged-up. The use of antibiotics as growth-promoters has been banned by the EU since 2006. But to please supermarkets, keep prices low and reduce production costs, animals must be packed into sheds, their feed often routinely medicated with antibiotics in a vain attempt to keep a lid on the inevitable health problems cooked up by keeping livestock in fundamentally inhumane and often insanitary conditions.

The presence of MRSA in food chain poses some serious questions on the abuse of antibiotics in the farming industry.

The discovery of MRSA in pork underscores the urgent need for a legally binding timetable to phase out routine, prophylactic use of antibiotics in farming. A tax on farmyard antibiotics has also been mooted as a fiscal measure that might curb use. For those of us who buy meat, we have to ask ourselves one question. Are we willing to pay a bit more for it, to help prolong the ability of these vital drugs to save not only our lives, but also those of future generations?


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

stupid questions / χαζές ερωτήσεις



few stupid questions :

1. how these measures will hit recession in Greece and help young Unemployed ?

2. all economics students know that indirect taxation is not fair! under Varoufakis and syriza, we must learn that VAT is fair! ΝΒ. Varoufakis is a Professor of Economics!

3. from today Tsipras Varoufakis et al have to start thinking ways how to sell these suicidal measures to their MPs.

Paramount Political Stupidity ...

μερικές χαζές ερωτήσεις:
1. πώς αυτά τα μέτρα θα κτυπήσουν την ύφεση και την ανεργία?
2. όλοι οι φοιτητές Οικονομικών ξέρουν ότι η έμμεση φορολογία είναι άδικη. Με Βαρουφάκη κ Σύριζα, θα μάθουμε τώρα ότι ο ΦΠΑ είναι δίκαιος! σ.σ. ο Βαρουφάκης είναι Καθηγητής Οικονομικών!
3. Από σήμερα, οι Τσίπρας/Βαρουφάκης και η παρέα τους πρέπει να βρουν τρόπους να "πουλήσουν" αυτά τα αυτοκτονικά μέτρα σε βουλευτές...

Απύθμενη πολιτική ηλιθιότητα...



on BBC Radio 5 Live



Monday 22nd June afternoon, I had the pleasure to speak to Sarah Brett and Dan Walker on BBC Radio 5 Live about Greece, the debt, the next bailout and austerity. You can listen to our discussion here (all the discussion on Greece and its debt is from 09.45 to 19.03).

Yannis Zabetakis


p.s. last night, we have learned about the proposals that the greek goverment has submitted to troika, they are in the WRONG direction, they are socially unfair and they will create ever more recession. So, there is NO HOPE at all, on way or another, this austerity downward spiral will not cease in the foreseeable  future


Sunday, 21 June 2015

Φωτιά και τσεκούρι στους προσκυνημένους



εξαιρετικό Infowar...για την πρώτη μέρα του φετεινού Καλοκαιριού!

απολαύστε το εδώ!

αντιγράφω το κλείσιμό του...

Το πρόβλημα σε όλες αυτές τις προσεγγίσεις είναι ότι και οι δυο πλευρές συχνά συγχέουν τον ευρωπαϊσμό με την Ευρωπαϊκή Ενωση. Εάν όμως υποθέσει κανείς ότι η Ε.Ε. βρίσκεται σε ανοιχτή σύγκρουση με τα ιδεώδη του ευρωπαϊσμού (ελευθερία, δημοκρατία κ.λπ.), το πρόβλημα λύνεται ως διά μαγείας. Υπό αυτή την έννοια μπορεί κάποιος να ισχυριστεί ότι ο Κολοκοτρώνης πράγματι μαχόταν για μια «πορεία προς την Ευρώπη» χρησιμοποιώντας όση βία είχε χρησιμοποιηθεί και στις άλλες αστικές επαναστάσεις της εποχής του. Ο ευρωπαϊκός πολιτισμός, έγραψε κάποτε ο Σλαβόι Ζίζεκ, γεννήθηκε με τη λέξη οργή (από την πρώτη λέξη της Ιλιάδας, «μήνιν») και συνεπώς δεν έχει καμία σχέση ούτε με τους νενέκους του 19ου αιώνα ούτε με τους Κουίσλινγκ του 20ού.

Και εσείς έτσι σοφοί που γίνατε, με τόση πείρα, ήδη θα το καταλάβατε οι νενέκοι ποιοι είναι.


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και φεύγω για βουτιά στον Νότιο Ευβοϊκό όπου οι ντόπιοι ως Αρβανίτες είναι ολίγον προσκυνημένοι... αλλά και ολίγον ανεξάρτητοι παλαβοί...




Saturday, 20 June 2015

a comment on "The Greek people voted against austerity – why is the EU ignoring this? "

Austerity does NOT work anywhere! Look at the number of people in UK living under the poverty borderline...look at the wages of the German workers...look at the figures of youth unemployment not only in Greece but in all european south...This article is spot on for EU's inability to understand the result of last elections in Greece but could be more ...European! Greece is not the only place in EU that internal deflation has been tried and massively failed. Look at the fiscal policies of Merkel and Cameron for their own countries...

P.S. Why do you think that Scots and Catalans want to go independent? The vote at the elections of 25th January 2015 in Greece was like a YES to the Scottish referendum. People in Greece can not pay more taxes in vain...and at the same time Hospitals and Universities are ruined. Some more data are here

Friday, 19 June 2015

Η σιωπηλή κραυγή ενός δασκάλου


[ από το PressPublica ]

Του Γιάννη Ζαμπετάκη
Επίκουρου Καθηγητή Χημείας Τροφίμων, ΕΚΠΑ
izabet@chem.uoa.gr

Μάης 2003: ορκίζομαι Λέκτορας στο Εργ. Χημείας Τροφίμων του Τμήματος Χημείας στο ΕΚΠΑ. Πρώτος μισθός τότε, καθαρά Χ ευρώ. Στο εργαστήριο είμαστε 5 συνάδελφοι. Η κρατική πίστωση μας επιτρέπει να έχουμε 5-7 μεταπτυχιακούς φοιτητές κάθε χρόνο.

Ιούνης 2015: ως Επικ. Καθηγητής στο ίδιο εργαστήριο, ο μισθός μου σήμερα Χ + 44 ευρώ. Ναι! Δεν είναι τυπογραφικό λάθος, ο μισθός μου αυξήθηκε 44 ευρώ σε 12 χρόνια, έχοντας ανέβει μια βαθμίδα, έχοντας 12 χρόνια χρονοεπίδομα και έχοντας αποκτήσει και δύο παιδιά. Σήμερα, όμως πληρώνω και ΕΝΦΙΑ και πιο πολύ φόρο εισοδήματος αφού δεν υπάρχει αφορολόγητο όριο!

Στο εργαστήριο σήμερα είμαστε μόλις 3 συνάδελφοι. Η κρατική πίστωση έχει χαθεί για τα ημερολογιακά έτη 2013, 2014 και 2015. Είμαστε έτοιμοι να κλειδώσουμε το Εργαστήριο και να παραδώσουμε τα κλειδιά στον Πρύτανη και στον Υπουργό Παιδείας.

Το επόμενο Ακαδημαϊκό έτος είναι αδύνατον να πάρουμε έστω και ένα μεταπτυχιακό φοιτητή.

Τραγική λεπτομέρεια: το Τμήμα Χημείας δεν έχει καθαρίστριες εδώ και 10 μήνες!

Όλα αυτά γιατί τα λέω; Τα λέω για δύο λόγους. Πρώτα πρώτα, ένα καθαρά ωφελιμιστικό! Να τα βγάλω από μέσα μου να μην με πρήζουν άλλο.

Και άλλο ένα λόγο, πολιτικό! Μα για να δείξω ότι η Πολιτεία, πέρα από μνημόνια, ΔΕΝ ενδιαφέρεται για τα ΑΕΙ, ΔΕΝ ενδιαφέρεται για την ποιότητα δουλειάς στα Πανεπιστήμια, ΔΕΝ ενδιαφέρεται καν για την ύπαρξη στοιχειώδους καθαριότητας και ευπρέπειας. Το προσφάτως δημοσιευμένο στοιχείο ότι 200.000 επιστήμονες έφυγαν από την χώρα πέρασε στα ψιλά! Για σκεφτείτε όμως πόσα χρήματα έχετε δώσει κι εσείς κι εγώ από τους φόρους μας για να εκπαιδευτούν αυτοί οι 200.000 επιστήμονες. Τον κάνατε τον υπολογισμό;

Και πάμε τώρα και σε κάτι ποιοτικό. Αυτοί που έφυγαν, κατά τεκμήριο, είναι οι πιο καπάτσοι. Ποιοι έχουν μείνει στην χώρα; Όσοι έχουν κάψει τα καράβια τους (όπως λέει ένα τραγουδάκι του Πορτοκάλογλου) πιστεύοντας ότι «ανήκουν εδώ» και «δεν πάνε πουθενά» ή όσοι ετοιμάζονται να φύγουν…

Με τέτοιες συνθήκες όμως καμία χώρα δεν πήγε μπροστά είτε με μνημόνια, είτε με ζουρνάδες (την θυμάστε την Τσίπρια προεκλογική δήλωση;) είτε με δραχμή. Πλάνο Α, πλάνο Β ή πλάνο Γ δεν υπάρχει… Απλά υπάρχει εγκατάλειψη του Πανεπιστημίου από όλους! Ακόμα και από τις δυνάμεις που θα έπρεπε να μάχονται ΥΠΕΡ του Πανεπιστημίου (π.χ. Κοσμήτορες, Συγκλητικούς, Πρυτάνεις, Υπουργούς Παιδείας).

Ουφ, τα είπα . _

Εργαστήριο Χημείας Τροφίμων, Πανεπιστημιούπολη, Παρασκευή 19 Ιούνη 2015.

Τhe silent outcry of a teacher




May 2003: I started working as a Lecturer of Food Chemistry, in the laboratory of Food Chemistry in the Univ. of Athens. My first salary then was X euros. In the lab, we were 5 members of staff. The state financial support allowed us to train 5-7 MSc students every year.
June 2015: as an Assistant Professor in the same lab, my salary today is X + 44 euros. Yes! This is not a typo. My salary has increased only 44 euros in 12 years, despite the fact that I work now in a higher grade (Assistant Prof), I have 12 years time benefit and also children benefit as a father of two. Today, though, I have to pay more taxes (i.e. property tax and more income tax as there is not anymore tax-free income allowance).
Today, in the lab we are three members of staff. The state financial support has not come for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 and we are ready to lock up the lab and surrender the keys to the Rector of the University and the Minister of Education!
Next Academic year, the one that starts in September 2015, we can not (afford to) have any MSc students! A little detail on top of all these: the Dept of Chemistry has no cleaning support from the central University since last August.
Few day ago, we have read in the press that 200,000 scientists have fled Greece over the past 5 years. There is no doubt that the most capable people left the country. All these people have been trained by the taxpayers’ money…
With these given circumstances, it looks like there is no future whatsoever in Greece either in eurozone or out of it. The abandoning of the Universities is so paramount even by people who are supposed to work to support it (i.e. Rectors, Ministers of Education etc). And, needless to say, a country with no educational system in place is destined to be enslaved for a long time.

Yannis Zabetakis
Assistant Professor of Food Chemistry
Univ. of Athens

P.S. the “joke” this week is this: journos from abroad call me these days and they ask me if I think the pensions are high or if the public sector is too big for the size of Greece. But no journo (in BBC, Guardian, Times etc) has spent anytime to proper study the problem of the Greek Unis, that they are understaffed and underfunded, thus, the problem in Greece is an educational one…

Thursday, 18 June 2015

brain drain...Greece and the World



200.000 Greek Scientists have left Greece the last 5 years and now they are working in UK, Germany, US and all around the world!

These people have been trained with the support of the Greek taxpayer...a little detail that we all forget...

But next time, you meet one of them, in a hospital, in a company, as an engineer etc, think about this "little" detail.

In few years, in the Greek Unis, we wont be able to train anybody so these scientists might be the last "brain drain" from Greece. Greek Unis are in a such an awful financial state that new brains can not be trained anymore, at least not at the same standards as few years ago...