[MGSA-L] Fw: Statement of Protest (and the facts)

DANIEL P. Tompkins pericles at temple.edu
Fri Aug 11 06:47:06 PDT 2017

Will there be fund-raising to help the ARB editors?  That may be worthwhile
for the list, since ARB provides an *important* service for many interested
in Greece.

Here's a headline from today, from a google-news search for "stalinist":

Oklahoma Town Pays Homage to Stalinist Woody Guthrie

No one has sued *The New American *for this slur.  And in fact, plenty of
people get called "Stalinist" on thinner grounds than in the Greek case,
without court cases ensuing.

Dan Tompkins

On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Spiros Moschonas <smoschon at yahoo.co.uk>

> concerning the "facts":
> first, I think nobody asked anybody to sign the letter of protest; it is
> signed as it is
> second, it was not claimed that Kotzias studied "with Honecker's money";
> it was claimed that Kotzias studied with the party's money in Honecker's
> Germany; and no insinuation was made that Kotzias was a Stasi agent; it was
> claimed instead that he participated in a book edited by Manfred Buhr, "επικεφαλής
> του Ιδεολογικού Αγώνα του Κομμουνιστικού Κόμματος της Ανατολικής Γερμανίας
> (και πράκτορα της Στάζι με το ψευδώνυμο Ελαφοπόδαρος"; all in support of
> the major claim that he was a stalinist, which Kotzias has not rejected
> and, last but not least, keep in mind that most of these were claims in a
> letter to the editor of the ARB, not in an "ARB story"; an answer to the
> letter would have been sufficient
> S.
> ------------------------------
> *From:* "akis at sfr.be" <akis at sfr.be>
> *To:* rolandmo at pacbell.net; MGSA List <mgsa-l at uci.edu>
> *Sent:* Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:56 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [MGSA-L] Fw: Statement of Protest
> The facts of the case against the ARB may be "well known", but not all of
> them are mentioned in this letter of protest. So in order for anybody
> wishing to sign to be able to ponder all the pros and cons, I think it
> would be useful to mention some additional facts.
> The object of the trial was not the cold war, nor the content of the
> convictions held by Kotzias -or anybody else- 30 years ago, or now.
> It was the statements of facts, contained in the ARB story, that Kotzias
> was a "Gauleiter" [term designing a Nazi official] and that he had studied
> in East Germany "with Honecker's money". Insinuations were also made that
> he was a Stasi agent.
> These claims were found inaccurate and libelling by the Greek court.
> This may or may not be sufficient justification for the decision. But I
> don't think it is useful to politicize the issue in such an explicit
> manner. Political views can be credited or discredited according to
> history's ups and downs. The persons who hold them, or held them in the
> past, must have the right to a fair trial, and to object any non true
> statements made against them.
> ---- Message d'origine ----
> De : Roland Moore <rolandmo at pacbell.net>
> À : MGSA List <mgsa-l at uci.edu>
> Objet : [MGSA-L] Fw: Statement of Protest
> Date : 09/08/2017 20:46:40 CEST
> On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 10:55 AM, John O. Iatrides <
> joiatrides at earthlink.net> wrote:
>  I would appreciate it very much if you could post the attached statement
> on the MGSA List.
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