"Genes give us the gun, while the environment pulls the trigger," the prominent US epidemiologist Devra Davis told Kathimerini in an exclusive interview ahead of her speech at a conference titled "Dramatic Changes on the Planet and the Greek Roots of Ecological Ethics," which took place at the University of Patra in southwestern Greece from June 17 to 20.
Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos received athletes who took part in the 23rd Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, in July, as well as the president of the Hellenic Federation of Sports for the Deaf, Iosif Stavrakakis, at the Presidential Mansion in Athens on Monday. The games hosted 3,000 athletes from 97 states.
Until the coming to office of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2002, one can fairly say that Turkey's national days, putting aside Oct. 29 Republic Day, had basically turned into occasions for holidays, rather than special days when people celebrated Republican values.
Turkey celebrated one of its most meaningful national days on May 19, Youth and Sports Day, marking the 98th anniversary of the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk headed from allied-occupied Istanbul to Samsun on the Black Sea coast in 1919.