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The True Face of Greek PM Alexis Tsipras

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-true-face-of-greek-prime-minister-alexi...

"Meets up with Netanyahu, endorses Jerusalem as Israel's capital. A former Israeli diplomatic official said that Tsipras' reference to Jerusalem as Israel's capital was 'unprecedented, especially for a European leader.'

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Greek Pensioners Protest Over Austerity Reforms (and PHOTOs)

https://www.rt.com/business/323653-greece-pensioners-protests-austerity/

"Over 2,000 pensioners took to the streets of Athens on Thursday protesting pension cuts and changes to social security. Protests also occurred in 12 other Greek cities and towns with pensioners holding placards and chanting 'We can't live on 300 Euro!'

Pensioner Chrystos Kirikas told Reuters that the administration of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to be blamed for the ongoing economic crisis.

'They need to hear us. They should be ashamed of themselves, these parties on the Left who are starving us. I worked for 50 years of my life and now we are going hungry. Why is this happening?'..."

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Little Oedipus and the Troika  -  by Luciana Bohne

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/28/little-oedipus-and-the-troika/

"Whatever happened to Syriza? Was it a good party that came to a bad end or a bad party that came to a bad end? It's the difference between tragedy and farce.

We live in a time of kleptocracy and naked autocracy by finance capital. This hegemony requires the forward thrust of global imperialist aggression. This onslaught cannot be 'improved'. It is a run-away train two inches away from dragging humanity into the abyss.

Trying to reverse its course by applying the rusted brakes of a kinder, gentler capitalism is delusional.

Nor do we live in a time of peaceful capitalism: wartime chauvinism is rampant and rabid; the bleating appeal for reforms is drowned by the cacaphony of mind-numbing lies and mind-abusive propaganda in officialdom and its media.

The Troika wrung Syriza's political neck as neatly as if it were a chicken's. Having thus neutralized political power, it annexed Greece economically. To update Rosa Luxemberg's WWI era famous quotation, we can only conclude that today

'Greek social democracy is a putrid corpse.'

And others...

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Greek lawyers stage indefinite strike against pension cuts

Lawyers across Greece began an indefinite strike yesterday, Thursday, against pension cuts the Syriza government is pushing through to appease its creditors. Up to 15,000 lawyers and supporters marched through the streets of the capital Athens.

Thanassis Kampagianis is a socialist lawyer on the prosecution team for the trial of Nazi party Golden Dawn—currently on hold for the strike. He told Socialist Worker, “This was a massive eruption of the whole profession to stop the pensions bill going to parliament.

“Participation was massive. Everyone was on strike—from the salaried lawyers at the big law firms to their bosses, as well as self-employed lawyers and law students.”

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'We will come to Athens and burn them': political protest returns to Greece

Farmers’ roadblocks, ferries immobilised in ports, pensioners taking to the streets: protest has returned to Greece in what many fear could be the beginning of the crisis-plagued country’s most confrontational winter yet.

From the Greek-Bulgarian frontier to the southern island of Crete, farmers are up in arms over the spectre of more internationally mandated austerity.

“It’s war,” says Dimitris Vergos, a corn grower speaking from the northern town of Naoussa. “If they [politicians] go on pushing us to the edge, if they want to dehumanise us further, we will come to Athens and burn them all.”

With the rhetoric at such levels, prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s leftist-led administration has suddenly found itself on the defensive. Faced with a series of demonstrations – fishermen and stockbreeders will join blockades on Thursday when public and private sector workers also take to the streets – analysts say any honeymoon period Tsipras may once have enjoyed is over....

iyraste1313

no doubt the CBC outrageous slants vs. left wing NDP type parties let this report slip through!

I would suggest to Trudeau`s advisors as they plan their rejuvenation of the CBC, to find a few slightly sharper conmen to guide our Orwellian network!...

 

News World CBC News Navigation Greece grinds to a halt in general strike over pension reforms Opposition to pension reform has cut across wide swath of occupational groups

The Associated Press Posted: Feb 04, 2016 2:42 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 04, 2016 7:40 AM ET

Protesters from the Communist-affiliated trade union PAME march during a 24-hour general strike against planned pension reforms in central Athens, Greece on Thursday.

Protesters from the Communist-affiliated trade union PAME march during a 24-hour general strike against planned pension reforms in central Athens, Greece on Thursday. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

 

Services across Greece ground to a halt Thursday as workers joined in a massive general strike that cancelled flights, ferries and public transport, shut down schools, courts and pharmacies, and left public hospitals with emergency staff.

Well over 20,000 supporters of a Communist party-backed union were marching through central Athens, while around 10,000 more people — including about 1,000 lawyers in suits and ties — were gathering for a separate demonstration.

iyraste1313

Q. Finally, what are the prospects in a short-term and which are the options for the left?

Mavroudeas: For now Syriza is crumbling rapidly; losing popular support. At the same time a coherent neoliberal bloc is being built around New Democracy. This bloc presses the capitulated Syriza to move even further to the right (in order to save its skin by accommodating with the bourgeoisie and the EU). This means that the official political spectrum is moving rapidly to the right. At the same time the society is rapidly polarizing between the rich and the poor. This leads to a huge discrepancy between political representation and social structure. This leaves room for the left, the true left. The left must venture boldly to offer to the working people a realistic pro-popular political proposal: leaving the EU completely and moving to restructure the Greek economy as a pre-condition for socialist transition.

This is a transcript of Stavros Mavroudeas’s interview with the Catalan website DIRECTA.

Stavros Mavroudeas is a Professor of Political Economy in the Economics Department of the University of Macedonia.

 

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800 Greek Farmers Storm Agriculture Ministry in Athens, Police Fire Tear Gas (and vid)

http://www.rt.com/news/332243-athens-farmers-clash-police/

"Police in Athens have used tear gas to disperse a rally of farmers protesting austerity measures as they pelted the Agriculture Ministry with stones. A larger protest demonstration is due to start later Friday..."

 

More from iyraste1313 Mavroudeas interview above

Why Syriza is Sinking in Greece

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/09/why-syriza-is-sinking-in-greece/

"Syriza has revamped itself to the people as a milder manager of the troika austerity poliices. For now, Syriza is crumbling rapidly, losing popular support. At the same time, a coherent neoliberal bloc is being built across New Democracy. This bloc presses the capitulated Syriza to move even further to the right (in order to save its skin by accommodating with the bourgeoisie and the EU)."

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Syriza-Led Greek Government Takes Its Place in US War Drive Alongside Israel

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/02/20/syri-f20.html

"Greece's 'radical left' Syriza party is forging a close military alliance with Israel, one of Washington's key allies in the Middle East. It is now positioning itself as a direct military ally of US imperialism in schemes that can drag the entire Middle East and Europe into war..."

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Greece Loses Its Soul

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/12/greece-loses-its-soul/

"It's all about saving the Banks, saving the Creditors. Nowadays, Greece is a protectorate, a subject state..."

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Syriza Government Pushes Through New Austerity Package in Greece  -  by Katerina Selin

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/23/syriza-m23.html

"The rightward shift of the pseudo-left party Syriza has reached a new peak. On Sunday the Greek government pushed an austerity package through the parliament that puts all such previous measures in the shade..."

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The Looting Stage of Capitalism: Germany's Assault on the IMF

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/26/the-looting-stage-of-capitalism-g...

"Having successfully used the EU to conquer the Greek people by turning the Greek 'leftwing' government into a pawn of Germany's banks, Germany now finds the IMF in the way of its plan to loot Greece into oblivion..."

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The Financial Invasion of Greece  - Hudson-Peries

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/24/the-financial-invasion-of-greece/

"...They're using finance as the new means of war."

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Foolish Greece Now Joins NATO Gas War  -  by F William Engdahl

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/foolish-greece-now-joins-nato-gas-...

"European gas geopolitics are rapidly becoming as risky as its oil geopolitics. On May 17, Alexis Tsipras, Greek opportunist in chief and Prime Minister, signed an agreement in Thessaloniki to inaugurate the start of construction for the 550 km Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) through Greece..."

iyraste1313

What a total capitulation...this bodes badly for any shred of respect for social democratic politics globally...the Greek people will not forget these betrayals!

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Under the same roof”: some thoughts on the experience of the occupation of the City Plaza hotel

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This new role for the solidarity movement is explicitly distinct from that of establishment structures and the division of EU funds from refugees between non governmental organisations. It is defined by the new needs that are created, both immediate and longer term, which will function as the cutting edge for new struggles. This means, at least as regards the agenda of new demands towards the government and other institutional actors, that, apart from demanding better living conditions for refugees, the issue of the political orientation of the institutional agenda for refugee policy is also brought to bear, namely the organisation of a policy based on social inclusion and the recognition of an equal role for refugees in society.

In this context, through solidarity practices, there emerge, timidly perhaps, new paradigms with transformative potential. Though the practice of occupying buildings for housing and social purposes has its roots in the now distant 70s, in central and Northern European countries –countries in which the issue of housing had emphatically emerged during that period– the truth is that the Greek experience is very limited. In spite of this, the arrival and the stay of refugees in Greece appears to be the impetus for the creation of a new paradigm.

Occupied hotel City Plaza has up to now housed around 150 refugees, of which over 50 are children – and sets a dynamic example with transformative potential. For how can  a seven floor hotel in good condition remain shut when at the same time underage children are sleeping in the streets, having previously survived war or even deadly sea journeys from Turkey to the Greek islands? The protection of human life and dignity can only be the strongest grounds for social utilisation, regardless of the problems that arise, big or small. This is also true for the occupied building on Notara street, which has now been in place for over six months, and which has greatly contributed to tackling the serious issue of refugee housing, as well as for other smaller attempts at housing provision which began in response to the refugee “crisis” and the need for creation of new forms of solidarity.

josh

AFP news agency ‏@AFP

#BREAKING IMF says Europe must provide more relief for Greece's 'highly unsustainable,' 'explosive' debt 

 

 

Sean in Ottawa

josh wrote:

AFP news agency ‏@AFP

#BREAKING IMF says Europe must provide more relief for Greece's 'highly unsustainable,' 'explosive' debt 

 

 

This is not news. The IMF has previously said that contracting the Greek economy below the size possible to handle its debts could not end well. The Greeks were broken.

The last time we saw a country broken down on purpose to this degree by its neighbours to the point that it could no longer pay what was expected -- from the same people who broke it down -- was following the First World War.

The fact that Germany could do this to Greece after its own history of 1919 is hard to understand. When you put a country to the point where it absolutely cannot pay what you are trying to extract, nothing good will come. Greece has performed with more stability than anyone ought to have expected

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The fact that Germany could do this to Greece after its own history of 1919 is hard to understand.

To be fair, though, Germany was assigned "reparations" to pay -- basically an arbitrary fine for having lost the war.

Greece isn't being fined, it's being required to pay back what it borrowed.

I don't disagree, though, that if you have to pay someone $1000 -- whether it's a fine or a loan -- and you only have $600 then there cannot be a happy ending.

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Mr. Magoo wrote:

Quote:
The fact that Germany could do this to Greece after its own history of 1919 is hard to understand.

To be fair, though, Germany was assigned "reparations" to pay -- basically an arbitrary fine for having lost the war.

Greece isn't being fined, it's being required to pay back what it borrowed.

I don't disagree, though, that if you have to pay someone $1000 -- whether it's a fine or a loan -- and you only have $600 then there cannot be a happy ending.

Its even worse when the money is borrowed using your name but you don't see any of it and then the loan shark comes after you instead of your rich cousin who spent it all.

Rev Pesky

kropotkin1951 wrote:
...Its even worse when the money is borrowed using your name but you don't see any of it and then the loan shark comes after you instead of your rich cousin who spent it all.

This is a concise and accurate description of what happened in Greece.

Sean in Ottawa

Rev Pesky wrote:

kropotkin1951 wrote:
...Its even worse when the money is borrowed using your name but you don't see any of it and then the loan shark comes after you instead of your rich cousin who spent it all.

This is a concise and accurate description of what happened in Greece.

sort of.

or a meddling person with power over you who decides what you should have and spends it on wasteful things -- "for you" only to send you the bill. You get to pay for what you did not want or choose to have. They pretend it was all for you and call you wasteful.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Sean that is true but I was going for pithy. Something that I realize is not your strong suit.

Edzell Edzell's picture

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Sean that is true but I was going for pithy. Something that I realize is not your strong suit.

Oh please; not another pithing match!

Sean in Ottawa

Edzell wrote:

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Sean that is true but I was going for pithy. Something that I realize is not your strong suit.

Oh please; not another pithing match!

Tongue out

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The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece's Radical Left (1/3)

Author Helena Sheehan details her experience with Syriza, a Greek coalition of radical leftist groups, from its victory at the polls in 2015 to its surrender to the austerity measures it once promised to stand against

The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece's Radical Left (2/3)

The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece's Radical Left (3/3)

 

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For decades after it was abandoned, not much was known about the Greek island of Spinalonga or its days as a leper colony – but all that is changing.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170921-the-abandoned-greek-island-shro...

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