Greece in chaos Personally and collectively, the Greeks don’t understand and can’t cope with what’s happening now, let alone what will happen next. The welfare state is being swiftly and deliberately dismantled without any time to set up replacements by Noëlle Burgi “Who knows what tomorrow will bring?” people ask in Athens, Salonika and right across [...]
Greece and the Arab Spring and Palestine Gaza
Greek passes new austerity budget Parliament approves next year’s plan, extending spending cuts that have already proved unpopular with many citizens. The people paying for the excesses of the elite
As lawmakers debated the budget, hundreds of youths clashed with police outside the parliament [Reuters] Greece‘s parliament has approved an austerity 2012 budget aimed at shrinking its debt mountain with tax hikes and spending cuts, hours after protesters clashed with police outside parliament. Three major parties backing Prime Minister Lucas Papademos voted on Wednesday for the [...]
Greece braced for major protests Uprising of 1973 against military rule to be remembered on a day expected to be marked by anti-austerity protests
Greece braced for major protests Uprising of 1973 against military rule to be remembered on a day expected to be marked by anti-austerity protests Demonstrators are set to gather in Athens for a march marking the anniversary of the 1973 uprising that helped bring down the military rulers. The march on Thursday is [...]
Papademos named Greek prime minister President asks former central banker to lead unity government tasked with tackling country’s debt crisis.
Papademos will lead a coalition to push through a bailout to prevent the country from going bankrupt [Reuters] Greek party leaders have agreed to name Lucas Papademos, a former European Central Bank vice-president, as prime minister of a new interim government until early elections, the president’s office said. “The president, after recommendations by political leaders [...]
Greece edges towards naming new cabinet Opposition and ruling parties locked in negotiations to decide who should be the debt-crippled country’s next leader.
Greece edges towards naming new cabinet Opposition and ruling parties locked in negotiations to decide who should be the debt-crippled country’s next leader. Greece’s two main parties are reportedly close to forming a new government, and naming a new prime minister, after extended talks to appoint an interim [...]
• Athens parliament passes austerity package amid violent protests • Trade unionist killed as police use tear gas to break up fighting
Beyond the anti-Greek media campaign lies the story of a weary people caught between a corrupt political system and rapacious financiers. Sound familiar? It should it is happening everywhere.
The Greeks Are Being Unfairly Maligned by Global Financiers: The Truth Is Very Different Photo Credit: AFP Yiannis manages a small inn in Crete. The 50-year-old from Heraklion with salt-and-pepper hair and a hefty moustache has a son just graduating from college. “We tell the young people to leave,” he says quietly. “There’s nothing for [...]
Thousands of protesters have marched in the Greek capital Athens at the start of a two-day general strike, as parliament prepares to vote on sweeping new austerity measures designed to stave off a default that could trigger a crisis in the wider eurozone. Police were deployed in force in central Athens on Wednesday [...]
Europe’s last sick man Greek austerity measures result in cuts of public sectors services with one exception – the police force.
Greece increased its police force with 2,000 policemen and recently bought new anti-riot equipment [EPA] In the old days of the European colonial expansion eastwards, the Great Powers (England, France, Russia, and Austria) would rack their heads over the fate of what they called “the sick man of Europe“: The Ottoman Empire, whose bankruptcy [...]
EU given six weeks to protect itself against ‘inevitable Greek default’ The EU has been warned that it must plan for the fallout of what it believes is Greece‘s inevitable default. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images IMF tells eurozone EFSF may need to be boosted five-fold to £1.7tn to convince markets that default could be [...]
Greek Default Looms Eurozone At Death’s Door by MIKE WHITNEY “After almost two years of fighting to contain the region’s debt crisis and providing the biggest share of three European bailouts, Chancellor Angela Merkel is laying the ground for what markets say is almost a sure thing: a Greek default.” – Bloomberg News Greece is hurtling [...]
Antonis Samaras, who once shared digs in the US with George Papandreou, has become an anti-establishment figure in Greece as well the EU. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images In his ultra-modern office, seated behind an array of photographs autographed by the likes of Ted Kennedy and George Bush Snr, Antonis Samaras does not come across as [...]
The accident and emergency ward at a hospital in Athens – hospitals here face regular shortages of materials and equipment. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian Adonis Kostakos is unemployed and diabetic. Aged 50, he last worked regularly four years ago in the port of Piraeus. Back then he usedGreece‘s public hospital system to have [...]
Manolis Glezos was teargassed by a riot policeman outside the Greek parliament in March last year. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images Seventy years ago Manolis Glezos scaled the walls of the Acropolis to tear down the swastika, hoisted over the monument that Hitler had triumphantly described as a symbol of “human culture”. This single act of [...]
Striking taxi drivers pass the White Tower in Thessaloniki, the site of protests against the austerity programme in Greece. Photograph: Giorgos Nisiotis/AP Among the chic bars along Thessaloniki’s historic waterfront, one restaurant stands out. “We want our money!” reads a banner dangling from the terrace of an American-themed diner and grill. Inside, 12 staff have [...]
Protesters have camped outside the Greek parliament building since May 25 to protest against austerity measures and a venal government [GALLO/GETTY] The historical fact that Athens was the birthplace of democracy has been haunting the crowds assembled for nearly two months in the city’s Syntagma (Constitution) Square, right across from the House of Parliament, protesting undaunted against the [...]
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said she was confident that the Bundestag would vote through the Greek rescue package. Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images A rally on European stock markets evaporated on Friday night as investors began to voice concerns about whether the eurozone rescue plan for Greece would be enough to stem the currency bloc’s debt [...]
Is this the first hand dealt by the new Dealer Lagarde at the IMF casino? Seems the bets are on for the people to pay for the hegemony of the elites. More Voodoo Rhythm Economic games
George Papandreou, the Greek prime minister, has sent an excoriating letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, the eurozone’s chairman. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP Greece came under further pressure to tackle its growing debts after a report by the International Monetary Fund urged Athens to move faster on fiscal and structural reforms to avoid defaulting. The IMF highlighted the country’s [...]
Foreign Policy Goes Gaga Lady Gaga and Alice Walker don’t have much in common. One dresses in red meat; the other doesn’t even eat the stuff. One writes lyrics like “I want your ugly, I want your disease, I want your everything as long as it’s free.” The other writes The Color Purple. But they are both [...]
You can watch this interview at the RealNews at http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=7010. please remember this is a very worthwhile service that depends on public donation. George Ikners ikners.com PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Washington. In Greece, the Parliament has passed the austerity measures. And judging by the [...]
More on Gaza and being in Greece, waiting and waiting and waiting, while the Greek government works out just how much friendship they have to demonstrate to the Jewish State of Israel
AS the heartland of Democracy, Greece has always managed to show different colours. Castro summed up the position so well when he contrasted the claims about the Greek democratic invention with the two slaves per household the ancient Greeks had, with each slave’s life totally decided by the whim of the new democrats. George Ikners ikners.com [...]
A Greek Tragedy: Seizing the Gaza Flotilla on Israel‘s Orders by MOHAMED KHODR on JULY 5, 2011 Spread it! 4Share| Share 1 inShare 1digg email print By Mohamed Khodr* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Greek coastguards stand in front of the Canadian boat Tahrir after forcing it back to port. Photograph: Reuters The odyssey and fate of eight ships, [...]
This article exposes the true US attitude to the use of drones and the nature of the lies needed to justify their use anywhere. These awful killing machines masquerade as surveillance vehicles, soldiers guardian angels, tactical defence weapons and a never ending stream of lies and deceit to cover up what is happening. What they [...]