Sep 302012
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

* EUROPE’S AUSTERITY MADNESS

By Paul Krugman, NYTimes

[…] So much for complacency. Just a few days ago, the conventional wisdom was that Europe finally had things under control. The European Central Bank, by promising to buy the bonds of troubled governments if necessary, had soothed markets. All that debtor nations had to do, the story went, was agree to more and deeper austerity — the condition for central bank loans — and all would be well.

But the purveyors of conventional wisdom forgot that people were involved. Suddenly, Spain and Greece are being racked by strikes and huge demonstrations. The public in these countries is, in effect, saying that it has reached its limit: With unemployment at Great Depression levels and with erstwhile middle-class workers reduced to picking through garbage in search of food, austerity has already gone too far. And this means that there may not be a deal after all.

Much commentary suggests that the citizens of Spain and Greece are just delaying the inevitable, protesting against sacrifices that must, in fact, be made. But the truth is that the protesters are right. More austerity serves no useful purpose; the truly irrational players here are the allegedly serious politicians and officials demanding ever more pain. […]

READ @ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/opinion/krugman-europes-austerity-madness.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

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* GREEK POLICE SEND CRIME VICTIMS TO NEO-NAZI ‘PROTECTORS’

By Helena Smith, Guardian UK

Greece‘s far-right Golden Dawn party is increasingly assuming the role of law enforcement officers on the streets of the bankrupt country, with mounting evidence that Athenians are being openly directed by police to seek help from the neo-Nazi group, analysts, activists and lawyers say.

In return, a growing number of Greek crime victims have come to see the party, whose symbol bears an uncanny resemblance to the swastika, as a “protector”.

One victim of crime, an eloquent US-trained civil servant, told the Guardian of her family’s shock at being referred to the party when her mother recently called the police following an incident involving Albanian immigrants in their downtown apartment block.

“They immediately said if it’s an issue with immigrants go to Golden Dawn,” said the 38-year-old, who fearing for her job and safety, spoke only on condition of anonymity. “We don’t condone Golden Dawn but there is an acute social problem that has come with the breakdown of feeling of security among lower and middle class people in the urban centre,” she said. “If the police and official mechanism can’t deliver and there is no recourse to justice, then you have to turn to other maverick solutions.” […]

READ @ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/28/greek-police-victims-neo-nazi?INTCMP=SRCH

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* VIDEO: VIOLENT CLASHES ERUPT AS MADRID COPS SQUELCH AUSTERITY PROTEST

Source: RT

Sporadic clashes have broken out in central Madrid, with twelve people reportedly injured after riot police moved in to clear the Plaza de Neptune, threatening to arrest those who would not leave.

The demo turned violent when police encircled about 300 protesters who refused to leave the square. The demonstrators chanted slogans, while some threw projectiles at police vehicles.

Twelve people have reportedly been injured as Madrid’s police split up the crowd, giving protesters the choice to either leave or face arrest. Two people have been arrested, El Pais reported.

A group of roughly 100 protesters tried to organize a sit-it, but left without incident, with police not trying to detain any of them.

The organizers of the protest have reportedly agreed to hold a meeting on Sunday to decide on the future actions of the movement. […]

READ / PHOTOS / VIDEOhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=822vlIY34_s#!

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* ‘STOP HITTING THE WEAKEST’: ITALIAN WORKERS KICKOFF ANTI-AUSTERITY GENERAL STRIKE

By RT

Up to 30,000 members of two of Italy’s biggest unions gathered for a general strike in Rome, protesting recent austerity measures. The demonstration came days after crowds hit the streets of Athens and Madrid for similar protests.

­Throngs of protesters – ranging from university professors, public administration and health employees, and garbage collectors – took to the streets of Italy on Friday as part of a strike organized by the Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL) and the Italian Union of Labor (UIL).

“Stop hitting the weakest. We have already given enough,” the unions wrote on their websites. […]

READ @ http://rt.com/news/italy-general-strike-austerity-200/

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* TODAY IN FRANCE

Source: Coalition of Resistance: Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay

Today France – Thousands of demonstrators are marching peacefully in Paris to denounce austerity measures in Europe that have sparked violent protests in other EU countries struggling to avert fiscal crises.

The march organized largely by the “Left Front” party and the Communists comes ahead of the French parliament’s debate this week on a European fiscal treaty. The treaty would set up the European Stability Mechanism bailout fund that European leaders hope will help calm a debt crisis that threatens the euro zone and the global economy.

 

Sep 282012
 

StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece weeknights @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 27 September 2012 broadcast.

By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart

– On Wednesday in Athens, hundreds of thousands of Greek citizens participated in the first general strike since the June elections. The demonstration in front of the Parliament brought an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 marchers, including members of both public- and private-sector labor unions. People of all ages and from all walks of life took part in the mostly peaceful protest; however, bitter resentment against the government-of-the-regime spilled out into the streets.

Later in the day clashes broke out between the rioting police and a few thousand protesters. The rioting police used chemical weapons and batons with intent to harm peaceful citizens who were exercising their democratic right to petition government for redress of their grievances.

A 39-year-old lawyer who took part in the protests explained, “We want a decent living and to make the government understand they made the wrong decisions.”

A 54-year-old teacher and mother of four who lives on 1,000 euros a month commented, “These tax hikes and wage cuts are killing us. We can’t take it anymore – we are bleeding. We can’t raise our children like this,”

But Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will attempt to cram another round of austerity measures through the Parliament before a European Union meeting on October 8.

Yiorgos Harisis, a unionist from the ADEDY public-sector group, told demonstrators that, “With this strike we are sending a strong message to the government and the Troika that the measures will not pass even if voted in Parliament, because the government’s days are numbered.”

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– The parliamentary groups of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Independent Greeks walked out of parliament on Wednesday in a show of support for the working people, who are holding a general 24-hour strike in protest of severe austerity measures.

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– Protests continued on Thursday in Athens, where a demonstration was organized to protest the cuts in social benefits and pensions for people with disabilities. In addition, protesters want the government to reopen schools for people with disabilities and protect the tax exemptions that they are currently entitled to.

About 700 people attended the protest. The crowd, including dozens in wheelchairs, gathered in Omonia Square and made their way to Syntagma Square. The protesters intended to enter parliament, but the riot police blocked the entrance of the building.

From Athens News:

Some demonstrators, including a few on wheelchairs, pushed forward and broke through the security cordon erected by the riot police.

Unsure of how to react, the police eventually allowed representatives from the protest to enter the parliament building.

Two Paralympics gold medalists, Boccia athlete Grigoris Polychronidis and his teammate Nikos Pananos were in the front line of the protest.

Asked whether he hoped the government would heed their requests, he said: “I’m not hoping anything. This is a demand.”

“When Europe sees what the government is up to they will ask them to keep their hands off the disabled,” he added.

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– University students and professors formed a human chain in front of the University of Athens on Thursday, holding letters reading in ancient Greek “ Education Before People” as a symbolic protest against the latest round of austerity cuts.

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– Directly after his meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Yiannis Stounaras, the Greek Minister of Finance, made public statements regarding the ‘agreement’ to ‘finalize’ a new round of austerity measures.

Although it is well known that decisions concerning the details of the new austerity measures were make by the Troika in February, Stournaras continued to play his role in the Greek tragedy unfolding in government. Stounaras made shallow claims – that the current austerity package which will be implemented from 2013-2014 has been agreed upon by the coalition government-of-the-regime.

The measures must be ‘finalized’ by Friday, September 28 when the government’s team of so-called ‘financial experts’ will present the package to the euro working group.

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– Greece: General Strike – 26 September 2012 – Photography by Elias Theodoropouloshttp://99getsmart.com/?p=4984

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Sep 272012
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

* HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR POISON?

By Chris Hedges, globalresearch

[…] We will be assaulted this January when automatic spending reductions, referred to as “the fiscal cliff,” begin to dismantle and defund some of our most important government programs. Mitt Romney will not stop it. Barack Obama will not stop it.

And while Romney has been, courtesy of the magazine Mother Jones, exposed as a shallow hypocrite, Obama is in a class by himself. There is hardly a campaign promise from 2008 that Obama has not broken. This list includes his pledges to support the public option in health care, close Guantanamo, raise the minimum wage, regulate Wall Street, support labor unions in their struggles with employers, reform the Patriot Act, negotiate an equitable peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, curb our imperial expansion in the Middle East, stop torture, protect reproductive rights, carry out a comprehensive immigration reform, cut the deficit by half, create 5 million new energy jobs and halt home foreclosures. Obama, campaigning in South Carolina in 2007, said that as president he would fight for the right of collective bargaining. “I’d put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll … walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America,” he said. But when he got his chance to put on those “comfortable pair of shoes” during labor disputes in Madison, Wis., and Chicago, he turned his back on working men and women.

Obama, while promising to defend Social Security, also says he stands behind the planned cuts outlined by his deficit commission, headed by Morgan Stanley board member Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican. The Bowles-Simpson plan calls for cutting 0.3 percentage points from the annual cost-of-living adjustment in the Social Security program. The annual reduction would slowly accumulate. After a decade it would mean a 3 percent cut. After two decades it would mean a 6 percent cut. The retirement age would be raised to 69. And those on Social Security who continued to work and made more than $40,000 a year would be penalized with further reductions. Obama’s payroll tax cuts have, at the same time, served to undermine the solvency of Social Security, making it an easier target for the finance corporations that seek to destroy the program and privatize the funds. […]

READ @ http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-do-you-take-your-poison/

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* MICHAEL KLARE: BIG OIL’S EMPTY JOBS PROMISES

Source: TheRealNews

Professor Michael Klare refutes the claims made by the oil and natural gas industry via their glossy Vote 4 Energy campaign.

“We have to question their premise that this is going to create thousands or millions more jobs. A lot of research has been conducted that suggests that these numbers are inflated. The number of new jobs, genuine blue collar jobs that will benefit the communities in which this work takes place will much fewer than that. A lot of the work will be very temporary for example building the Keystone XL pipeline you’ll see unbelievably inflated numbers. In the hundreds of thousands of jobs that will be created in fact industry analysis suggests that only 500 permanent jobs will be created and only a few thousand temporary jobs to build the pipeline so a lot of these numbers are very suspect.” […]

VIDEO @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQkjA7bdveg

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* LIVING UNDER DRONES

By bravenewfoundation

Since 2004, up to 884 innocent civilians, including at least 176 children, have died from US drone strikes in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. A new report from the Stanford and New York University law schools finds drone use has caused widespread post-tramatic stress disorder and an overall breakdown of functional society in North Waziristan. In addition, the report finds the use of a “double tap” procedure, in which a drone strikes once and strikes again not long after, has led to deaths of rescuers and medical professionals. Many interviewees told the researchers they didn’t know what America was before drones. Now what they know of America is drones, death and terror.

READ / VIDEO @ http://revolutionaryfrontlines.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/drones-causing-mass-trauma-among-civilians-major-study-finds/

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* ANONYMOUS HACKS GOLDEN DAWN’S NEW YORK WEBSITE

By Katerina Kikolas, digitaljournal

New York – Hackers with the group Anonymous say they disabled the New York website of Golden Dawn, the far-right political organization in Greece. The site has been unavailable since Tuesday.

On Saturday Digital Journal reported Greece’s Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) had opened a branch in New York.

The new website featured a futuristic appearance, boasting a far more sophisticated layout than the Greek website.

On Monday, Digital Journal had email contact with the group through the New York website but since yesterday the site has been down. […]

READ / VIDEO @ http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/333609

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* WEARY OF AUSTERITY, 50,000 GREEKS PROTEST IN ATHENS

By Andy Dablilis, Greek Reporter

Some 50,000 Greeks worn out by austerity measures marched through central Athens on Sept. 26 in the first general strike since the country’s coalition government was formed in June, as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras worked to finalize another $14.6 billion in spending cuts aimed primarily at workers, pensioners and the poor.

Bitter resentment against the uneasy coalition government and international lenders cascaded over into street clashes between some 3,000 police and protesters, primarily hooded anarchists who threw Molotov Cocktails as stun grenades and tear gas were fired in response. The demonstration was generally peaceful until then, but there was fury in the crowd too.

The protest in front of the Parliament brought together public and private labor union members during a 24-hour general strike after judges, teachers, police and uniformed military officers had engaged in demonstrations and work slowdowns while doctors and pharmacists refused to accept state insurance because they had not been paid for months. […]

READ @ http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/09/26/tens-of-thousands-of-greeks-marched-through-central-athens/

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* ATHENS RIOTING POLICE CAUGHT IN FIRES, BLASTS

Source: youtube

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsHp7ax8ERw&feature=player_embedded

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25th September: Surround the Parliament of Spain.

[Text from Amsterdam tomalaplaza / Dutch Revolution]

The 25th of September the Spanish Parliament building will be surrounded as a symbol to
rescue it from the kidnapping which has turned this institution into a useless organ. A
kidnapping of the popular sovereignty by the Troika and by The Markets, executed
under the blessing and collaboration of most of the political parties. Parties which
have betrayed their electoral programs, their voters and the people in general, breaking
their vows and contributing to people’s gradual pauperization.

A government chosen by the people that once it reaches the power operates on the
opposite that the candidates promised has no legitimacy. Winning an election does not
give the government the right to make do as it wills, betraying the voters who elected it.
The people, under these conditions, have the right to require the government to quit. The
people have the right to have a government which governs according to the popular
choices. This is the essence of democracy and popular sovereignty.

The Parliament will be surrounded by the 25S to tell those who unjustly govern us: we will
disobey their unfair and illegitimate impositions to pay their debt. We will defend our
collective rights: our houses, public education, public health system, employment,
democratic participation and our decent life. We will initiate the process to stop the
responsibles for this crisis. The arsonists who have caused our crisis will be judged
instead of rewarded. […]

READ @ http://coordinadora25s.wordpress.com/en-fr/

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* SPANISH POLICE CRACK DOWN ON PROTESTERS SURROUNDING THE PARLIAMENT

By Jihan Hafiz and Jairo Vargas Martin,The Real News

Anti-austerity rage intensified in Madrid, as protesters surrounded the parliament Tuesday night in a sign of mounting frustration towards the right-wing government. Their demands included the resignation of top officials with new elections, the halt to austerity measures, and the rewriting of the Spanish Constitution. The protesters charged the government with theft and criminal activity for implementing harsh austerity measures, hiking taxes, record unemployment and allowing mass evictions of unemployed families on a daily basis.

As thousands converged outside the gates of parliament, hundreds of police clashed with protesters, detaining and beating many. Organizers of the action were harassed and intimidated by the police weeks before September 25th. Activists were detained, assembly meetings broken up and a cultural center was raided and shut down.

The Spanish government, with help of the mainstream media, hyped the event as a possible coup d’etate. Nearly 2,000 police officers were deployed to prevent the protesters from reaching the parliament. Despite the main unions withdrawing their support, it’s estimated close to 10,000 people attended. The call to surround the congress brought out Spaniards from all walks of life despite police repression to prevent activists from mobilizing.

On numerous occasions, the police pushed and shoved us as we tried to film. Other journalists were beaten and injured by rubber bullets.

VIDEO @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czx53ZaoiyA

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* 25S SEPTEMBER 2012 – SPAIN

Source: youtube

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDCRgqspmyU&feature=player_embedded#!

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* ITALY UPHOLDS CONVICTIONS OF 23 CIA AGENTS FOR IMAN KIDNAP

By Raza Ali Sayeed, Dawn.com

The CIA agents were all being tried in absentia in one of the world’s biggest court cases against the US “extraordinary rendition” programme to interrogate alleged militants after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The 23 CIA agents were originally sentenced in November 2009 to five to eight years in prison and in December 2010 had their sentences increased to seven to nine years on appeal and ordered to pay damages to the imam.

Italy’s justice ministry is now obliged to make a formal request for the extradition of the agents, legal sources said, but the United States has already refused.

All the agents remain at liberty but risk arrest if they travel to Europe. […]

READ @ http://dawn.com/2012/09/20/italy-upholds-convictions-of-23-cia-agents-for-imam-kidnap/

Sep 262012
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

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Sep 252012
 

StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece weeknights @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 24 September 2012 broadcast.

By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart

Greece’s two largest umbrella unions, GSEE and ADEDY, have organized a nationwide 24-hour strike that will take place on Wednesday 26 September 2012 to protest a new round of austerity measures that the government-of-the-regime is preparing to pass through Parliament. The new package includes further cuts to public sector salaries, pensions, benefits, education and health care spending.

In Athens, GSEE and ADEDY will gather in Pedion tou Areos Park in the morning before marching to Syntagma Square in front of Parliament. The Communist Party-affiliated union PAME will be holding its own rally at Omonia Square.

The streets and squares will be filled with people from all walks of life and businesses across the country will be closed. The government-of-the-regime must not be allowed to pass another round of crushing anti-labor measures.

From StopCartel’s Giorgos Kosmopoulos:

The new measures will leave nothing standing.

The coalition government has completely negated its election promises to renegotiate and disengage from the terms of the Memorandum. Instead, they are promoting a new package of austerity measures. Cuts totaling 11.9€ billion, which will eventually balloon to 22€ billion, will undoubtedly level what’s left of society and the economy.

The new package of austerity measures includes:

– New huge reductions in wages and pensions.

– An increase in the retirement age from 65 to 67.

– Reduce employers’ insurance contributions by 5%.

– Establish more flexible working hours, making layoffs easier and cheaper for employers.

– Reduction or elimination of social and welfare benefits (EKAS [aid to pensioners], family, disabled, large families, etc.)

– Remove or merge hundreds of public entities

– Firings and layoffs in the public sector, for a reduction of 150,000 employees by 2015.

– Mergers-closures of hospitals, schools, and kindergartens

Suspension of recruitment and hiring in the public sector

– Drastically reduced public expenditure on education, health care and pharmaceuticals

– New measures imposed at the expense of the lower classes by increasing taxes and eliminating social tax deductions and exemptions

The previous austerity measures have led to widespread despair throughout the country. The new measures will continue to plunge society and the economy into a death spiral. Already, the Troika’s austerity policies have led to higher unemployment levels than the postwar era, at 24-25%. If the same policies are actualized, unemployment is expected to reach 28% to 30% in 2012 and will shoot up to 34% by 2013.

Massive layoffs have become widespread. Youth unemployment has surpassed 55%, including thousands with postgraduate degrees. Many young people are either seeking jobs abroad or are dependent on their parents, who are most likely among the hundreds of thousands of people who have exhausted their finances due to unemployment or reduced wages and pensions.

Wages in the public and private sectors have declined dramatically, subjected to cuts of 20 to 40%. Pensions and unemployment benefits have vanished. The survival of workers, pensioners and the unemployed ranges from very difficult to impossible.

Industrial relations and collective bargaining agreements have been nullified and then fully redrafted to benefit the employer. Employees’ rights have been discarded in favor of turning workers into modern-day slaves at the whim of employers.

The public and social wealth of the country is slated for sale at devalued prices, which will deprive Greece of the indispensable tools necessary for development, productive reconstruction and recovery. The divestiture of public enterprises and infrastructure is an issue of national and social importance. The barter of public assets is a political crime, fundamentally undermining the very development and future of the country.

Decreases in salaries and pensions coupled with an enormous tax burden placed squarely on the backs of workers and pensioners have threatened citizens with the repossession of even their primary residences if they don’t pay emergency taxes which amount to three and four months’ salary. Hundreds of thousands of borrowers are ‘drowning in debt.’ The cuts in salaries and pensions as well as the unprecedented unemployment have made it impossible to service their loans.

Workers, the unemployed, pensioners, professionals, small and medium farmers, and youth have experience the total reversal of labor, wages, social security, and social and democratic rights over the last two and a half years. Despair, hopelessness, depression, and suicides have become elements of everyday life for the newly poor. If implemented, the new measures will drive people into full crisis mode and plunge the country further into economic decline with no recovery in sight.

The government-of-the-regime is assisted by a complicit media who use fear to marginalize the radical left and trade-union movement in their efforts to prevent and repress social reactions. Repeated threats of police violence are used to discourage people from participating in the social struggle.

Pogroms against the poor and destitute immigrants are indulged as a weapon to divide the working class by turning the poor against the poorest. The government-of-the-regime even uses the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party as a political power reserve to disorient and manipulate people’s emotions.

The radical Left continues to receive heavy attacks from the political and economic establishment as the main force propelling the resistance movement. The coalition, however, has not convinced the people. Its authoritarianism, lies and intimidation cannot disguise the fact that the measures being promoted will drive the country into social ruin.

The only real fear of the coalition government-of-the-regime and the Troika is the people’s reaction to the ferocity of the new package of austerity measures.

This year’s successful mobilization at the Thessaloniki International Fair on September 8 was the starting point for the public to embrace and win a new cycle of struggle against the anti-people policies of the coalition government and the Troika.

If the unemployed, workers, pensioners, and young men and women come together in unity to participate in a massive and militant general strike on September 26, with a planned escalation, the government-of-the-regime can be forced to cancel the new package of destructive measures.

The cooperation of forces from the Left can create conditions that will lead to a victorious outcome of the people’s struggles.

The first order of business for SYRIZA, KKE, ANTARSYA and other forces of the radical Left is to block the passage of the new package of austerity measures and to insist on a new referendum election so that the people’s voices can be heard.

The forces of the Left can and must, without delay, call for unity and a popular uprising for:

– Cancellation of the Memorandum and the applicable laws.

– Cancellation of abusive loan contracts

– Removal of most of the debt

– Nationalization – socialization of bank

– Redistribution of wealth through a fair tax system that will give relief to the working classes and crack down on wealthy tax cheats

– Support for salaries, pensions, unemployment benefits and promotion of measures to tackle unemployment

– The defense and recovery of public property

– Protection and enhancement of public health, education, social security and welfare

– Elimination of the government’s authoritarianism and the far-Right racist and Fascist threat

– Production, development and reconstruction with a priority of creating new jobs.

The differences between the Left’s forces are real and respected, especially as regards European affairs. But there is a common policy and programmatic foundation, one which prioritizes the survival of the people and will not succumb to the dominant blackmail.

It is a historical mistake for the leadership of the Left to highlight their differences and to reproduce sterile and meaningless civil quarrels at this critical moment, compromising the future of the people and the country.

There is a great political responsibility here. If new measures are passed, they will likely transform popular consciousness into a bleak climate of political and social frustration, which will jeopardize the role or even the existence of a strong Left.

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Sep 242012
 

StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece weeknights @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 21 September 2012 broadcast.

By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart

– On Friday in the center of Athens outside the Ministry of Finance, employees from the ministry along with revenue officers organized a protest and a 24-hour strike. The workers are protesting the destruction of all public services, the layoff plans, dismissals, and wage cuts. Their banner reads: “We cannot afford emergency taxation anymore.”

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– Greek society is falling to pieces because the Troika is demanding nation-crushing austerity policies from which recovery is completely impossible. The humanitarian crisis currently taking place due to the Troika’s manufactured economic crisis is rarely reported. But here, ordinary Greek people speak out about how this crisis has affected their lives and the lives of their families.

A middle-aged woman interviewed in her home explains, “Right now, we are expecting our last family subsidy in order to buy some food and to be able to eat. As for our bills, there is no money left over for bills. Our water has already been cut off. We still have electricity at the moment. We felt it was better to have electricity than water, to be able to cook for the children. We get water from surrounding flats and homes. We used plastic containers for that.”

She went on to say, “I can’t concentrate on anything. Every day I look for work but there is nothing available.” After asking the interviewer if he had a job for her she continued, “The children ask for milk but we don’t have milk because we cannot afford it. The children go to school and are becoming jealous of the other children because they have food to eat. Where are we going to find justice?”

A young father says he has borrowed money to buy supplies for his children so they could go to school. “The children don’t have English lessons because I can no longer afford to pay the 30€ a month for lessons.”

Unemployed, uninsured and bankrupt parents cannot hide the despair in their eyes because they cannot afford even the basic necessities for their children. Food, clothing and school supplies have become luxury items to hundreds of thousands of Greek families.

The young father, who looks for employment daily, says he manages by begging. Sometimes he is able to find work for a day. He has been unemployed for two years and has four young children. He used to work for an air-conditioning company that closed. Eighteen people lost their jobs. His wife is also unemployed. The family’s only income is 264€ a month.

He added, “We are no longer able to manage our homes. It’s a terrible thing that’s happening in Greece. It’s unbelievable that I don’t have money to give to my child to buy a tiropita to eat in school.”

Another father of two, a painter, lost his job and then his home. His family moved into his father’s flat where five people now live together in a very small place. He explains how they survive. “We met many people at the free social outpatient clinic organized by activist doctors. That is where the kids get the necessary vaccinations and documentation so they can attend school.”

Recently, doctors at the clinic have taken care of 3,000 Greek children who are living in extreme poverty. Every day, more and more suffer from the desperate situation. Gradually, they have learned to push aside their emotions and feelings of hesitation disappear. People in need are seeking assistance.

A pharmacist from the free clinic explained, “If you permit me to express myself in a loud voice of agony – We are going to run out of medicines. And as time goes on we will be able to offer less and less services to the most vulnerable people.”

“We must join forces with all organizations who do charity work and unite ourselves for a big campaign. People need to hear about our great needs and PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. They need food, shelter, healthcare, clothing, supplies, education … every child has the right to these basic things.”

A grandmother tells her story, “My daughter, her 4 young children and I live on 264 a month. My daughter looks for a job every single day. When she finds work, it is only temporary and there is no health insurance offered.

When I was a child there was poverty in Greece but there were jobs. Now there are no jobs. We have completely lost our dignity and pride.

We give the children any kind of milk we can get. We went through our supply of powdered milk for newborns. The poverty and despair is absolutely crushing. We cannot even afford to take care of our basic needs.”

Another family has 10 people living on 700€ a month. Unemployed family members left their own homes to move in with their parents because of the crisis. An elderly women tries to help her children and grandchildren. She worries because the children don’t even have school bags. More often than not, they must be sent to school without eating breakfast. “What can you say to the children?” she asks. “We tell them to try to have courage. We tell them things will get better, that someone will find a job.” At 67 years of age, even the grandmother is looking for a job.

Within this crisis, the first victims are the children. They are innocent souls who did not contribute in any way to this tragedy.

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– From the StopCartel news desk:

The group Anonymous has announced that they will be initiating a worldwide campaign in support of Greece. They are calling for a worldwide protest in solidarity with the Greek people. Giorgos Kosmopoulos responded to this announcement by stating, “Greeks must do something for ourselves. No one can help if we don’t start something ourselves. We need you all. Good luck to all of us.”

LINKhttps://www.facebook.com/AnonOpGreece

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– Employees and retirees will have their heads hand-delivered to the Troika by the three leaders of the coalition government, who with their pre-planned media reactions once again attack the intelligence and the dignity of the Greek people.

By now, Greeks understand that the continuous theater of “negotiations” and the forthcoming announcement that this will be the “last” (until the advent of the next) austerity package is a pack of lies and will do nothing to ease their suffering. They know all too well the predatory nature of austerity measures and the persistent poverty in their wake.

As has been only too clearly demonstrated and with the experiences of recent years still fresh in the minds of the Greek people, no one, especially the most vulnerable groups in society, can expect another round of austerity measures to come to a good end.

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– The government-of-the-regime is trying to keep secret the fact that the Ministry of Citizen Protection and Public Order is preparing to receive the latest technology for the treatment of demonstrators.

The State of Israel has gifted Greece with three water-cannon vehicles to be used to disperse demonstrators. The vehicles are already on duty in Piraeus.

These types of vehicles have been used regularly against Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories.

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– Citing U.S. officials and diplomats, the Troika report regarding the Greek debt has been postponed. Initially due out in October, the report is being pushed back until after November 6 in order to avoid any shock to the global economy before the U.S. elections.

A spokesman from the German Finance Ministry, Martin Kotthaus, told Reuters, “Greece will not be issued further debt relief through international creditors.” He added, “We hope the report will be ready as soon as possible.”

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