Sep 182013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

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STOPCARTEL TV crew will be on the streets of central Athens tomorrow Wednesday 18 September, LIVE broadcasting all events during the massive rallies and marches that are expected to take place following the 48 hours general strike in the public and private sector.

The LIVE broadcast from central Athens will start at 12 noon.

More information:

Large rallies and marches across the country @ http://stopcartelnews.blogspot.gr/2013/09/blog-post_4034.html

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Jun 232013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

From StopCartel Newsdesk:

It is the first time the two major factions of the new regime are trying to live together in the most shameless manner, openly before the eyes of the People. Democracy and PASOK, have for the first time, shown their true face and the political essence of the so-called “post-dictatorship”

The faces of Greek traitors: Venizelos and Samaras

Venizelos and Samaras

The tragicomic political developments in the government camp , which sparked the case of ERT , continues unabated after the formal, but not substantial withdrawal of Tourism Services .

The New Democracy and PASOK , seeking now not only a new framework for cooperation , but also a reshuffle of the government scheme that will enable them to impart an artificial fake note “progressivism” and “renewal” in the hope that such things will extend even and for a few months , they remain in power .

It is therefore expected,  the two “mnimoniakes” factions that first time in the years of the new regime will live together without another government partner , engage in an ‘orgy’ contacts, fermentation and classification , in an attempt to appease as soon as possible , concerns of lenders and the European Union on political developments .

Amidst such, bleak landscape , the tripartite government turns into bipartisan , even pretending he is determined to exhaust the four years . A contingency in which one no longer believes , as the country has entered irreversibly on track elections .Elections, which will require a great social majority in order to put an end to austerity and the destruction of the place for aprogressive way out of the current crisis with socialist horizon.

The revision of the terms of the loan agreement that enhance the recession appears to be the main objective of the program agreement SW-PASOK, which process the partisan staffs.

In fact it is the first time that the two major factions of the new regime are trying to live together without other partners.

The new programming agreement have undertaken to formulate the Chrisanthos Lazaridis from ND and Paris Koukoulopoulos by PASOK.

The text will refer and institutional issues to be resolved, such as corruption, the fight against political money, the “breaking” of large regions, but the “hard” issues of anti-racism law and the immigration issue.

The pursuit of partisan staffs is later than T riti have completed their discussions and the final version is to the offices of Antonis Samaras and Evangelos Venizelos.

SYRIZA: Scaling of extreme austerity mnimoniakis 

“The New Democracy and PASOK looking for a new framework agreement and a new government scheme that will escalate toextreme mnimoniaki policy of austerity and authoritarianism , “said SYRIZA.

“With increasing their social isolation and their political obsolescence , as they become more plainly the impasses mnimoniakis policy, both seem more determined to dismantle every social right and every public good ‘, highlighted the announcement of Koumoundouros.

Moreover, the position that “the current government is much weaker” expressed MP SYRIZA Dimitris Stratoulis , speaking to T / T Mega.

Still appreciate that the new government scheme ‘ will apply the same mnimoniaki policy and applies it worse ”and that” in September will be forced de facto to discuss new measures and new memorandum. ”

At the same time, Mr. Stratoulis not exclude the possibility to file SYRIZA censure.

As he said, “we will see in the coming days is a weapon we have in mind. When used should be effective. ”

KKE: signaled an escalation of aggression against the people

“Changes in the government scheme and the new programming agreement SW – PASOK, with the connivance of Tourism Services , mark the escalation of aggression against the people and workers, through the new unpopular measures in the offing, “observes the KKE .

In a statement stating that “ the people have a wealth of experience to find that it can not be pinned their hopes on the control of his own harsh reality, in various disguises government or any other government that bows to capitalistic “one-way” and the EU. ”

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Mar 102013
 

Posted by greydogg, 99GetSmart

Demonstration in Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece

Demonstration in Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece

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Protest urgently today against the Greek regime

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Dec 112012
 

This Is Your Future 2

Doctor Kosmopoulos & The Destruction Of Greek Medicine

Iddhis Bing, 99GetSmart

Giogos Kosmopoulos, the surgeon who was profiled in the first article in this series, is one of the founders of Stop Cartel tv, by means of which he tirelessly alerts the world to what is going on in Greece. After taking early retirement this year from Agios Savas hospital in Athens, he received pension benefits for six months, when they suddenly stopped. He then opened a private practice, which proved impossible to sustain. Attempting to be reinstated within the Greek healthcare system, he has so far only been offered one post, in a rural area in the western Peloponnese, which he refused. He and his family now face eminent eviction from their home of 14 years.

As of Tuesday morning, December 11, the eviction is scheduled to proceed. The Kosmopoulos family have locked themselves in their apartment on Delphon Street, in Glyfada, refusing to allow access to bailiffs or police. Supporters are present in front of his building to try to stop the eviction with non-violent civil disobedience. Doctor Kosmopoulos has begun live streaming. You can watch events as they unfold on Stop Cartel.

If the eviction proceeds, the only present option for Doctor Kosmopoulos and his wife is a squat in Exarchia. Kosmopoulos has said that this is a last resort to keep his family off the streets.

Perhaps the most devastating critique of what is happening in Greece today was delivered by Dimitris Christoulas, a 77-year-old pensioner.

“I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for sustenance,” the retired pharmacist wrote on April 4.

Christoulas then walked from his home to Syntagma Square in Central Athens and blew his brains out with a revolver.

The media, if it covered the story at all, used the words quoted above. But was that all he wrote? Here is the full text:

“The Tsolakoglou has annihilated all traces for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state. And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for sustenance. I believe that young people with no future will one day take up arms and hang the traitors of this country at Syntagma square, just like Italians did to Mussolini in 1945.″

The Tsolakoglou was the Greek collaborationist government during World War II.

Christoulas was hardly a lonely old pensioner in reduced circumstances.

In Greece, whose suicide rates have historically been among the world’s lowest, Christoulas has become a symbol of the pain the country is suffering at the hands of the Troika.

At the end of 2011, according to statistics, the act of taking one’s life increased an astounding 40%.1 It has continued unabated this year and has in all likelihood got worse.

On Monday, April 30, a 38-year-old geology lecturer hanged himself from a lamp post in the capital, and on the same day a 35-year-old priest jumped to his death off his balcony in northern Greece. On Wednesday, May 2, a 23-year-old student shot himself in the head. This was four days before the country’s national elections on May 6.2

Partial statistics for July 16 are no less grim: a businessman and father of three hanged himself in his shop on the island of Crete; a 49-year-old man from Patras was found by his son, also hanged. On July 25, a 79-year-old man in the southern Peloponnese hanged himself with a cable tied to an olive tree. On August 3, a 31-year-old man shot himself to death at his home near Olympia. On August 5, a 15-year-old boy hanged himself in Pieria. On August 6, a 60-year-old former footballer set himself on fire in Chalcis, and died. And so the lonely list goes on and on.

The truly efficient modern army no longer invades its weakest neighbor but creates the conditions whereby the people in that country take their own lives. In Greece, people are getting the hint. Some of them, pushed too close to the edge, don’t plan on sticking around to see what else the Troika has in mind for them.

The Greek healthcare system is being hollowed out from within. Earlier this month (December, 2012) Benoît Vitkine published an article in France’s Le Monde, from which the following quotes are taken.4

“In Thessaloniki’s 13 hospitals, doctors are ‘playing God,’ according to Leta Zotaki, director of radiology at Kilkis Hospital. ‘When we start running out of x-ray films, we have to decide who needs to be examined first; we trade with other hospitals or ask the patients to pay for the film,’ the trade unionist explains. Zotaki saw her 4,000 euro monthly salary cut in half. Her night shift hours have not been paid since May.”

“There is a shortage of everything at hospitals: latex gloves, cold pads, reagents for blood tests and catheters. [...] Doctors who are leaving – who have either retired, or left for private hospitals or abroad – are not being replaced: in Kilkis, the number of doctors has gone from 160 to 125.”

“Since 2009, public spending allocated to the healthcare system has seen a 32% drop. [...] As the unemployment rate has increased (+25% in November) the number of contributors has fallen,” inevitably putting further strains on hospitals ability to deliver both care and medicine.

According to the article in Le Monde, “Public healthcare, which had already undergone a 40% budget cut between 2007 and 2009, entered the crisis in a very fragile state. In order to balance its budget, patients were asked to pay a new five-euro fee for every consultation (raised to 25 euros in the new budget), and a variable financial contribution to medical fees. On top of which Greeks sometimes have to pay a fakelaki, a bribe that goes in the doctor’s pocket and allows them to jump the queue.”

“Unemployed persons lose medical coverage a year after their job ends, and then must pay medical expenses themselves. In most cases, they don’t go to the doctor. They wait for the situation to worsen so they can go directly to an emergency room at the public hospital. ER admissions have tripled. Intensive care units are also overwhelmed: between 30 and 40 people are denied access to these units every day, according to trade unions.”

“Despina Ioanidou, 48, who has been unemployed for eight years, often goes to the local chapter of Doctors of the World to get drugs for her back pain and depression. ‘I have just enough money to pay for electricity and food, so how could I afford to see a doctor or even go to hospital?’ she asks.”

“Doctors at this makeshift clinic are seeing new diseases, some of them due to child malnutrition. Everywhere in the country, old diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis, are making a comeback.”

These conditions are being found in Greece, a full member of the EU, and not in a war-torn country in what is called the Third World. Or to put it another way, the Troika, in their great benevolence, is replicating the Third World within its own borders. Vitkine goes on to report that “According to the Pan-Hellenic Pharmaceutical Association (PFS), 300 prescription drugs have become nearly impossible to get – a particularly worrying situation for heart disease and cancer patients. Pharmaceutical companies are threatening to stop supplying the drugs altogether. In November, Merck announced it would stop supplying anti-cancer drug Erbitux to hospitals behind on payment.” Merck’s profits in 2011 were 6.272 billion in U.S. dollars.5

I leave the last word to a doctor cited in Vitkine’s article. Stavros Baroutis is an administrator at Agios-Dimitrious in downtown Thessaloniki. “The cuts are so violent; the purge is done in such a way that we are killing the system without reforming it.”

Iddhis Bing

Sources:
1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/18/greek-woes-suicide-rate-highest

2 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/28/us-greece-election-suicide-idUSBRE83R08N20120428

3 http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/economic-crisis-triggers-wave-of-suicides-in-greece-a-850129.html

4 See translated version here: http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/postcard-from-the-edge-inside-the-dramatic-collapse-of-greece-039-s-heathcare-system/thessaloniki-medical-drugs-hospitals-god/c3s10308/

5 Merck’s revenue for 2011 was 48.047 bn USD, with a net income of 6.272 bn USD. Source: Merck’s 10-K filing with the IRS.

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Part 1: THIS IS YOUR FUTURE – Fast track evictions rampant in Greece: http://99getsmart.com/this-is-your-future/

Dec 112012
 

Posted by greydogg and SnakeArbusto, 99GetSmart

UPDATE: The audio file (below) is of a statement Dr. Giorgos Kosmopoulos made this morning, December 11, as he waited for news of his impending eviction. He was speaking to those watching his live broadcast from his home via Livestream as he and friends and supporters waited, not knowing when the eviction will begin, and commented via Livestream chat.

You can find out the details of Dr. Kosmopoulos’s eviction, which is representative of the plight of a large part of Greece’s population, here, here and here.

AUDIO LINKgiorgos_11-dec-2012.mp3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2012 10:00 AM

Athens physician/activist and family face immediate eviction

A well-known physician, a cardiothoracic surgeon and former head of the thoracic surgery department at a large hospital in Athens, now practically unemployed, and his family face eviction under Greece’s recently adopted “fast-track” eviction process.

The eldest son, an economist with severe disabilities, also unemployed, was a parliamentary candidate in Athens constituency on the SYRIZA ticket during the May and June elections.

The family are now threatened with immediate eviction. They requested one month’s notice to leave the house where they have lived for 14 years. The owner refuses. They have been informed by their attorney that the eviction could take place today.

The family call for the immediate publicizing of this barbaric behavior by the ‘justice’ system and the landlord.

The family is determined not to allow authorities to enter their household, throw them out on the street and make them homeless using violence.

They have locked themselves in their home, a two-floor apartment on Delphon Street, no. 32, in Glyfada, behind the Glyfada cemetery, and will not allow access to any bailiff, police, etc. to break into their home.

Everyone needs to be informed of all the elements of this case that typifies the current drama of the average Greek family, drowning in a slowly evolving humanitarian disaster of which the austerity measures being applied by the Troika via the Greek government are the cause rather than the cure.

The father has been reporting on the situation in Greece since 2006, via Livestream, from the streets and squares of Athens and other localities. He has pointed out what is obvious to any enlightened observer – that the crushing austerity measures imposed by the successive Greek governments are aimed first of all at aiding the banks.

Watch LIVE NOW from the family’s apartment at: http://www.livestream.com/stopcarteltvgr

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Related Articles: 

- Greece: Distinguished Physician and Activist Faces Eviction: http://99getsmart.com/greece-distinguished-physician-and-activist-faces-eviction/

- THIS IS YOUR FUTURE – Fast track evictions rampant in Greece: http://99getsmart.com/this-is-your-future/

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Dec 102012
 

Posted by Iddhis Bing, 99GetSmart

Giorgos Kosmopoulos was until recently head of Thoracic Surgery at Agios Savas cancer hospital in Athens. In his youth, Kosmopoulos joined the Greek resistance at his university, and later, in exile, studied under heart surgeon Christian Barnard in South Africa. An anti-apartheid activist, he went on hunger strikes lasting as long as 30 days. He later became Senior Lecturer at the Department of Cardio-thoracic Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and has performed more than 3,500 cardio-thoracic procedures over a long career. Giorgos Kosmopoulos is 62 years old and this weekend he and his family live under threat of imminent eviction from their home of fourteen years.

Wages are being slashed across Greece, in all sectors, hospital workers among them. It is one of the conditions of the so-called debt relief imposed by the Troika (the European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF). This being the case, Kosmopoulos decided on early retirement with a smaller pension and left the hospital in the first half of 2012. After six months, pension payments stopped. He was informed that he was not in fact eligible for early retirement. He had no choice but to go back to work so he began a private practice but under current economic conditions, few can afford a private physician and he shuttered the doors.

Kosmopoulos has re-registered with the government for a post and indeed, he was offered one – at low pay, far from Athens in the Western Peloponnese. It being a hardship to move his entire family to a remote location, he has asked to be reassigned to a post in the Athens area.

Overall in Greece, some 40% of public servants are scheduled to be fired, this after two earlier redundancies. Half of all public servants will soon be out of work. Many healthcare workers are out on the street demonstrating and of those holding on to their jobs, many are engaging in work slowdowns and stoppages. The system is near collapse.

Kosmopoulos has been informed that he is to be evicted from his home. Eviction is prohibited during winter months in most European countries – but not in Greece, or rather the new Greece that is a laboratory of the free market, neo-liberal doctrine. Now there is a procedure known as “fast track eviction.”

As you might have guessed from the short biography at the beginning of this article, Kosmospoulos is not taking all of this quietly. He is one of the founders of Stop Cartel TV and is a conspicuous presence in their live broadcasts from the center of Athens.

He had this to say about his pending eviction on livestream: “We will prepare for peaceful civil disobedience tomorrow. We will not tolerate being violently removed from our home of 14 years. If the eviction is imposed, we will resist and express our disobedience. We will not allow them to get inside our house. They may resort to using violence and throwing our belongings on the street. We hope some comrades will come to our house to support us. This will all be online and live. So keep in mind you in the US, it will be difficult for you to view because of the time difference. The world must know of the humanitarian catastrophe in Greece. Thousands of Greek families are homeless and nobody cares about us. Please do your best to spread the word and help raise awareness.”

Kosmopoulos has requested a postponement of the eviction until January 13, which will give he and his family time to find a new place to live.

It is now Monday morning in Athens. A weekend of what must have been long, restless hours is over. And for Doctor Kosmopoulous and his family the old war of nerves between cat and mouse resumes.

The Greeks are the mice but who is the cat?

In Part 2 of This Is Your Future we take a closer look at the media focus on Germany vs. Greece. Invisible Money Part 5 will also appear later this week.

Iddhis Bing

This article could not have been written without the insight and information in several articles on the 99GetSmart site. Many thanks to Linda Ross aka greydogg and Snake Arbusto for their hard work, from which I have drawn extensively.

 

Dec 062012
 

Posted by greydogg and SnakeArbusto, 99GetSmart

Dr. Giorgos Kosmopoulos from StopCartel TV broadcasting LIVE.

It may be difficult for many people, and in particular Americans, to imagine a doctor being evicted from his home for non-payment of rent. But it can happen to a doctor in Greece. And Giorgos Kosmopoulos of Athens is a physician.

And not just any physician. He is a thoracic surgeon who studied under Dr. Christiaan Barnard in South Africa at the Heart Transplant Center, Groote Schuur University Hospital, Cape Town. He has been Senior Lecturer at the Department of Cardio-thoracic Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and head of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Agios Savas Anticancer Hospital in Athens. He has performed 3,535 operations as a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Giorgos Kosmopoulos is also a founder of StopCartel TV, a most beloved pioneer of the Livestream and one of the only bilingual livestreamers in Greece. Tomorrow morning, Giorgos and his family of six are facing eviction from their home of 14 years.

And where is Giorgos tonight? He is livestreaming, on location in the center of Athens. He said that despite his personal problems, he felt it was his duty to livestream and archive the clashes between the rioting Greek police and protesters who have gathered to commemorate the murder of 16-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, who was shot dead on December 6, 2008.

A lifelong activist, Dr. Kosmopoulos grew up in Greece during the junta and joined the resistance at age 17, when he entered university. During the decade he spent in South Africa, he was an anti-apartheid activist and survived two hunger strikes, one for 26 days and one for 30 days.

A personal family tragedy brought him and his family back to Greece, where they currently reside. At the age of six, his son Christopher, was shot in the head, leaving him blind in one eye and with half of his vision in the other eye. Doctors said that Christopher had lost half of his brain function, as well, and would have a more successful education in his mother tongue.

The family moved back to Greece and enrolled Christopher in a special school. After one month, the school called and said that Christopher did not belong there. So they enrolled him in a normal grammar school and he did well. He went on to High School and then to university. Christopher is now an economist and ran for Parliament in the last election on the SYRIZA ticket.

When Giorgos was head of Thoracic Surgery at Agios Savas in Athens, hospital workers’ wages began to be slashed. He went to Human Resources and asked if he was eligible to retire with a smaller pension. They told him he was and he resigned. He collected a pension for six months and then the payments simply stopped. The government said he was NOT eligible. Meanwhile, he only had two months to be reinstated in his old job. Since that window of opportunity closed, he started a private practice. But with the Troika’s two austerity Memoranda passing, people in Greece had no money for a private physician, and he had to close his practice. He applied to the government for a post as a doctor and after months of waiting, they assigned him a post far from Athens, in the remote Western Peloponnese. The pay was low and it would have been a hardship to move his entire family there. He asked to be reassigned to a post in the greater Athens area. He is still waiting for a post, but the wheels of the public sector have come to a grinding halt. It could take forever for him to get an assignment. Another 40% of public-sector jobs are on the chopping block.

Meanwhile, under the new “fast-track” eviction procedures that are only one of a multitude of measures – some small, some egregious – that are slowly bleeding Greece’s people through a thousand cuts, this distinguished physician and dedicated citizen journalist has been informed that he is to be evicted from his home. In many European countries, eviction is illegal under any circumstances during the winter months. But not in the Greece of today. Not in the Greece that has become a laboratory of neoliberal doctrine. That is why Dr. Giorgos Kosmopoulos is doing everything he can to inform the world, despite the silence and complacency of the mainstream corporate media, of the plight of his country.

He spoke about the pending eviction tonight on his livestream:

“We will prepare for peaceful civil disobedience tomorrow. We will not tolerate being violently removed from our home of 14 years. If the eviction is imposed, we will resist and express our disobedience. We will not allow them to get inside our house. They may resort to using violence and throwing our belongings on the street. We hope some comrades will come to our house to support us. Online, it’s not wise to say what we will do. This will all be online and live. So keep in mind you who are talking from the US, it will be difficult for you to view because of the time difference.

The world must know of the humanitarian catastrophe in Greece. Thousands of Greek families are homeless and nobody cares about us. Please do your best to spread the word and help raise awareness.”

The Kosmopoulos family is requesting a January 13 postponement for the eviction which will give them time to find a new flat and move their belongings.

French Translation by SnakeArbusto: http://tlaxcala-int.org/article.asp?reference=8693

Greek Translation by Alexhttp://stopcartel.info/2012/12/08/ΚΙΝΗΜΑΤΑ/Η_πολύτεκνη_οικογένεια_σε_αναμονή../8742.html

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Please express your support for the Kosmopoulos family and call:

Christos P.  Panagopoulos, Ambassador of Greece to the U.S.A.: 202-939-1300

- Konstantinos Bikas, Greek Ambassador in London: 44 (20) 73135600

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Nov 292012
 

By greydogg and SnakeArbusto, 99GetSmart

StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece on Monday and Thursday @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 26 November 2012 broadcast.

- From Brussels:

The IMF wants Eurozone finance ministers to agree to a cut in Greece’s debt by €40 billion, but German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble remains opposed to further cuts to the country’s ‘debts.’

After months of political theater, a green light is expected for the next dose of money to recapitalize the Greek banks. The funds will be swallowed up by the black hole of the Greek banks – aiding a clear and continuous theft of public funds.

The Troika’s manufactured economic crises and its prescribed ‘cure’ of austerity have plunged Greek society into a humanitarian catastrophe. The so-called third Memorandum (M3) demands further austerity measures and the mass privatization of public assets, forcing Greek citizens into an unsustainable position of paying the odious debt of the banks with their lives.

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Predictions and polls:

- Citigroup predicts that there is more than a 60% probability that Greece will exit the Eurozone within 12-18 months, even if the Greek banks get the next dose of money.

- Analyst Ben May from Capital Economics, one of the biggest finance companies in the world, predicts that Greece will exit the euro in 2013. May stated that the Greek government and representatives from the Troika will agree to the last dose of money, but they are not in agreement over the sustainability of the Greek debt. Germany is going to refuse to agree to a reconstruction of the Greek debt, May said.

- From Reuters: A new Gallup poll indicates that SYRIZA has a 26% approval rating, with New Democracy at 21.5% and the neo-Fascist party Golden Dawn at 13.5%.

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- Economic analysts are discussing the next storm of wage cuts, dismissals and unemployment that will plunge Greece into an employment status resembling feudalism.

The Troika’s and the Greek government-of-the-regime’s recently approved Memorandum 3 contains a complete reversal of the labor laws that were developed in Greece in the last few decades. M3 subverts collective bargaining and violently reduces wages to €586 per month, temporarily, until wages will decrease again in early April to a new minimum wage. As Chris Rock famously stated, “You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? It’s like, ‘Hey, if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.’”

Just one week after the passage of M3, large, profitable companies were quick to exploit workers by inviting employees, regardless of any current contracts, to renegotiate their monthly earnings under the threat of being laid off if they do not accept decreased wages and increased working hours.

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- There is a HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE IN GREECE.

Hundreds of Greek children are fainting in class daily from hunger. Recently, in Thessaloniki, a student at the Third Pines Elementary School fainted in class and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, unconscious.

Greek citizens are appealing to their municipalities to provide at least one meal a day for young students, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

What kind of government creates policies that illegally funnel public funds and assets into the pockets of the already wealthy by starving children?

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- For the third straight week, public employees are occupying town halls and municipal buildings in regions all over Greece to oppose further wage cuts and layoffs.

In Heraklion, Chania and Aghios Nikolaos on the island of Crete, public employees have occupied administrative buildings and have gone on strike for eight consecutive days. ADEDY (the Civil Servants’ Confederation) is encouraging all employees to participate in demonstrations.

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- The Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Nikos Pantelis forwarded the so-called Lagarde list to the Greek Parliament through the Minister of Justice, Antonis Roupakiotis, to investigate potential criminal liability. Meanwhile, in the Greek courts, members of the big cartels whose names are on the list are fighting to retain their anonymity and immunity for their crimes.

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- From the Organization Doctors of the World – Greek branch:

We are facing a humanitarian catastrophe every day in the social medical clinics. All over Greece, doctors and patients are experiencing the hardest winter in decades. Doctors see daily queues of people crowding outside polyclinics in Athens, Perama, Thessaloniki, Patras and Chania. Healthcare in Greece cannot be obtained without being employed. [ed. note: Unemployment stands at over 25% on Greece]

Everyday people, pensioners and the unemployed have put their inhibitions aside to seek help. The ‘austerity era’ has changed people, who have pushed aside their dignity in order to get the medical care and medicines they need to survive. From healthcare to food, there is no longer shame in seeking help. Times have changed.

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- Last weekend in Athens, about 70 people organized themselves to help ease the humanitarian catastrophe surrounding them. They cooked meals in their homes and brought the food to a local park to feed the hungry. About 90 grateful people came to eat at the free, all-volunteer open-air kitchen.

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- Thousands of homes all over Greece continue to have their electricity cut off every day. Presently, there are hundreds of thousands of homes without electricity. The mass media refuse to report on the issue at all.

Tensions arose outside the central office of the electricity corporation in the city of Patras. Many citizens gathered outside the central office of the electricity corporation, shouting angrily about how ruthlessly the electricity is cut off in the homes of poor people.

People are unable to pay their bills due to the high unemployment rate, wage and pension cuts and government-of-the-regime extortion via ‘emergency taxes’ which are attached to utility bills.

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- Citizens in the southern suburbs of Athens reacted strongly to a group of 20-30 Golden Dawn members who appeared in their neighborhood, presumably to show their presence and gain support from the locals.

People of all ages were unafraid, despite the daily violence perpetrated by Golden Dawn members. The locals closely followed the neo-Nazi march, shouting the slogan, “Fascism – Never Again!” until Golden Dawn members dispersed and left the town.

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- In Brussels, the 17-member Eurogroup met for the third time in two weeks to discuss the “Greek issue.” After exiting the summit, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici made statements to the press.

“Yesterday, we made strong progress, which means that tomorrow, Europeans should have a common position. We are very close to a solution.” 

Moscovici said that Greece has fulfilled its obligations and promises. The program submitted to the Eurogroup is credible and Greece has made material efforts. All the parameters of the issues are known to everyone and all the issues are on the table. Moscovici added that the Eurogroup would leave the summit with an agreement.

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Oct 302012
 

StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece on Mondays and Thursdays @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 29 October 2012 broadcast.

By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart 

- The General Confederation of Greek Workers and the Greek Civil Servants’ Confederation have organized a demonstration and march on Wednesday in central Athens against austerity measures, particularly in the areas of health care and education.

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- The Greek public water company is waging a class war against renters and working on behalf of landowners. This company has an obligation to protect the public interest, yet in the last 6 months has proven that they have no regard for the fact that water is a human right.

As reported in a previous post, upon the landlord’s request, the Greek water company terminated water service to a flat where a family of six resides, showing that they consider renters second-class citizens. The water company is waging a class war on consumers who rent.

This important issue illustrates how Greek society behaves. The said family of six have spent five days without water and still have no water, even after paying money they owed to the water company. The water company is punishing renters and supporting vindictive landlords.

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- Greece’s 500 most profitable companies have increased their profits by 18.2%. Last year’s profits of €1.35 billion rose to €1.6 billion in 2012.

In a country with millions of unemployed and self-employed persons and farmers whose revenue has been greatly diminished, and where there are across-the-board increases in the cost of living every day and more and more people are going hungry, these companies are showing a huge increase in profits even as they cut wages and fire employees. Yet the list of the 500 most profitable companies includes 175 food-processing companies.

The reality in Greece is that while the wages and income of ordinary Greeks are going down the drain, the profits of the ‘bosses’ in the country, the known cartels, are reaching record levels.

Giorgos Kosmopoulos of StopCartel asks, “What are we as Greeks doing about this? The choice is ours.”

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- Giorgos on the meaning of solidarity: Such a thing seldom manifests itself in Greece. There is little solidarity and love among the people of Greece. Everyone is looking after his own family’s interest. This is the reason StopCartel’s voice to the outside world is very loud.

There are people in dire need in Greece. People are starving, without water and electricity in their homes. People who are taking part in initiatives are doing it for their own ambition.

StopCartel is addressing the current humanitarian crisis in Greece and reaching out to people all over the world. Please donate clothes, food, medicines to help the Greek people. There is a real need. People are going hungry, their water is being cut off, and they are threatened day by day with losing electricity in their homes. StopCartel is threatened with the same, and one day we may not be able to continue to broadcast.

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- In connection with the arrest of Kostas Vaxevanis, opposition leader Alexis Tsipras stated on Monday: In Greece they prosecute the people who expose the scandals and illegalities, but ignore those who commit the crimes.

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- The EU commission spokesman made a willfully ignorant statement about the arrest of Kostas Vaxevanis, who published the Lagarde list. He said that he doesn’t know any details of Vaxevanis’s arrest and the case that will proceed within the Greek justice system.

Kostas Vaxevanis made this statement at the regional court of Athens this morning:

“There is an effort being made to convict me of a ‘crime’. The prosecutors say that I have published personal data while Mr. Venizelos, the former Finance Minister, ‘lost’ the list down the toilet of his home. 

Over the last two years there is a public effort through the appearance of legality to cover a very big scandal. The people who are handling and manipulating this issue and the public prosecutor have got to realize that from a legal point of view, there was no violation of personal data at all.

A few months ago in Greece, the public prosecutor made public the personal information of people with AIDS! Why? They said it was because they wanted to protect the public interest. In order to protect the public interests, I did my job. The people on the list need to be investigated. 

I am speaking to the public prosecutor when I say that he has the obligation to show the same  sensitivity to my case. I don’t know why the public prosecutor behaves in this manner, but they must adhere to rule of law and treat all cases equally. 

Today, several international newspapers have published the Lagarde list and there has been no outcry or repercussions. 

A journalist’s job is to tell the truth, especially when others are hiding the truth. Anything less is just public relations and propaganda.”

Kostas Vaxevanis’s trial will take place on the first of June.

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- A report by business consulting firm BDO says that Syria is considered more secure for foreign investments than Greece. Only Iraq and Iran are more risky places to invest, according to the survey of 1,000 CFOs.

A word of warning to all prospective investors in Greece from StopCartel: A new government that is going to be elected by the Greek people will be pressed to abort all business arrangements made under the government-of-the-regime.

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- TV report: The viability of the Greek debt is currently the most important issue being discussed by EU leaders. At the same time, according to information coming from Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble are examining and considering a repurchase of the Greek debt as a serious proposition.

Schaeuble: “We are seriously examining the funding of Greece for repurchasing the Greek debt. I cannot reveal more details at the moment. There are many serious open issues at the moment. We reject the idea of a new ‘haircut’  or restructuring of the Greek debt because this would be in violation of German legislation, which prohibits the direct financing of states.”

Schaeuble denied that an accord has been reached over a two-year postponement of reforms in the Memorandum signed by Greece with the Troika. “The finance ministry and German government are not aware of new elements,” he said.

According to current information, New Democracy stated that they cannot rule out another austerity package for Greece. A third package of aid for Greece will pass the German parliament without a problem and it is possible. A German government spokesperson said that the government is in the talking stages of another Memorandum.

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Oct 292012
 

StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece on Mondays and Thursdays @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 25 October 2012 broadcast.

By snake arbusto and greydogg, 99GetSmart

- The New York Times reported that if you are unemployed in Greece, you die. If you have a serious illness like cancer and you are unemployed, you will die. There is no health care for the people – an example of the humanitarian catastrophe in the country.

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- Malaria, tuberculosis, and rabies are appearing in Greece after decades of dormancy.

Diseases that have been absent in Greece for many decades are appearing because of the economic crisis and its effect on the health-care system, which is in shambles. Some places in northern Greece have suffered from West Nile disease, and many people have died. Apart from that virus, malaria – not seen since the 1970s – has come back to Greece. So has tuberculosis. Recently an animal with rabies was found. These diseases have not come to Greece via immigrants or tourists; they are transferred from person to person. And due to the lack of vaccination due to the ongoing crisis, Greek children are vulnerable. Many parents are not able to vaccinate their children because they are unemployed. Vaccines are very expensive and children are going without them.

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- A six-member family, for the second time in six months, has had their water turned off. The landlord asked the water company to cut off the supply because they are behind on their rent.

The family had asked for lower rent due to the crisis. In response, the landlord filed an eviction notice. And instead of waiting for the court to decide, the landlord spitefully went to the water company and demanded they cut off the supply of water to the flat.

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- The mass media in Greece are talking about the Parliament voting on new austerity measures next week. But this does not reflect reality. Everyone knows that the real decisions were made in February and that this vote is just more theater from the government-of-the-regime.

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- Yesterday, the Greek police announced they have purchased two X-Ray vans for €2.3 million, as revealed by a document from the Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection

A commenter on Facebook says “one of the few institutions that actually work nowadays in Greece is the Police.”

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- The buyout of Olympic Air by Aegean Airlines, which had been blockaded by the European Commission, is now to be finalized. The EC had said of the merger in 2011 that it:

“…would have resulted in a quasi-monopoly on the Greek air transport market. This would have led to higher fares for four out of six million Greek and European consumers travelling on routes to and from Athens each year. Together the two carriers control more than 90% of the Greek domestic air transport market.”

The main justification now given for the merger is “…the prolonged Greek recession that has reduced dramatically the domestic demand for both airline companies.” In other words, the main justification is the state of the Greek economy, which is the direct result of the policies of the EU itself, via the European Central Bank and the Troika of which it is a member.

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