StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece weeknights @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 22 August 2012 broadcast.
By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart
- The President of the Eurogroup and of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, is in Athens to meet with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras this week. On Wednesday, Juncker told reporters that there will be no decisions on Greece before October. He said that the Eurogroup is awaiting the Troika’s October report and that no decision will be made about Greece before then.
During his visit, Mr. Juncker opted out of a meeting with Alexis Tsipras, leader of SYRIZA, the main opposition party. It was reported that the head of the IMF instructed Mr. Junker to reject a meeting with SYRIZA, citing ‘impropriety.’
In a recent speech, German Chancellor Angela Merkel parroted Juncker’s exact sentiments, stressing that no decisions should be expected during the scheduled meeting this week. “We won’t have a solution on Friday,” Merkel said Wednesday during a visit to Moldova. “We will wait for the report of the Troika. Then we will decide.”
Meanwhile, Germany and Europe remain hostile to Greece’s request for a two-year extension to fulfill the terms of the Memorandum. Several German MPs declared their opposition to any form of renegotiation with Greece.
- Finance ministers Yannis Stournaras and Antonios Manitakis have signed off on a program of more austerity measures for public workers. This time, 150,000 or more employees will be dismissed from their public-sector jobs ‘by 2015.’ These policies prove that once again, the government-of-the-regime is hell-bent in its efforts to demolish the social contract and disenfranchise workers.
- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was interviewed in the August 22 issue of Bild, Germany’s most-read newspaper. Some take this interview as a sign that Germany may be willing to relax its hard line of no renegotiations for Greece. Several German officials have made conflicting public statements regarding approval for easing the terms of the Greek Memorandum.
“All that we want is a little breathing room to get the economy going and increase revenue,” Samaras told Bild during the interview, two days before his first trip to Berlin as head of government. “More time does not automatically mean more money.”
According to the New York Times:
The debate about Greece has intensified before a report to be issued next month on the country’s progress in attaining its fiscal goals. Officials have been hinting that parts of the report from the Troika of international lenders — the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank — may be more positive than expected. But the debate is also pressuring Eurozone leaders to acknowledge that the austerity program imposed on Greece by the Troika has taken such a toll on living standards that it has become counterproductive.
- Another victim of the Troika: On Wednesday, a 51-year-old accountant leapt to his death from the 4th floor of an apartment building on Makropoulou Street, a few meters from where he lived. The cause of death was cited as “dire economic problems.”
- According to an article in the Flemish De Tijd, the government of Wallonia, the French region of Belgium, has chosen to honor Greece as the guest country in this year’s events that will take place on September 13-17, in celebration of the anniversary of the secession of Belgium from Holland in 1830.
The Minister-President of the Walloon government, Rudy Demotte, explained, “The choice of Greece is a highly symbolic act. We owe a lot to the Greeks that is not valued in money but is associated with a whole culture that we inherited.”
The event will highlight Greek films, songs, dances and cuisine. It is worth noting that these events will take place in the city center and be attended by over 250,000 people.
The Future is Present
Every morning I open my eyes and the first thing I feel is an indeterminate sadness. In a few seconds as it passes from sleep to life, the mind begins to work and “scan” my being to identify the cause of sorrow. I get up from the bed with a heart as black as Chios.
I do not know when it will get over all this. I’m not a commoner who would go to the closed cage of the city and will not see, you forget. I live in nature and have daily contact with her.
The fire still burns. Fifth day. And travels only over the living parts. I cross burning pine forest whenever I decide to go down to the town of Chios. The dense smoke of fate takes us south along the Aegean.
Chios burned. By civilized capitalists who care about green building and green energy. By technocrats and every class of politicians, who chatter about development.
The future of Greece is present on the island. Whoever has the slightest doubt need only wait. The country will be completely destroyed as my island will be. Will build hotel complexes everywhere, settle everywhere with solar mirrors and giant wind turbines. I had long heard tell of it, but could not imagine it would go so far.
Chios annihilated, by “civilized” people who care about the future of the economy alone. The civilized criminals with connections, who on top of their crimes sold us stories about the environment and pretended to care about the future of the planet.
We are told that firefighting operations have already cost four million euros. Soon we will be told it is not good to fight fire since it is not good for the “wind strategy,” and so they guard their villages and lands only and let the rest turn to charcoal. Already TV and newspapers spread the message that the mastic trees of Chios have burned, the precious trees that are the source of 80% of exports that strongly affect by the national economy. But about the pine and the real wealth of the island, silence.
We were also told that tomorrow, shamelessly, will come the task force’s Pasha Reichenbach, sent by Berlin to prepare a scorched-earth development plan.
We were even told that the Forestry Services will leave the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Rural Development to become more “flexible” and to the development and not the stagnation caused by adherence to the protection of forest species. In a few months we will belong to the Ministry of Development, or such measures will be simply abolished as expensive and useless.
This is our homeland, dear readers. The last days have seen this website literally flooded and we are very touched by your mail.
People; strangers who feel the pain of others. Thank you again and I’m writing all this to keep in mind what will happen the next time.
Chios was a paradise that had been spared from the plague of tourism development over the past decades because Chios’s people had the resources of the sea, now turned to tourism. This paradise has become a hell with the change of the use of the land; sold out. This is the policy followed in Greece today. We will soon be able to live nowhere but in cages in the cities where we are guarded by cops on every block, where we are slaves for cheap labor. Have no doubt about it. Already half of Greece lives so. There will be no one left able to feel even a moment of freedom.
Personally I live just like the ant. And yet they even bother me. And destroy my place, my habitat – not for anyone’s livelihood, but in order to exploit everything. The “civilized” people, the bourgeois capitalists who care about the environment, about “green growth” for the future of the planet on which they bring up their children… These days I feel like a wild animal whose habitat is being destroyed and whose existence human stupidity threatens, without the hapless understanding of why it is done.
Friends predicted a gloomy future. Nothing can stop the descent of man, and Greece is leading it. Wielding the Olympic flag for the decline of humanity.
In a few days the elite of society will go to the North Aegean Regional Council and vote positively on the environmental impact assessment to be submitted shortly by the multinationals, on turbines off Chios. With the heat of its burning alive, the island will be prey to multinational green growth.
I’m tired of shouting out the obvious.
Please, anyone who wants to send the following text to the e-mail address of “Constantine Ganiaris Antiperifereiarchis Chios” email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do it, with a blind copy to me at email@example.com to show the pressure we can all exert together:
“To Mr. Antiperifereiarchis Ganiaris of Chios
Following the biblical destruction suffered by Chios from your fire I consulted the Regional Council information on the issue of the “Aegean Zeuxis” Environmental Impact Study Project. The data on environmental conditions on the island during the period this study was commissioned for were quite different from those prevailing today. As a Greek citizen I hereby request the withdrawal of the study as outdated under the present environmental conditions on the island. The island needs to be protected; it does not need gigantic investment.
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