This video from BirdLife in Greece says about itself:
Every year 500.000 migratory birds are illegally killed.
Help them make a safe journey back home.
This video, by RTL TV in the Netherlands, says about itself (translated):
King circumvents Greek laws
June 11th 2014
The strict rules applying in Greece about building along the coastline have been pushed aside for King Willem Alexander. He can build a jetty at his holiday villa and close a stretch of beach to the public. The strict laws have been circumvented, for the security of the king.
Translated from RTL TV in the Netherlands today:
Parliament wants clarification about what the king costs
Parliament wants to know the exact cost which the state pays for the royal family and the holiday mansion of King Willem-Alexander in Greece.
Parliament is not satisfied with the answers by Prime Minister Rutte late last week. This is apparent from a long list of questions that have been submitted.
Thus, parliament wants clarity on the costs incurred for the construction of a concrete jetty at the villa. Willem-Alexander pays half of that amount because he wants to land his speed boat there, but the amount has been kept secret so far. The government claimed earlier that the construction of the concrete jetty was a security measure.
“Mansion is a private matter’
Rutte on Friday confirmed that the state has paid over half a million euros for the lease of land on which a security fence was constructed. Earlier Rutte called the mansion a private matter. Parliament wants to know what the total cost was, including the remuneration of notaries, lawyers, experts, and the cost of employment of the attorney general by the state.
Furthermore, parliament wants a justification of the costs associated with the announced renovation of palaces, air travel of the royal family and the increased income of Willem-Alexander, [Queen] Maxima and [Queen Mother] Beatrix. Prime Minister Rutte should give clarification before next month, when his budget will be discussed.
From daily News Line in Britain:
Friday, 19 September 2014
Greek cleaners celebrate a year of struggle
THE 595 women cleaners of the Greek Finance Ministry, sacked en masse on 17 September 2013 on the direct orders of the EC-IMF-ECB overlords, completed last Wednesday a year of relentless struggle on the streets to get their jobs back.
Since last May, they have set up camp outside a Finance Ministry building in central Athens and they have campaigned throughout the working class, in factories and offices, as well as in universities, for workers’ and youths’ support.
Last Wednesday, a group of women cleaners spoke to the News Line at their camp in Athens.
Maria said that ‘This is a strange period. We are confident that some victory will be achieved, because this fight was worth it; it was the most sacred thing we’ve done.’
She said all the women were proud of being a cleaner, keeping things clean and healthy.
Aleka said that ‘We ain’t retreating; we will now fight even more for justice.’
Maria intervened to say that ‘All women here are optimistic; we will organise ourselves even more dynamically. We will decide on targets, we have faith in our struggle.’
This video from Greece says about itself:
Ewa Jasiewicz, No Dash for Gas, UK
International Conference, Athens, 10-12 October 2013
Power Imbalances – Alternatives for the Energy Sector in Greece and its European and Global Context
12.10.2013 Networking Local and Grass-Root Energy Struggles
- Patrick Stötzel, Climate Action Camp Rhineland and Campaign “ausgeCO2hlt“, Germany
– Dimitris Tsouchlis, Dr. in Environmental Policy, Member of the Environment & Ecology Department of SYRIZA, Greece
– Ewa Jasiewicz, No Dash for Gas, UK
And the British Establishment’s attacks on civil liberties continue … smearing political dissent, music by The Clash or by others, or blogging or journalism as ‘terrorism’.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Thursday 18th September 2014
Guardian reporter and environment activist Ewa Jasiewicz had been invited to speak at a fringe event on the realities of fuel poverty.
But less than two weeks after applying, conference organisers informed Ms Jasiewicz she was unable to attend the event as she had not passed the necessary police checks.
She was then told by the Great Manchester Police that the reasons behind her ban would not be divulged.
Fuel Poverty Action said in a statement: “We are left questioning whether what has taken place is political policing, with both an individual’s protest history and the ideas they promote — including bringing energy under public and community control, and the role of direct action in creating change — blocked from being heard.”
A Labour spokesman said the party would not be issuing a reply as the matter was up to the police.
One wonders: was Great Manchester Police inspired in this attack on Ms Jasiewicz’s civil liberties by sleazy ‘security’ corporation G4S? G4S, apparently hired by some brainless Labour Party central office bureaucrat for ‘security’ at the party conference?
This photo shows the Dutch king’s mansion in Kranidi in Greece.
Translated from Hart voor Nederland TV in the Netherlands:
Land around king’s villa costs the government almost half a million
Published: Today 07:28
The Dutch state had to pay 461,000 euros for the lease of two strips of land surrounding the villa of King Willem-Alexander in Greece. The amount was paid last year to a neighbour to put a security fence on that ground. This is evident from documents which RTL News holds.
The deal with the neighbour was closed by a Greek lawyer commissioned by Minister Opstelten (Justice Department) to negotiate to get the land at any price. A year after Willem-Alexander bought the house nearly half a million was paid by the government for the lease.
The actual market value of the land, according to the document, is only 35.414 euros. Prime Minister Rutte did not tell Parliament about the lease amount.
Why the fence was put on the neighbour’s land is unclear. The Dutch government information department says about it to RTL news: “This land is needed for security measures by the government. For security reasons there is utmost restraint in information about the way of providing security. Therefore, nothing more will be said.”
According to RTL news, Prime Minister Rutte had refused to reply to questions from Parliament about the cost for taxpayers of the royal villa in Greece. Rutte had claimed the mansion was ‘a private issue devoid of public interest’.
So, Dutch taxpayers pay for one royal neighbour’s financial windfall. Meanwhile, the Greek people and the Greek environment lose because of the privatisation of Greek coastal areas to royals and other rich people.
Dutck king accused of illegal harbour near his mansion: here.
Dutch royals buy 700,000 euro speedboat: here.
This video is about ring-necked parakeets in Greece.
However, they are spreading to other cities like Haarlem.
The birds showed up for the first time in Haarlem in 2005. Last winter, 500 parakeets were counted at Haarlem sleeping roosts. In June 2014, 937 individuals were counted.
From News Line daily in Britain:
Saturday, 19 July 2014
SACKED GREEK CLEANING LADIES STAND FIRM FOR NEARLY A YEAR
595 women cleaners of the Greek Ministry of Finance in Athens were sacked on 17 September 2013 and their jobs given to private contractors. Since then they have been unemployed and fighting to get their jobs back.
Their wages, when they worked, were only between 205 to 757 euros a month.
Since the day they were sacked they have fought back and have organised a 24 hour picket, every day, of the Finance Ministry for nearly a year.
They have stood their ground and the government have tried to force them to go away.
It has used riot police to beat up these defenceless women, some are 50 or 60 years old. They have been hospitalised, bruised and knocked to the ground but they will not go away until they win their struggle.
Their case for reinstatement has come before the Greek courts which they won but the government refuses to recognise it.
News Line visited their picket line in Athens last week and spoke to some of the cleaners.
Tdimitra explained: ‘We believe there must be a new government of the left, only a left government will give us what we need for ourselves and our children.
‘We believe that a new left government will carry out the court decision and give us back our jobs. Nobody is saying when they will hold elections in Greece but we think it will be soon.’
Evaggelia added ‘My arm was broken by police when they attacked us.
‘I believe all the changes since 2009 will culminate in even bigger attacks on workers this summer, and people will rise up, that’s why we believe this government will not last and there will be elections soon.’
She added: ‘I’m left-wing and believe in a left-wing government but I believe the left must completely take over the administration of the country, a left administration will be the best form of government.’
When the picket was attacked by the riot police, the ladies suffered severe bruising and broken bones after being kicked and being beaten with batons.
Evaggelia explained ‘The police attacks move so fast you cannot do much to defend yourself.
‘I’m not afraid of the police anymore. When the police hit me with their sticks it was like a little flag went up in my head and I realised I was not afraid of their violence.
‘The biggest violence is not the physical violence of the police, it’s the violence inflicted on the people by unemployment and poverty – this is the biggest violence against the people.
‘I agree with the call for a workers government but people are not yet ready for such democracy.
‘But people are changing slowly – when we started our strike no one was political now we all are.’
Another lady cleaner Fotini agreed. She added: ‘I believe there will be changes, we have reached the limit, every day it gets worse.
‘Five years of Pasok and coalition governments have made people realise that a new radical left-wing government is the only way out.’
Despina added: ‘The Euro elections in Greece show people have reservations about the left-wing but I believe that at the next elections the working class movement in Greece will rise up.’
Evaggelia continued ‘Since 1974 (the year the junta was overthrown) and especially in the last twenty years, all governments in Greece have lied to the people about the economy, about how strong it was and how everyone could spend – it brought the people a false happiness, a super consumerism.
‘We didn’t know how weak the economy really was.
‘Now people realise everything was run on debt, huge debt caused by the banks.
‘This has led to many people becoming very depressed, everything we had is gone and lost and it is difficult to restart our lives, so now we understand we have to take the fight on ourselves.
‘We believe that what is needed is a people’s Europe not a bankers’ Europe.’
Outside the Finance Ministry were two other 24 hour pickets, the school guards and some teachers, both sections sacked by the austerity government for about seven months.
SHOP WORKERS STRIKE ON SUNDAY
LAST Sunday, the shopworkers union supported the bookshop workers union’s call to end Sunday working, challenging the new laws that have banned Sunday as a public holiday.
Picket lines emerged outside some of the shops in Ermou Street which is a main shopping street in Athens.
For the first time, they were successful in closing the Marks & Spencers store for the day and picketing shop workers were elated.
Yiannis, a shop worker, on the picket outside M&S, said that ‘6 day working meant there was no time for the family, and that their rights had been taken away without any compensation.’
Nikiforos, another picketing shop worker, told News Line that ‘Shop workers were expected to work on a Sunday for no extra pay and were also supposed to get a day off during the week but that most shop keepers ignored this.’
Nearly all the shops last Sunday closed for the day, some never bothered to open. Everyone agreed that it was a very successful action.