This video says about itself:
Thousands March in Greece in Support of Refugees
16 July 2016
From daily News Line in Britain:
Saturday, 25 June 2016 Greek dockers fight privatisation
Next week the SYRIZA-ANEL Greek coalition government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to verify in the Vouli (Greek parliament) the selling off of the Piraeus port, the biggest in the eastern Mediterranean, to the Chinese state company COSCO which already owns two docks in the commercial port.
Last Thursday, hundreds of dockworkers marched under a scorching sun through the Piraeus port to the Ministry for Naval Affairs.
… Yiorghos Yeorgakopoulos, the President of the OMYLE federation of dockers and port workers, said that the government work hand-in-hand with COSCO and big business to sell off everything. He insisted on building up the union to prepare for the great battles ahead.
… In the port of Piraeus, there are still over 1,000 refugees who live in appalling conditions in tents with nowhere to go.
In the refugee camps on the Greek island of Khios and Lesbos there is a continuous tension and fights as refugees demand their freedom. A 32-year-old Egyptian refugee was stabbed to death on Thursday morning inside the Souda refugee camp on Khios. Authorities said that he was killed in a fight.
This video says about itself:
21 June 2016
Dimitri Lascaris says the latest unemployment figures in Greece show the indifference of the EU elite to the hardships of austerity and the democratic will of the European people.
This video says about itself:
5 June 2016
Securities lawyer Dimitri Lascaris says recent leaks to the press show that IMF Chief Lagarde forced her negotiator to give up the previously stated position to insist that creditors offer debt relief to Greece.
Austerity policies do more harm than good, IMF study concludes. Economists give strong critique of neoliberal doctrine ushered in by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s: here. Unfortunately, though that is the view of IMF economists, it is not the view of IMF boss Lagarde.
This video from the USA says about itself:
YANIS VAROUFAKIS | NOAM CHOMSKY, NYPL, 26 April
27 April 2016
Yanis Varoufakis considers himself a politician by necessity, not by choice. An economist and academic by training, he became Greece’s finance minister amidst the country’s financial crisis, creating an image for himself both beloved and reviled.
He discusses his complicated role in his new book, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe’s Crisis and America’s Economic Future, and on the LIVE stage alongside renowned academic and theorist Noam Chomsky.
YANIS VAROUFAKIS is the former finance minister of Greece. A professor of economic theory at the University of Athens and former member of parliament for Athens’ largest constituency, he is the author of The Global Minotaur, among other books. He lives in Athens.
NOAM CHOMSKY is widely credited with having revolutionized the field of modern linguistics. Chomsky is the author of numerous best-selling political works, which have been translated into scores of countries worldwide. Among his most recent books are Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Hopes and Prospects, and Masters of Mankind. Haymarket Books recently released twelve of his classic works in new editions. His latest books are What Kind of Creatures Are We? and Who Rules the World?
By Paul Donovan in Britain:
Varoufakis attacks the monster of neoliberalism
Monday 23rd May 2016
And the Weak Suffer What They Must
by Yanis Varoufakis
(Bodley Head, £16.99)
In doing so, he manages to convey complex economic concepts in terms everyone can understand, an example being the parallel he draws between the minotaur of Greek mythology — an animal that fed on human flesh — to the US economy post-1971.
Then, the Nixon administration delinked the dollar from gold, moving exchange rates from a fixed to floating status.
The US then hiked up interest rates, drawing in currency from across the world and this became a minotaur which needed regular feeding. The excesses of money flowing in helped spawn the financialisation products that helped stoke the crisis that erupted in 2008.
Varoufakis lays out how populations across the EU have been made to pay for the banking crisis with private bank debts effectively taken over by governments and becoming the responsibility of taxpayers. He chronicles how the left-wing government of Alexis Tsipras could not win — the leading powers in the EU, notably Germany, were determined to make an example of Greece as a lesson to others.
The author sees the re-emergence of past dangers in the enforcement of severe hardship upon populations across Europe. Historically, that led to the advance of fascism and today that is manifested in the emergence of Golden Dawn in Greece.
Coming at a time when this country debates whether to stay in or leave the EU, much of the book’s devastating critique might cause many to think that Brexit is the only answer. But Varoufakis advocates staying in to bring about the change needed to create an EU that will work for the mass of people rather than the financiers of Europe.
Even so, he has little time for those currently in power, whose policies he believes could bring about another global crash if not resisted and advocates the introduction of a more federal structure, bringing democratic accountability across Europe.
As the EU is driven by unelected bureaucrats following a failed formula, Varoufakis sees the drift toward authoritarianism as almost inevitable. But this excellent read provides insights and a vision of what can be done to right the present disastrous situation.
This photo shows a Syrian refugee on Chios island in Greece and his child, expressing despair at the perspective of the European Union-Turkish anti-refugee deal of being sent back to dangerous Turkey.
Refugees from Syria and other countries have known for a long time that their lives are not safe in Turkey. Many Turkish citizens have found out that their lives are not safe under the present Turkish government. The United States government has decided that Turkey is unsafe for United States citizens.
Now, after all European Union politicians’ talk about Erdogan’s Turkey supposedly being ‘safe’ for refugees, authorities in EU member state Greece have decided more realistically.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Syrian does not have to return to Turkey: not safe enough
The Appeals Court of the Greek asylum service has stopped the expulsion of a Syrian refugee to Turkey. The man had appealed against the rejection of his application for asylum. The tribunal ruled today that Turkey for him “is not a safe country.”
The ruling by the three-member appeals tribunal could potentially have major implications. This applies both to the bureaucratic processing of Syrian asylum applications and to the deal which the EU concluded with Turkey on the return of Syrian refugees.
It is unknown to who this refugees is, and why it would be unsafe for him in Turkey. The man in any case may remain in Greece until his application has been dealt with finally. That may take months.
The Guardian claims to have seen documents of the committee. They conclude, according to the newspaper: “The committee judges that the temporary protection that Turkey can offer to the applicant, being a Syrian citizen, does not give him the rights he might have under the Geneva Convention.”
According to The Guardian, the committee literally quoted several EU directives in support of its judgment.
This refugee was one of the first Syrians who were put on a list to be returned to Turkey in accordance with the agreement between the EU and Ankara. So far 441 people according to that deal have been put by Greece on boats to Turkey. But none of them were Syrians.
Today it was announced that of the 174 Syrians on Lesbos who had appealed against their deportation in a hundred cases they have been granted the appeal. These refugees have been forwarded to the Greek mainland. Earlier, the Greek government declared it would not return all Syrians, especially those of vulnerable groups such as children or people with disabilities.
On Wednesday evening Greek police used tear gas and stun grenades against refugees protesting the intolerable conditions prevailing in the makeshift refugee camp near Idomeni. Many women and children were victims of the brutal onslaught: here.