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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The "Yes" campaigners are either naive, or traitors or more alarmingly, both !

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/30/were-not-traitors-insist-greeks-yes-campaigners



We're not traitors, insist Greece's yes campaigners


Yes campaigners



The "Yes" campaigners claim that they are not traitors.
If that is true, then they are incredibly naive or, more likely, have their own secret agenda for arguing that Greece should accept even more severe austerity handed out by the autocrats of the IMF and the European Central bank. Moreover, to vote "Yes" in Sunday's referendum condemns Greece to another 15years at least of higher unemployment, higher taxation on food, clothing, utilities and other essentials for the vast majority of the population.
 Perhaps those who campaign for a "Yes" vote, are not affected, or are at least protected from the cuts in pensions, the declining standard of living, the regular interruptions to the supply of gas and electricity, the inability to pay for medical treatment and a thousand and one other hardships brought about by the previous years of austerity suffered by the Greek people.
 


 



It is easy to vote for more of the same austerity, when your vote affects only the poor, the unemployed, the old, the sick or any other of your countrymen who are not as fortunate as yourself. 
The "Yes" campaign claim that they are not traitors, yet they drive for the removal of Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza government, as desired by Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde and the other European autocrats. Bringing about the downfall of your own government and acting in tacit collusion with powers from other countries or organisations, is by any definition, an act of Treason and renders those involved to be traitors.
It could be that next Sundays referendum will produce the "Yes" result that  the IMF, Brussels, the European Central Bank and European Commission covertly striving for. It would also condem millions of Greeks to even worse social conditions than those of today.
A traitor by any definition is someone who betrays their country, sovereign, government, or  who betrays a trust.




Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Brussels throws insults at the Greeks, as the deadline arrives.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/greece-debt-crisis-athens-has-one-day-to-find-16bn-10353977.html


Athens has just one day to find €1.6bn as it edges nearer euro exit




Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been branded reckless and a feckless liar by EU leaders


The powers of the IMF, Brussels, the European Central Bank and European Commission now with the added weight of Barak Obama of the United States and Li Keqiang the Premiere of China, pile the pressure onto the Greek people to capitulate to the demands and ultimatum of Merkel, Lagarde and Jean-Claude Juncker.




Jean-Claude Juncker appealed to Greeks to vote Yes in the referendum
Jean-Claude Juncker appealed to Greeks to vote Yes in the referendum




Make no mistake. The European Union is operated for the benefit of financiers, bankers and business interests and has little if anything, to do with peace and stability in Europe or the well being of the 500 million or so ordinary people who live within its borders. Any member country government who has the audacity to question the governing body in Brussels, or reject the autocracy of the IMF, the ECB and European Commission, is swiftly brought into line with the financial power of massive "loans" wrapped with stringent "austerity" measures which benefit the rich and business of the country to the detriment of the ordinary people. That is until now. At last one country and its government have had the nerve to say "enough is enough" and to stick with that position through all the threats, insults, personal abuse and humiliation thrown at it and its people. The Greek government have made numerous attempts to reach a settlement with the IMF and Europe, all of which have been rejected by the duplicitous actions of the IMF and European "negotiators". Today, 30th June 2015, the deadline for default on the IMF loan has arrived. On Sunday the Greeks go to the polls to vote in a referendum as to whether they comply with the IMF terms and accept defeat or continue their resistance and vote "No".






Barak Obama of the United States and Li Keqiang the Premiere of China





Already, those outside the Greek borders, together with the television and other media, are piling on the pressure not only in Europe but also in Washington and Beijing (though what this situation has to do with the Americans and Chinese is open to speculation) for the Greek people to surrender and accept the "terms" and face more years of austerity and cuts to living standards. The alternative, they threaten, will be a disaster for the Greek economy. Next Sunday, July 5th 2015, will be a landmark day in European history.
There is of course another possibility. I would not be shocked or surprised to wake one morning soon, turn on the television and see a report from Athens to the effect that overnight, elements of the armed forces had taken over the government of Greece to "restore stability", suspended the constitution and would hold new elections as soon as practicable.
The United States and Europe had recognised the new administration and welcomed a return to stability.
I sincerely hope that I am wrong, but the scenario is not without precedent.


Monday, 29 June 2015

"even what they have shall be taken from them."

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/28/the-greeks-for-whom-all-the-talk-means-nothing-because-they-have-nothing


The Greeks for whom all the talk means nothing – because they have nothing



Georgios Karvouniaris and his sister Barbara outside their donated caravan, without which they would be homeless
Georgios and his sister Barbara outside their donated caravan


 

This story is similar to hundreds of thousands of other stories from ordinary people all over Greece. They are the victims of "austerity" imposed upon them by previous Greek governments who were blindly  following the instructions of the autocrats of the  IMF, Brussels, the European Central Bank and European Commission over previous years.  Georgios Karvouniaris and his sister Barbara and the many thousands of other Greeks like them  are not those who have been drawing € billions out of the Greek banking system over the past weeks to invest in luxury cars, yachts or art in a bid to hide their money.
They have nothing to withdraw. Despite what the media may say, and what those in Brussels and Washington would have us believe, the effects of "austerity" on the people of Greece has been devastating and yet the IMF and its allies in the Troika, are determined to impose even more hardship and misery in the name of "stability" and the argument that it will be good for them in the end.  The merry go round of borrowing more € billions to repay the € billions borrowed previously is, as I have argued before, economic insanity which only compounds and deepens the problem.
Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza government have been elected on an anti austerity platform determined to end the humiliation of Greece and with the political will  to carry out their policies. It is this defiance of the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission that Lagarde, Merkel and Brussels are so resolved to crush.








Over the past weeks, the Greek government have proposed compromise after compromise, all of which have been rejected by the duplicitous IMF. Over the coming days and weeks, the financial powers of Europe assisted by the United States, (Obama has already thrown his support into the Merkel camp) will continue to seek the unconditional surrender of Greece and her peoples. For Georgios and his sister Barbara and the thousands of others things could, under those circumstances, become even worse. The Greeks and their government must continue to resist Brussels and the forces lined against them, as the alternative is even more appalling.

As someone once said "For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them."



Thursday, 25 June 2015

The deceit and cunning of the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/24/greece-debt-crisis-talks-renewed-deadlock



Greece debt crisis talks end in renewed deadlock



The duplicitous bastards of the IMF, demonstrate yet again their intentions toward Greece and its people. Having met on Monday of this week to discuss yet another compromise proposal from the Greek government of Alex Tsipras, the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission now destroy the possibility of an agreement which only two days ago seemed achievable. Clearly, Lagarde and Merkel together with elements of the European Commission are not prepared to allow any arrangement which includes higher taxation thresholds for businesses and the rich in Greece, but excludes more cuts and even higher levels of austerity for ordinary people. 
 


Alexis Tsipras leaving the talks.


 
The objectives of the Troika are clear. Humiliate the Greek people and its government, seek to impose even harsher austerity, protect business and the rich, and create the circumstances for the Syriza government and Alex Tsipras to be brought down.
It is the usual tactics of banking interests and some governments around the world.
All best wishes and support for Tsipras and Syriza in its stand against the autocrats of the IMF and Europe.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The arrogance of the European commission, Lagarde and Merkel.


 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/24/alexis-tsipras-summoned-brussels-emergency-talks-greece-bailout-deal#comments




Tsipras summoned to Brussels for emergency talks over Greek bailout deal



Largarde and Merkel


What an arrogant obnoxious collection of autocrats the "Troika" and its other European stooges actually are.
Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, and Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, "summon Tsipras to Brussels" rather like Hitler summoning some European leader to Berlin to be told what his country must do and how its people must behave. The days of the European Dictator return in the 21st Century.
Lagarde of the IMF found the proposed temporary resolution inadequate and that German chancellor Angela Merkel was also having second thoughts.


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras



The response from Tsipras clearly should be "The Greek compromise was put onto the table on Monday, and most people there considered that an agreement was achievable.
You are now moving the goalposts again and seeking to humiliate the Greek people.
The compromise is there, so take it or leave it".

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A magnificent beach with surf, numerous rocks, caves and rock pools

   A fabulous aerial shot of Plémont on the North Coast of Jersey.



aerial shot of Plémont



 
A very favourite beach. Off to the left of the picture is the place where we spent many hours amongst the caves, rocks and rock pools after the tide went out.
One afternoon as the tide was coming in with some quite big surf, I was standing in the water facing the beach (with back to the incoming surf, yes, very silly I know) talking to my wife who was still on the beach. She failed to mention a big one she had noticed coming in behind me. A wave has quite a degree of power when it hits someone in the back. I eventually surfaced from beneath the foaming azure, turquoise, sparkling dark water and stood dripping wet and breathing hard. She was doubled up with laughter and was still chuckling about the incident for days afterwards. In fact she can still smile about it now.

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Anti Austerity demonstrations will intensify not only in London but all around the country.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/19/police-crack-down-on-activists-on-eve-of-london-austerity-march


Police crack down on activists on eve of London austerity march 

 

 



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See you on the streets next Saturday. 20th June 2015




Someone once said, "We aim to equalise before the other team score. We should get our retaliation in first." .

The police seem to have taken this idea to a new level in defence of the "establishment" and the austerity programme of Osborne and the Conservative government.
The restriction and suppression of protest and dissent is more appropriate to a "Police State" than to a supposed democracy in western Europe. The imposition of even more austerity will be announced over the coming months and whether the government, the "establishment" or the police like it or not, the demonstrations will intensify not only in London but all around the country.
Join the demonstrations, resist the government and resist austerity.