Month: January 2013

Iceland Wins Major Case Over Failed Bank

 
Icesave, an online subsidiary of the Icelandic bank Landsbanki, attracted British and Dutch depositors before it failed in 2008.
Olivier Morin/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesIcesave, an online subsidiary of the Icelandic bank Landsbanki, attracted British and Dutch depositors before it failed in 2008.

BRUSSELS — Iceland won a landmark case at a European court, ending an acrimonious legacy from the collapse of its banking system more than four years ago.

On Monday, the court upheld the country’s refusal to promptly cover the losses of British and Dutch depositors who put more than $10 billion in Icesave, the bankrupt online offshoot of a failed Icelandic bank.

In a judgment issued in Luxembourg, the court of the European Free Trade Association, orE.F.T.A., cleared Iceland of complaints that it violated rules governing the protection of depositors drawn up by the European Union. While Iceland is not a member of the union, it is bound by most of its rules as a member of E.F.T.A.

The case has attracted widespread attention because it touches on issues of cross-border banking that have been at the center of the European Union’s efforts to ensure the future stability of the region’s financial system. The Iceland banking collapse in 2008 — and the mayhem it caused far beyond the country’s borders — raised issues directly relevant to the 27-nation European Union.

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How could i silence myself

A co-production of the Pan-Cretan Network against the Industrial Renewable Energy Sources and the Polites TV (TV by the Citizens) about the recent invasion of industrial “green energy” sources in Crete. The video deals with the seizure of vital space against the primary production section (agriculture- animal husbandry) and the huge consequences on the human and natural landscape.

It refers to the uncontrollable and without any previous planning for the positioning of the Renewable Energy Sources parks, even on protected areas, with one and only intention: the profits of the companies from the energy sale, in the name of an uncertain and illegitimate “development”.

The citizens of Crete resist, organize and fight against the infringement of their land in any possible way.

For the creation of the movie archive videos were given by IndigoView (Th. Papadoulakis) and the web tv Polites TV. Extracts from the movie “Apopigadi: today it’s us, tomorrow it will be you” as well as different relevant plans and photos from the web were also used.

Music abstracts:
Stelios Petrakis: “Voreia Monopatia” ( Northern Paths)

S. Xarhakos- K. Kindynis- N. Xylouris: “Pos na sopaso” (How could I silence myself)

Allegory of the Cave

The Allegory of the Cave—also known as the Analogy of the CavePlato’s Cave, or the Parable of the Cave—is an allegory used by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic to illustrate “our nature in its education and want of education” (514a). It is written as a dialogue narrated by Plato’s friend Socrates and Plato’s brother Glaucon at the beginning of Book VII (514a–520a). The Allegory of the Cave is presented after the metaphor of the sun (508b–509c) and the analogy of the divided line (509d–513e). All three are characterized in relation to dialectic at the end of Book VII and VIII (531d–534e).

Plato lets Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato’s Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.

The Allegory may be related to Plato’s Theory of Forms, according to which the “Forms” (or “Ideas“), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. Only knowledge of the Forms constitutes real knowledge.[1] In addition, the Allegory of the Cave is an attempt to explain the philosopher’s place in society: to attempt to enlighten the “prisoners.”

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Instantanés d’une tragédie humaine qui se poursuit, par Efi Latsoudi

Les corps de 21 migrants sont retrouvés sur une plage de l’île égéenne de Lesbos, le 15 décembre 2012, après le naufrage de leur embarcation. Un jeune Afghan de 16 ans, l’un des deux seuls survivants, indiquera que le bateau, parti des côtes de Turquie, comptait une trentaine de personnes à son bord, des Afghans pour la plupart, lorsqu’il a chaviré à cause du mauvais temps. Efi Latsoudi, résidente de Mytilène et bénévole de l’organisation de bienfaisance « To Chorio tou Oloi Mazi », qui a aidé les proches des victimes dans leurs démarches, revient sur les instants de ce drame, les obstacles rencontrés, et l’indifférence des autorités.

Un samedi matin de décembre, la plage de Thermi, a Mytilène se remplit de cadavres. « On est bouleversés, la même histoire depuis tant d’années ; autant de morts, c’est affreux – ce sont des êtres humains », nous dit un vieil homme rencontré dans le petit port. Les recherches des garde-côtes, après le naufrage de vendredi, n’ont commencé que le samedi, avec l’arrivée des premiers corps sur la côte. Il n’y a pas eu la moindre mobilisation le vendredi après-midi, ni de la part des autorités, ni de la part des médias. Un survivant avait pourtant été découvert dans un état critique, mais personne ne s’est inquiété de la présence de possibles naufragés dans les eaux glaciales.

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Come faccio a non urlare

Una cooproduzione della Rete di associazioni contro le energie rinnovabili industriali a Creta
e della Televisione fatta dai Cittadini sulla invasione della energia “verde” a Creta.

L’occupazione di terreno vitale per il settore primario (agricoltura- Allevamenti) e le conseguenze per gli uomini, gli ucceli rari e l’ ambiente naturale di Creta.

Un video fatto per smascherare una regolamentazione finalizzata all” installazione senza regole di Energie Rinnovabili in Aree protette con l’unico scopo di far guadagnare le multinazionali con la vendita della corrente ai Cretesi. Tutto in nome di un “svillupo” senza termini e regole.

La gente di Creta si oppone, si organiza e combatte con ogni modo contro l’abuso sulla sua terra.

Comment ne rien dire?

Du fait de sa position stratégique, la Crète s’est trouvée intégrée à de grands projets liés au commerce international, aux technologies, aux communications, à la géopolitique et, aujourd’hui, à l’énergie.

La vérité est que, durant les 60 dernières années, la civilisation et la nature crétoises ont enduré, sans interruption, de nombreuses épreuves. Le “développement” irréfléchi et anarchique, le tourisme de masse, la logique consumériste ont laissé des marques profondes dans les lieux et dans les esprits.

Les politiques de “développement” du gouvernement grec changent du jour au lendemain pour s’adapter à la situation du jour… et à l’effondrement de l’économie du pays…

La crise économique grecque offre aux entreprises les conditions idéales pour pressurer sans limites les richesses naturelles des îles grecques et de la Grèce continentale. Encore une fois, certains voient la Crète comme un eldorado, où il suffira de promettre un soi-disant sauvetage de l’économie pour réaliser d’énormes profits.

Cette fois-ci, la poule aux œufs d’or est la… production d’énergie.