Month: February 2013

Cosa succede quando una forza inarrestabile incontra un oggetto inamovibile? (analisi del voto)

a cura di Stefano Fait per IxR


Un chiaro messaggio dall’Italia: no all’austerity.

Titolo del New York Times

Non poteva vincere uno che ha la bocca che fa pensare alla fessura di un bancomat.

Dagoscopia su (mini)Mario Monti

Non dobbiamo mai dimenticarci della dimensione europea e globale delle elezioni italiane. Questo voto ha siglato la sconfitta definitiva del neoliberismo anglo-tedesco. È finito, è morto, almeno in Italia.
Monti, inelegante come è ormai sua abitudine, si è permesso pure di umiliare Casini e Fini, prendendosi il “merito” di un “risultato soddisfacente” e ignorando i suoi partner di coalizione, che si sono estinti per sostenerlo.

I neoliberisti montiani, renziani e gianniniani sono verosimilmente sotto il 25-30%. Merkel, Schäuble, Draghi, Barroso, van Rompuy e Lagarde non potranno fingere che non sia successo nulla. L’elettorato della terza potenza economica dell’eurozona ha detto un no categorico all’austerità.
Con il passare del tempo e l’inesorabile peggioramento dei dati economici, quel che l’establishment etichettava come populismo sarà percepito come puro e semplice buon senso.

Servono occupazione, stato sociale, investimenti pubblici, crescita, giustizia sociale. Servono programmi di sinistra, in Italia come in Europa. Il PD non potrà mai più vincere al centro. Non con il M5S così forte, non con un Berlusconi così “resiliente” ed un Monti sconfitto. Il centro è scomparso. L’operato del governo è stato bocciato clamorosamente.

Un voto contro il neoliberismo, di qualunque colore sia (perciò anche quello del M5S), è un voto di libertà anche per gli altri popoli europei e del mondo. Siamo in un mondo globalizzato e dobbiamo capire ed apprezzare l’interdipendenza dei nostri destini.

La protesta contro il sistema di potere dei mercati in Italia, in Europa e nel mondo della finanza è ormai inarrestabile. (more…)

Grèce : un ancien diplomate grec prédit l’insurrection sociale et des manifestations sanglantes

Les révélations explosives d’un ancien diplomate grec.

Un ancien diplomate grec, Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, s’est confié depuis qu’il a démissionné de son poste aux ministère grec des affaires étrangères. Notamment avec des journalistes de Newstatesman et Millstonenews. Il prédit une insurrection sociale et des manifestations violentes en Grèce et indique que le gouvernement aurait engagé BlackWater, l’entreprise américaine militaire privée tristement célèbre pour ses activités en Irak, pour protéger le parlement. S’il semble être rassuré sur les forces armées grecques et un éventuel coup d’Etat, il ne mâche pas ses mots sur le gouvernement, l’UE et le futur sombre qui attend le pays.
Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos était un diplomate du ministère grec des affaires étrangères. En tant que jeune officier en service dans les années 1970, il a contribué à assurer l’adhésion de la nation alors fraîchement démocratique à l’Union Européenne (à l’époque la CEE). Il a été ambassadeur d’Athènes en Pologne, en Albanie et au Canada, et, enfin, le directeur général des affaires européennes au sein du ministère.

L’an dernier, il a finalement démissionné en tant que secrétaire général de l’organisation de coopération de la mer Noire, est parti dans le secteur privé, et se sent désormais libre de parler ouvertement de sa fureur sur ce que font l’Europe et les prêteurs internationaux à son pays.

“A un certain moment, très bientôt, il y aura une explosion des troubles sociaux. Cela sera très désagréable” dit-il. Dans les dernières semaines, les bureaux des partis au pouvoir ont été incendiés, ainsi que les maisons de journalistes pro-gouvernementaux. Le siège du parti de la Nouvelle Démocratie au pouvoir a été mitraillé et quelques jours plus tard, une bombe a explosé dans un centre commercial appartenant au 2ème citoyen le plus riche du pays. Personne n’a été gravement blessé par les attaques. (more…)

Greece: “A promise from the army has been obtained to not intervene against a civil uprising” Explosive revelations from a former Greek diplomat.

It is always enlightening to hear the frank assessment of a diplomat upon leaving the service, once unshackled from “the patriotic art of lying for one’s country”, as 19th Century American journalist Ambrose Bierce described the craft.

Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos was a career diplomat with the Greek foreign ministry. As a junior officer with the service in the 1970s, he helped assure the then freshly democratic nation’s accession to the European Union (at the time the EEC). He was at different times Athens’ ambassador to Poland, Albania and Canada, and finally the director general of EU Affairs in the ministry.

Last year, he finally resigned as secretary general of the Black Sea Cooperation organisation, and entered the private sector, and now feels free to speak openly about his fury at what he says Europe and international lenders are doing to his country.

“At a certain moment, quite soon, there will be an explosion of social unrest. It will be very unpleasant,” he says, referring to 15 armed incidents in the previous ten days. In the past few weeks, offices of the governing parties have been firebombed as well as the homes of pro-government journalists. The headquarters of the prime minister’s conservative New Democracy party was machine-gunned, and days later a bomb exploded at a shopping mall belonging to the country’s second wealthiest citizen, although no one has been badly injured by the attacks.

“It is an escalation of activities,” he worries, adding that he expects the “explosion” to occur sooner rather than later. He predicts the spark will be when new, retroactive and sizeable tax bills come due in the coming months that people simply cannot pay. “There will be further increases in armed actions. There will be bloody demonstrations.” (more…)

Δελτίο Τύπου: Ομιλία στο Λονδίνο – Press Release Ενιαίο Παλλαϊκό Μέτωπο Λονδίνου (Ε.ΠΑ.Μ) – United People’s Front (EPAM) London


Στις 15 Μαρτίου 2013, στο ελληνοκυπριακό κέντρο Britannia Center (Britannia Road, North Finchley, N12 9RU) και ώρα 20.30 θα πραγματοποιηθεί προβολή του ντοκιμαντέρ ‘Debt Management’ και θα ακολουθήσει ομιλία με τίτλο ‘Η πορεία του Ελληνικού Χρέους και η τρέχουσα κατάσταση σε Ελλάδα και Κύπρο – Η επιλογή του Εθνικού νομίσματος’ από τον κύριο Αντώνη Ραγκούση (Cass Business School, City University London). Μετά το τέλος της ομιλίας θα λάβει χώρα και συζήτηση με το κοινό για ζητήματα οικονομίας και την παρούσα κατάσταση σε Ελλάδα και Κύπρο.

On the 15th of March 2013, at the Greek/Cypriot Center Britannia Center (Britannia Road, North Finchley, N12 9RU), EPAM UK is screening the documentary “Debt Management”. The screening will be followed by a short talk by Mr Antonis Ragousis (Cass Business School, City University London) addressing the history and dynamic of the Greek National Debt, the current situation in Greece & Cyprus and the option of the National Currency. The event will be concluded by an open discussion with the public based on the matters raised throughout the evening”

Muddy Water in Greece: Millstone Interview Makes a Ripple


By Barbara Van Haute

In December, Millstone published my interview with former Greek Ambassador to Canada, Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos. The interview was initiated because I was curious about the impact of financial austerity policies on a struggling populace and Greece was the most obvious place to look for evidence.

I published the Ambassador’s responses verbatim. I believe the overall content of his answers gave us a clear understanding of just how and why Greek society, and perhaps culture, was changing as a result of the long standing economic crisis. For almost six weeks, the interview seemed to be an interesting analysis but just one of many opinion pieces on the Greek crisis, consigned to the loyal readership of Millstone News with perhaps the occasional outside foray from Ottawa.

However, this was simply the calm before the storm. Greek bloggers and newspapers started picking up the interview around February 1st. Within a week, the article’s publication proved to have ripple effects beyond what I could have ever imagined. The European interest has focused on the Ambassador’s comment about a private security firm, ACADEMI (yes, the organization is officially spelled in all caps and, ironically for this story, is consciously modeled on the Greek philosopher Plato’s Academy), formerly Blackwater, being hired to protect the Greek Parliament from civil unrest. Based on virtual ‘hit’ statistics, the interview has been read by at least 2000 people in Greece alone. Ambassador Chrysanthopoulos also received numerous requests for interviews from the Greek, German and British media to confirm some of his statements. [For readers interested in more observations from the Ambassador, check the German media source ‘heise online’ for February 7th.] (more…)

L’hécatombe des derniers chiffres du chômage en Grèce : une jeunesse sacrifiée

Chomage Novembre 2012

Les chiffres du chômage en Grèce pour le mois de novembre 2012 viennent de sortir : tous les chiffres s’envolent. Les jeunes de 15 à 34 ans sont les plus touchés. La nouveauté, c’est l’explosion du taux de chômage des seniors(65 à 74 ans), qui sont désormais 10% en recherche d’emploi.

Le nombre de chômeurs a augmenté de 323 808 en comparaison avec le mois de novembre 2011 et de 20 255 personne en comparaison au mois d’octobre 2012 (+1.5%).

La jeunesse grecque est en péril : 61.7% (50.1% en 2011) des moins de 25 ans et 36.2% (28.9% en 2011) des 25-34 ans sont sans emploi. Les jeunes diplômés ou en passe de l’être ont sans doute perdu tout espoir de trouver un travail en Grèce. Marylène témoigne :

-“Je termine mes études cette année et je suis en panique. Je sais que je ne vais pas trouver de travail. Ou cela sera très compliqué et je serai payé une misère. Je culpabilise de devoir rester à la charge de mes parents qui ont financé mes études. Il est impossible pour moi de fonder une famille dans ces conditions. J’ai 27 ans et je ne peux pas être autonome.