Month: March 2016

Vous avez dit racisme ? Quel est le vrai danger


par Dimitirs Kazakis


« Les hordes de musulmans arrivent, cachez vous ! » Voici quel est le message que les médias officiels transmettent systématiquement aux populations de l’UE et des USA surtout après les attentats terroristes à Bruxelles. Jamais auparavant – au moins jamais depuis l’ascension du nazisme en Europe – n’a eu lieu une campagne d’hystérie massive aussi ample et organisée.


What exactly is it that Mr. Fabre does not like in the name Hellenic (Greek)?

Jan Fabre to curate Athens International Festival


Antwerp artist Jan Fabre has been appointed curator of the Athens and Epidaurus International Festival for the next four years.


“His first act on accepting was to change the festival’s name.”

[He has been given a great honour by the Hellenic (Greek) government and respectively the whole nation, so why is it that the first thing he does is change the name of a national cultural festival from national: “Hellenic” to local: “Athens and Epidaurus”?  Is he trying to de-nationalize a national institution?  What is he afraid of?]


Are the U.S. and E.U. playing bad cop-good cop with Turkey?


[Or is it a rewarmed love-affair between old wannabe-global-masters…Berlin and Ankara?]

By Peter Spiegel
March 31, 2016

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, shows up for a summit in Washington today, he’ll get something of a cold shoulder. Instead of a one-on-one with President Barack Obama, as Ankara requested, Mr Erdogan will instead be granted an audience with Joe Biden, the vice-president. The White House has tried to explain away the apparent snub as a factor of the 50-odd leaders who are descending on Washington for the gathering on nuclear security. But it is being seen in some quarters as a sign of strain in relations with the US over media freedom and Mr Erdogan’s aggressive military campaign against Kurds


Report of the UN independent expert on the effects of foreign debt to human rights in Greece, 29 Feb. 2016

Advance Unedited Version

Distr.: General
29 February 2016
Original: English

Human Rights Council

Thirty-first session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.

Report of the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights on his mission to Greece*


Interview with Antti Pesonen of Finland’s Independence Party

Podcast:       (Greek)      (English)

Transcript: (English)   Interview with Antti Pesonen of Finland’s Independence Party

Ακολουθεί το κείμενο της συνέντευξης μας με τονΆνττι Πέσονεν από το Φινλανδικό Κόμμα Ανεξαρτησίας. Αυτή η συνέντευξη μεταδόθηκε την εβδομάδα της 17-23 Μαρτίου 2016. Μπορείτε να βρείτε και να κατεβάσετε το podcast της συνέντευξης εδώ.

ΜΝ: Μαζί μας σήμερα στο Διάλογος Radio είναι ο Άνττι Πέσονεν, ο οποίος είναι ο πρώην επικεφαλής του Κόμματος της Ανεξαρτησίας στην Φινλανδία, ένα κόμμα που υποστηρίζει, μεταξύ άλλων, την έξοδο της Φινλανδίας από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και την Ευρωζώνη. Θα μας μιλήσει για το κόμμα του, για το τι συμβαίνει το τελευταίο χρόνο στην Φινλανδία, για τις επιπτώσεις της συμμετοχής της χώρας τους στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και στην Ευρωζώνη, και θα μας μιλήσει επίσης για το τι συμβαίνει στην Ελλάδα και στην Ευρώπη γενικότερα. Άνττι, ευχαριστούμε που βρίσκεστε μαζί μας σήμερα.

ΑΠ: Καλησπέρα σας και ευχαριστώ πολύ που με καλέσατε. (more…)

Central Banks Warm To Collective Bargaining [!!]

Ronald Janssen

Something peculiar is happening. Up until recently, many central bankers were looking at robust collective bargaining and wage formation systems as a possible source for inflationary wage developments. Indeed, central banks, and the ECB in particular, have on numerous occasions called for more flexible and decentralised (read: weakened) wage bargaining systems so as to remove any inflationary threat to price stability targets coming from hikes in wages. Currently however, we seem to be observing something of a change in their thinking. This is most obvious in Japan but also noticeable in the UK and even popping up in some of the thinking of ECB policy makers.