Special economic zones

EPAM : COMMUNIQUE ON THE RECENT EVENTS IN THRACE

The recent events in Thraki (Thrace) involving a local candidate for the European parliament on the SYRIZA ticket demonstrate, regretfully, that the political party in question has adopted the decades-long practices of ND and PASOK. It deals with Thraki as if it were a space devoid of national identity and sovereignty, an arena for dangerous geostrategic games played at Greece’s expense and to the detriment of peace in the Balkans—all based on manufactured national minorities.

In the name of repudiating local nationalism, the SYRIZA leadership engages in appeasing Turkey’s neo-Ottoman expansionism and “Grey Wolf” chauvinism in their most fascist-like expressions. It substitutes the defence of the homeland with a faux internationalism which in reality constitutes a subordination to the yoke of the international markets and their personnel aiming to dissolve peoples, nations, countries, and sovereign states in the interests of a small global oligarchy.

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Ψέματα !!! Άρθρο στο Bloomberg και η απάντηση από έναν Έλληνα άνεργο.

Lies, lies !!! Bloomberg article and the answer of an unemployed greek man

English text here

Oι μετανάστες παραμένουν απασχολημένοι καθώς οι άνεργοι Έλληνες απορρίπτουν περιφρονητικά τις χαμαλοδουλειές

Μέχρι πριν από λίγες ημέρες, τα χωράφια γύρω από το χωριό της Νέας Μανωλάδας στην Πελοπόννησο ήταν μια κυψέλη δραστηριότητας, καθώς χιλιάδες μετανάστες μάζευαν τις φράουλες, που η νότια Ελλάδα εξάγει σε όλη την Ευρώπη. Τώρα, αυτά τα χωράφια είναι ήσυχα.

Στις 17 Απριλίου τρεις Έλληνες εργοδηγοί σε ένα από τα χωράφια καλλιέργειας φράουλας πυροβόλησαν με καραμπίνες σε μια μεγάλη ομάδα εργατών συγκομιδής φράουλας, κυρίως από το Μπαγκλαντές, που απαιτούσαν πληρωμή  δεδουλευμένων αρκετών μηνών. Πάνω από 30 μετανάστες τραυματίστηκαν, και οι επιστάτες, μαζί με το αφεντικό τους, συνελήφθησαν. Ως αποτέλεσμα της (more…)

Lies, lies !!! Bloomberg article and the answer of an unemployed greek man

Ψέματα !!!  Άρθρο στο Bloomberg και η απάντηση από έναν Έλληνα άνεργο.

Η μετάφραση στα ελληνικά εδώ.

Migrants Stay Busy as Unemployed Greeks Spurn Menial Jobs

Until a few days ago, the fields around the village of Nea Manolada in the Peloponnese were a hive of activity as thousands of immigrant workers picked the strawberries that southern Greece exports across Europe. Now those fields are quiet.

On April 17 three Greek foremen at one of the strawberry farms fired shotguns at a large group of mostly Bangladeshi strawberry pickers who were demanding several months of back pay. More than 30 migrants were injured, and the supervisors, along with their boss, were arrested. As a result of the highly publicized incident, many foreign companies that import Nea Manolada strawberries have (more…)

Το ΕΠΑΜ προσπαθεί να αποτρέψει τη δημιουργία ΕΟΖ στη Σαμοθράκη

 

Ενημέρωση 22.07.2013 : Ακόμα ένα νεότερο βίντεο στο τέλος του άρθρου

Μέλη του ΕΠΑΜ Αλεξανδρούπολης πήγαν στη Σαμοθράκη για να πληροφορήσουν τον τοπικό πληθυσμό περί της προσπάθειας δημιουργίας ΕΟΖ στο νησί τους. Παρακολουθήστε τη συνέντεξη ενός απ΄αυτούς στην τοπική τηλεόραση στις 17 Ιουλίου

Περισσότερα περισσότερα στοιχεία δίνει λίγο αργότερα ο Δ. Καζάκης στην ίδια τηλεόραση : (more…)

Eldorado Gold turns up to hear Greek mine opponents in Ottawa

By Brent Patterson,

This evening I heard Vaggelis Lampakis (the mayor of Alexandroupoli in the Thrace region of Greece) and Maria Kadoglou (an activist from the Halkidiki peninsula) speak at the University of Ottawa about mines being developed in their country by Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold. They were accompanied by Tolis Papageorgiou who is also from the Halkidiki peninsula.

They have travelled more than 7,500 kilometres to speak in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver to raise public awareness in Canada about the impacts the mines would have on their forests, land and water, and the harm the company has already brought to their community and democratic process.

Maria spoke about the Skouries open-pit gold mine near the town of Ierissos. Her community has serious concerns about the mine consuming and polluting the scarce amount of water they have for drinking and for agriculture. (more…)

Special Economic Zones: Is it a matter of opinion or a matter of interest?

Comment: Dear Sir/Madam,

I am R.B. from India. Presently I am pursuing my MBA in Germany. I am an Engineer by profession with 18 years of experience in Project/ Program management etc. in a leadership role.

I have been studying the Greek crisis and it has been a big topic of discussion during this MBA. We even had a visit to the ECB in Frankfurt where this issue was presented to us and discussed. I read the article with great interest and I have concrete proposals to share which I think can be implemented to resolve the crisis.

Since the space is short here, I am looking forward to a suitable response from your end to share my views.

Regards
R.B.

Dear R.,
Thanks for contacting EPAM.
We’d be delighted to listen to your proposals even a general idea.
Looking forward to reading from you soon.
Best regards,
T.L.
Dear Sir,Please find enclosed a proposal from my side. I am looking forward to your feedback on the proposal.
Regards
R.B.

T.L.
My answers in red:

Problem Statement.   As the unemployment numbers rise in Greece, the expenses of the Govt. (in welfare payments) also rises.

The expenses of the government in welfare payments are non-existent since Greece signed with troika (=IMF, ECB, EU). On the contrary, unemployement is due to the fact that the government does not spend because the governemewnt uses the taxes to pay the debt  which was produced by euro.

Further, the unemployed are also disruptive and so the traditionally profitable industries (like tourism) are also adversely affected. So this is like a downward spiral. What is the Govt. doing? They are trying to sell of the ‘crown jewels’ i.e the best run companies in the country to raise money. What the Govt. doesn’t realize is that even if they sell these companies (at a fraction of their true value), due to the possible disruption by the unemployed, getting work done in such companies inside Greece is uncertain and risky.

So, the direction of the solution has to be to find some sort of employment for the large number of unemployed. This has to be a private sector solution so that the burden of the Govt. (in welfare payments) is reduced. History has proved ( USA Great Depression etc) that private sector is not the solution when a country’s economy is in free fall like Greece’s is. On the contrary. The loss of this ‘burden’ in welfare payements is what led to this situation where an entire people is exploited by private Banks and private sector.

Lastly, it is about the pride of the Greeks who (like any other self-respecting nation) would like to get themselves out of this crisis by working hard and not by being unemployed. I don’t know about other nations but the Greeks will not get out of the crisis by working like slaves to pay the debts others (=political system) made for him.

Proposed Solution.      The solution lies in setting up of ‘Special Economic Zones’ (SEZ) in Greece where Multi National Companies (MNCs) preferably in the FMCG sector, can set up their plants and employ the Greeks. One very competitive MNC is TATA, who are into a lot of things (at least in India) from salt to luxury cars and even locomotives. Maybe in India it worked (although I would very much like to listen to someone who works in a SEZ in India what he has to say about that) but I wonder why France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, do not have SEZs in their countries? Do they know something India, China, South Korea do not? (more…)

Dimitris Kazakis speach at Cass Business School 11/4/2013

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Greetings to everyone,

Right from the beginning we need to clarify that the crisis which Greece is currently facing and has led the country to its 5th official bankruptcy does not originate from the actions of a prodigal government or from the effects of a fiscal problem which could be solved through the implementation of measures of re-adjustment and reductions in government expenditure. Greece has bankrupt due to its national debt as a result of the bankruptcy of its own economy which for the past decades has been suffering from the implementation of a model based on which an economy should grow through concentrating on being extrovert and as it follows that economy should obey to the decisions made by the international financial/capital markets.

In terms of the previous decades in Greece, it should be stated that as long as the international dogma of free markets and deregulation was applied, the Greek economy was becoming a parasitic economy which concentrated on providing cheap services. As a result Greece depended even more on the fluctuations of international financial markets and kept losing ground in terms of its international competitiveness. This result was expected as the Greek economy was formed around the basic principle that it should be serving the most illegal and extraordinary appetites for high returns and profitability as demanded from both external and internal investors.

A very characteristic statistic related to the previous statements is that the percentage of the private returns in terms of the total added value within the local economy during these years of the recession reached 59% in 2009. This is a record figure within the European Union as it is almost double in comparison to the weighted average figure which corresponds to the rest of the E.U. members. For decades, all the governing parties in Greece and their so-called protectors from abroad such as the OECD, the IMF and the E.U. did everything that could be done under their power in order to convert into a primary competitive advantage of the Greek economy the prospect of maximization of the private sector’s profits beyond any logical and reasonable limit which could be set by the economy itself due its capabilities in terms of productivity.

Due to all of the above the country’s productivity started to sink and that element of parasitism would be transmitted to all business sectors while at the same time the quackery of the issue and selling of financial derivatives was advocated as a solution.  A characteristic statistic indicating this is the fact that in 1992 for every 100 dollars of foreign private capital which was invested in the local economy, a 59% was associated with investments in the real economy, 31% was associated with real estate and just 10% was associated with financial investments. In 1995 the figures were 33% towards the real economy, 7 % towards real estate and 60% towards financial assets. Just before the outbreak of the crisis the figures were 10% for the real economy, 1% towards real estate investments and 89% towards financial investments. The result was that figure corresponding to 63% of the total private profit generated from the economy during the last 10 years, was interest. (more…)