Blackwater

ΚΑΠΟΥ ΕΚΕΙ ΕΞΩ, ΕΚΠΟΜΠΗ 9η

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Θέματα της εκπομπής:

1) Σχέσεις Μόσχας-Τεχεράνης (για να μαθαίνουμε “πού αλλού γίνονται αυτά τα πράγματα”).

2) Περί εθνικών και μισθοφορικών στρατών, με αφορμή πρόσφατη καταδίκη της Blackwater για τα γεγονότα του 2007.

3) Συνομιλία με τον συναγωνιστή Θεόδωρο Γαλαριώτη στο Βέλγιο για τις συνθήκες που αντιμετωπίζουν οι εκεί μετανάστες.

Μουσική: Don’t Pay The Ferryman (Chris de Burgh), Του Αδόλφου τα εγγόνια & Μπήκαν στο χωριό τα ΜΑΤ (Υπεραστικοί), επιλογές DJ Mitsos.

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400 US mercenaries ‘deployed on ground’ in Ukraine military op

 

Ukrainian troops outside the town of Andreyevskoe near Slaviyansk, Donetsk Region, where local residents blocked a column of Ukrainian Army armored personnel carriers. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

Ukrainian troops outside the town of Andreyevskoe near Slaviyansk, Donetsk Region, where local residents blocked a column of Ukrainian Army armored personnel carriers. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

About 400 elite mercenaries from the notorious US private security firm Academi (formerly Blackwater) are taking part in the Ukrainian military operation against anti-government protesters in southeastern regions of the country, German media reports.

The Bild am Sonntag newspaper, citing a source in intelligence circles, wrote Sunday that Academi employees are involved in the Kiev military crackdown on pro-autonomy activists in near the town of Slavyansk, in the Donetsk region.

On April 29, German Intelligence Service (BND) informed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government about the mercenaries’ participation in the operation, the paper said, RIA Novosti reported. It is not clear who commands the private military contractors and pays for their services, however.

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TRANSLATION OF ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN NEWSPAPER “HONI” OF 14 APRIL 2013

GREEK JUNTA REGIME PUNISHES AMBASSADOR

In an expression of authoritarianism, and raising many questions about their timing, Foreign Affairs Minister Demetris Avramopoulos has removed the title of Ambassador ad honorem from Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, who served in the Greek diplomatic corps for thirty eight years.

Only seven months ago this same person praised Chrysanthopoulos on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation, but then chose to punish the retired ambassador, whose family has been working in the diplomatic corps for more than one hundred years. The reason can be found in an interview that he gave to our newspaper on 3 February, where he let the Greek public know, among other things, the disastrous results of the memoranda. Chrysanthopoulos had given a similar interview to a Canadian newspaper.

Chrysanthopoulos, speaking to Honi about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ inexplicable decision, said that his statement on Blackwater may have triggered the decision to have his title removed. The Minister of Public Order, Mr. Nikos Dendias, had mentioned in an earlier interview that the protection of parliament would be contracted has to a private security firm, without mentioning Blackwater by name.

Not only does Chrysanthopoulos not recognise the legality of the presidential decree, which he refused to receive, but also recalled that there is only one such precedent for the title of Ambassador ad h ofonorem being removed, that George Seferis, for statements he made on 28 March 1969 to the BBC. As Chrsanthopoulos recalls, in a letter Pipinelis addressed to Seferis, he stated that the reason his title was removed was that his statement was retransmitted by the Soviet media, an act that was considered as being against the national interest. (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…)

Muddy Water in Greece: Millstone Interview Makes a Ripple

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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…)

I ‘salvatori’ hanno affondato la Grecia – Da Monia Benini

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Una nave affonda nel Peloponneso (flickr.com/photos/goingape)

“Le società europee solitamente ritengono che le crisi umanitarie possono avere luogo solo in seguito a disastri, epidemie, guerre o conflitti civili. Sembra invece fuori discussione il fatto che una simile crisi possa avvenire in una paese europeo, in particolare se questo è membro dell’Unione Europea”.

Comincia così l’articolo pubblicato dal Guardian che parla della situazione greca. Nel testo si fa chiaro riferimento a una situazione insostenibile: Nikitas Kanakis, a capo della maggiore ONG operante in Grecia Médecins du Monde, riferisce di una lettera formale con richiesta di intervento all’ONU per il disastro umanitario. Gli stessi greci ormai da diversi mesi denunciano condizioni di vita peggiori addirittura al regime dei colonnelli o all’occupazione straniera.

In un paese che spreme sino al midollo i propri cittadini su indicazione dei ‘salvatori’ europei e internazionali, si decidono misure fuori da ogni logica. Come testimonia Nikos Kleitsikas, scrittore ateniese, il quale racconta che l’11 febbraio si è deciso che “gli studenti di liceo e i giovani disoccupati che vivono con le loro famiglie, devono comunque fare la dichiarazione dei redditi e se non dimostrano di avere ricevute per almeno 3000 euro di spese, saranno tassati come evasori.  (more…)