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

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29 February 2016
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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*


Μichalis Nevradakis’ interview with Professor Francis Boyle

The transcript of Dialogos Radio’s interview with international lawyer and professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois. This interview aired on our broadcasts for the week of February 18-24, 2016. Find the podcast of this interview here.

MN: Joining us today on Dialogos Radio and the Dialogos Interview Series is international lawyer and professor of international law at The University of Illinois Dr. Francis Boyle. Boyle has served as legal counsel to the Palestinian Authority, to Hawaiian independence groups, and served on the legal team which led to the conviction of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes. Professor Boyle, welcome to our program today.


On the trail of Troika (english or greek subs)



Greek or English subtitles available in video settings.
Documentary by Harald Schumann and Árpád Bondy. Initial broadcast on 09/03/2015 (ARD; German Public TV).  Greek and English translation and subtitling by EPAM International Relations.


Τρόικα : Ανεξέλεγκτη εξουσία

Documentary film at franco-german channel ARTE. Watch in german or french (choose under “version”)

Διαβάστε κάποια στοιχεία από το περιεχόμενο που αφορούν την Ελλάδα (στα ελληνικά) εδώ.

Greece needs debts cancelled and growth – signed by economists

Η Ελλάδα χρειάζεται διαγραφή χρέους και ανάπτυξη. Υπογράφουν 35 οικονομολόγοι.

From The Guardian
Greece, austerity, letterPensioners taking part in a protest against austerity outside the Greek financial ministry in Athens in December. Photograph: Petros Giannakouris/AP

As economists, we note that the historical evidence demonstrates the futility and dangers of imposing unsustainable debt and repayment conditions on debtor countries; the negative impact of austerity policies on weakening economies; and the particularly severe effects that flow on to the poorest households.

We therefore urge the troika (EU, European Centra Bank and IMF) to negotiate in good faith with the Greek government so that there is a cancellation of a large part of the debt and new terms of payment which support the rebuilding of a sustainable economy. This settlement should mark the beginning of a new EU-wide policy framework favouring pro-growth rather than deflationary policies (Report, 14 January).


The EU and the attack on European workers’ wages

Η ΕΕ και η επίθεση στους μισθούς των Ευρωπαίων εργαζομένων

Five years after the Wall Street crash of September 2008, figures compiled by Britain’s House of Commons Library on wage rates in the 27-member European Union show that workers’ living standards have been thrown into sharp reverse.

The statistics belie claims that the euro zone has “turned the corner” with a modest rise in growth over the last quarter. The situation is particularly acute in those countries that have been subject to the dictates of the “troika”—the EU, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)—which has overseen massive cuts in social spending as demanded by the international banks.

In Greece, wages have fallen by 11.3 percent since the autumn of 2010 [EPAM-International’s comment: the actual wage reduction is much bigger!]. The UK’s Institute for Fiscal Studies has (more…)

«Ελεύθεροι Άνθρωποι» – «People Free»

Ποιοι είναι; Θα είναι σαν τους Anonymous; Πάντως η ανάλυση στο πρώτο βίντεο που κυκλοφόρησαν είναι σαφέστατη :

« Βρισκόμαστε σε πόλεμο – όσο κι αν κάποιοι δεν το έχουν καταλάβει ακόμα !

Είναι ο 3ος Παγκόσμιος Πόλεμος. Αθόρυβος, καταστροφικός, σαν ένα δηλητηριώδες νέφος που τυλίγει ολόκληρη την ανθρωπότητα. Οι στόχοι του είναι όπως κάθε πολέμου : διαιρέσεις, κατακτήσεις και καταστροφές. Η μόνη διαφορά : τώρα τα όπλα δεν είναι οι βόμβες κι οι πύραυλοι. Ονομάζονται Spreads, Ευρωπαϊκη Κεντρική Τράπεζα, Swaps, Μνημόνια, Δημοσιονομικά Σύμφωνα, Ευρωπαϊκός Μηχανισμός Σταθερότητας, Χρηματιστηριακές Εταιρείες Αξιολόγησης και πολλά ακόμα.

Πρέπει να ξαναπάρουμε την εξουσία! Να την αρπάξουμε από τις δυνάμεις της οικονομίας. Της οικονομίας που με μαγικά κόλπα δημιουργεί χρήμα από το τίποτε ! »