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INTERVIEW WITH DIMITRIS KAZAKIS, LEADER OF EPAM

Germans Have Right to Oppose Migration, Greece Threatened by NATO Takeover. One of the most intelligent and interesting Greek politicians talks on different topics and today`s main geopolitical issues.

Joshua Tartakovsky                                                                                               17 March 16

One year ago, while in Athens, Greece, I interviewed Mr. Dimitris Kazakis, leader of United Popular Front (EPAM), a popular Left movement that emerged from the anti-memorandum protests of 2011. Mr. Kazakis is an erudite speaker, a socialist economist, and one who knows both the terrain of the social struggle and the high-end banking sector in London where he worked for many years.

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Temps étriqué

La politique du mémorandum appliqué s’approfondie chaque jour davantage, d’où cette série d’extinctions en tout genre. Certes, la Troïka, “a trouvé une fois de plus un terrain d’entente avec le gouvernement”, et nous voilà alors rassurés… dans notre plus grande proximité avec le précipice individuel et collectif depuis bien longtemps dans ce pays. Les meurtres et les suicides se multiplient ces derniers jours, et ceci, malgré le beau temps comme diraient certains. Ce printemps 2013 est déjà si amère, évidement davantage que celui, électoral mais finalement trompeur de l’année dernière. Samedi matin, un cinquantenaire, chômeur depuis trois ans s’est immolé par le feu au beau milieu d’un carrefour fréquenté des quartiers nord de l’agglomération. Il est mort, hier, lundi midi 15 avril à l’hôpital. (more…)

Cyprus: Savage Austerity Measures and Economic Dictatorship

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By Jordan Shilton and Chris Marsden

Global Research, March 24, 2013

Cyprus’ fate illustrates how the European Union imposes the dictatorship of the global speculators, banks and corporations on the working class. The EU yesterday continued to demand massive austerity in Cyprus to raise €6 billion ($7.8 billion) in return for a €10 billion bank bailout.

The island country has been the centre of an escalating financial crisis, with its parliament voting Wednesday to reject proposals to raise the necessary funds by taking money from anyone with deposits in Cypriot banks.

A new vote on whether to impose a “haircut” on depositors was delayed until today. The EU and European Central Bank (ECB) dismissed proposals by Cypriot politicians—themselves wholly reactionary—to create a “solidarity fund” to raise the six billion demanded.

Cyprus’s aim was to preserve its financial relations with Russia and force workers to pay the price by nationalising pension funds to pay the debts of the super-rich. Other proposals included seeking contributions from the church and selling gold reserves—all in order to avoid levying a significant one-off levy on major depositors.

However, the EU bluntly dismissed these measures as insufficient. German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared baldly after a parliamentary meeting of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), “We want Cyprus to remain in the euro zone”, but insisted that its “current business model is dead.”

The ECB has insisted that the levy on investors should be re-imposed—this time with a widely-anticipated penalty of 15 percent on depositors with balances over €100,000, as initially rejected by Nicosia. If not, it was made clear that proposals had been discussed to prepare for and limit the impact of a Cypriot exit from the euro zone. (more…)

The EEZ (Economic Exclusion Zone) factor of dissolution and assimilation of Greece

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Do you remember what Mr. Meimarakis said, as the speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, on the 10th of October 2012 welcoming Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu?

“I welcome you and give you a souvenir – a boat that floats freely in our Aegean Sea.”

What was this supposed to mean? Which boat cannot float freely in the Aegean Sea? And why should float it free? Doesn’t it have to respect the international law rules? Doesn’t it have to respect the sovereign rights in the Aegean Sea? What exactly is the problem in the Aegean Sea? Is it about free sailing or a Turkey’s direct threat against Greece?

For Mr. Meimarakis and the interests he serves it’s quite simple: instead of defending the sovereign rights, more important to him seems to be the opening of the Aegean Sea to everyone. Free sail the Aegean Sea means sea without any sovereign rights.

That statement alone would be enough in other times to cause a scandal but in the times of general sell-off, all this is considered as to be absolutely normal.

Mr. Davutoglu got the message right away and replied to Mr. Meimarakis “We want the Aegean Sea, to be a sea of ​​peace and friendship, to be open to any kind of cooperation”.

He made himself quite clear. Aegen Sea has to be open to any kind of cooperation; that is an open sea without any sovereign rights at all, any international law rules or rights deriving from it, so that any kind of operation is accepted. The thing is that not all kind of cooperation is permitted. Permitted is only cooperation that respects the existing sovereign rights and the rules of the international law. Otherwise what we have is cooperation not among well-governed nations but among gangs. In this case gangs are represented by Meimarakis on one side and by Davutoglu on the other.

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

a cura di Stefano Fait per IxR

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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…)