Neighbours squabbling over the back fence. The english language NYT newspaper reports sham dogfights daily between Greek Mirage fighters and Turkish F-15s. A NATO wargame and cyber-wargame around Lesbos was cancelled due to a Greek-Turkey squabble. Turkey still claims all the Aegean islands slap-bang up against their coast. No-one remarks on the irony of 50,000 muslim economic migrants camped up on Lesbos and Samos.
Previously published as Debate: Greece debt deal (26/5/16) on PressTV.
Updates 4 Jul 15 from RT: Pro-Greece rallies STORYMAP: How the world is expressing solidarity with anti-austerity campaign, 'No more looting': Thousands rally across EU to express solidarity with Greece, From historic vote' for Greece's Syriza to #Greferendum : INTERACTIVE TIMELINE
Update July 6, 2015: The 'NO' vote has won, 62%: 38%!The 11:00PM ABC news last night reported large rallies for a 'No' vote at today's referendum in Greece. Rallies in Greece in support of a 'Yes' vote were considerably smaller. Rallies by Greek Australians also featured in the report. In spite of the fact that further austerity and privatisation that could only be ended with a 'No' vote, would be disastrous for the Greek people, the organisers of the Australian rallies chose not to advocate 'No' vote. Instead, the rallies are taking a neutral stance ostensibly in solidarity with Greece.
Reports of rallies in Australia and Greece can be found on the ABC News site. 1 Included below, in this article, are two embedded videos of rallies of Greeks in support of a 'No' vote against the IMF bailout conditions. Both were uploaded on 3 July 2015. The first, from the RT YouTube channel, is of length 3:28 minutes. (The fact that this video is only in Greek and has no English sub-titles does little to detract from its value for English audiences.) The second, from ThePressProject video channel is of length 10:30 minutes. It has been dubbed over by an English interpreter.
Previously published (2/7/15) by Paul Craig Roberts.
Updates, 4 Jul 2015: Tsipras calls for 'No' vote in referendum on creditors’ demands | PressTV, 'No more looting': Thousands rally across EU to express solidarity with Greece | RT, 'No' and 'Yes' bailout referendum rallies gather thousands in Athens | RT, Greece – Risk of False-flagging Greece into Submission and Chaos? by Peter Koenig | Global Research, Could Greek resistance bring down the EU? (1/7/15) by Prof. John Quiggin | ABC The Drum, Greece and Other Musings On July 4th by Paul Craig Roberts, Greek Press Accused of Spinning Preliminary Poll Results as Yes Vote | Sputnik News.
James Galbraith, a professor at the University of Texas, explains what is at stake this Sunday. This is an important article. Because of the presstitute Western press, Americans, Europeans, Canadians, and Australians have no comprehension that their own liberty, or what little remains of it, is dependent on this vote. If the Greek people accept the conditions given to them in the ultimatum from the IMF, European Union, and European Central Bank, an ultimatum supported by Washington, the precedent will be established that the greed of the One Percent prevails over the sovereignty of peoples.
There is a massive Western propaganda campaign to make Greeks fearful and to use this fear to manipulate a Greek vote against their own government and in favor of the Global One Percent.
See Video, text and article inside. Candobetter.net Editor: The treatment of the citizens of Greece has set the tone for globalised government degraded by banksters and fraudsters. Australia is not immune. That is why Australians should care about the very recent Delphi Declaration: "More than ever we are in urgent need of a radical restructuring of European debt, of serious measures to control the activities of the financial sector, of a “Marshal Plan” for the European periphery, of a courageous rethinking and re-launching of a European project which, in its present form, has proven unsustainable. We need to find now the courage to do this, if we want to leave a better Europe to our children, not a Europe in ruins, in continuous financial and even open military conflicts among its nations." (Excerpt from Delphi Conference declaration, 27 June 2015, Delphi, Greece). Text and article first published on Global Research at http://www.globalresearch.ca/greece-the-delphi-declaration/5458742
Previously published (27/6/15) on PressTV as Tsipras calls for referendum on creditors' bailout demands.This article also includes embedded video Greece to hold nationwide referendum on the country's future on July 5. See also , That which you were never told about Greece (23/2/15) by Aléxis Tsípras | Voltaire, Greece to hold national referendum on debt deal - PM (27/6/15 - with video) | RT and other alternate and mainstream reports.
People in Greece will vote in a referendum on whether their government should agree to international creditors' demands in return for a bailout to the debt-ridden country, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says.
The plebiscite will be held on July 5, Tsipras said in a televised speech early on Saturday, adding that he had already informed Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and the largest opposition party, the conservative New Democracy party, about the plan.
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I think the ABC Radio National program, Rear Vision, (see inside) owes to the Greek people and to its Australian audience to tell the truth about Greek history. The account of the Greek Civil War (see Appendix 1) is untrue. The Greek Communist Party led the resistance to the German occupation and had overwhelming support of the Greek people. In 1944, the British tricked the Communist partisans into disarming whilst they secretly re-armed those who had collaborated with the Germans against fellow citizens. They were able to do this because of the betrayal of the Greek Communist Party and the unquestioning support for Stalin by the Greek Communist Party. The Greek Communist Party abused its support from the Greek people to convince then to lay down their weapons. The result was a massacre of the most patriotic Greeks by former German collaborators whilst the British looked on. At this time, the heroic partisan leader Aris Velouchiotis was murdered by collaborators. He died in the knowledge that the Greek Communist Party leaders that he supported had denounced him as a traitor for refusing to lay down his arms.
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the impossible demand from the Greek voters that both austerity ends and that they remain in the euro as currently arranged. They also look at a parallel “future-tax” crypto currency as a possible answer to Greece’s problems. In the second half, Max interviews Liam Halligan, editor-at-large at BNE.eu and columnist at the Telegraph, about the latest on the unpayable debt crisis in Greece. Liam suggests a Grexit will happen but that Greece won’t be the first European nation to leave the euro.
See also: Greek 'political blackmail' of EU won't work anymore, says top Merkel party member (1/1/15) on PressTV, Austerity Measures in Greece and the Eurozone. Repealing “Flawed Economic Policies” (31/12/14) by William Black on Global Research, Angela Merkel hails Greece austerity measures (9/10/12) on PressTV.
Previously published on Global Research (2/1/15).
Editorial introduction: The savage cutbacks of social services and government employment demanded of the newly elected left-wing Greek SYRIZA government by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is barely an order of magnitude less brutal than the civil war inflicted upon the Greek people in 1944 by the British and former Nazi collaborators. Given the support given to neo-Nazis by the same vested interests served by the IMF barely 1,000km away in Ukraine, what guarantee can there be that the Greek people will be any less brutalised than they were in 1944?
As has been shown elsewhere, 1 it was not for lack of courage and steadfastness that the Greek people were defeated after 1944. There is every reason to hope that, in 2014, the Greek people will be able to stand up to the New World
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However, a complicating factor is mass immigration, which in Greece and many other countries, destroys the quality of life of the working and middle classes. Unfortunately, in Greece, the most outspoken opponents of mass immigration are the modern day ideological bedfellows of the Nazi collaborators of the late 1940s.
After March 2011, when the insurgency against the Syrian Government began, the mainstream media and much of the supposed alternate newsmedia have attempted to depict the government of President Bashar al-Assad as a corrupt and brutal regime hated by the people of Syria.
If the Syrian government was as hated by the Syrian people as Samantha Power and the newsmedia have been claiming for most of the last three years, how could it have held on to power for more than a few months? This alone shows the mainstream media foreign 'reporters' to have been lying about Syria as they lied about Libya and, before that, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since March 2011, there have frequently been public demonstrations by large numbers of Syrians, showing their support for their Government and calling on the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and their allies to stop supplying weapons to the foreign insurgents. On such demonstration occurred only 2 days ago. It is shown in the embedded Youtube video below.
At the moment the Syrian Army is winning the war, but they have won at the terrible cost of 130,000 lives lost so far in almost three years. There can be no guarantee that even a people as resilient as the Syrians have shown themselves to be, can continue to fight and sacrifice themselves indefinitely against the hordes of foreign mercenaries and jihadist terrorists being sent to Syria.
Furthermore, if the US-instigated regime change succeeds in Ukraine, Syria's ally Russia will be weakened and less able to support her.
Unlike Australia and Greece, #SyriaDefiesImf">Syria refused to bow to the dictates of the IMF
The only guarantee of victory for Syria in the longer term, is for the people of the Western nations, from which the terrorists are being supplied, to hold those governments to account through the Internet, the mass media and public protests and ultimately to throw them from office. A story on PressTV story Greek workers hold anti-austerity demo in Athens (25/2/2014) gives much cause for hope.
One reason for the hostility of the Western Military Alliance is that the Syrian Government, unlike the Greek Government, refused to be dictated to by the likes of Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF which dictated these economically ruinous austerity policies to the Greek Government. (Iceland also defied the dictates of the IMF in September 2013 and found it was able to overcome its economic difficulties far better than other other countries which had accepted IMF loans and the attached conditions.)
One reason for the hostility of the Western Military Alliance is that the Syrian Government, unlike the Greek Government, refused to be dictated to by the likes of Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund which dictated these austerity policies to the Greek Government. Christine Lagarde appeared on ABC Television's Q & A program on Tuesday 18 February in order to defend her policies before a studio and domestic audience. The IMF is still dictated by the arcane Friedmanite dogma that by sacking public servants and slashing government services, the supposedly more efficient private sector will fill the gap left and provide the services far more cost-effectively, thereby increasing prosperity for all.
Christine Lagarde's case fared badly against some well-worded questions from members of the audience. Had the discussion been allowed to proceed to its conclusion in more time than the one hour allowed by Q & A, Lagarde would have been completely demolished.
Europe's current debt crisis has been blatantly caused by well known financially reckless governments. But the problem of the reckless is being allowed to drag down sound responsible economic states into bailing out the financially reckless ones. Why?