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Archives by Tag 'Greece'
A Further Irish Engagement with the Greek Crisis and the Greek Left
HELENA SHEEHAN
“Things have gone very quiet in Greece, haven’t they?” So many people said that to me in the past six months or so. I responded that there was a lot going on, even if international media weren’t covering it. There were civil mobilisations of teachers and tr...
Back to a Feudal Europe
SERGE HALIMI
Are the economic policies needed to maintain the euro still compatible with democracy? Greece’s state broadcaster was established after the fall of the military dictatorship. Last month the Greek government (which is implementing EU injunctions) decided to shut it down ...
This Revolution Cannot Be Televised
ALEX STAVRAKAS
There was no conspiracy, there was no coup, there wasn’t even any suspension of the law in the name of the law, no state of emergency. The closing down of the Greek national broadcaster, ERT, was nothing more than an ordinary item on the political agenda of a socially d...
Brand Greece
JORGE SOTIRIOS
‘Crisis’ is a Greek word but so too is ‘Icon’. Picture, representation, sign or symbol: each conveys the same thing. An icon fixes a visual into the individual membrane and acts as a reference to define a community. During its financial nadir when bailouts, auster...
The US and the Euro Crisis
MARK WEISBROT
The eurozone recession is now the longest on record for the single currency area, according to official statistics released last week, as the economy shrank again in the first quarter of this year. A comparison with the U.S. economy may shed some light on how such a profo...
Economic Crises Exacting Toll on Public Health
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
The deteriorating global economic outlook for some countries is increasing concern among health experts on the effects that the economic crises will have on people’s health. As the World Health Organization stated in 2009, “It is not yet clear what the current ...
The Greek Economy is Kaput
MIKE WHITNEY
“The Greek economy is finished. The Greek economy is in a great, great depression… There is no power, no force within the Greek economy, within Greek society that can avert it….Imagine if we were in Ohio in 1931 and we were to ask: What can Ohio poli...
An Irish Engagement with the Greek Crisis and the Greek Left
HELENA SHEEHAN
A Greek Tragedy A monumental drama is playing out before our eyes. It is a true Greek tragedy.  The plot: A society is being pushed to its limits. The denouement is not yet determined, but survival is at stake and prospects are precarious. Greece...
The Rise of Fascism in Greece
REV. JOSÉ M. TIRADO
There is a spectre haunting Europe. It is creeping into visibility in Spain, in Albania, Russia, Poland, France, England and perhaps most immediately, in Greece. It thrives on shadows; the darker places within us all, of fear and insecurity, then it glide...
Tariq Ali on the Future of Greece
KOSTAS PLIAKOS
You have said that Europe is falling apart financially and that we should go back to the drachma. Do you insist on this view? This is a difficult dilemma; could the country survive without any similar moves in other European countries? If Greece is to bre...
Twin Dawns Over Europe
Rev. JOSÉ M. TIRADO
Several weeks ago, the UK Guardian released a 12 minute video documentary[1]. It was chilling in its narrative about Chrysi Avgi, the...
A View Over the Bosphorus
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Istanbul. The heavy loaded cargo boats, passenger liners, cruise ships and plentiful ferries packed with tourists steam by the Maiden Tower rising from the black rock amid lucid waters; they gingerly make their way past the mountain-like mosques on the mai...
Europe is Revolting
TOM GILL
London. A general strike in Greece, massive protests by the indignados in Spain, public transport strikes in Portugal (and Spain), and industrial action by aluminium, steel and public sector workers in Italy headlined this week. On Saturday mass pro...
The ECB’s Emergency Lending Authority is Keeping Greece Alive
MARSHALL AUERBACK
Greece has moved off center stage, as Spain has become the preoccupation de jour for Europe’s increasingly embattled authorities. But one has to wonder how the Greek banking system has managed to sustain itself over the past several months, given widespread deposit ...
Greek Sacrifice?
MARSHALL AUERBACK
George Soros probably understands the nature of the immediate problem facing the Eurozone (namely, the accelerating bank run which, amongst other things, potentially exposes Germany to trillions of contingent euro liabilities).  But even Soros reflects the prevailing –...
Why None of Europe’s Attempts to Save Itself Will Work
XIMENA ORTIZ
Even if the Greek and other European publics are seen capitulating to the whims of elites for the moment, that deference will probably not last. The Greek people appear to have been spooked into falling into line, by the barest margin, with a bailout package. But througho...
The Euro and the Parthenon
BINOY KAMPMARK
The atmosphere on the hills of the Acropolis after the Sunday elections has an immemorial flavour, scented with a certain resignation.  Grape vines cascade over the restaurants of Minissikleous street with tempting promise.  The bouzouki players gather with ease and laz...
The Spreading Crisis
MIKE WHITNEY
 ”The Greek economy is truly broken. The circuits of credit are so badly damaged that even efficient, profitable firms have been cut out of the capital markets …. Moreover, the new spending cuts… will give the forces of recession another boo...
Caution Wins the Day in Greece
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Greek election produced a knife-edge result yesterday, with the establishment parties snatching victory in a narrow race. “The Greek people voted today to stay on the European course and remain in the eurozone … there will be no more adventures, Greece&...
If the Greek Left Can Terrify the Eurocrats, What’s with the US Left and Obama?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Regard the Greek political landscape and how dramatically it has changed from last November. On November 2, 2011,  Greek  prime minister George Papandreou flew to Cannes before a G20 meeting and received one of the most humiliating rebuffs in European history since Pope...
Left Threat Terrifies Bankers: Out of the Eurozone, Into Bankruptcy?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Athens As Greeks prepare to vote in the most important election in their history on Sunday, people in Athens fear they are facing a future full of uncertainty, poverty and violence. Well-publicized crimes help create an atmosphere of violence as the wealth...
Economic Karma in Greece?
R. G. DAVIS
If the Greeks with some effort and success will say No to austerity then Syriza and Tsipras might have a good handle on the Banks and the EU. The Banks are necessarily caught in the grip of fright. and their own contradictions — they may have to bail out Greece. If ...
Austerity and Authoritarianism
SERGE HALIMI
Last month’s student protests in Quebec have made it clear, yet again, that austerity policies cannot be imposed except by authoritarian methods. More than a third of the students in the province struck after Jean Charest’s liberal (centrist) government decided to inc...
Europe Moves Closer to Banktatorship
MIKE WHITNEY
Yields on 10-year Treasuries plunged to a record-low 1.56 percent on Thursday morning as panicky investors stormed out of European financial assets into German and U.S. government bonds.  Deteriorating credit conditions, a flurry of ratings downgrades, and bank runs ...
Another One Bites the Dust
MARSHALL AUERBACK
It might seem strange to invoke Freddie Mercury and Queen in the context of the eurozone, but it’s the first thought that springs to mind, as Brussels and the increasingly hapless ECB, continue to mismanage their way to financial and economic catastrophe. Yesterday, the...