Yannis Varoufakis: The Greek economy is finished …. This is our Great Depression

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Broadcast: 18/06/2012

Reporter: Leigh Sales

With a pro-bailout and pro-austerity party claiming victory in the Greek election, economist Yanis Varoufakis joins us from Athens to reflect on what the result means for the economy and the Eurozone.


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Joining us now from Athens is the Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis.

The obvious question is: what happens now?

YANIS VAROUFAKIS, ECONOMICS, ATHENS UNIVERSITY: Well, the derailment of the train that is the eurozone, which started with Greece and then other carriages started leaving the tracks sequentially – Ireland, Portugal, now Spain – is continuing. And yesterday’s vote is not going to change that at all. All exuberance and celebrations are completely and utterly misplaced. I’m afraid that the eurozone and Συνέχεια

Support for Greece’s mentally ill disintegrates as money dries up

Greece financial crisis: A homeless man begs for money in Athens in February.
Kostas Tsironis/AP

MySatelite comment: It makes one wonder how an article like this appears now, at precisely this time of year, when many are planning their summer vacation, after people around the world donated money in support of the «Up Greek Tourism» project in March that set up a billboard in NY’s Times Square to promote one of Greece’s most viable means of sustenance.

After a continued effort by the foreign media to denigrate Greece’s public sector in order to regulate its Συνέχεια

The suicide note and post scriptum of the living

I fear. I fear because you have no idea how angry we are and our anger has no outlet when police forces attack you as you reverently place a flower on the grass where the body of the 77-year-old pensioner who took his own life lay yesterday in Syntagma Square, just meters away from Greek Parliament.

His death was not the first. There have been many more these past two years, but the media always played these cases down with a peremptory «mentally imbalanced» name tag on each victim’s toe — if they happened to mention the incident at all, that is. Yesterday they couldn’t hide it. It was early in the morning and there were many passers-by; it was outside the parliamentary building; it was in the center of Syntagma, the square all eyes have turned to ever since this maelstrom started three years ago, where all protesters have gathered and been clubbed by batons every single time because they want to exercise their democratic right to voice their feelings.

The late victim’s name was Dimitris Christoulas. He was a pharmacist. People who knew him said the Συνέχεια

The videos of Greece you won’t see

The news won’t mention much other than how Athens burned last night. The news never mentions how millions took to the streets yesterday all over Greece to demand elections, to ask for a referendum, to quit the Euro, to revert back to the drachma. The news never shows what really happens, but chooses to show what it has been told to show.

Well, these are the videos you won’t see on your TV set. Please let everyone know that Greeks aren’t dumb, they see who the measures are for and know that the people implementing them are no longer Συνέχεια

Να ποιοι είναι οι προβοκάτορες (Athens Riots February 12th)




A dose of optimism

Greek designers send message of hope

+ DESIGN in collaboration with Paper Perrakis has invited Greek designers to submit poster designs to put a smile on Greek faces everywhere. An exhibition in Athens this coming January will showcase and sell these artworks. All proceeds will go to charity.

We can all use some positive energy – and images – to get through tough times. Enjoy a sampling of submitted posters below…


A Modest Proposal

By Stephen Fry
December 19th, 2011

Greece is the Word

I have a modest proposal that might simultaneously celebrate the life of Christopher Hitchens, strengthen Britain’s low stock in Europe and allow us to help a dear friend in terrible trouble.

Perhaps the most beautiful and famous monument in the world is the Doric masterpiece atop the citadel, or Acropolis, of Athens. It is called the Parthenon, the Virgin Temple dedicated to Pallas Athene, the goddess of wisdom who gave the Greek capital its name.


Parthenon – west side © A Sampson 2009 Συνέχεια

Democracy’s Cradle, Rocking the World


Published: June 29, 2011

YESTERDAY, the whole world was watching Greece as its Parliament voted to pass a divisive package of austerity measures that could have critical ramifications for the global financial system. It may come as a surprise that this tiny tip of the Balkan Peninsula could command such attention. We usually think of Greece as the home of Plato and Pericles, its real importance lying deep in antiquity. But this is hardly the first time that to understand Europe’s future, you need to turn away from the big powers at the center of the continent and look closely at what is happening in Athens. For the past 200 years, Greece has been at the forefront of Europe’s evolution.

In the 1820s, as it waged a war of independence against the Ottoman Empire, Συνέχεια

Why Greece Will Rise From the Ashes

Why Greece Will Rise From the Ashes

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British girl living the fabulous life in Paris society

It is very hard as a Greek to swallow all the bad press the country is getting at the moment.

The Greeks are lazy, the Greeks are disorganised, the Greeks are the tinpot nation of Europe.

My dad would turn in his grave.

The truth is that the Greek people have suffered at the hands of inconsistent political leaders. The recent decision to hold a referendum about the loan from Europe is an example. None of the country chose or wanted that.

The Olympics was probably one of their finest hours in Ancient Times. But the recent event was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was an impossible project in an impossible timeframe. Maybe the Greek pride got the better of them but they were just following orders. The stadia that took so much time effort and money to build remain unused. Watch out London.

‘Greece is bringing Europe down’ is the one statement that grates the most. Συνέχεια

Pictures at a Demonstration / Εικόνες μιας πραγματικότητας

Source/Πηγή: http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/10/violence-erupts-as-two-day-str.html#more

A riot police officer runs after a protestor near the Finance Ministry during clashes in Athens, Wednesday Oct. 19, 2011. AP

Like a Phoenix from its Ashes

Yesterday’s scene in front of Parliament sums it all up. The old clashes with the new as the country is in flames.


LIVE STREAMING GREECE – ATHENS (19-10-2011 / 20-10-2011)

Live Streaming ΑΠΟ ΣΥΝΤΑΓΜΑ 19/10/2011

Live streaming from Syntagma Square in Athens Συνέχεια

Violent clashes during general strike in Athens — in pictures

As a 24-hour general strike paralyzed Greece and thousands of anti-austerity protesters marched on Parliament, violent clashes broke out at Syntagma. Συνέχεια

Taxi owners to strike on Thursday

Taxi owners’ unions will hold a General Assembly in central Athens on Thursday to discuss the new status quo that will arise from the provisions of the bill and to take decisions on further action.

The strike initially affects Athens and Thessaloniki, but local taxi owners’ unions from other parts of the country are also expected to state participation in the action.

The bill, unveiled during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting by Transport Minister Yiannis Ragoussis, provides for a return to exclusive state authority of the issue of taxi permits, the introduction of special nine-seat taxis and motorcycle-taxis, a hefty fee for acquiring a new taxi licence and a reduction of taxi fares by 10-20 percent.

More specifically, the issue of a taxi Services Provision Permit returns to the state and may be Συνέχεια

Νέα στοιχεία για τον τρόπο ανάπτυξης και σίτισης των καρκινικών όγκων


Διεθνής επιστημονική ομάδα παρουσίασε νέα στοιχεία για τον τρόπο που αναπτύσσονται και σιτίζονται οι καρκινικοί όγκοι και πως η ανάπτυξή τους μπορεί να επιβραδυνθεί μέσω των αναστολέων αγγειογένεσης, που περιορίζουν την παροχή αίματος προς τους όγκους.

Τα αποτελέσματα θα δημοσιευθούν στο τεύχος Σεπτεμβρίου του American Journal of Pathology.


Γερμανός κυβερνήτης «καπέλο» στο Μαξίμου

Μετά από πρόταση Μπαρόζο, ο Χορστ Ραϊχενμπαχ έρχεται στην Αθήνα ως τοποτηρητής της Ε.Ε

Ένας Γερμανός και ένας Έλληνας, ο Χορστ και ο Γιώργος Γλυνός, αναλαμβάνουν καθ’ όλη τη διάρκεια της εφαρμογής του Μεσοπρόθεσμου τα… κλειδιά της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης, μετά από την πρόταση του Ζ.Μ Μπαρόζο που υιοθέτησαν οι «15» μεταξύ των οποίων και ο Έλληνας πρωθυπουργός Γ.Παπανδρέου.


European Democracy (Athens, 506 B.C. — Athens, 2011 A.D.)

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European democracy is dead. It was executed in plain daylight on June 29, by a lone hitman thought to be in service of the European financial mafia. Συνέχεια

15 things the Greek austerity vote won’t accomplish


Posted By David Rothkopf 

The Greek parliament’s austerity vote accomplished one thing. It advanced the possibility of a deal that will pump enough cash in the direction of Athens for the country to pay off its creditors. Here’s what it will not do:


The Battle for Athens. The day after.


When I got back from Athens the first thing I did was take a shower to wash away the stench of tear gas, Maalox and fear that had hung around me since the morning. Although I have seen my fair share of violent clashes here in Greece, including the uprising in December 2008, nothing had prepared me for the sheer level of savagery shown by the Athens riot police. http://teacherdudebbq.blogspot.com

5890126781 e08dc4ba64 The Battle for Athens. The day after.

More than once I saw them act like wild animals, pouncing upon anyone foolish enough to stop to plead or remonstrate with them



29 June 2011

Greek riot police must not use excessive force in their handling of violence during protests in Athens, Amnesty International said today amid reports protesters were hospitalized as police fired massive amounts of tear gas.

The clashes came amid two days of protest in Syntagma square against an unpopular austerity bill, approved by the Greek Parliament today.

“The largely peaceful demonstrations of the past two days have been marred again by a minority of rioters clashing with the police,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia.