IMF board member criticizes Fund’s Greece program

Brazil’s International Monetary Fund representative has criticized the tough reforms demanded of Greece, saying the Fund and its bailout partners appear to want to run the Greek economy themselves.

Paulo Nogueira Batista, who represents Brazil and 10 other countries at the global crisis lender, said in a May 30 statement to the board that Greece has already made substantial progress under harsh austerity conditions.

The statement, obtained by AFP after the board approved the release of new funds to Athens, said the IMF and its European partners should ease some of the conditions of their massive rescue program for the country.

«Fiscal adjustment has been very large and the return to a primary surplus in 2013 constituted an important milestone. It is hard to see how the country can do more on this front,» said Nogueira Batista.

He pointed out that Greece could only manage to ease its economic contraction last year by not meeting all the tough reforms the lenders demanded of it.

«This seems to indicate that the number of structural measures the Troika has been demanding from Greece is rather excessive.»

In the 81 pages of detailed policy demands of the newest stage of the IMF-European Commission-European Central Bank rescue program, he said Greece appears to be «a victim of German thoroughness».


Griechenland: Το βίντεο της ημέρας!!!!

σχόλιο Vuvuzela: Η Ελλάδα σε κρίση. Ανεργία, αβέβαιο μέλλον, αδιέξοδος, απόγνωση. Η Γερμανία ασκεί πίεση για τη ‘σωτηρία’ της χώρας. Όλα κρέμονται απο μια κλωστή. Ο κόσμος περιμένει με κομμένη την ανάσα, και τότε ….

Δείτε το βίντεο με τους Τσαλταμπάση, Μποσταντζόγλου!

Griechenland is a short film about the Greek Crisis. 

The economic crisis has hit Athens, Greece the hardest. While Germany keeps adding pressure, everything seems frozen and ready to collapse. However, there is one man who feels differently.

CAST: Giannis Bostatzoglou Thanasis Tsaltabasis Συνέχεια

John Cleese: ‘Syria and Alert to threats in Europe’

21st Century Wire says… When this story was originally published there was speculation as to who the real author was, with most people saying that it was he of Monty Python fame. Based on the skilled prose, we’d have to agree with the mob on this one. A masterpiece nonetheless…

By John Cleese

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.”

Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the Blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level Συνέχεια

Letter to President Obama never really sent @BarackObama @whitehouse


Dear Mr. President,

The current Greek Prime Minister must have been unbearably pushy to secure an official visit to the White House –an importunate invitation seeker, no doubt; it’s not hard to tell. So, I can sympathize with your decision to give up.

Why not, one might argue. Besides,  Greece is viewed by tradition as a developed Western country of great historical significance, and one which upholds the democratic values, while maintaining strong ties of friendship with the United States. Right?

However, Mr. President, we feel you are about to welcome the head of a government whose record of a persistent rule by decree, along with a shameless defiance of Supreme Court rulings against it, has outscored within just one year in office the total of like decrees issued by the military junta during the latter’s full seven years term –the same military junta former President Clinton, in the words of…

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Why the plundering of Greece was staged


A chronicle in three interconnected components: INTRODUCTION, REASONS and EPILOGUE – About the planned looting of Greece, as a ‘necessity’ for the dismantlement of European democracy, justice and freedom. (translated from the original article in Swedish)


by Kosmas Loumakis


579109_228685723929053_115011835_nBehind the decision to plunder Greece, there are several reasons (as always, when great powers decides to attack a country). Its never just onereason, when great powers aremarching,… nor is it so in the case of Greece.

For the Globo (the global currency) to be introduced and well received, economic “suicide-bombers”, thecredit financial system that is, have triggered its explosive components. An unavoidable economic crisis, mustbe used to elicit acceptance of the currency, and then the launchpadmust be prepared from an already long time, manipulated and controlled so-called ‘free and democratic nation’. It is from this nation, that the old Europe, the 

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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

Boycott Pepsi Over Use of Aborted Fetuses?

LARGO, FL —  In a shocking decision delivered Feb 28th, President Obama’s Security and Exchange Commission ruled that PepsiCo’s use of aborted fetal remains in their research and development agreement with Senomyx to produce flavor enhancers falls under «ordinary business operations.»

The letter signed by Attorney Brian Pitko of the SEC Office of Chief Counsel was sent in response to a 36-page document submitted by PepsiCo attorneys in January, 2012. In that filing, PepsiCo pleaded with the SEC to reject the Shareholder’s Resolution filed in October 2011 that the company «adopt a corporate policy that recognizes human rights and employs ethical standards which do not involve using the remains of aborted human beings in both private and collaborative research and development agreements.»

PepsiCo lead attorney George A. Schieren noted that the resolution should be excluded because it «deals Συνέχεια

Suicides on the rise in Greece

What more does the world need to hear to rid themselves of the partial reality the paid media portray of  Greece? Or are suicide victims lazy Greeks who all couldn’t live with the thought of having to work for a living? Maybe they were all tax evaders who couldn’t find new ways to not pay their taxes?

But, let’s be serious for a minute. No one has the right to live if they’re called Greek. Greeks’ sole rights are to work to pay the government that hasn’t slashed their luxury salaries proportionately and has already written off political party debts to continue receiving tax-payer money to pay for their electoral campaigns (elections that haven’t been officially announced yet though newspapers worldwide proclaim that elections will take place) as well as continued perks. Greeks also have no right to elect their leaders, seeing as appointing the banker, Papademos,  who changed the books to fraudulently put Greece into the Euro is the best solution possible for everyone involved.

Naturally, most of the money that hasn’t been given to Greek banks so the latter can continue to spend Συνέχεια

Constitutional violations that have occurred recently in Greece

The following constitutional violations have occurred during the last years in Greece of the economic crisis:

1. Contrary to the constitution, the voting of the Memorandum of passage 1 and the illegal signing of the first loan agreement by Mr. G. Papakonstantinou, under no legitimacy and in secrecy by the Greek people and the parliament. In violation of the constitution, under Memorandum 2, the assignment of sovereignty and control of the Greek state in which foreign powers have no legitimacy to intervene in the internal affairs of Greece but they are committed to safeguard the interests of questionable lenders and not to violate the rights of Greek people.

2. From the November 11, 2011, the illegal and unconstitutional appointment, against the will of the Greek people as prime minister of Mr Lucas Papademos and the cooperation with the party leaders of Συνέχεια

The Truth about Greece

Prometheus Bound: The titan who stole fire from Zeus to give to mankind is punished. Ring a bell? (painting by Elsie Russell)

Comment by MySatelite: «My name is Dimitris and I come from Greece». This is the opening of a message in a bottle, a cry not for help but for empathy and awakening written by someone called Dimitris, your average, Greek everyman. This is the situation in Greece put simply. It’s illustrated, straight-forward, short and readily comprehended by a 10-year-old. Ok, it has some grammatical inconsistencies and one or two typos, but nothing that impedes understanding.

For once, let go of your stereotypes, the ones the media have instilled in all of us and read something which actually states facts and a reality Greeks have to face on a daily basis. Read Dimitris’s message below and pass it on, for the sake of our children and yours. Συνέχεια

Why the media lies about Greece

by Jérôme E. Roos on June 24, 2011

In a short BBC interview today, I argued that the media’s witch hunt against Greece perpetuates a false impression that the Greeks themselves are to blame.

With special thanks to Naveena Kottoor, I was able to appear on BBC World Have Your Say today, for a brief segment on the international media’s coverage of the Greek debt crisis.

Asked whether I agreed that the international media are engaged in a ‘witch hunt’ against the Greek people, I pointed out that all talk about the Greeks being profligate, lazy and spoilt is simply not true (video below, my contribution from 34m50s onwards — somehow the audio got messed up):


Unfortunately, however, I didn’t get the time to back up these assertions with hard facts — so I would like this to use the opportunity to do so here.

Special thanks for the data below go out to Alex Andreou and Ingeborg Beugel.

MYTH #1: The Greeks are profligate Συνέχεια

‘Last Days’ of the Euro Are Upon Us

BOSTON (TheStreet) — The euro is about to go the way of the dodo, if Credit Suisse researchers are correct.

In a research note making the rounds Monday carrying the title The «Last Days» of the Euro, a team of Credit Suisse analysts argue that «we seem to have entered the last days of the euro as we currently know it.»

While a break-up of the 17 eurozone nations isn’t a strong likelihood, Credit Suisse researchers say that Συνέχεια

Will the euro be destroyed by ideologues?

An end to the Eurozone would mean a wave of bank collapses and a recession that would affect the world for a decade.

If the European Central Bank does not write down debt in countries like Greece and Italy, it could result in a double-dip recession in the eurozone that spills over into the rest of the world [GALLO/GETTY]

We could be living through the last days of the euro. That is not a happy thought. While there were many negative aspects to the rules governing the European Central Bank (ECB) and the eurozone economies, no one can want to see the economic chaos that will almost certainly follow the collapse of the euro.

There will likely be a wave of bank collapses as banks are forced to write down much of the debt they hold in Italy, Ireland and other heavily indebted countries. This would bring about another Lehman-type situation where finance freezes up. Banks would stop lending to each other and even healthy businesses would find it difficult to obtain credit. Συνέχεια

Τι είπαν! Dr.J.Goebbels 11/2/1940 vs Α.Μerkel 26/10/2011 !

Τα link είναι :
Dr.Josef Goebbels, 11 Σεπτεμβρίου του 1940 προς τους Τσέχους για το οφέλει της “κατάκτησης” τους!

«… Μην σκεφτείτε ότι  φέρνουμε μια ορισμένη τάξη στην Ευρώπη, το κάνουμε για να βλάψουμε τα άλλα έθνη. Η ελευθερία των επιμέρους χωρών πρέπει να ασκηθεί σε αρμονία με τους όρους του παρόντος και με απλα πρακτικά ζητήματα.
Ακριβώς όπως ένα μέλος μιας οικογένειας δεν έχει το δικαίωμα να διαταράξει την ειρήνη όλων των άλλων, ένα μεμονωμένο έθνος δεν έχει το δικαίωμα να αντισταθεί στην ευρύτερη τάξη πραγμάτων. Συνέχεια

Παραλήρημα της Bild για πλακάτ των «Αγανακτισμένων»

 Το συγκεκριμένο στιγμιότυπο από τη χθεσινή συγκέντρωση των «Αγανακτισμένων» στο Σύνταγμα προβάλλουν ορισμένα γερμανικά μέσα ενημέρωσης, στο οποίο απεικονίζεται η σημαία της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, να φέρει έναν αγκυλωτό σταυρό στο κέντρο της.

Η εν λόγω φωτογραφία συνοδεύει ρεπορτάζ του περιοδικού Der Spiegel για την οικονομική κρίση στην Ελλάδα, χωρίς όμως να σχολιάζεται μέσα στο κείμενο.

Αντίθετα, η εφημερίδα Bild δίνει μεγάλη έκταση στο συγκεκριμένο στιγμιότυπο, αναφέροντας στο σχετικό δημοσίευμά της, ότι «με τον αγκυλωτό σταυρό οι Έλληνες διασύρουν την Ευρώπη και παρόλα αυτά λαμβάνουν νέα βοήθεια δισεκατομμυρίων ευρώ».


German-grown sprouts named likely culprit in deadly outbreak


German-grown sprouts named likely culprit in deadly outbreak


Berlin (CNN) — Sprouts grown in Germany are the likely source for an E. coli outbreak that has killed 22 people, officials said Sunday.

Gert Lindemann, agricultural minister of Lower Saxony, said there is a «direct link» between a company in the town of Bienenbuettel and «these people getting sick.» The firm has been shut down and its products have been recalled, Lindemann said.

It is not immediately clear how the E. coli strain may have gotten into the sprouts, officials said.

Sprouts are bred in large drums.


Greek opposition sets demands as EU/IMF verdict nears

By Harry Papachristou and Renee Maltezou

ATHENS | Mon May 30, 2011 7:55am EDT

(Reuters) – Greece’s conservative opposition demanded tax cuts on Monday as the price for a consensus deal with the Socialist government on imposing yet more austerity, a major condition for getting further aid from the EU and IMF.

Conservative leader Antonis Samaras called for a flat 15 percent corporate tax and rejected government plans for hiking taxes to tackle Greece’s budget deficit and please fiscal inspectors mulling the next, key tranche of a 110 billion euro bailout. Συνέχεια

Πλατείες Ταχρίρ στα Βαλκάνια διαβλέπουν οι Γερμανοί

Πλατείες Ταχρίρ στα Βαλκάνια


οι Γερμανοί

«Πότε θα ακολουθήσει η πρώτη χώρα των Βαλκανίων το παράδειγμα των Τυνησίων και των Αιγυπτίων;» αναρωτιόταν τη Δευτέρα η Frankfurter Allgemeine. Αν λάβει κανείς υπόψη του σοβαρά το άρθρο αυτό, το ζήτημα για τους Γερμανούς δεν είναι το αν, αλλά μόνο το πότε θα γίνει «της Αιγύπτου» και στα Βαλκάνια!

Tου Γιώργου Δελαστίκ

Σοκ προκαλούσε τη Δευτέρα η πρώτη σελίδα της γερμανικής εφημερίδας Frankfurter Allgemeine. «Πότε θα ακολουθήσει η πρώτη χώρα της νοτιοανατολικής Ευρώπης το παράδειγμα των Τυνησίων και των Αιγυπτίων;» αναρωτιόταν ο υπότιτλος βαρυσήμαντης πρωτοσέλιδης ανάλυσης της συντηρητικής, αλλά σοβαρής εφημερίδας. «ΝA Ευρώπη» είναι η… κωδική ονομασία που χρησιμοποιούν στην Ε.Ε. για να μην υποχρεώνονται ούτε καν να προφέρουν το… απεχθές γι’ αυτούς όνομα «Βαλκάνια».Αν λάβει κανείς υπόψη του σοβαρά το άρθρο αυτό, το ζήτημα για τους Γερμανούς δεν είναι το αν, αλλά μόνο το πότε θα γίνει «της Αιγύπτου» και στα Βαλκάνια! «Από την υπομονή των πολιτών εξαρτάται πόσο θα διαρκέσει μέχρις ότου η πρώτη νοτιοανατολική χώρα θα στραφεί προς τον τυνησιακό δρόμο», καταλήγει χαρακτηριστικά το επίμαχο άρθρο.

«Δεν άλλαξε τίποτα»
Η γερμανική εφημερίδα εμφανίζεται εντελώς απογοητευμένη από την εξέλιξη των βαλκανικών χωρών. Η εικόνα που ζωγραφίζει είναι ζοφερή: «Η κοινωνία των πολιτών αποδυναμώνεται, οι διαφωνούντες και οι διανοούμενοι έχουν εγκαταλείψει την πολιτική σκηνή. Μεγαλώνει διαρκώς το χάσμα ανάμεσα στα κόμματα και στους πολίτες, οι οποίοι υποφέρουν από τη διαφθορά, την κατάχρηση εξουσίας και την ανασφάλεια περί δικαίου», γράφει η Frankfurter Allgemeine και επιτίθεται εναντίον των πολιτικών ηγεσιών των βαλκανικών χωρών με ιδιαίτερη σφοδρότητα, υπογραμμίζοντας μεταξύ άλλων: «Σε αυτές τις χώρες η Ε.Ε. έχει να κάνει κυρίως με μια τάξη πολιτικών, η οποία είναι όπως είναι. Είναι μη ρεαλιστικό να περιμένει κανείς από αυτή την τάξη να αλλάξει το σύστημα, από το οποίο αποκομίζει κέρδη». Η εφημερίδα αναζητεί τις δομικές αδυναμίες των συστημάτων των βαλκανικών χωρών, στις οποίες πάντως εμφανώς δεν συμπεριλαμβάνει την Ελλάδα, καθώς αναφέρεται στις χώρες που έζησαν υπό καθεστώς «υπαρκτού σοσιαλισμού» αυτοτελώς ή προέκυψαν από τη διάλυση της «σοσιαλιστικής» Γιουγκοσλαβίας.


Blitzkrieg … by The Reaper


The intrigue begins. Greece, as mentioned in the previous leg of our story, developed a hilariously democratic electoral system whereby jobs were allotted to walking ballots. As years passed, this ever-growing group of walking ballots leeched more money from the national treasury and went on strike whenever their demands for a pay rise were not met. The country’s finances were ill-used. Politicians, contractors and anyone who could dip their fingers in the honey pot, dipped not only their fingers but dove in unabashedly, disregarding the long-term impact this would have on the country as a whole. It was only a matter of time before the bubble burst. The question is why it burst and who burst it. Συνέχεια