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StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece on weeknights @ 10pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript from the July 9, 2012 broadcast.

By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart

- On Sunday evening, StopCartel broadcasted LIVE from Syntagma Square during the confidence vote in Parliament. Unfortunately, there was not a huge gathering in the square, but it did give StopCartel the opportunity to reflect on what was happening there a year ago.

From 22 May to the end of November, StopCartel broadcasted LIVE from Syntagma Square daily, reporting on the events, activities, and protests organized by OccupySyntagmaSquare.

StopCartel was also there recording the brutal attacks by the rioting police against the Greek citizens who were gathered in the Square to exercise their right to protest against the Memorandum, austerity measures, and the attack against their lives.

One year later, things are even worse than before. There is a current and ongoing humanitarian crisis in Greece.

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- On Sunday, there were two suicides and one suicide attempt.

In Preveza, a city in the northwestern region of Greece, a man climbed a very tall tree and threatened to jump to his death due to extreme financial problems. In the end, he could not go through with it.

Tragically, over the weekend, suicide claimed two more victims. A 42-year-old man hanged himself, and in a small town on the Island of Evia, another 40-year-old man shot and killed himself. Both men ended their lives in order to escape the suffering caused by extreme economic problems.

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- In Peristeri, a suburb 6 km. west of Athens, a free Socio-Medical Out-Patient Clinic is being initiated. StopCartel is organizing an ongoing medication drive to help supply the clinic, to enable it to offer free prescription drugs to its patients. Over the weekend, StopCartel received the first donation from friends in Belgium. Thank you, Belgium!

If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Giorgos via email at: info@stopcartel.org

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- While the government-of-the-regime discusses the best way to serve the interests of their masters, some EU officials have been loud and clear about their unwillingness to accept any changes in the Faustian pact they made with corrupt Greek politicians.

- Nikos Nikolopoulos has resigned from his post as Deputy Labor Minister, in protest of Antonis Samaras’s refusal to renegotiate changes to the Memorandum with the Troika, despite his campaign promise to do so. Nikolopoulos’s resignation is an early blow to the newly formed government. The resignation came just hours after a vote of confidence was won.

Nikolopoulos released an official statement explaining why he resigned:

The sole reason of my resignation is my personal conviction that the issue of renegotiating with the Troika, as well as the correction of significant distortions in labour, pension, social security and welfare issues, should have been emphatically put on the table from the start.
His resignation is a great political sign. Not only does it illustrate the current situation in Greece, it also confirms and validates what the protesters have been saying all along about the government – that the Greek government is a huge political fraud. Samaras lied. He said his government would attempt to renegotiate the terms of the Memorandum. But the day after the election, ND immediately forgot their promises.

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-  There is a 30% decrease in the price of rents in Athens because of a depressed real-estate market and high unemployment.

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- The current news coming from Spain and Italy regarding climbing interest rates on government bonds is reminiscent of events unfolding in Greece a year ago.

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- Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the opposition party Syriza, commented on the recent developments in Greece. He stated that people who signed the agreement to sell off Greece’s public assets will go to jail for their treasonous pact.

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- Nouriel Roubini gave an extensive interview to Bloomberg over the weekend. He pointed out that not a single bankster has gone to jail for the financial crisis they caused.

Roubini stated:

‘Nobody has gone to jail since the financial crisis. The banks, they do things that are illegal and at best they slap on them a fine. If some people end up in jail, maybe that will teach a lesson to somebody. Or somebody hanging in the streets.’
Bloomberg’s video interview with Roubini can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/...

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Comment Preferences

  •  in Greece right now (6+ / 0-)

    ... not Athens, but northern Greece. We have family here, and watch the news closely. Most people I have spoken with do not feel that the government is going to be able to effect any great change. My SIL is an elementary-school teacher, who says that some of her students now come to school with maybe only a piece of bread to eat all day. Her salary has been cut 40% - while those of politicians remain the same.

    Corruption is rampant in everyday transactions - we could not get a simple construction permit approved without giving a small bribe to the person who had to approve it (if we did not give him that envelope, he would have made sure our request went to the bottom of the stack - for I-don't-know-how-long). Such expectations are so tightly woven into the fabric of "civil service" that I'm not sure they can be unwound. And it's precisely those sorts of things - and the acceptance and perpetuation of those practices by ordinary people - which make stronger European economies dizzy.

    No one wants to return to the drachma - it would mean the loss of (my guess) 50% of whatever remains of people's savings because the international markets would certainly not see the drachma as equal in value to the euro. However, there is deep resentment of the politicians who have squandered public funds on unsustainable programs to essentially buy political support (not to mention all the "favors" they have done for themselves and their families, which have caused many to become quite wealthy...).

    The problem in Greece today is that she cannot have things both ways: the current bureaucracy is bloated and wasteful, and they cannot go on borrowing funds to sustain it. At the same time, "austerity" is killing the local economy, forcing closure of many small businesses that previously had sustained entire extended families and driving ordinary folks to poverty and desperation.

    The Greek people do not trust their leadership; I do not believe either Samaras or Tsipras is the right person to lead Greece forward - but someone must, to avoid further tragedy.

  •  This might be us (2+ / 0-)
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    Greydog, ciganka

    in a few short years.

    Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

    by Gustogirl on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 07:14:10 AM PDT

    •  It's the "austerity" that's crippling the economy (1+ / 0-)
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      Gustogirl

      Econ 101 and the "velocity of money" - you need to keep money circulating through the economy... wages, purchases, credit, investment. Once you cut off credit or slash wages, the money stops flowing and the economy's at a standstill.

      No banks want to lend; no one can afford major purchases; no one has the capital to start a business or wants to take such a big risk in this economic climate.

      I am just worried that the infusion of capital Greece is  now receiving will either disappear in the usual way, OR that it will compel Greece to make changes which will please the Troika but will slow down their economy for years, maybe decades.

      •  "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Kline (1+ / 0-)
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        Greydog

        pretty much gives us the blueprint.

        Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth - Abraham Lincoln

        by Gustogirl on Wed Jul 11, 2012 at 12:40:24 AM PDT

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        •  Right (1+ / 0-)
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          Gustogirl

          The Shock Doctrine is the blueprint, not just for Greece, but for the rest of the EU and America.

          If you want to see the same policies in action, here is another one of hundreds of examples of the IMF's handiwork:

          Everywhere the IMF goes, disaster capitalism follows: Life and Debt – Jamaica’s IMF / World Bank Peril: http://99getsmart.com/...

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