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We the people of Ireland support Greece!

By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

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WE the people of Ireland have been enslaved by unelected European officials and their real masters faceless money-men who have taken the power on themselves to create money out of thin air and use this power to financially enslave whole countries: Today we as a country are bankrupt with ever increasing debt accumulation caused be the penal interest on private debts forced on to the backs of our people : we can NEVER hope to pay this ODIOUS debt : The time has come to accept reality : With 150,000,000,000: already gone up in thin air we need to ask the hard questions and indeed ask the real questions the puppets in the Irish Government are not asking as they are in the pay of the faceless money-men: They have shown themselves to be puppets, and traitors to the people of Ireland!

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It has taken a Greek man to stand up and call on the rest of Europe to face reality: This financial enslavement of the people’s of Europe is not a system we want for ourselves or our future generations: Our democracy is gone and we are now commodities to be milked for every cent a corrupt government can get out of us : we have no lives other than constant fear of the next bill and constant juggling of the merger few Euros we manage to keep from the corrupt imposed austerity taxes: This Greek mans speaks the truth as we the ordinary people know it to be and deserves our support in his efforts!

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The real question is where did this money go? That is 150 billion????? The bank bondholders got bailed out! They do not have the right to take people’s homes as these mortgages were paid off Correct?????These billions did not go into the pockets of Ordinary Joe! Can you imagine what the country would look like if it was spent on infrastructure, schools, retraining the unemployed, or invested in our water infrastructure, or what about a massive investment in our health services and education? So we the taxpayers took on private debts from our Irish banks and a lot more debt ( European bank debts as well) we paid 48% of the total European debt and what did we get the people get out of this deal NOTHING but AUSTERITY TAXES like the Universal social charge, slashed health services, ,Property taxes ,23 various new stealth taxes and the latest one is water charges not to mention the world’s largest Quango that has cost the taxpayers so far 3,700,000,000:Billion and counting :

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These are NOT my figures these are government figures the real figures could be double that ! WHERE DID THIS 150,000.000.000: go ??????????? and why are we even paying this in the first place since these debts have materialized out of thin air the money lent came from the push of a button! SO I now say push another button and delete this debt!

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Let us support the Greek people in our common struggle to bring back reality, democracy and freedom to live a life free of the financial debts of faceless money-men: Let us live for the joy of living and not for the fear of never ending debt slavery!

 

Greece Willing To Do “Whatever It Can” To Reach Deal After Greek Liquidity Situation Deteriorates Rapidly

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Three days ago we observed that after surging in January, Greek deposits had slowed to a trickle in February, with just €1 billion in outflows, following the €12 billion redeemed in January. At least that was the case according to Reuters which cited a “senior banker who declined to be named.” The news appeared a little too good to be true, and as we suspected was merely an attempt at boosting “Greek leverage” ahead of the Euromeeting which ended in a spectacular, chaotic fashion, and no decision being made. Remember: the greater the bank outflows, the weaker the Greek negotiating stance when debating the Eurozone (whose leverage in turn is calculated by the level of the Eurostoxx 50).

Overnight Greek Kathimerini came out with a different report, one which appears to capture the reality of the situation better, especially following Wednesday’s disappointing Eurogroup meeting and yesterday’s news that the ECB has boosted the Greek ELA availability from €59.5 to €65, suggesting the bank run had accelerated and bank funding was on the verge of evaporating again.

Senior bank officials have told Kathimerini that almost all the liquidity available to Greece (59.5 billion euros) has been absorbed and that banks’ total dependence on the Eurosystem amounts to 90 billion. The rapid deterioration in liquidity conditions has been attributed to the uncertainty that arose when the snap general elections were called as well as the new government’s inability to reach a swift agreement with the country’s creditors. Following the 4-billion-euro outflow in December and 12 billion in January, bank deposits have already shrunk by another 3 billion this month.

So the €1 billion deposit outflow now becomes €3 billion in just 48 hours? What a difference “anonymous sources” make.

As for the logic behind the ECB’s decision to first yank Greek collateral and then to trickle it to Greece on an ad hoc basis, it is quite simple: keep Greece on a short leash and remind it that should it try to pull away, all the funding will disappear.

Frankfurt’s decision shows its intention to place stricter controls on the supply of cash to Greek banks in the wake of Wednesday’s inconclusive Eurogroup meeting. “The more time that passes without an agreement with the eurozone, the more the ECB will restrict the limits by supplying liquidity that only covers a few days’ needs, and as the February 28 deadline approaches [when the bailout extension expires], the risk of an ‘accident’ will grow,” a bank official noted.

And of course, while “The ECB council is to convene again on Wednesday to examine another increase to the Greek limit” everything depends on the outcome of Monday’s Eurogroup meeting.

Which brings us back precisely to the negotiation at the heart of the Greek drama, where as we reported yesterday, it was first reported that Germany is caving in its strict demands toward Greece.

Greece and Germany are pursuing a deal on the conditions required to continue the Greek bailout as each side signals a willingness to compromise, according to government officials taking part in the talks.

 

Germany won’t insist that all elements of Greece’s current aid program continue, said two officials in Berlin. As long as the program is prolonged, they said, Germany would be open to talking about the size of Greece’s budget surplus requirement and conditions to sell off government assets.

full article at source: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-13/greece-willing-do-whatever-it-can-reach-deal-after-greek-liquidity-situation-deterio

The Struggle against corruption in Greece

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“The first unrelenting struggle that we will carry out at any cost is the struggle against corruption and the intertwined political system of economic oligarchy. As a start we will use the economic crime enforcement agency to scrutinize the list of big bank account holders. Beginning with those on the Authority for Combating Money Laundering list, the Lagarde list, and the Luxembourg list.”

Behind The Global – Game Of – Thrones

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras yesterday laid out Syriza’s stance, and from what I saw he didn’t pull even one punch. Despite all the suggestions from the financial press throughout the past week that Tsipras and Varoufakis reneged on campaign promises to seek debt write-downs, they didn’t, and never have – other than perhaps in semantics.

Which I don’t find the slightest bit surprising. I would have been very surprised if they had. The misinterpretation, and the faulty expectations, are easily explained through the fact that – most of – these guys are not politicians, which they very deliberately expressed in the way they dressed for their meetings with ‘Europe’s finest’.

They don’t see the ‘space’ career politicians see to negotiate away the mandate their voters have given them. For them it’s simple: we were elected on our program – which in this case happens to be to end the misery forced upon Greece by the European and Troika schemes -, and we’re not going to move away from that just because ‘the other side’ starts threatening us, or (a crucial difference in politics) because our voters may not vote for us again in a next election.

In their view, trying to scare Greece into even more submission, which is the overlying message emanating from Brussels and beyond, is entirely null and void because Greece can’t – and shouldn’t – sink any lower than it has. Very and refreshingly simple. No surprise there, but, at least on my part, just support and admiration. Syriza is fighting the fight many others don’t have the intellect, the chutzpah and/or the courage for.

The first thing they did, apart from hiring back the government offices’ cleaning ladies the Troika got fired, was to say they wanted nothing to do with that same Troika. That to me is the most important statement so far by Yanis Varoufakis and his crew. Because that goes to the heart of why Greece is where it is, and why the entire world is.

I saw a headline last night that said something like ‘Greece doesn’t want to talk to the EU’. But that’s not true. Syriza merely wants the IMF out of the picture. And then it would prefer to talk to separate EU nations and offices, rather than top down Brussels bureaucrats. Not just because of the Colonel Blotto game theory I talked about before, but because they recognize how insidious and ruthless the IMF is. I’ll get back to that in a minute.

The most remarkable ‘news item’ for me yesterday came not from Tsipras (or Greenspan), but from former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who did something he would never have when he was in office. Sarkozy went against the grain of the official western narrative vis à vis Ukraine and Russia. He said what no acting French president could possibly say (including himself), because as president he would have been beholden to the US and NATO dictated doctrine, that Putin is evil, and Ukraine should be ‘liberated’.

Sarkozy: Crimea Cannot Be Blamed For Joining Russia

Crimea cannot be blamed for seceding from Ukraine – a country in turmoil – and choosing to join Russia, said former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. He also added that Ukraine “is not destined to join the EU.” “We are part of a common civilization with Russia,” said Sarkozy [..]. “The interests of the Americans with the Russians are not the interests of Europe and Russia,” he said adding that “we do not want the revival of a Cold War between Europe and Russia.”

Regarding Crimea’s choice to secede from Ukraine when the country was in the midst of political turmoil, Sarkozy noted that the residents of the peninsula cannot be accused of doing so. “Crimea has chosen Russia, and we cannot blame it [for doing so],” he said pointing out that “we must find the means to create a peacekeeping force to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine.” In March 2014 over 96% of Crimea’s residents – the majority of whom are ethnic Russians – voted to secede from Ukraine to reunify with Russia.

That is pretty close to 180º different from what the official western position is. Putin has taken note. Because it destroys everything the West, as represented by Germany’s Merkel and France’s Hollande, brought to the talks in Moscow this weekend (and Minsk today). More importantly, it throws out what NATO wants and prepares for. In the exact same way that Greece seeks to throw out the IMF.

And that is no coincidence. Sarkozy reveals his dismay at being told what to do, when he was in office, by the supranational NATO. Tsipras and Varoufakis refuse being told what to do by the supranational IMF. Same difference. Well, to an extent: Sarkozy did the NATO and IMF’s bidding when he was in office, Syriza never has.

Merkel, meanwhile, ceased resisting Mario Draghi’s mad €1 trillion+ QE program recently, and along that same vein she may today, as she’s talking to Obama in Washington, give up her resistance to the west arming Kiev. Which would be equal to a declaration of war against Russia. The pressure on her is obviously huge and increasing, but Angela should be smart enough to know that it’s impossible for Russia to stop looking out for the Donbass.

Because just about every Russian citizen has family connections in the region, who’ve been shelled by their own government for close to a year now. And if Russia were to retreat, chances are these people will be obliterated in very ugly ways. What Merkel should be demanding at the ‘peace’ talks is for not-so-very-democratically-elected PM Yatsenyuk and his shady government to step down, and nationwide fair elections to be held that include the Donbass. But she won’t.

full article at source: http://www.theautomaticearth.com/2015/02/behind-the-global-game-of-thrones/

Greece Slams EU Bailout-ers: “We Don’t Want The $7 Billion, We Want To Rethink The Whole Program”

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UPDATE: “CONSTRUCTIVE TALKS” are over:

  • *GREECE’S VAROUFAKIS SAYS WILL NOT ASK FOR BAILOUT EXTENSION
  • *VAROUFAKIS SAYS WILL NOT ACCEPT SELF-PERPETUATING CRISIS
  • *VAROUFAKIS SAYS DISCUSSED EURO AREA, NEW DEAL FOR GREECE
  • *DIJSSELBLOEM SAYS UNILATERAL STEPS IS NOT THE WAY FORWARD
  • *DIJSSELBLOEM SAYS GREECE SHOULD CLARIFY ITS POSITION (we think they did!)
  • *GREECE’S VAROUFAKIS SAYS WILL CONVINCE EU PEERS ON NEW DEAL

As Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem (of “template” foot in mouth infamy) heads to Athens for talks today, Bloomberg reports the new Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has a clear message for his European overlords of the past: “We don’t want the 7 billion euros…We want to sit down and rethink the whole program.” While this exposes the nation’s banking system to further runs, yesterday’s revelation that Russia could step in with financing should they need it, leaves Dijsselbloem and Shulz with less and less leverage even as Spain’s chief economic advisor warns, if Greece doesn’t play along, “there will be problems on all fronts.”

“Will Greece antagonize the European union? If they don’t there won’t be any problems,” Alvaro Nadal, chief economic adviser to the Spanish prime minister, said in a radio interview in Madrid on Friday. “If they do, there will be, on all fronts.”

And, as Bloomberg reports, that is what Greece’s new government is doing (as they promised the people),

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he’s not interested in persuading Greece’s official creditors to release the final 7 billion euros ($8 billion) of bailout funds as Eurogroup Chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem headed to Athens for talks on Friday.

 

Greece wants to agree a new plan shifting from spending cuts to combating corruption and boosting public investment. The proposal hinges on the euro area and the European Central Bank agreeing to write down Greece’s public debt, a suggestion that has been met with skepticism by officials across the rest of Europe.

 

“We don’t want the 7 billion euros,” Varoufakis said in an interview with the New York Times published late on Thursday. “We want to sit down and rethink the whole program.”

 

 

“In all honesty, if you sum up all their promises then the Greek budget will very quickly be out of balance and then further debt relief won’t help anyway,” Dijsselbloem said in Amsterdam on the eve of his trip. “We want to keep Greece in the euro zone, in the European Union, but that also requires the Greeks to meet their commitments.”

Things are not going well…

European Parliament Martin Schulz confirmed the divide between Tsipras and the rest of Europe after two hours of talks with the Greek leader in Athens on Thursday.

full article at source:http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-30/greece-slams-eu-bailout-ers-we-dont-want-7-billion-we-want-rethink-whole-program

Greece sells 110 of its best beaches in the name of “development”

Greece sells 110 of its best beaches in the name of “development”

Greece sells 110 of its best beaches in the name of “development”

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One hundred and ten of Greece’s best beaches are on sale by Greece’s privatization agency,  the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED) in the name of supposed “development” and “utilization of public assets”. In fact a sale off of Greece best beaches for cash so that the debt-ridden country can pay back its lenders.

The beaches plots are to be on sale with “50 years of utilization by the new owners.”

In the list of TAIPED are featured among others Myrto Beach in Kato Achaia, Vasiliki Beach in Lefkada, Kalmitsi beach in Chalkidiki  and – what a shame – two beaches in Elafonisos, the small island between Peloponnese and Kythira, famous for its blue-green waters and light colored sandy beaches.

From the list of 110 beaches

Myrtoula beach, Kato Achaia area, West Achaia Municipality, Achaia

Korfoxylia, Magouliana area, Municipality of Gortynia, Arcadia

Agioi Anargyroi area, Municipality of Ermioni, Argolida, Peloponnese

Koronissia area, Arta

Kalamitsi, Municipality of Sithonia, Chalkidiki

Nea Propontida, Nea Irakleia, Chalkidiki

Nea Fokea area, Kassandra Municipality, Chalkidiki

Porto Koufo area, Toroni, Sithonia Municipality, Chalkidiki

Filizi area, near Naousa, Paros island, Cyclades

Apokofto or Agia Kyriaki, Agios Ioannis area, Tinos island, Cyclades

Ixia, Rhodes island, Dodecanese (via postin.gr)

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Breathtaking Sarakino beach and Simos beach in Elafonisos are furthermore under the protection of European Program “Natura 2000″.

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For sale is a 175,000 sq m plot of Sarakino beach. While TAIPED warns the future buyers of Forestry, Enviromental and Legal restrictions, it notes that the investor could build Hotel and/or vacation homes.

The Guardian on Elafonisos

“Elafonisos has the best beach in Greece. So said more than one local during our stay nearby. It’s quite a claim given the reputation of the country’s islands, and you might imagine it would be hard for the beach to live up to expectations. But catching sight of it for the first time I found myself saying, “Wow!” Here was the fine sand and clear aquamarine water you rarely see outside of adverts for the Caribbean. The banner flapping gently over the entrance to Simos beach said it all: “Welcome to Paradise.”

However after the outcry in Greece and the fierce opposition by residents and local officials in Elafonisos, TAIPED announced the island beaches will not be for sale “now” but on a later point.

As the new draft bill for the ‘regulation of seashores’ foresees that the sold beaches must allow a small space for the public to use for free, it is really hilarious to see the plot of Sarakino beach for sale: it is marked with red ink. A tiny strip of beach is foreseen for free access for the public. The free beach is so small that it will allow swimmers to enjoy sun bathing most probably standing on their feet.

As I could not copy paste the picture of Sarakino beach, please, click in TAIPED list here in pdfand go to page 31

full article at source: http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2014/05/21/greece-sells-110-of-its-best-beaches-in-the-name-of-development/

The Irish Media – Cheerleaders For Austerity

By Julien Mercille

Irish Media – A study of Irish press coverage of austerity between 2008 and 2012 conducted at University College Dublin confirms that the media have been relentless cheerleaders for austerity. The case is so overwhelming that it may even surprise proponents of austerity. The full report is available here (or from this author by email).

Ireland has distinguished itself among European countries by implementing austerity at the outset of the current crisis, while a number of other governments reacted by first enacting Keynesian stimulus packages, in parallel to bailing out their banks, before turning to austerity. Austerity might be good for elites, but it attacks ordinary people by cutting government spending on social services, health care and welfare. It seeks to make labour more ‘flexible’ by dismantling and downgrading work conditions and protections to give more power to employers over employees. On top of that, it raises regressive taxes like the VAT and encourages privatisation of state-owned enterprises and assets, often sold to investors at bargain prices.

European authorities themselves have announced explicitly, and even proudly, that austerity is used to attack the welfare state and ordinary people. Mario Draghi, the ECB president, declared in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the European ‘traditional social contract is obsolete’ and that ‘there is no escape from tough austerity measures’. He further said that continuing ‘shocks’ would ‘force countries into structural changes in labor markets’. Accordingly, Europe’s population faces repeated attacks from corporate and political elites, a fact noted by the New York Times recently when it observed that ‘Americanized labor policy is spreading in Europe’. It remarked that in 2008, 1.9 million Portuguese private sector workers were covered by collective bargaining agreements, but that the number is now down to 300,000. Greece has cut its minimum wage by almost a fourth, Ireland and Spain have frozen it, and in general labour protections have been reduced in peripheral Europe, so that austerity is ‘radically changing the nature of Europe’s society’. The developments will transform so deeply the social fabric that the chief economist of the International Labour Organisation described them as ‘the most significant changes since World War II’…………………….

full article at source: http://www.social-europe.eu/2013/12/irish-media-cheerleaders-austerity/

Comment:

By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

Just the other day, during an RTE attempt to support the spin on the so called “resurgent Dublin property market” we had this outburst from Brian Dobson a overpaid gobshit dependent for his livelihood  on the taxpayers of Ireland , just like Dole recipients ,teachers, Judges, Garda  etc”. This RTE prime donna has the cheek to label peaceful protesters highlighting the real news “ Idiots “ This was a perfect example showing the establishment  is engaged in censorship and the state media is stuffed full of pampas arrogant right wing lackeys like Dobson!

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