Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Greece Must Turn to Russia: Independent Greeks

15.05.12 Greece and Banksters

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Gabriel Avramidis of the Independent Greeks (ANEL) bloc told TASS that Greece must adjust its geopolitical priorities and turn towards Russia. ANEL joined in a coalition government with the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), which won last Sunday’s parliamentary election. Avramidis stated that rethinking Greece’s geopolitical alliances was important to ANEL leader Panos Kammenos. Avramidis said, “We believe that [Greece] should make a geopolitical turn towards the Russian Federation. It isn’t coincidental that Panos Kammenos visited Moscow on 15 January, meeting members of the ruling party, including A K Pushkov, the Chairman of the RF Gosduma Committee on Foreign Affairs. The signals that we’ve already received are very important. Greek television and other media didn’t publicise the statement of Russian Minister of Agriculture N V Fyodorov that if Greece comes under EU pressure, Russia is ready to lift the embargo and begin to buy Greek agricultural products with a 30-year treaty”. Avramidis also described recent statements that Russia plans to build a gas pipeline to supply natural gas to Central and Eastern Europe via Turkey and Greece, and to end the transit of Russian gas to Europe through the Ukraine by 2019 as very important. He said, “These are important issues that we’d advance as a political party. We support the strengthening of relations with Russia in this area”.

27 January 2015

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1723617

Sunday, 25 January 2015

SYRIZA Wins Big in Greek Election… Will Form New Government

00 SYRIZA. Greece. 19.01.15

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On Sunday, based on exit polls, Russian media reported that Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) won enough votes to form a new government. The rightwing New Democracy bloc, led by current Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, received 25 percent of votes, followed by the Far Right Golden Dawn bloc, which garnered about 6 percent. Seven parties managed to pass the 3-percent threshold. The decision to hold early legislative elections in Greece came in December 2014, after the Hellenic Parliament failed to elect a new President of the Hellenic Republic. SYRIZA vowed to modify Greece’s austerity measures, aimed to meet the bailout conditions set by international creditors in exchange for multibillion Euro loans issued over Greece’s sovereign debt crisis.

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On Sunday, according to an official projection issued by the Greek Ministry of the Interior, the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) received 36.5 percent of votes in the Greek parliamentary election. Next was the rightwing New Democracy bloc, with 27.7 percent, followed by the Far Right Golden Dawn with 6.3 percent, neoliberal centre-right To Potami with 5.9 percent, and the Hellenic Communist Party with 5.6 percent. A Ministry of the Interior source noted, “Seven parties will enter the parliament. SYRIZA will get 150 seats, according to preliminary data”, observing that preliminary numbers will change as they count more votes. The projection came after officials counted a quarter of the votes.

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Greek media reported that the leader of  SYRIZA, tipped by exit polls to win the current Greek election is true to his socialist beliefs… he makes his home in a modest apartment in an average Athens neighbourhood. Greek website protothema.com posted, “Alexis Tsipras lives with his partner and two children in a beige-coloured block of flats in the modest, working-class district of Kyspeli, Athens, at 4a Harmony Street. His seven-storey apartment block overlooks an empty lot full of rubbish and two abandoned cottages. The walls of the streets where he lives are covered with graffiti scrawled with politically-tinged messages”.

The down-to-earth style of Tsipras, 40, may hold the key to the popularity of the man whose party is currently leading in exit polls and is on course to head the next Greek government, governing with a left-wing anti-austerity programme. The Telegraph reported that neighbours of Tsipras, whose youngest son’s middle name is Ernesto, after Che Guevara, said the politician isn’t distinct from the rest of the residents. Marketing manager Kostas Stroubis told the paper, “He comes and goes mostly in a car. We’re wondering whether he’ll move somewhere smarter if he becomes Prime Minister”. A former taxi driver said, “Tsipras understands the tragic situation that Greece is in. He wants to lift the bestial pressure placed on us by the bankers”.

Tsipras, who trained as an engineer, first cut his political teeth in 1990 when, having joined the Communist youth movement, he took part in protests against education reforms and became one of the main negotiators with the government on behalf of student protestors. On Sunday evening, Greek pollsters forecast that SYRIZA should win 150 seats, one short of an outright majority.

25 January 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150125/1017332424.html

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150125/1017335853.html

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150125/1017336398.html

Editor:

This comes at a bad time for the Uniate junta. It means that the EU will be preoccupied with Greece for some time, putting the Ukraine on a back burner. The USA will be more concerned with Greece, too… on top of its fixation on ISIS (it sees that if it doesn’t act quickly, Iraq will fall into Iran’s orbit, totally negating the political effect of the 2003 Bush Aggression). In short, there may be NO resources left for the Poroshenko Clique. I believe that the original Ukrainian coup occurred because the American leadership had its vision fixed on Iraq and on domestic concerns. This left the field free for Galician diaspora elements in Langley who fomented the coup to favour their local clients. A year on, their pets have fucked up royally… the coup created a state that’s a veritable A-One Clusterfuck… everyone’s betting on how long it’s gonna take for them to go down. Now, with a leftist victory in Greece, the American leadership again is distracted. I believe that this will embolden neocons and diaspora Galicians… Poroshenko might end up dead. Who’ll replace him? Beyond it being one of the Triumvirate (Turdchinov, Avakov, or the Rabbit), no one knows.

SYRIZA faces many foes, both internal and external. Sadly, the EU and the USA will do their best to subvert them. Greece may be the beginning of a new dawn for the Left or the beginning of a new Long Night of bankster neoliberal hell. We’ll have to see…

BMD

Thursday, 6 November 2014

6 November 2014. Here’s Another Thing that the Pundits are Overlooking… Initiative 594

00 Political Cartoon. 05.12. Guns

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Firstly, read this. Note the author… David Frum. You heard me right… David Frum. Yes… an anti-NRA piece written by DAVID FRUM. Note well that the rightwing punditocracy isn’t trumpeting about this… for it goes against their narrative for this election. Here is first major victory against the NRA… a political earthquake, really. Look at what happened Tuesday… the Greens emerged as a political force in New York State (and maybe the nation, as well)… Personhood failed in Colorado… the Dems handily won in PA… Al Franken beat the Koch Dollars… and the NRA received its first major setback in decades. That is, the “Republican Sweep” not only didn’t occur… it only resulted in control of the US Senate, which is bootless, as the Prez will veto all their lunacy. Congress already has an approval rating FAR below that of the Prez. His is 42 percent… theirs is 13 PERCENT. Let me repeat that… 13 PERCENT! If it goes much lower, it’ll be in single digits. The GOP has two equally distasteful options open to it. The first is to cooperate with the Prez… loons like Rubio and Cruz will scupper that. The second is to be obstructionist. Obstructionism led to the present abysmal approval ratings for the Congress… more of the same will shove their numbers truly into the shitter.

The GOP has a shitty hand to play this turn. Several spectres haunt the GOP… and oil prices are in the dumpster (their Big Oil sugar daddies won’t have the gelt to give them). Gun Control… Personhood… Anti-Fracking… if the trends continue, I wouldn’t want to be the GOP candidate in 2016. They’ll be left as the party of the Evangelical, the ignorant, and the racist… which would give them a permanent 25 percent national minority (but with control of the Southeastern USA). Will they dodge the bullet? I think not…

BMD

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Howie Hawkins Looks Toward a Green Future After Historic Night

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It was a red dawn in the New York State Senate and across America, but voters here were also seeing plenty of green. Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor, won 5 percent of the vote last night… a historically high number for a third-party candidate and enough to move the Green Party up the ballot, to Row D, for the next four years. In a conference call with reporters today, Hawkins promised to help build the party in a way to run competitive elections across the state in the coming years, saying, “I think it’s safe to say we’re the third-party in New York politics. Only the three of us, Democrats, Republicans, and Greens, got that ballot by running our own candidate. The election was one event and the politics is a process that continues”.

Hawkins was taking a dig at the numerous third parties in New York who cross-endorse candidates, like the left-wing Working Families Party or hard right Conservative Party. Hawkins won more votes on his Green Party line than Governor Andrew Cuomo did on the WFP line, allowing the Green Party to leapfrog the WFP on the ballot… a relevant accomplishment on a ballot jam-packed with many minor parties. Hawkins said that he’d go back to the donors who funded his gubernatorial bid to tell them to contribute to the Green Party so they can build the field organisation needed to compete against Democrats and Republicans. After running a more bare-bones symbolic campaign four years ago, Hawkins was able to pay for staffers and operatives this time around to vastly improve his vote total. Pointing to liberal New York City as a place where the Greens can grow, he said, “We want to organise county organisations in every county. I was talking with our supporters in Bronx County. Turnout there is so low and the perception of party insiders in the Bronx is they feel they can run good candidates”.

Hawkins, a Syracuse resident, wouldn’t rule out another run for governor, but insisted that the party has a deep bench of candidates. He also said that he’d continue to advocate on several core issues… more funding for public schools, a higher minimum wage, and a ban on hydraulic fracturing… in the next legislative session. He said that he was still open to an alliance with the WFP, which is also trying to strengthen the political left in New York State and resents Cuomo. However, his campaign manager, Ursula Rozum, cut in to point out that he’d offered himself as a candidate on their party line this year and was rebuffed. Hawkins said, “What we’ll have to do is get more Green voters”.

5 November 2014

New York Observer

http://observer.com/2014/11/howie-hawkins-looks-toward-a-green-future-after-historic-night/

Editor:

What’s amazing is how little coverage the Hawkins achievement is getting in the corporate media. Of course, Fox is ignoring it… so did Rush… nothing on CNN… nothing on MSNBC… I just googled “Howie Hawkins”. Remember, the most effective form of censorship is simply not to mention something… “It wasn’t reported… it didn’t happen”. This knackers all the commentary in the mainstream media… as does the decisive defeat of Prop 67 in Colorado. The Republicans did NOT gain a decisive victory. The Dems gave up early and conceded the election. It’s almost as though they WANTED a GOP-controlled Congress… to stymie the GOP in 2016. I don’t think that’s what happened (it has the redolence of “conspiracy theory” thinking about it)… I think simply that they were buffaloed. However, there’s time for the Prez and his team to formulate a strategy. After all, no bill becomes law without the Prez’s signature.

The Hawkins achievement and the Prop 67 defeat are a beacon for 2016… the Right did NOT steamroller the Left. The Repugs are chortling now… what’ll they do when the Prez vetoes their initiatives? The USA isn’t a Westminster-style parliamentary democracy, after all…

BMD

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