Voices from Russia

Monday, 22 June 2015

Several Thousand Rally in Athens Against Austerity

00 a rowdy greek monk at anti-austerity protest. 220615

Rowdy Greek Orthodox monk rabble-rousin’ in front of the Hellenic Parliament Building… what the IMF and the neoliberal “conservatives” want is objectively evil… so, like St Antony the Great, the monks are coming forward to lend their voices to the opposition to the crapitalist bloodsuckers

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00 Patriarch kirill. Alexis Tsipras. moscow 02. 10.04.15

Tsipras gets on well with Church figures… here he is with HH… those who say otherwise are lying CIA dogs like Radio Liberty and the New York Times…they lie to get people to support rightwing pro-oligarch fantasies

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Mellow Greek Orthodox priest taking part in anti-austerity protest in front of the Hellenic Parliament building

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00 Tsipras. Greece. St Petersburg. 210615

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks with Greek expatriates near the statue of Graf Ioannis Antonios Kapodistrias, the Russian-born founder of the modern Greek state, in St Petersburg

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On Sunday, thousands of people rallied in front of the Hellenic Parliament in Athens, urging Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to resist pressure from international creditors to accept more austerity in exchange for unlocking billions of Euros in bailout funds. The demonstration by supporters of Tsipras’s ruling SYRIZA party and others opposed to the Euro was the second anti-Euro rally in a week in central Athens and came a day before a vital summit meeting in Brussels to try to break a deadlock that left Greece on the brink of default. Singing, waving Greek flags and banners with slogans such as “No to the Euro”, “The People won’t be blackmailed”, and “The country’s not for sale”, several thousand people filled the street in front of parliament. 65-year-old former teacher Yiota Kananakari said, “They want to humiliate us, why else do they insist on all these measures? We won’t tolerate it anymore”. With speculation over Greece’s future in the Euro intensifying, a counter-rally urging the country to remain in the single currency occurred last week, with another scheduled for Monday.

Like earlier anti-austerity and pro-euro rallies over the past week, Sunday’s demonstration was far smaller than the mass protests of tens of thousands that filled Syntagma Square in central Athens at other points during the crisis. Opinion polls show broad support for Greece remaining in the Euro, but there’s also been deep resentment at the cuts to pensions and wages imposed on Greece during years of recession that left an unemployment rate of more than 25 percent. 65-year-old pensioner Fotis Mavroudis said, “The people said no to the measures and the lenders must understand this, they must listen to us. How can someone get by on 400 Euros (24,370 Roubles. 2,817 Renminbi. 28,820 INR. 454 USD. 559 CAD. 587 AUD. 287 UK Pounds) a month, with all these taxes, with all the bills we have to pay?”

After a weekend spent with close aides working out Greece’s proposals to lenders, Tsipras is due to meet the heads of the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund, the main creditors, before a broader meeting of Eurozone leaders on Monday. Officials say that he’s ready to make concessions in some areas but resisted cuts to pensions that lenders demanded to shore up Greece’s battered public finances. Greece needs a deal to unlock bailout funds frozen during months of wrangling before a 30 June deadline when a 1.6 billion Euro (97.48 billion Roubles. 11.27 billion Renminbi. 115.17 billion INR. 1.82 billion USD. 2.24 billion CAD. 2.35 billion AUD. 1.15 billion UK Pounds) payment to the IMF falls due. If it fails to meet that payment, it risks losing ECB support that its banking system relies on to continue operating. However, even before the 30 June deadline falls due, the stability of the banking system could face pressure unless a deal is reached with withdrawals reaching more than 1 billion Euros (61 billion Roubles. 7.05 billion Renminbi. 72 billion INR. 1.14 billion USD. 1.4 billion CAD. 1.47 billion AUD. 717 million UK Pounds) a day by the end of last week.

21 June 2015

Reuters

http://www.todayonline.com/world/several-thousand-rally-athens-against-austerity

Thursday, 12 March 2015

SYRIZA to Keep Paying Clergy Salaries

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On Thursday, the government said there are no plans for the state to stop paying clergy salaries, adding that the Church of Greece also pays its fair share of taxes. Alternate Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas said when questioned about whether taxpayers would continue to cover clergy salaries, “There’s no such issue”. Mardas commented after meeting Archbishop Ieronymos Liapis of Athens, the First Hierarch of the Church of Greece. Vladyki Ieronymos said, “The paying of clergy wages is the reciprocal duty of the state as the Church has handed over its property to the state as part of this arrangement. The Church is taxed properly; maybe, even more than some other bodies”. The General Secretary for Religious Affairs, Georgios Kalantzis, issued a statement backing up Ieronymos on both issues. He said that the state reduced clergy salaries during the crisis by the same amount as other public-sector workers and that the Church pays taxes on revenues and property like other organisations. He added that only places of worship, and sites used for charitable work, such as retirement homes and soup kitchens, are exempt from property tax.

5 March 2015

Kathimerini

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_05/03/2015_547931

12 March 2015. BBC Scared Shitless of Russo-Greek Alliance

00 Bravo Greek Crisis. 07.12. Political cartoon

The West shit all over Greece… they’re SURPRISED that Greece wants to turn to Russia? The hubris of the West (Anglo Americans in particular) is spectacularly mindboggling. They truly think that they can fuck people over indefinitely. They are in for an education, aren’t they?

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Read this. The strident and hubristical tone is just amazing. Yes… they truly do think this. It’s like Lyonyo and his daughter Sofiya here in the USA… he whores for the CFR and she whores for the American media (the apple sure didn’t fall far from the tree on this one)… I do daresay that both of them believe the shit that they peddle. After all, in their world everybody thinks the same… there’s no dissent. We’re dirt under their feet. The BBC has the same attitude… we ungrateful peasants have to understand that they’re enlightened and that they truly know best, that they’re doing everything for our betterment. Of course, they get a larger slice of the pie… THEY DESERVE IT. It reminds me of the old Chukcha joke:

“Chukcha go to Moscow, where they do everything for socialism, for the betterment of man. However… Chukcha… he even see this man!”

Read the BBC rant in that spirit and you’ll find out much about the Western leadership class. Fairly nauseating, isn’t it?

BMD

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Tsipras Government Wins Confidence Vote in Hellenic Parliament

00 Alexis Tsipras. SYRIZA. Greece. 11.02.15

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On Wednesday, the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a confidence vote in the Hellenic Parliament. 162 members of his coalition supported him, 149 from the SYRIZA bloc and 13 from their coalition partners in ANEL, but 137 opposition lawmakers voted against the motion. The government needed to win the vote of confidence, as it must prove it has enough votes to pass bills in parliament before it can start work. Tsipras pledged that on Wednesday, following the vote of confidence, he’d start to implement actions to ameliorate the humanitarian crisis in the country.

11 February 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150211/1018085968.html

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