"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

May 6, 2010

Greek Questions

"Greece has been brought to a standstill as angry workers stage a general strike over planned austerity measures.

All flights are grounded and no trains or ferries are running as transport workers join public sector staff who began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday. Thousands have taken part in rallies in Athens and police have clashed with some protesters outside parliament.

Spending cuts and tax rises are planned in return for a 110bn euro (£95bn) rescue package for Greece's economy. Parliament is to vote on the measures by the end of the week. Measures include wage freezes, pension cuts and tax rises. They aim to achieve fresh budget cuts of 30bn euros over three years, with the goal of cutting Greece's public deficit to less than 3% of GDP by 2014. It currently stands at 13.6%.

The general strike is the third to hit Greece in as many months.Meanwhile, the German parliament has begun considering the bail-out plan for Greece. Chancellor Angela Merkel urged MPs to back the emergency loan package agreed by European finance ministers. It requires Germany to pay the largest proportion of the loans. "Quite simply, Europe's future is at stake," she said. The EU has agreed to provide 80bn euros (£69bn) in funding - of which around 22bn euros would come from Germany - while the rest will come from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Flights in and out of Greece stopped at midnight, and trains and ferries were not running. Schools, hospitals, and many offices are expected to remain shut. A mass rally took place in central Athens before protest marches passed through the city, with parliament again the focus of attention. TV images showed police firing teargas at a group of about 50 protesters who tried to reach the parliament building..."


Does anyone have any direct contact with Greek general strikers?

Does anyone know if they will continue, even after the Eurozone bail out?

Do they protest on immediate concerns, or does this have a more revolutionary character?

Does anyone have an in depth and topical analysis, especially one which avoids college age obfuscation and sectarian jargon?

And in reading this, all that the authors suggests seems to amount to staged drawn downs, the better to preserve as much as possible already existing conditions. In other words, the preservation of the euro zone, and capital markets:


Have I read this wrong?

(h/t Suburban Anarchist)


JRB said...

I think the Greeks would rather not pay for the financial crisis with their pensions.

Jack Crow said...

That comes through, in some of the reports, JRB.

But do you know of any cogent, on the ground study of actual conditions and opinions - or is this really just inchoate insurrection?

JRB said...

I don't. I would look through the infoshops for reports on the ground, and compare them to any English-language Greek press available.

Jack Crow said...

I checked I-shop earlier.

Unfortunately it was dominated by a justification of burning people alive.

JRB said...

Infoshops are like a box of chocolates...