Tag Archives: Greece

‘The Prospects and Consequences of a Possible Syriza Government’

‘The Prospects and Consequences of a Possible Syriza Government’
There are such things as pariahs in politics.  It’s not unreasonable to draw distinctions between the mainstream and the fringe, and make it difficult to cross that barrier to become a mainstream political force. Which means, when you have a movement that achieves that, that is something to be taken seriously.  It’s not a freak phenomenon, it’s not something which is achieved easily.  It’s a process of years.  And ... Read more

A struggle to save Europe’s soul from privatization

A struggle to save Europe’s soul from privatization
When news of the Greek debt crisis first broke in 2010, a number of German tabloids called on the country to pawn its cultural and natural heritage to pay off its debts. “Sell your islands, you bankrupt Greeks!” ran a headline of the ever tasteless Bild. “And sell the Acropolis too!” With the bailout of May 2010 in the making, the populist editors of the right-wing magazine, apparently oblivious to the historical sensitivities around the ... Read more

An Inspiring Struggle to Celebrate on May Day

An Inspiring Struggle to Celebrate on May Day
After one year of unfruitful contacts with the Ministry of Labor and the central trade union bureaucracies, the workers of Vio.Me, with the threat of poverty and chronic unemployment looming over their heads, announced in July 2012 their intention to self-manage production in the occupied factory, with their now famous slogan: “If you can’t do it, we can.” Read more

Ukraine’s IMF Deal: Heading Toward a Greece-like Depression?

Ukraine’s IMF Deal: Heading Toward a Greece-like Depression?
On March 27, 2014, the IMF released the broad outlines of its terms and conditions for loans and other measures for the Ukrainian economy. What those terms and conditions mean is less a rescue of the Ukrainian economy than the onset of a Greece-like economic depression for the Ukrainian populace. The ‘IMF Standby Agreement with Ukraine’ text released March 27, acknowledges the current severe economic instability of the Ukrainian economy. ... Read more