“Neoliberal Barbarity”: There Is Nothing to Celebrate after Sunday’s Greek Elections

By Theodoros Karyotis from Global Research

… Tsipras’ new “selling point” is his fight against corruption and the oligarchy, since his newly-adopted “pragmatism” dictates that he cannot anymore fight against austerity and neoliberal restructuring. Thus, the horizon of left-wing politics in Greece has become an “austerity with a human face”, a “less corrupt” and “more just” enforcement of neoliberal barbarity.

Unfortunately, in the coming months we are going to witness Tsipras’ “political maturity” and “pragmatism” extending to ever new areas: Pragmatism dictates that you cannot fight against those who own all the wealth and the mass media in Greece, that you cannot shut down the mine in Skouries, that you have to privatize the water companies after all, that you cannot permit worker occupations like VIOME to challenge private property, that you have to deal with protest and dissent deploying the forces of public order.

In short, left-wing pragmatism is going to achieve everything that right-wing arrogance could not, that is, to subdue a population that has been fighting against neoliberal barbarity for 5 years…

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Syriza voted back into office amid mass abstention in Greek election

by Bill Van Aukin, from the WSWS

… In Sunday’s election, a clear plurality, 45.2 percent of the Greek electorate voted with their feet, staying away from the polls in record numbers. This figure, a 9 percent increase in abstentions over last January, is all the more significant in a country where voting is compulsory.

The record low turnout Sunday was a clear expression of the mounting alienation of the masses of working people from the entire political setup in Greece, from the old, discredited and diminished parties that dominated Greece over the previous four decades—New Democracy (ND) and PASOK—to the new and supposedly “left” Syriza.

What emerges most clearly from Sunday’s vote is that none of the political parties can present themselves as a credible opponent of austerity. Not one of them can give political expression to the popular will of Greek working people, clearly expressed in the July referendum, to conduct a fight against the capitalist system that is responsible for the mass unemployment and mass impoverishment that have been imposed over the past five years.

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Business As Usual Triumphs in Greek Election

by Steven Lendman

It’s all over but the postmortems. Western bankers, large investors and other corporate interests triumphed on Sunday as expected – over fairness, equity and justice.

Greece remains Troika occupied territory, its sovereignty and soul lost, its people assured of greater suffering than already, its economy strip-mined for profit, its deplorable status the future of Europe and America, headed toward becoming thirdworldized ruler-serf societies unfit to live in.SRYIZA retained power by a larger than expected margin – with nearly all votes counted, achieving a 7.4% margin over New Democracy (35.5% to 28.1%).

It’ll hold 145 seats in the 300 member parliament, majority control easily within reach with a coalition partner, likely Independent Greeks like before, expected to be announced on Monday or early in the week.

The Wall Street Journal said SRYIZA’s victory “confounded opinion polls (suggesting) a much closer race, and possibly even a defeat for Mr. Tsipras’ party.”

A record low turnout at less than 55% showed popular disgust with business as usual. SRYIZA effectively got 20% support from the electorate, far from a mandate, a stinging disapproval, showing popular opposition to its policies.

Alexis Tsipras lied claiming otherwise, saying “(t)he Greek people have given us a clear mandate to discard whatever kept us stuck in the past. It’s a crystal clear mandate to escape from the old, corrupt establishment that governed this country for so many years.”

He’s part of the same ugly system – pro-business, anti-populist, pretending to be otherwise, committed to harsher austerity than his predecessors, dismissive of millions of suffering Greeks, their needs and rights ignored so bankers and other corporate predators can profit from their misery.

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Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund Asset Development Plan (Greek Privatization Plan) Leaked (PDF)

by Scott Creighton

The privatization plan concocted by the Troika’s International Monetary Fund, European Commission and European Central Bank has been leaked online. It includes a vast array of nationally owned businesses, infrastructure and public services including:

  • airports
  • gas transmission systems (pipelines) (keep in mind: the Turkish Stream gas pipeline)
  • golf courses
  • hotels
  • shipping ports
  • railways
  • marinas
  • motorways (toll roads)
  • oil refineries
  • various “other real estate tenders” in Argos, Veroia, Stylinda, Kefalonia, Nafplion, Chalkidiki, Mesinia and Athens
  • telecommunication services
  • the public power service (electric services)
  • public gas services
  • the postal services
  • and two water supply services

It’s called the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund Asset Development Plan (PDF) and essentially, it’s the selling off of nearly all of the potentially profitable government functions of Greece.

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The Globalists’ Manchurian Candidate Alexis Tsipras Pulls One Last Trick to Torpedo Rising Populist Movement in Greece: He Resigns

by Scott Creighton

In late 2014, globalist interests were facing a real problem: a massive populist movement underway in Greece of people opposed to neoliberal economic ideology, privatizations, crippling austerity and the slavery imposed by institutions like the IMF via their odious debt schemes.

It was a similar situation here in the states back in late 2008 after the endless Cheney wars of aggression and the deliberate tanking of the economy produced a rising tide of public sentiment that promised to take to the streets one last time to force real change on the system.

In both cases, the masters of the universe responded in the same way: a Manchurian candidate to lead the lemmings to the cliff under the guise of a fake left leader before people knew what hit them.

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Syriza Moving in Police State Thugs to Rid Kos of Undesirables Before it’s Privatized

by Scott Creighton


Police use fire extinguishers on crowd of migrants in a stadium in Kos on Tuesday

It’s being portrayed in the MSM as a migrant “crisis” while in reality it’s more like something out of that dystopian film, Children of Men. The fake “progressive/liberal” party, Syriza, is letting their truer nature shine through on a little Greek island called Kos as they have unleashed a torrent of police-state actors to sweep into the main city of Kos and round up all the migrants who have been living there for some time. Like something you would read about happening in Latin America after the CIA orchestrates a coup, they are rounding up these “undesirables” and storing them temporarily in a sports stadium.

“Two units of riot police have also been flown to the island, national police chief Dimitris Tsaknakis told the paper, while a further 250 regular officers were on their way to Kos and the other eastern Aegean islands of Lesbos and Samos.” Guardian

No one should assume that this has anything to do with the new austerity package that includes opening up the Greek Islands to the privatization schemes of the masters of the universe. Don’t you dare make that connection all you conspiracy theorists.

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Bailout terms for Athens ‘declare war’ on Greek workers, say campaigners

from RT

Requirements attached to Greece’s latest bailout package are “extreme” free market fundamentalism designed to punish ordinary Greek people, a leading social justice campaign has said.

After all-night negotiations in Athens, the European Commission (EC) came to an agreement with Greek representatives on Tuesday to provide Greece with an €85 billion (£95 billion) rescue loan.

UK campaign group Global Justice Now slammed the deal as an excuse for imposing radical economic restructuring on Greece, including privatization and deregulation measures.

The group’s director, Nick Dearden, said it was one of the most radical examples of neoliberal reforms being forced on a country that the organization had ever seen.

This package amounts to some of the most extreme ‘free market’ fundamentalism we’ve ever witnessed – even by the standards of the International Monetary Fund programs imposed on Africa, Asia and Latin America in the 1980s,” he told RT on Wednesday.

In short, it says that Greece is up for sale, and its workers, farmers and small businesses will have to be cleared out of the way.”

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