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

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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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Greek forces to train in Israel as Syriza-led government deepens alliance

by Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada

Greek, along with Italian, military forces are soon to train in Israel.

This is the latest indicator of the deepening military alliance being forged between Israel and Greece’s government led by the leftist Syriza party.

Last month, Israeli helicopter pilots completed an unprecedented 11-day combat training exercise near Greece’s Mount Olympus.

In May, the Syriza-led government also signed amilitary accord with Israel, matched only by a similar one between Israel and the US, granting legal immunities to each other’s military personnel while training in the other’s territory.

The military deal was signed on behalf of the government by Panagiotis Kammenos, the defense minister from Independent Greeks, Syriza’s rightwing, junior coalition partner. But there is no doubt that Syriza is giving its full backing: in July, the Syriza-nominated Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias traveled to Jerusalem for high-level talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.”

Earlier this year Israeli warplanes carried out extensive training missions in Greece, experience that will undoubtedly be used to attack the Gaza Strip in future Israeli military assaults.

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US welcomes Sisi’s economic efforts, supports Egypt’s security: Kerry

from Ahram Online

The US “welcomes” Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s “steps to improve economic conditions,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday at the start of the US-Egypt Strategic Dialogue.

John Kerry met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri. Kerry will also meet with President El-Sisi later today.

In a press conference, Kerry said that the importance of US-Egypt relations “cannot be overstated.”

Kerry expressed the United States’ support for Egypt’s economy, saying the US is ready to work with Egypt to “attract more capital.”

In an effort to boost the economy and improve infrastructure, Egypt has been seeking to attract foreign investment since El-Sisi assumed office.

Kerry also addressed security concerns in the region, mainly over the rise of Islamic State group militants, saying his government is “committed to the security… of the Egyptian people.”

Meanwhile, Shoukri said that Cairo looks forward to “close cooperation” on the military front which, he said, will help achieve security and enhance economic opportunities for investors.

The meetings were scheduled to take place over two days. However, due to last minute changes, the ‎dialogue has been shortened to just one day. ‎

Some of the meetings that were supposed to take place between the US delegation and representatives ‎of the Egyptian private sector in the Egyptian-US Chamber of Commerce were canceled accordingly. ‎‎

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Greek Stock Market Follows Manufacturing Sector Over the Cliff Upon Opening this Morning

Greece stock market nosedives after five-week shutdown

Greece’s stock market plunged nearly 23% on Monday when it reopened after a five-week shutdown brought on by fears that the country was about to be dumped from the eurozone.

The main Athens stock index fell to in worst ever one-day performance after only a few minutes of trading.

Greek manufacturing activity hits record low in July

With capital controls, banks closed and slumping demand, Greece’s factory output fell to its lowest level on record in July.

The manufacturing sector – which makes up about 10% of the economy – fell to 30.2 points according to Markit’s montly purchasing managers index. Anything below 50 is a sign of contraction. This is the worst performance since the company started compiling the data in 1999

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