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Jul 02 14:41

Greece and the New Colonial Endgame

Jul 02 14:37

Greece: No to Austerity, Yes to Democracy

The people of Greece are at a critical moment as the country teeters on the verge of financial default. This is a clear case of the people against global banks and financial institutions. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy urges all of our friends and allies to stand together with the Greek people and say no to the banks.

Jul 02 09:40

Goldman "Conspiracy Theory" Validated As ECB Expands QE Program

today’s announcement by the ECB seems to prove what we said in “Goldman’s Conspiracy Theory Stunner"; namely that Mario Draghi wants to push Greece over the edge in order to give himself an excuse to expand QE.

Jul 02 09:38

Trump on Greece's Debt Crisis: "Putin Probably Comes In To Save The Day"

Trump believes if Germany doesn't step in he fears Vladimir Putin will come in and "save the day."

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Oddly enough, I agree with him.

Jul 02 09:24

Europol vs ISIS: Battleground social media

The EU's law enforcement agency is taking on Islamic State's PR machine. Islamists have been getting the upper hand online, and have been recruiting thousands of foreigners for months. Now, Europol is finally creating a team to try and crush the social media propaganda of ISIS.

Jul 02 09:18

Greece 'Has Plan B' if Europe Refuses New Bailout

Athens has drafted a "Plan B" in case the Eurozone turns down the latest bailout request of PM Alexis Tsipras, Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis has said.

"Lack of [money] from the EU is not the end of the world. We have other sources," Lazafanis told Rossiya 24 TV.

Lafazanis failed to elaborate.

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China and/or Russia?

Jul 02 09:12

Pope voices concerns about Greek debt crisis

Pope Francis has expressed concern about the Greek debt crisis, his spokesman told reporters.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said that the Pontiff wanted to express his sympathy for the people of Greece, and to say that any solution should be based on the dignity of the human person.

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For starters, your Popeness, you might sell off your majority interest in the Beretta Arms company, and that publishing firm that produces porn, and send a check to Athens!

Jul 02 08:25

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ message

On Sunday we will choose whether to accept the institutions’ agreement or whether, with the strength of the people’s verdict, we will seek a viable solution.

In any case, I want to reassure the Greek people of government’s firm intention to reach an agreement with its partners, with conditions that are sustainable and will provide for the long-term.

Since we announced our decision to hold a referendum, better proposals have been offered concerning the debt and its necessary restructuring than those that were on the table on Friday.

Jul 02 08:21

French President Francois Hollande warns entering 'unknown' territory if Greece votes 'No'

French President Francois Hollande warned on Thursday that Europe would be entering "unknown" territory if Greeks voted against tough austerity conditions attached to a bailout in a make-or-break referendum.

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I am seeing all kinds of reports that have pre-referendum polls all over the place. Strong yes, strong no, neck and neck. The media is focusing on the Greek opposition leaders who are inevitably euro-centric and ignoring Tripras and Syriza leaders. From this it appears that as expected, the money-junkies are collectively saying "Fuck Democracy" and planning to derail or steal the vote.

Jul 02 08:01

Tsipras: Greece WILL hold referendum, ‘No’ vote doesn’t mean breaking away from Europe

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has said any statements about expelling Greece from the Eurozone should Sunday’s referendum result in a “No” vote are a bluff.

Jul 02 02:47

Police removes water cannons, armored vehicles from protest site in Yerevan

Armenia’s police has removed a car with water cannons and two armored vehicles from Mrshall Bagramyan Street in the center of Yerevan, the city’s police deputy head Colonel Valery Osipyan told TASS on Thursday.
The police is ready to restore public order on the street that has remained blocked for traffic for the last 10 days. "The police is ready to restore public order by all legal means," Osipyan said.
Commenting on removal of water cannons and armored vehicles from Marshall Bagramyan Streer, Osipyan said this "was deemed reasonable." "Considering the situation, a special approach appears every day," the colonel noted.

Jul 01 20:09

IMF: austerity measures would still leave Greece with unsustainable debt

Secret documents show creditors’ baseline estimate puts debt at 118% of GDP in 2030, even if it signs up to all tax and spending reforms demanded by troika

Jul 01 17:36

Bank closures taking their toll on businesses across Greece

Consumption apparently down 70%, tourism drying up and companies face struggle to pay for wholesale food ahead of 5 July referendum

Jul 01 17:06

Greece Explained (In 2 Cartoons)

Jul 01 17:04

Desperate Greeks Resort To Scavenging Through Garbage To Find Food

"Sometimes I'll find scrap metal that I can sell, although if I see something that looks reasonably safe to eat, I'll take it"...

Jul 01 17:01

Greece Surrenders its Sovereignty to Brussels

The Syriza government is backing down after the realization that Brussels will declare economic war on Greece by deliberately trying to plunge the country into total ruin, far worse than the sanctions imposed on Russia. This is a sad day for the entire world. It is a terrible example that the Troika is the new equivalent of a Roman Triumvirate – the death of democracy. Europeans will remember this day for it is when national sovereignty died.

Jul 01 16:40

Video: Keiser Report: Greece! Start Fresh

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the idea of “nothing to fear but fear itself” as Greece puts an end to sovereign asset forfeiture as capital controls and bank holidays are declared after its government called a referendum. In the second half, Max interviews American defense attorney Craig Brand about civil asset forfeiture.

Jul 01 15:57

Greek exit from EU not an inevitability?

Jul 01 13:53

Why we recommend a NO in the referendum – in 6 short bullet points

Negotiations have stalled because Greece’s creditors (a) refused to reduce our un-payable public debt and (b) insisted that it should be repaid ‘parametrically’ by the weakest members of our society, their children and their grandchildren.

Jul 01 13:48

Greek Prime Minister Confirms Referendum Will Go Forward

Polls suggest Greek citizens support the government in its stance against the Troika.

Jul 01 13:30

Thousands rally in austerity demonstration in Athens

In Athens’ main Syntagma Square, more than 10,000 people gathered Tuesday evening to call for a “Yes” vote in Sunday’s referendum on EU austerity measures in Greece. Many demonstrators carried European Union and Greek flags, as well as pro-EU placards, shouting, “Greece, Europe, Democracy” or “Save Democracy, Yes to Euro”.

Jul 01 12:55

EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece

Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister of Greece, has called a national referendum this Sunday to call the bluff of the European Union and International Monetary Fund who are trying to force his country to accept severe austerity in return for effectively rolling over much of the countries’ debt.

Jul 01 09:52

Massive anti-austerity rally in Athens

Jul 01 09:46

Greek pensioners besiege banks, scuffles break out

Anxious crowds of Greeks on Wednesday thronged banks that were opened especially for pensioners who don't have bank cards, to allow them some access to their money. Some had been waiting since the early hours of the morning, but as the opening hour approached, tensions rippled through the crowd.

Jul 01 09:24

Almost one-third of Brits, Germans and French want EU army instead of NATO forces

A new poll shows almost one in three citizens of the UK, Germany and France want the EU to have its own armed forces which would replace its reliance on NATO troops.

Jul 01 09:05

On Greece and Europe: What is Called “Negotiation” is a Demand for Total Surrender

What is called “negotiation” is in reality a demand for total surrender. The Troika’s demand is to force Syriza to go back on the campaign promises that it made to voters who replaced the old right-wing Pasok (“socialist”) and Conservative New Democracy coalition, or else simply apply the austerity program to which that coalition had agreed:cutbacks in pensions, deeper austerity, more privatization selloffs, and a tax shift off business onto labor. In short, economic suicide.

Jul 01 09:02

Greece becomes 1st developed nation to default on intl obligations

The International Monetary Fund has confirmed that it didn't receive the €1.5 billion payment from Athens that was due by the end of June 30, Brussels time, making Greece the first developed country to default on its international obligations.

Jul 01 08:38

As Iran nuclear deadline passes, narrative battle heats up

The real issue holding things up is whether the Americans have the "political will" to make that leap, to agree in writing to its obligations (without 100 caveats) and the courage to face their sprawling bureaucracy whose bread-and-butter is the 'sanctions industry' and the 'Iranian enemy.' says Sharmine Narwani

It’s D-Day in Vienna, and the parties sitting across the negotiating table still haven’t ironed out terms to settle a 12-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Expect this deadline to be missed. And prepare for a lot of hot air to fill its space.

The “hot air” is calculated narrative-spin from a range of players that seek to 1) scuttle a deal, 2) increase pressure/create leverage at the negotiating table, or 3) frame an upcoming agreement in language favorable to one side.

Jul 01 08:17

Greek PM: We aim to seal deal with creditors after referendum

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has said any statements about expelling Greece from the Eurozone should Sunday's referendum result in a "No" vote are a bluff - and he made assurances that Greece aims to strike a new bailout deal after the plebiscite.

A defiant Tsipras addressed his fellow Greeks in a live televised speech on Wednesday. He said that his country needs new reforms, different from the ones international lenders are insisting on.

Jul 01 08:15

Greece is Screwed!

By order of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Greek banks have been shut down until July 6 and withdrawals from ATMs limited to no more than 60 euros per day.

Here in the U.S., most folks can’t ever imagine such a thing happening. And in all fairness, I don’t expect such a thing to happen, either. But that’s not to say it never will.

Jul 01 07:52

Greek Pro-Euro Protesters Are Just out of Their Minds

They interviewed the “YES” protesters (yes, stay in the euro) and the response was totally off the wall. A woman responds that she knows 95% of Greeks will be hurt, but:

“It’s only in the European Union that legal democratic processes are guaranteed.”

This is the downside of democracy for stupid people who believe propaganda get to vote, yet if they remained in the euro they would not.

Jul 01 07:46

What’s the Timetable to a Grexit?

We are in the climax of Greece’s debt crisis. It has been a slow-burn crisis, a five-year-long string of high-drama confrontations amid tedious talks. These next three weeks are crucial. On Tuesday, Greece defaulted on the International Monetary Fund. July 20 is the endgame—the day Greece must repay a bond to the European Central Bank.

Jul 01 07:44

10 things they’re not telling you about the Greek crisis

The Greeks are in a crisis because they’re a bunch of lazy deadbeats, right?

After all, they work only 10 months of the year — and get paid for 14. They retire at 25 and lounge around in cafes drinking ouzo. They live on handouts from Germany and cheat on their taxes. The troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund have tried and tried and tried to help them, but they just won’t listen. And now they’ve gone full moonbat and are refusing to pay back even a scrap of the money they’ve borrowed.

Right?

Rubbish.

Almost everything you’re being told about the Greek crisis is a load of complete nonsense.

Jul 01 07:42

The real losers from a Greek exit won’t be in Greece

Sooner or later, Greece is going to get out of the single currency.

And there is a paradox in that which most commentators have so far missed. When the moment comes, the Greeks themselves will be just fine. But the collateral damage will be huge.

Jul 01 07:36

Greece Again Can Save The West — Paul Craig Roberts

Like Marathon, Thermopylae, Plateau and Mycale roughly 2,500 years ago, Western freedom again depends on Greece. Today Washington and its empire of European vassal states are playing the part of the Persian Empire, and belatedly the Greeks have formed a government, Syriza, that refuses to submit to the Washington Empire.

Few people understand that the fate of Western liberty, what remains of it, is at stake in the conflict, and, indeed, the fate of life on earth. Certainly the German government does not understand. Sigmar Gabriel, a German vice-chancellor, has declared the Greek government to be a threat to the European order. What he means by the “European order” is the right of the stronger countries to loot the weaker ones.

The “Greek crisis” is not about debt. Debt is the propaganda that the Empire is using to subdue sovereignty throughout the Western world.

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Jul 01 07:17

AP on Twitter - Council of Europe: Conditions of Greek referendum fall short of international standards.

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Building a case for the creditors to ignore the will of the Greek people?

Jul 01 07:16

Greek Referendum Plan by Alexis Tsipras Tests His Power and Conviction

As Friday night became Saturday morning, with sidewalk cafes still bustling in central Athens, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras abruptly appeared on national television.

Mr. Tsipras, only 40, had spent his five months in office locked in increasingly acrimonious negotiations with Greece’s creditors. Belittled by critics, and facing the prospect of default, he was under intense pressure to sign a deal.

Instead, Mr. Tsipras tossed a grenade.

Jul 01 07:15

Key Greek Referendum Debt Document Mistranslated

There are three scenarios, and the document’s conclusion is that under the first two there are “no sustainability issues” when the country’s financing needs are taken into account. The official translation provided by the Foreign Ministry and sent to reporters on Monday, though, was missing the word “no.” So the Greek text reads that there is a sustainability issue.

In addition, Greek parliament minutes show that a separate draft translation provided to lawmakers before they were asked to approve the referendum also dropped this crucial “no.” Spokespersons from the interior and foreign ministries declined to comment on the error.

Jul 01 07:13

Fresh Greek Bailout Proposal Falls Short of Creditors’ Demands

A new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials Wednesday as insufficient to revive negotiations over a new bailout for Athens.

Jul 01 06:18

Ukraine Civil War Has Revealed the EU Has No Spine

The EU is a spineless and voiceless US colony with no foreign policy at all. The EU officials are no less corrupt than the Ukrainian ones (and I am not even sure of which ones are cheaper to purchase!). This crisis also also shown that the EU has absolutely no moral or civilizational values, that all the so-called “EU values” are just a thin veneer of respectability over a systematic use of double-standards. For the life of me I cannot think of a single reason to call Poroshenko or Bokassa or Mobutu more corrupt or less principled than Merkel, Hollande or Cameron.
Numerous Russian politicians have reported that in their private conversations with European diplomats the latter have admitted many times that they fully understood Russia’s stance, but that they could not say so openly. So they are *knowingly* supporting the wrong side.

Jul 01 05:47

Norwegian kids allowed to become transgender in 7 years

The Norwegian government introduced legislation, enabling children to change their sex in the age of 7. Thus, the country will have one of the lowest age, allowing to change sex.
The vast majority of the European countries let citizens to change sex only since the age of 18.
The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services claimed that in a case a kid wants to change sex being from 7 to 16 years old, he should advise the parents first. After the permission, the surgery can be conducted without any psychological or medical study.
Some years ago, the Head of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a declaration to stop violence and discrimination regarding nonconventional sexual orientation representatives.

Jul 01 04:51

Greece has not applied to Russia for financial aid — finance minister

Greece has not applied to Russia for financial aid in recent days, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters on Wednesday.
"No," - he said when responding to the relevant question.

Jul 01 02:09

Beyond Greece: The Euro’s Fundamental Flaw

Jul 01 01:05

Crowdsourcing campaign to bailout Greece launched by British shoe shop employee

A British shoe shop worker launched a crowdfunding campaign to help Greece pay back its $1.8 billion IMF loan, which was to fall due Tuesday. There was so much enthusiasm behind the campaign that the host website's servers were crashed from the traffic.

Jul 01 00:55

Greece’s Downfall and Redemption

Decades of exorbitant military spending account for Greece’s present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European governments and news media portray the problem of Greece’s financial woes as public spending profligacy.

Jul 01 00:49

Alexis Tsipras must be stopped: the underlying message of Europe's leaders

One day before Greece’s bailout ends and the country’s financial lifeline melts away, Europe’s big guns have lined up one after another to tell the Greeks unequivocally that voting no in Sunday’s referendum means saying goodbye to the euro.

Jun 30 21:55

Greek Referendum on IMF Ultimatum

This is a test. Will the internationalist banksters force extraction of their ill-gotten interest payments to bail out their reckless derivative trades gone wrong, or will a sovereign country abandon the chains of financial elite coercion and renounce their IMF and ECB debt? Make no mistake about it, Greece has lived high on the hog for decades and has serious internal problems. There is no free ride. However, the pain from the coming default is necessary to shed the yoke of a failed European Union construct.

Jun 30 21:41

Letter to God

Please forgive my cynicism and negative connotations in this letter but I find it is often necessary to infuse the negativity to emit action, anger and resolution.

Why do You allow the criminal, corporate media to continuously and incessantly lie to its citizens and not only misrepresent the facts but often fabricate stories in order to inflate the severity of the fiction?

Jun 30 21:36

Greece – A Moving Target

Mr. Tsipras lets it be known that if the Greek vote ‘yes’ – for the austerity program, he may resign – that might bring the hegemon’s desired ‘regime change’.

Greece is a moving target. A new bail-out package in the wings? Being negotiated as these lines are going to print? An act of desperation? – Confusing for sure – for the electorate, for observers – but especially for the suffering every-day Greek. Almost hour by hour things are changing.

A last-minute, last ditch negotiation with Brussels for a new bail-out program has apparently been initiated by Athens for two years. No amount has been mentioned – let alone the austerities that Greece would have to accept – or the troika.

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