StopCartel TV broadcasts live from Athens, Greece on Mondays and Thursdays @ 6 pm Athens time. The following post is a loose transcript of the 29 October 2012 broadcast.
By greydogg and snake arbusto, 99GetSmart
- The General Confederation of Greek Workers and the Greek Civil Servants’ Confederation have organized a demonstration and march on Wednesday in central Athens against austerity measures, particularly in the areas of health care and education.
- The Greek public water company is waging a class war against renters and working on behalf of landowners. This company has an obligation to protect the public interest, yet in the last 6 months has proven that they have no regard for the fact that water is a human right.
As reported in a previous post, upon the landlord’s request, the Greek water company terminated water service to a flat where a family of six resides, showing that they consider renters second-class citizens. The water company is waging a class war on consumers who rent.
This important issue illustrates how Greek society behaves. The said family of six have spent five days without water and still have no water, even after paying money they owed to the water company. The water company is punishing renters and supporting vindictive landlords.
- Greece’s 500 most profitable companies have increased their profits by 18.2%. Last year’s profits of €1.35 billion rose to €1.6 billion in 2012.
In a country with millions of unemployed and self-employed persons and farmers whose revenue has been greatly diminished, and where there are across-the-board increases in the cost of living every day and more and more people are going hungry, these companies are showing a huge increase in profits even as they cut wages and fire employees. Yet the list of the 500 most profitable companies includes 175 food-processing companies.
The reality in Greece is that while the wages and income of ordinary Greeks are going down the drain, the profits of the ‘bosses’ in the country, the known cartels, are reaching record levels.
Giorgos Kosmopoulos of StopCartel asks, “What are we as Greeks doing about this? The choice is ours.”
- Giorgos on the meaning of solidarity: Such a thing seldom manifests itself in Greece. There is little solidarity and love among the people of Greece. Everyone is looking after his own family’s interest. This is the reason StopCartel’s voice to the outside world is very loud.
There are people in dire need in Greece. People are starving, without water and electricity in their homes. People who are taking part in initiatives are doing it for their own ambition.
StopCartel is addressing the current humanitarian crisis in Greece and reaching out to people all over the world. Please donate clothes, food, medicines to help the Greek people. There is a real need. People are going hungry, their water is being cut off, and they are threatened day by day with losing electricity in their homes. StopCartel is threatened with the same, and one day we may not be able to continue to broadcast.
- In connection with the arrest of Kostas Vaxevanis, opposition leader Alexis Tsipras stated on Monday: In Greece they prosecute the people who expose the scandals and illegalities, but ignore those who commit the crimes.
- The EU commission spokesman made a willfully ignorant statement about the arrest of Kostas Vaxevanis, who published the Lagarde list. He said that he doesn’t know any details of Vaxevanis’s arrest and the case that will proceed within the Greek justice system.
Kostas Vaxevanis made this statement at the regional court of Athens this morning:
“There is an effort being made to convict me of a ‘crime’. The prosecutors say that I have published personal data while Mr. Venizelos, the former Finance Minister, ‘lost’ the list down the toilet of his home.
Over the last two years there is a public effort through the appearance of legality to cover a very big scandal. The people who are handling and manipulating this issue and the public prosecutor have got to realize that from a legal point of view, there was no violation of personal data at all.
A few months ago in Greece, the public prosecutor made public the personal information of people with AIDS! Why? They said it was because they wanted to protect the public interest. In order to protect the public interests, I did my job. The people on the list need to be investigated.
I am speaking to the public prosecutor when I say that he has the obligation to show the same sensitivity to my case. I don’t know why the public prosecutor behaves in this manner, but they must adhere to rule of law and treat all cases equally.
Today, several international newspapers have published the Lagarde list and there has been no outcry or repercussions.
A journalist’s job is to tell the truth, especially when others are hiding the truth. Anything less is just public relations and propaganda.”
Kostas Vaxevanis’s trial will take place on the first of June.
- A report by business consulting firm BDO [LINK: http://www.businessinsider.com/cfo-survey-on-investing-in-greece-syria-2012-10] says that Syria is considered more secure for foreign investments than Greece. Only Iraq and Iran are more risky places to invest, according to the survey of 1,000 CFOs.
A word of warning to all prospective investors in Greece from StopCartel: A new government that is going to be elected by the Greek people will be pressed to abort all business arrangements made under the government-of-the-regime.
- TV report: The viability of the Greek debt is currently the most important issue being discussed by EU leaders. At the same time, according to information coming from Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble are examining and considering a repurchase of the Greek debt as a serious proposition.
Schaeuble: “We are seriously examining the funding of Greece for repurchasing the Greek debt. I cannot reveal more details at the moment. There are many serious open issues at the moment. We reject the idea of a new ‘haircut’ or restructuring of the Greek debt because this would be in violation of German legislation, which prohibits the direct financing of states.”
Schaeuble denied that an accord has been reached over a two-year postponement of reforms in the Memorandum signed by Greece with the Troika. “The finance ministry and German government are not aware of new elements,” he said.
According to current information, New Democracy stated that they cannot rule out another austerity package for Greece. A third package of aid for Greece will pass the German parliament without a problem and it is possible. A German government spokesperson said that the government is in the talking stages of another Memorandum.