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An examination of how Syriza won in Greece

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2015

Tarpley’s ignorance of the Russia -Turkey agreement over a gas pipeline to the Greek border is a bit surprising. Chinese investment could play a key role in building a connection between Turkey and central Europe via Greece. Tarpley is probably wrong in supposing that the cancellation of the Piraeus contract is a snub to the Chinese judging by yesterday’s statement by Greek representatives. Given the direction that Tsipras appears to have taken it would indeed be surprising if he sought to alienate the Chinese. The contract can. of course, be renegotiated in terms more sensitive to Greek national interests. Apart from that, a very interesting and informative talk by Tarpley on these startling , new, Greek developments.

21st Century Wire

30th January, 2015

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Greek Ministers meet with Chinese Ambassador for Piraeus Port

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2015

“During yesterday’s meeting with the Chinese officials, the two Greek Ministers allegedly attempted to appease their concerns, clarifying that the bilateral cooperation will continue. “The two Ministers and the Ambassador agreed to engage in a constructive dialogue to enhance mutual cooperation” the Ministry’s announcement said.”

The cancellation of the Chinese contract for the Piraeus port seemed to contradict Greek interests in turning towards Russia and China as an alternative to the EU. However, this statement seems to have softened the impact and shown an awareness of the importance of Chinese investment in Greek reconstruction.

Greek Reporter

30th January, 2015

A meeting between Greek Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism Minister Giorgos Stathakis, Deputy Maritime Minister Thodoris Dritsas, Chinese Ambassador Zou Xiaoli and a delegation of Chinese diplomatic officials was held yesterday in Athens. The meeting was appointed after Xiaoli’s personal request and is seen as a confirmation of the Chinese Commerce Ministry regarding the newly elected Greek government’s plans to proceed with the interruption of the Piraeus Port privatization, as announced by Stathakis and Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis earlier this week. – See more at:

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Alexis Tsipras’ “open letter” to German citizens

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2015

This is a pretty reasonable statement from Tsipras- he is actually the one putting forward a conservative fiscal agenda while the ECB goes for the madness of QE. The question now is where is the Barnier plan for the sanitation of the European financial system, for the famous “bail-in”? Has it been abandoned under Atlanticist pressure in favor of permanent bail-out through money-printing. Tsipras’ moves so far look like an opportunity for Europe to get back on course after going completely adrift with its recent aberrations on Russia and QE. It’s notable that the Atlanticist press seemed quite relaxed about Tsipras at first, revelling in the discomfiture of the Europeans. A neo-Keynesian reflation via money printing, protecting the pound and dollar, has long been their policy for Europe after all. Syriza could well have been their Trojan horse, but they’re not getting what they hoped for from Tsipras. The plot has suddenly become extraordinarily interesting!

….published on Jan.13 in Handelsblatt, a leading German language business newspaper

Open letter to the German readers: That which you were never told about Greece



Most of you, dear Handesblatt readers, will have formed a preconception of what this article is about before you actually read it. I am imploring you not to succumb to such preconceptions. Prejudice was never a good guide, especially during periods when an economic crisis reinforces stereotypes and breeds biggotry, nationalism, even violence.

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Will Tsipras challenge the Robbery of the Century?

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2015


30th January, 2015

One of the very first decisions taken by the new Greek government, was to stop the privatization of 15 airports. If you think that this provision was of Socialist inspiration you are wrong. The new government simply stopped the looting of the country, as it happened before with the construction and management of the Athens airport. If this means to be Socialist, then I am Communist. But I am neither.

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