Greece and the economic crisis 2017
NEWS ARCHIVE - Nov 13 - Nov 19
November 19, 2017
"Tensions grew in the district of Exarcheia when Antifa protesters hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at police who responded with tear gas. Earlier, thousands of protesters took to the streets to mark the anniversary of the bloody Polytechnic School Uprising."
Athens with Pireas in distance
November 18, 2017
The annual march is a centralized way for various groups (particularly Marxist derived) to get together and commemorate the 1973 Polytechnic bloodshed. From the ABC article:
"Resistance against fascism forever," read one banner, while protesters chanted "Americans, murderers of the people!"
There is a core tenant for some groups that the Georgios Papadopoulos (and Ioannidis) led Junta (1967-1974) was a mere puppet of the CIA.
"Hundreds of youths attacked police in Greece's two largest cities on Friday, hurling rocks, flares and gas bombs, following a large, peaceful march to mark the anniversary of the 1973 crackdown on a student uprising against Greece's former military dictatorship."
19 dead from deadly floods - Naftemporiki
"...Two more bodies, a 59-year-old and a 29-year-old, were identified by the Port of Elefsina at the harbor, they were taken to the Thriasio hospital for necropsy and necropsy. One of the bodies had been locked in a rough place at the bottom of the sea and needed the assistance of the men of the submarine mission team to recover."
"Neither the Right, of course, but eventually nor SYRIZA were the carriers of changes. Changes that no Troika impose on us. Progressive changes that break down instead of incorporating us. They do not reproduce another pseudo-cause: state or market. Neither state nor market, first the citizen. A right state and a properly regulated market, serving the citizen rather than the powerful through an idiosyncratic clientele."
Vienna: where Greek first appeared in print - Neo Kosmos
Nice primer on Greek history vis-a-vis Vienna and the impact of relations via the Ottoman Empire, and afterward:
"After the Treaty of Passarowitz was signed in 1717, the borders stabilised and there was a push to reopen commerce and to begin the reconstruction of a vast area devastated by decades of war. Aside from fixing the boundaries between the two empires, a key provision was the right of Ottoman and Austrian subjects to engage in commerce in each other's realms. The Austrians lacked knowledge of the Ottoman Empire, and the Turks disdained commerce, so as a practical matter the opportunity fell on Ottoman minorities, Orthodox Greeks and Serbs, as well as Jews and Armenians."
Touring Athens: Rick Steves Pocket Athens - Amazon
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November 17, 2017Search continues for 6 still missing in flash floods - ABC News
"The fire department said search and rescue efforts continued to locate the six, all reported missing in the Mandra district on the western outskirts of the Greek capital, which was the area hardest hit."
ECHR orders Greece to pay damages over probe of death in wiretap case - Reuters
“The Court considers that the national authorities failed to carry out an adequate and effective investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Tsalikidis,” the Strasbourg-based court said in a ruling dated Nov. 16.
Greeks Clean up, Mourn after Floods Kill 16; 4 Still Missing - National Herald
Photos of the flood in Mandra along with video clips, too.
Tsipras: EU must recognize the major differences in labor markets - Naftemporiki
"The Prime Minister noted that those who are working in flexible forms of work and who are no longer unemployed have no real rights, that women and young people are particularly vulnerable, and that kind of unemployment undermines the system as a whole. He also stressed that "as far as unemployment is concerned, we should be clear."
November 16, 2017
They are also being blamed for random assaults on the Mexican Embassey, French Embassy, and now PASOK headquarters in Exarchia. Reports elsewhere claim they've been using Kalashnikov military weapons.
"...the group admitted to firing a shot at a riot van parked in from of the offices of PASOK on Harilaou Trikoupi Street on January 10 as a “warning” and then “attacking again” on November 6." [Kathimerini]
In July Tovima had a story on this group's activities: "The group posted a declaration on the Athens Indymedia website, explaining that it decided to attack PASOK’s offices in response to the party’s “historical role in the service of capital...”
"Rescue crews were searching Thursday for those missing in the Mandra area on the western outskirts of Athens. The area was the hardest hit by Wednesday's flooding, which turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris that carried away cars, tossing them into buildings."
The announcement from the Bank of Greece is an offer to convert 20 Greek bonds valued at €30 billion into five new debt issues (details at the Bank of Greece website)
"...Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yearns for the day he is able to regularly sell Greek bonds to foreign investors, thus cutting the country’s ties to financial lifelines."
Get ready for Black Friday-Cyber Monday travel deals on Cuba, Greece and more - LA Times
The offers being described on the LA Times article page are mostly within very limited time frames for purchase.
November 15, 2017At least 10 dead in flooding in Greece - UPI
Attika region flooding has been particularly devastating in areas around Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara
"Severe rainstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday in Greece's Attica region damaged roads, homes and businesses. Although full damage assessments have not begun, the towns of Mandra, Megara and Nea Peramos were heavily damaged."
There's a November 28 deadline for bondholders to decide.
"Greece on Wednesday offered to exchange some 30 billion euros ($35 billion) in bonds in a new market test for the country seeking to emerge from its latest bailout."
November 14, 2017
An official task force postulates some 400 jobs could be created by greenhouse cultivation for a cannibis industry that caters to anti-nausea usage for cancer and AIDs sufferers.
"Growers have expressed interest in pumping more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.74 billion) into projects to build greenhouse parks for the cultivation and manufacture of cannabis, Evangelos Apostolou, minister of rural development and food, said in an interview."