Spotted this morning near Athens
Then today, only 3 days after the election, the new government announced immediate fundamental changes to many austerity programs imposed by the trioka's conditionality clauses. The Barricades Are Down' in Greece literally, as Yiannis Panousis, Minister for Citizens’ Protection and Public Order, removed the iron barricades in front of the Greek Parliament. The barricades were installed to protect the lawmakers from angry demonstrators after the huge anti-austerity protests ongoing since 2010.
In Northern Europe the EU and the Germans each said again this morning that Greece must obey, comply, etc. On the ground in Greece, Syriza is already rolling back austerity. My personal favorite, so far, is the halting of privatization plans that threw down an open challenge to international creditors, who were drooling over the acquisition of some of the world's most historic monuments. As you'd imagine, the Bankers and Billionaires Club is pissed right off and the 'markets' are unhappy. Just another bit of good news brought to you by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Tsipras and his team, like the rest of us, face the same enemy - the global elites, or more accurately, as Raúl Ilargi Meijer calls them in his article, a 'Bunch of Criminals'. Meiger does an excellent job there of explaining in clear language how 'stimulus' and 'QE' are code words for the government bailing out its own bankers and supporters for the bad bets they made in their unrepentant lust for outrageous fortune.
Hopefully Syriza has learned how to deal with the EU by studying Iceland's example. Iceland declared independence from international banks in a 2009 referendum supported by 92%, kicked them all out. Now, after a being threatened for a few years, Iceland has seen its economy bounce back strongly As Brian Wilson says, "Iceland is free. And it will remain so, so long as her people wish to remain autonomous of the foreign domination of her would-be masters — in this case, international bankers."
There are other ways of being, Iceland and Argentina's way worked for them, Another Way for the Zapatisas, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Venezuela...all different ways of fighting off the same enemy...all of them, and all of us, owing huge thanks to two giants Fidel and the Cuban people. Only the shadow knows what the future holds for Greece's way, but...
...i do know that Canada, where i live, needs a political leader with the policies, principles and balls of Tsipras if it/we are ever to call ourselves free. Canadians must, like Greece, stop Harper in the upcoming election, must, as Iceland did - kick out the banksters, oligarchs, corporate shills and various vampires who run Canada now.