Tuesday, February 19, 2013

International Citizen Audit Network (ICAN) Meeting - Thessaloniki, Greece 2013

Nick Dearden - International Citizen Audit Network (ICAN) Meeting

Jonathan Sugarman - International Citizen Audit Network (ICAN) Meeting

Costas Lapavitsas - International Citizen Audit Network (ICAN) Meeting

"European activists meet in Greece to discuss the debt problem, coordinate resistance strategies and
propose alternatives.

The International Citizen Audit Network (ICAN) holds its third meeting in Thessaloniki from February 15th to 18th 2013, with the participation of activists against debt and austerity measures from Spain, Italy, Portugal, France,Belgium, the UK and Greece. ICAN brings together, from April 2012 and under the slogan "We don't owe! We won't pay!", movements and networks in different European and North African countries fighting austerity measures and debt problems through Citizen Debt audits."


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Life on Mars

Life on Mars by Teacher Dude's BBQ
Life on Mars, a photo by Teacher Dude's BBQ on Flickr.
Life On Mars - David Bowie

It's a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling "No"
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she's hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
For she's lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It's on Amerikas tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
'Cause Lennon's on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
'Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It's about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It's the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know
He's in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Poverty in Greece - Welcome to austerity's collateral damage


Resistance Now - Senser

Mobilise and motivate
Your body is the grain that tips the scales 

of hate's accumulated weight
Your mind is a gate, brutal regimes we will not tolerate

Question the given line, stay independent

Little by little the flows gain momentum
Picture the place, the potential awaits
Free from the shackles of nation states
Free from the hate, free from the herd and its mewling for blood
Because what we need is:

Resistance now

Resistance against war and the blood that flowed upon the earth and occupation of all lands
Security for every human and humanity within religion

On se mobilise et en plus on resiste toute les aggressions et actions fascistes

Contre les pouvoirs qui veut controler notre destinie, j'oublirai jamais

This is operation cyclone in your own home

Strong counter action cause their methods are known

Censorship by omission, polish a lie 'til it gleams and bring the riddle to fruition
H is for history's Moebius strip
Turning full cycle for others to witness the shift

Those who resist strong in your midst
Ever equipped and we'll never forget this:

Resistance Now

Use your head as your defence
Pushing only weakens and prevents you from acting on the thrust of the action that you must Against the power that you thought you trusted and their sentiments are thus

It's all pointing inwards, the action is employed

It's all pointing inwards, the action employed

Desert storms tear at your skin
This is the fear that you've been feeling
And your reasons are not unreasonable
This is a crisis, ask yourself who you are
How small...

Resistance Now

You live your life in tacit silence
Feel this is not your crime, gaze down
Until the noose is tightened around your neck. Gun levelled at your eyes, where now?

Don't you lie down and die!

Your voice holds the key to your society
Expose the ones who want to fuck it up for you and me

No more of settling for what they feed
The time has come to put the pressure up against the greed


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Greek law and order minister denies police mugshots were Photoshopped.

Greek police ‘Photoshop away’ signs of brutality from mugshots.

"Greek authorities must investigate accusations of torture after mugshots of four bank-robbery suspects were doctored to remove signs of injury, Amnesty International said today."

Amnesty International


Stop torture in Greece

Friday, February 01, 2013

With youth unemployment at nearly 60%, Greece's young look to emigrate.

Greece's last Junta era prisoner given a hero's funeral by far right.

Nikos Dertilis who served with the Greek military during the country's far right Junta was buried this week in Athens after dying at the age of 92 in jail. The ex-general was last member of The Regime of the Colonels to be held in prison following the restoration of democracy in 1974.The dictatorship ruled Greece with an iron fist from 1967 till 1974 and was widely condemned for its widespread use of torture and other abuses of human rights.

Dertilis was convicted of the murder of a student during the Polytechnic Uprising by students in Athens in 1973, however, unlike other jailed junta prisoners he refused all compromises with the country's subsequent governments and remained in prison despite repeated offers of early release.

His funeral yesterday was conducted by Greek Orthodox Bishop Amvrosios who compared the disgraced general to independence war hero, Kolokotronis and the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates. The service was attended by 200 far right supporters including six Golden Dawn MPs.

The post's headline is a translation of  today's edition of The Eleutheros Kosmos (Free World) newspaper also had free with today's issue a copy of Robert Bolton's Revolution From Above complete with Nazi designed anti-Semitic poster as its cover (see photo above).

Even more mainstream Greek media such as conservative daily, Kathimerini gave Dertilis a glowing obituary which described him as a "good officer".