In the face of barbarity: solidarity. The social clinics in Greece

The greek health´s system has been collapsed. Under the Troika´s direction and the government complicity are many the medical centers, departments and hospitals that have been closed or united, and the huge cut in the public hospitals funding it´s inducing to severe basic lacks. Every time are more the excluded from public medical coverage, with…

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#Greece: Crisis, Democracy, and the Euro

Source:  http://ilesxi.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/crisis-democracy-and-the-euro/ Τhree years after submitting to the Troika Memorandum, Greece is falling apart. GDP has contracted more than 21% according to IMF calculations, and it is expected to dive another 6% in 2013. Never in world economic history, since statistics began, was such a fall of production recorded without being preceded by a war…

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Debt and Fascism in #Greece

Post by Emma Avilés, Spanish Citizen Debt Audit Platform (PACD Bcn) Racism is directly related to the economic crisis and the situation gets worse as social cuts progress. If for capitalists, the crisis is a creative destruction, how con we describe the destruction of social services, a youth forced to unnecessarily go abroad, pension cuts, immigration…

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Journey to Greek social resistance

By Iolanda Fresnillo Citizen Debt Audit Platform Spain (PACD Bcn) [Link Castellano] Desperate people queuing for food or stone and Molotov cocktail wars against asphyxiating gas. These are some of the most common images that come from Greece. But reality is kaleidoscopic and changes depending on where you look. On the streets of Athens and…

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The future is emerging

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK In the centre of Athens, the depth of the crisis can now be measured by the number of homeless people sitting and sleeping on every block. These are the victims of the financiers and politicians of Europe; the ‘collateral damage’, as they are undoubtedly seen, of the policies of austerity.…

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The Terrifying Rise of the Far-Right

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK High school teacher Costas was late for a meeting we’d planned because a student of immigrant parents had been abused by two Greek students with a history of racist activities. “This sort of thing is new” he explained to us. “Of course we had some incidents before, but now…

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Nuestra pesadilla hoy puede ser la vuestra mañana [Spa]

Iolanda Fresnillo, Plataforma Auditoría Ciudadana de la Deuda – PACD (Spain) La crisis y la austeridad no toca a todos por igual. Resulta evidente a los ojos de todas que los grupos más vulnerables tienen mayores dificultades para afrontar la desaparición de derechos sociales y de fuentes de ingreso. Las mujeres se encuentran en mayor…

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Beware of Europeans bearing gifts

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK President Hollande of France was in Greece earlier this week, offering friendship and much needed investment to the economy. It’s interesting to discover today what he means by ‘investment’. Essentially Hollande is trying to position French companies to take advantage of the privatisation of Greece’s water, energy and railways,…

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‘Shame is our biggest enemy’

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK We woke up to find the Bulgarian Government had fallen, after trying to impose exactly the sort of austerity programmes being witnessed right across Europe. In a country with the lowest wages in Europe, the recent privatisation of energy caused prices to rocket, leaving some families spending the majority…

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Life and Debt in Thessaloniki

Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign UK We met three people today who summed up the depth of the crisis being experienced by Greek people, but also the courageous attempts to build a new, more democratic society. I had to pinch myself to remember I was in Europe, the stories are so familiar – but from…

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