Sunday, 28 October 2018

Soros Gate Hits Syriza

Anyone who has ever seen a blocked drain overflow notices the hard pieces of faeces breaking apart into ever smaller and smaller pieces. This is currently the state of affairs of the so-called ‘first time left’ Syriza ANEL government. The knives are out turning it into a Tarantino style shitshow for all to see.

The Defence Minister Kammenos who is the leader of a misnamed party ‘Independent Greeks’ went to one of his jaunts to America or was called and came back and forced the resignation of NATOs premier Greek Foreign Minister Kotzias the architect of the Prespes Agreement between Greece and FYROM. This after the failed FYROM referendum and after the ridiculous parliamentary vote of 80/120 in FYROM agreeing to constitutional changes to implement the Prespes agreement which by all allegations occurred by bribing MPs.

Minister Kammenos – Beach whale goes swimming and in freefall like the Syriza-ANEL govt

At a government meeting it is alleged that Kammenos stated openly that Syriza is on the payroll of Soros and in particular that Kotzias uses hidden reserves of the Foreign Ministry to cut deals and negotiate on behalf of the Greek government. He went even further stating that Syriza (a government he is part of) has taken million of Euros to facilitate the mass replacement of the European populations via mass migration, which by all accounts is a Trump line. This implies what is going in the USA has now hit Greece openly. One must also add that in Kotzias grouping that joined Syriza called Pratto was the ex-Minister of Migration Tosca who also jumped ship not too long ago.

Taking into account these allegations occurred in secret and we have no transcript or subsequent pronouncements by Kammenos it implies that Kammenos was going to leave the government and force Syriza into a coalition with another party in Parliament so instead of turfing Kammenos out, Kotzias resigned and then appeared on Greek tv crying like a child who lost his access to the sweet jar. This is the same clown who was holding hands with the Turkish foreign minister and singing ‘we are the world’ at a NATO conference in Istanbul.

NATO Drug and Gun Running R Us… Kotzias singing ‘We are the World with the Turkish Foreign Minister in 2016

So we have the ridiculous situation of one Government Minister being accused of lying about bribes by statements made by the ex-Foreign Minister of Greece and him not being forced out, but the opposite occurs and for Tsipras to take over the Foreign Ministry and to announce the Prespes deal is still on course and will be fulfilled. Which begs the question? Why did Kammenos allegedly mention bribery via Kotzias interview? Clearly to block any attempts on getting him on the same issue as after all any Defence Minister in Greece works on kickbacks. If they move against him he will go public with the allegations and bring the whole Syriza shitshow to a grinding halt.

A CC member of Syriza Panos Trigazis (another clown graduate from the London School of Economics) wrote a piece today alleging the Soros connection is like the ‘Zionist jew’ connections behind every bank, in other words Soros isn’t involved in Balkan politics nor does he have any influence. Trigazis writes that ‘conspiracy theories are magnified in particular in far right circles’ but says nothing about NATO’s drug running, migrant smuggling and bombing of Greek areas (Mati) where 100 died officially in the summer although it could be much more. Trigazis says nothing about NATO expansion into Greece as they relocate from Turkey. He states that many problems that existed are assigned to Soros in the Balkans but by implication there is no proof, as with the demands for changing the name of that Republic from Titos era. In a nutshell western imperialism wasn’t involved in the break up of Yugoslavia. The same type of rubbish they alleged they had with the arms embargo on the KLA, which didn’t exist. Trigazis continues his support for Soros stating the following:

“Unfortunately the name of the financier has been involved in the conflict with Kammenos – Kotzias with the aid of the Minister of Defence. Returning from America Kammenos made unbelievable declarations on the government channel ERT “that Soros has distributed billions for Macedonia”. That implies that the Prespes Agreement is a work of Soros and not the elected governments of both countries. Conspiratism grew after the agreement reached FYROMs government….” P Trigazis FB page 28.11.2018

Trigazis old man to the right fighting cuts whilst implementing them…
Trigazis is a such a globalist fool that he praises the fact that the Albanians in FYROM aren’t no longer classified as a minority but have equal status within the state there criticising ex-PM Samaras for stating the obvious that it was only Albanians who voted for the Referendum en masse. In other words very soon having filled up Greece with migrant camps Syriza will support equal status to any tom dick or harry that happens to be present in Greece. Anything short of that would be …racism, fascism, islamopohobia etc.

The man is such an idiot that he doesn’t realise equal status can equal an equal divorce. Why remain part of FYROM when they can join with Albania proper and break away Kosovo from Serbia creating their long lost pipedream of a ‘Greater Albania’ (another oxymoron as anything Great and Albania in a single phrase is an abuse of language)

By taking on board the Foreign Ministry Tsipras can use as a bargaining chip if it fails his government falls and do they want the instability a year before they disintegrate anyway? Either which way what happens next hinges on what happens in the US mid-term elections. If Trump emerges triumphant the Prespes deal sinks in Prespes, if he doesn’t win fully and a similar type of situation continues any number of things may be the outcomes.

Either which way agreeing to bring identity theft into the mainstream creates even more problems than before. Two sets of people are going to claim the same identity over the same piece of land, practically it cannot work nor does it imply one set ain’t going to make demands on another. The only thing that is certain is that this is a real Balkan shitshow engineered in Deep State Washington and Brussels and it will unravel even more.

Taking into account the day today being the anniversary to the OXI invasion of Greece by the Axis Powers this piece is dedicated to all those who died fighting for the Independence of Greece throughout history from the small amounts of people that said OXI to the Persian invasion, the 400 Year old Ottoman Occupation, the dark years of Axis and Allied invasions of Greece during WW2 and its aftermath and the US backed colonels coup. Our day will come again.
VN Gelis
28th October 2018

Sunday, 23 September 2018

SEEBRIG- NATO’s Balkan Blackwater Paramilitaries?

As part of the global ‘war on terror’ NATO created a Southern Balkan military force with about 5,000 troops encompassing 7 countries: those being Greece, Albania, Italy, FYROM, Rumania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

SEEBRIG started as an idea in 1996 as a non-functional forum of cooperation amongst the Defence Ministries of the Balkan states: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, USA, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Ukraine, FYROM, Rumania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Moldavia as a country observer. SEEBRIG was officially founded in 1998. It started to function in Filloupolis from 2003 was transferred to Constanza in 2007 and Tirnavo in 2020 where it will remain until 2020. The SEEBRIG brigade was operational fully once when it took over the Multinational Security of Kabul for six months in 2006.

Turkish Officers in Charge of SEEBRIG
Turkish participation is absolutely ironic being that Greece has lost almost half of Cyprus to Turkey (the Republic of Northern Cyprus isn’t recognised internationally) but Turkish forces are stationed permanently on Greek soil with Turkish generals running this military outfit called SEEBRIG. Recently when two Greek officers allegedly crossed into Turkish territory from the area Evros (but were probably taken) no retaliatory action has been taken by Greece despite the fact that they have been held hostage under no charges by Erdogan. The business of mass migration and Erdogan’s capacity in sending people across is an earner which must not be jeopardised at any cost.

Taking into account Greeks went to Afghanistan as part of ISAF its clear its creation is part of NATO’s global drug dealing operation to raise funds for all the wars the US was involved in during its unipolar phase after the collapse of the ex-Soviet Union. SEEBRIG went to Afghanistan in 2006 with 18 Greek officers and it was then based in Bulgaria and the aim as announced by the Greek Ministry of Defence was ‘taking legal measures against terrorism, which will be common for the members of SEEBRIG’. Subsequently in 2011 it came to be based fully in Greece up until 2020.

Drug Routes: NATO’s Centrality

If one takes a closer look at the countries involved and the drug routes from Afghanistan via Turkey it is clear the set up of this paramilitary outfit is twofold: attack popular resistance movements and control and supply the drug flows so no one can compete with them. A third objective was created in our decade. Overseeing migrants flows via NATO with the armada SNMG2, which in practice implies a taxi service for mass illegal migration.

A Minister from the Defence Department Syriza MP Voutsis declared the strategy of the Syriza government is the protection of ‘energy routes and paths of international trade’. In practice meaning using state resources of Greek taxpayers to defend multinational businesses which are extracting energy from the Mediterranean basin or moving it across it.
More information on NATO’s role in drug running:

EUs Current Migration Commissioner oversaw SEEBRIG handover
In 2013 Defence Minister was Dimitris Avramopoulos (who is currently EU Commissioner of Migration who oversaw 2.5m arrivals in 2015) also oversaw the handing over of the Military Executive to various parties amongst others a Turkish Officer for SEEBRIG as a whole, called Hakan Eser in a handover ceremony from the FYROM chief Zdravko Popovski. In the background to the ceremony Avramopoulos met with FYROMs defence minister Talat Jaferi. They both discussed defence matters. Now how can a Greek Defence Minister discuss ‘defence matters’ with the statelet of FYROM when its diplomatic corps travel the world with maps which include Greek territory? The alleged ‘Aegean Macedonia’ a Titoite dream of access to the sea via the Thessaloniki port? Let alone hand over control to a Turkish officer when half of Cyprus has been illegally annexed by Turkey itself?

Avramopoulos after the ceremony declared the following:
“Here in Tirnavo in the beautiful ceremony full of symbolism we have given control of the SEEBRIG administration to a Turkish Officer under the framework of cooperation of all the countries in the area.

That which I emphasised is that the whole area of Southeastern Europe has to change from its bad past, under pressure from the necessity of cooperation, solidarity and friendship. Let us create an oasis of security for all the peoples in the area”
‘This message which is sent by this ceremony is that despite the fact that our Armed Forces have as the main aim the defence of the independence and integrity of our country we are at the same time becoming facilitators for the creation of peace and stability in our region’ Avramopoulos concluded.

Since then one can see the effects of this. Crime and drug dealing has skyrocketed. Sales of bars and security doors has gone through the roof and the murder of Greek pensioners in their homes for paltry sums of money continues unabated.
Is it a coincidence that the EU Commissioner for Mass Migration is Greek taking into account his history in the Greek Defence Ministry which is a US entity since the 1950’s when they ran the country directly for the civil war and during the 1960’s and early 1970’s when they backed the Greek military junta? The evidence suggests otherwise.

Greek Defence Minister Kammenos and Deputy Minister Voutsis

Held a meeting to explain its three years of service between 2015-2017 with respect to its machinations in imperialist wars in the Eastern Mediterranean basin, the Middle East, the Balkans and the orientation of Greece to the Euroatlantic axis. Aiming to improve its competitive position vis a vis local and international business circles, oil and gas exploration, oil and gas importation, pipelines, shipping and transportation etc.

Defence Minister Kammenos partner of the Syriza govt stated that ‘it is the first time where such work occurs (from the point of view of Greece), on the level of the alliance of NATO where Greece’s presence was so strong’, on the level of implementing the aims of NATO. They stated that from 2018 onwards ‘we will have many visits in the Suda military base in Crete and other NATO facilities’
The document produced by the Ministry explaining a three year appraisal of performance clarify that ‘Greece’s role has been strengthened in international and European military alliances and they have emphasised Greece as the main pole of stability in the Mediterranean and by extension Europe due to its geostrategic position’

Further down the document:
‘Maintaining and advancing Peace and Stability’
We have signed bilateral and multilateral agreements with states of strategic importance like Israel, Jordan and Egypt. At the same time for the further advancement and maintenance of our strategic role, we have taken part in international exercises for the maintenance of our strategic role we have taken part in international exercises (NATO. EU, Balkan countries) jointly training in Greece and abroad
Our armed forces have been represented in many Forums of NATO and the EU and at the same time instrumental in deepening the regional cooperations (SEDM, SEEBRIG) via common actions which have included amongst others the USA, Croatia, Russia – Kazakhstan, Czechlands, Poland, Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and Jordan

An Agenda within NATO
Greece’s role due to its geographical position has now been upgraded and has a ‘dominant role’ with NATO infrastructure and in ‘participating in committees and NATO-EU forums for the creation of policy which has strategic interest in policing from the area NATO’s defence’. Alongside this there is an attempt for the Greek government to take on board issues of ‘hybrid war’… As noted in the documents, “we organised a group of professionals (SEEMIC-South East Europe Military Intelligence Committee) to undertake intelligence on these matters.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the above aforementioned unit for staffing this new NATO unit for confronting electronic warfare.

Globalising the Greek Armed Forces
The Syriza government praises itself as it has ‘upgraded its role in multinational operations, missions and activities of the US, the EU, NATO, OSCE and other International Organisations. The Greek Armed forces now take an active part in many parts of the world, offering improvements in world peace and regional security…’
“there are around 1,500 men and women of the Greek armed forces who are participating in peacekeeping operations in three continents and in places like Kosovo, Mali, Afghanistan, Bosnia and in sea regions in the central and eastern Mediterranean. In the special chapter appraising the past “Active readiness of the Greek Armed Forces” it is noted that they have taken part in 174 multinational exercises and cooperations (46 NATO exercises, 7 EU exercises, 121 interstate) and it is decided that our participation has increased numerically but also qualitatively”
We have participated in the Balkan shield activities and in 2018 will take part in ‘Iniohos’ of the Airforce

EU Naval Force Mediterranean
What is hidden and deliberately is that the left populists constantly emphasises that ‘migration is a product of wars’ but fails to mention the 77 nations that have been registered by FRONTEX as having arrived in Greece which by implication would imply NATO is at war with the half the planet. On the other hand the right populists hide the role of NATO in mass migration and cover for the fact that the military is directly involved in shipping over millions and housing and feeding them as has been noted in the Greek media (disused army camps, feeding and cleaning for migrant blow ins)

The only ‘boom’ in Syriza’s Greece. Migrant blow in camps springing up everywhere.
As a consequence of the April 2015 Libya migrant shipwrecks, the EU launched a military operation[when?] known as European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med), also known as Operation Sophia, with the aim of neutralising established refugee smuggling routes in the Mediterranean. The operational headquarters is located in Rome.

EUNAVFOR MED/Operation Sophia Medal
Let’s see what Morgherini the EU’s High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
“On 24 August 2015, a pregnant Somali woman rescued from a refugee boat by HMS Enterprise gave birth to a child aboard the German frigate Schleswig-Holstein, the first to ever be born aboard a ship of the German Navy. At the suggestion of the attending medical personnel, the child was named Sophia.[1] This was a name associated with German naval ships named Schleswig-Holstein, as the earlier destroyer Schleswig-Holstein had used the radio call sign "Sophie X". This was itself a reference to the early battleship SMS Schleswig-Holstein, which had been dedicated to Princess Louise Sophie of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, as have later ships of the name.[2] EUNAVFORMED was subsequently renamed "Operation Sophia", after the baby born aboard Schleswig-Holstein.[2][3]
I will suggest to Member States that we change the name of our Operation: instead of calling it EUNAVFOR MED, I suggest we use the name: Sophia. To honour the lives of the people we are saving, the lives of people we want to protect, and to pass the message to the world that fighting the smugglers and the criminal networks is a way of protecting human life.[4]
— Federica Mogherini, Rome, EUNAVFOR MED operation Sophia Operational Headquarters, 24 September 2015

Operation ‘Sophia’

Mission flagship of the Italian Navy, Garibaldi
The operation aims to undertake systematic efforts to identify, capture and dispose of vessels as well as enabling assets used or suspected of being used by migrant smugglers or traffickers. The Juncker Commission, in particular the HR Federica Mogherini, views this operation as a fundamental contribution to fighting instability in the region and as a way to reduce the loss of lives at sea and increase the security of citizens of the European Union.[5]
EUNAVFOR Med consists of three phases:[6]
• The first phase focuses on surveillance and assessment of human smuggling and trafficking networks in the Mediterranean.
• The second stage of the operation provides for the search and, if necessary, diversion of suspicious vessels.
• The third phase would allow the disposal of vessels and related assets, preferably before use, and to apprehend traffickers and smugglers.
There is a common budget of EURO 11.82 million for a 12 months period. In addition, military assets and personnel are provided by the contributing states with the running costs and personnel costs being met on a national basis.[7]
By 2016, more than 13,000 migrants had been ‘rescued’ from the sea in the course of the operation.[8]
On 20 June 2016, the Council of the European Union extended Operation Sophia’s mandate reinforcing it by adding two supporting tasks:[5] The length of the Operation may be continuously renewed by the Council.[9]
• training of the Libyan coastguards and navy
• contributing to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya.

On 25 July 2017, the Council of the European Union again extended Operation Sophia's mandate, while also amending its mandate to:[10]
• set up a monitoring mechanism of trainees to ensure the long-term efficiency of the training of the Libyan Coastguard
• conduct new surveillance activities and gather information on illegal trafficking of oil exports from Libya in accordance with UNSCR 2146 and 2362;
• enhance the possibilities for sharing information on human trafficking with member states' law enforcement agencies, FRONTEX and EUROPOL.

If one reads the above one sees that this Libyan migrant route after NATO bombed the place and created instability it’s a way of justifying mass migration. Below one can see the ships involved and the countries:
Assets Currently deployed
• Italy San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock San Giusto (flagship)
• Spain Santa María-class frigate Numancia[11]
• Germany Elbe-class replenishment ship Mosel
• France D'Estienne d'Orves-class aviso Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Hénaff
• UK Echo-class survey ship HMS Echo
• Slovenia Svetlyak-class patrol boat Triglav
• Republic of Ireland Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett
• Italy T AB 212 ASW helicopter
• Luxembourg Two SW3 Merlin III maritime surveillance aircraft
• Poland An-28B1R BRYZA maritime surveillance aircraft
• Spain AB-212 helicopter
• Spain CN-235 VIGMA-D4 maritime surveillance aircraft

Mogherini further said the EU Ministers would discuss the possibility to move to phase 2-B which would have Op Sophia vessels move from high sea directly to Libyan territorial waters in case the Libyan authorities request so.
“It is up to the Libyan authorities to determine their priorities because the leadership and the ownership has to be a Libyan one. But obviously we are ready to discuss with the Ministers what is needed to be ready in the case, in a moment when an invitation comes to move to the territorial waters of Libya to work in partnership with the Libyans.”

According to the Daily Mail it openly stated the British Royal Navy which are military ships not commercial have picked up people in the Mediterranean and transported them to the EU. Not the other way round. There is no demand to drop them off in the EU if military ships. Hence they aren’t picking them up in the sea. They are going directly off the costs of Libya and collecting them.

Britain’s HMS Bulwark taxi service role as part of NATO’s mass importation of migrant blow ins.

As evidenced recently by Syriza’s open support of Merkel’s mass migration agenda (in accepting returns from Germany to save her political skin from the rise of the AfD in Bavaria which is a bastion of her coalition partners), the creation of parallel networks by NATO throughout the Balkans and the Mediterranean have as the aim a twin track policy: replacing the population as fast as possible and crushing any resistance by areas being turned into mass migrant slums. NATO’s footprints are all over it. The sooner it is disbanded the better.

EU websites

VN Gelis
June 2018

Eight Years After EU-IMF Bailout, Greece Sees Poverty, Suffering, and Want

Far from “bailing out” Greece, the impacts of eight years of harsh austerity are manifested in a marked increase in poverty, suffering, and want. And far from “ending,” the austerity measures attached to Greece’s three successive “bailouts” are slated to continue for decades to come.

by Dr. Michael Nevradakis

ATHENS – It is a tale of two realities. Later this week, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will give his annual speech to the nation – Greece’s equivalent of the State of the Union address — at the 83rd Thessaloniki Trade Fair.
Fresh off of a recent reshuffle of his cabinet, the main theme of Tsipras’ speech almost certainly will be Greece’s “success story,” highlighted by its recent “exit” from the “bailouts.” Greece’s emergence from the third set of loan agreements with the European Union and IMF was triumphantly proclaimed by Tsipras in another recent address, held symbolically on the island of Ithaca.

If one looks more closely though, one will see a reality markedly different from that which is being triumphantly celebrated. Thessaloniki – Greece’s second largest city and capital of the Greek region of Macedonia – has filled with posters proclaiming that Tsipras is unwelcome. Major demonstrations, which might rival last winter’s massive ralliesagainst a Macedonia name compromise, are being organized to coincide with Tsipras’ visit. The prime minister himself will be protected by 3,600 police officers and members of the riot police — the same violent riot police that, prior to his election in 2015, Tsipras promised to abolish.

As for that triumphant speech in Ithaca proclaiming the end of the bailouts and associated memorandum agreements? Eyewitness accounts and the photographic record from Tsipras’ visit expose a different reality: one of paltry crowds populated largely by SYRIZA party hacks and day-trippers, not elated ordinary citizens. Indeed, funeral bells tolled from local churches during Tsipras’ visit, while banners and protesters alike jeered the prime minister.

Tsipras’ jubilant speech in Ithaca came on August 21. Just one day later, most of Athens was impacted by an hours-long power outage, during which the city’s “news” radio stations droned on about the “end of the crisis” or aired pre-recorded programming. That same week, the island of Hydra, a tourist haven, went without power and water for two days. Within eight days of Tsipras’ Ithaca speech, blackouts also hit the popular tourist islands of Tinos and Skopelos. Previously, in mid-July, the start of a lecture I was about to present in the tourist area of Athens was delayed a half-hour by a power cut.

Relatively minor as these incidents may appear, they are not the sign of a country “emerging from the crisis.” They are the signs of a country whose infrastructure, after eight years of EU- and IMF-imposed austerity, is crumbling. And the power outages are, in the big picture, a minor inconvenience compared with what the country has been forced to endure over the past decade. Far from “bailing out” Greece, the impacts of eight years of harsh austerity are manifested in a marked increase in poverty, suffering, and want. And far from “ending,” the austerity measures attached to Greece’s three successive “bailouts” are slated to continue for decades to come.

Dismantling an economy – and a nation
In his analysis, Éric Toussaint, spokesman for the CADTM (Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt), summarizes the goals of Greece’s “bailout” program as follows: bailing out private banks with public funds; providing the new public creditors (European governments) with enormous coercive powers over the national governments of countries such as Greece; keeping those countries firmly within the Eurozone system; delivering more neoliberal policies to these countries; and reinforcing a pan-European authoritarian form of governance with a democratic facade.

In practice, this is exactly what has transpired in Greece. In a recent tweet, Jamie McGeever of Reuters spelled out the details: GDP shrank by 25 percent; official unemployment was as high as 27.8 percent and continues to hover around 20 percent, despite the emigration of 500,000 mostly young Greeks; youth unemployment reached 60 percent; suicide and depression rose sharply; and the national debt-to-GDP ratio skyrocketed to 180 percent. Youth unemployment remains at 40 percent today despite the massive “brain drain,” while this map illustrates the sharp GDP decline in Greece since 2004.

Credit | European Parliamentary Research Service
Economist Jack Rasmus further elaborates: employment remains 17.5 percent below pre-depression levels; skilled workers’ wages have been slashed by 35 percent, unskilled workers’ by 31 percent. The minimum wage has been reduced by 22 percent, pensions have been repeatedly cut, and the age eligibility to receive a pension has been raised by 10 years.

While Rasmus describes the Greek crisis as an economic depression, Paul Craig Roberts deems it a genocide, with effects worse than those of the Great Depression. Greece’s birth rate has plummeted to below replacement level, public assets were sold off, and somehow the debt grew anyway. Roberts argues that the money lent to Greece was provided in order for interest to be paid to the country’s creditors, who were not to lose a cent from what they were owed.

If you thought the Greek “bailouts” were all about the country’s “excessive” debt you would be wrong. In 2009, at the onset of the Greek “crisis” the Greek debt-to-GDP ratio was deemed “unsustainable” at 126.8 percent. The end-of-year projection for 2018 is 191.3 percent. Notably — despite a dip from 172.1 percent in 2011 to 159.6 percent in 2012, the year of the Greek debt “haircut” (or PSI — for “private sector involvement”), when Greece lost sovereignty over its debt as it was taken over by official actors (i.e., European governments) — by 2013 the ratio was back up to 178 percent. A great deal of Rogaine must have accompanied that “haircut.”

Skeptics will merely chalk up the higher debt-to-GDP ratio to Greece’s reduced GDP, which magnifies the debt amount by comparison. This is only part of the equation though, as Greece’s debt in real terms also increased during the “bailout” years, from 310 billion euro in 2010 to 345 billion euro today, and may surpass 360 billion euro by the end of the year. Pass the Rogaine.

We are told, however — by the IMF, the pro-SYRIZA press, and the Oxford-educated “Marxist” Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos — that this new, larger debt is “sustainable” – as opposed to Greece’s smaller but “unsustainable” 2009-10 debt levels. In particular, this was the claim after a “landmark” debt agreement between Greece and its creditors at the Eurogroup summit this past June. As part of that deal, Greece receives a 10-year extension of the maturity of European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) loans, a 10-year grace period on interest and amortization repayments, and a final disbursement of 15 billion euro (to be added to Greece’s now-“sustainable” debt). Analyst Yannis Koutsomitis points outthat this agreement does not tie debt repayment to GDP growth, does not cut interest rates on Greece’s outstanding loans, and does not include buybacks of high-interest loans — but argues that this is nevertheless a deal “Greece can live with.”

Four decades under the Sword of Damocles
What else will Greece have to live with, for decades to come? Despite the exultant claims of Greek digital policy minister and Tsipras confidant Nikos Pappas that “those that wanted permanent oversight have been soundly proven wrong,” foreign economic oversight is precisely what Greece will look forward to until the year 2059, when 80 percent of the current debt is expected to have been repaid.

This will encompass fiscal oversight, the liquidation of non-performing loans (read: more home foreclosures and auctions), oversight over “social services,” the continuation of labor and market “reforms,” the continuation of privatizations of public assets, and continued “reforms” in the public sector. In other words, everything that’s been going on in Greece these past eight-plus years. Quarterly “review missions” will be dispatched by the European Commission to Greece to provide “enhanced surveillance,” ensuring “implementation of needed reforms.”

Indeed, according to the head of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Klaus Regling — who noted that the ESM is Greece’s biggest creditor, to the tune of 204 billion euro — Greece will be more closely monitored by the ESM and the other “institutions” compared to other countries that were “rescued.” Regling added that Greece “must prove” that it will not roll back reforms. The first quarterly “review mission” will arrive in Greece on September 10, less than three weeks after the “end of the crisis.”

Greece has also agreed to maintain an annual budget surplus of 3.5 percent through 2022, and 2.2 percent each year thereafter until 2060. What this means is that the Greek state is obliged to spend less than it earns in revenue. This is permanent austerity. As an added nudge, in a recent statement regarding the upcoming “review mission,” the European Commission lectured Greece to continue agreed-upon “reforms,” reminding Greece that it agreed to maintain 3.5 percent surpluses.

A man counts his change in Athens, March 8, 2018, as thousands of pensioners rallied against another planned round of bailout-related cuts. Petros Giannakouris | AP
Are such surpluses sustainable? Economists Barry Eichengreen and Ugo Panizza studied 235 countries, finding that in only 36 cases were countries able to maintain, for a five-year period on average, a primary budget surplus of at least 3 percent of GDP. In the same study, they found that there were only 17 cases in which countries maintained a primary budget surplus of at least 3 percent of GDP over an average of eight years, while there were only 12 cases (or just 5 percent of the countries studied) in which countries could maintain a primary budget surplus of at least 3 percent of their GDP over a 10-year period. It should be noted that Germany, the purported paragon of fiscal responsibility and restraint in Europe, was not one of these countries.
As an added bonus, Mario Draghi, the head of the ECB, announced that Greek bonds would no longer be accepted as collateral for loans, effective August 21 when the “bailout” program ended. So much for a “common” market — or for “recovery.”

What is instead considered acceptable as collateral by the Nobel Prize-winning EU? Greek public assets — practically all of them. Public assets have been transferred for a period of 99 years to the “Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations” (HCAP), which oversees the entity in charge of the privatization of said assets. And although almost a decade’s worth of privatizations have not proven to be a money-maker — as only 5 billion euro in revenue have been raised instead of a projected 50 billion (blamed by Reuters on, among other things, “union resistance” and “bureaucracy”) — the head of HCAP assures us that Greece won’t renege on its pledged privatizations, including the national natural-gas utility, national oil refinery, and stakes in the public electric and water utilities. The government is also said to be considering the privatization of the historic site of Thermopylae, as well as the historic Zappeion building within the National Gardens of Athens. SYRIZA claimed to oppose such privatizations prior to being elected in 2015. And should Greece fail to meet its debt or deficit obligations, these collateralized public assets will be up for grabs.

A prerequisite for the June debt deal — and the “end” of the “bailouts” — was the fast-track passage of an omnibus bill through the Greek parliament earlier that same month, containing still more austerity and commitments for “reforms.” This bill includes the commitment to maintain the aforementioned primary budget surpluses, a pledge to raise appraised property values (leading to hikes in property taxes SYRIZA at one time promised to abolish), the hiring of new tax collectors, “reforms” to social insurance, a pledge to take action against non-performing loans (resulting in property foreclosures and auctions), and further privatizations (including strategic ports and highways).

The above comes in addition to “reforms” previously agreed upon as part of the third memorandum, which was signed in 2015 just weeks after 61 percent of Greek voters rejected further austerity via referendum. This includes a new round of scheduled pension cuts of up to 18 percent. And, as the IMF was quick to remind Greece recently, these pension cuts, as well as a further planned reduction in the tax-free threshold, must be implemented. As the well-known song goes, “the show must go on.”

This is despite the fact that the IMF has often been presented to Greece as the “good cop” of the troika, one that has insisted upon debt relief for Greece, admitted “mistakes” in its “bailout” program for Greece, and “apologized” for said “mistakes.” Yet here is the IMF insisting upon the very same austerity. As another popular song goes, “sorry, not sorry!”

Continuing the stream of crocodile tears, Bob Traa, the first IMF representative to Greece following the commencement of the country’s “bailouts,”stated that the crisis has resulted in a faster demographic slowdown than expected. This is what Paul Craig Roberts had referred to as a “genocide.” These statements from Traa came sans any self-criticism regarding the IMF’s role in these developments.

Indeed, anyone who is familiar with the IMF’s work in Latin America, Africa and Asia understands that the fate that befell Greece was the expected outcome. Of course, many present-day liberals and “leftists” now support the IMF and neoliberal economic policies, including so-called “free trade” deals. It therefore is ironic to see Financial Times analyst Peter Spiegel – not noted for his anti-austerity views – calling out the June debt agreement as one that is worse than the aforementioned “haircut” of 2012.

And writing for The Washington Post, which was itself favorable to the “bailouts” in past years, Matt O’Brien pointed out that, with the surpluses Greece is obliged to maintain, Greece faces four more decades of austerity, while its economy is not likely to reach 2008 levels until 2030.
Not everyone is such a sourpuss, however. For instance, Germany has earned 2.9 billion euro in profits on the Greek crisis via its bond holdings. For Austria, profits were only 112 million euro, a deal that was practically unprofitable according to some Austrian financial analysts.

Tangible human consequences
Germany and Austria, among others, may have reaped profits, but most Greeks have reaped nothing but misery over the past decade. The percentage of the population in Greece facing material deprivation has doubled since 2009, to over one in five. Greece’s tax burden, which ranked in 13th place in the EU in 2008, is now the heftiest in the EU, with a tax-to-GDP ratio of 27 percent, while social services are slashed. In a recenteditorial, eKathimerini, Greece’s English-language paper of record and a proponent of neoliberal policies, admitted that the country’s middle class finds itself “in despair.”
The human impact can perhaps be most clearly seen in Greece’s health-care sector. A recent University of Washington study found a marked increase in Greece’s death rate during the years of austerity and, in particular, an increase in deaths from preventable causes. Furthermore, the study identified increases in early childhood mortality, in incidences of tuberculosis and HIV, and in depression and suicide. The percentage of individuals with unmet health-care needs nearly doubled since 2010.

These unmet health-care needs, so often viewed in the numerical abstract, can be seen in more moving individual terms in Greece today. Recently, a 42-year-old man traveling alone on the Athens-Thessaloniki highway fell ill and followed the signs to the nearest health clinic in the town of Kamena Vourla, only to find it was permanently closed. He flagged down a driver, who phoned in an ambulance, but by the time it arrived, the man had passed away.
In a remarkably similar incident, recently in the northern Greek town of Margariti, a 48-year-old mother of two underage children fell ill but, as in Kamena Vourla, found the local health clinic out of operation. Furthermore, there was no ambulance available to transport her to a hospital in the nearby city of Preveza. She, too, passed away.

On the Aegean island of Symi, a popular tourist destination in the summer months, the island’s only doctor is officially “on duty” 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

State hospitals workers stage a rally opposing austerity measures affecting healthcare in Athens, March 15, 2017. Yorgos Karahalis | AP
And increasingly in Greek hospitals, particularly public hospitals, not only are there shortages of basic medical supplies, but also of doctors themselves. Over 20 percent of available positions remain vacant, as budget cuts prevent the hiring of new doctors while many Greek doctors have fled abroad. A close friend of mine, a nurse in the Boston area, states that her hospital has been inundated with freshly-arrived doctors from Greece — and job applications from still more.

While all this has been taking place in Greece’s health-care system, SYRIZA’s “new Greece” is continuing the same ridiculously corrupt practices as marked the past. For instance, Haralambos Panotopoulos, previously the owner of a tire-repair shop and with no apparent medical experience, was appointed by SYRIZA’s deputy health minister Pavlos Polakis to the position of vice president of the public hospital of Santorini. This position pays almost 4,000 euro a month in addition to other perks, including a car and residence, at a time where 48 percent of the population earns an income at or below the poverty line, a bar set very low at 384 euro per month. Panotopoulos’ only apparent “qualification” for the position is his unabashed support of SYRIZA, as openly demonstrated on his social media accounts.

While keyed-in tire-shop owners “live the dream” in SYRIZA’s Greece and are appointed to plum posts, many others are not so fortunate. In a studyon the “brain drain” by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, 61 percent of those surveyed who have emigrated during the crisis possess advanced degrees. Almost 20 percent were engineers, while another 12 percent were computer programmers.

And while the young are departing, the Greek elderly have reduced pensions to look forward to. While SYRIZA, as part of its “success story” rhetoric, has recently made overtures about rescinding the aforementioned scheduled pension reductions of up to 18 percent, the EU hasdismissed such rhetoric as “premature.” More to the point, in a recent interview with Greek daily Ta Nea, German finance minister Olaf Scholzwarned Greece that there can be no reneging on agreed-upon pension cuts. In total, pensions have been reduced 23 times during the years of the crisis.

In the meantime, the fire sale of the century is fully in progress — and is not just confined to public assets, but also includes people’s homes and assets. One thousand auctions of foreclosed homes have been slated for this month alone, contributing towards a target of one millionconfiscations of property, salaries, pensions, deposits and other assets in 2018. Indeed, almost half of outstanding loans in Greece are no longer being serviced. In response, Greek banks, in accordance with Greece’s obligations to its lenders, are planning to ratchet up legal actions against the holders of such loans beginning this month.

The crisis years have also seen a two-thirds decrease in the consumption of (excessively taxed) heating oil, leading to clouds of noxious smog in Greek cities from fireplaces and makeshift furnaces lit by Greek households that cannot otherwise heat their homes. This has been coupled with a 7.4 percent decrease in consumption of diesel fuel. Electricity is being cut off to poor households even though they qualified for the “social residential” rate and are purportedly protected. However, plenty of fuel seems to be available for vehicles belonging to German “polizei” and the German coast guard, which have been spotted throughout Greece, including by yours truly on the island of Samos in August 2016.

All that talk about reform…
While German police vehicles roam freely on Greek roads, the corruption bonanza continues unabated. This was recently highlighted by the Financial Times, which addressed the continued patronage and clientelism prevalent in Greece’s public sector. This corruption often attains absurd proportions. Recent cabinet appointee Katerina Notopoulou, for instance, was once part of the troupe of striking cleaning women who had been relieved of their duties by the previous New Democracy-led government. Most of those women have since been able to cash in on their “activism” with cushy public-sector posts – even prior to Notopoulou’s cabinet appointment, she had been the head of Tsipras’ Thessaloniki office. Notopoulou’s mother was, in turn, the beneficiary of a patronage hire at a hospital in Thessaloniki during her daughter’s tenure as the head of Tsipras’ office there.euro
In another widely publicized recent incident, Aristeidis Floros, the former executive of the Energa power company, was released from prison on “health grounds” after claiming a greater than 65 percent “disability,” which would qualify him for release. Floros had been serving a 21-year sentence for grand embezzlement (of up to 257 million euro) and a pay-for-hire murder attempt. Following an outcry, Floros’ release wasrescinded, as his medical documents were found to be “questionable.”

Earlier this year, the aforementioned SYRIZA minister Nikos Pappas made a big show of publicly touting the newly-established Hellenic Space Agency (HSA). It did not take long for the propaganda campaign to fall apart: soon after its establishment, world-renowned scientist Stamatios Krimigis, with tenures at NASA and Johns Hopkins University on his resume, resigned from his post at the helm of HSA. In his resignation, Krimigisstated that the agency had become an “unreliable bureaucratic structure” and a “puppet for politicians in charge.” Not surprisingly, it was laterrevealed that in the point system for evaluating new job candidates at the HSA, those who are invited in for an interview receive 40 points, but possessing a doctorate degree earns candidates only five points.

And in late July, just prior to the catastrophic fires in the Athens region, revelations appeared that businesses owned by relatives of Alexis Tsipras had received “favorable” debt write-off, in addition to accusations of insurance fraud. Meanwhile, several relatives of Tsipras and high-level SYRIZA personnel have been appointed to various plum patronage positions.

Prior to being elected, SYRIZA also promised to root out corruption in the media and to “smash the oligarchs.” Earlier this year, SYRIZA insteadissued nationwide television licenses to five outlets, all incumbents and all oligarch-owned. A radio station operating illegally in Athens and based in Piraeus, “Smooth 99.8,” looks set for ex post facto “legalization” following its purchase by Chinese interests. Chinese interests also happen to operate the port of Piraeus, fully privatized by SYRIZA.

Protesters from private TV channels tape photo of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, top, and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos to a lamppost outside parliament, in Athens, Oct. 19, 2016. Thanassis Stavrakis | AP

Even in instances where the justice system functions in Greece, it is subject to outside interference — as in the case of the prosecution of former Greek statistics chief (and ex-IMF employee) Andreas Georgiou on charges relating to accusations that he inflated Greece’s deficit and debt figures,laying the groundwork for the “bailouts” that followed, when a section of the foreign press corps in Greece rushed to Georgiou’s defense. One example is Marcus Walker, the South Europe bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, who called Georgiou’s prosecution a “persecution,” and “witch hunt,” adding his belief that Georgiou “reported [the] Greek deficit accurately.” Ludicrously, an online crowdfunding campaign was launched to raise money for Georgiou’s legal defense against said “persecution” — raising over $41,000, including a cool $500 from Miranda Xafa, former IMF representative to Greece and outspoken proponent of austerity.

Of course, none of this comes as any surprise to those who understand Greek politics. For all the talk of a “leftward swing” following SYRIZA’s election, and of “hope” and “change,” SYRIZA and its governing partner, the right-wing Independent Greeks, are largely comprised of personnel from the two previously incumbent parties in Greece, PASOK and New Democracy. For foreign correspondents such as Michael Martens of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, however, Tsipras and SYRIZA represent “statesmanship” and a new Greece — as opposed to the “old Greece” of the likes of New Democracy.

Michael Martens@Andric1961

Respected @GreekAnalyst I dare to disagree. What we hear from #Mistotakis is the old Greece talking, the Greece that failed and brought #Tsipras to power. If this comes through, Tsipras and Kotzias have demonstrated statesmanship. Never thought in my wildest dreams I´d say that.

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Greek opposition leader Kyriakos #Mitsotakis up in arms against solution of Macedonia name dispute: “Recognition of a Macedonian language is an unacceptable national concession” Et cetera pp. This is the old Greece talking. The Greece that failed and brought Tsipras to power.
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These tweets came in response to the recent unpopular agreement between Tsipras and the prime minister of Greece’s neighbor that calls itself “Macedonia,” according to which the country’s new name will be “North Macedonia” – seen by many in Greece as a betrayal – while its candidacy for NATO and EU membership will be allowed to proceed. The specter of a deal, and the agreement that followed, resulted in widespread rallies throughout Greece, to which the SYRIZA government responded by expelling diplomats of longtime-ally Russia, accusing them of helping to foment the rallies.
This and other geopolitical issues — such as continued tensions with Turkey (exemplified by Greece granting asylum to eight Turkish servicemen accused of participating in the failed coup against Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Turkey’s kidnapping and six-month detention oftwo Greek soldiers), and the overwhelming burden Greece has endured, described as a “boiling point,” with regard to the issue of migration (exemplified in a recent agreement between Tsipras and German chancellor Angela Merkel, sending 2,000 migrants back to Greece from Germany) — are to be analyzed in a forthcoming column. And this doesn’t even include the Greek government’s appalling response to and outrageous statements regarding the destructive fires in the Athens region in July, which have thus far claimed 98 lives (to be analyzed in a forthcoming piece). In the immediate aftermath of the fires and as Greece mourned, Tsipras vacationed comfortably in the seaside villa of a shipping magnate.

It should, therefore, come as no surprise that in a recent Pew Global poll, 53 percent of Greeks stated their belief that life in their country was better 50 years ago, as opposed to only 28 percent who believe it is better today.

Matt O’Brien of The Washington Post argues that the Greek crisis is only over if you don’t live in Greece. But for Jeroen Dijsselbloem, former Eurogroup chief and the ex-finance minister of Holland, such talk is simply sour grapes and the product of ungrateful Greeks with a “big mouth.” Dijsselbloem is the same figure who once stated that the people of Southern Europe “wasted” their money on “booze” and “women.” Solidaridad!

In his speech in Ithaca, Tsipras stated that Greece has “reached its destination.” If the goal was the economic destitution and submission of Greece, he would be correct. This much is certain: far from being “bailed out,” Greece and its people are still suffering. And far from “ending,” the “bailout” commitments and austerity are set to continue for decades more.

Top Photo | An elderly man passes by homeless men in Athens, April 23, 2018. Thanassis Stavrakis | AP
Dr. Michael Nevradakis is an independent journalist presently based in Athens, Greece. Michael is the host of Dialogos Radio, a weekly radio program featuring interviews and coverage of current events in Greece, and is a member of the communication faculty at Deree – The American College of Greece. He was previously a Fulbright scholar and completed his Ph.D. in Media Studies from The University of Texas in 2018.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Syriza Firestorm 2018: Resignations amidst Conflicting Fire Start Times

The Syriza circus has no end in sight. After appearing at a joint press conference the day after the firestorm that killed to date around 90 people the head of the Fireservice and the Head of the Police alongside the Minister of Interior after having stated all went well operationally resigned.

In January of this year Syriza's Firebrigade held joint exercises with Israel’s Firebrigade in the Penteli mountain range (where the fires started that ended in Mati wiping out people) and in February a new head of the Firebrigade was promoted by the Defence Minister and the Minister of Interior (ex-NATO). Now since when does Israel put out fires?

Since its creation Israel has been responsible for lighting them and blowing up places let alone all the assasinations it has carried out the world over. Syriza has signed a military pact with Israel whereby Greek soil could be used for the Israeli military to train its airforce which for decades has been used to blow up Palestinians.

Now after this joint love affair with the West's premier terrorist state, we have had these criminal events occurring so close to each other (murderous floods and fires) which according to the constitutional make up are under the direct jurisdiction of Syriza's regional governor for Attica Ms. Dourou.

Operational Issues

Firebrigade trucks with no water. Police with CB radios not working either in digital or analogue according to an eyewitness account given by a policeman on ANT1 TV on 4th August 2018. But this fire was allegedly a natural ‘climate change’ event when Tsipras invited two academic clowns after the tragedy to justify mass murder.

The audacity of appearing the day after to pretend all was well, shows the extent they will go to justify every decision they make on behalf of NATO.

Other people have started to notice the inconsistencies of the time regarding the fire outbreak. So far there are four start times. Depending on your point of view and one is expected to believe the same exact fire started at different times and they have up to 4.30hrs difference between them.

Parallely a newspaper published detailed evacuation maps of the area which exist within council and firebrigade departments. So the issue is if they weren’t carried out and the people were sent to the highway of death in Mati this is pure and simple mass murder which cannot be blamed solely on negligence but an organised disruptive plan to ensure nothing can work properly.

Four Sets of Firestorm Times

*The official times of starting as reported by CNN Greece was:

The above time contradicts with interviews of the Director of the Agios Andreas summer camp which gave another start time at 4.45pm but hey its only 15m apart so we can go with whichever, it doesn’t make much difference either way. But then we have an announcement by the Penteli Mayor's office the day after that comes up with a start time a whole hour before at 4pm!

Lets assume one hour difference once again is no big thing. That would have given ample time for the successful evacuation of the summer camps that occurred as coaches could easily arrive within a two hour window and depart with the hundreds of children there as occurred by the Athens Mayors office. The next time the fire started was in the pro-Syriza paper EfSyn and they have a 3.02pm start time and this now starts to get serious as it shows that the authorities had a full three hours to act.

Finally there was another internet paper that produced a start time at 12.38pm below which gives a difference of 4.30hrs before the official start time! So the issue now is which is an objective observer expected to believe. The ‘official’ start time as recorded in CNN Greece and repeated ad nauseam by the fake news of the MSM, the one by the Mayors office in Penteli, or the other two?

If a court case were to occur and there were four contradicting times circulated for a single event then the Prosecutor's office would have to call all four sets of people responsible for circulating such contradicting start times to get to the bottom of it. So far they haven’t produced any phone calls or messages sent to the Firebrigade or the Police prior to 5pm. Lawyers for the dead have asked for transcripts to be released for all the higher ups communication calls in the Firebrigade and the Police. Will they?

Statements by Officials since the Firestorm that left over 90 dead:

‘Fires occurred to destabilise us’ Ex Minister of Interior Toscas, Skourletis and Tsipras

‘I am looking for but cant find any big mistakes. The area is at fault’ Toscas, Tzannakopoulos

‘You were in the fire but you dont know what you are on about’ Only 5 drowned in the sea. Their properties are illegal I hope they learnt something’ Defence Minister Kammenos

‘Mistakes occurred, we were just involved with the Troika’
Foreign Secretary Kotzias

‘Out of the 26 from the tens burnt alive the owner was a member of New Democracy’ We said sorry, what else do you want?' Spirtzis Syriza's Infrastructure Minister

‘The dead blur the good image of the state’ Syrizas ex health minister Polakis

‘Let their deaths not go to waste, Democracy can gain’ President Pavlopoulos

‘A mistake occurred under my ‘watch’ and it doesn’t do justice to me but let me take responsibility’ Athens Regional Governor Dourou

‘I take political responsibility’ PM Alexis Tsipras

‘Tsipras is only 44 years old, its not his fault’ Syrizas Vernadakis

VN Gelis
6th August 2018

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Burning Greeks Alive: NATO Enlargement, Macedonia & the Fake Left Part Five

Burning Greeks Alive: NATO Enlargement, Macedonia & the Fake Left

Are these manufactured fires related to NATO enlargment in the Western Balkans and Greeks militant opposition to them with demos going on for months and the bloody assaults of the state using NATO’s paramilitaries (SEEBRIG) against them? Are these fires part and parcel of creating a strategy of tension to both militarise the states response to the popular resistance against the Tsipras-Zaev deal and at the same time frighten the people into submission, as happened in the early days of the IMF’s arrival in Greece?

Anyone who can remember going back to the early 1980’s knows we have had weird fires prior to big political changes and that has characterised Greece throughout its post-war history… A post-war analysis of the Greek Deep State explains these phenomena and was recently published in February 2018.

Let us not forget that since 2015 and the election of the Syriza government a historic agreement has been made with Zionist Israel, the US airbase that has been alleged to have been instrumental in aiding 9/11 in New York and were involved in the security cameras of 7/7 in Londons Underground. Now we have strange events occurring throughout Greece.

1980 Greek Deep State: Firebombing Independent Traders for EEC Entry

In 1980 prior to Greece’s entry to the EEC there was an organized plan of burning down Greece’s premier shops Minion and Katratzos. This was the beginning of the end of Greek shopkeepers and the entrance of large multinationals in our country.

This nightmarish scenario was repeated on 3rd June 1981 with the parallel burning of the shops Klaoudatos and Atene and in a smaller extension on 4th July Dragonas and three days later in the shops Lambropoulos in Piraeus. The barrage of these firebombed buildings buried Greek shopkeepers and the entrance of large foreign multinationals in our country.

On the morning 19th December 1980 we had two parallel fires that destroyed two of the most historic shops in Athens ‘Minion’ and ‘Katrantzos’ during the holiday period. We are dealing with fires and the police labelled them terrorist events.

3am in the morning on Friday eyewitness accounts in both stores heard explosions and seconds later saw fires emerge from both buildings. In a few minutes big fires burnt the buildings to the ground due to the stock inside and not enough walls dividing the areas.

The firebrigade that arrived in both areas with 38 vehicles and 170men had a difficult job to do. Their main aim was to contain the fire so it didn’t spread to the surrounding buildings. The fire was of such intensity that Minion only had the frame left whilst the Katrantzo store collapsed. The damage was equivalent to 2 billion drachmas. Until today both cases Minion and Katrantzos and the other four remain without knowing who the perpetrators were and they have been legally timed out.

Syriza and the 9 day Burning of Greece in 2007

Announcement for the fires of 2007 by Syriza
‘The Holocaust which is occurring in the last days and is still continuing provoked death to 65 people over 100 missi ng, thousands of victims, unaided, half of Greece in ashes. All what we hear from asymmetric threats, a foreignfinger, secret services, aim to cover up and justify these culpable policies”

Firebombing of Marfin Bank

Between the early 1980’s and today there have been countless fires, the major ones are state sponsored and directed terrorism. Apart from the 2007 fires which have been covered there has been the firebombing of Marfin bank whereby four people died in the large anti-IMF demos that rocked Greece. What happened on that fatal day in 2010?

Employees complained that because of a strike, their branch was the only one open in central Athens during the protest and that they had never been given safety guidelines. Andreas Vgenopoulos, Chairman of the Marfin Investment Group which owned the bank was not charged despite widespread criticism that he had disregarded the safety of his employees.

Angeliki Papathanasopoulou, aged 32 and four months pregnant at the time, Paraskevi Zoulia, aged 34, and Epameinondas Tsakalis, 36, died of suffocation after the bank they worked in was firebombed and they fled to a top floor only to be overcome by smoke.

Fire rages in Marfin Bank. Soon the people in the balcony will be dead.
“The bank should have been secured. The front windows had been repeatedly smashed, yet they were never replaced with shatter-proof glass,” Zacharias Papathanasopoulos, Angeliki’s father, told the court on the opening day of the trial.
“I believe that what happened is because of the criminal indifference of the bank’s officials,” Papathanasopoulos added. “I demand moral compensation.”

No actual culprits were ever found as this was a Deep State operation against the people in general
Purpose was to dampen down peoples resistance to the measures that were about to hit Greece. The purpose of these criminal fires to all extent have been done to dampen down peoples resistance to the Tsipras-Zaev NATO deal. Demos have rocked Greece since February as large if not larger than those that hit Greece in 2010.

Subsequently a whole block caught fire burning a historic cinema near Marfin bank.

The Greek Fake Left on the Fires New and Old

Paper of breakaway from the KKE: “Its Profit Dumbassess Ilia, Mandra, Mati…”

The LEFT sees a conspiracy in property developers and state officials, but sees no conspiracy in terms of the actual NATO state and its security agencies. In other words a property developer who operates in an area goes round undisturbed setting fires, turning areas into ash in order then …. to develop them, build houses and flats without anyone batting an eyelid.

That could suffice if Greece was overdeveloped in coastal areas like Spain where they have tower blocks all along the coast for mass tourism. But if one looks at Greek tourist areas the coast is normally reserved for small individual developments and where four star developments have sprung up no requirement has been to burn anything to smithereens. They can bribe government officials to extend their land if they don’t have enough for development. There is no requirement for fires.

How do all the small owners collaborate in setting fires, from which they don’t burn themnselves and have enough alibis to justify where they were when the fire started? They can easily hoodwink the firebrigade? It’s more a case of the fake left trying to hoodwink the people to justify state sponsored terrorism which always had ulterior political motives in Greece.

FYROM and the Tsipras - Zaev deal.
The issues around this have extensively been covered by Mihalis Nevradakis in a series of articles ( so no need to go over them again and have been published in Kindle format ‘Macedonia: Whats in a Name?’ (

The issue is were these fires created to dampen down the Greeks opposition to the deal? Since February there have been mass rallies against the change of name. By creating a national tragedy to the focus of attention is re-directed away from the criminal policies of the Tsipras Zaev deal, the upcoming fake compensation claims of Albania and NATO’s Western Balkan expansion. One has to add that no national parties have taken part in the anti-Macedonian deal rallies. No one supported them. The government subsequently labelled them all ‘racist’ ‘xenophobic’ and ‘fascist’. Found isolated members of GD and tainted the millions that have taken part and tarred them with the same brush.

When that failed it was Putin who allegedly funded and financed the rallies. This is from the government which when it was in opposition used to allege if the EU doesn’t cut a deal they would go to the BRICS. If political acrobatics was an Olympic sport Syriza would win hands down. Never in the history of politics in such a short period of time have we had such shennanigans. The question is will they be able to remain in power for another twelve months?

New National Curriculum Syriza Science: Laws of Physics are Overturned

Since 9/11 the laws of physics are constantly taking a pounding. We were told passports made of paper could withstand an airplane explosion and be found and that skyskrapers made of concrete and steel beams could disintegrate from a fire provoked by airplane fuel ie the kerosene in the wings of jets. Skyscrapers collapsing at free fall speed. Which by itself is physically impossible and absurd just as we were about to believe them they upped the ante, announcing the collapse of Building 7 a full 30 minutes before it occurred live on tv which fell without a plane even hitting it. Taking into account these were the only skyscrapers that ever collapsed from fires ever in the history of humanity the paid shills of corporate propaganda bypassed it basically destroying any education anyone learnt in high school.

Syriza is now alleging a forest fire spread so fast and so quick ,making car wheel rims melt, engines are seen to have evaporated and bodies are singed right next to white walls of buildings some of which are fully intact, next to burnt trees. Whilst in other situations trees are intact right next to destroyed buildings.

When windows have a burn rate of between 1400-1600cc and plastic from 50c-550c we see windows burnt whilst plastic still standing at the same time as being told not all trees burn as there are exceptions to the rule, in other words wood doesn’t have the same burn rate as windows or car wheel rims. Basically there is an excuse for anything and everything. Science is defunct.

Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos, right, greets his Israeli counterpart Moshe Yaalon in Tel Aviv, 19 July 2015

NATO abstentionists in the fake Left and Right that Prop up Syriza:
Issues that cant be ignored:

-Napalm was first used on Greek partisans by US fighter jets in the postwar Civil War and then rolled out globally in Korea and Vietnam

-Gladio was a secret anti-communist cabal set up by USA-NATO to forestall a leftwing takeover and specialised in car bombs, assassinations, chaos.

-Geoffrey Pyatt was appointed Greek Ambassador in 2016 coming from the Ukraine where he took an energetic part in supporting the Maidan regime in its civil war.

-6th American fleet was both in and around Greece during the Mandras murderous floods and the murderous fires in Mati.

-US Navy wants to install laser guided weaponry in all its ships by 2019

-Greek Minister of Interior Toskas was a Greek appointee at NATO headquarters

-Defence Minister Kammenos ex ND signed a pact with Zionist Israel the first ever in our history.

-Kotzias (Foreign Secretary)was an adviser of George Papandreou and Toscas (Interior Minister) belong same political grouping called Pratto

-Expulsion or Russian diplomats announced by US Embassy in Greece prior to the Syriza government

-Syriza Firestorm Training Day in Penteli Mountain scene of outbreak of fire in May 2018

-Satellite images show multiple fires occurring in the other fire on the same day in Kinetta, Greece

-Breeze 2018 EU’s Naval Training occurred from the 18-21st July in Bulgaria and then the 6th Fleet returned to Piraeus on 25th July passing from Rafina port.

-Daou Pentelis was a Greek Defence Ministry site in the 1970’s and 1980’s then it is alleged to have become a NATO arms depot and is the origin of the source of the fire.

-Nea Makri US bases though formally closed have a section still linked to the US Embassy.

-Defence Minister Kammenos stated in a BBC interview NATO did not allow Greek Army to get involved in fire rescue

-Evacuation times are contradicted by three different sources by up to two hours when the fire was fully ablaze for the childrens summer camp.

-Despite being seen by military helicopters hundreds of Greeks were on the beach for hours waiting to choke to death from the smoke or die drowing when trying to escape and no one came to save them.

-Prior to Tsipras first press conference at 11.30pm on Monday evening the authorities knew there were victims but no victims were announced on tv.

-Syriza did not visit a single burn vicitim in hospital and Tsipras went to the area one week after the event at 6am and met no one.

Syriza has alleged the fires in in Mati where set by arsonists. If they allege this is the work of another nation this will be tantamount to a declaration of war. Hence they are between a rock and a hard place.

In my humble opinion if it looks like a duck swims like a duck and quacks like a duck then it probably is a duck. This was a NATO operation against the Greek nation.

VN Gelis
1st August 2018
Series of articles dedicated to the victims of NATO aggression

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Burning Greeks Alive: Evacuation Anomalies and Inconsistencies Part 4

Dancing Whilst Athens Burns

Regional Governnor Rena Dourou and Mayor of Marathon Psinakis in happier times

The issue burning Greek society now is why no evacuation was organised after they found that some evacuation occurred by the Mayor of Athens. There is a Greek saying ‘blood has been spilt, revenge which should be sought’…. Will it?

There was a children’s summer camp site with over 600 children in Agios Andreas which was positioned right next to Mati. Somehow it was evacuated in time and over 15 coaches arrived somehow to carry this out. A cousin of mine sent their child there last year and stated the buses collected all children from central Athens. Hence any buses ready for evacuation would have left Athens. Hold on to that thought for a minute.

This is the location of the summer camps.

There are three versions as to when it was evacuated. One by the Minister of Interior Toscas who at a press conference mentioned 5pm. Another a tweet by an eyewitness who stated 5.30pm. A third by a news journalist who interviewed the director working at the camp site stating 6.15pm. Which version are we expected to believe.

The fire is alleged to have started prior to 5pm. One has a facebook posting at 5pm approximately showing smoke from the area of the original source of the fire. So it was started anytime between 4.30pm to 4.50pm. It lasted maximum 90 minutes and there were very strong winds, its total length was around 5km. Strong winds imply fire speed at anything between 5-10km with 5km being the slowest and 10km the highest. So by all accounts the fire if started at 4.30pm the earliest time possible would have ended at 6pm or reached its final destination and if started 15m later would have ended at 6.15pm. Leoforos Marathonas was closed at 6.15pm hence the fire had already passed its halfway point. Whatever times we use its impossible for 15 coaches to have arrived from central Athens prior to 6pm (it takes approximately an hour and it implies 15 coach drivers are on standby to drive off, which is unbelievable as no company works like that)

Tweet by eyewitness which states children were being evacuated alongisde army camp at 5.30pm as she was there at Agios Andreas. The fire was still at Neo Voutsa. At 6pm it passed Leoforos Marathonas. At 6.20pm it had reached towards the sea.

According to reports circulated in Kathimerini they decided at 5pm to evacuate. Somehow around 15 coaches arrived by 6’15pm and by 7’15pm a section had left the area. They got through Leoforos Marathonas and escaped unscathed. Most of the escapees from cars who were directed into the dead end of Mati where on the beach front by 6’30pm where they stayed until midnight.

“The lady responsible for the childrens summer camps Ms Christina Vasiliou when she understood the fire could threaten the camp rang the head of the Firebrigade in the area. By luck she had his mobile as they were in constant communication in the last period. She asked him if the camp was threatened and he replies “According to my opinion it would be best for the kids to leave” At 6’15pm the kids had gathered at the desired place and at 7.15pm the first 150 kids had left”

‘The Evacuation No One knew Was Occurring’ Tania Georgopoulou Kathimerini 29.07.2018

Leoforos Marathonas police blockade due to the fire at 6.12pm

So how did 15 coaches get through roadblocks and escape when the fire was in full swing with smoke everywhere? Something isn’t right there either in the timing or in the story.

Like in every criminal act where the perpetrator is interviewed about where they were and what they did, this criminal act is being made up as it goes along and certain things don’t add up. There couldn’t have been an evacuation in those times simply because the roads were backed up with traffic, there was mayhem, why did these coaches get clearance through a road that was closed as it was unsafe but normal cars were re-directed into the highway of death in Mati?

For the story to work they left much earlier than 4pm so that would imply they knew there was going to be a fire, assumed they could evacuate them all but somewhere along the line it went haywire.

No order was also give to evacuate people from the sea only volunteers went there on their own. Why is the question? It appears they didn’t want professional people as they have professional equipment, eg high powered binoculars, camera recording equipment etc. and they didn’t want them in the area seeing things they shouldn’t. That can be the only explanation provided by the Defence Ministers statement to the BBC that NATO didn’t allow the Greek armed forces to act in the area.

Another media report states that deep sea divers were in the area by 9pm and they fished out dead bodies from the sea.

According to other reports the first reported dead were around 7.40pm and according to ANELs ex MP Dimitri Kammenos on Skai tv in the morning 31st July he stated 40 body bags were ordered on that evening, so its impossible for the govt. to not know they had mass casualties when they appeared on the tv at 11.30pm making an announcement that didn’t even mention any dead showing a case of being calm for a minor event. Tsipras wasn’t even in Greece but flew in that day from Bosnia so to what extent could this clown know what is going on is dubious as he spends most of his time reading from pre-pared scripts.

With 1000 houses burnt over 400 cars pulverised and yet trees still standing next to them in many areas the questions are more than the answers.

What is strange was that Kammenos as Defence Minister on the night in question was with the Russian Military Attache in a fish restaurant in Athens. Subsequently Lavrov makes a statement that Greece is being pushed into an anti-Russian line. The explanation on the event is that they must have met them to justify why they will be blamed?

Subsequently the Mayor of Rafina Bournas whose area isn’t Mati as it belongs to another clown called Psinaniks who is Mayor of Marathon (he was partying in Mykonos and despite being informed on Monday chose to not fly back to disturb his drug haze) claims the government forged papers and pretended he was in a meeting with another Mayor (area of Dionysos). It appears the Syriza government in attempting to defend its criminal role is trying to apportion blame down the chain of command for the Mayor of Rafina who isn’t the Fire Service, or the Port Authority or the Greek Army.

Citizens trapped by sea trying to cope with the smoke.

Videos have emerged of army helicopters being off the beach on Antenna TV 31st July 2018 where 500 odd people who managed to escape found themselves there and in the water.

Video which shows military helicopters when still daylight off the coast of Mati 1.30 and 2.57

Ex ANEL (Independent Greeks) then Syriza MP Rachel Makri tweeted ‘Criminals Resign you Murdered People. Scumbags tell us who gave the order for you to close Leoforos Marathonas and what time and how come you evacuated the summer camps and you couldnt evacuate the people?

There is also a link below with a newspaper feed on the net which speaks about the fires in Rafina at 12.38pm on 23rd January... How can that be?

Now why were the people not evacuated? For some reason or another they stayed either on the beach or in the water until after dark for hours. No other explanation can be provided. It appears the area was sealed off for some type of military experiment with over 100 Greeks and tourists paying the price with their lives.

31st July 2018
VN Gelis

Monday, 30 July 2018

Burning Greeks Alive: Hybrid Warfare: Chemtrail Spraying, Murderous Floods and Earthquakes Part Three

Murderous Floods

Before one goes into the murderous floods in Mandras suffice to say that it is located right next to Athens military airport in Elefsina. From which most of the chemtrail spraying occurs.

On the aforementioned day it wasn’t even raining in most parts of Athens and wasn’t particularly stormy in Madras. What happened next is out of one of them science fiction novels. A massive amount of water arrived from the nearby mountains which by the time had reached the centre of Mandras were up to 4-5 meters high. The official excuse was that the underwater passage were built over and housing was built in old river paths. One could explain it away as a natural weather phenomena part of this aforementioned ‘climate change’ which used to be called something entirely different a couple of decades ago.

What is unexplainable in relation to the events in Mandras is the volume of water that arrived. People who have been residents there for four decades had never seen so much water. Everyone in Athens has observed over the years chemical spraying over the skies and before anyone claims this is hogwash there is a company registered in Thessaloniki which works closely with the Greek outpost of the Common Agricultural Policy and is involved in Weather Modification programmes. The question once more is why are they involved in this type of weather warfare in breach of the 1977 United Nations Geo-engineering Convention?

Since about 2000 they started selling the concept of ‘climate change’ and forced a lot of countries to sign up to bogus treaties about limiting the use of carbon in the atmosphere. Part and parcel of this process was to justify the Trilaterals Commissions Agenda in the 1970s to limit indigenous production of energy for instance across the old EEC (coal) and to make areas around the world heavily dependent on imports from large multinational corporations. The purpose was twofold: make sovereign nations dependent on other countries and and replacing the imploding oil based reserve currency the dollar with another tradeable currency ie imported energy’ Hence we had the oil based wars in the Middle East financed in part from the US drug trade in Afghanistan, the weir event around Fykushima which led to Japan becoming a net importer of energy as its nuclear plants were shut down and gas wars in relation to Southern Europe over Russian pipelines known as Southstream.

Over 500 cars were trapped in the flloods including commercial lorries just to understand the power of this flood and the area looks like it has been bombed out. They allege less than 25 died which is absolute nonsense as many illegal migrants live and work in the area and n one has tracked them or cared to.

Eyewitness Report-On the Flooding of Mandras in Athens Greece

A. On the Dead
There must be a few hundred – with conservative estimates. When we will get the full number is an issue.
In a thousand cars, which were quashed the declaration that 19 died only appears as a funny joke as those that disappeared 19 which we know personally.

B. Responsibilities
1. The current Council
In other floods and under other conditions we would attack the local Council for criminal irresponsibility. But under today’s conditions the mistakes and omissions which weigh on the council aren’t founded – I am referring to the current council, not those that went on before it. I could actually congratulate it with the passion it showed in these difficult times. Many times it raised its voice to the ludicrous representative from Syrizas Regional Administrators who came to police the manner and the distribution of help. The latter tried to impose a bureaucratic process, which was lacking all essence and in many ways slowed down the whole process. Its no coincidence the PM Tsipras didn’t risk entering Mandra but like a thief visited for communication reasons from a distance of at least one km. I must admit that the army of the region wasn’t solely Syriza who shone in their absence but the jackboots of various NGO’s when help arrived from various unknown quarters and tried to take control of it for no practical reason forcing the residents to rebel against them. We don’t need aid by force like Papadopoulos Junta, so as to support the anniversary. So as to not be misunderstood the Mayor we have is politically supported by PASOK who in the past wasn’t what could have been better. Could have been worse.

2. Regional Administration
Criminal responsibility. They must answer they and the previous people as they never explained and they never actualised any plan to take the water away which of course no Mayor on their own could carry out. When the rise of the water reaches three meters in height no drainage can cope with such a deluge and we aren’t talking about a simple flow but something the size of three rivers having acquired flow and power when they entered the city of Mandras. In the last fifty years we also had deaths and victims but the previous floods bear no relationship with the last Armageddon.

3. Greek State
Criminal irresponsibility by the Region, but clearly better than the Greek state, which allowed, if it didn’t provoke itself the ‘phenomenon’. That which the conspiracists call HAARP. Explaining it more bluntly, the war against the Greek Nation and the peoples the world over via ‘natural’ catastrophes. For so long and on a daily basis the continuously spray the atmosphere. Now will those who don’t believe it after such a large destruction which occurs by some non-believers that how on earth can we have such a large destruction when we have never had anything similar in the area before in history. The conspiracists therefore are right.

It would be rudeness to the dead, to mention like so many others the reasons for the concretisation of the underwater streams, the town planning of the area, the bribery of government officials and planning offices, the unbridled profit of local developers etc.
These are well known and common knowledge. Whoever uses this do it deliberately to disorientate the people from the determining factors which provoked the destruction…
November 2017

Deadly Earthquakes
The earthquake in Lesvos which was felt all the way in Istanbul...its intensity in such a small has had some people allege it was over 10 richter though its source was below the ocean.

The Mayor of Ankara at the time Melich Giorktsek declared that we should investigate whichever ship of a foreign power happens to be investigating earthquakes in the Aegean at the time of the disaster.

Later on he added on twitter “I believe that it was a technical earthquake. I am not sure, but it is a serious possibility which should be investigated. Was it a ship of earthquake investigation at the centre of it. If so to which country does it belong?”
These ‘seismic’ ships have been doing the rounds in the Aegean and no one knows what they are really up to.

Weather Modification Programmes in Greece

Who is behind the programmes? 
Weather on Demand? 
Many people who see such a title immediately believe the author is a raving conspiracy nut. Yet they never sit to analyse a topic from a variety of sources and angles or to ask themselves that technology doesn’t stand still. There are variety of reasons where weather modification is used officially. In military and in agriculture. The issue is whether it is used for other purposes.

Agricultural Uses in Greece
ELGA does weather modification programmes with 3D planes, there were the most hailstorms fall and weather modification is what they call the programmes that can increase rainfall and snow, ensure fog is diluted and hailstorms can be magnified or reduced. It reminds one of the mafia which offers protection, from itself! Who actually provokes climate change and which interests are hidden behind these? Small and large planes with big and large interests. The end result is that instead of Greece having a surplus of agricultural products it can export as well it becomes dependent on imports, whilst farmers face the threat of their land being taken away from them. The responsibilities of the politicians is massive as massive as the pockets of 3D who doesn’t want to leave a single part of Greece not being sprayed. These programmes do not benefit farmers and their animals or the population which relies on this food to survive. 

D S.A. is a Greek private company founded in1976 in Thessaloniki. The company provides custom made services and applications covering all major contemporary activities in Greece and abroad and since 1981 has been actively involved in several Weather Modification Programs (rain/snow enhancement and hail suppression). 3D S.A. offers a distinguishing range of services that rightfully makes it unique in Europe and one among the four most recognized companies worldwide specializing in Weather Modification Applications 

Reading their website one sees that the govt body which is responsible for farmers OGA (Organisation of Farmers in Greece) has handed out contracts to this company for weather modification. Initially it would have been about protecting crops from adverse weather conditions but as Greece joined the EU in 1981 and 27% of the economy was agricultural now it has become something totally opposite as according to EU regulations farming in Greece had to fall below 10% which it has. Food security was turned into its opposite ie. food insecurity. 

The weather modification programme was implemented in Central Greece (big agricultural areas) in Imathi a, Pella, Pieria and Thessaloniki region occupying an area of 2.350.000 acreas during the months April to September. So if these regions are allegedly being protected why do we have such toxic weather in these months which destroy the crops? A group previously called SaveGeaGroup had been involved in questions regarding these topics and have also demonstrated against the company involved. But to no avail as these programmes continue unabated at a great economic and social cost as the climate is behind damaged and agricultural production destroyed.

Joanna Charalompoulou a member of KEP and a manager in charge of agriculture did an impact study of this year’s hailstorms and looking at the report it is truly disheartening. “From 2013 onwards apart from Spring and during the summer months June-July-August we have many storms and hailstorms in Greece ‘What is also illuminating is that these storms affect mostly areas where we have large agricultural production and because in the last few years we have been bombarded with reports that we are being met by bigger heatwaves – every year – we are being attacked in our judgements and we are asking: summer in our country is only two months, but we have scenes of collapse every now and again. With one or two mini heatwaves we end up having the lowest temperatures in Southeast Europe? It’s the period where we lived through the ‘hottest summers?”

Does it correspond fully with what we have collated? How can it fit with the theory of hottest summers and at the same time hailstorms that destroy agriculture when the weather modification programmes are allegedly there to protect agriculture?

These programmes are obviously there to regulate overproduction and keep prices high. Products instead of being buried are destroyed via hailstorms or floods.

VN Gelis