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Neo-Ottomanism in the Service of the Greek Covid Coup
“The sun almost set. Martin is nice like Istanbul… it has an eye that sees Mesopotamia…it belongs to a desire beyond this world…Just like Jerusalem…is a summary of the history of humanity… divided societies and the contradictions of the nation and of dogma. The colours left behind by the the tribes which passed, the elements left by the civilisations which were created here…an order was established…you must understand that the arrow which expanded from central Asia to eastern Anatolia, how they intermingled civilisations by the people who moved within the arrow and what type of unions they created by intermingling… the order which we refer to as Ottoman was created by the meeting of active human elements and a surrounding of stability.
We represent them all…we have a tremendous experience based on Greek civilisation, Mesopotamia, Persian civilisation, Egyptian, India and China, in the Balkans, in the Caucuses…The spirit of Turkey constitutes the centre of the spirit which in the future is aiming to constitute the spirit of the world order…”
Speech to Turkish Ambassadors South Eastern Turkey January 2010
Erdogan’s arrival on the political scene was inaugurated as a moderniser whose sole aim was to bring Turkey into the EU in the first decade of his rise to power. During his second decade a turn towards his near neighbours was made in an attempt to revive neo-ottomanism once it was becoming clear the US Empire was in retreat after the disastrous Iraq war which led to an Arab Spring and civil wars engulfing a series of Arab countries: Egypt, Syria, Libya etc.
Turkey and the EU
Greece became an ardent proponent and supporter of Turkish entry into the EU at the beginning of the 21st century which was stalled with the French Referendum (2005) and Brexit (2016) when Turkish entry twice became a campaign issue. The Greek love affair with all things Turkish can be seen by all the PMs in the 21st century being photographed with Erdogan, becoming godparents to his daughters children, dancing at NATO summits with Turkey’s Foreign Minister and encouraging mass migration from Turkish shores by a meet and greet policy unparalleled in modern times and can only be compared with the modern tourise industry. Being consistent with neo-Ottomanism the Greek state has funded on its own in times of serious economic crisis and built a Mosque in Athens, buys volumes and volumes of shows from Turkish tv, sells properties, hotels and businesses in abundance to Turkish citizens whilst not once taking retaliatory measures in anything Turkey does.
When Cyprus sold off its sea shelf to foreign multinationals the Turks started to threaten to drill in Cypriot coastal waters. To aid Erdogan the Greek shipowners moll Aggelopoulou (who was the 2004 Olympics organiser and subsequently given the Chairmanship of the 2021 celebrations of the modern Greek revolution of 1821) sold him a drilling ship which Turkey lacked and Greek geopolitics in the region has been to merge with Turkey and that course is still the main direction of ‘Greek’ foreign policy, which in reality is just German.
Since the failed Turkish coup of 2016 and Greece’s anti-Russian line (at the behest of US foreign policy) which became evident in Greece with the Hybrid Wars launched in the 2010 decade and subsequently when Greek agricultural exports towards Russia and the limiting of Russian tourist visas (extended this year to a total embargo) Greece has spent countless flight hours training Turkish pilots who are involved in hundreds of incursions into Greek airspace, but are never confronted only aided in flight manoeuvres. To cover for the blatantly open support for Erdogan a show was created with 8 Turkish officers which apparently sought asylum in Greece and were granted it for their alleged role in the Turkish coup.
When Merkel ordered millions of AfroAsian migrants funded in part by Turkish airline offers to North Africa with $40 one way tickets to Istanbul then coordinated by buses from there, many ended up staying indefinitely on Greek islands near Turkey: Chios, Samos, Lesvos etc. This led to a people’s revolt on these islands and after the Greek PM tried to quell it by sending in hundreds of riot police from Athens they were beaten to a pulp and forced to return with their tale between their legs. This was a significant defeat not seen throughout the whole decade of the Troika austerity despite mass mobilisations general strikes and protests. Subsequently to this in order to raise the ‘nationalist’ credentials of the Greek PM Mitsotakis (globalist family based clan dominating Greek politics since WW2) Erdogan organised a show in the Greek Turkish border of Evros allegedly trying to storm the borders using AfroAsian migrants and Turkish special forces which the Greek riot police repelled. This was equivalent in form not content with the events that were going on in the US-Mexican border. A form of Trumpism had arrived in the EU by default not intent for the Greek government to gain a new lease of life.
Then Covid hit and the issue of mass migration as a new invading force from Erdogan dissapeared. After the alleged successful Greek Covid Coup and response the Greek govt appears to be repaying Erdogan in kind. Out of the blue and without warranting a reason Greece announced it is willing to go to the Hague to debate ‘disputed’ territorial waters. Open borders once more were back. Erdogan announced a sea corridor all the way to Western Libya cutting across Egyptian sea waters, Cypriot and Cretan and the Greek PMs response was not to ask for a joint Exclusive Economic Zone with Cyprus but to go the …Hague. For a long time now the position of the Greek elite has been to divide up the Aegean and defacto have open borders with Turkey.
21st Century has led to severe conflicts over competing superpower energy supplies Initially over the Russian South Stream pipeline which Greece signed for then reneged on, then the Azerbaijani pipeline which has been built but not really functionable as the US has fallen out with Turkey, Cypriot hydrocarbon finds and the selling off to Italian, US oil majors, the East Med pipeline deal with Israel, Greek hydrocarbon finds in the Ionian sea has meant everyone is interested and in particular Turkey. The mass investment by the Turkish state in military rearmament in Navy ships even a small aircraft carrier has meant it has arrived on the scene locked and loaded to question various parts of the Aegean Sea from Cypriot to Greek territorial waters.
One cannot of course know or predict the future course of developments or what Erdogan may or may not do, whether he is being encouraged to question every previous treaty with Greece, whether he seeks a break with NATO, whether he is being encouraged by Russia etc. The only thing that is certain is that he is involved in skirmishes with 3-4 countries already and adding Greece on the list with the effect that would have on existing Covid based tourism (which has already collapsed to 90% of previous years) means that the costs of rearmament, the effects of Great Depression 2 and the balancing act with world powers implies that not even the best trapeze artist on the planet could survive this geopolitical tightrope. In the last decade Erdogan has threatened Russia, America, France, Italy, etc. but all his moves towards Greece are measured and in prior agreement with the Greek government.
The problem that exists is how to sell a victory when in retreat to their respective populations. Both Erdogan and Mitsotakis are in weak positions. The Covid Lockdowns have exacerbated the economic crisis to the point of no return. A war would destroy the existing service based economy in the Aegean sea for both countries and there is no ultimate gain. On the other hand despite and apart from the Quisling nature of the existing Greek political class, the role of the military is an unstable factor for resistance to an invasion could create a real populist backlash. Greeks are concerned there is a presence of a few million Islamic origin migrants in the country and they could constitute a fifth column in support of Turkeys possible territorial ambitions and to forestall this the Greek PM at the behest of Germany (which is facing out nuclear power and requires EU based hydrocarbons) wants to make an agreement with Erdogan.
The issue now is do all the other EU powers: France, Italy or the UK?
Thursday, 30 April 2020
MayDay Leaflet circulated in Athens 1st May 2020
Corona Virus and the World Economic Crisis
Today’s demo in support of Mayday is occurring under peculiar conditions. In reality under a concealed illegality. A demo under ‘conditions’. Under what conditions those gather, how many metres apart from each other, what type of health accessories are going to be required (masks, gloves etc.)! A Mayday demo we wouldn’t even dream in our wildest nightmares…
A cause for today’s ‘under conditions’ rally, and for all the stressful hardship which we have suffered in the last months (psychological and mainly economic) is Coronavirus! Which originated from where? In what manner? It’s hidden under a blanket mystery. Did it escape from a Chinese lab? Was it deliberately planted? Was it planted by the Americans? Is it humans fault, bats, nature? The essence is that we have a coincidence, a very big coincidence that it erupted just prior to the dawn of a great economic depression which all the international organisations and economists over a year ago were predicting was coming at full speed. Today the modest word depression has been replaced by the same people with the phrase the greatest economic crash ever. Which appears to be closer to reality. Comparing it with that of 1929 they say it will be bigger. How could it be any different? When in the last few years the profits of big business, the parasites of the world was based on massive financial bubbles which bore no reality to the real productive economy. Where unemployment grew massively and the demand for daily products fell exponentially. With the result being that capital abstained from any productive activity as it bore no …profits.
All these macabre developments which have occurred, met ‘by coincidence’ with Coronavirus. Without realising it we are in the midst of a global economic crash. How else can the measures be characterised that are taken to confront ‘Corona’ when suddenly 700.000 workers and professionals are on the streets and 260k businesses have shut down? How many of them will reopen? How many will be able to reopen? How many will be forced to close from now on?
We have no desire to listen to government pronouncements regarding a general indefinite return to ‘normality’. We are in a position to realise, that from now on we will live under totally new conditions. That using Corona virus, the first phase of the EU-IMF programme 2010-2012 with whatever was withheld from us will appear to be an idyllic situation compared to what is coming from the world system and the Mitsotakis government is preparing to serve us. The issue is that the popular movement, the working class and the youth must be prepared slowly but surely, for forms of struggle, which must in no way have the nature of the passive resistance of 2011…
Thursday, 16 April 2020
Events usually pace ahead of a conscious understanding of what is occurring. Human consciousness requires time to ‘comprehend’ the true extent of the dimension of the problems which have been created in the intervening period in the near past or even further back.
The adventure with the deadly virus emerged again like a bolt of lightning out of the blue on the heads of all people on the planet… There was nothing that could be handheld something visible in general that could be discerned. Suddenly from MSM (here in Greece regarding) the information started to circulate regarding a virus which originated in China. In less that a week the simple information regarding ‘Coronavirus’ and we finally learnt its name) and was transformed by the MSM into an Armageddon. Not only in Greece but the whole world. The ‘news’ from MSM stopped reporting anything else that was occurring in the country. From dusk till dawn, the presstitutes with a sadistic mania kept on repeating the amount of ‘dead’, counting them (mostly from China and Italy) and the first alleged infections in Greece from whom the the first ….dead appeared. People who died due to serious health ailments who were arbitrarily diagnosed as being Covid-19. This has materialised from the various criticisms by family members have made regarding the adhoc diagnoses as well as banning postmortems… A state attitude which is repeated in other countries in an even bigger scale. The time had matured of course for the intervention of the WHO which characterised the virus as a Pandemic and from that moment onwards the fascistic mentality of banning movements from the ‘serious and responsible’ Mitsotakis government, was just a matter of time…Something which occurred finally with the aid of the MSM who in order to aid the government showed images from various areas that people were still travelling and out and endangering public health. The same aid was given by all the parties of the Opposition to Mitsotakis and not only them…
The majority of people are frightened and that is obviously natural. Its not a panic like occurs with earthquakes, whose murderous knock on effects is heard by all when they break out in a specific area. This is an undetermined fear, invisible, with which one doesn’t have an immediate contact, but is contracted by two human senses. By sight and smell. From the tv networks and radio waves where the people are watching and listening almost 24 hours a day every day, the triumphant increase of victims of Coronavirus in both the country one lives in or from the rest of the world. It’s a hidden fear which isn’t spread by a syringe, but bombards ones head and remains in the cells, in the psychosomatic aura of each individual influencing their psychology. At the same time the enforced enclosure in the house makes the situation worse. That is the reason why on the roads at the Supermarkets and other places various disturbances occur amongst those who are calm and those that are panicking, who behind their masks view those without one in a transmission of fear in a weird manner if anyone is close to them. But this is a transmissionable fear (which we spoke about already) which soon will have a sell by date. That will occur when everywhere will be felt the true dimensions of the economic developments which will bring about economic developments which will exist in the whole planet
The Economic Crisis Which We Will Experience
Coronavirus which they are trying to promote as a deadly virus threatens the whole of humanity, is a lie. Its an attempt to cover up the real disaster, which is the bursting of their bubble. For more than two years the most serious economists on a global level warned about the arrival of the of the current crisis. But the ceaseless bulimic demand for profit for a bunch of multinationals,, dominated. Its not a matter of stupidity. It’s the nature of the system. Thus the chain has been pushed to its breaking point, which inevitably will break. What will follow will be the break up of the chain and what will follow will be linked from the breaking point of this chain, which they have already blamed on the… Coronavirus. But in a very short period of time it will be clearly known: The real pandemic is capitalism itself….
Eric Toussaint who was a Doctor of Political Science and President of the Committee of Abolishing the Debt of the Third World in Belgium wrote the following in this big excerpt which we consider useful to quote: of dodgy products
“Whilst dominant mass media constantly maintain that the crisis of the stock exchanges has been provoked by the coronavirus I have emphasized for years now that we have all the conditions for a new financial credit crisis and that the coronavirus is just the spark or the excuse for the crisis in the stock exchanged and not the cause. The financial credit sphere is full years now with massive amounts of dodgy products who only required a spark to provoke an explosion: we weren’t sure for the precise year and cause but we knew it would come. Thus something had to be done to avoid it but nothing was done. Many writers of the radical left wrote about this crisis like Michael Roberts, Robert Brenner Francediil Chenais, Michael Hudson. From 2017, I have written frequently regarding the topic. A serious stock exchange collapse happened in December 2018 in Wall Street when under the pressure of a bunch of large private banks and the administration of Donald Trump, the Federal Reserve Bank of the USA started once more to lower the interest rates something which was supported by the large private companies which dominate in the stock exchange. The rapid increase in the value of stocks started when companies started to buy their own stocks. Utilising the fall in interest rates large private companies increased their debts and the big investment funds increased the purchase of all goods including those of industrial one utilizing debts.
Once again in Wall St from September 2019 there was a large liquidity crisis in a financial credit market which was already stretched by liquidity. A crisis of liquidity whilst having an oversupply of liquidity. It was a serious crisis and the federal reserves required an injection of billions of dollars to avoid a collapse of the markets. They maintained as well in their budget more than 1.3 trillion of toxic dollars of collateralized products which was bought from the banks in 2008 and 2009 as they correctly assumed that if they dumbed in the secondary debt market their values would collapse and would lead to a bigger stock market collapse and a bank collapse. The Fed did not act to defend the general interests of the population but to defend the interests of big business, the richest 1% of society. The ECB and the other big central banks (UK, Japan, Switzerland, China…) have implemented in the past the same policy and bear significant responsibility in accumulating toxic products in the financial credit sector.
I maintain the pandemic isn’t the true and deep rooted cause of the crisis of the stock markets which occurred in the last week of February 2020 and has continued since then. This pandemic was the detonator and a spark. Other serious causes of a different nature also had the result to constitute the spark like the development of a war between Washington and Iran, or the immediate invasion of Venezuela. For the current stock market crisis war would have been the cause. But I would also argue that if such a war did occur it would have been the excuse but not the cause. Therefore if there is an undoubted connection between the two phenomena, the crisis of the financial market and the pandemic of the Coronavirus, that does not mean we shouldn’t condemn the simple and basic explanations which put all responsibility on coronavirus. This almost mystical expalanation is an excuse which aims to divert public opinion (99%) from the role the policies which serve the large businesses on a planetary level and in agreement with governments”
This with regard the so called stock market bubbles, which are created from the moment the real economy in the realms of production, but the exchange of produced goods, is collapsing irretrievably. Despite and apart the unavoidable inter-imperialist (essentially amongst the multinationals) a trade war that has broken out in the last years amongst the US, China amongst the USA and with the, whole of the EU mainly Germany there has been a big stasis in production. Which was of course related to a big drop in demand. Eric Toussaint once again informs us that in 2019 a crisis of overproduction of goods occurred in particular in the auto industry with a mass drop in car sales in China, India, Germany and Great Britain and elsewhere. This led to a reduction in the production of cars. There was also overproduction in the German tools industry and industrial infrastructure being one of the global leaders in this field. There was also a rapid fall in Chinese industrial production which had serious consequences for countries that export infrastructure, cars and raw materials towards China. During the second six month period in 2019 the industrial sector in Germany, Italy and Japan, in South Africa and Argentina and elsewhere and the construction sector in the USA went into depression.
Even if all these components didn’t exist, the massive reduction in the demand of oil internationally, is the most clear (we have written this before) clear witness for the great reduction in production. What relationship do all these events therefore have with the coronavirus?
What Will Occur from Now On?
All the signs indicate that todays situation not only shows but screams that we are at the final disruption of what they term ‘normality’, which in the last decade has become part of our life determined by the IMF Memorandums. Whatever one calls todays development the essence is one. We are at the end of one era and the beginning of another. It’s like reading the introduction of a book isolating it to understand the main topic of the book. Hyperbolic this explanation? We is will soon know.
We know the masses are frightened from the myth of Coronavirus they are asleep and other ‘explanations’ which we have been hearing for years. All those that argue like this done understand or ignore that in periods of severe economic crisis and social crisis none of the above external or even internal sociopolitical characteristics which people acquire can continue indefinitely. The motor of life just goes to zero and starts to measure once more. Marx’s famous aphorism that the ‘masses make their own history making revolutions that they did not want to make’ is what will in last analysis determine the developments that will follow. This immediate turn of the people’s attitude in critical periods of history, always bothered the ruling classes (but also the useless intellectuals) and surprised them. That is why they continue to see the masses with a vantage point of superiority from the high pedestal of brain waves in their head which are primary and their actually confused head secondary…
There must be no doubt. We have entered into a different period now. It’s a new historical stage to which the working masses have to go through and not only them. This new level apart from its tragedy, maintains a new but very significant element. The necessary political economic materials which have been battle hardened via the fire of developments the new views and new ideas which will once more see the light of day. This will apply to all the countries of the earth. This already is the big change with today and before. Each country with its own idiosyncrancies and the balance of class forces which have been created internally will enter the cauldron. A cauldron with which the hope exists that when it ends the historical time will emerge that the planet will radically change as a whole.