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Canadian Dimension: Syriza’s Victory

Posted January 27, 2015 by Anonymous

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Syriza’s victory in the Greek general election is a hopeful moment for Europe. It shows how a radical left-wing political movement, brought together in a short time, can use the democratic system to attack three menaces: the rentier lords of jurisdiction-hopping private capital, the compromised political hacks of the traditional parties who have become their accomplices, and the panphobic haters of the populist right.

Nationalist-conservative movements, it turns out, don’t have a monopoly on the anti-establishment wave. The future doesn’t have to belong to Golden Dawn, Ukip, the Front National, Pegida, the Finns Party, Partij voor de (Read more…)

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Canadian Dimension: The Greek Election

Posted January 26, 2015 by Anonymous

As we enter the eighth year of the long-lingering global economic crisis, it is sobering indeed that it is only in Greece that a political party putting forward a clear, radical democratic alternative to the perverse policies of neoliberal austerity stands on the doorstep of entering the state.

Emerging out of a coalescence of people from the 1980s Eurocommunist left and alter-globalization social movements at the beginning of the millennium, Syriza had at one point reached as much as 15 per cent support in opinion polls before 2010. But it came to the brink of power only when its new (Read more…)

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Syriza wins in Greece: what it must do

Posted January 25, 2015 by Ian Welsh

It would have been better if they won last time, Greece is pretty fully looted now.  But Greeks thought they were Europeans, and didn’t realize the contempt that French and Germans had for them, and how willing they were to kill and impoverish large numbers of them. There is a great deal of hand-wringing in […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey About Greece

Posted January 16, 2015 by Ian Welsh

In light of the upcoming Greek elections and the possibility of a Euro exist, this article from 2012 is worth revisiting. 1) Greece is very likely to exit the Euro. 2) When Greece exits the Euro it will be punished severely by the monetary authorities.  They intend to let Greeks starve.  They will cut off […]

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