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Archive for 'Greece'

What is Greek for Political and Economic Chaos III?

As the Scottish referendum hoves from view of the world stage and the Scottish Nose Pickers become increasingly bitter together at their being denied the opportunity to pole-ax a modern economy, Greece continues to deal with similar effects.
One of those arrested following the September 2013 murder of Pavlos Fyssas in a politicized football attack was [...]

“It’s not going to end with the immigrants”

Sixty-seven thousand of Greece’s Jews– almost 90 percent of the population– perished in the Holocaust. Hundreds of Greek Jews fought in the anti-fascist resistance during World War II.
Now NPR reports on how Greek Jews are dreading the rise of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

European fascism, 21st century style

Recently-produced videos, from Jobbik in Hungary:

And from Golden Dawn in Greece (with a reminder, if anyone needs it, how political extremes feed off economic desperation):

Golden Dawn: shouts of ‘Heil Hitler’ and an ultimatum for Greece’s Muslims

Golden Dawn has been in the headlines again this week. One of its MPs, Panayiotis Iliopoulos, was accused of shouting ‘Heil Hitler’ in Parliament.
Now it is being reported that the party has published a letter issuing a sinister ultimatum to Muslims.
In a letter sent via post to the Muslim Association of Greece yesterday, extremist-right party Golden [...]

In Greece, austerity means starving children

The New York Times reports:
As an elementary school principal, Leonidas Nikas is used to seeing children play, laugh and dream about the future. But recently he has seen something altogether different, something he thought was impossible in Greece: children picking through school trash cans for food; needy youngsters asking playmates for leftovers; and an 11-year-old [...]


Guest post by Eve Garrard
I know very little about events in Greece, so what follows rests entirely on information provided by others. But if they’re right, there’s a lot to be worried about.
A British academic currently in Greece recently sent me some information about the Golden Dawn party and some of their supporters, [...]

Supporting the far right: Golden Dawn and Counterpunch

Although this video showing a thuggish BNP patrol harassing anti-fascists was disturbing, the furthest right parties in Britain are generally in a welcome state of disarray. This is not so in other European countries – France, Hungary and particularly Greece.
It’s chilling to read the steady stream of news stories charting the rising popularity of Golden [...]

Golden Dawn’s foothold in Europe

We are used to reading about surreally anomalous appointments of representatives from repressive regimes to key UN committees.  But recently something similar has happened within the Council of Europe.  A member of the Greek Golden Dawn party, Eleni Zaroulia,  has joined its Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly.
Its doctrine echoes Nazi principles by [...]

Did the Football Do It?

Having pursued interests in the Real World yesterday, I have not been quick off the mark in blogging about the re-run of Greek parliamentary elections following the inconclusive results of 6 May. Here goes:
Perhaps implied by the Wilson formulation, yesterday’s surprise Euro 2012 result steeled more Greek voters to choose centre right and pro EU [...]

Spokesthug for Greek Neo-Nazis Compares Opponents to Jews…

No! Israel! But, he really meant Jews. Ilias Kasidiaris then went on to physically assault two female television guests, and disappear from view.