#IMF report revelations for unsustainable #Greekdept leave eurozone countries without arguments against @PrimeministerGR

478990122Euro zone countries tried in vain to stop the IMF publishing a gloomy analysis of Greece’s debt burden which the leftist government says vindicates its call to voters to reject bailout terms, sources familiar with the situation said on Friday to Reuters, as its exclusive report wrote

The Europeans were also concerned, the Reuters exclusive artcle further reveals,  that

the report could distract attention from a view they share with the IMF that the Tsipras government, in the five months since it was elected, has wrecked a fragile economy that was just starting to recover.

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” an IMF source involved in the debate over publication said. “We are not living in an ivory tower here. But the EU has to understand that not everything can be decided based on their own imperatives.”

The board had considered all arguments, including the risk that the document would be politicized, but the prevailing view was that

all the evidence and figures should be laid out transparently before the referendum.

“Facts are stubborn. You can’t hide the facts because they may be exploited,” the IMF source said.

The document released in Washington on Thursday said Greece’s public finances will not be sustainable without substantial debt relief, possibly including write-offs by European partners of loans guaranteed by taxpayers.

It also said Greece will need at least 50 billion euros in additional aid over the next three years to keep itself afloat.

Publication of the draft Debt Sustainability Analysis laid bare a dispute between Brussels and the Washington-based global lender that has been simmering behind closed doors for months.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras cited the report in a televised appeal to voters on Friday to say ‘No’ to the proposed austerity terms, which have anyway expired since talks broke down and Athens defaulted on an IMF loan this week.

It was not clear whether an arcane IMF document would influence a cliffhanger poll in which Greece’s future in the euro zone is at stake with banks closed, cash withdrawals rationed and commerce seizing up.

“Yesterday an event of major political importance happened,” Tsipras said. “The IMF published a report on Greece’s economy which is a great vindication for the Greek government as it confirms the obvious – that Greek debt is not sustainable.”

At a meeting on the International Monetary Fund’s board on Wednesday, European members questioned the timing of the report which IMF management proposed at short notice releasing three days before Sunday’s crucial referendum that may determine the country’s future in the euro zone, the sources said.

There was no vote but the Europeans were heavily outnumbered and the United States, the strongest voice in the IMF, was in favor of publication, the sources said.

In Brussels, the way the IMF communicated the findings was seen as confusing, misleading and politically unhelpful.

The European Commission had produced its own debt sustainability analysis, based partially on IMF data, which is less pessimistic in its scenarios and is one of the documents mentioned on the Greek referendum ballot paper.

Diplomats said the IMF’s publication of the study was a way of making clear it would only be part of any future loan pact with Greece if the Europeans included debt relief in the mix.

Germany and its north European allies have said the IMF’s presence is indispensable both to win parliamentary backing for aid for any euro zone partner, and to keep the European institutions honest. Berlin suspects the European Commission of being too soft on Greek efforts to wriggle out of reforms of pensions, taxation, public sector wages and labor law.

The European Central Bank, ( which has made Banks close in Greece as soon as the referendum was announced , we note)  the third partner in what used to be called the “troika” of bailout enforcers, is also keen to keep the IMF involved, the Reuters article writes.

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The Show-Me State Shows Us How to Combat #HumanTrafficking, Human Rights First

The Show-Me State Shows Us How to Combat Human Trafficking | Human Rights FirstPassed unanimously on May 15th, the motion will create a unit consisting of “sitting Representatives, Senators, some members of non-governmental organizations, and a variety of other affiliated groups that would have input on the best way to combat the trafficking issue in Missouri,” said State Representative Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield). This entity will help raise awareness, recommend more effective legislative action, and perhaps most importantly, provide agencies and organizations with a central hub for data collection and sharing.

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Whatever the cost, the schock, the threat, Empathy never ends for victims on the victimized Greece, Lesvos port, Aegean islands, April2015

 

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No Public Hospital or Mental Clinic is to close under this govt, said to UN Commissioner the Greek Minister of Health

νοσοκομείο-Αγρινίου-Κουρουμπλης-570x300His concern for the vulnerable Mental health patients in Greece, and any possible option of this government to activate the previous government’s decision for the closure of Psychiatric Hospitals without providing alternative structures, expressed to the Greek Minister of Health Panagiotis Kouroublis, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Jan Jarab, Regional Representative of the European office of Human Rights.

During the meeting, the Greek Minister of Health and the UN Commissioner discussed key issues related to disabilities, vulnerable population groups, children and Mental health.

Mr. Jarab discussed thoroughtly with the Greek Minister the concern of the UN Commission over the deteriorating situation and shortcomings observed due to the humanitarian crisis in Greece, and particulary emphasized the United Nations’ office worries over the previous government’s intentions to close the Mental Health clinics in the country.

Panagiotis Kouroublis, -a thrylic figure of this governement, and disabled person himself also, due to a bomb that exploded in his hands as a kid during the German ocupation in Greece- assured the UN Commissoner that this government is not going to close any hospital, while stressing that vulnerable social groups and their needs are at the top of the Ministry of Health priorities.

During this week, a re-encounter by the presence of Ministry of Health officials as to provide the continuity of cooperation of the UNHCR with the Ministry on relevant issues within the field of human rights,  the minister’s office announced.

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Βorn in Matsouki of Aitoloakarnania in 1951, today’s mnister of Heath Panagiot Kouroublis, the descendant of Pontian refugees (ethnic Greeks violently expelled from the southern shores of the Black Sea after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire). At age 10 he lost his eyesight from the explosion of a German hand-grenade, a remnant of World War II. His politicization began during his years as a pupil in the School for the Blind, as he became aware of the causes that place people with disabilities in the margins of society.

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Since 1974 Panagitis Kouroublis has been actively taking part in the struggles of student and popular movements. During the period 1976-1981 he focused his efforts in the attempt to organize a social “uprising” of the blind, whose main demands were the right to education and dignity and the enshrinement of their social rights

Germany furious with Times report presenting facts that ex Greek government sent Syrian refugees to central Europe, under “secret deals”

The Times revealed Tuesday, February 24, that Mr. Samaras’ government made a secret deal with a group of Syrian refugees in December offering them official residency papers and travel documents in return for information on people-smuggling gangs. About 200 people have so far been issued with the documents, and most have since left to claim asylum in other EU states.

Syrians who managed to reach Greece have told the Times of London newspaper that they convinced Athens to provide them with official residency papers. Once they had these, they were able to book flights to northern European countries more generous to migrants.

“The arrangement suited both parties, it is alleged. The Syrians did not want to settle in Greece, because the economy was in crisis and there were few jobs. Unlike Germany, it does not promote a policy of family reunification, where migrants can bring relatives to live with them once they are settled.”

Germany’s politicians reacted with fury, The Times said.

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How it started

About 840 Syrians took part in a 24-day sit-in protest in Athens demanding the right to travel to other European countries. They were initially told that they would have to claim asylum in Greece.

Later, the government quietly reversed its position and told them that they would receive the documents that recognised them as legitimate asylum seekers in Greece. They received two sets of papers: a Greek residency pass and Greek travel documents.

With official Greek residency papers, Syrians have been able to book a flight to Germany, rip their papers up during the flight and claim asylum once they land in Germany.

Under EU law, asylum seekers must remain in the first country they arrive in and can be deported back to that country if they travel to other member states.

However, countries that are popular with migrants, such as Germany, Denmark and Sweden, cannot send the newcomers back to Greece because deportations to the cash-strapped country have been suspended since 2011 to help it cope with its own problems.Last month Germany extended its suspension on sending asylum seekers back to Greece by another year. 

Abu Obei, one of the organisers of the Syrian demonstration, said: “When we started protesting in late November, the government [told us] that our only option was to claim asylum in Greece. But after 24 days a member of the government came to us and said we could work out a deal.”

“Refugees come to Greece as a transit point,” said Ahmed, a Syrian who has been in Greece for almost a year after crossing illegally from Turkey. “They want to travel on from here, so the thing everyone wants to avoid is having their fingerprints taken. If that happens, they can be deported back to Greece.”

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Yannis Panousis, the new Greek minister of the interior, said that he was unaware of any sh uch deal, but pledged to investigate the claims.

Greek to me ! has early raised the story of governmental papers provided under “unknown status” to “unkown status immigrants” that cross seas and find themselves in Greece on search of a better life.
Last summer, since June 2014, Greek to me ! exclusive story of immigrants , unknown if ever were medically checked-during the error Ebola days-  were travelling by the approval of the ex Greek government to unkown destinations, but by papers issued by the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Greece, has raised flag for the travellers’ health safety .
An official question by the Independent Greeks ex- MP Vassilis Kapernaros was made on Parliament, but no answer was given.
Greek to me ! brought the story back again on late December 2014, by the Norman Atlantic Disaster, were, as it was revealed, an unknown number of immigrants were travelling by the ferry, -which might be close to 200, according to the Italian Prosecutor- for which the Greek government never said a word .
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October 28, 1940 New York Times: Metaxas to Greeks “Fight to Your Death”

Authentic : Greek Fight to your Death, NYT 28/10/1940

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to smile and fight ! emblematic picture, a document of the passion of the Greeks to “fight to death” leaving their homes for the battlefiled , by a smile on the face of all of them. Panepistimiou Street, Athens Academy , October 1940

October 28, 1940 New York Times: Metaxas to Greeks “Fight to Your Death”.

Authentic, just 70 years earlier: Greek Fight to your Death, NYT 28/10/1940 .

And Greeks did.

We gained our Freedom .

Immigrants’ Tsunami “chocking” the Aegean islands: URGENCY for National Compliance to Ebola Protection Guidelines

Mytilini portOver 800 migrants intercepted crossing MediterraneanAegean ditch

A complete Guidelines’ index has been sent  since October 2014 by the Ministry of Health and the Greek Center for Disease Control (HCDCP), to all the authorities in charge, and the Greek Coastguard, by an updated guidance of preventive measures for Ebola and the Contagious Diseases, concerning the entry of illegal immigrants into the country.

According to what is proposed by the Greek CDC, -Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP)-, the Medical Control groups on charge for the immigrants’ medical screening, are required

  • to complete in detail the forms of the screened individuals,

by their travel history to West. Africa.

  • In case of Ebola suspected cases,

-the immigrants should enter a compulsory attendance period of 21 days,

  -while the team of doctors on Greece’s borders should send daily to Greek CDC a special form of “Daily Declaration of Persons entering Greece from the Ebola affected countries.”

But the number of illicit immigrants entering Greece continues to be out of control, as are the circumstances hosting them all over the entry points of the country, which means basically the Aegean islands.

Have a look on Greece’s immigrants reports published to the media on November 2014

Refugees’ Tsunami ‘chokes’ the islands,“Vima” newspaper

“From the beginning of 2014 until September 30, the number of those who entered  Greece illegally from Turkey by the sea, has reached the number of 29,894, an increase of 271% over the nine months last year. wrote on the first days of November “Vima” newspaper.

There is an impressive increase on the  number of arrivals of refugees and illicit immigrants” said the he UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Athens Mr. C. Tsarbopoulos, on his interview.  People are sleeping just in front of you at the ports, underfoot or on the balconies of police stations and detention facilities, which are able to accommodate 10 to 15 people but is overloaded by  70, each one at least“..

Most are refugees from Syria.The islands have been proved to be unable to handle the increased flow of recent months, as obvious to anyone.

“The checking and tracing proceedures of the newcomers,  (registration, identification, medical screening and referral to appropriate services) should be immediatly addressed on all the country’ s entry points” underlines since then the UNHigh Commissioner.

But small islands do not have any infrastructure, as the “vima” article successfully notes. “During the summer, as an accommodation place, the courtyards of schools and churches are used. During the winter, however, the cold and rain make it unbearable, but still for the immigrants this is the place”.

On Chios, Samos and Lesvos islands of the Aegean, where the detention centers exist , “the volume of the illicit immigrants’ populations exceed three to four times the centers’ capacity.Samos center hosts actually instead of 240 people, 900, “Mr. Tsarbopoulos said.

Tragic circumstances in Tilos
Only on Tilos, during the last three days ( November 2014), the number of illicit immigrants that reach the island was over 330 people, according to the mayor of the island Maria Kamma-Aliferis.

During the summer the immigrants used the courtyard of an elementary school, instead of a campus “Now they have to be transferred to the courtyard of a monastery. Water does not exist, it is carried by a tank. It has only a toilet, but no shower. We take the children at home to wash. Yesterday we had a baby 23 days. There are two rooms where the children sleep and rest in the open air , in sleeping bags which brought the UNHCR. Volunteers cook in large cauldrons which we usually use at festivals. We call for an organized space with capacity for 100 people, which will live for two-three days with dignity, with containers, toilets, showers, doctor and nurse “concludes Kamma lady.

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On Symi, while arriving at the port, tourists are confronted with refugees hanging like bunches from the balcony of the police station. They hold empty bottles of water which they use .for.. toilet

“Last year they arrived in Simi 2,700 illegal immigrants,” says Mayor. Av. Papakalodoukas. “There is only one boat of the Coast without radar and often a damaged machine. The summer 14,000 yachts and 500,000 tourists visited the island. The worst is that the island has only one doctor.

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The High Commissioner had urgently  stressed the need for a contingency plan ahead of winter.

  • “First, they need space for the short stay of refugees and migrants, as plots with container.
  • Second, we must strengthen the Coast Guard and the Police to procedures quickly to fleeing refugees from the islands.
  • Third, we must ensure the first medical examination and care of all those who suffer, which is a crucial requirement and constitutes society. And, fourthly, to put these people basic necessities, such as individual hygiene items, blankets, etc., “says. Tsarbopoulos.

All this is in the interests of local communities, because the refugees will arrive anyway, and will just stay in ports, roads and squares, without being checked medically.

Once they pass the first inspection, they all are making their way to Piraeus with the ferry.  On their hands they  hold  a memo expulsion of command to leave the country within 30 days . In case they are Syrians, they get a  a six-month suspension of deportation  which gives them the right to stay for six months .

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France and Italy do stand against the Merckel- Austerity- Europe now. Greece does not, as if austerity never hit its people at all. What an apathetic Greece for the Greeks!

MILAN — With Europe once again rattling global markets, many of the largest European countries are now rebelling against the German gospel of belt-tightening and demanding more radical steps to reverse their slumping fortunes.

One after another, European leaders arrived in Milan on Thursday for a summit meeting with their Asian counterparts, smiling for photographs despite gloomy financial news this week of stock markets tumbling and borrowing costs shooting up, especially in Greece, evoking memories of the euro crisis two years ago.

In past years, however, the eurozone nations buckled under to German demands to slash budget deficits and roll back public services, and then watched in dismay as unemployment rates shot into the double digits and growth collapsed. Now, France, Italy and the European Central Bank have coalesced into a bloc against Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and they are insisting that Berlin change course.

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Greeks hanging on the No.1 minimum monthly income guarantee among the EU, finding themselves often on survival budget lower than the illicit immigtants in Greece!

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The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes took simple living to the extreme, and lived in an old wine barrel. Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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680,000 Greek Children at Risk of Living in Poverty

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Greece, genocide, Greek to me ! http://www.greek2m.org/the –genocide

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Risk of poverty in Greece rising to alarming levels ( article, one year old , since October 2013), by macropolis.gr

We enjoyed an idyllic life of wine and roast pig barbecues... now we go to bed early so we don’t have to hear our stomachs rumbling How Shirley Valentine dream became a Greek nightmare

We enjoyed an idyllic life of
wine and roast pig barbecues…
now we go to bed early so we don’t
have to hear our stomachs rumbling
How Shirley Valentine dream became a Greek nightmare

Greece is the only EU country not to have implemented a guaranteed minimum income and is among the most sluggish in adopting programmes to address social inequality and aid citizens living in extreme poverty and social exclusion, a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Office has found.

This is despite the fact that six in ten citizens are living in or at risk of poverty, the PBO report (pdf), which was published on Thursday, said.

The shocking report of the Parliamentary Budget Office for the economic situation of Greek households revealed that approximately 6.3 million Greeks (some 58.3% on a total population of around 11 million according to the census of 2011) are threatened by poverty leaving  2.5 million Greeks below the poverty line, and 3.8 million in direct danger of crossing the poverty line.

“The demand for social responsibility on the part of citizens is pronounced but what the state offers is characterized by fragmentation and administrative problems. Thus the social safety net is characterized by inefficiency, while at the same time there are no expectations that income loss due to the economic downturn will be replenished in the near future,” the report stated.

The Greek government announced that, starting from September 2014, a new €20m, six-month pilot program will begin in 13 municipalities which will provide what it says is a minimum income. Monthly payments will range from €200 a month for a single person on no income to €400 for a married couple with two underage children with no other earnings. This is announced by the Greek government as a great , and brave, support to the Greek households, on the same moment when monthly budget for the illicit immigrants daily food is over 300 Euros monthly, paid by the European Union Programs, to cover the illicit immigrants’  meals and only, apart from the rest of their accommodation , medical treatment, diagnostics etc, (which is another tragic story… )

Greeks, are valued by 200 Euros monthly, to cover their survival, food, electricity , rent and taxes, which makes it almost impossible to survive even for one and only month. Those payments will still leave recipients below the poverty line, which the PBO report sets at €432 a month for one person or €908 for a family of four.

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Greece’s successful operation rescues foreign citizens from Libya

 

 

After sailing for almost 27 hours on a 650 miles distance departing from Pireus, the frigate Salamis accessed the port of Tripoli, Libya, Thursday afternoon on July 31, 2014.

, The Greek Navy Seals which manned the mission, as soon as the frigate arrived, secured a perimeter as a suitable space on the port area,  settled a boarding mini-station for the needs of the emergency on the port of Tripoli, by securing a perimeter on a suitable space, and helped so the citizens to board on the inflatable boats and be transferred to the frigate which , due to the htreatening situtation taking place in Libya on these moments had to remain sailing near the Tripoli port until the 186 citizens embarked on it .

Due to the large wave height in the sea, it was not possible to transport all the citizens on dinghies, so the transfer continued with two Libyan trailers. The team of the Greek Navy Seals on specially equipped boat was accompanying the boats and trailers on their the route from land to the ship.  The whole mission was successfully completed and the first 186 foreign citizens were  transfered to Pireus/

From the 186 people transferred, 77 people were Greeks, (including the staff of the Greek Embassy), 78 were Chinese, 10 British, 12 people were from Cyprus, 7 from Belgium, one from Albania and one from Russia. • The frigate arrived back at the port of Pireus early morning on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

 

Since the weekend, France, Brazil, Britain, and now Greece and Cyprus have advised their citizens to leave Libya.

Meanwhile, the European Union said it was moving its mission assistance together with its staff members from Libya to Tunisia.

Albert del Rosario, foreign secretary of the Philippines, said he will fly to Djerba Island, which is near the Libyan border to ensure that 13,000 Filipino workers are safely evacuated from Tripoli, Misarata and Benghazi.

Europe this is the Success! (story, for Greece) Isn’t it ?

The leader of Opposition to EU/IMF bailout party Alexis Tsipras , 2% plus ahead of the governing party in Greece. His party , he says represents not only the leftists but also the conservatives but damaged anbd dissapointed

Europe this is the Success! (story, of Greece) Isn’t it ?.

Alexis Tsipras criticised the government for its plans to distribute the primary surplus “of unhappiness, tragedy and blood” as another attempt to gloss over things  before May’s local government and Europarliament elections.

Tsipras personally attacked Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for “trying to convince (people) about his ‘success story’ by handing out two or three hundred-euro bills before elections” and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, whom he called “an alchemist,” for his “disaster accounting.”

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