How do you capture the humanitarian crisis in numbers?
Add, may be together the suicides (more than 4,000 since beginning of the crisis),count the many soup kitchens and charity clinics, pharmacies and municipality grocery shops for the poor, determine the number of homeless and the number of households without electricity due to outstanding debts to the power company? Or may be take into account the families living on borrowed money and the ones sought shelter in family’s and relatives homes because they cannot afford to pay rent?
Should all debtors in despair come out and raise hands, wrote Keep talking Greece in February, while Alexis Tsipras government was desperately trying to presuade Eurozone Leaders, that such a Crisis does exist (!) as the most tragic Emergency on Humanitarian meanings of today’s western world.
But the most shocking part of all, is the non-humanitarian , ugly capitalistic result of this crisis, where, according to German official research, is the burden to the poor, the low-incomers, the low-pensioners and even the jobless appears proved to be over-proportional when compared to the economically better society classes.
- . The poorest households in the debt-ridden country lost nearly 86% of their income, while the richest lost only 17-20%.
- The tax burden on the poor increased by 337% while the burden on upper-income classes increased by only 9%
Unemployment surged from 7.3% in the Q2 2008 to 26.6% in the Q2 2014. among youth aged 15-24, unemployment had an average of 44%.
Early retirement in the Private Sector increased by 14%.
Early retirement in the Public Sector* increased by 48%
The researchers see here a clear link to the austerity policy, that’s is the Greek government managed to fulfill the Troika requirements for smaller public sector. However, this trend caused a burden to the social security funds.
Since beginning of the austerity, direct taxes increased by nearly 53%, while indirect taxes increased by 22 percent.
Particularly poorer households paid disproportionately more in taxes and the tax burden to lower-income rose by 337%. In comparison, the tax burden to upper-income households rose by only 9%.
Income losses 2008-20121. Class: i.e. 10% of Greek total: households that have lowest income: loss 86%2. and 3. class: loss between 51% and 31%4. – 7. class: households with higher income: loss between 25% and 18%8. Class: 30% of Greek total: households with the highest income: loss between 20% and 17%.
What’s the FM band on Aegean? Rarely Greek, reports from the Aegean islands say lately. Oh, really?
According to the Real News Sunday Newspaper special article, on Sunday, September 14, all over the Aegean waters and on the Aegean islands, Greek programs of the local FM Radios can rarely be found on the FM band and be heard, due to Turkish- language programs that overshadow the local private owned Radio frequencies, by their obviously more powerful signal, which results to “audit” a major part of the Greek Aegean waters and islands, up to the Sounio area at Attiki Region. The reason why,… is so simple!
Turkish businessmen bought the left- in- their-luck Radio-frequencies of the National Broadcast Radio and Television organization, that were nationally broadcasting as Regional Programs over Aegean for years, and they simply ise it!. The MP Vassilis Kapernaros asked officially the Parliament for that impressive “side-effect” of the National Broadcast closure by the govenrment last year, as to be replaced by NERIT, a “clean, new, effective, New TV and media for the Greeks”, as the government has ruled.
Who let this happen? Simply happened accidentally, is, as usual, the official answer, as accidental- precisely has been characterized officially the resignation of the two top board members of the new National TV during the last days , who …had no choice, ..but to resign, as it is revealed afterwards, by their, personal, social media follow ups…
Read the fully detailed article by enet.english
How todays’ reality in Greece is traumatising human beeings, the Nation as a whole, the Ethics of the West, and the human mind. Two more incredible stories came in light and really shocked the public who feels threatened and vulnerable as never again in modern history. A 90-year old woman who suffers from Alzheimer was arrested by the police and had to be put in jail, for owning 5,000 euros to taxes. She was kept for ten days under a terrible moral and biological shock in a Psychiatry Clinic under the status of a prisoner, without anything else possible that could be done to overcome the strict regulations according to which the state simply and cynically demands it’s money to save for… surplus. The 90year old Greek Woman had lived a decent life…
On the same days, a real shock for the Press and the Public reveals the cruel face of this government , as six men, one of whom is alleged to be a member of the country’s secret service, were charged on Thursday 27 by a prosecutor with forming a gang that plotted to assassinate the prominent journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, who had dared to publish the Lagarde list of over 2,000 Greeks with accounts in a Swiss bank, when austerity program started in Greece. A woman, who was later taken into witness protection program had appeared at the offices of Vaxevanis’ news magazine Hot Doc,confessing that she was employed by a group of EYP, the National Intelligence Service, operatives, who had rented an office at an address near HotDoc and whose aim, she explained, was eputation and then to kill him…..
Go to our Greek to me ! new Page ,the “Greece, show me Democracy” Page to get and idea how Democracy is day-today violated in its birthland, terrorising innocent citizens, who thought had voted for it ! Tragical irony, gthe name of this goevrnments; party is New Dempocracy!