To the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC):Save Greece! Save the cradle of western civilization!

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Target: Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Region: GLOBAL

Web site: https://justiceforgreece.wordpress.com/

Background (Preamble):

Ελληνικά (Greek)
https://justiceforgreece.wordpress.com/petitions/ελληνικά/

Español (Spanish)
https://justiceforgreece.wordpress.com/petitions/salvem-grecia-salvem-el-bressol-de-la-civilitzacio-occidental/

(the full background, here :
https://justiceforgreece.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/greek-financial-crisis-the-full-story/ )

 

For approximately the last three years, Greece has been making headlines all over the world, and the general impression has been that the Greek government has been fighting tooth and nail to save the country from bankruptcy and ruin. In actual fact though, things couldn’t be more different, because, in reality, Greece’s alleged saviours are the same people who all this time have been fighting to bring the country and its people to their knees, and have unfortunately been very successful in their endeavors.

Specifically, since 2009, Greece has fallen prey to a handful of criminals who intentionally and following a detailed plan, have been tearing the country apart. Some of the results they achieved until now are the following : the country is shunned from the markets and has become a laughing stock, it has lost any semblance of standing and sovereignty, and after the recent debt restructuring, it is practically bankrupt and under foreign administration. Governmental lending has skyrocketed and the public debt is unsustainable, business indicators and the market have collapsed, GDP has dramatically shrunk, the value of state property has reached rock-bottom, tens of thousands of businesses have closed, unemployment is up by 242% and for the first time in Greek history, those employed are fewer than those with no source of income at all. The majority of the population live below the poverty line, and a lot of people are in danger of losing their freedom because they can’t pay taxes and fees anymore. Day by day, more and more people no longer have access to food, shelter, medicine and medical care, schools and hospitals are closing, parents are forced to leave their children in various institutions as they can no longer afford to care for them, while pupils go to school without books and faint due to starvation. The Greek energy system has collapsed, there are power shortages, long forgotten diseases have reappeared due to the massive influx of illegal immigrants, poverty and insufficient medical care. The centre of Athens is now a ghetto and all big cities are swarming with homeless people. There is a reign of terror over society, the dignity of the Greek nation has been smashed to pieces and the country is suffering from depression. 

Also, a drastic increase was recorded in: sense of insecurity, crime-rates, abortions, negative birthrates, suicides, illnesses both physical and mental, deaths from un-natural causes and massive migration of young Greeks abroad. 

And this is only the beginning, because to the present, many people have survived by any means they could, whether that involved living on the savings they still had, selling off their assets, relying on their family, exchanging products and services, or surviving on solidarity alone, as society has instantly become more sensitive to its weaker members and takes care of them. In this framework soup kitchens, food banks, social groceries, clinics and pharmacies have been set up all over the country and distribute free products and services to anybody in need. In order for these social networks to be established (food banks, clinics etc) there was a lot of help from abroad. From the Diaspora, from the Church of Cyprus and Russia, from organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Doctors of the World, etc. 

But soon, even these HUMILIATING models of survival will no longer work because all the adverse consequences of the “salvation” actions on the economy and society will increase in a geometric progression.

So what’s next ? Certainly the complete catastrophe. A holocaust. And no doubt about this, if we take in consideration that a part of the local population was already destroyed, another part was forced to leave the country and more of the rest have already problems to survive. But nevertheless, new successive attacks against the people are ready to start on these days. 

What kind of attacks ? The usuals. Specifically, in a context of a continuous psychological violence and massive violations of basic human rights, new hikes in taxation, new cuts in salaries and pensions, new increases in utility bills, and additional lay-offs of 15.000 people for 2012 and another 150.000 until 2015, are ready for implementation. In this way, even those who still have an income, will suffer a drastic reduction or will lose it completely, and all the adverse consequences will be increased rapidly. 

At this point I want to mention a few unknown details which will help the readers to understand better the situation, the intentions, and the consequences : 

– we must pay the State for giving us the right to have electricity (this right cost 3 to 16 euro for per square meter, per annum ), the right to self-employment or to have a business ( this one costs in the best case € 400 per annum). We are obliged to have State insurance for which we pay more than € 4000 per year but nevertheless we also must pay for medications, doctors, blood tests, therapies, hospitals and others, when we need them. Finally, another “curiosity” is that every year, all private sector must pay in advance the income tax for the next one. Ok, all of these are not fair, but the question is, without income how are we supposed to to pay all this money ? 

– according to the last census, on May 2011, Greece had about 10.8 millions lawful residents ( Greeks, economic migrants etc) but there were another approximately 2 millions unregistered illegal immigrants. Please note that on account of recent legislation combined with inefficient guarding of the borders, daily are passing illegally the Greek borders more than 350 immigrants from Africa and Asia and the number is increasing continuously (on 2011 increase was 16,8%)

– in November 2011 the number of employed amounted to only 3,901,269 people, the basic salary is € 487,45 for persons older than 25, about € 400 for the rest, and the cost of living in Greece is higher than that in a many European countries with better salaries. And the point is that these people with such salaries have to support and feed all the others. 

Of course, the official claim is that all is done, and Greeks must suffer, in the name of the economic “salvation” of Greece. But, first of all, Greece without Greeks doesn’t exist. Secondly, State without sovereignty is not State but a colony. And third, due to the exceptional and unique assets and potential of the country, and the volume of natural resources that remain unexploited, it is clear that all financial problems were artificially induced, and the only thing this country needs, is to be saved from it “saviors” .

To support this statement, I remind to everyone only a few of the unique advantages of Greece before “salvation” started : 

– low overall external debt, geostrategic position, and a priceless cultural heritage 
– important areas in the economy such as high quality agricultural products, tourism and shipping, where there is no real fear of labour competition from developing countries (China, India, Russia etc) as happens with German and other industries
– the fact that Greece was one of the very few western countries, maybe even the only one, which owned significant public property, rich unexploited subsoil, and very profitable state-owned utilities.

Some corroborative information, indicative of the above :

– over the last decades Greece is the number one global shipping power, but most shipping companies are registered abroad
– in 2009, when it all was started, total Greek external debt compared to GDP was 167% and Greece lagged far behind countries such as Ireland which came first with 1000%, or Holland with approximately 470% or Britain with 416% and Portugal with 223%
– the country’s unexploited assets were no secret to anyone, as it was well known since 1981 that Greece joined the EEC (of nine members) with three advantages : its commercial shipping, its mineral resources and the Greeks’ sharp business entrepreneurship (Gaston Thorn, EEC President, 1981). 

Of course all these advantages was completely ignored and as we see now, the real intention was to “save” Greece from Greeks and assets. But in spite of psychological violence and other different techniques of mass manipulation and intimidation, which were applied in various combinations from the very beginning, many people realized early the criminal acts against the country, and from May 2010 massive, group, and individual reactions of all kinds began: Demonstrations, political rallies, street protests, law suits, complaints, indictments for high treason (more than 10), open letters, official letters by ordinary people, academics and artists, but all this was in vain. Nothing changed. The protests and demonstrations were suppressed (in a democracy !) by using police force and all else were ignored ostentatiously

Indicatively, Mr. Papandreou, prime minister from October 2009 until November 2011, has been sued for systematically abusing power, for  disruption and deterioration of the democratic institutions of the country, for slandering and others. He has also been accused of the fact that the above actions allowed him an unjustifiably prolonged presence on  the country’s political stage which also provided him with monetary benefits – rewards for his service to the community which he was asked to return with interest in the lawsuits against him.

Beyond these benefits, it seems there were more. Thanks to his political activity, it appears he was the recipient of numerous illegal and controversial benefits for himself and his immediate family, ranging from commissions, speculating on CDS, and other activities from which he amassed profits exceeding €2Bn. Regarding CDS, there was an enquiry at the European Commission (cf Question for written answer to the Commission,Rule 117, Andreas Mölzer (NI) Subject: Greek Prime Minister speculating against his own country ).

All these accusations were ignored until now. Usually, complaints are examined after 1 year or more, and if current or former government officials are involved in them, cases are instantly forwarded to the Parliament, which is in these situations the only competent “prosecutor”. By the way, this complaint was submitted on June 2011, and one of the demands was the immediate intervention of justice in order to restore Democracy. Nothing happened until now.

Due to the situation created in Greece, in order to stop the crimes and as a final attempt to save the country, we decided to turn to International Courts. Until now two appeals at least have been sent to the International Criminal Court and hundreds of citizens have confirmed the allegations, have sent evidence and have requested that the Prosecutor in charge stops the destruction of Greece and its people. The second appeal was redacted by the writer of this text, and was sent on March 2, 2012. https://justiceforgreece.wordpress.com/complaints/ελληνικά/ Another 25 citizens had signed it in order to urge the commencement of the investigations. 
Just after the 1st appeal to the ICC, PM Papandreou, the architect of the destructive plan against the country, realized he could not continue in the same way, and so decided to change roles, in order to continue his work behind the scenes. 

And so, on 09.11.2011, without anybody realizing it, he resigned along with his government, but instead of leading the country to elections so as the Constitution requires, on 11.11.2011, he placed an employee of his Office, Mr Loukas Papademos as prime minister, and 38 members of the outgoing government in the “new” one. The official mission of the illegally appointed Prime Minister and his team was adherence to the letter, of the policies of Mr Papandreou. And he did so. He exactly followed the same recipe for the destruction of the economy, of society and of the State of Law.

After the second appeal to the ICC, the appointed non-elected government of the country, decided to call elections in which, via new threats, more blackmail and pseudo-dilemmas, the electorate was called upon to decide on a future that had already been decided for the people without the people by the governments in power since 2009. 

On March 19 the Office of the Prosecutor acknowledges the receipt and the registration of the first appeal. http://www.humansupport.gr/uploads/hague.pdf. Having in mind that this one was sent on October 2011, http://www.humansupport.gr/gr_icc.php, it is clear that procedures take a lot of time, time that we do not have. For this reason, and because we have to stop crimes in any possible way, with friends of mine, we decided to ask the support of global public opinion. In fact, since it has been proven that appeals to the ICC were not ignored by the “saviors”, we decided to act once more, this time by uncovering the crimes for all to see. In this way, we hope to stop them for a time, on the one hand, and on the other, to convince the prosecutor about the gravity of the situation while simultaneously giving  him the necessary time to conduct the investigations. (Update: On July 11, a third appeal was sent to the ICC. It is against Christine Lagarde, Angela Merkel , Wolfgang Schäuble, José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy  https://justiceforgreece.wordpress.com/complaints/h-τρίτη-καταγγελία-στον-εισαγγελέα-του/  and on november 21 a new appeal was sent by the german activist Sarah Luzia Hassel-Reusing https://justiceforgreece.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/german-civil-and-human-rights-activist-appealed-the-international-criminal-court-for-greece/)  

Based on all the aforesaid, because in Greece there is no appropriate procedure and a competent prosecutor, and because one way or another all current and former politicians and all their partners enjoy full immunity from criminal offenses they may commit during their stint in governmental office, it is evident that the ICC is our last chance of salvation.

Greece is dying and only justice can help. No money, no elections, no new government. Nothing. Only justice! Everything else comes second. Please help us to send the criminals to jail. Please sign the petition and inform all friends and relatives about the situation, before it is too late and before the effects will spread to other countries.

Help us to save our country and our lives, and who knows, maybe your own country and your own life.

Petition:
 
As a citizen of the world, I support the legal battles of the Greek people and ask the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to immediately activate procedures, to investigate the crimes being perpetrated in Greece and bring to trial anybody responsible for them. Any and all persons found guilty must be punished. Such crimes must be prevented.

Greg Palest on CNBC: Greece is a Crime Scene

5 comments on “To the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC):Save Greece! Save the cradle of western civilization!

  1. Pingback: Greg Palest on CNBC: Greece is a Crime Scene «Greece is a Crime Scene» = Η Ελλάδα είναι μία σκηνή εγκλήματος « Ένας Έλληνας

  2. 22 September 2011

    GREECE: A financial genocide

    By Günter Tews

    Are the Greeks not sufficiently keen on saving? A Viennese lawyer living in Athens has observed the daily life of the Greeks and come to the conclusion: they save to death. Günter Tews The loose talk coming from the highest politicians all across Europe about the “lazy” and “spendthrift” Greeks, some of which chatter can hardly be surpassed for stupidity, cannot go unchallenged. For the last 16 months I have had a second home in Athens and have witnessed the dramatic situation on the ground.

    A common complaint is that the austerity plan will never catch on because tax revenues are falling, and the willingness of the Greeks to cut back is being called into question. Surprise, surprise! Well, here are a few facts: • Pay cuts and pension cuts of up to 30 percent. • Minimum wage sinking to 600 euros per month. • Dramatic price hikes in the last 15 months (100 percent for fuel oil and petrol, 50 percent for electricity, heating, gas, public transport). • One third of the country’s 165,000 commercial firms shut down; a third can no longer pay wages. In Athens, thousands of yellow signs with “Enoikiazetai” – “For Rent” – in red letters. • In the midst of this calamity, consumption (the Greek economy was always strongly consumer-oriented) has caved in dramatically. Double-earners, those who used to bring home 4,000 euros to their families, have suddenly been reduced to 400 euros each in unemployment benefits, which are paid out only after a delay of several months. • State officials or officials in quasi-state enterprises, such as Olympic Airlines or hospitals, have been getting no salary for months and are being put off until October – or “next year”.

    The record is currently held by the Ministry of Culture, where many employees who worked on the Acropolis have not been paid a salary for 22 months. As they protested this (peacefully!) in a demonstration that closed off the Acropolis, they were promptly provided for in abundance – but only in tear gas. • The billions of euros in tranches from the EU actually flow back immediately into the EU – reportedly, 97 percent of it – as annual loan repayment instalments to the banks and as new interest charges. The burden will thus be gradually passed down to the European taxpayer. Until the crash the banks will continue to receive hefty interest payments, and they will write off the debts at the expense of the taxpayer. Money for structural reforms has not yet been found. • Thousands of independent truck and taxi drivers had to pay tens of thousands of euros for their licences, for which they took out loans, and now find themselves in the new climate of deregulation, in which new drivers need pay hardly any licence fees; the older drivers, however, are still saddled with their large loans and must pay them off. • New fees have been invented; to report an offence to the police, 150 euros are due immediately. The victim has to pay up before a complaint is even recorded.

    On the other hand, police have to pool their private money to buy petrol for the police cars. • A new property tax on dwellings will be introduced and will be levied via the electricity bill. Those who do not pay will have their power cut off. • There have been no textbooks in the public education system for months, since the state owes huge sums of money to the publishers and the publishers have stopped the deliveries. Now the students are getting CDs, and parents are to buy them laptops just to enable a class to be held. Where money for heating the schools is to be found, especially in the north, remains wholly unclear. • The university system everywhere has virtually broken down until the end of the year. Many students are unable to submit their dissertations or sit their exams. • A mass emigration of unimaginable proportions looms. Emigration consultancies are springing up.

    The young see no future in Greece: unemployment is up to 40 percent among young graduates and 30 percent among adolescents. The jobs that are out there are still partly in the underground economy – no social security comes with them – and the wages are at starvation level: € 35 for a ten-hour shift in a restaurant; overtime is demanded regularly, but it’s unpaid. Consequence: the investment in the future though education and training is lost; no tax money will flow back to Greece from these people. • The mass layoffs being carried out among state officials is deliberately antisocial. The individuals being let go are mostly those who have only a few months or years ahead of them before normal retirement and are being fobbed off with 60 percent of their regular pension as “early retirees”. The burning question: Where has all money pumped in over the past decades gone? It’s certainly not gone to the population at large. The Greek people are not unwilling to save – they simply can’t any more. All the progress made in protecting workers’ rights the past few decades has been reduced to rubble.

    The gates to exploitation have been flung wide open; sadly, exploitation by small firms is often a necessity for survival. If it turns out that the EU troika are enjoying dinner with the Greek politicians at €300 per head, there remains only the question of when the Greek pressure cooker will have the lid blown off. What happens in and to Greece should serve as a deadly serious warning to all of Europe. A party that would have put “reasonable austerity” onto its election manifesto would never have been elected. Addressing debt reduction is necessary, so long as it remains bearable to a degree and is not bound up with financial genocide.

    Translated from the German by Anton Baer

    http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/978261-financial-genocide

  3. Greek Parliament speaker Zoi Konstantopoulou: “Do not allow for democracy to be annihilated at the place where it was born”

    Speech at the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, New York

    Greek Parliament speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou called for solidarity to the Greek people and to Greece, in a speech at the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament convened by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in New York.

    “I stand before you and among you as President of the recently dissolved Hellenic Parliament to address you with the call for solidarity to the Greek people and to Greece the place where democracy was born and where it is now being bluntly attacked and violated,” Konstantopoulou said.

    “I call upon you to support the claim for democracy…do not allow any other parliament to vote against the people’s will and against its deputy’s mandate, do not allow that human rights, human lives, human dignity ant the most valuable UN principles are crashed to serve the banking system,” she added.

    “The world that people want cannot be built without the world’s people,” ex-Speaker concluded.

  4. THE DELPHI DECLARATION
    On Greece and Europe

    European governments, European institutions and the IMF, acting in close alliance with, if not under direct control of, big international banks and other financial institutions, are now exercising a maximum of pressure, including open threats, blackmailing and a slander and terror communication campaign against the recently elected Greek government and against the Greek people.

    They are asking the elected government of Greece to continue the “bail-out” program and the supposed “reforms” imposed on this country in May 2010, in theory to “help” and “save” it.

    As a result of this program, Greece has experienced by far the biggest economic, social and political catastrophe in the history of Western Europe since 1945. It has lost 27% of its GDP, more than the material losses of France or Germany during the First World War. The living standards have fallen sharply. The social welfare system is all but destroyed. Greeks have seen social rights won during one century of struggles taken back. Whole social strata are completely destroyed, more and more Greeks are falling from their balconies to end a life of misery and desperation, every talented person who can leaves from the country. Democracy, under the rule of a “Troika” acting as collective economic assassin, a kind of Kafka’s “Court”, has been transformed into a sheer formality in the very country where it was born! Greeks are experiencing now the same feeling of insecurity about all basic conditions of life, that the French experienced in 1940, Germans in 1945, Soviets in 1991. At the same time, the two problems which this program was supposed to address, Greek sovereign debt and the competitiveness of the Greek economy have sharply deteriorated.

    Now, European institutions and governments are refusing even the most reasonable, elementary, minor concession to the Athens government, they refuse even the slightest face-saving formula there might be. They want a total surrender of SYRIZA, they want its humiliation, its destruction. By denying to the Greek people any peaceful and democratic way out of its social and national tragedy, they are pushing Greece into chaos, if not civil war. Indeed, even now, an undeclared social civil war of “low intensity” is being waged inside this country, especially against the unprotected, the ill, the young and the very old, the weaker and the unlucky. Is this the Europe we want our children to live in?

    We want to express our total, unconditional solidarity with the struggle of the Greek people for their dignity, their national and social salvation, for their liberation from the unacceptable neocolonial rule the “Troika” is trying to impose on this European country. We denounce the illegal and unacceptable agreements successive Greek governments have been obliged, under threat and blackmail, to sign, in violation of all European treaties, of the Charter of UN and of the Greek constitution. We call on European governments and institutions to stop their irresponsible and/or criminal policy towards Greece immediately and adopt a generous emergency program of support to redress the Greek economic situation and face the humanitarian disaster already unfolding in this country.

    We also appeal to all European peoples to realize that what is at stake in Greece it is not only Greek salaries and pensions, Greek schools and hospitals or even the fate even of this historic nation where the very notion of “Europe” was born. What is at stake in Greece are also Spanish, Italian, even the German salaries, pensions, welfare, the very fate of the European welfare state, of European democracy, of Europe as such. Stop believing your media, who tell you the facts, only to distort their meaning, check independently what your politicians and your media are saying. They try to create, and they have created an illusion of stability. You may live in Lisbon or in Paris, in Frankfurt or in Stockholm, you may think that you are living in relative security. Do not keep such illusions. You should look to Greece, to see there the future your elites are preparing for you, for all of us and for our children. It is much easier and intelligent to stop them now, than it will be later. Not only Greeks, but all of us and our children will pay an enormous price, if we permit to our governments to complete the social slaughter of a whole European nation.

    We appeal in particular to the German people. We do not belong to those who are always reminding the Germans of the past in order to keep them in an “inferior”, second-class position, or in order to use the “guilt factor” for their dubious ends. We appreciate the organizational and technological skills of the German people, their proven democratic and especially ecological and peace sensitivities. We want and we need the German people to be the main champions in the building of another Europe, of a prosperous, independent, democratic Europe, of a multipolar world.

    Germans know better than anybody else in Europe, where blind obedience to irresponsible leaders can lead and has indeed led in the past. It is not up to us to teach them any such lesson. They know better than anybody else how easy is to begin a campaign with triumphalist rhetoric, only to end up with ruins everywhere around you. We do not invite them to follow our opinion. We demand simply from them to think thoroughly the opinion of such distinguished leaders of them like Helmut Schmitt for instance, we demand them to hear the voice of the greatest among modern German poet, of Günter Grass, the terrible prophecy he has emitted about Greece and Europe some years before his death.

    We call upon you, the German people, to stop such a Faustian alliance between German political elites and international finance. We call upon the German people not to permit to their government to continue doing to the Greeks exactly what the Allies did to Germans after their victory in the First World War. Do not let your elites and leaders to transform the entire continent, ultimately including Germany, into a dominion of Finance.

    More than ever we are in urgent need of a radical restructuring of European debt, of serious measures to control the activities of the financial sector, of a “Marshal Plan” for the European periphery, of a courageous rethinking and re-launching of a European project which, in its present form, has proven unsustainable. We need to find now the courage to do this, if we want to leave a better Europe to our children, not a Europe in ruins, in continuous financial and even open military conflicts among its nations.

    Delphi, 21 June 2015

    The above declaration was adopted by nearly all participants in the Delphi conference on the crisis, on alternatives to euroliberalism and EU/Russia relations, held at Delphi, Greece on 20-21st of June. It is also supported by some people who were not able to be present. The list of people who signed it follows. In it there are not only citizens of EU countries, but also of Switzerland, USA, Russia and India. Many distinguished American scholars seem to be more sensitive as regard the European crisis, than the … political leaders of EU themselves! As for Russians, it is only normal and natural to bear a great interest for what is going on in EU, as EU citizens bear also an interest for what is going on in Russia. All participants in the Delphi conference share the strong conviction that Russia is an integral part of Europe, that there is a strong interconnection between what happens in EU and in Russia. They are categorically opposed to anti-Russia hysteria, which in fact is nothing less than the preparation of a new, even more dangerous cold, if not hot war.

    Altvater Elmar, Germany
    Member of scientific community of AΤTAC. Retired Professor of Political Science, Free University of Berlin.

    Amin Samir, Egypt/France
    Economist, President of the Forum Mondial des Alternatives
    Ayala Iván H., Spain
    Researcher, Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales

    Arsenis Gerasimos, Greece
    Εconomist, ex-minister of Economy, of Finance, of National Defense and of Education, ex-UN official and ex-director of UNCTAD

    Artini Massimo, Italy
    Member of Parliament

    Bellantis Dimitris, Greece
    Lawyer, PHD in Constitutional Law, Member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA

    Black William, USA
    Professor of Economics, University of Missouri (Kansas City)

    Cassen Bernard, France
    Professor Emeritus, Université Paris 8, secretary general of “Mémoire des luttes”

    Chiesa Giulietto, Italy
    Politician, journalist and author, ex MEP, president of the “Alternativa” association

    Freeman Alan, Canada/UK
    Geopolitical Economy Research Group, Business School, Director

    Gabriel Leo, Austria
    Director of the Institute for Intercultural Research and Cooperation (IIIC), Vienna, Member of the International Council of the World Social Forum, Coordinator of the NGO Committee for Sustainable Development of the United Nations

    George Suzan, France
    Political and social scientist, writer, President of the Transnational Institute

    Georgopoulos Dimosthenis, Greece
    Economist, sociologist, political scientist, Secretariat on Industrial Policy, SYRIZA

    German Lindsey, UK
    Convenor, Stop the War Coalition

    Graeber David, UΚ
    Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics. Author of “Debt: The First 5,000 Years”

    Hudson Michael, USA
    Professor of economics, University of Missouri (Kansas City), UMKC. President, Institute for the Study of Long-term Economic Trends (ISLET)

    Irazabalbeitia Inaki, Spain
    Former MEP / responsible for International Relationships for the party ARALAR, Basque Country

    Jennar Raoul Marc, France
    Dr. in political sciences, specialist on European law and on WTO regulations, writer of twenty books, among them “Europe, la trahison des élites”

    Kagarlitsky Boris, Russia
    Director of the Institute for globalization studies and social movements (IGSO)

    Kalloniatis Costas , Greece
    Phd on macroeconomics, adviser to the Ministry of Labour, researcher in the Labor Institute of the General Confederation of Workers of Greece

    Kasimatis Giorgos, Greece
    Prof. Emeritus of Constitutional Law, University of Athens. Founder and Honorary President of the International Association of Constitutional Law, ex-advisor to PM Andreas Papandreou.

    Koenig Peter, Switzerland
    Εconomist / geopolitical analyst

    Koltashov Vasiliy, Russia
    Head of the economic research unit of the Institute for Globalisation and Social Movements

    Konstantakopoulos Dimitris, Greece
    Journalist, Writer, Coordinator of the Delphi Initiative

    Koutsou Nikos, Cyprus
    Member of Parliament from Famagusta

    Kreisel Wilfried, Germany
    Former Executive Director, World Health Organization

    Mavros Giannis, Greece
    Member of the National Council for the Claiming of Germany’s Debts to Greece

    Mityaev Dmitry A. , Russia
    Deputy Chairman of the Council for Study of Productive Forces of the Ministry of Economic Development and the Russian Academy of Sciences on Development Issues

    Ochkina Anna, Russia
    Head of Department of social theory at Penza State University

    Pantelides Panagiotis, Greece
    Economist, senior researcher, European Institute of Cyprus

    Petras James, USA
    Bartle Professor Emeritus , Binghamton University
    Ex-Director of the Center for Mediterranean Studies (Athens), ex-adviser to the Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brasil and the Unemployed Workers Movement in Argentina

    Pinasco Luca, Italy
    National coordinator of Proudhon Circles-Editor for foreign policy of the journal “L’intellettuale dissidente”.

    Radika Desai, USA
    Professor, Director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba

    Rees John, UK
    Co-founder, Stop the War Coalition

    Roberts Paul Craig, USA
    Former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy, Associate Editor, Wall Street Journal, Senior Research Fellow, Stanford University, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

    Sideratos Aggelos, Greece
    Publisher

    Sommers Jeffrey, USA
    Senior Fellow, Institute of World Affairs, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    St Clair Jeffrey, USA
    Editor, CounterPunch, author, Born Under a Bad Sky

    Stierle Steffen, Germany
    Εconomist, ATTAC Germany

    Syomin Konstantin, Russia
    Author, TV host at All-Russia State Television (VGTRK.com)

    Tombazos Stavros, Greece
    Professor of Political Economy, University of Cyprus, member of the international “Committee of Truth on Greek Sovereign Debt” (debt auditing committee) created by the Greek parliament

    Vanaik Achin, India
    Retired Professor of International Relations and Global Politics, University of Delhi

    Xydakis Nikos, Greece
    Minister of Culture

    Zachariev Zachari, Bulgaria
    President of the Slaviani Foundation

    Zdanoka Tatjana, Latvia
    Member of European Parliament

    Contact email: the.delphi.initiative@gmail.com

    The conference on the internet : The Delphi Initiative – YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnzRNIZ79dczuuJStgo3tFw

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article42263.htm

  5. the initial background

    Max Keiser – “The front line for this war (on the banking system) is not in New York City, the front line is in Athens and these people (Occupy Wall Street Movement) should go there and join the front line against insurrection against banker occupation. It is called Occupy Wall Street, by OWS in New York is not the front line… the front line is Athens and those people are gearing up for a major revolt, they are arming themselves and getting ready for the major war that is going on and they need support. Please help! It is Greece, the cradle of Western civilization that is under attack. And the question is : What about western civilization itself ? If Greece is destroyed, what’s next?”

    Share this campaign with everyone … It was started on Wednesday May 2nd.

    For over the last three years, Greece has been making headlines all over the world and the general impression has been that the Greek government has been fighting tooth and nail to save the country from bankruptcy and ruin. In reality, Greece’s alleged saviors are the same people who have been fighting to bring the country and its people to their knees, and have unfortunately been very successful in their endeavors.

    Specifically, and since 2009, Greece fell prey to a handful of criminals who intentionally and following a detailed plan, began tearing the country apart. Unfortunately, to this day no one has managed to stop them. Because of this, and in a final attempt to save the country, two appeals have been sent to the International Criminals Court, while hundreds of Greek citizens have already requested that the Prosecutor in charge stop the execution of one of the most heinous crimes in contemporary history which is the destruction of a country that is the symbol of western civilization. Today the people in this very same country find themselves humiliated, exhausted, impoverished and have lost all hope, all because of the country’s political and state leadership.

    Therefore, it is obvious that these appeals involve crimes against humanity and genocide being currently perpetrated. Genocide may possibly sound too harsh a term, and such a crime being committed in modern Greece, a member of the European Union, may beggar belief, but exaggeration is not an issue here. Read this summary and the communications, view the evidence and be the judge of the validity of the allegations yourselves.

    There may be no gas chambers as some people ironically remark when they hear the word genocide, but there are other modern methods used, such as the shock doctrine, psychological as well as physical violence, financial warfare, continued violation of basic human rights, propaganda and others, which, combined, actually fetch much ‘better’ results than gas chambers, and without a doubt lead to rapid population decline, and the final goal, which is, the extermination of the population. Another means employed to contribute to the rapid decline of the indigenous population is islamification of the country, a vehicle which can single-handedly destroy Greece, due to its multiple chain-reaction effects. In particular, on account of recent legislation combined with inefficient guarding of the borders, the country has turned into a magnet for all the world’s underprivileged, discontent people, most of which are Muslims originating from Africa and Asia, which Greece neither has been nor will be in a position to care for, but is also barred from allowing to enter Europe.(Dublin II)

    To this day, the use of all the above mentioned means has resulted in, amongst other things, a drastic increase in: sense of insecurity, crime-rates, abortions, negative birthrates, suicides, disease both physical and mental, deaths from un-natural causes, mass migration of mostly young Greek people abroad, and the alteration and deterioration of the local population.

    Therefore, not only are these means exceptionally effective but, compared to gas chambers, they have an unparalleled advantage: the detection of their existence, aims, power and effectiveness is very difficult.

    Because results are what matters, taking a look at Greece today is proof that the “weapons” of choice were appropriate and used efficiently. Some of these results they achieved in the last two years are: the country is shunned from the markets and has become a laughing stock, it has lost any semblance of standing and sovereignty, and despite debt restructuring is practically bankrupt. Governmental lending has skyrocketed and the public debt is unsustainable, business indexes and the market have collapsed, GDP has shrunk by approximately 12%, the value of state property has reached rock-bottom, tens of thousands of businesses have closed, unemployment is up by 242% and for the first time in Greek history, those employed are fewer than those with no source of income at all. The majority of the population live below the poverty line, and every day, more and more people no longer have access to food, shelter, medicine and medical care. The centre of Athens is now a ghetto, schools and hospitals are closing, parents are forced to take their children to orphanages as they can no longer afford to care for them while pupils go without books, which used to be supplied free by the state, and faint in school due to starvation. The Greek energy system has collapsed, there are power shortages, and tourism, which is the country’s ‘heavy industry’ has received a great blow. Long forgotten diseases have reappeared due to the influx of illegal immigrants, poverty and insufficient medical care and big cities are swarming with homeless people. There is a reign of terror over society, the dignity of the Greek nation has been smashed to pieces and the country is suffering from depression. And this is only the beginning……

    NOTE: To the present, many people have survived by any means they could, whether that involved living on the savings they still had ,selling off their assets, relying on their family, exchanging products and services, or surviving on solidarity alone, as society has instantly become more sensitive to its weaker members and takes care of them. In this framework soup kitchens, food banks, social groceries, clinics and pharmacies have sprouted up all over the country and distribute free products and services to anybody in need. In order for these social networks to be established (food banks,clinics etc) Greece has received help from abroad. From the Diaspora, from the Church of Cyprus and Russia, from organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Doctors of the World, etc. Taking into consideration that the adverse consequences on the economy and society increase exponentially, soon, not even these HUMILIATING models of survival will work.

    CONCLUSION: From everything mentioned above, it is more than obvious that in Greece, not only are there crimes against humanity being committed, which nobody has disputed to this moment, but also genocide itself, which is currently in full swing and is punishable by the ICC, (as are crimes against humanity and war crimes). In order to disperse any doubts, see how it is described in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court :

    Article 6 Genocide
    For the purpose of this Statute, “genocide” means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
    (a) Killing members of the group;
    (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
    (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
    (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
    (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
    See below some more details on the situation in Greece and help to put an end to it.. Remember that we are not talking about a country of the so called “third world” but a modern western country, member of the EU which just happens to be the cradle of western civilization. Then consider this: If all this is possible in a country like this, why not somewhere else? If a symbol can be destroyed, why not what it symbolizes?

    How this state of affairs came to be

    The summer of 2008 marked the commencement of public discussions on the financial crisis. An international crisis caused by foreign events, said the then Karamanlis government, local and due to governmental policies, said the leader of the opposition, Mr. Papandreou. Before long, the latter called for premature general elections using the state of the economy as an excuse, claiming that the government’s financial policy, which was based on privatizations and austerity measures was erroneous and would with mathematical certainty lead to recession and ruin.. In the end, in 2009, Papandreou took advantage of the pending elections for the President of the Democracy, brought down the government in a coup-like fashion and brought about his much desired premature elections. Parliament closed on September 2, 2009 just two years after its formation and the elections took place on October 4.

    The economic crisis was still the main topic during the pre-election period, and therefore, most speeches, statements and commitments that the candidates made, referred to their proposed solutions on how to exit the crisis. Mr. Karamanlis proposed moderate austerity measures while Mr. Papandreou growth and improvement of institutions. The latter won.

    According to him, the implementation of the proclaimed policy was based on utilization of the inexhaustible potential of the country and its manpower and would ensure a swift exit from the crisis, reduction of public borrowing, prosperity and the safeguarding of the country’s standing and credibility abroad. What did he commit to? Faithful implementation of the political platform no matter what the circumstances, restarting the economy, creation of new wealth, just redistribution of the national income and no new taxes for middle and low incomes so that their purchasing power is not reduced, the country doesn’t go deeper into recession and the vicious circle of collapse is avoided.. This is a statement which was heard on many occasions, not only as a commitment but also in answer to his political opponents.

    At the time, most countries were plagued by the economic crisis and more or less, Greece was experiencing the same problems as they were. But for Greece, taking into consideration its unique assets it would have been a piece of cake for the country to exit the crisis, had there been any such intention….

    The advantages/assets of Greece
    – it’s low overall external debt, its geostrategic position, and its priceless cultural heritage (the utilization of which would, on its own, solve any and all financial problems.)
    – important areas in the economy such as high quality agricultural products, tourism and shipping, where there is no real fear of labour competition from developing countries (China, India, Russia etc) as happens with German and other industries
    – the fact that it is one of the very few western countries, maybe even the only one, which still owns significant public property, rich unexploited subsoil, and very profitable state-owned utilities.
    Some corroborative information, indicative of the above :
    – over the last decades Greece is the number one global shipping power (but shipping companies are registered abroad)
    – in 2009, total Greek external debt compared to GDP was 167% and, both globally as well as in Europe, Greece lagged far behind countries such as Ireland which came first with 1000%, or Holland with approximately 470% or Britain with 416% and Portugal with223%
    – the country’s unexploited assets (for example mineral resources) were no secret to anyone, as it was well known since 1981 that Greece joined the then EEC(of nine members) with three advantages : its commercial shipping, its mineral resources and the Greeks’ sharp business acumen.(Gaston Thorn, EEC President ,1981)
    Immediately following his election, Mr. Papandreou simply and completely ignored the lot (his promises, the country’s assets, his duties etc) and, as it later proved, set about implementing a plan to destroy the country, hinged primarily on a basic repeated pattern: delivering blows to the county’s credibility and prestige, paralyzing the state and implementing savage austerity measures. With such a plan in place, and with the blessings of the President of the Greek Democracy, Mr .Papandreou and his government succeeded in tearing the economy, the state of law and the social fabric of society to shreds. In other words, they managed to prove with their actions that it is indeed true that austerity measures lead to the vicious circle of collapse and that, before the elections, they knew exactly what they were talking about: only growth, social justice, and the proper functioning of institutions can solve problems and bring prosperity.

    The broad outline of the Papandreou basic plan was:
    1. To come into power
    2. To create the circumstances necessary in order to take out huge transnational high risk loans
    3. To ensure that circumstances are such that repayment of the loans is impossible
    Today, all the above phases are complete and the country has been surrendered to its creditors, who have taken over the administration and thus, effectively began the process of enforcement of their claims. Because things are much clearer in hindsight, these developments leave no doubt as to whether fraud was intended.

    How the plan was implemented:

    Among other things, when he came to power, instead of practicing the implicit duties of Prime Minister, to implement the plans presented during his election campaign and resolve any of the problems the country may have been facing, Mr. Papandreou did the following:
    – the first day (05.10.2009), he instructed the Bank of Greece to extend the settlement period of the Greek Government Bonds, thus creating substantial margins for speculative depreciation and manipulation which depreciated the bonds (switched from T3 to T10).
    – the 10th day he declared on Reuters that ‘The situation of our economy is explosive.” “Today we face unprecedented fiscal derailment,” “We are in an emergency situation, everyone must understand that.” and more …
    – At that point, an unprecedented and incredible defamation campaign of Greece started, with him declaring left, right and centre, at every opportunity that the country is bankrupt, it is unreliable and corrupt, with a revenue collection system in tatters, and a parasitic economy.
    Simultaneously
    – he made the financial situation of the country appear much worse than it actually was, revising the deficit of 2008 up by 2%, and the deficit of 2009 up by at least 3,7% by means of creative accounting.
    – for approximately one year, he left most of the public services and organizations headless, while at the same time continuously reshuffling the government, while establishing and abolishing ministries every time. The shipping ministry was the one that received the biggest blow.
    – he repeatedly increased direct and indirect taxation and proceeded to introduce horizontal cuts to salaries and pensions, brutally attacking middle and low incomes. After a while, many people started living below the poverty line property, thus being unable to pay taxes. In spite of the above, he went ahead with his policies: new tax increases followed, coupled by further salary and pension cuts again and again. What was the result? What should have been obvious to a 5 year old: Society was becoming more and more impoverished by the day, but without the state receiving more income. On the contrary, in fact after each austerity raid, more and more companies went out of business and the tax payer pool decreased. Nevertheless, the Government remained firm in its policy: taxes and cuts.
    – he moved on to suspend payments internally, thus weakening even more the SMEs (small medium Enterprises) which are the backbone of the Greek economy
    – he drastically reduced public investment, while not reducing profligate public spending, and didn’t perform any type of reform whatsoever.
    Except for the above, he also took the following steps:

    1. Since March 2010, he implemented an unprecedented Immigration policy, because of which, the number of illegal immigrants flocking daily to Greek territory exploded. The small, indigenous, already aging population was heavily hit and because most immigrants are young people who come and settle in Greece to raise a family and have many children, while Greece is suffering from negative birth rates, young people are migrating abroad, etc, the population will be more rapidly altered and in the end will be assimilated by the newcomers. Add to this, the constant turmoil around the world and the successive waves of illegal immigrants as a result of the first, it is obvious that very soon the inhabitants of this country will no longer be Greeks.

    As concerns the immigration law, it is worth noting that:
    – a foreigner can get Greek citizenship even if he does not speak Greek
    – foreign children born abroad can take Greek nationality
    – foreign children born in Greek territory immediately receive the Greek nationality, even those of illegal i
    immigrants, thus they can legitimize all first degree relatives. As a result, pregnant women from Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Asian or African countries illegally enter Greece ,augmenting the already large number of foreigners who continuously enter the country illegally.

    2. On April 2010, having embarked on his defamatory campaign and the rest of his tricks and thus managing to raise lending interest rates and Government deficit and debt, despite there being no need for it, without even looking into other options, without even going out to the markets, but ignoring low-interest loans that China and Russia offered, he pleaded inability to borrow and the direct risk of bankruptcy. Then, in order to solve this fictional problem, he voluntarily appealed to Troika (EU, SWF and IMF) asking for a high-interest loan €110Bn. A few months later, he asked for another loan of €130Bn, and that, more or less, means that in less than a year of his serving as Prime Minister, he asked for more money than Greece had borrowed in 35 years! And it doesn’t stop there. He asked for the first loan of €110Bn in exchange for the country’s immunity and assets, present and future, and the second loan of €130Bn, in exchange for the country’s administration by its creditors and the repayment of loans in priority over salaries, pensions and other social expenses.”It is as if they were borrowing from a Mafia loan shark to repay an advance from their grandmother”, The Financial Times said. This giant loan, Greece neither needed, nor has received and neither is it certain that it will receive. But, it is due to this loan agreement that Greece has found itself bound and gagged as it were, has lost its immunity and national sovereignty and now risks losing its public property and wealth. ( Greece received only a part of the first loan and it was used exclusively for re payment of government debt)

    3. Finally, in order for Mr Papandreou’s pre-meditated plan to be executed and completed, all the while keeping his crimes concealed, he included techniques to manipulate the masses and applied psychological war fare techniques, the shock doctrine, in order to ensure that the people accepted as necessary changes that under normal circumstances would be deemed unreasonable. Indicatively, below, some of the means used were:
    – threats, blackmail and false dilemmas, the most common ones concerning bankruptcy and either accepting the bail outs or exiting the European Community and the Euro.
    – wavering responsibility for everything that led to this situation. More accurately, he lay the blame at the door of a) the previous government who allegedly falsified end of 2009 deficit figures b) the citizens who were corrupt and evaded paying tax c) the markets for not giving him enough time to improve the economy d) the EU who didn’t handle the Greek crisis appropriately, e) leaders of other foreign countries and f) above all TROIKA (as if they were then ones who forced him to take out the loans, and more specifically, loans from them and them only ). With such behavior he managed to divide public opinion, extensively damage the country’s image abroad, as well as greatly damage the relations of Greek people with other peoples.
    – “Debt-terrorism”, was utilized on one hand to secure the people’s consent by causing them to feel as co-conspirators and accomplices concerning the debts that others had struck up , but he (who was “corrupt”, a “parasite” and “tax evader”) had to pay, and on the other hand, to disarm popular resistance against the destructive application of pre-decided policy.
    However, in spite of these techniques which were applied in various combinations from the very beginning, many people realized early on what was happening and from May 2010 massive, group and individual reactions of all kinds began. Demonstrations, political rallies, street protests, law suits, complaints, indictments for high treason, open letters, official letters by ordinary people, academics and artists, but all this was in vain. Nothing changed. The protests and demonstrations were dissolved using inhumane police brutality and everything else was ostentatiously ignored. So, Greek citizens have decided to turn to International Courts and to ask for the support of global public opinion.

    So far greek citizens have appealed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and have denounced crimes against humanity and genocide in progress, but applications are due to be filed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), pending their completion!

    Just after the 1st appeal to the ICC, Mr Papandreou realized he could not continue in such a manner way, and so decided to change roles, in order to continue his work behind the scenes.

    And so, on 09.11.2011, without anybody realizing it, he resigned along with his government, instead of calling for elections in the manner provisioned in the Greek Constitution. On 11.11.2011,on the same day that his presidency of PASOK was meant to expire, an employee of his Office, Mr Loukas Papademos was made prime minister, and 38 members of the outgoing government were re-instated in the “new: government. The official mission of the illegally appointed Prime Minister and his team was adherence, to the letter, of the policies of Mr Papandreou, which was an already proven recipe for the destruction of the economy, of society and of the State of Justice, all the while leading the Greek people to despair, poverty, depression, misery and many deaths. More specifically, their mission was the finalization of the 2nd Loan Facility Agreement. With this in mind and in order to “save the country” once again from bankruptcy, they decided on new measures ( new hikes in taxation, new cuts in salaries and pensions, new increases in utility bills, and additional lay-offs of 15.000 people for 2012 and another 150.000 until 2015. Mr Papandreou on his part, abused his position of leader of the PASOK by not stepping down from office on the agreed date, thus being able to maintain full control, to rule from behind the scenes and to keep enjoying the benefits of power until the completion of his plan.

    After the second appeal to the ICC, the ruling, non-elected government of the country, decided to call elections in which, via new threats, more blackmail and pseudo-dilemas, where the terrified Greek people were called upon to decide on a future that had already been decided upon and mortgaged by the governments in power since 2009. Consequently, the elections would, in actual fact, serve the purpose of pseudo-legalization of decisions already made, which were made for the people, but not by the people, without their consent. The man behind the elections, organizing and guaranteeing the results is Mr.Loukas Papademos and his coup-like government. In these elections members of this government are free to participate, as well as other politicians,for example Mr. Papandreou, persons in other words who have been repeatedly accused of treason and other crimes, but have never been brought to justice. This is true for one simple reason: in Greece politicians benefit from full immunity from criminal offenses they may commit during their stint in office. (ΝΒ. Concerning the electoral procedure, indictments from 13 citizens have been lodged, involving accusations of attempted electoral fraud and high treason. Meanwhile, on Russia’s insistence, OASE election representatives have been sent to Greece.)

    Indicatively, Mr. Papandreou has been sued for systematically abusing power, for disruption and deterioration of the democratic institutions of the country, for slandering and others.. He has also been accused of the fact that the above actions allowed him an unjustifiably prolonged presence on the country’s political stage which also provided him with monetary benefits – rewards for his service to the community which he was asked to return with interest in the lawsuits against him.

    Beyond these benefits,it seems there were more. Thanks to his political activity ,it appears he was the recipient of numerous illegal and controversial benefits for himself and his immediate family, ranging from commissions, speculating on CDS, and other activities from which he amassed profits exceeding €2Bn. Regarding CDS, there was an enquiry at the European Commission (cf Question for written answer to the Commission,Rule 117, Andreas Mölzer (NI) Subject: Greek Prime Minister speculating against his own country ) as well as numerous publications that revealed clues, not only concerning CDS but also the “green energy project” that also seems to have been a source of illegal profits.

    At the same time, there were accusations that he had meticulously planned his moves and that he was always aware of his actions. Intent is proven, amongst other things, by the sequence of events, by the content of the statements he made, and also by the fact that, as the son and grandson of prime ministers and a member of many different governments, he knew and knows only too well how to play the political game and has a very good knowledge of the Greek reality, the Constitution and laws, which he skillfully abused/manipulated to give an air of legitimacy to his actions, to mock institutions, to ridicule them in order to ultimately achieve his objectives.

    In the website https://justiceforgreece.wordpress.com/ you will find the two communications sent to the ICC, lawsuits submitted in Greece, and all the pertinent evidence. The content of this site is systematically renewed.

    According to the aforementioned
    it is evident that Greek citizens are victims of their Political Leadership and are in no way involved in their actions,
    it is evident that due to the exceptional and unique assets and potential of Greece, and the volume of natural reserves that remain unexploited, no Greek politician would dream of legitimately uttering the word ”bankruptcy” under any circumstances, unless high treason was on the agenda,
    it is evident that the crimes against Greece and the Greek nation were premeditated and that the country’s citizens did everything in their power to prevent them.
    finally, it is evident that if these crimes continue to be perpetrated, Greece will be destroyed.
    It is Greece, the cradle of Western civilization that is under attack.

    And the question is : What about western civilization itself ?

    If Greece is destroyed,what’s next?

    Sign the petition – gopetition.com

    http://hellasfrappe.blogspot.gr/2012/05/max-keiser-save-democracy-in-greece.html

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