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Greece, Iran, And The Rules Of The Game

John Feffer | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's no surprise that the powerful both set the rules and break the rules with impunity. The world system isn't presided over by Miss Manners. For small countries like Greece, there's not much room for maneuver between the regulations of the EU and the general parameters established by globalization. There isn't much room for democracy either, as Greek citizens discovered when they voted in Syriza and attempted to vote out austerity in the more recent referendum. Iran, a larger country that plays a strategic role in the Middle East, has considerably more room for maneuver than does Greece. But it too cannot unilaterally remake the rules of the game. It can only negotiate the best deal it can. In the end, it must open itself up to the kind of inspection regime that more powerful countries would never tolerate.

Senator: Germany Has 'Damaged' Europe To Help Big Banks At Greece's Expense

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says the German government has refused to take responsibility for its biggest banks, whose reckless lending ...

Greek Bailout Vote To Test Syriza Party Rebellion

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.23.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek lawmakers launched a late-night debate Wednesday on further reforms demanded by international creditors in retu...

Greek Crisis: Why Tsipras Remains in Power

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

After three weeks on the brink of collapse, Greek banks have finally reopened marking the return of some form of normality. However, strict capital controls remain in place for the foreseeable future, as does the general state of political and economic uncertainty.

Greek Debt Crisis Spotlights Syriza's Growing Pains

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.21.2015 | World

ATHENS -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' reshuffling of his cabinet on Friday after several ministers rejected a bill outlining new auster...

Europe's Worst Crisis in Decades Is Also Populism's Greatest Opportunity

Julian Baggini | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Julian Baggini

BRISTOL -- Populism appeals to the "will of people" but is actually profoundly undemocratic. Democracy is about the negotiation of competing interests and the balancing of different values. Populism, in contrast, is a kind of mob rule. Where there is complexity, it offers simple solutions. Instead of seeking common ground, it looks to exaggerate the differences between them and us.

Greece -- Capitalism's Latest War on Democracy

Alexandros Orphanides | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Alexandros Orphanides

Faced with continued despair, the people in Greece will continue to do as people have done all over the world when faced with such inhumane treatment: they will live, they will organize, they will protest, they will survive and carry the burden of humanity.

What Was the Greek Finance Minister Trying To Do and Did He Do It?

Elias Kulukundis | Posted 07.16.2015 | World
Elias Kulukundis

Greece's lack of status was an impediment to negotiations, but given Germany's immediately hostile stance, there may have been no other option available to Syriza than to behave like an outsider.

A Postcard From Greece: The Everyday Effects of Austerity on a Desperate Nation

David R. K. Adler | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
David R. K. Adler

Recessions make ghosts--ghosts of industry past, ghosts of supermarkets past, ghosts of tenants and their dream condos past. And Greece, in the midst of an economic crisis worse than the Great Depression, is full of them.

Alexis Tsipras in the Heart of the State

Nikos Agouros | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Nikos Agouros

A strategically deficient fixation on revolutionary rhetoric and the simultaneous belief in a new universal "autonomy" of the state was defeated in the face of a reality that requires modern analytical and problem-solving tools as well as a new theory for the future.

Time Is Ticking For Greece To Pass Reforms Needed For Bailout Deal

AP | ELENA BECATOROS and DEREK GATOPOULOS | Posted 07.15.2015 | World

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers voted overwhelmingly early Thursday to approve a harsh austerity bill demanded by bailout creditors, despite s...

Eurozone Leaders Meet, As Greece's Debt Crisis Talks Continue

Reuters | Posted 07.12.2015 | World

By Renee Maltezou and Andreas Rinke BRUSSELS, July 12 (Reuters) - Euro zone leaders told near-bankrupt Greece at an emergency summit on Sunday it m...

Our Greek Tragedy

Michael Brenner | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Michael Brenner

The drama that played out in Greece this week is of historic importance. What is at stake goes well beyond the future of the eurozone. It is the very essence of the great postwar civilizational compact that brought unprecedented prosperity and political stability to Europe. For it is the repeal of the understandings, principles and sense of comity associated with that project that is the clear target of the financial forces that control the continent's economic affairs. Alexis Tsipras dared to reject an ultimatum whereby his country would be relegated to a permanent condition of debt servitude or thrown to the wolves of the untamed financial markets. The game is an unsavory one whereby the Troika extract anything of value and transfer it to the banks and hedge fund speculators who made spectacularly reckless loans to previous, compromised government leaders. The resistance to that fate by a government that has received a mandate from the electorate is deemed illegitimate.

Can Tsipras Move From Doublespeak to a Deal?

Andreas A. Papandreou | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Andreas A. Papandreou

ATHENS -- Tsipras can become a leader of stature and take the deal and side with the vast majority of Greeks on either side of the "Yes"/"No" divide to whom he has promised to remain in the euro and undertake the reforms Syriza has resisted. Alternatively, he can live a short moment of glory as a revolutionary by siding with a small minority of the "no" camp and turn the country into a failed state run by a new set of authoritarian oligarchs.

Syriza, Sanders, and Hawaii

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 07.09.2015 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

Now pundits will tell you Sanders can't win. I didn't believe that in 2008 when they said the same thing about the then junior Senator from Illinois, who just happened to be an African America who grew up in Hawaii, and has "Hussein" as his middle name. The "inevitable candidate" was Hillary Clinton back then too.

Greek Voters Present Obstacle to Unelected Authorities' Efforts to Transform Europe

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

By voting "No" with a large margin (61-39 percent), Greek voters demonstrated several important things. First, that they were not easily intimidated. Second, that despite a massive propaganda campaign by what the New York Times described as "the oligarch-dominated news organizations," they were not easily fooled.

Zach Carter

Why Obama Is Leaving Greece To Fend For Itself Against Germany

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is effectively sitting out the contentious talks over the festering economic crisis in Greece, despite increasi...

The 'Double Truth' Revealed by Greek Crisis Shows Path Ahead Is a 'Two Speed' Europe

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Europe has arrived at its moment of double truth. The muddling is over with and the path ahead is clear for all to see.

Greeks' Decisive No Vote Leaves Europe With 2 Options: Forgive Some Debt or, Worse, Face a Grexit

Karl Whelan | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Karl Whelan

DUBLIN -- The decisive nature of the No vote should persuade European leaders to set aside their hopes of forcing regime change and to focus their minds on the practical implications of a Grexit. They need to acknowledge something that is widely accepted: that Greece cannot pay back all of the money loaned by Europe. Pushing Greece towards a euro exit  is probably the strategy that will ultimately minimize the return of money to the creditors.

Angela's Ashes and Tsipras's Attributes

Lucia Annunziata | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Lucia Annunziata

In the absence of a complete and total mending, and a reform of Europe itself, from this moment forward the temptation to follow Athen's lead will only increase.

Greece's Finance Minister Varoufakis Resigns After Referendum

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2015 | World

By Lefteris Papadimas and John O'Donnell ATHENS/FRANKFURT, July 6 (Reuters) - Greece's outspoken finance minister resigned on Monday, removing one ...

Greece Divided by Dilemma Once More

Ioannis Karamagalis | Posted 07.05.2015 | World
Ioannis Karamagalis

The referendum, before being conducted, unfortunately released the darkest aspects and features of Greek political socialization. It reinstated divisive reasoning in the public sphere, divided society into two camps with no diffusion and without any room for common ground.

The Greece That Can Say No: History's Lessons Applied to the Greek Debt Crisis

Sheldon Filger | Posted 07.05.2015 | World
Sheldon Filger

As in 1940, despite the hard road mandated by their decision, the Greek people have placed national honor and dignity on a higher plane than the only other alternative on offer: an ultimatum based on collective indignity and national impoverishment .

Greece Resoundingly Rejects Austerity In Referendum On Bailout Deal

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts & Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.06.2015 | World

Greeks on Sunday decisively rejected a bailout deal proposed by the country's international creditors, which demanded new austerity measures in return...

Greece Votes In Crucial Referendum On Debt Crisis Bailout

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.05.2015 | World

As partial results of Sunday's highly anticipated referendum trickled in, Greeks appeared to have overwhelmingly rejected the terms of a bailout deal ...