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02 July 2011

Democracy at work?

Take an easy multiple choice test! Fun for all the family

So, a little quiz question: Which of these pictures shows democracy at work?

Is it maybe this one?

Papandreou and Mubarak

Or could it be this one?

Papandreou and Gadhafi

Maybe it's this one indeed?

Papandreou and al-Assad

... or, could it be our last one here:

The assembly on Syntagma square

I will leave it to your senses to see, smell, hear, and feel the right one. Because you can do that.

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10 July 2011

Aus ganz Griechenland

Von Stadt und Land

Seit 45 Tagen ist der Synragma-Platz vom Volk besetzt. Jeden Abend finden Demonstrationen statt, jeden Abend kommen die Menschen zusammen um zu reden, zu diskutieren und in direkter Demonstration abzustimmen.

Doch nicht nur hier in Athen tagen die Volksversammlungen, auch in allen grossen und kleinen Städten hat der Virus der direkten Demokratie eingeschlagen. Ueberall finden Volksversammlungen statt, die die Menschen über die Verbrechen des Regimes informieren und die angefangen haben, selber zu entscheiden.

Dieses Wochenende haben alle diese Landsgemeinden Vertreter nach Athen gescchickt. Hier auf dem Syntagma tauschen sich die Menschen über Niederlagen und Erfolge aus. Vorschläge für Massnahmen werden genauso diskutiert.

Wir haben unsere Freunde von Κέρκυρα / Corfu wieder gesehen und von ihren neuesten Taten gehört. Dieses Treffen, der ganze Platz, gibt mir Hoffnung. Was immer noch passieren wird, so viele Menschen sind bereit, mitzuhelfen und zusammenzuarbeiten.

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11 July 2011

Familie Papandreou und CDS-Spekulation

Eine Bombe von der Eleftherotypia

Heute morgen hat die Zeitung "Eleftherotypia" (Ελευθεροτυπία, wörtlich: Pressefreiheit) eine Bombe platzen lassen. Normalerweise sind die ökonomischen Abenteuer der Familie Papandreou für die Presse strikt Tabu, Schwarze Liste, da schreibt man nicht darüber. Zu sehen und zu lesen gabs bisher schon auf dem Internet, dass die "Papandreou AG" viel, viel Geld mit CDS-Spekulationen verdient. Max Keizer spricht von 25 Milliarden, die die Familie des Premierministers damit verdient hat, gegen das eigene Land zu "wetten" und natürlich prompt im Ausland in vielen, vielen Offshore-Firmen versteckt hat.

Der aktuelle publizierte Artikel zeigt auf, dass der Bruder des Premierministers im "Strategic Comittee" der Firma "Unigestion" sitzt. Eine Firma, die nach dem Bericht an mehr als 8 Milliarden in CDS dreht. Nach dem, was ich aus bisherigen Berichten sehen konnte, dürfte es sich hier nur um ein kleines Eckchen der Verstrickungen der "Papandreou AG" handeln.

Sicher ist auf jedenfall, dass das Familienunternehmen Papandreou auf den Ruin des von ihnen regierten Landes spekuliert und dabei prächtig verdient. Auch jetzt wieder wird versucht werden, diese Nachricht in den Medien kleinzuhalten oder ganz zu verstecken. Die europäischen Medien haben bis jetzt jedenfalls noch kein Wort dazu veröffentlicht.

Der Artikel der Eleftherotypia führt als Beispiel die Briefkastenfirma "i4cense" an, die der Bruder des Premierministers in der Schweiz laufen hat. Die Existenz dieser Firma wurde in Recherchen von Eleftherotypia-Journalisten schon im März, Mai und Oktober 2010 enthüllt, die Nachricht bekommt aber erst jetzt Publizität.

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18 July 2011

The Square

We're still here

It's been days, weeks, I've lost count. Still we are here on the square. "We"? Yes, I'm not here every day any more, but I still count myself in. I - as many of us- would like an easy life, doing my stuff. But I can not bear the destruction of the last traces of society without putting up at least a bit of a fight.

The more so, because there are more of us than against us. If this democracy was not hijacked, then why does the government not go to hell where they belong?

Summer has come, summer will go, but the resistance will still be there. ξ

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26 July 2011

Cory Doctorow's Little Brother

Rise up, stand up

Yesterday I went out and bought an ebook reader. It's one of these things with an "electronic ink" screen, which were all the rage a few years ago and are going out of style a bit already. The market for these things in Greece is really dried out, I found only a few brands in stores and I wasn't going for the bigger and more expensive units with wifi and lots of features I don't need. I got a bare bones thing (I'll maybe write more about it another time). I filled it with lots of classic's from Project Gutenberg and then I went and downloaded - for free and legal - some books from Cory Doctorow.

The first one I've read from head to toe on the ebook reader is "Little Brother". I had read another one of Cory's books on my laptop screen a few years ago and the "electronic ink" screen is really much easier. The reader is also easier to hold than a laptop computer, it weights only about 150 grams.

"Little Brother" is a book that's been said to be for younger readers (no idea what term is official and acceptable for that). It didn't came over as a "youth book" to me. Maybe it's not twisted to the 17th degree of psychology, but it's no simplistic read either. I skipped over some of the technological explanations, stuff I already knew. The only thing that screams "young readership" to me is the happy ending. Man, I which life was that easy.

What really got me moving with this book was the similarity of the "slightly into the future" world of the book to our reality right now here in Greece. With us it's not the "terrorist scare", but rather the "financial crisis" scare.

But only too fresh are the memories of me being gassed at a peaceful demonstration. Only too close do the feelings of being humiliated, tracked, "occupied" by the police forces resonate in my breast. I haven't been arrested, but a coworker of a friend has been, only a few hours after we'd taken a break at their office. At the time of his arrest we were only a few meters away in a crowd of people who got attacked and beaten by a large group of motorcycle police. (Some of them then went on to drop tear gas into a subway station nearby.) Our friend's coworker was on a bicycle, on his way home. As far as I had understood, he hadn't even taken part in the demonstration.

So I went through the pages of "Little Brother" like on fire. What gripped me - besides a good told tale - was to look forward for what solution the author would propose. Was there really a new idea out there? Would there be some magical "click" that he'd take technology to, to give the people the upper hand again? Sadly, not really. All the use of technology is nice and dandy, but in the end the nice happy end comes with the cavalry riding in at the last moment.

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