These are reminders that Greece has no leverage and that the patron-client integration model, austerity and neo-liberalism will remain exactly as the G-7 and financial markets dictate. By contrast, the new prime minister Alexis Tsipras visited the memorial site of Nazi war-crime victims, symbolically reminding Germany that it owes billions in war reparations to Greece, while reminding the West about the absence of justice when it comes to relations between core countries and periphery within the EU
"Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is due in Brussels on Thursday to discuss possible additional sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. Before the cabinet even meets for the first time tomorrow, the Greek government said that it disagreed with an EU statement in which President Donald Tusk raised the prospect of “further restrictive measures” on Russia." The punchline: In recent months, Kotzias wrote on Twitter that sanctions against Russia weren’t in Greece’s interests. He said in a blog that a new foreign policy for Greece should be focused on stopping the ongoing transformation of the EU “into an idiosyncratic empire, under the rule of Germany.” And when it comes to the natural adversary of any German imperial ambitions in recent history, Europe has been able to produce only one answer...
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Europe, for one, will be most displeased that Greece has decided to put its people first in the chain of priority over offshore bidders of Greek assets. Most displeased, especially since the liquidation sale of Greece is part of the Greek bailout agreement: an agreement which as the Troika has repeatedly stated, is not up for renegotiation.
While the West may try to slap Russia with more sanctions, the SWIFT banking payment system will try to stay out of political crossfire, economist Max Fraad Wolff told RT, adding that if it eventually gets weaponized, an alternative will emerge.
Kiev authorities and Ukrainian army are indeed representing the interests of the NATO powers, while the military operations are being orchestrated and synchronized with the US, a UK-based journalist Neil Clark told RT.
Le nouveau gouvernement grec d’Alexis Tsipras a vivement protesté contre la déclaration des « chefs d’État ou de gouvernement de l’Union » attribuant aux « séparatistes » le « bombardement aveugle » de la ville de Marioupol et menaçant la Russie de nouvelles sanctions . Selon M. Tsipras, la Grèce n’a pas été consultée et cette déclaration a été publiée en violation des procédures de l’Union. Selon EU Observer, la Hongrie, la Slovaquie et l’Autriche auraient vainement essayé de modifier cette déc
Smoke rises from shells fired from Israel over al-Wazzani area in southern Lebanon January 28, 2015.(Reuters / Karamallah Daher) An anti-tank missile hit an IDF vehicle in the Golan Heights, prompting an exchange of fire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah, which claimed responsibility for the attack. A UN peacekeeper and two IDF soldiers have …
Even the favored secular militias groomed to fight ISIS have seen their funding cut in half.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Syrian rebel sources who spoke on condition of anonymity say the 7th Division, which is affiliated with the Syria Revolutionaries Front and aligned to the Free Syrian Army, has not received salaries from the CIA in months, although the State Department has maintained food shipments to the unit.
The Saker is our regular contributor. A version of this article also appeared at The Vineyard of the SakerI have been trying to wait as long as possible to get some facts confirmed, but at this point in time I am confident enough to say that there are numerous and convergent signs that things are going extremely badly for the regime in Kiev. Just look at the following recent headlines:
On 14 April, Oleg Tsarov was beaten by a mob after an interview in the ICTV building in Kiev. The beating was denied by some, though press agencies published videos of the mob and photos of Oleg Tsaryov half-naked with bruises.After this beating he stated "I am against a third party interfering in the affairs of Ukraine. Until we learn to listen to each other, Ukraine will stand no chance”.
In May 2014, a recording of a death threat phone call allegedly made to Tsarov by the governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast and owner of PrivatBank, Ihor Kolomoisky, began circulating in social media. In the call Kolomoisky tells Tsaryov that there is a bounty of $1 million on his head, and to stay inMoscow if he doesn't want to be killed. Tsarov claimed the call was authentic.