Thursday, November 15, 2012

Athens in November

....a few tourist shots on top of the Acropolis:  most of the dogs we saw in Athens seemed large and knocked out like this one - its clearly stressful guarding the Parthenon and all the other world heritage sites.
The crocuses are on the wonderfully named Areopagus  - the rock from which St Paul spoke to the assembled Athenians

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Aspects of solidarity

With Greek Greens at Athens Council of European Greens.
Truck drivers inspect ferry docking procedure at Brindisi this morning
Nov 14th European Day of Solidarity against austerity - Brindisi

Monday, November 12, 2012

Publish lists of rich tax dodgers. Get inquiries set up!

Speakers at the European Greens final meeting: Eva Joly (France/EFA) said, "It's very important that the lists of rich tax dodgers is published and inquiries are set up." In this way the rich and powerful, withholding money from their countries, can be called to account.
This woman from Crete said there is a Greek saying that "The fish stinks from the head down." These governments have done nothing for Greece: the social fabric has been shredded and education has been devastated. Yet the pressure is still to vote for old parties but really dynamic interventions are needed now to break the vicious cycle.
Green Ways out of the Crisis: 
- Dany Cohn-Bendit speaking, and left to right, Monica Frassoni (co-chair of European Green Party), Rebecca Harms MEP (co-president of the Green Group in the European Parliament) and Nikos Chrysogelos Greek MEP. (9/11/12)
- This man (Greek Greens) was saying that there has been destruction of people's collective spirit and the only real solution is to build a socially-based economy: large cooperatives, local schemes, etc.
The Greek guy was saying that there must be more federalism.

Shan Oakes, Athens.
European Green Party Council

Balkan Green Network meeting: a Greek panel discussing the economic crisis in Greece. (8/11/12)

The European Greens meeting in Athens

Green Party of England and Wales delegates, Constantine Buhayer and Shan Oakes

We voted on important resolutions in Athens:
  • to condemn the authoritarian behaviour becoming evident in various countries, 
  • to support the Nov 14th strikes across the EU, 
  • to oppose the use of the EU budget for defence research and 
  • to oppose an increase in destructive mining practices, 
to name a few.

Shan Oakes