new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Q&A: greece, germans, and the crisis

i received a question by a friend from germany...

Q: [edited for brevity] please let me ask a question: you are greek. how do you like it, that angela merkel our chancellor defended the euro so tirelessly and tried to save greece, so you can stay in the EU? i would be really interested to know what is not here in the newspaper, but what most people think about all greeks. can you tell me?

A: angela merkel intends to defend the interests of the plutocracy. she cares nothing about greece, the greek people or the german people. the only reason she defends the euro, with whatever method she uses, and to whatever extent, is that, through this currency, she is able to secure a larger concentration of wealth in the hands of her masters. these masters are not the german people, nor the greek.

the developing conflict is not between greek people and german people, and angela merkel isn't defending either side. the conflict is between the wealthy and the working/poor classes of both countries. all the decisions that are being made, despite the fact that they should have expressed the will of the people, are in favor of the rich. surely german working people carry a share of a burden that does not genuinely belong to them. they do so, propagated by the german mass media who, in order to convince, vilifies the greek people. on the other hand, greek working people also carry a burden that does not genuinely belong to them, propagated by our local mass media which, in turn, vilifies germans, or implants guilt in the consciousness of the working people, as if they were the real cause of this crisis.

as a result, both greek and german working people are highly stressed and are paying the total of the cost of the crisis, while the wealthy are getting away with the mess they caused. this is the hard truth and the faster people realize it, the better it would be for all europe.

greek people do not need an empty euro-pocket, which is the case for most people today because of severe austerity measures. greek people do not need half of their young people under the age of 24 to be unemployed, to have their dreams shattered or to have to migrate to other countries to survive, even though they're well-educated and hard-working.

greeks' decision not to declare bankruptcy (by only a narrow lead in the last elections) is not only a matter of honesty so that we can pay back what we borrowed, it's also a matter of honor of not giving up in the face of hardships. nevertheless, this decision was made under blackmail from the plutocracy through mass media that terrorized people, especially senior citizens with daily, repeated threats that their pensions would not be paid.

greece's staying in the eurozone means that devaluation, so that our economy can become competitive, is being conducted internally by cutting wages and raising taxes. this has a huge impact upon the real economy: depression, unemployment, dissolution of fundamental functions of the state, increased suicide rates, collapse of our healthcare program, collapse of our education system and increased uncertainty about our future.

what greece gains from this situation is security for rich people's wealth towards a local highly devalued currency, provided that the money hasn't already been exported abroad. also, greece gains the gradual absorption of the initial shock which a bankruptcy would cost.

i'm not really sure which solution (bankruptcy or euro) is the best for greece. what i truly know and experience is that the euro solution is painful for the greek economy and the greek people, especially the poor.

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