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ALL HELL CAN'T STOP US NOW
ALL HELL CAN'T STOP US NOW
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Manchester City is my favourite team fullstop. This season rewarded all us patient supporters during the many years of moderate performances which included the years of relegation, with the FA cup and with the third place in Premier League that qualified our team for the Champions League.
The offered upload is obviously aimed at the fellow supporters; I already know that the interest for this one will be very narrow. Even the quality of the music here (as with the vast majority of this particular genre), is low and full of sub-pub-rock samples, with the bright exception of Lord Fitzroy's brilliant track. Never mind, we're celebrating for Man City now.
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Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
A documentary that tracks the evolution of global capitalism from the ’70s until today, considering the position of Greece in the global economy but also the traps of the so called “free market system”, such like… debt! It also explains “the concepts of pernicious and illegitimate debts of the Greek economy”, after talking to economists, journalists, intellectuals, politicians and other specialists from around the world such as David Harvey, Samir Amin, Kostas Lapavitsas, Gerald Ntimenil, Alain Badiou, The President of CADTM Eric Toussaint, the Argentine director Fernando Solanas, journalists as Avi Lewis (writer / director of the documentary The Take – The seizure), Jean Katrmer (Liberation), the Second World War Greek Veteran Manolis Glezos and the vice president of the German left party “Die Linke” Zara Vagkenknecht.
Aris Hadjistefanou and Katerina Kitidi, inform us of similar situations prevailed in some Latin American countries, such as Argentina and Ecuador, countries that also faced unbearable debt. Through shining descriptions and interesting analysis, we see the disastrous effects of the International Monetary Fund dominance in the living standards of those countries. The imposed austerity measures had as a result that whole populations confronted the nightmare of mass unemployment and poverty.
In Ecuador, however, the Socialist government of Rafael Correa, set up a Commission of Public Debt, as an alternative solution. A similar effort could begin in Greece, with dozens of international known intellectuals, such like the American linguist Noam Chomsky, signing in favour. Nevertheless, the Greek ruling party (PASOK) refuses to implement such a plan, while its leadership constantly has threatened with expulsion members who are against the IMF memorandum.
Interview of Aris Hatzistefanou & Katerina Kitidi (as posted on owni.eu)
How has Debtocracy been received so far?
We had more than half a million views in less than a week, and are now reaching 700,000 views. Despite its success, the Greek media did not report a single word on it. When they saw that we had half a million views, they could not pretend it didn’t exist – some newspapers started to attack and discredit the documentary. So far not one TV Channel has mentioned Debtocracy, not even negatively. The day mainstream TV channels talk about us will be the last step towards victory.
In a nutshell, what is Debtocracy about?
We argue that the current situation is part of a world-wide economic problem, as well as a eurozone issue. Because the eurozone is divided into the core and periphery, we are condemned to suffer from losses of competitiveness in the global economy, and we cannot devalue our currency.
What happened cannot be all blamed on the “PIIGS”- as they call us – although we have our share of the blame. The problem is that Greece created a welfare state without taxing more companies. So the deficit increased. We also have a problem of corruption, but those are details. Even if all politicians were put in prison, the crisis would remain unsolved.
We also argue Germany is not a model to follow – they freezed salaries for a whole decade! That is not a sustainable model for all of Europe.
Some people claim your documentary is not balanced. How would you respond to these claims?
We never meant to be balanced, quite the opposite, since our counterparts had enough time and media space to put forward their views. And they are not balanced either.
Critics also argue Ecuador is not an accurate example, because it’s a developing country and has oil. But oil only represent 25% of their GDP. Besides, we have our own oil: tourism. You could take any country other than Ecuador, and people would still tell you that these are two different countries, even though we face a similar situation with a growing debt and a similar “solutions” put forward by the IMF. In the end, they are just trying to divert the discussion to avoid talking about the main topic of the movie: the need for an audit commission.
In your opinion, what should Greece do now?
It’s clear that Greece cannot repay its debt – whether legally or not, regardless of the interest rate. 350 billions dollars doesn’t just grow on trees (and ironically, the market was the first to reach that conclusion). The government keeps on saying they will find the money, but the market is not stupid. The bailout plan designed by the European Union and the IMF was not about rescuing Greece – it was about saving the German and French banks which would collapse if Greece went bankrupt.
So our point of view is that we should not expect anything from them. It will be too late if we wait for them to take the necessary measures. We need to find the solutions ourselves and create initiatives.
Considering that, first we have to carry out the debt audit in order to distinguish what is legal or illegal. There are indications that a huge amount of our sovereign debt is pernicious or illegal. But only an audit commission could determine and prove this. This is why we completely support this proposal. However, it should be driven democratically and transparently, and not by parliamentarians.
We are more radical than others advancing this proposal, because we think we should stop paying the debt, exit the eurozone, and nationalize the banking system. That is not something easy to get support for as it may seem too radical – but even some politicians and economists from the center are beginning to consider it.
Nationalizing the banks may sound like a communist idea but the problem is so serious and we have to protect the country. If we exit the eurozone the banking system will most likely collapse, and thus we have to protect it from a capital flight out of the country.
Are you linked to other initiatives of this type in Europe?
We were contacted by a number of groups and were asked to put subtitles on our film. At the moment, we are working on releasing it in several languages. We’re not collaborating with anyone per se, but we’ve released everything under a creative commons license (so that anyone can use our footage).
How do you envision the future of Greece?
Last year there was a lot of unrest against the bailout of the country, but Greek citizens are too disheartened now. In the past ten years, the opposition hasn’t come up with a decent proposal that could muster popular support. Some people believe that the unrest was appeased when the EU introduced interest rates in the bailout package. But I feel it is still growing underneath our feet. And it may be revived at any time.
It’s worth noticing that no political party has control over the protest movements, and no one is able to provide guidance to these feelings. So I’m afraid it will probably erupt suddenly and in a violent way, even though we cannot predict when and why.
What’s next for Debtocracy?
As people were donating money, even once we collected enough funds for the movie, we decided to create a special account for them to deposit their donations, which we will return if we don’t come up with a detailed and transparent project within the next six months.
We didn’t expect such a success with so little means. It wasn’t easy, but we have proved to ourselves that big things can be done with few resources – especially when you have the support of talented people.
The Internet helped us a lot, but we can now see its limits. Though our documentary was viewed by nearly one million people, we must still reach an audience that lacks an internet connection, especially outside of Athens. We plan to distribute DVDs and organize projections in theaters and cinemas.With the Internet alone, our approach would end up being elitist.
We definitely want to go further, and address the taboos the Greek mainstream media dare not to report. If people don’t take part in the production and release of information, they’ll never find someone within big media corporations willing to speak on their behalf.
Director / Writer: Katerina Kitidi, Aris Hadjistefanou
Editor: Leonidas Vatikiotis
Illustration / Animation: Magda Plevraki, BitsnBytes
Music: Giannis Angelakas
Editor: Aris Triantafillou
Video: Thanassis Bag, Julia Reinecke
Cinematography: Aris Hadjistefanou
Contributors: Michael Alimani, Angeliki Gaidatzi, Fanny Gaidatzi, Julia killer, Margarita Tsomou
Producer: Costas Efimeros
2011 – BitsnBytes.gr
Friday, 20 May 2011
There is a strange feeling, like meeting old friends of yours that you haven’t seen for quite a while, when a reunion of a beloved group takes place; this was indeed the case with B.A.D. Mick Jones’ and his clan’s delightful cross-genre hybrid was the reason that I (among many with a strict UK punk background) started enriching my collection with funk and dance essentials. Finally, since it was impossible for me to be present to one of their reunion concerts, I need to express my envy for those lucky bastards who were.
review link: here
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Thursday, 5 May 2011
I had an extremely heavy occupational load during the last month so it was impossible to follow the more or less standard weekly updates. As a result, I missed the May Day update, which has turned into a tradition in this blog. Last year it was a compilation that was dealing with Joe Hill, while two years ago it was the compilation Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World. There was of course the first May Day post of this blog, which although it didn’t offer any sound files for downloading, it did offer very interesting articles about the history and the significance of the day. So, in order not to destroy such a tradition, I decided to upload, even with some days of delay, a home-made compilation with songs dealing strictly with labour issues. Unions, unemployment, strikes, tedious jobs, unfair wages, workers’ dignity vs. bosses' greediness are all subjects of (at least to my opinion) an extremely powerful array of songs.
This year we have to honour the public workers of Wisconsin, who, against all odds, are fighting against an unfair, dramatic cut back of their rights and wages. Mr. Scott Walker, the man behind the idea of the cut backs, is one more link in the long chain of governors who realised the power of the people extremely late and only when he decided to stand against them. During the demonstrations, new songs have been added to the marvellous labour songbook; Dropkick Murphys’ Take' Em Down, which has become the anthem of the strikers of Wisconsin and IfIhadahifi’s (a name reminiscent of the classic If I Had A Hammer) brilliant Imperial Walker. The latter can be bought online and all proceeds will go (copying from their page) "to Russ Feingold's new Progressives United PAC. Progressives United was formed to take on the ever-growing influence of corporate America in our political process, as further empowered by the Supreme Court's erroneous "Citizens United" decision. Nowhere in the country right now is that influence felt more dramatically than in Wisconsin, where the Koch Brothers currently work in tandem with Governor Scott Walker to bust public sector unions." I do hope that all of you who will download this compilation will go just right after to buy the Imperial Walker.
01-Judy Collins - Bread & Roses (wiki)
02-Kinks - Dead End Street (wiki, lyrics)
03-White Stripes - The Big Three Killed My Baby (wiki, lyrics)
04-Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm (wiki, lyrics)
05-Kinsgston Trio - M.T.A. (wiki, lyrics)
06-Billy Bragg - There Is Power In A Union (lyrics)
07-Dead Kennedys - Take This Job And Shove It (lyrics)
08-Bob Smith's Ideal Band - The Red Flag (wiki)
09-Ewan Mac Coll acc Peggy Seeger - Fourpence A Day (lyrics)
10-Enemy - Away From Here (lyrics)
11-Almanac Singers - Which Side Are You On (wiki, lyrics)
12-Steeleye Span - Blackleg Miner (wiki, lyrics)
13-R.E.M. - Finest Worksong (lyrics)
14-The Nightwatchman - Union Song (lyrics)
15-Chelsea - Right To Work (lyrics)
16-Almanac Singers - Union Maid (wiki, lyrics)
17-Mekons - Abernant 1984-5 (wiki, lyrics)
18-Ewan Mac Coll acc Peggy Seeger - The Coal-Owner And The Pitman's Wife (lyrics)
19-Bruce Springsteen - Johnny 99 (wiki, lyrics)
20-Dick Gaughan - Worker's Song (lyrics)
21-Clash - Career Opportunities (wiki, lyrics)
22-Housemartins - Me And The Farmer (lyrics)
23-Chumbawamba - Coal Not Dole (wiki, lyrics)
24-John Lennon - Working Class Hero (wiki, lyrics)
25-Almanac Singers - Talking Union (lyrics)
26-Bruce Springsteen - John Henry (lyrics)
27-Gene Autry - The Death Of Mother Jones (wiki, lyrics)
28-Woody Guthrie - Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (lyrics)
29-Agathonas Iakovidis & Katerina Tsiridou - Fabrikes (lyrics)
30-Pete Seeger - Solidarity Forever (wiki, lyrics)
Hope you equally enjoy it and be inspired by this; I also hope to get your suggestions for next year’s May Day, for which I'll try to post on time :)
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PS I just realised that the Dropkick Murphys have covered M.T.A., Which Side Are You On and Worker's Song from the above list. Well done Murphys...