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Alberta Politics: Second verse, same as the first! Notley Government decrees no change to Alberta’s royalty regime

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, surrounded by Calgary New Democrat MLAs in this screen shot of yesterday morning’s news conference in Calgary, announces her new government’s new royalty policy, which is pretty much the same as the old govern… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Second verse, same as the first! Notley Government decrees no change to Alberta’s royalty regime

Alberta Politics: Can the Great Wall of Saskatchewan resist Rachel Notley’s wish to put democracy back into energy politics?

PHOTOS: Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers in Newfoundland, with St. John’s Harbor visible in the background (CBC Photo). One hopes they didn’t have to walk up that hill! Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CP Photo). The acerbic public disagreement between Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Can the Great Wall of Saskatchewan resist Rachel Notley’s wish to put democracy back into energy politics?

Political Eh-conomy: Austerity insanity: on the Greek proposals

Alternate title: #Gruster#$%k. My most recent piece from Ricochet on Syriza’s proposed austerity package.

There is acrimony and division in Athens, after the Syriza government submitted a revised list of proposals to its creditors. Despite a resounding victory in last Sunday’s referendum for Oxi — the “no” vote rejecting creditor demands that Greece fall in . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Austerity insanity: on the Greek proposals

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Austerity insanity: on the Greek proposals

Alternate title: #Gruster#$%k. My most recent piece from Ricochet on Syriza’s proposed austerity package.

There is acrimony and division in Athens, after the Syriza government submitted a revised list of proposals to its creditors. Despite a resounding victory in last Sunday’s referendum for Oxi — the “no” vote rejecting creditor demands that Greece fall in . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Austerity insanity: on the Greek proposals

Political Eh-conomy: The New Europeans: Like the Old on Greece

Poland’s man in Brussels, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, has truly settled into his shoes as a new member of the European elite. On Tuesday, he issued the stern warning: “Our inability to find agreement may lead to the bankruptcy of Greece and the insolvency of its banking system. And for sure, it . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: The New Europeans: Like the Old on Greece

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: The New Europeans: Like the Old on Greece

Poland’s man in Brussels, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, has truly settled into his shoes as a new member of the European elite. On Tuesday, he issued the stern warning: “Our inability to find agreement may lead to the bankruptcy of Greece and the insolvency of its banking system. And for sure, it . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: The New Europeans: Like the Old on Greece

Alberta Politics: The effort to engineer regime change in Greece could lead to a much bigger disaster

PHOTOS: Leaders of the Greek military government of 1967 to 1974. Is something similar waiting in the wings if the eurozone leadership’s effort to terrorize the Greeks into voting Yes to never-ending austerity fails today? Below: Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras, former Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien and Nobel-Prize-winning American economist Paul Krugman. Recent Western . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The effort to engineer regime change in Greece could lead to a much bigger disaster

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Oxi: a political opening amid economic suffocation

This week has been a taste of what the economy would look like with a real rupture with the Eurozone: uncertainty, elite blackmail, banks teetering on the brink and the start of rationing. That the mobilization of Syriza and the left outside it has overcome this and made Oxi a possibility is impressive. Greece and . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Oxi: a political opening amid economic suffocation

Political Eh-conomy: Oxi: a political opening amid economic ruin

This week has been a taste of what the economy would look like with a real rupture with the Eurozone: uncertainty, elite blackmail, banks teetering on the brink and the start of rationing. That the mobilization of Syriza and the left outside it has overcome this and made Oxi a possibility is impressive. Greece and . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Oxi: a political opening amid economic ruin

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Europe ready to kill Greece to keep TINA alive

My latest piece on Greece was published yesterday at Ricochet. In short, Europe and the IMF’s message that ‘there still is no alternative’ proves that objective of punitive austerity is political, not economic. Here it is in full:

The project’s aim is to make an example of Greece and solidify austerity as the only option . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Europe ready to kill Greece to keep TINA alive

Political Eh-conomy: Europe ready to kill Greece to keep TINA alive

My latest piece on Greece was published yesterday at Ricochet. In short, Europe and the IMF’s message that ‘there still is no alternative’ proves that objective of punitive austerity is political, not economic. Here it is in full:

The project’s aim is to make an example of Greece and solidify austerity as the only option . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Europe ready to kill Greece to keep TINA alive

drive-by planet: Why Greek opposition to gold mining is justified: Canadian mining practices under scrutiny

Last week in Greece a large demo was held in Thessaloniki to protest a Canadian gold mining project in the Halkidiki region. Around 15,000 took to the streets. They voiced their objections to the mine project and slammed Greek PM Antonis Samaras. Chants included “Junta police, Antonis Samaras” and “Gold isn’t bringing us closer, . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Why Greek opposition to gold mining is justified: Canadian mining practices under scrutiny

Drive-by Planet: SYRIZA leads in final Greek poll: Tsipras firm on rejecting bailout

A final poll before the Greek election on June 16 has the radical left SYRIZA in front of the pack. Greek law bans the publication of any new polls in the 2 weeks before elections.

A Public Issue poll for the Kathimerini newspaper puts SYRIZA at 31.5, New Democracy at 26.5 and PASOK at . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: SYRIZA leads in final Greek poll: Tsipras firm on rejecting bailout

Drive-by Planet: Alexis Tsipras of SYRIZA: Impact of austerity on Greece ‘catastrophic’

In the current Eurozone crisis Greece has been unfairly cast as the “black sheep” of Europe. Greece isn’t alone in being negatively impacted by neoliberal economic policies – policies that have precipitated a meltdown in the Eurozone and a growing gulf between classes. It isn’t a Greek crisis, it’s a European crisis, a crisis . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: Alexis Tsipras of SYRIZA: Impact of austerity on Greece ‘catastrophic’