For those that haven’t been following, there’s a huge protest movement going on in Greece at the moment. People have taken the squares of Athens in an attempt to avoid having an IMF “bail-out” forced upon them (a situation that Flavia has written about here with regard to this decades-long practice in Latin America). These “bail-outs” are in fact a high finance form of loan-sharking, which “structurally adjust” an entire country’s economy in order to strip the country of its assets. The debt in Greece incurred by last year’s bail-out is enormous and exponentially growing already–meaning that another “bail-out” would simply add more fuel to the fire–and it is this, and not austerity cuts themselves–that the agnaktismenoi (“outraged”) are resisting.
So, here is a good primer to the situation in Greece, as well as the numerous mischaracterisations going on in the Anglophonic press. And if that’s too depressing, here is a piece I wrote about Kanellos and Loukanikos, the famous stray dogs of Athens’ protests.