Greece approves divisive austerity steps for bailout

Clashes erupted on Wednesday night at an anti-austerity rally by thousands of protesters outside Greece's Parliament in Athens.© The Washington Post Clashes erupted on Wednesday night at an anti-austerity rally by thousands of protesters outside Greece’s Parliament in Athens.

ATHENS — Hours after police and demonstrators clashed in central Athens, Greek lawmakers on Thursday approved austerity measures that were overwhelmingly rejected by their citizens just days ago.

The vote represented a stark turnabout for the government, and it was the price Greece’s lenders demanded for saving the country from a whirlwind of economic turmoil. It was a stunning defeat for populist forces that have pushed for a break from years of grinding cuts that powerhouse economies led by Germany have enforced as the key to growth.

In the new topsy-turvy reality, leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was tasked with advocating a stricter version of the austerity he has long opposed. In a sign of his new weakness, 40 of the 149 lawmakers from his Syriza party abandoned him, saying their nation was taking more of the same toxic medicine that had forced it into five years of penury. The defections threatened the stability of his rule, raising the specter of fresh elections and even more economic turmoil.

In the short term, the adoption of the new measures was a milestone on the road toward European approval of an up to $96 billion bailout, sparing Greece from surefire bankruptcy and its ouster from the shared euro currency. Already, banks have been closed for more than two weeks. With a dearth of cash to fuel basic transactions, Greece’s economy is slowly suffocating under the pressure.

Greek leaders were stuck Wednesday urging the approval of measures to which they could offer only tepid support, acknowledging that they may send their country into deeper recession.

Greeks “can understand the difference between those who fight with their soul in battle and resist, and those who hand in their weapons and give up with no resistance,” Tsipras told lawmakers in a speech capping the contentious late-night debate. “The outcome of these negotiations is of course not what we wanted.”

The defectors included several members of Tsipras’s cabinet. Among the outcomes from the split could be the fall of Tsipras’s government and possible new elections — with all the fresh complications they could bring if anti-bailout forces gain ground. At a minimum, Tsipras will be tasked with implementing unpopular measures with a greatly weakened base of support. In the end, 229 of the 300 members of parliament supported the bailout laws, but much of the support came from opposition parties.

As lawmakers hurled insults at one another ahead of the vote, anti-austerity protesters and riot police traded molotov cocktails and tear gas outside Greece’s neoclassical parliament building, the worst such confrontation in years.

Such clashes were a regular feature of anti-austerity demonstrations during the early years of Greece’s debt crisis. But recently they have been rare, and this was the first of any significance since Syriza came to power in January.

There was powerful symbolism in the half-hour burst of violence, with Tsipras and his partners — who not long ago were manning the barricades against the authorities — now overseeing the crackdown of their anti-austerity base.

Thursday’s vote capped weeks of turmoil that started when Tsipras walked away from bailout negotiations late last month and called a snap referendum that handed the choice of austerity to the Greek people.

The decision sparked a bank run, shuttered banks and a new cash-poor reality after limits of 60 euros, about $67, were imposed on daily ATM withdrawals. Greeks rejected the austerity demands by a landslide, but Europe refused to budge. Tsipras had to capitulate or be kicked off the euro. His surrender was the culmination of a 17-hour slugfest that ended early Monday morning.

Yanis Varoufakis, who stepped down as finance minister last week, threw his lot with the dissenters.

“How can I possibly vote yes to monsters and the new Versailles Treaty?” he said in reference to the peace accord that ended World War I and imposed harsh terms on the losers.

Even Greece’s creditors have split over the best path for the struggling Mediterranean nation. A scathing International Monetary Fund report released Tuesday concluded that Greece’s debts are unsustainable even with its third rescue package in five years — which will require further spending cuts for the country’s battered economy. The report suggests a 30-year grace period for repayment.

“No matter what form it takes . . . one way has to be found in order to release the burden and allow the country to demonstrate that it can be back on a sustainable path,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told CNN on Wednesday.

Greece’s European lenders have opposed significant debt relief. Germany has held the hardest line of all, although a Finance Ministry spokesman on Wednesday cracked the door to a limited delay to when Greece must repay what it owes to its lenders.

The bailout package approved by parliamentarians early Thursday includes many of the measures repudiated by voters less than two weeks ago in the referendum. They include tax hikes on businesses and individuals, pension cuts and aggressive budget surplus targets that will keep government spending lean for years to come.

Even with the approval, however, Greece’s economic future remains in limbo. Germany’s Parliament must give its own endorsement of the agreement in a Friday vote, even as opposition to another Greek bailout rises in Berlin. Several other euro-zone countries will hold parliamentary votes.

European finance ministers, meanwhile, need to figure out a mechanism to provide Greece with enough emergency funding to cover its debts for the next several weeks while details of the bailout agreement are being negotiated. Most pressing is a Monday deadline for a 3.5 billion euro payment due to the European Central Bank.

Demonstrators in Athens on Wednesday expressed disappointment that the government had not used the leverage gained from the referendum on Europe’s bailout proposals to win more favorable terms.

“We voted ‘no’ in the referendum. But now it’s like we said ‘yes,’ ” said Vassilis, a 33-year-old engineer and anarchist who declined to give his last name for fear of attracting attention from the authorities.


Committee on Security and Defense: F16 in the post edit Anbar battle will be resolved in record time

14-07-2015 04:30 PM

It confirmed the parliamentary security and defense committee, Tuesday, that the participation of aircraft the f 16 Iraqi who arrived yesterday editing Anbar city of terrorists Daash will decide the battle in record time high for their ability to destroy enemy targets accurately.

A member of the committee MP Asncder and berries in a press statement I followed Agency News, that the United States commitment to arm Tairlat the f 16 according to the contract signed between Iraq and the United States on the latter to provide the aircraft with military equipments to be able to defeat the Daash gangs of terror ‘.

He said, An’tairat the f 16 is characterized by high capabilities enable Iraq to regain its territory controlled by Daash terrorist, while stressing the need to be those aircraft equipped with sophisticated weapons commensurate with its combat capabilities. ‘

it arrived yesterday the first batch of Taiat the f 16 US to Iraq, where it landed 4 P Balad Air Base aircraft in preparation for their participation in the liberation of Anbar battles which was launched on Monday.

Coalition aircraft Chen 33 raid against “Daash”

07:53: 07/15/2015

Khandan – The Joint Task Force, said the United States and the Coalition warplanes launched 33 air raid on targets for the organization “Daash” terrorist in Iraq and Syria.

The Joint Task Force said in a statement, it was performed 16 air strikes in Syria with great concentration on Hasaka and Aleppo, where carried out six strikes near each city. The statement continued that he was targeted organization “Daash” terrorist near the four cities by Syria and other tactical units and locations of combat.

In Iraq, Joint Task Force said that the implementation of the 17 strike near the six cities where they were beaten and tactical units, weapons and locations combat vehicles and locations to organize “Daash” terrorist.

Dr. Salim al-Jubouri (Facebook)

Dr. al-Jubouri meet the Prime Minister and with him looking the course of military operations in Anbar

Municipality of Baghdad is a special plan for the Eid al-Fitr and stresses: we will open investment projects


Since 15/07/2015 18:19 pm (Baghdad time)

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A spokesman for the Baghdad Municipality Hakeem Abdul Zahra, Wednesday, for the preparation of a private holiday Eid al-Fitr plan included the opening of investment projects.

Said Abdul-Zahra in a statement / balance of News /, that “the Baghdad Municipality has prepared Eid Al-Fitr by directing all its subsidiaries to create and prepare the parks and providing Matanajh arrangements circles, and maintain lanes, lighting, provision of drinking water and facilities for these parks a private plan, and all What would entertain the citizen-Baghdadi, “he underlined,” and there is coordination with the High Baghdad Operations Command to provide and facilitate the movement of the wheels and the arrival of the safety of the citizens of these places security. ”

He added, “This year has seen the opening of some investment projects Kmul palm in Palestine Street, will be the opening of Sinbad the city during the holiday,” pointing out that “Al-Zawraa Park will remain open to twelve o’clock at night to provide an opportunity for citizens to enjoy the holiday feast Ndhara to the high air temperature in the daytime.” .anthy 29/28

PM Haider Al-Abadi (Facebook)

Prime Minister Dr. Haider Abadi receives Mr. Speaker Dr. Salim al-Jubouri. During the meeting, they discussed the victories achieved in Anbar and the rest of the breakers of operations and participation of the tribes in the security and military operations and move to train local police and arming in Anbar. was also blessed the return of displaced families to their homes in Tikrit and Diyala, which shows the success of the security and military operations in Daash take out the terrorist gangs.

Hawks cell announce the deaths of more than 76 leading figures, including senior Daashaa air strikes in Hit and expanded existing {}

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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} announced hawks intelligence of the Interior Ministry cell Wednesday killed more than 76 leading figures, including senior Daashaa air strikes in Hit and Qaim in Anbar.
According to a statement of the cell agency {Euphrates News} received a copy of it on “Through precise control of cell hawks intelligence of the Interior Ministry for the site leading to regulate Daash in the existing turned out entry bearing wheels Arhbeyen from Syria to preparing the Note On 07/13/2015, moved some wheels loaded with a group of terrorists Bartel consisting of ten wheels each bomb and 6 bombers, and after graduating from the existing and coordination with the Joint Command and Aviation Air Force was wheeled above target and completely destroyed and one of the most deaths in this process are the terrorist Abu Hajer Chechen and Abuyasr Syrian and Abu Nimr Libyan “.
“The hawks cell has also managed in the process of a second processing headquarters, which was launched from the wheels on 13/7 through putting a dent in coordination with the Air Force, it was found that this office, which is located in the neighborhood of Assembly post which the leaders of the military organization Daash terrorist, led to the killing of 48 terrorists. Most of them foreigners, and the most important in this process the dead Abu Hajer Najdi Moroccan nationality Headquarters official said Abu Abdullah and Saudi national processing official in the state of the Euphrates and Abu Huzaifa Saudi official in charge of the legal and legitimate educational for the bombers at headquarters. “
The statement noted that “the hawks cell heroine also able to target the bombers added {added} immigrant Abu Maryam, the headquarters that were targeted by the city of Baghdad with some bombs wheels in the previous months, where he was an air strike guided missiles before midnight on 14. 7-2015 led to explosions inside the headquarters in the district of Hit / Mohammadi area and detonate explosive belts and a number of bottles CNN immediately after the liquid, which resulted in the killing of 25 terrorists and the most deaths in this process, Abu Radwan al-Ansari Iraqi nationality lives Ghazaliya works on processing bombers to Baghdad and Abu Qasim Syrian suicide of 25-year-old and Ibrahim Abu Qaswarah Vice official north of Baghdad and Dujana Iraqi doing a poll places to be detonated and Abu Mohammed Alkhaddrma Yemeni nationality of previously Majid Al Majid group then swore allegiance Daash was enthroned responsible for planning suicide attacks in Baghdad and some other capitals ” .anthy