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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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Posted July 25, 2012
Interview with Joanne Landy, co-director of the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, conducted by Scott Harris
The eurozone crisis continues, with Spain recently paying the second highest interest rate to support its debt since the founding of the euro currency – with the prospect that Madrid will need an emergency cash infusion soon to avoid crashing. The trouble in Spain comes as the Greek economy, the focus of multiple previous bailout and austerity plans, shrinking 6.9 percent last year, with a further contraction of 6.7 percent predicted for 2012.
While the so-called troika, made up of the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank fail to veer away from their austerity policies that have weakened many of the continent’s major economies and increased the unemployment rate, militant anti-austerity street protests in Spain, Greece and other nations speak to widespread and growing opposition to the eurozone’s economic course.
Resistance to Europe’s austerity measures have been given political expression in Greece where Syriza, the Greek Coalition of the Radical Left party, now stands as the major opposition force to a newly-elected conservative-led government in the Greek parliament. Refusing to meet with representatives of the troika, Syriza’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, declared that no political parties should meet with officials of the three institutions, as they’ve only come to Greece to “enforce their catastrophic recipes that have led the country to the cliff's edge.” Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Joanne Landy, co-director of the U.S.-based Campaign for Peace and Democracy, who just returned from a fact-finding trip to Greece and discusses what lessons U.S. progressives can learn from the Greek political movements resisting austerity.
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