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“One day if you see black broadcasting on your TV, will be the day that democracy has died for ever”.
With this message “Anonymous” hacked on Thursday the webpage of Athens Court of Appeal.
Hacktivist group Anonymous posted on Wednesday a video on YouTube warning the Greek government of their intention to launch a cyber-attack on state websites beginning on June 15th in retaliation to the shutdown of public broadcaster ERT and the dismissal of more than 2,650 employees.
“The Greek government continues its tactics to dismiss people who have children. This is unacceptable” stated the Guy Fawkes-masked figure in the Anonymous YouTube video.
“You must know that now you are our goal” adds the video and warns of a cyber-attack on June 15.
The video concludes by stating that “we will not forgive nor forget, expect us Greek government”.
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The birthplace of democracy, the Olympic Games and political science, among a number of other stunning achievements, was informed on Tuesday that it no longer ranks among the developed nations of the world. The MSCI statement said that Greece failed to qualify for the developed market index criterion for size for the last two years, and pointed to investors’ concerns about the restrictive nature of the “in‐kind transfer” and “off‐exchange transaction‐like facilities” that were introduced in 2008 by Greek officials. “The minimum standards that currently prevail in Developed Markets reflect continuous market improvements introduced by authorities in other countries over the years,” the statement continued. “However, very few of these improved market practices have been reflected in the Greek market.” “Multiple bailouts by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, a sharp contraction in gross domestic product and a still-large debt burden mean Greece now has more in common with Hungary than France,” summed up The Wall Street Journal. The decision marks the first time the MSCI demoted a country from its “developed” to its “emerging-market” category since it began the emerging-markets index in 1987. Greece is still struggling with its debt payments and investors are staying away, despite the fact that Athens accepted harsh austerity measures in return for international loans that kept the country inside the eurozone. Greece is grappling with its sixth consecutive year of recession with unemployment at 27 per cent and youth unemployment at 62.5 per cent. MSCI tracks 79 markets and classifies them according to size and liquidity, market accessibility, ease of capital flows and firmness of institutional structures. Markets with large stock markets and fewer restrictions on foreign fund movement are classified as developed markets. An estimated $7 trillion of investments follow MSCI’s indexes. Greece has been an emerging market before. MSCI had Greece categorized as an emerging market until May 2001, when it was reclassified as a developed market after adopting the euro. …
11:00 GMT: The ‘Blockupy’ march kicks off in Frankfurt. At least 3,000 were expected to attend the protest. Witnesses’ estimates on the number of participants vary from 1,000 to 5,000. #Blockupy #Sündenblock #Frankurt Several 1000 people started demo against police violence in Frankfurt & #Turkey twitter.com/enough14/statu… — Enough is Enough! (@enough14) June 8, 2013 11:15 GMT: Protesters see their umbrellas as a symbol of defiance against the police, which opposes umbrellas at demonstrations. #Blockupy #Sündenblock demo #Frankfurt Hundreds of umbrellas here. Cops called umbrellas last week objects to disguise. — Enough is Enough! (@enough14) June 8, 2013 Demonstrators are also carrying banners with photos from the previous Blockupy protest showing police violence. This is what democracy looks like #Blockupy twitter.com/kaifuzius/stat… — Kai Möller / cheGGo(@kaifuzius) June 8, 2013 …
“Thanks to everyone who takes interest in the work of the government. Your opinion is very important to me and my team,” Prime Minister Medvedev wrote in a recent Facebook post. In a short video address the PM posted on his Facebook – with one million ‘likes’ shown as the background – Medvedev said it is important the government maintain a presence on social networks. During his presidency, Medvedev pioneered the idea of “Internet government” as a way of encouraging “true democracy” in Russia. “We can get a quick response to any of our decisions or actions – and we actually do receive it. We can listen to your remarks and wishes, discuss something. We always tried to do it that way, but with the social networks in place it has become much easier – and also more difficult, because comments are so numerous,” Medvedev said. “I do personally check out your comments and try to reply to some of them – when I have time. So please do write [to us], speak out, share your observations: we’ve got to help each other to keep the track of events,” he added. Medvedev is known for his love of gadgets and new media: He maintains accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and also on both of Russia’s biggest social networks, VKontakte (‘in contact’) and Odnoklassniki (‘classmates’). In October 2012, Medvedev welcomed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to his governmental residence in Gorki near Moscow. The American guest presented Medvedev with a white t-shirt emblazoned with the address of Medvedev’s Facebook page. The Russian PM – and former president – has still some way to go: the Facebook page of US President Barack Obama boasts more than 35 million likes. Russian President Vladimir Putin has never expressed a particular interest in social networks, though there are other politicians in Moscow working to forge closer ties with the electorate through the web. …
Reporters Without Borders president Dominique Gerbaud, RWB International president Gérald Sapey and RWB secretary-general Christophe Deloire point out that Robert Ménard left the organization in 2008. Since then, he has not occupied any position within RWB. The organization he helped to found in 1985 and ran for 23 years is not in any way bound by his political views or activities. Reporters Without Borders promotes freedom of information, media independence and pluralism worldwide. (…) …
http://www.youtube.com/v/pGjo8iS5mVc?version=3&f=videos&app=youtube_gdata Excerpt from - Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, June 5