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EUROPE / Who is our enemy in this war?
Statement by Greek and other academics against xenophobia
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 08/03/2020
Original: Σ' αυτό τον πόλεμο, ποιος είναι ο εχθρός μας;
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Who is our enemy in this war?
Statement by Greek and other academics against xenophobia

Various Authors - Autores varios - Auteurs divers- AAVV-d.a.


In Greece we witness a xenophobic and racist hysteria fuelled by a wide spectrum of conservative, extreme Right and fascist forces, and supported by the mass media and the government. In an atmosphere of nationalistic fervour, public discourse is pierced by war cries and inhuman declarations offending fundamental moral values. Incredible, hateful and shameless insults are hurled against women and children, and against the weak in general.

This organised and psychotic xenophobia cultivates panic, paralyses rational thought, drowns every call for solidarity, and fills a tired and insecure society with the poisons of the extreme right and misanthropic fascism. It marks the climax of a systematic and insistent effort of capital to impose on Greek society the ideological hegemony of a racist extreme right. It exploits the huge problems created by the harsh liberal policies of the present and previous incumbents of state power.

Against the histrionics of the extreme right we declare calmly:

Refugees were never a problem for the Greek people.

Refugees did not cause the world crisis, capital did.

Refugees did not lead millions of workers to unemployment, nor hundreds of thousands of businesses in Greece to closure. All over the world, capital did this.

Refugees did not, during the last decade, make states rob their own citizens through taxes earmarked for saving the banks and other oligarchic nodes of world capitalism. Oligarchs did.

Refugees lost everything in the years of the world economic crisis. Oligarchs however continue to accumulate riches by spoliating the planet.

Refugees did not impose on the Greek people mass unemployment and poverty. The Troika did this through its memoranda.

Refugees did not send to emigration half a million children of the Greek people.

Refugees do not manage a system based on exploitation, competition, alienation, and war. Like the migrants they are victims of the dominant capitalist system that organises the class war of rich against poor. They experience all the catastrophes that this system brings to humanity. They are victims of all the wars and interventions organised by the imperialist West - USA, European Union, NATO- in order to impose its dominance.

Greece is an integral part of the euroatlantic financial, political and military structures. Through participation in these structures Greek oligarchs advance aggressively their interests, here and elsewhere. Refugees and immigrants are victims of the financial world war waged by colossal monopolies of imperialist states against producers of the weaker countries, thus causing and recycling underdevelopment and poverty.

The extreme Right however, in Greece and everywhere else, ascribes all these scourges to the refugees. In a systematic and organised fashion it turns against refugees the rage of those who don’t notice the real culprits: the forces of war (USA, NATO, European Union), the oligarchy of wealth, and the politicians who serve them.

Through xenophobic targeting of refugees the extreme Right cultivates strife among the people. It subverts social solidarity, which has always been the weapon of the exploited and oppressed against exploiters and oppressors.

Faced with an epidemic of xenophobia and racism, we declare emphatically that refugees and migrants are not our enemies. We are not against them! We are not against the weak, the destitute, the paupers of this world! Our enemies are the warmongers – the USA, the NATO, the EU, the capitalist oligarchs in Greece and Turkey, and their political servants. Our enemies are the assorted fascists, racists, and misanthropes.

Against a system crushing whole peoples and pulverising their lives, a system that day by day produces more and more “redundant people”, we will always fight for the peoples’ solidarity against their common enemies, for a new society of comradeship and humanity.

Greek signatories

  1. Angelatos Roni, Emeritus Professor, University of Patras
  2. Aidinis Thanasis, Professor, AUTh
  3. Albanoudi Angeliki, Lecturer at AUTh
  4. Arkolakis Manolis, SEP, Hellenic Open University
  5. Vassalos Yorgos, chercheur, Université de Strasbourg
  6. Velissariou Sissi, Professor, NCSR
  7. Gaganakis Kostas, Associate Professor, NCSR
  8. Gerogiafas Grigoris, Professor, Sorbonne Université
  9. Georgoulas Stratos, Professor, University of the Aegean
  10. Giotti Lambrina, Assistant Professor, AUTh
  11. Gouvia Dionysis, Associate Professor, University of the Aegean
  12. Gunari Panayota, Professor, University of Massachusetts
  13. Grammenos Theofanis, Assistant Professor, University of Thessaly
  14. Grollios George, Professor, AUTh
  15. Grillia Stella, Lecturer, University of Utrecht
  16. Gryllias Konstantinos, Assistant Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  17. Dalakroglou Dimitris, Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  18. Damigos Dimitris, Professor, NTUA
  19. Desli Despina, Associate Professor, AUTh
  20. Dafermos Manolis, Associate Professor, University of Crete
  21. Dimoulas Kostas, Associate Professor, Panteion University
  22. Zarkadis Giannis, Professor, University of Patras
  23. Zacharopoulos Nikos, Lecturer, University of the Aegean
  24. Zorbala Tina, Assistant Professor, University of the Aegean
  25. Iliopoulos Dimitris, University of Patras
  26. Ioannidou Alexandra, Associate Professor, University of Macedonia
  27. Kallergis Dimitris, Lecturer, University of Western Attica
  28. Kaliambakos Dimitris, Professor, NTUA
  29. Kaltsonis Dimitris, Associate Professor, Panteion University
  30. Karagianni Yiotas, Associate Professor, AUTh
  31. Karakantza Efimia, Associate Professor, University of Patras
  32. Karandreas Nikos, Emeritus Professor, NCSR
  33. Kargas George, Associate Professor, Agricultural University of Athens
  34. Katsiaboura Yianna, Lecturer at AUTh
  35. Kyupkiolis Alexandros, Assistant Professor, AUTh
  36. Kougioumouzakis Fotini, Lecturer, AUTh
  37. Kouvelakis Stathis, University of London
  38. Kouzis Giannis, Professor, Panteion University
  39. Koukoutsakis Aphrodite, Panteion University
  40. Kousouris Dimitris, Assistant Professor, Vienna University
  41. Costagios Petros, Assistant Professor, Ionian University
  42. Lampropoulou Dimitra, Assistant Professor, NCSR
  43. Lapavitsas Kostas, Professor, University of London
  44. Loukis Hassiotis, Associate Professor, AUTh
  45. Master Yannis, Assistant Professor, NTUA
  46. Marketos Spyros, Assistant Professor, AUTh
  47. Mavridis Heracles, Assistant Professor, Panteion
  48. Mavroudas Stavros, Professor, Panteion University
  49. Milios Giannis, Emeritus Professor, NTUA
  50. Michalopoulou Eleni, Senior Lecturer, University of Liverpool
  51. Michelioudakis Dimitris, Assistant Professor, AUTh
  52. Benos Alexis, Professor, AUTh
  53. Bibu Anna, Professor, AUTh
  54. Bocaris Themis, Associate Professor, University of Ioannina
  55. Bougiukos Costas, Assistant Professor, Université de Paris.
  56. Nikanou Niki, Associate Professor, University of Thessaly
  57. Papadaki Polyxeni, Associate Professor, Panteion University
  58. Papadimitriou Fotini, Associate Professor, AUTh
  59. Paradise Maria, Associate Professor, Panteion
  60. Papatheodorou Christos, Professor, Panteion University
  61. Patelis Dimitris, Associate Professor, University of Crete
  62. Pavlidis Periklis, Associate Professor, AUTh
  63. Pavlopoulos Dimitris, Associate Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  64. Politis Takis, Associate Professor, University of Thessaly
  65. Potamianos Nikos, Historian, Institute of Mediterranean Studies (Rethymnon)
  66. Roussis George. Emeritus Professor. Panteion University
  67. Samaris Nikolaos, University of Patras
  68. Sampanikou Evi, Professor, University of the Aegean
  69. Sarigiannis Marinos, Historian, Institute of Mediterranean Studies (Rethymnon)
  70. Sirinidou Vaso, Assistant Professor, NCSR
  71. Serdedakis Nikos, Associate Professor, University of Crete,
  72. Skordoulis Kostas, Professor, NCSR
  73. Souvatzis Styliani, SEP, Hellenic Open University
  74. Souvlis George, Lecturer at Democritus University of Thrace
  75. Spathis Gerasimos, Emeritus Professor, NTUA
  76. Stamatopoulos Dimitris, Professor, University of Macedonia
  77. Stouraitis Giannis, Assistant Professor, University of Edinburgh
  78. Stravelakis Nikos, Teacher at the NERC
  79. Sotiris Panagiotis, SEP, Hellenic Open University
  80. Toulumi Yota, Professor, NCSR
  81. Turtouras Christos Assistant Professor, AUTh
  82. Trikalinos Christos, emeritus Professor, NKUA
  83. Trimberis George, Emeritus Professor, NCSR
  84. Tympas Aristotelis, Professor, NCSR
  85. Chrisis Alexandros, Professor, Panteion University
  86. Chrysochou Xenia, Professor, Panteion University
  87. Psimenos Iordanis, Professor, Panteion University
  88. Aarbakke Vemund, Assistant Professor, AUTh

 International signatories

  1. Giuseppe Acconcia, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi Internazionali SPGI, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
  2. Ceren Akyos, Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
  3. Latife Akyuz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  4. Alessandra Algostino, Professoressa ordinaria di Diritto costituzionale, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Università di Torino, Italy
  5. Hakan Altun, Visiting Professor, Goethe University Frankfurt AM, Germany
  6. Hacer Ansal PhD, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  7. Ari Aydın Ph.D, İzmir Dayanışma Akademisi, İzmir, Turkey
  8. Angelo Baracca, Retired Professor of Physics and History of Physics, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Fiorentina Studiorum Universitas, Italy
  9. Funda Başaran PhD, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  10. Luciana Bohne, Emerita Professor, English and Commonwealth Literature, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, USA
  11. Yanis Bonos, editor , Turkey
  12. Emanuele Braga, Prof. Big Data, Università degli Studi di Milano Statale UNIMI, Italy
  13. Dario Bursztyn, Sociologist, editor of Cuadernos de Crisis, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  14. George Caffentzis, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern Maine, USA
  15. Meral Camcı PhD, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  16. Sergio Caserta, Faculty Member, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, dei Materiali e della Produzione Industriale, Università di Napoli Federico II, Italy
  17. Özlem Caykent PhD, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  18. Serdar M. Değirmencioğlu, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  19. Claudio Deluca, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna, Italy
  20. F. Dilara Demir, Department of Sociology, The School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
  21. Dilsa Deniz, Social Anthropologist, Visiting Scholar, International Institute, University of California in San Diego, USA
  22. İrfan Eroğlu PhD, Lecturer (expelled), Maltepe University, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  23. Silvia Federici, Professor Emerita, New College, Hofstra University, Long Island NY, USA
  24. Ozlem Goner PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Staten Island, City University of New York, USA
  25. Ahmet Kerim Gültekin PhD, Phillip Schwartz Fellow, The Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Leipzig University, Germany
  26. Emrah Günok PhD, Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi (expelled), Academics for Peace, Turkey
  27. Mariya Ivancheva, Lecturer in Higher Education Studies, University of Liverpool, UK
  28. Zeynep Kaşlı, Academic researcher, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  29. Egemen Kepekçi, Bayreuth University, Germany
  30. Lülüfer Körükmez PhD, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  31. Özlem Köseoğlu Örnek PhD, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  32. Profesör Doktor Kuvvet Lordoğlu, Kocaeli Dayanışma Akademisi KODA, Turkey
  33. Stefano Lucarelli, Professore di Politica Economica, Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy
  34. Redi Muçi, Lecturer, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania
  35. Marcello Maneri, Professore di Sociologia, Università di Milano – Bicocca, Italy
  36. David McNally, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Houston, USA
  37. Sandro Mezzadra, Associate Professor of Political Theory, University of Bologna, Italy
  38. Özgür Müftüoğlu PhD, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  39. Esra Mungan PhD, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
  40. Gaye Onurer, Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  41. Gözde Özdikmenli PhD, Psychological Counselling Center, Academics for Peace, Mugla, Turkey
  42. Oktay Özel, retired historian, Bilkent Üniversity, Ankara, Turkey
  43. H. Neşe Özgen PhD, Visiting scholar, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, Durham NC, USA
  44. Onur Özgür, rechercheur, Sciences Po Aix, France
  45. Prof. Dr. Salvatore Palidda, Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione-Universitˆ degli Studi di Genova, Italy
  46. Pier Luigi Papini, Department of Mathematics, University of Bologna UNIBO, Italy
  47. Andreas Petrossiants, Independent scholar, New York, USA
  48. Tamar Pitch, Professor of Legal Philosophy and Sociology of Law, Law Department, University of Perugia, Italy
  49. Sevin Gulfer Sagnic PhD, Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego, USA
  50. Pietro Saitta, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Messina, Italy
  51. Alessandro Sarti, Directeur de Recherche CNRS/EHESS, Paris, France
  52. Mauro Sentimenti, Costituzionalista, Componente Comitato nazionale per il NO al Referendum costituzionale, Modena, Italy
  53. Leyla Şimşek-Rathke PhD, sociologist Associate Prof., Marmara University (expelled), Academics for Peace, Turkey
  54. M. Oğuz Sinemillioğlu PhD, Dicle Üniversitesi, Diyarbakir (expelled), Academics for Peace, Turkey
  55. Prof. Semra Somersan PhD, expelled, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  56. Professor Helena Sheehan, Dublin City University, Ireland
  57. Aslı Telli, Research Associate, Universität Siegen, Germany
  58. Nilgün Toker PhD, Academics for Peace, Turkey
  59. Ahmet Tonak PhD, Economics Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
  60. Tolga Tören PhD, University of Kassel, Germany
  61. Michael Tortorella, Sociologia del Diritto e dell'Economia, Università di Bologna, Italy
  62. Eric Toussaint, Universities of Liege and Paris VIII, ex-scientific coordinator of the Debt Truth Committee of the Hellenic Parliament, spokersperson CADTM international, Belgium
  63. Jana Tsoneva PhD, independent reearcher, Sofia, Bulgaria
  64. Barış Ünlü, Philipp Schwartz research fellow, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  65. Süha Ünsal, Department of History, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  66. Hakan Yüksel PhD, Universite de Lille, France
  67. Mustafa Kerem Yüksel PhD, Atılım University, Turkey


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