While Greece is a tiny country and Syriza a new party of the left, their success in overcoming the current crisis would give fresh momentum to people in Europe and woldwide.
The current crisis in Greece and the Eurozone is fluid and far from settled.
The European debt crisis goes back to the end of the roaring '90s when the banks were flush with money and looking for ways to raise their bottom lines.
Over the past few weeks the American people have been served up a steady stream of words and images by the major media about the conflict in the Ukraine.
If you want any more evidence that U.S. corporate executives and financial finaglers are nothing more than crooks in costly suits, all you needed to was right on the front page of The New York Times.
The European Union's response to the economic chaos gripping the continent seems a combination of profound delusion, and what British a reporter called "sado-monetarism" -- endless cutbacks, savage austerity, and widespread layoffs.
The EU set up a monetary union, but it needs a political union based on the empowerment of working people, not just bankers, to survive this crisis.
Cutbacks and layoffs have touched off huge street protests, general strikes, and the collapse of governments.
The collapse and bankruptcy of MF Global, led by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, demonstrates the vulnerability of the U.S. financial system and economic recovery to the Euro crisis.
On this Columbus Day, let's consider the discrepancy between how newcomers are celebrated in our history but ostracized in our society.