May 312012
 

 

* IF VIOLENT CRIME RATE IS AT 40-YEAR LOW, WHY IS U.S. SPENDING $100 BILLION A YEAR ON POLICE? 

By Noel Brinkerhoff and avid Wallechinsky, Information Clearing House

[…] Crime rates today are at their lowest levels in 30 years and the rate of violent crime has dipped to a 39-year low. Yet the number of arrests between 2009 and 2010 declined only slightly, according to the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), which noted in its new report that police spending increased 445% between 1982 and 2007 and federal funding for police burgeoned by 729%.

Meanwhile, local, state and federal governments spend more than $100 billion each year on public safety and to maintain police ranks that exceed 710,000 nationwide. […]

READ @ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31462.htm

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* HOW EXTREMISM IS NORMALIZED

The Obama administration has converted once unthinkable government claims into permanent political fixtures

By Glenn Greenwald, Salon

[…] This is something that we already knew. The New York Times‘ Charlie Savage had previously reported that Obama OLC lawyers David Barron and Marty Lederman had authored a “secret document” that ”provided the justification for acting despite an executive order banning assassinations, a federal law against murder, protections in the Bill of Rights and various strictures of the international laws of war” (“The memo concluded that what was reasonable, and the process that was due, was different for Mr. Awlaki than for an ordinary criminal”). Attorney General Eric Holder then publicly claimed“‘Due process’ and ‘judicial process’ are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.” Both of those episodes sparked controversy, because of how radical of a claim it is (Stephen Colbert brutally mocked Holder’s speech: “Due Process just means:  there’s a process that you do”).

But that’s the point: once something is repeated enough by government officials, we become numb to its extremism. Even in the immediate wake of 9/11 — when national fear and hysteria were intense — things like the Patriot Act, military commissions, and indefinite detention were viewed as radical departures from American political tradition; now, they just endure and are constantly renewed without notice, because they’ve just become normalized fixtures of American political life. Here we have the Obama administration asserting what I genuinely believe, without hyperbole, is the most extremist government interpretation of the Bill of Rights I’ve heard in my lifetime — that the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee that the State cannot deprive you of your life without “due process of law” is fulfilled by completely secret, oversight-free “internal deliberations by the executive branch” — and it’s now barely something anyone (including me) even notices when The New York Times reports it (as the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer asked yesterday: “These Dems who think executive process is due process: Where were they when Bush needed help with warrantless wiretapping?” — or his indefinite detention scheme?) […]

READ / VIDEOS @ http://www.salon.com/2012/05/30/how_extremism_is_normalized/singleton/

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* GLENN GREENWALD: OBAMA’S SECRET KILL LIST ” THE MOST RADICAL POWER A GOVERNMENT CAN SEIZE”

Source: Democracy Now!

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tsP2hkp24s

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* WHO WILL THE PRESIDENT KILL NEXT? IT’S A SECRET

By Bill Boyarsky, Truthdig

The revelation that President Barack Obama is personally selecting names for a kill list of suspected al-Qaida terrorists is a striking illustration of what actually occurs behind the White House’s closed doors.

The New York Times revealed Tuesday how the president “has placed himself at the helm of a top secret ‘nominations’ process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical.” He insists “on approving every new name on an expanding ‘kill list,’ poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre ‘baseball cards’ of an unconventional war.”

The Times described how more than 100 members of “the government’s sprawling national security apparatus” meet in a video conference to go over potential nominees for the death list and “recommend to the president who should be the next to die.” The nominations then go to the White House where Obama, guided by his top counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, approves names added to the list. […]

READ @ http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/who_will_the_president_kill_next_its_a_secret_20120530/

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* UNCONSTITUTIONAL NDAA PROVISION BLOCKED BY FEDERAL JUDGE 

Source: The Young Turks

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq3CY7kWBSg&feature=em-share_video_user

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* WHEN YOU CAN’T WIN – CHEAT: ELECTION FRAUD FROM COAST TO COAST

By Wendy Gittleson, Addicting Info

Look for election fraud and voter suppression to be an overriding theme in this year’s Presidential election, even if it’s underreported in the mainstream media. Nearly six months before the election, we are already seeing local and statewide efforts to purge the voter rolls of Democratic voters.

In an effort to clear the voter rolls of “non-citizens,” Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott is targeting Hispanic, Democratic and independent-minded voters by sending them notices informing that without proof of citizenship, they will not be eligible to vote. According to the Tampa Bay Times, out of the more than 2,600 people that have been sent the notices, White people and Republicans were the least likely to have been targeted. The Times found that:

About 58 percent of those identified as potential noncitizens are Hispanics, Florida’s largest ethnic immigrant population. They make up just 13 percent of the overall 11.3 million active registered voters. 

“I’m upset, because if someone is an American citizen, it is his right to vote. How can they be asking for this?” said Juan Artabe, a 41-year-old Democrat from Cuba who said he became a citizen in 2009.

“Very poor job by the elections department,” Artabe said. He said he was contacted last week by the Miami-Dade elections office and sent in a copy of his citizenship papers so he wasn’t struck from the voter rolls.[…]

READ @ http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/27/when-you-cant-win-cheat-election-fraud-from-coast-to-coast/

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 * COLONIZED BY CORPORATIONS

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig

In Robert E. Gamer’s book “The Developing Nations” is a chapter called “Why Men Do Not Revolt.” In it Gamer notes that although the oppressed often do revolt, the object of their hostility is misplaced. They vent their fury on a political puppet, someone who masks colonial power, a despised racial or ethnic group or an apostate within their own political class. The useless battles serve as an effective mask for what Gamer calls the “patron-client” networks that are responsible for the continuity of colonial oppression. The squabbles among the oppressed, the political campaigns between candidates who each are servants of colonial power, Gamer writes, absolve the actual centers of power from addressing the conditions that cause the frustrations of the people. Inequities, political disenfranchisement and injustices are never seriously addressed. “The government merely does the minimum necessary to prevent those few who are prone toward political action from organizing into politically effective groups,” he writes.

Gamer and many others who study the nature of colonial rule offer the best insights into the functioning of our corporate state. We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized. We are controlled by tiny corporate entities that have no loyalty to the nation and indeed in the language of traditional patriotism are traitors. They strip us of our resources, keep us politically passive and enrich themselves at our expense. The mechanisms of control are familiar to those whom the Martinique-born French psychiatrist and writer Frantz Fanon called “the wretched of the earth,” including African-Americans. The colonized are denied job security. Incomes are reduced to subsistence level. The poor are plunged into desperation. Mass movements, such as labor unions, are dismantled. The school system is degraded so only the elites have access to a superior education. Laws are written to legalize corporate plunder and abuse, as well as criminalize dissent. And the ensuing fear and instability—keenly felt this past weekend by the more than 200,000 Americans who lost their unemployment benefits—ensure political passivity by diverting all personal energy toward survival. It is an old, old game. […]

READ @ http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/155432

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* ILLINOIS REP. MIKE BOST IS FURIOUS OVER PENSION REFORM 

Source: youtube

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhbRcDZiJJc&feature=player_embedded

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* JACQUE FRESCO – RESOURCE BASED ECONOMY

Source: TEDx 

Jacque Fresco is a self-educated structural designer, practitioner of science, concept artist, educator, and futurist. He is considered by many to be a modern-day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught futurist who describes himself most often as a “generalist” or multi-disciplinarian — a student of many inter-related fields. He is a prolific inventor, having spent his entire life (he is now 95 years old) conceiving of and devising inventions on various scales which entail the use of innovative technology. As a futurist, Jacque is not only a conceptualist and a theoretician, he is also an engineer and a designer.

His organization, The Venus Project works to provide a global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age. The Venus Project reflects the culmination of Jacque’s life work: the integration of the best of science and technology into a comprehensive plan for a new society based on human and environmental concern. It is a global vision of hope for the future of humankind in our technological age.

A major documentary entitled, Future By Design, on the life, designs, and philosophy of Jacque Fresco is now available at http://www.fbdthemovie.com. The film Zeitgeist Addendum featuring Mr. Fresco and The Venus Project produced by Peter Joseph was released in 2008. A sequel to this documentary Zeitgeist Moving Forward was released in 2011 featuring Mr. Fresco, his work, and direction for the future. […]

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzirIG55fkE&feature=player_embedded

May 302012
 

 

* FARAGE: BREAK UP THE EURO AND RESTORE HUMAN DIGNITY

Source: youtube

Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy’ (EFD) Group in the European Parliament

Transcript:

President, we’re in the midst of an economic and increasingly humanitarian crisis and yet Commission president Barroso is not here. Indeed, Herman van Rompuy is not here either. Not that it relly matters, because they’re not prepared to listen to any debate or any argument. They’re intent on pursuing their political dream of a United States of Europe. They’re prepared to commit
economic suicide for an entire continent.

And tomorrow night Mr van Rompuy has called yet another summit at which he’s going to present a strategy for growth and jobs. Elected MEPs, representatives of the people of Europe from left and right – we’ve heard it all before – remember the euro itself was supposed to create growth and jobs and yet it is actively destroying both of those things.

The remedy we’re being offered is more of the same. I would suggest that the medicine is killing the patient, and to increase the dosage is madness.

And don’t listen to those who will tell you that the only alternative is for Greece to stay in the euro. Everyone’s pushing this. David Cameron, all the other leaders are saying, we must keep Greece in the euro, if she leaves the sky will fall in.

It won’t! There’ll be a few difficult weeks and then things will settle down. There’ll be a boom in tourism, investment will start to come back into Greece, innovation will start to come back into Greece as people start making products to beat expensive imports.

Indeed Greece outside of the eurozone may well provide to be an inspiration for Spain, for Portugal and many other countries. We need to recognise that a terrible mistake has been made. We must resolve to put it right. We’ve got to give people hope because out there now is absolute despair.

We all remember Dimitris Christoulas, the 77-year-old former pharmacist who shot himself dead outside the Greek parliament. But he is just one of a growing humanitarian disaster. Huge increases in suicides in Italy, in Greece, particularly from people running small businesses who cannot see a way out of the problem. Children being left in increasing numbers outside the doors of churches because they can’t afford to feed them.

Our leaders are too callous to listen and care. YOU can do something about this. YOU can rise up and say – and I know in my conversations with you that many of you agree with me, that I’m right – we’ve got to break up the euro; we’ve got to restore democracy; we’ve got to restore human dignity; we must ignore Messers Barroso and Van Rompuy, they have been proved to be wrong. WE must provide people with hope.

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ9uHUDkTq4&feature=player_embedded

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* DEBT-HIT GREECE ‘RUNNING OUT OF MEDICATION’

Source: SkyNews

Pharmacies in Greece were on strike earlier this week in protest at the government not paying them for medicines that should be free to customers.

Many pharmacies now have huge debts to pharmaceutical companies for drugs they have handed out free of charge.

Sky News spoke to one pharmacist who has not been paid by the state for over a year.

Evaggelina Rousi, who runs a chemist in Athens, said: “The government owes us 30,000 euros but we have not been paid by them for a year and a half.  […]

READ and VIDEO @ http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16235055

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* IMF BOSS LAGARDE, WHO LECTURED GREEKS TO ‘PAY UP’, PAYS NO TAXES HERSELF

IMF boss who caused international outrage when she suggested that Greeks should pay their taxes earns a tax-free salary

Source: Common Dreams Staff

Christine Lagarde, the International Monetary Fund managing director who provoked an angry reaction from the Greek people after telling them to pay their taxes, does not pay tax on her own salary.

In an interview last Friday, Lagarde said she had little sympathy with the Greek people — preferring to concern herself with the plight of starving children in Africa’s Sahel region.

“I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time,” she said. “All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax.”

On Tuesday Lagarde admitted that her $467,940 IMF annual salary and $83,760 of additional allowances are entirely tax-free. […]

READ @ http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/05/29-6

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* GOVERNMENT DEBT EXPLAINED ( IN A FEW MINUTES)

Source: youtube

Learn in a few minutes what the monetary creation through debt, the Fractional Reserve Banking, and the article 123 in the Lisbon treaty are… They are absolutely necessary to understand the causes of the public and private debts which are devastating the developed countries.

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8fDLyXXUxM

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* “MILITANTS”: MEDIA PROPAGANDA

To avoid counting civilian deaths, Obama re-defined “militant” to mean “all military-age males in a strike zone”

By Glenn Greenwald, Salon

Virtually every time the U.S. fires a missile from a drone and ends the lives of Muslims, American media outlets dutifully trumpet in

headlines that the dead were ”militants” – even though those media outlets literally do not have the slightest idea of who was actually killed. They simply cite always-unnamed “officials” claiming that the dead were “militants.” It’s the most obvious and inexcusable form of rank propaganda: media outlets continuously propagating a vital claim without having the slightest idea if it’s true.

This practice continues even though key Obama officials have been caught lying, a term used advisedly, about how many civilians they’re killing. I’ve written and said many times before that in American media discourse, the definition of “militant” is any human being whose life is extinguished when an American missile or bomb detonates (that term was even used when Anwar Awlaki’s 16-year-old American son, Abdulrahman, was killed by a U.S. drone in Yemen two weeks after a drone killed his father, even though nobody claims the teenager was anything but completely innocent: “Another U.S. Drone Strike Kills Militants in Yemen”). […]

READ @ http://www.salon.com/2012/05/29/militants_media_propaganda/

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* DRONETROPIA

Source: youtube

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frwAE5HG284&feature=em-subs_digest

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* OBAMA’S DRONE WARS ON WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Source: RT

Warning Graphic Footage! This is HOW the USA is spreading peace and democracy…

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlxJXfdemW8&feature=share

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* NATO’s DRUG ESCAPADES AS SEEN IN THE WAKE OF THE CHICAGO SUMMIT

By Elena Ponomareva, Strategic Culture Foundation

[…] Speaking of what NATO is doing these days, one should keep in mind that partnering mafia groups has been a part of its intelligence practice since the end of World War II. In a case that became common knowledge, the CIA worked with Vito “Don Vito” Genovese, an Italian mafia tycoon, to achieve its goals in Italy. When Don Vito’s mission was complete, he ended up in jail over drug dealing and died there of heart attack in 1969. Other US and NATO allies with interests in the drug business – Bin Laden and Ahmed Wali Karzai – were used and disposed of similarly, and the same will likely happen to Kosovo drug lords Hashim Thaci and Ramush Haradinaj. The former is already implicated in the famous report by Dick Marty and the latter is to stand retrial in the Hague.

As for NATO complicity in terrorism and in breeding terrorist groups worldwide, the alliance must be credited with having unsurpassed experience in the sphere. Swiss researcher D. Ganser supplied evidence in “NATO’s Secret Armies. Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe” that the first secret armies supposed to engage in terrorist activities were formed and took to action in West Europe immediately following World War II. On admission to NATO, European leaders had to sign secret protocols obliging their governments to guarantee the countries’ pro-Western orientation by any means and regardless of the preferences of the electorate. The plot, known as Operation Gladio, used to be among the US top secrets but was eventually unearthed by a group of researchers and journalists.

The drug factor which can be discerned in the motivation behind NATO interventions is typically coupled to the oil one. The deal signed by the US and Saudi Arabia after World War II [1] gave the US a leading role in the global oil industry and trade. Since the unveiling of the Truman Doctrine, the US geopolitics is being built on oil. Originally intended as a policy aimed at containing the Soviet Union, the US designs evolved into an attempt to get a grip on the oil resources of the whole world. In the process, the hunt for oil crippled the US economy, making US companies increasingly dependent on the military budget which helped pop US interventions in remote parts of the world which nevertheless evaded Washington’s control. The developments around Afghanistan fully exemplify the trend – growing ever more militant, the US has no option but to rely increasingly on its allies from the ranks of the drug business players. […]

READ @ http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2012/05/26/nato-drug-escapades-as-seen-in-wake-chicago-summit.html

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* “ABSOLUTELY EVERY ONE” – 15 OUT OF 15 – BLUEFIN TUNA TESTED IN CALIFORNIA WATERS CONTAMINATED WITH FUKUSHIMA RADIATION

Source: Washington’s Blog

[…] CNN reports today:

Low levels of radioactive cesium from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident turned up in fish caught off California in 2011, researchers reported Monday.

The bluefin spawn off Japan, and many migrate across the Pacific Ocean. Tissue samples taken from 15 bluefin caught in August, five months after the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi, all contained reactor byproducts cesium-134 and cesium-137 at levels that produced radiation about 3% higher than natural background sources. […]

[…] One of the studies’ authors told the BBC:

The fish that will be arriving around now, and in the coming months, to California waters may be carrying considerably more radioactivity and if so they may possibly be a public health hazard. […]

READ / PHOTOS @ http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/05/absolutely-every-one-of-the-15-bluefin-tuna-tested-in-california-waters-contaminated-with-fukushima-radiation.html

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* 30-MINUTE BROADCAST ON FUKUSHIMA: “IF ANYTHING HAPPENS, THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE END OF JAPAN, PROBABLY START OF THE END OF THE WORLD” 

Source. enenews

Shin-ichi Sano, Author: The world had not choice but to pay attention.

People have said that we must gather expertises from around the world in order to solve the current problem.

Regarding Fukushima, this has to happen, don’t you think?

Indeed. As you say, there is no time for silly arguments.

If anything happens, this is not just about the end of Japan, probably start of the end of the world.

I would like them to realise that we are in such crisis situation. […]

READ / VIDEO @ http://enenews.com/30-minute-broadcast-fukushima-anything-happens-about-japan-start-world-video

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* ICELANDIC ANGER BRINGS DEBT FORGIVENESS IN BEST RECOVERY STORY

Icelanders who pelted parliament with rocks in 2009 demanding their leaders and bankers answer for the country’s economic and financial collapse are reaping the benefits of their anger.

By Omar R. Valdimarsson, Bloomberg

Since the end of 2008, the island’s banks have forgiven loans equivalent to 13 percent of gross domestic product, easing the debt burdens of more than a quarter of the population, according to a report published this month by the Icelandic Financial Services Association.

“You could safely say that Iceland holds the world record in household debt relief,” said Lars Christensen, chief emerging markets economist at Danske Bank A/S in Copenhagen. “Iceland followed the textbook example of what is required in a crisis. Any economist would agree with that.”

The island’s steps to resurrect itself since 2008, when its banks defaulted on $85 billion, are proving effective. Iceland’s economy will this year outgrow the euro area and the developed world on average, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates. It costs about the same to insure against an Icelandic default as it does to guard against a credit event in Belgium. Most polls now show Icelanders don’t want to join the European Union, where the debt crisis is in its third year.

The island’s households were helped by an agreement between the government and the banks, which are still partly controlled by the state, to forgive debt exceeding 110 percent of home values. On top of that, a Supreme Court ruling in June 2010 found loans indexed to foreign currencies were illegal, meaning households no longer need to cover krona losses. […]

READ @ http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-20/icelandic-anger-brings-record-debt-relief-in-best-crisis-recovery-story

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* CHICAGO CRITICAL MASS 5-25-2012

Source: youtube

Chris Drew Memorial mass.
http://ChicagoCriticalMass.org/chrisdrew

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-NW7jt2LaY

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* CURED: A CANNABIS STORY

A Film By David Triplett

A story of how cannabis extract oil cured David Triplett’s cancer after he watched RUN FROM THE CURE: The Rick Simpson Story.

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0tghUh4ubbg

May 302012
 

El análisis de James Petras

“Hemos recibido informaciones de que varias figuras de la oposición venezolana están en consulta permanente en Colombia con sectores vinculados con los militares y ex para militares”. Por tanto en Venezuela hoy “el principal peligro es la importación de terroristas colombianos, que le sobran, porque Colombia nunca hizo una limpieza ni investigó los grupos paramilitares, ni los lazos entre políticos colombianos y ese sector. Por tanto, creo que es la reserva para fomentar el terrorismo en Venezuela”, indicó el sociólogo norteamericano James Petras en su columna de este lunes (*) 28 de mayo en CX36 Radio Centenario. En la oportunidad también habló del fraude electoral en Egipto, advirtió sobre la situación en Siria, cuestionó los dichos de Christine Lagarde (FMI) sobre Grecia y destacó las masivas manifestaciones que se están realizando en Canadá.    

Chury: Le damos la bienvenida a James Petras. ¿Cómo te va?

Petras: Estamos muy bien, hay un día de verano, 30 grados y día de fiesta también.

Chury: En ese plano entonces todo fenómeno por allí.

Te propongo comenzar por las consecuencias de la crisis. El tema de Bankia (1) en España, donde el gobierno y los responsables de esa institución han pasado el fin de semana coordinando las medidas que llevarán a cabo para evitar la quiebra; al mismo tiempo la prima riesgo de España (que mide el diferencial entre el bono español a 10 años y el alemán al mismo plazo) ha marcado nuevo récord histórico; y se suma la indignación de los griegos por las palabras de la directora gerenta del FMI, Christine Lagarde, que debió rectificar sus dichos a The Guardian, en la que pedía a los griegos que paguen sus impuestos y aseguraba estar más preocupada por la situación de los niños en Níger que por los de la población de Atenas. ¿Todo esto es efecto de la crisis?

Petras: Si. Es muy grave la situación para las poblaciones tanto en España como en Grecia, el nivel de pobreza en Grecia ha crecido en una forma geométrica. Ahora dicen que por lo menos el 30% de los griegos están por debajo de la línea de pobreza, si contamos el hecho de que la mayoría de los jóvenes realmente están muy abajo de la línea de pobreza vuelven a vivir con sus familias, donde al menos tienen algo para comer y un techo sobre la cabeza. Es absurda la declaración del FMI, de la francesa Lagarde diciendo que está más preocupada por lo que pasa con los niños en África que con lo que pasa en Grecia, es la arrogancia, la prepotencia de una funcionaria amiga de Hollande, que podría hablar de esta forma sin ir a visitar las colas de desocupados en Grecia; sin ver a los pensionistas que viven con una comida por día y los jóvenes que no tienen futuro. Es simplemente inaceptable que el FMI pretenda hacer esto, comparar entre la miseria y  más miseria.

Pero en todo caso la preocupación del FMI es por el hecho que si en Grecia gana la izquierda consecuente, si Syriza gana las elecciones y repudia el plan de restricciones y el ataque contra los trabajadores. Por esta razón ahora se están preparando para enfrentar la quiebra de Grecia, la salida de la Unión Europea y los efectos dómino que van afectar todos los sectores económicos en Italia, España, Portugal y por esa razón hay este desprecio contra Grecia.

Este esfuerzo por parte del FMI de crear un perjuicio contra Grecia diciendo que los griegos son flojos, que viven de vacaciones, que toman pensiones a los 50 años… Todo mentira, toda invención de los propagandistas para justificar el pillaje del tesoro griego.

Ellos dicen que los griegos deben pagar sus impuestos, y quiero decir que el 95% de los asalariados y los trabajadores de fábricas y de hoteles pagan impuestos. Los que no pagan impuestos son los capitalistas porque no hay forma de extraer los impuestos de sus ingresos, son los amigos del FMI, sus colegas, los que apoyan la política del FMI. En vez de decir que son los banqueros, los dueños de los grandes bancos; los bancos europeos y las agencias inmobiliarias, los que están facilitando la salida de dinero; es decir que los elites occidentales son los principales culpables de por qué los griegos ricos no pagan impuestos.

Solo basta con ir a Londres y hablar con cualquier agencia inmobiliaria de lujo, le van a decir la cantidad de griegos ricos que compraron propiedades con valor de más de un millón de libras en los últimos 6 meses.

Entonces,  el problema es la evasión de impuesto por los ricos y el lavado de dinero por los bancos y empresas inmobiliarias que son el principal aporte del FMI.

En España tenemos un problema algo diferente, no hay una opción electoral en este momento que ponga en peligro la política del FMI y los bancos. Pero sí tenemos una crisis financiera que está agudizando las crisis políticas, porque el gobierno de Rajoy está canalizando 15 mil millones en euros para salvar un banco, cuando el mismo gobierno le dice a los españoles que se tienen que apretar el cinturón mientras al mismo tiempo está canalizando 15 mil millones hacia el sector financiero.

Es una provocación, es una de las más grandes expresiones de la política clasista: mientras hay un 50% de desocupados jóvenes, 25% de desocupación generalizada, cuando hay hambre en Andalucía, cuando los jóvenes están peleando en las calles para reivindicar una política moderada, justa, que tome en cuenta los problemas de una economía en recesión. Este gobierno, junto con los banqueros en Europa Occidental, junto con el FMI, está canalizando el dinero hacia un banco español que hizo mala política, mala especulación, tiene toneladas de deuda e hipotecas que no tienen ningún valor. Ese es problema de los banqueros, ellos deben arreglarlo, pero decir en un lado que el gobierno tiene que recortar los gastos y en otro lado gastar 15 mil millones es una monumental hipocresía, imposible de exagerar.

Chury: La semana pasada nos pusiste al tanto de lo que trató la OTAN allí en Chicago sobre la guerra en Afganistán. Ayer se informó de un bombardeo de la OTAN que mató a 8 civiles entre ellos 6 niños y el padre ha dicho yo no soy talibán ni formaba parte de ningún grupo de oposición. ¿Esto implica que la invasión sigue adelante?

Petras: Si, no hay ningún cambio.  En la reunión de la OTAN declararon que van a quedarse diez años más, disfrazándolos como asesores y diciendo que retiran las tropas de combate. Pero todos los ‘asesores’ están en la primera fila, en los lugares más conflictivos, los drones están acentuando su involucramiento, etc.

No hay nada que cambie. Eso fue simplemente para pacificar a las mayorías que están en contra de la guerra; fue como cambiar la forma pero el contenido se mantiene. Incluso han aumentado el número de muertos civiles entre los afganos y los pakistaníes, porque los drones matan a cualquiera que este cerca de los lugares que identifica. No hay forma de identificar a alguien entre combatiente y civil, el drone tira las bombas y mata el objetivo y todo lo que esté alrededor.

Chury: Muy bien, Petras, te dejo para que abordes otros temas.

Petras: Si, porque hay dos temas a los que me gustaría referir en este espacio. El primero es el fraude electoral en Egipto.

Hay acusaciones particularmente de parte del candidato nacionalista, populista y secular, Hamdin Sabahi, que dice que 500 mil policías votaron, y no lo tienen permitido. Conscriptos y policías no votan en Egipto.

Eso reduce el margen a menos de 1% de la distancia entre los dos principales candidatos. Eso no se comenta, no se dice que hubo fraude y que utilizaron al aparato estatal para votar a Ahmed Shafiq, último primer ministro de Hosni Mubarak.

Entonces James Carter y los otros observadores de esas elecciones juegan a hacerse el idiota – útil, justificando que las elecciones fueron sin violaciones de libertades, etc. Cuando hay un fraude en escala máxima, para eliminar cualquier alternativa que refleje los reclamos de la ‘Primavera Árabe’, el levantamiento popular.

Entonces, otra vez los militares y los países imperialistas utilizan estos mecanismos para cambiar el resultado.

El segundo tema que quiero mencionar es que en Montreal, en Canadá,  se está dando el levantamiento más grande de todo el hemisferio, más que en Sudamérica. En Montreal el otro día marcharon 350 mil personas, hay 150 mil estudiantes y profesores en huelga hace tres meses. Y comenzaron porque subieron el precio de la matrícula universitaria, la llevaron al doble.

Entonces los estudiantes fueron a la huelga organizando marchas y protestas, entonces el gobierno neoliberal empezó a utilizar la represión, aprobó una ley que hace ilegal cualquier manifestación de más de 50 personas que esté cerca de Universidades y  edificios de gobierno.

Entonces a partir de esa ley, empezaron a reprimir brutalmente y encarcelar a los manifestantes. A un nivel que no es diferente a lo que pasaba en Sudamérica durante las dictaduras.

Como respuesta, el sábado pasado en Montreal,  más de 350 mil ciudadanos marcharon por la ciudad sin pedir permiso y violando la ley represiva. Por tanto, en Norteamérica -por lo menos en la parte franco parlante- hay una rebelión, hay un levantamiento de gran tamaño que no recibe suficiente publicidad, porque ocurre en un país capitalista, reaccionario que apoya todas las iniciativas de Estados Unidos, recuérdese que Canadá fue el único país que apoyó todas las iniciativas de Estados Unidos contra Cuba en la Cumbre de las Américas.

Entonces, tenemos una doble reacción, tenemos a Barack Obama en los Estados Unidos y tenemos el gobierno de Stephen Harper en Canadá, son las dos caras de la reacción.

Finalmente, quiero comentar algo más. Hay grandes titulares en todos los grandes medios del mundo sobre una ‘masacre’ en Siria, en un lugar que se llama Hula.

Según la oposición, el gobierno masacró más de cien civiles. Esa es la versión que circula entre los medios de comunicación de masas. Dicen que los muertos son producto de ataques de artillerías y tanques.

Sin embargo, los rusos dicen que la mayoría de los asesinados lo fueron por cuchilladas y balas a quemarropa, lo muestran en imágenes, y particularmente anotan que hay un Distrito de este pueblo que está bajo control de la oposición, donde encontraron más cadáveres con disparos a quemarropa.

En otras palabras, hay varias versiones sobre como murió esa gente.

El observador de Naciones Unidas dice dos cosas: hay muertos a quemarropa y hay muertos por metralla.

Entonces los grandes títulos tratan de oscurecer el hecho de que estamos hablando de una guerra civil, donde la oposición está asesinando civiles y al mismo tiempo, el gobierno está utilizando artillería atacando.

No es que hay simplemente mártires de la oposición, porque hay muchos muertos que son apoyantes del gobierno de Al Assad.

Por tanto, debemos ser muy escépticos ante los reportajes que salen de Siria, porque los gobiernos occidentales están haciendo todo el esfuerzo, montando campañas de víctimas, de represión del gobierno, para justificar una intervención. Pero hay muchas mentiras y este incidente de lo que llaman la ‘masacre’, lo demuestra.

Además, si hubo masacre, en este caso, la mayor responsabilidad cae en la oposición y tal vez, tal vez, el gobierno en su forma de repeler esa violencia de la oposición, esté cometiendo alguna atrocidad.

Lo único que debemos decir es que el gobierno de cualquier país tiene todo el derecho de defenderse de un levantamiento armado financiado desde afuera.

Chury: Lo que no vemos es una condena internacional que justifique la invasión a Siria, como lo hicieron en Libia.

Petras: Si. Yo creo que el modelo para Siria es lo que sucedió en Libia. El único problema es que los rusos y los chinos despertaron y tomaron medidas para bloquear en las Naciones Unidas (ONU) esa ofensiva.

La oposición mercenaria pide la intervención extranjera, son mercenarios, porque piden el bombardeo, ataques de aviación, les importa un pito que la consecuencia sea la destrucción de Siria y el asesinato de civiles, como pasó en Libia.

En este momento, las fuerzas occidentales están todos concentrados en ayudar esa oposición, con la propaganda para facilitar una decisión en Naciones de Unidas de una ‘intervención humanitaria’, lo que significa un ataque violento, sistemático, por parte de las fuerzas de la OTAN.

Ese es una gran crimen que la inmensa mayoría de la población siria rechaza, no quieren la intervención de los países de la OTAN, una invasión, porque saben las consecuencias, saben lo que pasó en Irak, en Afganistán, en Libia. Rechazan la destrucción del país que lo dejaría en una situación primitiva.

Chury: Bueno, para finalizar, te pido un comentario sobre Venezuela. Chávez parece estar entrando de lleno en la campaña electoral, aunque hace permanentemente llamados a la reflexión de la oposición y a la tranquilidad.

Petras: Obviamente, la oposición venezolana está muy compleja. Hay un ala electoralista y un ala terrorista, y hay muchos entre las dos tendencias.

Las consultas que hacen los opositores en Colombia, hemos recibido informaciones de que varias figuras de la oposición venezolana están en consulta permanente en Colombia con varios sectores, incluso sectores vinculados con los militares y ex para militares.

Creo que el principal peligro es la importación de terroristas colombianos que le sobran, porque Colombia nunca hizo una limpieza ni investigó los grupos paramilitares, ni los lazos entre políticos colombianos y ese sector. Por tanto, creo que es la reserva para fomentar el terrorismo en Venezuela.

Tengo noticias de que la última base norteamericana está ubicada a menos de 20 kms de la frontera con Venezuela en el noreste del país. ¿Por qué los Estados Unidos construyen una base militar tan cerca de la frontera con Zulia? (2)

Por eso creo que debemos mantenernos alerta de este movimiento de terroristas disfrazados de empresarios y comerciantes que entran y salen, con las facilidades que dan los norteamericanos y su contrapartida colombiana. Es algo para estar en alerta y evitar que intervengan en alguna forma para fomentar el caos y la subversión.

Chury: Bien Petras, estamos en el final. Te agradezco mucho este análisis.

Petras: Un abrazo a la audiencia, nos encontramos el lunes.

Notas:

(1) Bankia es el nombre de la entidad financiera filial del Banco Financiero y de Ahorros de España. Era el primer banco español por negocio doméstico, con unos activos totales de 272.000 millones de euros y un valor patrimonial de 12.000 millones de euros. A principios de mayo el gobierno del Partido Popular -presidido por Mariano Rajoy- nacionalizó el Banco Financiero y de Ahorros por lo que se hizo con el control de Bankia, para salvarlo de la quiebra inyectándole 19.000 millones de euros de los dineros públicos.

(2) El mismo lunes 28 de mayo el presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez afirmó que Estados Unidos tiene planes para invadir a Venezuela y cuestionó que Colombia permita que Washington instale bases militares en su territorio. Al respecto Chávez señaló que “están ocupando nuestro flanco izquierdo desde el  norte en la Guajira, en el mar Caribe, en Cartagena, hasta el sur, en el (río) Orinoco están disponiendo una fuerza militar yanqui, ahí mismo”.

(*) La columna de análisis de la coyuntura internacional que transcribimos, la realiza el sociólogo y profesor James Petras en vivo y en español, los lunes a las 11:30 hs (hora local) por CX36, Radio Centenario de Montevideo, Uruguay, que transmite por el 1250 AM del dial uruguayo y por www.radio36.com.uy las 24 horas on line.

May 282012
 

 Video by @crankstrap

Images from the anti-NATO protests in Chicago — my own footage cut with a few videos I retrieved online, so a sincere thanks to everyone who independently documented this event and published their media. Special appreciation for circle takes the square and their song: “Non-Objective Portrait of Karma.” v

VIDEOhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6mvVqeO1-Y4

May 282012
 

 

* COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN THE WAR ON PROTESTERS: NEIGHBORS OF THE NATO3 CUFFED, HELD AT GUNPOINT

In this exclusive, neighbors of activists accused of “terrorism” give their stories of aggressive, seemingly incompetent and extralegal harassment by the Chicago Police.

By Sam Jewler, AlterNet

Whether or not they are guilty of illegal activity, the original three activists facing terrorism charges in Chicago and their six apartment-mates are not the only people who were raided and harassed the night of Wednesday, May 16, in the days leading up to the NATO protests. In this exclusive, three neighbors of the accused activists give their stories of aggressive, politically reactionary, seemingly incompetent and extralegal harassment by the Chicago Police Department.

In the apartment across the hall from the arrested activists, around 11:30 that night, Ben (not his real name) was coming out of his bathroom when his door crashed in and 25 to 30 armed police burst into his living room. One of them approached him, pointing a gun at his face and yelling at him to get down. When he didn’t get down quickly enough, the man shoved him to the ground and cuffed him.

“I thought I was being robbed,” Ben said. “They were wearing dark clothes, and I thought if they weren’t police, I was being robbed, and if they were, I didn’t know why this was happening.”

His apartment mate Olli woke up to two guns in his face, and was, he said, “rolled over and cuffed immediately” while other officers started going through the belongings in his room. They brought him into the living room and sat him on the ground next to Ben.

“That’s when the interrogation and harassment started,” Olli said. “It went on for a while, at least an hour and a half of them hurling insults and questions, really leading questions. The whole experience was really terrifying but it was also kind of hilarious, just the notions they have about whoever they were after.” […]

READ @ http://www.alternet.org/story/155591/collateral_damage_in_the_war_on_protesters:_neighbors_of_the_nato3_cuffed,_held_at_gunpoint

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* THE NATO / UN ARMY

By William F. Jasper, Information Clearing House

Pretending to have achieved some kind of victory in Afghanistan, President Obama and the NATO leaders have pushed ahead on the globalist agenda to transform NATO more fully into the global military arm of the United Nations.

“We’re now unified behind a plan to responsibly wind down the war in Afghanistan,” declared President Obama, at the conclusion of the May 20-21 NATO Summit in Chicago.

But don’t pop the champagne corks just yet; America’s longest war, now over a decade in duration, is not ending any time soon. What does “responsibly wind down the war” mean? According to President Obama and the other NATO leaders, it means NATO “combat troops” will have left Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Which is another way of spinning the grim fact that they intend to keep NATO forces (primarily U.S. forces) fighting in Afghanistan for another two-and-a-half years. And after 2014, an unspecified number of NATO/US forces will remain for “training” purposes for an indefinite period.

The Afghanistan War, which has already cost half a trillion dollars (and over 12,000 American casualties), has succeeded in establishing Hamid Karzai and his clan in a ruling regime that is universally recognized as thoroughly corrupt and anti-American. It is also a regime without popular support that is sure to collapse after our withdrawal — if not before. And when the country breaks down into a bloody civil war? Well, in order to prevent that, President Obama says someone must come up with $4.1 billion per year to finance the equipping and training of the Afghan army and police force. […]

READ @ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31428.htm

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* THE AUTHORITARIAN MIND

Yet another Afghan family (and a bakery in Pakistan) is extinguished by an airstrike: unleash the justifications

By Glenn Greenwald, Salon

[…]  Also yesterday:

An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday, killing four suspected militants, officials said, as the U.S. pushed ahead with its drone campaign despite Pakistani demands to stop. This was the third such strike in the country in less than a week. . . .

The officials said the victims were buying goods from a bakery when the missiles hit. Residents were still removing the debris, officials said. All of the dead were foreigners, but the officials did not have any information on their identities or nationalities.

All of this is so widely tolerated, even cheered, among large factions of the American citizenry due to three premises:

(1) I have absolutely no idea who my government is continuously bombing to death by drone, but I assume they deserve it;

(2) when my government extinguishes the lives of entire families, including small children, as it often does, I know it’s all for a just and important cause even if I can’t identify it; and,

(3) we have to stop the Terrorists, because they keep killing innocent civilians.

That’s the Authoritarian Mind, and it appears everywhere the Imperial Mind does.

READ @ http://www.salon.com/2012/05/27/the_authoritarian_mind_2/singleton/

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* WAR PIGS – THE FALL OF THE GLOBAL EMPIRE

By Washington’s Blog

[…] As the world spends $1.7 trillion per year on new methods of killing, millions die the old fashioned way.

  • 13 million people per year die from starvation in the world.
  • The FAO says that 925 million people worldwide are undernourished.
  • For the price of one missile, a school full of hungry children could eat lunch every day for 5 years.
  • One child dies every 5 seconds as a result of hunger – 700 every hour – 16 000 each day – 6 million each year – 60% of all child deaths (2002-2008 estimates)
  • What kind of a civilized society allocates 44% of the taxes taken from its people to war? Only 2.5% of your taxes go to science, energy, and environment. Only 2.2% of your taxes go to education and jobs. You produce the results that you would expect from your investments. A full 13% of our population doesn’t have a high school diploma (20% of African Americans & 43% of Latinos) and only 30% have a college degree. How do we expect to lead the world in technology and research with these figures? We do lead the world in government issued student loan debt with $1 trillion and rising. […]

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* BRADLEY MANNING DEFENSE TEAM SAYS US MILITARY IS WITHHOLDING KEY EVIDENCE

Military’s delay in searching through files and handing them over is denying Manning a fair trial, defence attorney argues

By Ed Pilkington, Guardian NY

Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of being behind the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, is being denied a fair trial because the army is withholding from him crucial information that might prove his innocence or reduce his sentence, his defence team is arguing.

With Manning’s court-martial approaching in September, his legal team has released details of what they claim is a shocking lack of diligence on the part of the military prosecutors in affording him his basic constitutional rights.

The stakes are high, with Manning facing possible life imprisonment for a raft of charges that include “aiding the enemy”.

Manning’s main civilian lawyer, David Coombs, has filed a motion with the military court in Fort Meade, Maryland, that sets out a catalogue of delays and inconsistencies in the army’s handling of the case.

In particular, he claims the government has failed to disclose key evidence that could help Manning defend himself against the charges. […]

READ @ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/27/bradley-manning-military-withholding-evidence

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* FUKUSHIMA: A DISASTER NIGHTMARE RAPIDLY SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL

Source: The Extinction Protocol

According to the simulation of Disaster Prevention Research Institute Kyoto University, cesium will be accumulated in Tokyo bay for the following 3 years and it will reach 4,000 Bq/Kg at some spots in March of 2014. This is the same level of cesium measured at 16 km from Fukushima plants this January. They estimate cesium level will decrease to spread around after April of 2014, but the peak may come sooner than March of 2014 depending of the precipitation. Also, in North Tokyo bay, where is estimated to be the most contaminated, the average contamination of sea ground soil will be 300 ~ 500 Bq/kg. According to Fukushima Diary, a TEPCO worker at the distressed plant said: “If another major aftershock hits Fukushima, they can’t even get close to the reactors and the risk is not only SFP4, it would be all the reactors. I tweeted this before but in case of another major aftershock or Tsunami, it won’t be only reactor4. I think all the reactors will be in crisis. TEPCO says they have prepared multiple coolant means, but if the radiation level goes too high, we cannot even get close. Also even if the reactor buildings remain safe, roads won’t be safe to approach the reactors. Actually 311 caused a lot of cracks on the ground; there were a lot of places where you cannot drive by car. Even pumper trucks or fire trucks cannot drive maybe. Above all, now we don’t have enough human resource or engineers to settle down reactor4 in addition to other reactors.” –Fukushima Dairy […]

NUCLEAR DISASTER SPREADS TO HOUSES, FOOD

READ and VIDEO @ http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/fukushima-a-disaster-nightmare-rapidly-spiraling-out-of-control/?year=2012&monthnum=05&day=27&like=1&_wpnonce=74a73495fe

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* FUKUSHIMA FOREVER

By Dr. Mark Sircus, Truth Theory

[…] Now he is weighing in with the threat from the spent-fuel pool in reactor building No. 4 in focus saying, “People don’t realize that the Fukushima reactor is on a knife’s edge; it’s near the tipping point. A small earthquake, another pipe break, another explosion could tip it over and we could have a disaster much worse, many times worse than Chernobyl. It’s like a sleeping dragon.”

Kaku explains that just in the last few weeks it has been reported to some degree that Units 2, 3 and 4 have been shown to be in a very dire situation. Unit 2 is completely liquefied, something that’s never been seen in the history of nuclear power; a 100% liquefaction of a uranium core. Unit 4, on the other hand, has an even worse problem as it’s a spent-fuel pond that is totally uncovered because of a hydrogen explosion that took place last year.

The issue of planetary contamination is more important than the economic crisis the media is covering, which threatens to go into its own kind of meltdown. Economies grow and collapse as civilizations rise and fall. There have always been the good times when life is sweet and the bad times when human savages must have their wars or when Nature decides to have her way with us or when the elite bankers’ monetary games run through their cycles.

What are our chances of this nuclear nightmare going away?

Things are so bad at Fukushima that, “Humans cannot come close to certain parts of the reactor site and even robots get fried. They’re delicate machinery; their micro-circuitry cannot withstand the intense bombardment of radiation,” reports Kaku. […]

[…] Fukushima radiation has taken over our planet. – Leuren Moret

Radioactive iodine, cesium, strontium, plutonium, uranium, and a host of other fission products have been coming directly from Japan to the west coast for 13 months with no sign that it will stop. […]

[…] Michio Kaku sums up the Fukushima situation saying:

In regards to Unit 3, we found where we thought there was 33 ft. of water above the core. We put a TV camera in Units 2 and 3. We have TV pictures of the core; Unit 2 is completely liquefied, Unit 3 does not have 33 ft. of water on top of it, it has two feet of water. Two feet of water, not 33, meaning that the core is completely or partially covered, meaning it could liquefy. So between Units 2, which is completely liquefied, Units 3, which is totally exposed, and Unit 4, which has 1,500 spent-fuel rods that, in principle, are exposed to the outside environment, we have a catastrophe in the making. […]

READ @ http://truththeory.com/2012/05/24/fukushima-forever/

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* FORMER FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI WORKER: ‘ I BELIEVE THE COUNTRY WILL BE EVACUATED IN NO. 4 FUEL POOL COLLAPSES’ – ‘SHOULD BE HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WORKING FURIOUSLY EVERY DAY’

Source: enenews

[…] There are several reasons why I believe the country will be evacuated if the #4 SFP collapses. The amount of radioactive material in the fuel pool dwarfs the total amount at Chernobyl by a factor of 5 to 10. Chernobyl’s core was still mostly contained in a building (although heavily damaged), and most of the radioactive material melted downward and became lava like. If #4 SFP collapses it will be lying on the completely open ground, probably going critical on and off in portions of the pile for years. The dose rate from this pile will make dropping sand or anything from the air much more lethal than anything at Chernobyl. And probably impossible. The entire site at Fukushima will be uninhabitable and unworkable because of the dose rate coming from this pile of fuel. That means there will be no control of the other fuel pools, and we could lose control of them.

Nuclear experts will soft sell the ramifications because that is how the industry works. When the experts “have concerns” about the situation at #4 that means they are pooping their pants. My experience at Fukushima was 30 years ago. I worked in the industry for about 15 years as a health physics technician. I was also referred to as a “nuclear gypsy” because I traveled from plant to plant working outages. That meant I was always in the middle of the hottest jobs in the heart of the plant. The engineers will talk about this part or that part of a plant, but I have been all those places wearing full gear. […]

READ @ http://enenews.com/former-fukushima-daiichi-worker-i-believe-the-country-will-be-evacuated-if-the-no-4-spent-fuel-pool-collapses-should-be-hundreds-or-thousands-of-people-working-furiously-every-day

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* BP COVER UP

Source: The Real News

Greg Palast: US corporate media ignoring evidence of BP foreknowledge of problems that led to Gulf disaster

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sgCG7H6U1E

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* LET’S SAY GERMANY ENFORCES MORE AUSTERITY ON GREECE: THEN WHAT?

By Matt Stoller, Naked Capitalism

Everyone’s holding their breath until mid-June, when the Greek elections take place.  In the meantime, the Eurozone is heading into a deep recession and Germany is bickering with, well, everyone.  Ambrose Evans-Pritchard gives us the dynamic.

Another month of EU stasis is unlikely to prove a winning formula. The eurozone’s manufacturing and service surveys for May were the worst in 35 months. “Truly dismal,” said Howard Archer from IHS Global Insight.

“The Greek exit effect is starting to take its toll on an already brittle eurozone economy,” said Nicholas Spiro, from Spiro Sovereign Strategy. The danger is no longer what will happen if Euroland unravels, but “what is happening”. […]

READ @ http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/05/lets-say-germany-enforces-more-austerity-on-greece-then-what.html

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* ASSAULTING AUSTERITY

Souce: youtube

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U7fCsEER7t8

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* SPAIN WEIGHS BANKIA DEBT ISSUE

By Miles Johnson, FT 

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Spain is considering directly injecting its own government debt into BFA-Bankia to help fund the stricken lender’s €19bn nationalisation, in an attempt to sidestep borrowing money directly from the bond markets.

The plan, viewed as highly unorthodox by analysts, involves Madrid issuing Spanish government guaranteed debt to Bankia in return for equity, with the bank then able to deposit the bonds with European Central Bank as collateral for cash.

On Friday Bankia, Spain’s third-biggest lender by assets, announced that the state would invest €19bn in what will be the country’s largest ever bailout, with the government expected to control about 90 per cent of its shares. […]

READ @ http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/90b3aaae-a818-11e1-b8a9-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1wAFR3Zx3

May 272012
 

By Jeremie Battaglia, vimeo

Manifestation à Montréal contre la hausse des frais de scolarité et la loi 78.
Les gens se retrouvent à des coins de rues pour faire le plus de bruit possible à l’aide de casseroles.
Un grand merci à Avec pas d’casque et Grosse Boîte pour la musique!

Protest in Montreal against the rise of tuition fees in Quebec and the new law 78.
Every evening at 8pm people meet in the street with their pots and pans and make all the noise they can.
A big thank you to the band Avec pas d’casque and their record label Grosse Boîte.

Musique/music:
INTUITION #1 – Avec pas d’casque
© Grosse Boîte
Bandcamp: avecpasdcasque.bandcamp.com/album/astronomie

NB: la date dans la vidéo n’est pas la bonne! Il s’agit bien du 24 mai au soir et non pas le 26!

Télécharger une version iphone/download an iPhone version of the video : bit.ly/KKYbeV

VIDEOhttp://vimeo.com/42848523

May 272012
 

 

* NATO SUMMIT: EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH OUR SOCIETY

By Paul Heise, StopNATO

The NATO summit held in Chicago last weekend reflects everything that is wrong with our society.

The NATO summit put on display how we can and do conjure up foreign and domestic threats to justify government control of our society. For it is fear that justifies not just our obscene military spending, but more importantly, the official violation of our civil and constitutional rights and the concession of political power to corporations.

This fear is then used to justify a growing military alliance even when there is no credible threat. It is the basis for the militarization of our police force, the erosion of our civil liberties and globalization of our economy. […]

READ @ http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/nato-summit-everything-that-is-wrong-with-our-society/

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* CHICAGO TEACHER’S UNION MARCH

Video by Fred Hickler, Chicago Indymedia

The Chicago Teacher’s Union had a massive rally and march in downtown Chicago on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 to protest budget cuts, privitization and union busting tactics that have been taking place in Chicago schools.

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf31FmrsGT4&feature=plcp

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* ATTORNEY: “NATO 3” ACTIVISTS DETAINED ON TERROR CHARGES ARE VICTIMS OF POLICE ENTRAPMENT

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

DemocracyNow.org – Following a weekend that saw nearly 100 arrests of protesters at the NATO summit in Chicago, we speak with National Lawyers Guild attorney Sarah Gelsomino, who represents one of the five activists charged with terror-related crimes. Two are accused of attempted possession of explosives or incendiary devices, and three more are accused of conspiracy to commit terrorism, material support for terrorism and possession of explosives. Gelsomino says the so-called “NATO Three” were set-up by government informants who planted the explosives.

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etp_BSWc2Nw

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* CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE ENTRANCE BLOCKED AS PROTESTERS CRITICIZED HUGE TAX BREAK 

By BobboSpherre, Daily Kos

Seniors, people with disabilities and health care workers blocked the front entrance to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange(CME) Wednesday around 9:30 this morning, as well the adjacent Jackson and LaSalle Streets. Police moved in about half an hour later and ordered people to clear the streets or face arrest. Demonstrators were protesting the CME’s parent company (CME Group) which was awarded multi-million-dollar tax breaks while human services were being cut by the State of Illinois. […]

Arrests at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Blockade

Mike Ervin explains why Stand Up Chicago is protesting at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange 

[…] The May 23 actions were in the same spirit as the National Nurses’ United rally on May 18  to support a global Financial Transactions Tax, which drew thousands of nurses and supporters. Commonly called a “Robin Hood Tax”, it would be small percentage on certain high end transactions, exempting 401k’s and other transactions commonly done by working people. Stand Up Chicago proposed a similar tax on CME Group’s high risk derivative trading earlier this year.

Stand Up Chicago issued an excellent economic plan for Chicago entitled Investing in Chicago Communities: A Jobs Fund for a Future That Works produced in conjunction with the Chicago Political Economy Group. It’s an excellent alternative to what the financial barons of LaSalle Street are planning for us. […]

READ / VIDEO / PHOTOS @ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/23/1094252/-Chicago-Mercantile-Exchange-Entrance-Blocked-As-Protestors-Criticize-Huge-Tax-Break-

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* MONTREAL’S STUDENT PROTESTERS DEFY RESTRICTIONS AS DEMONSTRATIONS GROW 

By Erin Hale, Guardian UK 

[…] As protesters snaked through the city’s neighbourhoods on Thursday, residents and customers in restaurants showed their support by banging pots as they passed by.

The protest, which began at Place Emilie Gamelin, was declared illegal before it began, because organizers had not provided police with an itinerary, as required by a controversial new emergency law. But Montreal police said in a message posted on Twitter that protesters would be allowed to march as long as they remained peaceful. Four people were arrested.

Helicopters and riot police are an increasingly common sight on the streets of Montreal as a province-wide student strike passed the 100-day mark, but popular support only seems to be growing as the government attempts to clamp down on the strike.

Small red squares, the symbol of the strike historically worn by Montreal students supporting free tuition, are everywhere in the city – cloth pinned to peope’s lapels and daubed onto signs and walls. […]

READ and VIDEO @ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/25/montrea-student-protesters-defy-restrictionsw?newsfeed=true

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* MARCHA ANTI EPN D.F.

Source: youtube

Sábado 19 de Mayo 2012, marcha Anti Peña Nieto del Zócalo al Angel en México D.F.

Más de 22 mil personas* (Actualización: según la SSPDF 46 mil personas!!) nos unimos para demostrar que a pesar del manejo truculento de los medios convencionales, México está consiente que Peña Nieto es solo un títere con muchas manos detrás que lo único que quieren es ver por sus intereses propios, sin importar que estos sean dañinos para el país y sus habitantes.

Saturday May 19, 2012, Peña Nieto Anti march to the Zócalo in Mexico City. Over 22 thousand people * (Update: according to SSPDF 46 000 people!) Join us to show that despite the blackout in the mainstream media, Mexico is aware that Peña Nieto is just a puppet who only cares about its own interests, regardless of what is harmful for the country and its inhabitants.

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1tqDv-w9dU&feature=youtu.be

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* UK, GREECE AND ARGENTINA – DEBATE

Source: youtube

Whilst this debate took place on October 2011, it has not lost its relevance with the passage of time. A controlled default by Greece appears to be on the agenda.

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LZ6rFUo7wA&feature=player_embedded

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* HOW GOLDMAN SACHS HELPED MASK GREECE’S DEBT

Source: youtube

Nick Dunbar, author of ‘The Devil’s Derivatives’, reveals how the country turned to investment bank Goldman Sachs for help getting around the deficit rules. In his report for Newsnight, some of those who did the deal, talk publicly for the first time.

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07-hA9DW-Po&feature=player_embedded

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* GREECE IS NOW THE CUTTING EDGE OF THE WORLD

By Guy Rundle, Crikey

[…] So everything from here on is uncharted. The technocratic Greek government — which remains in place — paid off an €5 billion-plus bond issue that came due today — but interest is due on hundreds of billions of euros of debt in the next month — much of it euro-debt — and the country has less than a billion euros in foreign reserves. So the EU would have to decisively refuse to underwrite the next series of payments — which would simply go from one euro account to another — in order to force the crisis.

The sensible solution would be the one proposed by new French President Francois Hollande — that bad Greek debt be swapped for eurobonds, and that the private debt take an 80-90% haircut, and that a rational 10-20 year paydown of what debt remains be negotiated without strangling the Greek economy — which would then shrink the economy further, and make it impossible for the country to repay its debts. It is utterly irrational, but so too is neoliberalism — it is the equivalent of the Incas believing that only human sacrifice would keep the sun rising, and that the advance of the conquistadors meant that they should redouble their efforts of tearing hearts out of chests on the top of ziggurats, rather than responding to the immediate threat in a rational and direct manner.

Every number quoted by the finance journalists — the hundreds of billions of euros owed, the terms coming due — are all bullshit. All that is due is the interest payments, and most of those are ludicrously inflated by the shell-game that got Greece into this mess in the first place — the sudden downrating of Greek debt by ratings agencies part-owned by the very banks that would profit from a hike in interest rates in the first place. Most finance journalists are simply unthinking propagandists of a system they have neither the intelligence nor the desire to examine. […]

READ @ http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/05/16/rundle-greece-is-now-the-cutting-edge-of-the-world/

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* IT’S PAYBACK TIME: DON’T EXPECT SYMPATHY – LaGARDE TO GREEKS

By Larry Elliot and Decca Aitkenhead

The International Monetary Fund has ratcheted up the pressure on crisis-hit Greece after its managing director, Christine Lagarde, said she has more sympathy for children deprived of decent schooling in sub-Saharan Africa than for many of those facing poverty in Athens.

In an uncompromising interview with the Guardian, Lagarde insists it is payback time for Greece and makes it clear that the IMF has no intention of softening the terms of the country’s austerity package.

Using some of the bluntest language of the two-and-a-half-year debt crisis, she says Greek parents have to take responsibility if their children are being affected by spending cuts. “Parents have to pay their tax,” she says. […]

READ @ http://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/world/2012/may/25/payback-time-lagarde-greeks

May 272012
 

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

The DEN PLIRONO movement will take part in the upcoming elections because we reject the political puppets of the system, who have abdicated their responsibilities to represent and protect the needs of the Greek People in favor of personal gain.

DEN PLIRONO is a movement that transforms revolutionary theory into everyday actions of resistance and solidarity. Our actions have inspired the creation of corresponding movements in Spain (“Yo no Pago”) and in Sweden (“Planka.nu”).

The DEN PLIRONO movement’s goals are to propagate ideas, ideals and ways of action throughout the Greek territory.

We call out to all exploited individuals, to choose the way of collective struggle.

We invite you all to join us, so that we may unite our voices and our fists in order to take back our stolen lives.

Spread our ideas and support our struggle!

Please donate whatever amount of money you can.

The People are our only sponsor.

Donations will be used to print our ballots for the elections and to print brochures and posters.

WE WILL NOT PAY FOR THEIR MANUFACTURED CRISIS.

COLLECTIVELY WE ORGANISE AND REFUSE TO PAY ANTI-SOCIAL TAXES IMPOSED ON ALL NEIGHBORHOODS.

99% VS 1%

WE WILL FIGHT AGAINST ALL THOSE WHO STEAL OUR LIVES UNTIL THE FINAL VICTORY!

DONATIONS ACCEPTED @ Den Plirono Movement Website @ http://www.epitropesdiodiastop.blogspot.cz/ 

 

READ FULL STATEMENT FROM THE DEN PLIRONO MOVEMENThttp://99getsmart.com/?p=3510

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– VIDEO: “I DON’T PAY”: ΔΕΝ ΠΛΗΡΩΝΩ ΔΡΑΣΗ ΜΕΤΡΟ ΣΥΝΤΑΓΜΑ 17/2/2012: http://99getsmart.com/?p=2285

 VIDEO: “I DON’T PAY” MOVEMENT GIVES INTERVIEW ON BBC: http://99getsmart.com/?p=2291

 DEN PLIRONO SUPPORTS GREEK STEEL WORKERS ON STRIKE FOR OVER 125 DAYS – VIDEO:http://99getsmart.com/?p=2556

 VIDEO: MOVEMENT “I DON’T PAY” IS SPREADING ACROSS EUORPE: http://99getsmart.com/?p=2280

May 262012
 

Source: youtube

Νέα δημοσκόπηση φωτιά από τον καθηγητή Επαμεινώνδα Πανά. Στο στούντιο ο καθηγητής του Τμήματος Στατιστικής του Οικονομικού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών.

-Η Ελλάδα βυθίζεται στη φτώχεια και ο πάμπλουτος Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας αναγείρει βίλες σε ιδιωτικά νησιά. Αποκλειστικό ρεπορτάζ.

-Αποκαλυπτικά ρεπορτάζ για την δολοφονία του 29χρονου Θανάση Λαζανά στην Πάτρα και για τα φοβερά επεισόδια που ακολούθησαν και έχουν διαφοροποιήσει την φυσιογνωμία της πόλης.

-Αποκαλύψεις για τον βίο και την πολιτεία του Αλέξη Τσίπρα.Μπαμπούλας ή χαρισματικός που μπορεί να ξεχαρβαλώσει το σάπιο τοκογλυφικό σύστημα των ξεπουλημένων τραπεζιτών και των διεθνών κέντρων εκβιασμών και αποσταθεροποίησης;

-Νέες αποκαλύψεις για τις εισπρακτικές εταιρείες που πίνουν το αίμα του πολίτη.

-Αξία της ανθρώπινης ζωής, ώρα μηδέν: Οι αυτοκτονίες συνεχίζονται, άνθρωποι χάνονται με ακραίες μορφές θυσίας.

-Φαρμακοποιοί: Έκοψαν την πίστωση. Φράγκο στην τσέπη άρρωστων ανθρώπων σε ΕΣΥ για κλάμματα.

VIDEOhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaEiJxehVH8&feature=em-uploademail

May 252012
 

The DEN PLIRONO movement in Greece was born out of current social needs and constitutes a political movement of civil disobedience and resistance.

It is flesh from the flesh of all the exploited social layers and fights for three years now, vindicating the social character and value of public goods.

DEN PLIRONO’s fundamental political place and axis of action focuses on giving all people access to all social goods and services that are essential for a decent existence, free of charge, because it is the People who have paid for these resources.

The People in our movement believe in and fight for free education, healthcare, streets, public spaces, public transportation, clean water, electricity, all natural goods (eg beaches, forests, air), and for the general well-being of all People, Greeks and immigrants alike.

The unprecedented crisis of the last years has radically discredited the capitalistic system.

In their effort to fortify their political, economical and ideological regime and to subjugate people, the ruling class has formed new, disguised juntas.

The economic fortification of the global and national financial system requires direct transfer of wealth from the households to the banks.

Such a ‘grab’ is attempted by slashing wages and pensions, dissolving public health and education, selling off public property and by means of continuous anti-social taxes.

The question is: How long will we bend our heads and obey a mob of bullies and exploiters who want to steal our lives?

When will we rise up and take back our lives?

The first signs of collective workers’ class struggle have already appeared!

Here are some of the luminous examples of disobedience and resistance in Greece:

– the DEN PLIRONO movement committees

– the neighborhood assemblies

– the strikes in the factories (e.g. steelworks)

– mass-media strikes (ERT, ALTER, etc.)

– the Keratea Resistance

– the Ierissos anti-gold movement

DEN PLIRONO is a movement that transforms revolutionary theory into everyday actions of resistance and solidarity.

Our actions have inspired the creation of corresponding movements in Spain (“Yo no Pago”) and in Sweden (“Planka.nu”).

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Taking all this into account, the DEN PLIRONO movement will take part in the upcoming elections because we reject the political puppets of the system, who have abdicated their responsibilities to represent and protect the needs of the Greek People in favor of personal gain.

The DEN PLIRONO movement’s goals are to propagate ideas, ideals and ways of action throughout the Greek territory.

We call out to all exploited individuals, to choose the way of collective struggle.

We invite you all to join us, so that we may unite our voices and our fists in order to take back our stolen lives.

Spread our ideas and support our struggle!

Please donate whatever amount of money you can.

The People are our only sponsor.

Donations will be used to print our ballots for the elections and to print brochures and posters.

WE WILL NOT PAY FOR THEIR MANUFACTURED CRISIS.

COLLECTIVELY WE ORGANISE AND REFUSE TO PAY ANTI-SOCIAL TAXES IMPOSED ON ALL NEIGHBORHOODS.

99% VS 1%

WE WILL FIGHT AGAINST ALL THOSE WHO STEAL OUR LIVES UNTIL THE FINAL VICTORY!

DONATIONS ACCEPTED @ Den Plirono Movement Website http://www.epitropesdiodiastop.blogspot.cz/

RELATED POSTS: 

– VIDEO: “I DON’T PAY”: ΔΕΝ ΠΛΗΡΩΝΩ ΔΡΑΣΗ ΜΕΤΡΟ ΣΥΝΤΑΓΜΑ 17/2/2012: http://99getsmart.com/?p=2285

VIDEO: “I DON’T PAY” MOVEMENT GIVES INTERVIEW ON BBC: http://99getsmart.com/?p=2291

DEN PLIRONO SUPPORTS GREEK STEEL WORKERS ON STRIKE FOR OVER 125 DAYS – VIDEO: http://99getsmart.com/?p=2556

 VIDEO: MOVEMENT “I DON’T PAY” IS SPREADING ACROSS EUORPE: http://99getsmart.com/?p=2280