Jan 212013
 

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* CAYMAN ISLANDS TO DISCLOSE HIDDEN COMPANIES AND DIRECTORS

By icarus, ClassWarfareExists

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The Cayman Islands has been just one of a handful of countries which are primarily used for tax evasion by exploiting the tax code and the protections of foreign governments.  As a British territory – their laws are very much under the influence of what Britain does and doesn’t want.  Which makes it all the more interesting that the Cayman Islands monetary authority is now going to be disclosing a laundry list of previously hidden corporations and hedge funds using the Caymans for cover from transparency.  In addition – the names of those involved will be visible for the first time as well which will make it that much easier for Western governments to identify tax schemes.  This is an assault on tax cheats – mainly corporations and wealthy individuals.

The Caymans Islands is just the latest country to submit to banking transparency in a very long recent list. […]

READ @ http://www.classwarfareexists.com/cayman-islands-to-disclose-hidden-companies-and-directors/

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* PRISON LABOR BOOMS IN US AS LOW-COST INMATES BRING BILLIONS

Source: youtube

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CySzoJFkTA8

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* GREEK ANARCHISTS ON THE ANARCHIST MOVEMENT IN GREECE

By Sean Matthews, anarkismo

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Last weekend in the largest show of strength in over a decade thousands of anarchists marched to protest against the violent eviction of the squats of Villa Amalias and Skaramagka and Patision Streets in Athens and also the very repressive climate that police and the State have created in the last months in Greece.

Below is an interview with one of the largest anarchist groups in Greece – the Anti-Authoritarian Movement (AK) in relation to the present political and social climate in Greece, the threat posed by the far-right and of course the work of the anarchist movement. […]

READ @ http://www.anarkismo.net/article/24735?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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* GREECE: OUR HOMES

Source: youtube

This video was made in response to the recent wave of evictions of squats and of repression of the anarchist movement by the greek State.

VIDEO @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zGpB7I5AcaY#!

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* GREEK FINANCE MINISTER RULES OUT HEATING OIL SUBSIDY AS HE SITS IN OFFICE HEATED BY TAXPAYERS

Source: KeepTalkingGreece

Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras

Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras

I didn’t know Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras had such a bitting sense of arrogance. On Monday, January 7th 2013, he called on Greeks to be patient for another year.” At the same time he dismissed suggestions by coalition government and opposition parties that heating oil subsidy might be extended to more social groups.

Stournaras rules out wider heating oil subsidy, focuses on next tranche

“I wish there was fiscal capacity do to so but there isn’t,” Stournaras told Vima FM in a response to a question about assistance for poor families to buy heating oil.

MPs from a number of parties, including coalition partners New Democracy and PASOK, have called over the last few days for there to be more help for less well-off families.

Last year, the government raised the tax on heating oil to match unleaded fuel, leading to the price rising by 40 percent. Demand for heating oil has since dropped by a reported 80 percent.

However, Stournaras added that many of those who qualified for a heating oil subsidy this year have failed to apply for one.

The finance minister stressed that it was important for Greece to continue its tight control over public finances as it looks to convince the troika to release three more loan tranches over the next three months.

“We won’t get the next instalment if we let up,” said Stournaras. “If the pullover starts to unravel, we’ll lose the trust we’ve started to rebuild. We have set targets that we have to meet.”

The disbursal of the next tranche, worth 9.2 billion euros is due after the January 21 Eurogroup. By then, Greek Parliament will have to approve a new tax code. […]

READ @ http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/01/07/greek-finmin-rules-out-heating-oil-subsidy-as-he-sits-in-office-heated-by-taxpayers-money/

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* DEMOCRACY, DISTRUST AND THE RIGHT TO RESIST, TODAY

By Javier de Lucas and Maria Jose Anon

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Demo­cracy means dis­sent, dis­trust and resistance

Accord­ing to clas­sical the­ory, the roots of demo­cracy are in con­sensus. The truth, how­ever, is quite the oppos­ite. Exper­i­ence has shown us that the key to demo­cracy lays else­where; in the capa­city to accept and even guar­an­tee dis­sent and cri­ti­cism of the estab­lished powers, with res­ist­ance to these powers play­ing an even more import­ant role. Although trust is a vital com­pon­ent of demo­cracy, dis­trust and main­tain­ing a per­man­ently crit­ical atti­tude towards the exe­cu­tion of power are even more essen­tial. The way in which this power is exer­cised must be con­trolled if we hope to pre­serve any essence of the notion of power to the people. A ser­i­ous look at the crit­ical evid­ence leaves us in no doubt that this is the case, as we take into account the con­flict­ing and plur­al­istic nature of any kind of social real­ity. The only chance that demo­cracy has to flour­ish is if the vast range of con­flict­ing interests and needs are acknow­ledged and ways are found to respect these as far as possible.

In order to nego­ti­ate the recog­ni­tion of these interests and needs and respect them accord­ingly, the pub­lic pres­ence of each and every citizen’s voice must be amp­li­fied to the max­imum. In his Polit­ical Treat­ise (Tractatus Polit­i­cus)(chapter V, para­graph 4), Spinoza demon­strated that the key to assess­ing the qual­ity of gov­ernance is a crit­ic­ally engaged, act­ive soci­ety con­scious of its sov­er­eignty: “Besides that com­mon­wealth, whose peace depends on the slug­gish­ness of its sub­jects, that are led about like sheep, to learn but slavery, may more prop­erly be called a desert than a com­mon­wealth.“1 But this dis­trust works both ways. As J. Ran­cière explains, the his­tory of demo­cracy can be explained as a his­tory of hatred towards the very mean­ing of the concept;2the power of the people as a sov­er­eign author­ity, the power of equals, those upon whom iura paria has been bestowed (to use the words of Cicero on the sub­ject of his notion of res pub­lica).

Now, this is where the dif­fi­culty arises. Those who rep­res­ent the centres of power within the so- called “insti­tu­tion­al­ised demo­cracy”, usu­ally con­sist­ing of a mixtum of “polit­ical” aris­to­cracy and eco­nomic olig­archy, have always been reluct­ant to place their faith in the people as a genu­ine sov­er­eign subject. Balibar provides a clear explan­a­tion for this:

… demo­cracy, under­stood in a rad­ical man­ner, is not the name of a polit­ical régime, but only the name of a pro­cess which we could call tau­to­lo­gic­ally the demo­crat­iz­a­tion of demo­cracy itself (or of what claims to rep­res­ent a demo­cratic régime), there­fore the name of a struggle, a con­ver­gence of struggles for the demo­crat­iz­a­tion of demo­cracy… a per­man­ent struggle for its own demo­crat­iz­a­tion and against its own reversal into olig­archy and mono­poly of power”.3 […]

READ @ http://greekleftreview.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/democracy-distrust-and-the-right-to-resist-today/

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