* GREEK AGONY DRAGS ON AS ASPHYXIATION BLOC WINS
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph
[…] This is what Professor Vanis Varoufakis from Athens University has to say about the Troika policies (via Naked Capitalism):
“Consider what they are telling the Greek people: They are saying that Greece, to remain in the Eurozone, must,
(a) carry on borrowing from the EFSF at 4% (and thus adding to Greece’s public debt) in order to pay the ECB (which will be making a 20% profit from these payments, courtesy of the fact that it had previously bought Greece’s bonds at a 20% to 30% discount)
(b) reduce public spending by 12 billion euros in order to be ‘allowed’ to borrow for the benefit of bolstering the ECB’s profits from these transactions involving bankrupt Greece.
If the Devil wanted to guarantee that Greece is pushed out of the Eurozone, he and his evil handmaidens could not make up the above, satanic, scenario. Meanwhile, the same happens in Spain, where the government is forced to borrow money (at nearly 7%) it can hardly raise in order to shore up banks that are borrowing from the ECB (at 1%) to lend to the Spanish government (at 7%) so that the latter can… bail them out. Not even the sickest of minds could make this up!” […]
* ATHENS: RESPONSIBILITY CLAIM FOR INCENDIARY ATTACKS BY THE REVOLUTIONARY GROUPS OF TERROR DISPERSION (CCF/FAI-IRF)
Source: Contra Info
The following extract is dedicated to anarchist revolutionaries Yannis Michailidis and Dimitris Politis, who are wanted by the authorities for suspected participation in the anarchist revolutionary organization CCF and will never give themselves up! May our fires give you strength and our ashes hide your traces, brothers.
“When I look around me, I get the urge to vomit. On one side, the scientists who I am supposed to believe so as not to be ignorant. On the other side, the moralists and philosophers, whose commandments I am supposed to accept so as not to be a brute. Then comes the Genius that I am supposed to glorify and the Hero before whom I am to bow, moved.
Then along come the comrade and the friend, the idealist and the materialist, the atheist and the believer and an infinity horde of defined and undefined apes who want to give me their good advice and finally set me on the true path. Because—of course—the path I walk is false, as my ideas, my thoughts, my entire being are false.
I am a false man. They—poor lunatics—are all obsessed with the idea that life has called them to be priests officiating at the altar of the greatest missions, since humanity is called to the greatest destinies…
These poor, pathetic beasts, scarred by sham ideals and transfigured by madness, could never understand the tragic and merry wonder of life, as they could never see that humanity is not really called to any great destiny. If they had understand any of this at all, they would have at least learned that their so-called likes actually have no desire to break their backs bridging the chasm that separates one from the other.
But I am what I am, it doesn’t matter.
And the cawing of these multicolored magpies only serves to brighten up my personal and noble wisdom. Oh, apostolic apes of humanity and social progress, don’t you hear something thundering above your phantoms?
Listen, listen! It is the piercing roar of my wild laughter that is rumbling overhead, in the heights!”
[Renzo Novatore, under the pen name Brunetta the Incendiary] […]
* FRAUD AT THE POLLS
By Stephen Lendman
[…] Over the weekend, Greece held second round parliamentary elections. Egypt held a presidential runoff. Results of both are suspect. More on Egypt below.
Based on pre-election polls, two dominant parties competed in Greece’s election – New Democracy and SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left).
Support for Greece’s former ruling party, PASOK, collapsed for good reason.
May 6 parliamentary elections favored anti-austerity candidates. Coalition talks failed. On June 17, new elections were held.
SYRIZA campaigned on “tear(ing) up the barbaric (Troika) accord.” On Greece’s NET TV, its leader Alexis Tsipras said:
“We are being asked to agree to the destruction of Greek society. SYRIZA won’t betray the Greek people.”
Whatever party emerges first gains an automatic extra 50 parliamentary seats. This provision alone makes electoral results suspect.
As important is how quickly campaign promises fade. Once in power, so-called liberal leftists often govern like right wing counterparts. […]
* HACKING THE VOTE
By Rick Holmes, MetroWest Daily News
Many questions hang over the 2012 election. What will the unemployment rate be, and will it hurt Barack Obama’s prospects? How will Mitt Romney hold up in one-on-one debates? How will both candidates bridge the enthusiasm gaps in their parties’ bases? Who’ll control Congress? Will Scott Brown or Elizabeth Warren carry the day in Massachusetts?
Here’s one Democrats are asking: Will new state actions requiring photo IDs for voters, purging voter rolls and restricting voter registration drives hurt their candidates?
And here’s one almost no one wants to think about: Will the private companies who build and handle voting machines steal the election?
A few people are trying to sound the alarm. Computer experts warn that touch-screen and optical scan voting systems can be easily hacked. Journalists point to irregularities in past elections. Academics analyze voting tallies and exit polls. Activists probe the policies and the politics of the companies to which America has outsourced its elections. […]
RELATED LINK: On December 13th, 2004, Stephen Spoonamore gave sworn testimony at a congressional hearing in Columbus, Ohio regarding election rigging via easily hackable electronic voting machines. @ http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8e5_1303705066
* THE COUP OF 2012: ENCROACHMENT UPON BASIC FREEDOMS, MILITARIZED POLICE STATE IN AMERICA
By Frank Morales
[…] President Obama’s signing of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) whose Section 1021 sanctions the military detention of American citizens without charge, essentially aims to put the last nail in the coffin of our Constitution, our teetering Republic and our most basic democratic traditions.
The statute contains a sweeping worldwide indefinite detention provision. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration (“you can trust me”) would use the authorities granted by the NDAA, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations. The White House had threatened to veto an earlier version of the NDAA, but reversed course (of course) shortly before Congress voted on the final bill, which the President signed on the 31st of December 2011, a day that will go down in infamy.
“President Obama’s action today is a blight on his legacy because he will forever be known as the president who signed indefinite detention without charge or trial into law,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director. “The statute is particularly dangerous because it has no temporal or geographic limitations, and can be used by this and future presidents to militarily detain people captured far from any battlefield.” According to Senator Dianne Feinstein. “Congress is essentially authorizing the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge,” she said. “We are not a nation that locks up its citizens without charge.” Think again. (Guardian, 12/14/11)
Under the legislation, suspects can be held without trial “until the end of hostilities.” They will have the right to appear once a year before a committee that will decide if the detention will continue. A spokesperson for Human Rights Watch implied that the signing of such a bill by a President would have once been unthinkable, noting that “the paradigm of the war on terror has advanced so far in people’s minds that this has to appear more normal than it actually is.” Further, “it wasn’t asked for by any of the agencies on the frontlines in the fight against terrorism in the United States. It breaks with over 200 years of tradition in America against using the military in domestic affairs.”
In fact, the heads of several “security agencies,” including the FBI, CIA, the director of national intelligence and the attorney general objected to the legislation. Even some within the Pentagon itself said they were against the bill. No matter, and no matter the intention inherent in lip service opposition, the corporate elite who drive the disastrous and inhumane polices of this country see it otherwise, and they, not the generals or anyone else, call the shots!
And they’ve been at this for some time. A persistent and on-gong counter-insurgency directed against the American people, the detention provisions embedded in the NDAA are about more than “social control.” It amounts to a direct attack on the person, an “unreasonable search and seizure” in the cause of maintaining the shaky capitalist ship of state; suppressing popular resistance, dissent and protest, movements of peace and justice, recast as “civil disorder,” “civil disturbance” and “domestic terror.” […]
* NEXT FIVE YEARS: GOLBAL ORDER POISED BETWEEN PROMISE AND CHAOS
By Pang Zhongying, StopNATO
Whatever kind of world…ordered or disordered, a new or the old order, a diversified world or a Western-dominated one, the next five years are still of key importance. It could be the turning point of a new world order. It could also be a key moment for the West to regain the dominant position with all its might. Or perhaps, it will be a transition into a more chaotic world.
Only when we can properly handle China’s relationship with the European countries and the US, and promote a shift from a Western-dominated world to a world shared by all nations, which means a world governed by global rules and including Chinese participation, can the relations between China and the West fundamentally shift. […]
* THE G-20 FARCE; SAVING THE EUROZONE FROM COLLAPSE
Source: Testosterone Pit
The first summit of the G-20 in today’s configuration took place in November 2008 in Washington, DC, during the heady days after the Lehman collapse. Before, it was limited to finance ministers. Since then, twice a year, 19 heads of state, the President of the EU, finance ministers, the heads of the IMF and the World Bank, a gaggle of central bankers, and a whole slew of lesser characters get together to solve the problems of the world.
G-20 summits have a checkered history of accomplishments though they don’t lack in grandiose announcements. At the summit in London in April 2009, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced with fanfare, “The era of bank secrecy is over.” Its big accomplishment: a blacklist of tax havens. And a whole new game of political football, namely deciding which country would get to see its name on the list and which wouldn’t. Yet, tax havens have since sprouted around the world far faster than President Obama’s “green shoots.”
But the crowning achievement was the G-20 summit in November last year in Cannes, France. At the beginning of the week, participants were still thinking that their sojourn in the ritzy town on the Côte d’Azur would be a relaxed affair of photo ops, handshakes (or stiff air kisses between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sarkozy), and fancy dinners, interrupted by rubber-stamping with great hoopla the previously negotiated Grand Plan to bail out Greece, or rather its public bondholders. It was its second bailout package, and it would be huge and solve all problems once and for all. And in between, attendees would also put Italy back on some kind of unspecified track though Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was mired up to his neck in legal problems while his country’s finances were spiraling out of control. And with the summit being heavily mediatized in France, Sarkozy would make it his jump-off platform for his reelection campaign, demonstrating panache, leadership, and crisis management skills.
Just then, Giorgios Papandréou, Prime Minister of Greece, who wasn’t even in the G-20, fired his bazooka. With a single sentence about letting Greeks decide via referendum whether or not they wanted that Grand Plan, he knocked the world’s financial markets into a vertigo-inducing tailspin—which blew up the summit. […]
* RAHM EMANUEL STILL HATES DEMOCRACY; AND OTHER SEQUELS FROM FIVE MONTHS OF COLUMNIZING
By Rick Perlstein, Rolling Stone
[…] But meanwhile, back to Rahm.
Hizzoner’s mighty display of authoritarian muscle, the Chicago NATO summit, came and went to decent local reviews. No matter the nearly six dozen reports of police brutality, his cops still got to enjoy a free White Sox game, mingling with the players on the field as general manager Kenny Williams praised their “bang-up job” (unfortunate language!), “an exercise in patience and tolerance at every level.” Chicagoans’ patience, however, may be coming to an end.
There’s been an astonishing, astronomical increase in murders in the city this year, for which the mayor scapegoats liquor and convenience stores while cutting $9 million from youth anti-violence programs. Cutting is Emanuel’s bag – which may be why I saw, for the first time ever in front of my tranquil Chicago building five blocks from the Obama family’s home, a schizophrenic ranting and shrieking up and down the street. Rahm has closed six of the city’s twelve public mental-health clinics– and his cops have been arresting people protesting on the sidewalks in front of them without charges.
He says he’s doing it all for the children. Like, for instance, when he says, “Without pension reform, we’ll be forced to mortgage our children’s future.” Because, as you know, pensions don’t help support any children. Last month he traveled to the state capitol in Springfield to bark that unless he was able to increase the retirement age for public employees by five years, suspend their cost of living increases, increase their pension contributions, and give them a “choice” between having defined-benefit pensions or those failing 401(k) plans beloved of Wall Street, he’d have to increase property taxes 150 percent. And, of course, he shut out the unions from these discussions of their members’ fate. That’s his bag, too.
But Rahm’s management style is catching up with him, too. At the end of May his appointed second in command at the Board of Education resigned – the fourth high-ranking city education official to quit in about a month, even as the city rushes to implement over a half dozen major changes to the system. Changes like lengthening the school day, which you might remember he had hoped to do without paying teachers commensurately for the increased work. But teachers, united, will never be defeated. In the beginning of June an astonishing 89.73 percent of teachers – that’s 89.73 percent of the entire membership, not just the ones who showed up – voted to give their leadership permission to call a strike this fall if their demands for fair compensation and a role in the process aren’t met by the city.
Don Rahm, that vaunted tough guy, appears to be quivering. “Chicago teachers deserve a pay raise,” he suddenly and uncharacteristically announced the day after 4,000 teachers union members rallied downtown, sounding for all the world like the very Teacher’s Union president he had told “fuck you” during earlier discussions of the work-without-pay plan. It speaks to a point I addressed to Occupy activists back in March: If you’re fighting for justice, a smart, explicit, well-timed demand can move mountains. […]
* THE FIRST CASUALTY
The Syrian situation, documented and analyzed, is quite different than US and European media present in their one-sided propagandistic coverage. Syria has been under siege by well armed violent militias that cross the borders and kill Syrian troops, police and civilians — for over one year — yet this fact has been repeatedly censored from western audiences.
By Joe Giambrone, OpEdNews
The big lie concerning Syria is the most significant and outrageous myth that we are living under today. As previous big lies fade into history, this particular crisis holds the most potential to flare up into a life-ending catastrophe across the planet. Russia has now approved a shipment of attack helicopters to their ally Syria, and China remains highly skeptical of the western narrative regarding the massacre of women and children in Houla. Iran has offered to come to the aid of Assad in fighting the various Sunni militias, which have opened up multiple fronts across rural parts of the country.
In Military-Industrial-Media-Speak the president of Syria, Bashar Assad, is a “butcher” who massacres his own people, defenseless “activists” and “protesters” who cry out for his ouster across Syria; if only the benevolent western democracies would send more weapons and money to destroy the Syrian army, on their behalf, the world would be right again. This lie has been exposed numerous times, and yet persists as if previous revelations had never occurred. This requires a gullible, amnesic public that refuses to dig beyond surface headlines and corporate perception management.
Armed foreign fighters have been perpetrating a coordinated military assault on Syria since March of 2011
Back in the middle of March, 2011, while the world’s press was enraptured by the uprising in Egypt, clashes in Daraa, Syria led to violence. Not covered by US news sources, but reported in Israel and Lebanon, are the following facts on the ground:
Seven police officers and at least four demonstrators in Syria have been killed in continuing violent clashes that erupted in the southern town of Daraa last Thursday” On Friday police opened fire on armed protesters killing four and injuring as many as 100 others” In an uncharacteristic gesture intended to ease tensions the government offered to release the detained students, but seven police officers were killed, and the Baath Party Headquarters and courthouse were torched, in renewed violence on Sunday. (Gavriel Queenann, Syria: Seven Police Killed, Buildings Torched in Protests, Israel National News, Arutz Sheva, March 21, 2011, emphasis added) […]
[…] By December of 2011 Reuters reports:
That’s some so-called “protest movement” that can kill 1,000 armed police and soldiers. Of course it was nothing of the kind. Protest was the premeditated cover story to launch an aggressive, pre-planned assault against the Assad regime. Western news media have relied extensively on the impressively named Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. This steadfast organization, according to Reuters, consists of one guy who runs a clothing shop in Coventry, England. For some reason calling one’s self the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights entices the world’s corporate press to call in 24 hours a day seeking counsel. That’s how it’s worked out so far for Rami Abdulrahman.”The United Nations says at least 4,000 people have died, with about a quarter of the dead from the security forces.” (Reuters UK , Dec. 8, 2011, emphasis added)
Perhaps I should set up the American Monitoring Station of International Bullshit? The US press clearly needs the guidance. Even this week the Christian Science Monitor used Rami Abdulrahman as a “source” of what’s happening on the ground in Syria, printing his speculation as an eyewitness account. He lives in London.
“[Rami Abdulrahman] said the use of tanks and attack helicopters to smash residential buildings and city infrastructure indicated they wanted to destroy areas, not just chase out rebels.” (CS Monitor, UN Monitors find stench of death in Syrian town, 6/14/2012)
The CS Monitor is forced to concede further escalating violence by the rebels as well, even as its language attempts to paint the Syrian government as the party most responsible, relying on unverifiable “activists” repeatedly.
“Car bombings and suicide bombings have become increasingly common as the 15-month uprising against Assad becomes militarized [sic]. Most have targeted security buildings and police buses, symbols of Assad’s regime.”
The big lie that the “militarization” of the conflict is new gets repeated across western media. The insurgents have targeted government buildings and personnel back in March of 2011. Despite bombings and shootings being commonplace in Syria for well over one year, the western press continually insists that it is just now becoming militarized. This refrain appears in most U.S. news coverage of Syria. […]
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