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* HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR POISON?
By Chris Hedges, globalresearch
[…] We will be assaulted this January when automatic spending reductions, referred to as “the fiscal cliff,” begin to dismantle and defund some of our most important government programs. Mitt Romney will not stop it. Barack Obama will not stop it.
And while Romney has been, courtesy of the magazine Mother Jones, exposed as a shallow hypocrite, Obama is in a class by himself. There is hardly a campaign promise from 2008 that Obama has not broken. This list includes his pledges to support the public option in health care, close Guantanamo, raise the minimum wage, regulate Wall Street, support labor unions in their struggles with employers, reform the Patriot Act, negotiate an equitable peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, curb our imperial expansion in the Middle East, stop torture, protect reproductive rights, carry out a comprehensive immigration reform, cut the deficit by half, create 5 million new energy jobs and halt home foreclosures. Obama, campaigning in South Carolina in 2007, said that as president he would fight for the right of collective bargaining. “I’d put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll … walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America,” he said. But when he got his chance to put on those “comfortable pair of shoes” during labor disputes in Madison, Wis., and Chicago, he turned his back on working men and women.
Obama, while promising to defend Social Security, also says he stands behind the planned cuts outlined by his deficit commission, headed by Morgan Stanley board member Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Wyoming Republican. The Bowles-Simpson plan calls for cutting 0.3 percentage points from the annual cost-of-living adjustment in the Social Security program. The annual reduction would slowly accumulate. After a decade it would mean a 3 percent cut. After two decades it would mean a 6 percent cut. The retirement age would be raised to 69. And those on Social Security who continued to work and made more than $40,000 a year would be penalized with further reductions. Obama’s payroll tax cuts have, at the same time, served to undermine the solvency of Social Security, making it an easier target for the finance corporations that seek to destroy the program and privatize the funds. […]
* MICHAEL KLARE: BIG OIL’S EMPTY JOBS PROMISES
Professor Michael Klare refutes the claims made by the oil and natural gas industry via their glossy Vote 4 Energy campaign.
“We have to question their premise that this is going to create thousands or millions more jobs. A lot of research has been conducted that suggests that these numbers are inflated. The number of new jobs, genuine blue collar jobs that will benefit the communities in which this work takes place will much fewer than that. A lot of the work will be very temporary for example building the Keystone XL pipeline you’ll see unbelievably inflated numbers. In the hundreds of thousands of jobs that will be created in fact industry analysis suggests that only 500 permanent jobs will be created and only a few thousand temporary jobs to build the pipeline so a lot of these numbers are very suspect.” […]
* LIVING UNDER DRONES
Since 2004, up to 884 innocent civilians, including at least 176 children, have died from US drone strikes in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. A new report from the Stanford and New York University law schools finds drone use has caused widespread post-tramatic stress disorder and an overall breakdown of functional society in North Waziristan. In addition, the report finds the use of a “double tap” procedure, in which a drone strikes once and strikes again not long after, has led to deaths of rescuers and medical professionals. Many interviewees told the researchers they didn’t know what America was before drones. Now what they know of America is drones, death and terror.
* ANONYMOUS HACKS GOLDEN DAWN’S NEW YORK WEBSITE
By Katerina Kikolas, digitaljournal
New York – Hackers with the group Anonymous say they disabled the New York website of Golden Dawn, the far-right political organization in Greece. The site has been unavailable since Tuesday.
On Saturday Digital Journal reported Greece’s Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) had opened a branch in New York.
The new website featured a futuristic appearance, boasting a far more sophisticated layout than the Greek website.
On Monday, Digital Journal had email contact with the group through the New York website but since yesterday the site has been down. […]
READ / VIDEO @ http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/333609
* WEARY OF AUSTERITY, 50,000 GREEKS PROTEST IN ATHENS
By Andy Dablilis, Greek Reporter
Some 50,000 Greeks worn out by austerity measures marched through central Athens on Sept. 26 in the first general strike since the country’s coalition government was formed in June, as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras worked to finalize another $14.6 billion in spending cuts aimed primarily at workers, pensioners and the poor.
Bitter resentment against the uneasy coalition government and international lenders cascaded over into street clashes between some 3,000 police and protesters, primarily hooded anarchists who threw Molotov Cocktails as stun grenades and tear gas were fired in response. The demonstration was generally peaceful until then, but there was fury in the crowd too.
The protest in front of the Parliament brought together public and private labor union members during a 24-hour general strike after judges, teachers, police and uniformed military officers had engaged in demonstrations and work slowdowns while doctors and pharmacists refused to accept state insurance because they had not been paid for months. […]
* ATHENS RIOTING POLICE CAUGHT IN FIRES, BLASTS
25th September: Surround the Parliament of Spain.
The 25th of September the Spanish Parliament building will be surrounded as a symbol to
rescue it from the kidnapping which has turned this institution into a useless organ. A
kidnapping of the popular sovereignty by the Troika and by The Markets, executed
under the blessing and collaboration of most of the political parties. Parties which
have betrayed their electoral programs, their voters and the people in general, breaking
their vows and contributing to people’s gradual pauperization.
A government chosen by the people that once it reaches the power operates on the
opposite that the candidates promised has no legitimacy. Winning an election does not
give the government the right to make do as it wills, betraying the voters who elected it.
The people, under these conditions, have the right to require the government to quit. The
people have the right to have a government which governs according to the popular
choices. This is the essence of democracy and popular sovereignty.
The Parliament will be surrounded by the 25S to tell those who unjustly govern us: we will
disobey their unfair and illegitimate impositions to pay their debt. We will defend our
collective rights: our houses, public education, public health system, employment,
democratic participation and our decent life. We will initiate the process to stop the
responsibles for this crisis. The arsonists who have caused our crisis will be judged
instead of rewarded. […]
* SPANISH POLICE CRACK DOWN ON PROTESTERS SURROUNDING THE PARLIAMENT
By Jihan Hafiz and Jairo Vargas Martin,The Real News
Anti-austerity rage intensified in Madrid, as protesters surrounded the parliament Tuesday night in a sign of mounting frustration towards the right-wing government. Their demands included the resignation of top officials with new elections, the halt to austerity measures, and the rewriting of the Spanish Constitution. The protesters charged the government with theft and criminal activity for implementing harsh austerity measures, hiking taxes, record unemployment and allowing mass evictions of unemployed families on a daily basis.
As thousands converged outside the gates of parliament, hundreds of police clashed with protesters, detaining and beating many. Organizers of the action were harassed and intimidated by the police weeks before September 25th. Activists were detained, assembly meetings broken up and a cultural center was raided and shut down.
The Spanish government, with help of the mainstream media, hyped the event as a possible coup d’etate. Nearly 2,000 police officers were deployed to prevent the protesters from reaching the parliament. Despite the main unions withdrawing their support, it’s estimated close to 10,000 people attended. The call to surround the congress brought out Spaniards from all walks of life despite police repression to prevent activists from mobilizing.
On numerous occasions, the police pushed and shoved us as we tried to film. Other journalists were beaten and injured by rubber bullets.
* 25S SEPTEMBER 2012 – SPAIN
* ITALY UPHOLDS CONVICTIONS OF 23 CIA AGENTS FOR IMAN KIDNAP
By Raza Ali Sayeed, Dawn.com
The CIA agents were all being tried in absentia in one of the world’s biggest court cases against the US “extraordinary rendition” programme to interrogate alleged militants after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The 23 CIA agents were originally sentenced in November 2009 to five to eight years in prison and in December 2010 had their sentences increased to seven to nine years on appeal and ordered to pay damages to the imam.
Italy’s justice ministry is now obliged to make a formal request for the extradition of the agents, legal sources said, but the United States has already refused.
All the agents remain at liberty but risk arrest if they travel to Europe. […]