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Εγχειρίδιο χειρισμού κρίσεων λόγω πολιτικών ΔΝΤ από τη CIA! / Already confirmed: Civil liberties under attack! / Greece's creditors gone completely insane! / How the global financial mafia sucked Greece's blood / ECB's economic hitmen / The German Thatcher confirms bureaufascists' plans! / Η Μέρκελ επιβεβαιώνει τα σχέδια των γραφειοφασιστών! / Explaining the Greek paradox / Proxy wars everywhere, the planet already in flames ... / Ενώ η Γερμανία προετοιμάζεται για τα χειρότερα, η Ελλάδα επιμένει στο ευρώ! / Ένας παγκόσμιος "proxy" πόλεμος κατά της ελευθερίας έχει ξεκινήσει! / McCarthyism 2.0 against the independent information / Ο επικεφαλής του "σκιώδους συμβουλίου" της ΕΚΤ επιβεβαιώνει ότι η ευρωζώνη είναι μια χρηματοπιστωτική δικτατορία! / It has started: A global proxy war against freedom! / Βαρουφάκης: Το ΤΧΣ δεν ελέγχεται από το δημόσιο! / Η Ευρώπη συνθλίβεται από τους φασίστες, τους ισλαμοφασίστες, τους γραφειοφασίστες και τα αφεντικά τους / Europe crushed by the fascists, islamofascists, bureaufascists and their masters / Δεν γίνεται έτσι "σύντροφοι" ... / Panama Papers: When mainstream information wears the anti-establishment mask / The Secret Bank Bailout / The head of the ECB “shadow council” confirms that eurozone is a financial dictatorship! / A documentary by Paul Mason about the financial coup in Greece / The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century / First cracks to the establishment by the American people / From Tsipras to Corbyn and Sanders: This is not the Left we want / Clinton emails - The race of the Western neo-colonialist vultures over the Libyan corpse / Επιχείρηση Panama Papers: Το κατεστημένο θέλει το μονοπώλιο και στις διαρροές; / Operation "looting of Greece" reaches final stage / IMF says ... "neoliberalism"! / France officialy enters the neo-Feudal era! / The US establishment just gave its greatest performance so far ... / A significant revelation by WikiLeaks that the media almost ignored / It's official: the US is funding Middle-East jihadists! / Οι αδίστακτοι νεο-αποικιοκράτες του 21ου αιώνα / How to handle political unrest caused by IMF policies!

31 October, 2015

Declassified documents confirm that superpowers came dangerously close to nuclear war in 1983!

The newly released Soviet "War Scare" report - previously classified "TOP SECRET UMBRA GAMMA WNINTEL NOFORN NOCONTRACT ORCON" and published after a 12-year fight by the National Security Archive – reveals that the 1983 War Scare was real. According to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), the United States "may have inadvertently placed our relations with the Soviet Union on a hair trigger" during the 1983 NATO nuclear release exercise, Able Archer 83.

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The documents prove that the "balance of terror" during the Cold War was very fragile. The philosophy of the MAD (mutually assured destruction), based on the theory of deterrence, might not be sufficient to prevent a nuclear war.

According to the theory of deterrence, "the threat of using strong weapons against the enemy prevents the enemy's use of those same weapons. The strategy is a form of Nash equilibrium in which neither side, once armed, has any incentive to initiate a conflict or to disarm." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction)

The revelation also shows that the prevention of a nuclear war came not as a result of a well-coordinated general strategy, or, effective communication channels between the two Cold War rivals, but from the reactions of specific individuals like Lieutenant General Leonard H. Perroots!

From the National Security Archive:

According to documents reviewed by the Board and dissected in the declassified PFIAB report, by 1983 "The Soviets had concern that the West might decide to attack the USSR without warning during a time of vulnerability…thus compelling the Soviets to consider a preemptive strike at the first sign of US preparations for a nuclear strike." To counter this strike (which the West never intended to launch), Soviet leader Yuri Andropov initiated Operation RYaN, the Soviet human intelligence effort to detect and preempt a Western "surprise nuclear missile attack."

Fortunately "the military officers in charge of the Able Archer exercise minimized this risk by doing nothing in the face of evidence that parts of the Soviet armed forces were moving to an unusual level of alert." The decision not to elevate the alert of Western military assets in response was made by Lieutenant General Leonard Perroots while serving as Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, US Air Forces Europe. The report describes Perroots's decision as "fortuitous, if ill-informed" and states that "these officers acted correctly out of instinct, not informed guidance, for in the years leading up to Able Archer they had received no guidance as to the possible significance of apparent changes in Soviet military and political thinking."

Perroots's instinctual decision not to respond to the Soviet escalation in kind –an act until now unknown– may have been what ended the "last paroxysm of the Cold War," the 1983 War Scare.

Declassified NATO and US Air Force documents have shown that the Able Archer 83 exercise included significant new provocative features, which could have been misperceived by the Soviets as preparations for an actual strike. These included: a 170-flight, radio-silent air lift of 19,000 US soldiers to Europe during Autumn Forge 83, of which Able Archer 83 was a component; the shifting of commands from "Permanent War Headquarters to the Alternate War Headquarters;" the practice of "new nuclear weapons release procedures" including consultations with cells in Washington and London; and the "sensitive, political issue" of numerous "slips of the tongue" in which B-52 sorties were referred to as nuclear "strikes."

The PFIAB report reveals even more potential warning signs that could have been misinterpreted by the Soviets, described as "special wrinkles," including "pre-exercise communications that notionally moved forces from normal readiness, through various alert phases, to General Alert;" and that "some US aircraft practiced the nuclear warhead handling procedures, including taxiing out of hangars carrying realistic-looking dummy warheads."

The PFIAB report also shows that President Reagan learned about, and reacted to, the danger of nuclear war through miscalculation. After reading a June 19th 1984 memorandum from CIA Director William Casey describing "a rather stunning array of indicators" during the War Scare that added "a dimension of genuineness to the Soviet expressions of concern," the president "expressed surprise" and "described the events as ‘really scary.'"

Months earlier, Reagan was already concerned about Soviet fears. A week after Able Archer 83's end, on November 18, 1983, the President wrote in his journal, "George Shultz & I had a talk mainly about setting up a little in house group of experts on the Soviet U. to help us in setting up some channels. I feel the Soviets are so defense minded, so paranoid about being attacked that without being in any way soft on them we ought to tell them that no one here has any intention of doing anything like that."

According to the PFIAB, the US Intelligence Community's erroneous reporting made the "especially grave error to assume that since we know the US is not going to start World War III, the next leaders of the Kremlin will also believe that."


Other interesting elements from the revelation include "more details on the primitive computer model the Soviets apparently used to help determine if and when the US would launch a nuclear attack at the USSR. This computer, developed by military and economic specialists, consisted of a database of 40,000 weighted military, political, and economic factors, including 'indicators' reported from agents abroad. 'Before long,' the report states, the computer 'started spewing very unwelcome news:' that by 1984 Soviet power had declined to just 45 percent of that of the United States."

A remarkable coincidence(?), is that the same year, the film WarGames was released, according to which a young hacker who unwittingly accesses WOPR (War Operation Plan Response), a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war, gets WOPR to run a nuclear war simulation, originally believing it to be a computer game. The simulation causes a national nuclear missile scare and nearly starts World War III.

The big question naturally arise: are there any reliable mechanisms today who could eliminate the possibility of a nuclear war? Are there any communication channels between the US, Russia and China in the new Cold War?

30 October, 2015

The endless humanitarian disaster in the Mediterranean sea grave

Journeys of death for thousands of desperate people, situation beyond critical

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Another ten refugees, including five children, were found dead on Thursday in the sea area north of Lesvos. A little girl, one year old, was hospitalized in intensive and died on Thursday night. It is still unclear the number of people missing since the shipwreck on Wednesday. Some sources speak for more than thirty people.

The total number of victims of the shipwrecks in October 28th in Lesbos, Samos and Agathonisi is eighteen, of which twelve are children. The lurid list is constantly growing, while the images of children who are struggling to stay alive haunt the divided Europe, which still discuss the quotas of the number of refugees for each country.

On Wednesday, the Greek coast guard managed to rescue more than 240 refugees from the shipwreck off coast Molyvos, Lesvos. The authorities identified two children who were unconscious and transported in critical condition to the hospital. The boy, aged six years, died immediately, while the girl, one year old, ultimately died on Thursday night, although doctors were able initially to keep her alive .

Another two children and a man were lost in a shipwreck at the Gatos headland in Samos. An infant still missing. A five year old girl found dead in Karlovasi, Samos. Two more men missing. In Agathonisi, two children and one woman died, while a child still missing.

In 48 hours, from Tuesday morning to Thursday morning, a total 925 refugees have been rescued in 20 separate incidents in Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Kos. More than 5,000 immigrants and refugees arrived in Mytilene in the last 24 hours, despite the adverse weather, while executives of the recording and certification center estimate that this figure may even reach 6,000. Sources from the police station on the island say that in the port of Mytilene remain 8,763 people who are expected to leave in the coming hours to Piraeus and Kavala.

The shocking pictures from Lesbos, are indicative of the drama that shakes the region with unprecedented refugee crisis, stated Greek government officials. They stressed that the Greek government continuously taking steps for the hospitality of these people, identification and their relocation. They also said that this struggle is also a struggle for the highlighting of the humanitarian face of Europe.

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Meanwhile, according to the UN refugee agency, refugee and migrant arrivals in Greece are expected to hit the 400,000 mark soon, despite adverse weather conditions. Greece remains by far the largest single entry point for new sea arrivals in the Mediterranean, followed by Italy with 131,000 arrivals so far in 2015.

With the new figures from Greece, the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean this year is nearly 530,000. In September, 168,000 people crossed the Mediterranean, the highest monthly figure ever recorded and almost five times the number in September 2014.

http://www.unhcr.org/560e63626.html

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Two more shipwrecks occurred at dawn today in the Dodecanese. Eighteen dead already, including at least nine children.

In the sea area between Kalolimnos and Kalymnos, coast guard pulled 14 bodies and rescued 138 people. Research is ongoing for missing persons, the exact number of them has not been identified.

At the same time, in the sea area north of the port of Rhodes, a coast guard vessel has collected six refugees and three dead, three others missing. Today's incidents come as a continuation of shipwrecks that occurred off Lesvos.

Children unconscious in the arms of their parents fought to stay alive. Eleven people lost their lives, among them four children. 242 people were rescued and 40 still missing.

http://tvxs.gr/news/ellada/nea-polynekra-nayagia-prosfygon-se-kalymno-kai-rodo

Euro-parliament marginally votes in favor of Snowden

A significant evolvement

Too little has been done to safeguard citizens' fundamental rights following revelations of electronic mass surveillance, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They urge the EU Commission to ensure that all data transfers to the US are subject to an "effective level of protection" and ask EU member states to grant protection to Edward Snowden, as a "human rights defender". Parliament also raises concerns about surveillance laws in several EU countries.

By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call on EU member states to "drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender".

Parliament is concerned about "recent laws in some member states that extend surveillance capabilities of intelligence bodies", including in France, the UK and the Netherlands. It is also worried by revelations of mass surveillance of telecommunications and internet traffic inside the EU by the German foreign intelligence agency BND in cooperation with the US National Security Agency (NSA).

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Καραμανλής και Τσαλδάρης αναφέρονται ως πράκτορες των ναζί σε απόρρητο έγγραφο της CIA

Ένα αποχαρακτηρισμένο - από το 2006 - απόρρητο έγγραφο της CIA που εμπλέκει τους δύο πρώην πρωθυπουργούς Κωνσταντίνο Καραμανλή και Κωνσταντίνο Τσαλδάρη με τους ναζί, παρουσιάζοντάς τους ως πράκτορές των γερμανικών κατοχικών δυνάμεων και συνεργάτες του Μαξ Μέρτεν, κάνει τις τελευταίες ώρες τον γύρο του διαδικτύου.

Πρόκειται για έγγραφο - μαρτυρία διπλωματικού υπαλλήλου σύμφωνα με το οποίο ο Κωνσταντίνος Καραμανλής αλλά και ο Κωνσταντίνος Τσαλδάρης εμφανίζονται σε λίστα των πρακτόρων των ναζί κατά την περίοδο της κατοχής. Ωστόσο η σχετική λίστα με τους πράκτορες δεν περιλαμβάνεται στο απόρρητο έγγραφο της CIA.

Σύμφωνα με όσα αναφέρονται, όσοι αναγράφονται στη λίστα φέρονται να είχαν συνεργαστεί και με τον Μαξ Μέρτεν, τον σφαγέα της Θεσσαλονίκης, στην εξόντωση των Εβραίων της πόλης.

Το άκρως απόρρητο έγγραφο, το οποίο έχει πλέον αποχαρακτηριστεί και έχει αναρτηθεί στη σελίδα της CIA, έχει ημερομηνία 16 Σεπτεμβρίου του 1962.

Σύμφωνα με το έγγραφο, ο τότε σύμβουλος της πρεσβείας Ιωάννης Μοσχόπουλος, αποκάλυψε πως κατά τη δίκη στο Ισραήλ του ναζί και υπεύθυνου για τις δολοφονίες εκατομμυρίων Εβραίων Άντολφ Άιχμαν, παρουσιάστηκε έγγραφο, μεταξύ των στοιχείων, με ένα πίνακα των ναζί στον οποίον αναγράφονταν οι συνεργάτες - πράκτορές τους στην Ελλάδα. Σε αυτόν τον πίνακα ήταν και τα ονόματα του Κωνσταντίνου Καραμανλή και Κωνσταντίνου Τσαλδάρη. Και οι δύο παρουσιάζονται ως πράκτορες και συνεργάτες του Μαξ Μέρτεν.

Στην περιγραφή του αποχαρακτηρισμένου εγγράφου αναφέρεται: «Άκρως απόρρητον. Το όνομα του πρωθυπουργού κ. Κωνστ. Καραμανλή περιλαμβάνεται πράγματι εις τον πίνακα των πρακτόρων των γερμανικών αρχών κατοχής, ως συνεργάτης του Μέρτεν εις την εξόντωσιν των Εβραίων».

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Nepal's first female president: The Communist Bhandari

Bidhya Devi Bhandari is 54 years old and has been a champion of women’s rights and led protests that ended the centuries-old Nepalese monarchy.

Bidhya Devi Bhandari made history in Nepal. She has become the first women to rule the country. But that's not all. She is a communist who has been campaigning for a very long time in favor of women's rights.

She has risen to power Wednesday after her Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) party garnered 327 votes in parliament against her opponent's 214.

Bhandari is among the politicians who pushed to secure their rights under the new constitution adopted last month that requires that a new president be named.

The communist female leader became a leading political figure after her husband, Madan Bhandari, was killed in a car accident in 1993, which has remained mostly unexplained as circumstances surrounding the incident are dubious. He was the leader of the communist party.

Bhandari has now become only the second president since the Himalayan country became a republic after ending the centuries-old monarchy.

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TV news network lobbyists are fundraising for Hillary Clinton

Over the last two presidential debates, both Democratic and Republican candidates have asserted that the television news media is biased and has done a poor job informing voters of the most pressing issues in the election.

And while their focus is on things like the type of questions asked by debate moderators, they are overlooking much clearer signs of potential conflicts of interest. Fundraising disclosures released this month and in July reveal that lobbyists for media companies are raising big money for establishment presidential candidates, particularly Hillary Clinton.

The giant media companies that shape much of the coverage of the presidential campaign have a vested stake in the outcome. From campaign finance laws that govern how money is spent on advertising to the regulators who oversee consolidation rules, the media industry has a distinct policy agenda, and with it, a political team to influence the result.

The top fundraisers for Clinton include lobbyists who serve the parent companies of CNN and MSNBC.

The National Association of Broadcasters, a trade group that represents the television station industry, has lobbyists who are fundraising for both Clinton and Republican candidate Marco Rubio.

Presidential campaigns are obligated by law to send the Federal Election Commission a list of lobbyists who serve as “bundlers,” collecting hundreds of individual checks on behalf of a candidate’s campaign.

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One of the direct answers on why Bernie Sanders won't get elected, is because Wall Street would not let him get elected. [...] In the current structure that we do have, of this two party system, he is not electable because the rich bankers and so forth, media apparatuses, will not allow him to go any further. They will demonize him ... it will feel like Hillary Clinton is the only possibility.


This is a characteristic example of how internet not only breaks the mainstream media monopoly, but also exposes the unequal treatment in which they proceed in favor of a candidate they promote.

29 October, 2015

Cold War 2.0: Beijing summons US ambassador over US navy patrol

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui summoned U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus on Tuesday, lodging "serious representations" and expressing "strong discontent" over a U.S. warship patrol in waters near China's Nansha Islands in the South China Sea. "This action by the United States threatens China's sovereignty and security interests and endangers the safety of personnel and facilities on the reef, which is a serious provocation," Zhang said.

Earlier on Tuesday, USS Lassen entered waters near Zhubi Reef without the permission of the Chinese government.

Zhang noted that it had done so regardless of China's earlier dissuasion. China is "strongly discontented with and firmly against" the move, he said. The vice foreign minister reiterated China's claim of sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and its adjacent waters, on the basis that China discovered, named and developed them. "The Chinese government will resolutely safeguard territorial sovereignty and legal sea interests, and China will do whatever necessary to oppose deliberate provocation from any country," he warned.

Denying that China's activity in the South China Sea will restrict freedom of navigation and overflight in accordance with international law, Zhang said China will nevertheless oppose any country infringing upon its sovereignty and security in the name of the freedom. "There has been and will be no obstruction to navigation and overflight freedom in the South China Sea," he said, labeling the U.S. move "a show of force that is very likely to trigger an accident, threatening the rights of navigation and overflight shared by all countries, and harming peace and stability in the South China Sea." The United States should remember its commitment that it would take no position on territorial disputes, Zhang added.

On Tuesday evening, China's Ministry of National Defense also criticized the USS Lassen's foray as likely to "seriously harm mutual trust" between the two armed forces.

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28 October, 2015

The coup continues in Portugal

The same government which was rejected in the recent elections, will be presented by the center-Right Coelho despite that he has not the majority in the new parliament. The Left and the Socialists are expected to vote against.

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The same government which was rejected by the majority of the Portuguese people in the 4th October elections, was presented by the center-Right Pedro Passos Coelho, to the President of Portugal Aníbal Cavaco Silva, despite that he has not the necessary majority to be supported in the new Portuguese parliament.

Maria Luís Albuquerque keeps her position as Minister of State and Finance, while Paulo Portas, the leader of CDS-PP and government partner until now, is being proposed as vice-president of the government.

It should be noted that in ten days, the proposed governmental scheme should receive motion of confidence from the parliament, in which Coelho's party lacks the majority.

At the same time, intense pressure is exercised on the Socialist party which has stated that will vote against, together with the two Leftist parties (Left Bloc and Communist Party).

Coelho calls Socialists in a dialogue by pointing the danger of economic collapse, at the same time when Cavaco Silva has stated that a Leftist government would be harmful for the relations between Portugal and the European Union.

Note that, the center-Right hopes that nine MPs could abandon the Socialist wing, in order to take the majority in the parliament. However, according to various analysts, this is extremely unlikely to be reached.

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It is impressive that the same arguments were used by the systemic establishment in Greece, when the Leftist party SYRIZA was threatening the dominance of the two-party system PASOK and New Democracy who were completely connected to the Brussels-Berlin neoliberal agenda.

The mainstream media and various MPs of the establishment were circulating catastrophic scenarios, among them, the breakup of the relations with NATO and European Union and the isolation of Greece.

Finally, the Brussels-Berlin axis managed to defeat Tsipras and get rid of the "dangerous" radicals of his party, as planned. Tsipras was forced to sign a third catastrophic memorandum, according to the neoliberal experiment.

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Cold War 2.0: US launches South China Sea military provocation against China

The United States has launched a reckless military provocation against China by sending a naval vessel within the 12-nautical mile limit surrounding islands claimed by China in the South China Sea.

Early today [27/10], local time, the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen entered the exclusion zone around the Chinese-occupied and claimed Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago. China has reclaimed land from the sea and constructed facilities on the reefs. The USS Lassen was accompanied by a P-8A surveillance plane and a P-3 surveillance aircraft. According to US sources, China was not informed and no incident occurred.

The brazen and aggressive character of the operation is underscored by the fact that it has been undertaken in the total absence of military activity against the US by China. Rather, it assumes the form of a pre-emptive strike aimed at humiliating the Chinese regime and placing it in a situation where it either confronts the US navy or bows down to Washington’s repudiation of China’s decades-old territorial claims in the strategic South China Sea. Not coincidentally, the operation was announced just as a major meeting of the ruling Chinese Communist Party central committee was convening to consider economic policy over the next five years.

According to an unnamed US defense department official, who provided a briefing on the operation, the deployment of the USS Lassen is not a one-off, but the start of a series of provocations.

The US actions vastly raise the threat of a military clash with China and the danger of a war between nuclear-armed states that would draw in every country in the region and beyond. A senior Chinese naval officer declared earlier this month that any forces violating Chinese sovereignty would be met with a “head on blow.” On October 9, the Chinese foreign ministry warned that China would “never allow any country to violate China’s territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands in the name of protecting freedom of navigation and overflight.”

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Το πραξικόπημα συνεχίζεται στην Πορτογαλία

Την ίδια κυβέρνηση που αποδοκιμάστηκε στις εκλογές, θα παρουσιάσει στην Βουλή ο κεντροδεξιός Κοέλιο αν και δεν διαθέτει πλειοψηφία. Θα καταψηφίσουν Σοσιαλιστές και Αριστερά.

Την κυβέρνηση που … αποδοκίμασε η πλειοψηφία των Πορτογάλων στις εκλογές της 4ης Οκτωβρίου, παρουσίασε ως νέο κυβερνητικό σχήμα στον Πρόεδρο της Δημοκρατίας Ανίμπαλ Καβάκο Σίλβα ο προερχόμενος από την δεξιά πρωθυπουργός Πέδρο Πάσος Κοέλιο, παρά το γεγονός ότι δεν διαθέτει την απαραίτητη πλειοψηφία στο πορτογαλικό κοινοβούλιο για να την στηρίξει.

Στην θέση της υπουργού Οικονομικών παραμένει η Μαρία Λουίς Αλμπουκέρκι ενώ για αντιπρόεδρος προτείνεται ο Πάολο Πόρτας, επικεφαλής του CDS-PP, δηλαδή τον κυβερνητικό εταίρο της μέχρι σήμερα κεντροδεξιάς κυβέρνησης. Να σημειωθεί ότι το αργότερο σε 10 ημέρες το προτεινόμενο κυβερνητικό σχήμα πρέπει να λάβει ψήφο εμπιστοσύνης από την Βουλή, στην οποία όμως μειοψηφεί το κόμμα του Πάσος Κοέλιο.

Την ίδια στιγμή ασκούνται έντονες πιέσεις στο σοσιαλιστικό κομμα που μαζί με τα άλλα δύο κόμματα της Αριστεράς (Αριστερό Μπλόκο και Κομμουνιστικό Κομμα) έχουν δηλώσει ότι θα καταψηφίσουν. Ο Πάσος Κοέλιο απευθύνει εκκλήσεις διαλόγου επισείοντας τον κίνδυνο της κατάρρευσης της οικονομίας την ίδια στιγμή που ο Καβάκο Σίλβα έχει δηλώσει ότι θα ήταν επιζήμια για τις σχέσεις της Πορτογαλίας με την Ευρωπαϊκή 'Ενωση μία κυβέρνηση της αριστεράς.

Να σημειωθεί ότι η κεντροδεξιά ευελπιστεί στην …απόσχιση 9 βουλευτών της σοσιαλιστικής πτέρυγας προκειμένου να αποκτήσει πλειοψηφία στο πορτογαλικό κοινοβούλιο στόχος που - σύμφωνα με διεθνείς αναλυτές- είναι εξαιρετικά απίθανο να επιτευχθεί.

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The US drone assassinations

The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.

Manhunting in the Hindu Kush

Key points:

  • ... the Haymaker campaign was in many respects a failure. The vast majority of those killed in airstrikes were not the direct targets. Nor did the campaign succeed in significantly degrading al Qaeda’s operations in the region.

  • The documents show that during a five-month stretch of the campaign, nearly nine out of 10 people who died in airstrikes were not the Americans’ direct targets. By February 2013, Haymaker airstrikes had resulted in no more than 35 “jackpots,” a term used to signal the neutralization of a specific targeted individual, while more than 200 people were declared EKIA — “enemy killed in action.”

  • If there is no evidence that proves a person killed in a strike was either not a MAM [military-age male], or was a MAM but not an unlawful enemy combatant, then there is no question,” he said. “They label them EKIA.” In the case of airstrikes in a campaign like Haymaker, the source added, missiles could be fired from a variety of aircraft. “But nine times out of 10 it’s a drone strike.

  • Firing a missile at a target in a group of people, the source said, requires “an even greater leap of faith” — a leap that he believes often treats physical proximity as evidence.

  • Every mission that’s triggered begins as an objective to find one person for whatever reason,” the source said, adding, “Every jackpot is one person off the list.

  • He [Larry Lewis, formerly a principal research scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses] found that drone strikes in Afghanistan were 10 times more likely to kill civilians than conventional aircraft. “We assume that they’re surgical but they’re not,” Lewis said in an interview. “Certainly in Afghanistan, in the time frame I looked at, the rate of civilian casualties was significantly higher for unmanned vehicles than it was for manned aircraft airstrikes. And that was a lot higher than raids.

  • ... the U.S. conducted more than 1,800 “night ops” at a time when President Hamid Karzai was calling for an end to American involvement in controversial night raids. Of those operations — which resulted in 1,239 targets captured or killed and 709 “associates” of targets captured or killed — the military reported “shots fired” in less than 9 percent of its missions, with a total of 14 civilian casualty “events” for the year.

  • One of the Salafists pictured was Haji Matin, a timber trader from the Korengal Valley. In the early years of the war, one of Matin’s business rivals wrongly fingered him as a militant to the Americans. U.S. forces responded by bombing Matin’s home. While Matin survived, several members of his family were killed. The Americans then appropriated one of his lumberyards as an outpost, thus turning one of the most powerful men in the area into a formidable insurgent leader. The transformation of men like Matin and the Salafists, once locally minded powerbrokers, into anti-U.S. fighters, was hardly unique.

  • After nearly a decade of war, thousands of operations, and thousands of deaths, some within the special operations community began to question the quality of the United States’ targets in Afghanistan. “By 2010, guys were going after street thugs,” a former SEAL Team 6 officer told the New York Times recently. “The most highly trained force in the world, chasing after street thugs.” Concerns that the U.S. was devoting tremendous resources to kill off a never-ending stream of nobodies did little to halt the momentum.

  • The hunting and killing operations relied on advanced technology to zero in on targets, including the cellphone geolocation system known as GILGAMESH. As The Intercept reported in 2014, the GILGAMESH system employs a simulated cellphone tower to identify and locate targeted SIM cards.

  • The documents indicate that U.S. forces launched just one airstrike as part of the Haymaker campaign in the early months of 2012, killing two people. In May 2012, however, the tempo of operations picked up dramatically, an increase that coincided with a strategic shift in Afghanistan emanating from the White House. As the military’s focus shifted to hunting down specific targets from 2011 to 2012, drone strikes in Afghanistan increased by 72 percent.

  • The scores of unnamed people killed in the hunt for jackpots, and the intelligence opportunities lost by failing to capture targets alive, do not appear to factor into the calculation. The apparent success rate, in other words, depends solely on killing jackpots, and ignores the strategic — and human — consequences of killing large numbers of bystanders.

  • The deaths of just over half the individuals were noted in NATO’s press releases or media reports.

  • Kinetic strikes, the slide reported, “successfully killed one [al Qaeda] target per year,” allowing the organization to “easily” reconstitute. [...] Haymaker’s impact on al Qaeda and Taliban enablers in Kunar and Nuristan was “considered temporary without a long-term, persistent campaign.”

  • ... Afghan military forces were barred from calling in U.S. airstrikes for support on missions. The order followed an operation in Kunar in which NATO and Afghan forces were blamed for the deaths of 10 civilians — including one man, four women, and five children. In 2012, the U.N. mission in Afghanistan had documented a number of other incidents involving civilian deaths resulting from U.S. operations, including a raid that left seven civilians dead, an “aerial attack” that killed seven children and one adult, and a drone strike targeting “two insurgents” that killed a teenage girl.

  • ... Haymaker coincided with an increase in drone strikes and civilian casualties across Afghanistan. By the end of 2013, the U.N. reported the number of civilian casualties from drone strikes in Afghanistan had tripled from 2012, with “almost one-third of the civilian deaths from aerial operations” reported in Kunar, the heart of the Haymaker campaign.

  • Records of condolence payments disbursed by the U.S. military, obtained by The Intercept, show more than $118,000 distributed in 45 disbursements to Kunar in fiscal years 2011 through 2013. In addition to numerous injuries, the payments also cover the deaths of 27 people, including at least four children. The records do not indicate whether the incidents were linked to the Haymaker campaign or whether they were the result of mistaken ground raids or airstrikes.

  • Unleashed in the early morning hours of October 3, in the province of Kunduz, the U.S. attack killed at least a dozen members of the humanitarian group’s medical staff and 10 patients, including three children. A nurse on the scene recalled seeing six victims in the intensive care unit ablaze in their beds. “There are no words for how terrible it was,” the nurse said. MSF denounced the strike as a war crime and demanded an independent investigation.

  • After nearly a decade and a half of war, more than 2,300 American lives lost, and an estimated 26,000 Afghan civilians killed, the nature of combat in Afghanistan is entering a new, potentially bloodier, phase. In August, the United Nations reported that civilian casualties in Afghanistan “are projected to equal or exceed the record high numbers documented last year.” While most civilian casualties in the first half of 2015 were attributed to “anti-government” forces, 27 deaths and 22 injuries were attributed to airstrikes “by international military forces,” a 23 percent increase over last year, most of them, unlike the air raid in Kunduz, carried out by drones.

  • Despite the rise in civilian casualties and the well-documented failure of drone strikes to achieve the military’s broader objectives, there is every indication that unmanned airstrikes will play an increasing role in U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan, as they have in war zones across the world.

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Greek debt should be reduced by about 200 billion according to Deutsche Bank?

Deutsche Bank considers the possibility of a haircut of Greece’s public debt by the end of the year ‘inevitable’, according to a report in German tabloid Bild.

The newspaper cites a classified Deutsche Bank internal circulation document which allegedly states that the Greek debt must be reduced by about 200 billion euros. This turns out to about 700 euros for each citizen in the Eurozone, states Bild.

The report further notes that by the end of 2015 Greece’s public debt will be 340 billion euros, 200 percent of GDP, far more than what European regulations allow. This, in turn, means that no economist truly believes Greece will be able to repay its debts.

The tabloid however adds that should a haircut of the Greek debt be deemed necessary, the decision to carry it out will be less of a financial one and more of a political one, and it will be made after negotiations between Athens and creditors.

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This means that each European would have to pay (again) an additional amount of 700 euros for the banksters, since we should not forget that "creditors had been acting in bad faith, knowingly burdening the country with unsustainable loans to save French, German and Greek private banks." (fa.ev/a-brief-description-of-financial-war)

Greek people have paid, and still pay the banksters with cuts in pensions, wages, labor rights. Another banking re-capitalization is about to be imposed by the creditors at the same time when they demand more cuts and austerity.

27 October, 2015

The pantomime of Democracy: Portugal’s coup against anti-austerity

by Binoy Kampmark

Meanwhile in Portugal we are witnessing the makings of a genuine coup with the unwillingness of the establishment there to accept the outcome of an election and the support won by parties who oppose EU austerity.

Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin, Oct 24, 2015

This is the truest form of Euro authoritarianism, short of full prisons and torture chambers. (These may, in time, come.) If you are not seized by the idea, the fetishism of a currency; if you gather up your forces to mount an offence against austerity, twinned as it with monetary union, then you must be, in the eyes of these policing forces, against the European project.

This obscene inversion has found form in Portugal, yet another country that has taken the road towards anti-democratic practice when it comes to the battle between the outcome of staged elections and the heralded inviolability of a broken euro system. It has the chill of history – political groupings with a certain number of votes barred because of supposedly radical tendencies. It has also received scant coverage in certain presses, with a few notable examples, such as Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s observation that the country had “entered dangerous political waters.”

First, the mathematics of the election held on October 4. The combined Left bloc won 50.7 percent of the vote (122 seats), while the conservative premier, Pedro Passos Coehlo’s Right-wing coalition gained 38.5 percent – a loss of 28 seats. One would have to be a rather brave and foolish individual to let the latter form government.

This, in fact, is what Aníbal Cacavo Silva, the country’s constitutional president, did. “In the 40 years of democracy, no government in Portugal has ever depended on the support of anti-European forces, that is to say forces that campaigned to abrogate the Lisbon Treaty, the Fiscal Compact, the Growth and Stability Pact, as well as to dismantle monetary union and take Portugal out of the euro, in wanting the dissolution of NATO.

The statement hits upon a definition of the European project, if you can call it that, linked to bound, self-interested market structures and the virtues of military defence. Cavaco Silva evidently cannot conceive that a European project could involve a variation of the theme, let alone one averse to dogmas of austerity and the bank.

The Socialists, under António Costa, have promised Keynesian reflation policies with expenditures on education and health, a policy platform very much at odds with the EU’s Fiscal Compact.

So much, in that sense, for the legacy of the Carnation Revolution, which saw Portugal’s post-Salazar normalisation. It was that generally peaceful revolution that oversaw the demise of the Estada Novo, António de Oliveira Salazar’s corporatist vision that shares, in some perverse sense, similarities with the anti-democratic spirit of EU market governance. Bolting from those same stables, Cavaco Silva insists that the European left, and specifically the parties in Portugal, are somehow against Europe, parochial and therefore dangerous. The reverse, in fact, is the case.

The clue in Cavaco Silva’s erroneous thoughts on where a pan-European idea lies in his total faith in the market, corporate ideal. It is not the language of voters and public investment here that counts, but the ghostly forces of capital and private investment. The investors, the financiers, and the bankers must be kept in clover – or the entire country and by virtue of that, the EU, unravels.

This is the worst moment for a radical change to the foundations of our democracy. After we carried out an onerous programme of financial assistance, entailing heavy sacrifices, it is my duty, within my constitutional powers, to do everything possible to prevent false signals being sent to financial institutions, investors and markets.

In point of fact, the most radical tendency in history is the illusion that democracy and the market do, in fact, have a relationship that corresponds, rather than jars. In truth, democracy can only ever survive when markets are controlled. The European financiers have given the impression, manifested through the ideology of the Troika, that the estranged European Union is democratic only because it has such institutions as a single currency, or a tough austerity line.

The Greek crisis showed this entire process to be a grim sham, with Athens now a client state mortgaged to the hilt and contained by debt bondage. This happened after Syriza won power in January with a platform that seemed, at first, to be wholly against austerity. Sovereignty is short changed, while the finance sector counts its gains.

The entire context of such revolt in finance is permissiveness towards reactionary, nationalist elements. This is the paradox of having a supposedly flexible market that encourages the ease of liquidity in the absence of stable social structures. Historically, the forces of capital and finance permit a degree of nationalism and extremism as long as the money sector comes good. The liquidity tends to stay put.

The Portuguese example has become the most overt statement of this so far, though the Left grouping promise to block and scuttle the proposed four-year policy programme of the minority administration when the assembly resumes.

Till the two points meet – the pro-European left inspired by Keynesian-buttressed sovereignty, and the anti-democratic institutions that have held the European idea hostage – the notion of a workable euro zone will disintegrate. It will become, instead, a geographical area populated by authoritarian governments who see elections as mere pantomimes.

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Greece: Tsipras is eliminating any trace of his rivals

by Yorgos Mitralias

So now here we are: the new Tsipras government has just resolved two of its major problems: that of the public debt and the one represented by the ex-president of the Greek Parliament, Zoe Konstantopoulou. How has it managed to bring off this feat? Simple! By erasing from the official site of the Greek Parliament – for all time – everything that could recall Zoe Konstantopoulou and her initiatives during her brief presidency, including the Commission for the Truth of the Public Debt.

Faced with this impressive back-turn by the Greek government which takes us back to the glories of Stalinism’s triumphant years in the ’30s but also of Macarthyism at its most intrusive in the early ’50s, we are entitled to ask: Does all this mean that Greece’s public debt has disappeared? And has Zoe K. accepted her defeat then, and decided to stop telling the truth and to silence her criticism of the vitriol thrown at her?

The answer is No. Greece’s astronomical public debt pursues its relentless course as ever. Zoe K. refuses to concede defeat. So there is a question to answer. In view of the fact that the attempt to clear the Parliamentary website of unwanted presences clearly lacks efficiency, why has the successor to Zoe K. and his friends proceeded in this manner? What were they really after?

The only possible answer is that, in acting like this, all those fine people wanted to send a message or rather a signal to someone. To who? Well, obviously, to the famous “European partners” with which the new Greek authorities have just reached a deal: an agreement which is at the same time … the sole program of the Tsipras government. But also, to those from below of the Greek society – to make sure they no longer have the slightest doubt as to the inevitability that any resistance to the Memoranda and its instigators will be crushed.

In sum, it was a highly symbolic act which aimed to do no more and no less than once and for all clear the collective memory of the Greek people not only of any trace of an alternative to the Memoranda policy, but also even of the name of the person who was the very embodiment of this alternative!

In reality, the ruthlessness of these neophytes of neo-liberalism in fighting what could be called their bad conscience is not limited to taking away everything that reminded one of Zoe K’s brief presidency. By going one further, and erasing also the appeal given out by the international campaign to “support to the Commission for the Truth of the Public Debt and the Right of Peoples to Audit the Public Debts” the sorcerer’s apprentices of the Stalinist school of falsification wanted to remove any trace of these 24,423 men and women from all four corners of the earth, who have – up to this time because the collection of signatures continues – shown their active support for this campaign! In doing this, they have only demonstrated that one thing: their total disregard for these thousands of progressive people, including at least 2000 university professors and economists, who want to do no more than support Greece against its executioners!

The predilection of the leaders of this genetically modified Syriza for the very worst of administrative methods should not be a surprise. In fact, well before their spectacular capitulation, they were already making violent and vulgar attacks on the Commission for the Truth of the Public Debt through their specialized dirty jobs media without so much as daring to criticize it publicly or to give reasons. In fact, up to the present moment you would look in vain for the slightest argument out of their mouths against the Citizens’ Audit of Public Debt.

On the contrary, these cowards have always preferred low blows to public confrontation. Cynical and armed with the arrogance of power, they allow themselves to boot out tens of thousands of people who have signed the appeal to support the audit Commission, people who are of no use to them seeing as these illustrious mediocrities feel comfortable only in the company of the ‘great ones’ of this world. What Jorge Semprun said of Santiago Carrillo is just what applies perfectly well to them: all his life he did only one thing, enter in the big salons.

Living as they do in a state of permanent insecurity and discovering enemies even where there are only activists who ask questions, it is not so surprising that these followers of a second hand Machiavelli recall the worst Stalinist traditions to annihilate everything that bothers them. Deprived – luckily – of the means at Uncle Joe’s disposal in his time, they content themselves with simply erasing all witnesses to their betrayals and other sins – on the model of Stalinist inquisitors who in their millions caused lives, names and even the faces of their Soviet compatriots to vanish without trace. A telling detail: as once in Moscow, now also in Athens, these inquisitors are giving first priority to annihilating those who dare to deny the genetic modification of their party and persist in standing up for themselves: … communists, anti-capitalists and radical critics of the established order! …

Our conclusion is optimistic: It will take much more than the “cleansing” of the Greek Parliament site, and even much more than the relentless smear campaign and the dirtiest of blows to destroy resistance to those who have sold their soul to the neoliberal devil by agreeing to apply his inhumane policies. Even in very difficult conditions, the struggle continues as it is now a question of defending all that is most precious: our dignity and our very survival.

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... the propaganda seemed to be effective to a certain degree, concerning specific people. From a point and after, the media concentrated not to SYRIZA as a whole, but to the 'systemic threats' like Panagiotis Lafazanis, Zoe Konstantopoulou, Yanis Varoufakis and Costas Lapavitsas. Many of them joined Popular Unity later.

Generally, the media tried to "decompose" these people to the voters, as being totally unreliable, or, even having specific "behavioral" problems in some cases. All the "parades" of these people to the mainstream media had only such a purpose. It is something that the US media are doing right now, more or less, with Bernie Sanders, probably through a more sophisticated way.

The case of Zoe Konstantopoulou is characteristic. From the first moment as Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, she took very important initiatives, concerning the investigation of big scandals under previous (PASOK – New Democracy) governments, as well as, the audit of public debt through the Debt Truth Committee. However, the corrupted media of the local oligarchs tried to manufacture ridiculous stories against her, in order to distract the Greek public from these important initiatives.

Portugal: A coup by any other name, made in Brussels

It is a bad day for those innocents on the Left who think that the European Union can be transformed from within, turned into an instrument of the peoples’ will and a motor for social progress, public ownership, popular sovereignty or even pluralist democracy.

For the first time since the monetary union was created parties that oppose the EU regime of privatisation, labour market deregulation and the fiscal straitjacket have been prevented from taking office even though they enjoy a parliamentary majority.

On the grounds of “national interest” Anibal Cavaco Silva, president of Portugal’s constitutional president, has refused to allow the appointment a Left-wing coalition government even though it secured an absolute majority in the Portuguese parliament on an anti austerity mandate imposed by the EU-IMF Troika.

The Socialists, Communists and left Bloc together won 50.7% of the votes and control the Assembly. The biggest party grouping, led by Pedro Passos Coelho gained only 38.5% losing 28 seats but was given the first chance of forming a government.

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Barcelona threatens to print parallel currency, Madrid seethes

Over the next six months, Barcelona’s left-wing city council plans to roll out a cash-less local currency that has the potential to become the largest of its kind in the world. The main goal of the project, according to a council spokesperson, is to boost economic opportunities for local businesses and traders.

The idea is for local stores and residents to be able to exchange euros for the new currency at a one-to-one parity, and use it to purchase products and services at a discount or with other kinds of incentives. But it doesn’t end there: the new parallel currency may also be used to pay certain subsidies, taxes and local services such as public transport, reports El País. Municipal workers could also receive part of their salary in the new money.

Barcelona will not be the first European city to launch such a scheme. Local currencies are all the rage these days. There could be as many as 3,000 forms of local money in use around the globe, says Community Currencies in Action, a global partnership promoting such schemes that is part-funded by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund. Which begs the question…

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26 October, 2015

Democracy officially terminated by the European Financial Dictatorship in Portugal!

Further signs of panic in another coup after Greece

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The European Financial Dictatorship showed further signs of panic in Portugal this time. After the significant loss of power of the neoliberal Right in recent national elections, a constitutional coup took place in order to prevent the anti-austerity forces of the Left to form a government.

From Telegraph:

Constitutional crisis looms after anti-austerity Left is denied parliamentary prerogative to form a majority government.

Portugal has entered dangerous political waters. For the first time since the creation of Europe’s monetary union, a member state has taken the explicit step of forbidding eurosceptic parties from taking office on the grounds of national interest.

Anibal Cavaco Silva, Portugal’s constitutional president, has refused to appoint a Left-wing coalition government even though it secured an absolute majority in the Portuguese parliament and won a mandate to smash the austerity regime bequeathed by the EU-IMF Troika.

He deemed it too risky to let the Left Bloc or the Communists come close to power, insisting that conservatives should soldier on as a minority in order to satisfy Brussels and appease foreign financial markets.

Democracy must take second place to the higher imperative of euro rules and membership.


It is worth to remember the coup against Greece, directly by the European Financial Dictatorship mechanisms, as described clearly by the former Speaker of the Greek Parliament, Zoe Konstantopoulou in her speech at the United Nations at the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament:

On June 25th, a 48 hour ultimatum was addressed to the Greek government asking it to accept, contrary to popular mandate, a series of measures dismantling labour law, abolishing social security guarantees and legal protection for over-indebted citizens, while at the same time requiring the sell-out of the most precious public assets and public enterprises, but also major ports, airports and public infrastructure.

All to be sold or given away to repay an unsustainable and odious debt. The Hellenic Parliament, accepted the Government’s proposal to hold a referendum on the ultimatum, and the Greek people, through a large majority of 62%, rejected the measures.

During the referendum week, international and foreign government officials tried to influence the referendum outcome through statements terrorizing the people.

The referendum was held with the banks closed and capital controls imposed as a result for the ECB’s refusal to provide liquidity after the proclamation of the referendum.

And yet, democracy prevailed. The people pronounced themselves clearly and said a 62% NO to those homicidal measures.

What followed is a nightmare for every democratic conscience and a disgrace.

The creditors refused to consider the referendum outcome. They insisted, under the threat of provoking a bank-failure and a humanitarian disaster, that measures harsher than those rejected be adopted.


The Brussels-Berlin axis finally marked a Pyrrhic victory against Tsipras, while managed to get rid of SYRIZA's dangerous radicals. In case of Portugal, the local pro-euro puppets didn't hesitate to abolish constitutional order, obviously because they didn't want to risk a Leftist coalition which might resist against catastrophic policies. Therefore, democracy is officially terminated by the European Financial Dictatorship.

This is another sign of a downgraded Europe, which is unable to retain its principles and Democratic values. Its inability to find a viable solution to the refugee problem, make things worse. This is the image of an increasingly repulsive Europe for its citizens.

These are signs of a dictatorship which tries hardly to keep its power. The next big battle will be the Spanish elections. What will happen in case that the euro-puppets dare to proceed in another coup if the traditional neoliberal powers lose much of their strength?

Meanwhile, the Icelanders are giving lessons to the bankster-dominated European Financial Dictatorship called eurozone, and the bankster-dominated empire called United States:

In two separate Icelandic Supreme Court and Reykjavik District Court rulings, five top bankers from Landsbankinn and Kaupping — the two largest banks in the country — were found guilty of market manipulation, embezzlement, and breach of fiduciary duties. Most of those convicted have been sentenced to prison for two to five years. The maximum penalty for financial crimes in Iceland is six years, although their Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments to consider expanding sentences beyond the six year maximum.” (fa.ev/things-never-happen-in-efd-us)

Note that Iceland is not part of the eurozone, not even part of the European Union.